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Snakepit Strat-O-Matic League 2014-2015

The debut of an offseason feature comes in the form of a bunch of writers playing dice baseball and writing up recaps for your amusement.

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We are pleased to announce an offseason feature here at AZ Snakepit. Since 99% of offseason coverage consists of people yelling at each other about minor transactions, we thought we'd change it up.

Last year, we had a Strat-O-Matic Baseball league played for fun between a few Snakepit Writers. Not to brag, even though that is exactly what I am doing right now, but I was the eventual champion of it. For my hard work I received a hastily painted silver bobblehead of Eric Byrnes. It's slightly unsettling. I think it's watching me right now.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun, and we're doing it again this year, and we thought we would bring you all weekly updates complete with fancy prose (it's a sort of cousin of the usual fantasy recap during the season.) We will also be bringing you a "Game of the Week" on certain nights in the form of a Google Hangout that can be watched live.

First things first, let us explain the Strat-o-Matic concept via this video that soco made last year:

You may also recall a Video Roundtable Episode that was just a Strat-o-Matic game played that you can check out.

But first, let's preview the teams participating this year, and see who can take home the Eric Byrnes Trophy. (The player set used is all Hall of Famers through 2010 plus one custom card which we will get to)

TUCSON TOROS  (Manager: Clefo)


C - Josh Gibson
C - Biz Mackey
1B - Jimmie Foxx
1B - Eddie Murray
2B - Jackie Robinson
2B - Johnny Evers
SS - Ernie Banks
3B - Charlie Gebow
OF - Mickey Mantle
OF - Willie Mays
OF - Tony Gwynn
OF - Andre Dawson
DH - Mule Suttles


SP - Cy Young
SP - Satchel Paige
SP - Jim Palmer
RP - Pud Galvin
RP - Bullet Joe Rogan
RP - Chief Bender
RP - Three Finger Brown

The defending champions retain a lot of their core from their championship year (Mays, Mantle, Robinson, Foxx) and add power at the Catcher position with Gibson. Their pitching staff is formidable, though turned over completely from last year. Keep an eye on a fresh new face at Third Base who is totally smart, and handsome,and single, ladies, and not a card that I paid $10 for cause it sounded like fun.

YUMA CRIMINALS (Manager: soco)


C - Carlton Fisk
C - Buck Ewing
1B/OF - Ted Williams
1B/OF - Oscar Charelston
2B - Rod Carew
SS - Ozzie Smith
3B - George Brett
UTIL - Paul Molitor
OF - Duke Snider
OF - Joe DiMaggio
OF - Hank Aaron
OF - Hack Wilson
OF - Roberto Clemente
DH - Ralph Kiner


SP - Tom Seaver
SP - Whitey Ford
SP - John Clarkson
RP - Babe Ruth
RP - Old Hoss Radbourn
RP - Rollie Fingers

Nobody will ever accuse the Yuma Criminals of having too few outfielders, but with stadium problems, a mascot who will chew on electrical equipment, and the burning hatred of the I-8 Hate rivalry with Tucson, the Criminals need an uptick in performance this season. Will they get it? Maybe? I dunno.

LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS (Manager: kishi)


C - Johnny Bench
1B - Buck Leonard
1B - George Sisler
2B - Rogers Hornsby
SS - Luke Appling
SS - Pop Lloyd
3B - Eddie Matthews
3B - Home Run Baker
OF - Babe Ruth
OF - Ty Cobb
OF - "Cool" Papa Bell
OF - Reggie Jackson
OF - Tris Speaker


SP - Christy Mathewson
SP - Nolan Ryan
SP - Bob Feller
RP - Eddie Plank
RP - Pete Alexander
RP - Smokey Joe Williams
RP - Leon Day

The runner-ups of last year's season with an all new look, after the previous owner of the formerly Denver Bears lost his ownership stake in a backalley game of Spades. The new owner promptly moved the team west to Las Vegas and become the Wranglers. FUN FACT: Home Run Baker is actually more of a high average guy.



C - Bill Dickey
C - Roy Campanella
1B - Lou Gehrig
1B - Hank Greenberg
2B - Eddie Collins
2B - Nap Lajoie
SS - Honus Wagner
SS/3B - Cal Ripken Jr.
3B - Brooks Robinson
3B - Wade Boggs
OF - Carl Yaztrezemski
OF - Rickey Henderson
OF - Frank Robinson
DH - Harmon Killebrew


SP - Walter Johnson
SP - Lefty Grove
SP - Warren Spahn
RP - Gaylord Perry
RP - Phil Niekro
RP - Ed Walsh

One of two expansion teams to the league this year, the Skyscrapers boast a balanced lineup, a good pitching staff, and a commitment to keeping all the teams in the league in the "Vague Mountain Time Zone Area" of the country. Wade Boggs is a strong candidate for the league's "Dylan Thomas Memorial Most Valuable Drinker" trophy this season.

BAD NEWS BARRETTS (Manager: BattleMoses)


C - Yogi Berra
1B /OF- Stan Musial
1B/OF - Orlando Cepeda
1B - Willie McCovey
2B - Ryne Sandberg
SS - Pee Wee Reese
3B - Mike Schmidt
OF - Kirby Puckett
OF - Lou Brock
OF - Turkey Stearns
OF - Cristobal Torriente
OF/1B - Willie Stargell
UTIL - Robin Yount


SP - Bob Gibson
SP - Sandy Koufax
SP - Catfish Hunter
RP - Fergie Jenkins
RP - Don Sutton
RP - Goose Gossage

Will the Bad News in the Barrets refer to their opponents, or themselves? The main aspect to their lineup seems to be speed, either in great abundance (Stearns, Brock, Torriente) or a distinct lack of it (The Willies). Reliever Don Sutton is tired of getting phone calls about damn polo shirts already.

There are your initial teams in what should be an exciting season. The season will begin next week and end the week of February 22nd. Join us for the aforementioned fun game recaps and games of the week. For now, send us your predictions and analysis in the comments.