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No surprise here, with Storm winning the President's Division and the playoff tournament. They still have 5-time WMSPL MVP Joey manning the left side of the infield, and full time PI and smart NFL fan Duran patrolling the outfield. With their whole team returning intact, they're a known quantity, and that quantity is plentiful. Expect them to lose less than 10 games this season and finish at-or-near the top of the President's division again (and again, and again, and again).

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Hanet finished the 2017 regular season in second in the President's division, but a distant SEVEN games behind Storm. A much closer margin was that of which they lost the playoff tournament finale, carrying a lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before unfortunately succumbing to the inescapable death grip of Storm. They only lost 11 games in 2017, and with only one new player for 2018 this should continue. Not to be forgotten is that Hanet is the hands-down best outfitted team in the league, and everyone always matches (uniformly, one could say) including team-issued belts.

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The A's, armed with a new sponsor and new duds for what seems like the 11th year in a row, finished third in the President's division in 2017, a game back of second place Hanet. They made it all the way to a semi-final game in the playoffs, losing to eventual champion Storm. A fifth of the team is new for 2018, surely not enough to make a significant dent in the talent pool to crater a promising season.

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Sports Illustrated Play's schedule will be slightly more difficult this season, after finishing 2017 at the top of the Vice President's Division. If they manage to win 24 games again this year, they'll probably have the Falcons' Thompson Twins BEGGING to be traded there for 2019.

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This team of professional bunters manipulated the clock to the tune of 23 wins in 2017, and finished 4th in the President's Division, 9 games back of Storm. Broadway, along with the A's, Hanet and Storm form the cream of the WMSPL crop. Teams are afraid to play them, and each is a threat to win their division and either of the league's tournaments. The Jimmos and Co. will enjoy 20+ wins again this season, but will it be enough for them to cash a cheque?

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Coulas took a hard fall after winning the 2009 WMSPL Playoff Tournament in spectacular comeback style. They've flip-flopped back and forth between the President's and Vice President's Divisions, winning a VP Division title in 2013. They haven't tasted playoff glory since that win over the Falcons, though. Back in the President's Division for 2018, they'll have a tough go if they want to reach the top. Failure in the regular season will mean a low seeding in the playoffs, with the potential for an early exit.

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The Falcons are returning for 2018 with almost the same team as they had in 2017. That's not necessarily a great thing, as shown by a 17-20-1 record and the demotion to VP that accompanies that much suckage. Mid-Season pick up Band Camp is returning and his bat will be a major contributor. More often than not, a team that's been relegated to VP from the President's Division goes on to win the VP Division the following year. The Falcons haven't cashed a cheque since their humiliating playoff defeat to the Devils in 2014. Could we see a resurgence?

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If they hadn't tanked the end of their 2017 season, who knows how high Greenthumb would be ranked? Sadly, they're the tankiest bunch of tanks that ever tanked and they got the 9-seed they so coveted for the playoffs, only to blow it in spectacular fashion to WMSPL darlings, Brew Crew.

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Surge is coming off a down year, one in which they won 4 fewer games than the year before. 2016 saw them finish 2nd in the VP Division at 20-17-1 in their first year known as "SURGE". Will 2018 see the return of an above .500 season? Will it see the return of the best team name in the history of the league, "Mayhem"? Will it see the return of the spectacular Ronald McDonald jerseys? None of these seem likely.

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Coming off a dead-last finish in the VP division in 2017, Brew Crew pulled off an unlikely upset of the aforementioned tankers, Greenthumb, to begin their playoff tournament. Unfortunately that was the only highlight. They putting a bit of the band back together for 2018 and almost certainly won't fare as badly in 2018 as they did last season.

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It's hard to get a good read on the Rebels. Heavy player turnover has doomed them to two six-win seasons over the last 3 years. They haven't tasted .500 since 2012. Hopefully, a relatively stable roster, and the experience that comes with it, will prove beneficial in 2018.

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ReMax Crossroads (formerly the mighty Xtreme Contracting) fate this season will depend almost entirely on the luck of the WMSPL draft. Their team has been decimated this year, with only 7 of last year's team returning. Their best players have jumped ship for the Admirals another team, a movie we've seen before. Will a new sponsor, a new uniform, and a new roster help them turn a pumpkin of a season into the Cinderella-type?

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Tags: power rankings
Posted on: Thursday April 19th, 2018 at 4:36PM