Saturday, December 20, 2014

Introducing the Hoboken Zephyr's

Stephen L's first franchise logo contains a great rendering of Elysian Fields


Bonus points for anyone who can recall the 1st Hoboken Zephyrs

Introducing the Albuquerque Heisenbergs

Greg M explains, "We've had an influx of money from a fried-chicken franchise, so we're switching names for ATB 17.  We'll be called the Albuquerque Heisenbergs."


Friday, December 19, 2014

Draft Order - Final Results!

Going to post two a day.  I forgot we draft parks now, so people need to know there pick slots sooner, rather than later.

I'll be posting the draft order, one at a time each day, over the next few weeks.  What else are we going to do in December, right?

Pick / Owner / Player Taken Last Year in the Slot/ 355 Resim
24. TJ 0 ----- 1997 Larry Walker --- (.269 / .338 / .494, .832)
23. Mike S --- 1913 Walter Johnson - (3.00, 1.00, 3.40 Adj ERA)
22. Joe T ---- 1926 Turkey Stearnes- (.291 / .330 / .579, .909)
21. Greg M --- 1887 Tip O'Neil ----- (.322 / .368 / .511, .879)
20. Tony P --- 1939 Joe DiMaggio --- (.293 / .350 / .490, .840)
19. Matt B --- 1901 Nap Lajoie ----- (.316 / .359 / .473, .832)
18. Ivar A --- 1922 Nip Winters -----(2.87, 1.02, 2.92 Adj ERA)
17. Justin B - 1917 Ty Cobb -------- (.322 / .370 / .491, .861)
16. David K -- 1980 George Brett --- (.312 / .361 / .506, .867)
15. Allen C -- 1922 Heavy Johnson -- (.322 / .397 / .592, .989)
14. Thomas R - 1929 Willie Wells --- (.273 / .350 / .485, .835)
13. Gary G --- 1935 Akry Vaughan --- (.275 / .369 / .416, .785)
12. Lou P ---- 1941 Ted Williams --- (.321 / .451 / .560, 1.011)
11. Al H ----- 1924 Rogers Hornsby - (.301 / .373 / .490, .863)
10. John J --- 1995 Greg Maddux ---- (2.18, 0.95, 2.33 Adj ERA)
 9. Brian B -- 1876 Ross Barnes ---- (.335 / .415 / .493, .908)
 8. Justin P - 1927 Lou Gehrig ----- (.299 / .407 / .622, 1.209)
 7. Leanne S - 1884 Fred Dunlap ---- (.342 / .409 / .523, .932)
 6. Brad P --- 1957 Mickey Mantle -- (.313 / .460 / .526, .985)
 5. Sean S --- 2000 Pedro Martinez - (2.34, 0.87, 2.39 Adj ERA)
 4. Joe V ---- 1908 Honus Wagner --- (.296 / .346 / .455, .801)
 3. Jason B -- 1920 Babe Ruth ------ (.278 / .450 / .670, 1.120)
 2. Stephen L- 2004 Barry Bonds ---- (.289 / .460 / .605, 1.065)
 1. Mike M --- 1924 Oscar Charelston (.324 / .407 / .604, 1.011)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Welcome Tony P!

We're back at 24. 

Tony comes to us via Thomas R who came to us via Justin P. 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Looking for One More Owner

Will G unfortunately had to leave the league for some very valid reasons.  We wish him the best of luck and the door is always open for a future franchise in ATB 18 and beyond.

It does leave us 1 owner short.  If you know of anyone who might be interested, please drop me a note.

Hudson MadBum Franchise Announced

Brad P will be piloting Hudson MadBum this year.  Here's the logo.  It should not need to be stated, but Brad is a SF Giant fan.






Monday, December 15, 2014

Welcome Thomas R!

We've filled the last opening.  Please welcome Thomas R who comes to us by way of the #1 owner of all time, Justin P.  No pressure Thomas

Friday, December 12, 2014

#1 Picks by Owner

Thought it would be interesting to see the #1 pick history for active owners.  It wasn't, but figured I would share anyway.

Al H: ATB 16 - (B) - # 8 - 1927 Lou Gehrig

Allen C: ATB 11 - (B) - # 6 - 1894 Hugh Duffy
Allen C: ATB 12 - (B) - # 9 - 1932 Jimmie Foxx
Allen C: ATB 13 - (B) - #11 - 1908 Honus Wagner
Allen C: ATB 14 - (B) - # 7 - 1932 Jimmie Foxx
Allen C: ATB 15 - (P) - #21 - 2000 Randy Johnson
Allen C: ATB 16 - (P) - # 5 - 2000 Pedro Martinez

Brad P: ATB 7 -- (P) - # 6 - 1913 Walter Johnson
Brad P: ATB 9 -- (B) - #13 - 1908 Honus Wagner
Brad P: ATB 10 - (B) - # 1 - 1920 Babe Ruth
Brad P: ATB 11 - (B) - #16 - 1901 Nap Lajoie
Brad P: ATB 12 - (B) - #19 - 1910 Ty Cobb
Brad P: ATB 13 - (B) - #17 - 1876 Ross Barnes
Brad P: ATB 14 - (B) - # 8 - 1876 Ross Barnes
Brad P: ATB 15 - (B) - #19 - 1980 George Brett
Brad P: ATB 16 - (B) - # 4 - 2004 Barry Bonds (TRADE)

Brian B: ATB 10 - (B) - # 7 - 1924 Rogers Hornsby
Brian B: ATB 11 - (P) - # 9 - 1999 Randy Johnson
Brian B: ATB 12 - (B) - # 7 - 1908 Honus Wagner
Brian B: ATB 13 - (B) - # 1 - 1920 Babe Ruth
Brian B: ATB 14 - (B) - #12 - 1908 Honus Wagner
Brian B: ATB 15 - (P) - # 3 - 2000 Pedro Martinez
Brian B: ATB 16 - (B) - # 12 - 1941 Ted Williams

Dave K: ATB 14 - (B) - # 3 - 2002 Barry Bonds
Dave K: ATB 15 - (B) - #10 - 1927 Lou Gehrig
Dave K: ATB 16 - (B) - #20 - 1939 Joe DiMaggio

Gary G: ATB 14 - (P) - #17 - 1913 Walter Johnson
Gary G: ATB 15 - (B) - # 2 - 1920 Babe Ruth
Gary G: ATB 16 - (P) - #23 - 1913 Walter Johnson

Greg M: ATB 15 - (B) - #22 - 1901 Nap Lajoie
Greg M: ATB 16 - (B) - # 6 - 1957 Mickey Mantle

Ivar A: ATB 9 -- (B) - # 3 - 2002 Barry Bonds
Ivar A: ATB 10 - (B) - #11 - 1932 Jimmie Foxx
Ivar A: ATB 11 - (P) - # 5 - 1995 Greg Maddux
Ivar A: ATB 12 - (B) - # 8 - 1997 Larry Walker
Ivar A: ATB 13 - (B) - #18 - 1997 Larry Walker
Ivar A: ATB 14 - (B) - #15 - 1939 Joe DiMaggio
Ivar A: ATB 15 - (B) - #15 - 1917 Ty Cobb
Ivar A: ATB 16 - (B) - #24 - 1997 Larry Walker

Jason B: ATB 10 - (B) - #10 - 1908 Honus Wagner
Jason B: ATB 11 - (B) - #12 - 1908 Honus Wagner
Jason B: ATB 12 - (P) - # 4 - 2000 Pedro Martinez
Jason B: ATB 13 - (B) - #15 - 1925 Oscar Charleston
Jason B: ATB 14 - (B) - # 4 - 1957 Mickey Mantle
Jason B: ATB 15 - (B) - # 4 - 2004 Barry Bonds
Jason B: ATB 16 - (B) - #22 - 1926 Turkey Stearnes

Joe T: ATB 10 - (B) - #12 - 1969 Willie McCovey
Joe T: ATB 11 - (B) - #17 - 2008 Albert Pujols
Joe T: ATB 12 - (B) - # 3 - 1956 Mickey Mantle
Joe T: ATB 13 - (P) - #14 - 1995 Greg Maddux
Joe T: ATB 14 - (B) - #14 - 1948 Stan Musial
Joe T: ATB 15 - (B) - # 5 - 1957 Mickey Mantle
Joe T: ATB 16 - (B) - # 2 - 1908 Honus Wagner (TRADE)

Joe V: ATB 14 - (B) - #19 - 1961 Norm Cash
Joe V: ATB 15 - (B) - #13 - 1941 Ted Williams
Joe V: ATB 16 - (B) - # 1 - 1924 Oscar Charleston

Justin Bo: ATB 16 - (P) - #10 - 1995 Greg Maddux

Justin P: ATB 7 -- (B) - # 4 - 1941 Ted Williams
Justin P: ATB 9 -- (B) - #16 - 1935 Arky Vaughan
Justin P: ATB 10 - (P) - # 8 - 1995 Greg Maddux
Justin P: ATB 11 - (B) - #14 - 1941 Ted Williams
Justin P: ATB 12 - (B) - # 1 - 2001 Barry Bonds
Justin P: ATB 13 - (B) - #12 - 1932 Jimmie Foxx
Justin P: ATB 14 - (B) - #11 - 1884 Fred Dunlap
Justin P: ATB 15 - (B) - # 1 - 1924 Oscar Charleston
Justin P: ATB 16 - (B) - # 3 - 1920 Babe Ruth

Lou P: ATB 7 - (B) -- #12 - 1927 Lou Gehrig
Lou P: ATB 9 - (B) -- # 8 - 1941 Ted Williams
Lou P: ATB 10 - (B) - #17 - 1887 Tip O'Neill
Lou P: ATB 11 - (B) - #20 - 1917 Ty Cobb
Lou P: ATB 12 - (B) - #20 - 1948 Stan Musial
Lou P: ATB 13 - (B) - # 5 - 1957 Mickey Mantle
Lou P: ATB 14 - (B) - #13 - 1917 Ty Cobb
Lou P: ATB 15 - (B) - #17 - 1926 Turkey Stearnes
Lou P: ATB 16 - (P) - #18 - 1922 Nip Winters

Matt B: ATB 10 - (P) - #18 - 1908 Christy Mathewson
Matt B: ATB 11 - (B) - #19 - 1935 Arky Vaughan
Matt B: ATB 12 - (P) - #10 - 1995 Greg Maddux
Matt B: ATB 13 - (B) - #13 - 1887 Tip O'Neill
Matt B: ATB 14 - (B) - #20 - 1887 Tip O'Neill
Matt B: ATB 15 - (B) - #20 - 1933 Jimmie Foxx
Matt B: ATB 16 - (B) - #21 - 1935 Arky Vaughan (TRADE)

Mike M: ATB 15 - (B) - #12 - 1935 Arky Vaughan
Mike M: ATB 16 - (B) - #16 - 1980 George Brett

Mike S: ATB 7 -- (P) - # 7 - 1908 Addie Joss
Mike S: ATB 9 -- (P) - # 4 - 2000 Pedro Martinez
Mike S: ATB 10 - (P) - # 4 - 2000 Pedro Martinez
Mike S: ATB 11 - (B) - #13 - 1884 Fred Dunlap
Mike S: ATB 12 - (B) - # 5 - 1941 Ted Williams
Mike S: ATB 13 - (B) - # 8 - 1894 Hugh Duffy
Mike S: ATB 14 - (P) - # 2 - 2000 Pedro Martinez
Mike S: ATB 15 - (B) - #16 - 1922 Heavy Johnson
Mike S: ATB 16 - (B) - #19 - 1901 Nap Lajoie

Sean S: ATB 7 -- (B) - # 8 - 1924 Rogers Hornsby
Sean S: ATB 9 -- (P) - #15 - 1915 Pete Alexander
Sean S: ATB 10 - (B) - # 5 - 1941 Ted Williams
Sean S: ATB 13 - (B) - #16 - 1917 Ty Cobb
Sean S: ATB 14 - (B) - #18 - 1935 Arky Vaughan
Sean S: ATB 15 - (P) - # 7 - 1995 Greg Maddux
Sean S: ATB 16 - (B) - #13 - 1887 Tip O'Neill (TRADE)

Shotgun S: ATB 11 - (B) - # 3 - 2002 Barry Bonds
Shotgun S: ATB 12 - (B) - # 2 - 1921 Babe Ruth
Shotgun S: ATB 13 - (B) - #10 - 1924 Rogers Hornsby
Shotgun S: ATB 14 - (B) - # 9 - 1941 Ted Williams
Shotgun S: ATB 15 - (B) - #23 - 1939 Joe DiMaggio
Shotgun S: ATB 16 - (B) - # 9 - 1876 Ross Barnes

TJ O: ATB 7 -- (P) - #15 - 1909 Mordecai Brown
TJ O: ATB 9 -- (P) - #10 - 1995 Greg Maddux
TJ O: ATB 10 - (P) - # 6 - 1999 Randy Johnson
TJ O: ATB 11 - (B) - #15 - 1887 Tip O'Neill
TJ O: ATB 12 - (B) - #18 - 1901 Nap Lajoie
TJ O: ATB 13 - (B) - # 6 - 1941 Ted Williams
TJ O: ATB 14 - (B) - # 5 - 1927 Lou Gehrig
TJ O: ATB 15 - (B) - # 6 - 1929 Willie Wells
TJ O: ATB 16 - (B) - #15 - 1922 Heavy Johnson

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Richie Ashburn is the All Time MVP

Check this out.  In the 10 years I have records on him, Richie Ashburn, the defensive wizard with a high on base, has never been on a losing team.  Not once!  Seven times he helped guide a franchise to 90 or more wins, including 108 win  Franklin Lakes Pillpoppers in ATB 7.

To find this stat, I created a baseball +/- score.  It is truly meaningless, or at least mostly meaningless, but a fun little stat nonetheless.  I looked at each player and simply gave them positive credit for being on a winning team, and negative credit for being on a losing one.  The more wins above .500 in a given year, the more credit.

Here is the top 15 of All Time:
129 Wins: Richie Ashburn (10 Seasons)
125 Wins: Al Grabowski (11 Seasons)
120 Wins: Ted Williams (11 Seasons)
119 Wins: Jeff Gray (10 Seasons)
116 Wins: Reggie Smith (10 Seasons)
103 Wins: Oscar Charleston (9 Seasons)
99 Wins: Johnny Podres (7 Seasons)
98 Wins: Rob Murphy (11 Seasons)
97 Wins: Teddy Higuera (10 Seasons)
95 Wins: Bill Bernhard (10 Seasons)
94 Wins: Dave Bancroft (7 Seasons)
93 Wins: Gabe White (11 Seasons)
91 Wins: Orator Shaffer (6 Seasons)
90 Wins: Harry Brecheen (11 Seasons)
90 Wins: Buck Leonard (9 Seasons)

Most of those are very good players, but only Ted Williams would be considered an ATB elite.

Let's look at the data slightly differently.  Here are the top 15 in terms of average +/- per season:

15.2 Wins: Orator Shaffer (6 Seasons)
14.1 Wins: Johnny Podres (7 Seasons)
13.4 Wins: Dave Bancroft (7 Seasons)
13.2 Wins: Ross Youngs (6 Seasons)
12.9 Wins: Richie Ashburn (10 Seasons)
11.9 Wins: Jeff Gray (10 Seasons)
11.8 Wins: Pud Galvin (6 Seasons)
11.6 Wins: Reggie Smith (10 Seasons)
11.6 Wins: Bob O'Farrell (7 Seasons)
11.4 Wins: Oscar Charleston (9 Seasons)
11.4 Wins: Al Grabowski (11 Seasons)
11.2 Wins: Lenny Dykstra (6 Seasons)
11.0 Wins: Pat Jarvis (8 Seasons)
10.9 Wins: Ted Williams (11 Seasons)
10.7 Wins: Rusty Staub (6 Seasons)

By this measure, Ashburn drops a few spots and Orator Shaffer takes the lead.  Oscar Charleston also makes an appearance.

Shaffer is an interesting case.  In 6 seasons, his teams have exceeded 97 wins 5 times, including a wonderful 111 win campaign last year from his Spanish Harlem Pinata Beaters.

Again however, the elite players of ATB are largely absent.  Here is a view for those players most commonly referred to as the best of the bes, the top 11 draft picks from last season:

1) 103 Wins: Oscar Charleston (9 Seasons)
2)  61 Wins: Barry Bonds (11 Seasons)
3)   6 Wins: Babe Ruth (11 Seasons)
4)  28 Wins: Honus Wagner (11 Seasons)
5)  42 Wins: Pedro Martinez (11 Seasons)
6)  13 Wins: Mickey Mantle (11 Seasons)
7)  28 Wins: Fred Dunlap (6 Seasons)
8) -26 Wins: Lou Gehrig (11 Seasons)
9)   3 Wins: Ross Barnes (4 Seasons)
10) 41 Wins: Greg Maddux (11 Seasons)
11)-95 Wins: Rogers Hornsby (11 Seasons)

Ugly isn't it?  Only Charleston is remotely close to the top 10 overall.

Finally, here are the worst career +/- scores:
-122 Wins: Bob Feller (8 Seasons)
-107 Wins: Don Mattingly (10 Seasons)
-107 Wins: Jimmie Foxx (11 Seasons)
-105 Wins: Steve Carlton (9 Seasons)
-104 Wins: Ichiro Suzuki (9 Seasons)
-97 Wins: Bob Gibson (11 Seasons)
-96 Wins: Tom Seaver (10 Seasons)
-95 Wins: Eddie Guardado (7 Seasons)
-95 Wins: Rogers Hornsby (11 Seasons)
-91 Wins: Ryne Sandberg (10 Seasons)
-90 Wins: Whitey Ford (7 Seasons)

There are some famous, but also bad, players on this list.  Feller, Mattingly, Carlton, Ichrio, Gibson, Seaver, Sandberg and Ford are all MLB greats.  They also happen to be drafted every year despite some serious ATB shortcomings.

Don't make too much of these lists however.  It's only for our enjoyment - I am still happy to have Babe Ruth, even if he's only been on a winning team in 4 of 11 seasons.  Said another way, only Brad P and Justin P have been able to go to the playoffs with Ruth as their franchise player.  Incredible.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Welcome JJ!

John J (JJ) will pilot the American League opening we had.  JJ comes to us via the Yuku Diamond Mind Baseball forum.

Welcome JJ!