North American Strat-O-Matic Association
Newsletter #5 March 29, 1995
1995 NASA Standings (as of 3/28/95)
W L Pct. GB Home Away
Wichita Whiffers 16 6 .727 -- 7-4 9-2
Inwood Landfills 15 19 .441 7 5-12 10-7
Baltimore Buttheads 10 24 .494 12 6-17 4-7
Cicely Polar Bears 6 22 .214 13 0-5 6-17
Kansas City Tornados 22 6 .786 -- 10-1 12-5
Kenmore Knockers 18 10 .643 4 10-7 8-3
Brussels Sprouts 18 16 .529 7 10-7 8-9
Prospect Park Posse 5 23 .179 14 5-12 0-11
Yellowknife Moose 23 5 .821 -- 16-1 7-4
Mayne Islanders 20 14 .588 6 11-6 9-8
Cedar Rapids R. B. 15 13 .536 8 12-5 3-8
Muncie Superbas 12 22 .353 14 2-9 10-13
PENNANT RACES DEVELOPING
First of all, let me commend everyone on the rate of play. It's early,
but as a league we are way ahead of last year's pace. Only four series
remain unreported in Cluster 2.
In the early going, it appears the best race will be the hotly anticipated
Davis division battle between the Tornados and Knockers. The Sprouts appear
to be holding their own as well, and if either of the top two falters, are
well-positioned to sneak into the playoffs.
In the other two divisions, form is holding, with strong early showings
from Wichita and Yellowknife. Mel Broitman's Islanders are outperforming
their rookie counterparts in the Hobbs division.
Upcoming series to watch:
Cluster 3: Kansas City @ Wichita
Cluster 4: Kansas City @ Yellowknife; Yellowknife @ Kenmore
LEAGUE STATS DUE
Time to tick off the league. Team stats are due after Cluster 2. Now
since everyone has been playing regularly, this shouldn't present too big
a problem. However, I've been asked how I want to receive them.
Even though we're essentially an e-mail/computer league, the different
file formats involved in keeping statistics, and the size of the files
involved mean that I will request the statistics *on paper*. They can be
mailed/faxed to the address/number below. I realize this is unexpected,
but it will make for the least trouble on my part. In return, I will get
an elaborate league report out soon after receiving *everyone's* stats.
Since we don't have league dues, I don't think I'm asking too much for
people to spring for the $.32 ($.40? for Mel) to send me the stats on
paper. Thanks to everyone for their swift cooperation.
My address/fax number:
2855 Pinecreek Dr. #C-428
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714 437 1735
ADD LEAGUE STATS
These aren't in the constitution, but I would like for everyone to begin
tracking the following statistics. They are all simple, and generated by
Batters: PB, SF (if you only send the primary stat report, this needs
to be noted by hand--it appears on the secondary stats
Pitchers: BK, WP, HB (pull these off the boxes), E
V6 (a.k.a Too Much Time on my Hands)
I used the v6 to run a replay of NASA. The results need to be taken with
a grain of salt, since the computer's usage of players is a bit odd
(30 straight CGs for Wichita, three of my top relievers going the entire
season with no innings, while Jose Mesa racked up 200, etc.). However,
if it is to be believed, the playoff teams will be Inwood, Wichita,
Kansas City, Brussels (in a great three-team race with Kenmore),
Yellowknife and Mayne.
Ken Griffey will win the Triple Crown with a .365/81/209 season, and the
Cy Young frontrunners will be Charles Nagy (24-4, 3.57, 3 ShO), Steve
Ontiveros (18-6, league leading 2.79, 3 ShO) and Ken Hill (21-8, 3.24).
NO CARDEE, NO PLAYEE
I think this goes without saying, but to clarify: players may only appear
in NASA games if they have a card in the 1994 season set. The non-carded
players included with the computer game may *not* be used.
Inwood sends Jack Voigt and John Briscoe to Kenmore for Greg Pirkl
and Kenmore's rookie #7 (1996).
Mayne has Jeremy Hernandez on the block.
Inwood is looking to add a starter, still, and is dangling their 1996 #1.
And for those of you looking ahead: the trade deadline is 6 a.m. PST,
Sunday, July 16th.
P.S. I just deleted all the newsletters, going back to February. If
anyone has them and can e-mail or snail mail them back to me, I'd
greatly apprecaite it. And remember, "rm" is *not* a toy...