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Some Thoughts

from jketchum:
I’ve been asked my opinion on this topic in private so I’ve decided to post it to have my “vote counted” if you will.
I’m in 8 leagues, some of which are half assed public leagues where I have to struggle to get a simple response on a trade veto all the way to this league, which I consider to be an “advanced owner’s league”. What I mean by advanced owners is you don’t see a lot of stupid trades (except for getting trade raped for Brett Tracy in my first season by jacksonville) or moves that are overly questionable. We are all very thoughtful in how we run our franchises. We for the most part are all vets and understand budgets, ratings, and how to generally field a decent team.
Froidl, teams can be rebuilt without clearly throwing games or keeping 26 year old studs at AA forever. Are your teams going to dominant the next 10 seasons, which was clearly what you were trying to do? Probably not, but I’ve rebuilt teams, and it doesn’t take 5 awful seasons and hoarding talent…

Three Questions

from canadadry:
1) Let's assume the following definition of the word Tanking: to intentionally field a team that is weaker than possible in order to draft higher in the draft or spend more payroll on IFA's. Let's also assume that Tanking has impacts on our game (eg. team parity)

My question is this: While there may be impacts to tanking, are any of these impacts negative? If so, which one's and why?

2) The draft and IFA's are the best ways to secure long term player talent. This talent is necessary to sustain long term success in HBD. So why is Capra seeking to curb and restrict the actions of owners who are seeking to maximize their draft potential and increase their activity in the IFA market?

3) If restrictions are implemented to keep a team from drafting better or using all their resources to sign IFAs, are we not simply restricting their ability to improve the future of their team? And is this behaviour, therefore, entirely counterproductive to a league that is se…

The Get a Cup of Coffee Before Reading Rule

from crickett13;
In order to maintain competitive balance and give each owner flexibility on how to run his team I propose the following.
Minimum wins over 2 seasons 110
If this is not reached the increase in wins between season 1 and 2 must have been 15 games or the team is put on 1 year probation.

Once a team is put on probation they must show a 15 win improvement to stay in the league.


Example 1
Scranton Breakers season 15 40 wins
Scranton Breakers season 16 48 wins
The Breakers must win 63 games in season 17 to stay in the league.
Scranton Breakers season 17 70 wins
Scranton stays in the league.


Example 2
Scranton Breakers season 15 43 wins
Scranton Breakers season 16 60 wins
Even though Scranton did not win 110 games they did show a 17 game improvement so they are not placed on probation.
Scranton Breakers season 17 45 wins
Because the 2 season win total for seasons 16 and 17 is only 105 games Scranton is placed on probation and must win 60 games in season 18 to stay in the league.

No team may be…

The .400 then Transfer Rule

from steelerstime:
If a team fails to finish above .400 for a season, then they are limited to 20M transfer from payroll(only 10M of which is spendable) and 2M transfer from coaches(1M). In short, if you finish below .400, then you can only use up to 31M in Prospect signings.

The Competitive Balance Discussion

In light of recent events, we will vote upon and implement some kind of baseline for performance at the major league level. This will take effect with the onset of S15.
That said, I think we would all like to make this new standard be as non-intrusive as possible so that each owner can continue to build their team as he/she see fit. It is, of course, difficult to meet both of these seemingly opposed ideals, but we're going to do our level best.
We will accept proposals over the next 72 hours. For those of you who have voiced concern or complaints, this is your chance to help fix the problem. We will then move forward with the most viable options in a vote to be held via sitemail. We can't really hold it here since voting/posting anonymously here could lead to a Florida-style count.
You are free to post your solutions here in the comments section, either logged in or anonymously, send them to me and I'll post for you, or post them here yourselves if you are a registered use…

A Refresher on Player Ratings

I'd written a draft of this awhile ago and saved it because I had planned to add more. But I'm not going to so I'll go ahead and throw it out there now, as is, for anyone interested.
Just wanted to throw this out there for those who are fuzzy on the art of maximizing ratings bumps.
Ratings can increase up to 6 times a season, though 4-5 is more likely. The approximate schedule is: 1) after Spring Training(ST), 2-5)after every 30 games of the big league season. You may initiate a bump of your own by promoting a player to a higher level, but that won't be an additional bump. It will simply take the place of one of the 30-game bumps. And this bump won't happen at all if not timed in the neighborhood of the 30-game bump.The ST bump is dependent on your major leaguers getting enough at bats/innings(there's much debate about how much = enough). Minor leaguers in the lower levels of the system don't need ST playing time to get the increase. Dudes in the upper levels…

12 Seasons of Victories . . . Who's Winning? NL version

As we begin our 13th season, let's take a big picture look at what franchises have accumulated the most regular season victories. This list, of course, does not discriminate based upon a franchise's previous owners or anything else. Just a simple tally of what franchise has won the most games.
NL North NY Yanks = 1,210 wins/100 avg (formerly Fargo Woodchippers) Minnesota North Stars = 1,023 wins/85 avg Toronto Beavers = 964 wins/80 avg Tacoma Typhoon = 900 wins/75 avg (formerly NY Knights/Pitt Littlefield of Dreams/NY Manatees/CLB Buckeyes)
NL East Tampa Bay Lightning Devils/Chicago Vipers/Atlanta Stonewallers = 974 wins/81avg Syracuse Salt City Ballers = 899 wins/75 avg (formerly Wichita Shockers/CIN Reds/Hartford Belly Whalers/Charlotte Webs) (formerly KC Monarchs/Pawtucket Patriots) Rochester Rough Riders/Dover Galaxy = 857 wins/71.5 Indianapolis Colt 45 = 753 wins/63 avg (formerly Buffalo Hunters/Was Capitol Hill G-Men/Trenton Turnpikes)
NL South Little Rock Travelers = 1,010 wins/84 avg E…

S12 Monterrey Conquistadors = Campeones Del Mundo

Lead by a devastating offensive attack, the Monterrey Conquistadors claimed the championship trophy in Capra's dozenth season. Monterrey's postseason heroes include the following:
Trenidad Rios: .467/.500/.978 and 7hrs/13 rbis Darren Owens: .328/.397/.590 and 4 hrs/14 rbis Al Maurer: .327/.417/.692 and 6 hrs/13 rbis Alfonso Cortrez: .298/.385/.596 and 5 hrs/17 rbis
Nor were the Conquistadors without tough pitching during the playoffs. Livan Lee went 3-0 with a 2.78 era over 5 starts and 32+ innings. Jimmie Gutierrez matched Lee with a 3-0 count over 4 starts, ending in a 2.42 era.
Overall, the team formerly known as the Jackson Riverdogs went 11-3 in the postseason enroute to claiming their 2nd WS title. Previously the Riverdogs won the WS in S8.

Who's Nastiest in the NL North?

Questions abound as the NL North enters its lucky 13th season in Capra. Does Tacoma successfully defend the division title and take its 4th straight pennant? Can Minnesota get over the 90-win hump for the first time since S8 (and will that be enough)? How long is the Ketchum Plan going to take to return the Yanks to annual hundred-win seasons? Will Toronto lose more games than it did last season (like it did the last 2 years), or will the Beavers give Walt Cashman a reason to celebrate in what could be the future Hall-of-Famer's last season?

We'll start finding out in 4 cycles. Which, by the way, is the over/under for cycles in Capra this year. I'm taking the under.

To take a look at these franchises, here are their projected opening-day starters based on depth charts provided by whatifsports.com. We compared them, position-by-position to see who's got the edge (and could have divisional bragging rights come September.) Players are listed from Minnesota, then New…

The First Annual Coty

There's been some buzz in the league chat about creating an award for the best overall performance by an organization. This includes both major and minor league teams. I suppose you could also argue for other considerations, too: good trades, a strong draft, good financial handling, etc. Where might it stop! 
So I propose we call this the Coty: Capra of the year. Seems to me there should be a prize, too. I'm open to suggestions, creative ideas, etc. 
We're going to do this in two steps: first, we will throw out some nominations and arguments. This can be done with either a full blog post, or simply by commenting at the bottom of this entry(no blogger registration needed for that). Then, I will throw up a poll here and voting can proceed accordingly. 
Here are some teams that seem to call for immediate consideration . . . 
Minnesota North Stars: Currently Minny has squads in the Rookie, High A, AA, and AAA league championship series. The big league team just missed the wild car…

Trade Winds in Jacksonville

A source in Jacksonville says that Sid Watson's career with the Juggernauts is hanging on by a thread. The closer has struggled the past couple of seasons after an incredibly strong breakout season two years ago. He is currently sporting a 7.90 ERA and already has 5 blown saves and 3 losses in only 19 games played.
In a recent interview with ESPN, coach Dry seemed caught off guard when asked about Watson’s future. Long time Major League reporter, Ima Presguy, asked Dry if the team was thinking of trading Watson. “Trading Watson? Why would you ask that? He’s got nearly 200 saves in his career and he’s only 28 years old. He’s an all-star presence in our bullpen and he’s been a huge part of our team’s success over the past few seasons. I just don’t understand why you would even bring that up?”

But despite coach Dry’s attempts to seem stunned, sources from the team say that Watson is being shopped around. “He’s a great pitcher with a ton of good baseball left in him. He’s just not perfo…

A Refresher on Player Ratings

I'd written a draft of this awhile ago and saved it because I had planned to add more. But I'm not going to so I'll go ahead and throw it out there now, as is, for anyone interested.
Just wanted to throw this out there for those who are fuzzy on the art of maximizing ratings bumps.
Ratings can increase up to 6 times a season, though 4-5 is more likely. The approximate schedule is: 1) after Spring Training(ST), 2-5)after every 30 games of the big league season. You may initiate a bump of your own by promoting a player to a higher level, but that won't be an additional bump. It will simply take the place of one of the 30-game bumps. And this bump won't happen at all if not timed in the neighborhood of the 30-game bump.The ST bump is dependent on your major leaguers getting enough at bats/innings(there's much debate about how much = enough). Minor leaguers in the lower levels of the system don't need ST playing time to get the increase. Dudes in the upper level…

St. Louis Archers Season 12 Preview

ARHCERS WIN! ARCHERS WIN!!!


The S11 St. Louis Archers made the best of their third Capra World Series appearance in five straight seasons by winning their second World Series Championship. They did it the hard way by losing the division title, and a first round bye, to our arch rivals, the Los Angeles of Anaheim Anteaters. The Archers blew the division lead in the last few days of the season but made the playoffs by taking the first wildcard spot with a 103 win season. "Losing the division title after having a commanding lead all season was tough," said bench coach Ober Gonzalez. " But the 14-4 run in the playoffs and to take the WS in six games made up for that division title shortfall." The Archers look forward defending their title but recognize season 12 will be an uphill battle.


Season 12 roster sports several league all stars.


CF -- Hong-Gu Hyn (S6-RoY, S8 & S9-MVP, 6 time Silver Slugger and 7 time All Star Player)
LF -- Melvin Martin (2 time All Star and Sil…

Anteaters S12 Forecast

The Anteaters are fresh off of their best regular season to date. However, 103 wins in S11 didn't translate to anything more than an early round playoff sweep at the hands of their long-stewing rival, the St. Louis Archers. In fact, that marked the 4th straight playoff loss that St. Louiee has bestowed upon Anaheim in the post-season. So the question is no longer can the 'Eaters fly another division flag(having won 7 in 11 seasons), but rather can they find the legs to stick around in the playoffs.
Current Lineup Al Perez, CF Bingo Gonzalez, LF Ismael Maduro, 1B Ariel Rosario, 3B Trenidad Rios, RF Julio Uribe, 2B Eli Lopez, C Delino Julio, SS
Everyone in the lineup is returning and 29 or younger. Last season, only Gonzalez and Uribe did not get to 30 homeruns; they took the tour 23 and 21 times respectively after being recalled after the first month of the season. CF Al Perez looks a lot like Carlos Beltran after averaging 31 HRs, 32 SBs, and .308 at the dish over his first 2 campaigns.…

Maintaineers Season 12 preview

The Maintaineers expect to have much of the same roster in Season 12 as in Season 11. Gone are reliever Shane Shumaker, journeyman catcher Brett Gardner and right fielder Max James. Shumaker lost his right-handed specialist job in midseason due to his 2.06 WHIP. James spent most of Season 11 in AAA.

Gardner played well but had to move out of the way for the 21 year old hot prospect Jimmie Franco. Franco lit up major league pitching, hitting .344 with a 1.079 OPS. Al Vallarta split time at catcher and was very productive. The two combined for 45 home runs and 116 RBI’s.

The Season 11 lineup featured six everyday players with 20 or more home runs. Left fielder Stan Lee set personal highs with 56 home runs and 155 RBI’s. He had his fifth consecutive season with fewer strike outs than walks. He also let the team in stolen bases with 31. Oh yeah, don’t forget that new MVP trophy for the fire place mantle.

Alexander Henry is a fixture at first base. He finished his 10th season with the Mainta…

Tracy Honeymoon Over Already?

Our buddy canadadry recently acquired (stole?) He-Who-Needs-No-Introduction out of my division. He asked me to post this on Tuesday, but of course I had to wait two days since I am a slacker. As an update since then, the pitcher recorded a quality-start victory against the Silver Shockers yesterday and should make his next start on Friday afternoon against San Juan. Here is what he wrote.

The Jacksonville fans booed their team off the field three times during last night's 9-1 loss to the Helena Howling Sukebe. Newly acquired veteran all-star Brett Tracy was bitten by a 3rd inning error committed by Juggernaut shortstop Damian Suzuki. With two outs and only one run allowed in the inning Tracy was able to induce a ground ball off the bat of free swinging Sam "that way to the" Beech. But Suzuki just booted the ball and Sam reached first on the error and the inning continued. Three more runs scored and when the inning was finally over the Jacksonville fans made their displ…