Ben Clemens is prepared to change history.
Using the magic Out of the Park Baseball 21, Ben has gone back in time to alter the destiny of the Pittsburgh Pirates, starting with giving them Mike Trout in the 2009 draft.
It is now 2013. Pittsburgh’s 21-year-old Trout is the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, playing in left field next to Andrew McCutchen, who is in his contract year. James McDonald is the staff ace. Charlie Blackmon was acquired to play right. And after finishing their 20th straight losing season, the Pirates have another young star ready to help get them over the top.
“Get ready, NL Central,” said manager and omnipotent time-god Ben Clemens. “We might have lost 95 games last year, but we drafted Kris Bryant, who is skipping the minors to start at third on Opening Day.”
Bring your coffee or lunch and join us on Tuesday, January 12, at 9:30 AM PT/12:30 PM ET on the FanGraphs homepage or on Twitch as Ben attempts to go back to bring a championship to the simulated Bucs.
We hope you can make it!
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