Better late than never

OK, so this is more than a little late. If this were college, I’d be in big trouble. But luckily, I finished with that nonsense (kids, if you’re reading this, college is not nonsense. I am very much for advanced education. But I digress) long ago. So, let’s finish up with some AFL odds and ends.

We had a few records broken after all — highest batting average, highest ERA, homers and runs per game — as the final results below indicate…

All-time batting average record: .292 (2004)
2005 average: .296

All-time worst ERA: 5.32 (2004)
2005 ERA: 5.40

All-time homers: 243 (1997)
2005 homers: 212

Note on homers: The record for homers per game was 1.82, set in 2001. In 2005, balls flew out at a rate of 2.21 per game.

All-time runs per game: 12.07 (2004)
2005 RPG: 12.15

That’s what made the AFL championship so interesting. Sure the final score had a nine in it, but it was the most unexpected pitcher’s duel into the sixth inning. Kudos to Jamie Shields and Brian Bass for throwing up a bunch of zeroes. Shields won’t show up on any top prospects lists (nor will Bass), but he’s on the  map like he’s never been before. If I’m the Devil Rays — which clearly I’m not — I give him a shot at the Trop in 2006. The Scorpions were cursing his changeup during the game last week. Whether he can use it at the big league level remains to be seen, but he’s earned the chance.

That’s about all she wrote for AFL blogging…I’ll try to throw some comments up about winter ball stuff if I can. And if there are any Hot Stove trades that involve prospects, this’ll be the place to come. If there’s anything on your mind, don’t hesitate to let me know.

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