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1993 Divergent League Baseball Week 4 Podcast, Standings and Power Rankings

The Week 4 podcast is now up, embedded here and available anywhere you listen to podcasts:

1993 Divergent League Update, Week 4

Next weekend is All Star Weekend starting Friday February 12th with the Hardship Draft and continuing into Saturday’s Home Run Derby and All Star Game festivities. Check back here for the All Star rosters, and Home Run Derby qualifiers, next week.

Standings

AL East

  • CPU – Orioles – 52-25, 1st
  • Seamus – Blue Jays – 38-39, 14GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 4th, CON: 14th, PWR: 8th, PITCH: 7th, DEF: 10th, SPD: 13th
  • Liam – Yankees – 31-46, 21GB, 4th
    • OVR: 19th, CON: 6th, PWR: 18th, PITCH: 19th, DEF: 17th, SPD: 30th

AL Central

  • Tony – Tigers – 46-30, 1st
    • OVR: 22nd, CON: 10th, PWR: 19th, PITCH: 26th, DEF: 15th, SPD: 24th
  • Travis – White Sox – 45-32, 1.5GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 1st, CON: 3rd, PWR: 4th, PITCH: 8th, DEF: 3rd, SPD: 1st
  • Dan – Royals – 43-35, 4GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 2nd, CON: 2nd, PWR: 7th, PITCH: 2nd, DEF: 20th, SPD: 8th

AL West

  • Austin – Rangers – 42-36, 1.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 18th, CON: 19th, PWR: 11th, PITCH: 13th, DEF: 22nd, SPD: 25th
  • Sandra – Mariners – 34-44, 9.5GB, 5th
    • OVR: 11th, CON: 18th, PWR: 2nd, PITCH: 24rd, DEF: 2nd, SPD: 26th

NL East

  • Derek L – Phillies – 54-21, 1st
    • OVR: 6th, CON: 1st, PWR: 10th, PITCH: 6th, DEF: 23rd, SPD: 4th
  • Charles – Expos – 50-26, 4.5GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 5th, CON: 11th, PWR: 24th, PITCH: 4th, DEF: 7th, SPD: 9th
  • Derek – Braves – 42-34, 12.5, 3rd
    • OVR: 3rd, CON: 20th, PWR: 13th, PITCH: 1st, DEF: 9th, SPD: 27th
  • Phil – Mets – 22-54, 32.5, 5th
    • OVR: 15th, CON: 21st, PWR: 12th, PITCH: 10th, DEF: 8th, SPD: 12th

NL Central

  • Gary – Cubs – 37-40, 10.5GB, 4rd
    • OVR: 12th, CON: 13th, PWR: 16th, PITCH: 15th, DEF: 5th, SPD: 15th
  • George – Reds – 33-44, 14.5gb, 5th
    • OVR: 15th, CON: 16th, PWR: 23rd, PITCH: 15th, DEF: 4th, SPD: 3rd

NL West

  • Henry – Giants – 44-32, 1st
    • OVR: 7th, CON: 15th, PWR: 15th, PITCH: 5th, DEF: 1st, SPD: 7th

1993 Divergent League Update Week 4

Transcript:

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

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1993 Divergent League Gameday – 2/2/21

Today’s games feature the Rangers, Royals, and Phillies and are streaming now on twitch.tv/extrafuture

Update:

  • The Royals beat the Rangers 5-1
  • The Phillies beat the Expos 5-3

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1993 Divergent League Gameday – 1/31/21

We’re trying something new. Our schedule today features a day game and a night game:

  • Starting 1pm PST: Tigers (J. Doherty, 5-3, 2.45) @ Mariners (D. Fleming, 1-6, 4.71ERA)
  • Starting 4pm PST: Royals (Starter TBD) @ Rangers (K. Brown, 2-4, 2.31) moved to Tuesday

Catch all of the action at https://twitch.tv/extrafuture

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1993 Divergent League Week 3 Podcast & Standings

Standings & Power Rankings

AL East

  • Seamus – Blue Jays – 21-25, 10.5GB, 4th
    • OVR: 4th, CON: 13th, PWR: 8th, PITCH: 6th, DEF: 10th, SPD: 13th
  • Liam – Yankees – 16-30, 15.5GB, 5th
    • OVR: 20th, CON: 10th, PWR: 19th, PITCH: 19th, DEF: 17th, SPD: 30th

AL Central

  • Travis – White Sox – 27-19, 1st (T)
    • OVR: 1st, CON: 3rd, PWR: 7th, PITCH: 7th, DEF: 3rd, SPD: 1st
  • Tony – Tigers – 27-19, 1st (T)
    • OVR: 22nd, CON: 7th, PWR: 17th, PITCH: 26th, DEF: 16th, SPD: 25th
  • Dan – Royals – 22-23, 4.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 2nd, CON: 2nd, PWR: 6th, PITCH: 2nd, DEF: 20th, SPD: 8th

AL West

  • Austin – Rangers – 25-21, 4.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 17th, CON: 20th, PWR: 11th, PITCH: 11th, DEF: 22nd, SPD: 24th
  • Sandra – Mariners – 18-30, 12.5GB, 5th
    • OVR: 11th, CON: 18th, PWR: 3rd, PITCH: 24rd, DEF: 2nd, SPD: 26th

NL East

  • Derek L – Phillies – 30-15, 1st (T)
    • OVR: 7th, CON: 1st, PWR: 10th, PITCH: 8th, DEF: 23rd, SPD: 4th
  • Charles – Expos – 30-15, 1st (T)
    • OVR: 5th, CON: 11th, PWR: 25th, PITCH: 4th, DEF: 7th, SPD: 9th
  • Derek – Braves – 30-16, 0.5, 3rd
    • OVR: 3rd, CON: 19th, PWR: 13th, PITCH: 1st, DEF: 9th, SPD: 27th
  • Phil – Mets – 16-29, 14.0GB, 4th
    • OVR: 12th, CON: 21st, PWR: 12th, PITCH: 9th, DEF: 8th, SPD: 12th

NL Central

  • Gary – Cubs – 25-22, 4.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 14th, CON: 14th, PWR: 18th, PITCH: 16th, DEF: 5th, SPD: 14th
  • George – Reds – 18-28, 11GB, 5th
    • OVR: 15th, CON: 16th, PWR: 23rd, PITCH: 15th, DEF: 4th, SPD: 3rd

NL West

  • Henry – Giants – 24-22, 1st
    • OVR: 6th, CON: 15th, PWR: 15th, PITCH: 5th, DEF: 1st, SPD: 7th

1993 Divergent League Update Week 3

Transcript:

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.

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1993 Divergent League Baseball GameDay – 1/26/21

Today’s games were:

It’s streaming live on Twitch

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1993 Blue Jays and Mets Agree To Blockbuster Trade

The New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays agreed to terms on a historic trade this afternoon involving major stars for both teams.

Devon White and Paul Molitor will head to New York, while Dwight Gooden and Robert Bonilla are now Blue Jays.

The Mets were desperate for a deal after starting off the season 7-20, dead last in the division. The Blue Jays are still sitting in the middle of the AL East pack. We’ll see if this improves the fortunes of either team as the season rolls on.

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1993 Divergent League GameDay – 1/24/21

Update: The Braves won in dramatic fashion with a walk-off RBI single in a wild game featuring FIVE home runs. The Rangers sent the Mariners packing 4-2, with Tino Martinez going yard for the Ms. You can watch the games in our Archives.

Today Sunday Afternoon games will start at noon Pacific, and feature the following matchups:

  • Mets (S. Fernandez, 1-3, 2.56) @ Braves (P. Smith, 4-0, 1.42)
  • Mariners (T. Leary, 3-2, 3.52) @ Rangers (K. Rogers, 2-2, 3.42)

Pete Smith on the Braves is really pulling his weight in the 5 spot on the best rotation in baseball so far. Can anybody hit him? Probably not the struggling Mets, but let’s find out anyway.

Catch up on the standings and stats in our Week 2 update post and podcast.

Catch all the action live on https://twitch.tv/extrafuture

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1993 Divergent League Update – Week 2 Is Now Available

You can find Episode 2 of our podcast covering up to game 30 of the 1993 season in all the usual places. We’ll see you for games this Sunday at noon Pacific time.

Week 2 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