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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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Dinner with Milwaukee Braves Eddie Mathews: 1957 season re-release and a trip back to the 1950’s with friends Willie, Mickey, Duke,


The DYNASTY League Baseball 1957 season board version card set is being re-released this Summer in the new color format with updated vs. LH and vs. RH batting and pitching splits.  The 1957 season Windows version will also be updated with new vs. LH and vs. RH splits.

EddieMathewsdinner.jpgWhat would have it been like to sit in the empty chair and have dinner with Eddie Mathews (middle) in what looks like a typical German restaurant in Milwaukee?

First off, you haven’t eaten unless you’ve been to one of Milwaukee’s famous German restaurants the king of which is Karl Rausch’s.

Most of you are like me. We never had the chance to see the great stars of the 1950’s. So here is your chance to learn a bit more`and take in some of the images of what Baseball was like in 1957.

My Grandfather from my father’s side of the family owned an Optical company near Mitchell St. in Milwaukee.  In the 1950’s, Mitchell St. was a thriving area and some of the Milwaukee Braves would come in as customers including Eddie Mathews.  The unique thing about the Milwaukee Braves and their fans is that it was a mutual love affair.  It was more than the Milwaukee attendance records that were set while outdrawing larger markets in Chicago and New York.  The fans loved the Braves and the Braves loved the fans. 

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From the new book “Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak” author William Povletich explains the love affair: “People ask me what the common theme is for all the guys I talked to, and it’s almost like they all have been brainwashed with the same script,” Povletich said. “It’s ‘We loved Milwaukee. When we came here our money was no good. They installed lockers in the dugout and filled it with meat and dairy products and ice cream. When we came home from a game, there’d be cases of beer on our front porch.

Shortly after Pursue the Pennant began in September of 1984, Bob Allen and I took the Amtrak train from Milwaukee to Chicago to meet with the Advertising agency that we were designing the Pursue the Pennant logo and Ad campaign with.  Bob was the Milwaukee Braves PR Director for all 13 winning seasons of Milwaukee Braves history from 1953-1965 and was also Hank Aaron’s agent.  He actually had the Milwaukee Braves Championship trophy in his house!  Bob did not want to have the Braves memorabilia taken to Atlanta when the Braves were hijacked to the deep south.

Bob Allen borrowed his 1957 Official scorebook to me so I could research the Milwaukee Braves vs. LH and vs. RH splits.  I sent copies of his scorebook to retrosheet.org to help with the project of finding original scorebooks from past seasons.

Bob Allen appears in the dugout at the start of this incredible video with rare color footage of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Joe Torre and Eddie Mathews in Milwaukee County Stadium. How lucky is this kid?  Best day ever?  You bet. When you get right down to it isn’t this really what Baseball is all about?

Aaron.jpgMy parents took me to St. Louis to see the Cardinals play vs. the Atlanta Braves in August of 1973.  I became a Cardinals fan in 1967, but had never seen them play in St. Louis.  We went to the historic Chase Park Plaza hotel that the Braves were staying at and sure enough here comes Hank Aaron walking through the lobby. Hank was in the midst of his chase of Babe Ruth’s home run record. I went up and told him I was from Milwaukee and Hank signed my baseball. 

Later that day we went to Stan Musial’s restaurant and as soon as we walked in there was “Stan the Man”.

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Stan was extremely friendly and asked me where I was from and “Can you hit?”  I said, “Yeah!”  Stan signed the same baseball Hank signed. Best day ever?  Certainly right at the top of the list.

This Spring while at the St. Louis Cardinals camp in Jupiter, FL I ran across Peter Gammons and told him about the 1957 Milwaukee Braves winning the DYNASTY League Baseball ESPN.com Greatest Teams bracket style tournament. Peter’s reaction was, “How did that happen?”

Peter would put the 1939 Yankees at the top of his list, but what about the 1957 Milwaukee Braves?

MilBraveslogo.gifBelow are Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract rankings for the Milwaukee Braves:

BILL JAMES POSITIONAL RANKINGS INDEX

Del Crandell, C____________30
Red Schoendienst, 2B_______28
Eddie Mathews, 3B___________3
Johnny Logan, SS___________39
Hank Aaron, RF______________2
Joe Adcock, 1B_____________43
Bobby Thomson, RF__________59
Warren Spahn, P_____________5

The big three of Eddie Mathews (3), Hank Aaron (2) and Warren Spahn (5) may be the highest ranking trio of any greatest team.

 

Spahndelivery.jpgBy comparison, the 1939 New York Yankees big three had Joe DiMaggio (5), Joe Gordon (16) and Bill Dickey (7) as their highest ranking trio.  Below: Joe DiMaggio playing casino on a train trip with teammates.  Too bad Joe and the rest of the Yankees didn’t have a copy of the  DYNASTY League Baseball board version on the train to have their own tournaments! The 1950’s marked the last decade that players would travel by train.  In 1957, the furthest most western team was still Kansas City.

DimaggioTrain.jpgFrom the Wisconsin Historical Society:

The Milwaukee Braves were already a very good baseball team when Albert “Red” Schoendienst joined them in June of 1957. Featuring future Hall of Famers Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews and Henry Aaron and a strong supporting cast, the Braves had dueled the Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1956 National League pennant, losing by a single game on the last day of the season.

Schoendienst, a 12-year veteran and 10-time All-Star, was just what the Braves needed. Acquired from the New York Giants, Red brought sharp hitting and excellent fielding to the second base position, along with a wealth of baseball knowledge and understated experience. Many people consider Scheondienst the player who transformed the Braves from a competitive team in 1956 to World Champions in 1957.

Henry Aaron recalled, “I’ll never forget it. Red came in to the clubhouse and put on the Braves’ uniform, and it made us all feel like Superman. We knew he was going to mean so much to our ballclub that wouldn’t show up in the boxscore. He provided the leadership in the clubhouse and on the field. He was never a rah-rah college kind of guy, but he definitely became the leader of that ballclub.”

BurdetteWifecelebrate1957.jpgAbove: 1957 World Series hero Lew Burdette and wife celebrate winning the championship in Milwaukee.

What about some of the great stars of the 1950’s that Eddie Mathews and the Braves played against?  Let’s take a look:

Williams.Musial.Mantle2.jpgAbove: Pull up a chair. Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Mickey Mantle all part of the new 1957 season DYNASTY League Baseball re-release. 

Mantleswing2.jpgAbove: Mickey Mantle had one of his best seasons in 1957.  .421 BA with A Power vs. LH and .339 with A Power vs. RH on his DYNASTY League Baseball player card.  Where do you think this ball is heading?

 

YankeeStadiumbleachers.jpgAbove: Maybe the bleachers in Old Yankee Stadium, one of the parks included in the new ULTIMATE Ball Park charts for the 1957 season.

 

Mantlerunning.jpgAbove: Before his knee injury, Mickey Mantle could really run and was the fastest player in the AL earning a 10 Baserunning rating on his 1957 DYNASTY League Baseball player card.

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 Above: Ted Williams hitting in Old Comiskey Park.  Williams had one of his best seasons in 1957 hitting .388 with an OBP of .528 and SLG of .731.  With RSP, Williams hit .373 with an .800 SLG easily earning him a Clutch hitting rating on his 1957 DYNASTY League Baseball card.   

 

MaysWrigley.jpgLeft: The joy of Willie Mays playing for the New York Giants in Wrigley Field.  1957 was the last year the Giants would play in New York before moving to San Francisco. Has there ever been a better defensive CF (Mays A+/65/-3 defensive player ratings)? 

What couldn’t Willie Mays do?  Run (10 Baserunning rating),
hit (.333 BA), hit for power (A Power), get on base (.411 OBP), and hit in the Clutch (Clutch hitting rating earned in part by hitting  .361 with a .701 SLG in Close and late situations).

You’d be hard pressed to come up with better CF than in the 1950’s with Mantle, Mays and Duke Snider.

 

 

PoloGrounds.jpgAbove: Polo Grounds DEEP CF distance of 430 feet for a HR off the DYNASTY League Baseball ball park chart.
Duke Snider.jpgLeft: Duke Snider hit 40 HR in 1957 (A Power) in the last year the Dogers would play in Brooklyn.

EbbetsField2.jpgAbove: Ebbets Field.  Has anyone hit a 395 foot HR into the DeSoto car dealership in RF using the DYNASTY League Baseball Greatest Team Ball Park charts?

F.Robinsonclubhouse.jpgLeft: Frank Robinson in the Crosley Field clubhouse. The clubhouse is typical of what they looked like in the 1950s’.

I had the chance to meet Frank Robinson while working for the Baltimore Orioles and he is a super guy – friendly and open. On the field he was a tremendous team leader (A Intangible rating) and a fierce competitor who would cut your heart out.

Perhaps one of the most overlooked stars.  Somehow he was not elected on the MLB All-Century team even though his 586 HR ranked him 5th on the All-Time HR list.  Bill James ranks Frank Robinson as the third best RF of All-time.

 
F.Robinsonripped.jpgLeft: Frank Robinson is ripped!  Robinson was a tremendous athlete and fierce competitor having played with Celtics Bill Russell on his high school basketball team.

In 1957, Robinson was coming off his previous  rookie of the year season with the Reds and hit .322.  Robinson was also an outstanding outfielder with the Reds (A+/80/-2).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banksss.jpgAbove: Ernie Banks playing shortstop.  Other shortstops had more range (Banks has B range on his 1957 player card), but how many hit 43 HR?

Banks14.jpgAbove: Mr. Cub.  Fans could literally reach out and touch the players at Wrigley Field.

Hope you enjoyed dinner with Eddie Mathews and remember this is the Milwaukee Braves in the 1950’s so remember to pick up the check!

 

 

 

New Greatest Teams tournament teams for DYNASTY League Baseball Online


The updated list of 70 teams for DYNASTY League Baseball Online Greatest Teams tournaments is below:

You can read about the DYNASTY League Baseball Greatest Teams including the ESPN.com tournament at the Greatest Teams link

Note that the green teams are new and the orange teams are updated.  The 1970 Orioles replaced the 1969 Orioles and the 1973 A’s replaced the 1974 A’s.

The goal was to have at least one representative team from each franchise.

We’ll have more details in future posts of exactly how the Greatest Teams Online tournaments will work.

1924 WASH 92-62
1927 NY A 110-44
1929 CHI N 98-54
1929 PHIL A 104-46
1934 STL N 95-58
1934 DET 101-53
1939 NY A 106-45
1942 STL N 106-48
1946 BOS 104-50 
1954 CLE 111-43
1955 BRK 98-55
1957 NY A 98-56
1957 MIL N 95-59
1961 NY A 109-53
1962 SF 103-62
1965 LA 97-65
1967 STL 101-60
1968 DET 103-59
1969 NY N 100-62
1970 MIN 98-64

1970 BAL 108-541971 PIT 97-65

1973 OAK 94-681975 CIN 108-54
1975 BOS 95-65
1977 NYA 100-62
1977 KC 102-60
1977 LA 98-64
1977 PHIL 101-61
1979 PIT 98-64
1981 MON 60-48
1982 MIL A 95-67
1982 BAL 94-68
1982 CAL 93-69
1982 STL 92-70
1983 CHI A 99-63
1984 CHI N 96-65
1984 SD 92-70
1984 DET 104-58
1985 STL 101-61
1986 NY N 108-54
1986 HOU 96-66
1986 BOS 95-66
1988 OAK 104-58
1993 TOR 95-67
1993 PHIL 97-65
1994 MON 74-40
1996 CLE 99-62
1997 FL 92-70
1998 SD 98-64
1998 NY A 114-48
1999 ATL 103-59
1999 TEX 95-67
2000 NY N 94-68
2001 SEA 116-46
2001 AZ 92-70
2002 SF 95-66
2002 ANA 99-66
2004 BOS 98-64
2004 STL 105-57
2005 CHI A 99-63
2005 HOU 89-73
2006 DET 95-67
2006 MN 96-66
2007 COL 90-73
2008 TB 97-65
2008 PHIL 92-70
2009 NY A 103-59
2010 TEX 90-72
2010 SF 92-70 

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