26 April 2009

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 performing well right now and maybe he just needs a change of scenery”, said one source close to the team.

05 April 2009

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 of the system, or who those who are four years or more into their career, may or may not get any ST boost. And, of course, big leaguers who are 27 or older may or may not get any boost at any time.
  • During the season, only skill ratings will increase(for batters: contact, vsL, vsR, batting eye, baserunning. for fielders: glove, arm accuracy, for pitchers: control, vsL, vsR, pitches, etc.). Ratings for a player's strength and body happen when the season rollover is completed(arm strength, health, stamina, power, durability, velocity, etc.).
  • Minor leaguers increase steadily over the first 4 years of the career, then the bumps slow down considerably.
  • Major league bump increases slow down if they are over 22 years of age, especially if they are at least four seasons(major or minor) into their career.
  • A demotion/promotion may or may not result in a ratings hit.