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the Colons starters, facing nine pitchers, nine shortstops and nine Adam Dunns, only managed an ERA of 7.80, barely better than the Dunns themselves.
Who would you take for a historical clone team?
Who would you take for a historical clone team? Babe Ruth is the obvious one, but I think I'd take Jimmie Foxx- not much pitching experience, but he performed well there in limited MLB action (even starting two games!). He also had over 100 games at catcher, the next most important position. The only positions he never played in MLB were second base and center field. Oh, and his hitting was pretty good, too.
Bob Gibson. Maybe Mike Hampton or Carlos Zambrano or even Dontrelle Willis. Good hitting pitchers who were also athletic.
How did Adam Dunn only manage 81 HR and 34 2B in a season where he had over 1000 PA? Slacker!
At his peak he hit about 40 homeruns per 600 pa
Without a doubt, however, the saddest storyline of the season belongs to Dee P. Gordon, who returned from a month-long injury to take the mound on August 8 and pitched every single inning of the final 37 games of the season. His stat line reads like the end of a Poe short story (click to embiggen):
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Because Out of the Park isn’t programmed to allow forfeitures, the Gordons were frozen with exactly nine unbroken players left on their roster, and thus there was no one to save Dee P. from his fate. That he even won four games (one a 51-50 nailbiter) is kind of amazing. The lowlight was definitely October 2, when a certainly hollow, cadaverous Gordon threw 944 pitches in a 164-16 loss, in which he somehow played both pitcher and first base. His game score was -813.
Over those final two months, Gordon suffered the following injuries: a torn labrum, a herniated disc, a sore wrist, biceps tendinitis, a forearm strain, two damaged elbow ligaments, two mild hamstring strains, a sore ankle, a sore forearm, acute elbow soreness, a sort thumb, a strained hamstring, a wild calf strain, an intercostal strain, and a tired arm.
The day after the season ended, and roster restrictions were lifted, Out of the Park destroyed the painting in Dee P. Gordon’s attic, and he immediately suffered a back spasms that shelved him for the next 19 months. The insanity and the peeling of his own skin were not included in the diagnosis. The game listed his morale as “unhappy”.
They could routinely score 100 runs in a game. Hell, they could have a real shot at scoring 100 runs in an inning against the Dee Gordons.
Also wish he'd done 30 teams with 30 extreme players.
Don Drysdale or Babe Ruth. They could both pitch and hit.
Before TSN's online Strat-o-Matic drove me away with bad business practices, a bunch of us created two "World's Worst Leagues," taking .50 scrubs (in position) and battling it out for last place. I proved even lousier at creating bad teams than good ones and was never in contention for the basement. Fun times though, as is this article. Somebody please create a full mlb set of teams and hit the button! I'd love to see it, but don't quite have time myself.
How big would the post-game spread have to be for a team of 25 Colon's?
Team A - It would be a full roster (25 players) and the whole league would play 162 games (54 games against each team). I would force the players to only play one position, so if you want to use Ruth as a P, then he can only be utilized as a pitcher.
Team C - I'm not sure how you'd determine that a player is "average" at hitting/pitching, but you could simply take the average ratings in history and assign them to imaginary players (or players close enough to those at each position).
Pos Name OPS+ WAA RfieldC Ivey Wingo 90 0.1 -9.01B Fred Merkle 109 -0.8 -9.02B Damion Easley 92 -0.6 -0.43B Jim Davenport 90 -0.6 7.0SS Rich Aurilia 99 -0.9 -5.2CF Sam Chapman 107 0.2 -8.0OF Frank Schulte 115 -0.2 4.0OF Jeromy Burnitz 112 -0.5 -5.2Bench:C Gregg Zaun 91 -0.1 -1.01B Eddie Robinson 113 0.3 -7.3IF Buck Weaver 92 0.9 4.0IF Connie Ryan 90 -0.3 4.9OF Darryl Hamilton 96 -0.1 -7.3OF Roy Johnson 108 -0.8 -4.0
I don't see why the fielding team couldn't take Willie Mays for its centerfielder. Limiting it to actual GG awards won is silly.
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