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Juice Rogers

Juice Rogers is a 1960s/1970s era (roughly) draft league AIM manager. He’s not programmed to handle either non-AIM or replay (non-draft) type games. If you use him for such games, you will get strange and “ahistoric” results.

Pitching Overview:

Rogers considers a 4 or 5 man rotation determined by any pitcher with more starts than relief appearances and 15 or more starts. All pitchers falling into that category are then ranked by ERA from lowest to highest. The five pitchers with the lowest ERA are considered a team’s primary rotation.

If a team doesn’t have 5 pitchers that meet that criteria, Rogers will rank all pitchers by starts – high to low – and the first five pitchers with starts will be considered the rotation. However, if the fifth starter had zero starts (i.e., the roster only had 4 pitchers with starts), Rogers will use a 4 man rotation.

For the most part, these 4/5 pitchers will not be used in relief EXCEPT late (8th onward) and almost exclusively in save situations. However, if a team’s bullpen is thin, they may be used a little more aggressively but only late.

If you absolutely don’t want to ever use your starters in relief, you can bench them with your f-file. It’s also probably wiser to use Judge Griffith who is identical to Rogers except for the above rotation. Griffith will use ANY pitcher in relief who is NOT benched.

Rogers judges closers by grades. “Normal” type closers usually have an adjusted grade between 14 and 16 while “super” type closers will have adjusted grades of 17 and higher. Super closers will be used more aggressively than normal closers (Note: Adjusted grades are grades plus control ratings).

If you’ve got multiple closers (determined by the above standard grades), Rogers will likely use a bullpen by committee approach using all of the closers. He’ll usually save the top rated closer and spot use the other closer types as setup guys.

Other Areas:

Difficult to give much details here as many of his strategies such a Pinch Hitting or stealing, et cetera are based on the type of players/roster he’s given. This version is a bit more aggressive trying to manufacture runs – Pinch Hitting, bunting guys over, ECT

Rogers has a blowout sub strategy, likes to use itchy relievers in lopsided games for a batter to remove their itchy status, et cetera.