Thread: Stage Four

It doesn’t exist. But we keep hoping.

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But you still can't use Willie Mays twice!

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 3 '20

We could split the multi city franchises and treat them as separate....like one from NY and one from SF, one from Brooklyn, one from LA, etc. 

van wilhoite LVW
Apr 3 '20

Fooling around with 1940-1979, you almost have to allow two players from a few franchises.

Gene McCaffrey GeneM
Apr 3 '20

Forgot that there were only 16 teams in the 40s and 50s. It gets complicated. And maybe a history lesson isn't the same as going down memory lane.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 3 '20

What about another challenge with the same rules for the four preceding decades?

The 1940s are terra incognita even for me.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 3 '20

That one was so fun.....How about another challenge....a 2nd team with the same rules as the other one plus you can't use any player you used on the 1st team or any of their teammates from the year you used them. 

van wilhoite LVW
Apr 2 '20

I also reasoned that I should take one pitcher who got some saves, preferably a very good starter. But I couldn't find one whose qualitatives were good enough and, running out of time, I took Josh Hader 2019. I much preferred Hader 2018 -- same qualitatives, same SO, fewer saves (but some), a crucial three more wins -- but 2018 was already taken.

When we see the winner, I'm sure I'm crazy enough to do the whole thing over again to see if I can beat it.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 2 '20

I actually think going no closer could backfire.  In a league with 12 teams you limit your losses, you're only 11 points back in saves, but can make that up elsewhere because the budgets are identical.  In this, there may be 50 teams or more.  You might not be able to make up 49 points in saves.  Not knowing the number of teams is a major variable that affects team construction and cannot be modeled in advance.  That's why I took one closer.  I figure I will come in ahead of the teams that go no closer.  That means I won't be last, but I also have strong Ks and Wins enough to beat every team with two closers in those categories.  And, I didn't leave Britton in the bullpen like Showalter because his 0.54 ERA is outrageously good and enough to lower my ERA more than any starter I didn't choose.  His 0.84 WHIP is also strong enough so that he doesn't hurt me, even if his innings aren't enough to move the needle down too much.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 2 '20

I just realized a major screw up. I had Miggy Cabrera at Corner, but didn't remember he played 3B in 2013.  I could have moved him there, gotten rid of Schmidt and put Ryan Howard in as my corner.  I would have raised my average to .330 (up 2 points), gained 10 HR, and 25 RBI at the expense of only 12 SB, which were already strong.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 2 '20

PS:  Eugene's right. Hojo plays third for me, but he's ready to fill in at shortstop.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 2 '20