One twist I suggested was to play a Strat "triathlon" consisting of three short seasons from the past. For example, 54 games each from 1968, 1976 and 1985. Having no experience with historical replays, I thought that would be a fun survey course of the expansion era.
My 20-team @StratOMatic league is halfway through its 2019 season replay. We are already looking ahead to how we will replay 2020. What creative ideas have you considered for your simulation league to replay a 60-game or potentially a (gulp) zero-game season?
My early favorite replacement nicknames for the Cleveland AL franchise are Commodores, Blues and Spiders, in that order. Send me your other strong suggestions. Somebody mentioned Pioneers because of the Cleveland franchise's role in integrating the AL.
Please vote to rename the Cleveland Indians. This poll contains three of my favorite options, plus a fourth option that is popular on Twitter.
I thought this was interesting in light of Twitter speculation about who is the most famous, well-known or household name in baseball. Baseball people think the answer is Trout. Resoundingly. Note: Cody Bellinger won in 2019 and could be starting a streak of his own.
Yes, Trout has won 8 in a row! These players won Most Exciting Player in the AL or NL 5 times in a 6-season span: Vladimir Guerrero 2000, 01, 02, 04, 05 Ichiro Suzuki 2001, 02, 03, 06, 07 These players won 3 straight Andrew McCutchen 2012, 13, 14 Bryce Harper 2015, 16, 17
In the past 3 decades of @BaseballAmerica Best Tools voting, just 3 players have won Most Exciting Player in the AL or NL for at least 5 straight years Barry Bonds 1992, 93, 94, 95, 96, 03, 04 Ken Griffey Jr. 1994, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 Mike Trout 2012, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
RT @PeloterosCol: 📢🚨 ATENCIÓN 🚨 Los @atleticos @Athletics han seleccionado a nuestro pelotero @BrayanBuelvas2 en su roster de 60 jugadores para el campamento de verano #SummerCamp en vista de la nueva temporada de #LasMayores. Éxitos a nuestra joven estrella. #PeloterosColombia🇨🇴 https://t.co/MBWpXeJ2mS
I read this 24 hours ago and find it just as jarring today. From the @joe_sheehan newsletter: "The shutdown, now close to four months long, approximates a full offseason." Four months completely free of major league baseball. The horror. The horror.
Some Latin American countries—Dominican Republic, Colombia & Nicaragua—saw their highest-ever number of major leaguers in 2019. Others such as Venezuela, Cuba & Curacao are a tick below historical high-water marks. Pay attention to the sleeper below 👇 https://t.co/WRTMyvWm1I
What's remarkable about the table above is that international FAs who signed in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 have not yet had a chance to make an impact in MLB. The 2015 signing class already counts Soto, Vlad Jr., Tatis Jr. and Yordan. The 2013 class Devers, Gleyber and Eloy.