Playing the Rube: A Baseball Experiment – Chapter 17: The Natti Meeting

The Phillies won a world championship in 2008.

Then Ruben Amaro Jr. was named general manager.

The Phillies didn’t win another world championship.

Tim Malcolm and Dan Walsh wonder if they can do better. So, we continue “Playing the Rube,” a bi-weekly series with accompanying podcast in which Tim and Dan attempt to steer the Phillies to more victories, starting in 2009, through the deep simulation game OOTP Baseball ’18.



Imagine an otherwise empty conference room in the ground floor of a Center City hotel. Keurig machine. Diet Coke cans. Long tables and stacked chairs. And Tim and Dan planning the long-term mission of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Natti Meeting is a four-day exercise in going over the past, looking at the present and preparing for the future. We uncover our needs (a big bat, one good arm, a ton of depth) and begin discussing names just as the trade deadline begins creeping up on us.

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