It's a simple game.
You throw the ball,
You hit the ball,
You catch the ball.
A long, strange trip for some, a fruitful and joyous journey for others, the Summer League's 1997 recently closed with Greg again stealing the Spit Cup. As the Summer League's Official Scribe, I hope you'll enjoy my Summer League samplings.
Let me introduce you to myself and to my foes--the owners/GM's/managers I've had the privilege to combat in the SL's first six seasons. The numbers are my incalculable Palmer/Thorn ranking, first of the owners GM skills, second of their managerial skil ls, with a comment or two attached.
|GM skills||Managerial Skills|
|Greg Nims||92||Rosters are sometimes too pinch run constrictive, otherwise a perfect formula||95||According to Steve "he acted, I reacted", three moves ahead of the game|
|Keith Klein||87||Most balanced teams, but never most talented||80||Not sure how I arrived at this number|
|Ken Klein||70||Always leaves a gaping hole amid very talented teams||65||Good lineup maker and "understander" of APBA, but holds onto and applies misguided and unfounded notions|
|Chris Klein||70||Leaves smaller holes than Ken, about 3rd best talent every completed year, his trading days are behind him||65||Probably least among Big 4 in applying APBA board nuances, some questionable player moves, MANAGED his way to 1996 title|
|John Bryant||50||Minus trades and love for Tettleton, he'd be a 65||25||Passivist game manager, uncaring lineup maker|
|Jim Frank||55||Lotsa promise, probably a 60 w/out his draft day '97 proclamation to not look at the computer for the first five rounds||45||Way too aggressive at times, puts in lineups and manages o n whims too often, aggressiveness is a plus compared to the scrubs|
|Steve Swinea||30||Most likely to improve among '97 scrubs||35||Keeps starters in one batter too long, pinch hits w/ wrong guys, benches wrong guys, did handle relief staff well|
|Dan Casper||20||Reactive at best, improved drafting in '96, but then made terrible free agent pickups||40||Indistinct managerial style, above the worst, below the good|
|Joe Hauser||30||Started out ok in '97 draft, then faded away, high marks for not trading away his team to Steve||30||Keeps pitchers in six batters too long, plays second line talent too often|
|Tommy Maloney||30||Shrewd draft strategist||10||Wake Up, Tommy!, Tommy can you hear me!|
|Brian Boice||25||Had a good team minus the Minnesotans||45||Showed promise, but was constricted by GM Hubert Humphrey|
Here's the ratings recap: