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4.13.2012

OOTP 13 Simulation: Fourth Place, Okay?

Nino Colla | Friday, April 13, 2012 | | Best Blogger Tips
Another year, another simulation. That's right, the chance to prognosticate doom or gloom has arrived!


It's become a norm around here. If you've been reading this space for the past two years, you should have expected this post. I love Out of the Park Baseball. I absolutely love it. Unfortunately now a days I don't have much time for the game, but when I do, you better believe I horse around on it.

By now you should know what OOTP is if you read this blog. If you're a new face around here, let me put it to you this way.

You can be Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti, Manny Acta, Ross Atkins, Brad Grant, and all the minor league coaches, front office personnel, etc. all rolled into one. It's a total control baseball simulation game that lets you take control of a franchise and control as many or as few aspects as you want and it's fantastic. You have no real control over how well the team plays in the game like a normal video game for your standard console, but you have all the power in making the decisions as to who plays, who you want on your team, and all that good stuff.

You want Lonnie Chisenhall at third? Go for it. You want the team to not sign Johnny Damon? Go ahead and don't do it. You want Grady Sizemore to not get hurt? Well, sorry but OOTP is so real, their latest update has the most up-to-date rosters and Sizemore is on the DL.

As always, I'm not getting paid and this is hardly an advertisement. It's quite simply cross promotion and if this is the only "advertisement" you guys have to put up with on this site, you can just not read. My endorsement will likely mean nothing to you, but if you really enjoy this type of stuff, there's really no other option out there and there's no option that's better.

I haven't totally explored the new version, but what I have played with, I have to say I enjoy two new features.

First is the League Newspaper that pretty much organizes all the important news and latest items you should read. It's a total upgrade over the messaging system that you'd have to read every single one of. The League Newspaper is a nice snapshot of what's going on.

Secondly, the Offseason Center is awesome. Again for the organization freaks like myself, this is just a nice simple way to have a snapshot of things.

Overall, the game is just updated and better. It's what I've come to expect. It's perfect if you love to control your team in every aspect and be the armchair general manager. You play how you want to play and the game offers so much more. You can keep track of stats of all your teams so you can better control your players, make all the demotions and promotions, control the entire draft, and make all the decisions. I'm not one to simulate in-game, but you can also go in and be the manager, taking control of how the game flows and making the decisions for that too.

Every year I take part in their mass simulation among Baseball Bloggers Alliance members and the results in full will be out soon. Here how ever is what my simulation resulted in.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

EAST - New York Yankees
CENTRAL - Detroit Tigers
WEST - Los Angeles Angels
WILD CARDS - Tampa Bay Rays defeated Texas Rangers

NATIONAL LEAGUE

EAST - Philadelphia Phillies
CENTRAL - Cincinnati Reds
WEST - Arizona Diamondbacks
WILD CARDS - St. Louis Cardinals defeated Milwaukee Brewers

PLAYOFFS

League Division Series
ALDS - Tigers Defeated Yankees
ALDS - Rays Defeated Angels
NLDS - Reds defeated Phillies
NLDS - Cardinals defeated Diamondbacks

League Championship Series
ALCS: Tigers over Rays
NLCS: Reds over Cardinals

World Series
Tigers over Reds (4-2)

AWARDS

Cy Young
AL: CC Sabathia, NYY
NL: Yovani Gallardo, MIL

MVP
AL: Albert Pujols, LAA
NL: Joey Votto, CIN

SUMMARY

The Tigers? Come on man! And it was after they had barely led the AL Central during the year and when they won it, they had an 81-81 record. Jerks... The Reds won over 100 games and looked like no one was going to stop them. I guess even though they had more than 20-less wins, the Tigers just got hot.

CLEVELAND 2012 SEASON

I will take a different approach this year and take you through from start to finish...

April (11-10)
- Highlighted by the Indians 7-7 record on the 23rd, it was the definition of a mess in terms of the AL Central standings. They were anywhere from 2nd to last this first month, but never first.

May (9-20)
- And dive bomb... By May 3rd, they were 11-13 and three games back.
- On May 2nd, Derek Lowe announced he would retire at season's end.
- May 7th: Andy LaRoche's contract was purchased, but he was DFAed on the 18th, then had his contract purchased again on the 23rd, signaling that the Indians had gone ahead and collectively slapped themselves multiple times. Brantley was also optioned out on the 7th and recalled on the 18th. It wouldn't be the last time.
- May 19th: Aaron Cunningham hit the DL and was later DFAed on the 23rd. His DL stint opened up the chance for Ryan Spilborghs.
- May 29th: Grady Sizemore is activated and sent on his rehab assignment, to make room David Huff is DFAed.

June (12-15)
- On the 1st, the Indians were 20-31 and 5 1/2 games back in last place. They would then drop to 9 1/2 games back and a 25-40 record by the 17th.
- June 6th: I'm not really sure why but the Indians traded shortstops Francisco Lindor and Ryan Rohlinger to Tampa Bay for... Carlos Pena. He had just two solo home runs at the time of the trade (2 HR, 2 RBI).
- June 13th: Ryan Spilborghs returns and Brantley is optioned out again.
- June 23rd: Grady Sizemore was added to the active roster.
- June 25th: The Indians traded Chris Perez to Miami... You ready for this? In return they got Catcher Jacob Realmuto and 3B Yerfi Perez. They also designated Nick Hagadone for assignment as they activated Roberto Hernandez and sent him on a rehab assignment. Big changes?

July (12-14)
- By the 6th of July, the Indians had a 36-46 record and had climbed up to third place and just five games back of the division lead.
- Carlos Santana was selected to the All-Star team.
- July 3rd: The Indians made another trade, shipping Josh Tomlin to Baltimore for outfielder Jai Miller and starting prospect Nick Maronde.
- July 7th: Shelley Duncan was DFAed. Caw.
- July 10th: Roberto Hernandez was called up to the big league roster.

August (13-16)
- At the 16th, the team remained five games back with a 51-67 record and in last place. Chicago was only 55-61 and in first place and the fourth place team was Kansas City and they were just a game and a half back. I'm dead serious.
- August 5th: Travis Hafner hit the disabled list for the first time and Russ Canzler was called up.
- August 12th: Roberto Hernandez was designated for assignment after just six starts in which he compiled a 1-3 record and a 9.53 ERA.
- August 13th: CC Lee! The rookie is called up.

September/October (13-16)
- Finish Strong!.... I guess... The Tribe was 58-77 and in last towards the start of the month and then would wind up finishing at 70 and 92 and tied for fourth (and tied for last?). The Royals would share that record and spot with them while the Twins were 73-89 and in third, with Chicago finishing at 79-83, just a few games out of first.
- Jason Donald, Michael Brantley, and Lonnie Chisenhall were all recalled.

Rankings
These are not pretty...

Runs - 674 (13th - AL)
SB - 40 (14th - AL) --- Really, 40 stolen bases? Ouch.
BB - 573 (4th - AL)
ERA - 4.48 (12th - AL)
BPEN ERA - 3.46 (5th - AL) Mafia!
K - 1112 (10th - AL)

Players

Justin Masterson: 5-18, 5.44 ERA, 130 K
Derek Lowe: 10-16, 4.26 ERA, 115 K
Ubaldo Jimenez: 10-16, 4.74 ERA, 177 K
Kevin Slowey: 10-10, 4.55 ERA, 139 K
Vinnie Pestano: 7-3, 19 SV, 2.82 ERA, 61 K
CC Lee: 1-0, 2.08 ERA, 21 K in 17.1 IP

Carlos Santana: .277 AVG, .375 OBP, 29 HR, 102 RBI (Lead Team in All)
Shin-Soo Choo: .267 AVG, .352 OBP, 15 HR, 66 RBI, 9 SB (SB Led Team)
Asdrubal Cabrera: .270 AVG, .322 OBP, 13 HR, 74 RBI
Travis Hafner: .236 AVG, .338 OBP, 17 HR, 48 RBI
Jason Kipnis: .222 AVG, .283 OBP, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 4 SB
Russ Canzler: .214 AVG, 5 HR, 21 RBI in 74 Games
Grady Sizemore: .252 AVG, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 4 SB in 87 Games
Carlos Pena: 11 HR, 48 RBI in 77 Games

Summary

Wow and you thought the slow start for the Indians in real life was depressing? Look at this... I mean, this is depressing. Masterson loses 18 games, the team trades Francisco Lindor for Carlos freaking Pena, and then trades Chris Perez and Josh Tomlin. Roberto Hernandez comes back to get killed and DFAed, and Grady Sizemore plays, but is, meh.

I mean, that's depressing. Especially when Detroit wins with a 81-81 record and goes on to win the World Series. I don't think any of that will happen in real life, but... man.

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