Welcome to the Season 17 of the USMLB.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

#6 Number One in the Crosshairs

Houston Hitmen

The Hitmen started out as one of the worst teams by losing over 100 games during season one; fortunately, they have gotten better every year since. During season six the Hitmen got all the pieces right and became the second American League team to win the World Series. The Hitmen followed that World Series season by breaking the record for most wins in a season last year with 118 wins and made it to the American Championship game for the second straight year. This team is expected to once again be in the discussion to win the World Series this season.

The total percentage of wins for the Hitmen is .531 (602 victories and 532 losses). The most wins in a single season were 118 during season seven. The most losses in a season were 103 during season one.

Szekrenyi is entering his fifth season as the general manger of the franchise compiling a 401-247 record for a .619 winning percentage. Szekrenyi has taken one of the worst teams in the league and turned it into one of the top teams in the league in a very short time. The team seems to be getting better every year, even with one of the lowest payrolls in the league. Szekrenyi could be looking at another championship run very soon.

Future Outlook: Contender

Playoff Appearance: Three
Division Championship: Three
World Series Victory: One
All-Stars: 10
Awards: 1 MVP Award/ 2 Cy Young Awards/ 3 Silver Sluggers/ 1 Gold Glove

All Houston Hitmen Team

Catcher: Tomas Roque (.291Ave, 103HR, 293RBI, 298R, .524SLG)
First Base: Todd Kirk (.291Ave, 159HR, 377RBI, 320R, .616SLG)
Second Base: Sean Foster (.291Ave, 79HR, 327RBI, 397R, .481SLG)
Third Base: Francisco Manto (.307Ave, 71HR, 232RBI, 152R, .589SLG)
Shortstop: Rocky Meadows (.292Ave, 135HR, 439RBI, 383R, .563SLG)
Left Field: Geraldo Rodriguez (.305Ave, 84HR, 272RBI, 227R, .579SLG)
Center Field: Edgar Tejada (.334Ave, 3HR, 83RBI, 221R, 109SB)
Right Field: Art Roskos (.311Ave, 109HR, 363RBI, 318R, .560SLG)
Designated Hitter: Hector Acosta (.323Ave, 65HR, 343RBI, 282R, .422OBP)
Starting Pitcher: Cliff Sheets (3.85ERA, 117-57 Record, 1552.6IP, 1326SO, 1.31WHIP)
Reliever: Magglio Salinas (2.09ERA, 89-104 Save Chances, 154G, 197SO, 1.07WHIP)

Career Records

At Bats: Sean Foster - 2120
Games Played: Rocky Meadows - 580
Runs: Sean Foster - 397
Hits: Sean Foster - 617
Doubles: Sean Foster – 122/ Rocky Meadows - 122
Triples: Sean Foster - 22
Homeruns: Todd Kirk - 159
Runs Batted In: Rocky Meadows - 439
Walks: Hector Acosta - 281
Stolen Bases: Anthony Bolling - 147
Batting Average: None Qualified
On-Base Percentage: None Qualified
Slugging Percentage: None Qualified

Games: Cliff Sheets - 219
Games Started: Cliff Sheets - 219
Complete Games: Cliff Sheets - 21
Shutouts: Cliff Sheets - 3
Wins: Cliff Sheets – 117
Losses: Cliff Sheets - 57
Saves: Boots Gaetti – 91
Innings Pitched: Cliff Sheets – 1552.6
Strikeouts: Cliff Sheets - 1326
WHIP: Cliff Sheets – 1.31
Earned Run Average: Cliff Sheets – 3.85

Single Season Records

At-Bats: Grant Barker - 649 (season 2)
Runs: Geraldo Rodriguez - 117 (season 7)
Hits: Grant Barker - 199 (season 2)
Doubles: Rocky Meadows - 40 (season 6)
Triples: Edgar Tejada - 11 (season 7)
Homeruns: Todd Kirk - 62 (season 7)
RBI: Francisco Manto - 142 (season 2)/ Geraldo Rodriguez - 142 (season 7)
Walks: Hector Acosta - 109 (season 1)
Stolen Bases: Anthony Bolling - 82 (season 3)
Batting Average: Edgar Tejada - .345 (season 6)
On-Base Percentage: Hector Acosta - .430 (season 1)
Slugging Percentage: Todd Kirk - .688 (season 7)

Games: Henry Meyers - 80 (season 3)
Games Started: Lariel Camacho - 36 (season 5)
Complete Games: Cliff Sheets - 8 (season 3)
Shutouts: Cliff Sheets - 2 (season 3)/ Garland Haney - 2 (season 7)
Wins: Cliff Sheets - 23 (season 7)
Losses: Julio Rodriguez - 19 (season 3)
Saves: Magglio Salinas - 39 (season 6)
Strikeouts: Cliff Sheets - 224 (season 7)
WHIP: Cliff Sheets - 1.13 (season 3)
Earned Run Average: Cliff Sheets - 2.99 (season 7)