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Twitter Sports Geoff Reiss talks about his draft league experience with DYNASTY League Baseball


Twitter Sports Geoff Reiss  joined the DYNASTY League Baseball Online  Sunday Night Baseball League this spring and shares his experiences of being in a Baseball simulation draft league. Geoff previously held positions with ESPN as SVP/GM.

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Q: DYNASTY League Baseball and it’s predecessor Pursue the Pennant are
celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. How did you originally find
out about Pursue the Pennant and what are your recollections of playing theoriginal Board game version?

 

Geoff Reiss:
I was on a business trip to the Milwaukee area – must have been the summer of 1988 – and found PTP in a store called Hobby Horse at Brookfield Square.  As soon as I played the game I was hooked – it was more nuanced than any thing I’d seen at the time.

 

Q: At Starwave you helped originate the first real time server based online
Fantasy Baseball Leagues for ESPN.com. How would you compare your
experience playing Fantasy Baseball with that of a DYNASTY League Baseball
Online simulation Draft league?

Geoff Reiss:
The experiences are really very different. With the exception of higher-end keeper leagues most fantasy leagues don’t involve the long-term roster considerations that are in play in Dynasty.  Player values in fantasy are more fluid while in Dynasty they’re far more absolute.  You also don’t get the fun of real head to head competition.  They’re both a lot of fun and highly complimentary

 

Q: What are your favorite aspects of game play in DYNASTY League Baseball Online?

Geoff Reiss:
I wasn’t well prepared for this year’s draft so that will be more fun next year.  I really enjoy figuring out the moment- to-moment aspects of managing a game.  Everything from trying to create the best batter/pitcher matchups to managing your bullpen, planning rest  - it’s all a lot of fun

Target Field Night screen shot

Target Field Night screen shot

 

Q: DYNASTY League Baseball Online is the first and only real time Baseball
simulation that allows you to play and manage your series live as well as
the option to have the computer manager profile play the series for you.
What are your thoughts on how well the real time experience works and the appeal?

 

Geoff Reiss:
Live is great and there’s nothing like it. Though sabremetrics has helped redefine what we think of as “the book” no two people think exactly the same way and playing an opponent live really adds an element of surprise to almost every series.

 

Q: Do you find yourself watching or following other live league games in our league as they are being played live?

Geoff Reiss:
not really.  I’m super-busy and barely have time to play my own games.  I suppose if I’m in the hunt later in the year I might do some scoreboard watching

 

Q: The DYNASTY League Baseball Official Draft League rules are actually the
Official Rotisserie League rules adapted for Baseball simulations. What are
some of the GM strategy differences that you have experienced playing in a
DYNASTY League Baseball Online Draft league compared to Fantasy Baseball?

Geoff Reiss:
I’m still new to the sim side so I’ll have to see how applicable my long-term fantasy experience is.  Grabbing players early in their career and on the cheap is a prime tenant of all forms of success in baseball and is no different here.  Grabbing an emerging player and controlling him at a great price is a huge part of this, and real baseball.  As we approach the trading deadline figuring out if I’m a buyer or seller will be an interesting excercise

 

Q: Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball have always been known for
their high level of realism incorporating many subtle nuances of Baseball
that Bill James first popularized in his Baseball Abstracts. What realistic
aspects of DYNASTY League Baseball separate it from other Baseball simulations?

Miller Park Night screen shot

Miller Park Night screen shot

 

Geoff Reiss:
From the first time I played the board version of PTP I loved how nuanced the game is. I immediately – and still do – appreciate the greater depth in fielding ratings, park factors and things like bullpen warm-ups that add a ton of realism.

 

Q: I’ve had several Broadcast, Media and Front Office MLB people tell me
that they learned a tremendous amount about Baseball and each player¹s
strengths and weaknesses from playing both Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY
League Baseball. Have you had a similar experience and what have you learned?

 

Geoff Reiss:
Bill James once wrote that he didn’t think a major league manager should get hired until he played some crazy number of simulations and I’d have to agree. Playing this game has certainly rounded out my overall sense of many of these players

 

Q: One of the things you mentioned when you joined our DYNASTY League
Baseball Online SNBL was that you were not sure how many series you could
play live (as opposed to having the Computer manager profile manage your
series) because of your busy schedule. As it turns out, to date, you have
managed every series live. What makes being in a DYNASTY League Baseball
Draft league and live game play easier than what you expected?

 

Geoff Reiss:
My having played all of the series live probably speaks more to my being a control freak than anything else!  I don’t think playing is any easier than I expected – I think I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would which has made it easier to make it a bigger priority.

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Making sense of defensive metrics: 2013 season player card ratings review


If you have been following this blog you have read some of the previous posts on
how the defensive range ratings are determined for DYNASTY League
Baseball and it’s predecessor Pursue the Pennant
. Defensive range,
Throwing arms and Catchers handling of pitchers are some of the player ratings that
are done manually and require an interpretation of the defensive metrics to assign the
rating. So let’s look at a few examples from the 2013 season player cards:

Adam Jones on the DYNASTY League Baseball historical scales for both Range Factor/9
innings and John Dewan Fielding Bible plus/minus scales out at D/D and his UZR/150
also was below average. There is a strong correlation among the defensive metrics to
assign Jones a D range rating if you took a strict Sabermetric camp approach.
NOTE: the DYNASTY League Baseball historical scale for plus/minus is based on data
since 2000.

What about the eye test from scouting reports? Gold Glove voters decided Jones was
good enough all around defensively to be awarded a Gold Glove. Keep in mind that
Defensive Range is not the only component of a Gold Glove vote, there is also Fielding
Percentage and Throwing Arm. DYNASTY League Baseball uses scouting reports from
a number of sources including charting MLB Networks 100 best defensive plays of
2013. One of the better sources of scouting reports is the Tango Tiger poll which
grades tools on a scale from 0-100. Jones scored a “45″ for his reactions and
instincts, “65″ Acceleration first few steps, “72″ Velocity sprint speed, and “52″ Hands
catching. This was one of the tougher ratings of the 2013 season to assign, but in
keeping with the balanced approach I take between Sabermetrics and Scouting
evaluations where each group of data and observations should be taken into
consideration I bumped Jones rating to a C+ given the above average ratings from the
Tango Tiger poll. The MLB Managers and Coaches that vote on the Gold Glove take
quite a bit of criticism for some of their selections, but I think it might be too extreme
to totally discount their observations.

In the end, I felt the Sabermetric defensive metrics and Gold Glove voters were at
opposites ends of a very polarized view of Adam Jones range rating and that Adam
Jones “real” range lies closer to the mid ground that the Tango Tiger poll ratings
reflect. Jones throwing arm rating was much easier to assign with a very good Hold %
and Kill% (6 kills total) metrics and Tango Tiger poll ratings for strength “77″ and
accuracy “58″. Adam Jones 2013: C+ Range/90 Error/-1 Throwing.
NOTE: If you are new to DYNASTY League Baseball Throwing ratings are based on a
scale of -4 to +4 with a -4 rating representing a “Clemente” type arm. The Official
DYNASTY League Baseball rulebook details the rating scales on page 3 and can be
found once you log in at http://www.dynastylea
guebaseball.com/UserMain.aspx

NolanArenado2013Emerging on the defensive spectrum of stars in 2013 were three young players of
note: Andrelton Simmons age 24 (A+/85/-5), Nolan Arenado age 23 (A+/90) and
Manny Machado age 21 (A+/90). It is rare air for three young players to receive “A+”
range ratings which are reserved for historically great performances, but in all three
cases they were well deserved. Arenado (+27), Machado (+36) and Simmons (+37)
turned in historically great performances on the DYNASTY League Baseball Fielding
Bible +/- scale. Not only that, but with their great range they also have terrific
fielding percentages and had 85, 90 and 90 Error ratings. Frequently you see young
players with excellent range, but many times it comes with a lower fielding percentage
- not the case with these three defensive stars.Z

Then there is the flip side. Who were some of the players with the poorest range?
How about Jed Lowrie (ss: D/50)? Lowrie had a +/- of (-17), UZR/150 (-9.2) and RF/9
(3.56). A stunningly poor performance with all three defensive metrics in strong
agreement. What about the scouting reports? Tango Tiger had Lowrie with ratings of
35/27/38. This is the kind of agreement between the defensive metrics and scouting
reports that you love to see.

Then there is Shin Soo Choo (cf: D/80/0). Choo finished last among regular CF with a
(-16) plus/minus AND UZR/150 (-17.0) to go along with a 2.41 RF/9 that just barely
made it into the “C” DYNASTY League Baseball historical range factor scale. The
scouting reports from Tango Tiger were in agreement with the defensive metrics
(33/40/54).

The Molina brothers, Yadier and Jose, were once again among the best “pitch framing”
catchers scoring RAA (Runs Above Average) of 19.8 and 19.3 respectively. Those
scores were two of the top pitch framing scores in all of MLB earning both Yadier and
Jose “A” ratings for catcher handling of pitchers.

Here are the average Range and Fielding ratings by position for the 2013 season:

Since range is text, the following numbers were assigned:
A+ 1
A 2
B+ 3
B 4
C+ 5
C 6
D 7
F 8

Range  Error
1B 5.45  72.29
2B 5.12  71.90
SS 5.04  71.27
3B 4.98  70.64
LF 5.20  70.25
CF 4.26  76.34
RF 4.70  68.38

DYNASTY League Baseball Online allows you to play in Private Draft leagues as
well as play solitaire “Series”.

The DYNASTY League Baseball original Board Game version and new 2013 season
player cards are available at the Ticket Window.

What’s new in the recently released 6th Edition Game charts?


The color game charts are designed to be the stable rock of DYNASTY League Baseball so when there is a new edition it is big news.  The last new DYNASTY League Baseball game charts edition (5th) was released in 2004.  The new 6th Edition game charts are included in all new Board game editions at the Ticket Window.  The 6th Edition game charts can also be ordered separately as ITEM# charts ($12.95).

DYNASTY League Baseball Online which runs on both Windows and Apple Mac platforms will be incorporating the new 6th Edition game charts in the future.  There is a free trial for the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version for Apple Mac and Windows at the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online site.

DYNASTY League Baseball Online New Busch Stadium screen shot shown running on Apple Mac in Safari.
The new 6th Edition game charts will be included in DYNASTY League Baseball Online.

What’s new?

ATTEMPT chart
The F rated Pitcher Hold section of the ATTEMPT chart  has an increase in the Pickoff Pitcher result and a decrease in Good jumps.  The end result is that potential pickoffs by F Hold pitchers have been doubled and it is also a bit more difficult to get a Good Jump off a a Pitcher with an F Hold rating.

Great examples of the type of pitcher this will help are  F rated Hold pitchers like Jason Isringhausen (Pickoff rating of 9), Matt Thornton (Pickoff 5), Jesse Crain (Pickoff 7), Tony Sipp (Pickoff 7), Matt Lindstrom (Pickoff 5), Ross Ohlendorf (Pickoff 6), Tommy Hanson (Pickoff 3), Dan Runzler (Pickoff 10), Jordan Walden (Pickoff 4), Tony Watson (Pickoff 6) and Eric Surkamp (Pickoff 8).  These pitchers fall into the category of easy to get a Good Jump off, but also very adept of picking runners off.  It’s an interesting combination of a Hold and Pickoff rating that is more common that you might expect.

Umpire Crews
Umpire crews have all been newly updated along with new strike zone ratings.  Crews now include their last name as well as first initial.  Also new is the red HOT symbol ~ for certain umpires that come into play on the updated BIZARRE play charts.  If you guessed Joe West as the leader in ejections has a HOT symbol you are right!

UMPIRE chart
Umpire result # 16-24 has been changed to decrease the number of singles and increase the number of strikeouts for Umpires with a Normal strike zone.

New weather and wind for Target Field is included in the new 6th Edition game charts and will be updated in DYNASTY League Baseball Online

BIZARRE  plays
There are 15 new  play result changes to the Bizarre plays.  Skip Schumaker and the rally squirrel, ground rule HR off the C ring in Tropicana Field, Jeffrey Maier’s interference play, video replay on a disputed HR and rf shoe string catch and doubling off runner at 1st by the likes of Ichiro Suzuki Nick Markakis and Jeff Francoeur

WEATHER charts
Minnesota Weather and Wind were researched over the last two years at Target Field using box score data (thank you Josh Nelson) and are included in the new 6th Edition weather charts.

Pursuing the Pennant with Milwaukee Brewer Manager Tom Trebelhorn


During spring training this year I had a chance to meet with Milwaukee Brewers Bob McClure and Paul Molitor and reminisce about Pursue the Pennant and it’s succesor DYNASTY League Baseball .   My visits with “Mac” and “Molly”  reminded me of another meeting I had with Brewer manager Tom Trebelhorn in May of 1987 in which I played Pursue the Pennant with “Treb” in his managerial office in Milwaukee County Stadium:

After getting off to a scorching 20 and 3 start, the Milwaukee Brewers were languishing in the midst of a seven-game losing streak.  Some of the hometown faithful seemed to have already soured on rookie manager Tom Trebelhorn, or so it appeared as I entered his office in County Stadium. 

“Where do we file letters like this?” queried Trebelhorn as he handed a letter to Public Relations Director Tom Skibosh.  I read the hand-written letter alongside of Skibosh.  At the top of the page, Trebelhorn had written the words, “STAY POSITIVE”  The writer began by saying that the 13-0 streak was the worst thing that could have happened to the Brewers because now they would be “stuck with this miserable manager (Trebelhorn).”  The letter contained such compliments as “you stink” and “I can’t wait till (sic) they get rid of you.”

I guess that’s what you get for piloting the Brewers to the best record in baseball after most people picked the team to finish no higher than sixth.

I first met Treblehorn at the annual Diamond Dinner held each January by the Brewers.  It’s hard not to like the man.  Words like “thoughtful”, “organized” and “down-to-earth” come to mind when describing him.  In many ways, he reminds you of a favorite teacher you once had.   By now, you probably know that is exactly what Trebelhorn is in the off-season…a school teacher in Oregon.

Despite the long losing streak, on this day as on all others, the rookie skipper was upbeat and positive.  When I told him that the name of the game that we were about to play was called Pursue the Pennant, he replied “That’s what we’ll be doing this year.”  Based on what had transpired in the first thirteen games of the season, he wasn’t kidding.  Lately well….

Like many of the “new breed” of managers, Trebelhorn is aware of the numbers which are necessary to make sound baseball decisions.  He combed with delight the Project Scoresheet data I had along on opposition stolen bases vs. pitchers and catchers.

As a field general, Trebelhorn is aggressive.  His teams will steal bases.  The Brewers are 2nd in stolen bases compared to a dismal 9th last year under George Bamberger’s reign.  The hit and run play is often employed to stay out of the double play.  Baserunners are more aggressive, going from first to third on singles, stretching base hits, forcing the other team in to making mistakes.  Of course, the more chances you take, the more likely things are to backfire, but more often than not in 1987, Trebelhorn had been pushing the right buttons.

Meanwhile, Skibosh was still musing over the letter, describing the author in terms not to be repeated in a family publication such as this.  Seemingly undaunted, Trebelhorn took up position behind his desk.  He would manage the Brewers and I would manaage the Oakland Athletics in a “preview” of that night’s major league game.  It would be Mike Birkbeck vs. Dave Stewart.

We each began to construct our lineups for the game.  There were no Pursue the Pennant cards for B.J. Surhoff or Terry Steinbach (although there will be in the upcoming rookie card set), but otherwise, we had all the key players from both teams.  As I was making out my lineup, I mentioned to Trebelhorn that the A’s seemed to be weak against pitching.   He nodded in agreement.

I briefly explained how to play, and Trebelhorn rolled the dice for Birkbeck as Alfredo Griffin stepped in.  He drew a walk, and Carney Lansford followed with a single to center.  No outs, men on 1st and 2nd, and Davis, Canseco, Jackson and McGwire due up.  I began to think that it looked like things were going just as they had on the current losing streak.   My competitive fire took a back seat to secret longing that the Brewers would get out of it.  After all, it’s bad enough that Treblehorn’s crew had been getting their brains beaten out in real life, without someone unloading on them in a baseball table-top game.

Birkbeck got out of it, but not without a scare.  Davis flied to right, Canseco struck out, but Jackson walked to load the bases before McGwire stuck out.

Both teams went quietly until the bottom on the 2nd.  With one out, Deer singled, Cooper walked, and Schroeder reached on an error to load the bases.  With Gantner at bat, I explained that the squeeze play is also an option in PTP.   Trebelhorn elected to swing away, and Gantner hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.  Wrong button.

In the bottom of the 3rd, the Brewers got something going again.  Sveum led off with a walk.  Molitor struck out.  Yount flew out deep to left.  Braggs singled to center, Sveum to 2nd.  Greg Brock then pounded the next offering over the wall in left-center field.  Calm, cool, and collected Trebelhorn noted “Brock will do that”.

After Deer struck out to end the inning, Trebelhorn notified our Pursue the Pennant umpire (Andy Etchebarren, a Brewer coach) that he had to get back to work, and that the fourth would have to be our last inning.  What a great managerial ploy if it could be worked into the Pursue the Pennant rule book.  – RULE 7.03   The home team manager may call the game at anytime if he has to go back to work.

The Athletics loaded the bases with two out, but Birkbeck got Tony Phillips to fly out to Deer to end the game.  I hoped that Brock would repeat his feat that night, but he didn’t, and the Brewers troubles continued as they lost their seventh straight game. 

After our game was over, Trebelhorn commented that he was impressed with Pursue the Pennant.   “I saw some interesting things here, especially with all the information on the player cards, ” he said.  He then inquired about the price, commentiing that it would be fun for him and his son, an avid board game enthusiast.

Milwaukee Brewer fans can only hope that manager Tom Trebelhorn can find enough interesting things to get his team turned around and continue their pursuit of the pennant.

You can learn more about Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball at the IN-DEPTH page and at the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online site.  

The new DYNASTY League Baseball 2011 season player card set with Brewers Ryan Braun, Zack Greinke, Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, John Axford, Yovanni Gallardo, Corey Hart and Francisco Rodriguez is available at the Ticket Window store and also at DYNASTY League Baseball Online.

The New 2012 DYNASTY League Baseball Official Rulebook is your guide to the first and only real time draft leagues for Baseball simulation games.


The new 2012 DYNASTY League Baseball Official Rulebook has been updated to include previously released new rules that were not included in the last edition from 2004.    Most notable is the new 60 AB universal pitcher situation JAM rating used in all situations  for all pitchers facing pitchers batting with less than 60 AB.  You will also find the new 0-4 IP 2 day rest requirement in the Pitcher Rest Rules on page 9.

The DYNASTY League Baseball Official league rules that start on page 10 are basically the Rotisserie League Baseball rules including salaries and contracts for draft leagues adapted for basball simulation leagues.  What’s new is that DYNASTY League Baseball Online leagues are now included along with local DYNASTY League Baseball local Board version leagues in the Official Rulebook and there are quite a few updates.  

DYNASTY League Baseball Online is the First and Only Real Time Baseball Simulation for Draft Leagues
If you have players in many different locations, the beauty of DYNASTY League Baseball Online is that it can easily manage your league and update stats, standings and leaders in real time. This is a first for Baseball simulations.  Never before have real time draft leagues been available for Baseball simulation games.  Previously each league member would have to export his league file and send it to a central commissioner who would then have to import each league file and then export and send the files back to each league member so that league members could import the updated file again.   Of course that is far from real time and  in today’s connected world it is downright prehistoric to have to go through all that drudgery to update your stats, standings and leaders.

You join a league and then choose a franchise that includes the matching ball park and then draft your team with a fictional $300 budget from the most recent season of DYNASTY League Baseball player cards that continues each future season when the new season player cards are released  in a Dynasty play format.  Draft day consists of a Major League draft in which you draft your 25 man roster and then a Minor league draft of 8 additional players that you can call up and send down during the season for a total of 33 players under your control.  

After the draft, you are then able to start your season immediately because all of the team rosters have already been saved and integrated by the new live draft room and the scheduling is all done for you.  You are then able to easily play live games for your series just by clicking on the join game button or if you can’t make a series have the new computer manager profile play for you.

The first DYNASTY League Baseball Online public and private draft leagues are targeted for this coming April.

The case of the missing Scouting Report player ratings in today’s analytic Baseball world


If you’ve read the annual THE SCOUTING REPORT or THE SCOUTING NOTEBOOK that Harper & Row, STATS Inc., and The Sporting News published from 1983-2006 you know just how in-depth the scouting reports were that evaluated player “tools”.

THE SCOUTING NOTEBOOK

Unfortunately those publications are no longer published and while Baseball Prospectus is a great read, it doesn’t completely replace the detailed scouting reports that THE SCOUTING REPORT and THE SCOUTING NOTEBOOK provided.  Yes, we have stats and lots of them.  Baseball statistics have never been as accessbile as they are now.   It was a totally different Baseball world in 1982 when the first Bill James Baseball Abstract was published for national distribution and the Elias Sports Bureau tried to claim Baseball statistics as it’s own private domain.

There never has been a Baseball publication that provided player ratings like the incredible Rick Barry Pro Basketball Scouting Report, but perhaps DYNASTY League Baseball is the closest thing to it for Baseball in terms of providing Major League Baseball player rating grades.

A tremendous amount of effort goes into the creation of the DYNASTY League Baseball season player ratings to give you the best possible replication of a players strengths and weaknesses.   I’ve been rating and grading players for 27 years for not only each season player card set for Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball since the 1984 season, but also several past seasons including 1957, 1967, 1970-1974, 1982 and three Greatest Teams sets from 1906-1988.   That’s about 35, 000 different players and when you multiply that times about a dozen or so player ratings per player that comes to almost 500,000 individual player ratings.  OK, Dan Treuden has been helping rate the pitchers for quite a few years, but still that is a lot of players and player ratings to evaluate!

You can now find almost of these player ratings easily accesible at: DYNASTYLeagueBaseball.com

Most player ratings are based on a 1-10 scale or A-F including A+, B+ and C+ (Error ratings go from 5-100) to give you a broad spectrum of ratings and precise statistical accuracy using historical scales.  The player ratings are derived from thoroughly researched and tested formulas and computer calculations. 

In some cases though, you simply can’t devise a formula that will take all factors into account.  Defensive Range ratings are a good example.  If you only used a players zone rating (UZR), you would come up with many misleading ratings simply because this defensive metric doesn’t account for variables such as the vagaries of the scorer’s zone judgement, the adjacent fielder, how hard the ball is hit, size of the outfield and defensive shifts.  There isn’t any single defensive metric that is reliable enough to be used alone to assign defensive range ratings.  That’s why it is important to look at more than one defensive metric and use “old school” scouting reports as a cross check.  In the case of DYNASTY League Baseball, the primary defensive metrics used are Bill James Range factor, John Dewan’s Baseball Bible plus minus and Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR).

It’s this kind of effort combined with the foremost knowledge and insight into the game that makes DYNASTY League Baseball’s player ratings the most realistic of any baseball simulation.

Greatest Regular Season Day in MLB History? | Preview of the new 2011 season player cards


Rays react after Dan Johnson 2 out 9th inning HR caps 7 run comeback

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 Tigers Victor Martinez epitomized Clutch hitting by raking at a  .375 clip with RSP/2 outs and .394 with RSP along with Miguel Cabrera (.382/724, .388/.673).

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.

Chris Carpenter celebrated after his duel with Halladay in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS

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.

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