All-Time Single-Season Teams: The National League simulation
For our final foray into all-time single-season teams, we've run a simulation of a virtual 162-game season. Here's the NL regular season standings and leaderboard along with picks for MVP and Cy Young.
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
, so let's suspend the hope for realism. This is just for fun.
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
-- 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.
Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University...