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    I need your help. I like to start playing solitaire baseball games by February 15 to coincide with Spring Training. This year, I am going back and forth on which era to go with. I have eliminated a couple that I have done recently, and there are 3 eras that I haven't done in a long time.

    Era 1--The deadball era that encompasses 1898 to 1920

    AL
    Boston 1912
    New York 1904
    Philadelphia 1910 or 1911 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Washington 1912
    Detroit 1909
    Cleveland 1920 or 1906 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Chicago 1917
    St. Louis 1908

    NL
    Boston 1898 or 1914 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Brooklyn 1899 or 1916 (both teams have been used in the past)
    New York 1904 or 1905 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Philadelphia 1915
    Pittsburgh 1902 and 1909 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Cincinnati 1919
    Chicago 1906
    St. Louis 1899

    ERA 2--The Classic Years (1920 to 1960)

    AL
    Boston 1946 or 1949 (both teams have been used in the past)
    New York 1927, 1936, or 1939 (all teams have been used in the past)
    Philadelphia 1929 or 1931 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Washington 1924 or 1933 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Detroit 1934 or 1935 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Cleveland 1948 or 1954 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Chicago 1920, 1954, or 1959 (all teams have been used in the past)
    St. Louis 1922

    NL
    Boston 1948 or Mil 1957 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Brooklyn 1941, 1953, or 1955 (all teams have been used in the past)
    New York 1922, 1924, or 1954 (all teams have been used in the past)
    Philadelphia 1950
    Pittsburgh 1925 or 1927 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Cincinnati 1939 or 1940 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Chicago 1929, 1935, or 1945 (all teams have been used in the past)
    St. Louis 1942 or 1944 (both teams have been used in the past)


    Era 3--1973 to 1995

    AL

    Baltimore 1973 of 1979 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Boston 1978
    Cleveland 1995
    Detroit 1984
    Milwaukee 1982
    New York 1977

    California 1982
    Chicago 1983 or 1994 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Kansas City 1977
    Minnesota 1991
    Oakland 1973 or 1990 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Texas 1977

    NL

    Chicago 1989
    Montreal 1979
    New York 1986
    Philadelphia 1976
    Pittsburgh 1975, 1979, or 1991 (all teams have been used in the past)
    St. Louis 1985

    Atlanta 1993 or 1995 (both teams have been used in the past)
    Cincinnati 1975
    Houston 1986
    Los Angeles 1974 or 1977 (both teams have been used in the past)
    San Diego 1984
    San Francisco 1989 or 1993 (both teams have been used in the past)

    Please input your opinions on playing an entire season using these teams in the prototype tabletop game that I have helped my neighbor create.

    Consider these factors: BTW--all games would be managed like the teams played using historical abstracts on the teams--no teams will be managed differently, so I will not use any partiality towards any one team. Think of playing Madden NFL Football in coaches mode where the computer runs both teams and you just watch.

    1. The competitive level of the teams in each era--in other words, would the pennant races be more or less interesting. Also in other words, there will be less chance that by game 120, there will be a 4-game series between two teams that are both 30 games out of first place.

    2. The statistics compiled from a season's worth of games would be more entertaining.

    3. There will be more individual stars competing against each other.


    After going over in my mind again and again, I am at a Rock-Paper-Scissors predicament. Each era has distinct advantages over the other, but then each era has a major liability.

    Deadball +

    I can play the games much quicker with fewer relief pitchers or pinch hitters and fewer total players making stat-keeping easier. Games need constant strategic decisions

    Deadball -

    The stats are not as accurate because there is limited data on lefty-righty situations as well as fielding range and arm.


    Classic +
    This has the most potential stars like Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Greenberg, Feller, Williams, Musial, etc. The games will take a little longer to play with a little more relief pitching and pinch-hitters, but they will still be quicker to play than the more modern version, and the classic ballparks are more fun.

    Classic -
    The potential for a 1927 Yankees team to run away with the AL Pennant could make playing AL games somewhat boring, The 1944 Cardinals won the NL Pennant by 9 games over the 1953 Dodgers the last time I played this set, so both leagues could be runaways


    DH Era+
    The games have the best combination of power and speed offense baseball with a nice mix of strategies. The best teams in the set are still just vulnerable enough to make the pennant races mysterious. I have done this era three times, so that makes 12 potential division winners, and there have been 9 different winners of the 4 divisions.

    DH Era-
    The one team that won the division all three times also won the World Series all three times--the 1995 Cleveland Indians. The games also take longer with the extra pitchers. When I say longer, I refer to actually picking up the player cards from the board and putting substitute player cards down, as well as writing their names into the scoresheet and adjusting the pitching, batting, and fielding ratings.


    Average Playing Times:

    Deadball Era--40 to 45 minutes for 9 innings

    Classi Era--45 minutes to an hour for 9 innings

    DH Era--Usually somewhere around an hour for 9 innings.


    I usually take 3 or 4 years to play a season, usually playing games from February 15 until the end of the World Series and then putting the game away for 4 months. I finished the 1954 to 1972 season I had been playing for 4 years in late September.

    Which era should I play next, and why?

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