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« on: April 15, 2017, 10:50:02 pm »
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America's Pastime
The Politics of Baseball


This is a different kind of forum game that I’d like to try out. Here’s how it will work.

Each player will claim one of the thirty current MLB teams and serve as their manager. It is not necessary to have a player for each team; I will sim any team that does not have a player, and new players can jump in at any point, although I cannot imagine the game working well with less than 10 players.

We’ll start on November 8, 2016, the first day that free agent players can begin signing with new teams. I will publish a list of free agents (for simplicities sake, I will only include the top 100 free agents and trade targets) that will be up for grabs. This list will be updated after each round.

Players will PM me their bids for free agent players and will PM other players (or myself for clubs not currently controlled by a player) with trade deals.

Players may also try to entice players who announced their retirement (David Ross, David Ortiz, Mark Teixeria, Alex Rodriguez, etc.) to play another season. This could go one of three ways: 1) Player has a phenomenal season and rides off into the sunset, 2) Player has an average season, walks away to less fan-fare, 3) Player has an embarrassingly poor season, probably gets injured, and retires out of the minors. This will be determined by dice rolls and moves to entice players should be done through PM to me.

Once three turns of free agency have gone by, we’ll fast-forward to April 1, 2017, the day before Opening Day. Each post from here on will constitute a week and last for about 4 days, giving me 3 days to process all the games played. This is how the regular season will play out.

Each player will publish their starting lineup for that week’s games. This includes who will be the starting pitcher, who will be the main relief pitcher, who will be the closer, and the position players and their batting order. This largely will not change game-to-game, but some players may digress if they’ve been playing for 30 days in a row. Changing the starting pitcher is especially important.

If the game is being played at a National League ballpark, remember that there is no DH. This requires some strategy on the part of the player to move the starting lineup around to maximize potential. Do you want to sit Hanley Ramirez for the game, or have him play 3B to keep his bat in the game? Where will your pitcher bat?

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Boston Red Sox Starting Lineup, April 15 v. Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park
1. Dustin Pedrioa (2B)
2. Andrew Benintendi (CF)
3. Mookie Betts (RF)
4. Hanley Ramirez (DH)
5. Mitch Mooreland (1B)
6. Xander Bogaerts (SS)
7. Pablo Sandoval (3B)
8. Chris Young (LF)
9. Sandy Leon (C)

SP. Chris Sale
RP. Heath Hembree
C. Craig Kimbrell

I will determine who wins each game in a three-fold fashion. First, I will look at the FiveThirtyEight MLB projections. Second, I will adjust the FiveThirtyEight MLB projection to account for player-made trades and roster differences, as well as adjust for hot streaks or cold streaks. Third, I will roll dice to ensure that the game does not become a statistical snooze-fest.

We will follow the official 2017 MLB schedule, for simplicities sake.

After each IG week, I will post a box score for each game. As an example:
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Red Sox 5 – Tampa Bay 3. WP: Chris Sale (2-0) LP: Chris Archer (1-1) S: Craig Kimbrel (4)
Scoring:
Top of 3: Mitch Mooreland (BOS) 2-run homer to left. (BOS 2 – TB 0)
Bottom of 3: Evan Longoria (TB) Grand Slam to center (BOS 2 – TB 4)
Top of 6: Pablo Sandoval (BOS) double to right, Betts and Benintendi in to score (BOS 4 – TB 4)
Top of 9: Mitch Mooreland (BOS) double to center, Pedroia in to score (BOS 5 – TB 4)

Changes in starting pitcher, batting order, and position will obviously affect the outcome of the game. You can also call players up from the minors or send them down, either due to injury or bad performance. Include these decisions in your posts for the week.

Speaking of injuries: There is a chance that any player will get injured at any point in time. This will be determined by a dice roll. The severity and length of the injury will be determined by the dice roll.

If there are any questions, please ask.
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2017, 10:51:15 pm »
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Here is our roster, arranged alphabetically by league and division, with their regular season record from last season:

American League

East
Baltimore Orioles (89-73)
Boston Red Sox (93-69) - GoTfan
New York Yankees (84-78)
Tampa Bay Rays (68-94)
Toronto Blue Jays (89-73)

Central
Chicago White Sox (78-84)
Cleveland Indians (94-67)
Detroit Tigers (86-74)
Kansas City Royals (81-81) - CMB222
Minnesota Twins (59-103)

West
Houston Astros (84-78)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (74-88)
Oakland Athletics (69-93) - Dr. Novella
Seattle Mariners (86-76) - Serious_Username
Texas Rangers (95-67)

National League

East
Atlanta Braves (68-93)
Miami Marlins (79-82)
New York Mets (87-75)
Philadelphia Phillies (71-91)
Washington Nationals (95-67)

Central
Chicago Cubs (103-58)
Cincinnati Reds (68-94) - LLR
Milwaukee Brewers (73-89)
Pittsburgh Pirates (78-83-1)
St. Louis Cardinals (86-76)

West
Arizona Diamondbacks (69-93)
Colorado Rockies (75-87)
Los Angeles Dodgers (91-71)
San Diego Padres (68-94)
San Francisco Giants (87-75)
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2017, 10:52:21 pm »
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Here are our 100 free agents and trade targets, as ranked by Bleacher Report.

1.   Chris Sale (SP), Trade, Chicago White Sox
2.   Jose Quintana (SP), Trade, Chicago White Sox
3.   Alex Bregman (SS), Trade, Houston Astros
4.   Justin Turner (3B), Free Agent
5.   Joey Votto (1B), Trade, Cincinnati Reds
6.   Ian Kinsler (2B), Trade, Detroit Tigers
7.   Chris Archer (SP), Trade, Tampa Bay Rays
8.   Brian Dozier (2B), Trade, Minnesota Twins
9.   Miguel Cabrera (1B), Trade, Detroit Tigers
10.   Edwin Encarnacion (1B/DH), Free Agent
11.   Zach Britton (LHP), Trade, Baltimore Orioles
12.   Dee Gordon (2B), Trade, Miami Marlins
13.   Yoenis Cespedes (LF), Free Agent
14.   Justin Verlander (SP), Trade, Detroit Tigers
15.   Zach Greinke (SP), Trade, Arizona Diamondbacks
16.   Kenley Jansen (RHP), Free Agent
17.   Aroldis Chapman (LHP), Free Agent
18.   Charlie Blackmon (CF), Trade, Colorado Rockies
19.   J.D. Martinez (RF), Trade, Detroit Tigers
20.   Mark Melancon (RHP), Free Agent
21.   Dexter Fowler (CF), Free Agent
22.   Ian Desmond (CF/LF), Free Agent
23.   Wilson Ramos (C), Free Agent
24.   Rich Hill (SP), Free Agent
25.   Jeremy Hillickson (SP), Free Agent
26.   Ryan Braun (LF), Trade, Milwaukee Brewers
27.   Todd Frazier (3B), Trade, Chicago White Sox
28.   Jake Odorizzi (SP), Trade, Tampa Bay Rays
29.   Derek Deitrich (2B), Trade, Miami Marlins
30.   Andrew McCutchen (CF), Trade, Pittsburgh Pirates
31.   Marcell Ozuna (CF), Trade, Miami Marlins
32.   Evan Longoria (3B), Trade, Tampa Bay Rays
33.   Justin Upton (LF), Trade, Detroit Tigers
34.   Carlos Gomez (CF), Free Agent
35.   David Robertson (RHP), Trade, Chicago White Sox
36.   Mark Trumbo (OF/1B), Free Agent
37.   Jeff Samardzija (SP), Trade, San Francisco Giants
38.   Yangervis Solarte (3B), Trade, San Diego Padres
39.   Stephen Vogt (C), Trade, Oakland Athletics
40.   Carlos Gonzalez (RF), Trade, Colorado Rockies
41.   Brett Gardner (LF), Trade, New York Yankees
42.   Wade Davis (RHP), Trade, Kansas City Royals
43.   Brad Brach (RHP), Trade, Baltimore Orioles
44.   Carlos Beltran (RF/DH), Free Agent
45.   Ervin Santana (SP), Trade, Minnesota Twins
46.   Gio Gonzalez (SP), Trade, Washington Nationals
47.   Jose Bautista (RF), Free Agent
48.   Josh Reddick (RF), Free Agent
49.   Bartolo Colon (SP), Free Agent
50.   Ian Kennedy (SP), Trade, Kansas City Royals
51.   Melky Cabrera (LF), Trade, Chicago White Sox
52.   Danny Espinosa (SS), Trade, Washington Nationals
53.   Luis Valbuena (3B), Free Agent
54.   Matt Wieters (C), Free Agent
55.   Victor Martinez (DH), Trade, Detroit Tigers
56.   Michael Saunders (LF), Free Agent
57.   Brandon Moss (OF/1B), Free Agent
58.   Kendrys Morales (DH), Free Agent
59.   Jason Castro (C), Free Agent
60.   Rajai Davis (OF), Free Agent
61.   Ivan Nova (SP), Free Agent
62.   Zach Cozart (SS), Trade, Cincinnati Reds
63.   Trevor Plouffe (3B), Free Agent
64.   Chris Carter (1B), Free Agent
65.   Sean Rodriguez (1B/UTIL), Free Agent
66.   Howie Kendrick (2B/OF), Trade, Los Angeles Dodgers
67.   Derek Norris (C), Trade, San Diego Padres
68.   Yunel Escobar (3B), Trade, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
69.   Brad Zeigler (RHP), Free Agent
70.   Neil Walker (2B), Free Agent
71.   Mitch Mooreland (1B), Free Agent
72.   Pedro Alvarez (DH), Free Agent
73.   Jose Iglesias (SS), Trade, Detroit Tigers
74.   Adeiny Hechavarria (SS), Trade, Miami Marlins
75.   Chase Utley (2B), Free Agent
76.   Brian McCann (C), Trade, New York Yankees
77.   Kurt Suzuki (C), Free Agent
78.   Greg Holland (RHP), Free Agent
79.   Joe Blanton (RHP), Free Agent
80.   Mike Napoli (1B), Free Agent
81.   Jason Hammel (SP), Free Agent
82.   Vince Velasquez (SP), Trade, Philadelphia Phillies
83.   Brandon Phillips (2B), Trade, Cincinnati Reds
84.   Jordan Zimmermann (SP), Trade, Detroit Tigers
85.   Drew Smyly (SP), Trade, Tampa Bay Rays
86.   Edinson Volquez (SP), Free Agent
87.   Matt Holiday (OF/1B), Free Agent
88.   Nick Hunley (C), Free Agent
89.   Steve Pearce (1B/OF), Free Agent
90.   Doug Fister (SP), Free Agent
91.   Kelly Johnson (2B), Free Agent
92.   Daniel Descalso (UTIL), Free Agent
93.   Koji Uehara (RHP), Free Agent
94.   Stephen Drew (SS), Free Agent
95.   Alexei Ramirez (SS), Free Agent
96.   Andrew Cashner (SP), Free Agent
97.   Daniel Hudson (RHP), Free Agent
98.   Santiago Casilla (RHP), Free Agent
99.   Brett Anderson (SP), Free Agent
100. Derek Hollan (SP), Free Agent
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2017, 11:56:50 pm »
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So uh. Do we just start by claiming?

Cause I'm totally calling the Okland A's. This is a really neat idea I must say.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2017, 01:10:40 am »
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My knowledge of baseball is limited, but I'd like to take the Boston Red Sox anyway.
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So uh. Do we just start by claiming?

Cause I'm totally calling the Okland A's. This is a really neat idea I must say.

Oh! Sorry, I thought I said to start claiming. Yes, claiming is open. Welcome to the game!

My knowledge of baseball is limited, but I'd like to take the Boston Red Sox anyway.

Welcome to the game!
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So uh. Do we just start by claiming?

Cause I'm totally calling the Okland A's. This is a really neat idea I must say.

Oh! Sorry, I thought I said to start claiming. Yes, claiming is open. Welcome to the game!

My knowledge of baseball is limited, but I'd like to take the Boston Red Sox anyway.

Welcome to the game!

Ahh now that I looked at it again, I do see it says that. Never the less I have a few folks in mind, but I'm gonna wait till we get more people. Keep it fair.
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So uh. Do we just start by claiming?

Cause I'm totally calling the Okland A's. This is a really neat idea I must say.

Oh! Sorry, I thought I said to start claiming. Yes, claiming is open. Welcome to the game!

My knowledge of baseball is limited, but I'd like to take the Boston Red Sox anyway.

Welcome to the game!

Ahh now that I looked at it again, I do see it says that. Never the less I have a few folks in mind, but I'm gonna wait till we get more people. Keep it fair.

Not a problem! Please, feel free to invite your friends. The more the merrier.
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2017, 09:17:43 am »
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I'll play as my Reds, though I know we're a doomed franchise.
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I'll play as my Reds, though I know we're a doomed franchise.

Welcome to the game!
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I figure we'll start when we have five players, and then hopefully more will jump in once they see we're up and rolling.
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2017, 01:41:32 pm »
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I would like to participate. Can I claim Seattle?
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I would like to participate. Can I claim Seattle?

Of course!

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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2017, 07:58:11 pm »
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Can I relocate a team?
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Can I relocate a team?

I hadn't thought of that. It would have to be a multi-season project, so it probably wouldn't fit within the confines of this game.
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I would like to participate. Can I claim Seattle?

Of course!

Welcome to the game!

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing how this progresses.
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I would love to represent Kansas City!

And also: What roster will we use at the beginning of free agency? The one that closed 2016?
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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2017, 03:02:49 pm »
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Can I relocate a team?

I hadn't thought of that. It would have to be a multi-season project, so it probably wouldn't fit within the confines of this game.

I want to be the San Diego Padres and relocate
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I would love to represent Kansas City!

And also: What roster will we use at the beginning of free agency? The one that closed 2016?

Welcome to the game!

Yes, we'll start off using the roster that your team was using to close out 2016.

Can I relocate a team?

I hadn't thought of that. It would have to be a multi-season project, so it probably wouldn't fit within the confines of this game.

I want to be the San Diego Padres and relocate

Welcome to the game!

You can play as the Padres and state your interest to relocate, but this will only come into effect if the game lasts mutliple seasons.
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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2017, 04:58:20 pm »
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I'll keep the initial sign ups open until Sunday Afternoon/Monday, and then we'll get going!
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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2017, 12:15:40 pm »
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Can Inatar now.
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November 8th 2016:ESPN.com:
BREAKING NEWS OIL BILLIONAIRE Spike Goodson (A fictional character I came up with) buys San Diego Padres

In a Out of nowhere move the ExonMobil typhoon has decided to buy out the San Diego Paders for about 50$ million dollars.  Goodson says that he has been a lifelong fan of the team and has had enough through the troubled times of this franchise and in a nod to Donald Trump he said "Make the Padres great again"
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« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2017, 03:09:23 pm »
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November 8th 2016:ESPN.com:
BREAKING NEWS OIL BILLIONAIRE Spike Goodson (A fictional character I came up with) buys San Diego Padres

In a Out of nowhere move the ExonMobil typhoon has decided to buy out the San Diego Paders for about 50$ million dollars.  Goodson says that he has been a lifelong fan of the team and has had enough through the troubled times of this franchise and in a nod to Donald Trump he said "Make the Padres great again"

This is just the sign up thread, so let's hold off on this for now.
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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2017, 03:53:48 pm »
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November 8th 2016:ESPN.com:
BREAKING NEWS OIL BILLIONAIRE Spike Goodson (A fictional character I came up with) buys San Diego Padres

In a Out of nowhere move the ExonMobil typhoon has decided to buy out the San Diego Paders for about 50$ million dollars.  Goodson says that he has been a lifelong fan of the team and has had enough through the troubled times of this franchise and in a nod to Donald Trump he said "Make the Padres great again"

This is just the sign up thread, so let's hold off on this for now.

I'd also mention that the last time the Padres ownership changed, it cost around 800 million. So your guy would probably need to fork over a lot more cash to make that work
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« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2017, 10:01:18 am »
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The first turn is open! Make sure to refer to the Free Agent/Trade Prospect list in this thread. PM me directly for all free agent deals, and for trades for players not currently on a team controlled by a player, as well as deals to try and win over previously retired players. PM other players for trades involving players on their team, but be sure to cc me in the PMs.

You can use the game thread to RP your club. You can do press releases announcing you're going after a player (although that can backfire if they don't sign with you), announcing players you've signed, or just keeping the public in the know about your ball club.

I'm coming up with a lost of team needs for each of our player-controlled clubs, so maybe wait a minute until I get that up to start making your deals.
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