I took my team name from the Bob Dylan song "Hurricane". The song is about a black boxer named Hurricane Carter who got framed for a murder he didn't commit, and has nothing to do with baseball but contains startling social commentary. Dylan was born in Hibbing, Minnesota and I am a fan. For the record maybe it should have been just "The Hibbing Hurricane". Why pluralize Hurricane? Even if Ken does not write a review I would like an explanation of Windy City Tearers.(?). Thanks Ken.
1. Abreu RF
2. McGwire 1B
3. M Ramirez LF
4. G Vaughn DH
5. Garciaparra SS
6. J Kent 2B
7. T Fernandez 3B
8. Burks CF
9. Ausmus C
1. Cone R 14 XZ
2. Schilling R 13 XYZ
3. O Daal L 12 Y
4. A Sele R 11 Y
5. Pettite L 9 Y
Here is a breakdown on how the players involved in the trade performed for their respective teams.
GILMER HIBBING Sosa .244 .301 11 HR 23 RBI .270 .326 42 HR 87 RBI M Vaughn .283 .339 11 HR 26 RBI .215 .275 25 HR 63 RBI R Clemens 3-3 4.29 ERA 9-10 4.74 ERA Abreu .225 .328 12 HR 39 RBI .249 .280 4 HR 18 RBI McGwire .268 .437 51 HR 89 RBI .214 .431 11 HR 20 RBI Daal 6-10 4.29 ERA 1-4 6.66 ERAClemens and Vaughn both turned out to be big disappointments and my winning percentage dropped after the first 40. There was no doubt McGwire would come around, but even with that in mind it looked like a beneficial trade, and who is to say it wasn't? Sosa had a good year and Abreu didn't do anything spectacular for Doug. It's interesting that Clemens and Daal both had the same ERA for Doug.
1. D Hamilton CF .265 .333 4 HR 30 RBI 2. Garciaparra SS .285 .313 31 HR 96 RBI 3. M Ramirez LF .248 .323 45 HR 113 RBI 4. S Sosa RF .270 .326 42 HR 87 RBI 5. G Vaughn DH .236 .306 64 HR 119 RBI 6. M Vaughn 1B .215 .275 25 HR 63 RBI 7. J Kent 2B .251 .314 21 HR 62 RBI 8. T Fernandez 3B .246 .330 11 HR 46 RBI 9. B Ausmus C .254 .325 4 HR 32 RBIRotation
1. R Clemens R 16 XY 9-10 4.74 ERA 2. D Cone R 14 XZ 15-14 4.19 ERA 3. C Schilling R 13 XYZ 11-11 4.37 ERA 4. A Sele R 11 Y 10-11 5.24 ERA 5. A Pettite L 9 Y 8-13 4.17 ERA
J Wettleland R 20 XYZ 7-6 3.45 ERA 22 Saves M Williams R 16 XYZ 7-7 3.54 ERA D Veres R 15 X 4-4 4.98 ERA C McElroy L 14 XZ 4-1 3.33 ERA 2 Saves
A Arias INF .217 .266 0 HR 3 RBI S Berry 3B .198 .286 4 HR 14 RBI E Burks CF .148 .242 3 HR 11 RBI M DiFelice C .186 .219 0 HR 3 RBI D Hocking INF .056 .105 0 HR 0 RBI C Hoiles 1B-C .203 .284 2 HR 4 RBI B Mueller 3B-2B .238 .325 4 HR 9 RBI J Vander Wal 1B-OF .273 .351 8 HR 34 RBIThe Major stat, of course, is Greg Vaughns unprecedented 64 Home Runs. In the year of Sosa/McGwire, Vaughn takes the crown with only 50 in the regular season. Unfortunately for Hibbing he could not hit one in the second season.
Burks was a miserable disappointment for such a high pick in the draft. Hamilton was solid all year to make up for Burks' whoahs. Wetteland was solid in save situations, and McElroy was always dependable. Brad Radke, my playoff rotation starter (a "6") came in to pitch a shutout against Chicago in the last series of the season. Luckily, I was out of Steve's reach by then, because that was the lone win in the 6 game series. The team needed base stealers. Vander Wal was always clutch coming off the bench. In retrospect, I should have played him at first more.
This was certainly a milestone season for my franchise. Hopefully next year will bring more success and an above .500 record.
I would like to thank everyone for finishing (No Dan Caspers!).
Finally, a lot of talk is going on about the time commitment it takes to be in this league. I put in twice as much time this year as I have in the past on scouting and drafting, and it paid off. I think everyone who has finished a season in this league realizes it takes time if your going to be truly competitive. At the same time, there is a fine line between what is fun and what is a chore. A chore is spending all of your free time thinking about the league. I had just as much fun with my pitiful '97 shlitz team as I did with this years team. As long as the league keeps a core of the same GM's it will become more and more competitive overtime. Us "scrub" GM's will improve through making mistakes and learning from those wiser. The GM who spends every ounce of his free time on the league is: A. Insane, and B. Probably deserves the Spit Cup. The way I see it though, anyone can get lucky in a 7 game playoff so I am just going to have fun with it.