Complete List of Rosters Used in Simulation League 3

For those who are following the simulation league results posted on Youtube and shared via Twitter and for those who occasionally come across this blog, below is listed the complete list of the players used for this particular league simulation via http://www.whatifsports.com. Note a couple things, first the salary is a WIS value for how the player should perform and how frequently the player can play with out a major fatigue hit and note the position listed may not be the position or manner in which the player is used. Some pitchers listed as starter will be used in relief because of lower innings counts for the given season and some position players are playing in other areas that are not a defensive penalty on the defensive spectrum, such as a shortstop playing other positions accept catcher, a Houston 2b that is playing 3b, Etc. Now, the complete list of rosters.
Note too that only four teams, the Mariners, Brewers, Rangers, and Red sox are using a primary DH at the actual DH slot, most teams are using another 1b or a weaker outfielder at that position.

Team Rosters
Angels
Angel Stadium (Anaheim Angels: 2004-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
John Candelaria 1986 California Angels SP $3,300,544
Dean Chance 1964 Los Angeles Angels SP $11,057,607
Ken McBride 1963 Los Angeles Angels SP $6,793,957
Tom Murphy 1968 California Angels SP $3,059,052
Garrett Richards 2014 Anaheim Angels SP $6,144,608
Frank Tanana 1976 California Angels SP $9,210,405
Jered Weaver 2011 Anaheim Angels SP $7,525,205
Art Fowler 1961 Los Angeles Angels RP $2,501,477
Bruce Kison 1981 California Angels RP $1,105,643
Troy Percival 1995 California Angels RP $4,105,020
Francisco Rodriguez 2004 Anaheim Angels RP $4,192,760
Joe Smith 2014 Anaheim Angels RP $3,104,183
Earl Averill 1961 Los Angeles Angels C $3,284,872
Bob Boone 1988 California Angels C $3,324,284
Rod Carew 1981 California Angels 1B $5,144,751
Bobby Grich 1981 California Angels 2B $6,464,248
Mark McLemore 1988 California Angels 2B $1,267,120
Doug DeCinces 1982 California Angels 3B $6,983,990
Troy Glaus 2000 Anaheim Angels 3B $6,397,680
Robb Quinlan 2004 Anaheim Angels 3B $1,398,573
Alfredo Amezaga 2004 Anaheim Angels SS $320,452
Rick Burleson 1981 California Angels SS $6,928,645
Darin Erstad 2000 Anaheim Angels OF $9,252,582
Tim Salmon 1995 California Angels OF $8,069,840
Mike Trout 2013 Anaheim Angels OF $8,978,013
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,915,511
Astros
Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros: 2002-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Larry Dierker 1969 Houston Astros SP $9,983,220
Pete Harnisch 1991 Houston Astros SP $6,076,053
Dallas Keuchel 2014 Houston Astros SP $4,870,700
Darryl Kile 1997 Houston Astros SP $7,281,734
Mike Scott 1986 Houston Astros SP $11,044,208
Danny Darwin 1989 Houston Astros RP $3,754,746
Bill Dawley 1983 Houston Astros RP $2,616,591
Brad Lidge 2004 Houston Astros RP $4,037,047
Joe Sambito 1980 Houston Astros RP $3,270,083
Julio Solano 1984 Houston Astros RP $1,710,388
Dave Veres 1994 Houston Astros RP $1,416,912
Billy Wagner 1999 Houston Astros RP $4,314,571
Mark Bailey 1985 Houston Astros C $3,410,977
Jason Castro 2010 Houston Astros C $1,630,018
Jeff Bagwell 1994 Houston Astros 1B $10,661,304
Jose Altuve 2014 Houston Astros 2B $7,523,428
Craig Biggio 1997 Houston Astros 2B $7,990,984
Russ Johnson 1999 Houston Astros 3B $966,367
Dickie Thon 1983 Houston Astros SS $6,464,422
Moises Alou 2000 Houston Astros OF $5,003,127
Lance Berkman 2002 Houston Astros OF $5,894,580
Cesar Cedeno 1973 Houston Astros OF $6,512,020
Richard Hidalgo 2000 Houston Astros OF $6,799,894
Jerry Mumphrey 1983 Houston Astros OF $1,864,301
Hunter Pence 2007 Houston Astros OF $4,799,849
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,897,524
Athletics
Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics: 1968-2000)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Vida Blue 1971 Oakland Athletics SP $11,545,546
Catfish Hunter 1972 Oakland Athletics SP $11,071,529
Jim Nash 1969 Oakland Athletics SP $2,314,695
Jeff Samardzija 2014 Oakland Athletics SP $3,218,708
Dave Stewart 1990 Oakland Athletics SP $7,391,132
Bob Welch 1990 Oakland Athletics SP $5,361,413
Barry Zito 2002 Oakland Athletics SP $6,504,354
Andrew Bailey 2009 Oakland Athletics RP $3,904,495
Sean Doolittle 2014 Oakland Athletics RP $2,981,583
Dennis Eckersley 1990 Oakland Athletics RP $4,293,010
Steve Ontiveros 1985 Oakland Athletics RP $3,021,308
Huston Street 2007 Oakland Athletics RP $1,943,875
Ramon Hernandez 1999 Oakland Athletics C $909,687
Terry Steinbach 1996 Oakland Athletics C $4,225,495
Jimmie Foxx 1932 Philadelphia Athletics 1B $12,879,098
Jason Giambi 2000 Oakland Athletics 1B $8,781,317
Mark Ellis 2003 Oakland Athletics 2B $4,261,122
Mike Gallego 1985 Oakland Athletics 2B $352,595
Eric Chavez 2003 Oakland Athletics 3B $6,469,267
Kurt Abbott 1998 Oakland Athletics SS $594,848
Miguel Tejada 2000 Oakland Athletics SS $5,316,397
Jose Canseco 1988 Oakland Athletics OF $6,711,391
Ben Grieve 1997 Oakland Athletics OF $672,905
Rickey Henderson 1990 Oakland Athletics OF $7,539,792
Reggie Jackson 1969 Oakland Athletics OF $6,604,309
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,869,871
Blue Jays
Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays: 2005-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Roger Clemens 1997 Toronto Blue Jays SP $10,538,044
Roy Halladay 2008 Toronto Blue Jays SP $7,465,978
Pat Hentgen 1996 Toronto Blue Jays SP $7,496,852
Jimmy Key 1987 Toronto Blue Jays SP $8,134,198
Dave Stieb 1985 Toronto Blue Jays SP $7,619,015
Mark Eichhorn 1986 Toronto Blue Jays RP $6,436,331
Tom Henke 1987 Toronto Blue Jays RP $3,789,313
Casey Janssen 2012 Toronto Blue Jays RP $2,207,157
B.J. Ryan 2006 Toronto Blue Jays RP $3,666,375
Aaron Sanchez 2014 Toronto Blue Jays RP $1,665,470
Sergio Santos 2013 Toronto Blue Jays RP $1,510,169
Duane Ward 1993 Toronto Blue Jays RP $2,684,206
Jose Molina 2011 Toronto Blue Jays C $1,750,580
Ernie Whitt 1987 Toronto Blue Jays C $3,776,724
Carlos Delgado 2000 Toronto Blue Jays 1B $8,376,771
Fred McGriff 1990 Toronto Blue Jays 1B $6,114,810
Roberto Alomar 1991 Toronto Blue Jays 2B $6,096,207
Brett Lawrie 2011 Toronto Blue Jays 3B $2,021,533
Yunel Escobar 2012 Toronto Blue Jays SS $4,870,543
Alex S. Gonzalez 1999 Toronto Blue Jays SS $1,657,650
Jesse Barfield 1986 Toronto Blue Jays OF $6,720,984
Jose Bautista 2011 Toronto Blue Jays OF $9,275,427
Shawn Green 1999 Toronto Blue Jays OF $6,940,390
Eric Hinske 2006 Toronto Blue Jays OF $1,294,224
Lloyd Moseby 1984 Toronto Blue Jays OF $7,098,828
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,207,779
Braves
Turner Field (Atlanta Braves: 1997-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Tom Glavine 1991 Atlanta Braves SP $7,493,935
Pat Jarvis 1966 Atlanta Braves SP $2,403,695
Greg Maddux 1995 Atlanta Braves SP $10,842,285
Phil Niekro 1969 Atlanta Braves SP $9,029,890
John Smoltz 1996 Atlanta Braves SP $9,321,921
Warren Spahn 1953 Milwaukee Braves SP $9,942,486
Juan Berenguer 1991 Atlanta Braves RP $2,019,043
Kyle Farnsworth 2005 Atlanta Braves RP $991,480
Gene Garber 1978 Atlanta Braves RP $2,302,471
Tom House 1974 Atlanta Braves RP $3,516,458
Craig Kimbrel 2012 Atlanta Braves RP $3,884,821
Kris Medlen 2012 Atlanta Braves RP $5,235,211
Biff Pocoroba 1983 Atlanta Braves C $744,470
Joe Torre 1965 Milwaukee Braves C $5,613,849
Hank Aaron 1971 Atlanta Braves 1B $6,927,224
Davey Johnson 1973 Atlanta Braves 2B $5,510,592
Pete Orr 2005 Atlanta Braves 2B $873,119
Bill Sweeney 1912 Boston Braves 2B $7,311,252
Chipper Jones 1998 Atlanta Braves 3B $6,846,883
Rafael Furcal 2005 Atlanta Braves SS $6,983,568
Ron Gant 1990 Atlanta Braves OF $5,647,290
Andruw Jones 2000 Atlanta Braves OF $8,230,531
Keith Mitchell 1991 Atlanta Braves OF $520,778
Dale Murphy 1983 Atlanta Braves OF $6,854,668
Deion Sanders 1991 Atlanta Braves OF $581,691
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,629,611
Brewers
Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers: 2001-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Chris Bosio 1989 Milwaukee Brewers SP $6,033,829
Mike Caldwell 1978 Milwaukee Brewers SP $8,646,506
Cal Eldred 1992 Milwaukee Brewers SP $3,471,891
Marco Estrada 2013 Milwaukee Brewers SP $3,088,715
Mike Fiers 2014 Milwaukee Brewers SP $2,615,363
Yovani Gallardo 2011 Milwaukee Brewers SP $5,214,526
Teddy Higuera 1988 Milwaukee Brewers SP $7,719,161
Ben Sheets 2004 Milwaukee Brewers SP $8,039,855
Rollie Fingers 1981 Milwaukee Brewers RP $4,635,067
Doug Henry 1991 Milwaukee Brewers RP $1,747,672
Doug Jones 1997 Milwaukee Brewers RP $3,346,987
Ken Sanders 1970 Milwaukee Brewers RP $3,767,415
Jonathan Lucroy 2014 Milwaukee Brewers C $6,721,926
Dave Nilsson 1999 Milwaukee Brewers C $3,275,158
Cecil Cooper 1980 Milwaukee Brewers 1B $7,367,919
Richie Sexson 2000 Milwaukee Brewers 1B $2,222,134
Fernando Vina 1998 Milwaukee Brewers 2B $7,159,275
Tommy Harper 1970 Milwaukee Brewers 3B $6,352,067
Jose Valentin 1994 Milwaukee Brewers SS $3,253,218
Robin Yount 1982 Milwaukee Brewers SS $7,734,247
Paul Molitor 1987 Milwaukee Brewers DH $5,313,696
Ryan Braun 2011 Milwaukee Brewers OF $6,789,581
Mark Brouhard 1983 Milwaukee Brewers OF $1,642,798
Ben Oglivie 1980 Milwaukee Brewers OF $6,272,604
Gorman Thomas 1979 Milwaukee Brewers OF $6,797,546
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,229,156
Cardinals
Busch Stadium (II) (St. Louis Cardinals: 2006-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
John Fulgham 1979 St. Louis Cardinals SP $4,219,139
Bob Gibson 1968 St. Louis Cardinals SP $12,216,556
Lance Lynn 2014 St. Louis Cardinals SP $4,947,201
Shelby Miller 2014 St. Louis Cardinals SP $3,843,002
John Tudor 1985 St. Louis Cardinals SP $9,583,232
Adam Wainwright 2014 St. Louis Cardinals SP $7,410,124
Paul Kilgus 1993 St. Louis Cardinals RP $1,041,211
Kyle McClellan 2011 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,563,148
Jason Motte 2012 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,438,969
Pat Neshek 2014 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,798,226
Bobby Shantz 1963 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,761,144
Russ Springer 2007 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,838,059
Terry Kennedy 1979 St. Louis Cardinals C $694,571
Yadier Molina 2012 St. Louis Cardinals C $6,272,102
Mark McGwire 1998 St. Louis Cardinals 1B $10,345,015
Felipe Lopez 2008 St. Louis Cardinals 2B $1,825,001
Red Schoendienst 1953 St. Louis Cardinals 2B $7,072,823
Fernando Tatis 1999 St. Louis Cardinals 3B $5,908,279
Pete Kozma 2012 St. Louis Cardinals SS $747,577
Ozzie Smith 1985 St. Louis Cardinals SS $5,952,311
Jim Edmonds 2004 St. Louis Cardinals OF $7,736,300
Joe Mather 2010 St. Louis Cardinals OF $223,880
Willie McGee 1985 St. Louis Cardinals OF $7,137,439
Stan Musial 1948 St. Louis Cardinals OF $11,389,378
Albert Pujols 2003 St. Louis Cardinals OF $7,958,514
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,923,201
Cubs
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs: 1926-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Pete Alexander 1919 Chicago Cubs SP $9,560,842
Mordecai Brown 1908 Chicago Cubs SP $12,741,189
Dizzy Dean 1938 Chicago Cubs SP $2,559,096
Ryan Dempster 2008 Chicago Cubs SP $5,966,542
Mark Prior 2003 Chicago Cubs SP $7,161,943
Rick Sutcliffe 1984 Chicago Cubs SP $4,884,679
Steve Trout 1984 Chicago Cubs SP $3,897,044
Kerry Wood 1998 Chicago Cubs SP $5,013,865
Mike Campbell 1996 Chicago Cubs RP $771,024
Carlos Marmol 2008 Chicago Cubs RP $3,677,182
Lee Smith 1983 Chicago Cubs RP $3,548,369
Bruce Sutter 1977 Chicago Cubs RP $4,889,247
Joe Girardi 1992 Chicago Cubs C $2,309,281
Rick Wilkins 1993 Chicago Cubs C $5,549,034
Mark Grace 1993 Chicago Cubs 1B $6,618,758
Ryne Sandberg 1990 Chicago Cubs 2B $6,411,525
Ryan Theriot 2006 Chicago Cubs 2B $1,335,915
Ron Santo 1965 Chicago Cubs 3B $6,567,615
Ernie Banks 1959 Chicago Cubs SS $8,800,238
Andre Dawson 1987 Chicago Cubs OF $4,902,496
Bob Dernier 1987 Chicago Cubs OF $1,710,132
Dave Kingman 1979 Chicago Cubs OF $4,701,934
Alfonso Soriano 2007 Chicago Cubs OF $5,303,838
Sammy Sosa 2001 Chicago Cubs OF $10,165,763
Scot Thompson 1982 Chicago Cubs OF $669,742
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,717,293
Diamondbacks
Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks: 2006-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Miguel Batista 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $3,376,181
Josh Collmenter 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $3,902,852
Danny Haren 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $7,722,470
Daniel Hudson 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $3,034,037
Randy Johnson 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $10,273,633
Ian Kennedy 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $6,326,440
Curt Schilling 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $8,782,040
Brandon Webb 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $6,724,177
Byung-Hyun Kim 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks RP $2,714,297
Matt Mantei 2003 Arizona Diamondbacks RP $1,839,240
Chad Qualls 2008 Arizona Diamondbacks RP $2,374,163
Jose Valverde 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks RP $1,902,507
Miguel Montero 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks C $5,135,599
Chris Snyder 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks C $2,201,979
Paul Goldschmidt 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks 1B $8,018,020
Craig Counsell 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks 2B $1,070,020
Aaron Hill 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks 2B $7,240,949
Mark Reynolds 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks 3B $5,070,481
Matt Williams 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks 3B $6,482,761
Stephen Drew 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks SS $4,878,282
Didi Gregorius 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks SS $2,870,246
Steve Finley 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks OF $5,850,889
Luis Gonzalez 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks OF $9,038,746
A.J. Pollock 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks OF $2,818,107
Justin Upton 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks OF $5,229,055
Active Roster Total Salary: $124,877,171
Dodgers
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers: 1962-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Freddie Fitzsimmons 1940 Brooklyn Dodgers SP $4,069,772
Orel Hershiser 1985 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $8,471,149
Clayton Kershaw 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $8,400,350
Sandy Koufax 1964 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $8,494,888
Don Sutton 1973 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $8,549,300
Fernando Valenzuela 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $9,684,390
Eric Gagne 2003 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $5,463,221
Kenley Jansen 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $2,855,123
Tom Niedenfuer 1983 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $3,827,513
Ron Perranoski 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $3,232,968
Doug Rau 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $1,363,356
Takashi Saito 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $3,208,711
Toby Hall 2006 Los Angeles Dodgers C $685,366
Russell Martin 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers C $5,169,466
Steve Garvey 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers 1B $6,085,471
Marlon Anderson 2006 Los Angeles Dodgers 2B $1,764,069
Jackie Robinson 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers 2B $8,399,681
Adrian Beltre 2004 Los Angeles Dodgers 3B $8,740,295
Pedro Guerrero 1983 Los Angeles Dodgers 3B $5,416,438
Jose Offerman 1990 Los Angeles Dodgers SS $200,000
Maury Wills 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers SS $5,989,503
Brett Butler 1994 Los Angeles Dodgers OF $6,874,492
Kirk Gibson 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers OF $4,870,922
Matt Kemp 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers OF $7,963,636
Scott Van Slyke 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers OF $200,000
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,980,080
Giants
AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants: 2006-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Madison Bumgarner 2010 San Francisco Giants SP $2,196,574
Matt Cain 2011 San Francisco Giants SP $7,370,271
Scott Garrelts 1989 San Francisco Giants SP $6,185,685
Tim Lincecum 2009 San Francisco Giants SP $8,586,876
Juan Marichal 1965 San Francisco Giants SP $10,168,531
Gaylord Perry 1968 San Francisco Giants SP $8,762,495
Bill Swift 1993 San Francisco Giants SP $7,272,650
Rod Beck 1992 San Francisco Giants RP $3,715,460
Don Larsen 1963 San Francisco Giants RP $1,375,899
Jean Machi 2013 San Francisco Giants RP $1,548,670
Robb Nen 2000 San Francisco Giants RP $3,306,797
Sergio Romo 2011 San Francisco Giants RP $2,444,230
Fran Healy 1971 San Francisco Giants C $547,712
Buster Posey 2012 San Francisco Giants C $6,647,059
Orlando Cepeda 1961 San Francisco Giants 1B $5,895,623
Will Clark 1987 San Francisco Giants 1B $5,462,365
Willie McCovey 1969 San Francisco Giants 1B $8,215,497
Jeff Kent 2002 San Francisco Giants 2B $6,615,978
Steve Scarsone 1995 San Francisco Giants 3B $1,646,717
Dave Anderson 1990 San Francisco Giants SS $755,990
Omar Vizquel 2005 San Francisco Giants SS $4,868,876
Marvin Benard 2002 San Francisco Giants OF $722,460
Barry Bonds 1993 San Francisco Giants OF $9,249,743
Willie Mays 1962 San Francisco Giants OF $9,394,589
Kevin Mitchell 1989 San Francisco Giants OF $6,891,911
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,848,658
Indians
Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians: 1994-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Tom Candiotti 1991 Cleveland Indians SP $3,447,914
Steve Hargan 1970 Cleveland Indians SP $3,927,164
Corey Kluber 2014 Cleveland Indians SP $6,971,612
Cliff Lee 2008 Cleveland Indians SP $6,441,065
Herb Score 1956 Cleveland Indians SP $9,152,190
Sonny Siebert 1966 Cleveland Indians SP $6,276,636
Luis Tiant 1968 Cleveland Indians SP $9,944,786
Rafael Betancourt 2007 Cleveland Indians RP $3,844,956
Carlos Carrasco 2014 Cleveland Indians RP $4,646,313
Jack Harshman 1959 Cleveland Indians RP $2,720,874
Mike Jackson 1998 Cleveland Indians RP $2,471,157
Vicente Romo 1968 Cleveland Indians RP $3,035,865
Victor Martinez 2007 Cleveland Indians C $5,559,978
Eddie Taubensee 2001 Cleveland Indians C $487,495
Jim Thome 2002 Cleveland Indians 1B $6,640,125
Julio Franco 1988 Cleveland Indians 2B $5,009,249
Snuffy Stirnweiss 1951 Cleveland Indians 2B $462,669
Brook Jacoby 1987 Cleveland Indians 3B $5,008,315
Lou Boudreau 1948 Cleveland Indians SS $10,295,613
Dell Alston 1979 Cleveland Indians OF $464,819
Albert Belle 1995 Cleveland Indians OF $8,713,853
Miguel Dilone 1980 Cleveland Indians OF $4,387,671
Alex Escobar 2003 Cleveland Indians OF $598,492
Kenny Lofton 1994 Cleveland Indians OF $9,171,310
Tris Speaker 1923 Cleveland Indians OF $9,885,538
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,565,659
Mariners
Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners: 1999-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Scott Bankhead 1988 Seattle Mariners SP $3,997,033
Freddy Garcia 2001 Seattle Mariners SP $7,366,599
Erik Hanson 1990 Seattle Mariners SP $6,725,659
Felix Hernandez 2014 Seattle Mariners SP $8,748,308
Hisashi Iwakuma 2013 Seattle Mariners SP $6,597,116
Michael Pineda 2011 Seattle Mariners SP $4,921,619
Jarrod Washburn 2009 Seattle Mariners SP $3,997,826
Norm Charlton 1995 Seattle Mariners RP $2,858,396
Jeff Nelson 1995 Seattle Mariners RP $3,185,515
J.J. Putz 2007 Seattle Mariners RP $3,666,818
Arthur Rhodes 2002 Seattle Mariners RP $3,062,769
Kazuhiro Sasaki 2001 Seattle Mariners RP $2,502,034
Tom Lampkin 1999 Seattle Mariners C $2,529,480
Dan Wilson 1997 Seattle Mariners C $4,187,232
Rich Amaral 1993 Seattle Mariners 2B $2,475,640
Bret Boone 2001 Seattle Mariners 2B $7,479,062
Robinson Cano 2014 Seattle Mariners 2B $6,700,963
Dave Hollins 1996 Seattle Mariners 3B $988,961
Kyle Seager 2014 Seattle Mariners 3B $5,888,757
Alex Rodriguez 2000 Seattle Mariners SS $8,267,616
Edgar Martinez 1995 Seattle Mariners DH $7,718,896
Ken Griffey Jr. 1994 Seattle Mariners OF $8,352,298
Ruppert Jones 1979 Seattle Mariners OF $6,540,428
Ichiro Suzuki 2004 Seattle Mariners OF $8,895,935
Mark Whiten 1996 Seattle Mariners OF $1,419,770
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,074,730
Marlins
Marlins Park (Miami Marlins: 2012-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Henderson Alvarez 2013 Miami Marlins SP $3,093,661
Kevin Brown 1996 Florida Marlins SP $8,668,105
A.J. Burnett 2004 Florida Marlins SP $3,352,491
Alex Fernandez 1997 Florida Marlins SP $5,734,294
Jose Fernandez 2013 Miami Marlins SP $6,830,574
Livan Hernandez 1997 Florida Marlins SP $2,650,934
Josh Johnson 2010 Florida Marlins SP $6,019,948
Anibal Sanchez 2006 Florida Marlins SP $3,168,290
Dontrelle Willis 2005 Florida Marlins SP $7,888,459
Armando Benitez 2004 Florida Marlins RP $3,180,693
Bryan Harvey 1993 Florida Marlins RP $2,986,398
Rick Helling 1996 Florida Marlins RP $1,280,285
Mike Redmond 1999 Florida Marlins C $2,385,339
Ivan Rodriguez 2003 Florida Marlins C $4,788,456
Wes Helms 2006 Florida Marlins 1B $2,177,710
Derrek Lee 2003 Florida Marlins 1B $4,721,989
Luis Castillo 2000 Florida Marlins 2B $5,231,487
Quilvio Veras 1995 Florida Marlins 2B $4,880,132
Miguel Cabrera 2006 Florida Marlins 3B $6,585,135
Hanley Ramirez 2007 Florida Marlins SS $6,297,493
Edgar Renteria 1996 Florida Marlins SS $4,525,216
Juan Pierre 2003 Florida Marlins OF $6,621,193
Gary Sheffield 1996 Florida Marlins OF $6,972,755
Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Miami Marlins OF $4,717,744
Christian Yelich 2013 Miami Marlins OF $1,915,766
Active Roster Total Salary: $116,674,547
Mets
Citi Field (New York Mets: 2009-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Mike Birkbeck 1995 New York Mets SP $978,503
R.A. Dickey 2012 New York Mets SP $6,669,405
Sid Fernandez 1992 New York Mets SP $6,908,783
Dwight Gooden 1985 New York Mets SP $10,603,310
Matt Harvey 2013 New York Mets SP $6,828,561
Bob Ojeda 1988 New York Mets SP $6,303,059
Rick Reed 2001 New York Mets SP $3,909,626
Tom Seaver 1971 New York Mets SP $10,411,385
Skip Lockwood 1976 New York Mets RP $3,259,450
Josias Manzanillo 1994 New York Mets RP $2,191,818
Randy Myers 1988 New York Mets RP $2,324,970
Jesse Orosco 1983 New York Mets RP $4,001,576
Mike Piazza 2000 New York Mets C $5,138,781
John Stearns 1976 New York Mets C $1,510,973
John Olerud 1998 New York Mets 1B $7,050,309
Edgardo Alfonzo 2000 New York Mets 2B $6,557,498
Damion Easley 2007 New York Mets 2B $1,673,131
Howard Johnson 1989 New York Mets 3B $5,387,622
Robin Ventura 1999 New York Mets 3B $6,897,550
David Wright 2007 New York Mets 3B $7,331,547
Alex Cora 2009 New York Mets SS $2,258,755
Lance Johnson 1996 New York Mets OF $6,256,698
Lee Mazzilli 1979 New York Mets OF $7,289,060
Darryl Strawberry 1987 New York Mets OF $5,542,306
Ryan Thompson 1993 New York Mets OF $2,652,355
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,937,031
Nationals
Nationals Park (Washington Nationals: 2008-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Denis Boucher 1993 Montreal Expos SP $882,861
Gio Gonzalez 2012 Washington Nationals SP $6,683,372
Dennis Martinez 1992 Montreal Expos SP $7,080,069
Pascual Perez 1988 Montreal Expos SP $6,088,503
Steve Rogers 1973 Montreal Expos SP $4,408,092
Stephen Strasburg 2013 Washington Nationals SP $5,326,519
Javier Vazquez 2003 Montreal Expos SP $6,675,115
Jordan Zimmermann 2014 Washington Nationals SP $5,596,933
Tim Burke 1987 Montreal Expos RP $3,910,779
Tyler Clippard 2011 Washington Nationals RP $3,510,246
Chad Cordero 2005 Washington Nationals RP $2,683,846
Mel Rojas 1996 Montreal Expos RP $2,928,203
Gary Carter 1982 Montreal Expos C $6,365,135
Jesus Flores 2009 Washington Nationals C $1,760,956
Mike Lansing 1993 Montreal Expos 3B $3,663,522
Anthony Rendon 2014 Washington Nationals 3B $5,885,517
Ryan Zimmerman 2009 Washington Nationals 3B $6,388,056
Hubie Brooks 1986 Montreal Expos SS $3,517,403
Ian Desmond 2013 Washington Nationals SS $5,644,090
Marquis Grissom 1994 Montreal Expos OF $6,600,387
Vladimir Guerrero 2000 Montreal Expos OF $6,909,841
Nyjer Morgan 2009 Washington Nationals OF $2,255,822
Tim Raines 1987 Montreal Expos OF $6,998,290
Henry Rodriguez 1996 Montreal Expos OF $4,147,468
Rusty Staub 1969 Montreal Expos OF $5,689,297
Active Roster Total Salary: $121,600,322
Orioles
Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles: 1992-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Mike Boddicker 1983 Baltimore Orioles SP $5,387,571
Mike Cuellar 1969 Baltimore Orioles SP $9,705,053
Dave McNally 1968 Baltimore Orioles SP $9,703,299
Bob Milacki 1988 Baltimore Orioles SP $1,231,122
Jim Palmer 1972 Baltimore Orioles SP $8,471,870
Barney Pelty 1906 St. Louis Browns SP $9,152,131
Steve Stone 1980 Baltimore Orioles SP $5,721,405
Zach Britton 2014 Baltimore Orioles RP $2,836,877
Moe Drabowsky 1967 Baltimore Orioles RP $3,096,493
Dick Hall 1964 Baltimore Orioles RP $3,178,908
Darren O’Day 2014 Baltimore Orioles RP $2,439,239
George Zuverink 1955 Baltimore Orioles RP $2,094,218
Hank Foiles 1961 Baltimore Orioles C $1,690,529
Chris Hoiles 1993 Baltimore Orioles C $5,968,015
Jim Gentile 1961 Baltimore Orioles 1B $6,513,666
Eddie Murray 1983 Baltimore Orioles 1B $6,001,588
Tim Hulett 1994 Baltimore Orioles 2B $1,133,899
Jerry Priddy 1948 St. Louis Browns 2B $5,502,570
Mike Pagliarulo 1993 Baltimore Orioles 3B $1,082,624
Brooks Robinson 1964 Baltimore Orioles 3B $6,847,345
Cal Ripken Jr. 1984 Baltimore Orioles SS $7,842,818
Brady Anderson 1996 Baltimore Orioles OF $8,208,009
Al Bumbry 1980 Baltimore Orioles OF $7,860,581
Tim Raines Jr. 2004 Baltimore Orioles OF $494,872
Frank Robinson 1966 Baltimore Orioles OF $7,772,469
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,937,171
Padres
Petco Park (San Diego Padres: 2004-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Randy Jones 1975 San Diego Padres SP $8,356,717
Clay Kirby 1971 San Diego Padres SP $7,327,997
Mat Latos 2010 San Diego Padres SP $5,685,221
Tyson Ross 2014 San Diego Padres SP $5,141,485
Chris Young 2007 San Diego Padres SP $6,046,350
Heath Bell 2007 San Diego Padres RP $4,100,988
Mark Davis 1989 San Diego Padres RP $2,814,355
Luis Deleon 1982 San Diego Padres RP $3,234,711
Luke Gregerson 2010 San Diego Padres RP $3,252,699
Trevor Hoffman 1998 San Diego Padres RP $3,637,960
Lance McCullers 1986 San Diego Padres RP $3,405,807
Cla Meredith 2006 San Diego Padres RP $2,432,483
Josh Bard 2006 San Diego Padres C $2,141,800
Gene Tenace 1979 San Diego Padres C $5,449,226
Adrian Gonzalez 2009 San Diego Padres 1B $6,015,649
Mark Loretta 2004 San Diego Padres 2B $6,960,781
Ken Caminiti 1996 San Diego Padres 3B $7,846,734
Phil Nevin 2001 San Diego Padres 3B $5,292,343
Craig Shipley 1994 San Diego Padres 3B $2,432,139
Tony Fernandez 1991 San Diego Padres SS $5,001,012
Milton Bradley 2007 San Diego Padres OF $1,604,306
Tony Gwynn 1994 San Diego Padres OF $8,003,168
Bip Roberts 1989 San Diego Padres OF $2,796,159
Greg Vaughn 1998 San Diego Padres OF $5,699,341
Dave Winfield 1979 San Diego Padres OF $6,904,660
Active Roster Total Salary: $121,584,091
Phillies
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies: 2004-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Jim Bunning 1964 Philadelphia Phillies SP $7,847,087
Steve Carlton 1972 Philadelphia Phillies SP $12,959,985
Larry Christenson 1978 Philadelphia Phillies SP $5,876,898
John Denny 1984 Philadelphia Phillies SP $4,769,301
Tommy Greene 1993 Philadelphia Phillies SP $6,120,838
Cole Hamels 2014 Philadelphia Phillies SP $5,593,695
Rheal Cormier 2003 Philadelphia Phillies RP $3,477,414
Aaron Fultz 2005 Philadelphia Phillies RP $2,539,476
Al Holland 1983 Philadelphia Phillies RP $3,231,312
Tug McGraw 1980 Philadelphia Phillies RP $3,587,105
Ron Reed 1976 Philadelphia Phillies RP $4,544,004
Raul Valdes 2012 Philadelphia Phillies RP $1,287,327
Darren Daulton 1993 Philadelphia Phillies C $5,231,281
Mike Lieberthal 1994 Philadelphia Phillies C $435,986
Ryan Howard 2006 Philadelphia Phillies 1B $7,362,479
Luis Aguayo 1982 Philadelphia Phillies 2B $451,371
Ramon Aviles 1979 Philadelphia Phillies 2B $270,377
Chase Utley 2008 Philadelphia Phillies 2B $7,351,839
Mike Schmidt 1981 Philadelphia Phillies 3B $9,077,150
Jimmy Rollins 2007 Philadelphia Phillies SS $7,382,007
Bobby Abreu 1999 Philadelphia Phillies OF $6,403,337
Richie Ashburn 1958 Philadelphia Phillies OF $9,081,835
Josh Devore 1914 Philadelphia Phillies OF $298,543
Lenny Dykstra 1993 Philadelphia Phillies OF $7,900,041
Garry Maddox 1976 Philadelphia Phillies OF $6,488,065
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,568,753
Pirates
PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates: 2001-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Babe Adams 1919 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $11,925,673
Gerrit Cole 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $2,833,064
Doug Drabek 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $7,244,546
Denny Neagle 1995 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $5,294,630
Rick Rhoden 1986 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $7,988,793
John Smiley 1989 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $5,266,624
Roy Face 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $3,329,270
Jason Grilli 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $1,451,594
Larry McWilliams 1982 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $3,275,227
Mark Melancon 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $2,903,998
Kent Tekulve 1983 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $3,398,892
Tony Watson 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $2,435,203
Jason Kendall 2000 Pittsburgh Pirates C $5,791,492
Jeff King 1996 Pittsburgh Pirates 1B $4,340,007
Bill Madlock 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates 3B $2,672,239
Luis Sojo 2000 Pittsburgh Pirates 3B $915,905
Shawon Dunston 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates SS $1,272,792
Arky Vaughan 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates SS $7,464,452
Honus Wagner 1901 Pittsburgh Pirates SS $8,646,743
Roberto Clemente 1967 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $6,448,637
Ralph Kiner 1947 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $8,432,904
Andrew McCutchen 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $8,398,412
Willie Stargell 1973 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $6,175,725
Paul Waner 1927 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $9,358,523
John Wehner 1995 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $729,536
Active Roster Total Salary: $127,994,881
Rangers
The Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers: 1994-2003)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Bert Blyleven 1977 Texas Rangers SP $7,094,866
Dick Bosman 1969 Washington Senators SP $6,043,583
Yu Darvish 2013 Texas Rangers SP $6,311,832
Fergie Jenkins 1974 Texas Rangers SP $9,717,762
Jon Matlack 1978 Texas Rangers SP $7,455,020
Nolan Ryan 1989 Texas Rangers SP $8,242,115
Neal Cotts 2013 Texas Rangers RP $2,403,971
Neftali Feliz 2010 Texas Rangers RP $2,707,700
Greg Harris 1985 Texas Rangers RP $4,006,994
Jeff Russell 1989 Texas Rangers RP $2,723,052
John Wetteland 1998 Texas Rangers RP $2,267,470
Jeff Zimmerman 1999 Texas Rangers RP $3,973,291
Jim French 1969 Washington Senators C $1,911,438
Mike Napoli 2011 Texas Rangers C $6,146,244
Mark Teixeira 2005 Texas Rangers 1B $6,580,095
Bump Wills 1977 Texas Rangers 2B $5,693,779
Buddy Bell 1980 Texas Rangers 3B $5,947,929
Royce Clayton 1998 Texas Rangers SS $1,530,124
Michael Young 2006 Texas Rangers SS $7,148,174
Rafael Palmeiro 1999 Texas Rangers DH $7,560,127
Oscar Gamble 1979 Texas Rangers OF $1,777,086
Juan Gonzalez 1998 Texas Rangers OF $5,919,170
Darryl Hamilton 1996 Texas Rangers OF $5,852,955
Josh Hamilton 2010 Texas Rangers OF $7,048,971
Elliott Maddox 1972 Texas Rangers OF $2,571,386
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,635,134
Rays
Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays: 1998-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Chris Archer 2013 Tampa Bay Rays SP $3,154,081
Alex Cobb 2014 Tampa Bay Rays SP $4,420,237
Jeremy Hellickson 2011 Tampa Bay Rays SP $4,976,850
Scott Kazmir 2008 Tampa Bay Rays SP $3,622,717
Matt Moore 2013 Tampa Bay Rays SP $3,710,006
Jeff Niemann 2011 Tampa Bay Rays SP $2,862,031
Jake Odorizzi 2014 Tampa Bay Rays SP $3,661,128
David Price 2012 Tampa Bay Rays SP $6,112,630
James Shields 2011 Tampa Bay Rays SP $7,259,100
Grant Balfour 2008 Tampa Bay Rays RP $2,836,397
Joaquin Benoit 2010 Tampa Bay Rays RP $3,049,550
Fernando Rodney 2012 Tampa Bay Rays RP $3,784,806
Mike Difelice 1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays C $2,167,054
Dioner Navarro 2008 Tampa Bay Rays C $3,739,083
Carlos Pena 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1B $5,242,590
Akinori Iwamura 2008 Tampa Bay Rays 2B $5,131,222
Sean Rodriguez 2010 Tampa Bay Rays 2B $1,866,958
Evan Longoria 2009 Tampa Bay Rays 3B $6,054,063
Aaron Ledesma 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays SS $2,894,869
Rocco Baldelli 2003 Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF $5,985,572
Carl Crawford 2010 Tampa Bay Rays OF $6,180,282
Aubrey Huff 2003 Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF $5,382,468
B.J. Upton 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF $5,621,311
Randy Winn 2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF $6,946,562
Ben Zobrist 2012 Tampa Bay Rays OF $5,672,902
Active Roster Total Salary: $112,334,469
Red Sox
Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox: 1912-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Dutch Leonard 1914 Boston Red Sox SP $8,905,191
Jim Lonborg 1967 Boston Red Sox SP $6,810,621
Derek Lowe 2002 Boston Red Sox SP $7,631,373
Pedro Martinez 2000 Boston Red Sox SP $11,707,138
Ernie Shore 1916 Boston Red Sox SP $5,758,785
Elmer Steele 1908 Boston Red Sox SP $3,799,703
Scott Atchison 2012 Boston Red Sox RP $1,722,477
Jeff Gray 1991 Boston Red Sox RP $2,390,958
Jonathan Papelbon 2007 Boston Red Sox RP $2,892,357
Dick Radatz 1962 Boston Red Sox RP $4,038,082
Calvin Schiraldi 1986 Boston Red Sox RP $1,624,020
Koji Uehara 2013 Boston Red Sox RP $4,701,441
Gary Allenson 1980 Boston Red Sox C $774,763
Carlton Fisk 1978 Boston Red Sox C $5,173,637
Tony Graffanino 2005 Boston Red Sox 2B $1,326,422
Damian Jackson 2003 Boston Red Sox 2B $767,410
Wade Boggs 1991 Boston Red Sox 3B $5,761,235
Nomar Garciaparra 1998 Boston Red Sox SS $6,303,818
Rico Petrocelli 1969 Boston Red Sox SS $8,115,933
John Valentin 1995 Boston Red Sox SS $7,208,139
David Ortiz 2006 Boston Red Sox DH $5,826,201
Dwayne Hosey 1996 Boston Red Sox OF $544,064
Jim Rice 1978 Boston Red Sox OF $7,375,569
Ted Williams 1946 Boston Red Sox OF $10,382,226
Carl Yastrzemski 1967 Boston Red Sox OF $8,421,979
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,963,542
Reds
Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds: 2003-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Johnny Cueto 2014 Cincinnati Reds SP $8,001,486
Danny Jackson 1988 Cincinnati Reds SP $7,798,469
Joe Price 1983 Cincinnati Reds SP $3,683,608
Jose Rijo 1991 Cincinnati Reds SP $6,773,075
Pete Schourek 1995 Cincinnati Reds SP $6,462,217
Mario Soto 1982 Cincinnati Reds SP $8,091,327
Ted Abernathy 1967 Cincinnati Reds RP $4,584,032
Aroldis Chapman 2012 Cincinnati Reds RP $3,576,364
Rob Dibble 1990 Cincinnati Reds RP $4,158,540
Sam LeCure 2011 Cincinnati Reds RP $2,154,603
Joe Nuxhall 1966 Cincinnati Reds RP $2,311,271
Jeff Shaw 1997 Cincinnati Reds RP $3,124,504
Johnny Bench 1970 Cincinnati Reds C $7,167,245
Pat Corrales 1969 Cincinnati Reds C $602,437
Joey Votto 2010 Cincinnati Reds 1B $6,882,719
Bill Doran 1990 Cincinnati Reds 2B $977,405
Joe Morgan 1975 Cincinnati Reds 2B $8,554,511
Ron Oester 1990 Cincinnati Reds 2B $851,981
Tony Perez 1969 Cincinnati Reds 3B $5,494,604
Barry Larkin 1990 Cincinnati Reds SS $6,030,400
Dave Collins 1978 Cincinnati Reds OF $498,419
Eric Davis 1987 Cincinnati Reds OF $7,443,067
George Foster 1977 Cincinnati Reds OF $8,346,867
Vada Pinson 1959 Cincinnati Reds OF $7,663,614
Pete Rose 1969 Cincinnati Reds OF $8,588,956
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,821,721
Rockies
Coors Field (Colorado Rockies: 1995-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Jhoulys Chacin 2011 Colorado Rockies SP $4,418,705
Shawn Chacon 2003 Colorado Rockies SP $3,105,071
Jorge De La Rosa 2014 Colorado Rockies SP $4,008,923
Jeff Francis 2006 Colorado Rockies SP $4,925,492
Marvin Freeman 1994 Colorado Rockies SP $3,636,977
Jason Jennings 2006 Colorado Rockies SP $4,834,526
Ubaldo Jimenez 2010 Colorado Rockies SP $6,998,104
Kevin Ritz 1995 Colorado Rockies SP $4,332,301
Denny Stark 2002 Colorado Rockies SP $2,421,311
Curt Leskanic 1995 Colorado Rockies RP $3,185,934
Steve Reed 1995 Colorado Rockies RP $3,183,885
Gabe White 2000 Colorado Rockies RP $3,369,955
Jeff Reed 1997 Colorado Rockies C $3,167,401
Wilin Rosario 2012 Colorado Rockies C $3,598,223
Andres Galarraga 1996 Colorado Rockies 1B $6,662,822
Todd Helton 2000 Colorado Rockies 1B $10,186,482
Clint Barmes 2009 Colorado Rockies 2B $4,595,782
Eric Young 1996 Colorado Rockies 2B $6,483,174
Vinny Castilla 1996 Colorado Rockies 3B $6,587,899
Troy Tulowitzki 2010 Colorado Rockies SS $6,997,541
Ellis Burks 1996 Colorado Rockies OF $7,659,863
Dexter Fowler 2011 Colorado Rockies OF $4,331,434
Matt Holliday 2007 Colorado Rockies OF $7,401,229
Willy Taveras 2007 Colorado Rockies OF $3,391,075
Larry Walker 1997 Colorado Rockies OF $9,369,991
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,854,100
Royals
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals: 1994-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
David Cone 1994 Kansas City Royals SP $7,970,317
Danny Duffy 2014 Kansas City Royals SP $4,147,980
Zack Greinke 2009 Kansas City Royals SP $7,969,016
Roger Nelson 1972 Kansas City Royals SP $6,203,352
Bret Saberhagen 1989 Kansas City Royals SP $9,322,352
Yordano Ventura 2014 Kansas City Royals SP $4,243,556
Wade Davis 2014 Kansas City Royals RP $3,849,404
Steve Farr 1990 Kansas City Royals RP $3,751,889
Luke Hochevar 2013 Kansas City Royals RP $2,808,360
Greg Holland 2013 Kansas City Royals RP $3,129,203
Dan Quisenberry 1983 Kansas City Royals RP $4,811,864
Joakim Soria 2008 Kansas City Royals RP $2,753,211
Mike Macfarlane 1993 Kansas City Royals C $4,184,211
Salvador Perez 2012 Kansas City Royals C $3,026,969
Mike Aviles 2010 Kansas City Royals 2B $3,335,952
Alberto Callaspo 2008 Kansas City Royals 2B $1,385,914
Frank White 1983 Kansas City Royals 2B $4,917,308
George Brett 1980 Kansas City Royals 3B $9,306,245
Rey Sanchez 1999 Kansas City Royals SS $4,626,175
Carlos Beltran 2003 Kansas City Royals OF $6,498,656
Johnny Damon 2000 Kansas City Royals OF $7,026,298
Alex Gordon 2011 Kansas City Royals OF $6,627,016
Bo Jackson 1990 Kansas City Royals OF $3,267,485
Amos Otis 1978 Kansas City Royals OF $6,761,798
Willie Wilson 1982 Kansas City Royals OF $6,312,790
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,237,321
Tigers
Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers: 2000-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Mark Fidrych 1976 Detroit Tigers SP $6,880,307
Doug Fister 2011 Detroit Tigers SP $2,722,399
Denny McLain 1968 Detroit Tigers SP $10,804,461
Don Mossi 1963 Detroit Tigers SP $2,825,236
Dan Petry 1985 Detroit Tigers SP $6,437,941
Max Scherzer 2013 Detroit Tigers SP $7,591,382
Justin Verlander 2011 Detroit Tigers SP $9,216,382
George Winter 1908 Detroit Tigers SP $1,627,912
Doug Brocail 1999 Detroit Tigers RP $2,810,255
Willie Hernandez 1985 Detroit Tigers RP $3,622,578
John Hiller 1973 Detroit Tigers RP $4,586,649
Kevin Saucier 1981 Detroit Tigers RP $2,805,435
Mickey Cochrane 1937 Detroit Tigers C $1,550,906
Lance Parrish 1982 Detroit Tigers C $5,357,697
Cecil Fielder 1990 Detroit Tigers 1B $5,636,381
Hank Greenberg 1938 Detroit Tigers 1B $8,442,480
Lou Whitaker 1982 Detroit Tigers 2B $5,532,591
Ray Boone 1954 Detroit Tigers 3B $5,935,570
Ira Flagstead 1921 Detroit Tigers SS $1,681,745
Alan Trammell 1987 Detroit Tigers SS $6,864,564
Ty Cobb 1921 Detroit Tigers OF $8,250,744
Rocky Colavito 1961 Detroit Tigers OF $6,714,766
Al Kaline 1959 Detroit Tigers OF $7,772,042
Dwayne Murphy 1988 Detroit Tigers OF $1,504,258
Champ Summers 1979 Detroit Tigers OF $2,676,553
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,851,234
Twins
Target Field (Minnesota Twins: 2010-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Walter Johnson 1908 Washington Senators SP $9,880,878
Jim Kaat 1966 Minnesota Twins SP $8,309,272
Francisco Liriano 2006 Minnesota Twins SP $4,414,576
Jim Merritt 1967 Minnesota Twins SP $6,365,275
Johan Santana 2004 Minnesota Twins SP $8,818,377
Kevin Tapani 1991 Minnesota Twins SP $6,396,870
Rick Aguilera 1991 Minnesota Twins RP $2,478,759
Bill Dailey 1963 Minnesota Twins RP $3,658,534
Tom Hall 1970 Minnesota Twins RP $5,712,453
Joe Nathan 2006 Minnesota Twins RP $3,906,519
Glen Perkins 2013 Minnesota Twins RP $2,174,782
Juan Rincon 2004 Minnesota Twins RP $3,285,077
Joe Mauer 2006 Minnesota Twins C $6,584,624
Josmil Pinto 2013 Minnesota Twins C $1,867,382
Justin Morneau 2006 Minnesota Twins 1B $5,354,582
Chuck Knoblauch 1996 Minnesota Twins 2B $6,949,218
Harmon Killebrew 1969 Minnesota Twins 3B $6,323,509
Buddy Lewis 1939 Washington Senators 3B $5,574,993
Roy Smalley 1979 Minnesota Twins SS $6,045,273
Ron Washington 1985 Minnesota Twins SS $760,368
Lyman Bostock 1977 Minnesota Twins OF $6,804,265
Jerald Clark 1995 Minnesota Twins OF $1,222,740
Jim Eisenreich 1982 Minnesota Twins OF $786,345
Kirby Puckett 1988 Minnesota Twins OF $8,807,559
Cesar Tovar 1970 Minnesota Twins OF $6,357,840
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,840,070
White Sox
Comiskey Park (II) (Chicago White Sox: 1991-2002)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Cisco Carlos 1967 Chicago White Sox SP $1,938,932
Joe Horlen 1964 Chicago White Sox SP $7,931,490
La Marr Hoyt 1983 Chicago White Sox SP $7,354,479
Chris Sale 2014 Chicago White Sox SP $5,826,040
Ed Walsh 1909 Chicago White Sox SP $9,470,098
Doc White 1906 Chicago White Sox SP $7,901,159
Eddie Fisher 1964 Chicago White Sox RP $4,021,118
Keith Foulke 1999 Chicago White Sox RP $4,616,924
Roberto Hernandez 1992 Chicago White Sox RP $2,720,185
Don McMahon 1967 Chicago White Sox RP $3,314,466
Bobby Thigpen 1990 Chicago White Sox RP $2,958,644
Hoyt Wilhelm 1965 Chicago White Sox RP $5,649,522
Charles Johnson 2000 Chicago White Sox C $1,994,342
Sherm Lollar 1958 Chicago White Sox C $4,120,005
Jose Abreu 2014 Chicago White Sox 1B $6,466,130
Ron Kittle 1989 Chicago White Sox 1B $1,425,364
Frank Thomas 1994 Chicago White Sox 1B $10,309,137
Nellie Fox 1957 Chicago White Sox 2B $8,074,267
Bill Melton 1971 Chicago White Sox 3B $6,107,473
Luis Aparicio 1969 Chicago White Sox SS $5,805,855
Norberto Martin 1996 Chicago White Sox SS $992,013
Alejandro De Aza 2011 Chicago White Sox OF $1,678,387
Jermaine Dye 2006 Chicago White Sox OF $5,851,721
Chet Lemon 1979 Chicago White Sox OF $5,942,835
Minnie Minoso 1954 Chicago White Sox OF $7,288,821
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,759,407
Yankees
Yankee Stadium (III) (New York Yankees: 2009-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Whitey Ford 1958 New York Yankees SP $7,201,400
Ron Guidry 1978 New York Yankees SP $10,616,274
Orlando Hernandez 2002 New York Yankees SP $3,774,489
Mike Mussina 2008 New York Yankees SP $4,517,763
Andy Pettitte 1997 New York Yankees SP $7,379,519
Masahiro Tanaka 2014 New York Yankees SP $3,504,085
Bob Turley 1958 New York Yankees SP $6,459,713
Dellin Betances 2014 New York Yankees RP $4,538,435
Rich Gossage 1981 New York Yankees RP $3,396,773
Graeme Lloyd 1998 New York Yankees RP $1,406,484
Lindy McDaniel 1968 New York Yankees RP $1,790,146
Mariano Rivera 2008 New York Yankees RP $3,784,493
Mike Heath 1978 New York Yankees C $261,722
Jorge Posada 2000 New York Yankees C $5,801,045
Lou Gehrig 1936 New York Yankees 1B $10,061,688
Homer Bush 1998 New York Yankees 2B $709,912
Willie Randolph 1980 New York Yankees 2B $5,272,863
Scott Brosius 1998 New York Yankees 3B $4,639,883
Derek Jeter 1997 New York Yankees SS $5,618,731
Clayton Bellinger 2001 New York Yankees OF $386,068
Joe Dimaggio 1941 New York Yankees OF $9,693,715
Mickey Mantle 1961 New York Yankees OF $9,968,443
Roger Maris 1961 New York Yankees OF $5,893,954
Babe Ruth 1927 New York Yankees OF $12,685,460
Claudell Washington 1990 New York Yankees OF $317,699
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,680,757

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Daily Simulation Results on Youtube and Twitter

For anyone who comes across this blog, I officially started simulation league 3 on October 17. The Youtube links don’t post properly when I am linking them off the blog, so you can follow the results which are recorded on youtube by following me on twitter @baseballgeek73. The recaps of all simulations are posted to youtube and shared via twitter. Overviews of the season results will be published here in December.

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Simulated League 3.0 coming Soon

Soon a most memorable postseason will come to an end. By that time, the third simulated league will be underway using the facilities of www.whatifsports.com.

Sim league 1.0 ran from May through July in 2013 using the 1998-2012 alignment. Any player who had at least 50 at bats or 25 innings pitched was a candidate to be on a roster. All players in the WIS database are assigned a salary value based on numerous factors including innings thrown or plate appearances. Teams played an uncapped league, so those long time franchises like the Yankees and Red Sox had among the highest payroll totals and were most successful. Any player who played from 1901-2013 could be used, but only on one team, meaning a player like Moises Alou could play for the Cubs, or Astros, or marlins, or nationals being a former Expo. One of the better if not the best season was used in picking each player and assigning that player to the appropriate roster. Only players who played the entire season with a given team were used, players who split time between two teams were not. The Yankees, Indians, Athletics, Braves, Cubs and Giants won division crowns, the Red Sox took the AL wild card, the Reds and Nationals tied for the NL wild card, Cincinnati winning the playoff. The Nationals franchise was the only expansion era team to even have this much success beyond the regular season.

League 2.0 ran from December 2013 to February 2014 and several changes took place. IN league 1, only AL teams used a DH, now all teams did because the alignment was significantly different. The alignment, which still uses a 1998-2012 style, the latest offfered by WIS at this time, was based on geography. The AL West was won by the White Sox, edging the Twins, Cubs, and Brewers, Milwaukee finishing way out in last place. The AL Central was home to the Cardinals, Rockies, Royals, Mariners, and Diamondbacks, St. Louis winning the division rather easily. The very competetive AL East was won by the Indians, who held off the wild card Reds, plus the very competetive Pirates and Blue Jays, while the Tigers came in last 14 games back.

The NL West was the California division taken by the Dodgers, while the Giants were competetive, the Athletics .500 and the Padres did OK, the Angels finished dead last. The NL East was a close division won by the Braves who caught the Astros, the Rangers, Marlins, and Rays never were a factor. The six team NL Central was a wonderful race with the yankees edging the wild card Red Sox, while the Orioles fell short despite a long run in first. All others, the Phillies, Nationals, and Mets were competetive.

IN this league, the cap was moved down to 135 million and players who were on a team for a portion of the season could now be used. The player could only play for one team and use his statistical performance based on the given team, so 2000 Gabe White could only use his Rockies stats to qualify for the Rockies roster as an example.

League 3 which starts this month and which will end near Christmas is very similar to league 2.0, with a couple of minor changes. The cap was reduced again to 130 million and the alignment changes to place the original 16 teams on the NL side of the alignment, the 14 expansion era teams on the AL side. The NL divvisions are set so that the five original AL franchises which have not relocated to a new city are grouped together, the Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox, Indians and Tigers are in the NL East. Five NL franchises of the original eight have not relocated as well, those teams are the Cubs, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates and Phillies, they are all together in the NL West. The NL Central with six slots to fill is home to the teams who have relocated from their original home citties, the Athletics, Giants, Dodgers, Twins, Braves, and Orioles.

ON the AL side, the teams that came into MLB since 1993 are in the AL West, so the Rockies, marlins, Rays and Diamondbacks are in a division together. The AL Central is home to the two 1977 expansion teams, the Mariners and Blue Jays, plus the three franchises from previous expansion that have relocated, the Brewers, Rangers, and Nationals. The remaining five expansion teams are together in the AL East, the Mets, Astros, Royals, Padres, and Angels.

The first two leagues used a balanced 1998-2000 style of scheduling. League 3.0 will use a 2001-2012 style of scheduling with a focus on more divisional play.

Teams in league 3 are also focused more on defensive play where possible. More of the rosters were built with a players defensive range and fielding grades playing a larger roll in deciding upon how the roster should be constructed.

Updates on how the league is playing out will be posted later this fall and winter.

If MLB Stayed at 30 Teams, What Could Realignment Look Like if Revisited?

Remember back in 1997 when a proposal was leaked that would have brought about radicle realignment to baseball? A new commissioner is taking office next winter and one can’t help but wonder, would he try new approaches? The Union has already voiced in the past that it would like to see some changes done to the schedule.

Previously, I have written about how baseball under the current alignment could modify the schedule so that the total number of games played in the division drops from the current 76 to 52, going from 19 to 13 games per divisional opposition, while increasing the number of intraleague games outside the division from 66 to 90, thus changing the number of games played from 6-7 per team to 9 games against said opposition. Interleague games would remain at 20 per team and scheduled much like we see today. Another idea I wrote about later which would not change alignment, would create a schedule that allowed for 56 divisional games, 14 against each team, plus 60 intraleague games or 6 games per same league opponent outside the division, plus 46 interleague games, 3 games against 14 teams and 4 against the 15th in the opposite league. Tonight’s idea, major geographic realignment that removes the AL and NL as we know it.

When 1997’s crazy idea was first reported in the papers, it looked like this. One league would have 16 teams split into a pair of divisions, the Rockies, mariners, Diamondbacks, and the five teams in California would make up one division, while the other would be the teams in the Central time zone, Minnesota, Milwaukee, plus the teams from Chicago, Missouri, and Texas. The two divisions back east would have seven teams each divided along similar lines. My proposal here would echo that to a point, while removing the AL and NL designations. All teams would face one another under the same rules and after years of hating on the DH, I have come to accept that the game is more entertaining when the pitcher is not batting and a guaranteed out 85% of the time, thus allowing the DH for all teams. Pitchers would still bat if a team had to sub a player acting as DH into a game as a defensive player or pitcher should such a need present itself. All teams would play 14 divisional games against each team within its own division. The number of games for teams played outside the division would be similar to the second proposal mentioned above, with a team playing 30 games or 6 per opponent in each of two divisions, while playing 3 per opponent against 14 of the 15 remaining teams in 3 more divisions, 4 games would be played against that 15th team for the final 46 scheduled games. The divisions would rotate from year to year for this scheduling purpose.

There are several ways you could align if you wanted to really shake things up and you could take a page from hockey and name the divisions after famous baseball figures from the past if you wanted.

So here are some realignment ideas.

Option 1, pure geography.

Division 1, all California: Angels, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, and Athletics.

Division 2, three teams with no natural rivals plus Missouri: Mariners, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Royals, and Cardinals.

Division 3, the Sunbelt: Rangers, Astros, Braves, Rays, and Marlins.

Division 4, Great Lakes: Twins, Cubs, White Sox, Brewers, and Tigers.

Division 5, Northeast corridor: someone has to be left out, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Nationals, and Orioles.

Division 6: Industrial Division: Reds, Indians, Blue Jays, Pirates, Phillies.

Ironically under the old system with a division of 4 and a division of 6, the Tigers could be in the last division here instead of the Phillies, who would join the other teams from the northeast. The Twins, Cubs, Brewers and White Sox would have their own division.

Option 2, another take on geography.

Division 1 would again be the teams from California.

Division 2, again the Diamondbacks, Rockies, and mariners, joined this time by the Rangers and Astros.

Division 3, Royals, Cardinals, Cubs, Twins, White Sox.

Division 4, Blue Jays, Tigers, Reds, Indians, Brewers.

Division 5, Red Sox, Mets, Yankees, Marlins, Rays.

Division 6, Phillies, Orioles, Nationals, Pirates, Braves.

Finally option 3, which takes more of a historic approach.

Division 1, the original AL teams that have not relocated, Indians, Tigers, White Sox, Yankees, and Red Sox.

Division 2, the NL original teams that have not relocated, Phillies, Pirates, Reds, Cubs, and Cardinals.

Division 3, current NL franchises which have relocated at least once in history, Nationals, Brewers, Braves, Giants, and Dodgers.

Division 4, Al franchises that have relocated plus Angels who joined modern Rangers in expansion, Angels, Rangers, Athletics, Twins, and Orioles.

Division 5, 1990’s expansion clubs plus Astros who switched leagues, Marlins, Rays, Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Astros.

Division 6, remaining expansion teams, blue Jays, Mariners, Royals, Padres, and Mets.

Finally, an option where the number of divisions is reduced to five. Teams play 4 games against the 24 teams outside the division for 96 total, the remaining 66 games are played against 5 teams in the division, 13 against 4 teams and 14 against the 5th.

Division 1, west coast: Mariners, Athletics, Giants, Dodgers, Angels, and Padres.

Division 2, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros, Rangers, Cardinals, and Royals.

Division 3, Twins, Brewers, Cubs, White Sox, Indians, and Reds.

Division 4, Tigers, Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins, Braves, and Pirates.

Division 5, Phillies, Mets, Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, and Nationals.

Option 5, Expansion?

Number of Pitching Changes and Pitches Thrown Key consideration of Longer MLB Games

Much of the discussion this year has been this constant focus by how long games are, a focus driven largely by the media which would prefer that every baseball game fit nicely into a 3-hour block of time that works for TV and radio programming. While I agree things could be done to speed up the game, I am not totally sold on this notion that baseball is losing the younger crowd. Can more be done to modernize the ballpark to the new ways fans like to interact, no doubt. Look at the roof top deck at Coors field and the swimming pool at Chase Field as great examples. But clearly something is driving attendance at levels never noticed in baseball history. When it comes to how long the game is, we must take stock of a couple key points.

Baseball Reference posted a blog entry a few years ago, which showed that the average number of pitches thrown per team per game was increased from roughly 136 in 1988 to 146 in 2009. An extra 20 pitches combined per game equals about another half inning of work if you looked at it based on a 15-16 average pitch count per inning thrown by any given team.

The same entry by Baseball Reference noted the greater number of relief pitching appearances, a bit over 7,000 in just over 2100 games in 1988, more than 14,000 in 2009, which had just over 2420 games. Clearly the extra 300 games could not have produced double the relief appearances.

With that, I decided to go to Baseball Reference and do a very basic search. How many times did a team use at least four pitchers in a game, or put another way, call on at least three relief pitchers. If every team went to the bullpen exactly 3 times per game and if every game would be played on a schedule, then you would in theory have 2430 games with six pitching changes, three per side. This would result in a total of 14,580, which was around the total in 2009. So with that said, how many times did a team have at least three pitching changes in a season?

I went back to 1980 and in that season, 924 instances were noted where a team made at least three pitching changes. That comes to 35.53 times per team that season where no fewer than three relief pitchers were called upon. The total number of such games actually took a very slight dip and held right around 900 in 1982-84, I didn’t count the 1981 season because of all that happened with the strike and the impact on teams coming back to resume the season after nearly two months off. The first real jump came in 1985, when 1,047 such games take place, for an average of 40.26 instances per team of at least three relief calls. By 1992, this number had taken a massive jump up to 1580 occurrences, 60.77 per team and then up to 65.54 such games per team the very next season in 1993. IN 1997, the number was up to 79.57 games per team with three or more pitching changes. Surprisingly, the number during another expansion year of 1998 would actually dip down slightly to 75.67, but it would go back up in 1999 to 82.1. After taking just a tiny dip in 2000, the number climbed to 84.43 games per team in 2001 with three or more changes. IN 2004, the number was 90.83, in fact 2750 times a team used at least three pitchers in relief, at least one team on average in every single MLB game went for three relievers. IN 2007, teams would use three or more relief pitchers 3,020 times. Now in a full 2430 game season, this means that out of the 4,860 pitched games by the 30 MLB pitching staffs, they would call upon those extra relievers at these higher rates 60% of the time. The average number of games per team where at least three relief pitchers were used now reached a mark of 100.67, nearly three times the rate in the 1980 and 1982-84 seasons. If one team alone makes three pitching changes, that has the potential to add 6-7 minutes, especially if those changes are during the middle of an ongoing inning. IN 2014, the numbers were nearly identical to 2007, 3,006 games where a team made three or more changes.

Now clearly more can be done to move the game along, as I timed games where it took 30-45 seconds between pitches, 3-4 minutes between the time a pitcher was pulled and the next guy threw a pitch that counted in the proceedings. Clearly that can and should be changed. More advertisers bills can be paid by doing in-game sponsorships as is done in the commercial free halves of a World Cup game. But while we can hope that baseball will legislate something to deal with the slowing tactics used by both batter and pitcher, you will never be able to change the way managers use bullpens today, with all of the statistical data that shows every single aspect of the pitcher/batter matchup. Teams would and should do all they can to try and maximize their advantage based on this data. So before you complain about how long games are getting, ask yourself, would you be happy if your favorite team’s manager did not do all he could to maximize the chances of giving the team a winning edge?

tie the Knot, Season’s Final Day Could create Most Dramatic Finish in MLB History

Baseball is a sport rich with stories of amazing accomplishments and dramatic conclusions to unforgettable pennant races. While the wild card has certainly allowed some weaker teams to be part of the post season experience from time to time, one cannot argue with the increased drama that this development put in place for baseball fans.

The two division era gave us our first one game playoff on Monday October 2, 1978, when the Yankees famously beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park to claim the AL East, ultimately going on to a second straight world championship. The dodgers would sweep three games at home against the Astros in 1980 and force a fourth straight game at Dodger stadium, though the Astros would get up off the deck and win the decisive game 163 on Monday October 6, 1980 and thus the franchise’s first NL West crown. Those two playoff games would be the only such contests during the two division era from 1969-1993, though it almost happened a few other times.

In 1971, the Giants went to the final day of the regular season with a 1 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. ON that Thursday September 30, the Dodgers would defeat Houston 2-1 in Los Angeles, but it would ultimately not matter as the Giants took a 5-1 victory against the Padres in San Diego. IN 1972, the Red Sox and Tigers were facing each other to close the season. Teams lost some games due to a strike that were not made up during the early days of the season and the Red Sox and Tigers would end up finishing a half game apart. Detroit clinched on the penultimate day of the season, Tuesday October 3 to win the AL East title.

September 30, 1973 brought a strange situation. ON that day, the NL East leading Mets split a pair at Chicago against the Cubs, leaving the Mets at 81-79 and in first place. The problem, the 81-81 Cardinals and 80-81 Pirates were mathematically still alive. On Monday October 1, the Mets had to make up a pair of games while Pittsburgh made up a game. All the Mets had to do was win the first game and the second would not matter, if they had lost both, they would have tied the Cardinals at 81-81 and a Pittsburgh win would have created a three-way 81-81 tie for first place. What happened on Monday October 1 you ask? Pittsburgh lost at home to the Padres and the Mets won at Chicago, giving the Mets the division at 82-79.

Wednesday October 2 was the close of the 1974 season. Pittsburgh came in leading the Cardinals by a game in the NL East. The Cardinals were rained out and Pittsburgh won in extra innings. Had Pittsburgh lost, the Cardinals would have had to play the next day to see if they would pull into a division tie.

Pittsburgh almost was involved in another playoff situation in 1979. ON Sunday September 30, Pittsburgh won at home to claim the division which was also the result of a Montreal Expos loss. Had Pittsburgh lost that day no matter what happened in Montreal, the Expos would then have had to make up as many as two games to decide if it would be the Pirates, Expos, or a tie to end the 1979 regular season in the NL East.

A similar situation almost played out between the Reds and Astros in the NL West, but Cincinnati clinched earlier in the week. Otherwise, the Reds could have also had to make up a game and potentially play Houston in a playoff, foreshadowing what the Astros would face in 1980.

The 1982 season had without question the best finish in the two division era. When the day started on Sunday October 3, the Braves lead the Giants by a game in the NL West, the Cardinals lead the Phillies by a game in the NL East and the Brewers and Orioles were tied in the AL East. Baltimore and Milwaukee would be decided that day because they ironically faced one another, so game 162 was the win or go home game for both, one the Brewers one easily 10-2 in Baltimore. AS for the NL drama, it didn’t quite play out. The Phillies won their game 4-1 over the Mets, then watched as the Cardinals took a 5-4 game at Wrigley in 14 innings, remember no lights were at Wrigley in those days, so had the game gone on longer, they would have had to resume on Monday and then have a playoff had the Cardinals lost. The drama in the west was later in the day in California, as Atlanta lost at San Diego 5-1, but the Dodgers would also lose at San Francisco 5-3, giving the Braves the division title. This would foreshadow later games impacting the Dodgers and Giants in races with the Braves.

The 1985 season did not have final day drama, but it nearly worked out that again three divisions were in play. The Royals edged the Angels by a game in the AL West, the Blue Jays did the same to the Yankees by 2 in the AL East, while the Cardinals slipped by the Mets by 3 in the NL East. It would be 1987 that would bring the next round of great drama. The Tigers would storm back the final week to catch and then pass the Blue Jays. ON the final day in Detroit, the Tigers had a one game lead and if they won, it was all over, while a Toronto win would have forced a playoff the next afternoon. The Tigers would ultimately win that day and avoid the third division playoff in history, a third that would not come during the two division era.

The 1988 season was known for one race, the AL East. The Red Sox, Tigers and Blue Jays were tightly bunched to the end, Boston clinched on the final Saturday, so Sunday October 2 had no impact.

The same played out in 1989 with the blue Jays getting by the Orioles on the final Saturday, a Baltimore win at Toronto would close the season on Sunday October 1 and a single game separated the battle of the birds. Toronto would be involved yet again in 1990 with a dramatic ending, the situation on Wednesday October 3, the final day of the season would be a carbon copy of 1987. Toronto was down a game and facing the team they needed to catch, this time Boston and again on the road. Again Toronto would fall and the Red Sox edged the Jays by a pair in the AL East.

Remember the earlier comment about the Giants, Dodgers and Braves. The 1991 season saw a great comeback as the Braves would catch and pass the Dodgers. Atlanta won on the final Saturday and the dodgers fell at the Giants, helping the Braves escape with a clinching NL West celebration at home against the rebuilding Astros. But 1993 would be the season to remember and it involved these same three teams. The Giants had lead the NL West for most of the 1993 season, but then the Braves caught fire starting the night their ballpark literally did just that, on July 20, 1993. The final day of the season brought a pair of teams tied in the NL West with 103-58 records. Atlanta would win at home over the expansion Rockies, taking all 13 games against Colorado. The Giants had to win at Los Angeles to force the playoff, the Giants had helped Atlanta by beating the Dodgers in 1982 and 1991. This time the Braves were cheering for the Dodgers to come out on top and they would do so in an 12-1 route on Sunday October 3.

The 1994 strike kept us from enjoying the drama that a wild card could have given us that first year, but 1995 and the new three division alignment would prove to be great. The Yankees would claim the wild card on the final day of the season, Sunday October 1. The Angels and surging Mariners who were battling for the AL West were also in contention for that Wild Card slot. Those clubs went to the final day of the season tied and both won, forcing an extra game on Monday October 2 in Seattle. We almost had another playoff that same day for the NL Wild Card. The Astros had gone into a late season tail spin and the Rockies kept winning. ON the final day, Houston had to win at the Cubs and have Colorado lose at home to the Giants. Houston was down early but stormed back for a win. Unfortunately, Colorado would turn the exact same trick and minutes after the Astros won, they learned that they would not be flying to Denver for a Monday playoff at the Rockies to settle the first NL wild card. Under today’s rules, that game would have taken place with Houston as the second wild card and those Yankees, they would have had to play a home game against the loser of the AL West playoff for the AL Wild Card which turned out to be the Angels.

The 1996 season is one that would have been memorable under today’s rules. The final day of the season September 29 only left one thing to settle, who would win the NL West and who would be the wild card. The Dodgers and Padres would each get one of these two slots and they faced one another, ultimately San Diego took the division crown and both would lose in the NLDS. But had there been two wild card teams in 1996, things would have been very interesting. The Dodgers would have played a home game in the wild card against the Montreal Expos, the same team they beat in the 1981 NLCS. The American League, what a crazy situation we would have faced. Yes the wild card team that year was Baltimore, but who would Baltimore play you ask? We honestly can’t answer that question, because the second wild card would have been a potential three-way tie. The Mariners would have held the second slot at 85-76, but they would have to make up a game. If they had lost, they would have been 85-77, the same record also belonging to the White Sox and Red Sox. Baltimore would have had two off days at home to see who survived had that played out.

The 1997 season brought the same type of situation in the National League. While all divisions and the top wild cards were settled, the Yankees would have played the Angels as the second AL wild card that year, the NL would have featured the Marlins waiting to see who won a wild card playoff game between the Mets and Dodgers who both finished 88-74.

The 1998 season is remembered for the home run race, but a great wild card race took place in the NL. On the final day, the Cubs and Giants were tied, the Mets were a game out. New York had to win and hope for losses by the other two, which did happen. Unfortunately on September 27 of 1998, the Mets also lost. As for the Cubs and Giants, both blew big leads to the same teams they blew leads to three years earlier, the Giants against the Rockies again in Denver, the Cubs against the Astros, this time in Houston. The cubs and Giants had a playoff in 1998 which would have been the same with the new system today, while in the AL, Boston would have played host to Toronto.

The 1999 season featured a great race in the NL Central between the Reds and Astros, the Mets were also in on this as a wild card. Ultimately, Houston edged Cincinnati on the final day when both clubs won, but the Mets won as well forcing the Reds into a wild card playoff. Had Houston lost in those days, the Mets would have claimed the wild card because Houston and Cincinnati would have played a game to decide the division and the loser would be out altogether. This situation forced a later change in the rules. Under the system now, the loser of a playoff like that would then go on and play the wild card game. No other divisions were close that year, your AL wild card would have again been in Boston, the visiting team being the 87-75 Oakland Athletics.

The 2000 season had a memorable ending. The final day saw the Indians needing a win and they needed Seattle to lose. Had this happened, Seattle then would have had to play a makeup game the next day. The results of that game could have then resulted in an Oakland and Seattle playoff and Cleveland sneaking in as a wild card, much like the Mets almost did a year earlier. The Mariners and athletics both won, giving Oakland the AL West and Seattle the wild card. The Indians would have been the second wild card that season in the AL. The Braves would edge out the Mets in the NL East, the Mets as the top wild card would have played the 86-76 Dodgers who would have claimed the second wild card by a game over Cincinnati.

The 2001 season had one thing to decide on the final day, Sunday October 7, who would win the NL Central and who would be the wild card. Houston beat St. Louis and on head to head, the Astros claimed the division, the Cardinals the wild card, both were 93-69. Today, they would have had a playoff, the loser would then have hosted the Giants in the wild card game, while the AL wild card would have been Minnesota at Oakland.

Not much drama remained in 2002, other than to decide another division/wild card arrangement, between the Giants and Diamondbacks. Ultimately Arizona won the division and the wild card Giants who came so close to a championship would have first had to play the single game at home against the Dodgers. The Angels would have played at home in the AL wild card, against the winner of a playoff between the Mariners and Red Sox who each were 93-69.

In 2003, the Astros would be eliminated from contention on the final Saturday by the NL Central champion cubs. Had a wild card been around for a second team in 2003, the Astros would have played at the marlins. Over in the AL, the Red Sox would have been at home against the mariners, a rematch from the prior year.

The 2004 season saw the Giants just miss out on the NL West to the Dodgers and to the Astros in the wild card. The Cubs and Phillies also had less than memorable finishes that year. Houston would have hosted San Francisco in a wild card game, while Boston would have hosted Oakland in the AL.

IN 2005, the Yankees and Red Sox ended tied just like the Cardinals and Astros in 2001, New York getting the division title. Had they played it off, the loser would have then been home for a wild card against Cleveland. IN the NL, the Phillies who were edged in the NL East by a pair of games by Atlanta, would have played at Houston for the wild card.

IN 2006, a situation like 1973 was in place. Houston had a chance to win and with a Cardinals loss, the Astros would have been in position to play a makeup game that could have forced a tie. Houston lost though and so the drama never materialized, even though the Cardinals did lose for their part, so St. Louis won the NL Central. Detroit which had lead all year would lose in extra innings on that same October 1, giving the AL Central to Minnesota and the Tigers a wild card. The Padres and Dodgers would tie for the NL West, but the situation was just like that 10 years earlier in 1996, with the Dodgers this time claiming the division. Under today’s rules, Detroit would have had a home playoff in the wild card with the white Sox who edged the Angels for that slot, while in the NL, the dodgers and padres would play a game to decide a division title, sending the loser to a Wild Card game at home against an 85-77 Phillies club.

Everyone remembers 2007, at one point the NL West, East and wild cards were all in play among five teams going to the final three days of the season, the Diamondbacks, padres, Rockies, Phillies and Mets. The Phillies would get hot and claim the NL east on the final day, the Mets would lose in a most memorable way. The Padres would do the same as the Mets, while the Rockies could not lose a game. The Phillies and Diamondbacks would win the divisions and the Rockies and padres would play a most memorable playoff for the wild card which would be the same today. The Mets would still be on the outside looking in. IN the AL where the drama was so much less significant, the Yankees would have hosted the winner of a playoff between the Mariners and Tigers under today’s system, thus much more drama.

The 2008 season saw a makeup game on Monday September 29 with the Tigers and White Sox in Chicago. The Sox had to win this game to get into a division playoff with the Twins, had they lost, Minnesota would have won the AL Central. The White Sox won this game, then beat the Twins on Tuesday September 30 to get the division title. Meanwhile on the final Sunday for everyone else six years ago today, the Mets again had blown the division to the Phillies but had wild card hope. They came in tied with the Brewers, Milwaukee won and the Mets lost at home to the marlins, just as they had done the prior year. IN 2008, we all remember that great Rays series against the Red Sox in the ALCS. Under today’s rules, it might have never happened, because Boston would have first had to beat the Yankees at Fenway in the wild card game. The NL matchup would have opened a door this year for the Mets, as they would have traveled to Milwaukee, thus both New York teams would have been the second wild cards in the final year of their former ballpark homes.

The Twins and Tigers would have yet another division playoff in 2009, an epic collapse by Detroit allowed Minnesota to force this one game playoff at the Metrodome, a game the Twins won in extra innings. No other real drama played out that year, the Dodgers and Rockies had the best race with the Giants in the NL West, ultimately the Dodgers took the division and Colorado the wild card. The Rockies would have hosted the Giants in the NL wild card, the Marlins just missing out by a game, while the Rangers would have traveled to Boston in the AL, edging the Twins and Tigers.

The 2010 season brought another one of those great merged races for the NL West and wild card. The Giants would win the final Sunday October 3 to take the division title, a loss would have meant a playoff with the Padres the next day. Under today’s system, the padres would have traveled to Atlanta for a wild card and in the AL, it would have been a repeat of 2008, only this time the Red Sox and Yankees would have played in the Bronx.

We all know about 2011, as every baseball fan remembers the night of Wednesday September 28, three years ago today. We know how it all ended in sudden fashion for the Rays and Red Sox, Braves and Cardinals. We were this close to having a pair of wild card playoff games the next day featuring those matchups and that is largely what lead to the system we now have. The divisions were long since settled.

In 2012 under the new system, we all remember the great comeback the Athletics had that lead them to the AL West crown, with the Rangers who had been in first nearly the entire season finding themselves in a home wild card with the Orioles, a game they would lose. The Cardinals and Braves had their memorable game in Atlanta, infield fly rule anyone? The 2013 season brought the great race to the end that involved the Rays and Rangers ultimately in a playoff to decide who would go to Cleveland and play in that AL wild card game.

But now we come to today and the potential is here to upstage all of these previous endings. Opportunities for lots of chaos existed in 1982, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2007 under the old system. Things would have been crazy in 1996 under this new system. But now, 2014 might bring us what 1982 did not, what 2007 did not, what 1996 could not bring because of the system in place. This 2014 season could in about 15 or 16 hours give us something that we have never had before, multiple playoff tie breaking games on the same day after the seasons conclusion. We have never had more than one, 1978, 1980, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013. Under the old systems, we could have had a pair in 1982, 1995, 1998 to break a three-way tie, and 2011. We were this close to three such games in2007, but now we are closer to three such games than at any time in baseball history. NO matter who you are rooting for, enjoy this day. The one team with more than any others at stake is clearly the mariners, so here’s hoping that at least they get a playoff with Oakland on Monday. A Mariner win and Athletics loss brings us just that result. Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Tigers win the divisions if they just win later today, if they lose, the door is open for the Royals and Pirates to move into division ties and force playoffs on Monday. So while today is a sad day for those who love regular season baseball and for whom thoughts of spring training already exist if the playoffs are not in site, rejoice that we could be on the verge of experiencing something never before witnessed in professional baseball at this level.

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