NCAA World

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rule Change Amendment

Sorry for the delay on posting the official amendment proposition. I wanted to digest all of the feedback I received here plus I also spoke with several commissioners in other worlds who I respect to get their feedback.

Action Required - Please trade chat or sitemail me if you'd like to voice your support or opposition to the rule change.  If you'd like to make your thoughts public, please feel free to post a reply to this post and it will appear on the blog.

As I originally stated, I feel that the world rules need to evolve as the league and HBD evolves.  To be clear, I have ZERO interest in weakening the competitive requirements.  I want to provide the opportunity for a good owner to have the choice to stay in the world if they don't hit the MWR and accept strong penalties which will still dissuade any tanking.

The other change I have decided to make after discussing with other commissioners is I am going to take the competition committee out of the process initially when someone hit 200 losses over 2 seasons.  Now you'll automatically get probation, however the competition committee will retain the right to review all situations on a case by case basis and if there is documented issues with tanking (ie - throwing out fatigued pitchers for the last 2 weeks of the season to generate losses) then they can still be voted out.  The process will be the competition committee voting on the situation and if its severe enough to bring to the world, then the world will vote.

Old Rule - 1. 200 losses or more over a two year period and the owner will be asked to state their case as to why they should be allowed to stay. If allowed to stay the owner must reach 70 wins or be replaced.

New Rule 

1. 200 losses or more over a two season period and the owner will go on probation and have to hit 70 wins.  If the owner does not hit 70 wins, then the owner has a choice of leaving the world or accepting the following penalties:
        - Forfeiture of next season's first round pick by selecting a player chosen by the commissioner 
        - One season IFA ban on signing anyone for more than $1 million.  IFA's under $1 million can             be signed as minor league filler.
        - If either of these rules are violated, the result is immediate expulsion from the world
        - The competition committee reserves the right to vote on each MWR situation and if its severe              enough, then the world will vote on the offending owner. 

The last benefit to this rule change is it will allow me to set up a very clean spreadsheet on tracking MWR offenders for all of my worlds.  Although I go out of my way to be unbiased when the competition committee votes, I felt that I wanted to make the process more objective than subjective and these rules reflect those changes while also allowing the world to retain good owners who want to stay in the world.

Thanks for being a part of this world and community,

Chris

Monday, September 29, 2014

POWER RANKINGS

RANK Franchise  W L WIN% RS RA xW xL
SOS
HIT
PIT
DEF
PREV RANK
1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 106 38 0.736 847 509 103 41 0 1 1 8 1
2 Arizona Lumberjacks 93 50 0.650 770 564 91 52 0 4 3 1 3
3 Philadelphia Owls 94 50 0.653 798 571 93 51 0 3 4 3 2
4 Richmond Spiders 94 50 0.653 723 535 91 53 0 8 2 22 4
5 Dover Fightin Blue Hens 88 55 0.615 731 574 87 56 0 6 5 18 5
6 Charlotte Tar Heels 87 57 0.604 729 589 86 58 0 7 7 11 8
7 Anaheim Trojans 88 55 0.615 803 661 84 59 0 2 16 12 7
8 New York Red Storm 85 58 0.594 764 612 86 57 0 5 12 20 6
9 Detroit Wolverines 83 61 0.576 642 584 78 66 0 20 6 15 11
10 Oakland Golden Bears 74 69 0.517 666 610 77 66 0 14 10 23 14
11 Nashville Commodores 68 76 0.472 711 669 76 68 0 11 18 4 9
12 Charleston Cougars 79 65 0.549 701 644 78 66 0 12 15 28 12
13 Jackson Rebels 66 78 0.458 717 679 76 68 0 10 19 10 13
14 Helena Grizzlies 76 67 0.531 600 587 73 70 0 25 8 7 15
15 Seattle Huskies 77 66 0.538 621 600 74 69 0 23 9 30 16
16 Columbus Buckeyes 73 71 0.507 592 615 69 75 0 27 11 5 10
17 Louisville Cardinals 67 77 0.465 693 721 69 75 0 13 21 29 25
18 Huntington Thundering Herd 70 74 0.486 718 767 68 76 0 9 28 32 20
19 Kansas City Wildcats 59 84 0.413 654 722 65 78 0 16 22 17 18
20 Cincinnati Bearcats 65 79 0.451 646 739 63 81 0 19 25 2 26
21 Syracuse Orange 64 79 0.448 585 637 66 77 0 29 14 6 19
22 Memphis Tigers 64 80 0.444 590 637 67 77 0 28 13 24 23
23 Boise Broncos 69 74 0.483 651 744 63 80 0 17 26 25 17
24 Texas Tech Red Raiders 57 86 0.399 664 784 61 82 0 15 30 9 22
25 Portland Ducks 63 80 0.441 594 696 61 82 0 26 20 19 24
26 Little Rock Razorbacks 62 81 0.434 650 782 60 83 0 18 29 16 21
27 Fargo Bison 62 82 0.431 642 760 61 83 0 21 27 21 27
28 Buffalo Bulls 52 91 0.364 499 661 54 89 0 32 17 13 28
29 Salem Beavers 57 86 0.399 584 732 57 86 0 30 24 14 31
30 New Orleans Bayou Bengals 49 95 0.340 633 867 52 92 0 22 32 26 29
31 Chicago Blue Demons 54 89 0.378 600 803 53 90 0 24 31 27 32
32 Iowa City Hawkeyes 51 93 0.354 568 731 56 88 0 31 23 31 30

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rule Change Discussion

I have been thinking for some time that we may need to revise our MWR rule.  Specifically regarding the probationary season and the result if you don't hit 70 wins.   I am not sure how much attention everyone is paying to the HBD forums, classifieds, and current world openings, but the climate right now is not of a very robust environment.  Frankly, we're not in a position to be kicking out owners who legitimately want to stay and are open to taking significant penalties in lieu of expulsion.

I've thought about this for awhile, but it came to a head this season as mongoose_22 (who has a stellar reputation within the HBD community and is a great owner) has struggled to get to 70 wins with his Texas squad.  He has taken full ownership of whats happened and has admitted to thinking his teams were better than they were.  That combined with some unbelievably bad luck in 1 run games has led him to the point of expulsion.  He sent me a trade chat offering to give up his team immediately because he isn't going to hit the 70 win mark, but offered these penalties instead so that he would not be getting benefits from a bad season.

1. Forfeiture of the first round pick next year by selecting an absolute scrub

2. Two season IFA ban on signing anyone for more than $1 million.  Anything less would still allow him to sign minor league filler.

3.  Between the first round pick forfeiture and IFA ban, the remaining payroll would have to be invested into the ML team to keep improving it.

This would not be a one time exception.  We're discussing making a permanent rule change as exceptions just cause all kinds of problems.  In essence, anyone not hitting 70 wins in their probationary season would have a choice of leaving the world or accepting the above penalties. The competition committee voted 4 - 0 to vote for this rule change, but I want to bring it to the world as well.  Feel free to post in the world chat or you can always trade chat or sitemail me.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Down on the Farm...

Rob Ray
Cincinnati Bearcats

Score - 64
Fastball Velocity - 70
Fastball Movement - 65
Control - 65
Command - 55

Rob has a blazing fastball that sits between 92 to 95 MPH. When he needs to, he can give it a little extra. His four-seam FB has good late movement. He has an above average cut FB that breaks into RH batters and away from LH batters. His command could be a little better. Rob looks like he has the ceiling of a #2 SP with the floor of a #4 SP. He was drafted with the 17th pick, and it looks like he should have been selected higher. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in Cincinnati next season.
Down on the Farm...

Roger Urich
Jackson Rebels

Score - 43
Fastball Velocity - 30
Fastball Movement - 55
Control - 30
Command - 55

Roger has above average movement on his Split Fastball. He tops out around 85 MPH and doesn't look like he will add to his velocity. He has a plus slider. Control is where Roger is lacking. He is having a fine year in AA, but his success there doesn't look to translate to the majors. He has the ceiling of a AAAA pitcher with the floor of a AAA SP. Only look for Roger in the majors if there are several injuries to the ML staff.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interview With Arizona Lumberjacks Owner mitt0108

I had the opportunity to interview mitt about his Arizona Lumberjacks team. They are having another great year. With the interview, we get to talk a little about the past and the present. 



J: I appreciate you taking the time to chat. Will your team continue on its torrid pace (.685 winning percentage) the rest of the year? 

M: Probably not quite that high, but who knows. Everything is clicking right now. We have been fortunate to avoid injuries as well. I don't care too much what the final record is, but the goal was getting a bye for the playoffs. 

J: You have some stiff competition in the NL. Do you think Arizona can represent the NL in the World Series?

M: I definitely think we are talented enough to make it, but the odds may be working against us after 3 straight WS appearances. My luck might run out against hop's Charlotte squad! I know he is sick of me haha. 

J: What did you do in the first two seasons that lead to your current success?

M: I'm not a fan of full on rebuilds. I don't have the patience ha. So, when I took over I was immediately focused on improving the ML squad every season. I inherited a couple good young bats in Doug Treadway and Howard Stevenson, so that obviously helps, but almost everyone else on my squad was acquired via trade or FA. I really just look at every position and pitching role and ask if I think they are good enough to be a part of a WS team. If the answer is no, or if I think I can get a net upgrade somehow, I am willing to deal whoever it is or upgrade via FA. 

J: What were the keys to winning it all in season 23?

M: Season 23 was when I finally had acquired enough ML talent mainly through FA and trades. I had 2 veteran FAs lead the team in home runs and a couple veteran pitchers acquired via trade come up big in Kevin Ryu and Tony Telemaco. Fred Keppel has also been a good value pick up in FA at SP. 

J: You have won 5 straight division titles and look as though you will win your 6th. How did you build your team to where it is today? Have you built mainly through the draft, international free agents, free agent signings, or some part of each?

M: I have built mainly through free agency and trades to get the core of my team. I am quick to sacrifice a late first round pick for a quality free agent. I do dabble in IFAs, but usually just acquiring middle tier cost ones that I will eventually trade. I also try to improve something every offseason, even after having a good team. I have acquired 4 big contributors since that WS victory in 3B Danny Smoltz, 2B Arthur Haynes, 1B Franklin Cornelius, and just this last offseason CF Pedro Gonzales.



Thank you again for taking the time to answer a few questions mitt! Arizona looks like a force to be reckoned with. Will mitt win his second World Series ring? We look forward to the playoffs to see the answer.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

25 Years of History

Looking back at 25 years of history, we can try to determine who were the dominate teams in both leagues. Day in and day out, you can definitely see that some organizations have been at the top of their game.

Charlotte has the best win percentage at .604 while Louisville has the most wild cards at 9. Minnesota has the most world series rings with 5 and Nashville has the most division titles with 18.

TeamLeagueDivisionWLW%WCDivWS
Anaheim TrojansALWest204420060.505743
Arizona LumberjacksNLWest208219680.5140134
Boise BroncosNLWest180422460.445230
Buffalo BullsNLEast190021500.469400
Charleston CougarsALEast213019200.5263110
Charlotte Tar HeelsNLEast244716030.6045173
Chicago Blue DemonsALEast181222380.447020
Cincinnati BearcatsALNorth195520950.483240
Columbus BuckeyesNLNorth187821720.464200
Detroit WolverinesNLNorth205419960.507591
Dover Fightin Blue HensNLNorth214319070.5292121
Fargo BisonALNorth215418960.5323102
Helena GrizzliesNLWest205419960.507272
Huntington Thundering HerdNLSouth194221080.480140
Iowa City HawkeyesNLNorth184722030.456240
Jackson RebelsALSouth190421460.470200
Kansas City WildcatsNLWest192421260.475220
Little Rock RazorbacksALSouth187121790.462330
Louisville CardinalsNLEast199620540.493900
Memphis TigersNLSouth184522050.456120
Minnesota Golden GophersALNorth221018400.546395
Nashville CommodoresALSouth226417860.5591182
New Orleans Bayou BengalsALSouth201920310.499540
New York Red StormALEast203620140.503751
Oakland Golden BearsALWest203220180.502350
Philadelphia OwlsALEast204820020.506370
Portland DucksALNorth196820820.486220
Richmond SpidersNLSouth214419060.5293121
Salem BeaversALWest225617940.5573160
Seattle HuskiesALWest184722030.456300
Syracuse OrangeNLEast220818420.545680
Texas Tech Red RaidersNLSouth198220680.489470

The AL has a slight edge in win percentage and world series rings over the NL. Every division has won at least one world series ring. 

W L W% WS
AL North 8287 7913 0.512 7
AL East 8026 8174 0.495 1
AL South 8058 8142 0.497 2
AL West 8179 8021 0.505 3
TOTALS 32550 32250 0.502 13
NL North 7922 8278 0.489 2
NL East 8551 7649 0.528 3
NL South 7913 8287 0.488 1
NL West 7864 8336 0.485 6
TOTALS 32250 32550 0.498 12
When you look at the overall win percentage of each team and the leagues, you get a sense of balance in the world. Each team has a chance to bring home the trophy every year. Some teams are consistently good, but the world seems to have an equilibrium over time.

Twenty-five years can seem like a long time. In reality, some of the long-time owners have probably felt like it has flown by. What a nice testament to the world as a whole when you view the statistics behind the last 25 years.