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Title: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on July 09, 2018, 09:18:22 AM
25 Players for 75 Years

The Rams have celebrated 75 years in the NPBL.  So now it's time to declare the 75th Anniversary Team.  All of these players on this team have made a significant impact on the history of the Colorado Rams.

To see the 25th Anniversary team, click here (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=2107.msg10222).
To see the 50th Anniversary team, click here (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=5748.0).

The Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
25 Players for 75 Years

C - Ron Moore (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_10014.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48724#msg48724)
1B - Hal "Golden" Rehm (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1011.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48650#msg48650)
2B - Magpie Foster (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_11411.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48684#msg48684)
3B - Tyson Bacon (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/catobase/players/b/bacontyson846.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48455#msg48455)
SS - Joseph Gardiner (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/catobase/players/g/gardinjoseph495.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48824#msg48824)
LF - Dale Couch (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_2424.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48603#msg48603)
CF - "Atomic" Oscar Oakley (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_978.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48824#msg48824)
RF - Larry Pearson (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_11520.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48820#msg48820)

Bench
C - Bobby "Little Rock" Kelly (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1416.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48827#msg48827)
1B - Evan Dixon (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_9386.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48827#msg48827)
IF - Joshua Rivers (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_9956.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48829#msg48829)
OF - Robinson Gonzalez (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_8712.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48828#msg48828)
OF - Richard Samuels (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_11407.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48835#msg48835)
OF - Gustavo Vizcaino (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_2560.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48836#msg48836)

Pitching
SP1 - Ben Lamela (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/catobase/players/l/lamelaben149.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48470#msg48470)
SP2 - Clarence McNatt (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/catobase/players/m/mcnattclaren207.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48645#msg48645)
SP3 - Raul Perez (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_4596.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48688#msg48688)
SP4 - Jeffrey Albin (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_3128.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48746#msg48746)
SP5 - Chip Herold (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_2823.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48746#msg48746)

MR1 - Francisco Rangel (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_10055.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48501#msg48501)
MR2 - John Montana (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1641.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48501#msg48501)
MR3 - Rafael Souza (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1025.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48501#msg48501)
MR4 - Arthur Crawford (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_10023.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48791#msg48791)
MR5 - Jaime Soto (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_8248.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48791#msg48791)

CL - Alan Jacobs (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_2344.html) - bio (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48493#msg48493)
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on July 09, 2018, 12:36:29 PM
No surprises here. Let's start with the unquestioned star of our team (and league?)...

3B - Tyson Bacon (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/catobase/players/b/bacontyson846.html)
Career w/ Rams: .327 - 392 HRs - 1,357 RBI - 2,825 Hits
** Hall of Famer **
*4 Tyson Bacon Awards*
* 13 All-Star Selections *
*6 Zachary Matthews Awards*

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
4 Ruth Awards, 6 Mays Awards, you don't get much better than this guy.  Far and away the best player to ever don a Colorado Rams uniform.  Longest tenured starting position player in Colorado history (16 seasons at 3B).  He even retired as a Ram, the way it should be.

Let me just run through some of the numbers he's accumulated and how that stacks up to everyone who has played in the NPBL. There was a reason why the MVP Award was named after him (he won 4 of them).

12,094 At Bats (3rd All Time)
.319 (T-18th All Time)/.380/.497
3,858 Hits (3rd All Time)
510 HRs (16th All Time)
1772 RBI (8th All Time)
2,053 Runs (3rd All Time)
940 SBs (7th All Time)

Tim just ranked him as the 2nd best 3rd baseman ever (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7611.0).

So much love for this guy. I kind of wish that Statslab brought over more of the stats accurately, as it downplays both the MVPs he won and says that he played for CA (when looking through individual stats... it can only say one team, and he started his career with California).

One stat that I love that I just found out about is his Power-Speed #. For those who don't know this (I didn't), the formula is (2*HR*SB)/(HR+SB).  Bacon's Power-Speed # is 661.2.  The 2nd place person is over 100 points below that. To put it in perspective against real MLB players, Barry Bonds leads the category with 613.9.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: MassGM on July 09, 2018, 12:38:19 PM
I'll be interested to see how this compares to the 75 for 75 rankings.  My only caveat when I made all-franchise teams was that the player had to have played 3 seasons for the franchise.  If a player satisfied that requirement, all of his career accomplishments "counted".  That's a little different than what you are doing here - which is considering the contribution while wearing a Ram uniform.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on July 09, 2018, 12:46:39 PM
I'll be interested to see how this compares to the 75 for 75 rankings.  My only caveat when I made all-franchise teams was that the player had to have played 3 seasons for the franchise.  If a player satisfied that requirement, all of his career accomplishments "counted".  That's a little different than what you are doing here - which is considering the contribution while wearing a Ram uniform.

I think it will line up similarly. There isn't a LOT of movement in the NPBL (and really, the Rams), but some players definitely weren't considered because they didn't put in their time on our team. And I bet that we might value some players more than others.

For example, Dinis Camanho (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7591.0) for example wasn't even considered for the team. I don't think he'd make our team anyway (on either of our lists), but he might have made your list.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: MassGM on July 10, 2018, 11:18:58 AM
I'll be interested to see how this compares to the 75 for 75 rankings.  My only caveat when I made all-franchise teams was that the player had to have played 3 seasons for the franchise.  If a player satisfied that requirement, all of his career accomplishments "counted".  That's a little different than what you are doing here - which is considering the contribution while wearing a Ram uniform.

I think it will line up similarly. There isn't a LOT of movement in the NPBL (and really, the Rams), but some players definitely weren't considered because they didn't put in their time on our team. And I bet that we might value some players more than others.

For example, Dinis Camanho (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7591.0) for example wasn't even considered for the team. I don't think he'd make our team anyway (on either of our lists), but he might have made your list.

Dinis Camanho ended up ranked 120th for relievers.  So he didn't make my list.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on July 11, 2018, 10:10:09 AM
SP1 - Ben Lamela (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/catobase/players/l/lamelaben149.html)
Career w/ Rams: 161-71 - 2.04 ERA - 3 SVs - 1,843 Ks
** Hall of Famer **
* 2 1/2 James Yim Awards w/ Rams *
* 6 All-Star Selections w/ Rams *


Summary from the 25 Year Team:
This guy was in my bullpen when I took over this team and he turned into the best pitcher that the Colorado Rams ever had (and this includes a guy who made it into the Hall of Fame).  Ben will end up in the Hall, first ballot, as he was not only one of the best Rams in history, he was one of the best pitchers in history.  He's got 2 Johnson Awards in years in the Rams and was the Playoff MVP in the year the Rams won their only championship.

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
After we traded him, he went on to win just a few more games and win 2 more Pitcher of the Year Awards.  He really was the first one on this team that seemed like "my" guy as I decided to move him from the bullpen to the starting rotation.  He DID end up making it into the Hall of Fame, as he should have.  I WISH I could have a guy like him again.  No one has really come close since he left.


There have only been 2 guys with more wins on the Rams than Lamela.  I guess that doesn't say much about the quality of pitching we've had over the years. He still has the most WAR, though I wonder if Statslab calculates it wrong, because our 2nd place guy shouldn't have  nearly as much WAR as his numbers indicate. He is 82 games over .500 with the Rams, which probably goes to show you how good he was. The next best in that category is 30 games behind. He also still has the highest K/BB ratio of any Rams pitcher.  For is career, he has the 20th lowest ERA ever.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: yuda on July 11, 2018, 10:22:11 AM
He still has the most WAR, though I wonder if Statslab calculates it wrong, because our 2nd place guy shouldn't have  nearly as much WAR as his numbers indicate.

OOTP calculates WAR for pitchers based solely on innigns pitched, strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed (I guess the formula might use FIP, but kind of six of one/half dozen of the other). I would prefer the BB-ref formula, which is based on runs allowed (instead of FIP).
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on July 11, 2018, 11:15:01 AM
He still has the most WAR, though I wonder if Statslab calculates it wrong, because our 2nd place guy shouldn't have  nearly as much WAR as his numbers indicate.

OOTP calculates WAR for pitchers based solely on innigns pitched, strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed (I guess the formula might use FIP, but kind of six of one/half dozen of the other). I would prefer the BB-ref formula, which is based on runs allowed (instead of FIP).

I'm specifically talking about Paul Wendler (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/statslab15/player.php?player_id=689). Ignoring the fact that he wasn't on my team for the time that Statslab has him as being on my team, I don't understand how he could accululate that much WAR. His 2005 season he went 13-12, with a 3.61 ERA (a little better than average) with 218 K's. I don't know how THAT season gets him 10.3 WAR.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: yuda on July 11, 2018, 12:42:49 PM
It's because Statslab thinks he didn't surrender any home runs from 2002 through 2009 (a stretch of 1,551.7 innings). I'm guessing OOTP didn't track home runs allowed by pitchers in that era? I'd never actually noticed this before, but it would go a long way toward explaining the problems with historical WAR.

I may look into what it takes to compute bb-ref style WAR from runs allowed and innings.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on July 17, 2018, 12:10:09 PM
CL - Alan Jacobs (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_2344.html)
Career w/ Rams: 61-54 - 3.08 ERA - 284 Saves - 894 Games Pitched - 2nd Most Saves, 2nd Lowest ERA, and 8th Most Games Pitched in Rams History
* 3 All-Star Selections *


Summary from the 50 Year Team:
Now we finally get to the best relief pitcher in Rams history.  6 straight years of 30 or more saves, with 3 of those years not having over a 2.17 ERA.  Certainly, there were better relievers throughout the NPBL, but as previously stated, we haven't exactly won the pitching lottery here.

He once led the league in saves and was a very big part of our team for a solid 11 years.  Great pitcher and the closer for this 50-year team.



Looking back over the last 25 years, I've found that I really haven't had a whole lot of great relief pitchers. Serviceable ones, yes. But no truly great pitchers. It's been the bane of my existence as a team manager. I've never been able to develop pitching. Jacobs was one that GOT developed. He developed enough to retain his spot as closer on this team.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on July 18, 2018, 10:01:19 AM
I have to start grouping these or I will never finish given my life outside the game.

MR1 - Francisco Rangel (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_10055.html)
Career w/ Rams: 78-86 - 3.58 ERA - 318 Saves (Most by a Ram) - 1,029 Ks - 1194 Games (2nd most by a Ram Pitcher)
* 6 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
He's still relatively young (at the time of this writing, he's only 31), but what he's done so far in his career puts in in the discussion as one of the best relievers in this team's history.  He's tied with McKinley with the 2nd most saves in one season and is slowly creeping up the all-time saves chart for the team (currently 6th (as of this writing)).

Rangel has just been a great person to have in the bullpen, and this season is having one of hist best statistical seasons yet.


Now: Since the last 25-year team, Rangel has made 3 more All-Star teams and become the Rams All-Time Saves leader. I don't know that he was quite as good as Jacobs, but maybe my tastes will change by the 100-year team.



MR2 - John Montana (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1641.html)
Career w/ Rams: 86-66 - 3.41 ERA - 1206 Games - 258 Saves - Most Games pitched by any Rams pitcher - 4th most Saves
* 2 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
Montana came over from the Jacks when he was 22 where we traded one of our better relievers for a guy who was very young.  We were building for the future as we were coming off a 61 win season.  Montana stayed in our bullpen for the next 19 years.  He held a variety of spots and spent 6 years as the go-to closer of the team (top 10 in saves in each of those years).

As it's hard to really rank my relievers, these guys are in no particular order, but they are all important.  Montana's consistency more than anything gets him a spot on this team.


Now: Not much else to add. Still one of my top relievers ever.



MR3 - Rafael Souza (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1025.html)
Career w/ Rams: 139-89 - 3.19 ERA - 81 SVs - 1,849 Ks
* 2 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
I cheated a bit on Souza.  He has enough starts to be considered a starter, but he has almost 3 times the number of appearances as starts, although he did start 258 games for us.  He had as many as 16 wins in a season as well as a high of 40 saves in a season.  He could do it all and did so for 20 years.  He was one of the last remaining players to be drafted in the original NPBL draft and stay with his team for their entire career.

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
I've got a big soft spot for Souza.  Interestingly, he's got the 2nd lowest WHiP in Rams history, the 6th most wins, and the 8th best Winning Percentage.

Now: That soft spot hasn't gone away.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on August 09, 2018, 06:21:03 AM
LF - Dale Couch (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_2424.html)
Career w/ Rams: .295/.364/.577 - 2540 Hits - 681 HRs - 1765 RBI - Most HR's and RBI's in Rams History
** Hall of Famer **
* 3 Time Bacon Award Winner *
* 10 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
If Tyson Bacon was the face of the Rams for the first 25 years, then Dale Couch is the face for the next 25 years.  Not only are his 681 HRs more than any other Ram who has ever played, it's more than any other player ever in the NPBL, period.  The amazing Walt Geldorf has a shot to pass him, but he's got quite a ways to go yet.  Couch is also one of only 6 players who has scored 150 runs in a season - he scored 150 and 148 during two of the years he hit over 60 homeruns (he did so three times).  He also has 4 of the top 10 Slugging seasons of all time.  He also holds the record for most RBI's in a season with 165 during his ridiculous 2033 season (.345/.413/.693, 63 HRs, 165 RBI, 148 Runs, 30 SBs, and 218 Hits).

Couch was a masher, and as much as I was grateful for Bacon and Lamela, I'm very grateful that this 2nd round pick became the beast that he was.



Now: At the time of this writing, Couch is 3rd all-time in Homeruns. He was passed by the much better players Walt Geldoff and Mark Sims. Couch also remains in the top 10 in RBI, top 3 in SLG, top 12 in OPS, and top 10 in Intentional Walks.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on August 14, 2018, 07:31:16 AM
SP2 - Clarence McNatt (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/catobase/players/m/mcnattclaren207.html)
Career w/ Rams: 126-62 - 2.38 ERA - 0 SVs - 1,370 Ks
** HALL OF FAME **
* 4 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
McNatt was the man.  After coming over in a trade in 2010, not once in the years that followed did he fall below 13 wins (and that includes the year he was traded to us).  Deservedly, he is already in the Hall of Fame.  I wonder what his overall numbers would have been like had he been on a better Florida team in his early years.  He may have approached 250 wins.

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
McNatt falls victim to the transition from 6.5 to 2011 version of OOTP.  His Catobase card (linked above) shows he truly was with us for a long time, where his card now (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_717.html) has him with Florida for a much longer time, so our leaderboards are somewhat messed up.

But I can tell you that his 2.38 ERA would still be second in team history (and he STILL owns at least 2 (if not 4) of the top 10 ERA seasons on the team), his .670 Winning Percentage would place him 4th, his 1,370 K's would place him 8th, and his career WHiP would STILL be second to only the great Ben Lamela.

Unfortunately, the quality of Rams pitching SEVERELY drops off after Lamela and McNatt (luckily they pitched at the same time and won us a title!).



Now:
It's hard for me to really see McNatt's place among Rams pitchers because I'm lazy all of his stats are in Catobase. There really hasn't been anyone who has come along that could topple his place in Rams history. But, I'm not sure that we've had as pitcher friendly a time in the NPBL as the time when McNatt was pitching. Though, we seem to be going through a very low scoring era currently.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on August 15, 2018, 07:54:34 AM
1B - Hal "Golden" Rehm (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1011.html)
Career w/ Rams: .250 - 392 HRs (Tied for 2nd in Rams History) - 1341 RBI
** HALL OF FAME **
* 1 Time Bacon Award Winner *
* 5 All-Star Selections *


Summary from the 25 Year Team:
The Golden One played in the shadow of Tyson Bacon for most of his career, but finally broke out in 2015 when he won the Ruth Award.  Was the main man at first base for 15 years, definitely living up to the hype of being a #1 overall draft pick.

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
He's a Hall of Famer and was an excellent player for us.  Though, I was torn between him and one other guy for the starter position.  But the length of his career and how good he was throughout put Rehm over the top.

He's way up there on all of our leaderboards, but unfortunately, our leaderboards count his first season with Lousiana as a season with us, so his numbers are a bit off.


Now:
I'd be hard pressed to put anyone else in this slot for the Rams. Hal is all over our leaderboards.  Fun fact, he's tied for 2nd in team homeruns, but he's still 3rd (or 4th) in Stolen Bases... as a first baseman.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on August 21, 2018, 01:42:35 PM
2B - Magpie Foster (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_11411.html)
Career w/ Rams: .290 - 2910 Hits (leads team) - 331 HRs - 1372 RBI (3rd)
* 1 Time Bacon Award Winner *
* 8 All-Star Selections *


I think it's interesting that of all the history this team has accumulated, Magpie Foster has been one of the best ever for this club and was a big part in our 2065 Championship.  He's currently still hanging on with the Rams, but he's definitely near the end of the line. I think I'll just jot down some of his accomplishments:

He has more At Bats than any Ram, ever. Also, only 25 men have made it to the plate more often than Magpie in NPBL history.
2910 Hits (Leads team) - He probably won't make it to 3,000
596 Doubles (leads team and is 17th all-time in the NPBL)
91 3B (2nd)
331 HR (9th)
1372 RBI (3rd)
1018 EBH (2nd) (22 All-Time)
4681 TB (2nd)
71.7 WAR (3rd)

Magpie is one of my favorite "recent" players. Drafted 7th in the 2055 Draft, only Lewis Payne (drafted 15th) had more WAR. I bet he hangs it up in the current offseason that we are in. I can't imagine wanting to continue to play for the putrid Rams team we have right now.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on August 22, 2018, 09:54:03 AM
SP3 - Raul Perez (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_4596.html)
Career w/ Rams: 187-166 (Most Wins in Rams History), 3.89 ERA, 1,872 Ks (4th)
* Bick Horizon Award Winner *
* 1 All-Star Selection *


Might as well continue talking about "current" players. Raul is still in the league at 43 years old, though he hasn't played significant time in 5 years. He pitched more innings and started more games than any other Ram. He has more complete games for the Rams than anyone who didn't start with the inaugural season.

He also was tremendous during our 2065 championship season, going 21-12 with a 3.26 ERA. He went 3-1 in the playoffs that year.


Pretty good for a 3rd round pick!
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on August 27, 2018, 05:43:16 AM
C - Ron Moore (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_10014.html)
Career w/ Rams: .256 - 370 HRs (6th) - 1238 RBI (5th)
* 6 All-Star Selections *
* 2 Zachary Mathews Awards *


Summary from the 50 Year Team:
This team has actually had a few pretty good Catchers in its time, but the current catcher can definitely make a case as being the best of the bunch.  Not only does he have the offense, but he can play a little defense too.

I think that if there was one stat that could boil down Moore for you all was his Slugging Percentage.  His .461 SLG ranks 13th all time among catchers.

Unfortunately, Moore is on the wrong side of 30 and while he hasn't slowed down yet, it may be coming soon.  Regardless of that fact, this man has been the rock behind the plate for 8 seasons, and we can only hope for 8 more like the ones he's had.


Now:
I wouldn't have known that he didn't slow down after 2051. He had 3 more 5 WAR seasons after that and just continued to play games. He's all over the Rams leaderboards:
6th in HRs
5th in RBI
Leads in both Hit by Pitches and Ground into Double Plays

He's great in many of the counting categories that would lead you to think he had a good career (which he did). He's Rams Top 10 in: Games, At Bats, Hits, Doubles, K's, Extra base hits, Total Bases, and WAR. Any of us would take a catcher who's career lined up like that.

He never did win the championship, but did hit .311 / 8 / 37 in 8 playoff appearances. AND, he was a pretty good defensive catcher. Solid!
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on September 06, 2018, 12:27:26 PM
SP4 - Jeffrey Albin (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/cgi-bin/statslab/ootpsqlou/player.php?player_id=albin)
Career w/ Rams: 108-57 - 3.13 ERA (4th) - 1,267 K's
* 2 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
Albin was a workhorse in his time with the Rams.  He had two 20 win seasons (only Ben Lamela can make that claim) and has the 4th best winning percentage ever as a Ram.

He came around just as we were falling off the pedastal and need to retool and we ended up trading him for Robinson Gonzalez (who is also on this 50-year team).  Unfortunately for New Jersey, he had a history of injuries for them and never quite dominated like he did with the Rams.

However, he was definitely the 3rd best pitcher this team had ever seen.

Now:
Well, now he's the 4th best pitcher the team has seen. I'm still bummed I gave him up midway through his career.


SP5 - Chip Herold (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_2823.html)
Career w/ Rams: 162-133 - 3.72 ERA - 1,940 K's - 1.21 WHiP - (2nd, 8th, -, 3rd, and - respectively)
* 1 All-Star Selection *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
Herold is the 2nd winningest pitcher in Rams history, but also the 5th losingest pitcher.  That's kind of his story.  He was a good pitcher that pitched the majority of his career on a really good team.  I believe he was my number 1 starter for many of those years, but I don't really think I ever thought of him as an ace like I did with Lamela, Albin, or McCullough.  He makes this team purely through being able to grit out the many years of above average service to this team... and because we really haven't had a ton of really top quality pitching.

Now:
Well, 3 people passed him on the losing side. That's what having a crappy team will do for you. He had 12 straight years of 10 wins or more.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on September 25, 2018, 08:04:31 AM
MR4 - Arthur Crawford (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_10023.html)
Career w/ Rams: 48-62 - 57 Saves - 3.43 ERA - 977 Games (6th) - 203 Holds (1st)
* 1 All-Star Selection *

Crawford was never the final stopper for the Rams as he spent most of his career behind Francisco Rangel (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=7614.msg48501#msg48501), but he was always around and always very good. He had the consistency to amass 977 games for the Rams, which ranks him 5th on the team and leads the team in holds.



MR5 - Jaime Soto (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_8248.html)
Career w/ Rams: 24-33 - 171 Saves (7th) - 3.31 ERA
* 1 All-Star Selection *

This may be a bit premature, as when I compiled this list it seemed as though Soto, as young as he was, would continue to be good. But he has since lost his closer job, so in 25 years, who knows if he'll still be here. Since he's joined the team at age 26, he's been the closer for the (very bad) Rams. The team has never won more than 65 games when Soto was on the roster, but he has accumulated 171 saves in that time. I guess the team just likes to play close games.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on October 02, 2018, 09:23:16 AM
RF - Larry Pearson (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_11520.html)
Career w/ Rams: .328 - 310 HRs - 1,080 RBI - 1,956 Hits
* 1 Tyson Bacon Award *
* 1 Bick Horizon Award
* 7 All-Star Selections *
* 3 Zachary Matthews Awards *

One of the best players added to this team in the past 25 years, Larry helped lead the team to their 2065 Championship.

Let me just leave this here. These are his statistical standings on the Rams, all time:

1st in Batting Average
2nd in Slugging Percentage
4th in OPS
8/9/10 in Hits/RBI/Runs

He's also 5th overall on the team in career WAR.

Larry was eventually traded in a package to Utah for their entire draft at the time. We're still waiting to see what became of those picks. As of this moment, none of those picks have really amounted to much except to add some depth to the farm system.

One interesting tidbit that I found was his 2065 season, the season the Rams won the Championship...
Just to simplify things, his WAR that season was 5.1.  No slouch, but he had a 7.3 WAR the season before, a 9.5 WAR the season after. However, he hit .450 in the playoffs in 2065. No one could get him out. Probably a big reason we ended up winning.

He actually played more games in LF, but I had to put him in the place where he played about a third of his games as no one was moving Couch off of Left Field.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on October 03, 2018, 09:17:25 AM
SS - Joseph Gardiner (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/catobase/players/g/gardinjoseph495.html)
Career w/ Rams: .282 - 136 HRs - 729 RBI
* 3 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
The 9th pick overall in the 2006 draft, Gardiner started for 10 years as a Ram.  4 as a second basemen and then moved over to short in order to strengthen the team.  Gardiner was a triples MACHINE.  He led the league thrice as a Ram (and one more time for good measure) and finished his career 5th on the all-time list.  Gardiner was also a beast in the post-season hitting .304 with 12 HRs and 58 RBIs in 117 games.

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
A lot like Joshua Rivers in the fact that they don't really have a position, and mostly play "middle infield" for the Rams.

One thing that I neglected to mention in the 25 year report was not only was he a triples machine (4th all time on the Rams), he also hit a lot of doubles.  He has 3 of the top 10 2B's years and ranks 2nd on the team with 434 doubles.




CF - Oscar Oakley (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_978.html)
Career w/ Rams: .253 -360 HRs - 1,139 RBI
* 2 All-Star Selections *
* Bick Horizon Award (Rookie of the Year) *
* 2 Matthews Awards *

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
As he is in consideration for Hall of Fame voting, I should probably throw old Oscar out here now.  Oakley won the Robinson Award in 2006 and won two Mays Awards in his 16 years as a Ram.  Oakley was the #2 overall pick by New York in 2003, but was traded for Hall of Famer Anthony Beckford.  Oakley has played more games and has had more at bats than any other Ram in history.  He was really hit or miss in the post-season, but stepped it up BIG when the Rams needed him most with 16 RBIs with the 2016 Championship team.

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
Old Oscar never did get elected to the Hall of Fame.  He was a good one.  Oakley was just a solid player.  He was good for about 20 homeruns, 80 RBI, 50 SB, and close to 100 runs every year.  He wasn't that big of an on base guy though with a fairly low average and OBP throughout his career.

But, with that said, he's all over our all-time leaderboards (and has been to bat more times than any other Ram):

Games: 2413 (2nd)
At Bats: 8904 (1st)
Runs: 1460 (3rd)
Hits: 2253 (4th)
Total Bases: 3916 (4th)
Singles: 1397 (3rd)
Doubles: 409 (3rd)
Triples: 87 (2nd)
Homeruns: 360 (4th)
RBI: 1139 (5th)
SB: 815 (1st)
Walks: 915 (3rd)
HBP: 77 (3rd)
K's: 1812 (2nd)

With being so high on the leaderboards, I had to think real hard as to where to put him, and I came away with putting him in CF (he played all three outfield positions).  But don't think that it was easy for someone to crack this outfield!




Now:
Much of what I said for both of these two remains true. They remain all over the Rams team leaderboard. Both of them are very old school guys who predate my taking over the Rams. I'm glad that I was able to inherit such great players.


Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on October 04, 2018, 09:25:47 AM
C - Bobby "Little Rock" Kelly (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1416.html)
Career w/ Rams: .264/.362/.393 - 1563 Hits - 160 HRs - 708 RBI
* 1 Matthews Award *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
When I first drafted Kelly with the sixth pick in 2026, I thought he'd be amazing.  He was good, but those lofty expectations always left me feeling like he didn't live up to his potential.  Maybe I didn't give him enough credit... I mean, check out where he lands on our leaderboards:

OBP - .362 (8th)
Games - 1795 (7th) and he was a CATCHER!
At Bats - 5911 (6th)
Runs - 870 (8th)
Hits - 1563 (7th)
Walks - 886 (5th)

You know... after looking at the two (Ron Moore being the other one), I've got to give the edge to Kelly at the moment.  He had a higher peak and was just a good player to have playing.  He had an above average OPS+ in 8 of his seasons and wasn't really a bad player at all in any of his first 12 seasons.  What more can you ask for?


Now:
It was very tight between him and Ron Moore for the starting spot, but I had to give the edge to Moore as he was just the better player.


1B - Evan Dixon (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_9386.html)
Career w/ Rams: .291/.371/.521 - 279 HR - 968 RBI
* 1 Tyson Bacon Award *
* 4 All-Star Selections *
* 1 Bick Horizon Award *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
The mysterious guy who almost took Rehm's spot on the starting lineup?  Evan Dixon.

Dixon has been awesome as of late.  Last year was a year for the ages (.374/.454/.664, 37 HRs, and 132 RBI).  Unfortunately, Dixon got hurt earlier this season and hasn't quite been the same since.  I'm hoping he can bounce back next year.  It's because of this injury and the unknown of whether or not he will continue to be amazing that puts him on the bench at the moment.  He's only halfway through his career, hopefully.

He owns the two highest batting averages in a season by any Ram, 2 of the 3 best OBP seasons, 3 of the top 10 SLG seasons (all three of those stats he's tops Career wise with the Rams), he's just now 10th on the All-Time HR list of the team, and aside from Dale Couch, no one has driven in more RBI in a season than Dixon.

When all is said and done, he could be one of the greats.


Now:
Yeah, about that injury. His stats never did fully recover from it. He went from potentially being one of the all-time greats to a bit better than average first baseman. He had a shot to surpass Rehm, but the back end of his career just wasn't going to do it.

He still is all over our single season leaderboards, but his counting stats just don't add up on the career side.

Interestingly, he was the only player in Rams history that recorded a 10+ WAR in a season (as far as I know).
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on October 04, 2018, 10:05:27 AM
OF - Robinson Gonzalez (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_8712.html)
Career w/ Rams: .259/.336/.484 - 374 HRs - 1081 RBI
* 4 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
Traded from New Jersey in what seems like a pretty good trade for us both (they received Herc Columbie (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_1906.html), Jeffrey Albin (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_3128.html), and Arturo Castro (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_8869.html), Gonzalez was a beast in the middle of the order for us.  He was good for 30+ HRs for 8 years, 3 times going over 40 (twice leading the league).  He's still kicking around on our team, but mostly in a bench role.  Very solid player, but it's very hard to crack our starting outfield on this 50 year team.

Now:
Gonzalez was probably the last one out of our starting squad. For Pete's sake, he's 6 all-time on the Rams in WAR. He's top 10 in HR (4th), Slugging (9th), OPS (9th), Games (8th), At Bats (10th), Runs (8th), RBI (8th), and Intentional Walks (2nd). Particularly in games played, if you are able to crack that top 10, you did something right. Gonzo did a LOT right with the Rams.
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on October 04, 2018, 10:05:48 AM
IF - Joshua Rivers (http://npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_9956.html)
Career w/ Rams: .292/.376/.388 - 47 HRs - 544 RBI - 1,729 Hits
* 1 All-Star Selection *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:
The beauty of Joshua Rivers is his ability to get on base.  4 times he has been top 10 in games started, At bats, runs, and Stolen Bases.  He's only 31, so he's still got some playing to do and still has to play more to get onto some of the all-time leaderboards of the team, but he's on his way.

He currently owns the 10th best batting average and the 5th best on base percentage.  His 93 walks last year was tied for the most of any Ram ever.  He's been great and, even now, takes the crown as the best second baseman to play for this team.


Now:
Time passes for everyone, including me as the owner of the team. In the middle of his career, the Rams were at the end of a high period, and it was best for the team if they were able to get a package of players for him, so he was shipped to Idaho and later to Illinois to finish his career (and he kept on chugging for quite a while after our trade). Even though he still is 10th all time on the Rams in Hits and holds the 3rd highest OBP, I think I'd rather have Magpie's Rams career than Rivers. What a wonderful player to have on my team.

Funny thing about the guys who I got back in the deal with Idaho (who went on to win the Championship the year of the in-season deal)...

One was Brian McGee (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_11030.html) who played a lot of games for us, but ultimately was just someone taking up space.

In the following draft, we picked up Magpie Foster (http://) with our own pick in the first round, but in that Idaho trade (http://www.npblbaseball.com/forum/index.php?topic=6207.msg40654#msg40654), we also got their draft pick (the last of the first round) who turned out to be...
Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on October 08, 2018, 07:12:40 AM
OF - Richard Samuels (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_11407.html)
Career w/ Rams: .251/.354/.461 - 253 HRs - 844 RBI
* 4 All-Star Selections *

So thank you Idaho for that draft pick. Samuels shows up twice in a big way on our team leaderboards. He's third all-time on the team in walks and he has the 7th highest WAR for any Rams batter.

Samuels went through a whole "rebuilding-contending-rebuilding" cycle with the Rams. In '65 when we won the championship, he went .339/.461/.500 throughout the playoffs. Richard is a great addition to the 75 year team.

Title: Re: Colorado Rams 75th Anniversary Team
Post by: Y0DA55 on October 08, 2018, 07:32:32 AM
OF - Gustavo Vizcaino (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_2560.html)
Career w/ Rams: .270/.360/.496 - 334 HRs - 1201 RBI
* 4 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 50 Year Team:

So lets run through where he ranks all time with the Rams, shall we?

OBP: 9th (.360)
SLG: 6th (.496)
OPS: 5th (.856)
Games: 5th (2,044)
At Bats: 5th (6,840)
Runs: 5th (1,127)
Hits: 5th (1,847)
Total Bases: 5th (3,392)
Singles: 10th (1,037)
Doubles: 4th (409)
Triples: 7th (67)
HRs: 6th (334)
RBI: 4th (1,201)
Walks: 2nd (925)
HBP: 1st (80)

He was just a monster and it's kind of fun to track his career and how the Rams did at that time.  He came in and didn't play too well, and the team continued to stink.  His first big year in 2027 (.268/26/88), and the team won 93 games.  The team kept winning, and he kept hitting homeruns (just once under 20) for the next 8 years.  When he finally started to wear down and he hit only 10 homeruns in 2036, the team won 74 games (after winning 105 the year before).  Though he hit 24 the next year, the team never recovered.

Gustavo was a cornerstone on this team for a solid 10 year stretch and is a shoo in for this 50-year team.


Now:
Vizcaino was a monster for those '27-'37 Rams teams. He's still all over the Rams leaderboards, and when compiling this list, I was surprised by how long ago he was on our team. In my mind, he was a much more recent player. He's probably the first person off the bench for this team.

Apologies to Eric Cline (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_10243.html) and Jing-bo Kan (http://www.npblbaseball.com/npbl/reports/news/html/players/player_9779.html), who in my mind were the last two hitters off my squad.