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  • Lew, I meant to get you an offer on Langford, but I've been crazy busy this week. Meetings at church 2 nights and Little League the other 3. What are the contract numbers for Langford and the potential package guys for that 2nd rounder?

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    • TRADE: Rick Langford and Joe Ferguson for the Thunder 1985 2nd round pick!

      We're hoping a flyball pitcher like Langford for will benefit from a change in scenery to the more flyball friendly Olympic Stadium and Ferguson gives us some depth at catcher.
      "I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame."
      - Sammy Sosa

      "Get a comfy chair, Sammy, cause its gonna be a long wait."
      - Craig Ashley (AKA Windy City Fan)

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      • Originally posted by Windy City Fan View Post
        TRADE: Rick Langford and Joe Ferguson for the Thunder 1985 2nd round pick!

        We're hoping a flyball pitcher like Langford for will benefit from a change in scenery to the more flyball friendly Olympic Stadium and Ferguson gives us some depth at catcher.
        The Legends confirm this trade. Rick Langford was unfortunately never able to achieve the success that the Legends hoped he would, and had been used mostly in relief for his first four seasons. With next year's rotation shaping up to be Jack Morris (124 ERA+/1.17 WHIP), Burt Hooton (148/1.10); Bob Knepper (151/1.06); and Fernando Valenzuela (135/1.05) Langford figured to be a fifth starter at best and probably would pitch in relief instead, so management felt it was better to roll the dice on a draft pick that could help down the road. Ferguson simply was never able to find his bat at Shea. We wish them both well with their new team.
        You see, you spend a good deal of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. J. Bouton

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        • That still leaves the Legends with the following players that we are willing to trade. All are on one year deals, so the contract ends after this season. We are looking for future picks and will certainly consider combining two or more of these players. If interested in any of them PM me. Always willing to negotiate as well.

          John Tamargo - backup catcher. Only good as a late season callup or injury replacement, with 58 PAs. 250K, 106 OPS+.
          Lamar Johnson - frist base. 102 OPS+, 4M. Plenty of playing time left.
          Miguel Dilone - OF. 120 OPS+, 7.25M. Has not played anywhere near up to his projected ability. Playing time is at about 75%.
          Eddie Solomon - P. 137 ERA+/1.33 WHIP. 9M.
          You see, you spend a good deal of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. J. Bouton

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          • Send Hassey to the minors and lets have Ferguson take over his duties. See if a change of scenery sparks something in him. Langford will join the major league roster as well and we'll send Boggs down to the minors.

            RESET rotation:
            Niekro
            Tiant
            Langford
            Eckersley
            Haas

            Cl vs RH: Beckwith, Holland
            CL vs LH: Holland, Beckwith
            Setup vs RH: Lopez, Beckwith
            Setup vs LH: Lavelle, Holland
            Middle: Lopez, Lavelle
            Long: Barker, Lopez, Lavelle
            Mop: Lavelle, Barker
            Spot: Barker
            "I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame."
            - Sammy Sosa

            "Get a comfy chair, Sammy, cause its gonna be a long wait."
            - Craig Ashley (AKA Windy City Fan)

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            • --The Knights pick up where they left off before the break, running thier winning streak to 6 with a sweep of the Angels. The Jaxx take 2 of 3 from the Beavers to keep things close int he Cartwright.
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              • --New league file for DMB owners
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                • --The Knights run their winning streak to 9, building a league best 6 game division lead in the process. Next series takes us into August so trade deadline is midnight EST tommorrow.
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                  • Please place Ken Forsch on the 15 day DL and call up Dave Rozema:

                    Pitching - Skip
                    SP1 - Tommy John*
                    SP2 - David Palmer
                    SP3 - Jim Bibby
                    SP4 - Dave Rozema
                    SP5 - Paul Splittorff*
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                    • vs RH
                      CF Murphy
                      2B Randolph
                      DH Clark
                      LF Oglivie
                      3B Cey
                      RF Roberts

                      C Ferguson
                      SS Smalley
                      1B Hargrove

                      vs LH
                      2B Randolph
                      LF Lowenstein
                      DH Clark
                      RF Oglivie
                      3B Cey
                      C Johnson
                      1B Hargrove
                      SS Dyzbinski
                      CF Murphy
                      "I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame."
                      - Sammy Sosa

                      "Get a comfy chair, Sammy, cause its gonna be a long wait."
                      - Craig Ashley (AKA Windy City Fan)

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                      • One of the big storylines for this season has to be whether Ben Oglivie can break the CKL record for RBI's set be Willie Mays at 190. Looks like he is on pace at this point.
                        Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything. ~Toby Harrah

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                        • --The Thunder sweep the Tyrants, run their winning streak to 4 and build their lead lead to 7. Even more impressively they have built a +200 run differential.
                          --We're past the trade deadline and 102 games into the season and still have 6 teams within 6 games of a playoff berth in the Robinson. Should be interesting.
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                            • Originally posted by rmadachik View Post
                              One of the big storylines for this season has to be whether Ben Oglivie can break the CKL record for RBI's set be Willie Mays at 190. Looks like he is on pace at this point.
                              The trade for Oglivie may be the GM move of the offseason. Kudos to the Thunder.
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                              • --The Thunder continue their ramage across the league, running their winning streak to 7. The Knights take 2 of 3 fromt eh Beavers to tighten the race for the Robinson bye, with Steve Rogers picking up his 18th win in the process.
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