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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.

Preview of the new Manager Profiles | Is your Manager Profile identity Weaver, Herzog, Guillen, Maddon?


One of the most interesting and fun aspects of playing DYNASTY League Baseball is developing your Manager Profile identity of the tactics you use when managing your team.  When you play a game with the DYNASTY League Baseball Board version or Online version you are developing your own Managerial profile.  Do you play for the big inning and the three run HR like Earl Weaver or use one run tactics like stealing and the suicide squeeze like Whitey Herzog?   Now your Manager profile identity can be entered into the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online Manager profile.  You’ll see some of my profile selections from my SNBL draft league St. Louis Cardinals franchise in this blog post.

The new Manager profiles are targeted to be available for DYNASTY League Baseball Online in late March.  You will be able to select and use your Manager profile right away in a Greatest Team league and also in the upcoming draft leagues.

Manager profiles are important because they allow you to have your team managed according to the tactical  profile that you select if you can’t play your scheduled series live for that given week.

iPad and iPhone
Even though you can’t play a game of DYNASTY League Baseball on your iPhone or iPad (Apple does not allow the Silverlight plug-n) you can view your stats, box scores, game summary and leaders with the iPad and iPhone.  You can also change or update your Managerial profile on the iPad or iPhone. 

Lineups

The Lineups tab allows you to select your saved lineups and assign them to one of the four primary default lineup categories:

Default Lineups:

vs Right DH: None Selected vs. RH vs. LH
vs Right no DH: None Selected vs. RH vs. LH
vs Left DH: None Selected vs. RH vs. LH
vs Left no DH: None Selected vs. RH vs. LH

View Saved Lineups

vs. RH vs. LH

1. Rickie Weeks 2B
2. Jon Jay CF
3. Chipper Jones 3B
4. Albert Pujols 1B
5. Ryan Braun LF
6. Victor Martinez C
7. Jack Cust RF
8. Brendan Ryan SS
9.   P

What happens when a player is injured or is not eligible to be in my default lineup?  The Lineup Slot Preferences section allows you to select various parameters using sliding scales that total 100%  Want your leadoff man to have a high OBP and be good at stealing 2nd?  Slide the scale to weight these preferences more heavily.

Lineup Slot Preferences

Choose your category preferences for each lineup slot (both DH and non-DH lineups). All of your preferences must add up to 100%
Lineup Slot: Leadoff 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th     Lineup Type: No DH DH
BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt   50%
Unused BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt   20%
Unused BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt   5%
Unused BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt   0%
Unused BA OBP SLG Power Baserunning Clutch SB Steal 2nd Hit & Run Bunt   25%

Pitching

Managers in recent years are including more pitchers on their roster than in previous years.  15 Batters and 10 pitchers used to be the standard, but today some managers have as many as 13 pitchers on their roster.  You’ll be able to select the depth or pitching on your roster by selecting  the Number of Pitchers to carry on active roster at the top of the Pitching tab.

Do you want to go with a 5 or 4 man rotation and do you want any of your pitchers to pitch on short rest?   The defacto standard used to be a 4 man rotation – now it is 5.  Just remember your pitcher Durability rating is reduced by 7 on short rest so you’ll need a deeper bullpen if you decide to go with a 4 man rotation.  You can select 4 or 5 man rotation at the Starting Rotation Size menu option.

Starting Rotatation Size: 5-Man Rotation 4-Man Rotation

Select Starting Rotation allows you to slot in your starting rotation and also check off if you want any of your pitchers to start on short rest.

Select Starting Rotation:
1.   Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy
Start on short rest 
2.   Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy
Start on short rest 
3.   Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy
Start on short rest 
4.   Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy
Start on short rest 
5.   Not Selected Greinke, ZackHapp, J.A.Matsuzaka, DaisukeWainwright, AdamWillis, DontrelleWolf, Randy
Start on short rest 

Sparky Anderson was nicknamed “Captain Hook”.  Here are your Managerial profile Early/Late hook options:

Early/Late hook:

Select the earliest inning to consider replacing the starting pitcher (unless he is tired earlier): 4th Inning 5th Inning 6th Inning 7th Inning
Select the endurance level at which you consider replacing the starting pitcher (unless he has “no stuff” earlier): 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Select the earliest inning to consider pinch-hitting for the starting pitcher (unless he is tired earlier): 3th Inning 4th Inning 5th Inning 6th Inning 7th Inning 8th Inning
Always pinch-hitting for the starting pitcher if his endurance is down to: Never 0 1 2 3 4 5

Always pinch-hitting for the starting pitcher if there are runners in scoring poisition and his endurance is down to: Never 0 1 2 3 4 5The bullpen settings allow enough flexibility for any era of bullpen tactics style you wish.Bullpen Settings:

Closer:   Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle

You are not required to specify a closer.

Closer Use:
Allow Closer in 8th inning if rested Never use Closer before 9th inning

Setup Man:
   Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle

You are not required to specify a setup man.

Setup Use:
Allow Setup Man in 7th inning Never use Setup Man before 8th inning
 
 
Short Relievers:
Short Relievers will generally be used from the 6th inning on in close games. Specify any number up to four:
1.  Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle  3.  Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle
2.  Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle  4.  Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle
 
Long Relievers:
Long Relievers will be used when a reliever is needed in the 5th inning or earlier, or in extra innings. Specify any number up to three:
1.  Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle  3.  Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle
2.  Not Selected Benoit, JoaquinBraddock, ZachMasset, NickPerez, ChrisSoriano, RafaelWheeler, DanWillis, Dontrelle

Baserunning

Here you can set your Manager profile to be aggressive like Whitey Herzog or Joe Maddon or conservative like Earl Weaver.

Baserunning Aggressiveness:

Settings For Innings: 1-3 4-6 7-9+
Up 5+ runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 3-4 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 2 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 1 run: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Tied: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 1 run: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 2 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 3-4 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 5+ runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative

Stealing Aggressiveness:
Settings For Innings: 1-3 4-6 7-9+
Up 5+ runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 3-4 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 2 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 1 run: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Tied: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 1 run: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 2 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 3-4 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 5+ runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Stop stealing if up by: 5 6 7 8 9 10 Never


Defensive Throwing Aggressiveness:

Settings For Innings: 1-3 4-6 7-9+
Up 5+ runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 3-4 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 2 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Up 1 run: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Tied: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 1 run: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 2 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 3-4 runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative
Down 5+ runs: Super Aggressive Very Aggressive Aggressive Slightly Aggressive Normal Slightly Conservative Conservative Very Conservative Super Conservative

Bunting

Eschew or advocate the sacrifice or suicide squeeze bunt?   You can choose different selections for different base and out situations.

Sacrifice/Squeeze Bunt

A sacrifice bunt situation is any situation where there is a runner on 1st or 2nd and less than 2 outs. The computer manager will never bunt when not in a bunting situation.
 Use defaults       Customize

Situation: Runner on 1st Runners on 1st and 2nd Runner on 2nd Suicide Squeeze No Outs 1 Out

Bunt Frequency (in bunting siutations)
Name Rating vs Left vs Right
Ryan Braun F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Michael Cuddyer F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Jack Cust F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Travis Hafner F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Jon Jay B DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Chipper Jones F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Victor Martinez F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Cameron Maybin D DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Jorge Posada F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Martin Prado C DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Albert Pujols F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Edgar Renteria C DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Brendan Ryan A DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Freddy Sanchez B DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Skip Schumaker C DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Jason Varitek F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Rickie Weeks F DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever
Dewayne Wise D DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever DefaultAlwaysFrequently50-50SometimesRarelyNever

Pinch Hit/Run

Decide which players on your roster are eligible to be pinch hit or pinch run for.

Allow the player to be removed for:
Name Pinch Hitter Pinch Runner
Ryan Braun NoYes NoYes
Michael Cuddyer NoYes NoYes
Jack Cust NoYes NoYes
Travis Hafner NoYes NoYes
Jon Jay NoYes NoYes
Chipper Jones NoYes NoYes
Victor Martinez NoYes NoYes
Cameron Maybin NoYes NoYes
Jorge Posada NoYes NoYes
Martin Prado NoYes NoYes
Albert Pujols NoYes NoYes
Edgar Renteria NoYes NoYes
Brendan Ryan NoYes NoYes
Freddy Sanchez NoYes NoYes
Skip Schumaker NoYes NoYes
Jason Varitek NoYes NoYes
Rickie Weeks NoYes NoYes
Dewayne Wise NoYes NoYes

If you manage like Joe Maddon who lead the AL in pinch hitting appearances from 2008-2010, you’ll want to select Very Frequent or Frequent for Pinch Hit Frequency.

Pinch Hitting:

Earliest inning to pinch hit for a positional player: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+

Pinch Hit Frequency (non-pitchers): Very Frequent Frequent Average Less Frequent Rarely Never
In tie games: Never sacrifice defense Only sacrifice defense if runner is in scoring position Always choose best offensive matchup
When ahead by 1 run: Never sacrifice defense Only sacrifice defense if runner is in scoring position Always choose best offensive matchup

Pinch Running:
Earliest inning to pinch run: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+
Players to pinch run for: Baserunning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 and slower.
Players to pinch run with: Baserunning 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and faster.
Pinch runner must be at least 1 2 3 4 5 faster than the player he is replacing.
In tie games: Never sacrifice defense Only sacrifice defense if runner is in scoring position Use pinch runners regardless of defense.
When ahead by 1 run: Never sacrifice defense Only sacrifice defense if runner is in scoring position Use pinch runners regardless of defense.

Defense

Defensive Positioning
Set up your guidelines for when to play the infield in (or just corners in) in various situations.

 Use defaults       Customize

Situation: Runner on 3rd Runners on 1st and 3rd Runners on 2nd and 3rd Bases Loaded No Outs 1 Out

Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  or later
Ahead by 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+  run(s) or less
OR behind by  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+  run(s) or less
Play the infield: In Corners In, SS & 2B Back Back

Defensive Substitutions:
Earliest inning to use defensive substitution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+
Use defensive sub if ahead by at least 0 1 2 3 Never but not if ahead by more than 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Always
Consider replacing any player that has:
Range of: B+ B C+ C D F  or worse.
Error Rating of: 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95  or less.
OF with arm of: 0 1 2 3 4  or worse.
C with arm of: 0 1 2 3 4  or worse.

Defensive Evaluation

Choose how you evaluate defense at each position. All of your preferences must add up to 100% for each position.
Position: C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF
Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling   60%
Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling   10%
Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling   10%
Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling   10%
Unused Range Error Rating Arm DP Pivot PB rating Pitcher Handling   10%

Position Offfense/Defense Balance

Choose how you evaluate the relative importance of defense vs offense at each position.
Position Offense   Defense
C 40%   60%
1B 60%   40%
2B 50%   50%
3B 50%   50%
SS 50%   50%
LF 60%   40%
CF 40%   60%
RF 60%   40%
 
So there you have it.  Lots of options to customize your DYNASTY League Baseball Online Manager profile with even more options to come.  Let us know what you think by sending in your comments.

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.

Moneyball 2002 Oakland A’s now included in DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Team bracket tournaments


Billy Beane championed under valued players using some of the metrics Bill James popularized back in the early 80’s with his Baseball Abstracts.  Now you can manage the Moneyball 2002 Oakland A’s in daily live DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Team bracket tournaments or leagues.  The 2002 Oakland A’s were just recenty made available along with the 1997 Baltimore Orioles in the Greatest Team bracket tournamets to bring the number of Greatest Teams to select from to 78.

How good were the 2002 Oakland A’s?  Their 103-59 regular season record is considerably better than any of the A’s Dynasty teams from 1972-1974 and you even could include the 1971 (101-60)  and 1975 (98-64)  A’s in their Dynasty as well.    In the end, clutch performers from the 1972-1974 A’s Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Sal Bando and Gene Tenace are remembered for their three consecutive World Championships and the 2002 A’s are forgotten for their failure in their first round exit even though they took the ALDS vs. the 2002 Twins to a deciding Game 5.  Ironically in Game 5 of the 2002 ALDS vs. Minnesota, the A’s did not draw a single walk after expousing the value of OBP during the season.

Moneyball 2002 Oakland A's

Can you take the 2002 A’s further than Art Howe in the DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Team bracket tournaments?

DYNASTY League Baseball Online runs right in your Apple Mac Safari or Windows Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome browser.

Roster rules revisited with new DL rules


Ready to become the GM in a DYNASTY League Baseball Online league?

Roster Size:

  • Rosters are set at 25 players.
  • Rosters expand to 40 players when your league simulation month reaches September.
  • You may have any mixture of batters and pitchers as long as:
    • You can fill a lineup vs. both a right-handed and left-handed starter.
    • You have a starting pitcher available for your next game.

Minor Leagues:

  • You may move anyone from the active roster to the minor leagues at any time, unless they are suspended.
  • Before your first game of the season, your roster may be set without any penalties.
  • Any time during the season, any player moved to the minors must stay there for 10 days before they are eligible to return to your active roster unless they are replacing a player that is placed on the DL.
  • Players may make unlimited trips between the active roster and the minors EXCEPT for players who have a USE percentage, who may not return to the active roster once they have been sent to the minors (see section on Use Percentage players)

Disabled List:

  • Any injured player can be moved to the disabled list.
  • Players placed on the DL must stay there for 15-days, retroactive to the day after their injury.
  • You can have an unlimited number of players on the DL.

Percent Use Players:

  • Players that have a percentage value listed as their USE value may only be on the active roster for that percentage of the season. So in a 54-game season, a 30% use player can only be on the active roster for 16 games.
  • Percent Use players MUST serve their time on the active roster contiguously, meaning that once they are sent down to the minors they cannot return to the active roster.
  • Often Percent Use players were mid or late-season callups.

Use vs RH/LH:

  • Batters that have values for Use vs RH or vs LH are restricted to a certain number of at-bats against pitchers of the specified throwing arm.
  • These values are pro-rated for the length of the season you are playing. So in a 54-game season, a player with a use vs RH of 51 can only have 17 AB against right-handed pitchers during the season.
  • Players with Use values of less than 20 are not eligible to start OR pinch-hit against a pitcher of the specified throwing arm.
  • Players must have at least 3 AB remaining to start against a pitcher of the specified throwing arm.
  • Players must have at least 1 AB remaining to pinch-hit against a pitcher of the specified throwing arm.
  • If you insert a player into the game who has 0 AB remaining against the throwing arm of the current pitcher, you will be forced to remove that player the next time he comes to bat.

Spot Starters:

  • Pitchers who have a Spot Start value are limited in how many starts they can make.
  • This value is pro-rated for the length of the season you are playing. So in a 54-game season, a pitcher with a spot-start value of 6 can make 2 starts.

Introducing the All-Time AL and NL All-Star teams that you voted for


Your votes are in from the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook fan page voting and your selections are included in the new All-Time AL and NL teams for DYNASTY League Baseball Online.  These teams will be available to play in Series when you log in at DYNASTY League Baseball Online.

Eligible selections were from retired MLB players using their best DYNASTY League Baseball season player card:

American League

C
Carlton Fisk 1975 Boston
Yogi Berra 1961 New York (A)

 1B
Lou Gehrig 1927 New York (A)
Eddie Murray 1982 Baltimore

 2B
Rod Carew 1973 Minnesota
Roberto Alomar 1993 Toronto

 SS
Robin Yount 1982 Milwaukee
Cal Ripken 1982 Baltimore

 3B
George Brett 1977 Kansas City
Wade Boggs 1986 Boston
Paul Molitor 1982 Milwaukee

 OF
Ted Williams 1957 Boston
Mickey Mantle 1957 New York (A)
Babe Ruth 1927 New York (A)
Joe DiMaggio 1939 New York (A)

 P
Walter Johnson 1924 Washington
Lefty Grove 1929 Philadelphia
Roger Clemens 1986 Boston
Bob Feller 1954 Cleveland
Jim Palmer 1973 Baltimore
Pedro Martinez 1999 Boston
Rollie Fingers 1973 Oakland
Goose Gossage 1982 New York (A)
Hoyt Wilhelm 1967 Chicago (A)
Dennis Eckersley 1988 Oakland

 
National League

C
Johnny Bench 1970 Cincinnati
Roy Campanella 1955 Brooklyn

 1B
Willie McCovey 1970 San Francisco
Mark McGwire 1998 St. Louis

 2B
Joe Morgan 1975 Cincinnati
Rogers Hornsby 1929 Chicago (N)

 SS
Ozzie Smith 1985 St. Louis
Ernie Banks 1957 Chicago (N)

 3B
Mike Schmidt 1977 Philadelphia
Eddie Mathews 1957 Milwaukee
Ron Santo 1967 Chicago (N)

 OF
Stan Musial 1957 St. Louis
Willie Mays 1962 San Francisco
Hank Aaron 1973 Atlanta
Barry Bonds 2001 San Francisco

 P
Sandy Koufax 1965 Los Angeles
Bob Gibson 1970 St. Louis
Tom Seaver 1969 New York (N)
Warren Spahn 1957 Milwaukee
Steve Carlton 1977 Philadelphia
Greg Maddux 1994 Atlanta
Bruce Sutter 1982 St. Louis
Randy Johnson 2001 Arizona
Phil Niekro 1974 Atlanta
John Smoltz 2003 Atlanta

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


New to Pursue the Pennant and it’s successor DYNASTY League Baseball?  DYNASTY League Baseball is an extremely realistic Baseball simulation game that has it’s roots in the original Pursue the Pennant board game that debuted in 1985 and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Hobby Games of the last 50 years.  

In the DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Teams leagues you will choose from one of 76 of the Greatest Teams in Baseball history and then Manage your team in a 12 team league that is divided up into  AL and NL Divisions of 6 teams.

1) You will have fun learning Baseball history
Instead of reading about Baseball history in the process of managing your team and playing other great teams you will learn who the great historical players were and why they were so great because you are playing against the likes of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Stever Carlton, Tom Seaver and Dizzy Dean. 

2) You will learn how Major League scouts evaluate a players “baseball tools” and the strengths and weaknesses of the greatest baseball players of All-Time.

 

3) You will learn offensive strategies by managing real MLB players.
When should you steal, hit and run, take the extra base, pinch hit, pinch run, sacrifice bunt and suicide squeeze?  What is the best lineup and batting order for my team?  When should I platoon vs. left-handed and right-handed pitchers and with which players?

4) You will learn defensive strategies by managing real MLB players.
When should you warm-up a relief pitcher, bring in a relief pitcher, bring in a defensive replacement, throw through or cut-off a throw, bring the infield in, set the infield corners in or call for the intentional walk?  What is the best pitching rotation for my team?

5) You will learn which Major League ball parks are hitters or pitchers parks and the various outfield and foul territory dimensions.
As you play out your season you will be playing in historical ball parks from every era in Baseball history. 

6) You will learn how a players fielding range, fielding percentage, throwing arm, double play pivot and catcher’s handling of pitchers effects various plays.

7) You will learn how power hitters, contact hitters, high on base hitters, clutch hitters, spray and pull hitters effect each at bat.

8) You will learn how control pitchers, ground ball pitchers, fly ball pitchers, strikeout pitchers, pitchers who rarely walk the lead off batter, pitchers who rarely give up HR with runners on base and pitchers who are tough in jams effect each plate appearance.

9) You will learn how fast and slow basestealers, baserunners with good and bad instincts effect steal attempts and taking the extra base.  You will also learn how important both a pitchers ability to hold baserunners and catchers and outfielders throwing arms are.

10) You will learn about Baseball statistics and why they are important in evaluating players and making managerial decisions.
Do you know what OBP and SLG are,  how they are calculated and why they are one of the best offensive indicators?  Baseball is more than just physical tools it is a cerebral sport where at times the smartest teams and players can beat a more physically talented team.

 

How Harvey’s Wallbangers helped bring Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball to your tabletop and screen


Without this celebrated moment in October of 1982 at Milwaukee County Stadium the Milwaukee Brewers would not have a Pennant to hang from Miller Park and most likely Pursue the Pennant and it’s successor DYNASTY League Baseball would not exist.

The level of excitement generated by the Wallbanger’s incredible run was the game design impetus – especially when it came to the high level of inspiration and perspiration necessary to complete the project.   After more than four years of game design development, it took the excitement of the 1982 Brewers season to convince a venture capital group to make the investment necessary to bring what was then Pursue the Pennant to your tabletop.  My appearance with Paul Molitor on the cover of The Business Journal was what finally made everything fall into place and bring in other Brewers Jim Gantner and Bob McClure into the venture.

The photo in my profile of Paul Molitor and I playing the board version on the top of the Milwaukee County Stadium dugout was one of the photos that appeared in The Business Journal.

Molitor, Gantner and McClure were not strangers to me as we were part of an incredible group of people playing pick up basketball at the YMCA in Wauwatosa, WI.  There was also Pat Hughes broadcaster from the Brewers and Cubs and Donnie Nelson current GM of the NBA Dallas Mavericks.

McClureGantner

The 1982 Brewers were an easy team choice for me to make in our Cooperstown league in the new Greatest Team leagues for DYNASTY League Baseball Online.  Every Baseball fan has one team and one season that they remember as special that stands above the rest.  That is what the new Greatest Team Leagues are all about.  This is your chance to have those great memories flow like a  trip to Iowa in Field of Dreams as you compete in a 12 team league.   Win or lose, just being able to immerse yourself in the challenge of managing  and the new revelations you will have of your favorite players strengths and weaknesses (that you never realized at the time when watching your favorite team play) makes joining a league an extremely enjoyable experience.

While chatting during league games with NBA Event coordinator Ski Austin (1971 Pirates), Ski told me that Roberto Clemente was his favorite player growing up.  Geoff Reiss (1986 Mets) formerly of ESPN.com selected his favorite Mets and USA TODAY Baseball Fantasy columnist Steve Gardner (1970 Orioles) selected one of his favorite Oriole teams.

MVP Robin Yount homered down the left field line for me in this win vs. Baseball America’s Jim Callis’ 1986 Astros.  The Milwaukee County stadium night background is from a photo that I took at a game I was at in the 80’s.  Pretty cool having a photo of a game you were at as part of DYNASTY League Baseball Online.

I knew what to expect managing the Wallbangers and they haved lived up to expectations hammering 46 HR to lead the league through the first 31 games of the 54 game face to face schedule. Cy Young winner Pete Vuckovich has been the poster boy for DYNASTY League Baseball duplicating his pattern of giving up plenty of walks and hits while at the same time getting out of jams with his JAM (extra tough with runners in scoring position and two out) and ON (rarely gives up a HR with runners on base) ratings. It’s the toughest pitching performance for any baseball simulation to replicate.

It’s truly a unique multi-player experience being able to so easily see updated stats, standings and leaders after every game has been played and one in which I’m still in jaw dropping awe over.  DYNASTY League Baseball Online developer Jamie Hall just continues to impress with more really cool features still to come (the new live draft room is looking awesome).

You don’t have to wait for Draft Leagues to start experiencing the excitement of league play with the Greatest Teams.   You can join a league right now just by clicking on this link.

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