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Old 01-01-2018, 10:18 PM   #361
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You can add HoF C Louis Santop as the Negro Leaguer!!! This draft is going to be the bomb!!! Also in the draft: LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Josh Beckett, RHP Jesse Crain, RHP Wade Davis, C Muddy Ruel. Ok, that last one's kinda meh, but he did play a long time (20 seasons). Woo-hoo!!! Of course it means the drafts for the next little while might suck, but wow, what a draft!!!
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Playoffs not played yet, but here are the final standings, batting stats (listed by BatR), and pitching stats (listed by pitching WAR) for the 1959 season.
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Somehow, I forgot about the 1959 Hall of Fame Class. This year we added two new members, both shortstops.

Leo Kavanagh, DET
Carlos Guillen, PIT

Kavanagh was a decent hitter (100 OPS+, 102 wRC+) who was a plus defender at SS, despite never winning a Gold Glove. He had Gold Glove type seasons in 1937, 1943, and 1944, but lost out to Royce Clayton, Hall Classmate Carlos Guillen, and Eduardo Nunez in those respective seasons. He also made 5 All-Star Teams, won 3 Silver Sluggers, and won two championships (1935 Tigers, and 1938 Tigers). In addition, he stole 796 bases (2nd all-time behind Hans Lobert's 1,067) against just 212 CS, which is good for a 78.97% career SB%.

Guillen was a better than average hitter (115 OPS+, 118 wRC+) who won 4 Gold Gloves, played in 6 All-Star Games, won 5 Silver Sluggers, and was on three championship teams (1942 Pirates, 1946 Braves, and 1948 Athletics).

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1st round of the 1959 Amateur Draft:

Phillies: Roberto Clemente, OF
Red Sox: Al Simmons, LF/CF
Indians: Johnny Mize, 1B
Tigers: Muddy Ruel, C
Braves: Cupid Childs, 2B
Cubs: Josh Beckett, RHP
Cardinals: Cass Michaels, 3B/SS
Pirates: Johnny Kling, C
Yankees: Jesse Crain, RHP
Yankees: Cy Perkins, C
Dodgers: Noodles Hahn, LHP
Athletics: Xavier Hernandez, RHP
White Sox: Dave Chalk 3B/SS
Cubs: Ted Uhlaender, LF/CF
Reds: Louis Santop, C/1B/LF
Cubs: Wade Davis, RHP

The Tigers might want to consider firing their scouting director after this draft. They also drafted Don S Johnson, 2B, Dennis Tankersley, RHP, Harry Jordan, RHP, and Taylor Thompson, RHP. You have to do better in a generational draft like this one. Luck of the draw when "Use pre-defined draft value for AI" box is checked, but still that kind of sucks for them.
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Gadzooks!!! This 1959/1960 free agent class could break the bank!!!

Walter Johnson, 26, RHP
Jose Quintana, 29, LHP
Mike Stanley, 29, C/1B
Cesar Cedeno, 28, 1B/CF/RF
Tom Seaver, 29, RHP
Wes Ferrell, 25, RHP

All are asking for 8-year deals that would top $1,000,000 total. Of course, you can ask for it, but it doesn't mean you're gonna get it.
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Someone is going to pay for one of those talents. The obvious choice would be Walter.
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Someone is going to pay for one of those talents. The obvious choice would be Walter.
I'm at the day before the pre-season. Four million dollar men all guaranteed with Tom Seaver and Wes Ferrell still out there. Walter Johnson got 6 years for a total of $1,052,000 from the Red Sox. About two weeks later, Cesar Cedeno got 6 years for $1,024,000 from the Athletics. Two days after that Jose Quintana overtook Walter Johnson with a 6 year $1,078,000 deal from the Pirates. Just before 1959 turned into 1960, the Cubs stepped out and did something completely idiotic. They gave CF/RF Darrin Jackson 7 years for $1,042,000. Oh Cubs...Don't change. Don't ever change. With decision making like that, who knows when the current longest World Series drought in this dynasty will end? 1919 was the last time they won one. Tick-tock, tick-tock...Here come the 1960s.
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2 more days left in August 1961 and Alexandria is looking like the team to beat. Question is, will 1961 prove to be the year the Aces can finally win a championship. They have been to the post season 8 times, more than any other Southern League team, but have yet to win a title. Alexandria signed Hank Aaron away from Biloxi prior to the 61 season and he having another MVP like season. Hank has a triple crown in his sights. .356, 46 home runs and 131 RBI. Here's hoping he stays healthy to the end this season. Something he hasn't been able to do too many times in his short but productive career. Cool thing is Hank is hitting 3rd in the order, directly in front of Joe DiMaggio. DiMaggio is having a monster season as well, with 42 bombs and 100+ RBI. On the mound the Aces have Corey Kluber. Kluber is going to be in the Cy Young discussion, just not sure if he will be able to beat out Lake Charles's Larry French or Justin Verlander of Biloxi. There's one month left for all three to prove their worthiness.
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2 more days left in August 1961 and Alexandria is looking like the team to beat. Question is, will 1961 prove to be the year the Aces can finally win a championship. They have been to the post season 8 times, more than any other Southern League team, but have yet to win a title. Alexandria signed Hank Aaron away from Biloxi prior to the 61 season and he having another MVP like season. Hank has a triple crown in his sights. .356, 46 home runs and 131 RBI. Here's hoping he stays healthy to the end this season. Something he hasn't been able to do too many times in his short but productive career. Cool thing is Hank is hitting 3rd in the order, directly in front of Joe DiMaggio. DiMaggio is having a monster season as well, with 42 bombs and 100+ RBI. On the mound the Aces have Corey Kluber. Kluber is going to be in the Cy Young discussion, just not sure if he will be able to beat out Lake Charles's Larry French or Justin Verlander of Biloxi. There's one month left for all three to prove their worthiness.
Good to hear Hank is starting to play more complete seasons. Aaron and DiMaggio back-to-back in the same lineup? Whoa!

Kluber is the only one from here that I have experience with in this dynasty. He had a shorter (14 years), but spectacular career, and wound up in my HoF with a 204-159 record and a 3.21 ERA (126 ERA+), and a 3.25 FIP (84 FIP-), and 2,394 K against just 769 BB. He posted above average scores in JAWS (55.1, avg HoFer: 54), Black Ink (49, avg HoFer: 35), Gray Ink (227, avg HoFer: 203), HoF Standards (39, avg HoFer: 36), and HoF Monitor (171, avg HoFer: 137).

His career didn't really kick into high gear until he was 27, and his final great season was his age 35 season. He posted just about 60 pitching WAR (59.4) in those nine seasons, and added on about 10 more in his other five seasons to give him a total of 70.4 WAR for a 14 year career.

He won two Cy Young Awards (1945 and 1948), went to eight All-Star games, won a championship (1941 Phillies), and was the 1944 NLCS MVP. He was a top ten MVP candidate 8 times, and a top five CYA candidate 8 times (2 awards, 2 runner ups, and 4 3rd place finishes). Not a ton of volume to his career, but what a peak!
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I'm guessing as Commissioner of the Southern League, my name is mud among the owners. I've decided I'm going to stick with 12 teams for a lot longer than originally intended, so prior to the 1961 season I restructured the league back to the original format. One subleague, 12 teams, no divisions. The top three teams make the post season. 2nd and 3rd place teams play in the wildcard round. 154 game schedule, teams play each other 14 times. Yeah, I doubt this format is great for drawing fans to watch the bottom feeder....yay......We're #11.

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I'm guessing as Commissioner of the Southern League, my name is mud among the owners. I've decided I'm going to stick with 12 teams for a lot longer than originally intended, so prior to the 1961 season I restructured the league back to the original format. One subleague, 12 teams, no divisions. The top three teams make the post season. 2nd and 3rd place teams play in the wildcard round. 154 game schedule, teams play each other 14 times. Yeah, I doubt this format is great for drawing fans to watch the bottom feeder....yay......We're #11.
Or...Yay...We got the #1 overall pick! Which is sometimes great and sometimes kinda meh.
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Top ten AL MVP for 1959:

1. Bill Donovan, 23, NYY, RHSP
2. Mike Stanley, 28, DET, 1B
3. Jim H Devlin, 23, DET, LHSP
4. Juan Pizarro, 26, NYY, LHSP
5. Andy Pettitte, 29, BAL, LHSP
6. Hal Trosky Sr., 28, BAL, 1B
7. John E Briggs, 23, KC1, LF/1B/CF/RF
8. Wes Ferrell, 24, CLE, RHSP
9. Al Oliver, 25, BAL, CF/LF/RF
10. Sixto Lezcano, 29, CLE, RF

Top five AL CYA for 1959:

1. Bill Donovan, 23, NYY, RHSP
2. Jim H Devlin, 23, DET, LHSP
3. Juan Pizarro, 26, NYY, LHSP
4. Andy Pettitte, 29, BAL, LHSP
5. Wes Ferrell, 24, CLE, RHSP

Top three AL Mariano Rivera Award for 1959:

1. Bill Harper, 31, WS1, RHRP
2. Reggie Richter, 30, NYY, RHRP
3. Steve Gromek, 21, BAL, RHRP

Top three AL Jackie Robinson Award for 1959:

1. Mike Cvengros, 21, WS1, LHSP
2. Marty Perez, 23, CWS, 2B/SS
3. Frank Gilhooley, 18, BOS, CF

Four ninety-plus win teams dotted the postseason landscape in 1959, but when it was over, the team with the fewest wins in the regular season, the Washington Senators (90-72, +101 Run Diff) had come out on top. They dispatched the Baltimore Orioles (100-62, +141 Run Diff) first in the ALCS in a thriller of a seven game series, with three of their wins being decided by one run.

Unsung catcher Bob Kearney came up huuuge in the postseason for his Senators. He had been a .258/.297/.410/.707 (102 OPS+, 100 wRC+) hitter for the regular season with 59 R, 100 H, 14 2B, 3 3B, 13 HR, and 48 RBI in his 107 GS at catcher. That's pretty decent for a catcher, but in the postseason, he went apegoof with a 14 for 45 LCS and World Series with a .311/.340/.600/.940 slash line (167 OPS+, 161 wRC+) with 8 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, and 8 RBI in 11 GP. He was named World Series MVP.

Kearney hit a colossal 2-out 9th inning solo HR off Andy Pettitte to break a 3-3 deadlock in Game 1 of the ALCS and help the Senators steal a win on the road in Baltimore. Game 2 saw the Orioles blitz the Senators with a 13-hit attack in a 6-4 win as Karl Kolseth had a triple, a solo HR, and scored a couple of runs. Game 3 was a 9-3 rout as the Senators blasted four HR (Solo shot by Eddie Robinson, 2-run shot by Bob Kearney, solo shot by Khalil Greene, and a solo shot by Joe Rudi [who also doubled in 2 in the 3rd for a 3 RBI game]). Gil Meche pitched a solid 8.1 IP for the Senators and got buckets of run support to help put them up two games to one. Andy Pettitte avenged his Game 1 loss with a complete game six hitter in a 5-1 win for the Orioles in Game 4 to even up the series at two apiece.

Game 5 featured a combined 18 runs, 32 hits, 4 errors, 5 SB, and 20 Team LOB in a 10-8 Oriole victory. The Baltimore bullpen were seemingly the only pitchers to have much success in this crazy game as Kid Madden, Clint Brown, and Steve Gromek got together to pitch the final 3.1 IP in shutout fashion on two hits. Game 6 saw the Orioles go up 4-0 through 3 innings, and they seemed on the verge of clinching the series. But the Senators roared back with 3 in the sixth, 2 in the seventh and 3 more in the eighth, and then they hung on in a crazy 8-7 game. Gil Meche bobbed and weaved his way through 8 innings of 7 run ball, but got through it despite 11 hits and a 2-run HR from Hal Trosky Sr., and a 2-out, 3-run shot from Derek Bell in the eighth to bring the Orioles to within one. CL Bill Harper closed it out in the ninth despite a couple of singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Henry Easterday, and Seventh Heaven was on deck.

Once again the Orioles jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and went to their closer (Steve Gromek) in the ninth with a narrow 2-1 edge. He struck out Khalil Greene and Otto Velez back-to-back, but Eddie Robinson took him 414 feet out to right-centre to tie the game at two. The Senators might've had more, had Rich McKinney not committed the cardinal sin of making the third out at 3rd base, but they got another chance in the tenth against Gromek.

Lou B Johnson led off with a double, and went to third on a ground out to the right side. Wendell Magee couldn't get it done though as he struck out. On the first pitch to Joe Rudi, Gromek unleashed a pitch that C Deacon McGuire was unable to handle, and it went for a very untimely passed ball to score Johnson. CL Bill Harper gave up a walk in the bottom of the tenth, but was able to close things out, and the Senators were off to the World Series with a 3-2 nail biter in ten innings in Game 7. This was despite 3B Edgar Martinez going 11 for 16 (.688) over the final four games for the Orioles. Rookie 1B Eddie Robinson took LCS MVP honours, hitting .379 with a .724 SLG, and 2 HR and 8 RBI for the series.

The World Series was pretty anti-climactic as the Senators swept aside the Cincinnati Redlegs (97-65, +120 Run Diff). Three of the four games were one run affairs meaning that the Senators won their last six postseason games in a row, five of them by one run. Nice time to get hot/lucky if you can pull it off. Otto Velez ended the Redlegs' dreams of a championship in the bottom of the 13th inning of Game 4 with a 1-out, 2-run walkoff HR off RP Charlie Robertson, to give the Senators a 4-3 victory in what turned out to be the deciding game. Nice to see someone join the real life heroics of Bill Mazeroski and Joe Carter in OOTP-land, especially someone formerly affiliated with the RL Blue Jays during the horribad early years.

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Top ten NL MVP for 1959:

1. Tris Speaker, 20, SFG, CF
2. John Hummel, 24, CIN, 2B
3. Cesar Cedeno, 27, CIN, CF
4. Walter Johnson, 25, CHC, RHSP
5. George Meakim, 24, STL, RHSP
6. Bill Foster, 27, ML1, LHSP
7. Ted Williams, 21, LAD, RF
8. Hal Morris, 25, PIT, RF/1B
9. Tom Seaver, 28, LAD, RHSP
10. Early Wynn, 35, ML1, RHSP

Top five NL CYA for 1959:

1. Walter Johnson, 25, CHC, RHSP
2. Bill Foster, 27, ML1, LHSP
3. George Meakim, 24, STL, RHSP
4. Tom Seaver, 28, LAD, RHSP
5. Early Wynn, 35, ML1, RHSP

Top three NL Mariano Rivera Award for 1959:

1. Chief Yellow Horse, 25, LAD, RHRP
2. Eddie Hogan, 27, ML1, RHRP
3. Woody Crowson, 33, STL, RHRP

Top three NL Jackie Robinson Award for 1959:

1. Stub Brown, 22, PIT, LHSP/RP
2. Dennis Bennett, 21, CHC, LHSP
3. Toad Ramsey, 19, CIN, LHSP

Tris Speaker absolutely destroyed the field in 1959. The MVP race was no contest. All he did was lead the NL in plate appearances (720), runs (147), hits (244), doubles (51), homeruns (35), RBI (125), AVG (.385), OBP (.451), SLG (.664), OPS (1.115), (218 OPS+, 215 wRC+), and position player WAR (12.6). Ridiculous. Hummel, Cedeno, Johnson, Meakim, Foster, and Williams all had phenomenal seasons, but Speaker was in another galaxy compared with them. The Giants wisely locked him up to a seven year/$636,800 extension on October 26th of 1959, that will take him through the 1966 season.

Despite all of his heroics, Speaker's Giants (91-71, +146 Run Diff), could not get past Hummel and Cedeno's Redlegs (97-65, +120 Run Diff) in the NLCS. Redlegs' opening game starter Tom Candiotti shut down the Giants in Game One on 3 hits in a CG SHO for a 4-0 win. Speaker, Bob Raudman, and Geronimo Berroa had three hits apiece in the Giants 10-2 thrashing of the Reds in Game 2. The Giants bullpen picked up Sid Fernandez, who sputtered through 4 innings, while allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a hideous 7 walks, with 7 strikeouts, while racking up 117 pitches. Jim R Johnson, Brownie Foreman, and Stan Yerkes combined to pitch the final five innings in shutout fashion on 3 hits with 5 K, and 0 BB.

Game 3 was a spectacular pitching duel between the Redlegs' Buddy Black and the Giants' Junior Thompson. Thompson gave up 2 hits over 7 shutout innings, while Yerkes, Johnson, Foreman, and CL Charlie Guth held the Reds hitless the rest of the way with 3 BB and 3 K in a 1-0 shutout. The only run of the game scored on a Geronimo Berroa single which scored Speaker from 3rd in the bottom of the 7th. That was all she wrote for the Giants, as the Redlegs swept them aside after that. Game 4 had its moments, despite the Redlegs scoring 3 runs in each of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings to take a 9-0 lead after 3 and a half. Mike Sirotka and Mike Morgan shut out the Redlegs over the final five innings on just one hit, and the Giants offense went to work. Miraculously, they managed to get not only the tieing run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but the winning run as well. C Yip Owens came up with the bases loaded and one out with the Giants down 9-6, but unfortunately, he hit into a ground ball double play to end the game.

The Giants kept fighting in Game 5, falling behind 1-0 after 3 and a half innings. They tied it with one out in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Bob Raudman, but left two on as Sam Nicholl struck out, and Geronimo Berroa grounded out to end the inning. The Redlegs went ahead again in the top of the 10th, but once again the Giants fought back on a solo HR by (who else?) Tris Speaker with one out. Bob Raudman hit into a double play to end the 10th. The Redlegs scored 3 in the top of the 13th to win the game 5-2 in 13. Game Six was another whitewash for the Redlegs, as Buddy Black did the honours this time on a four hit CG SHO that required just 97 pitches, and the Redlegs were off to the World Series, where they would more than meet their match.
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The 1960 HoF class. This year once again, two new members were added. 3B Graig Nettles was an absolute no brainer as he went in with 98.3% of the vote on his first time on the ballot, and C Josmil Pinto, who squeaked in with 76.6% of the vote on his second try.

Nettles was a 14-time All-Star, who won the 1932 NL MVP Award, put eight Gold Gloves on his mantle, along with four Silver Sluggers, two championships, and was the 1942 ALCS MVP.

Pinto was a 7-time All-Star, who was named NL ROY in 1939, and also won a Gold Glove and two Silver Sluggers along the way. I will admit that my bar for catchers is a bit lower than for all other positions due to the rigours that are associated with the catching position. Perhaps that is why I now have 10 catchers in my HoF. The next most players at one position in the Hall is SS with 7. Maybe I've been a bit soft on catchers, but damnit that's a really tough position that requires more time off for rest/injuries than any other position on the field (among the non-pitching positions).

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...And Tom Seaver annihilates the all-time highest paid player record with a 6 year/$1.538 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. Holy moley! I think salaries are about to go cuckoo. The Reds signed Seaver on February 8th, and the next day they dumped the player who's about to get paid the 2nd highest salary in 1960 onto the Yankees (CF/RF Mike J Griffin) for a decent reliever and an organizational guy.
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...So I'm at the All-Star game in 1960 in my game now. Questions for anybody out there that knows...With expansion coming up (most likely early in the offseason of 1960/1961 in order for the Angels and the Senators [Texas Rangers version] to get some damn players onto their rosters), will the AI give me enough players for 18 teams or 16 teams? I use a five round amateur draft, which has served me quite well so far with unlimited reserve rosters, so the difference would be 10 players (90 with 18 teams rather than 80 with 16 teams), which would make it about a four and a half round draft if I'm short that many. How many rounds in the expansion draft? 25? 30? 40? What should I set "Limit of Picks from a single Team" to? A certain amount of picks, or No Limit? If I think of anything else (or whoever answers does) I'll ask as well. Thanks for your response(s) in advance.

EDIT: I've got a protected players number of 15 and I have it set to auto-protect all players with less than three pro service years? Any suggestions on that? Not enough protected? Too many? etc, etc, etc.

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...Looks like it's only going to give me 80 players, so the question becomes: will the Senators (Rangers) and Angels have a seat at the draft table for the 1960 amateur draft, or do they have to wait for 1961 to come around?

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...Looks like it's only going to give me 80 players, so the question becomes: will the Senators (Rangers) and Angels have a seat at the draft table for the 1960 amateur draft, or do they have to wait for 1961 to come around?
They should take part in the draft during the 1960 offseason and get the first picks. Been so long since I've expanded, so I'm fuzzy on the whole process. One thing you could do is add a round or up the number of players imported prior to the end of the season. Once the game brings in the extra players, simply go back to your 5 round draft.
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Finished up 1961 last night. Starting to really feel for the fans of the Alexandria Aces. 9 trips to the post season. No rings.. Aces fans watched their team dominate the regular season going 98-56. For most of the season the Aces were 9 to 10 games up on the second place Shreveport Captains, but over the last week and a half of the season the Captains would cut that lead in half. The Aces also watched MVP runner up Joe DiMaggio separate his shoulder during this same rough patch. The injury kept him out of the post season.

The wildcard series featured Biloxi (83-71) vs Shreveport (94-60). The Biloxi Cardinals lost to the Baton Rouge Artillery in the inaugural World Series in 1947. This was their first trip to the post season since. Shreveport was also making their 2nd trip to the post season. The Captains were World Series champs back in 1950. The Captains would dispatch the Cardinals in 5 games (4-1) for the right to face the Alexandria Aces in the World Series. 5 games was all the Captains needed to put the Aces away as well. Shreveport wins their second title.

Rookie of the Year: Mel Hall (Jackson) .277/.336/.461 23 HR 2.8 WAR.
Cy Young: Larry French (Lake Charles) 18-8, 1.98, 273 IP 10.7 WAR
MVP: Hank Aaron Alexandria .342/.369/.641 49 HR 11.8 WAR

Kluber and Verlander were Cy Young runner-ups.
DiMaggio finished second to his teammate Aaron in the MVP voting with Shreveport's Javy Lopez finishing 3rd.

Ah Javy Lopez.....the OOTP Gods have been sprinkling wonder dust on Mr Lopez for years now. What a stud. 1961 was clearly his best season, .303/.342/.614 50 home runs 113 RBI, 8.1 WAR.. Lopez has been now put together 5 straight all star worthy seasons. His 162 game averages according to OOTP, .285/.329/.529 41 HR 7.0 WAR. Javy has played his entire career for Shreveport. 1962 will be his 7th year.

Noteworthy retirements:

Pedro Martinez: 190-142, 2.92 144 ERA+, 2443 K's 1.14 WHIP 84.9 WAR. Pedro won 4 Cy Young awards, 1953, 54, 55 and 1957. He had one Gold Glove and won two World Series, 1953 and 1960. Pedro was 8-9 for Beaumont during the 1961 season, but tore his flexor tendon in his elbow on 08/03. He became a free agent on 11/03, but decided to hang up the spikes prior to the start of 1962. Martinez played his entire career for the Beaumont Crush. Martinez imported as part of the 1947 amateur draft. He pitched his first season at the age of 21 in 1948.

Barry Larkin: Debuted as part of the Southern Leagues inaugural draft at the age of 25. Barry played 14 years for the Birmingham Slammers and finished his career with 1 season for the Corpus Christi Beachbums. 4 Gold Gloves, 3 Silver Sluggers, 4 times Champion, with a World Series MVP in 1948. Larkin also won a league MVP (1949) at the age of 27. His career: .278/.356/.412 139 HR 48.4 WAR.
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They should take part in the draft during the 1960 offseason and get the first picks. Been so long since I've expanded, so I'm fuzzy on the whole process. One thing you could do is add a round or up the number of players imported prior to the end of the season. Once the game brings in the extra players, simply go back to your 5 round draft.
I think what I'm going to do is add 12 Spritze players (who never played in MLB) where I would normally add 2 to bring the number up to 92 for 18 teams for the 1960 amateur draft, which is what I would normally want to see. Then for the 1961-1962 offseason when it goes from 18 to 20 teams, I'll bring in enough players for a six round draft (which would be 108: 18 teams * 6 rounds), and add two Spritze guys to that which would be 110 total, which I can't possibly chew through in five rounds because of the huge compensatory pick section of the draft that comes between rounds 1 and 2.

Any ideas on my other questions or are you just as fuzzy on those? Particularly - how many rounds in expansion draft? As well as what my limit on picks from a single team should be? That's set to "unlimited" right now, but I worry that the two teams will just sit back and pick some poor team clean of all of their roster depth and throw them out like yesterday's trash. Also, I'm protecting 15 players right now, while auto-protecting players with less than three pro service years. I want to make sure there are enough players in the expansion draft for the two teams to mull over, but not enough to make them great right out of the blocks. They should have to struggle early, because after all they are expansion teams.
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