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Monday, March 2, 2015

Greg Maddux Shuts Down Dodgers


April 9th, 1994

Greg Maddux was dominant against the Dodgers but it almost didn't lead to the win. The game was scoreless in the 9th inning when Mark Lemke drove in the go ahead run with a double. Maddux came out for the 9th inning and did what he did all game long, shut down the Dodgers. Jim Gott would get the loss but it was Ramon Martinez who pitched really well for the Dodgers but would take the no decision.




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Monday, February 23, 2015

1981 Replay: Season Predictions

Our 1994 Season Replay has started but we sent out requests via Twitter for other suggestions and the 1981 season was brought up several times. The 1981 season has a lot in common with the 1994 season, both were seasons ruined by a strike. However, the 1981 season did have a conclusion and did crown a champion. Did it crown the correct champion though? In 1981 MLB used a split season format. The winner in the division from the first half received a playoff berth and the winner in the division on the second half received a playoff berth.

107 games were played in total and the playoff teams in the American League were the Yankees, Athletics, Brewers and Royals. The Yankees would head to the World Series. The issue with this is that the Yankees went 59-48 overall which was the fourth best record in the AL East.

In the National League, the playoff teams were the Phillies, Expos, Dodgers and Astros. The Dodgers would go to the World Series and win it all. The problem with this is that the Dodgers had an overall record of 63-47 which was four games worse than the Reds in the NL West.

In the NL East, the Cardinals owned the best overall record at 59-43, two games better than the Expos yet they did not sniff the playoffs due to the split season format.

1981 is the kind of season that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. We are going to fix this with the help of Out of the Park Baseball.

Just like the 1994 season replay, we will use actual transactions but play a full 162 games. There will be no split season format.

Here are the preseason predictions. Once again, this looks interesting...well except for the AL East







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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Calcavecchia Holds off Norman to Win in San Diego

Mark Calcavecchia held off a charging Greg Norman to capture the San Diego Open at Torrey Pines. Roger Maltbie, who won last week in Phoenix, holds on to the top spot in the Cup Standings followed closely by Calcavecchia and Norman. The 1986 Tour heads to Pebble Beach next week.






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Friday, February 20, 2015

1994 Replay: Randy Johnson Dominates Indians

It didn't take long for Randy Johnson to get into mid-season form as he dominated the Indians on Opening Day. Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner chipped in with homers as the Mariners beat the Indians 7-0






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1994 Replay: Season Predictions

Pitchers and catchers have reported and it is time to start some simulation baseball. Suggestions rolled in and 1994 was brought up several times. The 1994 Replay will use Out of the Park Baseball. We will use actual transactions but we will play the full 162 games.

1994 was the first season of each league having three divisions with a wild card spot up for grabs in each league. We were cheated out of a postseason that year and had to wait until 1995 to see our first wildcard races. This is what makes this replay so appealing to so many. Here are the season predictions. It looks like we are in store for some exciting baseball.











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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Alex Rodriguez: The Final Chapter



Alex Rodriguez is all over the news as he attempts to come back from his year long PED suspension. Several months back we decided to use Out of the Park Baseball to re-write history. We went back to 2004 and made THE Trade go through. Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox along with Magglio Ordonez and Brandon McCarthy. Nomar Garciaparra to the White Sox, Manny Ramirez and Jon Lester to the Rangers. Aaron Boone's knee was magically healed. What happened? Well if you haven't been following, you need to click here before you read any further on this post.

We left off at the conclusion of the 2010 season. AROD and the Red Sox had a ton of success from 2004-2010 but no World Series titles to show for it. AROD was now a free agent and the Sox let him get away to the Braves. AROD would spend three years on the Braves and would finally get his ring in 2012 as the Atlanta Braves would win the World Series. Unfortunately for Alex, he would have a miserable postseason and a pretty average regular season. He did get his ring, but the Braves didn't win because of Alex, they won in spite of him.

In 2013, AROD would have his best ever postseason but the Braves would lose to the Dodgers in the NLCS. Alex was now a free agent once again and his career would take him back to Boston. The Red Sox signed him to a two year deal. The Red Sox would not win a World Series in this two years as their drought continues from 1918. AROD, with his career winding down would hit 25 homers in his final season in 2015. His last homer would be #759 of his career, four better than Hank Aaron's all time mark. Barry Bonds would finish with 728 homers.

The deal to the Red Sox worked out better for AROD in this world than his real world did. The Red Sox ended up being much better off without AROD. Here is how his numbers look for his career and how they stack up with some of the greats of the game.

Regular Season

Postseason










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