- Modern Draft League Manager
Modeled from the Billy Ball era in Oakland and
from his mutiple stops at the Bronx Zoo. If you want to add a little excitement to your
APBA league THIS is the guy for you!
Billy Ball tactics of note:
1) He sets aside a 5 man rotation and does NOT use starters in relief
roles unless he has no other options. Billy is prone to stick with his "stud"
starters deep into games. He'll label such as any 12+ rated starter with over 210 innings
pitched. He will have a quicker hook when starters are of a lesser grade.
2) Billy is aggressive with the running game and against catchers with
average or below average arms (+1 and lower). Displays a strong use of the double steal
and will also utilize the hit and run extensively, even when behind if good speed is on
the base paths. Billy is not afraid to try to steal home or use the suicide squeeze to
steal a run. This is something he favors to pull the trigger on when facing a dominant
starter or supercloser in a close contest, however, he'll occasionally use such tactics
early and against lesser quality arms as he loves surprising the opposition.
3) Martin selects closers by saves and not grades. A reliever, for
example, with high save totals but low grade will be used over a relievers with high
grades but few saves. A "normal" closer will have more than 12 saves. A
"supercloser" will have saves of 20+. Martin will, obviously, more aggressively
use the superclosers than the "normal" closers. Teams with multiple closers will
see the closer with highest save totals being selected as the primary closer and the other
closers likely used as setup relievers. However, Martin will have a quick hook with one
"struggling" closer in favor of the secondary (or tertiary, et cetera) closers.
4) Martin hates to see relievers hit. You'll see a very aggressive use
of double switches and "realignment" of the batting order to attempt to prevent
a relief pitcher from batting. Generally, unless the reliever is a "supercloser"
or the game is lopsided or a team's bullpen is thin due to overwork, you'll likely never
see a relief pitcher with a bat in his hands.
5) Martin will rest star players in lopsided games. He'll also quickly
pull starting pitchers when games are safely in hand, even his "stud" starters.
6) Martin "rates" two of the outfield positions, RF and CF.
For a player to be considered a viable option as a CF, he must be rated as an outfielder
and either have a defensive rating greater than one and speed greater than 15. Right
fielders must be rated as outfielders and have arm rating greater than 29 and speed
greater than 10. In situations where injury or ejection occurs and no rested CF or RF is
available, these ratings essentially "go out the window" and any rated
outfielder may be used. Generally, however, in the latter situations, Billy will still try
to place speedier players in CF and betters arms in RF.
7) Billy doesn't pinchhit for star players. He labels such as any
player reaching one of the following numbers: .300 Ave, 30 HR's 100 Runs scored or 95
8) Martin uses defensive replacements with regularity. Always looks to
upgrade at SS defensively. He is also wary of letting ANY 1 rated OF play late in a game
with a narrow lead.