60mil - Sluggardly Sluggers Who Can't Slug
For hitters, I looked for players who had a semblance of on-base skills, some power, and defense that wasn't terrible. I seemed to have used many of the same players that others used, like Tettleton, Blefary, and so forth. I have some platoons in the OF in order to have as many players on my team be useful. I don't think I did anything unusual with the hitting. The pitching however... oh boy... could be a major disaster. It appears that I am the one and only owner who didn't pay much attention to HRs allowed! My pitchers allowed a whopping 126 of them! That appears to be far more than any other team in this league. I payed attention to things like normalization for OAV and WHIP and HRs allowed which is why I made the choices that I did. I see others went for deadballers who normalize pretty miserably, especially in OAV, but... don't give up many HRs. So, we'll see what happens. I'm hoping that my better OAV and WHIP normalized numbers will keep down the number of baserunners so that the homers allowed will be mostly of the solo variety, and that my team will be able to hit better than others because the OAV numbers for other teams will be worse than mine. But... what will likely happen is that my team will allow more homers than anyone else's, which will likely result in more losses than wins. I also notice that I have more IPs than anyone else, so hopefully this will be more of a hitters league than everyone else expects, which will be to my advantage. Again, we'll see...
Hitters: .237 AVG, .360 OBP, .416 SLG, 174 HRs
Pitchers: 1,393 IPs, .259 OAV, 1.21 WHIP, 126 HRs allowed
80mil - Addie Not As Good This Time
I have to admit that I pretty much sold out this team on the first iteration and was hoping that it wouldn't be too awful in the 2nd iteration. What I found is that my hitting is actually a bit better in this 2nd iteration, but my pitching is significantly worse. I think, frankly, that I have the worst pitching in the league. I don't think there is a realistic chance that this team will make the playoffs. I'm just hoping they won't have such a poor record that it will kill me.
Hitters: .306 AVG, .384 OBP, .446 SLG, 84 HRs
Pitchers: 1424 IPs, .246 OAV, 1.17 WHIP, 106 HRs allowed
90Mil - Bobby Byrne's Sallee is Slim
I knew I wanted a player who encompassed the NY Giants of the late teens in order to get Toney, Nehf, Schupp, etc. on my team. I also wanted a player who would encompass some of my favorite cookies, including Gavvy Cravath. I tried Eppa Rixey, who would get me alot of seasons, including some of the Philadelphia A's of the 1930s, but eventually, found that Bobby Byrne got me Cravath and others that I like, but also got me 1917 Cicotte, who rocks, as well as Babe Adams' 1909 season. In the end, the Cicotte season swayed me to use Bobby. Slim Sallee of all people was the guy who got me those Giants players (including his own 1916 season), but also got me Luque's pretty cool 1920 season too. Unfortunately, Slim and Art Nehf were not teammates in 1919, but the 1909 Adams season replaced Nehf just fine anyway. I'm very happy with the pitching on this team. I think the hitting, expecially with Cravath and Shoeless Joe Jackson, will normalize very well. I'm reasonably confident about this team. One accidental, but fortunate thing about this team is that I'm using a catcher platoon of Roger Bresnahan and Ivey Wingo, both of whom have very good arms, so that should cut down on those damn Ozzie teams it looks like half the league went with...
Hitting: .307 AVG, .389 OBP, .447 SLG, 65 HRs
Pitching: 1413 IPs, .212 OAV, 0.96 WHIP, 17 HRs allowed
100mil - 3+3+3+3+3+3+3+4
I had the first pick in this draft. I first thought about the 1914 Chicago Whales, with Claude Hendrix and Rankin Johnson, but I didn't want to blow my first pick on that era. I thought there would be lots more choices in that era, and I kind of wanted some of my favorite cookies, including Gavvy Cravath of course. So then, it was obvious: the 2002 Red Sox with Lowe and Pedro... but no, again, I wanted to save this era til the end because this is the era that has the most relief options. But... I did want a stud pitcher to start with. After doing some research, I decided to go with the 1964 Dodgers since they have not one stud pitcher, but two (Koufax and Drysdale), plus uber-armed Johnny Roseboro to cut down any of those annoying stolen-base artists. Also, I believed that this would be the most lean era to fill, so... that became my choice.
Next, it became apparent that the earliest era was going to be really tough to fill, especially to get a decent pitcher. I was going to pick the 1888 Giants, but someone picked them ahead of me, so my next pick was the 1888 White Stockings to get a 1B (Cap Anson) and a decent reliever in Frank Dwyer. I also chose the 1988 Milwaukee Brewers because I really liked the combo of Teddy Higuera and Paul Molitor (3B); they seemed to fit my salary needs perfectly. After that, I felt I was going to be ok with SP; I just needed to fill out my team with hitters. So, my next choices were hitting-related, although with the 1940 Yanks I got Tiny Bonham's nice 100 inning year. I saved the modern era for last since again, I figured I could find a team with relievers to round out my pitching staff. That team was the 2010 Texas Rangers with Cliff Lee as my last starter, and Darren O'Day and Neftali Feliz as my two stud relievers. I'm pretty happy with this team. I expect them to do reasonably well.
Hitters: .303 AVG, .393 OBP .485 SLG, 179 HRs
Pitchers: 1422 IPs, .212 OAV, 1.00 WHIP, 81 HRs allowed
110mil: If Only I Could Clone Toney...
So true, but at least I got Toney, even if it ruined my team a bit. My strategy was to make sure I did *not* get screwed on the last pick and end up eating millions of dollars. That happened to several owners so I think that was a good idea. I wanted my last pick to be a pitcher in the 8-9 mil range, where I felt I would have lots of options. So, this meant that I needed to platoon. I assigned roughly 7 million to each position and felt I should platoon at 1B, one OF spot, and C. That all worked out at first, I got my 1B platoon going with Frank Thomas, and an OF platoon of Sheffield and Walker, and the C platoon of Jack Lapp and Chief Meyers. (I didn't worry about catcher arm at this level by the way, although Lapp and Meyers aren't terrible throwers). I jumped ahead of everyone else salary-wise with this strategy, which allowed me to get Jake Northrop. However, for some reason, I had trouble filling the other half of my 1B platoon; players kept getting picked that would have worked, such as Johnny Mize and Joey Votto. So, in the end, I ended up wasting about 300 ABs. Also, there was a point when I was hoping to get either Mark Eichhorn or Nolan Ryan, in the 6 million range, but both went before I expected them to, so I had to scramble to recover there. In the end, I think I could have done better, but I'm reasonably happy with this team as well. Expect to see lots of Fred Toney in the 8th inning!
Hitters: .313 AVG, .413 OBP, .522 SLG, 216 HRs
Pitchers: 1411 IPs, .204 OAV, 0.95 WHIP, 89 HRs allowed
120mil - The Ten Step Plan
I think the pitching choices were pretty routine. I got the usual guys, Maddux, Pedro, Toney, Schupp, Bernhard. I see most of these same pitchers on other teams. The hitting choices were more interesting. Obviously, with the 3, 2, and 1 million dollar choices, there had to be some part time players. I felt that OF was the place to do this. My 10 mil player is King Kelly at C, 9 mil is Arky Vaughan at SS, 8 mil is Nap Lajoie at 2B, and 7 mil is Benny Kauff in CF. So, that covers the difficult "up the middle" positions to fill. 6 mil: Wade Boggs at 3B, 5 mil: Gavvy Cravath (of course!) in OF, 4 mil: John Kruk (one of my fav cookies) at 1B. So the 3, 2, and 1 mil spots were that final OF spot. I chose Target Field to cut down on the homers, since my team doesn't have that many of them, but they do have lots of doubles and triples. I think this team will do well.
Hitters: .345 AVG, .433 OBP, .515 SLG, 316 2Bs, 91 3Bs, 104 HRs
Pitchers: 1506.67 IPs, .198 OAV, 0.90 WHIP, 71 HRs allowed