My wife and I celebrated our first anniversary with a trip to St. Louis. One of these days, we have to go back. In fact, during our weekend in St. Louis, the Cards...were in San Diego, helping Tony Gwynn to his 3,000th hit. Go figure. We were both working, happy, young, and before the kids, carefree. Then the 2000's hit...but that's another story.
I did follow baseball a lot during the summer (who couldn't???), and I learned of a card shop in the area that would become my shop of choice for a number of years (Brian Proulx, you and your shop are still missed.) In fact, after three years of not producing one, Topps finally created a Traded set for the 1999 season. But that, too, is another story. Somehow, through all the hysteria, and looking forward to a new millennium, I still had time to make up my All-Star Teams. As has been tradition, there are 10 pitchers on each team (six starters, four closers), and because the 2000 ASG would be in Atlanta (at Turner Field), there was no DH needed. So the rosters contracted to 34 players per team.
So without further ado, for the first time online, I am proud to introduce my 1999 End of Year MLB All-Star Teams (in alphabetical order by position):
(Party like it's 1999 folks...)
Twenty-three players are first-time all-stars (10 for the American League, 13 for the Nationals). One-person teams on my 1999 rosters include the Angels (Anderson), Devil Rays (RHernandez), Royals (Randa), Twins (Coomer), White Sox (Ordoñez), Brewers (Cirillo), Cardinals (McGwire), Cubs (Sosa), Marlins (AGonzalez), Mets (Piazza), Pirates (Giles), and Rockies (Walker). The Indians send six representatives to the AL, leading both leagues. The Reds send five players to the NL team. So this year's rosters have an Ohio feel to them.
As always, seven regular games (10,000 simulations each, six with the same starting pitchers, one where lineups and starting pitchers change), and one All-Star Game will be simulated during the course of the week. I hope to have the results of all the games by the end of the week.
Now it's time for me to create the .DAT files before getting the games set. Results to come on Monday (unless we party too late).