The Northern States League
Newsletter #428- December 6th, 2013
Presently, we have 3 of the 8 post season franchises named and with just a few series left for December, have 5 more to name. Although some races are over and others are just about over, there are still 3 main issues to clean up- namely the Murphy Division winner, the Rice Division winner, and the Schmidt Wild Card. Should be lots of fun as we finish up!
Series #17 results:
Mun 2 at MC 2, MC 1 at Mun 3 Alb 4 at Dun 0, Dun 2 at Alb 2
Lon 3 at Pa 1, Pa 3 at Lon 1 Cro 4 at IN 0, IN 0 at Cro 4
GB 1 at VT 3, VT 4 at GB 0 Key 1 at Gle 3, Gle 3 at Key 1
Kal 3 at Yk 1, Yk 3 at Kal 1 Lex 1 at GM 3, GM 4 at Lex 0
Can 3 at SL 1, SL 2 at Can 2 Cle 1 at NE 3, NE 3 at Cle 1
NH 3 at EY 1, EY 3 at NH 1 NY 3 at Cre 1, Cre 2 at NY 2
Series #18 results:
Cro 3 at Alb 1, Alb 1 at Cro 3 MC 3 at Pa 1, Pa 1 at MC 3
Mun 3 at Dun 1, Dun 2 at Mun 2 Cle 1 at GM 3, GM 2 at Cle 2
SL 2 at VT 2, VT 4 at SL 0 GB 1 at Can 3, Can 2 at GB 2
EY 2 at Gle 2, Gle 3 at EY 1 Lex 3 at NE 1, NE 4 at Lex 0
Cre 2 at Kal 2, Kal 2 at Cre 2 Lon 3 at IN 1, IN 3 at Lon 1
NY 1 at Yk 3, Yk 2 at NY 2 NH 3 at Key 1, Key 3 at NH 1
Series #19 results:
NH 2 at NY 2, NY 1 at NH 3 IN 2 at Pa 2, Pa 2 at IN 2
Cle 1 at GB 3, GB 1 at Cle 3 Kal 2 at Gle 2, Gle 3 at Kal 1
Cre 2 at Yk 2, Yk 2 at Cre 2 Cro 1 at MC 3, MC 2 at Cro 2
Lex 1 at SL 3, SL 3 at Lex 1 GM 2 at NE 2, NE 1 at GM 3
Alb 3 at Mun 1, Mun 3 at Alb 1 EY 1 at Key 3, Key 2 at EY 2
Lon 3 at Dun 1, Dun 3 at Lon 1 Can 0 at VT 4, VT 3 at Can 1
The Cooper is shaping up as a Vermont and everyone else division. The ‘chucks have clinched the Carter and are winning more than 3 out of every 4 games. A 20-4 mark for the month of November will do that for you! Dave’s boys are 34 games up on the Canucks right now, and would be looking at a #1 seed in the Cooper. Meanwhile, early December play has seen York clinch the Brett in face to face action against J.B. Before that, though, the Caps were fairly sluggish for November with an 13-11 mark, but good enough to keep them atop the heap. The 2 question marks in the division both belong in the Murphy. The Clydesdales are up 1 ½ after November play over Magic City, in a race that has been this good since opening day. It appears that the loser of this two team race will grab the wild card- but that sets up a match up with league juggernaut Vermont potentially. But such is life and all roads through the playoffs in the Cooper will go through Vermont at some point. Magic City took 5 of 8 from Crosstown in series #19, but earlier in November, Cross pulled off an 8-0 sweep of Indiana and a 6-2 against division leading Albany. Longstown and Green Mt. are still mathematically in the wild card race, but 10 games out with 16 to play is gonna be tough. Things may come down to a make up game in New England with the visiting ‘dales trying to hold off the Maulers.
Elsewhere in the Cooper, Longstown has finally slipped beneath the waves as their year long push was exciting and rewarding, yet will fall just a bit short. The P’s split 24 games this month which won’t allow them to keep pace with the top dogs, yet they are just 11 ½ out in the division. Creekside and Keystone are tied for 2nd in the Brett, though we already know J.B. was fortunate enough to watch York clinch against them. Duneland has the worst record in the conference with East York and Canaan 10 games behind.
So keep those eyes on the Crosstown/Magic City race and see if Vermont will ever lose another game.
In the Schmidt, things are different, but sort of the same. Albany has clinched the Yount with some December games already played. After November, they were up by 11 over Muncie and in good shape. The ‘cats have been just loping along this year without any huge setbacks or win streaks, yet maintaining their pace just enough to keep the other division teams at arm’s length. In the Winfield, Sparrow Lake has done much of the same, yet has not clinched yet. The Lake clobbered Lexington 6-2 in #19, but were clobbered 6-2 by Vermont in #18. Couple that with a 3-5 against Canaan, and the door was slightly open for the Hit Men, who responded with a 9-15 record for November to fall further back. But it is just a dozen game lead and the two do see each other for 8 games this month. But likely, we have Albany and Sparrow Lake thus far from the Schmidt.
Which leads us to the Rice.
North York, New Hudson, Glenville- take your pick. Probably 2 of these clubs will make the playoffs. In what order? Who knows. New Hudson did slice 2 games off the North York lead this month, and rest ½ game behind the Warthogs. Michael did this with a 5-3 series win over North York in #19. Coach Kerr was actually the hottest team in the division as they are now out by just 1 ½ games thanks to a 5-3 over Kalamazoo and a big 6-2 over Keystone in series #17. It’ll be all intra divisional games the rest of the way and additionally one NH at Gle make up. So what about Bob, er… Kalamazoo? At this point being out by just 5 games is pretty good. However, Chuck has to crawl over 2 clubs within the same division to grab the wild card. Unheard of? Nah- but this will be a tough sell to season ticket holders. Kal played decent ball this month, but checked in at 13-15, now the 5 game deficit looking pretty big.
So like the Cooper- we have a lot to watch in the Schmidt as our best races come to a close.
Elsewhere in the Schmidt, Muncie completed a fine season this month (December) after taking 5 from both Wilburn brothers. The Pounders trail Albany by 20 games now at this writing and Indiana hold sup the Yount. Gulf Breeze has solidified their 3rd place standing in the Winfield despite a woeful 1-7 against Vermont and Lexington checks in tied with Duneland for the worst record in the league. You know about the Rice already.
So we’ll have Sparrow Lake (very likely) and Albany from the Schmidt and then a “who the heck knows” quartet of clubs battling for 2 post season positions.
I don’t have many other notes for the month, but will touch on a few.
The brothers Burnham have been working on rosters and total limits for teams. Some of this is already on the web page, and I’m sure they’ll send you a list of team limits if you ask. I think I saw York with the most atbats for next year (6979) and East York with the most starts (263). By the way- I hear that this 2013 disk will be released on Friday, 12/13. That is not fact, just a rumor.
By now each of you should have your newest team histories and the same is on the web page under your individual team page. If I did not send you a hard copy and you’d like one, it’s yours for the asking. It always takes me 3 times as long to do the New England one- has there ever been an NSL player not at one time on the NE roster?
Sort of related to that is that we’re cleaning up the Hall of Fame pages. Bob is working on the formatting, and eventually we’ll have everything plugged in correctly. The idea is to have the player bio, stats, and picture all in the same area and so far since everything is in a different format it’s been a little challenging. Remember those old yellow and black “under construction” type things you’d see on web pages? Well, pretend they are there for a few more weeks until we get it polished.
I went to see my daughter play in her last football game at Appalachian State (soon to be Division I) and froze my collective tail off. She is in the band and it was sort of sad after 4 years in high school marching band and 4 in college. Of course, I’ll never have to be that cold again, either. Pull for the Moutaineers as they take on the “big boys” like, ahem, Auburn. Yes- we’ve used up all our breaks for the next 30 years, but come on, even if you don’t like Auburn- can you imagine a #1 ranked team going down to defeat on a missed field goal return? Come on- say it, “War Eagle!”
Remember there are 2 make up games to be played this month. New Hudson at Glenville will be a 5 game set at Gle instead of a 4 gamer. Regular pitching rotations must be followed! Then the Cro at NE game will be made up after series #21 chronologically- ditto with the pitching rotations. Good luck guys- as both make ups have huge impacts on the playoff situation.
We had a not so productive discussion last month on SB attempts and H&R attempts. I just want to say again that there are rules in the constitution governing these 2 plays. Please take the time to read the constitution again regarding them. While at it- you payoff bound clubs- check out the playoff limitations and seeding in the constitution as well.
I hope everyone is well and had a great Thanksgiving. We certainly all have a lot to be thankful for! Then we can hope that Santa brings us an A&C reliever in our stockings and at least give us a shot for next year. Maybe we’ll have to sit on his knee. Ooooh- I don’t like the thought of that.
Playoff teams- sit tight, you’ll hear from me when the season is over to get rolling on your games. Trading will open in early January sometime and I’ll announce the dues amount shortly as well for next year.
We’ll talk again soon.