Thank you to all of the great fans of Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball for 30 fantastic fun years of playing!
Some of the history is captured at the DYNASTY League Baseball reviews and feature link where you can find the first review of Pursue the Pennant, New Board Game is a Fan’s Dream by Michael Bauman of the Milwaukee Journal.
We are celebrating 30 years of Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball during the Busch stadium Tour Tournament Express August 1-3 in conjunction with Baseball Prospectus Night at Busch Stadium.
If you have never been on one of the more than 20 Tour Tournament events that have been held you are in for an unforgettable and thrilling experience. You can read about some of the previous incredible stories to be told from the Pursue the Pennant Tour Tournaments in the Spring 1991 newsletter. A hurricane at Fenway Park, the lost George Brett folder, the miracle comeback on the Three Rivers express, the young titans battling in the Amtrak cafe car enroute to the Busch Stadium Express are just a few of many stories:
The Busch Stadium Tour Tournament leads off on Friday, August 1 from Union Station in Chicago with rail connections from Milwaukee (where it all began back in 1984), Detroit, Indianapolis and Toledo where we will board Amtrak’s Texas Eagle long distance train.
All of you native Cardinals fans in St. Louis we want you to join our group in St. Louis (check the bottom of this post for the St. Louis option)!
If you live in other parts of the country please contact us so we can help you connect into Chicago.
We’ll head to the Dome Observation car and begin our Greatest Team tournament with the DYNASTY League Baseball Board version.
I’ll be on the tour tournament event of course and will be skippering the 1985 Cardinals. You’ll have your chance to play me with your favorite greatest team as well as all the other fans on the trip which will be some of the top competition.
On Saturday, August 2 we’ll head out to Busch Stadium for a tour. On your behind-the-scenes ballpark tour of sensational Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, you will get to go places only the players and staff go including:
After the tour, we will attend Baseball Prospectus Night at Busch stadium:
- Admittance to a private “meet and greet” with special guests and Baseball Prospectus personalities (including Jason Parks, Harry Pavlidis, and Joe Hamrahi) 2 hours prior to game time
- A question and answer session with industry guests and members of the St. Louis Cardinals front office (including Assistant General Manager Mike Girsch)
- Ticket in section 265 at Busch Stadium to watch the Cardinals take on the Milwaukee Brewers with Baseball Prospectus fans and staff
- All kids 15 years of age and under receive a Cardinals backpack
- A $15 coupon to be used toward a new Baseball Prospectus Premium subscription or your next Premium renewal
Game time is 6:15 PM.
Busch Stadium Express Tour Tournament includes:
– Greatest Teams tournament
Team selections are at this MLB.com News Blog:
– Round trip rail fare Chicago to St. Louis
– Two nights Drury Union Station Hotel including hot breakfast just a couple blocks from Busch Stadium.
– Tour of Busch Stadium
– Baseball Prospectus Night (see above for everything included)
– Loge Level ticket to Cardinals vs. Brewers August 2, 2014.
Double occupancy: $398 per person
Triple occupancy: Subtract $46
Single occupancy: Add $179
Milwaukee round trip rail connection: Add $48
Busch Stadium tour and Baseball Prospectus Night only on August 2 for local DYNASTY League Baseball fans in the St. Louis area: $98
Space is very limited and will sell out.
Tournament Team selections on first come basis.
Deadline for reservations is April 28, 2014
Call 561-494-2711 or email email@example.com
See you in August!
I had a chance to visit the University of Miami, FL campus yesterday and it brought back a lot of memories including the self-directed study program I was involved with and my internships with the Miami Marlins (Minor league affiliate) and Baltimore Orioles.
Before the Pursue the Pennant board version game was even published (which later became DYNASTY League Baseball) and was still in the design phase, I had the chance to play test it with a few friends, but also with a few Major League Baseball players.
Dennis Martinez of the Baltmore Orioles was the first Major League Baseball player to test Pursue the Pennant and one of the things I most remember is how he would “pitch” with the dice. It was almost as if he was pitching curve balls with the dice! Dennis is among the most animated players I have played face to face and it is sheer joy playing him in face to face games because he is having so much fun playing.
The Milwaukee Brewers Paul Molitor and I played Pursue the Pennant one of the club house rooms underneath Milwaukee County Stadium. So here I am playing with the most popular baseball player in Milwaukee other than Robin Yount and I am explaining how the three percentile dice are read (red, white and blue) and how to look up the play result on the player cards. I roll the dice in the first innning managing the Baltimore Orioles and of course Paul is managing the Brewers and is batting himself leadoff. The dice roll out of my hand and the red die comes up “1” and the white and blue die follow… As any DYNASTY League Baseball player knows, the 100’s are generally good numbers for hitters. Well, this number was more than good it was great. Paul looked up the dice roll number on the Paul Molitor player card he was holding and a smile came across his face. “HOME RUN! ” Paul laughed. I laughed. Leadoff HR for the future Hall of Famer. What are the odds?
Atlanta Brave and St. Louis Cardinal Brian Jordan and I played the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version together last January at the Cardianls Legends event and I think Brian’s enthusiasm for the game was contagious. I think he had more fun than I did which is hard to do!
We don’t get the chance to play DYNASTY League Baseball vs. Major League Baseball players everyday, but we do have the chance to play vs. friends. If you have local friends it’s a great opportunity to play the DYNASTY League Baseball board version with them and share some great times together for a series or in tournament or league. If many of your friends or family are not close by, DYNASTY League Baseball Online “Series” allow you to play a long distance game online with a friend in one click. Prior to playing just invite him as a friend on DYNASTY League Baseball Online and when he is logged into DYNASTY League Baseball Online the same time as you are you can create a “Series” and invite him to play. It is easy and it is so much fun.
Don’t have a friend to play with when you feel like playing a game of DYNASTY League Baseball Online? That is why DYNASTY League Baseball Online is a multi-player game with solitaire options. You can play any team from any season in the DYNASTY League Baseball library vs. the new computer manager.
I personally enjoy playing vs. both friends and solitaire and find most DYNASTY League Baseball players feel the same way. There are some people who only like to play solitaire. Other people only like to play vs. other people.
What is true now though is that there has never been an opportunity in the history of baseball simulations to play vs. friends and other people like there is now with the advent of DYNASTY League Baseball Online and the community that plays there. With the daily online Greatest Team bracket tournaments there are always opponents to play vs. The Greatest Team leagues allow you to join a league and invite your friends into the same league you are joining as will the upcoming current season continuous “keeper” draft leagues.
Yes, solitaire play is a lot of fun with DYNASTY League Baseball, but now you have a chance to play with friends old and new in DYNASTY League Baseball Online.
One of the most interesting and fun aspects of playing DYNASTY League Baseball is developing your Manager Profile identity of the tactics you use when managing your team. When you play a game with the DYNASTY League Baseball Board version or Online version you are developing your own Managerial profile. Do you play for the big inning and the three run HR like Earl Weaver or use one run tactics like stealing and the suicide squeeze like Whitey Herzog? Now your Manager profile identity can be entered into the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online Manager profile. You’ll see some of my profile selections from my SNBL draft league St. Louis Cardinals franchise in this blog post.
The new Manager profiles are targeted to be available for DYNASTY League Baseball Online in late March. You will be able to select and use your Manager profile right away in a Greatest Team league and also in the upcoming draft leagues.
Manager profiles are important because they allow you to have your team managed according to the tactical profile that you select if you can’t play your scheduled series live for that given week.
iPad and iPhone
Even though you can’t play a game of DYNASTY League Baseball on your iPhone or iPad (Apple does not allow the Silverlight plug-n) you can view your stats, box scores, game summary and leaders with the iPad and iPhone. You can also change or update your Managerial profile on the iPad or iPhone.
The Lineups tab allows you to select your saved lineups and assign them to one of the four primary default lineup categories:
|vs Right DH:||None Selected vs. RH vs. LH|
|vs Right no DH:||None Selected vs. RH vs. LH|
|vs Left DH:||None Selected vs. RH vs. LH|
|vs Left no DH:||None Selected vs. RH vs. LH|
View Saved Lineups
vs. RH vs. LH
What happens when a player is injured or is not eligible to be in my default lineup? The Lineup Slot Preferences section allows you to select various parameters using sliding scales that total 100% Want your leadoff man to have a high OBP and be good at stealing 2nd? Slide the scale to weight these preferences more heavily.
Lineup Slot Preferences
|BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt||50%|
|Unused BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt||20%|
|Unused BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt||5%|
|Unused BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt||0%|
|Unused BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt||25%|
Managers in recent years are including more pitchers on their roster than in previous years. 15 Batters and 10 pitchers used to be the standard, but today some managers have as many as 13 pitchers on their roster. You’ll be able to select the depth or pitching on your roster by selecting the Number of Pitchers to carry on active roster at the top of the Pitching tab.
Do you want to go with a 5 or 4 man rotation and do you want any of your pitchers to pitch on short rest? The defacto standard used to be a 4 man rotation – now it is 5. Just remember your pitcher Durability rating is reduced by 7 on short rest so you’ll need a deeper bullpen if you decide to go with a 4 man rotation. You can select 4 or 5 man rotation at the Starting Rotation Size menu option.
Starting Rotatation Size: 5-Man Rotation 4-Man Rotation
Select Starting Rotation allows you to slot in your starting rotation and also check off if you want any of your pitchers to start on short rest.
|1.||Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy||
Start on short rest
|2.||Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy||
Start on short rest
|3.||Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy||
Start on short rest
|4.||Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy||
Start on short rest
|5.||Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy||
Start on short rest
Sparky Anderson was nicknamed “Captain Hook”. Here are your Managerial profile Early/Late hook options:
Always pinch-hitting for the starting pitcher if there are runners in scoring poisition and his endurance is down to: Never 0 1 2 3 4 5The bullpen settings allow enough flexibility for any era of bullpen tactics style you wish.Bullpen Settings:
Closer: Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle
Closer Use: Allow Closer in 8th inning if rested Never use Closer before 9th inning
Setup Man: Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle
Setup Use: Allow Setup Man in 7th inning Never use Setup Man before 8th inning
Here you can set your Manager profile to be aggressive like Whitey Herzog or Joe Maddon or conservative like Earl Weaver.
|Up 5+ runs:||Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative|
|Up 3-4 runs:||Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative|
|Up 2 runs:||Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative|
|Up 1 run:|
|Down 1 run:|
|Down 2 runs:|
|Down 3-4 runs:|
|Down 5+ runs:|
|Up 5+ runs:|
|Up 3-4 runs:|
|Up 2 runs:|
|Up 1 run:|
|Down 1 run:|
|Down 2 runs:|
|Down 3-4 runs:|
|Down 5+ runs:|
Defensive Throwing Aggressiveness:
|Up 5+ runs:|
|Up 3-4 runs:|
|Up 2 runs:|
|Up 1 run:|
|Down 1 run:|
|Down 2 runs:|
|Down 3-4 runs:|
|Down 5+ runs:|
Eschew or advocate the sacrifice or suicide squeeze bunt? You can choose different selections for different base and out situations.
Situation: Runner on 1st Runners on 1st and 2nd Runner on 2nd Suicide Squeeze No Outs 1 Out
|Bunt Frequency (in bunting siutations)|
|Name||Rating||vs Left||vs Right|
Decide which players on your roster are eligible to be pinch hit or pinch run for.
|Allow the player to be removed for:|
|Name||Pinch Hitter||Pinch Runner|
If you manage like Joe Maddon who lead the AL in pinch hitting appearances from 2008-2010, you’ll want to select Very Frequent or Frequent for Pinch Hit Frequency.
Earliest inning to pinch hit for a positional player: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+
Set up your guidelines for when to play the infield in (or just corners in) in various situations.
Situation: Runner on 3rd Runners on 1st and 3rd Runners on 2nd and 3rd Bases Loaded No Outs 1 Out
|Inning||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10||or later|
|Ahead by||0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+||run(s) or less|
|OR behind by||0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+||run(s) or less|
|Consider replacing any player that has:|
|Range of:||B+ B C+ C D F||or worse.|
|Error Rating of:||5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95||or less.|
|OF with arm of:||0 1 2 3 4||or worse.|
|C with arm of:||0 1 2 3 4||or worse.|
|Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling||60%|
|Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling||10%|
|Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling||10%|
|Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling||10%|
|Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling||10%|
Position Offfense/Defense Balance
September 28, 2011 arguably goes down in MLB history as the Greatest single day in regular season history with a finish so unlikely and so dramatic it seemed it was scripted from the writers of “24”.
Dan Johnson’s 2-out, 2-strike Home Run in the bottom of the 9th that capped off a seven run comeback vs. the Yankees and saved the season for the Rays. For Johnson’s heroics he earned a Clutch hitting situation rating on his new 2011 season DYNASTY League Baseball player card. It is very unusual for a non-RBI leader to earn a Clutch hitting rating, but it has happened before with Al Weis 1969 Mets, Tom Lawless 1987 Cardinals and Manny Mota’s 1977 Dodgers player cards.
The AL East perennial powers Boston and New York both failed to earn a JAM situation rating for their relief aces Jonathan Papelbon and Mariano Rivera. Papelbon lost his chance for a JAM with an unimpressive .273 BA with RSP/2 out. Rivera was not only mediocre with a .261 BA/.435 SLG with RSP/2 out, but got rocked with RSP at a .326 BA/.488 SLG clip.
DYNASTY League Baseball fans Dave Kerpen and Andrew Kaufmann debated the merits of the Mets R.A. Dickey chance for a JAM rating in the 2011 season player card set. What it came down to is that even though Dickey won only 8 games he was a candidate for a JAM rating because he was amongst the Official ERA leaders with his 3.28 ERA. Dickey earned his JAM rating on the basis of a .184 BA/.241 SLG with RSP/2 out.
The poster boy for a JAM rating is Tim Lincecum who dialed it up with RSP/2 out allowing a .115 BA/.177 SLG. Now THAT is a pitcher who can get out of a jam!
Carp JAM rating? This year a resounding YES for Cardinal Ace Chris Carpenter.
How could he not after besting Phillie Ace Roy Halladay in a Game 5 NLDS 1-0 duel of aces to end all pitching duels? A .236 BA with RSP/2 outs during the regular season helps too.
Beer in the bullpen? The Red Sox cleaned house after the season becaue the clubhouse chemistry had gone awry. The starting rotation of Beckett, Bucholz, Lackey and Lester all got slapped with a D intangible rating for their Boston beer party.
Mark Buehrle staked his claim on this generation’s version of Jim Kaat with an A+ Range rating and 90 Error rating. Buehrle ranked #1 in the Fielding Bible Plus/Minus leaderboard for pitchers with a +4 score to his right, +2 in the middle and 9 runs saved.
Troy Tulowitzki (A/100/-5) earned an A Range rating on the basis of his excellent 5.05 Range Factor (1st) and his solid Fielding Bible +10 score. Error 100 ratings are historically rare and Tulowitzki’s .991 Fielding pct. got him the top historical rating on the scale. Tulo’s player card is a true gem topped off by his -5 Double Play pivot rating which was earned on the basis of his #1 ranked DP pct. of .681.
In the AL, Brendan Ryan (A/70/-5) ranked 1st in the shortstop Fielding Bible rankings for the second year in a row with a +22 Plus/Minus.
It’s rare that a rookie would debut with an A range rating, but that is exactly what the Angel’s Mark Trumbo (A/70) did ranking 1st in Fielding Bible Plus/Minus (+11).
Washington’s Rick Ankiel continues to not just impress, but to put himself in the pantheon next to Clemente in terms of throwing arms. Ankiel’s 7 “kills” and 9 runs saved ranked him 1st among all CF. MLB scouts also graded Ankiel’s arm an 8 on their 2-8 scale. Ankiel (B+/90/-4) earned a very rare -4 throwing arm rating in 2011 in both CF and RF.
Atlanta’s Michael Bourn continues to be as menacing as Jason Bourne – only Michael does his killing on the basepaths. Bourn scores a 10 Baserunning rating and top tier lead (7/6/2) and steal (8/7/1) ratings at 2nd/3rd/Home.
The new DYNASTY League Baseball 2011 season player card set is available for DYNASTY League Baseball Online right here right now and available in the original Board version format at the Ticket Window.
New to Pursue the Pennant and it’s successor DYNASTY League Baseball? DYNASTY League Baseball is an extremely realistic Baseball simulation game that has it’s roots in the original Pursue the Pennant board game that debuted in 1985 and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Hobby Games of the last 50 years.
In the DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Teams leagues you will choose from one of 76 of the Greatest Teams in Baseball history and then Manage your team in a 12 team league that is divided up into AL and NL Divisions of 6 teams.
1) You will have fun learning Baseball history
Instead of reading about Baseball history in the process of managing your team and playing other great teams you will learn who the great historical players were and why they were so great because you are playing against the likes of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Stever Carlton, Tom Seaver and Dizzy Dean.
2) You will learn how Major League scouts evaluate a players “baseball tools” and the strengths and weaknesses of the greatest baseball players of All-Time.
3) You will learn offensive strategies by managing real MLB players.
When should you steal, hit and run, take the extra base, pinch hit, pinch run, sacrifice bunt and suicide squeeze? What is the best lineup and batting order for my team? When should I platoon vs. left-handed and right-handed pitchers and with which players?
4) You will learn defensive strategies by managing real MLB players.
When should you warm-up a relief pitcher, bring in a relief pitcher, bring in a defensive replacement, throw through or cut-off a throw, bring the infield in, set the infield corners in or call for the intentional walk? What is the best pitching rotation for my team?
5) You will learn which Major League ball parks are hitters or pitchers parks and the various outfield and foul territory dimensions.
As you play out your season you will be playing in historical ball parks from every era in Baseball history.
6) You will learn how a players fielding range, fielding percentage, throwing arm, double play pivot and catcher’s handling of pitchers effects various plays.
7) You will learn how power hitters, contact hitters, high on base hitters, clutch hitters, spray and pull hitters effect each at bat.
8) You will learn how control pitchers, ground ball pitchers, fly ball pitchers, strikeout pitchers, pitchers who rarely walk the lead off batter, pitchers who rarely give up HR with runners on base and pitchers who are tough in jams effect each plate appearance.
9) You will learn how fast and slow basestealers, baserunners with good and bad instincts effect steal attempts and taking the extra base. You will also learn how important both a pitchers ability to hold baserunners and catchers and outfielders throwing arms are.
10) You will learn about Baseball statistics and why they are important in evaluating players and making managerial decisions.
Do you know what OBP and SLG are, how they are calculated and why they are one of the best offensive indicators? Baseball is more than just physical tools it is a cerebral sport where at times the smartest teams and players can beat a more physically talented team.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were the teams of the 00’s
The Atlanta Braves were the team of the 90’s.
The St. Louis Cardinals were the team of the 80’s.
The New York Yankees were the team of the late 70’s
The Cincinnati Reds were the team of the mid 70’s
The Oakland A’s were the team of the early 70’s.
The St. Louis Cardinals were the team of the late 60’s
The New York Yankees were the team of the early 60’s
The New York Yankees were the team of the 50’s
Through out baseball history there have been gaps between the have and have-nots. Didn’t the Red Sox SELL Babe Ruth to the rich Yankees? For DYNASTY League Baseball and Fantasy teams the salary cap provides a level playing field. Here are a few history lessons from Baseball’s real life counter parts and how they built their dynasties.
Rule #1: Overall top to bottom talent is more important than a star player or two. A single baseball player does not make that much difference to any team.
Larry Bird transformed a bad team and sent new banners to the rafters for the Boston Celtics. Lew Alcindor came to the Milwaukee Bucks and brought the fastest ever championship to an expansion team. Michael Jordan three peated, left to play baseball and what happened? The Bulls completely unraveled. Jordan came back and three peated again. It might be argued that any of these players might be worth as much as 30 wins in a season.
Think of any baseball player who has had that impact?
How many wins did MVP Robin Yount give the Brewers in 1982? 6.6 wins. How about the best defensive shortstop in baseball in 1982, Ozzie Smith? Four wins. Well, he must have saved 100 runs with his defense though? Thirty Four runs saved by the best defensive shortstop of All-Time in 1982.
Whitey Herzog reshuffled the Cards so to speak in a series of trades by trading away Garry Templeton, Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons and it’s top prospect David Green. In return he received Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter and Dave LaPoint. What Herzog created, was a much more balanced team. Despite giving away a considerable amount of talent, the team top to bottom was more talented.
Well we all know how important it is to have that big closer in the bullpen. Wrong again. Bruce Sutter left the Cardinals for Ted Turner’s coffers in 1984. In 1984 the Cards had won 84 games, but many perceived the loss of Sutter would result in the Cards winning only 68 or 70 wins in 1985. Instead, Herzog used a “bullpen by committee” to register 101 wins on what is arguably the best Cardinals team of All-Time.
Rule #2 Evaluate players keeping in mind the most important situations in baseball
DYNASTY League baseball includes the most important situational statistics that lead to runs scored beyond what would normally be expected. These ratings can boost a player’s performance beyond his normal “card or file” numbers.
Clutch hitting (clutch rating)
Pitching out of a Jam (jam rating)
Not walking the leadoff man (off rating)
Not giving up HR with runners on base (on rating)
If your players have these ratings, keep in mind that these all important situational statistics can turn a pitcher with a average or poor hits per 9 inning (greater than 9.0), walks per 9 innings (greater than 3.0) or HR per 9 innings (greater than 1.0) into an effective pitcher if used properly.One of my favorite examples of a pitcher who benefits by being able to pitch in situations is the 1982 Cy Young winner – Pete Vuckovich.
Vuckovich had an 18-6 W-L record, but gave up 9.4 H/9 and 4.1 BB/9. That’s 13.5 baserunners per 9 IP and yet Vuckovich still had a very good ERA of 3.34. How did he do that? Well, if you check the 1982 DYNASTY Vuckovich card or file you’ll see he has both a jam and on Situation rating. With runners in scoring position and 2 outs, Vuckovich would pitch differently working the corners and not giving into the hitters and making them hit his pitch. With runners on base you just were not going to get a FAT pitch to hit so the HR’s he gave up usually were with no one on or one runner on.
Rule #3: The most efficient offenses win more games.
Tony LaRussa and Walt Jockety should take notes on how Herzog built the team of the 80’s. The Cardinals of 1980 were a team of high average hitters. They were capable of large outbursts of offense where they would score 10-12 runs, but would score two runs the next game and three the next. The offense was inconsistent and resulted in losing records. In fact, they scored more runs in 1980 than when the Cards won the Championship in 1982. Herzog reshuffled the Cards so to speak and created a much more consistent offense capable of generating more one-run innings that would win more close ball games. An offense that generates four runs every game (4,4,4,4) will win many more games than an offense that scores the majority of its runs in one game (13,1,1,1)
It’s ironic that the LaRussa-Jocketty front office has created a very atypical Cardinals team that resembles an Earl Weaver team built around power and the big inning. So does this mean that the one-run offense is preferred over the big inning offense? Not necessarily. Gene Mauch won 93 games with the 1982 California Angels while leading the league in one run innings. Remember that it takes more runs per game to win with a big inning offense than a one-run offense. The best offenses are those that can play equally effectively at both the one run innings and big innings.
The ultimate proponent of the three run inning, Earl Weaver would rarely use a one-run strategy such, as a bunt or hit and run. Baltimore lead the league in 1982 with 62 three-run innings. Milwaukee’s Brew Crew finished second with 53. Mauch’s California Angels had 283 one-run innings while Baltimore had 218.
Herzog, while known for using basestealers Lonnie Smith, Vince Coleman, Willie McGee and Ozzie Smith for his one-run strategies, fully understood the importance of a player like George Hendrick or Jack Clark to create the big inning as well. The Cardinals were capable of generating one run when they needed it in close games, but also had the big inning threat to break open a game.
Harvey’s Wallbangers of 1982 were second in the AL in one-run innings. While almost every player in the lineup was capable of the long ball, the offense was also capable of generating one-run. In one of the most classic of speed vs. power, one-run inning vs. big inning World Series matchups, it was Herzog’s offense that triumphed.
The Big Red Machine had power with Bench, Foster and Perez, but it also had speed and great baserunning with Morgan, Concepcion and Rose. Sparky Anderson’s team had an almost perfect balance of power and speed that gave it the capability to play for the big inning, but also the one-run inning when needed.
Rule #4 The best indicator of overall offensive value is OBP plus SLG.
I hear about people who count the hit and walk numbers on each DYNASTY League Baseball card. Save yourself the time. All you need to look at is to add up the OBP and SLG of the player (OPS) to evaluate the player’s overall offensive value. Each DYNASTY League Baseball hitter’s card can’t be looked at on it’s own. It needs it’s other half — a pitcher’s card representing the league average. The DYNASTY League Baseball system needs to be thought of as if each batter vs. pitcher matchup is one card from 0-999.
Rule #5 Understand what it takes to win at home and on the road.
Too often I hear how you need to build your team to fit your ballpark without an equal understanding of what it takes to win on the road.
DYNASTY League Baseball makes over 200 ballpark adjustments so that the player will perform just as he did in the ballpark he played in. If DYNASTY League Baseball didn’t adjust for ballpark effects, the player’s statistics would be above or below the actual numbers and the simulation’s accuracy would be compromised.
Below: Home runs will fly out of Great American Ball park in DYNASTY League Baseball Online
Rule #6 Understand the value of scarcity.
Why is gold valuable? It’s scare. Why is pitching valuable in the 90’s? It’s scarce. In 1997, Roger Clemens is worth his weight in gold. In 1968, Carl Yastrzemski is worth his weight in gold as the only .300 hitter in the AL.
All of the DYNASTY League Baseball player cards and files are normalized for the league average. What this means is that Clemens performance, or DYNASTY League Baseball card or file, would be better in 1997 than if he had pitched in 1967 and had the same stats. So if you are looking at statistically similar players from different years keep in mind the league average for that year.
If you look at cf Paul Blair from the DYNASTY League Baseball 1969 season set, his A+ range is rare. Only the very best players of All-Time receive an A+ range rating. Some years no one receives an A+ rating at a particular position. This full spectrum of range ratings is unique to DYNASTY Baseball. Blair’s rare A+ range rating makes him particularly valuable in a key defensive position.
Rule #7 Don’t create a platoon weakness. Exploit your opponents platoon weakness.
I heard many instances of Cardinal players saying that having Herzog as manager was worth several wins a season. How many wins is the best manager worth? A random batting order compared to a lineup is known to generate a difference of only about 5% in terms of runs scored. In game strategies can make a critical difference in close games or in keeping games close and giving your team the opportunity to win. It’s possible that an outstanding manager can win 5-10 more ball games than a poor one.
Jim Leyland typically runs his lineups left, right, left and he feels the acquisition of LH hitter Darrell Daulton late in the 1997 season as a key to Florida’s Championship season. Daulton gave Florida another LH bat that would be effective vs. RH pitching. Leyland’s batting order logic minimized the effectiveness of a pitching move against his team beyond the first batter pitched to.
Earl Weaver had a three-headed platoon in left field of Gary Roenicke, John Lowenstein and Benny Ayala. This flexibility gave him firepower to counter moves in the late innings.
Manager Mike Hargrove and GM John Hart are astute baseball people, but I believe Cleveland lost the World Series in 1997 because it lacked LH reliever bullpen depth. Paul Assenmacher was the only lefty out of the bullpen. In order for your bullpen to match-up vs. batters in the late innings, you need to have at least two and probably three LH pitchers who are effective at getting out LH hitters. You should have at least one lefty whose sole purpose it to pitch to and get our one LH hitter late in the game.
You can manage one of the existing historical Dynasty teams in the new Greatest Team leagues coming to DYNASTY League Baseball Online this month.
This spring current season draft leagues will launch at DYNASTY League Baseball Online with a new integrated live draft room and profile based computer manager.
What does Brian Jordan think of the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version?
“This is an awesome game.” Brian didn’t just repeat the word awesome and DYNASTY League Baseball Online in the same breath once, but several times during the 1996 NLDS game he managed as Cardinals skipper vs. the Padres.
The game took place at the Marriot hotel in Palm Beach Gardens, FL as part of the Cardinals Legends Greatest Team tournament held in conjuction with the Cardinals Legends camp. I was there along with Miami International airport air traffic controller extraordinaire Tim Lewis and his daughter May who came along to help introduce the campers and Cardinals legends to DYNASTY League Baseball Online.
Brian Jordan starred on the 1996 Cardinals team (finishing 8th in the MVP voting in 1996) that swept the 1996 Padres in the first round of the 1996 playoffs. Brian also is one of the few athletes to play in two sports simultaneously playing in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. Currently Brian is the pre-game analyst for the Atlanta Braves on FSN South and also runs the Brian Jordan Foundation for underpriveleged children.
Brian is very friendly and gregarious and I invited to manage the 1996 Cardinals so he could manage himself. Still looking in great shape as if he could play for the 2011 Cardinals, Brian loved the idea and from that point on until the end of the game Brian was captivated by the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version.
I helped Brian get started and showed him how you could use the lineup assistance button to load in a historical lineup from the retrosheet.org database. From there Brian easily caught onto the lineup interface and made a couple of changes to the historical lineup including getting center fielder Willie McGee into the game in the #2 spot in the order and moving Ray Lankford into the #3 spot (he kept himself in the clean up spot) and selected Andy Benes as the starter.
Brian quickly picked up on the user interface and was intrigued by the depth and realism of DYNASTY League Baseball. Brian asked about his A+/85/ -1 defensive ratings in right field and I showed Brian the tool tips that display descriptions of each rating when you mouse over a player rating. I told Brian that his range rating of A+ was “historically great” and Brian knowlingly nodded and smiled.
Cardinal Legends Steve Kline, Rick Horton and Brian’s girlfriend all stopped by to see what Brian was doing, but they all had a hard time tearing him away from making his managerial moves. Everytime someone came by to greet Brian he quickly jumped right back into his managerial chair and delighted in making his moves.
The managerial moves were not easy either. The 1996 Padres got off to a great start and before you knew it Brian Jordan and the 1996 Cardinals were down 7-0. Not only that, but Jordan grounded into a double play his second at bat in the fourth to stop a potential Cardinal rally.
I explained to Brian how you needed two batters to warm up your pitcher in the bullpen, but you could only get your pitcher up twice and then you had to bring him in or he would come into the game tired. Brian warmed up Mark Petkovsek and brought him into the game. You could easily tell Brian knew the 1996 Cardinals in-depth and making moves came like second nature to him.
The 1996 Cardianls finally got something going in the bottom of the 5th loading the bases with Petkovsek’s spot in the lineup coming up. Brian clicked on the substitution button to look carefully for the pinch hitter that he thought could get the Cardinal back into the game and the move was made for left-handed hitting Mark Sweeney. Next Brian clicked on the warm up button to get Danny Jackson up in the bullpen to come into the game in the top of the 6th.
Brian clicked the swing button and the HOME RUN range of 142 – 152 on Mark Sweeney’s player card lit up like a neon sign in red as we watched the flashing HR target show where the 386 foot grand slam landed in right-center in Busch Stadium. Brian and I exchanged high fives across the table as if we were greeting Sweeney back into the Cardinal dugout. The 1996 Cardinals were back in this thing and Brian Jordan’s pinch hitting move made him look like a managerial genius.
Brian Jordan lead off the top of the 6th for the 1996 Cardinals and walked. I suggested to Brian that he should give himself the green light to steal and moused over his steal rating of 5 to show the pie chart percentage display that he had a 74% chance of stealing successfully.
Brian said “let’s go!” and I explained we needed a low dice number to steal successfully. Brian clicked the steal button and the dice roll of 34 displayed and I knew he would be slide in safely. Brian and I exchanged another high five delighting in our comeback attempt. The inning ended quickly with Gary Gaetti, John Mabry and Tom Pagnozzi all failing to drive in Jordan from second base.
Brian Jordan was looking for his first hit in the top of the 8th with the 1996 Cardinals now down 8-4. Jordan smoked a single to right bringing up Gary Gaetti. BAM! Gaetti slammed a 373 foot HR to left as we watched the flashing home run target in left field show where Gaetti’s blast landed and once again exchanged our “dugout” high fives as the Cardinals drew to within two runs at 8-6.
San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman in perhaps his best season enters the game, but Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee lead off the bottom of the 9th with back to back single’s bringing the winning run to the plate and Brian and I are feeling the pulse of a Cardinal comeback win. Ray Lankford strikes out swining for the first out, but here comes none other than Brian Jordan to the plate. With no fear vs. Baseball’s all-time saves leader, Brian reminds me, “I hit a home run off of Hoffman to win the 1996 NLDS.” Brian clicks the swing button and lines himself a single to left scoring Ozzie and sending McGee to third with Brian Jordan taking second on the throw. 8-7 only down by one run and I give Brian a high five for his line single feeling for a moment that I am also on the 1996 Cardinals!
Gaetti grounds out to third and it is too sharply hit to get in McGee so it brings up John Mabry as the Cardinals last hope. Manager Brian Jordan has been holding an ace up his sleeve as he says, “I am have been saving Ronnie.” Ronnie is Ron Gant the power hitting outfielder who hammered 30 HR for the Cardinals in 1996. Gant strikes out swinging to end the game as the Cardinal comeback just falls short, but Brian Jordan has just completed his first experience with DYNASTY League Baseball Online. Brian is so delighted with his experience that he immediately signs up for his own DYNASTY League Baseballl Online account with his email address and password.
At the end of the game I shared the box score on my Facebook page using the share box score button and asked Brian to write something about his experience playing DYNASTY League Baseball. Brian was happy to and wrote “this is an awesome game”.
Up next was valuable Cardinal reserve outfielder Tito Landrum who stopped by just in time to join a Greatest Team bracket tournament. Tito and I teamed up to co-manage the 1985 Cardinals vs. the 1981 Expos in round 1 of the Greatest Teams tournament. Tito is super friendly and a fun person to talk Baseball with.
Like Brian Jordan, Tito Landrum took to the easy game user interface immediately and was hooked. The 1985 Cardinals got out to a 4-0 lead and I wanted to get Tito into the game. I had Tito click on the substitution button and view Tito Landrum player card so he could see his 1985 card. “Look, you hit .345 against right handed pitching in 1985.” I told Tito. Tito replied, “Wow, really .345? Whitey wouldn’t let me play against right handed pitchers.” I then showed Tito that he had only 29 AB’s vs. RH pitching and there was a Use rating on his player card limiting him to 29 AB vs. RH. Tito smiled thoroughly impressed and said, “Wow, you have really thought of everything haven’t you?”
Vince Coleman singles in the bottom of the 7th and I told Tito, “We need to attack with this 1985 Cardinals team.” Tito smiled and said “Yes, definitely let’s send Vince!” Tito clicked on the steal button and in we see Vince get the jump and take off for second with an 88% of being safe. The 1985 rookie of the year slides in safe and Tito and I high five each other delighting in our successful steal sign. Vince Coleman (who Tim Lewis and I would later help find the coaches meeting room) said that he was able to steal so many bases (three consecutive years of 100 stolen bases) because Whitey always gave him the green light.
Above: “Let’s send Vince!” Tito Landrum and Mike Cieslinski
Tito was having a great time and thoroughly enjoyed playing DYNASTY League Baseball Online as we thumped the Expos 7-1 to advance to the final round of the bracket vs. 1999 Atlanta. You can see our game with the 1985 Cardinals vs. the 1981 Expos box score and game summary here.
Tito had to head to the coaches meeting, but before he left wanted to know how he could sign up for DYNASTY League Baseball Online so I explained he could go to DYNASTYLeagueBaseball.com and handed him a postcard.
Who knows, you too may run into Brian Jordan and Tito Landrum for a game at DYNASTY League Baseball Online!
It might be…it could be… it is! Yes, this is it! The greatest combination of fun known to man: Baseball, people who love baseball, the chance to discover a new ball park or revisit a ball park that you’ve come to know and love, people who play DYNASTY League Baseball who might become your DYNASTY League Baseball buddy, league rival or just your friend for the weekend. I’ll be there. I’m Mike Cieslinski the designer of both Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball and I’ll do my best to insure there is never a dull moment on this very unique excursion. What’s in store?
First off, we’re going first class. Hey, why cut corners and go on a Mario Mendoza line trip when for a few dollars more you can have an Albert Pujols trip! What this means is that on our trip to St. Louis we’ll be on Amtrak’s finest Superliner service and staying near the beautifully renovated St. Louis Union Station only a few blocks from New Busch Stadium.
Why not bring the whole gang and make a weekend outing of it, family and friends are welcome. You will board Amtrak’s Texas Eagle at Chicago’s Union Station on Friday afternoon June 4, see the Brewers and Cardinals play Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and return to Chicago at noon on Sunday.
Connections can be made from other locations and Milwaukee where the trip will originate. St. Louis is one of the most exciting cities to visit. If you are a baseball fan and if you’re a DYNASTY League Baseball fan, this will be a June to remember. Find out why. Get up and go!
Busch Stadium Express / $378 per person double occupancy includes:
Round trip fare on Amtrak’s Texas Eagle and Lincoln
Two nights hotel near St. Louis Union station and Busch Stadium including hot breakfast buffet.
Tickets to the Brewers vs. Cardinals games on Friday and Saturday June 4 and 5
DYNASTY League Baseball Greatest Team tournament
Deadline for reservations is April 23, 2010 so make your reservations now – space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 561-494-2711. If you have any questions please feel free to call.
On Wednesday, January 20 at the Palm Beach Gardens, FL Marriott, 76 campers were about to have their wildest dreams come true at the Cardinals Legends camp which benefits Hire Heroes and takes place in Jupiter, FL January 20-24 at Roger Dean Stadium (Spring Training and Minor league home of the Cardinals and Marlins).
DYNASTY League Baseball is one of the sponsors of the event providing a free Cardinals Greatest Team tournament for the Campers and Legends and an opportunity to learn and try out the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version.
In preparation, software engineer extraordinaire Jamie Hall cooked up seven Cardinal Greatest teams to choose from including:
In addition, new code was added to create the actual Greatest Teams brackets that seed, designate the home team and advance teams in the bracket.
I invited Tim Lewis and his son Ivan (named after Ivan Rodriguez) to help with the event. After lunch at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott it didn’t take long for us to spot our first Cardinal – Bruce Sutter.
Mr. Sutter sitting outside peacefully thinking back some 28 years ago as he fired one his split fingered fastballs only to have the bottom drop out under Brewer’s Gorman Thomas bat and clinch the World Championship for the 1982 Cardinals. Ivan got his photo op with Bruce and a cherished memory meeting the HOF’er with Dad Tim getting the photo credit.
The foot traffic was slow at first, but picked up a bit and I spotted Rick Horton the Camp leader, but better known as one of Whitey Herzog’s top short left-handed relievers. As many of you know from looking at Rick’s 1985 player card, he has a great hold and pickoff move (7/A/-2) that he honed in college while looking at the mirror in his dorm room.
Rick was flying around like a Cardinal in flight trying to get everyting ready for the Patio Party and Staff meeting. He was able to stop by our table and check out the interface and commented that the game looked great and he had a friend that would love the game.
Our tournament got under way with a Final four matchup with the 2004 Cardinals facing off vs. the 2009 Cardinals. Two veteran campers, both Doctors, sat down face-to-face to battle it out in a single elimination bracket tournament with Carpenter starting for the 2004 Cards and Wainwright starting for the 2009 Cards.
DYNASTY League Baseball Online will have several different types of brackets such as Sweet 16 and Final 4. The Cardinals Greatest Team tournament was a shorter Final 4 tournament to fit into the time frame.
Every game counts when you are playing in the Greatest Teams tournaments towards your Managerail ranking level. You will be awarded points based on your performance in each tournament and it will allow you to advance to a higher Managerial level rank. For example, if you are managing the Cardinals the lowest Managerial level is Jack Hendricks, a little known Manager from the 1940 season who finished last with a record of 51-78, You will aspire to reach the La Russa and ultimately the Herzog Managerial level if you prove to be a savvy Manager. You’ll have a separate public ranking for your live games as well as a prviate ranking for your solitaire games.
The 2009 vs. 2004 match-up ended up being a see-saw game that came down to the last out as the 2009 Cardinals won and advanced. Both campers caught on quickly to the game and had a blast playing it. Note that with the Online version you have your own screen, you are not sharing a screen or mouse. When your opponent goes to the bullpen or makes a substitution, a message pops up saying that the opponent is calling the bullpen or making a substitution so you know at all times what is happening.
Look! Steve Kline is right next to us at the registration desk. As Steve made his way to the elevators I approached him and let him know about our Cardinals Greatest Team tournament. I invited him to play and Kline remarked “You need to get Mike Matheny to play! Do you have the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers?” Only Steve Kline can be this daffy and hilarious. Kline is a throw back to earlier times when the players spent time in the locker room lighing players feet on fire and a whole array of pranks. Kline asked if the 2004 Cardinals won and one of the Doctors said “Kline you just gave up a HR and lost me the game for my 2004 Cardinals.” I told the left-handed Kline that the Doctor had left him in to pitch vs. three straight RH batters.
The pitcher who is the “poster boy” for the OFF Situation rating (rarely walks the lead off man) strolled by next. I’m talking about Bob Tewksbury who had two excellent years back-to-back in 1992 and 1993. Bob was helping us identify some of the players including Brian Jordan who looked like he still could play in both the NFL and MLB. Ivan sure is making a lot of friends isn’t he?
I just feel sorry for these campers. They are going to get smoked in the games vs. the
Cardinals Legends. Everyone recognizes our next guest who just arrived at the Marriott. The very classy Lou Brock. I told Lou as he was heading for the elevator that his 1967 Cardinals just beat the 1985 Cardinals in the other bracket with Bob Gibson pitching a shutout. Lou grinned knowlingly of Gibson’s dominance as the elevator doors closed and he waved to us. Steve Carlton continued the 1967 Cardinals pitching dominance by only allowing one run vs. the 2009 Cardinals in the Finals. Between
them, Gibson and Carlton pitched two complete games and allowed one run over those 18 IP. The new Greatest Teams brackets worked perfectly in their first test as did all the games we played. The Cardinal Legends were scheduled for a team meeting at 7:00P, but before the meeting up walked the great All-Star and Gold Glover Andy Van Slyke. I had met Andy once before in October of 1985 in the Cardinals locker room after the Cardinals clinched the Division title vs. the Cubs. MVP Willie McGee had
borrowed me his sharpie and Andy signed my prized champagne celebration bottle. After Ivan got his photo with another Cardinal Legend, we started showing Andy the new Online version. One of the first things I told Andy was how the weather effects come into play and how at Wrigley Field in the Summer the wind tends to blow in while in the Spring and Fall in tends to blow out. Andy was really interested in this and reflecting on it now I discovered that Andy
had wanted to be a meteorologist and is a huge fan of the Weather channel like myself. Andy Van Slyke and I then proceeded to make out the 1985 Cardinals lineup vs. the 2004 Cardinals in a new game. Andy caught on real fast to the interface and lineup selection and studied the ratings intently. Once the game started I moved the mouse over his defensive player ratings in right field to display the tool tips that explain the rating. “A+ outstanding Range and -3 outstanding Throwing Arm” the tool tip indicated. Andy Van Slyke nodded intently as he watched himself out in right field in Busch Stadium. Van Slyke took over as skipper of the 1985 Cardinals and I had to pinch myself a bit as I felt transformed back to 1985 as we continued our DYNASTY League Baseball Online game. The team meeting was nearing, but Andy was captivated by the game as he came to bat. The dice roll came up and I winced as I saw a bizarre play result get accessed and I thought to myself “Now what?”. Van Slyke struck out on a called strike and was ejected by the umpire for arguing the call. Seemingly right on cue, the game ejected Andy Van Slyke right out of his seat into the team meeting. Andy gave me a nudge on the shoulder, stood up, and pleaded “I never was thrown out of a game!”.
Last Saturday, August 1 at 6P ET, Jamie Hall and I got together for the launch of the first ever live face to face game ever played with the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version.
The launch was as perfect as a Mark Buehrle perfect game and maybe even more exciting to watch and play.
I sent my 2006 Cardinals vs. Jamie’s 2006 Tigers in Game 1 of the 2006 World Series at Comerica Park. OK, these are both our favorite teams so this was like Baseball nirvana for us with the Tigers and Cardinals not having played vs. each other in the World Series since 1968 and 1934.
The missing “League” is now found
Before we started the game, I was telling Jamie that the “League” in DYNASTY League Baseball has been missing since DYNASTY League Baseball debuted in 1994. By that I mean a really easy way for people to join a league, for Commissioners to run leagues and for people to connect and play vs. each other across long distances and have standings, stats and scores updated in real time without having to export or import any files.
The new draft room will allow you to draft live and show which players have been selected, which players are left in the draft, what your roster currently looks like, how many dollars of your budget you have left to bid on players and which roster slots you still need to fill.
Dan Mintz, Reede Stockton, Jamie and myself have been planning and talking about an Online version for a long time. It really wasn’t until the past two years that the Baseball stars and sun were in perfect alignment to create the opportunity to develop what is a truly cutting edge technological marvel.
Realizing that most DYNASTY League Baseball and Pursue the Pennant fans have never played an Online game the question is “What is this and why do I need it?”
There are three type of ways you will play your opponent:
- You vs. another live opponent
- You vs. computer manager
- Computer manager vs. computer manager
Which type of game you will play depends on you and your opponent.
“Series” allow you to play a series solitaire vs. the computer manager or with a friend from any season in the DYNASTY League Baseball library.
There will be two primary play options:
- Greatest Team bracket tournaments
- Continuous draft leagues that use the Official DYNASTY League Baseball rulesYou always have time for DYNASTY League Baseball Online
The neat thing is that there is always time to be in a league or tournament no matter how busy you are with work, family and friends. If you find you are getting busy you can always have the computer manager take over and play games for you until you have more time to play the games live.
DYNASTY League Baseball Online runs on Windows or Apple Macintosh
How do I install the Online version and start playing? You don’t install it – it is all ready to go for you.
You start your Internet Explorer, Fire fox or if you are on an Apple Macintosh, your Safari browser, and log on with your user name and password at a new web site being created just for DYNASTY League Baseball Online TBA.
If you are already in a draft league or Greatest tournament the first thing you’ll see is your up to date draft league standings and Greatest Teams tournament results and rankings. If this is your first time logging in you will choose your Greatest team for the Greatest Teams tournaments. You also will be able to select a franchise for a continuous private or public draft league.
So now what after I select my team? Click on the join game link to the game you want to play. That is as easy as it was for me to connect and play Jamie. One click and the first thing you will see on your screen is the outside of the ball park that you are playing in. Click enter and you enter the ball park just as if you had walked into the ball park.
Similar to the Windows version, the next thing you will do is select your starting pitcher. DYNASTY League Baseball Online includes injury and pitcher rest tracking as well as Use rating tracking so you can easily see who is available for the game.
You can see any players player card while you are selecting your pitcher and lineup. You also have the OBP and SLG vs. LH and vs RH breakdowns. Previously I would pull out my Bill James Handbook to look up these stats, but now they are all there. Click on the Magglio Ordonez player card screen below to check it out.
Next we enter Comerica Park. It is one thing to see screen shots and another to actually see the game interface on screen. One word left my mouth. “WOW!” Joe DiMaggio would call it the Marilyn Monroe screen interface. Gorgeous!
You control your own mouse all of the time – you don’t have to share the mouse even though the game is turn based.
What I absolutely loved were the new tool tips. When you roll over a player rating on screen a tool tip comes up describing the rating.
Want to see a player card? Just move your mouse over the player name and the player pops up for you. The player cards look identical to the player cards in the board game in every respect.
The Cardinals struck first in the 1st when Albert Pujols launched a Justin Verlander pitch to center field for a home run. I flipped when I saw the red target flash in center field where Pujols had just deposited the ball and then watched as Pujols circled the bases.
The screen shot below is from another Pujols HR in a different game, but if you click on it you’ll get the full size image.
The game is far from a static text game and that is one of the first things you will notice. There are all kinds of things flashing and moving during the game that really adds to the enjoyment of playing. Also helps when your team is winning as mine was 2-0.
Worried about a disconnection or crash? Don’t be. Your game is automatically saved and will take you right back to where you left off so a game will never be lost.
Scott Spiezio opened up the top of the 2nd inning with a solo shot to right. Gee that flashing target is cool! Cardinals 3 Tigers 0
For each play result either the pitcher card or hitter card will come up on screen depending on which player card the result is on. The dice roll is shown below the player card and the play results flashes right on the player card. Click below to see a play result on Nate Robertson’s player card:
During the game, you’ll also see the various Situation ratings highlight when they are in effect with a description of the Situation rating. In the screen shot below, the ON rating (rarely allows HR with runners on base) is in effect for Justin Verlander.
Top of the 3rd and Spiezio hits a solo shot to center field to make it 5-0 Cardinals.
Top of the 5th and Spiezio homers to right field for his third HR of the game! Cardinals 6-0
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter is just dominating until the 8th when Craig Monroe slams a two-run home run to left.
Final score Cardinals 6 Tigers 2
No exporting or importing needed for instant updated stats and standings
Now think of youself playing in a tournament or league where other players are playing and the scores are updated instantly for everyone to see along with the current standings, stats and league leaders. No exporting or importing of files. How cool is that?
Box score and Game Summary are easily accessible during and after the game
I absolutely love the new Game Summary!
Shown below is the final game screen with the Cardinals winning 6-2 over the Tigers. You can click on the screen to see Jason Isrinhausen warming up in the bullpen in the 9th inning – just in case. The bullpen is right on the main game screen and shows you who it warming up and if they are ready.
Well, there you have it – Game 1 of DYNASTY League Baseball Online and there are so many more features still to come! Amazing as the 1969 Mets don’t you think? I sure think so.