The Northern States League

Newsletter #440- February 11th, 2015

 

MAGIC CITY LEADS EAST YORK 2 TO 0 IN THE CONFERENECE SERIES, GLENVILLE AND INDIANA WILL SQUARE OFF AT THE MEETINGS.  JUST TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE WINTER MEETINGS- I HAVEN’T STARTED STUDYING, HAVE YOU?  CABRERA NETS HIS 2ND STRAIGHT MVP, WAINWRIGHT THE RYAN AWARD AND PUIG IS THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.  BOB CHALFANT TAKES THE MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD.  TOP 100 CATEGORY LEADERS UPDATED.                          

 

Dear Members,

 

The top 4 seeds in the playoff format have been eliminated and the four dogs will press on.  Both wild card teams won- Indiana over Vermont 4 to 2 and Magic City over Gulf Breeze 4 to 1.  East York swept Crosstown and Glenville nosed out Muncie 4 to 3 in the closest series of the Division Round.  As I type this paragraph, Magic City leads East York 2-0 in the Conference Series and I believe that 3 more games were slated to be played last night, but I haven’t heard anything on that yet.  Meanwhile, Glenville and Indiana will meet face to face at the meetings.  I don’t ever recall the top 2 seeds from both conferences being eliminated in the Division Series, but it’s just how hot you are at the right time.  It should be a fun rest of the post season.

 

The post season award voting is complete and results are on the web page.  Miguel Cabrera won his 2nd straight MVP by a scant 4 points over Freddie Freeman of Indiana.  Chris Davis finished 3rd.  In the Ryan award voting, Wainwright easily beat out Kershaw and Shields, and Puig was a clear cut ROY winner.  The beloved Bob Chalfant took home the gold in the Manager of the Year award- so we’ll get to look at his face on the web page for a year.  Oh well, it could be worse I guess!  Congratulations to all, and of course, the entire vote is currently on the web page.

 

The Hall of Fame voting is well underway and hopefully you’ve taken a look at things.  The stats and monographs are on the web page along the left hand column.  Voting is being conducted by Denny and you should respond to him with your vote and/or any questions.  It would be great if you could vote early- and we’ll expect a results announcement at the meetings by Denny.

 

Speaking of the meetings- it’s just 2 weeks until we gather for our annual festival in York, pa this year.  I have 18 members who will be in attendance and as they say, “fun will be had by all!”  I know that Chad, Nathaniel, and Bob get there on the 24th.  I will either fly up on the 24th or ride up 2/26.  I believe Dan, Wil, and Cross are coming over on Thursday and the Rapps with Bo fly in later Thursday night.  As Bob would say, tick tock!

 

Those of you not at the meetings will not be left out.  As has been popular (to me) in the past, you’ll have a “buddy” assigned to you that will keep you updated in both drafts whether you choose to draft electronically or via phone.  You’ll hear more about this and have draft worksheets before the meetings get rolling.

 

Trading is obviously moving right along and the changes are noted nightly on the web page.  Please, please, check your ‘draft changes’ sheet and be sure that I haven’t screwed up any of your picks.  With the advent of the 3-day waiting period for trades, you won’t be able to trade just before or during the drafts since any trade made then will not have been approved yet.  But- you can simply get around that by having the other manager draft the player you want at that spot, then trading after the draft.  So, in essence, trading of draft picks will really be frozen from 2./24 (FA draft) and 2/25 (rookie draft) until the 3 days period is over.  Let me know your questions on this subject.

 

Rule change things should be in already if you have any ideas.  Please go through any rules committee member for consideration.

 

The top 100 lists have been updated on the web site.  There are some guys pretty close to milestones and I’d hope you consider that this coming year as we write reports for our series.  There are some pretty interesting longevity numbers up there, and they can probably help you some with your Hall of Fame ballot.

 

The lottery occurred in mid-January and we all already know what happened in it and where it puts us to draft (at least before trading).  Creekside was the luck y boy this year and it will be interesting to see how much cash Scoop gives to Mark for pulling the Abreu, er…. 1st pick.  Thanks to the Atlanta crowd for hosting the event.

 

I write this same reminder each year- please respond to trade offers!  You do not have to feel obligated to trade and it’s fine to just say “no way”.  But it is only common courtesy to at least acknowledge the offer even if it is a terrible one and you have no interest in even countering.  At the same time, guys who are making the opening salvo should be at least a little receptive to a guy who doesn’t respond instantly.  It’s a two way street and come courtesy should be anticipated both ways.

 

The league sent a donation to John Bushey’s church and we received a wonderful thank you note from the church acknowledging the gift.  I’ll have the card at the meetings should you like to see it, but the clerk of the church mentioned how they are all missing John.  And so are we. 

 

Yesterday word reached me that Dave and Burnie’s brother, Ken has died.  Kenny was in the league with the St.City Aggressors for a year in the early 1990s.  He lived here in North Carolina, and we all send our condolences to both the Burnham brothers.

   

As is always the case, I’ll have the league treasury book with me for your inspection.  Should you have any issues with it and my spending habits (he-he) feel free to question me or any other league member.  The books are open.

 

I’ve noticed already that both “new guys” (Bob J and Tim) have already made deals.  Hey welcome to the league!  By the way- the trading 3 day period is working well as I’ve only had one guy protest one trade.  As mentioned before, it would take more than one complaint to hold up a deal.

 

I say this every year as well, but I honestly have not started my work on the FA and rookies- maybe I’ll be like a couple of you guys and trade all the picks away so I don’t have to worry about it!  But the time is getting close and you guys better have at least figured out who is going where.  Heck- just read the mocks on the web page for guidance!  They are always right.  Right?  I looked at the mocks today- a Free Agent mock!  They sort of ran out of gas at the 20th pick, didn’t they?  Thanks a lot to Cross and Bryan for their work.

 

Speaking of Bryan, he’ll be here in Wilmington in a couple of days.  His son, Devin plays baseball for Ball State and they actually open their season down here in a 4 team tournament at UNCW.  It will be fun to see Bryan and a word to the wise- bring your long johns, man!  High Sunday is supposed to be 32.  At least it’s not Boston.

 

It appears that my desk is clean so I must be through.  I hope everyone is well and we’ll see most of you very soon!

 

                                               

                                                                                    Best Wishes,

 

                                                                                    Rich