Divergent League doesn’t stop at the Player Draft, we also do a second pick for the bottom 20% of teams in the league by win % at the All-Star Break. This year the 3 Hardship Draft teams are:
Chicago White Sox
The managers of these teams will be able to pick any player from any non-player controller team to add to their roster, starting immediately after the All-Star Game. It’s going to be an interesting last half of the season!
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.
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
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.
The 1993 Hardship Draft has concluded and it involved some huge moves with deep implications for the rest of the season.
New York Mets selected Mark McGwire from the Athletics
New York Yankees selected Kirby Puckett from the Twins
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.
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