Jim Cummings Cup Again Awarded to DJay Andersen; Final 2020 Champs and Money Winners Announced

Back in early September we asked if DJay Andersen was using the same wind the rest of the league was using. Apparently not. Fast-forward to the end of the season and when all was said and done with this shortened, interesting, novel season of baseball, the owner of Deeger's Dogs was officially awarded the Jim Cummings Cup for winning the 2020 edition of the Santa Lechuga Power League, SLPL+, where we were nothing but positive (most of the time).

"Yeah, well, see, okay … being champion of this dopey little fantasy league is almost getting too easy," DJay said via Zoom while hanging out in his Mexican enclave, which he purchased with last season's winnings. "I won handily last year, you guys changed the rules on me, but then I won again. What are you going to do next year, give everyone a thousand-point handicap just to see if they can be competitive? I wouldn't blame you if you tried something nefarious, but I have enough confidence after winning two seasons in a row that I will not only win but I will lap half of the field three times."

I mean, damn, right? He's just that good.

In addition to being crowned the 2020+ Overall Champ, DJay was also crowned as MLB Team co-champ and Pitching co-champ.

"It was a hell of a season," DJay said. "I want to thank the chowderheads in the front offices for putting up a unique set of obstacles during this pandemic so I could cut through them like a hot knife through cold butter. It actually made the season interesting for about seven seconds."

As Commissioner Rube Furrow symbolically handed DJay the Jim Cummings Cub via Zoom, his Internet connection became unstable and it sounded like he said something approximating "We [garbled] [garbled] [garbled] -derson [silence] [freeze] and his incred- [garbled] -ing Internet connec- [garbled] [garbled] take my f-[freeze]-ing anger out an [garbled] [freeze] these assh- [garbled] but anyway [garbled] [long freeze] [garbled] -uga Power League. Congratulations, DJay."

Immediately after the award presentation, some anonymous sources speculated that Furrow didn't have a bad Internet connection but instead sounded that way because he always sounds that way at the beginning of his customary off-season benders, which begins the moment the season ends.

The Jim Cummings Cup is named after the 2005 Overall Champ, who died in 2013, and is given each year in honor of winning the Overall SLPL Championship. It’s a coffee cup, not an athletic cup, though league head honchos are rethinking that choice, given that Jim was said to be an excellent ballplayer.

2020 SLPL-plus champs

And here are the official money-winners:

2020 SLPL-plus money winners


Now, DJay, Aaron, Mike, Paul, Sue, Jack, Brandon, and Josh … please use your Contact Us page to let us know how you would like us to transmit your winnings.

Congrats to all of our champs and co-champs, especially Overall Champ DJay Anderson! Go easy on us next year, won't you?

Thanks, all, for playing this season. We hope to see you next year!

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One Game Away ...

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…from a Game 7. C'mon, Ray, make it happen.

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We Have a Wild Card World Series

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That Game 4 ending was simply bonkers. Someone on Twitter referred to it as a Double Buckner. Best result? We have a three-game World Series ahead of us. Too cool.

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The Dodgers Have One

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Okay, the Dodgers have one. Rays, tonight it's your turn. Let's keep that up until we get to Game 7.

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DJay, Send Us Your Address

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I believe we can cut a check to DJay already.

thru Championship Series

Enjoy your World Series. Let's take it to Game 7!

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World Series Is Set

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Well, at least we had two Game 7s.

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Make This A Trend, Please

Bad. Ass.


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I'm Not Sad for the Reason You Think

Big Red Machine

Joe Morgan is dead. As the guy who joyfully put him on my Hall of Fame Death Pool roster five times every year in the hopes that he would give me joy with his death as a way to pay back all the years of listening to his painfully painful color commentary, I am actually sad. Not because we don't have a Hall of Fame Death Pool this year and I lost out on all his points but because I'm just sad for all the loss of life, period. Lou Brock. Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson. Whitey Ford. Over two-hundred-and-ten-thousand Covid deaths. I mean, what the every-loving hell?!

And because SLPL+ is supposed to be positive, I'll do something I never thought I would do: Celebrate Joe Morgan.

Joe Morgan: As a baseball-loving kid, I dug the Big Red Machine. Johnny Bench was my guy, but that infield was really something, with you and Pete Rose and Tony Perez and Davey Concepcion. Yours was one of the first teams I ever saw in person during a regular season game, against the Padres, and that game helped cement me as a lifelong baseball fan. I know I cursed your announcing thousands of times over the years, but today, remembering your playing days on the Reds, I am sad you are gone.

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More Like It

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Yes!

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Crap. And Damnit.

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Well, crap. And, damnit.

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From Go Ahead to Stay Behind

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Wow.

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Stros, Yanks Both Get One

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Damnit, anyway.

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Heading Into the Division Series

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I'll take the Pads.

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Um

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Huh. Who would have thought?

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Love the Wild Card Serieses

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Dunno about all y'all, but I am loving the Wild Card format. I could get behind doing this every season. But it sure sucks being a Cleveland Indians fan.

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Let It Begin

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And Just Like That ...

The Regular Season is over. It's looking a bit like last year, with DJ Andersen's Deeger's Dogs at the top of the charts. As Inigo Montoya might say, I wonder if he's using the same wind we are using?

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This will be an interesting playoffs, with 16 teams heading into the Wild Card playoffs. Nothing changes for the SLPL+ this season, though … if you have a team or a player, you get their points all the way through the end of the World Series. Considering that five teams are within 10 points and 16 teams are within 50 points of DJ heading into the playoffs, I want to think things can turn interesting very fast.

Good luck, all!

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That's Complicated

It takes calculus to figure this out.

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Final Weekend Already?

Didn't the season just begin?

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Robbery

I can remember Ken Griffey, Jr., another Mariner, doing that once or twice or thrice.

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Um

Just, wow.

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Deeger's Dogs In First. Again.

Is he using the same wind we are using?

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Did Ripkin Die or Something?

Today's mlb.com home page:

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Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, mlb.com?! A single "Ripkin played more games in a row than another player" story would've sufficed, I think. Minutia does not honor an accomplishment. Seriously, mlb.com: Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?!

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Life Goals

Just a priest auctioning a lasagna while swinging on a hammock.

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Transfixing

Some Tweets take you by surprise.

Sara Stock
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A Single Out?!

Dangit. I was hoping for three.

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16 Team Playoffs Rock

I haven't said it enough: I am thrilled by a 16-game playoffs. Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, you awesome Major League Baseball?! Why can't every MLB season be like a March Madness? Seriously: Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?!

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Nope

Yeah, no.

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Slam Diego

Damn, these Pads are fun to watch. Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, you awesome San Diego Padres?! You couldn't be this fun when I lived near there? Seriously: Whiskey?! Tango?! Foxtrot?!

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The Horror. The Horror.

They really need to put the nets up around the entire field of play, You never want to have to witness carnage like this:


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