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Today's Birthday Team is not a good collection of talent. Almost looks like what would happen if the Birthday League had an expansion draft.
Can anyone describe to me the process of the "re-entry draft" that operated in the late 70s/early 80s? Looks like it had to do with free agency. I'm thinking that teams would "draft" the right to negotiate with free agents?
Does the Birthday League have simulated injuries, too? Why is Matt Holliday sitting out 25 games and umpteen atbats?
I just looked at the birthday league homepage. What the heck! There are box scores and game stories for every game! Clearly computer-generated, but still amazing.
I'm surprised every SP in the birthday league has a reasonable ERA. (or at least the ones starting today do) Don't some days just have no more than 3 or 4 pitchers who have ever started a game with any sort of success?
As part of the negotiations after the Messersmith/McNally decision, the MLBPA agreed to a system that would restrict the flow of free agents so that one team couldn't sign all of the best players. The first draft was held following the 1976 season and was run like the Rule 4 draft was at the time, with the leagues alternating in inverse order of won-lost record. The 26 teams drafted for the right to negotiate with players. No more than 12 teams could draft the rights to any one player (and a team could retain the right to negotiate with its own free agents, so it was possible for a player to negotiate with as many as 13 teams), and any player drafted by fewer than two teams could negotiate with anyone. No club could sign more than two - the exception being that a team that lost more than two free agents could sign as many as they lost. A couple of teams accused the Angels of buying Tim Nordbrook from the Orioles late in the season precisely so that they could get to sign a third free agent. California wound up signing Bobby Grich, Joe Rudi, and Don Baylor.
Astros sign P Erik Bedard
Phillies sign OF Delmon Young to 1-year, $750K contract that includes performance bonuses.
Yeah, the Strat-O-Matic software is pretty great. It's just unfortunate the game is as expensive as it is. It's ~$55, and they release a new version pretty much every year, so you have to keep buying upgrades instead of just a season disk.
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