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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Posnanski: Me and Maddux

Shouldn’t it have been Kuiper’s card?

 

So, I got home from Sochi — long fascinating trip, tell you all about it later — and this was waiting for me: My own Strat-O-Matic Baseball card. Man oh man did I have a good season…

this gave me an opportunity to face my favorite-ever great pitcher Greg Maddux. I gave myself 10-plate appearances against 1994 Greg Maddux, which was the Maddux Strat-O card I found. In 1994, Maddux with [sic] 16-6 with a 1.56 ERA and he won his third of four straight Cy Young Awards…

final results: I’m 4-for-9 with four singles and a walk against Greg Maddux. I wonder if he’ll mention me in his Hall of Fame speech.

 

The District Attorney Posted: February 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: greg maddux, joe posnanski, simulations, strat-o-matic

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   1. bookbook Posted: February 25, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4662142)
So he posts about Maddux here. Guess he didn't make Pos' top 100 after all...
   2. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 25, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4662169)
So now Joe Posnanski and Babe Herman are the only non-HOFers to have a .390/.454/.625 season since 1901. I would have guessed Herman was in the Hall.
   3. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: February 25, 2014 at 03:53 PM (#4662288)
George Brett's 1980, of course...except Pos gave himself six more HR, for a total of 30.
   4. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: February 25, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4662298)
I would have guessed Herman was in the Hall.


"He wore a glove for one reason: because it was a league custom."


God Bless the Babe.
   5. deputydrew Posted: February 25, 2014 at 04:11 PM (#4662304)
My college buddies and I created our own Strat cards about 15 years ago. Good times. Mine was based on a Wade Boggs season. High average, good walks, little power, slow and with below average D.

If you've ever played Strat, I'm sure you'd get a kick out of holding your own card. They'd also make crazy good presents for your Strat-playing buddies, even if they haven't rolled the dice in a decade or more. They're cheap and help support a great company, too!
   6. God Posted: February 25, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4662350)
I created my own Negro Leagues card set well before there was an official one. Had a great time reenacting the 1920 season with integrated teams. But the greatest homemade Strat tool was the Z-chart we made up, which only comes into play if you roll a 20 on the 20-sided die twice in a row. The Z-chart was full of rare freak occurrences like "your ballpark burns down, so you must play the rest of the season on the road," or "player punches out umpire, is ejected and suspended for a week." "Batter is hit in head by spitball and dies." "Pitcher leaves game to chase after fire truck." etc etc
   7. Sunday silence Posted: February 25, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4662401)
wonder what Woodrow Wilson's card would have looked like?
   8. God Posted: February 25, 2014 at 05:59 PM (#4662409)
wonder what Woodrow Wilson's card would have looked like?


Perhaps like this?
   9. toratoratora Posted: February 25, 2014 at 06:54 PM (#4662446)
Just for shits and giggles I ran the raw stats on the card
(Remember you only roll on the hitters card 50% of the time so all stats should be halved)

Base Card
single: 31.63%
double: 6.57%
triple: 1.81%
hr: 5.74%
walk:12.04%
BA: .457
OBP: .578
SLG:.732
OPS: 1.3093

Nice card. Joe's a significantly better hitter against lefties, with a .474/.631/.803/1.434
as opposed to hitting .422/.552/.667/1.222 against righties. The raw stats resemble a Dimaggio card or two. Wrong position of course.
Other than DP'ing a lot,he'd be a high 3B pick
   10. Cooper Nielson Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:19 AM (#4662637)
George Brett's 1980, of course...except Pos gave himself six more HR, for a total of 30.

Lest you think Poz has an over-inflated view of his baseball ability, TFA notes that he had no input into "his" stats:

Anyway, getting my own Strat-O-Matic card (one which Adam Rosen and Hal Richman and the Strat-O folks designed without my input or even knowledge) was great on two levels. One, it gave me a baseball identity — apparently I’m a high-average (.390 average!), power-hitting (40 doubles! 30 homers!), Gold Glove third baseman. My season is obviously influenced by George Brett in 1980. We both hit .390 with .454 on-base percentages. I was more durable than Brett — I got about 150 more plate appearances — which is why I hit more doubles (40 to 33) and homers (30 to 24).

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