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.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Power Rankings, 6-28

The rankings for this week as of the PM1 Cycle, 6-28

1. Houston Home Wreckers 43-24 - Houston takes the top spot this week, up from number 5 last week. Houston has made vast improvements in their pitching ranking, going from 11 to 4. They have won 8 of their last 10.
-Batting #10, Pitching #4, Fielding #11
-Last 10 games: 8-2

2. Salem Fresh 40-27 - Salem is on a bit of a slump right now having lost 6 of their last 10 games. I don't believe they'll be down for long though. Jerome Stern continues to dominate on the mound for the Fresh.
-Batting #6, Pitching #12, Fielding #24
-Last 10 games: 8-2

3. Montreal Expos 42-25 - The Expos retain their number 3 ranking. As always, Antonio Chen continues to keep this team up in the rankings. The fielding rankings have made a decent improvement over the last week.
-Batting #1, Pitching #15, Fielding #19
-Last 10 games: 8-2

4. Texas Tycoons 41-25 - Texas slips two spots this week mainly due to problems in the field. Their fielding ranking tanked from 11 to 22.
-Batting #5, Pitching #5, Fielding #22
-Last 10 games: 6-4

5. Kansas City Storm 40-26 - KC drops down 1 to the 5 spot this week. Team batting average has improved quite a bit over the week but the team era has slacked a bit.
-Batting #3, Pitching #11, Fielding #2
-Last 10 games: 5-5

6. Buffalo Wings 42-24 - Buffalo moves all the way from the 10 spot to number 6 this week. They are on a hot streak, winning 8 out of the last 10 games.
-Batting #4, Pitching #14, Fielding #4
-Last 10 games: 8-2

7. Jackson Five 42-25 - Jackson improves from number 9, up to 7 this week. Batting average and pitching rankings are up into the top 10 while the fielding drops from 1 to 3.
-Batting #8, Pitching #9, Fielding #3
-Last 10 games: 8-2

8. Milwaukee Suds Utd 40-26 - Down 1 spot from last week, the Suds continue to lead the league in Pitching while being dead last in the batting department. Fielding has been a slight problem lately, dropping from number 4 to 8.
-Batting #32, Pitching #1, Fielding #8
-Last 10 games: 5-5

9. Cleveland grievous angels 37-30 - Cleveland busts into the top 10 this week at number 9. Strong rankings in batting and fielding have them on an up swing in a very tough division. If the pitching staff can manage an improvement in the near future, look out for Cleveland to move up fast.
-Batting #2, Pitching #22, Fielding #1
-Last 10 games: 8-2

10. Florida Boiler Bangers 38-28 - The number 6 from last week is down to 10 this week. Fielding improved, but everything else took a hit. They are making a comeback though having won 7 of the last 10.
-Batting #12, Pitching #20, Fielding #15
-Last 10: 7-3

Moving out from last week: Seattle Dead Rockstars #8 on 6-21 rankings.

Just outside of top 10:
11.Las Vegas Hangovers 37-29

12.Seattle Dead Rockstars 36-30

13.Pawtucket Patriots 36-31

14.Atlanta Chopahawkers 36-31

15.Mexico City Border Crossers 36-31

Monday, June 21, 2010

Power Rankings, 6-21

I've decided to put out a top 10 power rankings updated every Monday. I probably won't get this detailed about the teams every week, just depends on my schedule.

Here are the power rankings at the 47 game mark.

1. Salem Fresh 30-17 -- Salem is once again the team to beat this season. Juan Merced is absolutly killing opposing pitching with a .356 avg, 16 homers and 51 RBI's so far. Also, Jerome Stern is showing some serious Cy Young potential with a 7-1 record and a 1.77 ERA. Salem's bullpen is led by LRA Richard Koch who has a 1-0 record and a 0.93 ERA.
Pitching #5, Batting #4, Fielding #26

2. Texas Tycoons 29-19 -- The two big sluggers George Stanley and Steve White have carried Texas to number 2 in the rankings. Stanley has a .288 avg, with 20 homers and 42 RBI's. White sports a .352 avg, with 19 homers and 46 RBI's. On the mound Rico Ordaz is leading the Texas staff with a 5-0 record and a 2.60 ERA.
Pitching #8, Batting #3, Fielding #11

3. Montreal Expos 29-19 -- The bats are hot in Montreal with 4 players over a .300 avg. They are led as always by the great Antonio Chen with a .333 avg, 11 homers and 28 RBI's. #5 pitcher Sandy Schneider is leading the Pitching staff so far with a 6-2 record and a 3.27 ERA.
Pitching #16, Batting #1, Fielding #24

4. Kansas City Storm 29-19 -- Donne Stewart and Sting Dunham lead the number 6 offense in the league in KC. Stewart has a .340 avg, 5 homers, and 31 RBI's. Dunham has a .296 avg, 13 homers and 52 RBI's. The starting pitching staff is performing very well, led by Ace Brad Chouinard and veteran Tony Moya. The bullpen is also strong, led by Setup man Ted Ellis and Closer Gregg Rhodes who has 10 saves and a 1.86 ERA.
Pitching #9, Batting #6, Fielding #2

5. Houston Home Wreckers 29-19 -- This offense is led by Houston hero Mario Kydd and the young sensational slugger Christian Martin. Kydd has a .335 avg, 11 homers and 36 RBI's. Martin has a .277 avg, 16 homers and 37 RBI's. The Pitching staff has very good ERA's all around. They are led by Ace starter Juan Suarez who is 5-4 with a 3.48ERA. In the bullpen, Hulk Bass leads the way at 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA. Closer Stubby Sowders is also having a terrific season thus far with 8 saves and a 2.53 ERA.
Pitching #11, Batting #11, Fielding #13

6. Florida Boiler Bangers 28-19 -- Florida is led by the sensational rookie Eswalin Belliard. At just 22 years old he has a .349 avg, 12 homers, and 36 RBI's. The starting pitching staff is struggling this season with an average ERA near 5. That is ok though because the bullpen is picking them up with an average ERA under 4.
Pitching #17, Batting #8, Fielding #23

7. Milwaukee Suds Utd 27-20 -- Milwaukee is and interesting story, being ranked dead last in Batting but they are #1 in the pitching category and #4 in fielding. The Pitching staff is amazing, every starter is under 3 on ERA. Number 4 man Aurelio Barrios has the lowest ERA so far at a 2.05. In the Bullpen, SUA man Jim Cust has a 3-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and Closer Brad Newman has 8 saves with a 1.59 ERA.
Pitching #1, Batting #32, Fielding #4

8. Seattle Dead Rockstars 27-20 -- No sophmore slump for Alan Ramirez, the 22 year old has a .318 avg, 21 homers and 49 RBI's. Carter Fassero is also off to a terrific start with a .271 avg, 12 homers and 46 RBI's. On the mound number 5 man Julio Ordonez is going crazy with a 7-0 record and a 1.89 ERA. The veteran starter Stan Newfield also continues to pitch well at 36 years old, he is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA.
Pitching #2, Batting #10, Fielding #12

9. Jackson Five 27-20 -- Stu LaRocca is swinging the lumber well this season with a
.312 avg, with 11 homers and 34 RBI's. Alex Yoshi is also producing good numbers, he has a .271 avg, with 10 homers and 37 RBI's. On the mound, the starters are struggling, so its all about the bullpen. Jackson has 5 relievers under a 3.4 ERA, they are led by LRA Gregory Granger, he is 4-0 with a 1.41 ERA thus far. The pitching staff is also helped greatly by Jackson's number 1 ranked Fielding unit.
Pitching #12, Batting #15, Fielding #1

10. Buffalo Wings 27-20 -- The Buffalo offense revolves around the monsterous bat of Jerrod Ogea. He has a .382 avg with 17 homers and 52 RBI's. Denny Singleton leads the starting staff with a 7-2 record and a 2.74 ERA. In the bullpen, Bryan Harris is the man with a 4-1 record and a 3.19 ERA.
Pitching #18, Batting #5, Fielding #6

Just outside of the Top 10
11. Washington D.C. Do nothing Senators 27-21

12. Las Vegas Hangovers 26-22

13. Atlanta Chopahawkers 25-22

14. Pawtucket Patriots 24-23
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