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Jan 23, 2023
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Costco Chuck and The Basil King are back to give an early look at how all the teams are looking prior to next month's draft. We're moving away from hosting our podcasts on Soundcloud, so now you can simply click the PLAY arrow on the Radio tab in the header to listen today!
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Nov 11, 2022
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Was this a fern bar? A chill lounge or a speakeasy? Is it even a pizza joint? Yes, it's definitely a good pizza joint. Recorded live at Earl Giles Distillery in the self-proclaimed artsy-hippie epicenter of Northeast Minneapolis, it's Groundout Radio #85: Rule 5 Edition. We hand out some grades from the recently completed draft, take a look back at last year's top picks, and break down a very good pie. And when it was all said and done, even Russ couldn't wipe all the coolness off of his sensible JCPenney cardigan and versatile tan Dockers. Listen here!
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Apr 18, 2022
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Here's our regular season gamer schedule as well as a refresher on how to format, edit, and post the HTML files. This year looks a little different, as we'll try splitting each week into two gamer sessions, which will give everyone a little more in-season activity. Most weeks now have games played seven days a week, with a limited Monday schedule. The new weekly rhythm now looks a little like this: Sunday night: Gamer A plays and posts Monday's partial schedule. Monday night: Gamer A plays and posts Tuesday's games. Tuesday night: Gamer A plays and posts Wednesday's games. Wednesday night: Gamer B plays and posts Thursday/Friday doubleheader. Thursday night: Gamer B plays and posts Saturday/Sunday doubleheader. Friday/Saturday night: no activity. Note: feel free to switch sessions with your weekly partner, or contact the Commish if you need to make a scheduling change. GAMER DUTY Week 1: Jeff Meyer (Session A); Johnny Walbert (Session B) Week 2: Scott Curtis (Session A); Mike Mihelich (Session B) Week 3: Paul Henderson (Session A); Jeff Burkett (Session B) Week 4: Chad Boysen (Session A); Jeff Swenson (Session B) Week 5: Scott Benson (Session A); Sam Bentz (Session B) Week 6: Chuck Tinkler (Session A); Tom Tingblad (Session B) Week 7: Ken Simone (Session A); Russ Young (Session B) Week 8: Jeremy Johnson (Session A); Ryan Williams (Session B) Week 9: Paul Johnson (Session A); David Meyer (Session B) Week 10: Johnny Walbert (Session A); Jeff Meyer (Session B) Week 11: Mike Mihelich (Session A); Scott Curtis (Session B) Week 12: Jeff Burkett (Session A); Paul Henderson (Session B) Week 13: Jeff Swenson (Session A); Chad Boysen (Session B) Week 14: Scott Benson (Session A); Sam Bentz (Session B) Week 15: Tom Tingblad (Session A); Chuck Tinkler (Session B) Week 16: Russ Young (Session A); Ken Simone (Session B) Week 17: Ryan Williams (Session A); Jeremy Johnson (Session B) Week 18: Paul Johnson (Session A); David Meyer (Session B) Week 19: Jeff Meyer (Session A); Johnny Walbert (Session B) Week 20: Scott Curtis (Session A); Mike Mihelich (Session B) Week 21: Paul Henderson (Session A); Jeff Burkett (Session B) Week 22: Chad Boysen (Session A); Jeff Swenson (Session B) Week 23: David Meyer (Session A); Jeff Burkett (Session B) Week 24: Mike Mihelich (Session A); Paul Henderson (Session B) Week 25: Chuck Tinkler (Session A); Tom Tingblad (Session B) Week 26: Mike Mihelich (Session A only) (Regular season ends September 15.) STEP-BY-STEP TO POSTING RESULTS ALERT! Update your game software using Patch H (see Johnny's 5-22 post.) Go to "Manage League in Cloud" and use the password emailed in March. Play the full daily scheduled games. Locate the boxscores: File > Find HTML Files > Daily Reports. Quickly review boxscores and select your Player of the Day (POD). With the boxscore file open on your internet browser (not within the SOM game engine), select the Source Code. (Mac users: Command-U; Windows users: Control-U.) A page of gibberish HTML code opens. Select and copy all the code. Close the boxscores. Login to your polo-grounds.com account with your username and password. Click orange "Create New Post" button in the web header. Format the title as shown: Month 00: Player Name, Team. Consistent spelling, team abbreviations, and capitalization. (Example: April 5: Larry Groundout, BER). Don't use 3rd, 4th, etc.—only the numeral. Click the text field below the title, click the + sign inside the circle. Scroll all the way to the right and click </> "Insert HTML code." Click on the two Height and Width arrow icons along the top and use the sliders to expand the fields to the maximum sizes of 844 x 1200 pixels. Paste the code copied in Step #6 into the empty box where prompted. Click the orange "Publish" button. On doubleheader days, repeat the process for the second set of games. IMPORTANT: Upload league to cloud after each night's games.
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Mar 15, 2022
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March 15, 2022 Maybe it's this new space-age realignment that has me out of sorts, but just for fun, I'm trying something a little different this year. I'm grouping all 18 PGB teams into one of three categories: Contender, Tinkerbell, or Blossom. Read on, and I think you'll start to understand how this all works. Go 2022! ​ CONTENDERS: It shouldn't shock anyone if these teams are still standing in October. Rochester: If there was ever a team designed to threaten the records of last year's El Dorado team, well...it's this team. The depth and quality are elite level. I do not, however, believe they will win all 162 games, so it's possible that Skipper Chad has left the door open just a crack. White Bear Lake: Don't laugh—this team is really good. Ol' Dave Spurrier did a nice job of stocking the shelves before his departure last year, and new manager Paul Johnson had a solid winter adding complimentary pieces. Deep postseason run is in play here. San Antonio: Scott Curtis has been buffing and polishing this roster for a couple years now, seemingly with the intent of everything jelling at once. They have a full rotation, nice depth, and I think Tatis and Ohtani might prove to be useful at some point during the season. Homestead: No team announced a full-frontal attack quite like the Grays this year. Sure, the team hit a rough patch in recent years, but boy-oh-boy what an offseason. They added Corbin Burnes, Max Scherzer, and Lance McCullers, so believe me, this team is back! Casper: I know, super boring pick, and super boring team, but most of the key pieces are back from last year's surprise champion. They won't win 100+ games again, but they won't need that kind of effort to position themselves for another crack at winning. Brooklyn: They're baaaack. Russ has emerged from the dark days of "The Eric Haase Incident" to roar back with an aggression we haven't witnessed recently. An old-fashioned transaction frenzy has left the Trolleydodgers with a nice little squad. Pay attention here. ​ TINKERBELLS: Need to elevate with a nice trade and a little sprinkle of HAL's pixie dust. Pensacola: Honestly, it was tough to leave the Crackers out of the top group, but they weren't helped much during draft season, and a few key guys took a backwards step. But don't kid yourself, they remain extremely dangerous, but not in Sam’s typical epic, domineering sort of way. Charleston: Don't overlook them, but it's possible that Manager Jeff may have already used up his allocation of pixie dust in recent years on Trey Mancini and Luke Voit. It looks like the Low Sox will need just a bit more for them to make an extended appearance in the postseason. Thunder Bay: Johnny had a solid re-entry into PGB last year, taking a team without much hope or direction and transforming them into a competent squad. Still not the most electrifying team, at least they've somewhat stabilized, and are poised for a continued ascent. Vancouver: Trout is down for most of the season; that's gotta sting a bit, but all is not lost. Nice rotation is still in play with Musgrove, Ryu, and Roberto Clemente Award winner Trevor Bauer. And it's not like Jeremy ever gets gun-shy about making a blockbuster trade. Santa Catalina: Well, the Basil King has put himself into position to acquire a lot of high-end talent in recent years, to the point where I don't need to squint very hard to see positive results. With a lucky dice roll or two, the Cowboys will stay in the thick of the race this year. ​Gnawbone: I know the joke is getting pretty old by now, but bet against Sparky at your own peril. The Doves are at their best when nobody gives them a chance, and for the first half of 2021, everything went their way before fading. Can they hang in a little longer this year? BLOSSOMS: Still maturing, but still not quite ready to exhibit their true beauty. Branson: Swen, I still believe in the Knobbers. I want to believe Buxton will play 152 games and Jo Adell goes off for a 6 WAR season. And I desperately want to suspend reality again as you coax 40 more bombs from Zunino. But this year, it's getting harder to buy in. Berlin: This team has been so close to next-level status for a while now, and I don't quite see 2022 as being a corner-turner. There's a lot of goodies on the roster, for sure, but not much in the way of game-changing superstars. C'mon, just add three or four of those, Paul! Fairburn: Well, OK now, that was a nice winter for the Knights, as they re-built parts of the team. Getting Woodruff, Marquez, Kaprelian, and Cortes gives this team a good, young group to build around. A ways to go still, but suddenly there's a lot of positives happening in Burkettville. Sheboygan: They went out and added Patiño, Ryan, and Manoah, which is absolutely fantastic. I just thought Boomer knew I was kidding when I told him we were drafting hitters separately this year. Already building up a nice war chest for next year's draft though. Tenochtitlan: Funny to see a Tinkler-led team down this low, but let's look at the situation rationally: the team has been mothballed for a couple of years and he traded away a big chunk of draft assets for an even bigger stockpile next year. On track, but it's gonna take time. Kelowna: Awww, our darling debutante, Ryan! The fickle finger of fate kind of crapped on this team, and it might take some time to dig out. But adding in Kelenic, Duran, Brujan, Larnach, and Lynch? That's exactly the formula I would use too. Watch out in 2025! ​ PLAYOFFS This is like Lucy holding the ball for Charlie Brown, but I'm picking Rochester to win it all for the 14th consecutive year, taking their first crown by beating White Bear Lake in the World Series.
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Feb 01, 2021
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The secondaries are back at it again for a first-ever PGB mock draft with special guest "Saginaw Slim" Rob Stricker, a long-time friendly foe of Dave Spurrier, Costco Chuck and The Basil King. Listen in as they take over management of your team for an hour. Also, three more Friends of PGB have offered up their Top 20 AL rookies, but listen to the podcast first before digging into these tasty prospect nuggets: GM #1: Jeff Hicklin I have 40 years’ experience in STRAT. and have played in 5 leagues over the years most recently focusing on 2 leagues adding a third this last season. I have been the first 3-time champion in both leagues and have won many division championships 8 in a row in a 24 team league. It’s not hard to draft the first 5-6 picks every year. It gets tough drafting 12-24 when there are no clear-cut choices. I like Adell Singer Huff Crochet better than others.. 1. Luis Roberts 2. Nick Madrigal 3. Brady Singer 4. Jo Adell 5. Casey Mize 6. Triston McKenzie 7. Nate Pearson 8. Ryan Mountcastle 9. Cristian Javier 10. Deivi Garcia 11. Rob Dalbec 12. Dane Dunning 13. Tarek Skubal 14. Kris Bubic 15. Garrett Crochet 16. Sam Huff 17. Leody Tavaras 18. Josh Fleming 19. Evan White 20. John Curtiss GM #2: Bill Moonan He has played for 55 years and prides himself on doing quite a lot of personal research for the draft. His strength is drafting talent. and doesn’t wheel and deal much with his roster. He has won his share of titles over the years and loves offense while pitching is secondary 1. Luis Roberts 2. Nick Madrigal 3. Ryan Mountcastle 4. Casey Mize 5. Brady Singer 6. Tristan McKenzie 7. Jo Adell 8. Cristian Javier 9. Nate Pearson 10. Dane Dunning 11. Deivi Garcia 12. Bobby Dalbec 13. Tarik Skubal 14. Leody Taveras 15. Kris Bubic 16. Garrett Crochet 17. Josh Fleming 18. John Curtiss 19. Jared Walsh GM #3 - Brad Leonard I have been playing Strat since my college days. That is 40 years, long before computers when everything was done by hand and by mail. I am in 2 leagues now, one for the past 30 years and the other in year number 3. I have won only 1 World Series but am usually competitive enough to reach the postseason. I have on occasion have had some really bad teams that allowed me to have the #1 overall pick.  1. Luis Robert 2. Jo Adell 3. Nick Madrigal 4. Triston McKenzie 5. Casey Mize 6. Tarik Skubal 7. Ryan Mountcastle 8. Evan White 9. Nate Pearson 10. Dane Dunning 11. Bobby Dalbec 12. Garrett Crochet 13. Sam Huff 14. Isaac Paredes 15. Leody Taveras 16. Josh Fleming 17. Cristian Javier 18. Deivi Garcia 19. Kris Bubic 20. Evan White Only one week left to see how your rankings stack up against these long-time savvy Strat veterans. HUGE THANKS to Rob, Jeff, Bill and Brad for partnering with PGB—you guys are awesome! Remember, the draft starts on Monday, February 8 at 7:00 ET, 6:00 CT. We love the draft!
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Apr 06, 2020
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So, which of these pizzas would you order? The Balanced Chuck: Pepperoni, peppercinis, Kalamata olives, Spam. (optional garlic) Dave's Carnivore Delight: Sausage, Canadian bacon, pineapple, ex-cheese. (opt. chicken) Ken's Salad: Marzano tomato, pepper blend, banana rings, basil. (opt. mushrooms) No substitutions, please. And click here for some food-for-thought before selecting your crust and cut.
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