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Billy Martin 2

Billy Ball tactics of note:

 1) Unlike Billy Martin I, Martin II does not set aside a starting rotation. Users much bench your starters/rotation with your franchise files. Otherwise, any and all unbenched pitchers may be used in relief (fatigue status withstanding).

2) Billy II is very aggressive with the running game and against catchers with average or below average arms (+1 and lower). Displays a strong use of the double steal and will also utilize the hit and run extensively, even when behind if good speed is on the base paths. Billy II is not afraid to try to steal home or use the suicide squeeze to steal a run. This is something he favors to pull the trigger on when facing a dominant starter or supercloser in a close contest, however, he’ll occasionally use such tactics early and against lesser quality arms as he loves surprising the opposition.

3) Martin II selects closers by saves and not grades. A reliever, for example, with high save totals but low grade will be used over a relievers with high grades but few saves. A “normal” closer will have more than 12 saves. A “supercloser” will have saves of 20+. Martin will, obviously, more aggressively use the superclosers than the “normal” closers. Teams with multiple closers will see the closer with highest save totals being selected as the primary closer and the other closers likely used as setup relievers. However, Martin II will have a quick hook with one “struggling” closer in favor of the secondary (or tertiary, et cetera) closers.

4) Martin II hates to see relievers hit. You’ll see a very aggressive use of double switches and “realignment” of the batting order to attempt to prevent a relief pitcher from batting. Generally, unless the reliever is a “supercloser” or the game is lopsided or a team’s bullpen is thin due to overwork, you’ll likely never see a relief pitcher with a bat in his hands.

5) Martin II will rest star players in lopsided games. He’ll also quickly pull starting pitchers when games are safely in hand, even his “stud” starters.

6) Martin II “rates” two of the outfield positions, RF and CF. For a player to be considered a viable option as a CF, he must be rated as an outfielder and either have a defensive rating greater than one and speed greater than 15. Right fielders must be rated as outfielders     and have arm rating greater than 29 and speed greater than 10.In situations where injury or ejection occurs and no rested CF or RF is available, these ratings essentially “go out the window” and any rated outfielder may be used. Generally, however, in the latter situations, Billy II will still try to place speedier players in CF and betters arms in RF.

7) Billy II doesn’t pinch hit for star players in non blowout games. He labels such as any player reaching one of the following numbers: .300 Ave, 30 HR’s 100 Runs scored or 95 RBI’s.

8) Martin II uses defensive replacements with regularity. Always looks to upgrade at SS defensively. He is also wary of letting ANY 1 rated OF play late in a game with a narrow lead.