Thanks for joining us and you are not alone. I think the most common question we've heard about our rosters is "Where is Yogi Berra?" When we built the rosters for the league we started by splitting up the members of the Hall of Fame into the teams they best represented during their playing career. Then we looked at the career WAR leaderboards for each club to build a list of candidates to fill out the 40-man rosters. The sim looks at the best three consecutive seasons for every player and averages them to isolate a statistical peak for each player. WAR and OPS (for position players) and ERA (for pitchers) were prime factors in building a hierarchy, but defensive ability, lefty/righty splits, positional flexibility and overall tenure/standing with the team were all considered.
The Yankees have an unbelievable legacy and depth at the catcher position. If you run it down by peak OPS the top of the list looks like this: Bill Dickey (.880), Jorge Posada (.877), Yogi Berra (.858), Gary Sanchez (.841), and Thurman Munson (.810). Posada hits lefties better than Hall of Famers Dickey & Berra, so he makes the team as part of a platoon. Using peak stats sometimes creates a situation where the unquestioned "best ever" from a team's history might not have had the highest statistical peak.
Bear in mind that this is a really realistic simulation, so in a down year for either Dickey or Posada or in the event of an injury Yogi would be the first catcher added to the Yankees roster.
I understand your explanation why Berra isn’t on the team but as a 60 year Yankee fan there just isn’t any reason to leave off a 10 time World Champion and Three time MVP. He has to be on the team. I do love your concept of Eternal Baseball.
In our first season Jorge Posada struggled mightily and Yogi joined the active roster in the first month. He and Bill Dickey split time behind the plate the rest of the way and had very similar numbers. Since Dickey and Berra are so similar (lefty hitting catchers with power) I think there's a chance Yankee fans vote Posada onto the roster as a third catcher in the 26th slot. Yogi can play a passable LF too, so it would give them options.
Remember that in Eternal Baseball every player has their three best consecutive seasons averaged to determine their statistical peak. In that way, players with dynamic spikes can have more value than ones with sustained excellent play.