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Frank Thomas and Mike Mussina elected to ULB Hall of Fame!

The Class of 2015 is here, and for the first time we will have two players entering the ULB Hall of Fame. Both players were considered one of the greatest at their respective positions throughout the early decade and a half of the ULB.

player_9363Mike Mussina (Vancouver Canucks,1996-2003; St. Paul Saints, 2004, Las Vegas Vipers, 2004; New Mexico Suns, 2007)

Elected with 82.3% of Votes, Second Year on Ballot (62.5%, 2010)

Mussina was a dominant force in the early history of the ULB, helping the Vancouver Canucks to reach the Union Cup in 1996 and 1997. Mussina totaled 144 wins in the ULB and added 89 in the MLB for a total of 233 wins in both leagues. He led the ULB in wins in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He amassed 3 Nolan Ryan Trophies (1996, 1998 and 2002) and was elected to the All Star Game 7 times in his 10 years in the ULB.

Honors and Awards
Award Years Times Won
Nolan Ryan Award 1996, 1998, 2002 3
All-Star 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 7
Pitcher of the Month 7/97, 9/97, 6/98, 4/00, 6/00, 5/02, 6/04 7

 

player_12902Frank Thomas (Boston Colonials, 1998-2004; Oklahoma City RedHawks, 2005; Phoenix Fire, 2008-2009)

Elected with 76.5% of Votes, First Year on Ballot

The Big Hurt came over to the ULB signing  a 5 year contract with the Colonials in the 1997-1998 offseason worth a then record $102,500,000 million. Gripes about him being overpaid were quickly quieted as he led the league in Home Runs and Runs Batted in his 1998 season. He would go on to hit 243 Home Runs with the Colonials and added 9 more in short seasons plagued by injuries with the Oklahoma City RedHawks and Phoenix Fire. Thomas added a Fielding Bible Award at 1B in 2000 and was elected to the All Star Team four times with the Colonials. Thomas would add another 248 Homers in his MLB career to reach a total of 500 home runs. In his combined ULB and MLB career he had a total of 2,233 hits, and was also an MVP in 1993 and 1994 in the MLB with the Chicago White Sox.

Former San Jose Jedi General Manager Mak Dolnick, now an executive assistant to White Sox Owner Joe Reinsdorf, commented on Thomas’ election.

“He’s the Big Hurt, what else needs to be said?”

Honors and Awards
Award Years Times Won
Fielding Bible Award Winners 2000 (1B) 1
All-Star 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 4

Of those not making the cut, Washington’s Larry Walker fell just short of getting ‘The Call’ in his 4th year of eligibility. He appeared on 58.8% of ballots this season. Walker has to be encouraged by the fact that his percentage climbed higher than in 2010, when he had 50% of the vote. Manno Wickey, the New Orleans Gold Sox poster boy for a decade, received 52.9% of the vote in his first year on the ballot, but will have to wait another year before hopefully receiving his call.

2011 ULB Hall of Fame Ballot Results
Pos Player Votes Vote%
SP Mike Mussina 14 82.3
1B Frank Thomas 13 76.5
LF Larry Walker 10 58.8
1B Manno Wickey 9 52.9
SP Roger Clemens 8 47.1
SP Pedro Luis Lazo 7 41.2
C Mike Piazza 7 41.2
DH Ryan Keith 5 29.4
SP Curt Schilling 5 29.4
SP Kevin Brown 4 23.5
C Tyler Houston 4 23.5
CF Andruw Jones 4 23.5
SS Enrique Aguilar 3 17.6
SP Ramiro Mendoza 3 17.6
RF Mark Merchant 3 17.6
SP Andy Pettitte 3 17.6
C Steve Coture 2 11.8
SP Tom Gordon 2 11.8
DH Mark McGwire 2 11.8
2B Roberto Alomar 1 5.9
LF Mark Anthony 1 5.9
LF Brian Apolskis 1 5.9
LF Darryl Brinkley 1 5.9
LF David Diaz 1 5.9
1B Darren Doucette 1 5.9
CF Christopher Garife 1 5.9
RP Daniel Ginder 1 5.9
3B Brian Heigle 1 5.9
SS Howard Hill 1 5.9
RF Tomoaki Kanemoto 1 5.9
SP Brett Lagerblade 1 5.9
C Ken Love 1 5.9
CF Vernon Maxwell 1 5.9
2B Warren Morris 1 5.9
3B Bill Mueller 1 5.9
SP Hideo Nomo 1 5.9
DH Curtis Parham 1 5.9
LF Roberto Singer 1 5.9
LF Dernell Stenson 1 5.9
CF Zack Watts 1 5.9

A-Rod Suspended for Rest of 2011 Season

Washington Senators 2B Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the remainder of the 2011 ULB Regular Season for a violation of the ULB Wellness Policy. The 35 year old star was hitting .204 in 14 games in his 3rd season with the Senators.

Commissioner Greenberg ordered the suspension based on what has been described as overwhelming evidence that Rodriguez not only obtained illegal performance-enhancing substances from the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida, but also sought to hinder their investigation into those allegations.

In a statement, the 35-year-old Rodriguez proclaimed  his innocence and said he would appeal the decision in a federal court, even though courts rarely overturn arbitrator’s decisions involving collectively bargained contracts.

“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court,” he said in the statement. “I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by ULB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.”

2008 ULB All Stars Voting Winners Announced

The 2008 ULB All Star Game Voting Period has ended, and here are the winners for the  14th edition of the ULB Classic.

 

Players League


C Alfonso Delgado PHO
1B Alex Crooks OKC
2B Gerard King LV
3B John McCurdy SJJ
SS Stephen Drew CHA
OF Josh Hamilton MIL
OF Mark Folsom CHA
OF Ichiro Suzuki LV
DH Kenneth Payne PHO

Federal League

C Andy Burress WAS
1B Eron Morrow POR
2B C.J. Henry NO
3B Mark Schramek JC
SS Mike Peeples SJS
OF Jason Kubel LAS
OF Jason Harrison SL
OF Albert Pujols HOU
DH Jody Gerut JC

Brian Apolskis Suspended 10 Games By ULB

Apolskis hit .297 with 205 HR from 1995-2005 in the ULB.
Apolskis hit .297 with 205 HR from 1995-2005 in the ULB.

Brian Apolskis has been suspended 10 games by the Office of the Commissioner of Union League Baseball for a violation of the Banned Substances Policy. Since Apolskis spent 2007 as a member of the MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays, he was suspended under the Non-ULB Free Agent Provision, which has slightly reduced penalties. Had Apolskis been a ULB Player in 2007, he would have been subject to an increased 30 game suspension which takes effect in 2008. Apolskis had previously been a member of the New Orleans Gold Sox, Oklahoma City RedHawks, Houston Apollos and New Mexico Suns in the ULB before signing with the Rays in 2006. This will be his first season with the Washington Senators.

He had a career line of .297 with 205 home runs in his first ten seasons in the ULB. In his two seasons with the Rays, he played in 229 games and hit .301 with 21 home runs. He had no comment on his suspension, and is eligible to play in spring training with the Senators.

Senators Select Kershaw #1

With the First Overall pick in the 2008 Union League Baseball draft, the Washington Senators selected LHP Clayton Kershaw from Highland Park High School.

After a growth spurt and further development of his pitches he established himself as an elite high school prospect in 2006 when he posted a 13–0 record with an ERA of 0.77, and recorded 139 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. In a playoff game against Justin Northwest High School, Kershaw pitched an all-strikeout perfect game. He struck out all 15 batters he faced in the game, which was shortened because of the mercy rule.* He also pitched for USA Baseball’s Junior National Team in the Pan Am Championship.  Kershaw was selected by USA Today as “High School Baseball Player of the Year”, and was also the Gatorade National Player of the Year for baseball.

 

*It is worth noting that the ULB does not have a mercy rule. Be afraid.

Washington Nets #1 Overall Pick

The Washington Senators have netted the #1 overall pick in the 2008 ULB Draft Lottery. The Senators will have the first selection for the first time in team history, despite finishing in the bottom of the standing for well over a decade. The Senators .408 winning percentage is the worst in ULB History thus far, but returning GM Josh Allenberg is looking to change that.

Allenberg reportedly called the Senators ‘a stinking mess’ and that he had work to do to fix things in Washington. Allenberg said that like Presidental Canidate Barrack Obama, he is looking to bring ‘Hope and Change’ to the Senators organization.

The #2 pick in the draft will go to the Milwaukee Brewers and the #3 pick will belong to the Phoenix Fire.

Generals Hire Allenberg as GM

The Washington Generals have hired a new General Manager. Well, actually, they re-hired an old General Manager. The Generals introduced Joshua Allenberg to the media today after letting Kyle Johsnon go after a 21-28 start to the season. Allenberg was the first Generals GM in team history, and led the club to a 65-89 record in 1995. In 1996, Allenberg was dismissed after a 50-104 season, which continues to stand as the 4th worst overall finish in league history.

Allenberg served as the head of the ULBPA from 1996-2002.
Allenberg served as the head of the ULBPA from 1996-2002.

Generals Owner Ted J. Leonsis never knew Allenberg when he was briefly the GM of the Generals. He didn’t buy the club until years later from the estate of deceased owner George Soros. But he did have interactions with Allenberg when he led the ULB Players Association from 1996 until 2002.

“He was a tough son of a bitch. I respected him for that. That kind of toughness is exactly what we need in this front office. I think Allenberg brings that in spades. I told him I want to see a winner. He told me ‘I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news.’ So I’m calling him Bad News Allenberg now.”

The Generals have never had a winning season. Allenberg was replaced by Remo Suurkivi, who tried in vain to build a winner in the nations capital stepping down in frustration in 2004. Since then, The Generals have appeared to have an open door policy, replacing GM after GM for the last three seasons. Perhaps Allenberg is the answer. After all, he did manage to last two full seasons before being canned last time.

Paul Konerko Traded to Colonials

The Washington Generals have traded former All Star Paul Konerko to the Boston Colonials for major leaguers Michael Barrett and Raul Ibanez.

Barrett is hitting .357 in 18 games for the Colonials. Ibanez is hitting .219, mostly appearing as a pinch hitter until the last two games in which he started, where he has gone 1 for 7 with a 2 run home run.

Konerko was surprised by his trade to Boston.
Konerko was surprised by his trade to Boston.

Konerko heads to Boston after appearing in 20 games for the Generals this season. He has hit .260 with 2 home runs. The 4 time All Star with San Antonio/San Juan was traded to Washington in 2003, where he signed a 7-year contract extension worth a total of $140,700,000. After suffering several losing seasons, the Generals have decided to move their expensive pieces and rebuild. Konerko was surprised by his trade to Boston.

“I did not see this coming. I’m happy to move to a contender, but I’ll miss the fans here in Washington of course.”

The Generals also receive prospects Noah Lowry and Taylor Myers. Lowry is considered the #10 prospect in the Colonials farm system, and was rated the #98 overall prospect in the ULB in 2004. He is 1-1 with a 8.38 ERA for the Rookie League Rockland Boulders. Taylor Myers was 8-15 for the Colonials last season, and began this year at Triple A Ball with the Chatham Lights. He has a 2.08 ERA in 9 games this season.

The Colonials also receive catcher Dominic Woody in the deal.

2004 ULB ALL STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Here are your starters for the 2004 Union League Baseball All Star Game, which will be held in Sunny San Jose, home of the Jedi. Skywalker Stadium will host the All Star Game for the 2nd time. Last time the ASG was in San Jose, the Crickets Hall of Famer Michael Jordan won that game for the Players League with a Walk off Home Run. Who will provide the fireworks in 2004?

LIGHT SIDE (Players League)

  • C Brian Horner, BRO
  • 1B Stefan Bailie, COL
  • 2b Jose Vidro, OKC
  • 3b Gary Sapp, BOS
  • SS Brett King, BRO
  • OF Shannon Carter, STP
  • OF Kevin Forbes, BOS
  • OF Ichiro Suzuki, LV
  • OF Juan Morales, OKC (Won FL Vote)
  • DH Kenneth Payne, PHO
  • SP Andy Yount, PHO
  • RP Scott Williamson, BOS

DARK SIDE (Federal League)

  • C Eric Christopherson, SJS
  • 1B Derek Baker, SJS
  • 2B Jason Moore, LAS
  • 3B Brian Sutter, HOU
  • SS Alex Rodriguez, JC
  • OF Daylan Holt, BUF
  • OF Anduw Jones, WAS
  • OF Albert Pujols, HOU
  • DH Adam Dunn, HOU
  • SP Roy Halladay, POR
  • RP Rhett Parrott, SLC

Reserves will be announced later today once the Jedi Council decides who will oppose the forces of Darth Timms and the Federal League. May the Force be with you and don’t forget to go see Star Wars, Episode II Attack of the Clones back in theaters nationwide for a limited time.