I'd say a good cut-off point can be 1884, when seasons were finally over 100 games (112), and overhand pitching was allowed for the first time. This would also allow the great 1880's stars (Anson, Brouthers, Connor, Kelly, etc.) to still have a solid WARP1 season for the sim during their era while using a high enough sample-size of games.Originally Posted by 538280
The minimum games played rule could then be simplified to:
Non-catchers: must have played in 80% of team's scheduled games for the representative sim year
Catchers: must have played in 70% of team's scheduled games for the representative sim year
Pitchers: The previous minimums already decided upon can still apply.
It would be the drafter's responsibility to make sure they are picking an eligible year. Major strike years can still be excluded from the sim.