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

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



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

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
East W L Pct GB RF RA
Atlanta Braves 96 66 .593 - 772 696
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 .531 10 973 689
New York Mets 79 83 .488 17 858 715
Washington Nationals 65 97 .401 31 810 798
Miami Marlins 60 102 .370 36 578 779
Central W L Pct GB RF RA
Chicago Cubs 92 70 .568 - 849 728
St. Louis Cardinals 92 70 .568 - 755 624
Cincinnati Reds 92 70 .568 - 862 724
Pittsburgh Pirates 91 71 .562 1 786 754
Milwaukee Brewers 63 99 .389 29 616 814
West W L Pct GB RF RA
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 .586 - 814 717
San Francisco Giants 90 72 .556 5 819 774
San Diego Padres 87 75 .537 8 725 694
Colorado Rockies 67 95 .414 28 721 865
Arizona Diamondbacks 60 102 .370 35 572 707

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
Player AVG
Honus Wagner, PIT .403
Chuck Klein, PHI .320
R. Hornsby, ATL .310
Joe Torre, STL .308
Tony Gwynn SD .306
Home Runs
Player HR
Barry Bonds, SF 74
Mike Schmidt, PHI 64
Willie Mays, SF 60
Roger Hornsby, ATL 52
Jim Edmonds, STL 50
Runs Batted In
Player RBI
Willie Mays, SF 151
Hank Aaron, ATL 130
George Foster, CIN 130
Mike Schmidt, PHI 126
Ryan Howard , PHI 126
Player H
Honus Wagner, PIT 282
Roger Hornsby, SF 231
Roger Hornsby, ATL 213
Jose Reyes , NYM 211
R. Clemente, PIT 207
On Base
Player OBP
Honus Wagner, PIT .460
Barry Bonds, SF .431
Joe Morgan, CIN .421
R. Ashburn, PHI .398
Todd Helton , COL .396
Player SLG
Barry Bonds, SF .709
Honus Wagner, PIT .667
Roger Hornsby, ATL .611
Mike Schmidt, PHI .607
Willie Mays, SF .595
Stolen Bases
Player SB
H. Wagner, PIT 76-29
Joe Morgan, CIN 74-17
Tim Raines, MON 65-17
Paul Molitor, MIL 58-19
Matt Kemp , LAD 48-18
Player 3B
Jose Reyes, NYM 29
Jimmy Williams, PIT 25
Honus Wagner, PIT 24
Jimmy Rollins , PHI 20
Stan Musial, STL 17
National League Pitching Leaders
Player W-L
D. Dean, STL 22-8
D. Gooden, NYM 19-7
D. Drysdale, LAD 18-6
P. Alexander, CHC 18-7
G. Maddux, CHC 18-8
Earned Run Average
Player ERA
G. Maddux, ATL 2.69
R. Johnson, ARI 2.81
D. Gooden, NYM 2.81
D. Dean, STL 2.89
H. Brecheen, STL 2.97
Player K
J. Fernandez, MIA 263
R. Johnson, ARI 252
C. Kimbrel, ATL 228
D. Vance, LAD 221
D. Gooden, NYM 221
Player S-BS
C. Kimbrel, ATL 41-11
E. Gagne, LAD 38-5
T. Hoffman, SD 37-4
G. Gossage, PIT 35-4
B. Sutter, CHC 33-10

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.

CBS Sports Writer

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... Full Bio

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