Congratulations to Manager of the Year Rob Moore of the Chicago Highlanders! He snuck his team into the postseason with an 87-75 record.

 

 

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Gambler Shane Victorino led the IAL with a .324 batting average in 2014.

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Voting Results

-Northside Hitmen and Moline Upperdeckers tie for first place with 94 wins.  They’ll face Three Rivers Gamblers and Chicago Highlanders in postseason. 

Eligible Rookies for IAL 2014 Draft

 

The IAL Hall of Fame ballot is out!

Ballot and wrap-up

 

1975-2013 Stats registry

All-time career and single season hitting leaders

All-time career and single season pitching leaders

2014 ILLOWA LEAGUE W L PCT GB
Northside Hitmen 94 68 .580 0
Moline Upperdeckers 94 68 .580 0
Three Rivers Gamblers 90 72 .556 4
Chicago Highlanders 87 75 .537 7
Molly Putts Marauders 85 77 .525 9
Kentucky Kernels 82 80 .506 12
Green Rock Bombers 78 84 .481 16
Missoula Rattlesnakes 76 86 .469 18
Twin Cities Thunderchickens 62 100 .383 32
Iowa Oinkers 62 100 .383 32
Player HR Tm
Cabrera, M. 50 NH
Jones, Ad. 47 UP
Goldschmidt, P. 42 NH
Soriano, A. 41 KK
Encarnacion, E. 36 CH
Longoria, E. 36 GB
Alvarez, P. 32 MR
Stanton, M. 31 TR
Bruce, J. 30 NH
Beltran, C. 30 KK

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IAL All-Time Worst updated

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Wieters:  A down year for the Gamblers’ catcher at .173

The best of the IAL have already been announced.  Here are the worst of the worst.  I’ve compiled some leaders of the worst stats in IAL history. 

The biggest story here is that five players in 2014 landed on the Top Ten Lowest batting average of all time.  All five batted the required 500 plate appearances to qualify. 

 

Hitting minimums: 500 PA per season, 1500 AB per career

Pitching minimums: 162 IP per season, 1000 IP per career

Player YEAR CLUB AVG
Preston Wilson 2006 Upperdeckers .165
Edgardo Alfonzo 2002 Highlanders .167
Matt Wieters 2014 Gamblers .173
Mark McGwire 1990 Thunderchickens .174
Brady Anderson 1999 Marauders .182
Asdrubal Cabrera 2014 Upperdeckers .183
Joe Carter 1994 Champions .183
Elvis Andrus 2014 Hitmen .184
Neil Walker 2014 Upperdeckers .186
Ryan Zimmerman 2014 Thunderchickens .187
       
Player YEAR CLUB SLG
Elvis Andrus 2014 Hitmen .225
Ozzie Smith 1981 Thunderchickens .255
Bucky Dent 1977 Shooting Star .262
Omar Vizquel 2002 Sluggers .267
Bobby Grich 1979 Thunderchickens .276
Bill North 1981 A’s .277
Luis Castillo 2001 Upperdeckers .279
Todd Zeile 1993 Thunderchickens .280
Don Kessinger 1976 Fire .280
Jose Altuve 2014 Oinkers .281
       
       
Player YEAR CLUB OBP
Matt Wieters 2014 Gamblers .211
Mike Schmidt 1976 Champions .212
Butch Wyneger 1977 Cardinals .217
Bucky Dent 1977 Shooting Star .225
Bobby Grich 1976 Thunderchickens .226
Reggie Jackson 1976 Fire .227
Rick Burleson 1976 Champions .228
Bobby Grich 1977 Thunderchickens .228
Don Kessinger 1976 Fire .228
Ken Reitz 1977 Bums .229
       
       
Player AVG    
Steve Yeager .197    
John Buck .197    
Colby Rasmus .203    
Gene Tenace .207    
Jonny Gomes .208    
J.J. Hardy .210    
Charles Johnson .213    
Todd Hundley .214    
Matt Wieters .215    
Pedro Alvarez .216    
       
       
Player SLG    
Larry Milbourne .278    
Don Kessinger .283    
Elvis Andrus .298    
Duane Kuiper .300    
Larry Bowa .308    
Bert Campaneris .308    
Bill North .312    
Jose Vizcaino .313    
Bump Wills .316    
Ozzie Smith .317    
       
       
Player OBP    
Steve Yeager .225    
Doug Rader .243    
Don Kessinger .245    
Rick Monday .249    
Larry Milbourne .259    
John Buck .260    
Chris Speier .261    
Ken Reitz .261    
Alex Gonzalez .263    
J.J. Hardy .263    
       
       
Player HR    
Duane Kuiper 1    
Don Kessinger 3    
Larry Milbourne 7    
Dave Cash 8    
Alfredo Griffin 9    
Greg Gross 11    
Bill North 11    
Bert Campaneris 12    
Alex Trevino 12    
Walt Weiss 12    
min 1500 ab      

 

Player YEAR CLUB L
Erik Hanson 1997 Cardinals 29
Ed Whitson 1988 Phoenix 28
Livan Hernandez 2010 Bombers 26
Jose Rijo 1987 Phoenix 25
Bob Knepper 1981 A’s 25
Brad Penny 2012 Hitmen 25
Rodrigo Lopez 2004 Gamblers 25
Ferguson Jenkins 1984 Thunderchickens 24
LaMarr Hoyt 1985 Mercenaries 24
Chris Bosio 1988 Phoenix 24
       
Player YEAR CLUB ERA
Oliver Perez 2006 Upperdeckers 9.09
Charles Hudson 1987 Phoenix 7.81
Carl Pavano 1999 Cardinals 7.67
Pedro Astacio 2003 Sluggers 7.62
Danny Patterson 2000 Bombers 7.59
Neal Heaton 1989 Mercenaries 7.57
Justin Masterson 2011 Kernels 7.52
Masato Yoshii 2001 Champions 7.52
Rolando Arrojo 2001 Thunderchickens 7.51
       
Player ERA    
Darren Oliver 5.98    
Mark Hendrickson 5.68    
Julian Tavarez 5.63    
Cal Eldred 5.58    
Bruce Ruffin 5.56    
Ramon Ortiz 5.47    
Frank Pastore 5.46    
James Baldwin 5.42    
Oliver Perez 5.38    
Charles Hudson 5.37    

 

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IAL all-time leaders updated: here are the highlights

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The Illowa APBA League’s baseball registry has been updated to include the 2014 season.  In addition, the all-time hitting leaders and all-time pitchers leaders are now updated.

IAL baseball registry

 

Here are a few highlights

apIn the IAL 2014 season, no player or pitcher cracked the single season top ten of any category. That’s the first time that’s happened in a few years. However, there was plenty of movement in the career charts especially on the offensive side. Having just finished his 18th year in the IAL, Derek Jeter is all over the place. Most notably, he is just 30 hits shy of 3000 hits, leading the pack. He is also 2nd in total at-bats with 10,148, third in runs with 1719, and fifth in doubles. He is even third in strikeouts proving that if play long enough, you can be a leader in anything.

Albert Pujols ended the year just three homeruns shy of the 500 mark. That’s good for 9th on the all-time list. He has 19 homeruns to catch Chipper Jones who has 516 career dingers. Pujols just cracked the top ten in rbis too. He has 1450 career ribbies. Unfortunately, he fell off the top ten batting average list but he’s still second behind Mark McGwire in slugging (.576) and #7 on the OBP list (.378).

With a little effort, Jose Reyes could become the IAL all-time triples leader in this year or next. He currently has 102 and Kenny Lofton who played for Reyes’ team the Thunderchickens, is the all-time leader with 113.

We see a fair amount of active Upperdeckers and former Upperdeckers on the all-time career list too. Joe Mauer hangs on at #6 with a .302 batting average. He’s also sixth with a .387 OBP. Former ‘Decker Todd Helton who has the all-time highest slugging percentage with a .768 mark in 2002 is ninth with a career mark of .553 and has a .390 OBP which is 5th best. Finally, Joey Votto is making his mark with the Upperdeckers. He’s sixth all-time with a .559 slugging percentage and tied with Pujols for 7th with a .378 OBP.

On the pitching side of things, there are no active players on the top ten lists with the exception of saves and ERA. Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez rises to second place in all-time saves. His mark of 330 saves is well below Mariano Rivera’s all-time high of 461.

The IAL ERA top ten, once a bastion of hurlers from the past, is being invaded by some newcomers. The likes of Steve Carlton, Catfish Hunter and Bert Blyleven are being joined by Clayton Kershaw (#2 with a 3.07 ERA), Jered Weaver (4th with a 3.31 ERA) and Adam Wainwright (5th with a 3.38 ERA).

 

Many thanks to Mike for updating the stats!!

2015 Draft-eligible rookies

Catcher   Team Age Pos G AB POS POS POS POS
Chirinos  R TEX 30 C 93 306        
Rivera  R SD 31 C 103 294 1B-10      
Joseph  C BAL 28 C 82 246 1B-10      
Vazquez  C BOS 24 C 55 175        
Pinto  J MIN 25 C 57 169        
Holaday  B DET 26 C 62 156        
Gosewisch  T ARI 31 C 41 129        
Gimenez  C CLE 31 C 41 116 1B-40 3B-10    
Bethancourt  C ATL 23 C 31 113        
Nieto  A CWS 24 C 48 106        
Susac  A SF 24 C 35 88        
Perez  R CLE 25 C 29 85        
Sanchez  T PIT 26 C 26 75        
Sucre  J SEA 26 C 21 61        
Barnhart  T CIN 23 C 21 54        
                     
                     
Firstbase   Team Age Pos G AB POS POS POS POS
Abreu  J CWS 27 1B 145 556        
Singleton  J HOU 23 1B 95 310        
Cron  C LAA 24 1B 79 242        
Medica  T SD 26 1B 102 240 OF-102      
Vargas  K MIN 24 1B 53 215        
Navarro  E LAA 28 1B 64 159 OF-64      
Valaika  C CHC 29 1B 44 121 2B-40 3B-10 SS-10  
Goebbert  J SD 27 1B 51 101 OF-10      
Paulsen  B COL 27 1B 31 63 OF-10      
Wilkins  A CWS 26 1B 17 43        
                     
                     
Secondbase   Team Age Pos G AB POS POS POS POS
Schoop  J BAL 23 2B 137 455 3B-40      
Odor  R TEX 20 2B 114 386        
La Stella  T ATL 25 2B 93 319        
Panik  J SF 24 2B 73 269        
Hicks  B SF 29 2B 71 204 1B-10 OF-10    
Goins  R TOR 26 2B 67 181 SS-40      
Tolleson  S TOR 31 2B 108 170 3B-108 OF-10 SS-10  
Gosselin  P ATL 26 2B 46 128 3B-10 SS-10 OF-10  
Sardinas  L TEX 21 2B 43 115 SS-40 3B-10    
Sanchez  C CWS 22 2B 28 100 SS-10      
Adrianza  E SF 25 2B 53 97 SS-10 3B-10    
Watkins  L CHC 25 2B 31 65 OF-10      
Herrera  D NYM 20 2B 18 59        
Colon  C KC 25 2B 21 45 3B-10 SS-10    
                     
                     
Thidrbase   Team Age Pos G AB POS POS POS POS
Castellanos  N DET 22 3B 148 533        
Solarte  Y SD 27 3B 131 469 2B-131 SS-10 OF-10  
Semien  M CWS 24 3B 64 231 2B-64 SS-10    
Olt  M CHC 26 3B 89 225 1B-40      
Culberson  C COL 25 3B 95 210 SS-95 2B-95 1B-10  
Negron  K CIN 28 3B 49 144 2B-40 SS-10 OF-10  
Lamb  J ARI 24 3B 37 126        
Hernandez  C PHI 24 3B 66 114 2B-40 SS-10    
Wheeler  R COL 26 3B 31 56 1B-10      
                     
                     
Shortstop   Team Age Pos G AB POS POS POS POS
Bogaerts  X BOS 22 SS 144 538 3B-144      
Owings  C ARI 23 SS 91 310 2B-40      
Flores  W NYM 23 SS 78 259 2B-40 3B-10    
Suarez  E DET 23 SS 85 244 3B-10      
Ramirez  J CLE 22 SS 68 237 2B-40      
Baez  J CHC 21 SS 52 213 2B-52      
Rojas  M LAD 25 SS 85 149 3B-40 2B-10 OF-10  
Taylor  C SEA 24 SS 47 136        
Petit  G HOU 29 SS 37 97 3B-40 2B-10    
Worth  D DET 29 SS 18 42 2B-10 1B-10    
                     
                     
Outfielder   Team Age Pos G AB POS POS POS POS
Hamilton  B CIN 24 OF 152 563        
Holt  B BOS 26 OF 106 449 3B-106 SS-40 2B-40 1B-10
Inciarte  E ARI 24 OF 118 418        
Santana  D MIN 23 OF 101 405 SS-101      
Bradley Jr.  J BOS 24 OF 127 384        
Kiermaier  K TB 24 OF 108 331        
Peralta  D ARI 27 OF 88 329        
Jones  J SEA 26 OF 108 312        
Springer  G HOU 25 OF 78 295        
Alcantara  A CHC 23 OF 70 278 2B-70      
Polanco  G PIT 23 OF 89 277        
Guyer  B TB 28 OF 97 259        
Choice  M TEX 24 OF 86 253        
Taveras  O STL 22 OF 80 234        
Marisnick  J HOU 23 OF 65 221        
Almonte  A SD 25 OF 59 204        
Campbell  E NYM 27 OF 85 190 3B-40 1B-40 SS-10 2B-10
Betts  M BOS 22 OF 52 189 2B-40      
Robertson  D TEX 29 OF 70 177 2B-10      
den Dekker  M NYM 27 OF 53 152        
Walters  Z CLE 25 OF 62 127 2B-10 3B-10 SS-10  
Hernandez  E MIA 23 OF 42 121 2B-10 SS-10 3B-10  
Grichuk  R STL 23 OF 47 110        
Liriano  R SD 23 OF 38 109        
Marte Al ARI 25 OF 44 106        
Soler  J CHC 22 OF 24 89        
Holt  T CLE 25 OF 36 71        
Castillo  R BOS 27 OF 10 36        

 

Pitchers

Starters   Age Team W L ERA G GS IP PHC
Hutchison  D 24 TOR 11 13 4.48 32 32 184 2/3 Yes
Odorizzi  J 24 TB 11 13 4.13 31 31 168    Yes
Ventura  Y 23 KC 14 10 3.20 31 30 183    Yes
Elias  R 26 SEA 10 12 3.85 29 29 163 2/3 Yes
Nuno  V 27 ARI 2 12 4.56 31 28 161 2/3 No
Bauer  T 23 CLE 5 8 4.18 26 26 153    Yes
McHugh  C 27 HOU 11 9 2.73 25 25 154 2/3 Yes
Martinez  N 24 TEX 5 12 4.55 29 24 140 1/3 Yes
deGrom  J 26 NYM 9 6 2.69 22 22 140 1/3 No
Anderson  C 26 ARI 9 7 4.01 21 21 114 1/3 No
Tanaka  M 26 NYY 13 5 2.77 20 20 136 1/3 Yes
Shoemaker  M 28 LAA 16 4 3.04 27 20 136    Yes
Stroman  M 23 TOR 11 6 3.65 26 20 130 2/3 Yes
Buchanan  D 25 PHI 6 8 3.75 20 20 117 2/3 No
Carroll  S 30 CWS 5 10 4.80 26 19 129 1/3 Yes
Matzek  T 24 COL 6 11 4.05 20 19 117 2/3 No
House  T 25 CLE 5 3 3.35 19 18 102    Yes
Despaigne  O 27 SD 4 7 3.36 16 16 96 1/3 No
Greene  S 25 NYY 5 4 3.78 15 14 78 2/3 Yes
Hendricks  K 24 CHC 7 2 2.46 13 13 80 1/3 No
Wada  T 33 CHC 4 4 3.25 13 13 69 1/3 No
Whitley  C 25 NYY 4 3 5.23 24 12 75 2/3 Yes
Hahn  J 25 SD 7 4 3.07 14 12 73 1/3 No
Nelson  J 25 MIL 2 9 4.93 14 12 69 1/3 No
Pino  Y 30 MIN 2 5 5.07 11 11 60 1/3 Yes
Webster  A 24 BOS 5 3 5.03 11 11 59    Yes
Cumpton  B 25 PIT 3 4 4.89 16 10 70    No
Bergman  C 26 COL 3 5 5.93 10 10 54 2/3 No
Bolsinger  M 26 ARI 1 6 5.50 10 9 52 1/3 No
May  T 25 MIN 3 6 7.88 10 9 45 2/3 Yes
Montero  R 24 NYM 1 3 4.06 10 8 44 1/3 No
Treinen  B 26 WSH 2 3 2.49 15 7 50 2/3 No
Ranaudo  A 25 BOS 4 3 4.81 7 7 39 1/3 Yes
Hale  D 27 ATL 4 5 3.30 45 6 87 1/3 No
Lobstein  K 25 DET 1 2 4.35 7 6 39 1/3 Yes
Ray R 23 DET 1 4 8.16 9 6 28 2/3 Yes
DeSclafani  A 24 MIA 2 2 6.27 13 5 33    No
Bassitt  C 25 CWS 1 1 3.94 6 5 29 2/3 Yes
                     
                     
Relievers   Age Team W L ERA G GS IP PHC
Betances  D 26 NYY 5 0 1.40 70 0 90    Yes
Familia  J 25 NYM 2 5 2.21 76 0 77 1/3 Yes
Petricka  J 26 CWS 1 6 2.96 67 0 73    Yes
Tolleson  S 26 TEX 3 1 2.76 64 0 71 2/3 Yes
Kahnle  T 25 COL 2 1 4.19 54 0 68 2/3 Yes
Webb  D 25 CWS 6 5 3.99 57 0 67 2/3 Yes
Leone  D 23 SEA 8 2 2.17 57 0 66 1/3 Yes
Boxberger  B 26 TB 5 2 2.37 63 0 64 2/3 Yes
Morin  M 23 LAA 4 4 2.90 60 0 59    Yes
Schlitter  B 28 CHC 2 3 4.15 61 0 56 1/3 Yes
Hatcher  C 29 MIA 0 3 3.38 52 0 56    Yes
Putnam  Z 27 CWS 5 3 1.98 49 0 54 2/3 Yes
Quackenbush  K 25 SD 3 3 2.48 56 0 54 1/3 Yes
Marshall  E 24 ARI 4 4 2.74 57 0 49 1/3 Yes
Hollands  M 26 PHI 2 2 4.40 50 0 47    Yes
Giles  K 24 PHI 3 1 1.18 44 0 45 2/3 Yes
Ramirez  N 25 CHC 3 3 1.44 50 0 43 2/3 Yes
Dyson  S 26 MIA 3 1 2.14 31 0 42    Yes
Barrett  A 26 WSH 3 0 2.66 50 0 40 2/3 Yes
Hardy  B 27 DET 2 1 2.54 38 0 39    Yes
Freeman  S 27 STL 2 0 2.61 44 0 38    Yes
Yates  K 27 TB 0 2 3.75 37 0 36    Yes
Black  V 26 NYM 2 3 2.60 41 0 34 2/3 Yes
Diaz  J 30 CIN 0 1 3.38 36 0 34 2/3 Yes
Wooten  R 29 MIL 1 4 4.72 40 0 34 1/3 Yes
Mendez  R 24 TEX 0 1 2.18 30 0 33    Yes
Sanchez  A 22 TOR 2 2 1.09 24 0 33    Yes
Stites  M 24 ARI 0 0 5.73 37 0 33    Yes
Pimentel  S 24 PIT 2 1 5.23 20 0 32 2/3 Yes
Bueno  F 33 KC 0 0 4.18 30 0 32 1/3 Yes
Reed  E 28 DET 0 1 4.18 32 0 32 1/3 Yes
Jeffress  J 27 MIL 1 1 2.81 32 0 32    Yes
Crockett  K 22 CLE 4 1 1.80 43 0 30    Yes
Cleto  M 25 CWS 0 1 4.60 28 0 29 1/3 Yes
Lee  C 28 CLE 1 1 4.50 37 0 28    Yes
Surkamp  E 27 CWS 2 0 4.81 35 0 24 1/3 Yes
Beliveau  J 27 TB 0 0 2.63 30 0 24    Yes
Manship  J 29 PHI 1 2 6.65 20 0 23    Yes
Simmons  S 24 ATL 1 2 2.91 26 0 21 2/3 Yes
Chapman  K 26 HOU 2 0 4.64 21 0 21 1/3 Yes
Poreda  A 28 TEX 2 1 5.91 26 0 21 1/3 Yes
Zeid  J 27 HOU 0 0 6.97 23 0 20 2/3 Yes
Contreras  C 23 CIN 0 1 6.52 17 0 19 1/3 Yes
Klein  P 25 TEX 1 2 2.84 17 0 19    Yes
Layne  T 30 BOS 2 1 0.95 30 0 19    Yes
Tonkin  M 24 MIN 0 0 4.74 25 0 19    Yes
Thomas  I 27 ATL 1 2 4.22 16 0 10 2/3 Yes

IAL MVP, Cy Young, All-League results

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The IAL All-League vote results are in.  Special congratulations to Rob Moore who was voted Manager of the Year for 2014! 

 

Catcher Vote
Santana, C. 3
Posey, B. 7
Firstbase Vote
Goldschmidt, P. 9
Votto, J. 1
Secondbase Vote
Cano, R. 10
Thirdbase Vote
Cabrera, M. 10
Shortstop Vote
Ramirez, H. 7
Tulowitzki, T. 3
Outfield Vote
Jones, Ad. 10
Trout, M. 7
Soriano, A. 2
McCutchen, A. 8
Stanton, M. 1
Victorino, S. 2
Right Hander Vote
Chacin, J. 1
Iwakuma, H. 8
Harvey, M. 1
Left Hander Vote
Kershaw, C. 10
Rookie Vote
Fernandez, J. 10
Fireman Vote
Rodriguez, F. 2
Kimbrel, C. 3
Ziegler, B. 5
MVP Vote
Cabrera, M. 6
Jones, Ad. 2
Trout, M. 1
Victorino, S. 1
 
Cy Young Vote
Kershaw, C. 10
Manager Vote
Marcus Bunch 2
Chuck Lucas 1
Todd Ventresca 2
Rob Moore 5

2014 IAL Hall of Fame ballot

From vice-president Rob Moore:

“This year, we have six new candidates: Jon Garland and Mariano Rivera on the pitching side, joining Mike Mussina and Andy Pettite who carried over from last year, and Lance Berkman, Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordonez, and Miguel Tejada joining Gary Sheffield and Ivan Rodriguez who carried over from last year.

I’d love to hear what everyone thinks about the candidates, and get some discussion going, either over e-mail or on the APBA Blog.  I’d like to get ballots back by the draft weekend, but I’d also like to see some discussion first!  Here are my thoughts.

On the pitching side, Mike Mussina has been knocking on the door for a while, just missing the cut off to make the Hall, which is 7 out of 10 votes.  Both he and Pettitte (who had less support last year, in his first year on the ballot) have a similar profile, with Mussina having a few more wins and K’s, but Pettite having the better winning percentage and ERA.  However, both have ERA’s well over 4, and the only pitchers in the Hall with an ERA over 4 are Dennis Eckersley (who also has 208 saves) and Tom Glavine, who has 44 more wins and around 800 more career innings than Mussina.

Jon Garland has 130 wins, threw a no-hitter, and won 20 games once (21-5 in 2005 with my team, the Chicago Highlanders), but falls well short of Hall-worthy for me.  Mariano Rivera on the other hand is a slam-dunk for me; 461 saves and a 2.90 ERA are impressive – even more impressive is that in a league where relievers often get knocked around regardless of grade, his worst season ERA was 4.42 in his second season, and his second worst was 4.02 in his second to last.

On the hitting side, Gary Sheffield and Ivan Rodriguez both missed the cut by the slimmest margin last year; Sheffield ranks 7th in career runs, 14th in RBI, and 13th in HR.  Rodriguez is the leader for catchers in most counting stats other than HR, with more than 500 more hits than Mike Piazza to go along with gold-glove defense for his entire 20 year career (all with my team; you may notice a theme this year). He’s also 4th in career doubles, which is impressive for a catcher.

Among the new guys, I can’t quite get behind Lance Berkman, despite his being on of my favorites (and also a former Highlander, along with Garland, Sheffield, and Rodriguez).  His counting stats and power numbers aren’t what I’d like to see from a slugging first baseman/outfielder.  320 career homers and 1,511 hits doesn’t cut it.  Magglio Ordonez falls into the same category – unquestionably great in some of his best years, and a .295 average in this league is very impressive, but the lack of durability cut into his career totals – over the last 8 years of his career he only managed to stay on the field over 90 games three times (and one of those was only 115 games).

I imagine Vladimir Guerrero will get a good amount of support – he had nearly the same career average as Magglio (.293) and also added over 600 more hits, 150 more homers, and 700 combined runs and RBI.  Miguel Tejada’s numbers seem relatively pedestrian in comparison until you look at them in the context of IAL middle infielders – he has fewer hits than the other middle infielders in the Hall (Ripken, Larkin, Alomar and Whitaker, but he has better power numbers than all of them but Ripken.  He’s also a career-long Highlander.  I’m thinking there might be a reason I had a six year playoff drought after all these guys retired…”

Click here to see our entire ballot including current Illowa APBA League Hall of Famers and their stats.

2014 Schedule out

Check out the proposed 2014 IAL schedule

IAL registry and leaderboards updated!

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Livan Hernandez: struggling his way up the leaderboards

The Illowa APBA League Registry and Leaderboards have been updated!  You can see the Registry which includes standings and stats for the IAL from 1975-2013 here.  The current all-time leaderboard for career and single-season records for hitters is here.  Pitching leaders are here. 

A quick recap on recent changes

Derek Jeter, who is eligible to be retired, finished 2013 with 2970 hits.

Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols all increased their standing in the career homerun race.  ARod’s 618 homers is now good for second place.  Rodriguez and Jones are now #6 and #7 in rbis all-time. 

Joe Mauer and former Upperdecker teammate Todd Helton are both in the top ten in career batting average.  Mauer’s mark of .306 is 4th best all-time.  Helton broke into the all-time top ten doubles list with 494.  Speaking of Upperdeckers, Joey Votto ranks 3rd all-time with a .575 slugging percentage.  Helton isn’t far behind at #8 with a .558 mark. 

With so many players making their presence known on the all-time career lists known, there wasn’t much impact on the single season records.  Only Bomber Danny Espinosa made a dent on the single season strikeout record by striking out 187 times, sixth highest of all time. 

Pitching

Two pitchers made a difference on the all-time leaderboards in 2013. 

Bombers’ workhorse Livan Hernandez continues to knock on the doors of career records of games started (465, 5th best), complete games (145, 6th best), innings pitched (3655 2/3, 4th best), base on balls (1256, 4th most), strikeouts (2381, 9th best), and well, losses (192, 4th most). 

The Upperdeckers’ Justin Verlander is among elite company.  His career 3.53 ERA ranks 5th all-time.  That feat is pretty remarkable considering that those surrounding him on the top ten list are from distinctly different eras.  Only Greg Maddux and Brandon Webb are remotely players he might remember.  Bert Blyleven leads with a 3.44 ERA.  

Part of the reason Verlander ended up on the tp ten list was because of his 2.00 ERA in 2013.  That was good for tenth best ERA of all time.  He was the only pitcher to crack the single-season leaderboards for pitchers in 2013.

 

A nod to Kenley Jansen

There’s no record for what Kenley Jansen did in 2013.  We just don’t keep his kind of records.  His performance is worthy of a mention because we’ll probably won’t ever see it again. 

For the 2013 season, Upperdecker reliever Kenley Jansen was simply unhittable.  Not only that, he threw fire.

Pitcher G GS CG IP H R ER BB SO W L Sv Sho ERA
Jansen, K. 58 0 0 64    19 5 4 30 97 8 1 29 0 0.56

 

In 58 games and 64 innings, Jansen allowed just four earned runs on 19 hits.  Not only that, he struck out 97 batters.

Video of 1993 IAL All-Star weekend

A blast from the past… I videotaped us back in 1993 during our annual All-Star Game weekend. 

 

 

We actually used the APBA for DOS game for league play.  I had forgotten that. 

Thanks to Tedd for digging this up!

Eligible rookies in the 2014 IAL Draft

Catcher Age POS G AB AB/G POS POS POS POS POS
Gomes, Y 25 C 88 293 3.33 1B-10        
Brantly, R 23 C 67 223 3.33          
Phegley, J 25 C 65 204 3.14 2B-10        
Zunino, M 22 C 52 173 3.33          
Federowicz, T 25 C 56 160 2.86 1B-10        
Herrmann, C 25 C 57 157 2.75 OF-40        
Romine, A 24 C 60 135 2.25          
Vogt, S 28 C 47 135 2.87          
Recker, A 29 C 50 135 2.70          
d’Arnaud, T 24 C 31 99 3.19          
Gimenez, H 30 C 26 68 2.62          
Solano, J 27 C 24 48 2.00          
Miller, C 37 C 17 35 2.06          
                     
                     
                     
                     
Firstbase Age POS G AB AB/G POS POS POS POS POS
Adams, M 24 1B 108 296 2.74          
Satin, J 28 1B 75 190 2.53 3B-40        
Freiman, N 26 1B 80 190 2.38          
Colabello, C 29 1B 55 160 2.91 OF-40        
Halton, S 26 1B 42 101 2.40 OF-10 3B-10      
                     
                     
                     
Secondbase Age POS G AB AB/G POS POS POS POS POS
Gyorko, J 24 2B 125 486 3.89 3B-40        
Franklin, N 22 2B 102 369 3.62 SS-10        
Sogard, E 27 2B 130 368 2.83 SS-40        
Rendon, A 23 2B 98 351 3.58 3B-40 SS-10      
Profar, J 20 2B 85 286 3.36 SS-40 3B-40 OF-10    
Dietrich, D 23 2B 57 215 3.77          
Gennett, S 23 2B 69 213 3.09          
Green, G 25 2B 45 140 3.11          
Goins, R 25 2B 34 119 3.50 SS-10        
Noonan, N 24 2B 62 105 1.69 3B-40 SS-10      
Garcia, L 22 2B 45 101 2.24 SS-10 3B-10 OF-10    
Perez, H 22 2B 34 66 1.94 3B-10 SS-10      
Wong, K 22 2B 32 59 1.84          
                     
                     
                     
Thirdbase Age POS G AB AB/G POS POS POS POS POS
Dominguez, M 23 3B 152 543 3.57          
Arenado, N 22 3B 133 486 3.65          
Gillaspie, C 25 3B 134 408 3.04 1B-40        
Lucas, E 31 3B 94 351 3.73 1B-40 2B-40 SS-10 OF-10  
Bianchi, J 26 3B 100 236 2.36 SS-40 2B-40 OF-10    
Asche, C 23 3B 50 162 3.24          
Murphy, D 30 3B 46 149 3.24 SS-10 2B-10      
Romine, A 27 3B 47 108 2.30 SS-40 2B-10      
Jimenez, L 25 3B 34 104 3.06 1B-10 SS-10      
Davidson, M 22 3B 31 76 2.45          
Semien, M 22 3B 21 69 3.29 2B-10 SS-10      
                     
                     
                     
Shortstop Age POS G AB AB/G POS POS POS POS POS
Hechavarria, A 24 SS 148 543 3.67          
Kozma, P 25 SS 143 410 2.87 OF-10        
Gregorius, D 23 SS 103 357 3.47          
Iglesias, J 23 SS 109 350 3.21 3B-40 2B-10      
Mercer, J 26 SS 103 333 3.23 2B-40 1B-10 2B-10    
Miller, B 23 SS 76 306 4.03 2B-40 3B-10      
Kawasaki, M 32 SS 96 240 2.50 2B-40        
Villar, J 22 SS 58 210 3.62          
Elmore, J 26 SS 52 120 2.31 2B-40 OF-40 C-10 1B-10 3B-10
                     
                     
                     
Outfield Age POS G AB AB/G POS POS POS POS POS
Martin, L 25 OF 147 457 3.11          
Pollock, A 25 OF 137 443 3.23          
Shuck, J 26 OF 129 437 3.39          
Barnes, B 27 OF 136 408 3.00          
Lagares, J 24 OF 121 392 3.24          
Puig, Y 22 OF 104 382 3.67          
Gattis, E 26 OF 105 354 3.37 C-105 1B-10      
Arcia, O 22 OF 97 351 3.62          
Myers, W 22 OF 88 335 3.81          
Lough, D 27 OF 96 315 3.28          
Schafer, L 26 OF 134 298 2.22          
Hicks, A 23 OF 81 281 3.47          
Ozuna, M 22 OF 70 275 3.93          
Grossman, R 23 OF 63 257 4.08          
Ruf, D 26 OF 73 251 3.44 1B-40        
Eaton, A 24 OF 66 250 3.79          
Blackmon, C 26 OF 82 246 3.00          
Garcia, A 22 OF 72 244 3.39          
Yelich, C 21 OF 62 240 3.87          
Lake, J 23 OF 64 236 3.69          
Calhoun, K 25 OF 58 195 3.36          
Dickerson, C 24 OF 69 194 2.81          
Robinson, D 25 OF 102 192 1.88          
Hoes, L 23 OF 47 170 3.62          
Danks, J 28 OF 79 160 2.03          
Cowgill, C 27 OF 73 152 2.08          
Brown, A 28 OF 68 150 2.21 1B-10        
Davis, K 25 OF 56 136 2.43          
Krauss, M 25 OF 52 134 2.58 1B-10        
Gindl, C 24 OF 57 132 2.32          
Van Slyke, S 26 OF 53 129 2.43 1B-10        
Hernandez, C 23 OF 34 121 3.56 2B-40        
Marisnick, J 22 OF 40 109 2.73          
Culberson, C 24 OF 47 99 2.11 2B-10        
Bradley Jr., J 23 OF 37 95 2.57          
Ramirez, W 27 OF 35 81 2.31          
Terdoslavich, J 24 OF 55 79 1.44 1B-10        
Sappelt, D 26 OF 31 75 2.42          
Gillespie, C 29 OF 28 59 2.11          
Lutz, D 24 OF 34 58 1.71          
                     
                     
Starters Age G GS IP IP/G PHC        
Peralta, W 24 32 32 183 1/3 5.73 YES        
Miller, S 22 31 31 173 1/3 5.59 NO        
Ryu, H 26 30 30 192    6.40 NO        
Teheran, J 22 30 30 185 2/3 6.19 NO        
Locke, J 26 30 30 166 1/3 5.54 YES        
Fernandez, J 20 28 28 172 2/3 6.17 NO        
Straily, D 24 27 27 152 1/3 5.64 YES        
Koehler, T 27 29 23 143    4.93 NO        
Archer, C 24 23 23 128 2/3 5.59 YES        
Perez, M 22 20 20 124 1/3 6.22 YES        
Cole, G 22 19 19 117 1/3 6.18 NO        
Cingrani, T 23 23 18 104 2/3 4.55 NO        
Pettibone, J 23 18 18 100 1/3 5.57 NO        
Wheeler, Z 23 17 17 100    5.88 NO        
Grimm, J 24 27 17 98    3.63 YES        
Tepesch, N 24 19 17 93    4.89 YES        
Maurer, B 23 22 14 90    4.09 YES        
Peacock, B 25 18 14 83 1/3 4.63 YES        
Redmond, T 28 17 14 77    4.53 YES        
Rusin, C 26 13 13 66 1/3 5.10 NO        
Hernandez, P 24 14 12 56 2/3 4.05 YES        
Wood, A 22 31 11 77 2/3 2.51 NO        
Cloyd, T 26 13 11 60 1/3 4.64 NO        
Oberholtzer, B 23 13 10 71 2/3 5.51 YES        
Gray, S 23 12 10 64    5.33 YES        
Cosart, J 23 10 10 60    6.00 YES        
Albers, A 28 10 10 60    6.00 YES        
Fife, S 26 12 10 58 1/3 4.86 NO        
Rienzo, A 25 10 10 56    5.60 YES        
Salazar, D 23 10 10 52    5.20 YES        
Gibson, K 26 10 10 51    5.10 YES        
Wacha, M 21 15 9 64 2/3 4.31 NO        
Erlin, R 22 11 9 54 2/3 4.97 NO        
Jordan, T 24 9 9 51 2/3 5.74 NO        
Lyons, T 25 12 8 53    4.42 NO        
Hand, D 27 31 7 68 1/3 2.20 NO        
Thornburg, T 24 18 7 66 2/3 3.70 NO        
Skaggs, T 21 7 7 38 2/3 5.52 NO        
Smith, B 23 10 7 36 1/3 3.63 YES        
Figaro, A 28 33 5 74    2.24 NO        
Clemens, P 25 35 5 73 1/3 2.10 YES        
Roark, T 26 14 5 53 2/3 3.83 NO        
Gausman, K 22 20 5 47 2/3 2.38 YES        
Paxton, J 24 4 4 24    6.00 YES        
Workman, B 24 20 3 41 2/3 2.08 YES        
Warren, A 25 34 2 77    2.26 YES        
McFarland, T 24 38 1 74 2/3 1.96 YES        
Martinez, C 21 21 1 28 1/3 1.35 YES        
                     
                     
                     
Relievers Age G GS IP IP/G PHC        
Ramos, A 26 68 0 80    1.18 YES        
Kintzler, B 28 71 0 77    1.08 YES        
Pressly, R 24 49 0 76 2/3 1.56 YES        
Rosenthal, T 23 74 0 75 1/3 1.02 YES        
Wilson, J 25 58 0 73 2/3 1.27 YES        
Varvaro, A 29 62 0 73 1/3 1.18 YES        
De La Rosa, D 30 75 0 72 1/3 0.96 YES        
Allen, C 25 77 0 70 1/3 0.91 YES        
Loup, A 26 64 0 69 1/3 1.08 YES        
Medina, Y 24 63 0 68    1.08 YES        
Morris, B 26 55 0 65    1.18 YES        
Avilan, L 24 75 0 65    0.87 YES        
Maness, S 24 66 0 62    0.94 YES        
Fien, C 30 73 0 62    0.85 YES        
Henderson, J 30 61 0 60    0.98 YES        
Capps, C 22 53 0 59    1.11 YES        
Torres, A 25 39 0 58    1.49 YES        
Farquhar, D 26 46 0 55 2/3 1.21 YES        
Rondon, H 25 45 0 54 2/3 1.21 YES        
Rodriguez, P 22 76 0 54 1/3 0.71 YES        
Machi, J 31 51 0 53    1.04 YES        
Harris, W 28 61 0 52 2/3 0.86 YES        
Rice, S 31 73 0 51    0.70 YES        
Claiborne, P 25 44 0 50 1/3 1.14 YES        
De Fratus, J 25 58 0 46 2/3 0.80 YES        
Parker, B 28 49 0 46 1/3 0.95 YES        
Vincent, N 26 45 0 46 1/3 1.03 YES        
Thielbar, C 26 49 0 46    0.94 YES        
Escalona, E 27 37 0 46    1.24 YES        
Ortiz, J 22 32 0 44 2/3 1.40 YES        
Cisnero, J 24 28 0 43 2/3 1.56 YES        
Rosario, S 27 43 0 41 2/3 0.97 YES        
Jennings, D 26 47 0 40 2/3 0.87 YES        
Siegrist, K 23 45 0 39 2/3 0.88 YES        
Otero, D 28 33 0 39    1.18 YES        
Fields, J 27 41 0 38    0.93 YES        
Wagner, N 29 36 0 38    1.06 YES        
Downs, D 29 29 0 35 1/3 1.22 YES        
Withrow, C 24 26 0 34 2/3 1.33 YES        
Garcia, L 26 24 0 31 1/3 1.31 YES        
Gearrin, C 27 37 0 31    0.84 YES        
Putkonen, L 27 30 0 29 2/3 0.99 YES        
Veal, D 29 50 0 29 1/3 0.59 YES        
Rondon, B 22 30 0 28 2/3 0.96 YES        
Wilson, A 27 26 0 27 2/3 1.06 YES        
Zeid, J 26 25 0 27 2/3 1.11 YES        
Wooten, R 27 27 0 27 2/3 1.02 YES        
Krol, I 22 32 0 27 1/3 0.85 YES        
Dunning, J 24 29 0 25 1/3 0.87 YES        
Rasmus, C 25 19 0 21 2/3 1.14 YES        
Chapman, K 25 25 0 20 1/3 0.81 YES        
Petricka, J 25 16 0 19 1/3 1.21 YES        
Lo, C 27 19 0 19 1/3 1.02 YES        
Boshers, B 25 25 0 15 1/3 0.61 YES        

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