Friday, August 14, 2020

2000 Commons Challenge

 Thanks to Japes for this idea.

 

Here is the quick rundown of the challenge: you must construct the best 20 man roster using only common cards (no foils and no misprints – sorry no 10 ob Andruw Jones).

 


Thursday, August 13, 2020

MLB Showdown 2000-2001 Sim League: Season Awards and Playoff Preview

 This post brings the latest update in the Sim League series. Old posts are below:

  1. Introduction to the league and rules
  2. Eastern Conference Teams
  3. Western Conference Teams
  4. Update after Game 40
  5. Update after Game 80
  6. Update after Game 100
  7. All-Stars
  8. Update after Game 120
  9. Update after Game 141: No-hitter!
  10. Update after Game 153
  11. Update after Game 159
  12. Full Season Update - after Game 162
Stats and standings for the full 162 game, 24-team season are found here

In this update, I will preview the wild card rounds of the playoffs, and then present the season awards. Thanks to everyone who voted on the awards, as well as those who helped me select team names.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Oakland A’s Moneyball Challenge Series – World Series (Challenge #4)

 In this challenge, you get to take control of the Oakland A’s. Everyone knows Billy Beane as the moneyball man, and this is the chance to rewrite history and win the championship that has alluded the franchise for years. This challenge will consist of four parts, each one relying on the decisions and outcomes of the previous. The challenges are:

1 – Trade Deadline

2 – ALDS

3 – ALCS

4 – World Series

 

Here we go, welcome to the World Series Billy. The thing all 30 teams covet is within reaching distance now. You made the trades to get your squad into this position. Can they finally seal the deal and prove to ownership it’s about time to move out of the Oakland Coliseum?


Sunday, August 2, 2020

MLB Showdown 2000-2001 Sim League: Full Season Update at last!

This post brings the latest update in the Sim League series. Old posts are below:
  1. Introduction to the league and rules
  2. Eastern Conference Teams
  3. Western Conference Teams
  4. Update after Game 40
  5. Update after Game 80
  6. Update after Game 100
  7. All-Stars
  8. Update after Game 120
  9. Update after Game 141: No-hitter!
  10. Update after Game 153
  11. Update after Game 159

We have now completed the 162 game season! Stats and standings found here

24 teams started the season, and 11 remain standing. That's right, there is a tie for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, and so there will be a play-in round before the official wild card play-in. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

MLB Showdown 200-2001 Sim League: Update after Game 159

This post brings the latest update in the Sim League series. Old posts are below:
  1. Introduction to the league and rules
  2. Eastern Conference Teams
  3. Western Conference Teams
  4. Update after Game 40
  5. Update after Game 80
  6. Update after Game 100
  7. All-Stars
  8. Update after Game 120
  9. Update after Game 141: No-hitter!
  10. Update after Game 153

Teams have now played 159 games each, and with 3 games left, there are still a few races coming down to the wire. Full stats after 159 games can be found here. This is a mini-update, so I'm not going to go into as much depth as usual - just wanted to build suspense before posting the full end of season standings. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

2019 Pennant Run Collection

One of the most interesting aspects of the early Showdown sets were the (poorly named) Pennant Run cards, which represented hot stove moves for various existing cards, projecting hot prospects as rookies, and welcoming back studs who missed the previous season with injury. For examples, see Chuck Finley to the Indians and Shawn Green to the Dodgers in 00 PR, Corey Patterson, Albert Pujols, and CC Sabathia in 01 PR, and Andres Galarraga in 00 PR. Plus, it seemed like a fun place for the card creators to make projections and experiment a little.... honestly, I love the idea and how they become quasi-fantasy cards that let fans of teams get their hopes up for the production they'll receive from a prize acquisition in the offseason.

In that vein, we made a couple last season (including the "PR homer boost" given to A-Rod in the 01 PR edition):


Now, we've got a hearty collection of brand new cards for y'all to enjoy while we celebrate the return of baseball. Big shout outs to Matt (artwork on several cards) and Patsen (baseline charting of prospects) for their respective help in crafting these beauties!!!