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    A farewell season for Duffy Botkin

    I can be a bit of sucker for heart-over-head decisions, and whilst 41-yr old Duffy Botkin has objectively no right to take up the DH spot, his imminent retirement (100% likelihood), being the greatest hitter ever to have played for the Monarchs, and a few records and milestones to shoot for, means I'm going to give him his final season farewell tour.

    He already tops the all-time Monarchs charts for At-bats, Plate Appearances, Total Bases, Runs, and RBIs. Although he will become the first Monarch ever to reach 10,000 ABs and also 1,900 RBIs, although the big 2,000 appears just out of reach.

    He needs 26 doubles to take top spot all-time for the Monarchs, and having hit 25 last year and 27 the year before it's not impossible. He also needs just 3 triples to take the all-time team leadership, and having knocked 12 last year that seems probable. Perhaps the biggest, sitting on 598 home runs, he's just two behind team leader Matthew Fontaine who retired on the nice round number of 600, so he'll be looking to join that exclusive club and also top yet another leaderboard.#

    While his numbers in all these categories don't even show up in the League-wide top 10s, his domination of the all-time lists in Kansas City means fans will be cheering him on to his final milestones and getting one last look at a club legend.
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    Re: A farewell season for Duffy Botkin

    I felt bad having to get rid of Julius Black a couple of years ago, he was past 40, and had a bad season, and I knew I had to move on.

    Ironically, he got picked up by a division rival and had a good season. Kind of felt bad he got picked up, as it would have been a perfect ending to have pitched with one team his entire career. (also he got a handful of relief appearances with them, and all 602 appearances with me were starts).

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    Re: A farewell season for Duffy Botkin

    Well Duffy bowed out with 10,421 ABs, and 1,958 RBIs, getting closer to the 2,000 than I expected.

    He just fell short of the doubles record, winding up with 527 behind John Staton's 531, but he did take the triples title with 145.

    He also got to 600 HRs, and finished with 609, another team record.

    Honestly, if he'd had a change of heart and rocked up at Spring Training again, I would have given him a spot in the LHP line-up to knock off the last 5 doubles and maybe even the 42 RBIs, so it's just as well for the team that he didn't - .226/.301/.345 line looks suspicious in a playoff team
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    Red Hot Prospects: Palapye Power (1982)
    Blue Chip Baseball: Serowe Rhinos (1990, 1991, 1998)
    Knights of CSFBL: Tatooine Womp Rats (2082, 2084)
    CSFBL Justice: Palapye Miners (2110)
    World League: Seibu Lions (2101, 2114, 2115, 2116, 2118)
    Caribbean League: Havana Jonron (2045)
    Beta: BIUST Buffaloes (2096)
    Cooperstown's Finest: Guildford Mavericks (2011)
    Earth Baseball: Palapye Swallows
    MLB Remake - Baltimore Orioles
    Psi Phi: Bedford Blues
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    Sons of Ivy 3: Palapye Impala
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    Re: A farewell season for Duffy Botkin

    3 time MVP DH Michael Maxwell has fallen off at age 37 here in Atlanta, he will likely end up around 2940-2950 in the hits category for the season. Trying to figure out what to do, I'll be a cellar team until I get some young pitchers developed (got a lot in the Lows, but I don't know if they'll be more that end of the rotation/durable relief types). So, keeping him next year, will likely depend on whether his pay cut is enough. Being a switch-hitter and extreme BB inducer he could still pose some value in platoon role (vs Lefties, and occasional insertions vs Righties)

    But, if one of the incoming FAs for next season, could prove valuable, and he doesn't take much of a pay cut, it'll be hard to justify keeping him.

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