Carlton Ernest "Pudge" Fisk (born December 26, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for 24 years with both the Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971-1980) and Chicago White Sox (1981-1993). Known by the nickname "Pudge" due to his 6'2", 220 lb frame, he was the first player to be unanimously voted American League Rookie of the Year (1972). He is best known for "waving fair" his game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, one of the greatest moments in World Series history. At the time of his retirement in 1993 he held the records for most home runs all-time by a catcher with 351 (since passed by Mike Piazza). A testament to his durability behind the plate, Fisk held the record for most games played at the position of catcher (2,226) until June 17, 2009 when he was surpassed by "Pudge" Iván Rodríguez. Fisk still holds the American League record for most years served behind the plate (24). Fisk was voted to the All-Star team 11 times and won 3 Silver Slugger Awards which is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position. Fisk was known as a fierce competitor, a superb handler of pitchers and a natural on-field leader. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A look back at the #1 draft pick...

With this years amateur draft recently taking place, we now welcome to the league the lastest #1 pick and take a look back at where the previous #1 picks are now at...

This year's top draft pick is...

Juan Merced
Age: 22
B/T: L/L
Born: Suffolk, VA
Position(s): CF/1B/OF/DH
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Juan received a 4 million dollar signing bonus from the club and he is working his way up the system at a very rapid pace. He currently is playing on the AA farm club and looks to be a great building piece for Minnesota's future plans.

Now let's take a look back to the #1 picks from the previous years and see where they are at now...

Last year, the Boston Nittanies selected as their first pick...

Chan Shinjo
Age: 23
B/T: R/R
Born: St. Johns, MI
Position(s): P (SP3)
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After signing to a 4 million dollar bonus this past season and posting a respectable 6-6 record in his rookie season with the club, Chan has struggled to find the right combination this current season. As of the posting of this, he is pitching at Boston's AAA club and has posted a cummulative record of 3-11 between AAA and AA.

During Season 5, the #1 pick was selected by the Minnesota Millers and received a 4 million dollar signing bonus. He was...

Gary Bird
Age: 22
B/T: S/R
Born: House, NM
Position(s): P (SP5)
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Gary has been recently placed in the starting rotation on the ML club with Minnesota after acting as the team's closer for the past 2 seasons. He was 15 for 15 in save situations this past season with the parent club and converted 15 saves in 17 chances so far this current season.

During Season 4, the #1 selection was also made by the Minnesota Millers. Receiving a $4,131,000 signing bonus was...

Walt Hubbell
Ruby Slippers
Age: 21
B/T: R/R
Born: Amarillo, TX
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Traded to Wichita during Season #5, Walt is now enjoying his 1st full season with the AAA club and has posted a stellar 14-5 record and has had a decision in each of the 19 games he has pitched in. He currently has an ERA of 2.96.

Looking back at Season #3, the top pick was held by Pawtucket (now Minnesota) and the player selected was Carlos Paz.

He was never signed by the club and never made an appearance in the game other than to be the 1st player selected...

Back in Season #2, Boston (now Charleston) held the rights to the 1st player selected and chose...

LaTroy Guerrero
Low Country Ambush
Age: 25
B/T: L/L
Born: Pine Bush, NY
Position(s): P (SP3)
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Currently in a contract that pays 9.2 million through Season 10, this 5 year veteran on the parent club has a career ML record of 41-60 and is currently 0-3 this season...

Finally, the inaugural season featured the 1st selection by Wichita of...

Antonio Chen
Ruby Slippers
Age: 24
B/T: R/R
Born: Okemah, OK
Position(s): 2B/CIF/OF/DH
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Antonio worked his way up Wichita's minor league system and this home-grown product is currently in his 4th full season with the parent club. Coming off his best season to date last year (.307-56-179), Antonio is having another banner season as he already has posted 27 homers and 70 RBI's in 90 games. This 3 time ML All-Star is a real bargain as his current salary is only $2,530,000...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Season 6 Win Shares

Welcome all to the Fisk World Blog. Thanks to kevbo for setting this up. Since I didn't post the Season 6 Win Shares results in the forums, I thought this would be a good place to start on the blogosphere. Without further ado...

AL MVP: Antonio Chen - 2B - Wichita

Antonio Chen
Ruby Slippers
Age: 24B/T: R/R
Born: Okemah, OK
Position(s): 2B/CIF/OF/DH
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Chen had an amazing year in his third full season going .307/.396/.669 with 46 SB. He is also my Gold Glove choice with only 6 errors and 105 double-plays. Chen's campaign was good for 44 Win Shares (35.7 Offense, 8.7 Fielding) which was far and away the best in the league.

NL MVP: Geraldo Lee - 2B - Los Angeles

Geraldo Lee
Los Angeles
Age: 30B/T: R/R
Born: San Isidro, DO
Position(s): 2B/CIF/OF/DH
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Lee's line of .372/.460/.608 and solid defense up the middle was good for his third straight MVP by way of Win Share totals. Lee racked up 34 WS (27.3 OWS, 6.4 FWS) as he continues to be the best pure hitter in the entire World. He put those totals up while playing only 136 games and brought his career batting average up over .360!

AL CY YOUNG: Everett Hunter - Charleston

Everett Hunter
Age: 35B/T: S/L
Born: St. Augustine, FL
Position(s): P/1B/DH
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Everett Hunter had a truly great year which was good for 31 Win Shares. Hunter maintained a WHIP under 1.0 (0.97) while hurling over 260 innings. His dominance was good for a 23-6 record and he led the league with a 2.13 ERA. He takes the Cy Young by a landslide in the AL.

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NL CY YOUNG: Lou Jefferson - Philadelphia & Omar Bonilla - Iowa City

Lou Jefferson
Age: 32B/T: L/L
Born: Anaheim, CA
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Omar Bonilla
Iowa City
Corn Huskers
Age: 33B/T: R/R
Born: Higuey, DO
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Lou Jefferson and Omar Bonilla both had great seasons yielding 27 Win Shares each. Tris McEnroe came in a close third with 26 WS.

AL ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: Greg Serra - CF - Mexico City & Jimmie Gabriel - 2B - Cleveland

Greg Serra
Mexico City
Border Crossers
Age: 24B/T: L/R
Born: Richland, NJ
Position(s): CF/IF/OF/DH
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Jimmie Gabriel
grievous angels
Age: 27B/T: R/R
Born: Lake City, AR
Position(s): CF/2B/OF
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Serra had a solid rookie season posting 23 WS (18.2 OWS, 5.2 FWS) playing CF, driving in 127 runs and sporting an OPS of .904. At 23 years old, he has a big future in front of him. Jimmie Gabriel, at 26, also sported a 23 WS (16.5 OWS, 6.3 FWS) rookie year which was good for co-honors. He hit .326 with 117 runs scored and 36 stolen bases.

NL ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: Santiago Segui - C - New York & Phillip Cirillo - 2B - Milwaukee

Santiago Segui
New York
Age: 23B/T: L/R
Born: Moca, DO
Position(s): C
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Phillip Cirillo
Suds Utd
Age: 24B/T: R/R
Born: Middle Island, NY
Position(s): 2B/IF/OF/DH
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Segui's .826 OPS at age 22 along with his solid defense behind the plate were good for 21 WS (13.3 OWS, 7.4 FWS) with the Cavaliers. Phillip Cirillo's contributions for Milwaukee were good for co-honors. The 23 year old played 160 games, scoring 98 runs with 24 HR. His solid defense at 2B added to his totals giving him 21 WS (14.4 OWS, 6.2 FWS).


C - Alex Harris - Omaha - 21.6 OWS
1B - Jaime Morris - Jacksonville - 30.8 OWS
2B - Antonio Chen - Wichita - 35.7 OWS
3B - Pedro Bocachica - Cleveland - 18.2 OWS
SS - Denny Wagner - Boston - 28.8 OWS
LF - Nate Singleton - Wichita - 33.7 OWS
CF - J.J. Whitehead - Jacksonville - 21.6 OWS
RF - B.J. Kotsay - Charlotte - 32.4 OWS
DH - Louie Osborne - Houston - 26.1 OWS


C - Juan Guzman - Milwaukee - 16.5 OWS
1B - Christian Miller - Philadelphia - 26.2 OWS
2B - Geraldo Lee - Los Angeles - 27.3 OWS
3B - Wiki Galvez - New York - 17.5 OWS
SS - Julian Martinez - Nashville - 16.7 OWS
LF - Billy Nunnally - Monterrey - 26.0 OWS
CF - Al Brown - Philadelphia - 16.9 OWS
RF - A.J. Spencer - Monterrey - 13.5 OWS
P - Wayne Thomas - Iowa City - 0.3 OWS


C - Tim Peterson - Charlotte - 8.8 FWS
1B - Darrel Lane - Cleveland - 2.6 FWS
2B - Antonio Chen - Wichita - 8.7 FWS
3B - Fernando Limon - Houston - 5.4 FWS
SS - Francis Miller - Houston - 8.9 FWS
LF - Barry Oliver - Charlotte - 2.2 FWS
CF - Alex Maduro - Chicago - 8.2 FWS
RF - Kris Hammond - Wichita - 2.0 FWS


C - Wilson Walton - Iowa City - 15.1 FWS
1B - Eddie Steele - Louisville - 3.1 FWS
2B - Wiki Montanez - Nashville - 9.7 FWS
3B - Wiki Galvez - New York - 6.2 FWS
SS - Benny Estrella - Atlanta - 11.1 FWS
LF - Mickey Garcia - Nashville - 2.6 FWS
CF - Bernie Gonzalez - Texas - 10.0 FWS
RF - Ron Page - Cincinnati - 2.2 FWS
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