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Jim Cummings Cup (Finally) Awarded to Joe Kelly; Final 2017 Champs and Money Winners Announced


Yeah, yeah, yeah, it took long enough for us to finally officially crown Joe Kelly, owner of Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox, as the 2017 Santa Lechuga Power League Overall Champion, but, hey, we have our reasons. First and foremost is, it wasn't really a surprise, was it? Oh, sure a single Correa home run would have catapulted I’m Maddon for Another One owner Kathy Lamkin into the top spot, but what were the odds of that, really? Except for a hiccup or two, Joe had a lock on this thing since mid-June. I mean, this was his season.

Second, look, we were traveling, we might have been a bit distracted, a bit tired, we might have had a drink or two … you know … you understand.

And, third, I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT!

Anyway. Hey! Check that out! Joe Kelly won the Overall Championship of the 2017 season! Bitchen for him. As in, 935 bits of dollar-like bitcheness, plus a pass on next season's ownership fees, coming up to a grand total of about $1,035 worth of winnings. That's quite a season Joe put on.

In addition to the Overall Championship, Joe won the Hitting Championship and a Division Championship. He only won monies for the Overall Championship, which means the next most-deserving teams have are awarded the monies for the other categories Joe won. Though he doesn't get to scrape those cash-monies out of the Pot, he is still the official champ in those categories. In addition, he is an official winner of the Jim Cummings Cup, named after the 2005 Overall Champ, the late and much beloved Jim Cummings, and is given each year in honor of winning the Overall SLPL Championship.

And our other champs and money winners! Check them out. In all, $3,720 is being spread across ten winners, with another $200 going to whoever wins the HOF Death Pool.

Way to go, Joe! Way to go all you other champs and money-winners!

Following are all the official champs and final money-winners for the 2017 season:

2017 Champs
End-of-Season Champs

  • Overall Champ: Joe Kelly, Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox
  • Playoff Champ: Alec Puente, Get with the Programmer
Regular Season Champs
  • Regular Season Champ: Joe Kelly, Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox
  • Hitting Champ: Joe Kelly, Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox
  • Pitching Champ: Ray Brennan, The Mighty Trepidators
  • All-Star Champ: Susan Crohare, The Pretenders
  • La División Culantro Champ: Jeff Burns, Valley Bombers
  • La División de Berros Champ: Joe Kelly, Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox
  • La División de Caña de Azúcar Champ: Kevin Klinkhamer, Dongwhipped
  • La División de Jamaica Champ: Scott Allen, Scoots Bigelow
  • La División de la Calabaza Champ: Kathy Lamkin, I’m Maddon for Another One
  • La División de la Cebolla Verde Champ: Jeren Livernois, Valar Morghulis
2017 Money-Winners
  • $935 (plus next season's ownership fees) - Joe Kelly, Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox - Overall Champ
  • $842.50 - Jeren Livernois, Valar Morghulis - La División de la Cebolla Verde Champ + next most deserving Hitting Champ replacing Joe Kelly as money winner + next most-deserving split for Regular Season Champ replacing Joe Kelly as money winner
  • $642.50 - Kathy Lamkin, I’m Maddon for Another One - La División de la Calabaza Champ + next most-deserving split for Regular Season Champ replacing Joe Kelly as money winner
  • $200 - Susan Crohare, The Pretenders - All-Star Champ
  • $200 - Ray Brennan, The Mighty Trepidators - Pitching Champ
  • $200 - Alec Puente, Get with the Programmer - Playoff Champ
  • $175 - Jeff Burns, Valley Bombers - La División Culantro Champ
  • $175 - Kevin Klinkhamer, Dongwhipped - La División de Caña de Azúcar Champ
  • $175 - Scott Allen, Scoots Bigelow - La División de Jamaica Champ
  • $175 - Aaron Pankoke, The Strokes - next most deserving for Division based on points replacing Joe Kelly as money winner
There's still one payout to be made for the season since we extend our Hall-of-Fame Death Pool for each season until the beginning of the next season. This means that we will start next season by handing out a check to our final winner. Farmer, Greene, and Romine owner Vince Livernois and LetsPlayCatch owner Weston Livernois currently lead the HOF Deal Pool with 100 points.

Congratulations to Joe Kelly and his Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox! Ccongrats to all our champs and money winners! And thanks to all of you for joining us for a most-excellent season. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Pedregoso

P.S. IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL MONEY-WINNERS: Please use this form to give us your preferred snail mail address so Rube can send your check. Or, if you would like him to send you a PayPal transfer, let us know that instead by including your PayPal information.
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Of Course It's Going to a Game 7

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How could it not go to a Game 7. Hold onto your ballcaps. It's gonna be a wild ride.

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Joe Kelly Holding Onto First Place by His Cuticles

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In Game 3 all but one SLPL hitter still in the playoffs hit a home run; Bellinger was the lone holdout. In last night's Game 5 all but one hit a home run; Corey Seager didn't go long. Check this out:

Game 5

With all those home runs, havoc has been reeked in the SLPL Overall Standings. See?

Game 5 Standings

While Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox owner Joe Kelly still has a hold on 1st place, I'm Maddon for Another One owner Kathy Lamkin is hot on his tail, needing just one more home run from Carlos Correa to vault her into the top spot Overall.

It's been a wild-and-wooly playoffs, to be sure. Stay tuned!

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The Longer the Dodgers Are Still Alive ...

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In this week's edition of Sunday Morning WTF?!, we're not sure what we're TFing…

What's there to Tango Foxtrot? This World Series is going to at least six games! We are happy campers!

Then again, the longer the Dodgers are still alive the longer they aren't dead sooner. We need them dead sooner.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Houston Astros, you can't eliminate the Dodgers sooner?! I mean, seriously, W?! T?! F?!

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Astros Go Up 2-1; Puente Still Climbing

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The Astros are up 2-1 and Alec Puente's Get with the Programmer continues to climb to the top of the Overall Standings after finishing the Regular Season in 30th place. Alec is now in 8th place Overall. Can the series go long enough for Alec win the 20017 crown? Stay tuned!

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Everyone But Cody

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Man, what a game. And that's not the best part. The best part, particularly for SLPL owners with these folks on their rosters, is that minus Cody Bellinger every single remaining SLPL-rostered hitter hit a home run during the game. Check this out:

Game 2 Stats

All of which did wonders for our Overall Standings. See here:

Game 2 Standings

This is what makes the SLPL playoffs awesome.

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Did You Get the Memo, Houston?

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Look, Houston, you dispensed with the Yankees. We appreciate that. But that won't let you off the hook if the Dodgers beat you in the World Series. Do something about that.

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Thank. You. Houston.

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There's no Sunday Morning Whiskey Tango Foxtrot this week. Houston eliminated the Yankees so we are taking a reprieve from the WTF?! We mean, what's to be upset about?

Thank you, Astros!

Now, do it for J.R. Richard!

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I Will Always Take A Game 7

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Thanks for extending this to a Game 7, Houston!

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Let Me Repeat: There Will Be No Repeat

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Really, Cubs? You couldn't eliminate the despised Dodgers? Damnit.

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We Have A Problem


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Also known as: Houston.

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Unacceptable

2017 Championship Series AL

Damnit, Houston! On the upside, Frazier and Judge hit dongs, which brought a bunch of SLPL owners up above zero again.

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Two More Go Sub-Zero

2017 Championship Series NL

That's two more teams who are sub-zero. Wow, this is one of the least exciting SLPL playoff seasons ever.

Sub-Zero

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"These Go Below Zero"


2017 Championship Series

In this week's edition of Sunday Morning WTF?!, we ponder negative numbers …

Check this out:

Negative Numbers

Thirteen — of 36! — SLPL teams are playing the playoffs in the black … everyone else has negative numbers.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, SLPL owners, you can't score positive points? What, are you running the bases backwards? I mean, seriously, W?! T?! F?!

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Acceptable

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Thanks, Houston.

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On to the Championship Series

2017 LDS

With the Indians out of it, so is my head for baseball. So …

Blah, blah, blah … Division Series complete … blah … Alec Puente leads to the Playoffs Standings … blah, blah …. Joe Kelley still leads the Overall Standings … blah … Championship Series to begin … SLPL point values go up again during this round of the playoffs… blah, blah, blah … good luck to those who still have a chance to win some monies.

After the LDS

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Talk About Unacceptable

2017 LDS

I recommend not talking to me about the Indians until someone eliminates the Yankees from the playoffs.

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Playoffs? What Playoffs?

2017 LDS

Rain chased the playoffs away. For a day.

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Unacceptable, Take 2

2017 LDS

Damnit, Indians. Allowing the Yankees to take you to a Game 5? This is not in any way acceptable. It's almost as bad as the Diamondbacks allowing the Dodgers to advance to the NLCS.

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Unacceptable

2017 LDS

Damnit, Indians. Losing to the Yankees is unacceptable.

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I Wonder If He Is Using the Same Wind We Are Using

2017 LDS

In this week's edition of Sunday Morning WTF?!, we consider the roster of our current Playoffs standings leader …

Check out the roster that Jack Tripp, owner of Sandyeggo Padres, is sporting this postseason:

Tripp

That's the roster that has Jack currently sitting in first place in the Playoffs. Yesterday alone he got dongs from Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo, George Springer, and Ryan Zimmerman. He even squeezed six Ks out of Robbie Ray. We don't know if this roster is built for the long postseason haul — he'll loses three players if the Nationals go down to the Cubs in the NLDS — but Jack has a decent mix of remaining playoff teams still standing. The amazing thing is that Jack didn't pick up any of these guys at the last minute … he made his last trade in June, which means he's been sitting on these guys since then.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Jack Tripp, how'd you do that? I mean, seriously, W?! T?! F?!

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Kershaw + Kluber + Sale = -56 Points

2017 LDS

If this were a Sunday, this would be a Sunday Morning Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?! Check this out:

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Yeah, you see that? The three best pitcher in baseball are a combined minus-56 points in October. You explain things to me.

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Altuve!

2017 LDS

Anyone see Jose Altuve's three dingers yesterday against the Red Sox? Man, the dude really had his swing against Chris Sale, one of those whole-body swings where you just throw every muscle around the moving bat. I bet you wish you had him on your playoff roster … like the prescient Alec Puente, owner of Get with the Programmer, who has taken a nice little 38-point lead in the Playoffs.

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And, We're (Finally) Off!

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After an epic trip to see our nephew, Alternative Stats owner Marcus Rochellle, get married, we have now got things going for the playoffs. Which means, our spreadsheet is all up and running, rosters have been updated with trades, and playoff standings and stats have been populated with actual stats from the Wild Card games. Click here, or "Playoffs Standings" below each blog post, to see everything you need to see related to the playoffs.

By the way, stats for the postseason are recorded manually in this league, so do us a favor and let us know ASAP if we got something wrong. Is your roster not right? Let us know. Did we miss something in a game box score? Let us know.

Playoffs Spreadsheet

Also by the way, the final Regular Season standings and stats are still available. Just click on "Regular Season" below each blog post.

Good luck to one and all this postseason!

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Joe Kelly Crowned 2017 Regular Season Champ!

Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox owner Joe Kelly was crowned the 2017 Santa Lechuga Power League Regular Season Champion after Sunday's action, which will grant him the right the scrape out $825 from The Pot. Not only did Joe win the Regular Season Championship, but he was also crowned the La División de Berros Champ and the Hitting Champ. Out of the 180+ days the season lasted, he was at the top of the standings for 108 days. Dude had a commanding season.

Anyway, mixed in to all of Joe's dominance are some additional champs who were crowned at the end of yesterday’s action, which marked the official end of the 2017 Regular Season:
  • La División Culantro - $175 - Valley Bombers (6), Jeff Burns
  • La División de Berros - $175 - Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox (2), Joe Kelly
  • La División de Caña de Azúcar - $175 - Dongwhipped (26), Kevin Klinkhamer
  • La División de Jamaica - $175 - Scoots Bigelow (17), Scott Allen
  • La División de la Calabaza - $175 - I'm Maddon for Another One (23), Kathy Lamkin
  • La División de la Cebolla Verde - $175 - Valar Morghulis (30), Jeren Livernois
  • Hitting Champ - $200 - Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox (2), Joe Kelly
  • Pitching Champ - $200 - The Mighty Trepidators (29), Ray Brennan
  • Regular Season Champ** - $825 - Mar-a-Lago Orange Sox (2), Joe Kelly
Congratulations to Joe Kelly and to all our Regular Season champs!

(By the way, actual money winners will be announced at the end of the playoffs, when the Overall Champ is crowned.)

In Other News
Owners can no longer make any trades for the 2017 season.

More In Other News
The playoffs are about to begin.

More Other News Still
As of 10:30 am Pacific time, we have not processed the trades that were submitted to us. Processing these may prove to be an all-week process since we are traveling and going to weddings and all. We'll get everything sorted out before the playoffs are over, we promise.*

Still More In Other News
Y’all need to know how points are awarded during the Wild Card and Divisional Playoffs. Here’s how:
  • Hitters earn 20 points for every home run hit
  • Hitters lose 2 points for every K
  • Pitchers earn 2 points for every K
  • Pitchers lose 10 points for every homer surrendered
Good luck to all y’alls during the playoffs!

*Promises not kept to be blamed on things outside our control, whether or not the things were actually in our control.
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Be One of the Cool Kids

In this week's edition of Sunday Morning WTF?!, we say so long to a dreadful Regular Season …

Or, rather, my Los Monos de Pepinos say good riddance to a dreadful, dreadful season, but a lot of folks in the league aren’t doing that. Like, for example, the following particular folks, who will be celebrating tonight, after the last pitch of the last game, because they will be crowned champs of the 2017 SLPL Regular Season (assuming no one overtakes them on today’s action):

SLPL RS Champs to Be

And then there's the folks who are still within shouting distance of the Overall Standings, the folks who will have made adept trades before the end of the trading deadline tonight to stock their rosters full of playoff players who will gain them playoff points and potentially waylay those adept trades into an Overall Championship. Is one of those folks you? Could be, right? So, get your trades in tonight, before the last pitch of the last game.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Los Monos de Pepinos, why couldn't you be one of the cool teams like that? I mean, seriously, W?! T?! F?!

BTW, if you’re making trades, please use this form.

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The Whole Darned Deal

We mentioned last Sunday that Alternative Stats owner Marcus Rochellle, a.k.a., Malcolm Foley, is getting married this coming Monday to Candice Cockrell, which everyone recognizes ups his Whole Darned Deal average by a good 277 percent. This is really saying something because Marcus is a pretty bitchen dude to begin with, but, you know, c'mon, he just isn't the whole darned deal yet. A someone like a Marcus joins up with a someone like a Candice and, man … that's the whole darned deal.

All of which is to say, we are hitting the road for points west, which means we might be a little slow updating the website and all. Bummer for us 'cause, you know, the whole End of the Regular Season Thing, but what are you going to do?

What we're going to do? We'll try to update things like standings and stats and end-of-season trades and major league announcements like crowning Regular Season Champs and such as quickly as we can, though we may be a little behind. Trust we will catch up soon enough, though, okay?

One big reminder before? All end-of-season trades need to be submitted before the last pitch of the last game of the Regular Season, which includes any tiebreakers to determine Wild Card participants. So, load up your team with playoff players before the last pitch of the last game of the Regular Season, 'k? Use this form to do so.

Toodles.
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Beginning to Wrap Up the Regular Season

You know the Regular Season comes to an end Sunday, right? Well, then, you better start figuring out how you want to go in the playoffs … with a Regular Season roster, filled with playoffs who aren't in the playoffs, or a Playoffs roster, filled with playoff players. What do you think? How many trades do you have left? Why don't you plan to use them?
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We Aren't Dark

We aren't dark! Standings and stats are up-to-date!

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We May Be Going Dark

We are hitting the road — Charlotte this time — and we may be without the ability to update the website until Friday morning. If you make trades while we are away — and why not do so before the end of the season? — you may have to wait until we get back for us to process them, which we will do retroactively to the date they should go into effect.

As has become our want, here's that nice video for you to enjoy until we get back.





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