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All-Time Single-Season Teams: The National League simulation

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Your Cy Young winner: 1985 Dwight Gooden.
Your Cy Young winner: 1985 Dwight Gooden. (Getty Images)

ALL-TIME SINGLE-SEASON TEAMS: CHC | STL | MIL | CIN | PIT | CHW | DET | KCR | CLE | MIN | ARI | COL | SD | LAD | SF | SEA | HOU | LAA | TEX | OAK | BOS | NYY | BAL | TOR | TBR | MIA | NYM | ATL | WAS | PHI

SIMULATION RESULTS: American League

Those who have been following along the past four weeks here at Eye on Baseball know that we've been compiling some All-Time Single-Season teams (see handy links above!) for each of the 30 franchises. In our final foray into this series, we've simulated out a full season on Diamond Mind Baseball with the help of our good friend Michael Cimilluca of dtbaseball.com.

As for the settings, we ran one full, 162-game season in the current ballpark of each franchise. So imagine Ty Cobb playing in Comerica Park and Walter Johnson pitching in Target Field, for example. Injuries have been turned off, so those don't factor in -- and while that's not realistic, we're talking about Babe Ruth being on the same team as Derek Jeter, so let's suspend the hope for realism. This is just for fun.

All-Time Single Season AL vs. NL | By the numbers

Anywho, here's what happened with the National League in our simulation.

National League Standings
EastWLPctGBRFRA
Atlanta Braves9666.593-772696
Philadelphia Phillies8676.53110973689
New York Mets7983.48817858715
Washington Nationals6597.40131810798
Miami Marlins60102.37036578779
CentralWLPctGBRFRA
Chicago Cubs9270.568-849728
St. Louis Cardinals9270.568-755624
Cincinnati Reds9270.568-862724
Pittsburgh Pirates9171.5621786754
Milwaukee Brewers6399.38929616814
WestWLPctGBRFRA
Los Angeles Dodgers9567.586-814717
San Francisco Giants9072.5565819774
San Diego Padres8775.5378725694
Colorado Rockies6795.41428721865
Arizona Diamondbacks60102.37035572707

Wow. A three-way tie atop the NL Central with the Pirates only a game back. We missed out on a race for the ages with this being fictional and all.

Want some league leaders? But of course you do. You're only human.

National League Batting Leaders
Average
PlayerAVG
Honus Wagner, PIT.403
Chuck Klein, PHI.320
R. Hornsby, ATL.310
Joe Torre, STL.308
Tony Gwynn SD.306
Home Runs
PlayerHR
Barry Bonds, SF74
Mike Schmidt, PHI64
Willie Mays, SF60
Roger Hornsby, ATL52
Jim Edmonds, STL50
Runs Batted In
PlayerRBI
Willie Mays, SF151
Hank Aaron, ATL130
George Foster, CIN130
Mike Schmidt, PHI126
Ryan Howard, PHI126
Hits
PlayerH
Honus Wagner, PIT282
Roger Hornsby, SF231
Roger Hornsby, ATL213
Jose Reyes, NYM211
R. Clemente, PIT207
On Base
PlayerOBP
Honus Wagner, PIT.460
Barry Bonds, SF.431
Joe Morgan, CIN.421
R. Ashburn, PHI.398
Todd Helton, COL.396
Slugging
PlayerSLG
Barry Bonds, SF.709
Honus Wagner, PIT.667
Roger Hornsby, ATL.611
Mike Schmidt, PHI.607
Willie Mays, SF.595
Stolen Bases
PlayerSB
H. Wagner, PIT76-29
Joe Morgan, CIN74-17
Tim Raines, MON65-17
Paul Molitor, MIL58-19
Matt Kemp, LAD48-18
Triples
Player3B
Jose Reyes, NYM29
Jimmy Williams, PIT25
Honus Wagner, PIT24
Jimmy Rollins, PHI20
Stan Musial, STL17
National League Pitching Leaders
Wins
PlayerW-L
D. Dean, STL22-8
D. Gooden, NYM19-7
D. Drysdale, LAD18-6
P. Alexander, CHC18-7
G. Maddux, CHC18-8
Earned Run Average
PlayerERA
G. Maddux, ATL2.69
R. Johnson, ARI2.81
D. Gooden, NYM2.81
D. Dean, STL2.89
H. Brecheen, STL2.97
Strikeouts
PlayerK
J. Fernandez, MIA263
R. Johnson, ARI252
C. Kimbrel, ATL228
D. Vance, LAD221
D. Gooden, NYM221
Saves
PlayerS-BS
C. Kimbrel, ATL41-11
E. Gagne, LAD38-5
T. Hoffman, SD37-4
G. Gossage, PIT35-4
B. Sutter, CHC33-10

Awards? Sure, I'll hand out come hardware.

MVP: It's true that his team missed out on the playoffs by one game, but Honus Wagner hit over .400 while leading the NL in on-base percentage, hits, doubles (62!), extra base hits, total bases, and stolen bases while finishing second in slugging percentage and runs. He also finished third in triples and had the longest hitting streak at 31 games. He's the choice. Much to the dismay of the masses, the Giants version of Barry Bonds would have been my next choice and gets the runner-up.

Cy Young: I'm going with Dwight Gooden. He was 19-7 on a losing team with a 2.81 ERA (tied for second). He ranked in the top 10 in strikeouts and allowed slugging percentage while also tying for the NL lead in quality starts (with Dizzy Dean) and shutouts (with five others). This one was crowded, though. Both Greg Maddux versions (Braves and Cubs) were in the mix along with Dean, Randy Johnson, several other starters and Craig Kimbrel -- the latter of whom struck out 228 hitters in 121 innings with a 1.85 ERA and 41 saves. Huh? Yeah, that's a simulated season with no injury concerns for you.

Definitely feel free to check out the leaderboards (linked above in the tables) and make your own selections for the awards, of course. It's all subjective.

There you have it. Make sure to check out the AL version and, of course, the postseason results to see who our virtual World Champion is.

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