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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.

(P. 7) HIGH STRESS INNING:
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 and longer, 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.

MINOR LEAGUE PHASE
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 DesignDepot.com 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.