Wednesday, June 13, 2012
20 Resims: # 9 John McDonald Fanclub
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.
John McDonald Fanclub, courtesy at least in part to a hitting friendly Connie Mack Stadium, ended up with the best lineup in the league. With his second MVP in a row, team leader Mickey Mantle showed why some believe he’s the best choice for the #1 draft pick. The good defending centerfielder scored 125 runs with a .912 OPS.
Elsewhere Albert Belle emerged as an ATB star thanks to a .353 OBP and .516 SLG. He hit 34 home runs and drove in, on average, 147 runs each sim. I couldn’t help but check the raw data and sure enough in Sim 4 Belle hit 52 home runs and drove in 184. I never remembered Belle as an upper tier player and the Player Cards confirm that most owners historically felt the same way. In 8 ATB seasons Belle was a regular in just three of them. I think Fanclub owner Jason B has changed that forever.
The rest of the lineup was extremely well balanced. Carl Yastrzemski (.776 OPS), George Hall (.867 OPS) and Charley Jones (.781 OPS) split time roaming the outfield; Buck Leonard (.802 OPS) manned first base; Rod Carew (.355 OB) and the great defending Joe Sewell played middle infield. Brooks Robinson (Ex Defense) and Gene “good for a catcher” Tenace rounded out the lineup.
With many early draft picks going towards offense the rotation and bullpen struggled. No starter had an ERA under 4.25 but at the same time no starter was a disaster either, as Doc White, Doug Drabek, Jose Rijo, and Jeff D’Amico each had ERA’s between 4.33 and 4.45. Cla Meredith was a gem out of the pen but the only other above average reliever was Dick Hall . This adds up to make Fanclub ranked 19th in runs prevented.
John McDonald was a very good team, winning the division 6 times and claiming the wild card four additional. In sim 13 they won 99 games and outscored opponents by 152 runs. Only 6 times did their record dip below .500.
800 OPS Batters:
Mickey Mantle: .912 OPS, .319 / .426 / .486, 21 2B, 24 HR, 125 R, 103 RBI
Albert Belle: .306 / .353 / .516, 34 HR, 147 RBI
Buck Leonard: .802 OPS
George Hall: .867 OPS, .321 / .380 / .488
Sub 4.00 ERA Starters
Sub 3.25 ERA Relievers
Dick Hall: 3.23 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 152 IP
Cla Meredith: 2.46 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 37 Saves
Best Value Draft Pick
Doc White: The 24th rounder led Fanclub starters in Wins, ERA, WHIP, and Innings Pitched.
Bust Draft Pick
Nothing major but Rd 10: Tiny Bonham (4.49 ERA) qualifies as a minor bust
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
#13 – Helena Handbasket
#12 – Rusty Kuntz Traveling All Stars
#11 – Spanish Harlem Pinata Beaters
#10 – DC Chips
#9 – John McDonald Fanclub