1969 Mets What If C&D Replay: The Reggie Project!

THE REGGIE! PROJECT: 1969

Prologue:

The Reggie! Project is my multi-season project, wherein I’m playing full season (single-team) replays from different stages of Reggie Jackson’s career. I’ve completed Reggie’s 1977 Yankees season and his 1982 California Angels season. In the coming months I’ll be posting results of Reggie’s 1969 season. Though the ’77 and ’82 seasons were recreated using mostly as-played lineups for all teams, the 1969 season will be different. In this season, Reggie will be the starting right fielder for the 1969 New York “Miracle” Mets.

 

PART 1: THE DRAFT

The New York Mets had a choice to make early in the morning on June 7, 1966. In anticipation of the first overall pick in baseball’s amateur draft, the Mets had reviewed the thousands of eligible ballplayers in America and whittled the candidates down to two.

Steve Chilcott of Antelope Valley HS inLancaster, CA.

Steve Chilcott of Antelope Valley HS in Lancaster, CA.

On the one hand, there was a 17-year-old catcher with a smooth left-handed swing from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California. Steve Chilcott had been scouted by the Ol’ Perfesser himself, Casey Stengel, and had won the legend’s endorsement in the Mets front office. Chilcott was young and raw, but his athletic talent was unquestionable. Besides being an all-American ballplayer behind the dish, he had quarterbacked his school to a league championship, too. With an easy demeanor and a strong work ethic to boot, Chilcott was as sure a thing as a 17-year-old catching prospect could be.

Reggie ArizonaHis competition for that number 1 overall pick was a centerfielder from Arizona State University, Reginald Martinez Jackson. Reggie, as he was known, was also a two-sport star. An All-American Halfback and Outfielder, he swung his bat with tremendous power, threw with a plus-arm, and walked with the kind of swagger, charisma, and confidence in athletic competition that simply can’t be taught. But while Reggie had everything on the field going for him, the Mets had concerns about off-the-field issues with Reggie.

 

Reggie had already announced in the press that his signing demands would be, “sky high – up there where the air is rare.” This might conceivably make the Mets balk, but as they had already prepared a $75,000 contract should they choose Chilcott, Reggie’s requested $85,000 bonus wasn’t too far out of the realm of possibility.

No, it wasn’t his contract demands or his talent on the field that the Mets front office couldn’t deal with, it was something far more pedestrian and far more sinister. According to Reggie, Arizona State head coach Bobby Winkles told him that the New York Mets didn’t like that the flamboyant and charismatic young man of Puerto Rican and Afro-American descent was dating a white girl.

To be fair, Winkles later denied making this statement, so it’s his word versus Reggie’s. Reggie’s claim isn’t far-fetched, however, when you consider that NY Mets President at the time was George Weiss, a noted racist who while running the New York Yankees in the 1950’s once proclaimed that “no black man would ever wear the Yankee pinstripes.”

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Reggie Jackson had big-time power and a big-time persona, even as an undergrad at Arizona State University

So who would it be, come decision time? Would the Mets take the safe, easy, All-American boy from Southern California? Or would they go against their personal bias and take the budding superstar with out-of-this-world talent from Arizona State?

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Strat Baseball Daily Cards – First Look?

Why is it that the first actual pictures we’ve seen of Strat Daily are on an obscure website called “Sport Techie”?

These sure look like what we’d imagine the Strat-O-Matic Daily cards to look like, though these are clearly from the “Baseball 365” edition. Hopefully these cards will have the same or similar aesthetic look in the Windows PC version of the game. See below:

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Cespedes-Sep-16

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These cards are, apparently, the daily cards of Yoenis Cespedes as they evolved from September 15 – 17th of 2015. Here are his lines those days:

Sept 14 vs. Miami he went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout versus lefty Justin Niccolino, and he drew an intentional walk against right-hander Kyle Barraclough.

Sept 15 vs Miami he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a hit-by-pitch versus righthanders Tom Koehler and Brian Ellington. It’s interesting that on his Sept 16 card he has a slightly lower home run and doubles chances versus rightys compared to his card the day before, but HBP and strikeouts remain unchanged.

Sept 16 vs Miami, Cespedes again had an 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and didn’t manage to get on base at all. Three of those outs were against the lefty Adam Conley, and his last at-bat was a groundout against the right-handed Barraclough.

Notice the change in his Sept 17th card, though? He has more home run chances versus lefties on the Sept 17th card than he did the day before? How did that happen? Weird. September 17th was an off-day for the Mets, and Cespedes came back with another oh-fer on the 18th.

Am I missing something or do these cards defy logic?

UPDATE: In a post on StratFanForum, a Baseball Daily Beta Tester stated the following:

“The card image for Baseball Daily is exactly what it is in the computer game. I can’t remember whether there were any changes in what is shown–there might be something involved with clutch situations--but the card viewed during the computer game has essentially the same format that we’ve always had.” (emphasis mine)

So there goes any hope of seeing an updated graphic element in the 2016 version of Strat for Windows.

First Look: Spring 2016 Print Edition (Back Cover)

Complete as-played scoresheets for the 1982 World Series will be included in the upcoming Jumbo-Sized Spring 2016 Print Edition of OneForFive.com Magazine

Complete as-played scoresheets for the 1982 World Series will be included in the upcoming Jumbo-Sized Spring 2016 Print Edition of OneForFive.com Magazine

Now just days away from completion, you’re looking at the BACK cover of the Spring 2016 Print Edition of OneForFive.com Magazine. It’s time to get excited, my friends.

ASPL: The APBA Soccer Premier League

APSL_logoAs far as I know, the first attempt at starting a draft league using the APBA Soccer game was born right here on OneForFive.com. I called it The Granddaddy of Them All.

From an article published here on Jan 3, 2012:

I am excited to announce the forthcoming formation of a new APBA Soccer play-by-mail draft league, using the 2011/2012 English Premiere League cards.

The League Constitution is still in very preliminary stages, and at this point we have about a half-dozen interested parties. Our intention is to begin play in September with EPL cards based on the season currently in progress.

That league never did get off the ground, nor did various other attempts along similar lines. It’s with great pleasure, however, that I am able to announce that (though I had no part in it) today there is an APBA Soccer League in its inaugural season, and it looks to be a good one.

The APBA Soccer Premier League (ASPL) is the ambitious product of commissioner Ryan Strauss’ imagination. An APBA Soccer enthusiast from Pennsylvania, Ryan first brought up the idea of a draft league back in November of last year. There was strong early feedback that this was an idea whose time had come, and the ASPL had a full slate of managers in no time at all.

For this first season, there are 13 clubs each facing one another twice for a total of 24 games – though each manager is only responsible for his own 12 home matches. The leader on points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw) at the end of the season is the ASPL champion.

Besides the top-of-the-table championship, the ASPL Open Cup is a very exciting and novel concept that I personally look forward to following (and hopefully participating!).

Click on the thumbnail to see this well-thought-out and impressively designed crest from ASPL's Hart United FC at full size. It's worth it.

Click on the thumbnail to see this well-thought-out and impressively designed crest from ASPL’s Hart United FC at full size. It’s worth it.

From what I’ve seen, the league is incredibly deep in terms of imagination, participation-level of each individual manager, and comprehensive thought put into the organization and constitution of the league.

Here are some highlights of what to expect from the ASPL:

  • #DecisionDay on Sunday, August 28th, where all 6 games that day will be played at the same time. This is the day that the league champion will officially be crowned.
  • Open Cup Final will be broadcast LIVE on Periscope over Labor Day Weekend
  • Of the 13 managers in the league, 4 are under 30!
  • From Commissioner Strauss: “We see ourselves as play-testers the game, and will address issues not in the game manual with the APBA Gaming Company.”
  • More Strauss: “We have included some modifications, including: an optional timing dice to add some unpredictability to the minute-by-minute game flow, adding up individual defensive ratings to obtain the team defensive rating, a fatigue chart, a re-roll after Red-Cards, and are using “Master Ratings” (based off of stats) for the Open Cup.”

I hope that the ASPL shares some of these innovations, especially the individual defense ratings system (which sounds like one I’ve been advocating for since forever), as the APBA Soccer community can only benefit from more community-created content.

CLICK HERE TO READ Ryan’s in-depth preview of this first season of the ASPL. (I recognize those Keane/Nguyen cards from somewhere before…hmmm…I wonder where?)

It’s a league worthy of a blog all its own, so I hope we get further online updates as the season progresses. I, for one, will be following intently.

For more info on the Open Cup, or to talk about expansion franchise opportunities, click here to email Ryan Strauss.

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