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World Series of fun with your friends, family or on your own


Connie Mack.jpgThe idea behind the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online “Series” was born in creating an easy way for friends to play live “Series” vs. each other.  Everyone has at least one favorite “Series” and most likely one favorite friend or relative that experienced that same “Series” often times cheering for opposing teams. 

You might want to play vs. your old college roommate, your life long friend who now lives in another state, your brother, father or son or your colleagues at work.  Wherever you have friends or family DYNASTY League Baseball Online “Series” brings you closer to them.

New DYNASTY League Baseball Online Friends system
Now you can add your friends to DYNASTY League Baseball Online and easily invite them to play live face to face “Series” with you.  The friends system shows you all of your friends and when they were last logged into to DYNASTY League Baseball Online.


Crosley.jpgDYNASTY League Baseball Online software engineer extraordinaire Jamie Hall has been a life long Tiger fan growing up in Michigan. 

I have been a life long Cardinals fan growing up in Wisconsin at a time when Milwaukee had no Baseball team, but I could follow the Cardinal radio broadcasts from a sometimes static filled Peoria, IL radio station signal.  I also love the Brewers, but that came later when the Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee in 1970.

What happened in 2006 was an event so special that it hadn’t happened since 1968.  Jamie’s favorite team the Tigers and my favorite team the Cardinals were meeting again in the World Series.  DYNASTY League Baseball Online  gives Jamie and I a chance to play the 2006 World Series anytime and as often as we wish so that we both can relive all the excitement and drama in a live face to face Series with our favorite teams.

Rivalries with your friends
Which World Series, ALCS or NLCS is your favorite?  Are you a Yankees fan that has a Red Sox friend (yes that is possible) and would love to erase the memory of the 2004 ALCS?   Are you a Cubs fan that wants to beat the 2003 Marlins in the NLCS and go to the World Series?  Are you an Astros or Cardinals fan that wants to relive the thrills of the 2004 NLCS?

You can play solitaire with Total Access to every season and historical lineups



Polo Grounds.jpgI wanted to make sure that “Series” also gave you the option to play solitaire as well.  The really cool thing is that you can play vs. the new computer manager with Total Access to the complete library of DYNASTY League Baseball seasons.  You feel like you are managing vs. the actual Manager because the computer Manager used Historical lineups from Retrosheet.org.

 

The thrill of the Greatest Teams bracket tournaments


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greatest Teams bracket Tournament schedule

Sunday

1P ET
Sweet 16

4P ET
Sweet 16

 7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Monday
1P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Tuesday
1P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Wednesday
1P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Thursday
1P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

Friday
1P ET
Elite 8

4P ET
Elite 8

7P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight ET
Sweet 16

Saturday
10A ET
Sweet 16

Noon ET
Sweet 16

2P ET
Sweet 16

4P ET
Sweet 16

6P ET
Sweet 16

8P ET
Sweet 16

10P ET
Sweet 16

Midnight
Sweet 16

What? Carp no JAM rating?


ChrisCarpenter.jpgWithout further adieu, lets get on with some nuggets from the 2009 season player ratings.

You see it here.  No JAM rating for Chris Carpenter.  I tried every way I could to give Carp a JAM rating, but his .264/.375 BA/SLG with RSP/2 outs sank his ship like the great Bismarck German battleship going down to torpedo planes.  Here we have what may be the NL Cy Young winner and he was just mediocre in JAM situations.

Chris Carpenter did earn situation ratings for both OFF (very few walks to lead off batters) and ON (very few HR with runners on base).

Now if Adam Wainwright wins the Cy Young he does have a JAM (.194/.272).

This is like when 2008 Cy Young winner Cliff Lee did not get a JAM rating (Cliff did get a JAM rating in 2009 thanks to a sterling .226/.301 BA/SLG performance with RSP/2).

Wandy Rodriguez who had an excellent season also ended up NOT getting a JAM rating (.260/.403).

Whew! How about Matt Cain (.101/.152)?  Now THAT is getting out of a JAM!

Seems like an annual rite of passage that Derek Jeter’s range is discussed.  This year Jeter
worked out extensively in the off season to improve his range and reports were that his range had improved.  Despite an undewhelming Range rating of 3.90, Jeter did go from a John Dewan Fielding Bible plus/minus rating of -11 to +5.  Jeter C+ Range rating.

Jeter’s teammate Mark Teixeira slipped a bit, but still scored excellent range (B+).  Teixeira didn’t slip hitting in the clutch (.355 BA/.597 SLG) and will be a terror in the clutch on his 2009 player card.

Johnny Damon’s throwing arm is at +1 and hanging off the cliff looking at +2 below.  Damon ranked 11th in runner advancement among LF (.321).  Maybe not the +4 arm that Joe Girardi imagined in Game 3 of the ALCS when he pulled him in favor of Jerry Hairston and in the process giving up the Yankees DH and Mariano Rivera in one swoop.

Prince Fielder had what Brewer owner Mark Attanasio called the best season by a hitter in Brewers history. That would have to be an outstanding performance given some of the great seasons put up by Fielder himself, Ryan Braun and of course Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount.  Hammering away with a .343 BA and .600 SLG with RSP/2, Fielder was certainly a very large terrorizing hitter in clutch situations to any pitcher in 2009.

Ryan Howard was a curious case.  Despite hitting only .222/.444 with RSP/2, Howard was terrorizing in clutch hitting situations (.344/.781) as defined by the BIS clutch hitting performance definition:

A hitter’s performance in the most critical situations. Like obscenity, a “clutch situation” may be best defined as “I know it when I see it.” The determinants here are the things that make you feel it in your gut, including the lateness of the inning, the closeness of the score, the number of outs and men on base, the stage of the season, and the importance of the opponent.

Unheralded Brian McCann also terrorized pitchers in clutch situations (.325/.584) helping to lead the Braves to challenge for a wild card berth.

Chipper Jones may be the single most surprising player to receive a clutch hitting rating in 2009.  Jones fell off dramatically after leading the league in hitting in 2008.  While batting only .264 with a .430 SLG overall, Chipper was every bit a clutch hitter in 2009 rising to the occasion and hitting .313 with a .656 SLG.  Overall Jones had a 1.225 OPS with RSP/2 and he hit .333 with a .526 SLG with RSP. Retire?  Not yet Chipper.

As you surmised, Brad Lidge NO JAM (.294/.441 RSP/2).

Huston Street was on the cusp, but was way more effective with no one on base than in a JAM.

How many closers have ERA’s of 5.80?  Pittsburgh has Matt Capps with ugly stats with RSP (.350/.567).

Young rising Oriole star Adam Jones garners an A Range rating and -2 Throwing arm.  Jones had the highest Range factor among all cf.

Rating Oakland now and Mark Ellis did get a Clutch hitting rating despite a poor Bill James Clutch hitting performance. 

In the end, having 52 AB’s with RSP/2 and a  .423 BA/.673 SLG put him over the edge.  Ellis .423 BA with RSP/2 was 2nd in MLB among all players with 50 AB or more in RSP/2 situations. 

Ellis Range took a big hit though down to a C+.

Another sleeper for clutch hitting is Casey McGehee.  A little short on AB with 43, but I don’t see how you can ignore .512/.953.  Forget Chris Coghlan, McGehee should have been NL rookie of the year.

Best AL OF arm?  That would belong to the canon arm of Toronto’s Jose Bautista (B/-3) whose Assists, Kills and Extra Base pct. were all outstanding.

Fernando Rodney ended up being a border line case for receiving a JAM rating because of a RSP/2 SLG of over .500.   He did limit batters to a .205 BA with RSP/2 and lead the AL in save percentage to get him over the top.

Skip Schumaker’s move from the OF to 2b was a success – sort of.  Skip improved as the season went on, but could only finish with C Range because of a poor start (-14 plus/minus). Schumaker surprisingly did garner a -5 Pivot rating on the basis of his leading NL 2b in Pivot %.

The Mets Luis Castillo has gone from being one of the best at turning the DP to one of the worst and got tagged with a +5 Pivot rating at 2b.

Baseball broadcasters in the know were talking about the National’s Nyger Morgan’s range in CF all year long.  Morgan ended up with a teriffic range factor, +/- and UZR to grade out at a rare A+ range rating in CF.  Morgan is a real speed burner with a 10 Baserunning rating and 7 Steal of 2nd rating.

Another emerging player is ss Brendan Ryan, who Cardinals broadcaster Al Hrabosky felt should have won the NL Gold Glove.  Ryan was excellent in every category (A/90/-5) and lead NL ss by a wide margin with a dazzling 5.41 range factor.

The Cubs Milton Bradley?  You know what is coming here… F Intangible rating.

Edgar Renteria in 2004 weighed 180 lbs with excellent defensive metrics.  In 2009, Renteria ranked dead last among regular ss with a poor range factor of 3.86 and -10 +/-.  D range for the now 200 lb Renteria.

You have to love the Pirates Garrett Jones, who in half a season (Use 55%) has a .333 BA with A Power vs. RH.

Tim Lincecum is really tough vs. both RH and LH batters (.209/.203 BA allowed).  vs. LH Lincecum has a lights out strikeout range of 673-884.

It is a lost art, but Bengie Molina, Ramon Hernandez and Ivan Rodriguez all garnered the “BL” blocking the plate rating.

Oakland’s Ryan Sweeney was excellent while playing in rf, cf and lf in 2009 (rf: A/80/-1).  In rf, Sweeney had an eye popping +20 +/- second only to Ichiro (+21).

The 2009 season player card set can be ordered here.

 

Houston, we have lift off! First live DYNASTY League Baseball Online version game launch is perfect game


Last Saturday, August 1 at 6P ET, Jamie Hall and I got together for the launch of the first ever live face to face game ever played with the new DYNASTY League Baseball Online version.

The launch was as perfect as a Mark Buehrle perfect game and maybe even more exciting to watch and play.

I sent my 2006 Cardinals vs. Jamie’s 2006 Tigers in Game 1 of the 2006 World Series at Comerica Park.  OK, these are both our favorite teams so this was like Baseball nirvana for us with the Tigers and Cardinals not having played vs. each other in the World Series since 1968 and 1934.

 

The missing “League” is now found
Before we started the game, I was telling Jamie that the “League” in DYNASTY League Baseball has been missing since DYNASTY League Baseball debuted in 1994.  By that I mean a really easy way for people to join a league, for Commissioners to run leagues and for people to connect and play vs. each other across long distances and have standings, stats and scores updated in real time without having to export or import any files. 

The new draft room will allow you to draft live and show which players have been selected, which players are left in the draft, what your roster currently looks like, how many dollars of your budget you have left to bid on players and which roster slots you still need to fill.

Dan Mintz, Reede Stockton, Jamie and myself have been planning and talking about an Online version for a long time.  It really wasn’t until the past two years that the Baseball stars and sun were in perfect alignment to create the opportunity to develop what is a truly cutting edge technological marvel.   

Realizing that most DYNASTY League Baseball and Pursue the Pennant fans have never played an Online game the question is “What is this and why do I need it?”

There are three type of ways you will play your opponent:

  • You vs. another live opponent
  • You vs. computer manager
  • Computer manager vs. computer manager

Which type of game you will play depends on you and your opponent.

“Series” allow you to play a series solitaire vs. the computer manager or with a friend from any season in the DYNASTY League Baseball library.

There will be two primary play options:

  • Greatest Team bracket tournaments
  • Continuous draft leagues that use the Official DYNASTY League Baseball rulesYou always have time for DYNASTY League Baseball Online

    The neat thing is that there is always time to be in a league or tournament no matter how busy you are with work, family and friends.   If you find you are getting busy you can always have the computer manager take over and play games for you until you have more time to play the games live.

 

DYNASTY League Baseball Online runs on Windows or Apple Macintosh
How do I install the Online version and start playing?  You don’t install it – it is all ready to go for you.

You start your Internet Explorer, Fire fox or if you are on an Apple Macintosh, your Safari browser, and log on with your user name and password at a new web site being created just for DYNASTY League Baseball Online TBA.

If you are already in a draft league or Greatest tournament the first thing you’ll see is your up to date draft league standings and Greatest Teams tournament results and rankings. If this is your first time logging in you will choose your Greatest team for the Greatest Teams tournaments.  You also will be able to select a franchise for a continuous private or public draft league.

So now what after I select my team?  Click on the join game link to the game you want to play.  That is as easy as it was for me to connect and play Jamie.  One click and the first thing you will see on your screen is the outside of the ball park that you are playing in.  Click enter and you enter the ball park just as if you had walked into the ball park.

Similar to the Windows version, the next thing you will do is select your starting pitcher.  DYNASTY League Baseball Online includes injury and pitcher rest tracking as well as Use rating tracking so you can easily see who is available for the game.

You can see any players player card while you are selecting your pitcher and lineup.  You also have the OBP and SLG vs. LH and vs RH breakdowns.  Previously I would pull out my Bill James Handbook to look up these stats, but now they are all there.  Click on the Magglio Ordonez player card screen below to check it out.

 

 

Stats2.JPGThe lineup selection screen now allows you to move players up or down in the lineup.

Next we enter Comerica Park.  It is one thing to see screen shots and another to actually see the game interface on screen.  One word left my mouth.  “WOW!”  Joe DiMaggio would call it the Marilyn Monroe screen interface. Gorgeous!

You control your own mouse all of the time – you don’t have to share the mouse even though the game is turn based.

What I absolutely loved were the new tool tips.  When you roll over a player rating on screen a tool tip comes up describing the rating.

 

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Want to see a player card?  Just move your mouse over the player name and the player pops up for you.  The player cards look identical to the player cards in the board game in every respect.

The Cardinals struck first in the 1st when Albert Pujols launched a Justin Verlander pitch to center field for a home run.  I flipped when I saw the red target flash in center field where Pujols had just deposited the ball and then watched as Pujols circled the bases. 

The screen shot below is from another Pujols HR in a different game, but if you click on it you’ll get the full size image.

 

 
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 The game is far from a static text game and that is one of the first things you will notice.  There are all kinds of things flashing and moving during the game that really adds to the enjoyment of playing.  Also helps when your team is winning as mine was 2-0.

Worried about a disconnection or crash?  Don’t be.  Your game is automatically saved and will take you right back to where you left off so a game will never be lost.

 

Scott Spiezio opened up the top of the 2nd inning with a solo shot to right. Gee that flashing target is cool! Cardinals 3  Tigers 0

For each play result either the pitcher card or hitter card will come up on screen depending on which player card the result is on.  The dice roll is shown below the player card and the play results flashes right on the player card.  Click below to see a play result on Nate Robertson’s player card:

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During the game, you’ll also see the various Situation ratings highlight when they are in effect with a description of the Situation rating.  In the screen shot below, the ON rating (rarely allows HR with runners on base) is in effect for Justin Verlander.

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Top of the 3rd and Spiezio hits a solo shot to center field to make it 5-0 Cardinals.

Top of the 5th and Spiezio homers to right field for his third HR of the game!  Cardinals 6-0

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter is just dominating until the 8th when Craig Monroe slams a two-run home run to left.

Final score Cardinals 6  Tigers 2

 

 

No exporting or importing needed for instant updated stats and standings
Now think of youself playing in a tournament or league where other players are playing and the scores are updated instantly for everyone to see along with the current standings, stats and league leaders.  No exporting or importing of files.  How cool is that?

Box score and Game Summary are easily accessible during and after the game

 

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I absolutely love the new Game Summary!

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Shown below is the final game screen with the Cardinals winning 6-2 over the Tigers.  You can click on the screen to see Jason Isrinhausen warming up in the bullpen in the 9th inning - just in case.  The bullpen is right on the main game screen and shows you who it warming up and if they are ready.

Well, there you have it – Game 1 of DYNASTY League Baseball Online and there are so many more features still to come!  Amazing as the 1969 Mets don’t you think?  I sure think so.

 

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Leading Off…


Welcome DYNASTY League Baseball and Pursue the Pennant Fans!

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

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

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

There are two versions of DYNASTY League Baseball:

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

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

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

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

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