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Blue Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner on his experience playing DYNASTY League Baseball


Mike Wilner is the Toronto Blue Jays radio play-by-play announcer for SN 590 THE FAN.  Mike is also the commissioner of the THROW League which is a face to face local DYNASTY League Baseball Board version league established in 1987.

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Q: DYNASTY League Baseball and its 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 the
original Board game version?

Mike Wilner: I was introduced to tabletop baseball by my father, who created a very rudimentary version for me when I was very young. Basically it was a pair of six-sided dice with an outcome for each of the 11 possible rolls. “7” was a single, so there was a lot of offense. Then, when I was 11, we went to Detroit for a cousin’s bar mitzvah and I was introduced to the wonderland that is Toys R Us (it hadn’t moved into Canada yet). There, I found a tabletop baseball game called “Statis Pro” and went nuts with it. I did a full 162-game replay of the Blue Jays’ 1980 season (went 81-81, Dave Stieb had over 30 wins and Mike Willis threw 9 perfect innings of relief in a long extra-inning game).

Once that was done, my best friend in junior high introduced my to Strat-O-Matic and we had some great battles using teams from the early ’70s. Then, when I was 17, I walked into my local comic book store and saw a Pursue The Pennant display. It looked fantastic, so I bought it and loved it. I was blown away by the fact that there were 500 possible outcomes for both pitcher and hitter, that there were weather charts, that defenders were assessed ratings for both the ability to get to the ball AND the ability to field it cleanly once they did. It was sensational, an entirely different simulation baseball experience.
Great scoresheets, too. I still use them to this day – I have scored every Blue Jays game since 2002 on PTP scoresheets in the broadcast booth.

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

Mike Wilner; I like how easy the game is to play. I mean, you have to get the hang of it, just like anything, but once you do, a nine-inning game can be played in less than half an hour, which is great. It seems to be the most accurate of all the sim games out there – at least it takes the most things into account and the 1,000 possible outcomes on each roll of the dice (plus variable plays involving charts to which the results take you) blows everybody else away. The gameplay is second nature to me now, having been playing DLB for two decades, but I still think it’s pretty intuitive. The results make a lot of sense, baseballically, which makes it really easy to pick up.

Oh, the online version? Oops. It handles the charts for you, which speeds things up a little, and the ability to always still be able to look at the cards means that nothing is taken away from the strategical component. It, too, is quick and easy.

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?

Mike Wilner: I really enjoyed it when I got the chance to take part in the media Greatest Teams League last year. It’s quick and easy, and the chat function with your opponent doesn’t get in the way of playing the game. I will always prefer the face-to-face experience, for sure, but when circumstances prevent people from getting together in person, the online version is a great substitute.

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?

Mike Wilner: There’s just so much extra stuff. Separating range and fielding was big, I thought, weather and ballpark charts, intangibles ratings, the two things that go into a pitcher’s hold rating, so many things you can’t find anywhere else. Even which umpires have a temper and which don’t.

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?

Mike Wilner: Oh, absolutely. There are a lot of fallacies revealed by the defensive ratings on DLB. Thanks to the game, I know which outfielders have a good arm and which are poor throwers, what kind of speed people have, what kind of defense they play, who should be platooned and who shouldn’t, all those things. The offensive stuff is more important, because it seems to be far less subjective than the defense (and I often disagree with some of the defensive ratings given to some Blue Jays, who I watch 162 times every year), but at the very least I’m pointed in the right way. Most importantly, DLB lets me study every player in the big leagues, so I can find out a lot about players I may only see once or twice in a season.

Q: You are the Commissioner of THROW, a draft league that plays most of its
games locally in the Toronto area. Tell us about the league, its players
and the appeal of playing friends and co-workers face to face with the Board
version.

Mike Wilner: The league was founded way back in 1987, with just four teams. We each took a stock team (I had the Blue Jays and there were also the Expos, Mets and Pirates) and then drafted three players each from the rest of the set. I remember drafting Steve Sax, but I can’t remember my other two (Fernando Valenzuela rings a bell). Back then we were very liberal with the rules, figuring that just because a big-league manager didn’t, say, start Mark Eichhorn, didn’t mean that I couldn’t if I felt he’d help me more in that role. I wound up losing the championship in a seven-game series.

The next year, we expanded to 8, then later to 16 and to 24, collapsed back to 20 but got back up to 24 by the mid-’90s and that’s where we have been ever since. I have won the whole shebang seven times, no one else has more than two titles.

We reset the league at some point in the early 90s, allowing each team to keep six players (I kept Mussina, Thomas, Bonds, Ben McDonald and two other guys I can’t remember) and redrafting from there, introducing a contract system, financials and a rookie draft. I handed one of the other owners a sealed envelope that contained a list of the 24 players I planned on drafting and wound up getting 23 of them. I would have had all 24, but Don Mattingly was still available in the 10th round, so I grabbed him instead of Lonnie Smith.

Many of the owners in the league have been around for two decades or more, and we’ve seen each other through college graduations and first jobs, marriages, children, divorces, all facets of life. I can’t wait until our first second-generation THROW owner enters the league. I’m the only one of the original four still remaining, and I was in high school when we started this thing – who would have ever imagined that I’d wind up being a big-league play-by-play broadcaster? We have people from all walks of life – a few others who work in sports, a comic-book writer, a teacher, a claims adjuster, a squash pro. One of our former owners got a PhD from Harvard, another moved to Malaysia, another publishes a magazine on film and has made a movie that played in some major film festivals around the world. it’s really been an interesting group.

We still all play the board game, not the online version, and if we can’t get together in person we do it over Skype with an online dice roller. I try to get as many of my games in as possible face-to-face. I find it’s much more fun to sit down with someone, feel the dice in your hands and hear my kids ask me if one of the nerds is coming over.

What is new in the recently released 7th Edition DYNASTY League Baseball game charts?


The new 7th Edition game charts for the Board version game have just been released and are now included in each new Board version game at the Ticket Window store replacing the 6th Edition game charts.  Some of the 7th Edition game charts revisions and updates have already been included in DYNASTY League Baseball Online for several months and the final 7th Edition chart revisions and changes will be online soon for both Windows and Apple Mac OS.

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If you have already pre-ordered the new 2014 season player card set, you can add the new 7th Edition game charts to your existing order and save on the S&H just by including “add to 2014 season player card order” in the comments section at the Ticket Window.

So what is new in the 7th Edition game charts?

New 7th Edition DYNASTY League Baseball game charts

New 7th Edition DYNASTY League Baseball game charts

ATTEMPT CHART revisions:
It is now much more difficult for a player with a Lead 1 rating to get a “Good Jump – attempts” result especially vs. pitchers with C, D and F Hold ratings.  There also is a much greater chance of a “Pickoff pitcher?” result occurring  vs. pitchers with C, D and F Hold ratings.   Now when you try go to the ATTEMPT CHART, trying to steal vs. a pitcher like 2013 Jordan Walden Atlanta with a Pickoff 5, Hold F/+4 rating not only is it much more likely that a Lead 1 basestealer will not get a “Good Jump – attempts” result, but Walden’s Pickoff 5 rating will come into play much more often resulting in more pickoffs.  The net effect is that Lead 1 rated players attempting to steal do so much more at their own peril – potentially getting picked off much more often and also finding it much more difficult to get a “Good Jump – attempts” result vs. C, D and F Hold rated pitchers.

BIZARRE PLAY CHART revisions:
There are a total of 18 new BIZARRE PLAY chart number range revisions.  One of the changes is for #161-209 which now reads:

“If a pitcher has a high pitch outing and has reached his adjusted Endurance rating or exceeded it or has D or F Durability, check for injury to pitcher.”

MLB organizations are increasingly wary of high pitch counts for pitchers and the risk of injury.  The much greater number range for this play result and subsequent frequency of occurrence reflects that.  The much higher number range for this play result is also much more of a deterrent for managers who “sacrifice” a pitcher to rest the bullpen – now there is a much greater chance of injury for doing this.  Pitchers with D and F Durability were added to this play result to increase the likelihood that they would be injured in any given season and that even in short season it would be less likely to “escape” the season with a D or F Durability pitcher uninjured.  The odds increased from a 1:50 chance of this play occurring to a 1:20 chance on a BIZARRE PLAY CHART roll.

New #637-654:

Pitcher with F Wild Pitch rating... WP takes crazy hop off backstop away
from catcher. Runners may try to take an extra base by going to
BASERUNNER ADVANCEMENT chart.
Pitcher with A-D Wild Pitch rating... One hopper hit back to the mound (DP?)

WEATHER CHART revisions:
The new 7th Edition Weather charts have updated temperature for the retractable roof ball parks in Arizona and Miami.

STEAL CHART revision:
STEAL RATING ADJUSTMENTS: Strikeout on hit & run -3.

BUNT CHART revision:
It is now more difficult to successfully execute a squeeze play especially with the Infield In.  There are three new tweaks to the BUNT chart:

Strikeout? (Increased range of #)
Sacrifice Hit (Decreased range of #)

Beat Out?
INFIELDER IN: -4

Lead Runner?
INFIELDER IN: -4

Strikeout?  SO/9 chart
Increased range of # for Missed Bunt
Decreased range of # for SH

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.

Follow @MikeCieslinski

 

 

2013 season Clutch and JAM ratings preview


Clutch and JAM might be the DYNASTY League Baseball “glamour” situation ratings
because they get so much attention. While the OFF situation rating (pitchers who
rarely walk the lead off man) and ON situation rating (pitchers who rarely allow HR
with runners on base) may be overlooked, the Clutch and JAM ratings certainly are
front and center. One thing is sure; at the end of the game with RSP/2 outs you DO
want a pitcher with a JAM rating on the mound or a hitter with a Clutch rating in the
batters box.

With the new 2013 season DYNASTY League Baseball player cards set to debut in late November, here is a preview of a few of the stand out Clutch and JAM rated players coming in the 2013 season player card set.

Carlos Beltran continues to deliver in the Clutch.

Carlos Beltran continues to deliver in the Clutch.

Carlos Beltran just became the all-time leader in post season SLG and OPS. Beltran
also hit extremely well with RSP/2 outs during the regular season (.375 BA/.516 SLG).
Beltran wasn’t the only Cardinals to hit well in the clutch. The Cardinals posted the
best RSP ( .330) since 1974 and the best RSP/2 outs performance (.305 BA) in two
decades. Allan Craig was the best of the Cardinals flock absolutely hammering
pitchers with RSP/2 out (.448 BA/.672 SLG). Matt Holliday wasn’t far behind (.426
BA/.596 SLG).

NL RBI leader Paul Goldschmidt was dangerous with RSP/2 (.340 BA/.600 SLG) as was
runner up Freddie Freeman (.411 BA/.625 SLG).

AL RBI leader Chris Davis had a monster year for Baltimore and made his hits count
with RSP/2 (.362 BA/.759 SLG).

The best clutch performance by any MLB player in 2013 belongs to Miguel Cabrera
RSP/2 (.459 BA/.934 SLG). No, that is not a typo!

Robinson Cano (.412 BA/.667) and Nelson Cruz (.400 BA/.778 SLG) also devastated
pitchers with RSP/ 2 outs on their way to earning a “Clutch” hitting rating.

Let’s take a look at a couple of players who despite having 100 RBI’s or more didn’t
get a Clutch hitting rating:

Jay Bruce .173 BA/.333 SLG with RSP/2.

Mark Trumbo .195 BA/.377 SLG with RSP/2.

Another great young Cuban player emerged in 2013. Jose Fernandez shutdown batters
with RSP/ 2 outs at an amazing rate (.115 BA/.192 SLG). Now that is a pitcher that
can get out of a jam and certainly earned his DYNASTY League Baseball JAM situation
rating!

Right behind Fernandez at pitching out of a jam is Matt Harvey (.167 BA/.271 SLG).

In the AL, two rising Japanese stars dominated in JAM situations. Hishashi Iwakuma
(.111 BA/.222 SLG) and Yu Darvish (.145 BA/.232 SLG) were outstanding at pitching
out of a jam.

In the bullpen, Jim Leyland found his closer and did Joaquin Benoit ever deliver (.119
BA/.143 SLG) in RSP/2 out situations. Fredi Gonzalez had his own closing answer in
the NL. Craig Kimbrel was nearly untouchable in a jam situation (.115 BA/.154 SLG).

Despite 50 saves, one pitcher who fell short of a JAM rating was Jim Johnson.
Johnson’s (.250 BA/.292 SLG) with RSP/ 2 outs wasn’t quite good enough to earn a
JAM rating. In the NL, one of the biggest surprises not to get a JAM rating was Jason
Grilli. Grilli pitcher poorly in RSP/ 2 outs situations (.300 BA/.500 SLG).

David Ortiz on the wings of a terrific 2013 World Series earned a Clutch hitting rating.  Often, Big Papi was walked, but when pitched to he was lethal.

In late November you will be able to learn the rest of the DYNASTY League Baseball
Clutch and JAM situation ratings!

The new 1975 season release: much more than one of the great World Series


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the 1975 season?

For most of us it is the great World Series that is revered as one of the best of all-time.

Yes, we remember Carlton Fisk waving his HR fair and trying to coax a 3-9 FAIR single
die roll on the Fenway Park left field line Deep Drive chart, but what things might you
not remember about the new DYNASTY League Baseball 1975 season player card set?

My baseball library includes all of the 1975 issues of The Sporting News and it was
fascinating researching through those issues while assigning the player ratings:

851. What does that number mean to San Francisco Giant fans? That was the actual
attendance for a game at wind blown Candlestick Park. Giant fans missed out on
seeing Bobby Murcer who was traded for Bobby Bonds to the Yankees. The left-
handed batting Murcer hit .315/D power vs. LH pitchers, but his fielding declined in rf:
C/65/0 (Range/Error/Throwing). It could have something to do with Candlestick Park
which Murcer hated. One of the resources I use in grading the player ratings from the
1970’s is a book called the Computerized Baseball Guide by the Compu Scout system.
The book is way ahead of it’s time and includes MLB scouts numerical grades of
players “tools” on a 1.0-5.0 scale. Murcer was rated 2.7 for his Range which is an
average-poor rating. The defensive metrics backed the scouts grades – Murcer’s 1975
rf Range factor of 1.48 is average at best.

Pedro Garcia. What do Brewer fans remember about Pedro Garcia? Pedro decided that
he didn’t want to field ground balls during infield practice so he just stood there and
let the balls go by. By the end of the season Pedro Garcia got suspended by the team
and manager Del Crandall was fired. Garcia earned an F Intangible rating and a HOT
temper rating on his 1975 player card.

George “the Boomer” Scott. George Scott lead the AL in HR (#162-212 vs. RH) AND
earned an A+/50 (Range/Error) ratings. Scott also wields a “Clutch hitting” rating
(.346 BA/.645 SLG) with RSP/2 outs – AND shark teeth around his neck. Talk about a
feared sight coming to the plate for the Brewers!

Randy Jones sinker baller. The Padres Randy Jones often threw his sinker ball at
speeds around 75 mph and was a master at inducing the GDP (#613-685 vs. RH) and
not walking batters – especially lead off batters (OFF rating). Looking at Jones player
card you’ll find he does just about everything well with “A” ratings for WP and BK and
“B+/75″ (Range/Error) ratings.

Sinker baller Randy Jones will induce plenty of GDP for you.

Sinker baller Randy Jones will induce plenty of GDP for you.

Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium. The Twins decided to create their own mini-monster erecting an 8 foot green plywood fence 15 feet closer down the left field line and 20 feet closer in the left-center power alleys and center field. Larry Hisle was one of the Twin’s stars in his prime with a “7” Steal of 2nd rating to go along with (.323/B vs. LH, .308/B vs. RH). Hisle’s problem throughout his career was staying on the field
and 1975 typified this with his “F” Durability rating. The Pirates followed suit and also moved in the Three Rivers stadium fences in 1975. Old Yankee Stadium was still being renovated so the Yankees played in Shea Stadium.

Al “the Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky. As I am going through my Sporting News, I come across one issue that I remember very well. On the TSN cover is NL Fireman of the Year Al Hrabosky. Hrabosky was all the rage that year as he psyched himself up behind the mound, threw the ball in his glove and stomped onto the mound before and during each “performance”. I had traveled to St. Louis that year to see the Cardinals in St. Louis and took along this issue. I staked out my spot well before the game at Busch
Stadium in front of the Cardinals offices. The Mad Hungarian was very nice to me on his way inside the Busch Stadium offices and signed the TSN cover:

“Psyche Up!”

Al Hrabosky

The Mad Hungarian

Definitely one of the coolest baseball memorabilia I have!

The Mad Hungarian’s 1975 season player card is as menacing as he looks. The left-handed Hrabosky allows a BA of only .189 vs. RH/.233 vs. LH and an ERA of 1.66. Hrabosky earned both a JAM (.190 BA RSP/2, .276 SLG RSP/2) and OFF rating (rarely issued lead off walk).

I hope you have as much fun playing with the new 1975 season as I had making it for you!

The New DYNASTY League Baseball Online FAQ


Dynasty League Baseball FAQ

Q: How do I join or start a private draft league?

A: The designated meeting place for people looking to join a private draft league or Commissioners to recruit league members is at the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook Group:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/6560799421/
You can also post at the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook Page.

Q: Is there anything I need to install to play?

A: If you have the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in already installed in your browser there is no need to install anything.  Once you try to “join” a game the game will detect if you have Silverlight installed and prompt you to install it.  If you are having any issues go to this link to detect if you have Silverlight installed correctly:

http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight

Q: Are there public leagues available?

A: There are Greatest Team public leagues available to join year round.  Public draft leagues and the new live draft room will be available at a future date.

Q: What happens if I can’t play the next scheduled series live at the series date and time?
A: The MLB.com blog post explains your options for rescheduling.  You can also have the computer manager profile play for you:

http://dynastyleaguebaseball.mlblogs.com/2011/02/22/greatest-teams-leagues-debut-with-new-scheduler/

Q: Are “Dynasty” draft leagues that go from one season to the next available?

A: Yes, you can even start or join historical Dynasty leagues.  You can learn more at the MLB.com post:

http://dynastyleaguebaseball.mlblogs.com/2013/02/07/the-first-real-time-fantasy-dynasty-league-draft-leagues-arrive/

Q: How do I find the rules and learn more about the game?

 

A: The Official DYNASTY League Baseball Rulebook can be found at this link:

http://www.dynastyleaguebaseball.com/Docs/DYNASTYRulebook2012.pdf

Q: Can I play solitaire?

A: Yes, you can play solitaire “Series” vs. the computer manager with any teams or seasons in the DYNASTY League Baseball library.  Learn more at the MLB.com post:

http://dynastyleaguebaseball.mlblogs.com/2012/04/23/playing-dynasty-league-baseball-with-friends-and-solitaire/

Q: Can I play a “Series” live with a friend?  

A:  Yes, you can invite any friend to play a series with any teams from any season in the DYNASTY League Baseball library.  The MLB.com blog post has more on how Series with friends work:

http://dynastyleaguebaseball.mlblogs.com/2010/12/11/world-series-of-fun-with-your-friends-family-or-on-your-own/

Q: Where are the Roster and DL rules?

A: Roster and DL rules are detailed at the MLB.com post:

http://dynastyleaguebaseball.mlblogs.com/2011/08/09/roster-rules-revisited-with-new-dl-rules/

Q: Can I play on my iPad

A: You can view your stats, standings, leaders and box scores as well as change your Manager profile.  Apple has decided to block Silverlight and other browser plug-ins such as Flash so you can’t play a game on your iPad.  Apple does not block Silverlight on the Apple Mac so you can play on your Apple Mac.

 

 

Q: How close of an experience is playing the Online version to the original Board version?

A: DYNASTY League Baseball Online is a direct translation of the DYNASTY League Baseball Board game.  The default settings give you a transparent view into how the play results are derived by allowing you to see the player card results, dice rolls and sections of the game charts.

Q: Where can I purchase the DYNASTY League Baseball Board version and season player card sets?

A: The Ticket Window at http://www.DesignDepot.com has the DYNASTY League Baseball Board game version.

Q: How many days off are there between the Regular season and LCS?

A: In the automated playoffs, there are 2 rest days between the regular season and the playoffs.

Q: What is the difference for Commissioners in choosing between custom and standard automated playoffs?

A: Custom playoffs do not have automatic advancement of winners like the standard automated playoffs do –you have to set up the new series once the old series are done.  Custom playoffs do allow you to control exactly who is playing, how many games in the series, night and day games, how many rest-days between series and things like that.  There is a “create custom playoff series” button on the commissioner page.

You’ll just want to make sure you pay attention to the Last Played Date of the teams you are scheduling, as this is an internal date that wasn’t exposed before.  This will allow you to set up the first day of the playoffs with the right number of off days.  Things are set up internally so that the playoffs begin on Oct 1.  The last regular season game is set to be Sept. 28th so that teams have 2 days off before the playoffs.  You can obviously choose to keep Oct 1 as your start date or use a different date.

Once caveat–custom playoffs don’t currently have a way to add regular-season tie-breakers, so you will have to use 1-game playoff tie-breakers if you use them.  If you use the standard playoffs, they will use regular-season tiebreakers like MLB where the games count as regular-season games.   The custom playoffs will treat them like the 1-game wild-card playoff games. 

Q: Can I play a game from work? 

A: You may or may not be able to depending on the corporate firewall. The two ports you need open to play Dynasty League Baseball Online are outbound TCP ports 943 & 4514.

Q: I can’t see the OK button at the bottom of the page and move past the Roster page when playing a game.

A: You must have your IE, Chrome, Fire Fox and Safari browser zoom set to 100%.  You can read below how to change the Fire Fox zoom:

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2012 The Year of the Rookie and the Triple Crown | Preview of the New 2012 Season Player Cards


Mike Trout had as great of a rookie season as we have seen since perhaps Fred Lynn’s
MVP Rookie year in 1975. Trout did something in his rookie year no other MLB player has ever done – hit 30 HR and steal 49 bases and score 129 runs in a single season. How will Trout’s DYNASTY League Baseball player card look in 2012? For one thing, even though Trout hits right-handed, he hit RH pitchers (.346 BA/.588 SLG) much better than LH (.267 BA/.493 SLG).  After all the highlights what should you expect for Trout’s range rating? The answer is “A” Range for Trout bases on his excellent +34 Fielding Bible plus/minus rating, very good 2.70 Range factor and 13.9 UZR/150 rating. Perhaps the weakest part of Trout’s tools is his throwing arm which is a tick below average (look for a +1 below average throwing arm rating). Trout is a burner and is built like an NFL defensive back – look for an outstanding “10” Baserunning rating on his player card.

Miguel Cabrera at bat in DYNASTY League Baseball Online for Windows and Apple Mac in Comerica Park

Fred Lynn’s 1975 season isn’t the only Red Sox season similar to some of the 2012 player performances. Carl Yastrzemski’s 1967 Triple Crown season for Boston was the last triple crown season up until Miguel Cabrera put up a .330 BA with 44 HR and 139 RBI in 2012.  Cabrera’s 2012 season DYNASTY League Baseball player card is rare air and a must have. By hitting .420 BA/.720 SLG with RSP/ 2 outs, Miguel Cabrera is 2012’s poster boy for the Clutch Hitting rating repeating his great Clutch Hitting performance in 2011. The AL had back-to-back triple crown winners in 1966 when Frank Robinson won it followed by Yaz in 1967. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was another triple crown winner in 2013?

Bronx bombers? You bet. The Yankees hit 245 HR in 2012 which was the most HR in a season by a Yankee team and there have been plenty of great power hitters for the Yankees so consider this 2012 Yankee team special. There will be sure to be “A” power ratings across the Yankee lineup from Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher.

Looking for surprises? How about the NL RBI leader Chase Headley NOT getting a Clutch Hitting rating based on his .203 BA/.338 SLG with RSP/2 outs. Then there is 19-9 Johnny Cueto NOT getting a JAM rating after allowing a BA/SLG of .261/.493 with RSP/2 out. Stephen Strasburg was hardly dominating in JAM situations with a .292 BA/.415 SLG with RSP/2 outs.

Jon Jay earned an “A” range on his 2012 DYNASTY League Baseball player card

Defensively Jon Jay continues to improve each year and in 2012 he earned “A” Range/100 Error rating / 0 (average throwing arm) in CF. Ryan Braun also continues to improve defensively in LF earning “B+” range and a good “-1″ throwing arm. Braun was second only to Desmond Jennings in LF with a +16 Fielding Bible plus minus. Jason Heyward had an outstanding year defensively in RF earning a rare “A+” Range rating and very good “-2″ throwing arm. Heyward had 5 kills in RF and easily the best Fielding Bible plus minus of +40.

At the extremes of Range ratings at ss were Brendan Ryan “A” with the best Fielding Bible plus minus (+28) and Derek Jeter  “D” with the worst Range factor of 3.76 and a Fielding Bible plus minus of -26.

Despite not getting a JAM rating, Cueto did earn a perfect A+/-4 hold rating allowing an amazing 1 SB while 9 baserunners were CS.

The 2012 season player card set will once again have 990 full color player cards. 2012 season player cards will begin shipping in late November on a first-in first-out basis. You can place your order at the new Ticket Window.

You can also get access to the 2012 season if you are a subscriber to DYNASTY League Baseball Online (available for Windows and Apple Mac) which will automatically make the 2012 season available online as soon as it is released as well as the World Series teams so you can pre-play the 2012 World Series.

If you pre-order the 2012 season board version player card set, you will qualify to be sent a digital version of the 2012 World Series teams. To receive your 2012 World Series teams please send an email to orders@designdepot.com with “2012 World Series” in the subject of the email.

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.

Playing DYNASTY League Baseball with friends and solitaire


I had a chance to visit the University of Miami, FL campus yesterday and it brought back a lot of memories including the self-directed study program I was involved with and my internships with the Miami Marlins (Minor league affiliate) and Baltimore Orioles.

Before the Pursue the Pennant board version game was even published (which later became DYNASTY League Baseball) and was still in the design phase, I had the chance to play test it with a few friends, but also with a few Major League Baseball players.

Dennis Martinez of the Baltmore Orioles was the first Major League Baseball player to test Pursue the Pennant and one of the things I most remember is how he would “pitch” with the dice. It was almost as if he was pitching curve balls with the dice! Dennis is among the most animated players I have played face to face and it is sheer joy playing him in face to face games because he is having so much fun playing.

Dennis Martinez “ptiches” the dice!

The Milwaukee Brewers Paul Molitor and I played Pursue the Pennant one of the club house rooms underneath Milwaukee County Stadium. So here I am playing with the most popular baseball player in Milwaukee other than Robin Yount and I am explaining how the three percentile dice are read (red, white and blue) and how to look up the play result on the player cards. I roll the dice in the first innning managing the Baltimore Orioles and of course Paul is managing the Brewers and is batting himself leadoff. The dice roll out of my hand and the red die comes up “1” and the white and blue die follow… As any DYNASTY League Baseball player knows, the 100’s are generally good numbers for hitters. Well, this number was more than good it was great. Paul looked up the dice roll number on the Paul Molitor player card he was holding and a smile came across his face. “HOME RUN! ” Paul laughed. I laughed. Leadoff HR for the future Hall of Famer. What are the odds?

Atlanta Brave and St. Louis Cardinal Brian Jordan and I played the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version together last January at the Cardianls Legends event and I think Brian’s enthusiasm for the game was contagious. I think he had more fun than I did which is hard to do!

We don’t get the chance to play DYNASTY League Baseball vs. Major League Baseball players everyday, but we do have the chance to play vs. friends. If you have local friends it’s a great opportunity to play the DYNASTY League Baseball board version with them and share some great times together for a series or in tournament or league. If many of your friends or family are not close by, DYNASTY League Baseball Online “Series” allow you to play a long distance game online with a friend in one click. Prior to playing just invite him as a friend on DYNASTY League Baseball Online and when he is logged into DYNASTY League Baseball Online the same time as you are you can create a “Series” and invite him to play. It is easy and it is so much fun.

Brian Jordan and Mike Cieslinski playing DYNASTY League Baseball Online

Don’t have a friend to play with when you feel like playing a game of DYNASTY League Baseball Online? That is why DYNASTY League Baseball Online is a multi-player game with solitaire options. You can play any team from any season in the DYNASTY League Baseball library vs. the new computer manager.

I personally enjoy playing vs. both friends and solitaire and find most DYNASTY League Baseball players feel the same way. There are some people who only like to play solitaire. Other people only like to play vs. other people.

What is true now though is that there has never been an opportunity in the history of baseball simulations to play vs. friends and other people like there is now with the advent of DYNASTY League Baseball Online and the community that plays there. With the daily online Greatest Team bracket tournaments there are always opponents to play vs. The Greatest Team leagues allow you to join a league and invite your friends into the same league you are joining as will the upcoming current season continuous “keeper” draft leagues.

Jamie Hall and Mike Cieslinski playing a friends “Series” with their favorite Tigers and Cardinals.

Yes, solitaire play is a lot of fun with DYNASTY League Baseball, but now you have a chance to play with friends old and new in DYNASTY League Baseball Online.

Preview of DYNASTY League Baseball Online Private Draft League Commissioner Tools


If you already have an existing Private Draft League that has completed your draft (you can still use the upcoming new live draft room next year) you are in for some very exciting news.    These new Commissioner tools allow your league to enjoy the first and only real time multi-player draft leagues for Baseball simulation leagues.

What is the benefit of real time web based multi-player leagues as opposed to the old stand alone PC leagues?  In short, a Commissioner’s dream unless you like the drudgery of importing and exporting league files only to get stats, standings and leaders from last week or even last month.   That is way outdated in today’s connected online world.   DYNASTY League Baseball Online allows your league to have your stats, standings, leaders and box scores updated in real time.

You can even watch other league games box scores and game summaries update in real time which is a great feature for late season pennant races when you want to know the “out of town” scores in real time.

The new Private Draft league creation tool lets you create a private league by entering the league name, number of teams and team names in the league.  Once you enter the number of teams you will see options for the number of divisions and playoff format.

You will also select the number of series your league will play each week and the scheduled league play times.  Keep in mind that the scheduler allows you to submit changes in game time for any of your scheduled series during the season and you also can have the new Computer Manager profile manage for you if you can’t play that week.

Once your Private Draft league is created there is a page that allows the Commissioner to edit the settings of the league.

The Commissioner is then be able to go to a page to invite friends into the Private Draft league.  You can also use the current “Invite a Friend” button on the left hand column of the home page to invite people you know to DYNASTY League Baseball Online using their email address.  Once new people you invited have an account you can then add them as your friend.

League members can choose and edit their team settings.

Once a league member is invited to a private draft league he can then select his team settings.

After you have created your Private Draft league, then the league Commissioner can use the new roster tool to place the players on each team. The roster tool interface allows you to promote and demote players to and from the major and minor league rosters.

The screen shot shows Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Cory Hart, Prince Fielder, Francisco Rodriguez, Yovanni Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Shawn Marcum, Randy Wolf and John Axford added to the roster.

Roster import tool allows the Commish to place players on each team

The new scheduler tool allows you to use the default 12 and 24 team schedules or you can manually create your own schedule.

Dan Treuden has made available a schedule creation Excel file that will create a schedule for you which can be found in the Designer’s Dugout or the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook group file section listed as Retro_schedule.xlsx

You can then use the scheduler Commissioner Tool to enter each series and build the schedule.

The new Private Draft League tools are easy to use and will allow you to start playing your DYNASTY League Baseball Online private draft league.

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