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Superstar Baseball (SSB) WBC 2017 Report
Updated March 20, 2018 Icon Key
32 Players Jack Beckman 2017 Status 2018 Status History/Laurels
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Beckman Wins But Not The Two-Time Defending Champion

With greater access to the elusive team charts that are at the heart of this game, the 2017 Superstar Baseball draft expanded to include all division winners in addition to the previous pool of World Series participants. Other than the extra team choices, the tournament adhered to its recent format, and 32 managers helmed over 110 games for a chance to be one of the six heat qualifiers or two at-large wild cards advancing to an eight team post season playoff. The expanded team selection proved successful with a final mix of four division winners and two each of World Series winners and losers.

The quarterfinals saw the ouster of two former champions.

Top seed and Heat 2 winner Harry Flawd opened with current AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello of the 2016 AL East Red Sox. The Fenway denizens out-hit the 2013 AL Central Tigers 9-2, both Tiger hits courtesy of Austin Jackson. Unfortunately for Porcello, one of those hits was Jackson's solo home run while Tiger starter Anibal Sanchez scattered those nine hits for a complete game shutout thanks to twelve strikeouts, sealing the upset for Assistant GM and Heat 3 runner-up Jack Beckman.

Heat 3 Winner Steve Cameron's 2009 NL Pennant Phillies avenged their real-life loss by defeating a different Bronx team, besting Heat 2 runner-up Terry Coleman's powerhouse 1961 Champion Yankees with a game-winning two-out single in the bottom of the 10th.

The two wild cards also went extra innings as Doug Galullo's defending champion 2016 Cubs outlasted Roderick Lee's 1986 NL West Astros with two hits in the bottom of the 12th.

Rounding out the first round, Max Scherzer began his playoff MVP campaign in a match-up between Heat 1 qualifiers Jay Matthews and Joshua Coyle. Scherzer was perfect for 6.1 innings for runner-up Coyle's 2016 NL East Nationals who advanced against Matthews's 1996 NL Pennant Braves with a 1st inning Anthony Rendon solo shot and a 9th inning squeeze play for good measure.

The semifinalists kept the same proportional mix with two division winners, one pennant winner, and the actual current champion Cubs.

But, real life was not good enough for the Cubs as a slightly younger Scherzer held them to one run and four hits over four innings despite tiring in the 3rd. Omar Infante tripled and scored in the 2nd then drove in two more with a two-out single in the top of the 3rd. Reliever Doug Fister held the Cubs to one hit and one walk over the final five, and Beckman advanced to the finals over Galullo, 4-1.

Meanwhile, in the other semifinal, starter J.A. Happ's 2nd inning sacrifice fly staked Cameron's Phillies to an early 1-0 lead. But the Nationals came back to tie it in the 8th and win it in the 9th as Coyle brought Scherzer back as a pinch hitter to squeeze in the go-ahead run, winning 3-1. Thus, the "World Series" would see the 7th seed hosting the 8th seed and both teams would finally have a chance to play at home.

Each side scored in the 1st inning with the Tigers starting things off on a solo blast by Jose Iglesias. The Nationals would quickly tie without a hit as Trea Turner lead off with a walk, stole 2b and 3b, and scored on a sacrifice fly from the next batter, Danny Espinosa. The 1-1 tie would hold through the 7th with Tigers starter Justin Verlander holding the Nationals hitless through 4.2, giving up his first and only hit to Turner. The Tigers finally broke through on a two-run bases loaded single to Iglesias and then ran away with three runs and four hits in the 9th for a final score of 6-1, stealing Game 1 on the road.

Game 2 finally gave the Tigers their first home game, and it was time for more Scherzer heroics. Fortunately for the Nationals, Scherzer the elder held the Tigers scoreless on four hits over the first five innings while helping his own cause with a single that would score the first run in the top of the 3rd. Following a Turner single, Daniel Murphy would double him to 3b and Bryce Harper would sacrifice him home for the second run. Murphy would drive in the winning run with another RBI double in the 5th that would also be the Nationals' last hit. A Victor Martinez two-run homer got the Tigers close but they could not capitalize on doubles in the 8th and 9th, for a 3-2 Washington victory and a series split.

In the deciding game, the younger Scherzer again toed the rubber, staying perfect through the bottom of the 6th before giving up a two-out single to relief pitcher A.J. Cole. Cole had replaced starter Strasburg who had given up a bases loaded squeeze play run in the 1st on a single and two walks and walked Scherzer with one out in the 2nd. Amazingly, the Nationals' bullpen would shut down the Tigers for the remainder of the game yielding no more hits and just two walks. But, Scherzer would match zeroes, allowing just one more hit in the 8th to lead the Tigers to another win in which they were out-hit, and a championship for another Beckman where the road team won every game.

 
2017 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Joshua Coyle Steve Cameron Doug Galullo Roderick Lee Terry Coleman
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Bill Beckman tries to defend his titleĀ  Jeff Finkeldey reading the chart
Bruce Beard is learning to play more than just 18xx games Doug Galullo on his way to a fourth place finish
 
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