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Making It All Official

What can you say about a guy who won more than half of our season's championships? That he was commanding? Dominating. Impressive? Unbelievable? Ass-kicking? All of those sound right, but even those — all of them, combined — don't sound like enough to fully describe this year's most-impressive winner of five of nine championships, Deeger's Dogs owner DJay Andersen. He won Overall Champ, Regular Season Champ, Hitting Champ, Playoff Champ, and Pepino Ortiz Me Division Champ. I mean, come on, DJay rocked it to win his first Overall Championship, though he's almost always competitive. He was that good!

“Yeah, well, see, okay … after, say, July, I barely paid attention to the league," the casual DJay said in the champagne-soaked locker room shortly after Game 7 of the World Series. "I mean, that's when I finally took over the top-spot for good. So, I'd check in on the league, oh, I dunno, about once a month, make a trade here and there, and next thing you knew I was getting one of those huge gameshow checks from Commissioner Rube Furrow."

Rube, on awarding the huge gameshow check to DJay, said, "This guy! How did he do it?! Seriously. He had this monster season, made some deft trades to have a monster playoffs, and saunters off into the season's sunset with most of the marbles. Incredible. Congratulations to a great champ!"

DJay collected $813 for the Overall win, plus next year's ownership fees, bringing his overall winnings to $913, a nice windfall for the Dogs owner. He also wins the mystical Jim Cummings Cup, named after the 2005 Overall Champ who headed to the Field of Dreams in 2013, and is given each year in honor of winning the Overall SLPL Championship.

"Tip of the ball cap to Jim Cummings," DJay said. "I never met the man but I am honored to join the elite owners of the SLPL who have won his cup."

In the pot this 2019 season, $2950 is being spread across seven winners, with $125 of that being set aside for whoever wins the HOF Death Pool.

Here are all the official champs and final money-winners for the 2019 season:

2019 Champs


End-of-Season Champs

  • Overall Champ: DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs
  • Playoff Champ: DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs

Regular Season Champs

  • Regular Season Champ: DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs
  • Hitting Champ: DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs
  • Pitching Champ: Bill Cunning, Seal Key Sullivans
  • Pepino Ortiz Me Division: DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs
  • Swing Bombers Division: Joe Livernois, Uncle Vanya's Morphine
  • Who's Blue Division: Bill Cunning, Seal Key Sullivans
  • Maddog's Heroes Division: Kevin Klinkhamer, Dongwhipped

2019 Money-Winners

  • $813 + next season's ownership fees - DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs
  • $731 - Kevin Klinkhamer, Dongwhipped - Hitting Champ + Maddog's Heroes Division Champ + split for Regular Season Champ (for winning 2nd Overall end-of-season, replacing DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs)
  • $556 - Bill Cunning, Seal Key Sullivans - Who's Blue Division Champ + split for Regular Season Champ (for winning 2nd in Regular Season, replacing DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs)
  • $325 - Joe Livernois, Uncle Vanya's Morphine - Pitching Champ + Swing Bombers Division Champ
  • $150 - Aaron Pankoke, The Strokes - Next most deserving Division Champ (replacing DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs)
  • $125 - Scott Allen, Scoot Bigelow - Next most deserving Playoff Champ (replacing DJay Andersen, Deeger’s Dogs)
  • $125 - Samuel Lewis, Max Scherzer's Blue Eye - All-Star Champ

Winner to be Named Later
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. There are currently no points earned for HOF deaths, yet. Who have you put your nickel on?

Congratulations!
Congratulations to DJay Andersen and his Deeger's Dogs! Congrats also to all our other 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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Deeger's Dogs Owner DJay Andersen Wins 2019 Jim Cummings Cup; Commissioner Issues Statement

With apologies for not updating the website since the end of the World Series, but allow us to quickly congratulate Deeger's Dogs Owner DJ Andersen for winning the Whole Shabang this year. I mean, really, that was a heck of a season. We can't announce all the money winners right now — Sunday's more likely — but big props to DJ, who will scrape $813 out of the pot and get a free $100 entry fee into next year's league.

To hold everyone over, we've heard from Rube Furrow, our commissioner, who recently issued a statement to the league. We happily share his message below …

As we shut the barn door on yet another stellar season at Santa Lechuga Power League, I would like to thank all team owners for making this yet another great experience. Note that I said I would like to thank them, but alas it's hard to think that this Major League Baseball season can be deemed a "great experience" when the season, which started with such promise and hope, ends in a World Series involving both the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. I mean, really, who gives a rooster's patoot about either of those teams?

To be honest (and I'm speaking only for myself), I'd much rather have seen the dreaded Los Angeles Dodgers squared off against the dreaded New York Yankees. At least then I could have rooted against both teams instead of watching this series with utter ambivalence. The Nats? The 'Stros? Who cares?

Anyway, thanks for playing and congratulations to those SLPL team ownership groups who managed to eke out some winnings from the year. And we're sorry that we don't have Participation Ribbons to distribute to those of you who didn't win.

If you are a winner, please
contact me as quickly as possible to arrange how you'd like your winnings sent. I'm happy to send a check or to post a Paypal. If you don't care one way or the other, that actually helps me. Either way I need your information. If you prefer check, send me your proper address. If you want it by Paypal, send me your email address. If either way is okay, send both.

Also, let me know if you'd like us to set aside $100 from your winnings to secure your participation in next year's SLPL.

And let's hope that next season brings us a World Series with real teams.

Rube Furrow
El Jefe Grande
Santa Lechuga Power League


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Checking In On SLPL

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Unless the Nats can claw their way back into this Series, tonight we will be awarding the Overall Championship trophy. While it will likely go to DJay Andersen, the owner of Deeger's Dogs who has dominated most of the Regular Season and held tight to the top spot throughout the playoffs with some deft end-of-season trades. There is, however, an ever-so-slight chance DJay could lose the top spot, but only if either Altuve or Gurriel or both connect for multiple homers. Here are the rosters of the teams that could be heard from before this is all over for 2019:

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While you keep an eye on your favorite, we will root for a Game 7!

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Thus Bringeth the Divisionith Serieses to a Closeth


And with that Houston win, the Division Serieses are over. In all, including the Wild Card game, hitters on Santa Lechuga rosters slammed 27 dongs and struck out 156 times while SLPL pitchers threw 196 strikeouts and gave up 21 homers. Nice, right? And here's how the top of the standings look as of tonight:

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The league championship serieses are up next, starting with tomorrow's first game. With 20 SLPL rostered hitters and and 12 rostered pitchers, it should be a fun round of playoffs.

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So ... That Happened

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C'mon, MLB, give the SLPL some good old fashioned home runs, wilya?
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The Playoffs Have Begun ... and Standings Are Posted

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We're up and running!

And, dang, that game. Those Nats. Nice way to start a playoff season!
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DJay Anderson Crowned 2019 Regular Season Champ!

Deeger’s Dogs owner DJay Andersen was crowned the 2019 Santa Lechuga Power League Regular Season Champion after Sunday's action, which will grant him the right the scrape out roughly $775 from The Pot*. Not only did DJay win the Regular Season Championship, but he was also crowned the Maddog's Heroes Division Champ and the Hitting Champ. Attaboy, DJay!

Meanwhile, many other champs were crowned at the end of Sunday's action, which marked the official end of the 2019 Regular Season. Here's our complete list of Regular Season Champs:
  • Pepino Ortiz Me Division Champ: Deeger’s Dogs (21), DJay Andersen
  • Swing Bombers Division: Uncle Vanya's Morphine (6), Joe Livernois
  • Who's Blue Division Champ: Seal Key Sullivans (7), Bill Cunning
  • Maddog's Heroes Division: Dongwhipped (24), Kevin Klinkhamer
  • Hitting Champ: Deeger’s Dogs (21), DJay Andersen
  • Pitching Champ: Seal Key Sullivans (7), Bill Cunning
  • Regular Season Champ: Deeger’s Dogs (21), DJay Andersen

Congratulations to DJay Andersen and to all our Regular Season champs!

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

In Other News
Owners can no longer make any trades for the 2019 season.*

More In Other News
The playoffs will begin tomorrow. It usually takes some time to get our mambo-jumbo worksheet up-and-running for the playoffs, but we'll do our best not to take too long. Certainly it will be up and running by the end of the week.

Still 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

*Final payouts may shift to account for the 50+ trades we still need to process before the playoffs begin.

Good luck to all y’alls during the playoffs!

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We Love Our Owners!

Here's a fun way to close out the Regular Season, a note from Maddog's Maulers owner Michael Skoien:

Thanks again for running a fun league. It looks like I have agonizingly tripped and fallen about 5 yards short of the finish line, as I once again exhausted all trade possibilities, only to see almost half my roster head to the IL.

Kudos to
Kevin Klinkhammer for a well played roster that sped past my fallen corpse in the final days of the season.

Best regards,
Maddog

P.S. Not to gloat too much, but GO TWINS! Beat those Damn Yankees!!!

You read that and you can see why we love our owners, right?

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ICYMI 2: Coming to the End of th Season

And now that the playoff picture is set — damn, Indians — it is clear who will be safer picks to have on your playoff roster.

The 2019 Regular Season is coming to a close. You will need to finalize your playoff roster before the final pitch of the final game of the Regular Season, which would include any tiebreakers to determine Wild Card or Division teams. How will scoring for the playoffs work? Here's how it goes:

During the Divisional Playoffs...
. 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

During the League Championship Series...
. Hitters earn 50 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 5 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 5 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 25 points for every homer surrendered

During the World Series...
. Hitters earn 100 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 10 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 10 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 50 points for every homer surrendered

Which means, of course, you'll want to stack your playoff roster with players from teams you think will go deep into the playoffs.

Good luck planning for the end of the season!

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ICYMI: Coming to the End of th Season

I'll just go ahead and post this so I don't have to confront the fact that my Indians will not be in the playoffs this year …

The 2019 Regular Season is coming to a close. You will need to finalize your playoff roster before the final pitch of the final game of the Regular Season, which would include any tiebreakers to determine Wild Card or Division teams. How will scoring for the playoffs work? Here's how it goes:

During the Divisional Playoffs...
. 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

During the League Championship Series...
. Hitters earn 50 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 5 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 5 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 25 points for every homer surrendered

During the World Series...
. Hitters earn 100 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 10 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 10 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 50 points for every homer surrendered

Which means, of course, you'll want to stack your playoff roster with players from teams you think will go deep into the playoffs.

Good luck planning for the end of the season!

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Coming to the End of th Season

The 2019 Regular Season is coming to a close. You will need to finalize your playoff roster before the final pitch of the final game of the Regular Season, which would include any tiebreakers to determine Wild Card or Division teams. How will scoring for the playoffs work? Here's how it goes:

During the Divisional Playoffs...
. 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

During the League Championship Series...
. Hitters earn 50 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 5 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 5 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 25 points for every homer surrendered

During the World Series...
. Hitters earn 100 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 10 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 10 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 50 points for every homer surrendered

Which means, of course, you'll want to stack your playoff roster with players from teams you think will go deep into the playoffs.

Good luck planning for the end of the season!

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Unexpectedly Dark

Sorry about the unexpected darkness. All the trade received have been processed, backdated to their correct dates, so all y'all should be good to go.

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My April

How April played out for my Los Monos de Pepino:

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Happy Nolan Ryan Day

Respect!

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Cooler Heads Need to Prevail

We missed a bit while we were away and sick. Let's start with our favorite thing we missed, which was Amir Garrett taking on the entirety of the Pirates team, a thing to behold.

Or, rather:

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We're Going Dark Again

With apologies for the spotty coverage this season — it's been quite a year — we were dark for too long recently and now we're going dark again, maybe through next Tuesday. Having said that, we will try to update the stats and standings when we're on the road (we can't update this blog), so please check there every now and again.

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Samuel Lewis Crowned 2019 All-Star Champ (Assuming We Tracked Things Correctly)

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He was on of five owners to get Pete Alonso's Derby points, but he was the only owner of those seven to also have Gallo's All-Star Game points, which means Max Scherzer's Blue Eye owner Samuel Lewis is this year's first official Santa Lechuga Power League champ, the 2019 All-Star Champ*. With this win Samuel pulls 100 cool clams out of the coffers and the adoration of 27 other owners who would have preferred to be the winner of those 100 cool clams. Oh, and that number of clams could go up if paid trading activity is high enough this season.

Congratulations to Samuel Lewis on his 2019 All-Star Championship!
*This assumes we didn't make any mistakes. Which is to say, we may have messed up some of the math here since we had to manually enter all All-Star stats for every team in the league. If we made any mistakes, please notify us ASAP so that we can make corrections. You will find our tracking under the All-Star Stats tab in our boffo spreadsheet!

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We Have a Few All-Star Leaders

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Several, in fact, after Pete Alonso won last night's Home Run Derby. Here are the All-Star standings through last night:

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By the way, you should know this going into tonight's All-Star Game:

  • Hitters earn 150 points for every home run hit
  • Hitters lose 25 points for every K
  • Pitchers earn 25 points for every K
  • Pitchers lose 75 points for every homer surrendered

The team with the most combined points — Home Run Derby points plus All-Star Game points — will win the All-Star Championship.

BTW, points earned in this category are allocated exclusively to the All-Star Standings and are not allocated to the Overall Standings.

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Tonight Is the Home Run Derby

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Tonight is the Home Run Derby. If a player on your roster wins the All-Star Home Run Derby, your team picks up 250 points towards the All-Star standings. Points earned in this category are allocated exclusively to the All-Star Standings and are not allocated to the Overall Standings.

Good luck to you!

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Derby Tomorrow, All-Star Game Tuesday

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Remember, if you want to make trades to ensure you have players competing in the Home Run Derby, you have to submit your trade before 11:59 pm tonight. If you want players before the 2019 All-Star Game, you need to submit the trades by 11:59 pm Monday. Good luck to all!

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Turns Out, Apologies Are Due

The always-competitive DJay Andersen, owner of Deeger's Dogs, sent us a cordial message late last night calling our attention to something that would have slipped past our radar had he not caught it. He said: "Hey guys. I made a trade for Pete Alonso of the Mets. It was processed ok but for some reason his points are not registering on my totals. Please check for me and let me know Thank you."

Mind you, DJay only recently made the trade, but he's paying close enough attention that he could tell that Alonso's -4 points (before yesterday's dinger) weren't showing up in his totals. That must be why DJay is described as "always-competitive," right?

Anyways, he was right, Alonso was on his roster but his points weren't registering.

Turns out, when the chowderheads in the league (a.k.a., me) made the transaction we accidentally made Alonso "Reserve" rather than "Active," which, like, we never do.

Or, so we thought.

Turns out, we did do it three other times this season, putting players on Reserve rather than Active, which means points for those players were accumulating but never showing up in the teams' totals. Here are the teams affected:


I have since made all these players active, but the points won't show up until tomorrow's standings. Jack Tripp's Who's Your Padre will see the biggest jump in points since Vogelback has scored 82 (previously not showing) points for him.

Apologies, folks, for this mistake. And thanks, DJay, for your eagle eyes!

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The All-Star Game Is Around the Corner

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The 2019 All-Star Game is just around the corner. As a reminder of how that works:

How do I score points for the All-Star Standings?

During the Home Run Derby...
If a player on your roster wins the All-Star Home Run Derby, your team picks up 250 points

During the All-Star Game...

  • Hitters earn 150 points for every home run hit
  • Hitters lose 25 points for every K
  • Pitchers earn 25 points for every K
  • Pitchers lose 75 points for every homer surrendered

The team with the most combined points — Home Run Derby points plus All-Star Game points — will win the All-Star Championship.

BTW, points earned in this category are allocated exclusively to the All-Star Standings and are not allocated to the Overall Standings.

Incidentally, if you want to make trades to ensure you have players competing int he Home Run Derby, you have to submit your trade before 11:59 pm Sunday. If you want players before the All-Star Game, you need to submit the trades by 11:59 pm Monday.

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Looking At the Standings

Yep. That's my season.

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Lamentable Lament

Tip of the ballcap to Maddog's Maulers owner Mike Skoien for sending us this link about ten days back. Mike included the lament "Isn't this what the increased number of trades are for? Why keep Giancarlo Stanton on your roster when he doesn't play for weeks? How about underperforming 'stars'? With the exception of two owners who have Vogelbach on their roster, no one has any of these hitters (me included)....WTF??" I feel you pain, Mike. I feel your pain.

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Aloha, Viejo

Sorry that it's been so long since we updated the blog. We have updated the standings and stats here and there, but the blog has been left untouched for too long. Again, apologies.

This being the Santa Lechuga Power League, we need to give a nod on the blog to someone who had a huge impact on the lives of the Family Livernois. Roger Earl Bartindale — who our commissioner Rube Furrow once bestowed the title "The Family Antagonist" — died yesterday after over 103 impressive years on this earth. We will be forever grateful to Viejo for all the things he did for us over these many, many years, the most important of which may have been giving us dozens and dozens of legendary, over-the-top, you-can't-make-this-stuff-up stories that will live in our memories until it's our turn to check out. Aloha, Roger.


Roger Earl Bartindale, center, with the Family Livernois (and a Rochellle)
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No, It Really Hasn't Gotten Out of Hand

Tip of the ballcap to Maddog's Maulers owner Mike Skoien for sending us this link with the comment "I don't know, I think this league kind of digs this trend!" Indeed we do, Mike. Indeed we do.

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While We Were Away

This is what we were up to:

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We Are Going Semi-Dark

The last of his Livernois generation is graduating from high school, which means the rest of us are headed to Chico, CA, to convene to celebrate, which means we're going semi-dark through next Tuesday so that we can celebrate Brandt Livernois' high school graduation. You know. It's a thing. These celebrations.

What does semi-dark mean? It means that we can't update this here blog but we can update the stats and standings, as long as we have a trusty WiFi connection. So, check back here to check the stats and standings. When we get back, we might post a picture of Brandt in his Dogs Playing Poker shirt, which he will have earned because he graduated.

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My Year In a GIF

Two weeks into my season and this happens …


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Advertently This Time

Going dark again. Heading to Denver for a few days, though we may be able to update stats and standings while there. Will try to get things fully up and running again on Saturday morning.

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Sorry About That, Chief

We went inadvertently dark … a few days before we may have to go dark again for several days. We always seem to catch up, though, so don't fret too much.

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Um, Ouch?

And away the Monos gooooo …. ooooooooh!!!!


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Yep, That's My Season

The Monos got out of the gate quickly, them BLAMMO!


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We Are Going Dark

We've been called to Los Angeles for work, so we have to go dark for a few days (though, there's a slight chance we'll be able to do stats and standings, even if we can't update the blog). Things should be back to normal around here on Thursday morning. In the meantime, make any trades as necessary by clicking here and we will get everything sorted out when we return.

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My Season In Another GIF

I'm hoping that I can somehow make this type of recovery.


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My Season In One GIF

Going yard.


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What A Wonderful Idea

Tip of the ballcap to Maddog's Maulers owner Mike Skoien for sending us this link with the comment "More home runs and strikeouts! Somebody should create a fantasy league around that model!!" Good sir, I believe you might be onto something there. Let's throw a committee at the idea.

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How My Season Began vs. Now

Like this:


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That's Sierraload, Good Sir

Tip of the ballcap to Maddog's Maulers owner Mike Skoien for sending us this link (which may be behind a paywall) and saying "Article from Friday's Washington Post has important information for SLPL owners: 1) MLB players are hitting a ****load of homers at a record pace, 2) Do not own a pitcher from the Baltimore Orioles, and of course 3) The ball is "juiced," or, according to this article it has a lower drag coefficient making it fly farther ... duh!

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Delightfully Peeved

Ochre Stockings owner Ray Brennan recently traded for Yan Moncada of the White Sox while dropping Daniel Palka of the said same Sox. Ray's commentary, which is always delightfully peeved: "Here's my latest crafty adjustment to my Ochre Stockings roster, AKA Total Current and Future Entire Major League Perpetually Disabled or Grossly Underachieving List. Moncada's another sentimental choice from my favorite team. I hope he's better than my last sentimental choice, Palka, who went 0-for-32 and had 0 (ZERO) homers, tho he may get a few now that he's back in Triple A. Oh yeah, he's my second trade in this go-round, Salud!"

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And for My Next Wish ...

… I wish Curt Schilling would choke on his bloody sock.


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At Least Jose Hit A Dinger for Him Last Night

Maddog's Mauler owner Mike Skoien finally decided to drop Jose Ramirez. "Hitting below the Mendoza line for 250+ ABs since end of 2018 just won't cut it … when you're that bad I even have to resort to adding someone from the Dodgers ... but at least not someone from the Yankees who will likely be on the IL before you know it anyway…"

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Make That Five

Five trades are in the books now in this early season, and better than the fact that we have a hungry group of owners is that said same owners are also bitter and carrying a chip on their shoulders. For example, Ochre Sox owner Ray Brennan said about his trade: "Stanton goes on the DL, which in this case means Disabled List, not the Down Low. What the frick is it with these 'jocks' (do they even wear them anymore??) and their injuries? Maybe the teams ought to hire trainers and doctors and purchase exercise equipment to keep these tender little flowers in playing shape."

Ah, yes, that's the seething bitterness we so love.

Meanwhile, Dongwhpped owner Kevin Klinkhamer had this to say about his trade: "First time I take Stanton to begin a year and it only took him a weekend to turn into a foxtrotting clown."

Yes, please, more of that.

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Four Trades Already

Remember what we said yesterday about istilled Awesomeness">awesomeness distilled? About enhanced competition? Yeah, well, with only a weekend's worth of games in the can, three owners have already made trades. Which is to say, this league ain't messing around. If you want to compete, you've gotta use some trades!

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Distilled Awesomeness

If you missed it yesterday, our website is up-and-running! Yay, right? That means our stats and standings are all up to date, so check 'em out.

Anyway, given that we have a smaller league — distilled awesomeness, is what we like to call it — we have had to make a few adjustments, as you might've imagined. With eight fewer teams for a total of 28, we elected to have four divisions of seven teams, which eliminates two division payouts and cranks up the competition, big time. We have also adjusted the various and sundry lower-level payouts to make sure our Regular Season and Overall Champs are getting the hefty coin to which they've become accustomed. Here's how we're spreading the purse as of today:

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We're doing all of this in a vacuum, though, so feel free to give us your commentary. If you think we should be approaching things differently, let us know with an impassioned, though not whiny, message using the form at this link. We believe we can be reasoned with, so be reasonable. And not whiny. We hate whiny.

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We're Up and Running!

Our website is up-and-running!

Our stats and standings are up-and-running! As before, we are using a mambo-jumbo spreadsheet that is converted to a webpage, so look for the tabs at the bottom of the page to navigate the various pages of information, including how our sweet pot is calculated and distributed.

Please do us a favor and go to the Rosters tab to take a look-see at your roster. What are you checking for? To make sure we didn’t bungle anything, which is wicked-easy to do when you’re manually entering 15 players for 28 teams players. If we made a mistake, let us know by making a trade here and explaining our mistake in the Message at the bottom of that page.

Once again, welcome to the 2019 Santa Lechuga Power League! Good luck!

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Welcome to the 2019 Santa Lechuga Power League!

Thanks for joining the 2019 edition of the Santa Lechuga Power League! You will be happy to know:
  • We have 28 teams, a dip from recent seasons, which means the deadweight of lazy, apathetic, struggling owners from previous seasons is gone and the competition is more concentrated
  • Given the above, this should be a tough, hard-fought, awesome season!
  • We have a healthy $2800 pot to kick things off
  • Our website — you are looking at it right now — along with our stats and standings will be fully up-and-running early next week (sorry about that folks, but we're headed to Michigan for the weekend and won't be able to work on league-related things until we get back)
Here are the standings from our stats provider through yesterday's big Opening Day:

Opening Day 2

Welcome to the 2019 SLPL! Good luck. We really hope you enjoy the five-cent Tequila Poppers and our trademarked Cabbage-On-a-Stick!

Standings and Stats . Make A Trade . Pay Already

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Kathy Lamkin Crowned 2019 SLPL HOF Death Pool Champ!

Hey, look at us! We give out money when the season begins!

With the first pitch of today’s first game, Make Fantasy Baseball Great Again! owner Kathy Lamkin was officially* crowned the 2018 winner of the Phil Rizzuto Memorial Hall-of-Fame Death Pool, thereby officially closing out the 2018 season. “I would like to thank Red Schoendienst and Frank Robinson for allowing me to scrape $225 out of the pot. I didn't want them to die, but, look, we all die. I'm sure Red and Frank would be happy to know their deaths went to a good cause,” Kathy said after being crowned champ. “And before you get all mad at me for saying that, look, I'm getting ready to move. Every dollar I earn means a lot to me.”

*When we say "officially," we mean that as of right now we know of no other Hall-of-Famers who died before today’s first pitch since Frank Robinson walked into the Iowa cornfields in February. If news stories come through that someone kicked it before this afternoon’s games, we'll have to revise our officialness status and see what shakes out.

For Those Interested In Such Things
Here’s how the Hall-of-Fame Death Pool points are scored: Points are earned by subtracting the reported age of the dirt-napper at the time of his death (rounded down to the most-recent birthday) from 100 and multiplying the result by 5. So:
• An 80-year-old would get 100-80=20*5=100 points.
• A 40-year-old would get 100-40=60*5=300 points.

And here’s how the Magic Number works: The team with the Magic Number closest to the Date-of-Death (DoD) will get an extra 25 points. If that team's Magic Number matches the DoD, the team will instead get 50 extra points.

For Those Creeped Out by Such Things
Here's how we justify to ourselves having a Hall-of-Fame Death Pool: "Their major contributions to the world already behind them, baseball Hall-of-Famers will never get the glory they received on the day they were inducted into the Hall-of-Fame until their funerals. We honor living HOFers by putting them into a Death Pool and hoping they will soon receive that final glorious moment in the sun … before they are buried or cremated."

Congratulations, Kathy!
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The 2019 Season Has Officially Begun!


The SLPL Bobblehead-of-Lettuce


Good luck to one and all!

While we get our act together and set up the league, here are some MLB links — also found in the menu bar up top — you might find useful during the season:

See the 2019 Rules | Pay Your Entry Fee

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The 2019 SLPL Season Is Officially About To Launch


Getchyer roster in, STAT!

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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There's Still One 2018 Champ To Be Crowned

For those who don't know, the Santa Lechuga Power League features a Hall-of-Fame Death Pool. Click here to see how it works. As stated in the rules, each season's Death Pool runs from first pitch of one season to the first pitch of the following season, then the champ is crowned. This means that we still have one payout to make for the 2018 season. Currently, Make Fantasy Baseball Great Again! owner Kathy Livernois stands to win the $225 if she can hold onto the lead for a bit more than 24 hours.

Incidentally, if you're skeeved out by our Death Pool, you are not required to play. You can opt out by leaving the HOF portion of your roster submission blank.
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ICYMI: Join the SLPL In Six Easy Steps


The Santa Lechuga Power League is a campy little fantasy baseball league. It’s no slick-CBS-Sportsline-type league where nobody knows anybody and everybody just wants to end up in the 51st-percentile or above to get bragging rights over a bunch of strangers. I mean, who brags to strangers? Instead, the SLPL is made up of family and friends and extended family and friends of brothers Joe Livernois and Tony Livernois, who run the thing for their own amusement and for the amusement of said family and friends and extended family and friends. And because Jay (as his family knows him) and Tony are simple-minded goofs, they run a simple, goofy little league with big-time payouts. Points are earned using home runs and strikeouts. That's it. Oh, and as a side bet we track the heartbeats of Hall-of-Famers in our exclusive (but entirely optional) Hall-of-Fame Death Pool. It’s that easy.

If you’re thinking about joining, here are six basic steps you need to complete to become a new owner:
  1. Learn the rules. Abide.
  2. See the payouts. Drool.
  3. Review our tutorial for picking a roster. Learn.
  4. Select your team and submit your roster. Good luck!
  5. Pay already. Like, before Opening Day so you can earn two free trades.
  6. Contact us. But only with compliments or questions. No whining. We hate whining. We hate whining so much that we almost sound like we are whining when we express how much we hate whining.
Plan on joining us in 2019, wontchya? Before saying no, see this list of ten reasons to join. Maybe that'll convince you.

And if you’re looking for a little light reading once the season gets started, why not catch up on the History of the SLPL or read up on the evil Bobblehead-of-Lettuce?

We hope you can join!

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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FAQ About Paying Entry Fees Up Front

Question: I love that we are asking owners to pay up front. Doing it the last several seasons got rid of the half-assers and left the league to folks who really want to play. Question, though: You say the entry fee covers the ownership fee and up to eight trades. If I don't use all eight trades, can I expect a refund at the end of the season?
Ha ha ha. No. We encourage an active ownership group that's vying to win, not half-assers who sit around waiting for refunds because they forgot to use their trades. Use 'em or lose 'em, baby. Use 'em or lose 'em.

Question: What are the downsides of asking owners to pay $100 up front?
None, really. Our Pots continue to be big. Heck, last year's pop was a big $3,780. Nifty, right?

Question: Upsides?
In addition to the fact that Commissioner Rube Furrow won't need to pull monies out of his own pockets each year to pay the winners, the league ended up with a higher proportion of owners who are real players and a lower proportion of apathetic owners, who always seemed to be the ones who skip out on paying what they owe, anyway. Oh, and did we mention that our Pot last year got up to $3,780? Yeah, our owners got paid all that … and faster than previous seasons because we already had all the money in the bank to immediately distribute.

Question: You mean payouts to champs didn't go down?
In fact, as mentioned above, payouts went up. A bunch. The minimum payout in 2018 was $175, which doubled the minimum payout from the 2014 season.

Question: How do I submit a team and pay my entry fee?
That's the spirit! Submit a roster here. Pay your entry fee here.

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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In A World Without Decent Fantasy Baseball...


This video is now several years old, but we still love it. So much drama! So much action! So many drunk people! Now, these knuckleheads just need to sober up ...


The key takeaway? That the Santa Lechuga Power League fills the gaping vacuum in the universe known as “decent fantasy baseball.” How could you possibly not join?

By the way, where you see the date in the video for March 23, 2011? Yeah, ignore that. Think March 28, 2019 instead. That's when you need to have your rosters to us for this season.

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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More Than $48,000 Reasons to Join

Looking for a reason to join the Santa Lechuga Power League? Over the past 18 seasons we have given owners more than $48,000 reasons.

Pots


Do it. Join.

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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Join the SLPL In Six Easy Steps

The Santa Lechuga Power League is a campy little fantasy baseball league. It’s no slick-CBS-Sportsline-type league where nobody knows anybody and everybody just wants to end up in the 51st-percentile or above to get bragging rights over a bunch of strangers. I mean, who brags to strangers? Instead, the SLPL is made up of family and friends and extended family and friends of brothers Joe Livernois and Tony Livernois, who run the thing for their own amusement and for the amusement of said family and friends and extended family and friends. And because Jay (as his family knows him) and Tony are simple-minded goofs, they run a simple, goofy little league with big-time payouts. Points are earned using home runs and strikeouts. That's it. Oh, and as a side bet we track the heartbeats of Hall-of-Famers in our exclusive (but entirely optional) Hall-of-Fame Death Pool. It’s that easy.

If you’re thinking about joining, here are six basic steps you need to complete to become a new owner:
  1. Learn the rules. Abide.
  2. See the payouts. Drool.
  3. Review our tutorial for picking a roster. Learn.
  4. Select your team and submit your roster. Good luck!
  5. Pay already. Like, before Opening Day so you can earn two free trades.
  6. Contact us. But only with compliments or questions. No whining. We hate whining. We hate whining so much that we almost sound like we are whining when we express how much we hate whining.
Plan on joining us in 2019, wontchya? Before saying no, see this list of ten reasons to join. Maybe that'll convince you.

And if you’re looking for a little light reading once the season gets started, why not catch up on the History of the SLPL or read up on the evil Bobblehead-of-Lettuce?

We hope you can join!

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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Ten Reasons to Join the Santa Lechuga Power League

TL/DR (Too Long Didn't Read) version: We have ten reasons to join the Santa Lechuga Power League. Getchyer rosters in by Opening Day, March 28, 2019. Recruit.

Now, the details:

While there are literally thousands of reasons to join the Santa Lechuga Power League -- last year alone the number of reasons equaled $3,780 -- we have listed our ten favorite reasons, which you can find by clicking on these words.

Remember, you have until Thursday, March 28, first pitch, to submit your roster. Grab your spot quick-like by using the form linked to these words.

Oh, and be sure to recruit some new owners. It's always fun to have a lot of fresh blood in the waters ... er ... fresh owners in the league.

Good luck picking your roster!

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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Our First Review Is In ...

The first review of our new-look website is in and it comes courtesy of longtime owner Vince Livernois. Here it is, in its entirety:

Fresh by Kook and the Gang


Thanks, Vinnie. We agree.

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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The 2019 Season Is Less Than Two Weeks Away!

The 2019 Santa Lechuga Power League season is less than two weeks away! We hope that your offseason was memorable, that your family is good, and that you missed us enough to want to join the 2019 season. And if you didn’t miss us that much, did I mention that our nine champs last year split $3,780?

Unlike the actual major leagues, there are no rules changes to announce in the SLPL this year. Hey, this ol' boy of a league is running like a top. Why change?

Here's how things work to enter the league and to make trades:
  • The entry fee is $100, which must be paid in full up front. This covers your ownership fees ($20) and your first eight trades ($80).
  • If you pay your entry fee of $100 before the first pitch on Opening Day, March 28, 2018, you will earn two free trades.
  • If you don't pay your $100 entry fee before the season begins, you will have until April 11, 2018 to pay it. If we haven't received full payment from you by then, you will be deleted from the league. Divisions will be created after owner deletions have been made.
  • For every new owner you recruit into the league, up to three, you will earn a free trade.
  • You can buy up to ten more trades at $10 per. However, a trade will not go into effect until the day after you submit the trade or the day after we receive payment, whichever is latest.
And we have a nifty new look at our website this season. You're looking at it this very minute.

Here are key links:
As always, we're always an email away if you have questions or comments.

We hope you can join us again for another nifty season.

And you folks who have been off the radar for a while: Come join us again. We’d love to have you!

See the 2019 Rules | Submit a Roster | Pay Your Entry Fee | Adjust a Submitted Roster Here

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