You Are the Manager 5/14/85 – What Happened:

When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was called You Are the Manager, by Nate Aaseng, in which ten of the most important managerial decisions in baseball history are presented to the reader, and then, after sufficient rumination, the reader decides what he would’ve done.  After you decide, you jump to the back of the book, where the author presents the decision the actual manager made in the situation in real life – for good or bad. It didn’t occur to me until just now that I was ripping off this premise when I wrote the “You Be the … Continue reading

You Be the Strat Manager – 1985 NL Cy Young Race

May 14, 1985 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (Tudor) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (Hawkins) John Tudor, making his 7th start of the season.  At this point in the real life 1985 season, Tudor’s record was only 1-4, but he’d pitched very well, as his ERA of 2.55 would prove.  He faced a Padres team that was the current NL Pennant holders, having been defeated by the mighty Detroit Tigers in last October’s World Series.  Tudor and the Cardinals face off against Andy Hawkins.  Hawkins, a big right-hander, struggled to an 8-9 record in 1984, but in his first six starts of 1985, the twenty-five year-old … Continue reading

1985 NL Cy Young Race – Nolan Ryan One-Hitter!

This is the first post of my replay of the 1985 National League Cy Young Award Race.  I’m replaying (using as played lineups) the starts of Fernando Valenzuela, John Tudor, and Dwight Gooden.  I’m playing Strat-o-Matic Cards & Dice and then entering the results into the computer game (I have version 10) afterward.  I’ve never used the computer game to keep stats in this way before, so this is new to me.  Also, I’m autoplaying every NL game that doesn’t have one of these 3 pitching.  I hope to see a couple of good races.  I plan on playing the … Continue reading