30 December 2016

Baseball America's Capra Top 40 Prospects

1. Gregory Roth 21, SP Anaheim- Season 40 2nd Overall Pick
    -Roth looks set to anchor the Anteater rotation as Anaheim completes another successful rebuild
2. Dorssys Arcia 19, SP Los Angeles- Season 41 International $23.3 Million
    - Crown jewel of S41 international bidding, in the same season LA traded Livingstone, Arcia looks likely to continue the legacy.
3. Shooter Smyth 22, SP Augusta- Season 38 5th Overall Pick
    - Top 3 pitchers are nearly interchangeable, Shooter could easily hold the top spot and may see the majors this season
4. Beamer McCallum 20, 1B Chicago- Season 41 1st Overall Pick
    - Top hitting prospect in Capra, dominated the minors last season, future MVP candidate
5. Albert Espinoza 23, C Iowa City- Season 40 International $14 Million
    - Acquired from Chicago last season, will anchor the Harvesters lineup and provide excellent value at catcher
6. Amp Brooks 19, SP Hartford- Season 41 2nd Overall Pick
    - Hartford is tough on pitchers but Brooks looks to have the ability to overcome that by the time he arrives in 2-3 seasons
7. Reynaldo Schoop 19, OF Atlanta- Season 41 International $11 Million
   - Big time power at age 19 and a switch hitter, Schoop could find himself with a ML role sooner rather than later
8. Maicer Guerrero 21, OF/1B Nashville- Season 39 4th Overall Pick
    - Left handed bat with strong overall hitting ratings, hit .345 at AA last season and is the top prospect in perhaps the top farm system in Capra
9. Andres Butera 22, 1B Nashville- Season 38 International $24.8 Million
   - Big money signing who will likely reach the majors this season. Butera/Guerrero will anchor the Nashville lineup moving forward
10. Felipe Sosa 21, 3B Anaheim- Season 39 International $14 Million
    - Lefthanded bat, will hit the majors soon. Likely a solid ML player, occasional all star
11. Thom Joseph 20, OF/1B Los Angeles- Season 40 3rd Overall Pick
    - Main piece coming back to LA in last seasons Livingstone trade. Saw huge jumps in ratings last season and could reach the majors this season
12. Emil Martinez 25, SP Minnesota- Season 38 4th Overall Pick
    - Well overdue to make his ML debut. Durability rating is his only real question mark
13. Jeffrey O'Dowd 20, RP El Paso- Season 40 17th Overall Pick
    - Looks primed to be the next top 100+ inning reliever, big season of development upcoming
14. Harvey Bixler 21, DH Cleveland- Season 39 13th Overall Pick
    - Hit .375 at High A last season, will be a complete hitter that can hit at the top or the middle of the order
15. Connor Gillheeney 21, 2B Oakland- Season 39 3rd Overall Pick
    - The face of the move from Fresno to Oakland, could also end up in CF
16. Woodie Epps 19, 2B/CF Kansas City- Season 41 18th Overall Pick
     - Strong overall player who could fill many spots on the field and hit at the top of the order
17. Justin Rapada 20, P Durham- Season 40 4th Overall Pick
    - Rapada will have strong pitching splits, stamina may not be high enough to be a regular starting pitcher though
18. Odrisamer Park 21, CF Nashville- Season 39 8th Overall Pick
    - Above average power will play well at CF as Nashville rises to contender status
19. Ray McDermott 19, SP San Diego- Season 41 3rd Overall Pick
    - 4 strong pitches, only question will be if his splits rise enough
20 Manuel Blasco 19, OF Durham- Season 41 4th Overall Pick
    - Left handed bat and strong contact ratings will make Blasco a top hitter
21. Sammy Bailey 25, 3B San Diego- Season 39 1st Overall Pick
    - Former top pick, won't reach the expectations of that slot but will be a solid major leaguer
22. Jenrry Ordaz 24, SP Minnesota- Season 36 International $14 million
    - Primed to debut this season along with Martinez to anchor the North Stars rotation
23. Ken Brown 21, OF Honolulu- Season 39 7th Overall Pick
    - Part of an up and coming franchise in Honolulu, acquired from STL last season
24. Juan Carlos Campos 19, 1B Atlanta- Season 41 International $10.1 million
    - Campos and Schoop came in undervalued in bidding last season and highlight a thin Atlanta farm system
25. Lorenzo Acevedo 20, SP Nashville- Season 40 5th Overall Pick
    - Control is the only question mark for Acevedo
26. Zac Hogg 22, SP Iowa City- Season 38 2nd Overall Pick
    - Former top pick fell out of favor in Hartford, will get his chance in Iowa this season
27. Audry Neruda 20, SS/3B Nashville- Season 40 International $11.8 Million
    - If Neruda can develop his ratings to play SS he moves further up this list
28. Kendry Moreno 22, SP San Diego- Season 38 1st Overall Pick
    - Never developed against right handed hitters as expected but will be a solid part of a strong San Diego rotation
29. Patrick Wooten 20, 1B Syracuse- Season 40 22nd Overall Pick
    - Top prospect in the Syracuse system, will be a solid bat likely debuting in 2 seasons
30. Fabio Skinner 21, RP Little Rock- Season 39 25h Overall Pick
    - A steal at the end of the 1st round, will be capable of throwing 150 innings out of the bullpen
31. Lastings Melton 23, C Mexico City- Season 37 45th Overall Pick
    - The centerpiece of the Malachi Greene trade with El Paso, will debut this season in the majors
32 Stubby Osborne 19, 2B Nashville- Season 41 5th Overall Pick
    - Solid bat, if his range develops to play CF he becomes infinitely more valuable
33. Duke Wise 20, 2B Jacksonville- Season 41 9th Overall Pick
34. Calvin Donald C Milwaukee- Season 37 35th Overall Pick
35. Juan Martinez 19, SS Mexico City- Season 41 International $12 Million
36. Tony Lee 20, 3B Los Angeles- Season 40 International $18.5 Million
37.McKay Hughes 22, RP Oakland- Season 38 3rd overall pick
38. Willie Arroyo 22, SP Little Rock- Season 38 International $10.5 Million
39. Augie Woolf 21, DH Los Angeles- Season 41 29th Overall Pick
40. Robby Herrera 21, 1B San Diego- Season 39 33rd Overall Pick

Nashville- 6 Prospects
San Diego- 4 Prospects
Los Angeles- 4 Prospects

22 April 2016

5 Minutes with 363dp

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site?
 
I found WIS in 2006 after hearing about on a sports radio show talking about their engine that allowed simulating historical teams against modern teams. From the sight I found SLB and tinkered around there for awhile and was eventually recruited to HBD by a friend in a progressive league I was in--and got hooked quickly. Real life hit hard in 2008. I was away until 2014. Was surprised my account was still here. My favorite team/experience would have to be my one WS championship in Walter Johnson. The Indianapolis Brutality has made 5 WS in last 6 seasons. Trying to bring some of that magic to The Wet Sox here.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture?
   I'm a military brat and have moved all over, but have always followed Chicago teams, from my father's influence. My favorite player growing up was Walter Payton. Also a Big fan of Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko. My favorite sports memories include the '85 Bears Super Bowl and '05 White Sox World Series and any of the recent Blackhawks' Stanley Cups. On a more personal level, coaching my son's 10 year-old little league team to a championship, and watching him start at SS and lead off, as a walk on freshman in his first college game.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen?
   Like others here have stated, I have an eclectic taste in music, from big band, again from my father, to classic rock and modern music, influenced by 2 teenagers. I spend a lot of time on Alt Nation on SiriusXM. Most recently, Vampire Weekend, Fallout Boy, Adele. All time favorite artist is John Lennon. First show ever was Bob Seeger on the Silver Bullet Tour in 1978, my junior year in high school. Best ever show was U2 Joshua Tree tour in '87 at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
   Photography, Big Movie fan. I watch just about everything, or at least give it a chance. Don't always make it through all of them though. I am interested in military history. I read a lot of biographies and autobiographies from military men and women, as well as military and political history. Growing up a military brat might have something to do with this. I still coach baseball. 16-19 year olds in our local Babe Ruth league. This will be the last year coaching my son.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do?
   After high school I was offered a baseball scholarship to Cal State Hayward,(now CS Eastbay), so I was gonna be a ballplayer (I was Catcher) . . . or so I thought. A month before reporting I tore my knee up(ACL) in a Legion game, first injury ever. Spent Fr. year rehabbing, at the beggining of So. Year tore the other one in practice(MCL and ACL), and I was done without ever playing a game. Finished  college and bopped around with a journalism/English degree until I hooked on with Kodak for 17 years as an OSHA compliance specialist. Ended up in HR in Chicago. Left there in '05 to start my own school picture business, took a hit in the economy crash and in '10 needing cash flow, took a part time job driving a taxi. After a couple of months of applying basic business principles I figured that you could make real money doing this. 6 years later I own 20 cabs with another on the way. If you'd have told me when I left Kodak I'd end up in the taxi business I would have looked at you screwy. Life takes some funny turns along the way. Pic is recent, me, with some of my cars.


01 April 2016

5 minutes with rls1

rls1 runs the Anaheim Anteaters in the NL West. He has been here since season 1.

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          Like many others, I discovered WIS around 2001 through the MLB website. Was long devoted to progressive leagues in SIM, and have tried a few rounds of Hoops Dynasty, but am really down to just two HBD teams now. I consider Capra my WIS home and the Anteaters my favorite experience on the site.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          Grew up in Orange County and loving the Angels, for better or worse. Was kind of a family religion--one that promised more suffering than any of us realized back in the day. In fact, we kind of developed a penchant for the lovable losers in the area, so the Clippers, too. Only other team or sport I currently watch closely is the Butler basketball team. 
          As for memories, there were so many heartbreaks with the Angels. Being up 2 games to none on Milwaukee in the '82 ALCS and then losing the next 3 games. The '95 season when the Angels coughed up a 10 1/2 game lead starting in mid-August, still one of the greatest collapses in MLB history. But nothing hurts more than that afternoon in '86, the ALCS, Angels one strike away from their first Series berth, Donnie Moore vs. Dave Henderson, the pitch that killed.
          Best memory? Finally getting to attend an Angels World Series game in 2002, and a victory at that, Game 2, an 11-10 run-scoring party that made everyone feel like maybe the team could do it. After that, maybe watching Butler's Final Four victory in 2010 on campus with my children and Butler students in Hinkle--and then everyone running out to party and dance in the street.  
  
3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          Last three things: Thunderbitch, new Brian Fallon album, Rage Against the Machine. Other than things like family and health, music has always meant the most to me, much more than sports or books. This is a passion I learned from my brother (sjstapleton) when we were younger, even though he now listens to too many Star Wars/noodle jam bands. Best big show I've seen? Easily Springsteen, maybe 5 times now. But smaller shows are better and have been lucky enough to see great bands like Tom Waits, the Replacements, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Lucero, Vic Chesnutt, and so on.
     
4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          With two kids and a wife with a busy career, there's not a whole lot of extra time for hobbies, but if there were, more indie films, more live music, more Cormac McCarthy books, more travel, more driving across the country (another love I developed with sjstapleton when we were younger). Not sure I have any surprises. Pretty typical.         

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
          33 years in Southern California, last 13 in Indianapolis. Teach writing and books at Butler University. There's not much money, but my wife and I have time instead of money. 

31 March 2016

5 Minutes with crickett13

crickett13 manages the Pawtucket Bobcats in the AL North. He is one of the Original Eight in Capra--and has been here since the beginning. His team won the World Series in season 9. 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          I got on through the MLB site in 2001 when they first got their MLB license. I always loved tabletop baseball games and baseball history so it was love at first byte. Right now HBD and HD are the only games I still play, but I used to love progressives in SLB. My favorite WIS memories are the original Beer League draft. This was the 1st progressive league on the site so it was kind of an ongoing experiment. Also meeting several owners from that league at a ballgame in Baltimore.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          I'm a huge Phillies fan and have been since I saw my first game in person in 1969. Before that I was almost a Tigers fan because in '68 I first started paying attention to Baseball and rooted for the Tigers in the WS. My favorite memories were that first game. Phils won 1-0, and I can still see Tony Taylor stealing 2B and then flying around 3rd on Deron Johnson's single with 2 outs in the 8th.Also, the final regular season series of the 1980 season vs the Expos and the post season. Hard to beat a 5 game playoff that features 4 extra inning games. And the entire 1993 season.
          Also a Colts fan because my dad bought me the Johnny Unitas story when I first started to like sports. He felt Unitas would be a good role model. Also like the Bucs because I lived in Tampa when the franchise first started. The Mike Curtis INT and Jim O'Brien's game winning FG rank as my favorite football moments. Imagine the star O'Brien would be today. A Rookie Kicker wins the Super bowl as time runs out and most fans never heard of him :) 
Favorite Players: John Kruk, Dick Allen, Jim Bunning, Johnny U, Marvin Harrison, Chase Utley, Peyton Manning, and Regie Wayne.


3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          I asked my daughter how I was going to answer this and she just laughed. My Music tastes are varied. At any given time you can find me listening to Frank Sinatra, Big Band, Elvis (both Presley and Costello) The Talking Heads, Alice Cooper, Velvet Revolver, The Monkeys, The Foo Fighters, Walk the Moon, The Outlaws, Finger Eleven, The Doors, Dylan. Just about anything. Not crazy about rap or classical. I will say this I'm not the guy who bitches there is no good music anymore and pulls the "in my day" crap. We had lots of good and bad music in every era.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          I love to cook. I went to culinary school when I was younger and worked in restaurants for a while before I realized I loved the work, but not the job. I also like growing vegetables and have a fairly large garden. I write poetry and some of it is even fairly good. I love fantasy books like the Elric Series and the Amber series. Right now I am re-reading Katherine Kurtz's Deryni series. In movies To Kill a Mockingbird, 1776, and the Birdcage are movies I can watch over and over. I am really enjoying all the superhero movies that are coming out right now. I also love the TV shows Gotham and Arrow. Yes I'm a nerd. I would still GM Dungeons and Dragons if I had players.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
          I grew up in North East Pa in the Wilkes-Barre Scranton area which some of you may know from the show The Office. Right now I live in Clifton Springs, NY, which is located in the Finger Lakes region. In between I have lived in Tampa, FL, Austin, TX, and Lancaster, PA.
          I work for an eyeglass lens company known as Shamir and I travel the country doing educational seminars for Opticians and Eye Doctors, as well as doing installations and troubleshooting of our technology. When I am not on the road I work from home answering questions from Opticians, Eye Doctors, and consumers. 

30 March 2016

Capra World Buzz Podcast: Season 39



The long-awaited return of the Capra World Buzz Podcast. tbrad321, khendrickson and anthonybenet break down the start of S39.

5 Minutes with evil_twin

evil_twin manages the Montreal Saracens in the AL North. He is on his fourth stint and team with Capra (surely a record for a returning owner!). evil_twin was also an original Capra owner when he founded the San Juan Rumrunners (currently the Nashville Sounds in the NL South). 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          On July 27th 2002, I clicked on an ad on mlb.com looking for something different than typical fantasy sports or games and have been hooked ever since.
          My favorite moment on the site would be my first progressive league championship, the 70/71 original Beer League, with a team highlighted by the postseason rotation of Catfish Hunter, Claude Osteen and Don Gullett.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          As a Minnesotan, my favorites are the Twins, Vikings, old North Stars, Wild and Timberwolves.
          My favorite sports memories are the 87 World Series, when the team I'd grown up with reached the pinnacle. That's followed closely by the 1991 Series, and the greatest Game 7 ever played.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 

          The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
          The Prodigy - Firestarter / Breathe
          Megadeth - Black Friday
          Favorite Artists? Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath
          Best Show? June 91, Clash of the Titans - Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          Non sports hobby? Poker
          Favorite movies : Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Godfather, Shutter Island
          Current read : The Icelandic Sagas

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
          Lifelong Minnesotan, aside from five years in the Navy. I pay my bills online. Mailing checks is so passe.

29 March 2016

5 Minutes with flbarons

flbarons runs the Scranton Lackawanna in the NL East and has done so since season 34.

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          I had to look this up – I’ve been on the site since 2004. I found an ad on some sports site and thought I’d give it a try – I started with SIM Baseball and SIM Hockey but quickly decided to just stick with SIM Baseball. I’ve been on HBD for about 3 or 4 years I think – I started in Let’s Play Two with billpitt cause they were recruiting – I must admit I’m not very good at HBD (that won’t surprise anyone LOL) – it takes a lot of time and I travel a ton with my job so I can’t put in as much time as I like but I have been getting some mentoring from guys like mccarthyizm and jeclapton123, which has really helped. I don’t really have a favorite moment on HBD as yet just trying to figure out this game.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          I love all kinds of sports (just about everything to be honest). I grew up a huge hockey (still play today) and baseball guy – I loved the Expos growing up (being a Canuck) and switched to the Jay’s when we lost the 'spos. I have a ton of favorite players from that era Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Steve Rogers Tim Raines (should definitely be in the HOF), later Dave Steib, Joe Carter, Tony Fernandez – but my all time favorite player is Ken Griffey Jr. I just loved how he played the game. My favorite sports memory was going the Boston/Colorado WS in Denver with my son (that’s him and I in the picture) – it was so much fun and the Colorado crowd was amazing.  Every year he and I go to a major league game somewhere – this year it looks like Detroit to see the Tigers.  I think my biggest problem in today’s sports is how difficult it is for kids to play more than one sport anymore – up here if you’re a decent hockey player that’s all you can play – it’s a 12 month deal – back in the old days J I could play both hockey and baseball – I think it’s sad that kids are missing out on some other sports.

From left: little flbarons, flbarons.                    
3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          I have a 14 year old daughter so I listen to anything “new." It keeps me young . . . so the last 3 songs that were “downloaded for me” were  The Weekend's “The Hills,"  Adele's “Hello,” and Lucas Graham's “7 years.” Cue laughter!! But my 3 favorite artists are Supertramp (my favorite live show), The Fray, and being from Western Canada – Rascal Flats.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          I really enjoy playing board games with our extended family. I read a ton when I’m traveling, mostly easy reading type stuff – Harlan Coben and Lee Child being 2 of my favorites and even though I work in an office now – I paid my way through college building houses and I still do renovation work for family and friends – it’s great getting a couple of buddies together to build something for somebody and having a beer together after your done.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
          Born and raised in Calgary Canada and still living here today. If you’re living in Calgary, you're part of the Canadian oil industry, and I run a small Oil Marketing Company.  I have 3 awesome children although the older 2 are now adultss and by far and away my best work!

5 Minutes with Buzz Capra and/or Crumbly Jones

This response came from an email display name of Buzz Capra and an email address of crumblyjones. 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site?
          First of all, this site is small potatoes, okay? I am bigger than this site, okay? I am worth billions, I could totally buy this site and shut it down, okay?

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture?
          I don't have favorite teams, teams have favorite people, like me, okay? I could buy any team I want, if I wanted to-what drives me crazy about sports are people who think small-I think greatness, and do great things-I make things great

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen?
          If I wasn't so busy building my brand into the greatest brand the world has ever seen, I'd have more time for music-I used to listed to the classics when I was child, before I made my first million at 15-Vegas has some very classy shows

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
         My hobbies are making money, and being successful. I am not worth millions, I am worth Billions, okay? America's Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is totally on my side on this

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do?
         Is this a trick question? I already answered this-I make billions, and am yuuuugggelly successful, okay? I "don't pay bills," my bills pay me, okay?

24 March 2016

5 Minutes with ???, Or, Is This Where I Turn In My Animal Farm Book Report?

These responses came from an email with the address of bertandernieluvpbj@gmail.com. The email address had a display name of Buzz Capra. No reply when I asked for an HBD username.

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          My book report is on Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is a Signet Classic in which animals take over the farm. In the book, animals are used to represent communists and people represent Democrats. I would say that using animals to represent communists was a pretty good idea, because, historically, communists tried to do a lot of animalistic things, like aim nuclear bombs at America, and that is like something an animal on a farm might do.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          Portraying communists as animals who try to run things instead of humans is a good way to make a point. The best scene in the book was probably when some of the various animals on the farm set out to create a paradise of progress, ideals, and equality.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          Anyone who knows history knows how that really turned out. Not only George Orwell, the author, deserves credit, but Russell Baker for his excellent introduction. Edmund Wilson from The New Yorker sure knew what he was talking about when he said the book was "Absolutely first-rate... on par with Voltaire and Swift."

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          All in all, George Orwell did a great job, and Animal Farm is a Signet Classic in every sense of the word, and well worth the $5.99 purchase price. It's so good, in fact, that if I was in Canada, I would be happy to pay the higher price of $7.99.


5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do?

          If you liked "Voltaire and Swift," then you will love Animal Farm.

23 March 2016

5 Minutes with jlrubbyj57

I received this reply from the following email address: smshanemcgowan@gmail.com, which had the display name of Shane McGowan (any Pogues fans out there?). When I asked for a Capra username, the emailer replied that his Capra name is jlrubbyj57.

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site?
          Barry Bonds and Bud Selig are in a conspiracy together to boost television ratings. Mr. Selig on 2 occasions (Dec.10, 2001 and Feb. 6th, 2003) met Mr. Bonds at the I-70 Steak and Shake, booth #11, made an under the table cream exchange, needles, HGH, as Mr. Bonds provided Mr. Selig 22 thousand for his services. I planted a bug in booth #10, Robert Novak and Judith Miller have copies of the transcripts. 

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture?
          Barry Bonds is responsible for getting me Federally indicted in Houston, Texas, case #H-30-90, because I threatened to expose his and Bud Selig's steroid/cocaine abuse. Bonds committed identity theft in my name, put a Lendingtree.com mortgage on my credit, burned it down to collect insurance. I had a fraud alert on my social.
 
3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          Barry Bonds on June 22, 2004, bench pressed me against my will to show off in front of his ballpark buddies. I also witnessed Mr. Bonds selling steroids to nuns.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
           Barry Bonds uses Hank Aaron's corked bat during ballgames. The bat has secret chambers where Barry stores his HGH supplements. Bonds takes them while he waits in the batters box. Bonds left a voicemail message on my I-phone, made threats toward me.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
          Mr. Bonds gave mustard gas to Saddam Hussein, part of the oil for food scandal. Mr. Bonds is using my copyrighted name for profit. 
          Plaintiff prays for relief. Asking the Honorable Court to compel Bonds to give me my identity back. 
          Plaintiff also seeks restraining order. No more baseball games played on the FCI Williamsburg T.V. sets. May peace be with America forever.

Season 39 HOF Analysis - Similarity Scores

Reference this post from Season 38 for more information.



22 March 2016

5 Minutes with alexkluge

alexkluge manages the Washington D.C. Expos in the AL East. The Expos won the World Series in Season 38, their 13th in Capra. 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          I have been playing Hardball Dynasty for almost 6 years now. I ended up here because of a friend of mine and former Capra owner “mdymond” introduced me to the game. I have only played Hardball Dynasty and have been hooked ever since. Favorite HBD moment was game 6 of the Season 39 World Series when the Expos defeated the Sabres to capture our first World Series title. My second favourite moment was the Season 39 ALDS when the Expos rallied to defeat the Bulldogs after being down 2 games to none to win three straight.


2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          I am very much a “homer” when it comes to my sports teams. Being from Toronto, I follow the Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs all very closely. My top sports moments were Joe Carter’s Game 6 series winning home run of the 1993 World Series, Jose Bautista’s “bat flip” from Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS, and Doug Gilmour’s double over time game winning goal of the 1993 Norris Division finals.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          I have very eclectic music taste. Recently I have been listening a lot of Mumford & Sons, M83, and Death Cab for Cutie.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          I love to travel and I love eating. Lucky for me Toronto has a great food scene. When I travel, I like to experience local cuisine and culture. 


5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 

          I am a Real Estate Broker here in Toronto and lived here most of my life. If any other Capra owners are planning a move to Toronto, I’d love to help them! Lol.

20 March 2016

5 Minutes with moethedog

moethedog has been running the Syracuse Sicilians in the NL East since Capra's 15th season. During this run the Sicilians have won a World Series (26) and battled in the Series five more times.


1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          I first came to HBD (and Capra) in Year 15. I had played several seasons, with mixed results, in SimLeague Baseball. I was lucky enough to win a Tournament of Champion in the theme leagues and used that chunk of credit to take the HBD dive. I loved it from Day 1. HBD is the ONLY game I play. I’ve resisted others simply because I have enough of a jones for this one. I was lucky enough to win a Capra World Series a while back. I was also lucky enough to lose 5 WS in 8 seasons, just recently. I have to admit to loving all of it.
2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          I’m a big Seattle Mariners fan. I’m a graduate of the University of Oregon, Class of ’79, so I’m a pretty large Duck fan, too. Back in the day, when I was attending, the Ducks were terrible in football (anybody remember the Bottom Ten rankings?), or beyond terrible (if you were there, you know what I’m talking about). To really appreciate the recent football success you have to had experienced the dismal years, too. We were pretty decent in b-ball back then (The Kamikaze Kids). I will say that only 8 teams made the tournament WAY back then. Hey, we won an NCAA game tonight! Go Ducks! I’m a big Tom Brady fan and like the Packers, as well. Still remember the Ice Bowl. And it was the Miracle Mets of ’69 that really ignited my baseball love.
3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen?
          Probably Sinatra, Mellencamp, and some 1940s jazz (My ring-tone is Louis Prima’s Sing Sing Sing). All-time favs are Buffett (saw him 7-8 times, even before he was famous), Sinatra, and Springsteen . . . maybe. Favorite shows were Buffett, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull and . . . (yes) Elvis (Winter of ’76).
4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          I love movies where people actually talk and there is nuance. Hollywood doesn’t do that anymore. Sigh. I was once a highly competitive scratch-type golfer, but practice too much now and play too little. Mostly now you will find me standing in a river chasing steelhead with a flyrod. In November I try to topple an elk. I read anything and everything (really), especially loving history (which I teach) and Ivan Doig. I recently ended 6 terms as Mayor, have been a Port Commissioner for more than two decades, am directly involved in regional economic development, am a state-wide leader in an alternative energy field, was once named one of Oregon’s 50 Great Leaders, and am finishing my 35th year as a HS teacher. My wife teaches as well. I have a daughter who is a sophomore at the University of Montana. She was an All-State Volleyball player. My youngest daughter, (pictured with yours truly) was All-League in B-ball and Homecoming Queen this year. She’s heading to Oregon State. I’ve been blessed, to say the least.

19 March 2016

5 Minutes with jeclapton123

jeclapton123 manages the San Juan Scorpions in the NL East. He is in his second stint in Capra.

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          I joined HBD because of my best friend, chazzzzzz, who many of you know from the early days of Capra. I was a member of Capra from season 5 through season 14. I took a break from HBD for a while when daily fantasy was first taking off, but I really enjoy HBD and I got the urge one day to check back with Capra and see how things were doing in the league. Much to my surprise, not only was there a slot available in Capra, but it was actually my original franchise that I had acquired back when I first joined! 
         My favorite game on WIS is definitely HBD. I've tried some of the sim leagues, but they don't compare to HBD for me. I spend most of my time on WIS between two HBD leagues, Capra and Mordecai. I'm wrapping up my third and final season in Fingers.
Favorite team/experience: Although I didn't win a World Series out of it, I did manage to take my team (Iowa City Harvesters) to the World Series in four consecutive seasons. That was a pretty awesome experience. 

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          I've always been a fan of the Minnesota teams, since I'm born and raised here in the state. I'm a Twins fan and will be going to the home opener in a few weeks, so I'm pretty excited for that experience. 
          I can list off several players in each of the major sports that are my favorites. 

  • NFL- My all time favorites are Barry Sanders and Walter Payton, but my current favorites are Larry Fitzgerald, Russell Wilson, and Von Miller.
  • MLB-I was always a fan of Kirby Puckett as a young Minnesotan, but I also was a die hard Griffey fan as well. He was 2nd only to Puckett for me back in the day. Mike Trout is a player I really enjoy watching in the modern era.
  • I'd have to say that the item that drives me crazy about sports today is ticket prices. WAY too expensive! 
  • Favorite memory is the 1991 World Series. The catch by Puckett in game 6 as well as his homer to send the series to game 7 were absolutely unbelievable. Also, the performance by Jack Morris in game 7 was an event that just blew my mind as a 7 year old. It's also the last time our state has seen a world championship from any of the major sports teams, excluding the WNBA. The women's basketball team, the Lynx, is the best team in the state at this moment.
3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          Music is something I've always had a passion for in life. I love everything from jazz to metal. My three favorite artists are John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, and Gov't Mule. The last three things I listened to are "Anyhow" by Tedeschi Trucks Band, "Another Brick in the Wall" by Brit Floyd(an AMAZING British cover band), and "Thrill is Gone" by BB King.
          I can't really pick a favorite show, because I've seen so many great musicians in concert. Live music is something I've always loved, because it allows the musicians to truly open up and share their heart and soul with the listener in the moment. I'll list off some of the acts I've seen in concert. Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Joe Bonamassa, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Bela Fleck, Steve Earle. I will say that I've seen Los Lobos and Derek Trucks more times than any other musician I've listed. I've seen Derek Trucks in his new band or in his original band a combined total of six times.  

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          Sports and music comprise a large percentage of my interests. I'm a trivia buff as well, so I'm always someone who can give you the most obscure fact about something you may or may not care about. My favorite film of all time is 12 Angry MenA surprising fact about my interests is that in spite of my screen name referencing a guitar legend, I do not know how to play the guitar. 

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do?  
          I was born in Minnesota. I've lived in Minnesota for my entire life and I don't intend to move out of the state. I've lived in my hometown for approximately 80% of my life (6 years away out of my 31 years of life). I'm working in retail right now selling electronics and answering any and every question about your cell phone, iPad, TV, game console you can think of in this world. However, I do have a college degree in chemistry, but the lab life was too stressful for me, so I'm looking in another direction at this point in time. We'll see where life takes me. :) 

18 March 2016

5 Minutes with dcbove

dcbove mans the Cleveland Spiders in the AL East. He has been doing so since season 7 and in this team the Spiders have appeared in the World Series 8 times and won 4 of them. 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
          My very first experience on WIS is Season 7 of Capra. I had found the site looking for stats for college football bowl game previews and had followed a link to one of WIS's "Bowl Projection" articles. HBD is the only game I've played (with the exception of one free season of GD).
          My favorite experience or accomplishment? Rick Christensen's career Capra lead in pitching wins and winning percentage, if only because of the seasons of sustained success that it required. I'm afraid that Rick won't be all that gracious when Junior Hernandez breaks his record.  Rick thinks he could have squeezed out a few more seasons of 8 to 10 wins if he had too.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 

          My favorite teams are the Buffalo Bills, the New York Yankees, and Tottenham Spurs.  I figure that liking the hapless Bills and the evil, corporate Yankees provides a certain sort of karmic balance. Spurs have become a favorite to watch on weekend, winter mornings.
          My greatest pro sports moment is the 1996 Game 4 World Series homer by Jim Leyritz. I'm just the right age to not remember the late 70s' Yankee World Series wins and have endured the late 80s/early 90s' debacle during high school and college. That homer was the blow that convinced me that my favorite team just might finally win a title!
          The greatest sporting event I ever attended was the otherwise meaningless March 8, 1994 ECAC Hockey Preliminary Round Game where Cornell beat Princeton 5-4 in Overtime. Literally(!) the most thrilling event ever. And I can't find an account on the internet other than the final score. I guess you had to be there.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          My favorite band: seminal Australian psychedelic, space rock band The Church (start here.) Other than that? I still like 80s college rock bands with punk roots like The Replacements and Husker Du, goth roots like The Cure or The Mission or psychedelic roots like The Soft Boys. This millennium really hasn't done much for me.


4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          Hobbies? I play golf well enough to find my ball after I hit it. I like to read history, sci-fi/fantasy, and popular science. I'm a software developer and I write more software in my spare time. I just finished watching all 6 seasons of the Clone Wars on Netflix. So, yeah, I guess I like Star Wars.

   
5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 

          I've lived in upstate New York my whole life with only one short-lived stint in Cleveland. Jacobs Field remains my favorite ballpark, far better than either of the Yankee Stadiums. I do manage to pay my bills. 

17 March 2016

5 Minutes with anthonybenet

anthonybenet is entering his 10th season in Capra. His Los Angeles Vandals play in the AL West. 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site?
          I have been on the site regularly since Season 30 of Capra baseball. I first heard about it when I was in high school and starting playing a couple sim leagues on WIS in 2007. I had a short stint with HBD a handful of years later and now I've found my home here in Capra. Favorite moment with the Vandals so far has been in Game 5 of the Wild Card round of Season 37 against the Peaches. Sammy Beckett's pinch hit home run in the bottom of the 9th sent the game to extras where the Vandals eventually prevailed by an Alexei Bonilla RBI. 

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture?

          My favorite team is the Cincinnati Bengals. I also enjoy following the Cavs, Reds, and Blue Jackets (pre-2015 version). While these teams have a combined 1 championship in my lifetime (the 1990 Cincinnati Reds when I was a one-year old), I have my Alma Mater to tide me over (Ohio State). By most who know me, sports would be considered my #1 hobby. I religiously watch my sports teams (excluding post-2014 Blue Jackets) and use the "eye-test" to develop theories on the game, then dig into the numbers and metrics to test out my thoughts. 

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          Haven't followed music quite the same as I did when I was a teenager. Nowadays I'm happy picking what I like from what is popular at the time. Dance music has seemed to come in strong the last half-decade but I can find something I like from any genre, Rap, Hip Hop, Rock, Classics, and, yes, even Country (sorry teenage version of myself).

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          If a game isn't on in a given night, a movie is going to be playing in my living room. I could talk all day about movies with anyone who has an interest in them. Video games are pretty neat too (Rocket League has consumed up hundreds of hours of my time so far this year). I read a bit as well, normally non-fiction but sometimes fantasy or sci fi.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do?
          Originally from the small town of Piqua, Ohio, near Dayton (the birthplace of flight). Went to college in Columbus, and now I'm working in Cleveland. I worked in pension valuation for a few years, now I'm in commerical insurance pricing. At home, I live with The Wife, a 3-year old Chihuahua mix, a 4-month old St. Bernard / Lab mix, and an 8-month old human.

15 March 2016

5 Minutes with erik0097

erik0097 has been running the Toronto Beavers in the NL North since Capra's first season. He is one of the Original Eight. 

1/What If Sports. How long have you been on the site, and how did you end up here? What is your favorite game here? Favorite team or experience on the site? 
           I was part of the wave that came aboard after Simmons mentioned it and one of my co-workers confirmed that yes it would be something I would like. Started with sim baseball, got involved in Hoops Replay, and joined Capra from there. Capra is the only game I am actively playing.
          My epic comeback in game 7 of the Capra S04 World Series is of course a great memory. Another one was winning game 6 of the Hoops Replay 1984 Finals -- the feeling of my underdog team pulling one out on the road and sticking around for game 7 made for an exilarating morning/lunchtime. Missing 11 straight shots from the fieldd in game 7 was disappointing, but I loved winning game 6 and going the distance.

2/Sports. What are your favorite teams in the real world? Favorite players and/or sports memories? What drives you crazy about sports or sports culture? 
          I was born in New Orleans so I have been a lifelong Saints fan. I grew up in Alabama and got absorbed by the Crimson Tide in elementary school. After I moved to Toronto, I was happy to have an MLB team I could jump onto the bandwagon for.
          Memories: the Teague Strip; the Porter interception; the Bautista bat flip.
          When sports are taken too seriously drives me a little crazy. It's supposed to be fun and enjoyable.

3/Music. What are the last three things you listened to? All-time three favorite artists? Best show you've seen? 
          New things I've been listening to are Tame Impala, Wye Oak, and the Hamilton soundtrack. My all-time favorites are OutKast, Sleater-Kinney and the White Stripes. My favorite show ever was seeing Sleater-Kinney last year.

4/Aside from sports and music, what are your favorite hobbies, films, books, etc? What might surprise us about your interests?
          I read a lot - 50 books last year, a mix of fiction and a broad range of non-fiction; watch TV; hang out with my wife and our cats; occasionally cook - I make some very good soups.

5/Survival. Where are you from originally, and where are you living now? How do you pay your bills, assuming you do? 
           My Saints-Crimson Tide-Blue Jays fandom traces the path of places I've lived. I have a government job, working on the support staff of a civil tribunal.
I'm on instagram @snoreway if you want to see a goofy mix of drinks, cats, amateurish drawings and landscape photos.