AMERICAN LEAGUE AWARDSCY YOUNG:
Dark Horse: Ruben Ramirez - Burlington MAPS
Dark Horse: Spike Cambridge - Cincinnati MuckLucks
Horacio Martin is removed from the conversation.
Dark Horse: Crash Purcell - Dover Dozers
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Dark Horse: John Boyd - Dover Dozers
NATIONAL LEAGUE AWARDSCY YOUNG:
Dark Horse: Felipe Marquez - Charleston Men of Risk
Duncan has been a Silver Slugger Award winner in each of his two seasons. And in a lineup bursting with talent Duncan has the potential to put up a monster season. It's not crazy to think of his season ending line looking like: 200 hits, 30 HR, 30 SB, 100 RBI, 120 runs, 40 doubles.
Dark Horse: Jacob Wells - Colorado Cougars
Dark Horse: Sam Sobkowiak - Richmond Rebels
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Dark Horse: Rick Wakeland - New Orleans Flashers
REAL LIFE COMPARISONS
Louie Ma is arguably the best position player in the Fingers League. We all know what bunting's stance on the subject is. He is only 27 years old but has already taken home two AL batting titles and two AL MVP Awards.
Similar to Ma, Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols joined their respective big league clubs as a 21-year-old. Below are the three players statistics from their rookie seasons to the beginning of their seasons as a 27-year-old:
DiMaggio/ 825 G/ 3368 AB/ 735 R/ 1163 H/ 214 2B/ 198 HR/ 816 RBI/ .345
Pujols/ 933 G/ 3489 AB/ 748 R/ 1159 H/ 260 2B/ 250 HR/ 758 RBI/ .332
Ma/ 811 G/ 3030 AB/ 639 R/ 1016 H/ 237 2B/ 237 HR/ 751 RBI/ .335
The following is their 162 game average over the same time period:
DiMaggio/ 661 AB/ 144 R/ 228 H/ 42 2B/ 39 HR/ 160 RBI/ .345
Pujols/ 605 AB/ 130 R/ 201 H/ 45 2B/ 43 HR/ 132 RBI/ .332
Ma/ 605 AB/ 128 R/ 203 H/ 44 2B/ 47 HR/ 150 RBI/ .335
Frank Chong was the first pitcher automatically nominated to the Fingers Hall of Fame. He was the most dominating pitcher during the first decade. I think I found a pretty good comparison when I looked to see if any real life pitchers were similar. Greg Maddux.
Obviously Chong didn't have the long career that Maddux enjoyed but many of their numbers are remarkably close. Below is a look at those similarities:
Chong: 3.17 ERA/ 3.28 KtoBB/ 1.145 WHIP/ .238 OBA/ .290 OBP/ .361 SLG
Maddux: 3.16 ERA/ 3.37 KtoBB/ 1.143 WHIP/ .250 OBA/ .291 OBP/ .358 SLG
Maddux (in 1994) was also the only pitcher since 1950 to equal Chong's Season 6, which is the best single season pitching perfomance in Fingers history:
Chong: 16-4/ 1.61 ERA/ .905 WHIP/ 5.11 KtoBB/ 10 CG/ 6.7 H/9
Maddux: 16-6/ 1.56 ERA/ .896 WHIP/ 5.03 KtoBB/10 CG/ 6.7 H/9
Yamaguchi will be automatically eligible for the Hall of Fame when he retires and rightfully so. Eight times he finished with 30 or more saves in a season and if he never pitches again he will retire as #2 on the all-time saves list with 307.