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Date: May 21st
1971 64-Game Season (C+D)
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Well, this forum is certainly an inspiring place. Glewis's awesome 1911 CTB project, along with the short season projects of seajaw and rollsox2, have convinced me to give the condensed format a try. I have completed a full C+D replay for 1959 and am more than half way through the same for 1941, but the monumental task of completing another full season is wearing me down. Stratfan70 has even more of my admiration now -- it's staggering that he has completed so many. The dog days of August of the full replay can be tough.

I'm 37, so I hopefully have quite a few years to keep playing. Still, given that it would take me about 3-4 years to finish a full scale project, there's no way I'd live long enough to finish a replay for every season I own, even if I stay sentient past age 100. I also love the idea of "house records" and watching them accumulate. The more seasons I play, the richer those will become.

All of this has led me to the format of a 64-game season. That number is fairly easy to adapt to 8, 10, 12 and 14-team leagues. Records will still be influenced by their era (thinking 1911 through 1987 since those are my bookend sets), but at least everyone will be playing a season of the same length. No 154 game vs. 162 game debate if Ruth and Maris contend for the single season HR record, or something similar.

I thought about going chronologically through the seasons, but I think I need to jump around to keep things fresh and interesting. So, first up on the list will be 1971 -- a season with a really nice balance of power and pitching. The Orioles, A's, Pirates and Giants are clear favorites in their respective divisions, but maybe the shorter season will allow for the Dodgers, Tigers, Cardinals, or some other dark horse to contend.

 



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Looking forward to some 1971!

Shorter seasons can certainly generate more surprises.

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Also looking forward to more replays from newer members!!

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Here's the background on how I play.

Format: Modified Basic

I have played SADV for the longest time, but the beautiful simplicity of the basic side has pulled me back. It's a personal taste thing for me since it doesn't affect the statistical accuracy of the game, but I hate how homerun chances are broken up on the advanced side of the card to allow for BP chances and clutch factors. It's bad aesthetics. I also feel that some non-platoon cards that have heavy L/R skews can lead to weird results when the player does not face the same proportion of lefty or righty pitching. This is usually most exaggerated with triples. If a player hit 4 triples in 100 PA vs. lefties and 0 triples in 400 PA vs. righties, he'll have a huge triple chance on the left side of the card, which can then be over-rolled if he faces 40% lefty pitching instead of 20%.

What makes my format modified basic:

  • For me, the greatest flaw of the basic game is weak hitters hitting way too many homeruns off the pitcher's card. There are many house rules to get around this, and mine has built on suggestions of other gamers. I used to go with a system similar to the W/N power of the advanced side of the card, but adapted it when someone pointed out how this system unfairly punishes good pitchers. The thinking being, that since W-power hitters can only hit homeruns off their own card, a guy with a few homeruns all season would just as easily hit a homerun off Koufax than off some schmuck with a 7.00 ERA. So, the solution... for hitters without a homerun on their basic card, a re-roll number (out of 20) is computed based on HR and PA to determine if a homerun reading off the pitcher's card remains a homerun or is converted to SINGLE**.
  • The second flaw in the basic game is the error rates on the fielding chart, since it can't possibly cover the difference between the fielding environments of 1911 vs. the modern game. To correct this, I use the awesome modified charts found here.
  • To keep attempts and success rates more realistic (especially important in earlier seasons), I use the supplementary stealing ratings, hold ratings and catcher's arms from the advanced side of the card.
  • I use the advanced ratings for bunting and hit+run.

The only thing left that bugs me is the lack of HBP, but the recalculations or pre-rolls required to do it would bog things down too much. This is usually not a problem except for players like Ron Hunt and Don Baylor. I'll just have to live with that one.

 

Player Usage

I try to keep things realistic with playing time. Freak cards with few PA will most definitely not be full time players. However, randomness never hurt anything. Injury rolls automatically knock the player out for the remainder of the series. If it happens in the first at-bat of a four-game series, he misses almost four full games. If he rolls it in the 8th inning of the final game of the series, he lucks out.

Any player with 500 PA can start every game of a four-game series. 400 PA are required to start every game of a three-gamer. Catchers must miss one start in a 4-game series, and must miss a start in a 3-gamer if they do not have at least 500 PA. I also have a random automatic rest system that will rest every player up to 3 games over the course of the season, but it's too complicated to get into the mundane details here.

I will not be using transactions. All players play the full season with their carded teams.

 

Scheduling

The 12-team leagues work out real nice with 64 games. 8 games versus teams in the same division (one 4-game series home and away), 4 games versus the teams in the opposite division (one 2-game series home and away).

 



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Third Base Coach

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The rules seem appropriate to me. I'm sure others will have some suggestions for you. Looking forward to reading your replays.



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First Base Coach

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Looking forward to following your replay.

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Sounds like fun. '71 is a great season for a wide range of players.

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I have a rest chart for pitchers that you can use, if you want, since short season replays are not "as played" based. I don't mind that the weaker hitters get HRs off the pitcher's card. I figure it this way. If a hitter knocked around 5 HR over the course of the season, and he has no HR chances on his card, where is he going to get them. Besides, you may have cases where the big bats don't get as many HR as they actually did. I look at the overall MLB totals and judge the accuracy rather than getting everyone close individually. I also use Strat's POW rules for pitcher fatigue when playing basic during this time in baseball. For seasons 1975 and later I use a different way to fatigue the pitchers.

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Thanks for the kind words dean0. Speaking of the dogs days of August, that's where I am in my 1973 replay.

I will be looking forward to your 1971 short season. it'll be interesting to see what four teams you'll get into the play-offs and who will emerge as the WS Champs.



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Welcome - great season choice - looking forward to seeing it play out 



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First Base Coach

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Sounds like a good project!

Go Bucs!biggrin



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American League Series 1A

Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles

Orioles 9, Red Sox 3

The Birds open the season with a 9-3 drubbing of the Red Sox. Davey Johnson hits a pair of three-run homers in support of a solid effort from Mike Cuellar. Rico Petrocelli hits a homerun and two doubles for the Sox.

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Davey Johnson: Birds' Opening Day Hero

 

Orioles 3, Red Sox 2

The Orioles trail 2-1 after seven innings, but score single runs in the 8th and 9th to make it two wins in two tries. Don Buford drove home Merv Rettenmund with a walkoff RBI single for the winning tally.

 

Red Sox 10, Orioles 4

The Sox score in each of the first seven innings, chasing Baltimore starter Pat Dobson early. Yaz blasts two homeruns, leading a 16-hit attack for the Red Sox.

 

Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

The Orioles take the series by winning the finale 4-2. Dave McNally goes the distance. A 3-run 6th inning proves the difference for Baltimore.



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First Base Coach

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Orioles with a good start to the season



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First Base Coach

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Not such a great start for the BoSox. The O's were tough in that era.

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American League Series 1B

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers

 

Tigers 4, Indians 2

Mickey Stanley and Al Kaline are the first two Tigers batters of the season in the bottom of the first, and they both take Sam McDowell deep. That 2-run lead holds up for a 4-2 final behind a complete game from Mickey Lolich and additional solo homeruns from Willie Horton and Bill Freehan.

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Mickey Stanley led off the season with a homer -- one of four on the day for Detroit

 

Tigers 17, Indians 0

The Tigers absolutely obliterate the Indians 17-0 on the strength of a 7-run 5th and a 6-run 6th. Oddly enough, the Tigers score 17 runs without the benefit of a homerun the day after scoring four runs on four solo bombs. Lost in all the firepower is a complete game shutout for Joe Coleman.

 

Indians 2, Tigers 1

Alan Foster outduels Les Cain 2-1. Another Foster, Roy, hits a homerun in the top of the 8th that proves the difference.

 

Tigers 6, Indians 1

Joe Niekro works around trouble through the first three innings before cruising to an easy win. Bill Freehan and Aurelio Rodriguez both hammer out three hits for Detroit.



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