What if the Reds hadn’t traded with Tony Perez after the 1976 season?

Keeping Tony Perez after the 1976 World Cup season would not have led the Big Red Machine to its third consecutive World Series title, according to a 1977 season simulation by Strat-O-Matic.

Redleg Nation readers recently requested a simulation of the 1977 season without the pre-season swap from Tony Perez to Montreal for left-handed starter Woody Fryman and right-handed replacement Dale Murray. In the current 1977 season, Cincinnati finished 88-74 and 10 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. Strat-O-Matic’s Reds season simulation (with Perez and Fryman and Murray triggering) saw Cincinnati finish 93-69, but still behind the Dodgers. There was no wild card in the playoffs at this time, so a second place would not have qualified the Reds for the postseason.

Perez Simulation Season Statistics:

In actual 1977 stats, Perez beat .283 with 19 home runs and 91 runs for the Expos.

What other “what-if” scenarios would you like to see simulated by Strat-O-Matic? Let us know in the comments below, and the idea with the most yes-votes will be submitted to Strat-O-Matic in the coming days.

Strat-O-Matic, maker of baseball simulation boards and digital games, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

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