Back to the point.
By this time, I started reading a publication called Baseball Weekly. Every week, I'd make a trip to the gas station to get my hands on the latest copy of the magazine. It had everything a baseball junkie would want: Full stats (and I mean full before the dawn of the internet stats) for every player, weekly recaps for every team. A minor league section. A rotisserie section (which is probably why the stats were so fully detailed). And much more. I carried it with me everywhere, even in school. I even had my own fantasy team (which I may revisit one of these years) and used the magazine for stats and news. I was also getting a lot better at picking players for my All-Star teams. Of course, those players who actually made that summer's teams still had sway over others, but I was starting to rely on actual numbers now, while still sticking to the "every team has a rep" and plugging the position holes where need be. As in previous years, there are 10 pitchers on each team (six starters, four closers), and because the 1994 ASG would be in Pittsburgh (at old Three Rivers Stadium), there was no DH needed. So the rosters contracted to 34 players per team. With 28 teams (this was the first year for both the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies as expansion teams in the NL), getting seven guys from one team would become a rarity, if not difficult, going forward.
So without further ado, for the first time online, I am proud to introduce my 1993 End of Year MLB All-Star Teams (in alphabetical order by position):
(I don't need to explain about the blank space anymore...do I???)
Twenty-eight players are first-time all-stars (12 for the American League, 16 for the Nationals). One-person teams on my 1993 rosters include the Athletics (Sierra), Red Sox (Cooper), Astros (Portugal), Mets (Bonilla), Pirates (Bell) and Rockies (Galarraga). The Giants send six representatives to the NL roster, leading both leagues. The Blue Jays and Cubs (Chicago bias rules!!!) each send five players to their respective squads.
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. You can now begin to see the shift from 80's stars to 90's stars with these teams as you'll start to see many of the players who are first timers here on more All-Star teams going forward.