NORTH AMERICAN STRAT-O-MATIC ASSOCIATION
Newsletter # 10 May 18, 1995
1995 NASA Standings (as of 5/28/95)
Ricky Vaughn division
W L Pct. GB Home Away
Wichita Whiffers 50 26 .658 -- 26-9 24-17
Inwood Landfills 48 39 .552 7 1/2 32-20 16-19
Baltimore Buttheads 29 52 .358 23 1/2 17-30 12-22
Cicely Polar Bears 22 54 .289 28 11-18 11-36
Roy Hobbs division
Kansas City Tornados 67 25 .728 -- 38-8 29-17
Brussels Sprouts 52 40 .565 15 31-15 21-25
Kenmore Knockers 48 38 .558 16 23-17 25-21
Prospect Park Posse 23 69 .250 44 12-34 11-35
Crash Davis division
Yellowknife Moose 58 35 .624 -- 34-13 24-22
Mayne Islanders 43 37 .538 8 1/2 23-17 20-20
Cedar Rapids R. B. 43 44 .494 12 31-14 12-29
Muncie Superbas 20 44 .313 23 1/2 7-22 13-22
NASA Road Record: 218-285 .433
NASA NEARS MIDWAY POINT WITH WILD WILD-CARD RACE
Some teams have already passed the 81-game mark - notably, the entire
Hobbs division, which continues to outperform the other two
in playing its games quickly and efficiently. There, we
find that Joe Leonard's Tornados are living up to their pre-season
billing as heavy favorites, but the two teams behind them are heating
things up. Just one game separates the Brussels Sprouts and the Kenmore
Knockers. The teams split 12 Cluster Six head-to-head games,
and are as evenly matched as any two teams in the league.
The other races have remained stagnant. The Inwood Landfills took
advantage of a 13-4 run to move within 7 1/2 games of the Whiffers
in the Vaughn division, while John Lemek's Moose saw their lead over
the Islanders slip to 8 1/2 games. The Whiffers have a 1/2 game
lead over the Moose for the first-round bye.
The expansion plan put forth two weeks ago has passed 11-1. Expansion
will take place this winter according the plan's guidelines. I'd
like to thank everyone for voting, and am glad to see we reached
a virtual consensus on this issue.
The following managers have been selected to join NASA in November
David Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Frank email@example.com
Michael Cha firstname.lastname@example.org
Having some familiarity with each of these people through e-mail,
net.postings and, in one case, prior league experience, I heartily
vouch for their knowledge and enthusiasm, and have no doubt they
will add a lot to the league.
I would ask that all of these managers be added to everyone's mailing
list, so they can get a feel for what goes on in NASA, and receive
the series summaries, trade announcements, etc., which make this
league as much fun as it is.
First order of business: the "Outfielder-out-of-position" voting
is going to a runoff. No plan received more than six votes, so the
top two vote-getters will remain on the new ballot. Since we've
been here before, I'm setting the deadline for voting at 6 p.m.,
Sunday, June 4.
PROPOSAL #1: Outfielders will be restricted to playing positions
listed on their cards.
Note that to allow for HAL's, er, unique managing style, this rule
will be enforced with respect to starting lineups and human
manager decisions. If HAL moves someone mid-game, there will
be no penalty.
PROPOSAL #2: Status quo. Outfielders will be permitted to play
any outfield position pursuant to Strat-o-Matic's
Now for the other results:
The vote was to maintain the status quo, 8-2-2.
The restrictions on trading of draft picks were repealed, 8-4.
This goes into effect immediately.
The committee passed, 10-2. A number of people were strongly in favor
of having one representative from each division (a good idea), so the
committee will consist of Rany Jazayerli, Joe Leonard and John Lemek.
The Commissioner's role will be to serve on the committee in the
event a trade in question involves a member of the committee.
The committee takes effect immediately.
The rule allowing a manager to throw back his team and redraft in
an expansion was repealed, 10-2.
Playoff injury chart:
Passed, 10-1-1. Goes into effect immediately.
Passed, 12-0. There will be *one* day of rest between every NASA
series, beginning in 1996.
Thanks to everyone for their imput during the voting process, and
for your quick responses to my requests for votes.
We already have one move. Kenny Gelfand packs up whatever's left
of the Posse and heads home to Prospect Park. His summer e-mail
address is email@example.com.
On or about June 1, Rany Jazayerli will lose e-mail access. He
will be sending out information on how he can be reached during the
On or about June 15th, John Lemek will be relocating. He, also,
will be providing information on how he can reached at that time.
A brief editorial:
This is my third year in NASA. In each of the first two, we have fallen
apart around June 1st. Now, with more managers having stable, 12-month
e-mail access, I don't anticipate a problem. But should one arise,
I expect the manager involved to notify me *immediately* to work
out the situation. I have one goal for this year: scheduled games
minus played games = zero. Let's get it done.
Let's all take from the example of Dave Collins, whose temporary
leave was handled in an exemplary manner. Thanks to Dave for
alerting me that a problem existed, and working to find the best
possible solution. The league looks forward to his return.
GET THOSE STATS IN!
The end of Cluster 6 means you don't see your divisional opponents
until August. It means summer's just about here. It means...it
means I better have 12 stat reports on my desk so I can produce
the NASA Mid-Season Report! Some things to look for:
**League leaders in over 40 categories
**Rookie Draft Evaluation
**Best performances by part-timers
**Naked pictures of John Lemek (he submitted them, I'm
just the conduit...)
I'll accept stat reports by snail mail, e-mail and fax. If you're
faxing, *call first*: 714 556 9116. I'll give you the fax number
and ensure it's turned on. If I'm not here, leave a message and
a phone number.
If you're e-mailing, make sure I can print out the file easily: watch
line lengths, odd page breaks, etc.
Deadline: June 20th. Miss it without a good excuse and watch the
draft picks fly....
Folks, that's all for this month. If anybody has anything to
contribute to the newsletter -- they've been a bit dry -- I'd
be more than happt to have it. Best of luck to everybody as
we head into the second half!