After I’d recently posted a recap for a game where LA closer Terry Forster had pitched seven long innings, and was allowed to bat late in the game in a critical situation, a discussion began among SP78 fans on whether or not it was a smart managerial move to allow even a good-hitting pitcher to bat under those conditions. Or if it’s reasonable to have a pitcher pinch-hit instead of a regular bench player, especially when that pitcher holds the highest all-time batting average for any player with 50 or more at-bats, or 15 seasons in the major leagues.
With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to let Forster pinch-hit in the next Dodgers game—if a situation logically allows for it—and see what happens…is he really as good a hitter as people think he is? Will it finally prove that my brother, who managed that long-ago game and allowed Forster to hit, was right all along? Tell me what you think by voting below; results will not be final until the first FAC card of the next Dodgers game is turned, which could be anytime between next week and next September.
Due to an undisclosed family emergency, Blue Jays backstop Rick Cerone has been placed on the temporary inactive list by the team, effective yesterday, August 22nd. He departed for his residence in Newark late last night, and will miss this evening’s doubleheader against the Tigers in Detroit. It hasn’t been determined how many games Cerone will be absent, but manager Roy Hartsfield does not expect him back before the 25th.
To fill Cerone’s spot on the roster, and serve as backup to starting catcher Alan Ashby, the Jays have recalled Ernie Whitt from the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League. Whitt went 0-for-6 with two walks and two strikeouts in three games during his short stint with the parent club earlier this season, and will be available to start in either of the two games of tonight’s twinbill.
Posted in Inside SP78
Tagged 1978, catcher, Ernie Whitt, International League, minor leagues, recall, Rick Cerone, Roy Hartsfield, SP78 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball, Syracuse Chiefs, Toronto Blue Jays
Developed by Sperry Rand in 1963, Statistor is a robotic information-gathering and data storage system, later modified by Texas Instruments specifically for use by Statis Pro 1978 Replay. Statistor will answer any and all SP78-related questions, either once a year or whenever the mood strikes him.
Which teams in the NL and AL have had the longest winning and losing streaks so far this season?
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In the National League, the longest winning streak belongs to the Padres, with 11, while the Astros and Braves share the longest losing streak with 9. In the American League, the Mariners are still tops in the majors with their magic 16-game winning streak, while the other 1977 expansion team, the Blue Jays, claim the longest losing skid with 10.
Dear Scary Monster,
My name is Michael, I’m six years old, and I live on South Main Street. I have two questions to ask you. The first one is, do you have gas powered wings so you can fly into space and attack astronauts? And the second one is, does Statis Pro Baseball allow for variations in FAC card results in relation to each team’s home field advantages and disadvantages, based on player card formulas and/or Out Chart results?
In answer to your second question, no, the game does not allow for variations in results based on specific home ballpark idiosyncrasies, such as field dimensions and outfield wall height, although there do exist fan-created charts for such advanced play. As for your first question, it is not only nonsensical, but disturbing. Therefore, it will not be answered, and will be deleted from Statistor’s database.
Created for today’s 40th Anniversary game, and already destined for the vault, is this four-page program featuring a scorecard, starting lineups for both teams, a message from the Commissioner, a seating chart for Riverfront Stadium, game notes, and a scan of an actual ticket stub from the August 22, 1978 game between the Reds and Cards. Overall, a steal at 25 cents.