JimK: March 2009 Archives

The idea of identifying a team of longer-time minor leaguers, who have been denied their earned big break in major league baseball, got a little traction a few days ago on CCO. What to do with such a team (called the Ponce Snow Snakes) that might be, at least, entertaining got crazier and crazier as I sought to put Aaron's, Matt's and my whimseys into a topic of general interest. I perceived that some of us could participate in the selection and "operation" of the team as a big league competitor. I perceived that those players seclected who did compete in the bigs could be awarded "wins" on a basis like 6 hits by a player equals a win--as does a pitcher's win, save and 2 holds. These "wins" would be compared to the real teams actual wins to see how the Snow Snakes performed.

In the selection process, it seemed practical to look for maligned players between the ages of 26 and 32 on April 1st and who had spent more than one half their prior year at AAA or AA. Putting ...