Moneyball 2002 Oakland A’s now included in DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Team bracket tournaments
Billy Beane championed under valued players using some of the metrics Bill James popularized back in the early 80’s with his Baseball Abstracts. Now you can manage the Moneyball 2002 Oakland A’s in daily live DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Team bracket tournaments or leagues. The 2002 Oakland A’s were just recenty made available along with the 1997 Baltimore Orioles in the Greatest Team bracket tournamets to bring the number of Greatest Teams to select from to 78.
How good were the 2002 Oakland A’s? Their 103-59 regular season record is considerably better than any of the A’s Dynasty teams from 1972-1974 and you even could include the 1971 (101-60) and 1975 (98-64) A’s in their Dynasty as well. In the end, clutch performers from the 1972-1974 A’s Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Sal Bando and Gene Tenace are remembered for their three consecutive World Championships and the 2002 A’s are forgotten for their failure in their first round exit even though they took the ALDS vs. the 2002 Twins to a deciding Game 5. Ironically in Game 5 of the 2002 ALDS vs. Minnesota, the A’s did not draw a single walk after expousing the value of OBP during the season.
Can you take the 2002 A’s further than Art Howe in the DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Team bracket tournaments?
DYNASTY League Baseball Online runs right in your Apple Mac Safari or Windows Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome browser.
Ready to become the GM in a DYNASTY League Baseball Online league?
- Rosters are set at 25 players.
- Rosters expand to 40 players when your league simulation month reaches September.
- You may have any mixture of batters and pitchers as long as:
- You can fill a lineup vs. both a right-handed and left-handed starter.
- You have a starting pitcher available for your next game.
- You may move anyone from the active roster to the minor leagues at any time, unless they are suspended.
- Before your first game of the season, your roster may be set without any penalties.
- Any time during the season, any player moved to the minors must stay there for 10 days before they are eligible to return to your active roster unless they are replacing a player that is placed on the DL.
- Players may make unlimited trips between the active roster and the minors EXCEPT for players who have a USE percentage, who may not return to the active roster once they have been sent to the minors (see section on Use Percentage players)
- Any injured player can be moved to the disabled list.
- Players placed on the DL must stay there for 15-days, retroactive to the day after their injury.
- You can have an unlimited number of players on the DL.
Percent Use Players:
- Players that have a percentage value listed as their USE value may only be on the active roster for that percentage of the season. So in a 54-game season, a 30% use player can only be on the active roster for 16 games.
- Percent Use players MUST serve their time on the active roster contiguously, meaning that once they are sent down to the minors they cannot return to the active roster.
- Often Percent Use players were mid or late-season callups.
Use vs RH/LH:
- Batters that have values for Use vs RH or vs LH are restricted to a certain number of at-bats against pitchers of the specified throwing arm.
- These values are pro-rated for the length of the season you are playing. So in a 54-game season, a player with a use vs RH of 51 can only have 17 AB against right-handed pitchers during the season.
- Players with Use values of less than 20 are not eligible to start OR pinch-hit against a pitcher of the specified throwing arm.
- Players must have at least 3 AB remaining to start against a pitcher of the specified throwing arm.
- Players must have at least 1 AB remaining to pinch-hit against a pitcher of the specified throwing arm.
- If you insert a player into the game who has 0 AB remaining against the throwing arm of the current pitcher, you will be forced to remove that player the next time he comes to bat.
When will the 2011 season Board version player card set be released?
The pre-order process for the new upcoming 2011 season release is starting earlier this year because of the changes in offerings for the new upcoming season set. The 2011 season player card set is now available for pre-order at the Ticket Window with the first season player card sets shipping out on a first-in first-out basis starting in November. Everyone who pre-orders the 2011 season will also receive a special World Series player card set via email to pre-play the 2011 World Series.
2011 season Ball Park charts
For the first time in a long time there were no new ball parks in 2011, but some new updated ball park photos were added to the 2011 ball park charts.
When will the 2011 season player cards be available for the Online version?
Once again, DYNASTY League Baseball Online players will be the first to get the new 2011 season within 24 hours of the final player ratings being completed.
When will the new continuous Public and Private Draft Leagues and live draft room be available?
The plan is to have both Private and Public continuous draft leagues ready before the start of Spring Training 2012. You will be able to test the new live draft room and also try out a demo draft league.
What about the Windows version?
The biggest change this year is that there will be not be a 2011 season available for the Windows version or any other future season player card sets or upgrades. Windows 7 64 bit OS now has a very significant market share and the old 16 bit architecture that the Windows version was developed in will not run on 64 bit OS. All Windows version game players are being migrated to the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version which not only runs on all the new 64 bit OS, but also is one of the rare Baseball simulations on Apple Mac OS. Dan Mintz and I would like to thank all the loyal Windows version players and we hope you have had a chance to try out the incredible new Online version that Jamie Hall has developed.
As part of our Windows version fan appreciation there have been several introductory $20 off coupon offers for DYNASTY League Baseball Online that you can take advantage of found in the DYNASTY League Baseball email newsletter or DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook Fan page.
The most current $20 introductory coupon code is Win11 that can be entered when you create an account and sign up for a six month subscription. The amount you would have paid for the current Windows season CD for your league is about the same amount as being in a six month league for DYNASTY League Baseball Online except you have access to the entire library of DYNASTY League Baseball seasons – not just one season. You also can play in Greatest Team bracket tournaments, leagues and play “Series” solitaire vs. the computer manager or with a friend. The Win11 coupon expires August 15, 2011.
Which 2011 season version should I get if I am in a mixed Board version and Windows league?
If you are in a mixed league you have come to a fork in the road and need to decide to either use the Board version or Online version. It has to be one or the other not both. If you are a larger mixed league one idea that some other DYNASTY League Baseball leagues have done is to split your league into an AL and NL with one league playing the Board version and the other the Online version. The Pennant winners from the AL and NL then would meet in the World Series just as baseball was played for most of it’s history. There would be no other interleague play. You could play the World Series with either the Board version or Online version.
There will be new “tools” released for the Online version that will enable Private leagues to enter your existing team rosters, salaries and contracts. If you have any questions about migrating your league there will be much more information coming on both Public and Private continuous draft leagues. If you have any specific questions you can email us at email@example.com and we will help you out.
What if I only want to play solitaire with DYNASTY League Baseball Online?
Well you can. Right now you can play “Series” vs. the new computer manager with any of the teams from the complete library of DYNASTY League Baseball seasons. Having said that, I think you are really missing out on some great fun by not trying the multi-player Greatest Team bracket tournaments and leagues as well as the upcoming multi-player Draft leagues.
Updated 2012 DYNASTY League Baseball Official Rulebook
There will be a new Official Rulebook released soon that will include some new rules that were previously only listed at the Q&A link. League rules have also been revised and updated for the new Online version. Everyone will be able to download the new 2012 Official Rulebook as a PDF file.
Your votes are in from the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook fan page voting and your selections are included in the new All-Time AL and NL teams for DYNASTY League Baseball Online. These teams will be available to play in Series when you log in at DYNASTY League Baseball Online.
Eligible selections were from retired MLB players using their best DYNASTY League Baseball season player card:
Carlton Fisk 1975 Boston
Yogi Berra 1961 New York (A)
Lou Gehrig 1927 New York (A)
Eddie Murray 1982 Baltimore
Rod Carew 1973 Minnesota
Roberto Alomar 1993 Toronto
Robin Yount 1982 Milwaukee
Cal Ripken 1982 Baltimore
George Brett 1977 Kansas City
Wade Boggs 1986 Boston
Paul Molitor 1982 Milwaukee
Ted Williams 1957 Boston
Mickey Mantle 1957 New York (A)
Babe Ruth 1927 New York (A)
Joe DiMaggio 1939 New York (A)
Walter Johnson 1924 Washington
Lefty Grove 1929 Philadelphia
Roger Clemens 1986 Boston
Bob Feller 1954 Cleveland
Jim Palmer 1973 Baltimore
Pedro Martinez 1999 Boston
Rollie Fingers 1973 Oakland
Goose Gossage 1982 New York (A)
Hoyt Wilhelm 1967 Chicago (A)
Dennis Eckersley 1988 Oakland
Johnny Bench 1970 Cincinnati
Roy Campanella 1955 Brooklyn
Willie McCovey 1970 San Francisco
Mark McGwire 1998 St. Louis
Joe Morgan 1975 Cincinnati
Rogers Hornsby 1929 Chicago (N)
Ozzie Smith 1985 St. Louis
Ernie Banks 1957 Chicago (N)
Mike Schmidt 1977 Philadelphia
Eddie Mathews 1957 Milwaukee
Ron Santo 1967 Chicago (N)
Stan Musial 1957 St. Louis
Willie Mays 1962 San Francisco
Hank Aaron 1973 Atlanta
Barry Bonds 2001 San Francisco
Sandy Koufax 1965 Los Angeles
Bob Gibson 1970 St. Louis
Tom Seaver 1969 New York (N)
Warren Spahn 1957 Milwaukee
Steve Carlton 1977 Philadelphia
Greg Maddux 1994 Atlanta
Bruce Sutter 1982 St. Louis
Randy Johnson 2001 Arizona
Phil Niekro 1974 Atlanta
John Smoltz 2003 Atlanta
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.
How Harvey’s Wallbangers helped bring Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball to your tabletop and screen
Without this celebrated moment in October of 1982 at Milwaukee County Stadium the Milwaukee Brewers would not have a Pennant to hang from Miller Park and most likely Pursue the Pennant and it’s successor DYNASTY League Baseball would not exist.
The level of excitement generated by the Wallbanger’s incredible run was the game design impetus – especially when it came to the high level of inspiration and perspiration necessary to complete the project. After more than four years of game design development, it took the excitement of the 1982 Brewers season to convince a venture capital group to make the investment necessary to bring what was then Pursue the Pennant to your tabletop. My appearance with Paul Molitor on the cover of The Business Journal was what finally made everything fall into place and bring in other Brewers Jim Gantner and Bob McClure into the venture.
The photo in my profile of Paul Molitor and I playing the board version on the top of the Milwaukee County Stadium dugout was one of the photos that appeared in The Business Journal.
Molitor, Gantner and McClure were not strangers to me as we were part of an incredible group of people playing pick up basketball at the YMCA in Wauwatosa, WI. There was also Pat Hughes broadcaster from the Brewers and Cubs and Donnie Nelson current GM of the NBA Dallas Mavericks.
The 1982 Brewers were an easy team choice for me to make in our Cooperstown league in the new Greatest Team leagues for DYNASTY League Baseball Online. Every Baseball fan has one team and one season that they remember as special that stands above the rest. That is what the new Greatest Team Leagues are all about. This is your chance to have those great memories flow like a trip to Iowa in Field of Dreams as you compete in a 12 team league. Win or lose, just being able to immerse yourself in the challenge of managing and the new revelations you will have of your favorite players strengths and weaknesses (that you never realized at the time when watching your favorite team play) makes joining a league an extremely enjoyable experience.
While chatting during league games with NBA Event coordinator Ski Austin (1971 Pirates), Ski told me that Roberto Clemente was his favorite player growing up. Geoff Reiss (1986 Mets) formerly of ESPN.com selected his favorite Mets and USA TODAY Baseball Fantasy columnist Steve Gardner (1970 Orioles) selected one of his favorite Oriole teams.
MVP Robin Yount homered down the left field line for me in this win vs. Baseball America’s Jim Callis’ 1986 Astros. The Milwaukee County stadium night background is from a photo that I took at a game I was at in the 80’s. Pretty cool having a photo of a game you were at as part of DYNASTY League Baseball Online.
I knew what to expect managing the Wallbangers and they haved lived up to expectations hammering 46 HR to lead the league through the first 31 games of the 54 game face to face schedule. Cy Young winner Pete Vuckovich has been the poster boy for DYNASTY League Baseball duplicating his pattern of giving up plenty of walks and hits while at the same time getting out of jams with his JAM (extra tough with runners in scoring position and two out) and ON (rarely gives up a HR with runners on base) ratings. It’s the toughest pitching performance for any baseball simulation to replicate.
It’s truly a unique multi-player experience being able to so easily see updated stats, standings and leaders after every game has been played and one in which I’m still in jaw dropping awe over. DYNASTY League Baseball Online developer Jamie Hall just continues to impress with more really cool features still to come (the new live draft room is looking awesome).
You don’t have to wait for Draft Leagues to start experiencing the excitement of league play with the Greatest Teams. You can join a league right now just by clicking on this link.
When a name was contemplated for this Baseball simulation back in 1992, the idea was that since league play would be central to the game that “league” would have to be part of the name. Dynasty denotes continuity so there you have it. Translated DYNASTY League Baseball equals – continuous draft league play. Yes, you can also play a solitaire replay or come up with any other number of play formats with the Board version, but continuous draft league play was what DYNASTY League Baseball was always envisioned to be.
The debut of DYNASTY League Baseball Online last November made real time multi-player a reality for the first time not just for DYNASTY League Baseball, but for any Baseball simulation game. Greatest Team bracket tournaments being updated in real time have turned out to be wildy popular with some players playing as many as 200 live multi-player games in a three month time frame. The Greatest Team bracket tournament experience has been thrilling and just recently the first 64 team bracket tournaments debuted as the ultimate challenge.
Next, Greatest Team leagues debuted in March of this year with a new scheduler and for the first time league players could easily play multi-player games and see updated scores, stats, leaders and standings in real time. This is a first for Baseball simulations and is a dream come true eliminating the hassle of IP adddresses, router settings, failed connnections and importing and exporting of files to a central Commissioner.
One of the challenges with draft leagues has been where do you have the draft. If you have a local league and use the Board game the way the SNBL used to play in Brookfield, WI it isn’t an issue, but it is a issue with players scattered all over the country.
Enter DYNASTY League Baseball Online’s live draft room. Much more than a draft room, the live draft room shows all available players in the draft and when you mouse over a player you see his player card right in the draft room. How cool is that?
DYNASTY League Baseball was the first baseball simulation to have Official League rules. Basically they are the original Rotisserie Baseball rules adapted for Baseball simulations. If you want to know how DYNASTY League Baseball draft leagues work including contracts and bidding, all the information is in the DYNASTY League Baseball Official Rulebook at the link below the Dennis Martinez and Paul Molitor player cards.
Drafts in DYNASTY League Baseball are live bidding drafts and you can see in the upper right-hand corner of the draft room screen shot below the area to enter your bid on the player who is up for bid (shown just to the left). There also is a timing counter that serves as the live auctioneer which helps speed up drafts significantly.
In the upper left-hand corner is the real time update of the balance of $ every team has available as well as the maximum bid they can make for the player currently being bid on (you can’t bid more than than the $ you have left remaining).
There is more to come with the live draft room, but welcome to your first look!
DYNASTY League Baseball Online allows you to join either a 54 or 162 game Greatest Team league over a six month period.
Below: New “View Roster and Player card” feature allows you to view a teams roster and player cards before you join a league or tournament.
The 162 game season leagues plays three two or three game series three times a week over the six month period (22 weeks) and is recommended for those players with more free time.
You will be able to select your favorite Greatest Team from a field of 83 different Greatest Teams from 1924 – 2010 and play in the matching ball park.
Each week you will be able to play your series live vs. your opponent. If you can’t make the scheduled date and time you can reschedule for a different date and time later in the week. If your opponent has not shown up at game time and has not sent a reschedule request you have three options with the opponent missing dialog:
1) Postpone the game for 5 minutes to wait for him.
2) Reschedule the game for a different time and date.
3) Play the game vs. the computer manager.
The opponent missing dialog is shown below:
Everything runs like clock work with stats, standings and league leaders all
updated in real time and everyone keeping up at the same schedule pace.
Each league will have 12 teams divided into two AL and NL divisions with the division
winners playing in the World Series to determine the champion.
You can invite your friends to join you in the same league by using the new
invite a friend link in the left column of page once you have logged into
Current season continuous draft leagues will be available later this Spring
with an integrated live draft room.
You can be in both a Greatest Team league and current season continuous
draft league simultaneously if you wish.
The ease of playing in a DYNASTY League Baseball Online league is what makes it so compelling for busy people (which is most everyone) to be in a league. What became evident this past year when we used DYNASTY League Baseball Online for the SNBL to test, is just how easy it was to play other people, be a league member and manage the league as Commissioner.
Gone is the task of configuring routers, IP addresses and third party software to play other people. Now you log in and click the join button of your scheduled game and you end up at the new “outside the ball park image” and you are ready to play.
Gone is the task of Commissioners finding people to join a league and people finding leagues to join. Now you click and join a league.
Gone is the task of creating a schedule. Now it is done for you.
Gone is the task of installing and updating software upgrades and patches. There is nothing to install with new game features being added on a weekly basis. One kudo here for software architect Jamie Hall is just how few bugs there were even in the beta version. If there are any bugs reported Jamie is able to fix most bugs within a few minutes and those fixes are instantly and automatically available to everyone playing DYNASTY League Baseball Online.
Gone is the task of each league member exporting and importing files to a Commissioner who then has to import those files every week and then resend new files out to league members. This also happens with organization files every time there is a roster change. That is now a totally obsolete way of running a league and part of what makes DYNASTY League Baseball Online so revolutionary as the first and only real time multi-player baseball simulation game.
With DYNASTY League Baseball Online all of that time consuming drudgery is gone and now stats, standings, leaders and box scores for every team are available for the entire league in real time without the league members or Commissioner having to do anything. Everyone now can just focus on having fun playing the games quickly and easily.
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.