the Tsunamis become the first team in Weaver League
history to three-peat? I've got three reasons why
they can: McLain, Carlton and Guidry. Their offense
took a bit of a hit this offseason but it's plenty
good enough with their pitching staff.
Lockwood Division race will be a battle to the death
this season, with four teams having a legit shot
at the division crown. Berlin was able to hang with
N.Y. and L.A. to the bitter end in 2018, and this
could be the year Berlin finally breaks through
win their first division title.
the retirement of Willie Mays, the focal point of
the Nukes offense is now 2016 MVP Frank "The
Tank" Weik. Although Weik and the rest of the
Nukes offense should still put up big numbers, the
absence of Mays could be enough to keep the Nukes
out of the postseason in the deep Lockwood Division.
Lobsters returned to the top of the Roehm Division
in 2018 and go into 2019 as the odds on favorite.
Former Bora Bora pitching phenoms Johnny Hubble
and Todd Corsby anchor a solid rotation, and the
Lobsters offense is significantly stronger than
it was at this point last season.
offense lost some potency with the retirements of
Josh Homme and Ron Wright, but they've still got
plenty of weapons (Speaker, Schaefer, Santos, etc).
Having Dazzy Vance and Jeff Jose in your rotation
doesn't hurt either. But like the rest of the Lockwood
Division they'll have their work cut out for them.
Elephants survived a September scare by the surging
Amity White Sharks last season. The Polanski Divsion
race will be an even closer battle between these
two teams this year, but Earl Zavaras and the Elephants
are still favorites to win their third straight
Swedes have come quite a long way. They finished
their first winning season in franchise season last
year, and are looking for bigger and better things
this year (although asking them to unseat Tokyo
at the top will be a tall order).
Knights could be a sleeper pick this year. They
underachieved in 2018, but this offseason they added
All-Timer Hal Newhouser to anchor their rotation.
They added some offense via a deal with Rio, notably
acquiring CF Jake Mills.
White Sharks were busy in the hot stove, adding
talented young outfielder Alan Donnersberger from
Tokyo and veteran Kris Kotsopalous from Edmonton.
They'll be right there with Bombay all season.
will go as far as their talented young hitters will
take them. Milt Fisk and Phil Whitcher look like
they're ready to contribute in a big way this year.
heard it here first: Ed Paskert will win the BL
MVP this season!
core of their 2013 championship team is getting
up in years, but they're passing the torch to some
solid young players. But it'll probably still be
a few seasons before Mike Eisenriech, Sonny Andrews,
Joe Callahan and company contend for the division
Lee Valdes ever see .500? The former #1 draft pick
had 100 losses by his 25th birthday. Although Valdes
and the Orcas turned things around together over
the past five years, his career record stands at
out for Bunny the Cosmonaut! Young pitcher Bunny
Triandos had a rocky rookie season but looks like
he could make an impact with the Cosmos this year.
I made my BL MVP pick earlier, I might as well make
one for the IL too. Buddy Tyler will emerge as not
only the best shortstop in the IL this season, but
as it's MVP as well.
his MLB days he was known to chase firetrucks,
was easily bribed with toys, and had a clause
in his contract not to eat crackers in bed. A
Weaver Times story waiting to happen if there
ever was one... Welcome Rube Waddell to the Weaver
Sam Drudge watch begins. Rio's offense looks pretty
damn solid, their pitching not so much. How long
before the highly touted Mr. Drudge gets the call
to join the Capys' rotation?
Pujols will build on the successful debut he had
with the Volcs last season. Look for something in
the neighborhood of 50 home runs, 120 RBI this year.
be in the thick of things... in 2021. Right now
the division is too deep for them to make a move.
team used to be the mighty Belfast Bombers. Oh how
the mighty have fallen.
first instinct was to rate the Mounties lower, but
some of their hitters are better than I thought,
and who wouldn't wanna have Dick Wirts on their
staff? But it's still a long way to the top for
Carlos Guillen gone, Les Deering is now officially
"The Man" in Argentina
Chico Buttery... and not much else. George Witt
and some others in their low minors looks like they'll
make an impact down the road, but this season is
gonna be a long one for fans of the Godfathers.
Steelmen have gone down! (inside joke)