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1993 Divergent League Update Week 6 is Now Available!

Catch the full transcript on the Episode page. Thanks to Rock and Roll Guy for the intro tune.

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 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
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1993 Divergent League Results – 2/17/21

Thanks to a weak Yankees bullpen and an explosion of power from the White Sox, the southsiders won 9-1. Catch the replay in our Twitch archives. Highlights included Frank Thomas socking dinger number 39. He leads the league.

More stats and standings coming up tomorrow in Divergent League Update.

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1993 Divergent League Results 2/14/21

Game 1 (video archive) saw the Reds take one from the Cubs 1-0.

Game 2 (video archive) was a dingerful affair, with a combined 5 home runs in which the Mariners crushed the Mets 8-5.

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1993 Divergent League All-Star Game: The NL Wins 3-0

You can catch the replay on our Twitch channel.

This season’s All-Star game was close in the scorecard but never really in doubt. The National League All-Stars won on the strength of home runs from Matt Williams (clip) and John Kruk (clip).

Tonight’s games will be at 1pm PST and another at 4pm PST and will feature Cubs .vs. Reds and Mets .vs. Mariners. Come see the first game for the new-look Mets with Mark McGwire. New Mariner Mike Mussina will likely be on the mound for the Ms.

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1993 Divergent League Home Run Derby & Hardship Draft Results

It’s All-Star Weekend and the home run derby last night was a dinger-filled affair with several shots over the 500-foot mark. The Big Hurt took the trophy home for the White Sox after besting Mark McGwire in the finals. You can catch the full Derby in the Divergent League Archives. More on Big Mac’s future in a moment.

Home Run Derby Results

1993 Home Run Derby bracket

Frank Thomas won the derby after defeating Mike Piazza and Barry Bonds on his way to the finals against Mark McGwire who likewise took down Matt Williams and Rafi Palmiero. Congrats to the Big Hurt.

Hardship Draft

The 1993 Hardship Draft has concluded and it involved some huge moves with deep implications for the rest of the season.

  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

McGwire is leading the league in home runs, tied with Frank Thomas. Mike Mussina is front-runner for the Cy Young award. Things just got a little more interesting.

Tonight is the All-Star Game! We’ll see you at 6pm pacific time on https://twitch.tv/extrafuture

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1993 Divergent League Update Week 5 – All Star Weekend Stats & Standings

All-Star Rosters

1993 All-Star Game Roster List

The All-Star Game broadcasts tomorrow, Feb 13, at 6:00pm PST.

Hardship Draft

The Hardship Draft winners have been chosen, and will make their picks in this order:

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

A lot of players are in… play this year, so we could see some big changes in the second half. Look for the picks to be announced this evening during the Home Run Derby.

Home Run Derby

Here are the seeds for tonight’s Home Run Derby:

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

Join us starting at 6pm PST for some Dingers tonight at https://twitch.tv/extrafuture

Standings

AL East

  • CPU – Orioles – 62-35, 1st
  • Seamus – Blue Jays – 46-51, 16GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 4th, CON: 13th, PWR: 9th, PITCH: 7th, DEF: 10th, SPD: 13th
  • Liam – Yankees – 42-53, 19GB, 4th
    • OVR: 20th, CON: 6th, PWR: 19th, PITCH: 20th, DEF: 17th, SPD: 30th

AL Central

  • Travis – White Sox – 57-39, 1st
    • OVR: 1st, CON: 4th, PWR: 6th, PITCH: 8th, DEF: 4th, SPD: 1st
  • Tony – Tigers – 56-41, 1.5GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 22nd, CON: 8th, PWR: 18th, PITCH: 26th, DEF: 16th, SPD: 25th
  • Dan – Royals – 55-44, 2.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 2nd, CON: 2nd, PWR: 5th, PITCH: 2nd, DEF: 22th, SPD: 8th

AL West

  • Austin – Rangers – 50-47, 3.0GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 18th, CON: 19th, PWR: 11th, PITCH: 16th, DEF: 19th, SPD: 26th
  • Sandra – Mariners – 43-55, 10.5GB, 4th
    • OVR: 11th, CON: 18th, PWR: 2nd, PITCH: 24rd, DEF: 2nd, SPD: 24th

NL East

  • Derek L – Phillies – 64-32, 1st
    • OVR: 6th, CON: 1st, PWR: 10th, PITCH: 6th, DEF: 24th, SPD: 4th
  • Charles – Expos – 60-37, 4.5GB, 2nd
    • OVR: 7th, CON: 11th, PWR: 23rd, PITCH: 4th, DEF: 8th, SPD: 9th
  • Derek – Braves – 57-40, 7.5, 3rd 
    • OVR: 3rd, CON: 20th, PWR: 15th, PITCH: 1st, DEF: 9th, SPD: 27th
  • Phil – Mets – 33-63, 32.5, 4th
    • OVR: 16th, CON: 21st, PWR: 12th, PITCH: 10th, DEF: 7th, SPD: 12th

NL Central

  • Cardinals – CPU – 61-36, 1st
  • Gary – Cubs – 49-47, 10.5GB, 3rd
    • OVR: 14th, CON: 15th, PWR: 16th, PITCH: 17th, DEF: 5th, SPD: 15th
  • George – Reds – 43-53, 17.5gb, 5th
    • OVR: 12th, CON: 16th, PWR: 24th, PITCH: 13th, DEF: 3th, SPD: 3rd

NL West

  • Henry – Giants – 50-44, 1st
    • OVR: 5th, CON: 14th, PWR: 13th, PITCH: 5th, DEF: 1st, 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.

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1993 Divergent League GameDay – 2/9/2021

[Back-filling the games from yesterday — Commish]

Today on Divergent League (video archive link) the Braves took down the Phillies 4-2 behind a characteristically solid Greg Maddux performance.

The Cubs also trounced the Reds, 5-0 on the power of 4 RBIs from Steve Buechele including a 3-run dinger. Bip Roberts went 1-3 with a base on balls.

Don’t forget to join us this Friday for the Home Run Derby, and Saturday for the All-Star Game.

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This Weekend is 1993 Divergent League All-Star Weekend

Howdy sports fans, you may have noticed that we skipped yesterday’s scheduled games. We’re adjusting the streaming schedule a bit this week to accommodate the upcoming All-Star Weekend festivities. Here’s the schedule for this week:

Tuesday, February 9

  • 6:00pm: Two games from the season, from late June / early July
  • Afterward: Hardship Draft teams reveal

Friday, February 12

  • Hardship Draft
  • All-Star Roster Reveal
  • 6:00pm: Home Run Derby

Saturday, February 13

  • 6:00pm: All-Star Game

We hope you’ll join us at the usual place, https://twitch.tv/extrafuture