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What if Eduardo Nunez was the greatest player alive?: Part four

Nunez completes a historical regular season in this edition of our saga.

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images

Using the video game Out of the Park Baseball 21, we’ve been trying to create the greatest player in baseball history. To make matters funnier, we’re using Eduardo Nunez to try and accomplish this task. If you would like to catch up, you can read parts one through three at the following links: Part One, Part Two, Part Three

On July 14th, Nunez made his second ever All-Star appearance, and first as a secretly overpowered mega star. He went 2-2 with a home run as the AL won 17-6. He did not come home with MVP however, as for some reason Francisco Lindor played the entire game and went 4-4.

He was then given the start on the mound against the Cardinals in the first game of the second half. Nunez picked up mostly where he left off. He also recorded as many hits at the plate as he gave up on the mound: one. The next day, he got the big hit with a go-ahead double in the eighth inning.

On July 21st, Nunez put up a three-hit, five-RBI game while starting at catcher in a win in the 100th game. That took the Yankees’ record to 76-24, basically exactly in line with the winning percentage of the 1906 Cubs, who hold the record for best winning percentage for a full season.

A couple days later the Tigers proposed a trade that would send Ivan Nova to the Yankees. Presumably, the Detroit front office saw the success that we had with Nunez and figured they might be able to swindle us with the allure that we might be able to do the same thing with another disappointing former Yankee.

What the Tigers don’t know is that we very easily could do the same with Nova, but the trade itself was not a fair one and we reject it. Eduardo is our one true king, and we have no time for false ones.

The end of July saw Nunez win AL Player of the Month once again. That’s despite the fact that his OPS actually fell over the course of the month. At the end of June, he was at 1.528, while on July 31st, it was 1.520. He also threw five complete game with two no-hitters as well.

August would actually be the worst month for both Nunez and the Yankees. The team hit a bit of a skid, going 16-9 from August 1st to the 28th. Falling off record winning percentage pace. Meanwhile, Nunez’s OPS dropped to a paltry 1.447. He still won AL Player of the Month, however.

To start September, Nunez strikes out 24 in a one-hitter against the Red Sox. After the game, Aaron Boone says this:

Considering the multiple 27-strikeout perfect games Nunez has already thrown, Boone undergoes a concussion test after the game.

DJ LeMahieu was ruled out with a broken thumb shortly after the game, forcing Nunez to become the regular second basemen for the remainder of the season, that is, on days where he’s not pitching or filling in as the backup catcher. Despite that setback, a win the following day clinches the AL East title for the Yankees as they’ve opened up a 26.5-game lead over the Rays.

Some more bad injury luck came in mid-September when Gerrit Cole was ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. The pressure on Nunez to also pitch well was ramped up. He responded to that by striking out 26 in his next time out. He followed that up with a perfect game in his next start, after which he said this:

To be fair at this point, he’s been so good that it must not have seemed real. Almost like it’s a video game or something...

On September 24th, the Yankees tied the 2001 Mariners and the 1906 Cubs with their 116th win of the season. Nunez marked the occasion with a three home run game. They broke the record the following day with him throwing a no-hitter.

The Yankees wrapped up the regular season in fashion with a 20-1 win over the Orioles. However, the big news of the day was the feat Nunez pulled off. He started off the game in left field and proceeded to play all nine positions, wrapping things up with an inning on the mound.

With that, the Yankees capped off a 120-win regular season. On the offensive side of things, Nunez hit .430/.555/.882, leading the league in all three categories, as well as runs, triples, RBI, and OPS. He set the single season record in slugging and OPS.

In pitching stats, he led the way in wins, ERA, innings, strikeouts, and WHIP. If you add his batting and pitching WAR together, he was worth 40.1 wins, which is, as you can guess, is a record. Naturally, he’s still pretty happy with things.

Obviously, the Yankees finished with the best record in baseball. Next time in our saga, we will chronicle Nunez and the Yankees’ playoff run.