Richards - Draft League Manager
Note: The best suggestion is to use Gordy for a
draft league team (any era) where you have a strong starting staff but will a poor
bullpen. Richards is very conservative for the most part and is probably best suited for
"thin" teams with little depth or pitching.
Richards, is an AIM, non-DH micromanager best suited to manage teams from the mid-1950's
to the late-1960's. He can manage teams before the approximate 1955 cutoff point; however,
because he makes extensive use of the double switch, a strategy that appears not to have
been used prior to the late 50's, he may be considered inappropriate for that period.
There are several strategies that Richards makes that should be noted:
1) Use of benched star players. Richards will not use benched star players in a
"non-winnable" game except for emergencies (e.g., no other player is available
to fill a position). This applies both offensively and defensively. However, if the game
is on the line and winnable (tying run onbase or at the plate), he will consider using
those players offensively.
2) Richards will use pitchers as pinchhitters or pinchrunners if they appeared in that
capacity during the season. You might see, for example, a Gary Peters or a Don Larsen, two
excellent hitting pitchers, used as PHers in a close game. Similarly, fast running
pitchers (e.g., Joe Horlen, Blue Moon Odom, Bob Gibson) may be used a pinchrunners.
3) Blowout or rout substitutions. Richards will replace star players in a lopsided game,
whether on the winning or losing side. This includes: pinchhitting for them, pinchrunning
for them, of subbing defensively for them at the beginning of an inning. Additionally, he
attempts to use "itchy" reserve players first as replacements.
4) Richards will rearrange you outfielders. He attempts to place the best overall
defensive rated outfielder in center, the best arm and second best rated outfielder in
right, and then fill in left. Depending on the situation, you will see him move a poorer
rated rightfielder to left in favor of a better rightfielder.
5) Pitching changes. Richards bases ALL of his relief changes upon the total number of
relief appearances by the team's bullpen. This is an "Era Adjustment" quality
that is used to adjust pitching changes based upon how extensive a team used its bullpen
during that season. Teams with high bullpen usage (approximately 240 or more total
apperances) will find a quicker hook being used by Richards than average or low bullpen
usage. This characteristic of Richards enhances his ability to manage over a wider range
of seasons. As noted above, although he employs the double switch, Richards can manage
1940's teams quite well.