SPB-1 1983 Season            Status: Draft in May


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Current League Champion

SPB1-1982 Champion

Mike See
Las Vegas Thunder


The Thunder won their 5th SPB-1 crown (1975, 1977-78, 1980, 1982) by defeating the Cubs in five games. Ted Simmons (.333 5R, 5RBI, 2HR) and Steve Rogers (2-0 1.29) were names Co-MVPs.

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Rick Ryan


John Turnbull

Beat Writer

Joe Dezarlo

SPB-1 News that's fit to print

March 20, 2020

1983 Stadium Changes

The Blue Ridge Mountaineers will leave County Stadium for Anaheim Stadium.

This leaves County and Exhibition Stadiums as the two open parks.

February 17, 2020

Zorros players released

The Preble Zorros have released the following, and will enter the 1983 rookie draft:

Don Cooper
Bob Tufts
Curt Kaufman
Casey Parsons

The following will be released and will enter the rookie draft during their next carded season: Jim Dorsey, Phil Huffman, Mike Kinnunen.

February 16, 2020

Catfish players released

The Wabash River Catfish have released the following, and will enter the 1983 rookie draft:

Bud Bulling
Edwin Rodriguez
Bob Skube
Nick Capra

February 14, 2020

New manager for Las Vegas Thunder

With Mike See taking over the Pine Barons, the Thunder franchise has been claimed by John Pieschalski. He will be renaming his team to the Cleveland Buckeyes. He will remain in the Metrodome. Welcome aboard John!

February 14, 2020

Reyes de Plata players released

The following players have been released. The 1985 players will come back in the 1985 rookie draft. The remaining players will be placed in the 1983 rookie draft.

Butch Benton-1985
Joe DeSa-1985
Alan Fowkels - 1985
Junior Kennedy
Randy Martz
Roger Erikson
Glenn Gulliver
Brad Mills
Mike Jorgensen

February 11, 2020

Manager Resignation and team restructuring

Guys. Marc Shaw has resigned from SPB-1 and he leaves in good standing. Due to the current state of the team roster, I am implementing the following changes:

1) Move his 1st round draft pick to the #7 position behind the lottery teams. Analyzing the 1983 draft, this one is pretty deep. The #24 rated player by WAR is Jose Oquendo with a 13.3 WAR. There is no real cliff in this first 2 rounds like in some drafts. This will not adversely affect teams that would have to move down one slot. If this were done at season's end, he would have been in the lottery with no worse than a #3 overall pick.

2) Give team a compensatory pick at the end of round 1. This would equal the first pick in round 2, which is what he would have had if he quit right after the season. If I slipped him into the #1 spot, I would have to renumber all of the trades below that on the trade page, which I would rather not do.

3) Give team the first pick in the Rule 5 draft. This is the position that the team would have had if he quit right after the season.

I believe this will allow the least amount of disruption in the draft, and give the team four solid players to quickly add to their roster.

In addition to this, Mike See has volunteered to give up his World Championship team to make the Thunder the open team that we will be filling. Mike will aggressively use his talents to restock the team along with the provisions above. He will rename the Pine Barons to the Las Vegas Reyes de Plata.

Making the Thunder available will make filling the team much easier to do. Plus you wont have to worry about Mike being in the playoffs for the next few years as he rebuilds the team!

January 21, 2020

1982 Champion Crowned

Congratulations to Mike See and his Las Vegas Thunder, for capturing the 1982 World Series in five games over Rick Ryan's South Bend Cubs. This was Mike's third SPB-1 crown....his first since 1977. Mike also has amassed 14 overall SPB titles. Complete coverage can be found on the SPB-1 page.

January 15, 2020

Two team name changes for 1983

Two changes to report as we head into the 1983 off-season:

1) Jim Wheeler, who took over the Charlotte Cougars, will be renaming his team to the Preble Zorros. He will be moving out of Exhibition Stadium, and into the Oakland Coliseum, so Exhibition Stadium and the Kingdome are available.

2) The Niskauyna Nationals (Don Rahn) have renamed their team to the New York Mets.

January 15, 2020

1982 End of Season Reports

As is customary with the end of each season, we present to you the 1982 USE OR LOSE and OVERUSAGE reports for the season that has just ended.

January 10, 2020

1982 Pre-Season Prognosis Comparison

Linked is a comparison of actual and expected wins plus the results of my preseason analysis based on my standard formulas. I did not produce a written preseason prognosis but if I had it would have been based on these formulas. The actual and expected wins were pretty close in almost all cases. The River Flames who underachieved by one game were overtaken by the Triangles who overachieved by six games in the AL West. With a few ups and downs here and there everyone else pretty much ended up where they should have. In terms of the prognosis; the formula picked three of the four division winners with only the Cubs rising to the top instead of favored Rockford. The Cougars made it to third in the AL East as opposed to a projected sixth but the forecast showed them only a few points out of fourth.The Brushbacks were picked for third in the AL West but fell to fifth despite overachieving by three games from expected wins; sometimes those things just happen!

In the NL East my Black Sox made it all the way to second (and had the fourth best record in all of SPBI) despite a solid forecast of fourth and only a hair out of fifth. The Spiders were picked for a very close third and easily should have contended for the pennant but they finished fifth. The Pine Barons were picked for fourth (but only a hair above the next two teams) but finished a distant sixth.

Good luck to the playoff teams and then on to 1983 and the new DH/non-DH format!

January 10, 2020

1983 Lottery draft order

The Illinois evening pick 3 number last night was :  038.

The lottery draft order will be as follows:

1) Flushing Rats (Joe Dezarlo) 59 wins
2) Kenosha Eagles (Dave Lauer) 67 wins
3) Beast Coast Brushbacks (Chris Longo) 71 wins
4) Asheville Tourists (Rich Applegate) 63 wins
5) Niskayuna Nationals (Don Rahn) 69 wins
6) Ottawa Lynx (Stan Barkun) 68 wins


January 5, 2020

1982 Final Stats and Power rankings posted

The final stats and power rankings for the 1982 season are now posted.

The American League Championship series will pitt the Las Vegas Thunder (Mike See) against the Dayton Triangles (John Turnbull)

The National League Championship Series will match the Fairfax Peppers (Ron Peterson against the South Bend Cubs (Rick Ryan)

Good luck to all participants.

July 11, 2019

New manager

Please welcome SPB-4 Manager John Lippincott into SPB-1. He will be taking over the Damage franchise and will be renaming it to the Charlotte Cougars. This name change will appear on the May Database. Welcome aboard John!

June 20, 2019

Free Agent pickups (Updated)

The Wabash River Catfish have cut Rick Wise and Del Unser, and have picked up Eddie Vargas and Bob Skube.

The Ottawa Lynx have claimed the following players: Larry Ray, Dan Firova, Ron Pruitt, and Juan Espino

January 14, 2019

1981 World Series complete

Congratulations to the Rockford Forest Citys, skippered by Terry Baxter for sweeping Mike See's Las Vegas Thunder in four games to break the dynasty and capture his first SPB-1 crown. Congrats to Mike on a great season and another WS appearance. Complete writeups and boxscores can be found in the playoff links. We are done with the split-season and onto 1982!

January 10, 2019

1982 Ballpark Changes

The Wabash River Catfish are vacating the Metrodome and will move into Riverfront Stadium. The Las Vegas Thunder will then take the Metrodome and vacate the Kingdome

This will leave the Kingdome and Oakland Coliseum as the two open stadiums.

January 3, 2019

1981 End of Season files

Now that the split season is over, I present to you the end of season Use or Lose and Overusage results for each team. Considering the challenge with usage, we actually as a whole had fewer games of penalties handed out than we did in 1980!

January 2, 2019

September stats and Power rankings posted

The stats and power rankings for September of 1981 are now posted.

Guys....a huge thank you for getting the last week's stats in early.

The Playoff opponents will be :
AL: Las Vegas Thunder (Mike See) vs Dayton Triangles (John Turnbull)
NL: Fairfax peppers (Ron Peterson) vs. Rockford Forest Citys (Terry Baxter)

I will have the playoff database out to the playoff managers soon.

Batting Crown: Carney Lansford .353
HR: Mike Schmidt 52
RBI: Mike Schmidt 149 He batted .347, 3rd in batting
Stolen Bases: Omar Moreno 74. Rickey says he beat out Rickey by 2SB

Wins: Bob Knepper 22-7
ERA: Bob Kneper 1.87
Strikeouts: Nolan Ryan 259
Saves: Jeff Reardon/Dan Quisenberry 34

I will have the website updated in the next few days, along with the Draft lottery and usage reports. I will send one final spreadsheet out in the next few days as well.

Thank you everyone for finishing a challenging season. I know it was confusing at times with the pro-rated stats, but we made it through.

We are onto 1982...the year I graduated High School

November 24, 2018

1981 August stats and Power rankings posted

The stats and power rankings for August of 1981 are now posted.

We now head into week to week play.

Active rosters can be set to up to 40 players.

I have farmed all players on rosters that are either future players or those who have met or exceeded their limits according to the attached spreadsheet. Please contact me if you have any questions about a particular player.

A reminder that the 50% use or lose is based on the REAL LIFE stats for the 81 season, meaning they are more relaxed for this season. The usage meter is an accurate guide for hitters, as well as pitchers, along with meting the 50% Games pitched.

We have a few very close races that are still yet to be decided. The Triangles and River Flames are in a dead heat in the AL West, while the AL East is separated by just 1 game.

Netplay is encouraged.....especially for those series that are playoff-dependent.

Usage has been reset for the Final time this season. Starting with your first game, your pitching rotations must be in chronological order for the remainder of the season plus the post season. Starters must have at least 3 days calendar rest between starts.

Do NOT reset player usage after playing your series.

February 28, 2018

1981 New Manager in place

Gentlemen: Mike Boling and the Terre Haute Phillies have decided to relinquish their franchise. I would like to thank Mike for his many years in SPB-1 and he leaves in good standing. He will remain in SPB-2. Taking his place is long-time DMB player Chris Longo, who will be renaming his team the "Beast Coast Brushbacks." He has given up rights to Riverfront Stadium and is now claiming Yankee Stadium for his team, leaving Riverfront and the Oakland Coliseum as the two available parks. Welcome aboard Chris!


May 16, 2020

1983 drafts

July 1, 2020

Season begins

Power Rankings

  1)  Thunder
  2)  Peppers
  3)  Triangles
  4)  Flames
  5)  Forest Citys
  6)  Black Sox
  6)  Cubs
  8)  Highlanders
  9)  Spiders
  9)  Zoo Crew
  11)  Mountaineers
  12)  Catfish
  13)  Cougars
  14)  Barking Owls
  15)  Tigers
  16)  Hoosiers
  17)  Conquistadors
  18)  Brushbacks
  18)  Eagles
  20)  Tourists
  21)  Lynx
  22)  Rats
  23)  Nationals
  24)  Pine Barons

1982 1st rd results

1) Barking Owls-W.Boggs
2) Hoosiers-T.Gwynn
3) Nationals-D.Mattingly
4) Highlanders-T.Phillips
5) Tourists-W.McGee
6) Spiders-B.Doran
7) Eagles-J.Franco
8) Rats-F.Viola
9) Eagles-M.Moore
18)Black Sox-B.Laskey
19)Pine Barons-J.Stuper
21)Nationals-OC Boyd
24)Citys-E.Vande Berg

Historical Information

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Starting Season: 1954
Seasons: 27
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Trades: 1163

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