After squeezing into the 2016 playoffs as the league’s No. 8 seed, the Menehunes went on to shock the league establishment, defeating top-seeded Bacon at Mile 11 in the opening round and earning their first championship with an easy finals victory over the Lower Haighters.
General Manager Elizabeth Gravely won her first championship in her first appearance in the postseason. She joined the league in 2012.
Philadelphia outfielder Odubel Herrera led the postseason charge. Herrera hit .371 with a .970 OPS and five net stolen bases during the playoffs. Herrera also scored 15 runs.
Veteran third baseman Todd Frazier hit .308 during the playoffs, driving in 12 runs, scoring 15 more and stealing a pair of bases. Ian Kinsler posted a 1.041 OPS during the championship run and also scored 15 runs for the Menehunes.
On the mound, Rick Porcello posted four quality starts with a 2.76 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. Porcello struck out 28 batters over 29.1 innings.
The final league standings looked like this.
- Marin Menehunes
- Lower Haighters
- Land Shark
- Warning Track Power
- High Cheese
- Buster Hugs
- Bacon at Mile 11
- The Bulls
- Los Coches Bomba
- Stadium Mustard
- Eephus Monkeys
- A-Rod’s Mirrors
- Home Run 101
- Let’s Play 2
Let’s Play 2 earned the Wooden Spoon, awarded annually to the worst team in the league, despite having the league’s top-rated player. Outfielder Mookie Betts (1.77 player value) edged Max Scherzer (Menehunes, 1.72 value) and Clayton Kershaw (Hapamon, 1.70 value) to win MVP honors.
Three different West Division teams have now won league championships. Los Coches Bomba (South Division) and Buster Hugs (East Division) are the only teams to win two championships.
Over the next few months, I’ll look back at the 2016 season by focusing on each team in the league. I’ll review draft successes/mistakes and possible keepers for the 2017 season.
Thanks to everyone for putting in the time to manage your teams and I look forward to next season.