SPB-2 1969 Season              Status: Draft in November


Standings

Batting Average

Home Runs

ERA

Current League Champion

SPB1-1968 Champion

Mike See
Route 66 Hot Rods

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The Rte.66 Hot Rods bested the Tippecanoe Voyageurs in 7 games to capture the 1968 Title. This is Mike's 3rd SPB-2 Championship, and first since 1962. Catfish Hunter and Ken McMillan will share Co-MVP Honors

SPB-2 League Officers

Commissioner

Mike See

President

Gary Plunkitt

Statistician

John Ungashick

Beat Writer

John Ungashick

SPB-2 News that's fit to print

June 22, 2017

New manager for 1969 Season and two stadium changes

I am pleased to announce that we have filled the league opening created when Mike Cascarano decided to give up his Boise Resolutes franchise due to other commitments. I thank Mike C. for his time in SPB. I am very happy to announce that joining SPB-2 will be Veteran SPB Manager Marc Robinson. Marc will be renaming the team The Steel City Yinzers and moving them into Forbes Field (becoming Three Rivers next season). Please join me in welcoming Marc to SPB-2! Welcome Marc!!!!!!

The Los Angeles Angels are vacating Oakland Coliseum and moving into Anaheim Stadium leaves the Oakland Coliseum and San Diego Stadium and your two available parks. 


June 22, 2017

1968 Champion Crowned

Congratulations to Mike See and his Route 66 Hot Rods for capturing the 1968 Championship!

What a series the was! Congrats of course the Steve Ehresman on a great series and season. It was hard fought and played H2H. Could have gone either way.

MVP - Their are Co-MVP's on the 1968 World Series. The first is Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who came up huge twice for the Hot Rods, winning 2 games, including the critical Game 6, with a microscopic 0.64 ERA.

The other MVP is 3B Ken McMullen. Ken batted .333 for the series, but his HR in Game 2 won the game for the Hot Rods (and really saved the series), and his double in Game 7 led to him scoring the winning run of the series for Route 66.

Honorable Mentions - Had the Voyageurs pulled off game 7, no doubt we'd be talking about Bob Gibson as a co-mvp's (2-0, struck out 9 and didn't give up a run in either of his starts) with Mickey Stanley, who batted .478 in the series and had like 4 "spectacular catches in CF, likely robbing HR's and extra base hits. Rod Carew led all hitters with a .480 average and knocked in the game winning RBI in game 7.

That's a wrap on 1968! Onto 1969!!!!


June 13, 2017

1969 League Notes

1) We are now in divisional play. 4 Divisions. This was determined based on the original draw we made 2 years ago.

2) Schedule has been adjusted accordingly to accommodate divisional play and 4 additional teams.

3) The Official DMB 1969 disk had little rhyme or reason for who it gave a rating too for players with 1 appearence (and those who it didn't) so..........The were about 21 players who were not rated with under 400 PA's, that had an appearance and putouts/assists. So for those players, I have added rating to them. The only players who are not rated who played game are players who only played 1 game at a position, and did not make a play. These players were not rated by the game, and I won't be giving them a rating either.

4) Players with over 400 PA and 4 or less appearances at a position have had that position removed.

If you have any questions about 3 or 4 about player rating, please contact me directly......

5) As something new....if you have a OF who, lets for example only has a rating in RF...but not in LF, but you plan to use him in LF, please let me know and I will give that player a rating at that other position (the same one). I will also do it with CF who you want to play LF/RF. I wont do it with LF or RFers to play CF. The game makes adjustments for doing this as you know, but when playing on the road, the CM wont use a player at a position he's not rated at, so I will add this for you should you wish.

6) I have updated the Park images to use the Park pics I sent out last season, if you need them again, they are also attached, just drop them into you "Parks" folder in DMB11 and it will work.

7. I'll be adding the draft module once the WS is completed.

That's all for now. Enjoy and keep those trades coming!


June 11, 2017

1968 Prediction Comparisons

John U. could not have been more spot on with this year's predictions! Thanks for the recap :)


June 11, 2017

1969 Draft Lottery results!

Number was:   2-3-0

Congrats to Trader Rick Ryan for securing the top overall pick in the 1969 Draft!

Mulberry Marauders (Rick Ryan)
East Kenosha Lions (Dave Lauer)
Evanston Elephants (John Ungashick)
Wabash Rivers (Bill Lanke)


June 11, 2017

1968 Usage Reports

Quicker than you can say "Lottery" we bring to you the end of season 1968 Overusage and Use or Lose reports!


June 11, 2017

1968 Septemberstats and Power rankings posted

This 1968 Regular Season is now completed. Thanks to all of you for your timely stats turn-in's! This was just a great season in the year of the pitcher. We have some fantastic pennant races and will now move to our final World Series before we head to 1969 when Divisional Play begins and our 4 new expansion managers join us! The final regular season database and WS Ready database is attached.

American League
The Route 66 Hot Rods of Mike See take 4 of 7 tough games playing H2H with Don Zminda's Angels to take their first pennant since 1965, winning by 6 games over Joe Dezarlo's South River Gladiators.

National League
Steve Ehresman's Tippacanoe Voyageurs claim their first SPB-2 Pennant, winning an incredible 111 Games behind their incredible pitching staff! The defending NL Champion West Warwick Monarchs of Steve Brunner finish a tough luck 2nd, despite their 104 victories, 2nd most in the league.

Your 1968 League Batting Leaders

American League
Batting Average - Matty Alou (Mets) .336
Hits - Lou Brock (Colts) 203
Home Runs - Frank Howard (Resolutes) 42
RBI's - Frank Howard (Resolutes) 106
Stolen Bases - Bert Campaneris (Gladiators) 45

National League
Batting Average - Willie McCovery (Tippacanoe) .316
Hits - Billy Williams (Portland) 175
Home Runs - Ron Santo (West Warwick) 42
RBI's - Ron Santo (West Warwick) 123
Stolen Bases - Tommy McCraw (Evanston) 48

Your 1968 League Pitching Leaders

American League
Wins - Catfish Hunter (Thunder)/Earl Wilson (Seals) 23
ERA - Luis Tiant (Gladiators) 1.49
Strikeouts - Sam McDowell (Seals) 291
Saves - Ron Taylor (Gladiators) 33
Games - Phil Regan (Angles) 63

National League
Wins - Juan Marichal (Tippacanoe) 25
ERA - Bob Gibson (Tippacanoe) 1.53
Strikeouts - Fergie Jenkins (Thud Ridge) 270
Saves - Ted Abernathy (West Warwick) 41
Games -Ted Abernathy (West Warwick) 65

So, we now move on to the 1968 World Series. A great match up between myself and Steve Ehresman. Vegas odds makes have made the Voyageurs a -150 favorite to win, likely due to the incredible pitching of Tippacanoe, but the Hot Rods own Home Field Advantage since our new rule changes for home field don't go into affect until next season, so they are hoping a little home cookin' to start will help.

Since there have already been several trades made for 1969, I will go ahead and say welcome to 1969 a little early and open trading season. Our 4 new expansion teams are now official in the league and may trade as well. Keep in mind that while you can send trades to me for confirmation, that I wont be announcing any trades until the completion of the 1968 World Series.

Thanks to everyone for an outstanding 1968 season!!!


December 21, 2016

1968 pre-season prognosis

SPB-2 beat writer John Ungashick brings to us his fames Pre-Season prognosis for the upcoming 1968 campaign, which is loooked forward to by everyone. Great work as always John!


October 15, 2016

1968 team name change

For the records and archives, the Rossville Hornets (Rick Ryan) have changed their name to the Mulberry Marauders.


October 15, 2016

1968 Draft Roster notes

Click HERE for notes on the latest roster and draft notes as it pertains to this year's 1968 rookie draft.


August 22, 2016

1969 Draft date and Phase 2 cutdown numbers

After voting by our managers, it had been decided that our 1968 rookie draft will be held in Saturday October 29 at 11am EST.

Roster cutdowns will be due back to me by 10/15 at 9pm EST.

For cutdown purposes, here are the number of players each team may protect for the Phase 2:

21 Players - Gladiators, Fortress, Hornets, Angels
20 Players- Totems, Bishops, Beavers, Lions, Elephants, Colts, Rivers, Weasels, Voyageurs, Mets
19 Players- Hot Rods, Resolutes, Monarchs, Seals

Trading is open to ALL players until the final deadline for protected rosters is reached, at which time only protected players and draft picks can be traded until after the Phase 1 and 2 drafts.


July 5, 2016

1968 New Managerial Announcment

I have a wonderful announcement to make today as we celebrate our 240th year of Independence.

I am extremely excited to announce that our good friend, and former long time SPB owner Don Zminda will be returning to SPB-2, taking over the former Pittsburgh Crawfords franchise for the 1968 season.

Don will be renaming the franchise the Los Angeles Angels and moving the team from old Forbes Field to the west coast to the brand new Oakland Coliseum. This leaves Forbes as the only available park for 1968 (Metropolitan is going to one of the expansion teams in '69, and San Diego Stadium will become available as well then).

I am just thrilled to have Don back with us. Most of you already know Don from his past season with SPB, but also for the wonderful work he has done over the years for Stats Inc, writing for SABR, and many other great contributions to historical baseball. Don has recently retired from Stats Inc. and is looking forward to getting back into SPB mode!

In Don's own words.....

"And to quote Michael Jordan, ā€œIā€™m back!ā€ Looking forward to rejoining the league."

Please join me in giving Don a big WELCOME BACK!!!!!!


July 1, 2016

1968 Lottery Results

It's a crazy night of lottery.....

Number was 5-8-0

Congrats to Rich Applegate and his Portland Beavers on landing the #1 pick!

Here is the official lottery order....

1. Portland Beavers (Rich Applegate) - 67 Wins - (2 Chances)
2. Seattle Totems (Steve Lehman) - 69* Adjusted Wins (1 Chance)
3. Frankfort Fortress (Gary Plunkitt) - 63 Wins (4 Chances)
4. Pittsburgh Crawfords (Jim Wheeler) - 64 Wins (3 Chances)


June 27, 2016

1969 Expansion draft results

Over the past week, myself and our (4) new 1969 Expansion Team owners have been conducting via email the 1969 Expansion Draft. I must say it was one of the most speedy and efficient draft I have ever been a part of. Very smooth. Great work guys! Our new team owners all made astute selections, forming solid teams that are all ready for the 1969 season to begin!


June 18, 2016

Words from New SPB-2 Commissioner

Good afternoon all,

First, thank you to Gary Plunkitt for his kind words and for entrusting me moving forward as your SPB-2 commissioner. I truly love our family of leagues and honored to be able to serve in this role of both SPB-X and now SPB-2. I am confident that most of you will not notice a lot of difference in the way Gary runs the show versus myself. I have learned much from "The Creator" over these past 18 years I have been in SPB : ) Gary has led our leagues for a very long time and I am very grateful for all of the hard work he has done and will continue to do for our leagues. Look forward to many more years of great fun!Good afternoon all,

Second, Congrats to both Hugh McElaney and "Biker" Steve Brunner on capturing their respective 1967 Pennants. Both well deserved. Good luck to both of you in what should be a barn burner of a World Series!Good afternoon all,

As we await the results of the World Series, I would like to announce a managerial change that is effective immediately for the upcoming 1968 season.

I am pleased to announce that original SPB-2 owner and good freind Mike Cascarano will be returning to SPB-2 after a long vacation : ) Mike will be taking over the former Bronx Bombers franchise and will be renaming the team the "Boise Resolutes." For now, he will remain in Yankee Stadium. Very excited to have Mike back in what is now his 2nd SPB league (he is also in SPB-X).Good afternoon all,

Please welcome Mike back to SPB-2. He will be a great addition to a great group of managers!


Calendar

June 15, 2017

Playoffs begin

@July 1, 2017

Trading Begins

Power Rankings

  1)  Voyageurs (1)
  2)  Monarchs (2)
  3)  Hot Rods (4)
  4)  Seals (3)
  5)  Gladiators (5)
  5)  Mets (6)
  7)  Colts (7)
  8)  Bishops (9)
  9)  Beavers (11)
  10)  Rivers (9)
  11)  Resolutes (8)
  11)  Wild Weasels (13)
  13)  Fortress (12)
  14)  Totems (14)
  15)  Angels (16)
  16)  Lions (15)
  17)  Elephants (18)
  17)  Marauders (17)

1967 1st RD draft results

1) Gladiators-T.Seaver
2) Gladiators-J.Bench
3) Hot Rods-R.Jackson
4) Hot Rods-R.Carew
5) Totems-J.Koosman
6) Weasels-G.Nettles
7) Beavers-G.Nolan
8) Crawfords-A.Otis
9) Elephants-J.Rudi
10)Rivers-M.Sanguillen
11)Lions-D.Rader
12)Colts-S.Lyle
13)Hornets-A.Rodriguez
14)Voyageurs-P.Dobson
15)Bishops-M.Torrez
16)Seals-K.Brett
17)Mets-B.Moose
18)Bombers-J.Hardin

Historical Information

Established: 1992
Starting Season: 1944
Seasons: 24
Games: 25907
Trades: 884

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