Posted by doubletruck on 4/18/2012 11:50:00 AM (view original):
I haven't followed the whole thread, but it appears that the more modern team almost always wins the series.
Is this because the modern teams are better; because WIS is biased (perhaps unavoidably) in favor of modern baseball; because the user who is conducting this experiment unknowingly biases his lineups in favor of modern teams; because all of the above or none of the above?
It's a fascinating undertaking. I just doubt that the outcome will be meaningful. If, for instance, the 2004 Red Sox or the 2011 Cardinals defeated the 1927 Yankees, would anyone be convinced that the modern team was the better team?
Your point is very valid but let me just add a quick response:
- If we did actually play a modern team against an older team wouldnt the modern team have more success logically? Due to the enhancements in the modern game as well as the better athletes, this of course is arguable but could hold some water.
- Second you say the outcome is not meaningful, well can you not say that about the total concept of the WIS website? The idea is to play the games out to see what hypothetically may have happened as obviously such a matchup could and will never happen.
- Finally for me personally the biggest reason I do this is to become a student of the game. When I sim with a team i research them and find out what they were all about and what the best players were like. It is amazing to me how much history the game of baseball has that has not been uncovered or lost by so many.
Regardless, I hope people are enjoying these matchups and maybe are taking the time to remember some of their favorite teams or even more so team from the past that they may have never noticed or researched.
Finally, maybe the 2011 Cardinals were better then the 1927 Yankees.....
4/20/2012 11:26 AM (edited)