The Talk Show – April 2015

Host: Glenn Guzzo
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            The Ted Williams card for the 1941 season lists a clutch average of .368, yet his 3 column against righties has two clutch symbols (3-5, 3-10) on singles and his 1 column against lefties has two clutch symbols (1-7, 1-10) on singles. With his average, shouldn¹t the clutch symbols be on outs changing them to hits?
M. Walker, Marietta
            Let’s think this through: First, Williams hit .406 overall. To get a clutch average of .368, he should go down in the clutch. Second, a .368 clutch average is awesome. No foe is going to be happy to face Williams at any time, clutch or no.
            Glenn, is there a chance of 1970 baseball being redone or is it a long shot since it’s boxed in with 1969 and 1971. Of those three, 1970 was always my favorite. I personally think the ‘70 Mets are more fun than ‘69 (the Cubs, Pirates and Mets are virtual toss-ups) and I like Alex Johnson’s season with the Angels.
Ted, Glen Burnie, MD
            Sure there’s a chance. It’s just a question of timing. I’m just not confident that 1970 will be a higher priority than such seasons as 1979, 1976, 1962, 1968 or whether all these seasons will precede SOM’s venture into updating some 1980s seasons.
            I wanted to ask a follow up question to the Time Travel question from the December Talk Show. You mention that normalization is built into each season and the hall of fame sets. My question is if the normalization is also built into the 42 old-timers teams set and 36 past season teams set (or is the normalization just with the regular season sets and Hall of Fame players sets)?
Ed from Chicago
            The 36-team set consists of specially selected teams from prior full-season sets, so yes, the normalization there is the same as it was when their full seasons came out. The 42 old-timer teams have some normalization, but far less sophisticated than when Strat-O-Matic does a complete season. You can tell this by comparing the old-timer version of teams like the 1927 Yankees and 1934 Tigers to their ratings in the full-season sets that were produced much later.
            I was thrilled that Strat released the 1969 season. I was also happy when the game company released the 1961 set. I have been advocating for years to get the 1962 season published. I hope this will happen soon.
Phil from Passaic
            “Soon” never seems to happen fast enough for our favorite seasons. But in my opinion, 1962 is just too good to stay on the shelf for long. There are several good reasons why Strat-O-Matic first became successful in 1963, and one of them was the strength of the 1962 season. The dramatic end to the seven-game World Series, the National League playoff that preceded it, Maury Wills’ 104 stolen bases, Sandy Koufax’ spectacular emergence and more.
            I am in the midst of replaying the 1953 AL computer roster as-played. In looking at 1953 stats I see that the Yanks played 151 games, the A’s 157, Detroit 158, Washington 152, Chicago 156, Cleveland 155, Boston153 and only the Browns at 154. How is this handled on the as played format?
Roger Guglucello Youngstown, OH
            As-played is as-played. Each team is scheduled for the games it played, not the games they were scheduled for originally.
            Below is my list of player suggestions for the next Baseball Heroes set. I’m in the process of playing three tournaments (two with National League teams from 1990 to 2011 and another with teams from both leagues in the 1970s). So that’s where some of the players are from. Some players may seem like odd choices but it would be cool to have cards of these players.
            All the players on this list have careers that should be remembered or looked upon. That is one of the many things that the original Heroes set has done is get me to look up the players that I was not familiar with and familiarize myself with them.
Here is the list:
Starting Pitchers: Wilbur Wood, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, Milt Pappas, Ron Darling, Andy Pettitte, Bill Lee, Al Leiter, Denny McLain, Steve Rogers, Pedro Martinez, J.R. Richard, Burt Hooton, Dock Ellis, Doug Drabek, Bob Walk, Frank Tanana, Sid Fernandez, Hideo Nomo, Jim Bouton, Joe Coleman, Kevin Appier, Jim Lonborg, Rick Reuschel, Dennis Leonard, Paul Splitorff, Ken Holtzman, Steve Blass, Mark Fidrych, Randy Jones, John Montefusco, Andy Messersmith, Jaime Moyer, Kevin Tapani, Steve Avery, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch, Chris Carpenter, Jack McDowell, Ken Hill, Alex Fernandez, Darryl Kile, Mike Hampton, Pat Hentgen, Chuck Finley, Bobby Ojeda, Fernando Valenzuela, Jim Perry, Joe Niekro
Relief Pitchers: Mariano Rivera, Al Hrabosky, Terry Leach, Mitch Williams, Jeff Brantley, Trevor Hoffman, Roger McDowell, Jesse Orosco, Eric Gagne, Charlie Hough, Lerrin LaGrow, Mike Marshall, Rob Dibble, Randy Myers, Norm Charlton, Mitch Williams, Rick Aguilera, John Wetteland, Robb Nen, Mike Stanton, Troy Percival, Arthur Rhodes, Octavio Dotel, Todd Worrell
Catcher: Bob Uecker, Jorge Posada, Ivan Rodriguez, Darren Daulton, Gene Tenace, Charles Johnson, Joe Girardi, Bob Boone, Sherm Lollar, Darrell Porter, Todd Hundley, Randy Hundley
First Basemen: Jason Giambi, Norm Cash, Wally Joyner, Todd Helton, Andreas Gallaraga, Lance Berkman, Mark Grace, Jim Thome, Matt Stairs, Cecil Cooper, Cecil Fielder, Mike Sweeney, Hal Morris, Tino Martinez, John Olerud, Boog Powell, Chris Chambliss, Orlando Merced, Kent Hrbek, Paul Sorrento, Jack Clark, Jeff Conine, Scott Spiezio, Eric Karros, Richie Sexson, Russell Branyan, Joe Pepitone
Second Basemen: Dave Johnson, Mariano Duncan, Wally Backman, Gregg Jeffries, Chuck Knoblauch, Davey Lopes, Luis Castillo, Craig Counsell, Harold Reynolds, Michael Young, Bret Boone, Fernando Vina, Jose Vidro, Bobby Richardson, Lee Elia, Frank White
Shortstops: Derek Jeter, Larry Bowa, Edgar Renteria, Jay Bell, Burt Campaneris, Kevin Elster, Greg Gagne, Rico Petrocelli, Shawon Dunston, David Eckstein, Bucky Dent, Walt Weiss, Miguel Tejada
Third Basemen: Tim Wallach, Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen, Ron Cey, Howard Johnson, Vinny Castilla, Bobby Bonilla, Carney Lansford, Ken Caminiti, Matt Williams, Dave Hansen, Chris Sabo, Scott Brosius, Robin Ventura, Troy Glaus, Clete Boyer, Mike Shannon, Sal Bando, Darrell Evans, Bill Melton, Charlie Hayes, Dave Hollins, Gary Gaetti, Ray Knight, Aaron Boone, Lenny Harris, Richie Hebner
Outfielders: Jim Edmonds, Lou Piniella, Dave Kingman, Kevin Mitchell, Darryl Strawberry, Eric Davis, Jim Eisenreich, Lenny Dykstra, Gary Sheffield, Moises Alou, Steve Finley, Dante Bichette, Gorman Thomas, Vince Coleman, Willie McGee, David Justice, Paul O’Neill, Warren Cromartie, Marquis Grissom, Hideki Matsui, Joe Rudi, Jay Buhner, Chili Davis, Dan Gladden, Matty Alou, Rick Monday, Jimmy Wynn, Curt Flood, Greg Luzinski, Fred Lynn, Devon White, Jim Ray Hart, Bo Jackson, Oscar Gamble, Garry Maddox, Rocky Colavito, Tony Conigliaro, Reggie Sanders, Brett Butler, Andy Van Slyke, Paul Blair, Kevin McReynolds, Jeff Burroughs, Candy Moldanado, Ellis Burks, Preston Wilson, Mookie Wilson, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Salmon, Darin Erstad, Ken Griffey Sr., Raul Mondesi, Vladimir Guerrero, Johnny Damon, Ron LeFlore, Rondell White, Derek Bell, Felipe Alou, Jesus Alou, Glenallen Hill, Jim Landis, Mickey Rivers, Brian Jordan, Willie Wilson, Willie Davis, Tommy Davis, Hal McRae, Juan Gonzalez, Jeffrey Leonard
Royce Brink, Park Forest, IL
            Thanks for the suggestions, Royce. Scott Spiezio and Lee Elia, huh? You are digging deep. Seriously, in many cases, these are great names and obvious choices. Remember, though, that Heroes ratings, like the Hall of Fame ratings, are based on a player’s seven best seasons. Some of the players on your list had only a few good seasons. By including more than three of their seasons, they would compare very poorly to previously rated Heroes. However, if Strat-O-Matic ever decides to create best-of-franchise teams, more of these guys would make those squads.