As we wait for the start of the 2020 MLB season, we’re going to go back to the beginning of the New York Mets in 1962 and simulate the franchise’s entire history.
With so much uncertainty right now as to when the 2020 New York Mets season will actually begin, the time felt right to enter the simulation game.
Rather than focus on the 2020 season, I thought of doing something a little different. Beginning on April 10th, every Friday will be a flashback to past seasons. The difference is these Mets seasons didn’t actually happen. While we still intend to cover plenty of real-life moments from the past, we will also revisit each season from 1962 onward.
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To simulate all of the orange and blue’s history, I’ll be using Out of the Park Baseball (OOTPB). We’ll begin right on Opening Day 1962 with the brand new Mets in the National League ready to play ball.
OOTPB has a variety of options players can set up with their historic games. In the past, I’ve preferred to have the luxury of drafting and trading whoever I wanted.
In this version, I’m just going to sit back and keep transactions, trades, and everything else the same as it was in real life. Ergo, the Mets will only be able to have Willie Mays in his later years and not during some of his better seasons of the 1960s.
Each week, I’ll review the results of an entire season. We’ll take a look at some of the best performances, some of the worst, and if there are any notable achievements or honors.
Perhaps we’ll see a player who never did succeed in MLB breakout and become a star. Imagine if we simulate history and Tom Seaver isn’t the franchise-saver he actually did become.
Whether or not the 2020 season resumes, this has been a project I hoped to explore at some point. Without much baseball news to actually cover, I thought this would be a fun way to revisit some Mets history and also get some fresh news.
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