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Weekly Power Rankings and League Leaders
Apr 10, 2013, 10:05 pm

Make sure to check out the weekly Power Rankings and League Leaders all categories on Twitter.  Look us up on Twitter @Shalomsoftball where you will find all.  

There is no place on the website for banter so set yourself up a Twitter account and let it rip.  There will also be pictures in the upcoming weeks as well.  

Congratulations Tommy Apligian & Brian Ortega POW / ROW‏
Apr 10, 2013, 7:52 pm
Picture of wayne casper
Angels: POW -John Miller 5-6 3 runs, 3 rbi's, 2 wins pitching
Pow candidate- Justin Reed five for eight 4 doubles 5 rbi's
Indians:  Tommy Apligian, Tommy went 6-8 with 2 singles, a double and 2- HR with one being a fence clearing home run.  He also had 7 RBI's and 4 Runs scored.
Stars: POW: Brian Rubenstein - 6/2/3/3 - With a blend of confidence and hustle, Brian sparked the Stars to a sweep and extended their winning streak to 4 games.
POW- Scott Lawrence 5/8, 4 runs, 2 2B’s, 2 Fence clear HR’s,5 RBI’s
Muckdogs POW -- Phillip Kim 5-8, 4 runs scored, including 3 hits and runs scored in Muckdogs' first game victory over the Red Sox. All were keys hits for Muckdogs in innings in which Muckdogs scored all 12 of their runs. Good fielding in LCF.
POW:  Justin Toone:  6 – 9, 6 Runs, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 2-Run Fence HR.  Solid defense in LF all day.

 Reds POW Nominee:  Mike Sheppard - 5 for 8, 2B, HR (Fence Clearing), 6 R, 7 RBI

Sea Dogs: Kevin White. 5-9. 1-3B. 4- Runs. 4- RBI and played on one leg final 3 innings against Yanks

The Pirates' Player of the Week was JOHN SOLOV, who was 3 for 4 plus 2 BB's and 1 RBI.

Wahoos: Rick leon. 4 hits 1 2b. Great pitching and fielding the middle as the Wahoos win their 1st sweep of the season.

Riverdogs POW as always Randy Ransom 4-5, 2 doubles, HR, 7 RBI, SF, IBB,

Jays: POW Daniel Buhrow 4-6 2b and 2RBIs

Bulls: POW – Manny Madrigal – 7 for 9 with 1 double, 2 runs (including game winning run in game 2), 5 RBI’s
Owlz POW nominee: Jim Kawahigashi who went 7/8 with 6 singles, 1 double, 5 runs and 2 RBI in the lead off spot with great defense in right.
Storm: Kevin Hancock , 7-8, 2-2bs, 3b, fence HR, 6 runs, 6 rbis
Owlz ROW nominee: Richard Smith who went 4/7 with 4 singles and 2 RBI
Bulls: ROW – Brian Ortega – 8 of 9 with 3 doubles, 5 runs scored 4 Rbi and stellar defense.
Jays: ROW Jeff Radnoff 5-6 2 2bs, 3 runs, and 1 RBI
Wahoos: Row martin sohper. 2 for 3 in game 2 vs undefeated jays including a huge momentum swinging rbi 3b.
SeaDogs:ROW- Kyle Wall. 4-7. 2- RBI
Royals: ROW:  Steve Solomon:  5 – 7, 1 Run, 4 RBI.  Solid and sometimes spectacular defense at 3B all day.
Rangers:  ROW-Tony Martin-4/6, 3 runs, 2 BB’s, 2 RBI’s, Great D at SS
Stars: ROW: Brad Parr - 8/2/6/4 with a walk and a double.  Brad also delivered the walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th!!! inning of the Stars 10-9 victory over the Division rival Davis Bulls.
Indians:  Cody Barron, Cody went 3-7 with a Sac Fly, 3 Singles, 3 RBI's, and 4 Runs scored.
Yankees: Row candidate- Jonathan Braun 3 for 4 in our first game and four stellar plays in the field including an unassisted double play.
Angels: ROW- David Phillips  4-6, bases loaded triple, 4 rbi's

Week 4 Odds & Dr. C Selections
Apr 10, 2013, 7:50 pm

           Game   1
R'DOGS    6:5     Seadogs
M'DOGS   6:5    Royals
RANGERS 8:5    Bulls
OWLS       6:5     Angels
Indians     7:5    PIRATES
STORM     6:5    Scrappers
JAYS           8:5    Reds
Stars         6:5    YANKEES

            Game    2
Jays           6:5    SCRAPPERS
Seadogs    7:5    STORM
YANKEES   7:5   Angels
STARS        9:5   Owls
M'DOGS   6:5    Reds
Bulls          7:5   PIRATES
R'DOGS     8:5   Indians
Rangers    7:5   RED SOX
WAHOOS  7:5   Royals

RED SOX   6:5   Wahoos

Dr. C Selections:
Game 1: Seadogs, Royals, Rangers, Angels, Indians, Storm, Jays, Stars
Game 2: Scrappers, Storm, Angels, Stars, Reds, Bulls, R'dogs, Rangers, Wahoos
GOW:     Red Sox
Last Week:  11-7
YTD:             31-23

Game of the Week-- Reds @ Owlz
Apr 2, 2013, 2:50 pm

 “It's always a pleasure to be on the field with Behr, Burke, Kawahigashi, and especially the Roths!  I actually look forward to competing against all the OWLZ, even though I don't know HOO all of them are.  ;-)” --- Michael Barth, Zane’s Reds


“Owlz? What kind of team name is that? An owl is a solitary, nocturnal bird. After whipping up on them they will be looking forward to their time alone in the night!” --- Todd LeCocq, Zane’s Reds


“To paraphrase the late, great skipper of the Big Red Machine, Sparky Anderson... I won't embarrass any of this week's Major League Baseball Opening Day games by comparing them to the Shalom League Game of the Week matchup between Roth's Owlz and Zane's Reds.” --- Rob Zane, Captain, Zane's Reds

Schlock, Odds, and Dr. C Picks
Apr 2, 2013, 2:43 pm

Schlock makes his return here. This weeks odds are up, and Dr. C makes his picks here. Anyone in favor of hiring an actual analyst for the league?

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


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...

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