Current NL Leaders Have Been Updated!

I’ve now reached the middle of August of my SP78 season, so I thought it might be a good idea to update the current league leaders in all the major batting and pitching categories, for both players and teams. The most recent leaders were posted for July 31st, so only two SP78 weeks have passed to reach this latest update; not many names have changed for the each category’s top five spots, but the numbers definitely have. The updated leader boards can be found on this main page, in the left-hand column under the National League logo.

Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith is still the leader in several batting categories, and if it weren’t for a pair of injuries in May and July that cost him 21 games, he could be leading in a handful of other categories as well. As it stands, he has a solid chance of winning the National League’s first Triple Crown since Joe Medwick of the Cardinals did it in 1937. And what the hell’s going on with Pepe Frias? He had just one triple during the actual 1978 season, but already has 14 in SP78! Maybe that 32-42 triple range on his player card has something to do with it (thanks again, Avalon Hill!); if so, maybe I should start playing him more, so he can be the first batter since Willie Mays in 1957 to hit twenty in a season.

And you’d think Mets pitcher Craig Swan’s current league-leading ERA of 1.58 is some sort of board game anomaly, but no, he actually was the NL’s earned run average leader in 1978! And could Gaylord Perry be this season’s only 20-game winner in the National League? (Wait, Steve Carlton has now cracked the top five in wins, so he has a chance as well). And look at Bucs reliever Kent Tekulve, about to break his own career record for saves in a season, with 31.

I’m still working on the American League leaders; those players and teams should be posted in a few weeks.

8 responses to “Current NL Leaders Have Been Updated!

  1. Kent Tekulve was obviously one of the first GH dopers in the bigs. The man was a hulked-out monster if I remember correctly.

    • Indeed, he was quite the imposing image on the mound: 6’4″ and 2,880 pounds…no wait, that should be 2,880 ounces. About the same dimensions as a giant preying mantis, actually.

  2. Looking at those standings I see everything is as usual with my Jays trailing both the Yankees and the Red Sox in the pennant race.

    • Yeah, it was their second season of existence, and they still didn’t have any pitching or speed (and the player cards definitely reflect that). But they did beat current 19-game winner Mike Caldwell a short while back, and Doug Ault had a flurry of home runs over the past few weeks, so they can surprise you on occasion. Were you a fan of the Jays back in ’78?

      • No, didn’t know anything just yet, Dad was an Expos fan is all I recall about those youngster years and he liked to think that the National league was the better of the two and felt the DH was something less than pure baseball.

      • Interesting that your Dad went for the Expos, while you rebelled and went for the Blue Jays. And about the only thing I like about the DH is that it gave Rusty Staub a job in ’78; if I could go back in time and start my SP78 season over again, I’d eliminate the DH and have all American League pitchers bat.

      • For a long time wasn’t there discussion of the National League going the same way?

      • It seems there’s always a discussion about the NL going to the DH…but I remember the idea being thrown around quite often in the ’70s and ’80s. If anything, I wish the AL would revert back to when pitchers batted. And when players fielded without mitts.

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