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July AL Award Winners Announced!

And now it’s time for the American League award winners for July, coming on the heels of current AL stats recently being finalized through the end of that month. Check out the complete list below; for a more detailed look at prior recipients, a description of each award, and photos of the trophies and plaques awarded, check the ‘SP78 Awards’ section of the Statistics dropdown link on the main menu above. Continue reading

July NL Award Winners Announced!

Finally, three years after the slate of games for July was completed, the National League award winners for that month have been selected. Check out the complete list below; for a more detailed look at prior recipients, a description of each award, and photos of the trophies and plaques awarded, check the ‘SP78 Awards’ section of the Statistics dropdown link above.

NL Player of the Month
Richie Hebner, Philadelphia Phillies
.419 BA, 39 hits, 20 runs, 23 RBI, 2-HR game

NL Pitcher of the Month
Dick Ruthven, Philadelphia Phillies
4-0, 0.23 ERA, 2 shutouts, pitched the first SP78 no-hitter

Fire Chief Trophy
Doug Bair, Cincinnati Reds
1-0, 9 saves, 0.68 ERA, league-leading 16 appearances

Crystal Slugger Award
Richie Hebner, Philadelphia Phillies
.774 slugging percentage

Barnes Memorial Trophy
Richie Hebner, Philadelphia Phillies
.419 batting average

Bradley Memorial Trophy
Dick Ruthven, Philadelphia Phillies
0.23 earned run average

Diamond Glove Award
C – Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds
1B – Richie Hebner, Philadelphia Phillies
2B – Manny Trillo, Chicago Cubs
SS – Larry Bowa, Philadelphia Phillies
3B – Ron Cey, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF – Dave Kingman, Chicago Cubs
OF – George Foster, Cincinnati Reds
OF – Warren Cromartie, Montreal Expos

Iron Glove Award
Bill Almon, San Diego Padres
10 errors – 3B

Hothead of the Month Award
Gene Tenace, San Diego Padres
3 ejections

Also, two additional awards that were presented during the SP78 All-Star Game were recently discovered while I was researching historical notes from the game, and have now been included on the All-Star Game awards page.


Pitcher Injury Chart Adjusted

In 2004, after 24 years of playing my SP78 season, I finally got tired of following the mandates of the Statis Pro Player Injury Chart, which ridiculously did not allow for injuries to pitchers, and put together a chart of my own which did permit such occurrences. After poring over all 26 team-issued media guides from 1978, I made note of every pitcher injury suffered the previous year, and how long each pitcher had been out of action, and put together a table made up of eight ‘levels’, with each level featuring six different injury scenarios from the guides. An 8-sided dice roll determined the ‘severity of injury’ level, while a 6-sided dice roll determined injury type.

KC - Al Hrabosky yellingMy system was purely random, however, and all results were dependent on the whims of the dice. Royals reliever Al Hrabosky, known as ‘The Mad Hungarian’, was the first pitcher stricken, when he suffered an entrapped nerve in his shoulder while pitching against the Brewers on July 13th. He was placed on the 30-day disabled list the following day, and was due to return to action on August 14th.

What I failed to remember was that Statis Pro player injuries were based on number of games played during the 1978 season, and not an arbitrary toss of the dice. When Boston’s Dennis Eckersley was lost for 45 days at the end of July, basically ending his season, I saw he still had 21 starts remaining, based on his true 1978 start total. It was then that I realized my mistake; what I needed to do was to make a pitcher’s ‘games lost to injury’ relative to the number of appearances he’d made during the 1978 season. For example, a pitcher who had 40 starts in ’78, and pitched every fourth day of the 162-game season, should not miss any games due to injury (40 x 4 = 160), while a reliever who appeared in just five games might miss any number of games up to my self-imposed limit, the 60-day disabled list.

So while retaining the same 8-level injury system, I now have each level broken down by total number of appearances in 1978, a much more logical method when compared to what I’d created previously. And to mess with the SP78 universe once again, several pitchers who were still on various disabled lists found their stays adjusted accordingly: Mike Krukow moved from the 30-day to the 21-day DL, Steve Renko from the 21-day to the 15-day, and in the biggest jump, the aforementioned Eckersley from the 45-day DL to just five days missed. Unfortunately for Chisox spot starter Jack Kucek, his relatively short visit to the 15-day disabled list was re-calculated to 45 days, thus possibly ending his season about two months early.

As for Hrabosky, according to the new system, he should never have been placed on the 30-day DL, and instead just missed the remainder of that particular game (based on his 58 relief appearances that year). But since he’s scheduled to return to the Royals lineup in just a few days, I’ll leave him right where he his until then. And for those of you who are interested, below is the actual updated pitching chart; click on it to get a better view.

Pitcher Injury Chart