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    1991 Honus Wagner Division Outlook

    Arguably the toughest division in Diamond Legends, Honus Wagner played host to 3 teams with at least 92 wins and a +173 run differential.

    HONUS WAGNER DIVISION



    MANILA EVIL EGG EMPIRE

    Manila led the league with 101 wins last season, and were stalwarts when it came to their specialty of pitching and defense. The Empire impressed at holding opposing offenses down, especially in a league with Georgia and Lauder.

    OFFENSE: While not a super potent offense, they did manage to finish 13th in runs and actually led the league in batting average hitting .292 as a team. There won't be much of a let up in the '91 campaign as Donald Mair is back after posting MVP type numbers a season ago: .381/.429/.626!

    PITCHING: 3.50 ERA, 107 quality starts, 1403 K's. Best. In. The. League. Not much else to say here. Manila has a great pitching staff led by David Legett and his minisclue 0.98 WHIP a season ago.

    DEFENSE: The defense posted a .990 fielding %, which was 3rd in the league, but the 3.28 range was only middle of the pack. SS is great, 2B anyone?

    ANALYSIS: It should be more of the same this season for Manila, fighting it out with Georgia for the top spot in the Honus Wagner Division. Although Lauder may have something to say about that. I'm going to take Manila 2nd, because I still think Georgia is just the slightest bit better since the Peaches offense is a little more explosive.


    GEORGIA PEACHES

    The Peaches showed why they remain one of the best all around teams in Diamond Legends last season, finishing in the top 5 in pretty much EVERY major statistical category. 98 wins was good for 2nd place in the Division and a date with Manila in the Division playoffs, which they managed to win.

    OFFENSE: Not many weak spots here, as five players hit 30+ homers and posted a .900 OPS or better. Steven Flores leads the way for the offense, and remains in the MVP conversation season after season. This dynamic offense posted the 2nd most runs scored last season with 858, trailing only an upstart Lauder offense. No slowing down for the Peaches offense in '91, they'll stay near the top and terrorize pitchers league wide once again.

    PITCHING: Since the offense is one of the best, you've got to be thinking that the pitching must be pretty weak right? Wrong. The Peaches pitching is also in the top of every major statistical category for the 1990 season. Led by Michael Porter, who led them to the 2nd best ERA, and 2nd most quality starts, only trailing the likes of division arch nemesis Manila. The best shot against this pitching staff is to be lucky enough to chase a starter early and get to a "not as good" reliever. But this pitching staff, much like the offense, should be really good for quite a few seasons to come.

    DEFENSE: Georgia didn't have one of the best defensive seasons, but '90 was still all around solid. The .987 fielding % fared in the middle of the pack, while the range posted was 3.30, good for 8th.

    ANALYSIS: Once again, probably the best all around team in the league. Great offense and great pitching will have them in the playoffs and maybe, just maybe this is the season that the Peaches can bring one home for the Baker. 1st place for Georgia.


    LAUDER PARKLANES

    Lauder had a fantastic season in '90, carving out 92 wins in the Honus Wagner Division. 92 would have been enough to make the playoffs in any division but this one, showing why this is arguably the toughest division in Diamond Legends.

    OFFENSE: The offense really carried the team last season, leading the league with 883 runs scored. The recipe for success consisted of a super high .363 on base % and some good power numbers (251 homers). Some of the prime time hitters are getting up in age, so this might be a short lived window of big time productivity for the Parklanes lineup.

    PITCHING: While posting a respectable 4.13 ERA for the season, there should be much cause for concern with the bullpen's league leading 29 blown saves. There are 3-4 really nice quality starting pitchers in the rotation but Charles White gave the best performance last season. White turned in 22 quality starts and a 3.13 ERA, however he only won 12 games due to the bullpen struggles no doubt. This will be a good rotation again this coming season, but much like the offense the age of some of the starting staff may start to be a concern going forward.

    DEFENSE: The defense could definitely use some help. The '90 season saw a .986 fielding % backed by 3.13 range, both near the bottom of the league. Outside of CF Larry Fletcher, the defense is aging and has lost a step over previous seasons.

    ANALYSIS: Lauder will continue to score runs at a blistering pace in the near future. The pitching could use some help from a defensive upgrade or two, but is still looking formidable for the next few seasons. 3rd for Lauder again, with a window that's closing pretty quickly in a super tough division.


    FIJI FIRE

    Fiji turned in an 80-80 season in '90. Finishing 21 behind Manila out of 1st place. It doesn't help the Fire that they play more games against a couple of nasty division offenses and a couple of really stellar division pitching staffs.

    OFFENSE: The Fiji offense scored a respectable 795 runs in '90, finishing 4th in batting average, but 12th in on base %, showing that there are a lot of good "hitter" types in this lineup. Having these types of hitters also led to the 2nd most K's in the league with 1,299. This team is relatively young though, and still has room for improvement in a few areas. James Lee has some real power (50 homers last season), and William Pelkey and David Parker make for a really tough trio of hitters. It'd be nice to see some high on base guys in front of these three.

    PITCHING: The staff will need an overhaul soon, as the pitchers that are really relied on are getting up in age. Fiji seems to like a 4 man rotation, and has some guys with the Endurance to do it. 2 pitchers threw 290+ innings last season, while a 3rd hit the 240 mark. Joshua Robinson led the way with a 3.84 ERA and won 17 games, but the staff finished 18th in ERA at 4.99.

    DEFENSE: The .987 fielding % is pretty decent, but doesn't look as nice when paired with a 3.18 range. Allen Denny is gold glove caliber at short stop, but there needs to be some better defense added around him.

    ANALYSIS: Look for Fiji to maybe win 75-80 this season, and remain around 4th place behind Lauder.


    GREAT LAKES STORM

    Great Lakes had some big troubles at the plate last season, but the pitching was a really nice bright spot for this team. There's not enough here to compete yet but the team is fairly young, and a couple of trades could propel them into future contention.

    OFFENSE: There wasn't much offense last season, as the Storm was the only team not to break the 600 runs scored mark. There are a few nice on base type of hitters in the lineup so some power would make a nice addition. Once 3B Bobby Ford gets closer to his potentials, the Storm will have a legitimate home run threat at the dish.

    PITCHING: The Storm's pitching staff was one of the tops in Diamond Legends last season, finishing 3rd in ERA (3.90) and quality starts (102). I'd rank them 3rd overall behind only Manila and Georgia, which are both in this division! Timing is a lot of this game, and it may be time to swap some of these young studs for somebody that can help score some runs.

    DEFENSE: For the pitching staff to be so good, the defense sure didn't help pull their weight. The .985 fielding % was close to the bottom of the league, and the 3.20 range was lower half. It looks like there is range on the team, just not where most of the balls are hit. Could this already stellar pitching staff be even better with some defensive help?

    ANALYSIS: Great Lakes has half of the problem solved (pitching), but the other half is in shambles. If the offense and fielding got better they'd be in contention with Lauder for sure, and depending on how much better, a playoff team. But for now, the Storm garner a 6th place nod.


    NORWOOD INDIANS

    Norwood finished '09 with 68 wins and in 6th place in the division. The future is super bright for this team, who have a couple of the league's best players in C Goodman and P Anthony Spinks.

    OFFENSE: The offense is David Goodman. David Goodman is the offense. This guy went beast mode in his sophomore season, hitting .330 with 63 homers and 137 RBI's. He also posted a 1.122 OPS, which is amazing for such a young hitter that only figures to get better. The question for this offense is if there will be any moves made to help the young superstar.

    PITCHING: There are two really, really good pitchers at the top of the rotation for the Indians. Terry Simpson posted a 2.86 ERA in '90 and 23 quality starts. Anthony Spinks is a guy that I've been excited about seeing since joining the league a couple of seasons back. Spinks rookie campaign consisted of 19 wins, 23 quality starts and a 2.52 ERA. I really think Spinks has the potential to be the best in all of Diamond Legends in the next few seasons. It's more of the same with the pitching staff as it is the offense. Will there be help added to aid these two aces?

    DEFENSE: The defense played pretty good in '90, finishing in the upper half in both fielding % and range. Looking at the roster there doesn't seem to be a lot of good defensive players in the line up, so the pitching staff may be helped out with a couple of additions at traffic areas.

    ANALYSIS: I love the superstar players in Norwood, but there's just not enough around them to make any type of push toward the top of this division. 5th place and probably a Cy Young AND MVP winner here, which is extremely odd for a team that I feel won't be in contention.
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    Re: 1991 Honus Wagner Division Outlook

    I'll try and have the rest of this done by Thursday...and maybe get the last division too. Life is busy!
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    Georgia finally done. Lauder next!
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    Re: 1991 Honus Wagner Division Outlook

    Honus Wagner done. Recap:

    1. Georgia - probably the best all around team in the league
    2. Manila - that pitching staff!
    3. Lauder - going to score a ton and have a respectable rotation
    4. Fiji - going to score a lot
    5. Norwood - some of the best players in Diamond Legends, but they need help, could finish higher if things fall into place
    6. Great Lakes - Great pitching staff, which I'd usually HAVE to put in the top 3 for the division, but it's a tough division and the offense is pretty bad
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