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Clutch and JAM might be the DYNASTY League Baseball “glamour” situation ratings
because they get so much attention. While the OFF situation rating (pitchers who
rarely walk the lead off man) and ON situation rating (pitchers who rarely allow HR
with runners on base) may be overlooked, the Clutch and JAM ratings certainly are
front and center. One thing is sure; at the end of the game with RSP/2 outs you DO
want a pitcher with a JAM rating on the mound or a hitter with a Clutch rating in the
With the new 2013 season DYNASTY League Baseball player cards set to debut in late November, here is a preview of a few of the stand out Clutch and JAM rated players coming in the 2013 season player card set.
Carlos Beltran just became the all-time leader in post season SLG and OPS. Beltran
also hit extremely well with RSP/2 outs during the regular season (.375 BA/.516 SLG).
Beltran wasn’t the only Cardinals to hit well in the clutch. The Cardinals posted the
best RSP ( .330) since 1974 and the best RSP/2 outs performance (.305 BA) in two
decades. Allan Craig was the best of the Cardinals flock absolutely hammering
pitchers with RSP/2 out (.448 BA/.672 SLG). Matt Holliday wasn’t far behind (.426
AL RBI leader Chris Davis had a monster year for Baltimore and made his hits count
with RSP/2 (.362 BA/.759 SLG).
The best clutch performance by any MLB player in 2013 belongs to Miguel Cabrera
RSP/2 (.459 BA/.934 SLG). No, that is not a typo!
Let’s take a look at a couple of players who despite having 100 RBI’s or more didn’t
get a Clutch hitting rating:
Jay Bruce .173 BA/.333 SLG with RSP/2.
Mark Trumbo .195 BA/.377 SLG with RSP/2.
Another great young Cuban player emerged in 2013. Jose Fernandez shutdown batters
with RSP/ 2 outs at an amazing rate (.115 BA/.192 SLG). Now that is a pitcher that
can get out of a jam and certainly earned his DYNASTY League Baseball JAM situation
Right behind Fernandez at pitching out of a jam is Matt Harvey (.167 BA/.271 SLG).
In the AL, two rising Japanese stars dominated in JAM situations. Hishashi Iwakuma
(.111 BA/.222 SLG) and Yu Darvish (.145 BA/.232 SLG) were outstanding at pitching
out of a jam.
In the bullpen, Jim Leyland found his closer and did Joaquin Benoit ever deliver (.119
BA/.143 SLG) in RSP/2 out situations. Fredi Gonzalez had his own closing answer in
the NL. Craig Kimbrel was nearly untouchable in a jam situation (.115 BA/.154 SLG).
Despite 50 saves, one pitcher who fell short of a JAM rating was Jim Johnson.
Johnson’s (.250 BA/.292 SLG) with RSP/ 2 outs wasn’t quite good enough to earn a
JAM rating. In the NL, one of the biggest surprises not to get a JAM rating was Jason
Grilli. Grilli pitcher poorly in RSP/ 2 outs situations (.300 BA/.500 SLG).
David Ortiz on the wings of a terrific 2013 World Series earned a Clutch hitting rating. Often, Big Papi was walked, but when pitched to he was lethal.
In late November you will be able to learn the rest of the DYNASTY League Baseball
Clutch and JAM situation ratings!
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the 1975 season?
For most of us it is the great World Series that is revered as one of the best of all-time.
Yes, we remember Carlton Fisk waving his HR fair and trying to coax a 3-9 FAIR single
die roll on the Fenway Park left field line Deep Drive chart, but what things might you
not remember about the new DYNASTY League Baseball 1975 season player card set?
My baseball library includes all of the 1975 issues of The Sporting News and it was
fascinating researching through those issues while assigning the player ratings:
851. What does that number mean to San Francisco Giant fans? That was the actual
attendance for a game at wind blown Candlestick Park. Giant fans missed out on
seeing Bobby Murcer who was traded for Bobby Bonds to the Yankees. The left-
handed batting Murcer hit .315/D power vs. LH pitchers, but his fielding declined in rf:
C/65/0 (Range/Error/Throwing). It could have something to do with Candlestick Park
which Murcer hated. One of the resources I use in grading the player ratings from the
1970’s is a book called the Computerized Baseball Guide by the Compu Scout system.
The book is way ahead of it’s time and includes MLB scouts numerical grades of
players “tools” on a 1.0-5.0 scale. Murcer was rated 2.7 for his Range which is an
average-poor rating. The defensive metrics backed the scouts grades – Murcer’s 1975
rf Range factor of 1.48 is average at best.
Pedro Garcia. What do Brewer fans remember about Pedro Garcia? Pedro decided that
he didn’t want to field ground balls during infield practice so he just stood there and
let the balls go by. By the end of the season Pedro Garcia got suspended by the team
and manager Del Crandall was fired. Garcia earned an F Intangible rating and a HOT
temper rating on his 1975 player card.
George “the Boomer” Scott. George Scott lead the AL in HR (#162-212 vs. RH) AND
earned an A+/50 (Range/Error) ratings. Scott also wields a “Clutch hitting” rating
(.346 BA/.645 SLG) with RSP/2 outs – AND shark teeth around his neck. Talk about a
feared sight coming to the plate for the Brewers!
Randy Jones sinker baller. The Padres Randy Jones often threw his sinker ball at
speeds around 75 mph and was a master at inducing the GDP (#613-685 vs. RH) and
not walking batters – especially lead off batters (OFF rating). Looking at Jones player
card you’ll find he does just about everything well with “A” ratings for WP and BK and
“B+/75” (Range/Error) ratings.
Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium. The Twins decided to create their own mini-monster erecting an 8 foot green plywood fence 15 feet closer down the left field line and 20 feet closer in the left-center power alleys and center field. Larry Hisle was one of the Twin’s stars in his prime with a “7” Steal of 2nd rating to go along with (.323/B vs. LH, .308/B vs. RH). Hisle’s problem throughout his career was staying on the field
and 1975 typified this with his “F” Durability rating. The Pirates followed suit and also moved in the Three Rivers stadium fences in 1975. Old Yankee Stadium was still being renovated so the Yankees played in Shea Stadium.
Al “the Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky. As I am going through my Sporting News, I come across one issue that I remember very well. On the TSN cover is NL Fireman of the Year Al Hrabosky. Hrabosky was all the rage that year as he psyched himself up behind the mound, threw the ball in his glove and stomped onto the mound before and during each “performance”. I had traveled to St. Louis that year to see the Cardinals in St. Louis and took along this issue. I staked out my spot well before the game at Busch
Stadium in front of the Cardinals offices. The Mad Hungarian was very nice to me on his way inside the Busch Stadium offices and signed the TSN cover:
The Mad Hungarian
Definitely one of the coolest baseball memorabilia I have!
The Mad Hungarian’s 1975 season player card is as menacing as he looks. The left-handed Hrabosky allows a BA of only .189 vs. RH/.233 vs. LH and an ERA of 1.66. Hrabosky earned both a JAM (.190 BA RSP/2, .276 SLG RSP/2) and OFF rating (rarely issued lead off walk).
I hope you have as much fun playing with the new 1975 season as I had making it for you!
Back in 1992, the concept behind naming the successor to Pursue the Pennant “DYNASTY League Baseball” was to design the first baseball simulation game specifically for draft league players. A Fantasy Baseball “Dynasty” league is synonymous with “keeper” draft leagues that continue for more than one season. To start with there needed to be Official rules for draft leagues and those rules appeared back in 1994 during the launch of DYNASTY League Baseball. The DYNASTY League Baseball Official league rules are basically the Official Rotisserie rules adapted for Baseball simulations where an auction style bidding draft is held and players have contracts based on the dollar amount of the bidding. On February 1, 2013 the first real time Fantasy Baseball sim “Dynasty” leagues became a reality with a new update to DYNASTY League Baseball Online that allowed multi-player leagues to migrate seamlessly from one season to the next.
Most new draft leagues will start with the newest season (2012) and continue forward, but there is now a new option to have historical Dynasty draft leagues that start with any year from 1996-2012 and continue forward. From the Commissioners tools league organization menu when you click on “Starting Player Season” you can now select any season from 1996-2012. Coming soon will be the ability to have a single season multi-player draft league with the 1957 or 1967 season. Coming after that you will have a choice to start your league with any season from 1967-1975 and eventually 1967-1982 or even possibly through 1985.
The new migration code update on February 1 migrates your league organization, rosters and schedule from one year to the next in one click of the “Advance league” to the next player season button. Your private draft league history season-by-season can be found in the lower right-hand corner of your league page.
The new league migration feature combined with the real time draft leagues that update stats, standings, leaders and box scores automatically without having to import and export files to a central commissioner makes it a breeze to run your draft league with DYNASTY League Baseball Online.
Mike Trout had as great of a rookie season as we have seen since perhaps Fred Lynn’s
MVP Rookie year in 1975. Trout did something in his rookie year no other MLB player has ever done – hit 30 HR and steal 49 bases and score 129 runs in a single season. How will Trout’s DYNASTY League Baseball player card look in 2012? For one thing, even though Trout hits right-handed, he hit RH pitchers (.346 BA/.588 SLG) much better than LH (.267 BA/.493 SLG). After all the highlights what should you expect for Trout’s range rating? The answer is “A” Range for Trout bases on his excellent +34 Fielding Bible plus/minus rating, very good 2.70 Range factor and 13.9 UZR/150 rating. Perhaps the weakest part of Trout’s tools is his throwing arm which is a tick below average (look for a +1 below average throwing arm rating). Trout is a burner and is built like an NFL defensive back – look for an outstanding “10” Baserunning rating on his player card.
Fred Lynn’s 1975 season isn’t the only Red Sox season similar to some of the 2012 player performances. Carl Yastrzemski’s 1967 Triple Crown season for Boston was the last triple crown season up until Miguel Cabrera put up a .330 BA with 44 HR and 139 RBI in 2012. Cabrera’s 2012 season DYNASTY League Baseball player card is rare air and a must have. By hitting .420 BA/.720 SLG with RSP/ 2 outs, Miguel Cabrera is 2012’s poster boy for the Clutch Hitting rating repeating his great Clutch Hitting performance in 2011. The AL had back-to-back triple crown winners in 1966 when Frank Robinson won it followed by Yaz in 1967. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was another triple crown winner in 2013?
Bronx bombers? You bet. The Yankees hit 245 HR in 2012 which was the most HR in a season by a Yankee team and there have been plenty of great power hitters for the Yankees so consider this 2012 Yankee team special. There will be sure to be “A” power ratings across the Yankee lineup from Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher.
Looking for surprises? How about the NL RBI leader Chase Headley NOT getting a Clutch Hitting rating based on his .203 BA/.338 SLG with RSP/2 outs. Then there is 19-9 Johnny Cueto NOT getting a JAM rating after allowing a BA/SLG of .261/.493 with RSP/2 out. Stephen Strasburg was hardly dominating in JAM situations with a .292 BA/.415 SLG with RSP/2 outs.
Defensively Jon Jay continues to improve each year and in 2012 he earned “A” Range/100 Error rating / 0 (average throwing arm) in CF. Ryan Braun also continues to improve defensively in LF earning “B+” range and a good “-1” throwing arm. Braun was second only to Desmond Jennings in LF with a +16 Fielding Bible plus minus. Jason Heyward had an outstanding year defensively in RF earning a rare “A+” Range rating and very good “-2” throwing arm. Heyward had 5 kills in RF and easily the best Fielding Bible plus minus of +40.
At the extremes of Range ratings at ss were Brendan Ryan “A” with the best Fielding Bible plus minus (+28) and Derek Jeter “D” with the worst Range factor of 3.76 and a Fielding Bible plus minus of -26.
Despite not getting a JAM rating, Cueto did earn a perfect A+/-4 hold rating allowing an amazing 1 SB while 9 baserunners were CS.
The 2012 season player card set will once again have 990 full color player cards. 2012 season player cards will begin shipping in late November on a first-in first-out basis. You can place your order at the new Ticket Window.
You can also get access to the 2012 season if you are a subscriber to DYNASTY League Baseball Online (available for Windows and Apple Mac) which will automatically make the 2012 season available online as soon as it is released as well as the World Series teams so you can pre-play the 2012 World Series.
If you pre-order the 2012 season board version player card set, you will qualify to be sent a digital version of the 2012 World Series teams. To receive your 2012 World Series teams please send an email to email@example.com with “2012 World Series” in the subject of the email.
HR INTO CLEVELANDER! New 2012 Ball Park charts include interesting results for Marlins Park and Citi Field
If you have “taken your talents to South Beach” a la Lebron James, you are familiar with the CLEVELANDER on Ocean Dr. Well, the CLEVELANDER is also in the new baseball palace in Miami named Marlins Park as well as in the new 2012 DYNASTY League Baseball Ball Park charts. The CLEVELANDER is very reachable for Home Runs and in the game I attended vs. the Brewers, Rickie Weeks hit two Home Runs into the CLEVELANDER. It takes a Deep Drive distance hit of 375-430 feet in left field and 395- 450 in left center to reach the CLEVELANDER in the Marlins Park Ball Park charts.
What other new HR locations are there in Marlins Park? I happened to be up in the Budweiser Bow Tie bar overlooking left field in an earlier series in June that I attended and I asked the bar tender if any HR had been hit up there and he said, “Yes, Mike Stanton hit a HR off the bar counter!” Just how far is that? 435 in left field and 455 in left center on the 2012 Marlins Park Ball Park chart. It isn’t a bad place to get a souvenir either. I waved to Cardinals pitcher Sam Freeman who was shagging balls in left field and to my surprise he threw the ball to me all the way up in the Budweiser Bow Tie Bar! The ball sits proudly on my desk next to me as I write this blog.
There are several other special new HR locations for you to discover including the auxiliary scoreboard down the left field line (Stanton hit it early in the season and knocked out some of the lights), the right field upper deck and “The Sculpture” in center field. The only blight in the new retractable roof ball park is the grass which has had a tough time taking root and earning the park a “Poor” rating for the grass surface.
According to Matt Roebuck of the Marlins PR department, the retractable roof will be open “based on chance of rain, temperature and humidity.” For DYNASTY League Baseball, the Marlins Park roof is open if the weather rolled on the weather chart is 70’s/Clear, 70’s Partly Cloudy, 60’s/Clear and 60’s/Partly Cloudy.
David Wright hit 33 HR in Shea Stadium’s last year in 2008 and had not reached the 30 HR mark in any year at new Citi Field. Ex-Met Jeff Francoeur gave his thoughts: “Poor David hits the ball to right-center so well and there it’s an out. They’ve gotta shorten the park up. It’s huge. I’m not saying make it a bandbox like Philadelphia, but they have to do something.” Mets management responded in 2012 by creating new inner walls in left center and right center that have an 8 foot height – much lower than the old 16 foot wall in left field. Citi Field remains the same down the left and right field lines and in center field.
The new 2012 DYNASTY League Baseball Ball Park chart reflects these changes with new HR “Robbed?” results replacing some of the 2B OFF THE WALL results.
You can order the new 2012 season player cards and ball park charts at the Ticket Window and DYNASTY League Baseball Online subscribers will have access to the new 2012 player cards and updated ball park images and effects. The new Marlins Park ball park backgrounds include special high resolution wide angle day and night images.
It might be…it could be… it is! Yes, this is it! The greatest combination of fun known to man: Baseball, people who love baseball, the chance to discover a new ball park or revisit a ball park that you’ve come to know and love, people who play DYNASTY League Baseball who might become your DYNASTY League Baseball buddy, league rival or just your friend for the weekend. I’ll be there. I’m Mike Cieslinski the designer of both Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball and I’ll do my best to insure there is never a dull moment on this very unique excursion. What’s in store?
First off, we’re going first class. What this means is that on our trip to St. Louis we’ll be on Amtrak’s finest Superliner service and staying at the beautifully renovated St. Louis Union Station Marriott Hotel only a couple of blocks from New Busch Stadium.
We’ll be having a Greatest Teams tournament with the DYNASTY League Baseball board game version and with the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version.
You’ll have a unique chance to go into the Cardinals Dugout and Broadcast booth on a special tour of New Busch Stadium.
Why not bring the whole gang and make a weekend outing of it, family and friends are welcome. You will board Amtrak’s Texas Eagle at either Milwaukee’s new Amtrak station or Chicago’s Union Station on Friday afternoon September 7, see the Brewers and Cardinals play Friday evening and Saturday evening and return to Chicago and or Milwaukee on Sunday.
Connections can be made from other locations. St. Louis is one of the most exciting cities to visit. If you are a baseball fan and if you’re a DYNASTY League Baseball fan, this will be a September to remember. Find out why. Get up and go!
Busch Stadium Express / $381 per person double occupancy includes:
- Round trip fare on Amtrak’s Texas Eagle
- Two nights Marriott hotel in St. Louis Union station right near New Busch Stadium
- Tickets to the Brewers vs. Cardinals games on Friday and Saturday September 7 and 8
- DYNASTY League Baseball Greatest Team tournament
- Special Tour of New Busch Stadium
Deadline for reservations is August 7, 2012 so make your reservations now – space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 561-494-2711. If you have any questions please feel free to call.
NOTE: Add $48 per person from Milwaukee
I had a chance to visit the University of Miami, FL campus yesterday and it brought back a lot of memories including the self-directed study program I was involved with and my internships with the Miami Marlins (Minor league affiliate) and Baltimore Orioles.
Before the Pursue the Pennant board version game was even published (which later became DYNASTY League Baseball) and was still in the design phase, I had the chance to play test it with a few friends, but also with a few Major League Baseball players.
Dennis Martinez of the Baltmore Orioles was the first Major League Baseball player to test Pursue the Pennant and one of the things I most remember is how he would “pitch” with the dice. It was almost as if he was pitching curve balls with the dice! Dennis is among the most animated players I have played face to face and it is sheer joy playing him in face to face games because he is having so much fun playing.
The Milwaukee Brewers Paul Molitor and I played Pursue the Pennant one of the club house rooms underneath Milwaukee County Stadium. So here I am playing with the most popular baseball player in Milwaukee other than Robin Yount and I am explaining how the three percentile dice are read (red, white and blue) and how to look up the play result on the player cards. I roll the dice in the first innning managing the Baltimore Orioles and of course Paul is managing the Brewers and is batting himself leadoff. The dice roll out of my hand and the red die comes up “1” and the white and blue die follow… As any DYNASTY League Baseball player knows, the 100’s are generally good numbers for hitters. Well, this number was more than good it was great. Paul looked up the dice roll number on the Paul Molitor player card he was holding and a smile came across his face. “HOME RUN! ” Paul laughed. I laughed. Leadoff HR for the future Hall of Famer. What are the odds?
Atlanta Brave and St. Louis Cardinal Brian Jordan and I played the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version together last January at the Cardianls Legends event and I think Brian’s enthusiasm for the game was contagious. I think he had more fun than I did which is hard to do!
We don’t get the chance to play DYNASTY League Baseball vs. Major League Baseball players everyday, but we do have the chance to play vs. friends. If you have local friends it’s a great opportunity to play the DYNASTY League Baseball board version with them and share some great times together for a series or in tournament or league. If many of your friends or family are not close by, DYNASTY League Baseball Online “Series” allow you to play a long distance game online with a friend in one click. Prior to playing just invite him as a friend on DYNASTY League Baseball Online and when he is logged into DYNASTY League Baseball Online the same time as you are you can create a “Series” and invite him to play. It is easy and it is so much fun.
Don’t have a friend to play with when you feel like playing a game of DYNASTY League Baseball Online? That is why DYNASTY League Baseball Online is a multi-player game with solitaire options. You can play any team from any season in the DYNASTY League Baseball library vs. the new computer manager.
I personally enjoy playing vs. both friends and solitaire and find most DYNASTY League Baseball players feel the same way. There are some people who only like to play solitaire. Other people only like to play vs. other people.
What is true now though is that there has never been an opportunity in the history of baseball simulations to play vs. friends and other people like there is now with the advent of DYNASTY League Baseball Online and the community that plays there. With the daily online Greatest Team bracket tournaments there are always opponents to play vs. The Greatest Team leagues allow you to join a league and invite your friends into the same league you are joining as will the upcoming current season continuous “keeper” draft leagues.
Yes, solitaire play is a lot of fun with DYNASTY League Baseball, but now you have a chance to play with friends old and new in DYNASTY League Baseball Online.
If you already have an existing Private Draft League that has completed your draft (you can still use the upcoming new live draft room next year) you are in for some very exciting news. These new Commissioner tools allow your league to enjoy the first and only real time multi-player draft leagues for Baseball simulation leagues.
What is the benefit of real time web based multi-player leagues as opposed to the old stand alone PC leagues? In short, a Commissioner’s dream unless you like the drudgery of importing and exporting league files only to get stats, standings and leaders from last week or even last month. That is way outdated in today’s connected online world. DYNASTY League Baseball Online allows your league to have your stats, standings, leaders and box scores updated in real time.
You can even watch other league games box scores and game summaries update in real time which is a great feature for late season pennant races when you want to know the “out of town” scores in real time.
The new Private Draft league creation tool lets you create a private league by entering the league name, number of teams and team names in the league. Once you enter the number of teams you will see options for the number of divisions and playoff format.
You will also select the number of series your league will play each week and the scheduled league play times. Keep in mind that the scheduler allows you to submit changes in game time for any of your scheduled series during the season and you also can have the new Computer Manager profile manage for you if you can’t play that week.
Once your Private Draft league is created there is a page that allows the Commissioner to edit the settings of the league.
The Commissioner is then be able to go to a page to invite friends into the Private Draft league. You can also use the current “Invite a Friend” button on the left hand column of the home page to invite people you know to DYNASTY League Baseball Online using their email address. Once new people you invited have an account you can then add them as your friend.
Once a league member is invited to a private draft league he can then select his team settings.
After you have created your Private Draft league, then the league Commissioner can use the new roster tool to place the players on each team. The roster tool interface allows you to promote and demote players to and from the major and minor league rosters.
The new scheduler tool allows you to use the default 12 and 24 team schedules or you can manually create your own schedule.
Dan Treuden has made available a schedule creation Excel file that will create a schedule for you which can be found in the Designer’s Dugout or the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook group file section listed as Retro_schedule.xlsx
You can then use the scheduler Commissioner Tool to enter each series and build the schedule.
The new Private Draft League tools are easy to use and will allow you to start playing your DYNASTY League Baseball Online private draft league.
During spring training this year I had a chance to meet with Milwaukee Brewers Bob McClure and Paul Molitor and reminisce about Pursue the Pennant and it’s succesor DYNASTY League Baseball . My visits with “Mac” and “Molly” reminded me of another meeting I had with Brewer manager Tom Trebelhorn in May of 1987 in which I played Pursue the Pennant with “Treb” in his managerial office in Milwaukee County Stadium:
After getting off to a scorching 20 and 3 start, the Milwaukee Brewers were languishing in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Some of the hometown faithful seemed to have already soured on rookie manager Tom Trebelhorn, or so it appeared as I entered his office in County Stadium.
“Where do we file letters like this?” queried Trebelhorn as he handed a letter to Public Relations Director Tom Skibosh. I read the hand-written letter alongside of Skibosh. At the top of the page, Trebelhorn had written the words, “STAY POSITIVE” The writer began by saying that the 13-0 streak was the worst thing that could have happened to the Brewers because now they would be “stuck with this miserable manager (Trebelhorn).” The letter contained such compliments as “you stink” and “I can’t wait till (sic) they get rid of you.”
I guess that’s what you get for piloting the Brewers to the best record in baseball after most people picked the team to finish no higher than sixth.
I first met Treblehorn at the annual Diamond Dinner held each January by the Brewers. It’s hard not to like the man. Words like “thoughtful”, “organized” and “down-to-earth” come to mind when describing him. In many ways, he reminds you of a favorite teacher you once had. By now, you probably know that is exactly what Trebelhorn is in the off-season…a school teacher in Oregon.
Despite the long losing streak, on this day as on all others, the rookie skipper was upbeat and positive. When I told him that the name of the game that we were about to play was called Pursue the Pennant, he replied “That’s what we’ll be doing this year.” Based on what had transpired in the first thirteen games of the season, he wasn’t kidding. Lately well….
Like many of the “new breed” of managers, Trebelhorn is aware of the numbers which are necessary to make sound baseball decisions. He combed with delight the Project Scoresheet data I had along on opposition stolen bases vs. pitchers and catchers.
As a field general, Trebelhorn is aggressive. His teams will steal bases. The Brewers are 2nd in stolen bases compared to a dismal 9th last year under George Bamberger’s reign. The hit and run play is often employed to stay out of the double play. Baserunners are more aggressive, going from first to third on singles, stretching base hits, forcing the other team in to making mistakes. Of course, the more chances you take, the more likely things are to backfire, but more often than not in 1987, Trebelhorn had been pushing the right buttons.
Meanwhile, Skibosh was still musing over the letter, describing the author in terms not to be repeated in a family publication such as this. Seemingly undaunted, Trebelhorn took up position behind his desk. He would manage the Brewers and I would manaage the Oakland Athletics in a “preview” of that night’s major league game. It would be Mike Birkbeck vs. Dave Stewart.
We each began to construct our lineups for the game. There were no Pursue the Pennant cards for B.J. Surhoff or Terry Steinbach (although there will be in the upcoming rookie card set), but otherwise, we had all the key players from both teams. As I was making out my lineup, I mentioned to Trebelhorn that the A’s seemed to be weak against pitching. He nodded in agreement.
I briefly explained how to play, and Trebelhorn rolled the dice for Birkbeck as Alfredo Griffin stepped in. He drew a walk, and Carney Lansford followed with a single to center. No outs, men on 1st and 2nd, and Davis, Canseco, Jackson and McGwire due up. I began to think that it looked like things were going just as they had on the current losing streak. My competitive fire took a back seat to secret longing that the Brewers would get out of it. After all, it’s bad enough that Treblehorn’s crew had been getting their brains beaten out in real life, without someone unloading on them in a baseball table-top game.
Birkbeck got out of it, but not without a scare. Davis flied to right, Canseco struck out, but Jackson walked to load the bases before McGwire stuck out.
Both teams went quietly until the bottom on the 2nd. With one out, Deer singled, Cooper walked, and Schroeder reached on an error to load the bases. With Gantner at bat, I explained that the squeeze play is also an option in PTP. Trebelhorn elected to swing away, and Gantner hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Wrong button.
In the bottom of the 3rd, the Brewers got something going again. Sveum led off with a walk. Molitor struck out. Yount flew out deep to left. Braggs singled to center, Sveum to 2nd. Greg Brock then pounded the next offering over the wall in left-center field. Calm, cool, and collected Trebelhorn noted “Brock will do that”.
After Deer struck out to end the inning, Trebelhorn notified our Pursue the Pennant umpire (Andy Etchebarren, a Brewer coach) that he had to get back to work, and that the fourth would have to be our last inning. What a great managerial ploy if it could be worked into the Pursue the Pennant rule book. – RULE 7.03 The home team manager may call the game at anytime if he has to go back to work.
The Athletics loaded the bases with two out, but Birkbeck got Tony Phillips to fly out to Deer to end the game. I hoped that Brock would repeat his feat that night, but he didn’t, and the Brewers troubles continued as they lost their seventh straight game.
After our game was over, Trebelhorn commented that he was impressed with Pursue the Pennant. “I saw some interesting things here, especially with all the information on the player cards, ” he said. He then inquired about the price, commentiing that it would be fun for him and his son, an avid board game enthusiast.
Milwaukee Brewer fans can only hope that manager Tom Trebelhorn can find enough interesting things to get his team turned around and continue their pursuit of the pennant.
The new DYNASTY League Baseball 2011 season player card set with Brewers Ryan Braun, Zack Greinke, Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, John Axford, Yovanni Gallardo, Corey Hart and Francisco Rodriguez is available at the Ticket Window store and also at DYNASTY League Baseball Online.