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

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