In 2003, my wife and I were busy caring for a toddler and her little brother. We now had the joy of double the diapers (and pullups), double the feedings, the late nights, the car seats...Oh, and did I forget to mention that in 2003, we bought our very first home??? Life was moving really fast at this point. Makes one think there would be no time to continue this little fantasy of mine...you know, creating end of the year All-Star Teams. But, somehow, in all of the chaos, and the impending meltdown, I was able to do it. And what had become a childhood tradition so many years ago (1988) continued 15 years later.
The teams for 2003 saw the return of the eleventh pitcher (the middle reliever that debuted in 2001) to replace the designated hitter. This was done only because the 2004 All-Star Game would be held in Houston (at Enron...ahem...Minute Maid Park). So, the rosters remain at a steady 35 players per team (3 1b, 3 2b, 3 3b, 3 ss, 9 of, 3 c, 6 sp, 5 rp).
So without further ado, for the first time online, I am proud to introduce my 2003 End of Year MLB All-Star Teams (in alphabetical order by position):
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Twenty-three players are first-time all-stars (11 for the American League, 12 for the Nationals). One-person teams on my 2003 rosters include the Devil Rays (Huff), Indians (Sabathia), Orioles (Julio), Royals (Beltran), Tigers (DYoung), Brewers (Sexson), Diamondbacks (Gonzalez), Dodgers (Gagne), Mets (Trachsel), Padres (Loretta), Phillies (Thome), Pirates (Kendall), and Reds (Dunn). The Yankees and Braves each send five representatives to the AL and NL squads respectively, leading their leagues. The Athletics, Twins, Cardinals, and Cubs each send four players to their respective squads. Chicago bias makes a comeback as there are seven players from both Chicago teams (3 from the White Sox, 4 from the Cubs).
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).