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10 Reasons why Greatest Team leagues are a valuable Baseball learning experience for young and old


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.

 

25th Anniversary Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball Tour Tournament event AT&T Park September 11-13


logo.gifThank you to all of the great fans of Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball for 25 fantastic fun years of playing!

Some of the history is captured at the DYNASTY League Baseball reviews and feature link with a new column just added “Yanks Control Board Meeting” from Michael Bauman of the Milwaukee Journal and MLB.com that left us all smiling.

at&tpark3.jpgWe are celebrating 25 years of Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball during the AT&T Park Tour Tournament Express September 11-13. Your invitation to this amazing event is at the DYNASTY League Baseball League link

If you are on Facebook, you can read about the AT&T Park Tour Tournament event at the DYNASTY League Baseball Fan page

The Tour Tournament leads off Friday, September 11 from Union Station in Los Angeles, CA with connections from San Diego, Anaheim and Santa Barbara where we will board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight premier train with first class accomodations and private roomettes.

If you live in the San Franciso bay area there is an opportunity to join us on Saturday, September 12 for the Tour of AT&T Park, Greatest Teams bracket tournament and Dodgers vs. Giants game. 

All of you native Giant and A’s fans in the bay area we want you to join our group coming from Los Angeles!

If you live in other parts of the country please contact us so we can help you connect into Los Angeles or San Diego.

PacificParlourcar.jpgAs our on-board chef prepares breakfast, we’ll watch some of the most spectacular scenery in the USA roll by in the Dining car.  After breakfast, we’ll head to the one of a kind Pacific Parlour car (the only passenger Parlour car on Amtrak) accessible to first class passengers only and ideal for gaming. In fact, it has a cabinet of board games.  The Pacific Parlour car will be serving appetizers, wine and cheese so prepare to be pampered.  This doesn’t even happen in the Legend seats at Yankee Stadium!

Our Greatest Teams tournament will allow you to select from any of the great teams. 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 September 12 we’ll head out to AT&T Park for a tour.  On your behind-the-scenes ballpark tour of sensational AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, you will get to go places only the players and staff go including:

The Field Warning Track
The Dugouts
Indoor Batting Cages
The Visitors’ Clubhouse
The Press Box
The Luxury Suite
Ballpark Features and Views 
 
AT&Tparknight.jpgAfter the tour, we’ll be starting up a local mini-Greatest Team bracket style tournament right at AT&T Park that DYNASTY League Baseball fans from the Bay Area can join in with the group from San Diego and Los Angeles.

The tournaments will include play with the Board version, Windows version and the debut on the new Online version using the Giants Wi-Fi broadband wireless network at AT&T Park.

After the tournament our group will see the Dodgers battle the Giants at AT&T Park.

attparkupperdeck.jpgAt the league page there are links to recaps of previous tour tournaments which have some incredible stories to be told. 

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 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.  Above, Dan Treuden (middle) and Mike Mack (right) join me with the Green Monster looming behind before the hurricane hit on the Fenway Park Oympic Stadium Express Tour Tournament.

AT&T Park Express Tour Tournament includes:

- Greatest Teams tournament

Team selections are at this MLB.com News Blog:
http://mlblogsdynastyleaguebaseball.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/fenwaydugout096-thumb-400×271-11505911.jpgarchives/2009/04/new_greatest_teams_tournament.html

- Round trip first class rail fare with private roomette and chef prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner on both Friday and Sunday.

- Two nights San Francisco Hilton Garden Hotel

- Tour of AT&T Ball Park

- Club Level ticket to Giants vs. Dodgers September 12, 2009

Double occupancy: $448

Tour, Tournament and Game only on September 12 for local DYNASTY League Baseball fans in the Bay area: $124

Space is limited…

Team selections on first come basis.

Deadline for reservations is Monday June 15, 2009

Call 561-494-2711 or email orders@designdepot.com

See you in September!

- Mike

2008 Season JAM ratings preview: Who are the pitchers who are the best at getting out of a jam?


JAM rated pitchers can dominate non Clutch Hitting rated batters with runners in scoring position and 2 out and in close and late situations in DYNASTY League Baseball.  They also are the kryptonite to otherwise terrorizing Clutch hitters by neutralizing their Clutch hitting ability.

Pitchers in DYNASTY League Baseball are awarded a JAM situation rating based on their performance primarily with RSP/2 and in Close and late situations with RSP/2 weighted more heavily. 

I asked Dennis Martinez in our previous interview why he pitched so well in JAM situations and the answer seems to be in part being able to bear down in those situations.  Great pitchers with great stuff more often than not perform exceptionally well in jam situations. 

NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is a great example. 
Lincecum.jpgLincecum has made a meteoric rise to best pitcher in the NL.  I love watching this guy pitch.  Lincecum is a fast working pitcher who absolutely attacks the batter with a blazing fastball.  In RSP/2 situations, Lincecum allowed a BA and SLG of .200/.311.

Lincecum: JAM

After having a mediocre year in 2007 and failing to get a JAM rating, Mariano Rivera came back with a vengeance in 2008.  Rivera had a 1.40 ERA for the Yankees and a dominating RSP/2  BA/SLG of .045/.045.  Your eyes are OK and it isn’t a typo: .045

Rivera: JAM

This years biggest surprise at not getting a JAM? AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee.  Lee had a tremendous season, but not in JAM situations where his RSP/2 BA/SLG was .289/.382.  What Lee did do well was keeping lead off runners off base and was awarded an off situation rating (off ratings awarded to pitchers who rarely walk the lead off batter).

Here is a guy I hate to see pitching vs. either of my favorite teams the Cardinals and Brewers.  My lasting memory of Roy Oswalt was during Game 6 of the 2005 NLCS.  Albert Pujols had just launched a Brad Lidge pitch onto the railroad tracks at Minute Maid Field in Game 5 to save the Cardinals season and send the series back to old Busch Stadium. Oswalt faced off vs. Mark Mulder as I watched from my center field bleacher seat.  The momentum was all with the Cardinals as Cardinal fans were sky high and Astro fans were deflated. Everyone hoped this would not be the last game at Busch Stadium, but Oswalt ended the Cardinals season and Busch Stadium in a completely dominating performance.
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Oswalt was as tough as ever in 2008 with RSP/2 BA/SLG of .189/.243.

Oswalt: JAM

The Red Sox pitching staff, even without the injured Curt Schilling who perennially is as tough in JAM situations as any pitcher, still came through exceedingly well in the JAM situation awards.

Lead by “Dice K” Matsuzaka, the Red Sox staff has four JAM rated pitchers for 2008.  Daisuke Matsuzaka blew away hitters with RSP/2 with a BA/SLG of .153/.222.  Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett and emerging lefty ace Jon Lester join Matsuzaka for Baseball’s most dominating pitching staff in JAM situations.

DiceKMatsuzaka2.jpgMatsuzaka: JAM

Beckett: JAM

Lester: JAM

Papelbon: JAM

Smashing the All-Time single season saves record held by Bobby Thigpen in 1990, Francisco Rodriguez recorded an amazing 62 saves in 2008.  In both Close and late .194/.264 and RSP/2 situations .208/.292, K-Rod excelled at getting out of jams.  

48 batters stepped to the plate with RSP/2 and 20 of them went down in smoke to K-Rod.
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2008 Season: DYNASTY League Baseball and Pursue the Pennant Nation fired up for 2008 season release.


The Decade of the Underdogs Continues…

After the Subway Series in 2000, every World Series Champion with the exception of 2007 has waited a seeming eternity to win the World Series:

  • 2001 Diamondbacks (1998)
  • 2002 Angels (1961)
  • 2003 Marlins (1997)
  • 2004 Red Sox (1918)
  • 2005 White Sox (1917)
  • 2006 Cardinals (1982)

    2008?  


    chc.gifCubs (1908)

 

 


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Phillies (1980), Mets (1986), Dodgers (1988), Rays (1998), Rockies (1993), Twins (1991)

What used to be an annual rite of Spring is now an annual rite of Fall.  Instead of your player cards arriving around the time Pitchers and Catchers report to signal the start of the new Baseball season, your player cards arrive when the annual awards for Cy Young, MVP, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year and the Gold Glove awards are announced in November and the Hot Stove league heats up with trade rumors over the Winter Meetings.

We used to talk about the possibility of coming out with the new player cards in time for Christmas in some of our Pursue the Pennant meetings.  Are you kidding?  Not possible. It wasn’t even on the radar back then. To do what will happen with the release of the DYNASTY League Baseball 2008 season was unthinkable:

The DYNASTY League Baseball Windows version 2008 season CD will be released in November and all pre-orders are expected to ship the same week of release.

The DYNASTY League Baseball Board version 2008 season player cards will be released in November, the same as they have been since 2004, but here is what is different in 2008 on the board game player card front:

The entire printing system and equipment was upgraded this Summer and the results far exceeded expectations – printing speeds are now 40 x faster than before.  What does that mean?  The player card pre-orders that used to take 3-4 months to print, now will take 3-4 weeks.  That’s right.  So the staggered first in first out shipping won’t be nearly as staggered.

Everyone who pre-orders will have their season player card set shipped in November.

The new printing system also has the benefits of very high print resolutions with very sharp and clear text and a coating on the paper stock to prevent player cards from sticking.

The 2008 World Series teams will once again be offered as PDF’s so you can play the 2008 World Series.  If you have placed a pre-order for the 2008 season, send an email to:

 orders@designdepot.com

Include  2008 World Series in the subject of the email and your name in the body of the email and the PDF of the Rays and Phillies will be sent to you prior to the 2008 season release.  Estimating the 2008 World Series PDF will be emailed in late October or early November prior to the release of the 2008 season set. 

Mike Wilner of FAN 590 Radio has been pre-playing the World Series each year since 2004 with DYNASTY League Baseball.  In case you missed it, Jamie Hall took over as Jim Leyland and I was Tony LaRussa as we pre-played the 2006 World Series before each game for CBS. 

Size of the 2008 season set?  Same as 2007 (972 players).

Top three most anticipated 2008 DYNASTY League Baseball teams:

  1. Cubs
  2. Brewers
  3. Rays

 
Top three most anticipated 2008 DYNASTY League Baseball player cards:


  1. CCSabathia.jpgCC Sabathia
  2. Albert Pujols and Chipper Jones (tie)
  3. Josh Hamilton


Top three most anticipated 2008 DYNASTY League Baseball rookies:

  1. Evan Longoria
  2. Geovany Soto
  3. Armando Galarraga

    2008 season playoff players receiving Clutch hitting ratings:

    Ryan Howard .322 BA and .552 SLG RSP/2

    Manny Ramirez  .318 BA/.576 SLG  RSP/2. Manny just being Manny, but he also gets a D Intangible rating for his antics with the Red Sox.

    Mark Teixeira .352 BA/.716 SLG Close and Late

    Kevin Youkilis .328 BA/.492 SLG RSP/2

    Carlos Quentin .351 BA/.757 SLG Close and Late

    Vladimir Guerrero .350 BA/.638 SLG Close and Late

    Aramis Ramirez .423 BA/.873 SLG Close and Late

    David Ortiz .346 BA/.885 SLG RSP/2 and bonus points for the three run jack in game 5 of the ALCS that sparked the greatest comeback in post season history.

    Evan Longoria .333 BA/.754 SLG Close and Late

    Garrett Anderson .356 BA RSP/2, .371 BA/.578 SLG Close and Late

    Dustin Pedroia .368 BA/.526 SLG Close and Late

    Andre Eithier .327 BA/.500 SLG RSP/2

    Alexei Ramirez .321 BA/.566 SLG RSP/2 

    Biggest surprise not to get a Clutch hitting rating?
    Chase Utley  .242 BA RSP/2 and .221 BA in Close and Late

    NOTE: Clutch hitting ratings are awarded based on a combination of stats including RSP/2, Close and Late, RSP and RBI.



    DYNASTY League Baseball ULTIMATE Ball Park charts (Board version) and updated Ball park effects for the Windows version and Online version

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    New in 2008 are updated HR results for Minute Maid Park that include the Crawford Boxes,
     Train Tracks (Pujols blast off Lidge in the 2005 NLCS) and Conoco HR porch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making it’s debut in 2008 is Nationals Park:

 

 


Most Anticipated New Version of Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball:

It probably won’t happen in 2008, but in 2009 it is likely that you will be able to pre-play the World Series with the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version.  If you have not had a chance to check out the new screen shots at the league link – it’s a must.  DYNASTY League Baseball Online will be rocking the Baseball world in 2008 and 2009.

A next generation user interface is designed to make bracket style Greatest Teams tournaments and continuous Draft League play much easier, faster and more fun.

Don’t have enough time to play? A new profile based Computer Manager and Scheduler allow you to play live or have the game Managed for you based on your Manager profile so no matter how busy you are you’ll always have time for DYNASTY League Baseball Online.

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