Friday, August 24, 2012

Halfway Point

I’ve reached the halfway point of my 1981 baseball replay. 

Since I’ve ignored the strike that plagued the real 1981 season, and since I have no rain outs in any of the replayed games, I know  there’s 2,106 games in a full baseball season. I reached game 1,053 and using the math skills hammered into me during my formal education, I deduced I am exactly half way done. 

It’s been a great season so far, except for the dismal play of my favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. The American League East Division has three teams that are within two games of the Yankees and California is a surprise team in the West Division. 

In the National League, Montreal is unstoppable. Los Angeles has taken a 10.5-game lead on the heels of an 18-game winning streak stopped only by Houston’s Nolan Ryan, who struck out 10 Dodgers and held them to one unearned run.

Mike Schmidt of the Phillies leads the home run race with 28. George Foster of the Reds is second with 24 homers. Oakland’s designated hitter Cliff Johnson and the Oriole’s Eddie Murray lead the American League with 23 dingers each.

I began playing this replay on Dec. 12, 2011. Eight months and a week later, I’m halfway finished. Looks like I’ll wrap this season up in late April if I continue at the same pace. The game takes dedication and patience to complete and the other APBA game players who replay entire seasons realize this. 

Here are the standings at the midway mark
AMERICAN LEAGUE
East W L GB
New York 50 32 --
Milwaukee 49 32 .5
Detroit 48 33 1.5
Baltimore 47 33 2
Boston 38 42 11
Cleveland 35 45 14
Toronto 26 57 24.5

West
Kansas C. 49 29 --
California 51 34 1.5
Oakland 46 39 6.5
Chicago 40 38 9
Texas 36 46 15
Seattle 28 54 23
Minnesota 26 55 24.5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
East
Montreal 55 26 --
Phil'phia  45 35 9.5
St. Louis 45 36 10
Pittsburgh 37 41 16.5
Chicago    34 47 21
New York 30 49 29

West
L.Angeles 55 27 --
Cincinnati 44 37 10.5
Houston 42 38 12
S.Francisco 38 46 18
Atlanta      32 48 22
San Diego 27 54 27.5

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