Archive for July, 2010

BEML Players with the Most Titles

July 23, 2010

Can you define a player by the number of championship teams he played on? If so, here are some of the great ones:

1t.  Rafael Palmiero (1B)– Raffy had a phenomenal career in the BEML and brought home six titles, including four in five years for the Craydawgs (’99-’00, ’02-’03), one for Team Bill (’94), and another for the Firemen (’97).

1t.  Roger Clemens (P) — Clemens’ illustrious career included six titles. The Rocket won his first ring with Team Bill (’94), then hoisted the trophy twice with the Barracudas (’98, ’04), and thrice with Team Phil Chu (’01-’02, ’07). He hung up his cleats after going out on top with the 2007 Team Phil Chu squad and (like many on this list) is waiting for his imminent call from the BEML Hall of Fame.

3t.  Gary Sheffield (3B/OF) — Sheff drank from the cup of victory five times in his illustrious BEML career: ’94 (Team Bill), ’96 (Love the Drake), ’98 (Barracudas), ’02 and ’06 (Craydawgs).

3t.  Ivan Rodriguez* (C) — Pudge, the active BEML player with the most titles (five), bathed in the blood of the defeated for five different teams: ’94 (Team Bill), ’95 (Craydawgs), ’98 (Barracudas), ’01 (Team Phil Chu), and ’05 (Ballbags).

3t. Jeff Bagwell (1B) — Bagpipes won it all in ’97 (Firemen), ’99 (Craydawgs), ’01 and ’02 (Team Phil Chu), and ’05 (Ballbags).

6t. Ten players are tied with four BEML rings: Ken Griffey (OF): ’93 (Griffons), ’94 (Team Bill), ’01 (Team Phil Chu), ’05 (Ballbags); Randy Johnson (P): ’96 (Love the Drake), ’99 (Craydawgs), ’01 (Team Phil Chu), ’04 (Barracudas); Al Leiter (P): ’99-’00, ’02 (Craydawgs), ’05 (Ballbags); Tim Hudson* (P): ’01-’02 (Team Phil Chu), ’03 (Craydawgs), ’04 (Barracudas); Keith Foulke (P): ’01 (Team Phil Chu), ’02-’03, ’06 (Craydawgs); Ryan Klesko (1B/OF): ’96 (Love the Drake), ’00, ’02 (Craydawgs), ’05 (Ballbags); Edgar Martinez (DH): ’98 (Barracudas), ’99, ’00, ’03 (Craydawgs); Tony Womack (2B/SS): ’98 (Barracudas), ’99-’00, ’02 (Craydawgs); Jim Edmonds (OF): ’98, ’04 (Barracudas), ’99 Craydawgs, ’02 (Team Phil Chu); Bengie Molina* (C): ’01-’02 (Team Phil Chu), ’08 (Barracudas), ’09 (Craydawgs).

* indicates player is still active.

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Craydawgs’ Insurance Claim Vests

July 21, 2010

HIGHLAND PARK–Craydawgs‘ management announced today that their insurance claim through Fantasy Sports Insurance (see insurance certificate from June 2 post), and underwritten by Lloyd’s of London, has now vested. Early in the season, the Dawgs had paid $30 to insure their team against injuries to stars Matt Kemp, Nelson Cruz, and Jacoby Ellsbury. Since the three players have now spent at least 115 days on the disabled list this season, the Dawgs’ insurance claim will vest and Fantasy Sports Insurance will pay out $280.00 to the Dawgs at season’s end. Of course, the insurance payout will provide little solace if the Dawgs are unable to claim the 2010 BEML title due in large part to injuries to Ellsbury and Cruz.

The Lloyd’s of London building. Please make the check payable to “The Craydawgs.” Thank you.

Kents Host BEML Mid-Season Summit

July 20, 2010

WESTBURY — BEML owners convened here this past weekend at the George Kents‘ impeccable facilities for mid-season trade talks, barbecued meats, and the finest cheeses, beverages, and accompaniments.

(Left to right) The Gentlemen of the BEML: owners of the Snowmen, Seymour Gardens, Craydawgs, George Kents, and Barracudas pose adroitly for a rare league photo at the Kents’ compound. Hats off to the Kents’ groundskeepers for keeping the field so lush in the midst of a particularly hot and dry summer.

Representatives of the Dirty Dogs, Bears, Project Mayhem, and Wolfpack were not in attendance. The Dirty Dogs, in particular, had good reason, welcoming a new little Dirty Dog into the world. (Congratulations Shaun!)

Though the host Kents had set aside a special area for trades (see below), just a single exchange was executed: the Craydawgs sent closer John Axford to the Snowmen in return for speedster Nyjer Morgan.

The Trade Talk Table at the BEML Mid-Season Owners’ Meeting.

Thanks again to the George Kents for hosting this very important event.

BEML All-Bust Squad

July 16, 2010

Announcing the 2010 BEML Busts to date, a list littered with members of the Wolfpack (5), Craydawgs (4), and Bears. Many of these guys are busts due to injury (Montero, Roberts, Rollins, Sizemore, Beltran, Ellsbury, Beckett, Webb, Anderson), and the hope is that they can return good value in the second half. Others have been straight up awful (McLouth, Qualls, Kazmir, Hoffman). The only immune team? The first place Snowmen.

Pos. Player Team Sal. R HR RBI SB BA
C M. Montero Craydawgs 1.50 10 2 13 0 .352
C B. Molina Wolfpack 1.25 20 4 19 0 .249
1B D. Lee Wolfpack 1.25 42 10 36 1 .233
2B B. Roberts Dirty Dogs 2.50 1 0 0 2 .143
3B A. Ramirez Craydawgs 3.00 29 9 35 0 .212
SS J. Rollins Craydawgs 3.75 18 4 18 3 .248
CO P. Sandoval Bears 1.50 42 6 35 2 .263
MI Y. Escobar Dirty Dogs 1.25 7 0 8 2 .215
OF G. Sizemore Wolfpack 3.00 15 0 13 4 .211
OF C. Beltran Dirty Dogs 2.75 0 0 0 0 .250
OF J. Ellsbury Craydawgs 2.75 7 0 3 2 .250
OF Granderson Gardens 2.00 10 2 7 4 .225
OF N. McLouth Wolfpack 1.25 5 0 2 2 .120
DH C. Lee Dirty Dogs 2.50 35 12 45 1 .240
Pitcher Team Sal. W S K ERA WHIP
J. Beckett Bears 2.75 1 0 40 7.29 1.66
C. Qualls Barracudas 2.00 1 10 20 6.86 1.88
W. Rodriguez Kents 1.75 2 0 36 4.35 1.50
B. Webb Wolfpack 1.75 0 0 0 N/A N/A
S. Kazmir Mayhem 1.50 7 0 60 6.92 1.64
T. Hoffman Kents 1.25 1 4 9 12.38 2.19
J. Lackey Kents 1.50 9 0 68 4.78 1.60
A. Burnett Bears 1.25 7 0 81 4.75 1.47
B. Anderson Bears 1.50 2 0 22 2.35 1.04

All-BEML Squad Announced

July 14, 2010

Announcing the 2010 All-BEML squad (stats through 7/4):

Pos. Player Team R HR RBI SB BA
C V. Martinez Dirty Dogs 36 9 38 1 .289
C M. Napoli Kents 33 14 36 3 .256
1B M. Cabrera Snowmen 59 20 69 2 .339
2B R. Cano Craydawgs 59 16 55 2 .343
3B D. Wright Wolfpack 49 14 64 15 .315
SS H. Ramirez Barracudas 47 13 52 15 .298
CO A. Pujols Kents 48 20 60 9 .305
MI B. Phillips Craydawgs 63 11 28 10 .308
OF C. Crawford Snowmen 62 7 41 29 .316
OF J. Hamilton Barracudas 55 20 61 6 .339
OF V. Guerrero Gardens 52 18 70 4 .330
OF I. Suzuki Dirty Dogs 33 3 24 22 .328
OF T. Hunter Craydawgs 49 14 60 7 .294
DH J. Votto Craydawgs 53 19 57 7 .312
Pitcher Team W S K ERA WHIP
A. Wainwright Gardens 12 0 123 2.24 1.00
J. Johnson Kents 8 0 115 1.82 0.97
U. Jimenez Dirty Dogs 14 0 107 2.27 1.08
R. Halladay Bears 9 0 112 2.42 1.11
C. Lee Snowmen 8 0 89 2.34 0.95
J. Lester Craydawgs 10 0 118 2.76 1.10
J. Valverde Bears 1 18 33 0.51 0.71
B. Wagner Snowmen 5 17 52 1.35 0.93
M. Rivera Bears 2 18 32 1.11 0.68

And the standings after 14 weeks:

Rank Team Batting Pitching Total Behind
1 Snowmen 41 21 62 0
2 Gardens 24 36.5 60.5 1.5
3 Kents 32 23.5 55.5 6.5
4 Craydawgs 34 21 55 7
5 Dirty Dogs 15 39 54 8
6 Barracudas 34 17 51 11
7 Mayhem 20 21 41 21
8 Bears 16 23 39 23
9 Wolfpack 9 23 32 30

Honestly, BEMLBlog is not sure why Seymour Gardens are back in the mix, but it’s true. They picked up six points in the standings after posting a 1.77 ERA… Snowmen tallied an improbable 70 RBI in Week 14, including 12 from Matt Holliday (.300/16/51/6)…

The Snowmen continue to repel the competition…

You may recall that after the Kents called it a day in ’09 they dumped a bunch of talent on the Bears, who were vying for a title at the time. The Bears returned the favor this week, sending All-BEML pitchers Roy Halladay and Mariano Rivera to the Kents along with Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Shane Victorino in return for Clay Buchholz, Corey Hart, Pablo Sandoval, Denard Span, and Leo Nunez. The Kents’ blockbuster with the Grizz puts them squarely in the hunt for a second title…

The Craydawgs are glad to have Aramis Ramirez finally above .200 and producing (.429 with 4 HRs and 9 BI in Week 14 and .208/9/31 on the year)…The Dawgs led the league with five players on the All-BEML squad…Dirty Dogs racked up league-leading 66 Ks and a 0.97 WHIP in Week 14, including 15 Ks in 16 IP for King Felix…the Barracudas’ Mark Teixeira has his average up to .254 after going .379 with 4 HRs in Week 14… Project Mayhem put up a .337 average on the week, including amazing production from catchers Buster Posey (.556) and Miguel Olivo (.563)…Wolfpack sent a lone player to the All-BEML squad, the resurgent David Wright…

Snowmen Melting?

July 8, 2010

The Craydawgs and the George Kents have crept to within two points (60-58) of the BEML-leading Snowmen heading into today’s games. The Snowmen have posted an 8.80 ERA so far this week and have dropped four points in that category. Closer Ryan Franklin gave up six runs in the ninth and improbably successful Jon Garland coughed up six runs in six innings while giving up three homers. To make matters worse, Snow Ace Yovani Gallardo is on the DL with an oblique injury. Is it possible that the Frost is thawing in the July heat?

In other BEML news, the Wolfpack have lost Jake Peavy to a detached shoulder muscle. Perhaps the last place Pack will now pack it in?

Finally, ’70s disco legends Tavares are slated to rock the Fish Tank tonight. If Barracudas fans are lucky, the Cudas’ owner may well join the band for a rousing rendition of “More Than a Woman.”

“More Than a Cuda”

Kents Lose Utley

July 2, 2010

Those sons of Westbury, the George Kents, shed a tear today as they lost superstar 2B Chase Utley for about eight weeks to torn ligaments in his hand. Utley was hitting .277/11/37/5 on the season and has been replaced in the lineup by Clint Barmes. The fourth-place Kents are 10 points back (behind the Snowmen) heading into today’s BEML action. Their chances aren’t helped by the injury to Utley.

Utley’s hand is an absolute mess.