Welcome to the first Hall of Fame entry tournament. I want to thank all 73 people who have stepped foot on Leroy’s hallowed grounds and making this the greatest league ever. For this tournament, only you 73 have a vote in who makes it to the top. This article will give you all the information you need about the players and the tournament.
Let’s start with the tournament itself, the players are ranked based on their career Leroy Ranking. The Leroy Ranking is a formula that takes skill and attendance into consideration. No matter what if you come play every single week you will get a higher ranking year after year, add some good stats into the mix and you will see yourself near the top.
The top 64 players make the bracket fighting for the chance to be into the Leroy Hall of Fame. Only one player will make the Hall each year. Like I mentioned before the only players available to vote are the players who have played in Leroy.
To decide who the winner is you ultimately take the votes from the players, but there is a twist. Each player starts with the number of votes that his opponent’s seed is. For example, the #30 Shane Anderson plays the #35 Nathan Zuidema in the first round. Shane starts with 35 votes, while Nathan starts with 30 votes in this matchup. You take those votes, plus the votes of the players and you have a winner.
Not only is this a way to induct a player into the Hall of Fame, but we use this as a way to see yourself progress year to year. Players can work to try and get further through the bracket, and also get to know some players they may not have known or heard about.
Finally, we will provide a written section below with career stats, award, and notes about each player as well as an entertaining podcast talking about the player matchups. There is no right or wrong way to vote and you have all the power to vote how you please. If you don’t vote for a round, you will not be allowed to vote in further rounds. Please make sure to vote each round. So, let’s jump into the players, you can click below to listen to the podcast while following along through the article.
Some quick notes, the numbers listed under general stats are rankings.
Ranking – Is what we used to seed the players it takes the Qualify and Salary Rankings into one number.
Qualify – This stat is generated strictly by innings pitched and at bats.
Salary – This is a based on performance, it takes the batting ranking and pitching ranking into one number.
Batting – This is based on your batting performance, it takes 6 batting stats into consideration against the rest of the league.
Pitching – This is based on your pitching performance, it takes 6 pitching stats into consideration against the rest of the league.
Each one of those 5 categories are averaged at 30.00. This means the league average for each one is 30.00 even. If you are above 30 you are above average if you are below, you are below.
First, I am going to list the 9 players who failed to make the 2018 Bracket.
#73 (5.89) Sam Gromala
General Stats – 2 Games Played (0-2), 5.89 Ranking (73rd), 1.65 Qualify(69th), 10.13 Salary(73rd), 12.28 Batting(65th), 7.97 Pitching(73rd)
Awards and Notes: Lauren was the first female player in Leroy History. She produced a hype video for the league in the middle of the season you can find HERE. She looks to come back next year as a player and help out promoting the league.
#68 (8.14) Erik Van Laren
General Stats – 2 Games Played (0-2), 8.14 Ranking (68th), 1.95 Qualify (65th), 14.32 Salary (66th), 11.95 Batting (66th), 16.69 Pitching (67th)
Awards and Notes: All Leroy – 3 (2014, 2016, 2017), All Iron – 3 (2014-2016), All Salary – 1 (2017), All Batting – 3 (2015-2017), All Star – 4 (2014-2017), Experience – 4 (2014-2017). Kyle Jansma added to his resume this year leading the Dutch Ovens to a #2 seed going into the playoffs. He has been a consistent fixture in the league through its entirety. The one thing holding him back is he has never even made it to a championship series in any of the 4 years he played. He and his wife welcomed their first child into the world a couple weeks after the season. We hope to see Zander make an appearance in Leroy in 2018!
2016: #40 (10.34)
2015: #34 (12.42)
General Stats – 2 Games Played (0-2), 10.55 Ranking (62nd), 3.72 Qualify (54th), 17.38 Salary (62nd), 8.65 Batting (68th), 26.11 Pitching (42nd).
Awards and Notes – All Batting – 1 (2017), Experience – 1. Shane turned some heads in 2017 coming out of the gate hot. He had MVP considerations till a new job altered his schedule making him unavailable for a majority of games in the middle of the season. He looks to come back with vengeance this upcoming year entering his first draft.
2016: #28 (22.41)
2015: #29 (18.23)
2014: #33 (10.80)
General Stats – 23 Games Played (6-14-3), 27.17 Ranking (35th), 30.59 Qualify (28th), 23.75 Salary (49th), 28.90 Batting (38th), 18.61 Pitching (62nd)
Awards and Notes: Champion – 2015. Most known for his controversial saying and bat throws, Nathan is all in for having fun and talking trash. He has played a few games here and there all four years, but his inability to commit to a full season has led him to be unable to stay on a team.
#19 (45.19) Marty Rasala vs. #46 (17.88) Ben Huff
2016: #25 (27.47)
General Stats – 36 Games Played (17-18-1), 45.19 Ranking (19th), 46.86 Qualify (21st), 43.51 Salary (9th), 41.20 Batting (16th), 45.81 Pitching (7th).
Awards and Notes: Rookie of the Year (2017), All Salary – 1 (2017), All Batting – 1 (2017), All Star – 1 (2017), Experience – 1 (2017). Marty burst into the scene late in 2016 and proved he wasn’t a fluke with an impressive 2017. He takes on another challenge as he becomes the owner of an expansion franchise called the Diamond Dusters coming in 2018.
General Stats – 4 Games Played (1-3), 17.88 Ranking (46th), 4.93 Qualify (46th), 30.83 Salary (33rd), 35.20 Batting (26th), 26.46 Pitching (40th)
Awards and Notes: The Huffinator is remembered for his moon shot he hit off Greg Gierling that you can find on our Youtube channel. He moved to Chicago and works for the Cubs and couldn’t make the hike week to week.
#14 (49.92) Kyle Reynhout vs. #51 (15.77) Tony Dykstra
2016: #15 (38.65)
2015: #18 (33.01)
2014: #14 (33.61)
General Stats – 60 Games Played (20-40), 49.92 Ranking (14th), 76.10 Qualify (12th), 23.75 Salary (50th), 29.95 Batting (35th), 17.55 Pitching (66th)
Awards and Notes: Experience – 3 (2014, 2016, 2017). Kyle was the Co-Founder of the league and has been in some way apart of the off the field duties. He owned the Honey Nut Ichiros in 2014, a team that won the first every Wiffy award in the NWLA for best team name.
2016: #34 (15.17)
2015: #32 (16.59)
2014: #26 (19.26)
General Stats – 3 Games Played (1-2), 15.77 Ranking (51st) 3.07 Qualify (57th), 28.46 Salary (40th), 26.32 Batting (42nd), 30.60 Pitching (30th)
Awards and Notes: Champion – 2014, All Salary – 1 (2014), All Batting – 1 (2014), All Star – 4 (2014-2017), Experience – 2 (2014, 2017). Robby owner the Sultans of Soy in 2016 and took the team to the Championship. He looks to return to ownership in 2018 after taking a year off. Robby has slowly played more games each year becoming more committed. He is one of the best two way players in the game and we still haven’t seen what he can do in a full season.
Seth Vant Hoff
2016: #36 (14.32)
2015: #31 (16.96)
2014: #25 (23.20)
General Stats – 5 Games Played (1-4), 15.06 Ranking (54th), 6.42 Qualify (45th), 23.69 Salary (51st), 21.47 Batting (48th), 25.91 Pitching (43rd)
Awards and Notes – Champion (2017), Experience – 1 (2017). Colin came out of retirement in 2017 and was signed by the Corn Bombers mid-season. He was a big part of the playoffs for the Bombers on route to a championship. With some new energy from the league we hope to see a full year out of Colin in 2018.
General Stats – 15 Games Played (6-9), 20.27 Ranking (43rd), 18.18 Qualify (35th), 22.36 Salary (55th), 20.90 Batting (50th), 23.82 Pitching (48th).
Awards and Notes: Experience – 2 (2014-2015). Nick owned the Legends of Leroy in 2015, a name that stuck for the National Team for the league. He was very active in the first two seasons, and didn’t make an appearance in 2017. With his collegiate running career coming to a close soon, we hope to see him make a return.
2016: #27 (22.97)
2015: #25 (23.71)
General Stats – 2 Games Played (1-1), 24.08 Ranking (38th), 4.29 Qualify (52nd), 43.88 Salary (8th), 61.38 Batting (2nd), 26.38 Pitching (41st)
Awards and Notes: Bo played 2 games in 2015 and was a beast from the plate. He starts his career for the Purdue Boilermakers this upcoming season, so a return seems unlikely. Although he did make an appearance to the Championship to watch this year, could be a good sign.
#6 (63.81) Erik Detmar vs. #59 (12.69) Alex Menn
2016: #11 (42.16)
2015: #19 (32.21)
2014: #19 (28.23)
General Stats – 61 Games Played (44-17), 63.81 Ranking (6th), 86.89 Qualify (6th), 40.72 Salary (14th), 26.00 Batting (43rd), 55.45 Pitching (3rd)
Awards and Notes: Champion – 2 (2016-2017), All Leroy – 1 (2017), All Iron – 1 (2017), All Pitching – 2 (2016-2017), Experience – 2 (2016-2017), All Star – 3 (2015-2017). Erik has been a crucial part of the Bombers success in the last years winning 2 championships with his brother. He looks to split up and start writing his own story as he looks to own the Squints Sluggers in 2018. He also will head the Recruiting Committee in 2018 as he looks to get 40 guys week in and out to the Leroy complex.
You guys have till 6 PM on Tuesday, October 17 to make your votes on the first 8 matchups. On Tuesday we will announce the second 8 matchups. Make you votes HERE. Thanks and stay tuned!! Here is the bracket.