1993 Divergent League Update Week 6

Transcript:

Howdy folks, it’s Divergent League Update for February 19th 2021, but of course in Divergent League we’re all the way back on August 3rd, 1993. 

This big shake-up has shaken out. The 1993 Hardship Draft saw some huge moves that will reverberate through the league for the rest of the season. We’ve also got the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby to cover, today so let’s get to the dingers!

Frank Thomas has been hitting the cover off the ball this season, and is running away with the Home Run chase just like the ran away with the Home Run derby. The Big Hurt took down all comers, and won the Derby handily defeating Mark McGwire in the finals.

Thomas leads Divergent League in homers overall with 39. Behind him is Big Mac with 35 and Fred McGriff with 30.

The big news coming out of last weekend is the Hardship Draft. If you’ve been following the blog on divergentleague.com then you already know what happened, but here’s the skinny:

  1. New York Mets selected Mark McGwire from the Athletics
  2. New York Yankees selected Kirby Puckett from the Twins
  3. Seattle Mariners selected Mike Mussina from the Orioles

Pre-draft the Atheltics and Orioles both had strong leads in their divisions, but losing a staff ace like Mussina or an irreplaceable power hitter like McGwire can change that in a hurry. And the last-place Yankees picked up a Hall of Fame with Puckett. We’ll see just how changed all of these teams are in the standings a bit later.

Flipping through the stat sheet, the more things change the more the stay the same so far. 

Wade Boggs leads everyone with a .363 batting average, with The Orioles David Segui dropping down to .343. Just behind him is League hits leader Kirby Puckett. Over in in the NL The Cards Gregg Jefferies and Atlanta’s Mike Piazza are tied at .339 with the Phillies John Kruk just one point behind at .338.

Boggs and Colorado’s Dante Bichette lead their leagues in doubles with 31 each, while Tim Raines and Marquis Grissom are way ahead in the Triples line with over 10 each this season.

Chicago’s Frank Thomas and Rock Raines lead the AL in Runs Batted In with 99 and 94, with the Mets new-acquisition Mark McGwire leading the NL at 94.

The dynamic duo of Curtis and Polonia still have the Stolen Base category locked up in the AL with 38 and 35, with the Dodgers Brett Butler leading the NL with 32. Just behind them is Phillies star Lenny Dykstra with 30.

LA’s Orel Hershiser and Mariner’s Hardship pick Mike Mussina lead their leagues in wins, with Hershiser at 15-4.

The Os Gregg Olson leads in saves with 42. In the NL The Cardinals Mike Perez and Phillies David West are tied at 39.

The Padres Andy Benes continues his incredible season, maintaining a 1.59 ERA to be tops in the National League. The Expos Butch Henry and Denny Martinez are both still under 2. Nolan Ryan, despite being recently dinged up and missing a few starts, still leads all of baseball with an absurd 1.17 ERA. David Cone’s 2.13 for Royals is good enough for second place in the AL.

Randy Johnson’s 187 Ks is best in baseball, with Cone nearby at 166. Benes and Cincinatti’s Jose Rijo lead the NL at 152 and 142 respectively.

So, you got plans this Saturday Night? If not, maybe stop by RetroStrange Movie Night starting at 7pm Pacific time. We’ll be streaming two wacky kung fu movies that pretend to star Bruce Lee but actually don’t. It’s a whole thing. Find out more and tune in at retrostrange.com

Now let’s take a look at how the standings have changed since All-Star Weekend.

The Orioles are on a 5 game skid, but remain tops in the AL East at 69-43, 12 games up on the advancing Blue Jays and 16 on the Yanks who are now out of the cellar and in 3rd place.

Over in the AL Central, it’s still anybody’s division, with the White Sox maintaining a slim 1 game lead over the Tigers. The Royals have dropped a bit, and are 4.5 games out in third.

The Texas Rangers have surged in the West, now just 1 game out of 1st place behind the Atheltics and Astros. The As are on a 4 game slide after winning 6 in a row. The Mariners, who snagged Mike Mussina in the Hardship Draft, remain at 10.5 games back.

The AL Wild Card scene sees those Tigers and Royals holding a 1.5 game lead on the Astros and 2.5 on the Rangers. The Blue Jays are 5 games back there with the Yankees 9 back and Mariners 11.5.

In The National League East the Phillies maintain their best in baseball status, winning 7 of their last 10 making them 74-39 on the season. They hold a 5.5 game lead on the Braves and 7 on the falling Expos. The Mets, despite grabbing up Mark McGwire in the Draft, remain 34 games out.

In the Central the Cards hold a 10 game lead over the Cubbies (who have won 8 of their last 10) and 16 over the last-place Reds.

A-way out west, the Giants are still ahead of the second-place Dodgers by 5 games.

In the NL Wild Card chase, the Braves and Expos have a strong lead, with the Dodgers and Cubs both 8.5 games back. Los Rojos are 14.5 games out, those Mets are 27 behind.

That’s all we got this week, folks. Shout-out to Henry Nelson for the great organ intro on this week’s episode. You can find the complete standings, power rankings, and schedule on divergentleague.com. Take care of yourselves out there, and take care of somebody else if you can.

Standings

AL East

  • CPU – Orioles – 69-43, 1st
  • Seamus – Blue Jays – 57-55, 12GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 4th, CON: 14th, PWR: 9th, PITCH: 6th, DEF: 11th, SPD: 12th
  • Liam – Yankees – 53-59, 16GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 11th, CON: 1st, PWR: 13th, PITCH: 21st, DEF: 10th, SPD: 29th

AL Central

  • Travis – White Sox – 67-46, 1st
    • OVR: 1st, CON: 3rd, PWR: 3rd, PITCH: 8th, DEF: 4th, SPD: 1st
  • Tony – Tigers – 66-47, 1GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 22nd, CON: 7th, PWR: 18th, PITCH: 26th, DEF: 16th, SPD: 26th
  • Dan – Royals – 62-50, 4.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 2nd, CON: 4th, PWR: 5th, PITCH: 2nd, DEF: 21st, SPD: 8th

AL West

  • Athletics – CPU – 61-51, 1st
  • Astros – CPU – 60-51, 0.5GB, 2nd
  • Austin – Rangers – 60-53, 1.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 18th, CON: 20th, PWR: 11th, PITCH: 14th, DEF: 19th, SPD: 25th
  • Sandra – Mariners – 51-62, 10.5GB, 4th
    • OVR: 8th, CON: 17th, PWR: 1st, PITCH: 15th, DEF: 1st, SPD: 24th

NL East

  • Derek L – Phillies – 74-39, 1st
    • OVR: 7th, CON: 2nd, PWR: 10th, PITCH: 7th, DEF: 24th, SPD: 4th
  • Derek – Braves – 68-44, 5.5GB, 2nd 
    • OVR: 3rd, CON: 19th, PWR: 15th, PITCH: 1st, DEF: 9th, SPD: 27th
  • Charles – Expos – 67-46, 7GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 6th, CON: 9th, PWR: 21st, PITCH: 4th, DEF: 7th, SPD: 10th
  • Phil – Mets – 39-72, 34GB, 4th
    • OVR: 10th, CON: 18th, PWR: 2nd, PITCH: 11th, DEF: 8th, SPD: 13th

NL Central

  • Cardinals – CPU – 69-45, 1st
  • Gary – Cubs – 58-54, 10GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 13th, CON: 12th, PWR: 16th, PITCH: 17th, DEF: 5th, SPD: 15th
  • George – Reds – 52-60, 16GB, 5th
    • OVR: 12th, CON: 16th, PWR: 23rd, PITCH: 10th, DEF: 3rd, SPD: 3rd

NL West

  • Henry – Giants – 63-49, 1st
    • OVR: 5th, CON: 13th, PWR: 14th, PITCH: 5th, DEF: 2nd, SPD: 7th

1993 Divergent League Update Week 5

Transcript:

Howdy folks, it’s Divergent League Update for February 12th 2021, but of course in Divergent League we’re all the way back on July 12th, 1993. 

It’s me, your Commish, and the heat is on as we’re heading into the Divergent dog days of summer, but first- the dingers!

The home run chase is on in earnest, and up to the All-Star Break the top 3 barons of bash are Mark McGwire and Frank Thomas with 29, and Rafi Palmiero with 26. Close behind is the Crime Dog, Fred McGriff also with 26. Joining the 20-dinger club we have Boston’s Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Jay Buehner, Barry Bonds, Matt Williams, Rookie sensation Mike Piazza and Sammy Sosa.

It’s All-Star Weekend and that means it’s Home Run Derby time. Here’s the list of 8 competitors for tonight’s slugfest:

  1. Mark McGwire
  2. Frank Thomas
  3. Rafael Palmiero
  4. Fred McGriff
  5. Barry Bonds
  6. Andre Dawson
  7. Matt Williams
  8. Mike Piazza

McGwire, McGriff, and Dawson are all available as Hardship Draft picks.

Speaking of which…

We’ve got our answer for which teams won the worst-team lottery in the Hardship Draft. The New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Seattle Mariners are all getting picks. We just got the results back from the lab and the order will be as follows:

  1. New York Mets
  2. New York Yankees
  3. Seattle Mariners

Those picks will be made this evening and posted on divergentleague.com.

Flipping over to the standings, things haven’t changed much in the AL East with the Orioles up 16 games on the 2nd place Blue Jays and 19 on the Yankees. It’s not all bad news, though, as Os enter the all-star break on a 3 game skid.

Onto the most competitive division in the league the American League Central where the White Sox have overtaken the Tigers again and lead by 1.5 games. The Royals have been quietly racking up the wins, they’re 8-2 in the last 10, and are just 2.5 games back.

In the rolling west the CPU-owned Athletics and Astros are tied for 1st, and have a small 3 game lead on the 3rd place Rangers. The Mariners, one of our Hardship Draft teams this season, bring up 4th at 10.5 back. 

Switching to the National League, the Phillies and Expos remain tops in the division with the Phils 4.5 games up on Montreal. The big story here though is the July Surge from the Braves- they’re on a 7-3 tear over their last 10, and have closed the gap to just 7.5 games behind Philadelphia. The Mets, another hardship draft winner, sit at an astonishing 31 games out of first place.

The Cardinals have maintained their lead in the NL Central, looking to pull away with a 11 game lead over the 2nd place Brewers. The Cubs sit in 3rd, 11.5 games back. The Reds, who missed the Hardship Draft by a single game, are in the weeds at 17.5 out of first place.

And a-way out west we’ve got the Giants keeping the 2nd place Dodgers at bay with an 8.5 game lead.

Next up we’ll take a peek at the stat sheet.

Wade Boggs has kept his best-in-baseball batting average, hitting .376 at the break. Early front-runner David Segui has dropped to a respectable .359. The Cardinals Greg Jefferies follows with .353. Also batting over .350 is Kirby Puckett, who also leads Divergent League in hits with 135.

Boggs and Dante Bichette lead in Double with 29 and 27 respectively. Chicago’s Tim Raines has been a whirlwind this season with an insane 13 triples in just 97 games. He also leads the league in RBIs with 86. His teammate The Bug Hurt and Mark McGwire have also crossed the 80 Ribbie threshold. Barry Bonds has 77.

With regards to larceny, the Angels continue their domination with Chad Curtis and Louis Polonia swiping 31 and 28 bases respectively. The Expos Marquis Grissom and Eric Young of the Rockies, lead the NL at 25 even. Raines sits at 25.

On the mound it’s been a breakout season for the Cardinals Allen Watson. He, Dennis Martinez, and Mike Mussina lead all pitchers with 12 wins each. The Orioles Gregg Olson has a commanding lead in Saves with 39 already. The Phillies David West and Cardinals Mike Perez have also crossed into 30+ saves territory.

Pitching has been the big story so far in 1993, with a staggering 6 pitchers coming into the All-Star Break with ERAs under 2. Nolan Ryan leads everyone with a 1.20 ERA on an 8-2 record. Hot on his heels are Andy Benes, Dennis Martinez, Butch Henry, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Tim Pugh, Mike Mussina and Greg Harris.

The Big Unit, Randy Johnson, has fanned 169 batters so far, good enough for tops in baseball. Pitchers with over 130Ks so far include Mike Mussina with 144, David Cone, Bobby Witt, and Juan Guzman. Darryl Kile, Jack McDowell and Greg Maddux are in the 120 club. 

That’s all we got this week. You can find the lineups for the 1993 Divergent League All-Star Game on divergentleague.com. We’ll see you later tonight for the Home Run Derby and tomorrow for the Big Game.

1993 Divergent League Update Week 4

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Howdy folks, it’s Divergent League Update for February 5th 2021, but of course in Divergent League we’re all the way back on June 21st, 1993. 

All-Star Weekend is NEXT weekend, which will include the Hardship Draft, the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game proper on Saturday. Check divergentleague.com for the Home Run Derby and All Star Roster information on Friday, February 12th.

Some big moves have changed the face of the league, but this is baseball. You string a couple wins together and those division standings can change before you know it.

We’ll start off as we always do- The Dingers!

The Big Hurt Frank Thomas has overtaken Mark McGwire, and now leads all of baseball with 26. Big Mac follows with 24. Matt Williams leads the NL with 21. Dawson, Palmerio, Bonds and McGriff are all in the mix with 19 or more. The Cubs Sammy Sosa trails with 15.

Taking a quick look at the standings, the Orioles maintain their massive lead in the AL East, with the 2nd place Blue Jays down by 14 games at just under 500. The Yankees are 21 games out in 4th place.

Over to the Central, where the Tigers are 1.5 games up on the White Sox. These two have been trading places all season, but the Royals are on their heels at just 4 games back.

In the AL West the Rangers have surged, and are just 1.5 games behind the division leading Astros. Seattle is still in 4th, 9.5 games out.

Onto the NL East, the Phillies have pulled ahead of the 2nd place Expos by 4.5 games, with a best-in-baseball record of 54 wins against 21 losses. The Braves have dropped a few this month, and are in 3rd place at 12.5 games back. The Mets, baseball’s worst team, sit in the cellar at 22-54, an incredible 32.5 games out of 1st.

In the NL Central the Cubs and Reds are sitting in 4th and last place respectively, at 10 and 14 games out of first place.

A-way out west we’ve got the Giants, firmly in control of the division with an 8 game lead over the Pads.

In Divergent League we have a little some called The Hardship Draft. The Friday before All Star Weekend, the bottom 20% of the league by record get an extra draft pick, and can choose ANY player not on a human-controlled team. This season has 14 teams, so we’ll round up and say 3 Hardship Draft picks are available.

Hardship draft leaders as of this broadcast are the Mets, Yankees, and Reds. The Mariners and Cubs aren’t far off.

Flipping over to the stat sheet, our biggest news is the Yankees Wade Boggs had a stellar May and early June, now leading baseball with a .392 average. Braves rookie sensation Mike Piazza remains at the top of the NL at .343. Joe Valentin, and David Segui are close by in the .340s.

Boggs, Marquis Grissom, Lenny Dykstra, and Chad Curtis lead in Doubles with 24 a piece.

Taking the short train to Ribbie Town, The Big Hurt is unsurprisingly in the lead with 69. Nice. Mark McGwire, Tim Raines, and Andre Dawson follow in the AL. Bonds with 62, Darren Daulton, and Matt Williams, are at the top of the NL.

A pair of Angels lead the league in stolen bases, with Luis Polonia and Chad Curtis at 24 and 22. Rock Raines trails with 21 to round out the AL. Rockies bright spot Eric Young leads the NL with 22, with the Expos Grissom at 20.

Looking at the leaders from the mound- Baltimore’s Mike Mussina is tops in Baseball with 10. Detroit’s Bill Gullickson and The Os Fernando Valenzuela sit at 9. Over in the NL, Bill Swift, Tommy Greene, Allen Watson and Dennis Martinez are all tied with 10 Ws.

Gregg Olson leads all pitchers with 32 saves. David West’s got the NL lead with 30. Looking in on ERAs, Nolan Ryan leads everyone with an astonishing 1.23. The Padres Andy Benes has maintained an outlandish 1.39.

Randy Johnson leads the league is strikeouts at 125 already in the season. Mike Mussina follows with 118.

Standings and power rankings for Week 4 are available on divergentleague.com

1993 Divergent League Update Week 3

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Howdy folks, it’s Divergent League Update for Friday January 22nd, 2021. Here in Divergent League Baseball however it is May 17th 1993. We’ve played about 45 games so far.

Hokey Smokes Bullwinkle, what a week this has been! Today on the show we’ll cover the the biggest trade in Divergent League history, and the longest game ever played in league history. Both of these, somehow, involved the clearly-cursed New York Mets.

But first- The Dingers!

The White Sox Frank Thomas and The Athletics Mark McGwire are both on a pace to sock over 60 homers this season, with The Big Hurt in the lead with 19. Mac follows 17, they lead the AL. On the NL side, Barry Bonds is unsurprisingly leading the pack with 14, and SF Giants teammate Matt Williams follows with 13. Also in the dinger chase are Andre Dawson and The Crime Dog Fred McGriff.

On the trade front, the Mets and Blue Jays participated in what is surely a trade for the ages: New York sent off Bobby Bonilla and Dwight Gooden in exchange for Devon White and Paul Molitor from Toronto. We’ll find out how this blockbuster deal affects the league power rankings in just a bit.

The Mets weren’t done making history this week, though- they also participated and WON the longest game in Divergent League history. Atlanta and New York battled in a 1-1 pitchers duel for TWENTY innings, finally ending with a drama Cal Ripken Jr RBI double that brought home the recently-acquired Molitor.

Flipping back to the stat sheet the Orioles David Segui leads the majors batting .385, with an absurd WAR of 2.6. He’s got to be high on the wish list come Hardship draft time. Braves rookie Mike Piazza continues his hot streak and still leads the NL at .373. Also in the .370 range are the New York Yankee’s Wade Boggs and Pittsburg’s Dave Clark.

Barry Bonds and Frank Thomas lead the NL and AL respectively in RBIs, with 45 for Barry and 46 for the White Sox Slugger. Big Mac also follows with 45. The Phillies Darren Daulton, Pete Incavilia, and Nails Dykstra all have 30+ ribbies so far.

Down in the minors, rookie Michael Jordan was on tear in April, batting .387 for the AA Baltimore Barons over the month. Rumors are swirling that White Sox owner Travis Timm is considering calling MJ up to the bigs.

Checking in on the hurlers, Houston’s Eric Bell leads everyone with 7 Ws against 1 loss, while Philadelphia’s Tommy Green, San Francisco’s Bill Swift, and Expos Butch Henry and Denny Martinez all follow with 6.

Baltimore’s Gregg Olson is the first closer to reach 20 saves this season, leading the bigs. Boston’s Jeff Russell and Philly’s David West come up next with 17.

It’s been a crazy year for ERAs, folks. There are NINE pitchers with Earned Run Averages under 2. Leading the pack is San Diego’s Andy Benes, who holds a 1.10 so far in the young season. Dennis Martinez and the Rangers Nolan Ryan are nipping at his heels with a the pair showing 1.21.

1993 Divergent League Update Week 2

Transcript

Howdy folks, it’s Divergent League Update for Friday January 22nd, 2021. Here in Divergent League Baseball however it is April 26th 1993. We’ve played about 30 games and some divisional front-runners are definitely pulling away from the pack. There’s still a lot of baseball left to play, though.

The Astros Steve Finley’s reign of terror as baseball’s top powerhouse continues, as he leads the majors with 10 home runs. Coming up on his tail is White Sox slugger Frank Thomas with 9. They lead the AL. Matt Williams, Pete Incivalia, and Barry Bonds are tied for tops in the NL with 7.

Sticking with hitting, Braves rookie catcher Mike Piazza is putting on a clinic- his .421 average is good enough for tops in the NL. Over in the AL, Baltimore’s David Segui has a few points over him, leading the majors at .429.

Over in Ribbie Town, Athletics’ MVP Mark McGwire leads 28, with Chicago’s Frank Thomas and Rock Raines close behind with 27 and 25 respectively.

Over on the pitching side, the Expos Dennis Martinez and Boston hurlers Frank Viola and Roger Clemens lead baseball with 5 wins each. Boston’s Jeff Russell leads in saves with 14.

Martinez and the Cubs Frank Castillo are both maintaining sub-1 ERAs, with a zany 0.76 for Castillo.

Bip Roberts Watch

The Bipper is having a slow start, batting just .244. His 7 steals are good enough for 8th in the National League.

Standings

AL East

  • Seamus – Blue Jays – 11-16, 8.5GB, 4th
    • OVR: 4th, CON: 3rd, PWR: 8th, PITCH: 9th, DEF: 4th, SPD: 3rd
  • Liam – Yankees – 8-20, 12GB, Last
    • OVR: 20th, CON: 9th, PWR: 18th, PITCH: 19th, DEF: 16th, SPD: 30th

AL Central

  • Travis – White Sox – 18-10, 1st
    • OVR: 1st, CON: 4th, PWR: 6th, PITCH: 7th, DEF: 3rd, SPD: 1st
  • Tony – Tigers – 14-13, 3.5GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 22nd, CON: 11th, PWR: 17th, PITCH: 26th, DEF: 15th, SPD: 25th
  • Dan – Royals – 12-14, 5.0GB, 4th
    • OVR: 2nd, CON: 2nd, PWR: 7th, PITCH: 2nd, DEF: 20th, SPD: 9th

AL West

  • Austin – Rangers – 14-12, 2GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 18th, CON: 20th, PWR: 12th, PITCH: 11th, DEF: 23rd, SPD: 26th
  • Sandra – Mariners – 13-16, 4.5GB, 4th
    • OVR: 10th, CON: 18th, PWR: 3rd, PITCH: 23rd, DEF: 2nd, SPD: 24th

NL East

  • Derek L – Phillies – 20-7, 1st
    • OVR: 7th, CON: 1st, PWR: 11th, PITCH: 8th, DEF: 22nd, SPD: 5th
  • Derek – Braves – 20-9, 1GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 3rd, CON: 19th, PWR: 15th, PITCH: 1st, DEF: 9th, SPD: 27th
  • Charles – Expos – 17-9, 2.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 6th, CON: 12th, PWR: 26th, PITCH: 3rd, DEF: 7th, SPD: 10th
  • Phil – Mets – 7-20, 13.0GB, Last
    • OVR: 11th, CON: 22nd, PWR: 9th, PITCH: 6th, DEF: 10th, SPD: 20th

NL Central

  • Pirates – CPU – 17-10, 1st
  • Gary – Cubs – 14-13, 3.0GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 15th, CON: 14th, PWR: 19th, PITCH: 16th, DEF: 6th, SPD: 14th
  • George – Reds – 9-17, 7.5GB, Last
    • OVR: 14th, CON: 16th, PWR: 24th, PITCH: 14th, DEF: 5th, SPD: 4th

NL West

  • Rockies – CPU – 14-12, 1st
  • Henry – Giants – 14-13, 0.5GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 5th, CON: 15th, PWR: 14th, PITCH: 5th, DEF: 1st, SPD: 8th

1993 Divergent League Update Week 1

The first week already has some surprises in store. The Commish gives you the rundown in 2 minutes. For full standings see the Week 1 update post.

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