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S21 NL Preview

The National League should be highly competitive this year. As the season gets ready to kick off, there are no clear "rebuilding" clubs and several teams are hovering around the .500 mark talent-wise. All this should make S21 a fun season, full of surprise dark horse teams and down-to-the-wire division races. However, expect defending champs Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Louisville to stay well above the pack and go deep into the playoffs.

NL West
1.) Anaheim Anteaters (100-62)
2.) Vancouver Maintaineers (90-72)
3.) St. Louis Archers (81-81)
4.) Seattle Picards (76-86)

Anaheim should be able to coast to the division title again. Vancouver looks primed for another playoff run. Seattle and a quickly improving St. Louis squad will likely battle it out for 3rd place.

NL South
1.) Jacksonville Bulls (83-79)
2.) Little Rock Travelers (79-83)
3.) Florida SunRays (79-83)
4.) Huntington Honey Badgers (76-86)

The NL South is a wide open division. Any one of the four teams could surprise and win it. Expect this race to go down to the wire. Who wins it is any one's guess.

NL East
1.) Louisville Redbirds (101-61)
2.) Tampa Bay Hot Dogs (100-62)
3.) Syracuse Sicilians (86-76)
4.) Rochester Killer Bees (76-86)

Defending champs Tampa Bay and arch-rival Louisville will likely be neck and neck all season. It should be an exciting division. Sicilians look to contend for a wild card spot. Rochester, with their solid pitching, may surprise.

NL North
1.) Toronto Beavers (81-81)
2.) Minnesota North Stars (77-85)
3.) New York Yanks (77-85)
4.) New Britain Squids (77-85)

Another wide open division that any of the teams might win. Like the NL South, expect the North to have a wild and crazy season.

Division Winners: Anaheim (bye), Louisville (bye), Jacksonville, Toronto
Wild Cards: Tampa Bay, Vancouver
NL Champs: Louisville


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Hardball Dynasty'sJose Almonte
Jose Almonte
Years Active: -2 to 11
Years with North Stars: 0-11
Claim to fame: 1,496 consecutive games played (Capra record)
Awards: All-Star (1, 4), Silver Slugger (4)

Almonte was an on-base machine, with 7 seasons of .400 OBP or better. That was also his career mark and he had 7 100-walk seasons. He also scored 92 or more runs each of the first 5 seasons of Capra, and hit 38 doubles in season 4. A forearm nerve injury ended his record games-played streak, particularly impressive considering he was a catcher.

Hardball Dynasty'sWesley Wilson
Wesley Wilson
Years active: 27-41
Years with North Stars: 36-41
Claim to fame: 98 RBI on a dismal 96-loss team in 37

Wilson had a long career and finished it with 3 straight seasons hitting over .300 with the club. His .322/.381/.547 slash line at age 34 was impressive.

Hardball Dynasty'sJeffrey Brow
Jeffrey Brow
Years active: 3-13
Years with North Stars: 3-…