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Schlock The Monger returns
Apr 2, 2013, 2:39 pm

Yes he’s finally back after incredible demand!!! First remember the Monger is not to be taken seriously-
anything said here is intended to be for fun and hopefully a few laughs…..no one in their right mind
should ever consider anything I say to be important. With that said here goes….draft day observations:

Draft room was warm and toasty with hot action from 18 determined captains. A new horizon for
number of teams under the great leadership of Kyle….oops I mean Wayne Casper…the man who has
helped revolutionize the direction of our league. Unprecedented growth and interest in a terrific league
is now the order of the day. We welcome new meat in the form of Abbey “roads” Garber, “Larry” David
Buhrow, and Rob “in” Zane to the coaching dais. They all seemed to hold their own in a heated draft.
Larry “14 Karat” Goldstein was in abscencia which might explain his good draft….Bobby “Fine” Weinfeld
did not disappoint redrafting the same team he has now had for the last 20 years. Scott “alka” Sulzer
had his best draft ever of course being councelled by his fine mentor yours truly. Larry “what does he”
Lachman had a very interesting draft selecting 3 rookies in his first 3 picks…..could work out but was
a bit of a head scratcher to this observer…..but Larry indeed marches to a different drummer. Paul
Rakofsky had a pretty easy draft….5 of his 12 picks were family members which allowed Paul a lot of
down time which he used wisely to study the weather. One major upset saw John Unell not pass on
any of his selections…..don’t know if Bob Davis meant to do it but he leads the league in Goyim-9 of
12….hmmmmm??? My team total balance, 6 and 6….clearly I’m a popularist.

Here are my team analysis with predictions of possible finish….no records are predicted:

These are by Conferences from 1-9

1. Farin’s Yanks (Damn it)-This team has an excellent leader, good power, great pitching, and
plenty of offense deep into the order. OF looks solid, if Hickey can be a full time SS, they are ok
in the IF….so this looks like the team to beat.
2. Garber’s Riverdogs (mud puppies)-Rook manager is long on evaluation talent. He assembled
a strong squad. IF looks solid. Power is ok, not frightening. Lot of offensive punch throuought.
Good team speed. P could be a bit of a challenge and the OF appears to be a bit light. This team
will definitely be in the hunt.
3. Silverman’s Rangers (Rangers)-Going for unprecedented and galactic hights this team appears to
have some talent. Power and speed abound. Offensive ability is available in the late part of the
line up. Infield will be solid especially if Tony Martin becomes the every day SS. OF will be green
at the corners with lots of speed-the Lefky bros…but there could be a learning curve there.
Pitching will be fine but untested. Team should and will be in the hunt.
4. Hauf’s Sea Dogs-(Hush Puppies)-Nice looking squad with solid manager. Limited power. Good
speed and decent lower third of order. OF looks good…IF may be a bit leaky…Pitching solid. This
team will be in the fight a long time.
5. Davis Bulls-(Cows)-The all goyim squad will be very competitive and may challenge the top as
well. Bob is a fine coach who knows how to keep the squad loose. Team has plenty of power and
offensive punch. Speed is ok in spots. Defense will be the question….depending on who pitches
and plays what position???

6. Unell’s Stars (Really)-Unell’s team will be a sleeper this year but will they actually wake up??
Speed in top half of order and not in bottom. Power, not really….punch, yes. Defense and
pitching look good ….who plays infield??
7. Goldstein’s Muckdogs (Water logged)-JJ Eusay, T Will, Jeff Goodman-all Ranger past Champs-
good stock but is it enough?? Infield looks really good-pitching should be ok….OF appears a bit
light. Power is there, but offense looks a bit spotty in middle/end of lu. Speed is not apparent.
This team could surprise with the JJ mojo….I do think they will be around 500.
8. London’s Scrappers (minus the S)-Good looking squad for skipper Brad…. Excellent rook in John
Mann, the Nutt boys solid up the middle and on offense. This team look s a bit light in the lower
½ of the order. Corners and pitching are ok, but not a plus. Good speed but not much power.
Maybe a sleeper, maybe not.
9. Miller’s Angels(Dewinged)-John is a fine manager but may not have his best squad in a while(see
last year for my pick and how wrong I was). Should be ok in infield D-assuming BUC can cover
the 2nd base area-I know he can cover it, but can he move??? OF looks good, not great. Offense
looks spotty with only a small bit of power…..will have hitting late in the order that should
help…in a great conference this team doesn’t quite measure up.

Conference 2

1. Sulzer’s Indians(Injuns)-Sulzy drafted a great team-can they overcome Scott-I say yes!!! This
team looks solid in all defensive areas…pitching could be a slight issue if Scott can’t go and or do
the job. Speed abounds…power is ok, offense looks deep….this team should be the nuts.
2. Schnitzer’s Blue Wahoos (Woo Hoo)-Scnitz drafted a very solid squad-good pop and speed. IF
looks strong and pitching is in good hands. The OF looks a bit light but will be ok. I expect this
team to be in the hunt at the end.
3. Roth’s Owlz (Cooky Birds)-If this team can stay calm it might be the Champ. Decent power and
lots of offensive punch. Speed is good. Pitching excellent and OF will be solid. SS may be a ?
Could be a serious contender….lets see.
4. Rakofsy’s Red Sox(Stained)-Paul has a squad that can be counted in the final fight. Pitching and
IF will be solid…OF ok but a bit leaky. Good speed an athletic bunch. Looks a bit light on total
offense and just a few too many holes….but they will be a factor.
5. Buhrow’s Baby Jays(Kids)-David in his rookie campaign has a nice squad who might surprise.
Good pop and some speed. OF strong but IF could use some help….great pitching and decent
offense in 2nd half of order…..they are missing something but they could sneak up and win this
thing….don’t think so.
6. Zane’s Reds(Blue)-Another newby will have to pay his dues….nice squad but several
holes….defense looks ok but some positions are not clear to me. Good speed except Manuel
“labor”….who is a pedigree of last two year’s Ranger championships and brings a great BB in
Josh. Offensive punch looks just ok and runs may be hard to come by….they are a sleeper who
could awaken towards the top but I don’t think so.
7. Casper’s Storm(cloudy)- Too many holes….soft at last 3rd of offense…good speed….just light
in OF and short a bit in the IF. Pitching solid if WC stays healthy…..this team could really be a
surprise and I won’t bet against it….nor will I bet on it.
8. Lachman’s Royals(Laching)-Confused and dazed in TSSB is I…. not sure what this team has but I
don’t think they will contend.
9. Weinfeld’s Pirates(Bucaroos)-Bob….same old story…..good luck-please pay the $10 in small
bills…

Buhrow


POW/ROW
Mar 29, 2013, 8:58 am
Player of the Week (Commissioner was overruled on this one, initially wussed out of picking himself)Storm's Wayne Casper, 5/5, BB, 2B, 2 3Bs, 6 runs scored, 5 RBIs: in game 1, had the game winning hit in extra innings breaking the tie w a 2 run 3b off the estimable Bob Davis, and shut down the Bulls in extras with no runs. In game 2, fueled the game tying rally in the penultimate inning, then started an inning ending dp on the mound in the final inning and an excellent game ending plate appearance to extend the time to 0:00, not to mention excellent pitching with the wind.
 
Rookie of the Week: The Seadogs' Troy "Boogie Nights" Steele   6-8  1- 2b  1-3b  1- HR (fence clearing)  5- Runs and 7- RBI's
 
Reds: Randy Vickery (5 for 6) 5 1B, R, 2 RBI and gritty play at 2B including a fantastic wind-induced backpedaling backward-diving catch
Muckdogs -- JJ Eusay -- 4-5, 2 over the fence HRs, 2B, 6 RBIs, great play in LCF in difficult conditions.
Angels:  POW - David Tennyson  5-6 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 runs scored, 4 rbi's
Yankees: Pow candidate- Mike Hickey 4 for 6 BB, double with 3 runs scored
Bulls : Brian Ortega - 5 for 8 with 4 HR's, 8 ribs
Jays:  POW = Kelly Alexander 5/5 with 6 RBIs, 3 2Bs, 1 HR (over fence), 2 BB, 1 SAC, 2 Runs with great defense in RCF
Pirates:  RICK HALPERIN - 5 out of 6 plus 1 BB + 4 Runs scored
Indians:  POW this week is Patrick Sanchez
Patrick went 4-6 with 3 singles, a triple and 4 RBI's
Stars:  Brad Epstein.  Brad went 6 for 7 on the day with a walk, (2)2B, 3B and an over-the-fence Grand Slam.  Brad scored 5 runs on the day and knocked in 10! while providing solid defense at short. 
Royals:  POW:  David Shaw 5 - 8, 4 Runs, 5 RBI, 2 2B
3-run fence homerun with the wind blowing in on field 5
Flawless defense in LCF
 Blue Wahoos: Harlan Davis, 4-5, 3 BBs, 7 runs, 4 rbis, 2b and HR
Riverdogs: POW - Randy Ransom, 7-8, 5 runs, 9 RBI, 2 doubles, 1 homer, both game
winning rbi in sweep, perfect on several chances in field including
starting a L5-4 double play
Owls: Daniel roth, Daniel went 7/8 4 singles, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 over the fence HR, 1 BB, 8 runs, and 5 RBI
Scrappers: POW = Danny Nutt.  Danny went 6 for 8 at the plate including 2 over the fence home runs, 2 doubles and 2 singles.  Along with that he had 10 RBI's between the two games and scored 5 times.  Danny had to cover the position of short-stop today while our normal short-stop was not able to be there.  He was excellent at that position.  Danny had a great day today both fielding and hitting. 
 
Scrappers: ROW = Johnny Mann.  Johnny had 8 plate appearances which included 2 over the fence home runs, 3 singles and a walk.  Johnny had 6 RBI's between the two games and scored 6 runs himself.  He had an excellent day in his position at LCF.  He is highly deserving of the ROW!! 
 
 
Owls:. Patrick Fitzgerald who went 3/9 with 3 singles and a run scored and great fill in defense at 3rd.
 Riverdogs: ROW - Seth Kaufman 5-8, 3 runs, double, triple, despite pulled muscle
 
Royals: ROW:  Justin Toone
4 – 5, 4 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 3 BB
Flawless defense in LF all day
Stars:  Rookie of the Week is Roy White.  Roy went 5 for 6, with 2 walks, 2B and an over-the-fence homer.  Roy also scored 4 runs and knocked in 3 and was flawless in leftfield.
Indians:  ROW this week is Cody Barron.
Cody went 5-6 with 5 singles and 4 runs scored.
Jays : ROW = Tony Scozzafava 5/9 with 7 RBIs, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR (inside park), 6 Runs and great D in LF and RF
Bulls: Ben Hines 3 for 7 with 2 doubles, walk and 3 RBI
Yankees: Row- Jonathan Braun 2 for 5 double and nice of play
 Storm :  Rookie of the Week- Kevin Hancock, 5/7, Sac, 2B, 3B, 6 runs scored, 8 RBIs, and an incredible effort after getting pickled between third and home to not only add a run, but ignite the team into adding extra runs to ensure that the game went to extra innings.

Odds and Dr. C Picks
Mar 22, 2013, 6:47 pm

Week 2 odds are now posted.


Oh yeah, and Dr. C made his Week 2 predictions also... though you'd probably make more Monopoly money using this...


Game of the Week, Seadogs @ Yankees
Mar 22, 2013, 6:08 pm

"We just want to win. That's the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don't really reflect on what we've done in the past. We focus on the present." - D.J (Michael Hickey), Yankees

"Although the sea dogs are 2-0. I look forward to our showdown to prove the Yankees are the dominant team this year and his early trade was a big mistake. The Hauf doesn't always know." - Justin Reed (not bitter), Yankees

"What an honor (your honor) to play in the 2nd Game of the Week of the 2013 season! Competing against Hauf's Hammerin' SeaDogs is always a pleasure as our battles usually come down to the last out. Two undefeated teams with pride on the line... It's no wonder that this game Sold Out in just ten minutes!" -Larry Farin, Yankees Captain

 

"I was told I was originally drafted by the Yankees and subsequently traded for a Fungo bat and three tubes of Tiger Balm. I'm certain Sunday will prove that to be a fairly inspired move." -Greg Hurst, Seadogs

"TROY HATE BALL! TROY SMASH! TROY HATE YANKEES! TROY SMASH!" -Troy (Hulk?) Steele, Seadogs

"I look forward to the early season challenge of this divisional game.  It's important we take control of Farin's team and shut them down early and this time Farin's team won't have any last inning heroics like last year.  Their LCF will probably make their last out." -John Hauf, Seadogs Captain


Player/Rookie of the Week
Mar 20, 2013, 3:12 pm

Numerous outstanding performances across the league. Congratulations to Scott Lawrence and Tony Martin for leading the Rangers to 2 tight victories and a sweep on opening weekend!
Congratulations to all the other nominees as well!
Rangers:

POW

Scott Lawrence 7/7-3 2B’s, 2 3B’s, HR, 7 RBI’s, 7 Runs…

Red Sox:

POW….Matthew Rakofsky was 4 for 8 with 4 RBI and stellar defense….especially a slow hit ball by Sanjay Pant…he charges and threw a bullet to first to get him

Muckdogs:

Muckdogs POW Nominee -- JJ Eusay led the way in two wins for the Muckdogs -- 7-8, two 3Bs, 5 RBIs. Great defense at 2B. 
Part of 4 double plays. Moved to LCF when LCF got injured and picked off baserunner on fly out double play.

Angels:

POW - Jon Simonson 5-7 a double, 2 runs, 7 rbi's, steady play at ss
Stars: POW & ROW:  Darius Wu - 7/3/5/6 - Over-the-fence HR on Field 1, 2B, (2)3B, BB and superlative fielding in LC.
Yankees:

Pow candidate: Doug Baer- 2 wins on the hill 4 for 6 at the plate 3 runs and 3 rbi's
Storm: Player of the week- Barry Hersh, 7/8, 2B, 3B, BB.

Bulls POW Nominee – Brian Ortega 5 for 6 with 2 walks, 2B and 5 RBI
Royals:
POW:  Barry Epstein
5 - 8, 4 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B
Baby Jays: POW = Sean Greeley 6-7 with 8 RBI's and 1 Double
Riverdogs: POW:
Randy Ransom, 4-7, 2 runs, 7 RBI, 2 no doubt fence homers on field 1, 
excellent third base
Blue Wahoos:POW Rony Batagower- 7 for 8.  6 RBIs.  4 runs scored
Indians: POW is Jeff Lewin.Jeff went 4-5 with 4 singles and sac fly. 
Reds: Bradley Zane .714 (5 for 7) 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI
 
Blue Wahoos: ROW Ted Nguyen- great shut down defense all day in RF.  Made more than 6 catches from the position!   Key slide scoring a run in game 2 to help seal the win.
Riverdogs ROW: Seth Kaufman, 7-8 incl. triple, scored 5 runs, flawless leftfield in 
Riverdogs sweep
 
Baby Jays: ROW = Chris Bichler 5-8 with 3 RBI's and 1 Double great D at Short
Royals: ROW:  Justin Toone
3 - 7, 3 Runs, 5 RBI, 3 2B
Flawless defense in RCF all day.  Robbed of two hits.
 
Bulls ROW Nominee – Evan Rausch – 5 for 7 with 3 RBI



Storm: Rookie of the week-Tony Fant. 4/8, 2 2Bs, outstanding SS defense.

Yankees:
Row candidate: Jonathan Braun 4 for 5, 3 runs, 2 rbi's two doubles and a triple!
Angels:
ROW - TJ Underwood 4-6, 2 walks, 3 runs, 1  rbi

 

Red Sox:

ROW…. Arthur Ortega  3 for 8

 Rangers:

ROW

Tony Martin 5/6, 2BB’s, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI’s


Week 1 Odds & Dr. C selections
Mar 16, 2013, 4:37 pm

            Game  1
OWLS     6:5    Riverdogs
STARS    7:5    Scrappers
REDS      8:5    Pirates
INDIANS  7:5    Muckdogs
ROYALS   6:5   Bulls
BABY JS   8:5  B Wahoos
RED SOX  7:5  Yankees
SEADOGS  7:5  Angels

            Game  2
STARS     7:5   Riverdogs
RANGERS  6:5   Scrappers
PIRATES   6:5   Storm
OWLS      7:5   Muckdogs
BULLS      8:5   Yankees
BABY JS   7:5   Angels
B WAHOOS 6:5  Reds
INDIANS    7:5  Red Sox
ROYALS    7:5  Seadogs


           GOW
STORM    6:5   Rangers

Dr. C Selections:
Game 1: Owls, Stars, Reds, Indians, Bulls, Baby J, Red Sox, Angels
Game 2: Stars, Rangers, Storm, Owls, Bulls, Baby J, Reds, Indians, Royals
GOW:  Storm ( by 1 run)


Game of the Week-- Rangers @ Storm
Mar 15, 2013, 3:28 pm

Silverman's Rangers will brave visiting Casper's Storm

 

Entering into my 10th year in the "Shalom League," it's always exciting as the first regular season double header gets underway. It is all the more special to know that our team is featured to play in the Game of the Week on Opening Day--Andy Goodman, Rangers

 

Excited to hear that the game will be announced - a first for me! Doug Wedemeyer (Rookie), Rangers

 

Thoughts on the game of the week. As new members of the two time defending laundry, break out the bunting, the smell of the grass and the grunts and groans will be a plenty. We keep calm make the routine plays, keep the walks at a minimum and get timely hitting from all, all will be ok. Looking forward to either BP from Wayne or a Jerry's kids walk a thon. Scott Lawrence, Rangers

 

What a special treat and honor to be in the opener…..homage to the two-time consecutive defending champs. Nice touch from our fine commissioner. The excitement of a new season, new players, new friendships, new hope, and all on display to a SRO crowd….Wow, I hope it doesn’t go to our heads!!  Storm looks like a tough squad and we will have to be at our best to eek out a W.--Larry Silverman, Captain, Rangers.

 

"If we score more points than the other team we might have a chance to win"--Tony Fant (Rookie), Storm.

 

"I am excited for the new season and to play the 2 time defending champion Rangers. It is one of the exciting new aspects of the development of the league. Surprised Larry S didn't pick a LCF this year."--Wayne Casper, Commissioner, Storm.

 

"After playing several close games with the Rangers last year, including the opening game of the week and the closing (for us) divisional championship, I can't really overstate how much I want to win on Sunday."--Kyle Casper, Captain, Storm


Season Odds Posted
Mar 15, 2013, 2:24 pm

See them here

Favored teams are the Stars, Owlz, Baby Jays, and Scrappers.

Someone just earned themself a nice warm spot on the bench...


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