WFBL PENNANT RACES
League record 8th overall Pennant, first in 8 years
4th straight Central Pennant, 5th straight overall
4th overall franchise Pennant, first since '10 move to OM
Boston - 9, Montreal - 3
SEMI-FINALS September 14th-20th
Omaha - 4 at Joplin - 8
Boston - 4 at Philadelphia - 7
Philadelphia - 2 at Joplin - 10
GM's MUST regularly check their team Roster, the Master Roster, the Transactions page, the DL, and the Draft pages here to ensure that ALL of their transactions reflect properly, especially in the immediate aftermath of any transactions.
You should check to ensure that all players you control have your club initials next to them on the Master, and that no player has your initials whom you do not control.
Check that your players have the proper MLB team assignment. Check that their position eligibility for WFBL purposes is listed properly for all Majors-eligible players.
Check that you always are within the legal limits of 25 in Majors, 15 in AAA, 10 in AA. In your Minors, ensure that hitters in AAA have not reached 1,000 Plate Appearances, and that pitchers in AAA have not reached 400 Innings Pitched or 120 Games Pitched. Also ensure that all players in AA have no MLB appearances whatsoever.
Check your players DL status, and ensure that if a player is activated in MLB, that you activate him immediately in WFBL.
If a player gets traded or otherwise changes their MLB team, ensure that this site is updated to reflect that new club designation.
You should likewise check the CBS site during the season to ensure that all player information there reflects properly, especially your current starting lineup. Also ensure that any players listed as under your control actually are, and let the Commissioner know if any player you do control is not listed, but appears to be in the CBS database. In the off-season, ensure that any moves you make to clean up your roster are reflected at CBS as well.
Let the Commissioner know immediately of any needed adjustments that come to your attention. Paying close attention to your individual roster and the entire league is what helps keep the WFBL running smoothly.
For any questions, comments, or suggestions, or to be added to the waiting list for any future GM openings, send email to: Commissioner Matt Veasey at email@example.com
TORNADOES TAKE 4TH WFBL CHAMPIONSHIP
celebrates with fans after Joplin takes 4th franchise crown
The Joplin Tornadoes crushed the Philadelphia Athletics by a 10-2 final score at Cunningham Park to win the 2015 WFBL Championship.
In front of their delirious fans, the Twisters blew out Philly with a huge Wednesday offensive outburst from which the A's were never able to recover, then coasted home to the victory in Whitey Week.
Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, the WFBL Carlton Award winner as the Starting Pitcher of the Year, was honored with the league's Chuck Klein Award as the MVP of the playoffs.
Arrieta made three postseason appearances, and was utterly dominating. He went 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA and 0.50 WHIP, striking out 25 batters in 24 innings.
During Whitey Week, Arrieta won his two games, striking out 20 over 16 innings in which he allowed just 4 hits to carry a usually dominating staff during a week in which most of the others had mediocre performances. Jake de Grom also pitched in with a fine outing.
At the plate, the Twisters received multi-HR performances from a half-dozen different players. Corey Dickerson led the way, hitting .481/.500 with 2HR/5RBI/7R.
Jose Altuve hit .400/.444 with 2HR-6R-1SB, Freddie Freeman had a 2HR-7RBI week, Russ Martin produced 2HR-6RBI, and WFBL All-Star A.J. Pollock went 2HR-8RBI-5R-1SB.
For the losing Athletics, there was little offense to speak of, as only Mike Trout with a .435/.500, 1HR-3RBI-5R performance was able to delivery anything.
On the mound for the A's, Jhoulys Chacin pitched well in delivering a pair of Wins, and Kenley Jansen chipped in a pair of Saves to help deliver one of only two categories that the club would win on the week.
Joplin and GM Kory Sprague thus become just the 2nd GM and franchise to ever win 4 WFBL Championships, having previously won the title in 2000, 2010, and again in 2012.
Congratulations to Kory and the entire Joplin team, organization, and fan base. Thanks to everyone for another great season of WFBL fantasy baseball. Next up, the Winter Meetings, and the road to 2016!
JOPLIN, PHILLY TAKE SEMIS,
HEAD TO WHITEY WEEK 2015
as Tornadoes and A's win, advance to Finals showdown
The Joplin Tornadoes and Philadelphia Athletics took leads into play on the final day, and then each received key performances to clinch WFBL Semi-Final victories, advancing to a Whitey Week showdown for the WFBL Championship.
Joplin defeated Omaha by 8-4 in front of the home fans at Cunningham Park, holding off a late challenge from the Royals pitching staff.
For the Tornadoes it was an 11th straight victory paced by a varied offense that saw 7 of the 8 offensive players all crack home runs.
The Twisters also received their usual outstanding pitching led by great outings from Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jake Arrieta, and Steven Matz.
In Philly, the A's and Boston Bulldogs engaged in a back-and-forth battle typical of Owens/East teams, before the Athletics came out on top by 7-4 at Liberty Bell Park.
The A's offense finally awoke after weeks of slumber, and was dominating from the first day. Bryce Harper homered 5 times and Mike Trout banged 4 long balls, while Dustin Pedroia went deep twice and had a pivotal steal on the final day.
On the mound, the Athletics received strong weeks from Erasmo Ramirez, Josh Tomlin, and Martin Perez to overcome a dominating week from former Athletic Stephen Strasburg.
The Tornadoes downed the Athletics by a 10-1 score back in Week #15 at Joplin, the only time all season that the A's lost by more than a 7-4 score.
For Joplin, it will mark a 5th Whitey Week appearance in the last 6 years, and a record 8th overall trip to the WFBL Finals. For Philly, it's their first trip back since winning it all in 2008.
These two franchise' have met twice in the WFBL postseason previously, but not since all the way back in 2002.
Joplin will host the Finals at Cunningham Park for a 2nd straight season, and hold the tie-breaker, if necessary, by virtue of that regular season victory over Philadelphia.
HARPER, ARRIETA RECEIVE TOP PLAYER HONORS
Bryce Harper of Philly takes Schmidt Award,
Jake Arrieta of Joplin wins the Carlton Award honors
The WFBL announces the winner of GM balloting for it's Mike Schmidt Award as the league's Offensive Player of the Year, and the Steve Carlton Award as the league's Starting Pitcher of the Year.
Both awards finished with incredibly close results, each having a trio of clear front-runners. In the end, Harper took home the hardware by just 3 points, and Arrieta by just 8 points.
Harper received 7 first place ballots, the same number as runner-up Josh Donaldson of Alabama. He thus becomes the first A's player to ever take the Schmidt Award honors.
Arrieta received a half-dozen first place ballots, finishing just ahead of Joplin teammates, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. It marks the 3rd straight season that a Joplin pitcher has taken the Carlton honors, with runner-up Kershaw winning the last two seasons.
Here are the final points totals from the GM voting for these two awards, using the same process as described with the McGraw and Rose Awards. Any first place votes show in parentheses.
MIKE SCHMIDT AWARD TOTALS
Harper - 110 (7)
Donaldson - 107 (7)
Goldschmidt - 61 (1)
Cespedes - 32
Pollock - 30 (1)
STEVE CARLTON AWARD TOTALS
Arrieta - 97 (6)
Kershaw - 89 (5)
Greinke - 85 (4)
Keuchel - 39 (1)
Bumgarner - 30
ROSENTHAL, BRYANT VOTED 2015 WFBL HONORS
Kris Bryant of Boston takes home the Rose Award
The WFBL announces the winner of two of it's major awards for the 2015 season, with Trevor Rosenthal of Saint Louis taking the Tug McGraw Award as Relief Pitcher of the Year, and Kris Bryant of Boston the Pete Rose Award as Rookie of the Year.
Both players won the balloting of GM's by comfortable margins. Rosenthal received 10 first place votes and finished well ahead of the other four on the ballot, who were all tightly packed together.
Bryant also received 10 first place ballots, finishing easily ahead of shortstop Carlos Correa of Portland and pitcher Noah Syndergaard of Alabama.
For Bryant, he becomes the first player to ever win the Vukovich Award as the WFBL's top prospect one season, and then take the league's top rookie honors in the following season. He is also the first player in franchise history to receive this award.
Rosenthal continues an odd pattern of Cardinals relievers taking the award in odd years, as Craig Kimbrel won while with Saint Louis in both 2011 and 2013.
16 of 18 GM's returned ballots, with the following as the final points totals. 10 were awarded for a first place ballot, 5 for a 2nd, 3 for a 3rd, 2 for a 4th, and 1 for a 5th place vote. Points totals are show, with any 1st place ballots in parentheses.
TUG MCGRAW AWARD TOTALS
Rosenthal - 121 (10)
Familia - 59 (1)
Miller - 57 (2)
Chapman - 53 (1)
Melancon - 46 (2)
PETE ROSE AWARD TOTALS
Bryant - 123 (10)
Correa - 77 (2)
Syndergaard - 71 (3)
Kang - 45 (1)
Duffy - 20
If anyone has any questions regarding the WFBL or the season as it develops, please do not hesitate to contact Commissioner Matt Veasey.
2015 WFBL ALL-STAR TEAM
and Carlton Award winner Jake Arrieta lead All-Star Rotation
The WFBL announces it's 2015 season All-Star team, representing the top players at each of the scoring positions, based on their usage in the league.
Highlighting this season's team is the selection of a trio of starting pitchers from Kalas/Central champion Joplin, just the third time in league history that three starting pitchers from the same team received All-Star honors.
For one of them, Clayton Kershaw, it marks a 5th straight season. joining Randy Johnson (1998-2002) and Johan Santana (2004-08) as the only hurlers to make 5 in a fow.
Kershaw, starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner of Brantford, and 2nd baseman Jose Altuve of Joplin are the only returning All-Stars from a year ago.
There are a record 13 first-time All-Stars this season. Josh Donaldson's selection at 3rd base means that 8 different players have received the honor at that position over the last 8 years.
Here are the 2015 WFBL All-Stars. They are honored in perpetuity at that section of our site, available from the Tool Bar at the left side of this home page.
1B - Paul Goldschmidt (VA), 2B - Jose Altuve (JO),
SS - Xander Bogaerts (EU), 3B - Josh Donaldson (AL)
C - Brian McCann (BO), OF - Bryce Harper (PH),
Yoenis Cespedes (VA), A.J. Pollock (JO)
SP - Jake Arrieta (JO), Clayton Kershaw (JO), Zack Greinke (JO), Dallas Keuchel (MO), Madison Bumgarner (BR)
RP - Trevor Rosenthal (ST), Jeurys Familia (JO), Adam Miller (LV), MGR - Joe Maddon (PH)
VOTTO, MADDON RECIEVE 2015 WFBL HONORS
The WFBL is pleased to announce two more of it's 2015 honorees. The 'Dallas Green Award' winner as the league's Top Manager is Joe Maddon of Philadelphia, and the 'Ray Connor Award' winner as the Comeback Player of the Year is Joey Votto of Georgia.
Maddon took a Philly team devastated by injuries before the season even got underway, and then further depleted by trades that tied his hands on the mound, and turned what was predicted to be a 4th place club into the Owens/East Pennant winners.
Votto returned for an injury-filled and disappointing in every way 2014 to again become a major force, banging 27 homers with a .317 AVG and .458 OBP.
Others in the running for the Green Award were Detroit's Kirk Gibson, Omaha's Cal Ripken Jr, and Joplin's Jim Rice. Other leading contenders for the Connor Award included Matt Harvey and Prince Fielder of Montreal, and Alex Rodriguez of New York.
Ballots will be mailed out to all GMs in the coming week for the Schmidt, Carlton, McGraw and Rose Awards as Offensive Player, Starting Pitcher, Relief Pitcher, and Rookie of the Year.
PREVIOUS CONNOR AWARD WINNERS
2014 - Johnny Cueto, SP, Brantford
2013 - Mariano Rivera, RP, Montreal
2012 - Adam Wainwright, SP, Joplin
2011 - Ryan Vogelsong, SP, Horsham
2010 - Billy Wagner, RP, Montreal
2009 - Chris Carpenter, SP, Eugene
2008 - Rich Harden, SP, Cubs
2007 - Josh Hamilton, OF, Eugene
2006 - Jim Thome, 1B, CWS
2005 - Ken Griffey Jr, OF, Philadelphia
2004 - Trevor Hoffman, RP, SD
2003 - Esteban Loiaza, P, CWS
2002 - Paul Byrd, SP, KC
2001 - John Franco, SP, NYM
PREVIOUS GREEN AWARD WINNERS
2014 - Bobby Valentine, Houston
2013 - Cal Ripken Jr, Omaha
2012 - Buck Showalter, Philadelphia
2011 - Johnny Pesky, Boston
2010 - Jim Bouton, Montreal
2009 - Johnny Pesky, Boston
2008 - Allan Trammell, Alabama
2007 - Jim Rice, Jackson Hole
2006 - Brian Harper, Alexandria
2005 - George Brett, Spokane
2004 - Ron Guidry, Atlantic City
2003 - Jim Bouton, Idaho
2002 - Paul Molitor, Philadelphia
2001 - Hector Lopez, Eugene
2000 - Sparky Anderson, California
1999 - Jim Riggleman, Louisiana
1998 - Roy White, Middle Village
SEAGER TAKES 'VUKE' HONORS
The WFBL announces the first of it's 2015 season awards today, naming shortstop Corey Seager of the Boston Bulldogs organization as the winner of the John Vukovich Award.
Seager thus becomes the 2nd straight Dawgs prospect to take home the "Vuke" honor, following last year's honoree 3rd baseman Kris Bryant.
Seager is MLB.com's #2 prospect overall. He has had a consistently strong season in MLB's LA Dodgers system, hitting for a .293/.343/.479 slash line. He has 16 homers, 67 RBI, and 71 runs scored.
The 21-year old is a fine shortstop, and may still end up there in MLB. However, many believe that the 6'4" player will end up following in his brother Kyle's footsteps, and sliding over to 3rd base.
If that happens, it could make for an interesting decision at some point for Boston GM Chris Mitchell, deciding between Bryant and Seager.
For now the elite talent coming in to the Dawgs in the near future makes it an exciting time for this always competitive team.
The other leading contenders for this year's honor were pitchers Lucas Giolito and Julio Urias, and shortstop J.P. Crawford. Only players with no MLB experience whatsoever are considered for the Vukovich Award.
PREVIOUS VUKOVICH AWARD WINNERS
2014 - Kris Bryant, 3B, Boston
2013 - George Springer, OF, Omaha
2012 - Jurickson Profar, SS, Spokane
2011 - Bryce Harper, OF, Philadelphia
2010 - Desmond Jennings, OF, Philadelphia
2009 - Stephen Strasburg, P, Philadelphia
2008 - Matt Weiters, C, Montreal
2007 - Justin Upton, OF, Portland