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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharpe Dispensers View Post
    Cy Young and Walter Johnson divisions done. Honus Wagner up next. Please feel free to let me know if any corrections need to be made. I'm really not proofreading much.
    Yes one correction - please changed 1st in Honus Wagner to Manila...lol. Xet doesn’t need anymore motivation to take Georgia down.


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    HA! I really think the Georgia manager will shore up their power woes and make a run through the playoffs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TyrusCobb View Post
    Yes one correction - please changed 1st in Honus Wagner to Manila...lol. Xet doesn’t need anymore motivation to take Georgia down.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharpe Dispensers View Post
    HA! I really think the Georgia manager will shore up their power woes and make a run through the playoffs...
    Well I do have a couple nice 1st round chips I can throw on the table ;-)


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    Here is the last of Rogers Hornsby Division. I ran out of characters in the other post!


    Cherry Grove:


    The Hurricanes finished 5th in the division with 81 wins, but were +61 in run differential and could have easily made it into the playoffs. Good power on offense and a great pitching staff is what makes Cherry Grove a contender in '89.

    OFFENSE: The main thing lacking on offense is someone to be on base when all of the power batters hit their home runs. They finished 4th in homers, 7th in batting average and 5th in slugging, but 21st in on base percentage. Another OBP specialist would help this offense immensely.

    DEFENSE: Defense played pretty good throughout the '88 season, posting a .988 fielding percentage and 3.28 range, which was good for 10th. There are some pretty good pieces up the middle, but age could sneak up fast.

    PITCHING: This is a really nice pitching staff with a few good starters and a lot of good bullpen arms to go to late in games. Closer Jerry Lewis saved 37 games out of 40 last season and had a 2.88 ERA. Some of this staff is getting up in years as well, but there are some young guns ready to step into to bigger roles. If the bullpen wasn't so good I'd be complaining about the starters not pitching enough innings.

    OUTLOOK: Cherry Grove is well rounded enough to make a push for a playoff spot this coming season. I'd love to see them add someone that can get on base consistently in front of all the power hitters. They may push Oahu out of the 2nd playoff spot, but I'm picking them 3rd in the division.



    Caracas:

    '88 saw the Red Sox win 69 games and finish 31 games out of 1st. The offense hit pretty well, but the defense and pitching really hurt the win production.

    OFFENSE: Finishing 8th in batting average and 10th in home runs, the offense put up mediocre run support last season. The on base percentage posted 16th best, and really held back what could've been a potent lineup. SS Jason Golliday had a nice season posting a .332/.400/.565 slash line.

    DEFENSE: The defense was pretty terrible and shows no signs of bettering itself this season. The 21st best fielding percentage (.983) and the 21st best range (3.10) will really hold back this pitching staff.

    PITCHING: Aside from Edward Case's 19 quality starts and 3.52 ERA, there wasn't much to write home about on the pitching front. The team finished 19th in total ERA and blew 16 saves.

    OUTLOOK: There are a couple of nice pieces in the low minors, but it'll take more than what's there to turn the Red Sox into a contender in '89. Pitching and defensive help are the two main priorities moving forward.
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    Lots of players going to new places during the winter meetings. I may do a trade analysis if I get the time. A lot of teams have made some great moves so far. The divisional outlook I wrote up needs updating already!

    Shout out to Wrangler and Atlantic City on putting together a monster pitching staff. That division is going to he a dog fight!

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    Your evaluation of Oakland is pretty spot on, the problem is the top 2 prospect pitchers are a minimum of 3 seasons from being competitive. So, I think I will wait and see what there is in the draft before going ham on making any moves.

    I was very active when I first entered the league shedding veterans for picks, but now I am kind of in the no man's territory. I am not good enough to compete but not bad enough to get top picks, but at least the core of the team is 28 or younger. Problem is ballooning salaries are killing us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2XS View Post
    the top 2 prospect pitchers are a minimum of 3 seasons from being competitive
    I think you're probably smart to hold out a season or two 2XS. The top two teams in the division are pretty set, and Atlantic City just made some really big deals for some nasty, nasty pitching this season.
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