The AL and NL pennant winners from 1974-2006 square off in a March Madness style round of 48; the game results are simulated by the WhatIfSports algorithm and are “broadcast” by me -- Josh Lewin.
Each 45-minute podcast begins with a preview hosted by Josh and a celebrity pre-game host; Jon Miller and Mark Grace have confirmed participation; others are on deck. This will be followed by a “scene set” taking the listener back to the years in question (“so take off that Cosby sweater, turn down Achy Breaky Heart and join us.”) An abbreviated play-by-play of the simulated game result follows (with sound effects making it sound like the game is actually being played.) The game will be interrupted in the middle innings by a cameo interview from one of the actual players who appeared on that team.
New podcasts (“games”) drop every Monday for a run of eleven months, mid-February through mid-January. The total of 48 podcasts concludes just before 2021 Spring Training.
The 32 World Series winners were made the 1-8 seeds in each bracket, and assembled in order of regular season winning percentage. The at-large field was seeded 9-12 in each bracket, with a little bit of wiggle room to make sure, for example, three mid90s Braves teams didn’t end up all together.
I simply logged onto WhatIfSports.com, entered the lineups and hit the “simulate outcome” button. Their amazing algorithm spits out the play-by-play and box score. Nothing pre-ordained or pre-determined. I simply broadcast whatever the computer told me happened each game.
Yes, as podcasts for respective games are launched we update the boxscore for that game. Have at it!
That’s the goal, yes.