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Playing DYNASTY League Baseball with friends and solitaire


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

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

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

Dennis Martinez “ptiches” the dice!

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

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

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

Brian Jordan and Mike Cieslinski playing DYNASTY League Baseball Online

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

25th Anniversary Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball Tour Tournament event AT&T Park September 11-13


logo.gifThank you to all of the great fans of Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball for 25 fantastic fun years of playing!

Some of the history is captured at the DYNASTY League Baseball reviews and feature link with a new column just added “Yanks Control Board Meeting” from Michael Bauman of the Milwaukee Journal and MLB.com that left us all smiling.

at&tpark3.jpgWe are celebrating 25 years of Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball during the AT&T Park Tour Tournament Express September 11-13. Your invitation to this amazing event is at the DYNASTY League Baseball League link

If you are on Facebook, you can read about the AT&T Park Tour Tournament event at the DYNASTY League Baseball Fan page

The Tour Tournament leads off Friday, September 11 from Union Station in Los Angeles, CA with connections from San Diego, Anaheim and Santa Barbara where we will board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight premier train with first class accomodations and private roomettes.

If you live in the San Franciso bay area there is an opportunity to join us on Saturday, September 12 for the Tour of AT&T Park, Greatest Teams bracket tournament and Dodgers vs. Giants game. 

All of you native Giant and A’s fans in the bay area we want you to join our group coming from Los Angeles!

If you live in other parts of the country please contact us so we can help you connect into Los Angeles or San Diego.

PacificParlourcar.jpgAs our on-board chef prepares breakfast, we’ll watch some of the most spectacular scenery in the USA roll by in the Dining car.  After breakfast, we’ll head to the one of a kind Pacific Parlour car (the only passenger Parlour car on Amtrak) accessible to first class passengers only and ideal for gaming. In fact, it has a cabinet of board games.  The Pacific Parlour car will be serving appetizers, wine and cheese so prepare to be pampered.  This doesn’t even happen in the Legend seats at Yankee Stadium!

Our Greatest Teams tournament will allow you to select from any of the great teams. I’ll be on the tour tournament event of course and will be skippering the 1985 Cardinals.  You’ll have your chance to play me with your favorite greatest team as well as all the other fans on the trip which will be some of the top competition.

On Saturday September 12 we’ll head out to AT&T Park for a tour.  On your behind-the-scenes ballpark tour of sensational AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, you will get to go places only the players and staff go including:

The Field Warning Track
The Dugouts
Indoor Batting Cages
The Visitors’ Clubhouse
The Press Box
The Luxury Suite
Ballpark Features and Views 
 
AT&Tparknight.jpgAfter the tour, we’ll be starting up a local mini-Greatest Team bracket style tournament right at AT&T Park that DYNASTY League Baseball fans from the Bay Area can join in with the group from San Diego and Los Angeles.

The tournaments will include play with the Board version, Windows version and the debut on the new Online version using the Giants Wi-Fi broadband wireless network at AT&T Park.

After the tournament our group will see the Dodgers battle the Giants at AT&T Park.

attparkupperdeck.jpgAt the league page there are links to recaps of previous tour tournaments which have some incredible stories to be told. 

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 A hurricane at Fenway Park, the lost George Brett folder, the miracle comeback on the Three Rivers express, the young titans battling in the Amtrak cafe car enroute to the Busch

Stadium Express are just a few of many stories.  Above, Dan Treuden (middle) and Mike Mack (right) join me with the Green Monster looming behind before the hurricane hit on the Fenway Park Oympic Stadium Express Tour Tournament.

AT&T Park Express Tour Tournament includes:

- Greatest Teams tournament

Team selections are at this MLB.com News Blog:
http://mlblogsdynastyleaguebaseball.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/fenwaydugout096-thumb-400×271-11505911.jpgarchives/2009/04/new_greatest_teams_tournament.html

- Round trip first class rail fare with private roomette and chef prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner on both Friday and Sunday.

- Two nights San Francisco Hilton Garden Hotel

- Tour of AT&T Ball Park

- Club Level ticket to Giants vs. Dodgers September 12, 2009

Double occupancy: $448

Tour, Tournament and Game only on September 12 for local DYNASTY League Baseball fans in the Bay area: $124

Space is limited…

Team selections on first come basis.

Deadline for reservations is Monday June 15, 2009

Call 561-494-2711 or email orders@designdepot.com

See you in September!

- Mike

2008 Season Fielding ratings preview: Who deserved Gold Gloves and who didn’t?


With the 2008 AL and NL Gold Glove ratings being awarded here are a few highlights from the 2008 season DYNASTY League Baseball fielding ratings that have been awarded.

One of the more challenging fielding ratings to rate is a players Range rating.  No one statistic can accurately rate a player’s fielding range. So how are Range ratings determined in DYNASTY League Baseball?

DYNASTY League Baseball uses a players Zone rating and his Range factor to determine where the player grades out on a historical scale.  From there, the grade is cross-checked with input from major league scouts, beat writers, broadcasters and even players and managers.  In 2008, more use is being made of John Dewan’s +/- fielding ratings as another source to check against.

OK, now onto the good stuff…

Albert Pujols.  We all know he is the best hitter in Baseball.  Do you know how great a fielder Albert Pujols is?  Here is how Pujols ranked in +/- the last three years among first basemen:

Year   Rank
2006   1

2007   1

2008   2

Pujols1b.jpgPujols zone rating in 2008?

.935 which ranks first among all regular first basemen.

Want more?  Pujols Range factor at 1b was 10.64, again easily ranking first among all first basemen.  Range factor at 1b can be misleading, but the fact that Pujols ranks so high in +/-, Zone rating and Range factor gives him a clean sweep.

Amazing.

Pujols not only has great range, but also rarely makes an an error fielding at a .996 clip with only 6 errors.

The NL Gold Glove first base award went to Adrian Gonzalez (B+ / 85), but the greatest hitter in Baseball is also the greatest fielding first baseman.

Pujols 1b: A+ / 85

St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Derrick Goold has a great blog on “Adding to St. Louis Cardinals’ golden history of Gloves” that includes the All-Time Gold Glove team leaders.

The Phillies and Rays were two of the best defensive teams in Baseball in 2008 so it is no surprise that both teams ended up in the World Series.  Emerging as one of the prime fielding second basemen in Baseball is Chad Utley.  Utley’s 5.18 Range factor and .844 Zone rating were both excellent.  What stands out even more is Utley’s +47 +/- rating which ranked 1st among all second basemen by a wide margin (Mark Ellis +26 2nd).

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Utley  2b: A / 75 

One overlooked defensive outfielder is the Orioles Jay Payton.  Payton put up outstanding to excellent Range factors in both LF (2.96) and CF (3.14) and also has a good arm allowing only 11 extra bases in 40 opportunites to advance (.275) in LF and (.432) in CF.    


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Look at some of the fan expressions as Jay Payton makes a great leaping catch at the wall. 


Payton scored +6 with his +/- rating.

OK, the guy has Range, but does he commit a lot of errors a la Arizona’s Justin Upton (5 Error rating on a scale of 100)? Zero errors.  A pristine perfect 1.000 fielding .pct earned Payton a 100 Error rating.

Payton lf: A / 100 / -1

           cf: A / 100 / -1

Thankfully the Gold glove voters did not award the AL Gold Glove to Derek Jeter who once again had one of the worst Range factors (4.05) in Baseball.  You saw how great Pujols was at first base. Now compare Jeters +/- rankings the last three years among regular shortstops to Pujols:

 

Year   Rank

2006   34

2007   34

2008   31

What Jeter did do well in 2008, was to make the plays hit to him as his .979 Fielding .pct earned him an 80 Error rating.

Jeter  ss: D / 80

Player who has not received a Gold Gold yet and most deserves it?

Yadier Molina finally broke through in 2008 with a Gold Glove even though he had better defensive years previously.

                       Range  Error  Throw  Passed Ball  Handling   
Yadier Molina   A+ /     40 /    -1 /      B /               A

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Carl Crawford has been one of the premier defensive left fielders in Baseball for years in the anonymity of what has been Tampa Bay Rays Baseball.  In 2008, Crawford lead regular LF in Range (2.28), Zone rating (.909) and +/- (+23).  We have been watching or for many fans not watching one of the great defensive left fielders not only among current players, but of All-Time. 

Crawford  lf:  A+ / 70 / 0

 

 Who has Baseball’s best OF throwing arm?

It may well be Rick Ankiel. 
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The Pitcher turned Outfielder was featured in two amazing ESPN web gems throwing out a runner at 3rd from the warning track.  Ankiel ranked 3rd best among CF in preventing runner advancement (.468) and the only question with his rifle arm is if it ranks with Roberto Clemente (-4 with that rating being reserved for the best of All-Time).  

Rick Ankiel -3 Throwing arm (scale of -4 best of All-Time to +4 horrible) 

Even though Brandon Inge has been moved all over the field defensively he still continues to amaze at third base even in a part-time role.  In 51 games at third, Inge made only one error.

Inge  3b: A+ / 100

Among AL regulars at third base, Adrian Beltre had an excellent defensive season ranking first in Zone rating (.844) and +/- (+32).

Beltre 3b: A / 80  

Dennis Martinez plays DYNASTY League Baseball and Pursue the Pennant: Part One


“The most exciting series I’ve ever played in was the last four games against Milwaukee.”
- Cal Ripken

DennisMartinez.AlBumbry.jpgDennis Martinez and Al Bumbry meet in Camden Yards for the Orioles 25th Anniversary reunion.

With the new release of the 1982 season for DYNASTY League Baseball, I wanted to ask “El Presidente” Dennis Martinez about his new 1982 Orioles DYNASTY League Baseball player card and then have us play game 1 of the final four game series of the 1982 season in Baltimore between the Orioles and Brewers that determined the AL East winner on the last day of the season.

Why Dennis Martinez?  Dennis has a special place with not only the 1982 Baltimore Orioles, but also with Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball.  Back when I was first designing Pursue the Pennant in 1981 and 1982, I interned as Assistant Public Relations Director at the 1982 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training site in Miami, FL. 

During that time Dennis Martinez and I played some of the first games of what was to become Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball. 
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Here we are playing in the Miami Stadium dugout with Dennis Martinez managing the Orioles as Earl Weaver and I’m managing the Brewers as Buck Rodgers with player cards based on the 1980 season. 

What I remember most is how much fun it was to play Dennis.  Each roll of the die with him on the mound he literally pitched the dice.  Ever see a dice roll curve ball when you have played?  Dennis was throwing curveballs, fastballs and changeups.  Every play result seemed do or die with Dennis and I as Gorman Thomas, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount would try and hit the Baltimore star pitcher.

After Spring Training ended and I graduated from University of Miami, FL , I went back home to Brookfield, WI to experience the greatest season in Brewer history.  I went to more Baseball games in 1982 than any other year.  When the Orioles came into Milwaukee I met Dennis at the Pfister hotel to get together and drive him to Milwaukee County Stadium.

We played another memorable game that day in the visiting clubhouse of Milwaukee County Stadium before the scheduled Brewers vs. Orioles game.  This time Dennis was joined in our game by relief ace Tippy Martinez and infielder Lenn Sakata taking turns rolling the dice and managing.   Just about every Oriole in the clubhouse stopped by to watch our game including none other than Earl Weaver.  Earl’s a bit old school so I’m not sure he grasped all of the realism and attention to detail that Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball have, but it did catch the legendary Manager’s attention in what was to be his last year of Managing.

Twenty six years later and Dennis and I are sitting together outside Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL, Spring Training home of both the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals as well as home to the Marlins and Cardinals Minor League Florida State League High – A teams.   Dennis is now pitching coach for the Palm Beach Cardinals helping to create future stars of top prospects like Jess Todd the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2008.

I brought along Dennis” new 1982 DYNASTY League Baseball player card with me to show Dennis and asked him about his ability to get left-handed batters out.  I had researched the vs. LH and vs. RH splits before our meeting and found that there were many years that Dennis was more effective vs. LH than RH even though he throws RH.  In 1982, Martinez allowed a BA and SLG of .248/.392 vs. LH and .285/.430 vs. RH. Dennis said that he was able to throw his change-up vs. LH batters giving him an extra pitch and had trouble throwing the same change-up vs. RH batters.

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes some pitchers better in “JAM” situations?  Dennis Martinez earned a JAM situation rating on his 1982 DYNASTY League Baseball player card based on his .218 BA and .338 SLG allowed with runners in scoring position.   When I asked Dennis how he was able to pitch so well in JAM situations, Dennis started to change his body language and said it came down to heart and you could see that a JAM situation was a transforming situation for him that helped make him the top latin pitcher in wins All-Time over runner-up Juan Marichal.

I also brought along the box scores and play by play from Game 1 of the October 1, 1982 doubleheader matching up Dennis Martinez vs. Pete Vuckovich.  The Brewers came into Baltimore three games up with four to play.  Dennis remembered the game well and asked with great interest if he could take the box scores and play-by-play home with him.

Dennis Martinez and I play Game 1 of the October 1, 1982 final series with the DYNASTY League Baseball Windows version in Part 2 …

Stay tuned…

As a sidenote, I rode my bicycle to the Publix on Palm Beach early in the morning last week to pick up a few items.  In the bakery was Jim Palmer.  I recognized him immediately having looked at his photo on the cover of The Sporting News 1974 Baseball Guide I have been studying for the new 1973 season that has just been released.  

PalmerMurray.jpgI introduced myself and Jim Palmer and I talked about some of the people I worked with for the Baltimore Orioles.  Jim was friendly and dressed in work out shirt and shorts looked at the age of 62 like he could still take the mound.  I told him of the game with Dennis Martinez and extended an invitation to join us up in Jupiter, FL.

 

 

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