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Posted 12-09-2017 at 09:21 AM by bjohn13

1905 was supposed to be a rebuilding year. The fact that I was still in the pennant race on the last game of the season was a huge win.

I'm surprised that Jake Beckley didn't retire. It's pretty obvious at this point that his only role on the team is as a left handed pinch hitter, though he may get a ceremonial start on opening day.

I traded away a few stalwarts in the offseason. Willie Keeler, Freddy Parent, and Tom Hughes were all sent packing for young prospects. The interesting change since I turned off the draft is that since I can't trade for draft picks anymore, I find myself trading for young players instead. Right now, I have several players on my AAA roster who deserve a shot in the Majors.

A quick walk around the team:

My starting outfield without Keeler is a bit thin, but I think it is adequate. Charlie Hickman starts in left, Davy Jones starts in center, and Billy Hamilton starts in right. Johnny Lush is my insurance policy in right field of Hamilton starts to show his age.

Lush is projected to be my starting first baseman with Heinie Wagner at second, Shad Barry at third, and Joe Tinker at short. If Lush has to move to right, I can move Shad Barry over to first. Chub Aubrey, John Hummel, Joe Cassidy, and Mike McCormick are all prospects who would love a chance to win that third base job.

On the pitching staff, I full expect to get at least 3-4 more good years out of Cy Young. he finished 1905 with 199 career wins. Although there is no way he is going to reach his real life totals, I'd like to see him make a push for 250. Rube Waddell and Jerry Nops both had phenomenal seasons in 1905, and Barney Pelty won the number four starting role. I don't have any depth after Pelty, though, so things could get hairy if someone gets hurt. I have confidence, though, because I have a lot of depth and a lot of talent in my bullpen.

Behind the plate, Lave Cross and Ed Phelps are going to continue to split time. Cross will be 40 by the end of the year. Unfortunately, I don't really have a backup plan if Cross gets hurt. I have a couple of young catchers in A-ball who would probably have to fill in.
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