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Brewers, Past and Present

My column at the Hardball Times today is about a fun project: The Sporting News and Strat-o-Matic are replaying the 1986 season this offseason.  I'm managing the Brewers:

Since Bambi's Bombers didn't make much noise, I'm hoping the story will be different for Sackmann's Strat-Exploiting Sabermetricians.

When traditionalists scoff at the recommendations made by folks like me, they typically say things like, "you can't run a ballclub like you're playing a video game." Well, you can't play a video game like those guys would run a ballclub, at least if you want the 1986 Brewers to break .500.

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