by "Biggest Daddy"
Interview with Bob
Southern Cal Slyme
Thank you for sitting down with us for another installment of "BDBL: A
retrospective." Generally speaking, how do you feel about the BDBL?
SYLVESTER: The BDBL has a
really great group of guys (and Glander too). I like the fact I can
detach from the grind of regular life and plug in to a group of guys who
BD: How have you felt about the overall success of your franchise at
BS: I like the fact I've had some
really good years, but I haven't found the ability to be consistent.
Additionally, when I do make it to the playoffs I seem to get rolled.
That can be pretty disappointing.
BD: What is your favorite aspect of the BDBL?
BS: Definitely the draft and trade talks.
However, the trades seem to have fallen by the side a bit. Perhaps folks
are getting more cautious.
BD: Tell us the absolute low point of your franchise, whether it was
a particular game lost, or a particular trade ripped to shreds, or a
particular fellow GM that ticked you off.
BS: The year I made it to the playoffs
with a great record and a rotation headed by Halladay and Loaiza (two
20-game winners) and a dominant bullpen. I got crushed in round 1 and
BD: Over the course of your time in the BDBL, who is the one GM that
you consider your largest rival or target?
BS: Clearly my son. I want to make the
playoffs, but goal one is to beat Bobby in the standings. Bragging
rights are important in the Sylvester family.
BD: Name a GM that you absolutely love to talk trade with.
BS: Again, I have to say Bobby. We talk
trade (on the phone) which tends to be an easier way to deal. MP trade
talks can really drag out.
BD: How did you first hear of the BDBL?
BS: The DMB web page...I always wanted to
join a brand new league and this was my opportunity.
BD: What would it take for you to exit the league?
BS: Any issues with family. My family is
job #1 for me, so they will always take priority.
BD: What is your favorite BDBL memory?
BS: I have lots of fond memories, but the
11-run comeback to beat Glander H2H has to be near the top. I could
picture him getting "frustrated." But the top memory was my trip to the BDBL World Series in our first season. Seven game series, but I couldn't
bring it home. I'd like to get back.
BD: What is your best trade ever? And your worst?
BS: Picking up Hanley Ramirez was probably
my best. My worst will likely come out of one of my trades this year
where I dealt Ervin Santana, Joey Devine, and Adam Jones. I'm sure
others could identify worst trades I've made. However,I traded
Jason Schmidt for Carlos Pena a few years back...too bad it took Pena
six years to perform at the level I hoped he would.
BD: Other than Glander, what GM would you absolutely hate to see
leave the BDBL?
BD: Who is the craziest character in the BDBL?
BS: Likely Skizm...when I read his posts I
wonder about him sometimes. Over the counter medication?
BD: If your franchise had a Team Hall of Fame, which players would be
BS: Greg Vaughn from
my first season and Victor Martinez. I hope to put Hanley Ramirez and
Ryan Zimmerman in down the road.
BD: Tell us which MLB team that you feel like your BDBL franchise is
the most like.
the Florida Marlins (minus the championships)...up and down and up and
BD: The Slyme have enjoyed 6 separate visits to the post-season. What
is the secret recipe?? And why no championship?
BS: No secret recipe to making the
post-season. I like to build a strong bullpen which really helps in
tight games. No championships is partly due to bad luck in the playoffs
(thought not as bad as Glander) and lack of shut-down starting pitching.
I'm afraid that will be an issue again this year.
BD: How has your overall team-building philosophy changed over the
BS: I tended to hang
on to youngsters a little more in the past...lately I've traded them
(Adam Jones, Joey Devine) or tried to (Ellsbury.) I used to hang onto
those guys for dear life.
BD: What has been the most significant change in the BDBL?
BS: Less H2H in the Eck League...Not sure
why, but I like H2H much more.
BD: Name your favorite "off-the-field" moment from BDBL Weekend or
the league forum.
Traveling up to Chicago for the BDBL Weekend with my son. We had a blast
and it was great to see so many of the guys. Additionally, my family and
I took a vacation to the East Coast and Bobby and I met Mike at Outbacks
and had a great chat. Two good memories.
BD: How does your son's involvement in the league enhance your
enjoyment of the BDBL?
Bobby and I are very close. He isn't just my son; he's one of my very
best friends. I think BDBL has just given us another topic of
discussion. Even though he's at college now, we talk every day and BDBL
is often one of our topics.
BD: Tell us a little bit about your experience with the Air Force and
where you see yourself over the next decade or so.
BS: The Air Force has been great for me
and my family. We've traveled quite a bit which has been super for my
family. My year and a half in the Middle East was a wonderful experience
(professionally) and I got to see so many of our young men and women who
selflessly serve their country. Makes me proud to serve with them.
I'm currently commanding a squadron in
California. I know this is only a two year assignment, so in about two
years we'll either go to Washington DC, Germany or Hawaii (I think.)
Once you achieve a little rank you lose control of your career. We'll
see where they want me to serve and I'll salute sharply and do just
BD: Thanks, Bob!