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Old 03-18-2017, 07:43 AM   #1
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Best historical season to replay?

I usually play the current season with OOTP, but I'm thinking about doing historical play with OOTP18. Which seasons would you say are the best to replay? I've got two in mine: 1981 & 1994. Both were strike years & I think both are great "what if" scenarios.

I've always wanted to manage/GM the Phillies in 1981 & play out what might have happened had Dallas Green not left for the Cubs & they held on to guys like Julio Franco, Ryne Sandberg, etc.

I'd also like to manage/GM the Expos in 1994 & see if they would have won it all that year. Then play them through the 2004 season & eventually get a new stadium built.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:50 AM   #2
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For me, I would replay 1979 and see if my Orioles could try not blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Pirates again. All these years later I'm still mad about it.
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I like 1975-76 because of peak Big Red Machine, 1979 because of the Pirates, 1980 and '86 because of Astros winning divisions. The '86 season is also good because of the dominance of the Mets.
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1964 - pennant races in both leagues, particularly the Phillies collapse at the end.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:44 AM   #5
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1982 is a great season because there is no dominant teams. In 1982 every division race was decided in the last weekend of the season. There are at least 3 solid teams in every division. I like it for replays because you actually have to manage your way through all 162 games to make the playoffs. There are no gimmies. I always replay 1982 and use real-life lineups. But I do allow myself to modify the batting order.
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I am a life long Red Sox fan. I see if I can overcome the Yankees and start my dynasty a year earlier.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:00 AM   #7
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I'll agree with 1964. Yanks won by 1 game over the White Sox and 2 over the Orioles. Cardinals won by 1 game over Cincy and the Phillies.
According to the Pyth formula, the Yankees and Cardinals should have finished second in their leagues.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:07 AM   #8
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I always enjoy 1958.

1958: The winds of change were blowing through baseball for the first time in decades. Baseball was still our most popular sport, but there was a sense that the grand old game was getting a bit stodgy. Many teams played in charming but increasingly dilapidated old ballparks. Overall league attendance continued to decline since the heady days of the immediate post-war years. The Dodgers and Giants were now on the left coast. The (original) Senators would be moving to Minnesota in a couple of years. The Browns (now the Orioles), A's & Braves had already relocated to new cities a few years before.

It's a great year to take over as commissioner. The possibilities in any "what if" scenarios are manifold. I just love mixing historical & fictional elements going forward from 1958. These are among the most entertaining and engrossing games I've ever enjoyed in my 15 years playing OOTP.
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It's funny because when I saw the title of this page, my immediate thought was 1964. Great season. Also like 1968, 1976, and 1982. Personally, while today's real life MLB is interesting with the 10 team playoff, I prefer OOTP with the four divisions, two in each league.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:37 AM   #10
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Can't go wrong with many seasons IMO...

1952/1953: Ted Williams gets injured both years. If healthy, does he end up surpassing 550 HRs? Can he come close to hitting .400 again?

Mickey Mantle explodes onto the scene for the Yankees. Phil Rizzuto is a couple years removed from being MVP. Jackie Robinson also won MVP in 1949 and is starting the decline phase of his career.

Does Bob Lemon continue winning 20+ games? He was coming off a 17-14 year in 1951. Can Warren Spahn emulate real life and be dominant well into his late 30s/early 40s?

You also have Roger Maris, Sandy Koufax, and Bob Gibson ready to enter the league in a few year's time.
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1994 strike year

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1927, Managing the Yankees "Murderers' Row".
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1969 Miracle Mets. On paper they should never had been there. See if you can repeat the miracle as their GM/Manager.
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I like 1994, as others have said. A good 'what if' year + it's fun to start with the Mariners then and go forward. I also like to do alternate realignment/expansion scenarios starting in the early 50s. Moving teams other than the Dodgers/Giants/Braves west.
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