*I had the idea to do this article two weeks ago, so even though many people have done it already, I donít care. I am just going to stick with it anyways.

The supposed rosters are based on the rosters before Wednesdayís simming, and therefore have some gaps in them. Also, I decided the starters not on the submitted rosters (since they were practically all changed anyways), but rather in my own opinion (first based on the people at the certain position, and then if there were several at a position, I put the best one down). Going back to change everything again would take many days and would nullify the days I already put into this.

Also, other things, such as the teamís payroll, are before the simming began. They, too, have changed, but the way things are will suffice.

As the 2009 season begins, we are met with something very new and different, another four teams. Nobody knows how they will do, though we can all make guesses or ventures. I am going to go through each team and analyze their players and then the team as a whole. Finally at the end I will make my own predictions on which ones will succeed, and which ones wonít based on my analysis.

ANTARCTICA CHILL

The Antarctica Chill are managed by laverdude (Jason Rhiner) and they have spent a total of $81,000,000 on their team in 2009. Here is a look at the starting position players followed by the "bench players":

Starting Catcher---Jeff Candy. $3,000,000. In Jeffís career, he has done fairly well. He has 65 home runs, 368 runs batted in, 88 stolen bases, and has impressively batted .308 in his career. In 2008, Jeff did quite well, hitting 2 home runs, driving in 40 runs batted in, and getting 11 stolen bases, all while batting an amazing .312. On the field, Jeff had a .912 Fielding Percentage, but threw out just 10% of runners who tried to steal on him.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #14 All-Time Batting Average (.308), #23 All-Time Hits (628), #20 All-Time Doubles (151).

Starting First Baseman---Jason Rhiner. $15,000,000. In Jasonís career, he has been downright amazing. He has 166 home runs, 471 runs batted in, 25 stolen bases, and has batted an amazing .331 over his career. Jason also had an amazing year in 2008, both at the plate and on the field at First Base. In 2008, Jason hit 79 home runs, drove in 141 runs batting in, and had 7 stolen bases, all while batting a respectable .283. On the field, Jason had a .994 Fielding Percentage and was involved in 76 Double Plays.

-Some of Jasonís career achievements: Was selected to the 2006, and 2008 All-Star Games. Jason is also a four-time Player of the Week.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #12 All-Time Home Runs (166), #21 All-Time Runs Batted In (471), #15 All-Time Triples (25).

Starting Second Baseman---Greg Kowalczyk. $3,000,000. In Gregís career, he has sometimes put up great numbers, but other times he has bombed. He has gotten 115 home runs, 418 runs batted in, 93 stolen bases, and has batted .260. 2008 was one of the less-impressive years. He hit 6 home runs, drove in 39 runs batted in, had 9 stolen bases, and batted .239. On the field, Greg had a .984 Fielding Percentage, and was involved in 74 Double Plays.

-Some of Gregís career achievements: Won the Slick Fielder Award twice (at Second Base in 2006, and at Second Base in 2007).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #23 All-Time Home Runs (115), #6 All-Time Triples (33).

At this time, Antarctica has no Third Baseman.

At this time, Antarctica has no Shortstop.

Starting Left Field---Jay Soester. $8,000,000. Jay has had an average career, as he has gotten 33 home runs, 189 runs batted in, 76 stolen bases, and has a career .262 average. Even though these numbers are not that great, they are better than those of 2008. In 2008 he got 7 home runs, 46 runs batted in, 17 stolen bases, and batted .243.

-Some of Jayís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006 All-Star Game, won the Slick Fielder Award (at Left Field in 2006).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #15 All-Time Triples (25).

Starting Center Field---Jon Vish. $12,000,000. Johnís career has been nothing special. He has gotten 50 home runs, 260 runs batted in, 96 stolen bases, and has batted .276. Jon had a mediocre year in 2008, but was nearly an unstoppable force in Center Field. In 2008, he hit 6 home runs, drove in 34 runs batted in, stole 18 stolen bases, and hit .276. On the field, he had a 1.000 Fielding Percentage and also had 8 Outfield Assists.

-Some of Jonís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2008 All-Star Game. Won the Slick Fielder Award (at Center Field in 2008).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #4 All-Time Triples (35), #13 All-Time Walks (265), #23 All-Time Stolen Bases (96).

Starting Right Fielder---Dante Trihn. $5,000,000. Dante was downright amazing and impossible to catch on the base paths early in his career, but lately has been going downhill quickly. In his career, he has 94 home runs, 436 runs batted in, 201 stolen bases, and has batted .265. In 2008, Dante had horrendous numbers, although he still was a very good defender. In 2008, he had 3 home runs, 19 runs batted in, 9 stolen bases, and batted just .202. On the field, however, Dante had a 1.000 Fielding Percentage and had 9 Outfield Assists.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #25 All-Time Batting Average (.265), #24 All-Time Runs Batted In (436), #5 All-Time Stolen Bases (201).

Bench playersÖ

Catcher---Larry Jones. $5,000,000. Larry was almost as good as starting catcher Jeff Candy was in 2008. On his career as a whole, Larry has been a good, though not at all fast or very powerful, batter. He has 50 home runs, 243 runs batted in, 6 stolen bases, and has batted .301 on his career. Jeff had a down year in 2008, but was good enough in the beginning part of the season to make it to the All-Star Game. In 2008, Larry hit 4 home runs, drove in 25 runs batted in, and had no stolen bases, all while batting a very good .314. On the field, Jeff had just a .890 Fielding Percentage, but did manage to throw out an impressive 21% of runners who tried to steal on him.

-Some of Larryís career achievements: Was selected to the 2006, and 2008 All-Star Games.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #11 All-Time Walks (268).

First Baseman---Matt Patterson. $8,000,000. Matt has been an amazing First Baseman all his career, but is not starting just because the team has Jason Rhiner. I would be shocked if, with his amazing talent, Antarctica didnít find somewhere to start him in 2009 away from his normal position. Here is a look at his impressive career numbers: 95 home runs, 610 runs batted in, 94 stolen bases, and has batted an impressive .316. In 2008, Matt had a down year though. He got 7 home runs, 52 runs batted in, 18 stolen bases, and batted just .246.

-Some of Mattís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 All-Star Games, two-time winner of the Slick Fielder Award (at First Base in 2006, and at First Base in 2007), one-time Player of the Week.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #10 All-Time Batting Average (.316), #12 All-Time Hits (727), #9 All-Time Runs Batted In (610), #7 All-Time Doubles (212), #8 All-Time Walks (321), #12 All-Time Runs (623), #25 All-Time Stolen Bases (94).

And now we will look at the Antarctica Chill pitching staff:

Starting Pitcher Number One---Seneca Wallace. $12,000,000. Seneca is a World Baseball League pitching legend. In his career, he has compiled a 67-25 record, with 0 saves, a 2.39 earned run average (232 earned runs in 872.1 innings pitched), and 1,219 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 1 home run, 19 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .119 batting average (38 hits in 319 at-bats). Senecaís 2008 numbers were around, though slightly worse, than his career averages. He had a 9-5 record, 0 saves, a 2.51 earned run average (48 earned runs in 172.1 innings pitched), and had 183 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 1 run batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .111 batting average (6 hits in 54 at-bats).

-Some of Senecaís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006, and 2008 All-Star Games, Won Pitcher of the Month once (in May of 2006).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #5 All-Time Wins (67), #4 All-Time Strikeouts (1,219), #15 All-Time Complete Games (21), #7 All-Time Shut Outs (9).

Starting Pitcher Number Two---Anthony Withers. $3,000,000. Anthony has put up rather unimpressive numbers in his career while playing for rather unimpressive teams. He has gotten a 44-53 record, with 1 save, a 4.75 earned run average (424 earned runs in 803.1 innings pitched), and 451 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 10 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .072 batting average (21 hits in 292 at-bats). In 2008, Anthony was downright horrible. He had a 4-14 record, with 0 saves, and had a 5.34 earned run average (78 earned runs in 134.1 innings pitched), all while striking out 50. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 1 run batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .089 batting average (4 hits in 45 at-bats).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #18 All-Time Wins (44), #21 All-Time Strikeouts (451), #18 All-Time Complete Games (17).

Starting Pitcher Number Three---Maki Chang. $5,000,000. Makiís career started out very promising, but the last few years have been just plain embarrassing. His career numbers include a 54-49 record, 3 saves, a 4.59 earned run average (388 earned runs in 760.0 innings pitched), and 366 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 1 home run, 21 runs batted in, 1 stolen base, and a .082 batting average (22 hits in 268 at-bats). 2008, just like the couple of years before it, was very ugly for Maki. He had a 3-12 record, 0 saves, an horrendous 10.53 earned run average (124 earned runs in 106.0 innings pitched), and struck out just 26 batters. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 2 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .054 batting average (2 hits in 37 at-bats).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #11 All-Time Wins (54), #22 All-Time Strikeouts (366), #7 All-Time Complete Games (25), #7 All-Time Shut Outs (9).

Closer---Jesse Bunker. $1,000,000. Jesse has been very inconsistent in his career, whether it be as a starting pitcher, closer, or a relief pitcher. There isnít the slightest bit of a pattern in his stats from one season to another. His career numbers include a 52-52 record, 25 saves, a 6.82 earned run average (732 earned runs in 965.1 innings pitched), and 329 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 1 home run, 19 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .045 batting average (14 hits in 313 at-bats). In 2008, Jesse played in just three games, and did quite bad. He had a 1-0 record, 0 saves, a ridiculous 27.00 earned run average (9 earned runs in 3.0 innings pitched), and 0 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .000 batting average (0 hits in 1 at-bat).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #13 All-Time Wins (52), #25 All-Time Strikeouts (329), #8 All-Time Saves (25), #5 All-Time Complete Games (30).

Relief Pitcher---David Scheetz. $1,000,000. David has made a career of being a relief pitcher, albeit a not-very-good one. In his career, he has gotten a 8-8 record, 9 saves, a 10.23 earned run average (376 earned runs in 330.2 innings pitched), and 54 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 2 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .065 batting average (7 hits in 108 at-bats). 2008 was pretty much like every other season of hisónot much to look at. He had a 0-0 record, 1 save, a 16.20 earned run average (15 earned runs in 8.1 innings), and 0 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .000 batting average (0 hits in 0 at-bats).

TEAM STRENGTHS:

TEAM WEAKNESSES:

CARACAS COUGARS

The Caracas Cougars are managed by ballstrom10 (Shammond Guzman) and they have spent a total of $94,500,000 on their team in 2009. Here is a look at the starting position players followed by the "bench players":

Starting Catcher---Dan Wade. $1,000,000. Dan Wade is a rookie, and being such has no career, or 2008 stats. His ratings are as follows though: "10" Hits, "8" Doubles, "0" Triples, "0" Home Runs, "1" Walks, "10" Strikeouts, "A" Running Speed, "A" Stealing Ability, "E" Sacrifice Bunt, "E" Bunt for Hit, "B" Fielding Range, and "A" Catcher Arm.

Starting First Baseman---Ken Fingers. $3,000,000. Ken has had an unusual career. Every-other year he is a starter, and puts up average (sometimes below-average) numbers. Then every-other year he plays off of the bench and only get some starts, and in those years his is an amazing player. In his career, he has 30 home runs, 115 runs batted in, 38 stolen bases, and a .267 batting average (189 hits in 708 at-bats). 2008 was one of Kenís "play-off-the-bench" seasons, so he naturally did quite well. He had 1 home run, 4 runs batted in, 5 stolen bases, and batted an amazing .367 (11 hits in 30 at-bats).

-Some of Kenís career achievements: Won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2006).

Starting Second Baseman---Shammond Guzman. $15,000,000. Shammond has had a downright scary career. Early on, he was an insane speedster. Following that, he was amazing at getting on base. Recently, Shammond has turned into a big slugger. In his career, Shammond has 197 home runs, 541 runs batted in, 184 stolen bases, and has an amazing career batting average of .325 (726 hits in 2,236 at-bats). 2008, like I mentioned, was a power-oriented year for Shammond, and it showed. At the plate, Shammond had 73 homes runs, drove in 132 runs batted in, had 15 stolen bases, and batted .285 (129 hits in 453 at-bats). On the field, Shammond was statistically perfect, having a 1.000 Fielding Percentage. He was also a part of 75 Double Plays.

-Some of Shammondís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 All-Star Games. Won the Slick Fielder Award once (at Second Base in 2008). Shammond is also a two-time Player of the Week.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #8 All-Time Batting Average (.325), #13 All-Time Hits (726), #10 All-Time Home Runs (197), #15 All-Time Runs Batted In (541), #10 All-Time Doubles (206), #11 All-Time Triple (11), #11 All-Time Walks (268), #4 All-Time Runs (738), #7 All-Time (184).

At this time, Caracas has no Third Baseman.

Starting Shortstop---Smitty Springfield. $12,000,000. Smitty is almost as big of a slugger as Shammond, but hasnít really shown it in his stats throughout his career. In his career, Smitty has 133 home runs, 463 runs batted in, 102 stolen bases, and an amazing career .332 batting average (603 hits in 1,817 at-bats). Smitty had another awesome year in 2008, hitting 25 home runs, driving in 75 runs batted in, getting 36 stolen bases, and hitting an amazing .370 (156 hits in 422 at-bats). Roaming Short, he was good as well, with a .994 Fielding Percentage. He was also a part of 55 Double Plays

-Some of Smittyís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 All-Star Games. He was also a one-time Batter of the Month (July of 2006), and a one-time Player of the Week.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #18 All-Time Home Runs (133), #22 All-Time Runs Batted In (463), #24 All-Time Doubles (132), #21 All-Time Triples (23), #21 All-Time Stolen Bases (102).

Starting Left Fielder---Miguel Castillo. $1,000,000. Miguel was an amazing batter early in his career but hasnít gotten much playing time in the last few seasons. In his career, he has 66 home runs, 323 runs batted in, 2 stolen bases, and an amazing career .364 batting average (388 hits in 1,066 at-bats). In 2008, Miguel got hardly any playing time, and it shows in his stats. He had 0 home runs, 1 run batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .286 batting average (6 hits in 21 at-bats).

-Some of Miguelís career achievements: Won two World Championships (with Montreal in 2006, and with Santo Domingo in 2007).

Starting Center Fielder---Jermaine Guzman. $12,000,000. Jermaine has steadily gotten stronger and stronger over his short career, and has become a more prominent run producer. In his career, he has gotten 60 home runs, 182 runs batted in, 37 stolen bases, and batted .258 (299 hits in 1,161 at-bats). 2008 was clearly his best year though. He had 40 home runs, 65 runs batted in, 6 stolen bases, but just a .227 batting average (97 hits in 427 at-bats).

-Some of Jermaineís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 All-Star Games, Won a World Championship (with Santo Domingo in 2007).

Starting Right Fielder---Matt Lem. $1,000,000. Matt, at best, can be considered to have had an average career. He has accumulated 27 home runs, 100 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .283 batting average (182 hits in 643 at-bats). In 2008, Matt had his best year. He hit 7 home runs, 29 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and batted a very good .300 (74 hits in 247 at-bats).

-Some of Mattís career achievements: Won the Slick Fielder Award (at Right Field in 2006).

Bench playersÖ

Shortstop---Emanuel Toombs. $5,000,000. Emanuel has been known throughout his career for his speed and batting ability. He gotten 59 home runs, 359 runs batted in, 147 stolen bases, and had a .283 batting average (618 hits in 2,184 at-bats). In 2008, Emanuel had a below-par season both at the plate and at Short. He got 6 home runs, 37 runs batted in, and 23 stolen bases, and batted .241 (92 hits in 381 at-bats). At Shortstop, he had a .923 Fielding Percentage and was involved in just 26 Double Plays.

-Some of Emanuelís career achievements: Won the Slick Fielder Award (at Shortstop in 2006) and is also a one-time winner of the Player of the Week.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #23 All-Time Batting Average (.283), #25 All-Time Hits (618), #8 All-Time Doubles (208), #22 All-Time Triples (22), #21 All-Time Walks (189), #11 All-Time Stolen Bases (147).

Left Field---Nim Amatulli. $500,000. Nim hasnít played in years, but had an amazing rookie season. In Nimís career, he has gotten 41 home runs, 124 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and has a .301 batting average (124 hits in 412 at-bats). Nim did not play in 2008, and thus has no 2008 stats (duh).

Right Field---Julius Izaguirre. $1,000,000. Julius started his career with a pair of amazing seasons, but virtually fell off the map and didnít even play in 2008. In his career he has gotten 92 home runs, 334 runs batted in, 1 stolen base, and has a .301 lifetime batting average (445 hits in 1,476 at-bats). Like Nim, Julius didnít play in 2008, so he doesnít have any 2008 stats.

-Some of Juliusí career achievements: one-time Player of the Week.

And now we will look at the Caracas Cougars pitching staff:

Starting Pitcher Number 1---Kyle Smith. $12,000,000. Kyle has been a good starting pitcher throughout his career, with 2008 being his worst season. In his career, he has compiled a 30-14 record, with 0 saves, a 2.89 earned run average (157 earned runs in 488.2 innings pitched), and 466 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 1 home run, 16 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .097 batting average (17 hits in 175 at-bats). In 2008, probably Kyleís worst season, he had a 5-9 record, with 0 saves, a 3.90 earned run average (70 earned runs in 161.1 innings pitched), and 172 strikeouts. His 2008 batting like looks like this: 0 home runs, 1 run batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .020 batting average (1 hit in 49 at-bats).

-Some of Kyleís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006 and 2007 All-Star Games.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #24 All-Time Wins (30), #20 All-Time Strikeouts (466), #9 All-Time Complete Games (24), #19 All-Time Shut Outs (3).

Starting Pitcher Number 2---Chin Hui Tsao. $8,000,000. Tsao has been very inconsistent since joining the league just a few years ago. In his career, he has a 12-19 record, with 0 saves, a 4.12 earned run average (130 earned runs in 283.2 innings pitched), and 84 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 3 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, .062 batting average (5 hits in 82 at-bats). 2008 wasnít that great, but it was still the better of his two years. He had a 9-9 record, 0 saves, a 4.12 earned run average (50 earned runs in 160.2 innings pitched), and 57 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 2 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .061 batting average (3 hits in 49 at-bats).

Starting Pitcher Number 3---Manny Martinez. $5,000,000. Manny has been downright amazing in his two seasons thus far, with a 26-4 record, 0 saves, a 2.75 earned run average (102 earned runs in 334.1 innings pitched), and 146 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 3 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .085 batting average (10 hits in 118 at-bats). 2008 was just barely his worst year, but was still very good. He had a 13-2 record, 0 saves, a 3.11 earned run average (59 earned runs in 170.2 innings pitched), and 72 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 2 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .068 batting average (4 hits in 59 at-bats).

-Some of Mannyís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2007 and 2008 All-Star Games, Won Rookie of the Year (in 2007).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #15 All-Time Shut Outs (5).

Starting Pitcher Number 4---Josh Poole. $5,000,000. Josh was a rookie in 2008, so obviously it was his best year. He had a 6-2 record with 6 saves, along with a 3.38 earned run average (38 earned runs in 74.2 innings pitched), and 17 strikeouts. His career, and 2008, batting line looks like this: 1 home run, 1 run batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .118 batting average (2 hits in 17 at-bats).

Closer---T.J. Farrell. $8,000,000. T.J. had a horrible rookie season, but improved in 2008. In his career, T.J. has a 4-8 record with 10 saves. He also has a 10.35 earned run average (74 earned runs in 64.1 innings pitched) and 25 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .167 batting average (1 hit in 6 at-bats). In 2008, T.J. went 4-5 with 8 saves, had a 6.92 earned run average (40 earned runs in 52.0 innings pitched), and struck out 22. His 2008 batting line looked like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .000 batting average (0 hits in 3 at-bats).

-Some of T.J.ís career achievements: Won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2008).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #19 All-Time Saves (10)

Relief Pitcher---Mike Jameson Jr. $5,000,000. Mike had a poor rookie season, but vastly improved in 2008. His career numbers include a 4-5 record, 1 save, a 4.73 earned run average (51 earned runs in 97.0 innings pitched), and 30 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .000 batting average (0 hits in 5 at-bats). In 2008, Mike had a 4-4 record with 1 save, a 2.69 earned run average (21 earned runs in 70.1 innings pitched), and 25 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .000 batting average (0 hits in 2 at-bats).

-Some of Mikeís career achievements: Won a World Championship (with Santo Domingo in 2007).

TEAM STRENGTHS:

TEAM WEAKNESSES:

SEOUL STORM

The Seoul Storm are managed by Qdiddynew (Quint Newcomer) and they have spent a total of $82,000,000 on their team in 2009. Here is a look at the starting position players followed by the "bench players":

Starting Catcher---Jesse Newcomer. $1,000,000. Jesse was a rookie in 2008, and put slightly below-par numbers as such. He had 10 home runs, 35 runs batted in, 15 stolen bases, and a .231 batting average (98 hits in 424 at-bats).

-Some of Jesseís career achievements: Slick Fielder Award winner (at Catcher in 2008).

Starting First Baseman---Boblios Ordonez. $1,000,000. Boblois Ordonez is a rookie, and being such has no career, or 2008 stats. His ratings are as follows though: "10" Hits, "0" Doubles, "0" Triples, "7" Home Runs, "8" Walks, "8" Strikeouts, "E" Running Speed, "E" Stealing Ability, "E" Sacrifice Bunt, "E" Bunt for Hit, "B" Fielding Range, and "D" Catcher Arm.

Starting Second Baseman---Shawn Baig. $12,000,000. Shawn has been an AMAZING batter his entire career. In his career, he has 37 home runs, 159 runs batted in, 78 stolen bases, and an amazing career .394 batting average (456 hits in 1,158 at-bats).In 2008 Shawn had his worst year, even though it was still amazing. He hit 13 home runs, 59 runs batted in, 22 stolen bases, and batted .362 (166 hits in 459 at-bats).

-Some of Shawnís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2007 and 2008 All-Star Games, Won a World Championship (with Santo Domingo in 2007).

Starting Third Baseman---Willy McGee. $5,000,000. Willy has had a great career, but is often overlooked. He has hit 116 home runs, 434 runs batted in, 77 stolen bases, and has a career .315 batting average (634 hits in 2,011 at-bats). In 2008, Willy did not get much playing time, and it showed in his numbers. He hit 0 home runs and had 6 runs batted in, with 2 stolen bases and a .228 batting average (13 hits in 57 at-bats).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #11 All-Time Batting Average (.315), #22 All-Time Hits (634), #21 All-Time Home Runs (116), #25 All-Time Runs Batted In (434), #19 All-Time Walks (211).

Starting Shortstop---Quint Newcomer. $12,000,000. Quint, like many of his teammates, has had an amazing career batting-wise. He has 101 home runs, 422 runs batted in, 223 stolen bases, and a career .305 batting average (606 hits in 1,984 at-bats). In 2008, Quintís numbers at the plate were decent, but the thing that stands out with him are his numbers on the field. In 2008, Quint got 16 home runs, drove in 51 runs batted in, and had 24 stolen bases, all while batting just .232 (101 hits in 436 at-bats). On the field though, Quint had a 1.000 Fielding Percentage and was involved in 59 Double Plays.

-Some of Quintís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006 All-Star Game, Won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2006), and he is a two-time Slick Fielder Award winner (at Shortstop in 2007, and at Shortstop in 2008).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #9 All-Time Doubles (207), #5 All-Time Triples (34), #1 All-Time Walks (548), #6 All-Time Runs (725), #3 All-Time Stolen Bases (223).

At this time, Caracas has no Left Fielder.

Starting Center Fielder---James Conway. $8,000,000. James has been very inconsistent in his career. He has 103 home runs, 486 runs batted in, 10 stolen bases, and a career .296 batting average (721 hits in 2,439 at-bats). In 2008, James had a mediocre year offensively, but was statistically perfect on defense. He hit 11 home runs, drove in 46 runs batted in, had 4 stolen bases, and batted .241 (108 hits in 448 at-bats). On the field, James had a 1.000 Fielding Percentage, and also had 9 Outfield Assists.

-Some of Jamesí career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006, and 2008 All-Star Games. Won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2006). Won the Slick Fielder Award (at Center Field in 2007).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #19 All-Time Batting Average (.296), #14 All-Time Hits (721), #20 All-Time Runs Batted In (486), #15 All-Time Doubles (196), #21 All-Time Runs (476).

Starting Right Fielder---Dillon Shooper. $500,000. Dillon Shooper is a rookie, and being such has no career, or 2008 stats. His ratings are as follows though: "10" Hits, "0" Doubles, "0" Triples, "7" Home Runs, "0" Walks, "8" Strikeouts, "E" Running Speed, "E" Stealing Ability, "E" Sacrifice Bunt, "E" Bunt for Hit, and an "A" Fielding Range.

Bench playersÖ

Third Base---Jason Wall. $500,000. Jason Wall is a rookie, and being such has no career, or 2008 stats. His ratings are as follows though: "10" Hits, "0" Doubles, "0" Triples, "0" Home Runs, "0" Walks, "10" Strikeouts, "E" Running Speed, "E" Stealing Ability, "E" Sacrifice Bunt, "E" Bunt for Hit, and an "A" Fielding Range.

And now we will look at the Seoul Storm pitching staff:

Starting Pitcher Number 1---Justin Lewis. $12,000,000. Justin has had a good career, but struggled a little bit in 2008. He has a 46-21 record with 1 save, a 3.06 earned run average (209 earned runs in 614.2 innings pitched), and 772 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 10 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .051 batting average (12 hits in 235 at-bats). In 2008, Justinís worst year, he had a 4-11 record, 0 saves, a 5.37 earned run average (82 earned runs in 137.1 innings pitched), and 159 strikeouts. His 2008 batting like looked like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .025 batting average (1 hit in 40 at-bats).

-Some of Justinís career achievements: Was selected to the 2006 All-Star Game, Won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2006).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #16 All-Time Wins (46), #9 All-Time Strikeouts (772), #24 All-Time Complete Games (15), #22 All-Time Shut Outs (2).

Starting Pitcher Number 2---Travis Torlone. $12,000,000. Travisís career could be considered par, at best. He has a 20-22 record, 3 saves, a 4.54 earned run average (224 earned runs in 444.1 innings pitched), and 138 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 1 home run, 8 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .081 batting average (12 hits in 149 at-bats). In 2008, Travis had a 9-7 record, 0 saves, a 3.93 earned run average (68 earned runs in 155.2 innings pitched), and 83 strikeouts. His 2008 batting like looked like this: 0 home runs, 1 run batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .042 batting average (2 hits in 48 at-bats).

-Some of Travisí career achievements: Slick Fielder Award winner (at Pitcher in 2007).

Starting Pitcher Number 3---Ernest P. Worrell. $5,000,000. Ernestís career started very shaky, but it has recently become a very good pitcher. In his career, he has compiled a 26-34 record, with 1 save, a 5.33 earned run average (258 earned runs in 436.0 innings pitched), and 171 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 5 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .085 batting average (12 hits in 142 at-bats). In 2008, Ernest had a very good year. He had a 12-7 record, 0 saves, a 1.92 earned run average (37 earned runs in 173.0 innings pitched), and 43 strikeouts. His 2008 batting like looked like this: 0 home runs, 1 run batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .052 batting average (3 hits in 58 at-bats).

-Some of Ernestís career achievements: one-time Pitcher of the Month (in August of 2008).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #22 All-Time Shut Outs (2).

Starting Pitcher Number 4---Pedro Ortiz. $3,000,000. Pedro has had a tough pitching career thus far. He has a 12-26 record, 0 saves, and a 5.18 earned run average (192 earned runs in 333.2 at-bats), and 66 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 2 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .089 batting average (10 hits in 112 at-bats). In 2008, Pedro had a 3-12 record, 0 saves, a 5.18 earned run average (81 earned runs in 155.2 at-bats), and 25 strikeouts. His 2008 batting like looked like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .043 batting average (2 hits in 47 at-bats).

-Some of Pedroís career achievements: Slick Fielder Award winner (at Pitcher in 2008).

Possible Starting Pitcher Number 5---Damon Morey. $3,000,000. Damonís career has been nothing short of horrible. He has an 11-19 record, 1 save, a 10.33 earned run average (311 earned runs in 271.0 innings pitched), and 211 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 9 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .170 batting average (15 hits in 88 at-bats). Damon didnít pitch in 2008, and thus has no 2008 stats.

Closer---Red Switch. $1,000,000. Red got hammered early in his career as a relief pitcher, and has just recently moved to close, improving (though he could still improve more). In his career, he has a 19-40 record, 19 saves, a 7.22 earned run average (399 earned runs in 497.1 innings pitched), and 86 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 2 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .061 batting average (9 hits in 148 at-bats). In 2008, as a premier closer, he had a 1-6 record, 13 saves, a 7.92 earned run average (39 earned runs in 44.1 innings pitched), and 9 strikeouts. . His 2008 batting like looked like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .250 batting average (2 hits in 8 at-bats).

-Some of Redís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2007 All-Star Game.

-Career Leader Board appearances: #12 All-Time Save (19)

Relief Pitcher---James Sage. $1,000,000. James was a rookie last year and got wasted as a reliever. He had a 2-5 record with 2 saves, a 14.58 earned run average (74 earned runs in 45.2 innings pitched), and 9 strikeouts. His career and 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .500 batting average (1 hit in 2 at-bats).

TEAM STRENGTHS:

TEAM WEAKNESSES:

SOUTH AFRICA LIONS

The South Africa Lions are managed by ScabBroNumber1 (Max Powers) and they have spent a total of $92,500,000 on their team in 2009. Here is a look at the starting position players followed by the "bench players":

Starting Catcher---Victor Vargas. $12,000,000. Victor has been consistently a good batter. He has 66 home runs, 316 runs batted in, 46 stolen bases, and a .304 batting average (495 hits in 1,627 at-bats). In 2008, Victor hit 8 home runs, drove in 62 runs batted in, and got 11 stolen bases, all while batting .270 (113 hits in 418 at-bats). On the field, Victor had an amazing .995 Fielding Percentage, and threw out an outstanding 29% of runners who tried to steal on him.

-Some of Victorís career achievements: Was selected to the 2006, 2007, and 2008 All-Star Games; Won the Slick Fielder Award twice (at Catcher in 2006 and in 2008).

Starting First Baseman---Nikolao Kenikanako. $500,000. Nikolao Kenikanako is a rookie, and being such has no career, or 2008 stats. His ratings are as follows though: "7" Hits, "2" Doubles, "0" Triples, "3" Home Runs, "1" Walks, "7" Strikeouts, "D" Running Speed, "E" Stealing Ability, "E" Sacrifice Bunt, "E" Bunt for Hit, and an "A" Fielding Range.

Starting Second Baseman---David May. $12,000,000. Davidís career started out very amazingly, but he has recently gone slightly downhill. He has 81 home runs, 422 runs batted in, 104 stolen bases, and a .316 batting average (611 hits in 1,933 at-bats). In 2008, though, he did not do very well at all. He hit 6 home runs, drove in 44 runs batted in, stole 17 stolen bases, and batted an embarrassing .214 (95 hits in 444 at-bats). On the field, David had a .980 Fielding Percentage, and was a part of 53 Double Plays.

-Some of Davidís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006 All-Star Game. He has also won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2008).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #19 All-Time Doubles (160), #17 All-Time Walks (213), #18 All-Time Runs (526), #19 All-Time Stolen Bases (104).

Starting Third Baseman---Samuel Polly. $8,000,000. Samuel has had a rather mediocre career. He has 48 home runs, 256 runs batted in, 57 stolen bases, and a .279 career batting average (410 hits in 1,468 at-bats). In 2008, Samuelís worst season, he hit 5 home runs, drove in 32 runs batted in, had 15 stolen bases, and a .230 batting average (95 hits in 413 at-bats).

-Some of Samuelís career achievements: Slick Fielder Award winner (at Third Base in 2006).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #15 All-Time Triples (25), #24 All-Time Walks (181).

Starting Shortstop---Jerry Owens. $5,000,000. Jerry, like so many other players we have seen already, started out very good in his first few seasons but has been faltering in recent seasons. He has 99 home runs, 411 runs batted in, 154 stolen bases, and a .258 batting average (500 hits in 1,937 at-bats). Jerry saw limited playing time in 2008, and it affected his numbers. He had 4 home runs, 22 runs batted in, 9 stolen bases, and batted a horrific .162 (29 hits in 179 at-bats). On the field, Jerry had a .985 Fielding Percentage and was involved in 28 Double Plays.

-Some of Jerryís career achievements: Won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2006) and is a one-time winner of the Slick Fielder Award (at Shortstop in 2007).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #4 All-Time Walks (393), #25 All-Time Runs (459), #9 All-Time Stolen Bases (154).

Starting Left Fielder---Tim Johnson. $3,000,000. Apparently a team tradition, Tim ALSO started out as a very good player but has been steadily going downhill since then. He has 109 home runs, 366 runs batted in, 157 stolen bases, and a .302 batting average (653 hits in 2,164 at-bats). Tim didnít see too much playing time in 2008, and it greatly affected his numbers. He got 1 home run, 12 runs batted in, 15 stolen bases, and batted just .230 (35 hits in 152 at-bats). On the field, he had a .980 Fielding Percentage and had 5 Outfield Assists.

-Some of Timís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2007 All-Star Game. He also won a Slick Fielder Award (at Left Field in 2006).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #17 All-Time Batting Average (.302), #19 All-Time Hits (653), #24 All-Time Home Runs (109), #21 All-Time Runs (476).

Starting Center Fielder---Mike Bazinet. $1,000,000. Mike Bazinet is a rookie, and being such has no career, or 2008 stats. His ratings are as follows though: "10" Hits, "0" Doubles, "0" Triples, "6" Home Runs, "0" Walks, "10" Strikeouts, "D" Running Speed, "E" Stealing Ability, "E" Sacrifice Bunt, "E" Bunt for Hit, and an "A" Fielding Range.

At this time, South Africa has no Right Fielder.

Bench playersÖ

Second Baseman---Kevin McGlynn. $1,000,000. Kevin was a rookie in 2008, and did not see much playing time. His 2008 (and career) numbers are as follows: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 2 stolen bases, and a .000 batting average (0 hits in 7 at-bats).

Third Baseman---Ronnie Payne. $500,000. Ronnie Payne is a rookie, and being such has no career, or 2008 stats. His ratings are as follows though: "10" Hits, "0" Doubles, "0" Triples, "5" Home Runs, "0" Walks, "10" Strikeouts, "C" Running Speed, "E" Stealing Ability, "E" Sacrifice Bunt, "E" Bunt for Hit, and an "B" Fielding Range.

And now we will look at the South African Lions pitching staff:

Starting Pitcher Number 1---Max Powers. $15,000,000. Max is arguably the best pitcher in the entire World Baseball League. In his amazing career, he has compiled a 90-8 record, 0 saves, a 2.31 earned run average (239 earned runs in 933.0 innings pitched), and 1,384 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 39 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .105 batting average (41 hits in 389 at-bats). In 2008, possibly his best season, he had a 19-2 record, with 0 saves, a 2.53 earned run average (50 earned runs in 178.0 innings pitched), and 296 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 15 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .274 batting average (17 hits in 62 at-bats).

-Some of Maxís MANY career achievements: Cy Young Award winner (in 2008), was selected to play in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 All-Star Games, won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2006), and he is a one-time Pitcher of the Month (in June of 2008).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #2 All-Time Wins (90), #3 All-Time Strikeouts (1,384), #4 All-Time Complete Games (31), #2 All-Time Shut Outs (17).

Starting Pitcher Number 2---Daryll Fink. $15,000,000. Daryll started out at an outfielder, but after a few successful seasons he made the switch to pitcher, and has actually been fairly decent there in his career. He has a career 28-33 record, with 0 saves, a 3.70 earned run average (245 earned runs in 595.2 innings pitched), and 767 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 57 home runs, 243 runs batted in, 63 stolen bases, and a .295 batting average (298 hits in 1,152 at-bats). In 2008, Daryllís worst season, he had a 6-11 record with 0 saves, a 4.53 earned run average (77 earned runs in 153.0 innings pitched), and 169 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .020 batting average (1 hit in 51 at-bats).

-Some of Daryllís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006 All-Star Game, one-time Player of the Week,

-Career Leader Board appearances: #10 All-Time Strikeouts (767), #21 All-Time Complete Games (16), #22 All-Time Shut Outs (2).

Starting Pitcher Number 3---Max Baez. $8,000,000. Max has not stood out nearly as much as the other "Max" on the pitching staff, but he, too, has been a good pitcher all his career. He has a 44-51 record, 0 saves, a 2.80 earned run average (296 earned runs in 951.0 innings pitched), and 764 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 7 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .044 batting average (14 hits in 321 at-bats). In 2008, Max had a 7-6 record, with 0 saves, a 2.58 earned run average (47 earned runs in 163.2 innings pitched), and 111 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 1 run batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .037 batting average (2 hits in 54 at-bats).

-Some of Maxís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2008 All-Star Game, Slick Fielder Award winner (at Pitcher in 2006).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #18 All-Time Wins (44), #11 All-Time Strikeouts (764), #9 All-Time Complete Games (24).

Starting Pitcher Number 4---David May Jr. $5,000,000. David May Jr. has been downright amazing in his young career. He has a 33-6 record, 4 saves, a 2.86 earned run average (132 earned runs in 415.1 innings pitched), and 97 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 2 home runs, 7 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .044 batting average (7 hits in 158 at-bats). In 2008, David had a 14-4 record, 0 saves, a 2.38 earned run average (46 earned runs in 174.0 innings pitched), and 41 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .032 batting average (2 hits in 63 at-bats).

-Some of Davidís career achievements: Was selected to play in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 All-Star Games, won a World Championship (with Montreal in 2008), one-time Pitcher of the Month (in July of 2007).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #23 All-Time Wins (33), #17 All-Time Complete Games (20), #15 All-Time Shut Outs (5).

Possible Starting Pitcher Number 5---Michael Ramirez. $3,000,000. Michael had an awesome rookie season, but has been thoroughly embarrassed since then. He has a 28-43 record, 1 save, a 6.91 earned run average (445 earned runs in 580.0 innings pitched), and 312 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 1 home run, 9 runs batted in, 1 stolen base, and a .057 batting average (12 hits in 210 at-bats). In 2008, Michael had a 1-7 record, 0 saves, a 13.42 earned run average (89 earned runs in 59.2 innings pitched), and 18 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .000 batting average (0 hits in 19 at-bats).

Closer---Robert Kurz. $3,000,000. Robert has had a fairly successful career thus far as a closer. He has a 9-9 record with 24 saves, a 4.76 earned run average (52 earned runs in 98.1 innings pitched), and 21 strikeouts. His career batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .067 batting average (1 hit in 15 at-bats). In 2008, Robert had a 3-4 record, 6 saves, a 4.72 earned run average (18 earned runs in 34.1 innings pitched), and 10 strikeouts. His 2008 batting line looks like this: 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in, 0 stolen bases, and a .000 batting average (0 hits in 1 at-bat).

-Career Leader Board appearances: #9 All-Time Saves (24).

Relief Pitcher---Darnell Cotton. $500,000. Darnell Cotton is a rookie, and being such has no career, or 2008 stats. His ratings are as follows though: "6" Hits, "2" Doubles, "3" Home Runs, "1" Walks, "5" Strikeouts, "4" Velocity, "C" Duration as Starter, "1" Groundball Percentage, "D" Holding Runners, "0" Hits, "2" Doubles, "1" Triples, "1" Home Runs, "2" Walks, "0" Strikeouts, "B" Running Speed, "E" Stealing Ability, "C" Sacrifice Bunt, and a "C" Bunt for Hit.

TEAM STRENGTHS:

TEAM WEAKNESSES:

Now that I have analyzed each of the expansion teams, I would like to rate them in order, say why, and say how I expect them to do this season.

  1. Caracas Cougars- Caracas has it all. They are clearly the best expansion team, and are actually one of the best teams in the league, expansion or not. I expect them to finish very high this season, and they have the best shot of all expansion teams to make the playoffs.
  2. South Africa Lions- South Africa has a strong pitching staff and strong defense, both of which are very key. I expect those factors to win them a lot of games and they should be near the top in the Eastern Hemisphere, but probably wonít make the playoffs.
  3. Seoul Storm- Seoul has a better line-up than South Africa does, but they donít have the same rotation that South Africa will have in 2009. I expect them to put on a good fight, but to finish in the "middle of the road."
  4. Antarctica Chill- To be honest, Antarctica doesnít have much to give. Expect them to be easily the worst expansion team, and probably the worst in the league. If they finish any higher then last, I will be surprised (although owner laverdude has promised changes next off-season).

I decided to interview all managers about their expansion teams, and hereís what they said:

Interview Number 1---Laverdude (Jason Rhiner), Antarctica Chill

Corey Whitney: Hello Jason.

Jason Rhiner: Hello, Corey.

CW: Jason, as we enter this 2009 season, your teamís first season, who would you say are you key players?

JR: Well, of course, everybody would know that I am going to say Jason Rhiner, who is probably about all of our teamís run support right now, and out number one starting pitcheróSeneca Wallace. Seneca might be inactive, but he is still a decent pitcher to any standard. Rhiner is not doing so hot right now, but if you saw his stats, you would know that he is an awesome player. As for the rest of my players, theyíre all just inactives. That takes me back to that big trade with Frankfurt. Man, Wesson is doing really good right now, and if I hadnít traded him away, he, too, would be a key player. But what can you do?

CW: Yes, had that traded never gone through, maybe things would be different right now. You have what you have though, for a team, so how do you think you will do in 2009?

JR: Ugh. This year, to be honest, we will do horrible. If Rhiner and Seneca donít pick up place, we will have a winning percentage WAY below .500 if I canít figure something out by halfway through the season. Nobody on the team right now is active, except for maybe one or two players, so they really wonít help the team except as just being filler. However, I am gearing up for the 2010 season, where I have a lot of surprises in store for the World Baseball League and the Antarctica Chill.

CW: Ok. I canít wait to see what those are. Is there anything else youíd like to say, or that you think everybody in the league should know about Antarctica?

JR: Actually, yes. First of all, for all you whiners out there, the temperature does not affect the game play! Second, our average attendance is a little over 40,000 people, so there are people, NOT PENGUINS, coming to the games! For all of you who thought that Antarctica was a joke, itís not, so weíd appreciate some help.

CW: Alright, thank you. Good luck this season.

JR: Thank you.

Interview Number 2---Ballstrom10 (Shammond Guzman), Caracas Cougars

Corey Whitney: Hello Shammond.

Shammond Guzman: Hey Corey.

CW: Shammond, as we enter this 2009 season, your teamís first season, who would you say are you key players?

SG: This season, the Cougars have many key players to help us get off to a fantastic start. The players that stick out in my mind are Manny Martinez, Jermaine Guzman, Smitty Springfield, and Michael Jameson, Jr. Martinez and Jameson have been awesome on the hill, both having incredible earned run averages with Mannyís being 1.00. Guzman and Springfield are playing really well, and Guzman even just got the Player of the Week Award.

CW: With all these stars, how do you think the 2009 season will turn out for Caracas?

SG: Every owner would love to say that they would make the playoffs, but I really believe that we can fight for a spot. Weíre currently in first place in the Western Hemisphere, and I think we will remain in the top tier of the division all season long.

CW: Sounds good. Is there anything else you like to say or that you think everybody in the league should know about Caracas?

SG: Iíd just like to say, watch out for Caracas this season, and in every season to come. It is going to be an exciting ride for Cougars fans.

CW: Alright. Thank you very much.

SG: Youíre welcome.

Interview Number 3---Qdiddynew (Quint Newcomer), Seoul Storm

Corey Whitney: Hello Quint.

Quint Newcomer: Hello.

CW: Quint, as we enter this 2009 season, your teamís first season, who would you say are you key players?

QN: Definitely, without a doubt, Sam Baig is our teamís key player. He holds this lineup together. Other than him, Iíd say that we have other key players, just not as key. Those players would definitely be all of the following: Justin Lewis, Travis Torlone, Jamie Cliff, Ernest P. Worrell, Quint Newcomer, Jerome Spann, and James Conway. All of these guys have contributed tons to the teamís success, especially in our first couple of games.

CW: Thatís quite a list. How do you think those guys, and the rest of the team, will do in 2009?

QN: Wow. I personally see us finishing second or third in the Eastern Hemisphere. I have a hard time seeing anybody finish above Great Britain, although Iíve heard rumors that Great Britain might miss the playoffs, although I highly doubt it. Itís going to be a really right race between Frankfurt and Seoul for second and third, Iíd say. My final answer is this: I see us in the postseason versus Great Britain. Definitely.

CW: Thatís a pretty bold statement to make. Is there anything else youíd like to say or that you think the league should know about Seoul?

QN: Yes. A lot of people arenít giving us much credit, because we lack players worth 15 million dollars, but I guarantee that our depth and youth will carry this team to the playoffs and hopefully it will be deep into the playoffs.

CW: Alright. Thank you.

QB: Thank you. Any time.

Interview Number 4---Scabbronnumber1 (Max Powers), South Africa Lions

Corey Whitney: Hello Max.

Max Powers: Hello.

CW: Max, as we enter this 2009 season, your teamís first season, who would you say are you key players?

MP: Well, as everybody knows, baseball is really a team sport. No matter how many great individuals you have, you cannot win until they play as a single unit. To answer your question more frankly, all the players that give their all for the team are the Lionsí key players.

CW: I like that answer. It looks like teamwork is the biggest thing if you want to be in the Lionsí "pride." How would you say that your team will do in 2009?

MP: Oh geez. UmÖ we can only promise to do out best. Of course, expansion teams are always at a disadvantage to the rest of the league, but we know there is nothing that we can do about that except to play our best. My guys go out there every day and give it their all and that is all I can ask of them. Record doesnít matter in that case.

CW: Such a diplomatic answer. Is there anything else youíd like to say or that you think everybody in the league should know about South Africa?

MP: Well, we arenít about to make any promises or to call anybody out, but what we have here is a very special group of players. There is team chemistry and an all-out love for the game. That, topped off with pure talent, and a great pitching staff, South Africa is really in the makings of a great team.

CW: Alright. Good luck this season.

MP: Thanks.

 

 

UPDATE SECTION

Since this was written at the beginning of the week (except for these last parts), before any simming happened in the season, I decided to go back and add a little updates part, just to throw in there anything that might have changed, such as rosters, how teams have done thus far, or whatever.

Antarctica Chill Updates

The most up-to-date lineup and pitching staff:

Lineup:

  1. Larry Jones (Catcher)
  2. Greg Kowalczyk (Second Base)
  3. Jason Rhiner (First Base)
  4. Jay Soester (Left Field)
  5. Jon Vish (Center Field)
  6. Dante Trinh (Right Field)
  7. Brock Weathers (Third Base)
  8. Orlando Hunter (Shortstop)
  9. Pitcher

Pitching Rotation:

  1. Seneca Wallace
  2. Michael Ramirez
  3. Anthony Withers
  4. Maki Chang

Middle Relievers:

David Scheetz

Closer:

Jesse Bunker

How they have done, thus far, 15 games into the season:

Antarctica is currently in last place in the Western Hemisphere, and look like this in the standings:

West

 

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

 Pyt.Rec

Diff

 

Home

Away

XInn

1Run

M#

Streak

Last10

Antarctica

0

15

.000

11.0

0-15

0

 

0-9

0-6

0-0

0-1

-

L15

0-10

 

 

The teamís stats (ranking in league in parenthesis) are as follows:

Batting Average: .181 (12th)

Home Runs: 13 (T-9th)

Walks: 8 (12th)

Stolen Bases: 5 (10th)

Runs Scored: 33 (11th)

Pitching Earned Run Average: 11.41 (12th)

Opponentís Batting Average: .386 (12th)

Home Runs Allowed: 50 (12th)

Walks Allowed: 79 (11th)

Runs Allowed: 233 (12th)

Caracas Cougars Updates

The most up-to-date lineup and pitching staff:

Lineup:

  1. Emmanuel Toombs (Third Base)
  2. Dan Wade (Catcher)
  3. Shammond Guzman (Second Base)
  4. Jermaine Guzman (Center Field)
  5. Ken Fingers (First Base)
  6. Smitty Springfield (Shortstop)
  7. Miguel Castillo (Left Field)
  8. Julius Izaguirre (Right Field)
  9. Pitcher

Pitching Rotation:

  1. Kyle Smith
  2. Josh Poole
  3. Manny Martinez
  4. Chin-Hui Tsao

Relief Pitchers:

Jake Thomas

Michael Jameson, Jr.

Closer:

T.J. Farrell

How they have done, thus far, 15 games into the season:

Caracas is currently in first place in the Western Hemisphere, and look like this in the standings:

West

 

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

 Pyt.Rec

Diff

 

Home

Away

XInn

1Run

M#

Streak

Last10

Caracas

11

4

.733

-

13-2

-2

 

6-2

5-2

0-0

1-2

95

W3

6-4

 

 

The teamís stats (ranking in league in parenthesis) are as follows:

Batting Average: .305 (1st)

Home Runs: 45 (1st)

Walks: 35 (T-3rd)

Stolen Bases: 13 (6th)

Runs Scored: 118 (1st)

Pitching Earned Run Average: 2.64 (5th)

Opponentís Batting Average: .226 (5th)

Home Runs Allowed: 15 (3rd)

Walks Allowed: 6 (1st)

Runs Allowed: 42 (3rd)

Seoul Storm Updates

The most up-to-date lineup and pitching staff:

Lineup:

  1. Quint Newcomer (Shortstop)
  2. Jerome Spann (Second Base)
  3. Shawn Baig (First Base)
  4. Sam Baig (Right Field)
  5. James Conway (Center Field)
  6. Jesse Newcomer (Catcher)
  7. Kaitin Redcloud (Third Base)
  8. Kurtis Rands (Left Field)
  9. Pitcher

Pitching Rotation:

  1. Justin Lewis
  2. Travis Torlone
  3. Ernest P. Worrell
  4. Jamie Cliff

Relief Pitchers:

Red Switch

Closer: Jimmy Whispers

How they have done, thus far, 15 games into the season:

Seoul is currently in first place in the Eastern Hemisphere, and look like this in the standings:

East

 

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

 Pyt.Rec

Diff

 

Home

Away

XInn

1Run

M#

Streak

Last10

Seoul

14

1

.933

-

12-3

2

 

6-0

8-1

1-0

3-0

95

W5

9-1

 

 

The teamís stats (ranking in league in parenthesis) are as follows:

Batting Average: .268 (3rd)

Home Runs: 30 (T-4th)

Walks: 32 (5th)

Stolen Bases: 16 (3rd)

Runs Scored: 95 (4th)

Pitching Earned Run Average: 2.58 (4th)

Opponentís Batting Average: .244 (7th)

Home Runs Allowed: 12 (2nd)

Walks Allowed: 14 (6th)

Runs Allowed: 43 (T-4th)

South Africa Lions Updates

The most up-to-date lineup and pitching staff:

Lineup:

  1. D. May (Second Base)
  2. M. Patterson (First Base)
  3. D. Smith (Shortstop)
  4. V. Vargas (Catcher)
  5. S. Polly (Third Base)
  6. T. Johnson (Left Field)
  7. K. McGlynn (Right Field)
  8. M. Bazinet (Center Field)
  9. Pitcher

Pitching Rotation:

  1. M. Powers
  2. D. Fink
  3. D. May Jr.
  4. R. Kurz

Relief Pitchers:

R. Williams

Closer:

C. Wheeler

How they have done, thus far, 15 games into the season:

South Africa is currently in fifth place in the Eastern Hemisphere, and look like this in the standings:

East

 

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

 Pyt.Rec

Diff

 

Home

Away

XInn

1Run

M#

Streak

Last10

South Africa

4

11

.267

10.0

7-8

-3

 

3-5

1-6

0-1

0-1

-

W1

4-6

 

 

The teamís stats (ranking in league in parenthesis) are as follows:

Batting Average: .224 (9th)

Home Runs: 13 (9th)

Walks: 43 (1st)

Stolen Bases: 10 (9th)

Runs Scored: 66 (7th)

Pitching Earned Run Average: 4.64 (9th)

Opponentís Batting Average: .247 (8th)

Home Runs Allowed: 33 (9th)

Walks Allowed: 13 (T-4th)

Runs Allowed: 75 (9th)

Thank you all and I hope you can enjoy this outlook. Good luck to all teams in 2009, especially St. Louis!