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Old 12-27-2017, 08:28 AM   #341
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Is Kansas City all bat no pitching? I see they had 3 players in the running for MVP, but weren't mentioned in your post season.
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Is Kansas City all bat no pitching? I see they had 3 players in the running for MVP, but weren't mentioned in your post season.
Very astute. Pretty much. The Athletics led MLB in runs scored with 798, and also allowed the most runs in MLB with 810. They had the worst defensive efficiency rating (.683) in the AL, and were 14th in MLB in front of only the 62-100 Giants and the 85-77 Phillies. Kansas City finished the season in seventh place in the AL 12 games behind the Orioles.

Their pitching paid the price for their defense somewhat, but they were partly to blame as well. Jim Palmer (who is nowhere near as good as he was IRL - 35-50, 1 SV, 4.27 ERA, 3.97 FIP lifetime through 4 seasons) went 11-16 with a 4.58 ERA, and a 3.99 FIP. Chuck Smith was 11-16 with a 3.45 ERA, and a 3.72 FIP. Frank Dwyer went 14-12, 4.67 ERA, 4.05 FIP. Brett Oberholtzer was a hideous 6-12, with a 5.83 ERA, and a 4.69 FIP. George Keefe was 9-7, with a 4.58 ERA, 4.11 FIP. Perry Werden (who started as a pitcher, moved to 1B, and is now a pitcher again) went 7-4, with a 4.94 ERA, 3.72 FIP. Throw in 14 G and 3 GS from Jake Arrieta with a 1-2 record, a 5.03 ERA, and a 4.69 FIP and you have the makings of a thoroughly mediocre pitching staff, that could use some help from its defense, but is still not very good.

Even closer Rollie Fingers was somewhat off, with a 6-5, 37 SV, 4.28 ERA, 3.27 FIP. The only pitcher on the staff with a FIP under 3 was Jim Corsi, who went 4-1, 2 SV, 3.24 ERA, 2.83 FIP, but he only pitched 33.1 IP, so he couldn't have much of an influence. There were two pitchers with ERAs under 3, but again they didn't pitch many innings. Jeff Zaske went 1-2, with 1 SV, a 2.16 ERA, and a 3.75 FIP in just 25.0 IP, while Alex Malloy went 3-3 with 4 SV, a 2.27 ERA, and a 3.45 FIP in just 39.2 IP.

Their position players are fantastic, and the big four (including Ken Williams [not the White Sox executive, the good Ken Williams], who you don't see in the top 10 for MVP) are very talented, and still very young. Williams is the oldest at 24, while Ryan, Briggs and Smith are all 22 or younger.

Ryan was more of a DH than a LF, and had a banner year. He had a line of .319/.400/.506/.906 (157 OPS+, 151 wRC+) with 103 R, 182 H, 34 2B, 11 3B, 17 HR, 92 RBI, 79 BB, just 52 K, 30 SB, and 16 CS. Briggs rotated between CF and LF and had a few starts at DH. He put up a .309/.431/.476/.906 slash line (158 OPS+, 153 wRC+) with 108 R, 184 H, 32 2B, 11 3B, 15 HR, 92 RBI, and a league leading 129 BB, against 90 K. Negro Leaguer Chino Smith played most of his games at 2B, and 3 games at DH. He had a great age 20 season, with a .309/.353/.536/.889 slash line (150 OPS+, 148 wRC+) with 97 R, 199 H, 46 2B, 5 3B, 30 HR, 128 RBI, 43 BB, 121 K, 17 SB, and 12 CS. Ken Williams probably would've been in the top 10 in MVP voting had he not missed 55 games with dehydration (2 days), and a strained hamstring (2 months). The old man of the quartet had a .277/.340/.488/.828 slash line (133 OPS+, 129 wRC+) while playing all of his games at 3B. He had 70 R, 113 H, 17 2B, 3 3B, 21 HR, 79 RBI, 41 BB, and just 23 K. This cat just refuses to strike out, as the most strikeouts he has ever had in one season is 25 (which he did in 1955 and 1956). The future looks bright from an offensive standpoint, but in order to capitalize on that bounty, they're going to have to get some pitching and defense at some point.
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Really looking forward to seeing how Chino Smith performs in your league, aj.

Btw, how is three year recalc calculated? Does it use game generated stats as well as real stats?
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Looks like we'll have to wait another year for the first million dollar man. So far this offseason, the three highest paid players are Hal Trosky Sr. (6 years/$882,000), Otto Velez (7 years/$868,000), and Jim King (6 years/$864,000). Things have taken a step back in the 1957/1958 offseason. Could it be that the owners are colluding? Hmmm...
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:15 PM   #345
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Really looking forward to seeing how Chino Smith performs in your league, aj.

Btw, how is three year recalc calculated? Does it use game generated stats as well as real stats?
Recalc is all based on real life stats for the player in question. It doesn't use game generated stats at all. Game generated stats would only come into play based on whether or not you check the "Overall rating based on AI evaluation, not pure ratings" box in Game Settings > Global Settings > Player Rating Scales. It affects the player's ratings throughout the season, but it does not affect statistical output as far as I know.

With 3 year recalc, it takes the season before, the season in question and the season after. In my case I use 3 year recalc double weighted for the current year. Let me illustrate with an example. Say you have Rod Carew, and the season in question is his amazing 1977 season. 25% of the calculation would come from his 1976 season, 50% of the calculation would come from his 1977 season, and 25% of the calculation would come from his 1978 season. That's how it works. It kind of smooths out the jaggedly great and awful seasons by looking at the seasons immediately before and after. Hope that makes sense.

As for Chino Smith, he is taken from the Spritze database, which I use to supplement the default database in order to get a sprinkling of Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, PCL, and Negro leaguers into my game. I also use it to replace players from the default database who have gaps in their Neutralized Stats profile because there are no gaps in the Spritze players' Neutralized Stats. It's as complete as it gets. Some of the numbers are admittedly made up, but all gaps are filled in.
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Man, I almost want to force retire Kershaw. I won't do so, but man is he in bad shape. He signed a one year deal with the defending champs, Jackson and they have him in the rotation to start 1960. In his second start of the season he did manage to bring his ERA down to 10.00. Ugh!
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Ha! He's really looking to become the first pitcher to 200 wins, I'm guessing.
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:29 PM   #348
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[QUOTE=TheMaus2;4263542]Ha! He's really looking to become the first pitcher to 200 wins, I'm guessing. [/QUOTE

Nah, he's at 221.
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Really looking forward to seeing how Chino Smith performs in your league, aj.
OSA ranks four Negro Leaguers who never got a chance to play in MLB IRL in it's top 20 position players and top 20 pitchers. There are two of each. CF Oscar Charleston of the Cardinals ranks 3rd in MLB among his fellow position players behind CF Cesar Cedeno and CF John E Briggs. 2B Chino Smith ranks 6th behind Cedeno, Briggs, Charleston, C Tom Haller, and CF Ginger Beaumont.

Charleston has won an MVP award (1955 NL MVP), is a 4-time All-Star, and a 3-time Silver Slugger, and won a championship with the Cardinals in 1955. Chino Smith has only had two seasons in MLB, but already has been an All-Star once, and has back-to-back Silver Slugger awards at 2B.

SP Bill Foster is the best pitcher in all of baseball right now, ahead of even the great Walter Johnson according to OSA. SP Bullet Rogan ranks 7th in all of baseball behind Foster, Johnson, SP Red Ehret, SP Junior Thompson (who's only been used as a RP up to now, but is giving it a shot as a SP this upcoming season), SP Jose Quintana, and SP Tom Seaver.

Foster is the most accomplished of the quartet. He is just through his age 25 season, and already has won the Cy Young award and the MVP award three times each (he pulled off the double in 1952, 1953 and 1957). He was the ROY at age 18 in 1950, and is a six-time All-Star. Rogan struggled early in his career (ERA+ under league average 100 in each of his first six seasons), and has only recently been able to put things together, representing the AL in the 1956 All-Star game, and the NL in the 1957 All-Star game.

It's not just superstuds making it from the Negro Leagues into my game. RHP Dick Redding, RHP Antonio Ruiz (Cuban League I believe), RHP George T Walker, RHP Theolic Smith, C U Emory, 2B Bingo DeMoss, 3B William X Kelly, 1B/OF Lee Moody, and C/OF Nate Peeples are also in there, and I'll be interested to see how they do as well.

I'll also use Spritze to help get Monte Irvin, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson etc an early enough start so that the late start that they got doesn't affect their greatness in the long run. I'll probably do it for Ichiro as well because I believe he could've come over to North America straight out of high school (not necessarily into MLB, but he could've started his professional career in the minors instead of spending nine years in the NPB.

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February 7th, 1958. A day that will live in infamy. The day the first million dollar man signed on with...who else? The New York Yankees of course! SP John Clarkson (entering his age 30 season - he will turn 31 on July 1st, 1958) signed a six year deal worth $1,078,000 total. However there is a catch. The sixth year is a team option for a staggering $182,000, with a buyout of $13,000 so technically it's "only" a guaranteed contract of 5 years for $909,000. It will pay him $168,000 in 1958, and $182,000 in each of 1959-1962, and then the club option on 1963 for $182,000 or a buyout of $13,000. I'm betting the Yankees will buy him out of that season as he will be heading into his age 35 season, and they probably won't want any part of it. Still it is the first potential million dollar man in the history of my league, so I thought it was worthy of mention here. I'm sure baseball fans of 1958 are claiming it is the end of baseball as we know it, and that the league is due to go up in flames any minute now and yadda, yadda, yadda.

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Playoffs not played yet, but here's the final standings, batting leaders (listed by BatR), and pitching leaders (listed by pitching WAR) for 1958.
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1st round of 1958 Amateur Draft:

1. Tigers: Frankie Frisch, 2B/3B
2. Indians: Tony Phillips, 2B/SS
3. Phillies: Lee Lacy, 2B
4. Red Sox: Roger McDowell, RHP
5. Cardinals: Willie Aikens, 1B
6. Dodgers: Larry Benton, RHP
7. Redlegs: Red Kress, SS
8. Athletics: Marty Pattin, RHP
9. Senators: Jack Cronin, RHP
10. Orioles: Mule Haas, 1B/OF
11. Giants: Ray Kolp, RHP
12. Tigers: Joe Oliver, C
13. Redlegs: Toad Ramsey, LHP
14. Cubs: Dennis Bennett, LHP
15. Yankees: Al McCauley, 1B/RF
16. Dodgers: Ron D Jackson, 3B/LF

The Detroit Tigers also selected Jim Leyritz C/IF/OF, Dae-Sung Koo LHP, Chin-hui Tsao RHP, Ed Fernandes C, and Jim Bailey LHP. The Tigers may have hit the jackpot with this draft. Before he turned the HoF into a personal playground for him and his buddies, Frankie Frisch was a great 2B with the Giants and Cardinals. The rest of the guys are kind of fodder, but Frisch is the kind of talent you want to get when you're looking to kickstart a rebuild and you have the number one overall pick.

Dae-Sung Koo is the Spritzeified version brought in at age 21 (instead of 35) to see what might have happened had he come straight from Hanyang University in South Korea into North American professional baseball. We'll see what happens there. Always enjoy the what ifs. I will do it with Ichiro (although in his case I'll bring him straight out of high school because that's what he did over in Japan) too when his time comes to see if he can chase down Shoeless Joe Jackson who currently holds the all-time Hits record in my alternate universe with 4,118.

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Top ten AL MVP for 1958:

1. Joel Youngblood, 27, CWS, 2B
2. Perry Werden, 34, CLE, RHSP
3. Fred Hutchinson, 18, WS1, RHSP
4. Andy Pettitte, 28, BAL, LHSP
5. Red Ehret, 25, BOS, RHSP
6. Bill Donovan, 22, NYY, RHSP
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 25, NYY, C
8. John Romano, 23, CWS, C
9. Bernie Allen, 23, BAL, 2B
10. Steve Gromek, 20, BAL, RHRP

Top five AL CYA for 1958:

1. Perry Werden, 34, CLE, RHSP
2. Fred Hutchinson, 18, WS1, RHSP
3. Andy Pettitte, 28, BAL, LHSP
4. Red Ehret, 25, BOS, RHSP
5. Bill Donovan, 22, NYY, RHSP

Top three AL Mariano Rivera Award for 1958:

1. Steve Gromek, 20, BAL, RHRP
2. Reggie Richter, 29, NYY, RHRP
3. Robb Nen, 32, KC1, RHRP

Top three AL Jackie Robinson Award for 1958:

1. Fred Hutchinson, 18, WS1, RHSP
2. Bill Donovan, 22, NYY, RHSP
3. Steve Gromek, 20, BAL, RHRP

Just have to clarify something first. My Jackie Robinson Award winners got jumbled from when I picked them in the game after the season. When I first picked I had Hutchinson, Gromek, and Johnny Podres of the Tigers. Then I discovered that Bill Donovan should have been considered for ROY in 1958 because he only pitched 44.2 IP in 1957 (current limit is 50 IP, limit around 1958 was 45 IP - he's under both so he should have been in the list of rookie players when I went to select the award winners). He also was only on the roster for 41 days in 1957, and the limit is 45. I went in and edited his history page, but it still hasn't taken in his awards summary yet. Thankfully Hutchinson was better enough than Donovan that he was able to maintain his edge in the balloting. Otherwise the wrong guy would've won the award.

Offense was completely choked off in the American League in 1958. SS Khalil Greene of the Senators and C Mark Parent of the Indians paced the league with just 26 HR. 2B Joel Youngblood of the White Sox led the league in RBI with 96, finishing just ahead of DH/CF/LF Bill Bruton of the White Sox and CF/RF/DH/LF Al Oliver of the Orioles, who each finished with 95. Youngblood also won the batting title with a .335 batting average, while DH/LF/RF Jimmy Ryan of the Athletics finished at .325, and Al Oliver finished at .311. Had Joel Youngblood managed four more HR, he would've won the triple crown for cryin' out loud! Perhaps that's an explanation for five of the top six MVP slots going to pitchers, but Youngblood managed to win the actual award.

In an ALCS that was more tightly contested than the 4-1 series score would indicate, the Yankees (93-69) defeated the heavily favoured Orioles (99-63). There were three extra inning games and four one run games in this tightly contested series. 3B Jim Delahanty hit a solo blast in the top of the 11th inning of Game 1 to break up a scoreless tie and give the Yankees a win on the road. The next day the Orioles walked off the Yankees in the 12th on a two out game winning RBI triple by 3B Rocky Krsnich to win 6-5. SP John Clarkson (the first million dollar man in my league) shut down the Orioles on six hits in a complete game in Game 3, as the Yanks routed the O's 9-3. The O's rallied for a run in the ninth in Game 4, but fell short in a 3-2 defeat, as CF Mike J Griffin grounded out to end the game with PH Luis Aparicio standing at first base following his RBI single. The O's rallied from down 3-0 in Game 5, only to lose in the bottom of the 11th on a two out double by CF Emmet Heidrick, a walk to C Mike A Gonzalez, and a game/series winning RBI single by RF Billy Ashley.

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Kershaw finally hung up the spikes following a dreadful 1960 season. 1-5, 8.20 for the Jackson Browns. The Browns did make it back to the World Series, but lost to the Beaumont Crush 4 games to 1. Kershaw finished his career 222-127, 2.79, 1988 k's, 865 BB, 1.13 WHIP, 95.7 WAR.

Another notable retirement is Matt Holliday. Holliday played 14 seasons in the Southern League. His career batting average was .295. Matt hit 272 home runs, drove in 1141 and score 1128 runs. .295/.385/.472/.856 with a career 45.7 WAR. 5 Silver Slugger awards.

Mike Zunino had his career come to an end at 35, due to a busted knee cap. Zunino was one of the those random debut surprise players you sometime get. 14 seasons, .246/.337/.436/.773 with a career WAR of 41.4. Mike hit 213 home runs and drove in 772 runs. 4 Gold Gloves, 1 Silver Slugger and was a 2 time champion.

Johnny Evers, James Loney and Cesar Geronimo also called it quits.

Cy Young: Carl Hubbell (Birmingham) 21-9, 2.57, 9.2 WAR
MVP: Vada Pinson (Jackson) .320/.385/.558/ 28 HR 8.9 WAR.
Rookie of the Year: Devon White (Birmingham) .302/.340/.473, 27 HR 3.4 War.

The Southern League now has 3 players with 300+ home runs. Duke Snider 333, Jose Bautista 309 (retired) and Dale Murphy 309. Jim Rice is closing in on 300 with 291.

Felix Hernandez won 1 game in 1960 and now has 197. As of opening day, Felix has yet to sign with a team.

Pedro Martinez is the next closest to 200 wins with 182. The last three seasons for Pedro have been a roller coaster ride. He has shown flashes of greatness, but injuries have taken their toll as well. Hopefully, the 1960 post season is the proof Martinez has righted the ship and is ready for 5 or 6 more seasons of greatness.

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Do you use the 5 year waiting period for the Hall? In the past I've always shortened it, but this time I'm using default. I changed the induction threshold is 80% and players are dropped if below 10%. So far the only player to be get any votes was Mike Mussina. He was dropped after only receiving 6.4%.
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Top ten NL MVP for 1958:

1. Walter Johnson, 24, CHC, RHSP
2. Tris Speaker, 19, SFG, CF
3. Tom Seaver, 27, LAD, RHSP
4. Greg Swindell, 22, PIT, LHSP
5. Red Porter, 18, SFG, RF
6. Otto Schomberg, 23, PIT, RF/1B
7. Cesar Cedeno, 26, CIN, CF
8. Tom Downey, 26, SFG, SS
9. Jose Quintana, 27, STL, LHSP
10. George Meakim, 23, STL, RHSP

Top five NL CYA for 1958:

1. Walter Johnson, 24, CHC, RHSP
2. Tom Seaver, 27, LAD, RHSP
3. Jose Quintana, 27, STL, LHSP
4. Greg Swindell, 22, PIT, LHSP
5. George Meakim, 23, STL, RHSP

Top three NL Mariano Rivera Award for 1958:

1. Chief Yellow Horse, 24, LAD, RHRP
2. Tom Candiotti, 24, CIN, RHRP
3. Steve Cishek, 27, ML1, RHRP

Top three NL Jackie Robinson Award for 1958:

1. Red Porter, 18, SFG, RF
2. George Meakim, 23, STL, RHSP
3. Wally Post, 19, ML1, CF

Before going any further, yes Wally Post finished 3rd in ROY balloting two years in a row. He barely got any AB in 1957 (48), but the field was so poor that I took him rather than some schmoe because I prefer excellence to qualified AB. To each his/her own.

Interestingly enough, the AL hit .264/.325/.387/.712 with 4.38 R/G and a league ERA of 3.89, while the NL hit .252/.314/.370/.684 with 3.99 R/G and a league ERA of 3.49. Despite this, the NL had more great individual offensive performers including the greatest of them all, 19 year old CF Tris Speaker of the San Francisco Giants. Red Porter is actually a guy who only ever played in the PCL IRL, and came in via the Spritze database, and tore up the league with a .297/.346/.632/.978 (175 OPS+, 176 wRC+) slash line, and led the league with 37 HR and 115 RBI in just 478 PA and 110 GS. We'll see how he goes from here because looking at his RL Neutralized numbers, the only way he should be dominating is with his power stroke. Everything else is kind of meh, including a .195 career batting average, so we'll see if he becomes another Joe Charbonneau, Eric Hinske, Bob Hamelin type or if this is really where he belongs.

Once again, Walter Johnson was dominant and won the pitching triple crown. Since sputtering to a 10-19, 4.27 ERA, 3.45 FIP campaign in his 18 year old rookie season of 1952, he has gone 112-38 (.747 WPct) with a 2.32 ERA, allowing 6.69 H/9, 0.53 HR/9, 2.01 BB/9, 8.86 K/9, and a 0.97 WHIP in 1,488.1 IP over the course of six seasons. The only reason he doesn't win every Cy Young/MVP is because Negro League LHSP Bill Foster has just about matched him pitch for pitch. Together, they have combined to win 6 of the last 7 Cy Young Awards and MVP Awards in the National League. In 1955, STL CF Oscar Charleston snagged the one MVP Award that's been available to mere mortals who've played the last seven seasons in the NL, while CIN RHSP Mark Gubicza snagged the only available Cy Young Award. This has made life difficult for a cat like Tom Seaver, who while he has cracked five all-star teams has been unable to crack the Cy Young/MVP crown.

Very interesting matchup in the NLCS in 1958. Bill Foster's Braves (87-75) took on Walter Johnson's Cubs (87-75), and the result was a thrilling seven game NLCS, at least until Game 7, when the Braves spanked the Cubs 16-4, with 5 runs in the seventh and 6 in the eighth to ice what had been a relatively competitive game. I gave the Braves the home field advantage because the last tie breaker when breaking a tie without using a play-in game is a team's record over the final 81 games. The Braves went 43-38, while the Cubs were 41-40. Ugh. Parity.

The Braves took Game 1 5-4 on a two out walk off single by C Pete Hotaling to score SS Jose Hernandez off starter and loser Early Wynn (who looks like he's going to have to buy a ticket if he wants to get into the HoF - he is still just 35, but it's not looking great right now). Game 2 was also taken by the Braves 3-2 on a walkoff fielder's choice by Wally Post in the bottom of the 11th inning. The series was headed to Chicago with the Cubs down two, but they had their ace on the mound for Game 3. Johnson stymied the Braves on 3 hits over the first eight innings with 2 BB and 11 K in a 4-0 game for the Cubs. Johnson struck out Game 1 hero Hotaling to begin the ninth, but yielded a double to 1B Danny Heep. He then struck out Game 2 hero CF Wally Post, but yielded a 2-run homer to RF Charlie Blackmon, and was removed for CL Rheal Cormier. Cormier gave up a single to 2B Roy Hartsfield to bring the tying run to the plate, but was able to coax a fielder's choice ground ball out of PH Ray Webster to end it.

Game 4 was a repeat of Game 1 SPs Ken Brett (for the Braves) and Early Wynn (for the Cubs). It was a wild and wooly, back and forth affair. The Braves went up 5-1 after 1 and a half innings on a grand slam by P Ken Brett, and a solo blast from 1B Danny Heep. The Cubs roared back with one in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth on a solo blast by SS Kid Elberfeld, and a two-run dinger from C Tom Haller. They held that lead all the way to the ninth inning, when 1B Danny Heep broke their hearts with a 3-run HR off CL Rheal Cormier.

So, a 3-1 series lead for the Braves with ace Bill Foster on the mound against the Cubs' Mark Portugal. Series over right? Not so fast. LF Tom Burns gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two out 2-run shot. SS Jose Hernandez answered that with a one out 2-run shot of his own in the second inning. CF Milt Cuyler singled home 3B Charlie Kuhns with two out in the third to give the lead back to the Cubs, and then RF Felix Jose hammered a two out 3-run shot off Foster in the sixth, to chase him from the game and open up a 6-2 lead. An eighth inning RBI single from 2B Roy Hartsfield and an RBI ground out from LF Dave Martinez pulled the Braves up to a 6-4 deficit, but that was as close as they would get.

Game Six returned Walter Johnson to the mound against lefty Randy Wolf. His own RBI double in the fourth was all he would need, as he throttled the Braves on two hits with six strikeouts in a complete game shutout. Tom Haller added a solo HR for insurance in the eighth, and off to Game 7 they went, where the Braves won big and ugly.

The World Series was relatively uneventful when the Braves got great starting pitching, which they did in four of the five games. Bill Foster and Randy Wolf combined to win Games 1, 2, 4, and 5 by scores of 4-1, 2-1, 2-1, and 3-0. The Yanks were throttled in those games, and had a big Game 3 against Ken Brett (winning 8-1), but if you score most of your runs in one game in a seven game series, chances are you're not going to win it, and that turned out to be the case. The Braves had gone 4-0 against the Yanks two best starting pitchers - Bill Donovan and Juan Pizarro by absolutely shutting down a Yankee team that was very good at shutting down the opposition during the regular season, but struggled to score runs of its own. That definitely rang true in this World Series.

Bill Foster has his first ring. We'll see if Walter Johnson can get one. The Cubs had better hope they can close the deal in the upcoming 1959 season because Johnson is a free agent following that, and he's gonna break the bank.

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Do you use the 5 year waiting period for the Hall? In the past I've always shortened it, but this time I'm using default. I changed the induction threshold is 80% and players are dropped if below 10%. So far the only player to be get any votes was Mike Mussina. He was dropped after only receiving 6.4%.
Yes I do use the five year waiting period. My induction threshold is still 75%, and players are still dropped if they are below 5%. I also give players 15 years worth of chances on the ballot because I believe that that reduction from 15 to 10 that happened IRL was a passive-aggressive reaction by the Hall towards the players of the steroid era, and I think they deserve 15 chances. They don't really need it though, as the longest I've seen is three ballots, or maybe four. Duane Ward used all 15 ballots, but that's because I didn't vote for him at first, and then changed my mind most of the way through, so that one's on me. I manually inducted him, even though he only received 63.7% of the vote on his final chance. He would've got in at least by the third or fourth ballot if I hadn't been so indecisive.
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OF Mike J Griffin gets a guaranteed five year contract worth a total of $997,400 from the Cincinnati Redlegs. Given that John Clarkson's sixth year option will probably be bought out by the Yankees, this is probably the closest I've seen a player come to getting a guaranteed contract worth a total of a million bucks. Sooo close.
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Just opened up the 1959 draft pool. Oh my! Cupid Childs, Roberto Clemente, Noodles Hahn, Johnny Mize, and Al Simmons among the other 75.

Chris Archer's in there too. Woo-hoo! Might get a great Negro Leaguer too. Who knows?
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Just opened up the 1959 draft pool. Oh my! Cupid Childs, Roberto Clemente, Noodles Hahn, Johnny Mize, and Al Simmons among the other 75.

Chris Archer's in there too. Woo-hoo! Might get a great Negro Leaguer too. Who knows?
Archer debuted as part of the inaugural draft at age 25 and retired after 11 seasons, 35 years old. Chris went 135-135, 3.72 1061 k's 1178 BB, 1.44 WHIP, 108 ERA+ 35.7 WAR. One Gold Glove, one Southern League championship of which he was the World Series MVP.

Al Simmons debuted at age 24 in my league as part of the inaugural draft. He was selected by the Shreveport Captains and played his first 11 seasons for the Captains. He has since played for Beaumont, Baton Rouge and is currently a part of the 1961 Mobile Hustlers. He has a career average of .302, 217 home runs, 832 runs, 916 RBI, .302/.360/.478 42.4 WAR. 4 Silver Slugger awards. He won a championship in 1950 with the Captains. He's now 38 years old and spending his days on Mobiles reserve roster.
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