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    97 Season Hot Stove and Chatter

    Just wanted to talk about Jeffrey Baldwin, as the team moves on from him.

    A career journeyman, Antarctica was his 5th team. As a late 2nd round draft, even making it to the show was an accomplishment. However, by all accounts his career prior to Antarctica was unremarkable. Even terrible. He only pitched 11.1 innings in the majors in 85 and 86 combined.

    By age 30, he only had 3 seasons with an ERA below 5, and only one of those was below 4.5. For most CSFBL career ARCs, being a 30 year old pitcher with a career ERA well over 5 would mean retiring in obscurity as a FA.

    But Antarctica was desperate. He was hired in 2090 as a 33 year old warm body. As a BP pitcher, he had a career 2nd best, and still unremarkable, 4.36 ERA, 10-13 record, with 10 saves (and 6 blown saves).

    After a 5.09 ERA age 34 season, only the complete lack of pitching on Antarctica's roster saved him from FA death.

    We were desperate enough to try him as a starter in 2092, at age 35.

    Then an amazing thing happened: One of the most enjoyable late-career renaissances I've ever seen.

    Over the next four years as a starter, ages 35-38, he put up 4 seasons of sub 4 ERA, gobbling 240+ IP per season. At age 38 he was 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA, 22/32 QS with 11 CG and 2 SHO. He was actually a CYA contender for a month or two before regressing to the mean.

    2092: 14-13, 3.78 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 18/32 QS, 18 CG, 3 ShO, 255 IP
    2093: 14-16, 3.65 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 18/32 QS, 17 CG, 1 ShO, 249.1 IP
    2094: 13-11, 3.97 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 18/32 QS, 13 CG, 3 ShO, 238.1 IP
    2095: 14-9, 3.41 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 22/32 QS, 11 CG, 2 ShO, 243 IP

    That's 4 years of completely unexpected strong SP4, even SP3 type #'s from a guy that in most leagues would have retired from the FA list in his early 30's. He was a bright spot and positive story through some very down years in Antarctica. Hell, he was our staff ace for a couple seasons.

    By 2096, last year, he was 39 and we finally had some LM talent to call up. He was returned to the bullpen after a bad start (2/6 QS) and finished the season with a 5.12 ERA.

    Now he's 40, and we need his roster spot. Congratulations to Mr. Baldwin on beating the odds and leaving his mark on the sport, even if it took him a while.
    Last edited by Vulpecula; June 10, 2022 at 11:11 AM.
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    Re: 97 Season Hot Stove and Chatter

    Burlington with a 90+ range SS MI available.

    https://www.csfbl.com/player/5081200/view - former #1 overall pick

    Primary need pitching but a big bat and top draft picks as well, so open to ideas.

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