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    1989 Opening Day and Beyond

    Alright folks. We've got 1 season of Dead Ball in the books. What are your thoughts, opinions, observations, likes, dislikes, curiosities so far? How do you foresee your season going? You buying, selling, or standing pat?

    I, for one, welcome our new overlords. Have a few roster tweaks I need to make, but feeling pretty good about continuing what we did last season.
    Quote Originally Posted by ZubaZ View Post
    So I was screwed.. so yes.. i did.. whatever. I bend down, hands behind my back.. and kissed a boy

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    Re: 1989 Opening Day and Beyond

    I love how it turned my borderline staff into a strong 4 man rotation. Boone improved a great deal in the new environment. We're looking to build on that and probably are buyers, though I need to see what our specific needs are. Probably offense and defense.
    2ML 1906, 1928, 1931, 1968, 1990, 1991, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2025
    BD 1993,1994, 2004, 2041, 2044, 2064, 2065, 2080, 2098
    CBF 2056, 2060, 2071, 2075, 2087, 2088, 2092, 2105,2106,2116,2137,2138,21402150, 2152
    CWS 1953, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1984
    HR 1903, 1906, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1934, 1943, 1950, 1953, 1955,1966, 1970, 1971
    CarL 2026, 2039, 2070
    Brockmire 1995
    88-57 WS

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    Re: 1989 Opening Day and Beyond

    Quote Originally Posted by Vulpecula View Post
    I love how it turned my borderline staff into a strong 4 man rotation. Boone improved a great deal in the new environment. We're looking to build on that and probably are buyers, though I need to see what our specific needs are. Probably offense and defense.
    The league average Team ERA went down almost two runs a game (roughly). Respectfully, I think everyone's pitching staff has enjoyed the change. The real issue is: How do you generate runs?

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    Re: 1989 Opening Day and Beyond

    Dead Ball feels a lot like soccer. I'm not a soccer fan. However, I enjoy experimenting, so I'll give it a whole-hearted chance.

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    Agree with Stampy. My team was built with a lot of SL and very much was hurt by the change. I'm not sure how to generate more runs and am very tempted to just blow it up. Start over fresh with some new ideas to play with in a totally different era. So make me some offers and we can get some deals going.



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    Re: 1989 Opening Day and Beyond

    While I admit, I haven't been paying as much attention as usual, I think Dead Ball broke some of my hitters. Take Dave Bazan for example:

    DI CN BA SL SP
    97 73 77 57 54

    Career Batting Stats
    Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1986 Indy Rock Explosion 150 554 83 143 31 12 8 87 131 137 3 2 .258 .402 .401 .802
    1987 Indy Rock Explosion 149 561 88 153 29 8 10 73 127 99 11 3 .273 .411 .406 .817
    1988 Indy Rock Explosion 147 557 64 136 21 9 0 35 98 68 14 7 .244 .361 .314 .675

    97 DI and BBs drop by ~30. XBH drop by ~20. I would imagine 2B and 3B would be up with HRs down.

    Here is Jim Adkins...
    DI CN BA SL SP
    47 75 80 91 75

    Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1986 Indy Rock Explosion 160 696 107 196 45 5 41 159 32 140 32 10 .282 .315 .537 .853
    1987 Indy Rock Explosion 160 650 84 176 31 12 29 96 42 137 43 14 .271 .318 .489 .807
    1988 Indy Rock Explosion 160 637 53 151 32 13 11 76 33 83 27 11 .237 .276 .380 .656

    Huge dip in HRs and Hits in general. I assumed dead ball would yield more soft hits than XBH. Apparently it means more balls hit directly toward fielders.
    I also have a 94 SL batter who had 6 total XBHs in 37 games.

    So far I can't say I am a big fan of this mode. I feel like I have to completely re-learn ratings.
    Geo (35)

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    Re: 1989 Opening Day and Beyond

    Quote Originally Posted by stampy19 View Post
    Dead Ball feels a lot like soccer. I'm not a soccer fan. However, I enjoy experimenting, so I'll give it a whole-hearted chance.
    well put. i was thinking more like Rhythmic gymnastics, think Will Ferrell in Old School.
    Geo (35)

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    Re: 1989 Opening Day and Beyond

    Quote Originally Posted by balmers View Post
    Agree with Stampy. My team was built with a lot of SL and very much was hurt by the change. I'm not sure how to generate more runs and am very tempted to just blow it up. Start over fresh with some new ideas to play with in a totally different era. So make me some offers and we can get some deals going.
    Happen to have a few DI guys and a bunch of CN guys and that seems to be the key. If you can't hit home runs anymore, just get on base. CN may mean more balls directly to fielders, but it also means putting the ball in play more, leading to more errors or random hits that would have otherwise been strikeouts. It's kind of the "throw **** at the wall and see what sticks" mentality. Hit the ball and hope you get on base. I will say though that despite the terrible offense, strikeouts seem to be down quite a bit. In his 7 previous seasons, William Cook averaged 294 IP and 350 Strikeouts per season. Last season he had 344 IP (career high) and 284 Strikeouts (career low by nearly 40). It definitely looks like DI and CN are the ways to go so far. Limited sample size though.
    Quote Originally Posted by ZubaZ View Post
    So I was screwed.. so yes.. i did.. whatever. I bend down, hands behind my back.. and kissed a boy

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    Re: 1989 Opening Day and Beyond

    Quote Originally Posted by stampy19 View Post
    The league average Team ERA went down almost two runs a game (roughly). Respectfully, I think everyone's pitching staff has enjoyed the change. The real issue is: How do you generate runs?
    61-99 before, 76-84 after. I did call up a couple, but one was bad (https://www.csfbl.com/player/5121879/view) and one was good (https://www.csfbl.com/player/5085675/view, RoY)
    2ML 1906, 1928, 1931, 1968, 1990, 1991, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2025
    BD 1993,1994, 2004, 2041, 2044, 2064, 2065, 2080, 2098
    CBF 2056, 2060, 2071, 2075, 2087, 2088, 2092, 2105,2106,2116,2137,2138,21402150, 2152
    CWS 1953, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1984
    HR 1903, 1906, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1934, 1943, 1950, 1953, 1955,1966, 1970, 1971
    CarL 2026, 2039, 2070
    Brockmire 1995
    88-57 WS

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAfroman06 View Post
    Happen to have a few DI guys and a bunch of CN guys and that seems to be the key. If you can't hit home runs anymore, just get on base. CN may mean more balls directly to fielders, but it also means putting the ball in play more, leading to more errors or random hits that would have otherwise been strikeouts. It's kind of the "throw **** at the wall and see what sticks" mentality. Hit the ball and hope you get on base. I will say though that despite the terrible offense, strikeouts seem to be down quite a bit. In his 7 previous seasons, William Cook averaged 294 IP and 350 Strikeouts per season. Last season he had 344 IP (career high) and 284 Strikeouts (career low by nearly 40). It definitely looks like DI and CN are the ways to go so far. Limited sample size though.
    Dean Dinning disagrees with your DI/CN assessment. He has a 100 DI and 87 CN. He was .181/.342/.197/.539 last season. Might be the first time I've ever seen a SLG below .200, and almost equal to the AVG. I was expecting a decent to good OBP from this guy. Is .342 now decent?
    2ML 1906, 1928, 1931, 1968, 1990, 1991, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2025
    BD 1993,1994, 2004, 2041, 2044, 2064, 2065, 2080, 2098
    CBF 2056, 2060, 2071, 2075, 2087, 2088, 2092, 2105,2106,2116,2137,2138,21402150, 2152
    CWS 1953, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1984
    HR 1903, 1906, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1934, 1943, 1950, 1953, 1955,1966, 1970, 1971
    CarL 2026, 2039, 2070
    Brockmire 1995
    88-57 WS

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