1999 Divergent League Season Divergent League Info

Divergent League 1999 Preseason Information

The official Divergent League 1999 logo

Howdy. It’s been awhile. 

Consider this post your invitation to become a team manager and participate in a weird atemporal look at 1999 though the lens of Divergent League Baseball.

Keep reading for how to join, when to watch, and what to look out for. I’ve also got some real life 1999 history material at the end for you to vibe on.

Wait, What Is Divergent League Again?

Divergent League Baseball is a simulated fantasy baseball league based on historical seasons (previous ones include: 1985, 1977, 1993) in which human managers make high-level decisions and trades and leave the coaching and playing of games to the Playstation 4 CPU. We simulate a full baseball season starting with the opening day rosters for our chosen year (1999 this time) based on a community-created roster in MLB The Show 20. Managers choose a team and get to make one pick of any player from any non-managed team, just to spice things up. We stream a subset of games featuring player owned teams on Twitch, YouTube, and RetroStrange TV on a routine schedule. Divergent League does not recognize the Designated Hitter rule under any circumstances.

There’s more to it that makes Divergent League fun, but there is a whole page about that on our website.

The Team Selection & Player Draft 

The Divergent League 1999 Team Selection and Player Draft will take on a new form, to accommodate our players in different timezones and with different life contexts. Here’s how team selection will work:

  1. Each manager will submit a list of 5 teams in order of most preferred to least to Phil in Discord or via email (divergent at
  2. On Friday, March 18th at 5:00 Pacific / 8:00 Eastern, we’ll host a live Team Selection in our Discord Server
  3. The Manager names will be randomly shuffled via a Python array
  4. If Manager is attending live, they’ll be asked for their team choice
  5. If Manager is offline Commissioner will choose teams based on the order in the list given in step 1 depending on what teams are available

And then the Player Draft:

  1. Each manager will submit a list of 6 players in order of most preferred to least
  2. On Saturday March 19th at 3:00pm Pacific / 6:00pm Eastern, we’ll host the Divergent League Draft in Discord
  3. Draft Order will be the reversed order of the Team Selection order, for balance purposes

The Commissioner will post a list on of the results of both Team Selection and Draft as they occur, as well as these events being the subject of the first 1999 episode of the Divergent League Update podcast.

Then What?! Opening Day, Of Course

Divergent League 1999 Opening Day will take place on March 20th at 1:00pm Pacific time. See our calendar for the game schedule.

Ok, How Do I Join?

Divergent League works by having players “buy-in” to manage one or more teams. You get to choose the team, and a special draft pick. We use the money to buy a custom trophy for the winner of our championship.

This season, each team costs $10 to manage. I do not particularly care how you get me the $10. Here are two ways, listed in order of preference:

  1. Become a Patron at any level
  2. Go to the RetroStrange Shop and buy a manager’s pass
  3. Hand my one of my brothers $10

If you are a Patron already, you’re in! Just message Phil with your team preferences list.

Some 1999 Historical Material

For a refresher on 1999 check out MLB ’99: A Season of Heroes, embedded below:

Questions? Comments? Fears, doubts? How is my driving? Just comment here or send me an email at divergent at

Thanks, and welcome to the club,

— The Commish

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Divergent League Baseball Signup For Next Season

The Divergent League Baseball 1999 Season Logo. Two crossed baseball bats at 45 degree angles in the center with 19 and 99 on the left and right sides respectively. A baseball is overlaid on the top right of one bat.

Returning managers and hopefuls: Now is the time to signal your interest in the next season of Divergent League Baseball. We haven’t yet decided what the new season will be, or if we’ll upgrade to MLB The Show 2021. Time will tell!

Sign up:

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Backfilling Divergent League History – 1994

I’ve added my notes from the 1994 season to the new League History page.

Watch this space tomorrow for a slew of info and news for owners and fans alike.

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Next Season Signup Form

Howdy folks, your Commish here, with a short announcement about the future of Divergent League. Yes, we’re coming back. Yes, soon. Use the new signup form to be notified when the season will start, and to signal your intent to play!

Current Patrons will be allowed into the next season automatically, but should fill out the form anyway so I have your contact info. The season will cost $10 per team. That money will cover the Bip Roberts Memorial Cup Even Though He’s Still Alive, and some time-period-specific league swag.

1977 Leaguers: Your swag is still on the way! At this rate you’ll get it around the same time as the coming season…

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All Divergent League Broadcasts Now Start at 4:30pm PDT

You heard it here first folks: Moving forward all Divergent League broadcasts will start at 4:30pm Pacific time, this gives our viewers on the west coast more of a chance to catch the show after work. These changes have been made on the Official Google Calendar.

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The Divergent League Baseball Calendar

I’ve set up a Google Calendar that will always have the current Divergent League streaming schedule. In the postseason, which starts soon, it will include the names of the teams participating and who is leading the series.

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This Is Divergent League

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