Thompson - Cross Era Manager
Whitey Thompson: Version 1, Cross-Era, AIM
Thompson, like his counterpart Ford Connor, does NOT set aside a rotation. He'll use all
available pitchers (like Connor, these can be players whose primary position is pitcher OR
players rated as a pitcher with one or more starts or seven or more relief appearances AND
four or more decisions.
Unlike Connor, Thompson selects Closers by saves totals. "Normal" closers have
save totals of beteen 14 and 23. "Super" closers are those with 24 or higher
saves. As with Connor, Thompson uses a "one inning" closer approach, and a two
or more inning closer approach with using a Quisenberry or Gossage of the 70s in the
seventh/eighth. The best "supercloser" is selected by save totals (highest total
is your primary closer). Other closers/superclosers will be used as setup pitchers if your
primary supercloser is a one inning type reliever.
Other points: (these are identical to those mentioned in the Connor file)
Can be used for both DH and non-DH play; tends to "ignore" actual innings
pitched for relievers (e.g., he'll use a slightly higher grade reliever with fewer
appearances over another reliever with higher innings/appearances); blowout/rout sub
strategies; aggressive w/pinchrunning to steal bases late when ahead.