Q & A with the Owners (rcf106)


13th in a series (by 69cubs)

rcf106, owner of the Richmond Riot, is on his 14th season in Mathewson. He took over a team that had won only 49 games the previous season and never had a .500 record. Last 2 seasons the Riot have been above .500 and this season, they are in a position to make thier first playoff appearance in their franchise history.
Overall in 13 seasons in Mathewson, rcf106 has a 940-1166 (.446) record.

Overall in HBD, rcf106 has compiled a 6686-7246 (.480) with 14 division titles and an additional 8 WC appearances in 86 total seasons.

On with the Q & A with rcf106

Favorite MLB Team:
Arizona Diamondbacks

Favorite all-time and/or current player(s):
Dale Murphy. Back in the early 80’s, when my family finally got hooked up to cable TV, we were perpetually tuned to TBS. Murph was and still is my all-time favorite.

Favorite Matthewson player(s) current and/or All time:
To be determined. I have some stud prospects that are just now hitting ML. I’ll get back to you on that one in a few seasons.

Significance of team name and/or username:
There is no significance to the team name. I just thought it worked well.

My user name is my initials and my ID number at work.


Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
Notre Dame football. I was born in South Bend, Indiana so my dad made sure I had very little say so in this.

Background:
I have lived my entire adult life in Arizona. I have been in law enforcement since 1990 and look forward to putting in another 8 years or so and retiring with a nice pension at a fairly young age.

I’m also proud to say that I am approaching 10 years as a member of WIS, having joined on March 3, 2002.


Favorite Matthewson moment:
Again, to be determined. So far, this season has been good. I hope to hang on and win what has become a very tough NL South (probably just jinxed myself).

Team you most dislike to face:
Colorado seems to be the consensus and I can’t disagree with that. I can’t entirely blame the park because they always come to my place and beat the tar out of me each time.

One tip you can share with all:
Draft wisely, develop your prospects and avoid the temptation to make dumb trades that you’ll regret later on.

Thank You rcf106! Law enforcement (definitely something to be proud of)...that is now a warning to all when your team goes into Richmond (and Arizona)!

Q & A with the Owners (zinpa)


12th in a series (by 69cubs)

Helena Handbaskets owner, zinpa, is on his 14th season in Mathewson and is on a roll! Having won the last 5 (and 6 of 7) division titles. This, for a team that barely had one winning season (83 wins in season 6) before zinpa took over. After building this team up, Helena is now a perennial powerhouse.

Overall in 13 seasons in Mathewson, zinpa has a 1087-1019 (.517) record with 6 division titles and 1 WC appearance. Helena did play in the season 19 World Series.

Overall in HBD, zinpa has built up a 3991-3461 (.536) with 22 division titles and an additional 5 WC appearances in 46 total seasons.

On with the Q & A with zinpa

Favorite MLB Team:
Cleveland Indians

Favorite all-time and/or current player(s):
Willie McCovey. Though not an Indian, he was an imposing player especially to an impressionable kid.

Favorite Matthewson player(s) current and/or All time:
Tomas Gonzalez. He was the 1st big international player I ever signed. He's the teams all-time leader in wins despite having an entire season plus part of another wiped out by an injury.

Significance of team name and/or username:
Hell in a handbasket? Thought I was being clever only to later find out someone had used the same team name seasons earlier.

Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
Big Chicago fan in all the other major sports. Also, a big fan of my local teams: Erie Otters of the OHL and the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA Development League(where Linsanity started, lol).

Background:
Born and raised in Erie, PA. Big sports fan. Season ticket holder for the Otters and Bayhawks. Former season ticket holder for the AA Erie Seawolves and Cleveland Indians.

Favorite Matthewson moment:
Making the season 19 World Series. Unfortunately, we got swept.

Team you most dislike to face:
I hate playing any Colorado team because of the ballpark, but I especially dislike playing Hoyanoel's Crush team because he usually handles me in the playoffs.

One tip you can share with all:
Get pitching!

Thank You zinpa! Keep those Handbaskets coming to collect all your division titles in them. Maybe soon, you will need a larger basket for a World Series title!

Q & A with the Owners (jmagliaro)


11th in a series (by 69cubs)

This edition is about jmagliaro. Owner in Mathewson of the Charleston Thunder, previously the Trenton Fire.

jmagliaro is on season 16 in Mathewson with 6 division titles (in a row from seasons 10-15) and 5 WC appearances (currently the last 4 seasons in a row). With these 11 playoff appearances comes 3 World Series appearances with one World Series championship (in season 10)! A record of 1353-1077 (.557) going into Season 23.

Overall in HBD has also been impressive, 41 total seasons, 3569-3073 (.537) record with 15 division titles, 9 WC appearances and 3 World Series championships!

On with the Q & A with jmagliaro

Favorite MLB team
New York Yankees

Favorite All-Time and/or current MLB player(s):
Don Mattingly

Favorite Mathewson player(s) current and/or All-time:
Larry Dupler put up some great numbers for me, was hard to trade him away.

On my current team, Archie Kraemer, coming off a Cy Young season, I locked him up for 5 seasons and he is having another great season!


Significance of team name and/or username:
No significance to my username.

Team name is after one of the Yankees minor league affiliates


Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
Football. NY Giants baby! been rooting for them since #56 changed how linebackers played the game!

Background:
Born and raised in New Jersey. Not sure how I came across the game, but glad I did! I've been here since season 8.

Favorite Mathewson moment:
Winning the world series in season 10!

Team you most dislike to face:
Anyone in the AL East the past couple seasons. It's a tough division. Last year 93 wins landed me in 3rd place.

One tip you can share with all:
You can never have enough pitching.

Thank You jmagliaro! In that tough AL East division, sometimes Thunder is not enough, maybe a tornado is what you need!

Q & A with the Owners (unitedcenter)


10th in a series (by 69cubs)

The history of unitedcenter is a strange one. One of the original owners in Mathewson. He owned the current Cleveland Tribes from seasons 1 thru 16 with the exception of season 10. Rumors have it that due to illegal recruiting of international prospects, he was given a one season suspension (writer's note-just messing with you unitedcenter)! During his time with this franchise, he posted a 1309-1121 (.539) record with 4 division titles and one WC appearance, making 1 World Series appearance.

He was not around at the beginning of season 17, but reappeared during the season to takeover the current Milwaukee Braves and finish that season and then season 18 compiling a 175-149 (.540) record.

Season 23 has the return of unitedcenter for his 18th season in Mathewson as he is running the Toronto Raptors in a division where his original franchise of 15 seasons also resides.

Outside of Mathewson, unitedcenter has not feared as well, 4 seasons, 288-360 (.444) record.

On with the Q & A with unitedcenter

Favorite MLB team:
Chicago White Sox

Favorite All-Time and/or current MLB player(s):
Dick Allen,1B White Sox slugger for 3 seasons in early 70's played with several teams.
Currently, it is Mark Buerhle, then he left the team to go to Florida!


Favorite Mathewson player(s) current and/or All-time:
I have a few from the early seasons:
1) Mickey Carpenter - (21-6) in season 1, but was a post season flop for me in seasons 1 thru 3.
2) Carlos Rincon - 104 steals in season 8, I pushed him for HOF, but, his stats are now becoming less outstanding as others are finishing their careers. Still, lots of SBs and very high OBA!
3) Robinson Dixon - my HBD version of Dick Allen (see above)

Currently, I am becoming a huge fan of my 1st round draft pick this season, Mo Sierra.


Significance of team name and/or username:
unitedcenter is the home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Black Hawks.

Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
In this order, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears & Chicago Black hawks after the White Sox.

Background:
Born in Chicago, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I travel a lot for work, this past summer, visited outside of USA for the first time with 3 visits to Toronto area (current team name). I mostly travel Midwest and NE region.
Played sports throughout high school, football, basketball & baseball, eliminated football after freshman year (to focus on other sports), basketball after Sophomore year (stopped growing in 8th grade, was a center in junior high, but a guard in high school who could not dribble like a guard) and baseball after junior year (injury). Still play in pickup games/leagues when time permits in basketball and baseball.


Favorite Mathewson moment:
World Series appearance in season 2, even though I lost to t2bott (Louisville Wild Turkeys) and the hitting of Domingo Dali (25 RBIs for him in 15 playoff games that season)

Team you most dislike to face:
I would not say dislike, but thurmodore came into Mathewson and my divison dominance went away and he was on top of division for awhile.
Currently I would say lylediekmann as he is the "goal" for this divison to reach. We need to beat New Britain to take this division.


One tip you can share with all:
Grow some of your own talent and keep some of them for the future of your team. If you have enough talent in the minors, you can still trade some without depleting your farm system (see Colorado!)

Thank You unitedcenter! Welcome back, now if you can just get your team as good as those Bulls, you will be back battling at the top!

Q & A with the Owners (sprdthefield)

9th in a series (by 69cubs)

"sprdthefield" is actually only in Mathewson for a matter of days (as this username) at this point, BUT, as we all know, this owner is working in tandem with ginobili04.

The New York Mobsters are a creation of the ginobili04 owner name. This ownership "group" is on their 3rd season in Mathewson. In their 2 full seasons, they are rebuilding a franchise and have a 133-191 (.410)record without a playoff appearance at this point.

Overall in HBD, 15 seasons between the 2 of them with an overall record of 979-1451 (.403) with one division title. Now that this ownership group is settled, we expect that they will build this team and try to restore some of the glory this team had 5-10 seasons earlier where they won 3 division titles in a 5 season period.

On with the Q & A with sprdthefield

Favorite MLB team:
Boston Red Sox

Favorite All-Time and/or current MLB player(s):
Johnny Damon would have to be my favorite, until he left Boston and went to that other team! ughhh!!

Favorite Mathewson player(s) current and/or All-time:
Has to be Endy Fassero since he is probably the best on my team right now. He is only 25 so he should be a mobster for a while!

Significance of team name and/or username:
Team name I came up with since I love to read and watch things about the Mob, and NY is the biggest part where the Mob formed, so thats why I named them Mobsters.

user name is/was ginobili04 because my co-workers say I look like Manu Ginobili from the SA Spurs. But the sprdthefield ID is a name my co-coach grindi and I came up with to use for our GD(Gridiron Dynasty) rebuilds on mostly passing teams when the new engine came out.


Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
College Football - Auburn WAR DAMN EAGLE!!
NFL Football - Carolina Panthers because of Cam Newton!
NBA Basketball - Dallas Mavericks


Background:
Born and raised in Alabama

Team you most dislike to face:
Has to be Helena since they always beat me and wins the NL North Division every season since I been in Matthewson.

One tip you can share with all:
No tips yet, but maybe reading these I can find some out to put me/us in the playoffs.

Thank You sprdthefield! With a football username now and formerly a basketball username, maybe your baseball team is feeling neglected that you don't have a baseball username! :)

Q & A with the Owners (soulblazer)

8th in a series (by 69cubs)

As we hit the 25% mark on this series, we get with soulblazer, owner of the Seattle Lightning for 18 seasons completed, but 19 in Mathewson (1st season for soulblazer was with the current Pittsburgh team back in season 4 as Boston Colonials).

In Mathewson, soulblazer, in 19 completed seasons, has a 1394-1522 (.478) record. Including the best record in baseball in season 22. Seasons 21 & 22, Seattle, with soulblazer won its first 2 division titles and soulblazer 1t 2 Mathewson playoff appearances.

Overall in HBD, soulblazer has 24 seasons with a 1881-2007 (.484) record with the 2 Mathewson division titles and 3 WC appearances outside Mathewson.

On with the Q & A with soulblazer

Favorite MLB team:
Boston Red Sox

Favorite All-Time and/or current MLB player(s):
Curt Schilling

Favorite Mathewson player(s) current and/or All-time:
Endy Horton, he was a great player on my team and kills me each time I faced him.

My favorite on my team is catcher Dale Thomas, a rare catcher who can both catch and hit well. Very happy to have drafted him.


Significance of team name and/or username:
Username comes from a old SNES game and I thought of it when trying to come up with a unique username.
Team name comes from a desire to have a name for a Seattle based team that sounds like it could fit, Lightning seemed a good choice due to the major amounts of rain.


Favorite non-baseball team/sport:
Football and New England Patriots (I'm a die hard New England area fan for all sports)

Background:
Born and raised in New Hampshire, currently live in Rhode Island. Came across this game about four years due to a co-worker to settle a sports bet and really enjoyed it.

Favorite Mathewson moment:
Finally being able to make the playoffs with Seattle two years ago and then doing really well in my playoff run last year -- just one win away from the World Series. Too bad my team this year isn't doing as well!

Team you most dislike to face:
Chicago Billy Goats and New Britian Bombers. They kill me each time I play them. I've looked up to both owners and have tried to build my team around their models.

One tip you can share with all:
One thing I learned is don't rush players to the bigs and let them develop. Also keep a well stocked bench to help keep players rested and provide defensive help.

Thank You soulblazer! Did you jinx the Patriots by missing the World Series in season 22 or have the Patriots jinxed you for this season?