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Ned Jennings 2

Ned Jennings II is an updated version of Ned Jennings and is designed for AIM, replay- or -season-oriented micromanager best suited for deadball era teams (roughly 1900-1919). Replayers should select early-twentieth century “Pitcher Durability and Recover” rates in League Manager. However, Jennings II will often leave starting pitchers (and sometimes relievers) in games despite their having surpassed their maximum readiness ratings (or RR). This will be especially noticeable with topflight starters (QS or zero or one) who pitched for teams with few total relief appearances during the season. Additionally, very early turn-of-the-century seasons (e.g, 1901-1904), where teams very rarely went to the bullpen (e.g, 100+ CGs, 15-25 relief appearances), will also see Jennings II sticking with starters well past their RRs.

Because many statistics for the period were incomplete (missing CS or batter SOs) or “inflated” (sacrifice flys were included in a player’s SH totals), Jennings II will calculate or adjust some numbers. For example, roughly 75% of the SH totals are considered “actual” sacrifices for many players (pitchers and weak power hitters excepted). Additionally, since caught steal numbers are lacking for many seasons, total stolen base attempts numbers are determined based on a player’s steal success number (stolen bases/(StealRating-2)/.02778). This formulation was designed by Bill Staffa and is one that is quite accurate. Special thanks in creating Jennings II goes to Bill, whose ideas and recommendations on this and other areas greatly assisted me.

Note: It’s not necessary, or advisable, to bench starting pitchers. Because many quality starters were used in relief, especially in critical situations late, Jennings II will use starting pitchers out of the bullpen (but, only if they actually were used in relief). However, Jennings II will try to “save” at least one potential starting pitcher (e.g., at least one game started during the season) for the next game. Tip: When using Ned, don’t bench your starters.