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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Long Post on Career Stats and HOF Class

I've compiled career Win Shares as well as the most common stats for the 17 seasons of Fisk. I'll provide some lists of career leaders for various stat categories beyond just the top 5 available from the website. I'll start with those lists and move to a Hall of Fame discussion.

Let's look at hitters first. We'll start with career leaders in hits, runs, RBIs, HRs, AVG, and OPS. (For all of these stat tables, click to enlarge.)

Now, a look a pitchers. Here we'll view wins, strikeouts, ERA, WHIP, winning percentage, and saves.

The next view is of the top players and pitchers when it comes to Win Shares.

My Hall of Fame votes this year went to Nate Singleton, Jaime Morris, Stan Farley, Omar Bonilla, and Al Brown. Here's my rationale.

Nate Singleton should be an absolute lock. To me, it's an easy argument that he is second only to Antonio Chen as the greatest player in world history. Singleton is the all time leader in hits (2,983), runs (2,025), and RBIs (2,390). He's second only to Denny Wagner in home runs with 752. He is second to Chen in career Win Shares (430). He should be a first ballot HOFer.

Jaime Morris was a consistent top-notch player for every one of the first fourteen seasons. Morris ranks fourth all-time in both hits (2,686) and batting average (.330). His 355 Win Shares are good for eighth all-time and second amongst first basemen. His numbers are solid and should be good for recognition in the Hall.

My third vote goes to Stan Farley. His 193 career Win Shares are only good for 22nd amongst pitchers, but he entered season one at 32 years old. Farley had eight seasons under his belt prior to the world creation and posted great numbers in seasons four through seven. I created an extrapolation of what type of numbers Farley may have put together prior to world creation, and the result leads to a career Win Share total of about 380! His numbers for ERA (3.28), WHIP (1.17), and winning percentage (.664) are all in the top fifteen all-time.

Omar Bonilla was my next vote. Bonilla does not stack up as well in terms of Win Shares where his 194 rank 20th amongst pitchers. Bonilla did have four seasons before world creation which may have been good for another 60 Win Shares or so. His best season was at age 35 in season eight. However, he did accumulate 180 career wins (17th) in just twelve seasons. He is eighth all-time in ERA (3.15), seventh in winning percentage (.684), and third in WHIP (1.13). These impressive rankings and the fact that he spent a short time with the Ugly Sox were key factors in my decision. In addition, he has been close and is running out of eligibility.

I struggled to decide where my fifth vote would go. In the end, I decided to go with Al Brown. He ranks 26th in Win Shares (excluding pitchers) and sixth for center fielders. Brown is one of only seven players with 300 career home runs and 300 career stolen bases. He's nearing the end of his eligibility, and I felt he deserved one last vote from me.

I would have given a vote to Placido Ferrer instead of Brown, but he showed up in the list twice. I didn't want to waste a vote on him if the counts would not be tabulated correctly. Ferrer ranks fifth in both home runs (686) and RBIs (1,934), eighth in runs (1,617), and tenth in hits (2,480). These impressive numbers equate to tenth all-time in Win Shares at 321. He'll get one of my votes next year.

I also gave strong consideration to Todd Torres who, like Stan Farley, probably had a handful of great seasons before season one. The same goes for hitters Cap Dawkins, Diego Andujar, Wiki Galvez, and Barry Oliver. Galvez is second amongst true shortstops in Win Shares, so perhaps he is worth closer consideration. (By the way, Torres is the only pitcher with 100 career wins and 100 career saves.)

In retrospect, I probably should have given my fifth vote to Graeme Lockwood who racked up 2,539 hits and 312 Win Shares. The Win Shares totals are good for eleventh amongst hitters and first amongst center fielders. Other hitters in the same general neighborhood as Al Brown (in Win Shares) are Harry Molina, Adrian d'Amico, Timothy Mulder, Billy Nunnally, and Alex Lucano. The pitchers who rank close to the cutoff for that fifth vote are Jay Young, Tris McEnroe, and Pedro Telemaco (who also had four seasons prior to world creation).

Stan Roosevelt ranks highest in Win Shares amongst the relief pitchers who are eligible (excluding Todd Torres). If we isolate the top 30 all-time in saves (175 or more), then Roosevelt is seventh in ERA (3.48), sixth in WHIP (1.22), and third in K/9 (8.08). I think you can make a decent argument for him, but, in my opinion, he was not dominant enough as a reliever to get one of my five votes. Talmadge Carson's case isn't as good as Roosevelt's despite his 504 career saves.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Season 17 Win Shares

American League

MVP: Alan Ramirez. This guy is the real thing. Seattle has kept him in CF where he earned 4.9 WS, but it was his 56 HR, 144 RBI, and 1.025 OPS that led him to a total of 28.8 WS. He's only 25. Carter Fassero, Les Sandberg, Terry York, and pitcher Felipe Medrano round out the top five.

Cy Young: Felipe Medrano. Kansas City's ace wins his second straight Cy Young according to Win Shares while registering his personal high of 24.3 WS. The rest of the top five include Tommy Wilkinson, Juan Suarez, Brad Chouinard, and Gary Bennett.

Rookie of the Year: Paul Wanatabe.

Gold Gloves: Les Flynn (C), Mario Kydd (1B), Carter Fassero (2B), Vasco Guerrero (3B), Lawrence Lobstein (SS), Miguel Chavez (LF), Brace King (CF), and Jose Zorilla (RF).

Silver Sluggers: Pascual Franco (C), Alex Yoshii (1B), Placido James (2B), Terry York (3B), Louie Kim (SS), Wascar Neruda (LF), Alan Ramirez (CF), Darrel Lane (RF), and Lou Flynn (DH).

National League

MVP: Walter Roberts. Roberts had another great season for his second WS MVP. His 29.5 WS beat out Jerrod Ogea's 28.6 (in his bid for a fifth WS MVP) driven by a solid .954 OPS and over 1300 innings behind the plate. After Ogea, the rest of the top five include Eswalin Belliard, rookie Carlton Hinske, and veteran pitcher Stephen Harrison.

Cy Young: Stephen Harrison. This is Harrison's sixth Cy Young (and fourth in a row) according to Win Shares. Rookie Andrea Walker, Jack Jones, Walt Hubbell, and Pasqual Eusebio all followed Harrison in the top 5.

Rookie of the Year: Carlton Hinske.

Gold Gloves: Moises Castillo (C), Sting Thornton (1B), Matt Duchscherer (2B), Greg Brandt (3B), Daniel Pillette (SS), Fausto Gomez (LF), Carlton Hinske (CF), and Will White (RF).

Silver Sluggers: Walter Roberts (C), Eswalin Belliard (1B), Geraldo Cabrera (2B), Junior Witt (3B), Tim Reese (SS), Alfonso Morales (LF), Carlton Hinske (CF), Jerrod Ogea (RF), and Felix Huang (P).

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Season 17 Champions!

Congratulations to Raidersfan and the Houston Home Wreckers for winning the Season 17 World Series! Houston defeated Aceman2124's Atlanta Chopahawkers 4 games to 2 to claim the trophy. Fisk World News has named Christian Martin MVP of the Series. Martin had 7 hits, 3 Home Runs and 5 RBI's.

Now we look foward to Season 18, time to start up the hot stove once again!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cy Youngs and MVP's Season 17

The voting is done and the Cy Young and MVP winners for Season 17 are as follows:


Alan Ramirez
Dead Rockstars
Age: 24B/T: S/R
Born: Dundalk, MD
Position(s): CF/CIF/2B/OF/DH
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Ramirez is the beast power hitting Center Fielder for the Dead Rockstars. He crushed 56 home runs and drove in 144 runs, and all at the age of 24. Ramirez will be a finalist on the MVP ballot for many more seasons to come.

Cy Young

Felipe Medrano
St. Louis
Age: 33B/T: R/R
Born: Seattle, WA
Position(s): P (SP2)
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The Veteran right hander for the Storm wins his first ML Cy Young Award. He posted a 19-7 record with 2.12 ERA in 225 innings on the mound.


Jerrod Ogea
Age: 31B/T: L/L
Born: Mclean, VA
Position(s): RF
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This is Jerrod Ogea's fifth MVP award in 9 seasons at the ML level. He hit 42 dingers and drove in 106 runs with a .330 batting average.

Cy Young
Stephen Harrison
Suds Utd
Age: 36B/T: S/L
Born: Whiteriver, AZ
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Harrison takes home his second ML Cy Young award in 15 seasons on the mound. The veteran lefty for the Suds Utd posted a 16-5 record with a 2.06 ERA in 226.2 innings on the mound.

Managers of the Year, Season 17

Congratulations to Tui0job of the Washington Do Nothing Senators (NL) and Farren83 of the St. Louis Storm (AL) for winning the Season 17 manager of the year awards

Saturday, February 5, 2011

NL Division and Wildcard Projections

NL North- Milwaukee Suds Utd (Jtbrodzeller)
-Milwaukee's pitching has been next to none all season long, but will their 24th ranked batting hurt them in the playoffs?
Projected playoff seed: 3

NL East- Atlanta Chopahawkers (Aceman2124)
-My gut feeling tells me that Atlanta will be the divsion winner here. However the Washington Do Nothing Senators have made a late charge to contest the title. This one could go down the last series of the regular season.
Projected playoff seed: 2

NL South- Florida Boiler Bangers (Bsproat1)
- Florida easily wins the South division and takes the number 1 seed in the NL.
Projected playoff seed: 1

NL West- Salem Fresh (misterfresh)
- Salem wins the West for the 8th season in a row, and by over 30 games most likely.
Projected playoff seed: 4

5th seed- Washington D.C. Do Nothing Senators (Tui0job)
-Washington makes it back to the playoffs for the first time since season 14. A 4th ranked pitching staff and 8th ranked fielding team gets them to the 5th seed.

6th seed- Pittsburgh Parsimonious Paladins (Timb116)
-Tough call here as there are four teams pretty close for the 6th seed. My projection is for last seasons World Series Champs to sneak in to the playoffs once again at the 6th seed. However Charleston, New York, and Buffalo are lurking just behind them making for an exciting finish.

AL Division and Wildcard Projections

Projected Division Winners:

AL North- Cleveland Grievous Angels (Johndish)
-A strong lineup currently ranked third in the league in batting has the Grievous Angels flying high this season.
Projected playoff seed: 4

AL East- St. Louis Storm (Farren83)
-The Storms second ranked pitching staff will lead them into the playoffs after a disappointing second place finish last season.
Projected playoff seed: 3

AL South- Houston Home Wreckers (Raidersfan)
-Houston is currently in the top five in pitching, batting, and fielding. They are the team to beat in the AL, and are the odds on favorite to represent the AL in the World Series.
Projected playoff seed: 1

AL West- Seattle Dead Rockstars (rtconnelly)
-This is a close race with Seattle only two games up on the Las Vegas Hangovers. With Seattle's easier schedule over the last nineteen games, I predict they will take the division title.
Projected playoff seed: 2

5th seed--Las Vegas Hangovers (Bxtxcx)
-The number one rated batting lineup in the league makes it into the playoffs for the second straight season. Vegas has a much easier remaining schedule than Tampa. They will over take them for the 5th seed.

6th Seed--Tampa Bay Trump (Kavancamp)
-Tampa is middle of the road in all aspects of the game, but thats enough to earn them the 6th seed in the AL.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Fisk #62 in HBD World Rankings on Knucklebones HBD Radio Show

On 1-14-11 the Knucklebones radio show ran a special 2 hour rankings show. Every league that has completed 10 seasons or more made the rankings. The rankings were compiled by tomjames using his computer ranking program. Fisk ranked #62 out of 128 leagues, which puts us right about in the middle. The complete rankings can be found here:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Top 10 Power Rankings 1-13

1.Houston Home Wreckers 57-24
Pitching#4/ Batting#1/ Fielding#1

2.Florida Boiler Bangers 55-26
Pitching#8/ Batting#5/ Fielding#14

3.Tampa Bay Trump 53-28
Pitching#12/ Batting#8/ Fielding#28

4.St. Louis Storm 50-31
Pitching#1/ Batting#14/ Fielding#8

5.Cleveland grievous angels 47-34
Pitching#9/ Batting#3/ Fielding#9

6.Las Vegas Hangovers 47-34
Pitching#16/ Batting#2/ Fielding#10

7.Atlanta Chopahawkers 48-33
Pitching#7/ Batting#17/ Fielding#5

8.Pittsburgh Parsimonious Paladins 47-34
Pitching#6/ Batting#7/ Fielding#17

9.Charleston Low Country Ambush 48-33
Pitching#3/ Batting#26/ Fielding#3

10.Seattle Dead Rockstars 44-37
Pitching#15/ Batting#11/ Fielding#4

Outside Looking In
11.Salem Fresh 44-37
12.New York Cavaliers 45-36

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top 10 Power Rankings 1-4

Going to start a weekly top 10 power rankings. The rankings are determined by adding Losses with the pitching, batting and fielding rankings and then dividing that number by 4 to get a score for each Franchise. The lower the score, the higher rank your team is. The top 10 for this week are:

1. Houston Home Wreckers 39-18
#6 Pitching/ #2 Batting/ #1 Fielding

2. St. Louis Storm 36-21
#1 Pitching/ #5 Batting/ #8 Fielding

3. Florida Boiler Bangers 42-15
#3 Pitching/ #7 Batting/ #14 Fielding

4. Cleveland grievous angels 35-22
#7 Pitching/ #1 Batting/ #11 Fielding

5. Seattle Dead Rockstars 35-22
#11 Pitching/ #6 Batting/ #4 Fielding

6. Atlanta Chopahawkers 36-21
#9 Pitching/ #8 Batting/ #6 Fielding

7. Pittsburgh Parsimonious Paladins 34-23
#8 Pitching/ #4 Batting/ #13 Fielding

8. Las Vegas Hangovers 34-23
#14 Pitching/ #3 Batting/ #18 Fielding

9. New York Cavaliers 33-24
#10 Pitching/ #25 Batting/ #2 Fielding

10. Salem Fresh 32-25
#5 Pitching/ #15 Batting/ #17 Fielding

Season 16 Managers of The Year

Please congratulate Timb116 of the NL and Johndish of the AL for being their leagues manager of the year!

Timb116 led his Pittsburgh Parsimonious Paladins to a 87-75 record and to a wild card berth as the 6th seed. Pittsburgh then went on a cinderella playoff run to win the World Series. Congrats to Timb!

Johndish's Cleveland Grievous Angels finished with a 110-52 record and won thier 4th AL North division title in 5 seasons. The Angels won the divison by 25 games and won the AL Championship. Congrats to Johndish!
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