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What’s new for 2018 season player cards, ball park charts and 2019 DYNASTY League Baseball new features.

All MLB teams have season IP cap ranges that they use for two reasons:

1) injury prevention
2) decreased performance

Stephen Strasburg’s shutdown in 2012 is the most memorable example. The other reason for the new “Overworked” status is to more realistically replicate volume vs. rate performance.  If two pitchers have the same ERA and one pitcher pitches 225 IP and the other pitches 150 IP the pitcher pitching 225 IP is more valuable.

Pitchers will be able to pitch up to x1.5 their actual MLB IP.

If a pitcher starts a game over the IP limit, they will be designated
as “Overworked” that will be indicated by some color on the roster.

Overworked pitchers will be degraded by having them always be “tired” and use the tired situation results, which removes all situation modifiers (on, off, jam) and includes
the UMPIRE chart result extra chances of injury from the injury chart.  In addition, “Overworked” pitchers will have their Durability rating reduced by two grades (i.e. a pitcher with “B” Durability will be downgraded to “D” Durability).

NEW! 10 Day DL
Past seasons that included the 15 Day DL will have that option.  Current seasons will have the new 10 Day DL exclusively.

NEW! Bringing reliever into the game not warmed up injury risk
If you bring a reliever into a game who is not warmed up,”tired” situation status will include UMPIRE result injury check up until the pitcher is warmed up properly.

NEW! The Opener
The rule preventing removal of a pitcher prior to 4 IP with 0 ER will be reduced to 1 IP with 0 ER.  Short relievers will need to have a GS to be an opener and will be restricted by SPOT ratings as well if they had <10 GS.  You will see openers marked in the Endurance rating with “Short/7” and also SPOT start rating.

MillerParkOutside2NEW! 2018 season player card set size and release date
Once again the new season player card set will be 1,080 player cards averaging 36 players per team. First pre-orders for 2018 season player card sets will begin shipping in late November and continue with all pre-orders shipped before Christmas.  You can place your order now at the Ticket Window.

2018 season player card set will be available for DYNASTY League Baseball Online in early to mid December.

NEW! 2018 season World Series pre-play
This is the 10th season that you will be able to pre-play the World Series with the Board version player cards and with DYNASTY League Baseball Online.  Last year Blue Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner pre-played the 2017 World Series and EACH game had the winner correct as well as Springer as MVP.

You can follow some of the more interesting 2018 season player ratings that I come across and tweet by following @PursuePennant and @MikeCieslinski on Twitter.

Shohei Ohtani
Plans are to include separate 2018 season  hitting and pitching player cards for Shohei Ohtani.  Not 100% sure yet that separate player cards can be built until the 2018 player card database is built.  If for some reason it turns out separate player cards can’t be built, Ohtani would have a pitcher player card and pitcher batting card # and power rating assignments.

NEW! 2018 Ball Park charts
Angel Stadium will reflect a new lower wall height in right field.

DYNASTY League Baseball Online Windows and Mac OS browsers and Silverlight


Original Color Brochure for DYNASTY League Baseball simulation for Apple Mac, Windows and Board versions Now Available

DYNASTY League Baseball is the leader in realism for Baseball simulations and available in the landmark Board version as well as the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version for Apple Mac and Windows.  DYNASTY League Baseball Online allows you to play both solitaire and in multi-player tournaments and leagues.


The original color brochure is out of print, but a digital PDF version is now available for the first time that gives you an IN-DEPTH look at:



CLOSER LOOK at the simulations features and player ratings


The original color brochure digital version PDF can be viewed and downloaded in the right column under the IN-DEPTH heading at the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online site

Target Field Express Tour/Tournament May 18-20 30th Anniversary


In July of 1988, the very first Pursue the Pennant Tour Tournament took place as the Metrodome Express rolled out of Milwaukee’s Amtrak station.  Thirty years later we return to Minneapolis on the Target Field Express!

If you have never been on one of the Tour/Tournaments you are missing out.  We have made new lifetime friends that have gone on to join leagues with us or participate in other Tour Tournaments together.  Of course, I will be there to lead our Tour and organize the Tournament.


The Greatest Team tourney will be held on the Empire Builder observation car, Minneapolis beautifully restored Union Station and Marriott City Center hotel (Brewers have used this as their official hotel in the past so you may end up riding the hotel elevator with Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain) just a few blocks from Target Field.

We hope to have several of the original 1988 group on this Tour Tournament and a huge turn out that will include DYNASTY League Baseball fans in Minnesota that can attend the game with us.


We also hope to have Twins 2017 Manager of the Year and Brewers Hall of Famer Paul Molitor meet our group before the game and get a group photo with “The Ignitor”.  Back in 1988, Brewers and now Cubs Broadcaster Pat Hughes greeted our group.  Paul Molitor helped start Pursue the Pennant when he appeared in a feature story on the cover of the Milwaukee Business Journal playing the prototype for Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball on the dugout of Milwaukee County Stadium.

Friday, May 18
Dp Chi, IL Union Station 2:15
Dp Milwaukee, WI Amtrak station  3:52 PM   Empire Builder
Note: If you are coming from Chicago, IL you can connect on our same Empire Builder train at 2:15P
Ar Minneapolis, MN Union station 10:03 PM

Saturday, May 19
Tour of Target Field
Brewers at Twins Target Field  6:10 P

Sunday, May 20
Dp Minneapolis, MN Union station 8:00 AM
Ar Milwaukee, WI Amtrak station 2:07 PM
Ar Chi, IL Union Station 3:55 PM

Can’t wait to meet and see you all there!

Mike Cieslinski

Round trip fare on Empire Builder
Ticket to Brewers at Twins game May 19
Target Field tour
Marriott City Center Hotel

Double: $367
Single: $494
Triple: $325

Minnesota fans: Ticket to game and tour only $60

Call 561-494-2711
or email: to make reservations.

Space is limited: Deadline for reservations is Monday, February 26

What are GM and Manager strategy implications of new DYNASTY League Baseball rule and chart changes?

The new 2016 Official Rulebook and 8th Edition game charts changes are now up and live at DYNASTY League Baseball Online!  So what are the GM and Manager strategy implications for your team?

New updated and revised 8th Edition INJURY chart can be viewed in the file section of the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook Group. Note that the Pursue the Pennant descriptive ratings have been added so the Durability ratings display as A/Iron, B/Normal, C/Minor, D/Frequent and F/Major.

Durability A results remain unchanged.

Durability B results are revised to reflect an increase in 7 day DL results and a reduction of maximum injury length from 10 to 7 days.

Durability C, D and F have more results for the new MLB 10 day DL and fewer results for 15 day injuries.

Durability F now has #40-74 resulting in 60 day DL injury – a significant increase over the previous #60-74 and helping to replicate the 60 day DL injury that all Durability F ratings are based on.

MC: If you have any front line “F” Durability players at any position on your roster have a backup in your system for that player(s) that is at least above replacement value.  Plan on any F”” Durability player going down for 60 days or longer at some point during the season when building your depth chart.  You may beat the odds and escape injury during the season, but those odds are not in your favor.  Iron man “A” Durability players just got more valuable – especially in Greatest Team public leagues where there are quite a few more “A” Durability pitchers that can still pitch on 3 days rest without the increased injury risk.

Starting with the 7th BFP in any inning, reduce pitchers Endurance rating by (-5).
MC: You are going to have to watch your Pitcher Endurance rating more carefully.  You will still have time to get a pitcher up in the bullpen because even if your pitcher hits 0 Endurance because of a high stress inning, Pitcher Endurance can never be negative and the pitcher still needs to allow two additional baserunners to become tired.

(P. 8) Umpire? “Tired Situation” result and “No Stuff” injury check: If you roll 514-540 and the pitcher is “tired”, use the yellow situation walk result and then check for injury to pitcher.
MC: There is a new sheriff in town. If you have been responsible in managing your pitching staff you won’t see any new repercussions, but if you have been abusing your pitching staff take WARNING: You are creating increased injury risk for your pitcher by leaving him in a game tired or with no stuff.  Pitchers with No Stuff was added to this new injury check because pitchers with no stuff usually have a mechanical issue or dead arm that is causing a pitcher to have No Stuff.  If you abuse your pitcher or don’t watch his mechanics carefully you may injure him.  You have been warned.

The new 514-540 pitcher player card result line now looks like this:

514-540  Umpire?  WALK (Injury?)  strikeout

CONTROL chart injury check: Check for injury to pitcher if pitching with Low ‘reduced” Endurance (Starters on 3 days rest or Relievers pitching in 2nd or 3rd consecutive day of work).
MC: “Super relief ace firemen” like Mike Marshall (1974) and Willie Hernandez (1984) and durable starters like like Greg Maddux (1993), Nolan Ryan (1974) and Wilbur Wood (1972)  will still be able to pitch a high number of innings thanks to their “A” Durability rating.  Modern day “closers” and starting pitchers are going to  be forced into pitching close to the number of innings they actually pitched unless you want to risk injury to your pitcher. This means a five man starting pitching rotation for modern era pitching staffs.  It also means shorter relief stints on the back end of back to back and back to back to back appearances by relievers.


(P. 9) Required Pitcher Rest:

Note: Short and Long relief pitcher’s Endurance rating is reduced to 4 if pitching in 2nd consecutive day and reduced to 1 on 3rd consecutive day of work.
MC: If you plan on having your relief pitcher make a third consecutive appearance it will likely have to be 1 IP or less unless you want to pitch your pitcher tired which means greater injury risk.  Modern day pitching staffs are going to require a deeper staff of  12 or 13 pitchers on your roster.

(P. 7) H&R with 2 out: You can’t put H&R play on with two out.
Limit on H&R: The hit and run play can be put on whenever a runner is on 1st, but only one time per AB.
MC: You are only getting one shot at the H&R during an AB now so keep that in mind in terms of advancing runners and your use of other tactics including, taking the extra base, stealing and yes bunting (does Brian Kenny read this blog?)

NEW 2016 Official Rulebook brings significant rule changes to pitching

One of my goals with the game charts and Official rules is not to make a lot of changes and to create a set of stable rules and game charts.  That has been true for the history of DYNASTY League Baseball and the new DYNASTY League Baseball 2016 Official Rulebook is no different, but there have been a few minor rule changes and a couple of new rules which are significant.

Many of the rule changes were instituted because of my own personal experience of playing in the Sunday Night Baseball League as well as feedback from other leagues and players. The new 2016 Official rules changes in combination with the just released 8th Edition game charts will help to provide an even more realistic and enjoyable experience for DYNASTY League Baseball players.

(P. 7) HIGH STRESS INNING: Starting with the 7th BFP in any inning, reduce pitchers Endurance rating by (-5).
MC: This is a brand new rule and replicates the increased stress a pitcher is put under during innings in which pitchers make 30 pitches or more in one inning.  Endurance ratings are based on pitch count range performance converted to BFP so the rule has been converted to BFP as well.

(P. 7) H&R with 2 out: You can’t put H&R play on with two out.
Limit on H&R: The hit and run play can be put on whenever a runner is on 1st, but only one time per AB.
MC: Rarely is the H&R play put on with 2 outs so this new rule eliminates that option.  The new limit on using the H&R only once per AB will help to eliminate unrealistic overuse of the H&R play.

(P. 8) Umpire? “Tired Situation” result injury check: If you roll 514-540 and the pitcher is “tired”, use the yellow situation walk result and then check for injury to pitcher.
MC: This new rule is designed to replicate the increased danger of injuring a pitcher when he is tired. It will also help curtail abuse of pitchers in blow out games.

CONTROL chart injury check: Check for injury to pitcher if pitching with Low ‘reduced” Endurance (Starters on 3 days rest or Relievers pitching in 2nd or 3rd consecutive day of work).
MC: Jamie Hall and I discussed this rule at length and I actually had an alternate rule that was discarded before I came up with this new rule.  What I wanted to do with this rule was still let “super relief ace firemen” like Mike Marshall (1974) and Willie Hernandez (1984)  pitch a high number of innings and yet restrict modern day “closers” to the number of innings they actually pitched without putting an artificial “use cap” on IP. Ditto with durable starters like like Nolan Ryan (1974) and Wilbur Wood (1972).  

So this new rule is a more “organic” solution to overuse of modern day relievers and starters.  The reason this new rule works is that pitchers like Marshall, Hernandez, Ryan and Wood all have one thing in common; an “A” Durability rating so they are in a sense bullet proof.  Ryan and Wood also have 40 Endurance ratings so they will be less subject to the new Umpire? “Tired Situation” result injury check above.

This rule was also designed in combination with the new 8th Edition game charts and the revised and updated INJURY chart.  For example, even if you have a “B” Durability relief pitcher, injuries will now be more frequent, but not exceed 10 days.

One other change that I discussed with Dan Treuden, and is now implemented, is a change to the Endurance rating scale so that modern day starters are no longer eligible for a 40 Endurance rating.  

What also just fits is that the injury check comes after a Wild Pitch, Passed Ball or pitch in the dirt which many times is a sign that the pitcher has injured himself.  

When I came up with this new rule, it was one of those “a ha moments”. Brilliant!

(P. 9) Required Pitcher Rest Starter:

IP         Days  Rest
0-2        2
2.1-9     3
MC:  If you look on page 9 for Required pitcher rest you can see the changes that were made to replicate the increased rest needed even on short starts.

Note: Short and Long relief pitcher’s Endurance rating is reduced to 4 if pitching in 2nd consecutive day and reduced to 1 on 3rd consecutive day of work.
MC: This new rule of having the Endurance rating reduced to 1 on a third consecutive appearance, will more realistically replicate a relief pitcher only being able to make a few pitches on a third consecutive start and will help to prevent a long outing on his third consecutive appearance.

Type of draft: Paired picks.
Number of players selected in this phase: 10
MC: The Minor League draft was increased from 8 to 10 to provide more depth to rosters and to make sure each system has enough depth to cover injuries.  I considered 15 Minor League players in the draft which would constitute a 40 man roster, but thought at least for now that would make the Minor League draft a bit too daunting.

The new rules and 8th Edition game chart changes will be phased into DYNASTY League Baseball Online before the start of the MLB 2017 baseball season opening day.

You can download a PDF of the new 2016 Official Rulebook at the old Game Design page right now.  The new  2016 Official Rulebook will also soon be available at both the FAQ page and Official Rulebook link at the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online site.

Printed versions of the new 2016 DYNASTY League Baseball Official Rulebook are now included in the DYNASTY League Baseball Board game version at the Ticket Window store.

NEW 8th Edition game charts add catcher pitch framing and revised Injury chart

The New Final 8th Edition game charts are now available and shipping for DYNASTY League Baseball.

New Umpire chart catcher pitch framing result
Umpire chart # 16-24 has been updated in the 8th Edition game charts to reflect a catcher’s pitch framing ability in addition to his ability to handle pitchers and call a game as part of the catcher’s handling rating. This gives more weight to a catcher’s defense. The perfect place to incorporate catcher’s pitch framing is in the #16-24 Umpire strike zone rating results on the Umpire charts.


The catcher pitch framing changes to the umpire chart are already included in DYNASTY League Baseball Online.


Tales of the Dark Night: Impressions of New 2015 Season Player Cards

Among DYNASTY League Baseball fans there is a love affair with JAM and CLUTCH ratings and why not? Among other things, JAM ratings can turn a HOME RUN off the batters card into a “Deep Drive?” which requires a check of the Ball Park chart to determine how many feet the Deep Drive was hit adjusted by weather effects and how well the ball carries to potentially turn a sure HOME RUN into a Warning Track Out.

The Dark Night earned a JAM rating with a solid performance with RSP/2 outs (.213 BA/.230 SLG).  Matt Harvey also didn’t miss by much in earning an OFF situation rating (turns a WALK on the hitters card into a “Foul?” requiring a check of the foul territory to determine if it is a foul out or foul ball strike), which I feel is overlooked and undervalued by many DYNASTY League Baseball players. After all, a lead off walk scores on average 38% of the time and results in .905 runs after the walk. Pitchers who walk the lead off man have in essence a 8.15 ERA in that inning. Thanks to John Dewan of Baseball Info Solutions (John and I played a 1983 White Sox vs. 1982 Brewers DYNASTY League Baseball Online game last year), you can read just how much impact lead off walks have and why the OFF situation rating was so important to have in DYNASTY League Baseball to simulate pitchers ERA in MLB.


We all remember Mark McGwire and some of his gargantuan HOME RUN result range #, but how about Giancarlo Stanton and a HOME RUN range of 131-250 vs. LH? WOW! Comparatively McGwire in 1998 had a HOME RUN range of 117-185 vs. LH in a year in which he hit 70 HR. Keep in mind that each DYNASTY League Baseball season is normalized for the league average. If you have not tried DYNASTY League Baseball Online yet, make sure you are not the last one on the planet – the Online version makes it really easy to have unprecedented access to any player card from the library of DYNASTY League Baseball seasons by clicking on “Series” and mousing over the player to see his player card.

The new DYNASTY League Baseball 7th Edition game charts makes the pitcher pickoff rating just that much more impactful. So which starting pitcher has the best pickoff rating in the 2015 season? Look no further than NL pickoff leader Clayton Kershaw  (10) who earned a pickoff rating of 9 to go along with an “A” Hold frequency and a (-2) success rate Hold rating.

Another overlooked rating is the Error rating. Yes, the sabermetric community has known since 1982 that a fielders range is more important than his fielding pct., but fielding pct. still DOES matter. If you want ugly take a look at Pedro Alvarez and his “5” Error rating at 1b which is rock bottom on the 5-100 Error rating scale. Throw in a D range rating and you can see why he is looking for another position. For more ugliness check out ss Marcus Semien (C+/20). On the flip side, there is Joe Panik who earned a historically great “100” Error rating at 2b to go along with C+ Range and a very good (-5) DP Pivot rating. One of the ratings that I really wrestled with was Matt Carpenter’s Range rating. Carpenter’s BIS Plus Minus (-10) was right at the bottom for 3b along with players like the rapidly expanding Pablo Sandoval. The scouting reports were also none too favorable. I cross checked the rating with St. Louis Post Dispatch beat writer extraordinaire and BBWAA President Derrick Goold who felt Carpenter had average range at best. I couldn’t get past ranking at the bottom of the trailers in +/- and Carpenter’s player card was branded with a D Range rating.

Lead by A.J. Pollock, Arizona was one of the best fielding teams in 2015. Pollock not only fielded well (A/85/0), but was Durable (A), hit in the clutch and can run (Lead: 5/4/2), (Steal: 7/5/3). Emerging Mookie Betts with a BR Gain of (+24) earned an “8” Baserunning rating. In the turtle category, a slowing Miguel Cabrera (-22) received a “3” BR rating.

CespedesHRThe Citi Field walls were moved in and those changes are reflected in the new 2015 season ball park charts along with a new high resolution image on both the DYNASTY League Baseball Board version ball park charts and in DYNASTY League Baseball Online.

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