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Baseball Simulations abound, but are there too many around?

The 2020 MLB baseball season being postponed has been the rise to the ‘baseball simulation’ events. Sure, these simulations have been around, we’ve seen them for season predictions on websites like: Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and Baseball-Almanac and more.

What has the MLB world of fans taking note? Watch the video below:

Lately we’ve had a lot of simulations going on at the same time, MLB.com announced the MLB Dream Bracket that made it a little more interesting than just a ‘plain’ regular MLB roster season of the 2020 year. No, this one went far beyond this, 30 MLB teams comprised of the ‘All-time greatest players’ from each team going head to head against other teams from the Negro Leagues and the 25-under best players in the MLB and a few more. So, this has raised some interest. The series has been sponsored by a high profile gambling, and daily fantasy sports provider.

What has this done? It’s brought names back into the game like Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Sandy Koufax, and for the Phillies, Steve Carlton, Pete Rose (as a Reds player), George Brett, Reggie Jackson, Willie McCovey, Stan Musial, Honus Wagner, and more. The Phillies just lost to the Cardinals by a 4-2 margin in the series.

All of these games are simulations run by a computer program/game called Out Of The Park 21 baseball. You can buy it on your own computer at home, and simulate what it may be like as a GM/Owner, Manager, and more! It’s a robust game simulator that is interesting because it’s loaded with stats, and information to get a game going between one another. Check out a report on the latest series involving the series between the Cards and the Phillies best.

To answer the question is there too much going on with these simulations, I don’t think so. A lot of people across the country are hungry for some sort of sports entertainment, and right now this is filling it for some people. Of course if we weren’t going through this crisis, I don’t think this innovation would be happening as much. It’s something good that came from a very bad situation in our country, especially for baseball fans.

Enjoy, until the real thing comes back, it’s certainly interesting if nothing else. It’s much different from what the Player’s League at the MLB The Show 20 video game series is offering, but again, it’s filling a void.

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