CanAm Strat-O-Matic League News

July 24/17: Waiver claims reported.  Next Deadline is August 1 for the Block 1 25/DL.

July 18/17: The Convention for 2017 is behind us.  We had 15 of the 18 managers attend (all but Erik who was hunting, Dennis with newborn Archer, and Darren).  On Friday we enjoyed seeing one another again, met those we had not met before, and the usual banter went on past midnight.  Saturday, we attended the Hall of Fame as a group and enjoyed the main street of Cooperstown.  Late afternoon, our league meeting began.  Everyone participated and expressed their opinions.  Plenty of discussion was had on the various agenda items.  The meeting was long, lasting about 5 hours.  

The minutes have been posted along with the results of the voting.  The constitution will be updated over the coming weeks.

In general agenda items passed for this season:

1. Allow replacement 1/3 inning remaining, showing fully used in the game, to be replaced after the series (15-0)

2. Buy out of the No Trade clause at cost of 50% of remaining TCV.  If player traded during remainder of the contract, the NT goes back on (14-1)

3. More realistic salaries, essentially a x10 for all salaries and bank.  Will be for next Roster sheets on Aug 1 (11-4)

Those effective for after this season:
1. No trade contracts signed for players in the Dev, players immediately are promoted to the 40 (15-0)

2. As of August 1 of each year, teams must have positive cash based on their salaries at that time beginning 2018. (10-8)

3. Adjustment to postseason winnings for the 2018-19 season (10-8)

Items sent to a Committee to development the proposal for discussion and voting:
1. Introduction of Franchise Player Tag (15-0) Pete(chair), Adam, Clark
2.Dealing with Multiple Highs during Free Agency (15-0) Craig(chair), Pete, Clark
3.Rules of Play regarding Max Rules (15-0) Steve W(chair), Pete, Chris
4.Expansion (15-0) Kaz(chair), Steve W, Ross

July 1/17: Players are placed on waivers, claims due by July 22.  This is the last waiver period for players to be claimed before the season.  Next waiver period is August 1, with claims effective Block 2.

June 26/17: Players on waivers passed to Dev without being claimed.  The last waiver period before the start of the season will begin July 1.  Any players claimed from this waiver period will be claimed prior to the season.  The August 1 Waiver period will be effective for Block 2.  

August 1 is the Roster Movement deadline for Block 1 as well as deadline for setting 25 man and DL/options for Block 1.  Then by mid August, the lzp will be sent out so our Season 44 will begin then.  

The Convention in Cooperstown is only 18 days away.  A short agenda for the weekend:
Friday 14th: 3pm-EOD social, I will arrive around 3.  We are staying at the Baseball Hotel in 10 Gould Ave., Richfield Springs, NY (phone 315-858-2058) about a 24 minute drive from Cooperstown
Saturday 15th: 10am-3pm Hall of Fame visit, see main street of Cooperstown
Saturday 15th: 4pm League Meeting (agenda sent out earlier) We will try and set up a Skype for those not attending.
Sunday 16th: by 11am checkout and departure

The Qualified Free Agent initial bid for 2018 Free Agency is $1,488,000.  This is down $49k, or 3.2% from 2017.
For interest, the minimum offer after that on these players for 1 year is $1.637m a year,  for 2 years would be $1.092m a year and for 3 years $819k a year.

June 4/17: The June waiver period is on with claims due by June 25.

May 16/17: The World Series is complete and the Bearcats defend their championship.  They have now gone back to back, a first for the team, and the first time a team has done that in 12 years. This is the Bearcats' and manager Steve Wilson's fifth league title.

Game 1: Banditos win 4-0.  Clayton Kershaw tossed a complete game 3 hit shutout as he dominated striking out 14 Bearcats.  Jon Lester took the loss.  Ryan Braun drove in all 4 runs, while hitting a homerun.
Game 2: Bearcats win 8-2, evening the series at 1-1.  Tyson Ross threw a complete game allowing 7 hits, 2 walks and striking out 10.  Carlos Correa drove in 5, blasting a homerun and a double, going 2 for 2 before being lifting for defensive purposes.
Game 3: Bearcats win 5-2, taking a 2-1 series lead.  Noah Syndergaard went 5 innings for the win, allowing 2 runs.  Ian Kinsler went 2 for 4 while driving in 4 with a homerun.  
Game 4: Banditos win 5-3, tying series at 2.  Clayton Kershaw was on the mound again for the Banditos and delivered, going 8.1 innings with 14 strikeouts, allowing only 5 hits.  He was a little wild walking 6 but came through when it counted.  Ryan Braun and Edwin Encarnacion each drove in 2.
Game 5: Bearcats win 3-2, taking a 3-2 series lead.  Tyson Ross notched the win, going 8 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 walk while striking out 8.  Bryce Harper led the way, going 3 for 4, with a homerun and 2 RBIs.  
Game 6: Bearcats win 6-5 in 10 innings to take the World Series.  It was close, as they were down 5-4 in the 7th, but came back to tie it and win it in the 10th on a Chris Colabello walk off homerun.  The lead changed 5 times in this game as the Cats desperately wanted this win as Clayton Kershaw loomed as the Bandito Game 7 starter.  But with Colabello's blast, second of the game, ended the series.  It came off of Andrew Miller in the 10th.  Earlier, Francisco Rodriguez blew the game in the 7th, allowing the tying run.  
Bryce Harper had 10 homeruns in the 18 postseason games the Bearcats played.  Carlos Correa drove in 17, while Tyson Ross and Noah Syndergaard each went 4-0. The Cats youth dominated in this back to back title drive.  
Congrats to Steve and his Cats!  

May 2/17: A couple of Rule 5 returns announced and another player placed on waivers (all in Roster Movements)

April 23/17: I have uploaded a file in the CanAm History called Team Records.  It is the Season Leaders and CareerTop 3(including top active) for selected categories by team.

April 21/17: Waiver claims have passed and no claims were made so players pass through to Dev.  

April 17/17: The Batters Career file has been updated now and is in the CanAm History folder.

April 13/17: The Team by Year file has been updated and is in the CanAm History.

Also, the Pitchers Career file has been updated and is in the CanAm History folder a well.

April 7/17: The Award and All-Star voting is complete.  All 18 managers voted.  The file with all of the voting is in the CanAm History.  The All-Stars included 5 Bearcats, 3.5 Oilers, 2 Outlaws, and 1.5 Mad Dawgs, so only 4 teams represented.  The Bearcats cleaned up the awards except for Matt Harvey dominating the Cy Young Award.  Bryce Harper dominated the voting for MVP.  Of the All-Stars, 8 were first timers, with Mike Trout snagging his 3rd, Buster Posey his 2nd, and Anthony Rizzo his 2nd as well as Cole Hamels.

MVP-Bryce Harper,Bearcats (1st)
Cy Young Award-Matt Harvey,Oilers-Mad Dawgs )1st)
Rookie of the Year-Carlos Correa,Bearcats (1st)
Will Lewis Award-Steve Wilson,Bearcats (7th)
Catcher-Buster Posey,Outlaws (2nd)
First Base-Anthony Rizzo-Oilers (2nd)
Second Base-Jose Altuve-Oilers (1st)
Third Base-Nolan Arenado,Outlaws (1st)
Shortstop-Carlos Correa,Bearcats (1st)
Left Field-Yoenis Cespedes-Oilers (1st)
Center Field-Mike Trout,Mad Dawgs (3rd)
Right Field-Bryce Harper,Bearcats (1st)
Designated Hitter-Nelson Cruz,Bearcats (1st)
Right Handed Starter-Matt Harvey,Oilers-Mad Dawgs (1st)
Left Handed Starter-Cole Hamels,Bearcats (2nd)
Relief Pitcher-Jeurys Familia,Bearcats (1st)

March 30/17: The Roster file has been updated for the players drafts, the post draft trades and waivers/promotions.  
Only the World Series remains between the defending champion Bearcats and the Banditos.  Also, Steve W would like those of you who have not sent in your votes on the Awards and All-Stars to do so.  Let's wrap this up by the end of March.

The Bearcats and Banditos have never faced each other in the World Series.  The Cats attempt to defend their title while the Banditos head back to the finals for the first time since 2013 and first for manager Chris Zaina.  The Cats seek their 5th title overall and the Banditos their 3rd.  During the season these two split 3-3.  Last year, the Bearcats beat the Banditos 4-0 in the semi finals.  Then in 2013, the Banditos, under Kevin Conrad, beat the Cats 4-2 in the semis, the last year the Banditos have won the title.  In 2011, the Bearcats swept the Banditos again in the semis 4-0. Then back in 2001, the Cats won 4-2 in a quarter final series.  So the Cats hold a 3-1 lead in the postseason series versus the Banditos.  
Good luck to both Steve and Chris.

March 24/17:  The waiver claims are complete and reported in the Roster Movements.  I have uploaded an updated Roster File for the waivers, cut claims and Rule 5.


March 23/17: The Banditos downed the Mad Dawgs 4-2 to win the semi final series and head to the World Series for the first time since 2013.  

Game 1: Banditos win 6-2.  W-Clayton Kershaw L-Matt Harvey
Kershaw tosses a CG 7 hitter striking out 12.  Brett Gardner goes 3 for 5 with 2 homeruns.  Devon Travis adds two RBIs.  Joey Votto adds one for the Dawgs and Cameron Rupp goes 3 for 3.  
Game 2: Mad Dawgs win 8-3.  W-Masahiro Tanaka L-Johnny Cueto
Carlos Gonzalez goes 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a homerun.  Tanaka goes 5.1 innings allowing 1 run for win.  Dawgs build 8-0 lead to tie series.
Game 3: Banditos win 9-3.  W-Jaime Garcia L-Shelby Miller
Brett Gardner goes 2 for 4 with a homerun and 3 RBIs, Joc Pederson 3 for 5 with a homerun and 2 RBIs and Edwin Encarnacion blasts a homerun.  Jaime Garcia goes 6.1 for win.
Game 4: Mad Dawgs win 5-3 in 13 innings.  W-Bartolo Colon L-Jeff Manship
Big win for the Dawgs to tie the series.  They tie it in the top of the 9th at 2 and win it in 13 as they scored 3 then.  This is despite Clayton Kershaw going 9 allowing 2 runs, walking 1 and striking out 15 Dawgs.  Franklin Gutierrez went 3 for 5 with a homerun, but it was the Mad Dawgs pen going 7.2 innings of shutout ball to allow the comeback and extra inning win and tie the series at 2. 
Game 5: Banditos win 5-1 to take 3-2 lead.  W-Jose Quintana L-Masahiro Tanaka 
Quintana goes 7 innings of 5 hit 1 run ball striking out 9 and walking just 1.  Andrelton Simmons goes 3-3 with 2 RBIs, but it was Brett Gardner blasting his 4th homerun while batting 2 for 3.
Game 6: Banditos win 9-3 to win series.  W-David Robertson L-Jose Alvarez
Joc Pederson goes 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs, Andrelton Simmons 3 for 5, as the Banditos explode for 15 hits and 9 runs to win the series.  A 6 run 6th capped the victory.

So the Bearcats and Banditos head to the World Series.  The Cats attempt to defend their title while the Banditos head back to the finals for the first time since 2013 and first for manager Chris Zaina.  The Cats seek their 5th title overall and the Banditos their 3rd.  During the season these two split 3-3.  

March 20/17: The defending champion Bearcats defeated the Rebels in 6 games, 4-2, to move on to the World Series for the second consecutive year.  Rebels took Game 1, but then fell behind 3-1 before winning another.  Then in Game 6, Colby Rasmus hit a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 9th to send the Cats to the finals.  Series MVP was Bryce Harper, who went 8 for 23, with 5 homeruns and 9 RBIs.   He scored 7.  Noah Syndergaard continued his postseason mastery on the mound tossing 5.1 innings of 1 hit shutout ball notching the win in his only start.  The Bearcats hit 13 homeruns while scoring 30, the Rebels blasted 10 long balls while scoring 22.

Game 1: Rebels win 8-5.  W- Zack Greinke L-Jon Lester
Game 2: Bearcats win 5-3.  W-Tyson Ross L-Jake Arrieta
Game 3: Bearcats win 10-0.  W-Noah Syndergaard L-Jacob DeGrom
Game 4: Bearcats win 4-2.  W-Cole Hamels L-Zack Greinke
Game 5: Rebels win 6-2.  W-Jake Arrieta L-Jon Lester
Game 6: Bearcats win 4-3.  W-Jheurys Familia L-Jacob DeGrom