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    Welcome to Cincinnati: THE GRIFFEY YEARS

    INTRODUCTION

    If you bought a sports page on February 11, 2000, you may have been surprised with what you read. For fans in Seattle, it was heartbreaking: the Superstar that they had come to know and love was leaving. For fans in Cincinnati, it was heartwarming: the Prodigal Son returning, and taking aim at 756 wearing a Reds uniform. Around the country (heck, even around the world), headlines screamed something like this:

    JUNIOR TRADED TO REDS!

    Ken Griffey Jr. was the Superstar. With a winning smile, a playful attitude, and the sweetest swing in baseball, he was easily the greatest player in the game. And with his 398 career home runs, one of the most prolific sluggers as well. He appeared in 10 All-Star Games, won 10 Gold Glove Awards, was AL MVP in 1997, was named to the All-Century Team, and was the youngest player to hit 350 home runs, all before he turned 30.

    Of course, we all know that the career of this All-Time Great was cruelly derailed by a string of injuries, leaving this Superstar of Superstars a mere shadow of his former self. And yet, we are left to wonder what might have been…

    …my friends, wonder no more! With the help of BBM2009, I shall attempt to answer the question: “WHAT IF?”

    Welcome…to Cincinnati: The GRIFFEY YEARS!!!

    GOALS
    1. Have Ken Griffey Jr. compete for the home run record (Hank Aaron: 755)
    At the start of this simulation, Junior is 358 home runs away from breaking this. Entering a hitter-friendly home field in Cincinnati (Cinergy Field = 110 HR) as opposed to the more pitcher-friendly confines of Seattle (Safeco Field = 98 HR) should expedite this chase.
    2. Avoid bankruptcy at all costs.
    In our reality, the Reds moved into the Great American Ballpark for the start of the 2003 season. I too will move the Reds in 2003 (seeing as it’s already under construction, it would be a waste of a beautiful new stadium!), regardless of how much money is in the bank. However, the more money that I earn, the less I have to ‘borrow’, meaning I have less to pay back.
    3. Turn Cincinnati into a perennial contender (without compromising realism).
    I will be using my ‘World Famous’ draft restrictions, as well as OldFatGuy’s (actual) ‘World Famous’ Free Agent Restrictions. I’m also going to experiment with CatKnight’s newly discovered formula for competitive balance. Aside from overturning any ‘one-sided’/’unfair’/’unrealistic’ trades, I will be keeping my hand out of the cookie jar.

    As usual, any questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome. And thanks for reading!

    ***

    SPOILER ALERT - Season-by-season results

    2000 - 75-87, T-2nd (27 GB in Central, 15 GB in Wild Card)
    World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
    All-Star: CF Ken Griffey, Jr.
    Junior's Line: .317/.423/.655, 50 HR, 141 RBI
    Highlights: Junior hits #400; passes Cal Ripken, Jr., Duke Snider, Darrell Evans, Billy Williams, Andre Dawson, and Dave Kingman; sits at 24th on the all-time home run list

    2001 - 88-75, 2nd (13 GB in Central, 1 GB in Wild Card) - Lost 1-game playoff for NL Wild Card
    World Series Champions: San Francisco Giants
    All-Stars: CF Ken Griffey, Jr., SP Pete Harnisch
    Junior's Line: .319/.434/.665, 49 HR, 139 RBI
    Highlights: Missed 2 weeks with injured wrist; records 2000th hit; passes Carl Yastrzemski, Jose Canseco, Dave Winfield, Willie Stargell, Stan Musial, Barry Bonds, and Lou Gehrig; sits at 17th on the all-time home run list

    2002 - 89-74, 2nd (1 GB in Central, 4 GB in Wild Card) - Lost 1-game playoff for NL Central
    World Series Champions: Florida Marlins
    All-Star: CF Ken Griffey, Jr.
    Junior's Line: .312/.410/.631, 51 HR, 151 RBI
    Highlights: Joins 500 HR Club; passes Eddie Murray, Mel Ott, Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews, Willie McCovey, Ted Williams, Jimmie Foxx, and Mickey Mantle; sits in a tie for 8th on the all-time home run list

    2003 - 75-87, 5th (25 GB in Central, 13 GB in Wild Card)
    World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
    All-Star: CF Ken Griffey, Jr.
    Junior's Line: .319/.402/.627, 43 HR, 123 RBI
    Highlights: Missed 2 weeks with injured wrist; becomes active leader in HR and RBI; passes Mike Schmidt, Mark McGwire, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, and Frank Robinson; sits at 4th on the all-time home run list

    2004 - 78-84, T-4th (17 GB in Central, 14 GB in Wild Card)
    World Series Champions: Texas Rangers
    All-Stars: CF Ken Griffey, Jr., LF Adam Dunn, SP Mike Mussina
    Junior's Line: .303/.388/.580, 41 HR, 125 RBI
    Highlights: Joins 600 HR Club; sits alone in 4th on all-time home run list

    2005 - 86-76, 2nd (12 GB in Central, 5 GB in Wild Card)
    World Series Champions: Florida Marlins
    All-Stars: CF Ken Griffey, Jr., LF Adam Dunn
    Junior's Line: .284/.365/.568, 37 HR, 110 RBI
    Highlights: Missed 3 weeks with injured shoulder; passes Willie Mays, hits 21st grand slam (2nd all-time); currently 3rd on the all-time home run list, and 6th on the all-time RBI list

    2006 - 65-97, 6th (37 GB in Central, 27 1/2 GB in Wild Card)
    World Series Champions: Chicago Cubs
    All-Star: CF Ken Griffey, Jr.
    Junior's Line: .282/.387/.577, 39 HR, 113 RBI
    Highlights: Hit his 700th career home run; drove in his 2000th career RBI; currently 3rd all-time in home runs, and 4th all-time in RBI; also hit his 22nd career grand slam

    2007 - 77-85, 4th (25 GB in Central, 10 1/2 GB in Wild Card)
    World Series Champions: Chicago Cubs
    All-Star: CF Ken Griffey, Jr.
    Junior's Line: .263/.348/.480, 27 HR, 112 RBI
    Highlights: Recorded his 3000th career hit - a home run; passed Babe Ruth; currently 2nd all-time in home runs, and 3rd all-time in RBI

    2008 - (through July 31) 33-74, 6th (31 GB in Central, 29 GB in Wild Card)
    All-Stars: CF Ken Griffey, Jr.
    Junior's Line: .272/.368/.557, 25 HR, 65 RBI
    Highlights: BECAME THE ALL-TIME HOME RUN KING; hit his 23rd career grand slam, tying Gehrig for 1st all-time; moved into 2nd all-time in RBI; scored his 2000th career run

    TRADED TO SEATTLE 7/31/2008

    2008 - (from August 1)
    World Series Champions:
    Junior's Line:
    Highlights:
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    Re: Welcome to Cincinnati: THE GRIFFEY YEARS

    YES! A new Potato dynasty! Good luck, and I like the idea.
    My Dynasty:

    Saving Baseball In Portland

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    My Retired Dynasties:

    The Day Baseball Changed Forever: Part 1
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    twinsGM: Thanks! the idea is to finish this thing before BM2010 comes out, so unlike Shot at Redemption, this should move along swiftly! Also, Junior was my favorite player when I still had visions (they were ultimately just that) of playing in the majors. I even got to play centerfield, mostly because I was the worst player on the team, and the coaches just wanted to keep me away from the ball.

    Anyways, enough about me; thanks for reading!

    ***

    FEBRUARY 11, 2000
    JUNIOR TRADED TO REDS!

    The Cincinnati Reds acquired All-Star centerfielder Ken Griffey Jr. from the Seattle Mariners yesterday. This marks the return of Griffey to his native Cincinnati, where his father Ken Sr. played for many years.

    Junior will wear #30, as the Reds are planning on retiring the #24 he wore in Seattle. That number belonged to Hall of Fame inductee Tony Perez.

    FEBRUARY 15, 2000
    JUNIOR SIGNS RECORD CONTRACT!


    Ken Griffey Jr. just became the richest player in baseball.

    Less than a week after arriving in Cincinnati, Junior agreed to a megadeal that could pay him as much as $80 million, will keep him in a Reds uniform for the remainder of the decade.

    The deal is the most lucrative in baseball, giving Griffey $7 million a year until 2006. After that season, both the team and Griffey have 3-year options available to them, with the organizations’ paying $8.5 million and the players’ paying $10 million.

    MARCH 27, 2000
    REDS CUT PAYROLL, RELEASE 18


    The Cincinnati Reds released OF Deion Sanders, P Elmer Dessens, C Corky Miller, and 15 other minor leaguers in an effort to get to a manageable payroll.

    The Reds open their season this Sunday (April 2) against the Pirates at a sold-out Cinergy Field, welcoming superstar CF Ken Griffey, Jr.

    MARCH 30, 2000
    REDS TRADE 2 AS SPRING TRAINING ENDS

    In the continuing effort to cut payroll, the Reds traded LF Dante Bichette to the Yankees for SP prospect Sean Henn.

    In another deal, the Reds traded C Eddie Taubensee to the Red Sox for RPs Carlos Castillo and Dan Smith.

    Castillo (70/78) will report to AAA, Smith (65/88) will report to AA, and Henn (52/87) will report to Rookie ball. Bichette, meanwhile, never played a game for Cincinnati, but will become New York’s starting leftfielder, replacing Japanese rookie Hideki Matsui. Taubensee will become the primary backup to Jason Varitek.

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    Yes!!!!!


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    Eddie Taubensee was traded?!?!?!? I'M DONE WITH THIS DYNASTY! j/k

    Good idea, and it sounds great so far. Hopefully he can stay healthy.

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    I hope you stay with this one and keep it up

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    What a world it could of been. Griffey breaking the record and Barry playing second fiddle once again.
    Hope he gets it.
    Game On.

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    I refuse to read this, POC! Sure, you can't get into a Mariners dynasty, but you can get into any other one!

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    Safeco? I think you mean the house Griffey built! Safeco isn't that bad for lefties too :>

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    Stop whining, Coach. As I recall you tried a Mariners dynasty briefly and that didn't pan out either.

    Good luck, POC.
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    Re: Welcome to Cincinnati: THE GRIFFEY YEARS

    Quote Originally Posted by CatKnight View Post
    Stop whining, Coach. As I recall you tried a Mariners dynasty briefly and that didn't pan out either.

    Good luck, POC.
    Hmmmph. But I'm not as good of a writer as you or POC.

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    Re: Welcome to Cincinnati: THE GRIFFEY YEARS

    RSR, Jeffy, reflections, and CatKnight: Thanks for reading!

    BINGLE: If you really want it...

    BOOM


    Happy now?

    200tang: I was just looking at the HR number in the stadium editor menu, but you may be right about Safeco (I don't have the numbers in front of me). Of course moving to the GABP in a few years won't hurt the chase...

    Coach: I figured you might say that, so I took the liberty and did this...



    Just ignore those comments about Schiffman, your file got mixed with his. Hope you don't mind...

    ***

    APRIL 1, 2000
    CINCINNATI REDS SEASON PREVIEW


    With all the hoopla surrounding the acquisition of Ken Griffey Jr., it’s easy to overlook the flaws of this team. With 2 last-minute trades dealing away some important parts of the offense, the Reds pitching may not be the weakest part of this team. Of course, with Griffey added to last years’ NL Wild Card winner, many people are projecting better things for this team.

    Scouting is +/- 4

    CATCHER
    STARTER: Benito Santiago (76) 35 YO
    BACKUP: Jason LaRue (72/83) 26 YO

    The trade of Eddie Taubensee leaves a small hole behind the plate, and we’ll see if Santiago still has anything left in the tank. LaRue is a viable young option, and should take over the reins when Benny’s contract expires after 2001. There are 2 prospects in the low minors, so it should be 2-3 years before they start to make an impact.

    1ST BASE
    STARTER: Sean Casey (86/91) 25 YO
    BACKUP: Hal Morris (77) 34 YO

    Casey showed real promise last season, hitting .332 with 25 HR and 99 RBI, while also being an exceptional defensive first baseman. Hal’s best years are behind him, but he’s one of the few holdovers from the Reds’ 1990 World Series triumph. Calvin Pickering is the lone 1Bman in the system; the 23-year-old is toiling at AAA to begin the year.

    2ND BASE
    STARTER: Pokey Reese (76) 26 YO
    BACKUP: Chris Stynes (77) 27 YO

    Pokey had his best offensive season last year, hitting .285 with 38 steals. He’s also no slouch with the glove, winning the Gold Glove in the process. Stynes is a quality backup at all the infield spots and in the corners of the outfield as well. Juan Castro provides a solid defensive option in AAA.

    3RD BASE
    STARTER: Aaron Boone (79) 27 YO
    BACKUP: Mark Lewis (73) 30 YO

    Aaron is a good fielder at the hot corner, and has enough of a bat (.280, 14 HR, 72 RBI) to make pitchers pay attention when he’s at the plate. He also managed 17 steals last season. Lewis is a bit of an everyman, able to play around the horn at any position with relative ease. With the position at the Major League level solidified, the 2 prospects in the mid-level minors will have to wait their turns.

    SHORTSTOP
    STARTER: Barry Larkin (83) 35 YO

    What is there to say about Barry? Another holdover from the 1990 championship season, Larkin has been a fixture at short since 1986. Ray Olmedo is a young Venezuelan prospect (stop me if you’ve heard this one, Big Red Machine fans) who could develop into an everyday player. Travis Dawkins is closer to ready, but is still a ways off.

    LEFT FIELD
    STARTER: Michael Tucker (82) 28 YO
    BACKUP: Alex Ochoa (76) 28 YO

    The trade of Dante Bichette left a bit of a hole, but the Reds get a younger, better defensive replacement in Michael Tucker. Ochoa is a solid replacement; a little more offensively oriented than Tucker. Could be a possible platoon later in the year. On the farm, there are 3 solid prospects under 21, including big (6’6”, 240 lbs) Adam Dunn, who will start the year in AAA.

    CENTER FIELD
    STARTER: Ken Griffey, Jr. (92) 30 YO
    BACKUP: Brady Clark (71/81) 26 YO

    What else can be said about Griffey? Nothing, so we’ll move on. Brady Clark will make his ML Debut, but will not see a whole lot of action in center. Still, he’s a great defensive outfielder, but time will tell if he can hit in the big leagues. Like in LF, this position is deep on the farm, with 3 highly-touted prospects under 21: 18-year-old Josh Hamilton will begin the season at AAA.

    RIGHT FIELD
    STARTER: Dmitri Young (84) 26 YO

    The weakest defensive outfielder, Young is still a pretty good hitter, hitting 14 HR in back-to-back seasons. He still has a few years of development before we see the best he can offer. Austin Kearns is the sole prospect, but is still a year or two away.

    STARTING PITCHERS
    STARTER #1: Pete Harnisch (91) 33 YO
    STARTER #2: Denny Neagle (87) 31 YO
    STARTER #3: Jose Rijo (77) 34 YO
    STARTER #4: Steve Parris (66/67) 32 YO
    STARTER #5: Ron Villone (75/76) 30 YO

    Harnisch and Neagle can make a case for the National League’s 2nd-best 1-2 punch (with Atlanta’s combination of Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, and Millwood the clear #1). After that, it’s a crapshoot. Rijo hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 1995, Parris is coming off an 11-4 season (odds are that won’t happen again), and Villone is making the transition from the bullpen. If the Reds are to make the playoffs, this will be the unit that has to produce. On the farm, there are a few talented youngsters nearly ready to supplant the old guard, including Luke Hudson, Phil Dumatrait, and recently-acquired Sean Henn.

    BULLPEN
    LONG RELIEF: Mark Wohlers (78) 30 YO
    MIDDLE RELIEF: Norm Chalrton (79) 37 YO
    SHORT RELIEF: Dennys Reyes (74/80) 22 YO
    SHORT RELIEF: Danny Graves (76/84) 26 YO
    SETUP: Scott Sullivan (80/81) 29 YO
    CLOSER: Scott Williamson (80/89) 24 YO

    Arguably the strongest unit on the Cincinnati squad; Williamson is the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, and Sullivan and Graves both posted ERAs under 3.10. Reyes is the situational lefty specialist, but can still get righties out. Charlton (1990) and Wohlers (1995) both provide championship experience and veteran leadership. Dan Smith, John Riedling, and Brad Salmon are just a few of the many talented young arms ready to make their debut in the near future.

    ***

    NATIONAL MEDIA
    REDS: 84-78, 3 GB of Wild Card
    NL: Atlanta, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco
    NLCS: Atlanta over St. Louis in 5 games
    AL: New York, Boston, Cleveland, Oakland
    ALCS: New York over Boston in 7 games
    WORLD SERIES: Atlanta over New York in 7 games

    THIS SPORTSWRITER’S OPINION
    REDS: 91-71, NL Central Champions – if the pitching comes around, and I believe (read: hope) they will
    NL: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York
    NLCS: Atlanta over Cincinnati in 7 games
    AL: New York, Boston, Cleveland, Seattle
    ALCS: Boston over New York in 7 games
    WORLD SERIES: Atlanta over Boston in 6 games

    ***

    ON DECK:
    April 2, and the start of the regular season: Although it's Junior's ballyhooed debut, someone didn't get the memo...

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    You're forgiven, POC. For now...

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    I wanna see how the games turn out! come on already! haha, Keep posting

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    Nice to see Pokey Reese again


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