My original plan was for the project to post daily with the season wrapping up right around the same time as the 2016 MLB season. But life gets in the way, so we’re going to do things a little bit differently here.
We’re taking a break!
The games are still being played. In fact, at the time I wrote this, I’m actually not more than maybe 3 weeks off the pace I had originally hoped for, so it’s not like I couldn’t pull some late nights and catch up. But I’m not quite willing to exhaust myself like that.
Instead, here’s what’s happening – an All-Star break!
I built in a month buffer before this posting and I’m adding another month buffer after this posting. So if you thought I went away, I really didn’t. And if you think the project isn’t getting finished, it will. In fact, there’s a little bit of pleasure in pushing this out to finish during the winter, when we all need a little baseball in our lives. Or at least those of us living in the Midwest do.
I used some formula (of course) to determine who made the All-Star teams at this point in the season and played out a game, which follows…
First, the American League’s starting lineup…
- Willie Randolph, 2b
- Rickey Henderson, lf
- Alan Trammell, ss
- Tony Armas, cf
- Kirk Gibson, rf
- Kent Hrbek, 1b
- Carney Lansford, 3b
- Carlton Fisk, c
- Dan Petry, p
And now the National League’s starting lineup…
- Tony Gwynn, rf
- Von Hayes, cf
- Leon Durham 1b
- Jeffrey Leonard, lf
- Hubie Brooks, 3b
- Juan Samuel, 2b
- Gary Carter, c
- Rafael Ramirez, ss
- Charlie Lea, p
The 1984 MLB Replay All-Star Game turned out to be mis-match, with the American League crushing the National League, 9-2.
The AL got off to a quick start, with Willie Randolph leading off with a walk and then scoring on an RBI double by Rickey Henderson to make it 1-0. Henderson later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the 1st, Tony Gwynn led off with a base hit and then scored on a Von Hayes triple. But Hayes was stranded there as Dan Petry struck out Leon Durham and Jeffrey Leonard before retiring Hubie Brooks on a fly out to Henderson in left.
Kent Hrbek got the run right back for the AL with a solo shot in the top of the 2nd, giving them a 3-1 lead.
The Junior Circuit would end up scoring in each of the first 5 frames of the contest, taking a 7-2 lead.
Alan Trammell was declared MVP of the game, as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo homers while also making a slick fielding play to rob pinch-hitter Chili Davis of a base hit in the bottom of the 8th.
After a few shaky innings to start the game, the AL’s pitching staff really settled down, retiring the last 10 batters in a row.
Jack Morris entered in the 4th inning and threw 2 shutout innings, allowing one hit with a strikeout.
Tom Waddell pitched a scoreless 6th inning, working around a Gary Carter double.
Dan Quisenberry threw a perfect 7th, Ernie Camacho a perfect 8th and Willie Hernandez a perfect 9th, ending the game with a strikeout of Rafael Ramirez.
Jesse Orosco, Don Robinson and Jeff Reardon each threw scoreless innings of relief for the National League.