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Favorite Teams toughest...


Favorite Teams toughest...

I'm a huge fan of baseball history and love playing PC, especially the Favorite Teams leagues. I've tried to run nearly every franchise so far with varying levels of success. I really like the challenge of finding the right mix to win. Obviously, some teams are much easier to win with, you see them littered at the top of nearly every league. I think I get the most enjoyment out of beating those juggernaut teams. With that said, what do you guys think are the toughest franchises to win with? I've found a few that on paper at least, seems pretty tough to imagine being able to put a winner together.

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Baltimore

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jay hasn't got Brewers and Royals
but maybe he hasn't done one with them

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12/15 sws33 Random Chatter 0 0
Great topic! I also enjoy researching for some of the more difficult teams. I haven't completed hundreds of seasons so my thoughts here aren't based on large sample size. I've done well with the 2 Brewers teams I've tried. I've also recently started seasons with Padres and Rays. Padres actually look very doable. I just started a Rays team but I'll say it looks tough. While they have insane pitching depth (especially RP), the hitting is surprisingly weak. I don't know if it can be done without trading pitching for hitters. From my research the Royals look VERY hard. I've wanted to give KC a try but haven't yet.

I'd love to hear more thoughts on this topic. And I'd be curious to hear if anyone has ever won rings with some of these tough ones. Great topic.

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This is my opinion,the Rockies are the worst team because they have no pitching and not enough defense to help their weak pitching staff.

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I've tried a Padres team and just missed the playoffs, I made the playoffs with a Royals team, but got eliminated. I haven't even begun to look at a Rockies team yet, that one does sound challenging. Brewers is another that I want to try. Thanks for the opinions so far.

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I am playing with Cleveland in a league now. 2 other people joined the league and also hose Cleveland. We all 3 will make the playoffs.
Personally when I join a favorites league I check to see who else is in the league and pick something different.

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12/15 sws33 Random Chatter 1 0
Rockies is an interesting one. I haven't researched them yet. And @Macey, that seems like an impressive feat making the playoffs with KC. I want to try that myself.

Is anyone else fanatical like me and research a team for like 3 weeks, preparing spreadsheets, going through baseball-ref year by year, getting excited to find a .320 dude with 126 AB, etc before jumping in a new league LOL?

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Well, the initial 12 that come to mind make up my "Best of the Rest- BYOT" league (now starting it's 12th and final season before rebooting to include new parameters.) Different franchises struggle for different reasons. No team loses more solid SP to the 85 IP rule than the Marlins.

Far as Fave Team - Autos, I name all my years combos so they're pretty easy to track under my profile, in reference to 'winning year combinations' I saw above. I've seen Sheik and others do it as well.
As far as toughest, fun fact, the Rockies ring I won was with NO TRADES MADE at all. No plumping up that paltry staff. It was of course taking the best possible years for their SP, but their RP and dWAR were just as crucial as they have to offset that bad SP. But you make sure you're getting those guys out of the game ASAP most games. That's the key. Any Rockies team I've ever ran I've used the bullpen far more than the SP's.

The Padres aren't easy. The craziest part of that ring, is go look the years, there's a reason they were called the SD Speed Freaks. Lol They were a WC with a losing record. Toronto is no picnic. They offer plenty of dWAR, but not a lot of SP clout, and their RP dominance spreads out, so it's tough to "stack" like say, the Rays or Yankees of recent years.

Won a 1871 league with the 2009-2015-2018-2019 Tampa Rays. All RP's and dWAR. It really is just trying to build a COMPLETE team.

Be leery of park effects until you get a real feel of how types of players tend to respond.

The Brewers and Royals are all left for me to win at least one ring with all 30 franchises. Id definitely say the Royals are the toughest FOR ME. But I have the repeatable years to get them to the playoffs, and that's the best advice I can give to newer players is study what years the vets use and do your homework. I was a stat geek prior to stumbling upon Pennant Chase, so being aware of dominant statistical seasons by players and teams starting out didn't hurt me either. Sandbox your combinations too. It helps you map out the most complete teams out of the years you choose. How to quickly pick those is a discussion for another day.

Id say Colorado and Kansas City are the toughest franchises as a whole. The lack of pitching in Denver and offense and dominant SP clusters in K.C. make them the most difficult.