Q & A with the Owners (jpelot)

7th in a series (by 69cubs)

jpelot is on his 17th season as owner of the Chicago Billy Goats. He took over a franchise that had one winning season in its first 6 seasons and immediately won 1st place in his first season as owner. Now, after 16 complete seasons, he has 8 - 1st place finishes (including the last 7 in a row) 7 - 2nd place (with 3 WC appearances) and 1 - 3rd place. And along the way, 4 World Series championships! 1490-1102 (.575) record going into his 17th season. His franchise are one of the model franchises in Mathewson.

Overall in HBD, 4060-3230 (.557) record in 45 seasons with 20 division titles, 9 WC appearances and 6 World Series titles.

On with the Q & A with jpelot

Favorite MLB team:
Atlanta Braves (I used to be huge Oakland A’s fan but their past 10 years of tanking is ridiculous and St Louis that’s because I like LaRussa and Pujols)

Favorite All-Time and/or current MLB player(s):
Past: Mark McGwire – I had a hard time with him using steroids because he was my favorite player before the steroids.
Current: Albert Pujols – Hopefully he won’t test positive for steroids

Favorite Mathewson player(s) current and/or All-time:
Kevin Rolls and Gerardo Cedeno

Significance of team name and/or username:
Team name – I thought my team I was building would fit better in Chicago after a couple years in St. Louis. This was towards the tail end of the steroid era, so I wanted more offense. I am not a big Cubs fan but I thought it would be fun to reverse the curse in Sim World since they will probably not win one in real life.

Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
San Francisco 49ers

Grew up in California but moved to Georgia when I was in high school. I started my professional career in IT but now I am in Purchasing. Just graduated with an MBA and now I can spend more time trying to figure how to get another ring.
I had a previously love for SimLeague baseball. I took some time off and my brother “pelot” got me hooked building a dynasty vs. having to start over every year.

Favorite Mathewson moment:
It’s the overall feeling of accomplishment of knowing that I did not tank to build this team.
I enjoy playing Oakland a few times a season as well.

Team you most dislike to face:
I gear up every year for a possible playoff battle with lylediekmann. Unfortunately, I believe this is the only team that I have faced consistently that I do not have a winning record against. Another owner that I like to battle with is within my division is jmagliaro. We are about .500 playing each other. I gasp every time these owners find a way to raise the bar or make a move.
The AL East as a whole (including loneranger and plymouth) has just killed each other the past few seasons, it’s great competition.

One tip you can share with all:
Have short term and long term plans, stick with them. There is more than one way to win a WS.

Thank You jpelot! Bringing the Billy Goat back in Chicago was supposed to break the curse for the Cubs, you certainly proved that the Billy Goat can help win! Maybe you should talk to the Cubs and see if you can help them!

Q & A with the Owners (dn1266)

6th in a series (by 69cubs)

Omaha Cobfathers owner, dn1266, is in his 8th season of Mathewson. He is an owner who has been exclusive to Mathewson. In his 7 full seasons, he has a 562-572 (.496) record with one division title and one WC appearance. Omaha competes in the AL West, where 86 wins in season 22 got him 4th place.

On with the Q & A with dn1266

Favorite MLB team:
Chicago Cubs

Favorite All-Time and/or current MLB player(s):
Ryne Sandberg

Favorite Mathewson player(s) current and/or All-time:
Vincenzo Wall - He has been my most consistent and effective pitcher.

Significance of team name and/or username:
Cobfathers - Fan of the Godfather trilogy and a Nebraska Cornhusker fan.

Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
Nebraska Cornhusker college football

Lived in Omaha my entire life. Married with a step daughter and a daughter on the way - due end of March, early April. I work in the legal industry.

Favorite Mathewson moment:
Winning the AL West division a few seasons back, especially with the tough competitors in this division!

Team you most dislike to face:
Burlington - for some reason, they seem to have my number, even in down seasons.

One tip you can share with all:
Follow what Colorado, Helena, New Britain & Chicago Billy Goats do to stay on top. I'm just too dumb to figure that out!

Thank You dn1266! If you can get on a roll, season 23 World Series time will be in late March, about the same time as your daughter is due! Would be a great way to celebrate! Just saying!

Q & A with the Owners (plymouth71)

5th in a series (by 69cubs)

"plymouth71", owner of the "Pittsburgh all we do is win superbowls" is in his third season in Mathewson. But, he has 15 seasons under his belt in HBD with an overall record of 1233-1197 (.507). This includes 1 division title and 4 WC appearances.

In his 2 full seasons in Mathewson, he has led his team to 92 wins and 96 wins (188-136 overall .580 win percentage) with 2 WC appearances. This team has a history of losing until recently and plymouth71 has made the moves needed to help keep this franchise winning.

On with the...

Q & A with plymouth71

Favorite MLB team:
Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite All-Time and/or current MLB player(s):
Roberto Clemente and Andy Van Slyke

Favorite Mathewson player(s) current and/or All-time:
Brandon Rigdon - I am still new, so he is mine and should be a great player, silver slugger and gold glove at 3B year after year!

A player I also like is Seattle's Pasqual Jimenez, he kills me game after game.

Significance of team name and/or username:
Username is taken from the 1971 Plymouth Duster.
Team name is to let people know how much I love my football team!

Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
Pittsburgh Steelers (if you have not guessed before now)

I grew up in western PA and played football, baseball and soccer from ages 5 to 19.
I was in the Navy for 4 years and saw the world!
I now live in North Carolina working and trying to figure a way to win the AL east!

Favorite Mathewson moment:
I don't really have a moment in Mathewson yet.

Team you most dislike to face:
I hate playing Chicago Billy Goats, 6-18 so far.

One tip you can share with all:
Do not always go by the players ratings. I always find a hidden gem with a 58 or so overall rating. SS's and catchers, just believe.

Thank You plymouth71, if you could just put that "Steel Curtain" on the field, you may never lose a game!

Q & A with the Owners (pelot)

4th in a series (by 69cubs)

Next in our series is "pelot", owner of the Oakland Elephants. pelot is another of our original owners and has kept his franchise in Oakland since day 1. In Mathewson, he has compiled a 1703-1861 (.478) record going into season 23. The Elephants have won 2 division titles and also had one WC appearance. He recognizes his playoff distinction in his responses.

Overall in HBD, he has compiled in 24 seasons. a 1851-2037 (.476) record with no additional appearances outside of Mathewson.

On with the...

Q & A with pelot

Favorite MLB team:
Oakland Athletics (Fire Billy Beane and get a new ballpark!)

Favorite All-Time and/or current MLB player(s):
Mark McGwire

Favorite Mathewson player(s)current and/or All-time):
Felipe Colon (9 time all star and closing in on the all time save record). He always likes to make in interesting at the end of the game.

Also gotta throw some love in for Jason Elder my long time Left Fielder. His last season he decided to hit .327 the previous season he hit only .240!

Significance of team name and/or username:
The Oakland mascot is an elephant!

Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
San Francisco 49ers

I work in IT and love Star Wars. I currently live outside of Atlanta.

Got my brother jpelot to sign up in our league. Aren't you glad everyone?

Favorite Mathewson moment:
Signing Harry Javier and when Hipolito Coronado stole home to beat the Billy Goats this season for the game’s only run.

Team you most dislike to face:
The Chicago Billy Goats (I always think I have a chance!)

One tip you can share with all:
I've been here from day one and never won a playoff game. BUT if you did want some advice, make a plan and stick to it.

Thank You pelot, it looks like that the Elephants are stomping over the AL West this season so far!

Q & A with the Owners (zoobaseball)

Third in a series (by 69cubs)

Burlington Bison owner, zoobaseball, is on his 18th season in Mathewson. He is the creator of this great blog for Mathewson! In his 17 seasons in Mathewson, he has compiled a 1532-1222 (.556) record with 6 division titles and 4 WC appearances.

Overall in HBD, he has completed 27 total seasons with a 2484-1890 (.568) record with 15 division titles and 4 WC appearances.

On with the ...

Q & A with zoobaseball

Favorite MLB team:
Philadelphia Phillies

Favorite All-Time or current MLB player:
Roberto Clemente

Favorite Mathewson player (current and/or All-time):
Cookie Ramirez - he was the ace of my pitching staff and the biggest star on my team when I joined in Season 6, and I built my teams around him, all the way to the Hall of Fame.

I also liked Aaron Bailey. He was the first player I drafted, and saw him establish himself as an awesome base stealer and solid center fielder, even if never a superstar.

Significance of username and/or team name:
Many years ago, a co-worker introduced some of us to whatifsports at lunch time. We worked at a zoo, and since we were in a work computer, the random name he created to show us the site was zoobaseball. Little did I know that 9 years later, I would keep the name and that it would still be the name I play under.

As for the Bison... I started the team in Iowa City, and I wanted some iconic name representing the plains. When I relocated to Burlington, Burlington Bison had a better ring to it, so it stayed.

Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
Oklahoma City Thunder - I lived in Oklahoma City when the team first relocated and it was awesome to feel a part of a "new" franchise coming to town.

I am a nomad and work makes me move every few years. I have lived in Puerto Rico, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Oklahoma and Missouri. I have never lived in Vermont, Florida or Iowa City (locations where my franchise has been located).

I grew up playing baseball through high school until I got hurt in college and decided to refocus towards school instead of baseball.

In my real life, I am a veterinarian. I work with all species of animals. In recent years I have gotten more supervisory responsibilities and have had less time for my team(s) and for keeping up the blog on my own.

Favorite Mathewson moment:
Winning my first division in Season 9

Least favorite team to face:
Colorado Colorado Crush… hoyanoel’s teams are the antithesis of mine, and it is hard for my team to play in Coors Fields. The Buffalo team is always a fun and challenging rivalry – back in the day when Parker McIntyre was in his prime, I hated playing them. Parker alone could beat me every time.

One tip you can share with all:
I do something wrong every season. My teams do well enough in the regular season but choke in the playoffs… if I figure it out, I’ll let y’all know.

Thank You zoobaseball, with Bison, Wild Turkeys, Raptors, Billy Goats, Bucks, Steers and Elephants among the teams in Mathewson, it is good to have a veterinarian around to control these animals!

Q & A with the Owners (loneranger)

Second in a series (by 69cubs)

Charlotte Knights owner, loneranger, is on his 6th season in Mathewson. He has compiled a 408-402 (.504) record going into this season with one wild card appearance. His Knights have won 90 games each of the last 2 seasons, but each time, his team finished 4th as that AL East division has some tough teams in it.

Overall in HBD, he has compiled a 1000-1106 (.475) record (13 completed seasons) with 2 wild card appearances all together.
On with the........

Q & A with loneranger

Favorite MLB team:
New York Yankees

Favorite MLB players:
Robinson Cano & Jay Bruce

Favorite HBD players:
currently, Jose Martis & all time, Geoffry Gentry (hated to trade him)

Significance of user name:
I grew up in the 50's and My Dad & I would always watch the Lone Ranger together...Have several autographs and collectibles, including the 1st magazine dating back to 1938.

Favorite Non-Baseball team/sport:
Louisville Cardinals, college basketball & Detroit Lions (no laughs please).

Born in Stamford, CT...Moved to Milford, CT in 1978 with my lovely wife, Ann. Attended CIT and then worked for GECC as an Operations Manager. Last March, we had our first grandchild, Molly Elizabeth, who is our life!
I coached youth basketball for 12 years and Little League for 4 years. member of the K of C. I have retired after 43 years of working.

Favorite Mathewson moment:
NONE so far, have been denied playoff berths the last 2 seasons thanks to "jpelot", "jmagliaro" & "plymouth71"!

Least favorite teams to face:
"jpelot" (Chicago Billy Goats) & "hoyanoel" (Colorado Colorado Crush).

One tip you can share with all:
Are you sure you want a tip from someone who has not won a division?!?
Do your homework on amateur prospects.

Thank You "loneranger" as we ride off in the sunset awaiting our next owner's Q & A!