Archive for August, 2010

Gardens Take Slim Lead Over Snowmen

August 14, 2010

HICKSVILLE–After nearly two months in the lead, the Snowmen gave it up this week to Seymour Gardens, who are in front 66-65 heading into today’s games. Gardens recently jumped into the lead in part from a series of exquisitely-timed trades with Wolfpack, Project Mayhem, and George Kents. Gardens picked up sluggers Prince Fielder (25 HRs), Carlos Gonzalez (.324/25/78), Jose Reyes (23 SBs), Carlos Quentin (24 HRs, 76 BI), Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Zimmerman (.301/22/66), and pitchers K-Rod (2.32 ERA, 25 Saves) and Tim Hudson (14 Ws, 2.13 ERA). Seymour Gardens gave up remarkably little for such a haul of talent, most notably Mat Latos, Casey McGehee, and Chris B. Young.

Meanwhile, with the trade deadline coming tomorrow, the Snowmen have been very quiet on the trade front. There’s no question a team that rocks mediocrity such as Skip Schumaker at 2B and Yorvit Torrealba at catcher has some room for improvement through creative dealing (cheap sluggers Konerko and Vernon Wells are ripe for shipping out). The Snowmen’s apparent reluctance to deal, coupled with the Gardens’ recent surge, may put that elusive first title out of reach, yet again, for the Snowmen.

Snowmen are melting in the August heat.

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Cudas Go “All In,” Pick Kents Clean

August 4, 2010

FARMINGDALE–The fourth place Barracudas are currently 10 points in back of the Snowmen (66-56), but an insatiable quest for a fourth BEML title had them calling on the George Kents for all the talent they could get their fins on. In a 14-player trade–which may just be the largest trade in BEML history, the Cudas today picked up pitchers Roy Halladay, C.C. Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, and hitters Albert Pujols, Ben Zobrist, Michael Bourn and Adam Dunn in return for Matt Cain, Tommy Hanson, Jonathan Sanchez, Billy Butler, Michael Cuddyer, Aaron Hill and Brett Gardner, together with two 2011 franchise slots, three additional 2011 protected slots, and two $3 moves. The move reunites the Cudas with Sabathia, the 2008 BEML MVP who was so abused by the Cudas en route to the ’08 title that he has never been quite the same pitcher.

A vulture named “Markoski” picks over the remains of the Kents’ 2010 season.

Over the past 16 days the third place Craydawgs (57.5 points, 8.5 points out) have worked deals with five different teams to bring in Nyjer Morgan, Alex Rios, Elvis Andrus, Carlos Santana, and pitchers Roy Oswalt, Brett Anderson, and King Felix. Similarly, the Dirty Dogs have dealt with three teams to bring in Jonathan Broxton, Chris Carpenter, Johan Santana, Robinson Cano, and Andre Ethier, among others.

The top two teams–the Snowmen and Seymour Gardens–have been remarkably silent thus far in the trade arena. The Snowmen picked up John Axford from the Dawgs, but may not need to do much (if anything) more to bring home the title this year.