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As some of you may recall, a few years ago I put together a simulated league of past World Series champions, to try and settle the argument of which was the best MLB team of the World Series era. And I was as surprised as everyone else when the all-time champions of Major League Baseball turned out to be... the 1997 Florida Marlins. Well, with the real sports world mostly shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a few more teams having laid claim to inclusion in such an event in the years since that first ATCL, I've decided now is the perfect time to revisit, and try to improve upon, the concept. So, today, I hereby announce the Second Edition of the MLB All-Time Champions' Leagues. I am using Out Of The Park 21 to create and run the ATCL. Here are the basics: 36 teams overall (18 each representing the American and National Leagues, in three six-team divisions each) Designated hitter in American League only Regular season: 162 games per team, schedules weighted toward divisional play, with no interleague play Postseason: Eight teams (all division winners + one wild-card team per league) qualify; all rounds best-of-seven series I have also revamped the eligibility rules. To be considered for the ATCL, a team must have met one of the following criteria (listed in priority order for purposes of determining qualifying priority): Won a World Series as (a) the only World Series championship team, or (b) the team with the best record among two or more World Series championship teams, in its franchise's history. (For ATCL purposes, relocated franchises count separately; e.g. the Brooklyn Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers count as two separate franchises. Franchises operating in the same market under more than one name, e.g. the New York Highlanders/Yankees, count as a single franchise.) Won a World Series following a regular season with a win percentage of 0.617 (the equivalent of winning 100 games in a 162-game season) or higher. (Applies only to franchises that already have another ATCL-eligible team under criterion 1 above. Such teams representing the same franchise must be at least eight seasons apart. For franchises with clusters of two or more teams qualifying under this criterion within an eight-year span, only the team with the best regular-season record within that span shall be eligible for invitation.) Finished a regular season with a win percentage of 0.617 or higher without winning that season's World Series, in a franchise that has never had a World Series champion. Special cases: 1919 Cincinnati Reds: Given that (1) the Reds organization and players themselves were not implicated in the "Black Sox" scandal beyond being its unwitting beneficiaries, and (2) the 1919 team is otherwise ATCL-eligible under criterion 1 above, the 1919 Reds are deemed eligible for the ATCL. 1940s St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals won three World Series between 1942 and 1946, with the 1942 team having the best regular-season win percentage of the three. However, the 1942 and 1944 championships were won while MLB rosters consisted largely of replacement players (due to many regular players having been drafted for military service during World War II). The 1946 championship was won after the regular players returned to MLB; although their regular-season record was slightly worse than the 1942 and 1944 teams (but still ATCL-eligible), given the aforementioned circumstances the 1946 Cardinals have been chosen to represent this cluster of ATCL-eligible Cardinals teams instead. 2017 Houston Astros, 2018 Boston Red Sox: In 2019, both of these teams were implicated in an electronic sign-stealing scandal; as a result, their respective World Series championship seasons have been thrown into disrepute. Although the 2017 Astros otherwise meet criterion 1 and the 2018 Red Sox criterion 2, both teams are deemed ineligible for the ATCL. In the World Series era (i.e. since the 1903 season), nineteen AL teams and twenty-five NL teams have met the above criteria. The top seventeen from each league were placed directly into the ATCL. For the AL, the two remaining teams were matched up in a best-of-seven play-in series, with the 1948 Cleveland Indians defeating the 2001 Seattle Mariners, 4 games to 2. (The 2001 Mariners were the only non-World-Series-winning AL team to qualify under criterion 3.) For the NL, the eight remaining teams were placed into a play-in tournament of three best-of-seven rounds. (*criterion 3 qualifier) Quarterfinal: 1998 Houston Astros* def. 2016 Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3 Quarterfinal: 1967 St. Louis Cardinals def. 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3 Quarterfinal: 1946 St. Louis Cardinals def. 1969 New York Mets, 4 games to 3 Quarterfinal: 1954 New York Giants def. 1994 Montreal Expos*, 4 games to 1 Semifinal: 1998 Astros* def. 1967 Cardinals, 4 games to 1 Semifinal: 1946 Cardinals def. 1954 Giants, 4 games to 3 Final: 1946 Cardinals def. 1998 Astros*, 4 games to 2 So, without further ado, here are the 36 ATCL teams and their divisional alignment (and OOTP's auto-generated preseason predictions): I plan on running the ATCL 2nd Edition at a more leisurely pace than the first. Since the league technically runs in calendar year 2020, first I will sim it in chunks of multiple days or weeks until I get caught up with the actual date. Then I'll sim each day at a time, so that the virtual pennant races play out over the entire summer followed by the playoffs in October, just like a normal MLB season in a normal year. I'll also be selecting Games of the Day, Week, and Month for each league, and sharing their replay files, so that anyone with OOTP can watch them. (I'm also considering doing video recordings of each Game of the Week, and eventually all playoff games, and posting them to YouTube.) They're all World Series champions, but which team is the greatest of all time? One of the three teams each representing the Yankees, A's or Braves? One of two each from the Tigers, Indians, Giants, Cards, Dodgers or Reds? Last year's champs, the Washington Nationals? Or could the '97 Marlins even make another improbable run? We're about to find out...
Heeeeeello Humans, after reading thru Veras, FFwally, and Hawkfan's fictional,sports leagues I decided to create my own. I recently had downloaded Out Of The Park Baseball (OOTP) it's a baseball simulater. After 2 weeks of playing I realized I could create a fictional league. So I decided to make a fictional league with real teams (weird) thanks to Wikipedia I found some old defunct baseball teams from the 1880s and decided to make a story from that The year was 1888 With the growing popularity of baseball meant opportunity. Leagues such as the NL, AA, and UL were growing in national popularity. Many businessmen noticed the opportunity and took it. One of such businessmen was looking into starting a full Major League, that businessman was Derek Kuster owner of the Louisville Admirals baseball team. Kuster's Admirals had recently dominated the Kentucky Baseball League, winning the championship each of the last 5 years. Kuster, along with 7 other businessmen decided to create their own league, thus the American Baseball Association was born (Ps as of now I do not have the means of creating logos and jerseys for the teams so you are just going to use your imagination for now. Plus it makes it more realistic since teams didn't have any distinguishing marks back then, except for their socks) Current teams Louisville Admirals Toledo Blue Sox Columbus Buckeyes Brooklyn Gladiators Indianapolis Hoosiers Cleveland Spiders Kansas City Cowboys Rochester Broncos Philadelphia Tigers