Two weird things about Union Park:
- Looking out from home plate the field faces due south. Most modern parks face north or northeast. OPACY and Memorial face(ed) NE. In the 1890s all games were day games, so the afternoon sun would be in the batters' eyes.
- The main grandstand wasn't centered around home plate. You can see this in the photograph, but home plate was only 20-30 feet from the right edge of the stands (looking at the fire insurance map above). This is because of the apartments or rowhouses at the NE corner of the lot which I assume predated the park. If you lived at 309 E 25th (hard to read the numbers, looks kind of like 309), you'd be closer to home plate than the CFer.
I've mocked the first two rounds about a dozen times and 90% of the time we take Murray or Queen in R1. IMHO, this is a below par class for interior OL, but Ruiz would be a solid get, especially if he were still around at 55/60 in R2.
If you use a binomial probability calculator, which I think is a pretty decent estimate, it says a 72-win team (on true talent) has about a 1% chance of winning 87 games. The Orioles are probably about a .350 team, or mid-50s in wins. If that's true, and the binomial distribution holds, the Orioles have less than a 0.001% chance of 87 wins. So something like one in 1.5 million.
10,000,000 sims was probably too much to ask of @Tony-OH. But maybe 1,500,000 isn't so bad?