2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.


Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Start prepping today with the Ultimate I-75 Draft Toolkit!

No need to wait for those player ratings from SOM in January. You can get started on preparing for the March draft right now, with the Ultimate Draft Toolkit, already bundled up, customized and personalized.

Use this toolkit to:

* Analyze free agents, with real life 2011 stats, age and Strat fielding ratings
* See at-a-glance how your team offense and pitching looks
* Check out how your club compares to others in the league
* Get real-life 2011 stats for your players: Overall, vs. righty and vs. lefty

The stats come courtesy of the Strat Fan Forum, and were shared publicly by a contributor named Bryan. We’ve taken them and tweaked them slightly, adding OPS columns for hitters, then adding in players’ I-75 League affiliation and sorting by those teams.

Within each team, hitters are sorted alphabetically; pitchers are grouped by starters and relievers, then starters are sorted by lowest opponent batting average.

So at a glance, rosters come to life, and you learn things such as:

* Hickory only has one starting pitcher
* Springfield has an awesome starting pitching staff
* Michigan has an all-1 infield and center fielder
* And much much more!

Use the toolkit to scope out trading partners or draft strategies. One word of caution: Computer-only players who will not be carded are also included in the toolkit; I did not take the time to carve them out one-by-one.

Please do not manipulate the shared Google doc version of this; don’t apply colors, or move your players around, or update it with trades — we will rewrite the document with updates periodically. If you want a version to manipulate, watch your e-mail for a spreadsheet you can monkey with.

Let’s draft!

Hickory reigns as 2011 I-75 League champs!

Mike WIlson's Hickory Nuts take home the trophy for 2011The Hickory Nuts completed the most improbable run to a world championship since — well, since the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals — when they knocked off the Margaritaville Volcanoes in seven games to rule the I-75 League roost for 2011.

Having finished a distant third in the Northbound Division, the Nuts’ postseason run included conquests of three consecutive higher-seeded teams, not unlike the 2011 Cardinals, a wild-card winner who earned their playoff spot on the last day of the regular season.

It was the first-ever postseason crown for Hickory, which joined the league in 1991.

Down 2-1 in the series to Southbound playoff champion Margaritaville, the Nuts scored back-to-back key victories, pounding the Volcanoes 18-2 in Game Four, then squeaking out a 7-6 win in 10 innings in Game Five on an RBI single by Kendry Morales.

After Margaritaville forced a Game Seven with a 2-1 win in Game Six (both runs scoring on David Wright solo homers), the Nuts spotted the Volcanoes a 3-0 lead and came back to win 9-4. A four-run sixth inning swung the tilt in Hickory’s favor.

Hickory had earlier defeated second-place Bushwood and first-place Superior in playoff battles.  The seven-game win over Bushwood included road victories in Games Six and Games Seven. The win over Superior took six games, including a bounce-back from a 2-1 deficit.

Congrats to the 2011 league champion Hickory Nuts and manager Mike Wilson!!!

Sneak preview of range ratings begins Monday

If you’ve never bothered creating a Twitter account, based on the logic, “What would I use that for?” — well, Strat is now giving you a reason.

The fielding range ratings will be released in full in mid-December as they usually are, but starting Monday, they’re also going to release a couple of tidbits every few hours on Twitter until the ratings for two players from every team have been revealed, which should take until Wednesday or Thursday.

If you’re on Twitter, you’ll need to follow @StratOMatic.

If you’re not on Twitter, you’ll need to go to twitter.com and create an account, and then follow @StratOMatic.

It’s a genius marketing move by Strat, if you ask me.