No, this was not a sandbox association. I used the options as mentioned
previously. That is, using the following setup: An association with
two leagues with eight teams in each. I did not use financials and
limited the teams to a 35 man roster. I used PureSim classic with the
start year being 1905.
Once the draft was completed I realized that I could have drafted all of
my position players first and wait until the last six rounds to pick six
of the nine pitchers because so many excellent ones were not even chosen by the teams controlled by the Draft AI. My rotation using those pitchers that were not picked by any computer controlled team would have turned out to be the six mentioned in my initial post in this thread. Having a rotation of Mathewson, Ames, Overall, Coakley, Mullin, and Reulbach would be tough to beat.
To confirm what I had found about a half hour ago I set up a new association with the same parameters to see if the Draft AI performed similarly. It did not choose the following pitchers in the 35 man draft: Rube Waddell, Christy Mathewson, Eddie Plank, Orval Overall, Ed Reulbach, George Mullin, Addie Joss, Jack Chesbro, Bob Ewing, Vic Willis and many other with better ratings than those chosen.
I am sure that you have been working hard on the AI, Shaun, and I think
that it is probably the toughest part of the simulation to get right.
However, I think that it is the most critical part of the game (rivaling in game computer manager decisions). In the case of the Draft AI it means the human player will be able to assemble an extremely strong (maybe unbeatable) team from the get go with minimal
Playing the game, I am very impressed with the amount of detail and
options available. Your hard work is very much appreciated by me and, I
know, everyone who plays PureSim.
Shaun, would you be able to run some tests to confirm what I posted?
Alternately, if there is a way to print out the draft results I would be
more than happy to run a series of drafts and send them to you so you
could see the drafting patterns and identify weaknesses.
So you do a 2 league 8 team assn and draft from a pool of 1905 players, with no finances, correct?
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