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Whats New for 2011? 2011 Season | 2012 Official Rulebook | Draft Leagues


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?

DYNASTY League Baseball Online live draft room

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 support@designdepot.com and we will help you out.

What if I only want to play solitaire with DYNASTY League Baseball Online?

Robin Yount hits an opposite field HR to right field vs. the 1984 Tigers in Greatest Team League play

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.

How to build a Baseball Dynasty


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.

Hitters:

Clutch hitting (clutch rating)

Pitchers:

Pitching out of a Jam (jam rating)

Not walking the leadoff man (off rating)

Not giving up HR with runners on base (on rating)

Halladay2010.JPGAbove: Roy Halladay’s 2010 DYNASTY League Baseball card with a perfect trifecta of jam/on/off situational pitching ratings makes him a dominating ace. 

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
 

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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.

The thrill of the Greatest Teams bracket tournaments


What if the Greatest Baseball Teams of All-Time met in an NCAA basketball style bracket tournament?  Single game elimination.  You lose, you go fishing.  You win, you live to play another day and advance towards the championship game. 

We just completed the first ever DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Team bracket tournaments and the experience is like playing “Game 7″ everytime you play.  One word best describes it “Thrilling”. 

Does the best team always win?  Maybe, maybe not.  Amongst the 70 Greatest Teams, any team could win the bracket and that is part of what makes it all so fascinating.

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Above you can see the screen shot of one of the Elite Eight tournament brackets. 1982 Milwaukee won all three of it’s games on clutch, heroic, drama filled, thrilling HR in the late innings by the likes of “stormin” Gorman Thomas and Ted Simmons.  I was managing Milwaukee and faced off in the Championship vs. 1998 New York managed by Carmine Turso and I felt like it was 1982 all over again with Harvey’s Wallbangers punishing pitchers with their 216 HR.

One of the new very cool features just added to the bracket tournaments is the ability to follow every game of the tournament in real time.  The scores update automatically and when you click on the scores you see the in-progress box score and game summary.  Click on the team and you see updated Batting, Pitching and Fielding stats for that team in the tournament.

Our first Greatest Team bracket was played by DYNASTY League Baseball Online architect Jamie Hall and myself in a Final Four matchup.  Below is a screen shots of a first round matchup between 1979 Pittsburgh and 1982 St. Louis.  1982 St. Louis won in a thrilling late inning comeback, but was overpowered by 1975 Boston’s offense in the Championship final.

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There also is a new Manager ranking system coming. As you win and lose games and hopefully win Championships, you will accumulate points based on your performance.  Each franchise will have 10 Managerial levels that you can reach named after actual franchise Managers.  The Yankee franchise will have the coveted Billy Martin, Joe Torre and Casey Stengel levels to reach. 

You’ll be able to experience the “thrill” for yourself by signing in at dynastyleaguebaseball.com 

Greatest Teams bracket Tournament schedule

Sunday

1P ET
Sweet 16

4P ET
Sweet 16

 7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Monday
1P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Tuesday
1P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Wednesday
1P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Thursday
1P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Friday
1P ET
Elite 8

4P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight ET
Sweet 16

Saturday
10A ET
Sweet 16

Noon ET
Sweet 16

2P ET
Sweet 16

4P ET
Sweet 16

6P ET
Sweet 16

8P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Leading Off…


Welcome DYNASTY League Baseball and Pursue the Pennant Fans!

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If you are a DYNASTY League Baseball and Pursue the Pennant veteran welcome. 

If you are a rookie, here is a good place to start to learn about the game and it’s history from reviews from such sites as USA TODAY, ESPN.com, Milwaukee Journal and the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

For more than 20 years discerning baseball fans have played this super realistic Baseball simulation that let’s you become the Manager and GM of your own team.  The Game Design tour can be found at the DYNASTY League Baseball home page

There are two versions of DYNASTY League Baseball:

  • The original DYNASTY League Baseball Board version which is great for local leagues and face to face play.
     
  • The new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version that is all about taking league and tournament play to the next level with a next generation user interface and loads of new features that make league and tournament play easier, faster and much more fun than ever before. ptp1.jpgMichael Bauman wrote the first major review of Pursue the Pennant which was to morph into DYNASTY League Baseball using an upgraded version of the original Pursue the Pennant game engine.  You can read PDF versions of his reviews at the DYNASTY League Baseball reviews link

Michael Bauman is currently the National Baseball writer here at MLB.com where you can read his Perspectives columns.  Mathew Leach, beat writer for the Cardinals at MLB.com played a DYNASTY League Baseball Winter game with St. Louis Post Dispatch beat writer Derrick Goold whose Bird Land blog is a great read for Cardinals fans.

Orioles MLB.com beat writer Spencer Fordin is an avid DYNASTY League Baseball player and is in hot competition in the THROW continuous season draft league along with Mike Wilner of the Blue Jays FAN 590 radio.

We’ll be including DYNASTY League Baseball news and notes along with interviews with MLB Players, Managers and Front office personnel with their slant on DYNASTY League Baseball and Pursue the Pennant.

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