Monday, March 26, 2012



LAST YEARS PREVIEW:92-70   The Blues were a singing all the way to a division championship. But they were silenced in the first round of the playoffs by a tough Scottsdale team. That made Tchagnon real sad and he went into the offseason looking for some harmony. This is the same team but with more experience. They still are the favorites to win this division and maybe they can go further in the post season.

OUT: Edgard Torres , Seth Rando , Dan Evers

IN: Jorge Blanco , Alex Mateo

PREVIEW: It's happy days in Memphis. Tchagnon threw away his Muddy waters CD's and flushed his Zoloft down the toilet.The Memphis Blues won another Division crown due to a tie breaker(21-9 division record).The jubilation was short lived, when in the playoffs, they were beaten in the first round.In the offseason Tchagnon let Torres,Rando and Evers go to free agency. Then he plugged the holes with free agents Blanco and Mateo.The Blues lost only a couple of players and with a upgrade at catching and Josh Parker stepping back in the Closer position. This should be another good year.The Blues will be near the top of the Division again. PREDICTION:87-75

Charleston Tobacco Farmers (AL)
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LAST YEARS PREVIEW:90-72  After winning the division last season I thought the Tabaky Farmers added more youth to the lineup. But maybe I was optomistic in my thinking that the youngsters could hit the ground running. But they still had a decent year by any standards.Like I said above "you can never count out the Power of the Tabacky". Thats their game ,Power Baseball. With the addition of some good pitching this team may be in the postseason. Regardless, the hitting will be there and I think they will at least vie for a wild card berth.

OUT: Emmanuel Caseres , Arthur Phillips , Fred Lee , Al Astacio , Darren Baez , Terry Morandini , Rick Surkamp

IN:  Clarence Christiansen , Jose Calles , Vicente Rodriguez , Phil Satou , Ivan Cortes , Bob Murphy

PREVIEW: The Tabaky were smoking hot when they lost the tie-breaker in the division battle. And with the tough A L West gobbling up the wild cards. The Tabaky Farmers were left without a chair when the playoff  music stopped. Nwsheehys youngsters got another year of expierience under their belts and that is a good thing. Once the smoke cleared, Nwsheehy went into the offseason to make some tweaks to this good team. The Tabaky Farmers let Caseres,Phillips,Lee and Astacio go to free agency.Then they released Baez,Morandini and Surkamp. To fill in the gaps they signed free agents Christiansen,Calles,Rodriguez,Satou and picked up Cortes,Murphy in the R-5. The Tabaky Farmers still like to hit the long ball but they're batting average needs improvment. The additions should help with that and this team will be battling for the Division, again. PREDICTION:87-75

Charlotte Sometimes (AL)
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LAST YEARS PREVIEW:76-86  With the farm system replenished, Hatton went out and spent some cash on some nice free agents. They have improved the pitching staff with all the new free agents and picked up a defensive player. They may be a .500 team for now and will pick up some more prospects for the future.

OUT: Raul Veras , Jose Sanchez , Tripp Kent , Harry Paz , Jackson Brooks , Terry Lewis , Cam Jones , Harry Saberhagen , Santiago Rodriguez

IN: Buck Jodie , Tony Rosado , Felix Gao , Walter Kerr , Yorvit Delgado , Will Byrdak , Alan LeCroy

PREVIEW: The Sometimes never even sniffed 500. Sometimes you lay a egg and this time I laid a big one with my prediction..With only 65 wins it seems this franchise is in disarray and needs some help with a poor pitching staff (5.15 ERA,1.49WHIP) and poor defense(118 errors, .981 FPct).The Sometimes were a decent hitting team (.270 BA) and its something to build on. In the offseason, Hatton let Veras,Sanchez,Kent,Paz,Brooks,Lewis,Jones,Saberhagen and the Kitchen sink go to free agency.Then he released Rodriguez outright.With alot of holes to fill,Hatton signed free agents Rosado,Gao,Kerr,Delgado and Byrdak and claimed Jodie off the wire.Finally he promoted LeCroy. Hatton upgraded his pitching staff but never addressed the defense. Perhaps the hitting and pitching may overcome. Usually this isn't the case.PREDICTION:76-86

Nashville Posse (AL)
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LAST YEARS PREVIEW:78-84   The posse are built in the free agent market. But they did promote a vey nice prospect this year. Sometimes the free agents are hit and miss so perhaps the Posse will hit it, this time. Still they will have to convince me first.

OUT: Denny Keough , Dwight Webster , Mack Manning , Freddy Weiss , Julio Fernandez , Christopher Locke , Shane Ryal , Ronald Ramirez

IN:  Julio Fuentes , Terry Oliver , Danny Baker , Matt Fedroff , Dan Coles , Danny Baker , Kevin Poole

PREVIEW: Oh Dear! The Posse have hit the 100 million rock bottom.The Nashville Posse had the worst pitching in Wrigleyville with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.They gave up a mind boggling 989 runs with 241 Taters...Egads! You can say the Posse were good at Hanging Sliders and Curves.And Illicit could be heard in the clubhouse screaming."Get a Rope"! The good news is. The season is over and the slate is clean. Illicit went into the offseason and lynched Keough,Webster,Manning,Weiss,Fernandez and Locke.Then he strung up Ryal and Ramirez for good measure. With many of last years players swinging in the wind, Illicit signed free agent Sherriffs: Fuentes and Oliver. And promoted Deputys: Baker,Fedroff,Coles,Baker and Poole.The Posse improved in pitching and fielding in the offseason. But can these young Buckarroos get the Posse back on the right trail? Time will tell. PREDICTION:75-87

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