Ever wondered who’d win a matchup of the best baseball rosters of all time? Now we’ll find out.
Starting on Monday, April 20th Major League Baseball will launch a 32-team bracket featuring all-time rosters for each franchise.
Let’s take a closer look at what the bracket will look like and how DraftKings Sportsbook is allowing you to get a piece of the action.
MLB Dream Bracket: 32-Team Simulation
As fans patiently wait for baseball to return, the MLB will be launching a fun tournament, the MLB Dream Bracket, on Monday. 32 teams will enter but only one will be crowned champion.
How it’s going to work is the MLB will partner and run the tournament through Out of the Park Baseball 21 to run all of these game simulations. If you’re not quite familiar with the game, it’s a strategy/sports game where baseball games are simulated.
While there are 30 franchises in total, there will be 32 teams in this tournament because a Negro League Stars and a 25 & Under team will also be in the field.
The rosters are going to be compiled of best-of players for that franchise.
That means we’ll have 185 Hall of Famers, 115 Most Valuable Players, and 61 Cy Young Award winners.
For example, here’s what the Phillies and Yankees rosters look like:
This could only be done in a simulation as, of course, these guys have all played in different eras. In other words, the New York Yankees roster will be comprised of all of their best players of all-time and they’ll go up against other teams with their best-of roster with their best-of players at each position.
The rosters will be chosen by MLB.com beat reporters from each team and you can get a glimpse of them here.
Since this is a bracket, they’ve had to do seedings and those were determined by World Series titles won, pennants won, postseason appearances and regular-season winning percentages.
The Negro League Stars and the 25 & Under Stars are the No. 8 seeds in each respective league.
DraftKings Launches Contest In Conjunction
Just watching this play out will be quite entertaining but DraftKings is spicing things up by launching a number of free-to-play pools to run in conjunction with this bracket.
You’ll have options to join daily contests or tournament-long pools too. All you have to do is make predictions on what you think will happen – either who’ll win a series, who’ll win it all or how certain players will do – and then watch how things play out.
The more accurate predictions you make, the further you’ll vault up the leader board.
We’re looking at cash prizes for these pools and as per usual, the total prizing will all depend on how many people are joining the party.
Where To Watch
As the teams play their way through the best-of-seven series and move through the bracket, we’re going to see plenty of the sims being streamed on the official MLB Network Twitch channel.
That will start on Monday and Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET on both days. DraftKings customers will also be able to watch from within the app.
The tournament is going to run from April 20th through May 5th with the following schedule:
Round Of 32 Matchups: Monday, April 20th/Tuesday April 21st
Round Of 16 Matchups: Thursday, April 23rd/Friday, April 24th
Quarterfinals: Monday, April 27th/Tuesday, April 28th
Semifinals: Thursday, April 30th/Friday, May 1st
Finals: Monday, May 4th/Tuesday, May 5th