At the end of each season owners may submit a new lineup that is used in the 20 Resim competition. This competition is purely for speculation and is used as a gauge to determine who had the best draft. The true ATB champion remains the World Series winner.
20 seasons are automatically simulated and compiled. No lineup changes are allowed and injuries are turned off. Through a formula that considers Win-Loss record, Playoff Appearances, and Pythagorean Record the teams are ranked in order from worst to first.
Special thanks to Justin B who provided the formula and methodology behind the raw park OPS values, which provides a new way to interpret park factors.
In truth, it’s fairly remarkable this team ranked 14th. To refresh your memory on the history of the Slammers, the original owner suddenly disappeared after making his 4th round draft pick. He didn’t let me know he quit, so several rounds went by before I pulled the plug on his ownership.
Then, it took several days to find a replacement owner and during that time, fellow owner Sean S and I teamed up to make some picks to ensure we didn’t have complete dud of a team.
Finally, Jason S took over and we enjoyed smooth sailing every since. The point of the long story is that if ever there was a team setup to fail, it was this one. Instead, the Slammers won an average of 80 games per season and made the playoffs 4 times, including 2 division titles.
The team was almost the very definition of average – 13th in Run Scored and 12th in Runs against. They had a great season in resim #12 winning 97 and recording a +125 run differential.
The strength of Saginaw lie in their bullpen. Four pitchers maintained ERA’s under 3.25 and a 5th, Darren O’Day, recorded a 2.79 ERA in 11 innings per season (216 total resim innings).
800 OPS Batters:
Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Warren Hacker: 3.99 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Joel Horlen: 3.98 ERA
Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Hideki Okajima: 2.94 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 78 IP
John Wetteland: 3.18 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 35 Saves
Jeff Gray: 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
Bill Henry: 2.96 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
Best Value Draft Pick
Rd 25: Randy Tomlin 3.90 ERA, 141 IP in relief
Bust Draft Pick
Nothing major, but Rd 4 pick George Davis recorded a .650 OPS. On the other hand, he is a good fielding shortstop that stole 45 bases
Tally so Far
#24 - Downsouth Brews
#23 - Leesburg Snow
#22 – dogphin29
#21 – Team America World Police
#21 – Uncle Robbie’s Daffiness Boys
#19 – Indiana Black Sox
#18 – Haven Tommyknockers
#17 – Planet 10 Red Lectroids
#16 – North Podunk Banana Bears
#15 – Willets Point “Mechanics”
#14 – Saginaw Slammers