All Yankees League - Season 15

ASG15 Was Minnesota Nice!

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Ben Rortvedt isn't even in the league yet, but he was certainly part of the ASG15 show!
** SPOILER ALERT ** If you'd like to watch the game first - DO NOT READ THIS **
(You can see the box score and watch the game in its entirety by clicking on the links in the "Message Center" on the League Home Page)

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul hosted the AYL’s 15th All-Star Game on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota native, and former Twin Dave Winfield threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Pre-game festivities included a montage of some of Billy Martin’s best arguments/ejections, which the fans appreciated very much. Newly-acquired real-life Yankee Ben Rortvedt showed off his muscular frame during a pre-game exhibition, first hitting homer after homer in a home-run hitting contest between himself and Gary Sanchez, who he was traded for in real life. Rortvedt won the contest 14 home runs to 9. Rortvedt then further displayed his musculature by treating the fans to a weight-lifting demonstration. The crowd seemed impressed with his curls, squats, and deadlifts. However, while trying to bench-press two fairly overweight local Minnesota politicians who were seated on special seats welded to the barbell, Rortvedt cried out in pain. His injury is not yet known, but he will likely need some more time on the IR before making his real-life debut with the Yankees.

The National League has dominated the AYL Mid-Summer Classic, winning 10 of the first 14 contests, including the last two, so the A.L. was determined to force a different result on home turf.

The home team certainly started out well, with starting pitcher Sam McDowell of the Indians throwing two dominant innings, striking out 4 of the 7 men he faced, keeping the N.L. hitless through two, and giving up only a walk to Johnny Blanchard.
Meanwhile, the A.L.’s offense got off to a quick start in the first inning. Robinson Cano led off the game with a double, moved to 3rd base on a groundout by Chili Davis, and then scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch by N.L. starter Al Downing of the Dodgers.

Pitchers on both sides dominated over the next few innings, with the A.L. hurlers keeping the N.L. batters hitless through 4, while the N.L. pitchers did allow a hit in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th frames, but didn’t allow the A.L. to add to their lead.
In the 5th inning, the National League got on the board. Bill Dickey led off with a single, moving to 3rd on a double by Darryl Strawberry. Catfish Hunter continued to struggle as he walked the next two batters, Andy Kosco and Troy Tulowitzki, scoring Dickey to tie the game. That was it for Hunter, as Anthony Swarzak came in with the bases still loaded and nobody out. Swarzak gave up a sacrifice fly to Red Rolfe to give the N.L. a 2-1 lead, but escaped further damage by retiring Steve Sax on a shallow fly ball and then striking out Ike Davis to end the threat.

The A.L. bats remained quiet for the next few innings while the visitors added a run in the top of the 7th on a home run off the bat of pinch-hitter Paul O’Neill, giving the N.L. a 3-1 lead.

During the 7th inning stretch, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was sung poorly by AYL Twins’ owner MaaPearson. Ben Rortvedt, seated nearby with his right arm in a sling, couldn’t stand the sound, and made his way over to where Pearson was piercing the air with his off-key notes, ripped the microphone out of Maa’s hand, and crushed it into fine dust with his bare left hand. While disintegrating the microphone, Rortvedt winced in pain. Doctors haven’t confirmed, but it is thought that he cut his middle finger. It should be fine in a couple of weeks, ready for his real-life Yankees debut. (I know you’re all wondering why I’m spending so much time on an unknown rookie who hasn’t even appeared in pinstripes yet, but I’m predicting that he has a great career for the Yanks filled with many home runs and many injuries, and you’ll all look back on this write-up with fond memories recalling that the Commish really did get it right in his ASG15 prediction. We shall see.)

In the top of the 8th, it would become a 4-1 lead. Gary Sheffield singled to lead off the inning. Two outs later, Strawberry would single, followed by walks to O’Neill and Phil Rizzuto.

Reggie Jackson would draw the home team closer in the bottom of the 8th with a long home run that brought the fans to their feet, but that would be as close as the A.L. would get. Unfortunately, Reggie’s home run ball hit Ben Rortvedt squarely on top of his head. Rortvedt was rushed to the Mayo Clinic for head X-rays but they showed nothing.

Dave Righetti came in for the 9th inning and did give up a two-out double to Kenny Lofton to bring the tying run to the plate, but Kevin Maas grounded out to end the contest, giving the N.L. yet another victory in what is becoming a lopsided series. They now lead the overall series 11 to 4 and have won 3 straight. The game's MVP award went to Darryl Strawberry who went 2-4 and had two key hits in N.L. rallies to help secure the victory. Congrats, Darryl.

Next season's mid-summer classic will be hosted by the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The game was simmed and managed by me, your friendly Commish, using my All-Time Twins League Sandbox.
Good luck in the 2nd Half everyone!
Gus

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Reggie Jackson of the American League All Stars went deep in ASG15.
   

ALL-STAR TEAMS for Season 15

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Al Downing of the Dodgers will be the Starting Pitcher for the National League in ASG15
A.L. ALL-STAR TEAM

C Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers)
C Ron Hassey (Indians)
1B Jason Giambi (A's)
1B Kevin Maas (Twins)
2B Robinson Cano (Mariners)
2B Willie Randolph (Brewers)
3B Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)
3B Wade Boggs (Red Sox)
SS Alex Rodriguez (Mariners)
SS Brian Roberts (Orioles)
OF Babe Ruth (Brewers)
OF Joey Gallo (Rangers)
OF Reggie Jackson (A's)
OF Aaron Judge (Yankees)
OF Kenny Lofton (Indians)
DH Chili Davis (Angels)
DH Ken Phelps (Mariners)
SP Sam McDowell (Indians)
SP Kenny Rogers (Rangers)
SP Russ Ford (Royals)
SP Catfish Hunter (A's)
SP Frank Tanana (Angels)
RP Tyler Clippard (Blue Jays)
RP John Wetteland (Rangers)
RP Mariano Rivera (Yankees)
RP Paul Lindblad (A's)
RP Anthony Swarzak (Twins)

N.L. ALL-STAR TEAM

C Bill Dickey (Reds)
C Josh Phelps (Pirates)
1B Ike Davis (Mets)
1B Lou Gehrig (Padres)
2B Steve Sax (Dodgers)
2B Tony Lazzeri (Giants)
3B Red Rolfe (Bombers)
3B Frank Baker (Cubs)
SS Troy Tulowitzki (Clippers)
SS Phil Rizzuto (Dodgers)
OF Mickey Mantle (Bombers)
OF Darryl Strawberry (Mets)
OF Andy Kosco (Dodgers)
OF Paul O'Neill (Reds)
OF Chris Dickerson (Reds)
DH Johnny Blanchard (Bombers)
DH Gary Sheffield (Clippers)
SP Al Downing (Dodgers)
SP Dwight Gooden (Mets)
SP Bob Tewksbury (Padres)
SP Pascual Perez (Braves)
SP Dave Righetti (Giants)
RP Raul Valdes (Cardinals)
RP Andrew Miller (Clippers)
RP Adam Ottavino (Clippers)
RP Darren Holmes (Dodgers)
RP Paul Assenmacher (Braves)

Maddox sparks 13-4 win for Orioles

Elliott Maddox's hot bat helped the Orioles to a 13-4 win over the Blue Jays. Maddox collected 4 hits in the game. | Box

Gallo powers Rangers to win over A's

Joey Gallo blasted 2 homers, lifting the Rangers to a 5-1 win over Oakland. | Box

Wilson sparks 10-1 win for Pirates

Enrique Wilson's hot bat helped the Pirates to a 10-1 win over the Giants. Wilson collected 4 hits in the game. | Box

Big game for Callison lifts Phillies to victory

Johnny Callison drove in 4 runs, carrying Philadelphia to a 10-2 victory over the Dodgers. | Box

Red-hot Solano can't overcome Cubs onslaught

A 4-RBI game from Donovan Solano couldn't lift the Clippers to victory. Chicago prevailed by a score of 13-6. | Box


WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

B. Bonds, Cubs .2274 HR8 RBI
M. Nokes, Tigers .3134 HR8 RBI
R. Kittle, White Sox .3043 HR7 RBI
E. Encarnacion, Blue Jays .2503 HR7 RBI
J. Blanchard, Bombers .3533 HR6 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

T. Tresh, Tigers 0 for 19 (.000)
A. Soriano, Cubs 2 for 21 (.095)
F. Cervelli, Pirates 3 for 20 (.150)
R. Cano, Mariners 3 for 20 (.150)
C. Stewart, Giants 0 for 16 (.000)

Leaders: RBI

J. Blanchard, Bombers 109
K. Phelps, Mariners 102
B. Ruth-h, Brewers 98
A. Kosco, Dodgers 98
G. Sheffield, Clippers 89

Leaders: Wins

K. Rogers, Rangers 13
A. Ottavino, Clippers 12
A. Ditmar, Bombers 12
A. Downing, Dodgers 12
R. Ford-h, Royals 12

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Season 14 Player Changes/New Players

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Michael King will help either the Bombers or Yankees in Season 14
Here's the list of players who will be joining new AYL teams for Season 14. Remember players need at least 1 season of a minimum of 70 ABs or 30 IPs to be eligible for the AYL.

Players Changing Teams for Season 14 due to AB/IP totals in real life
None this year

Future Changes (If these guys reach the required ABs/IPs with their current club they'll move after the AYL Season we're in)
Didi Gregorius - if he stays with the Phillies in real life and gets 45 more ABs he'll move from Cincy to Philly
Nathan Eovaldi - if he stays with Boston in real life and gets 18 more IPs, he'll move from the Dodgers to the Red Sox
Chris Martin - needs just 1 more IP for the Braves and he'll move from Texas to Atlanta

Season 14 Rookies List (new team in brackets)
P Michael King (either Bombers or Yankees)
P Albert Abreu (either Bombers or Yankees)
IF Thairo Estrada (Giants)
IF Breyvic Valera (Blue Jays)
P Joely Rodriguez (Rangers)
P Joe Mantiply (Clippers)
IF Hoy Park (Pirates)

These additions will also mean that the above teams will need to drop another player into Free Agency in the offseason, so that should increase the talent level a bit in next season's draft. Change is good in the AYL. Stay tuned for more as the real-life Yankees continue to make moves. They always do.

Others who didn't reach the needed ABs/IPs in a season to qualify (maybe next year):
Nick Nelson
Chris Gittens
Luis Gil
Andrew Velazquez

If they reach the 70 AB/30 IP plateau in a future season, they'll be added to the league, but not until that real life season has ended and we have access to their stats for that year.

Welcome to the AYL (All Yankees League)

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Coming soon ... Jay Bruce is set to join the Reds for Season 12
- This is a unique league with some unusual rules, including limited Trades and Free Agency, players must play for franchises they played for in Real Life, a Rule 13 Draft which allows weak teams to steal players from good teams each offseason, and a Lucky Losers Rule for the worst team in each league.
- 28 Teams in the league, including 2 Original Yankee teams called the New York Yankees and the Bronx Bombers. Plus a combination expansion team made up of Arizona, Colorado, Miami, and Tampa Bay players called the Columbus Clippers (named after the Yanks' long-time farm team).
- The Washington Nationals play as the Montreal Expos (Commish is from Canada - Go Figure!!)
- The transactions of the real life MLB New York Yankees are the cornerstone of this league and what makes it unique and fun. Whenever the Yankees make a move in real life, it has a chance to impact teams in our AYL (All Yankees League). Your roster can change significantly based on what the real Yanks do from day to day and season to season.

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5/16/2022All-Star Game Results for ASG15GusPC13
The 15th AYL All Star Game is in the books. You can check out the box score, or watch the game by clicking on the links below. These links will be available for a few weeks and will then disappear. Also watch for the ASG write-up on the home page.

Box Score:
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Watch the game:
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