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Joe Posnanski is one of the best baseball and sabermetric writers. He recently wrote
a new blog post “Things I learned from Strat-O-Matic”, but what might Joe have
learned playing Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball?
Back in the spring of 1985 (this is the 30th Anniversary), Pursue the Pennant debuted
as the “First Sabermetric Baseball Simulation”. Yes, SOM and APBA were the first
baseball board games, but they were designed decades before the baseball world was
enlightened by the sabermetric teachings found in Bill James Baseball Abstracts and
John Thorn and Pete Palmer’s book “The Hidden Game”. When I designed Pursue the
Pennant from 1981-1984, Bill James had just come out with his first Baseball Abstract.
My goal was to design the first sabermetric baseball simulation that incorporated as
many of Bill James insights as possible.
Pursue the Pennant and DYNASTY League Baseball are most well known for their
detailed ball park effects. Joe’s Lesson #3 is that “Ball Parks matter”. Those new
SOM diamond symbols that were introduced in 1986 were a clumsy knee jerk reaction
by SOM to Pursue the Pennant’s ball park effects. In Glenn Guzzo’s Strat-O-Matic
Fanatics book he devotes part of a chapter to Pursue the Pennant and even SOM game
designer Hal Richman acknowledges that Pursue the Pennant is a more realistic game
than Strat-O-Matic. DYNASTY League Baseball has seven different outfield locations
for “Deep Drive” results. Play results are determined in feet so a 340 foot drive down
the left field line at Fenway Park is a HR into Green Monster seats. “Robbed?” results
can occur depending on the wall height and the range rating of the outfielder. Deep
Drives off the Green Monster in left field are often singles that can be stretched into
doubles. In the deep triangle area in right-center a drive of 420-425 feet is a triple.
Weather effects also impact the ball park effects. The DYNASTY League Baseball
Weather charts use actual weather bureau data by region, month and day/night to
determine sky/temperature and wind direction and speed (Can you tell I love the
Weather Channel?). In the Summer months at Wrigley Field the wind often blows out.
When the wind is blowing out at 20-29 mph Deep Drives get a +20 foot boost to
distance traveled, which often makes the difference between a “HR into the basket” or
a ball caught on the warning track.
Pursue the Pennant was also the first simulation to incorporate foul territory, hitter
background visibility and infield surface conditions.
Joe’s Lesson #1 “You really need a defensive short stop with range” and states “but I
would argue that the thing that Hal got right before almost anyone else was how
baseball defense works.” Defensive range has always been difficult to measure, but
Bill James enlightened us about range factor and now we have other defensive metrics
like John Dewan’s Fielding Bible +/- which equates to defensive runs saved. Well here
is where SOM gets defensive range wrong Joe. SOM only has four grades 1-4 for rating
range. In 2014 Tulowitzki is rated “1” range in SOM (best rating possible). This means
on a historical scale Tulo’s 2014 range was as good as Ozzie Smith’s in his best years
according to SOM. Tulowitzki wasn’t even the ss with the best defensive range in
2014 (7 defensive runs saved compared to Andrelton Simmons 28). DYNASTY League
Baseball graded out Tulowitzki with “B” range in 2014.
DYNASTY League Baseball has defensive range ratings from A+ to F which gives eight possible range ratings and a far more realistic defensive spectrum with all defensive ratings in DYNASTY League Baseball based on a historical scale.
Then there is the visualization and different types of range plays. In SOM you go to an obtuse “X” chart. In DYNASTY League Baseball you go to a “Range” chart that has slow roller, smash up the middle, hot liner, high chopper, deep into the hole, drilled down the line range plays. All of the range plays have different outcomes that could be play results like diving stop, bang bang play and gets thru and further divided into different surfaces for grass and artificial turf.
Joe’s Lesson #4 “Clutch hitting is baloney”. First off, I am well aware of “The Hidden Game’s” study of clutch hitting and trying to determine if it is a skill. I am not sure that is the right question. The right question should be “Do hitters change their approach in a clutch situation – especially in high leverage clutch situations such as when there are RSP/2 outs? I am convinced a few players in a given season are able to change their approach with RSP/2 outs. Part of this is being able to “quiet the mind” and often this is a learned approach that some of the games greatest hitters have developed over time. Case in point is Paul Molitor.
In Paul’s final season in 1998 he hit .393 with a SLG of .536 with RSP/2. In reverse order here is Molitor’s BA and SLG with RSP/2 preceded by Age/Season:
41 1998 .393/.536
40 1997 .257/.378
39 1996 .354/.512
38 1995 .250/.250
37 1994 .340/.547
36 1993: .367/.494
35 1992: .279/.361
34 1991: .338/.529
33 1990: .341/.477
32 1989: .302/.453
31 1988: .300/.350
30 1987 .383/.617
29 1986 .400/.540
28 1985 .278/.333
27 1984 .333/.333 (small sample size – injured with only 6 AB)
26 1983 .200/.262
25 1982 .299/.469
24 1981 .250/.438
23 1980 .235/.324
22 1979 .243/.392
21 1978 .259/.481
Around age 29 Molitor started to figure out how to approach RSP/2 situations
differently. With the exception of 1997 (injured) and 1995 (strike in which he was
heavily involved and distracted as one of the union heads involved in negotiations
with the owners) he not only hit well in those situations, but thrived. Compare this
with ages 21-28 when he struggled with RSP/2.
DYNASTY League Baseball was the first simulation to categorize elite clutch hitting
performances in a given season and display their impact on overall runs scored and
DYNASTY League Baseball was also the first simulation to identify the three most
important situations for pitchers and those unique pitchers that thrive in those
situations. Pitching out of a jam and the JAM rating are awarded to those pitchers
who demonstrate pitching extremely well with RSP/2 outs. Pitchers who rarely give up
a lead off walk are awarded to OFF ratings – Curt Schilling and Adam Wainwright are
great examples of pitchers who understand how important it is not to allow a lead off
walk. Jim Palmer never gave up a grand slam HR and it is pitchers like him that are
awarded the ON rating for reducing the ratio of HR allowed with runners on base
compare to HR allowed with the bases empty.
I am just scratching the surface and the DYNASTY League Baseball game design page
goes into more detail on all the realistic nuances, but my point is that if you really
want to learn about baseball nuances from a sabermetric view point, DYNASTY League
Baseball “the leader in realism” is the answer to the question.
So Joe, when is our DYNASTY League Baseball Online game match-up?
Clutch and JAM might be the DYNASTY League Baseball “glamour” situation ratings
because they get so much attention. While the OFF situation rating (pitchers who
rarely walk the lead off man) and ON situation rating (pitchers who rarely allow HR
with runners on base) may be overlooked, the Clutch and JAM ratings certainly are
front and center. One thing is sure; at the end of the game with RSP/2 outs you DO
want a pitcher with a JAM rating on the mound or a hitter with a Clutch rating in the
With the new 2013 season DYNASTY League Baseball player cards set to debut in late November, here is a preview of a few of the stand out Clutch and JAM rated players coming in the 2013 season player card set.
Carlos Beltran just became the all-time leader in post season SLG and OPS. Beltran
also hit extremely well with RSP/2 outs during the regular season (.375 BA/.516 SLG).
Beltran wasn’t the only Cardinals to hit well in the clutch. The Cardinals posted the
best RSP ( .330) since 1974 and the best RSP/2 outs performance (.305 BA) in two
decades. Allan Craig was the best of the Cardinals flock absolutely hammering
pitchers with RSP/2 out (.448 BA/.672 SLG). Matt Holliday wasn’t far behind (.426
AL RBI leader Chris Davis had a monster year for Baltimore and made his hits count
with RSP/2 (.362 BA/.759 SLG).
The best clutch performance by any MLB player in 2013 belongs to Miguel Cabrera
RSP/2 (.459 BA/.934 SLG). No, that is not a typo!
Let’s take a look at a couple of players who despite having 100 RBI’s or more didn’t
get a Clutch hitting rating:
Jay Bruce .173 BA/.333 SLG with RSP/2.
Mark Trumbo .195 BA/.377 SLG with RSP/2.
Another great young Cuban player emerged in 2013. Jose Fernandez shutdown batters
with RSP/ 2 outs at an amazing rate (.115 BA/.192 SLG). Now that is a pitcher that
can get out of a jam and certainly earned his DYNASTY League Baseball JAM situation
Right behind Fernandez at pitching out of a jam is Matt Harvey (.167 BA/.271 SLG).
In the AL, two rising Japanese stars dominated in JAM situations. Hishashi Iwakuma
(.111 BA/.222 SLG) and Yu Darvish (.145 BA/.232 SLG) were outstanding at pitching
out of a jam.
In the bullpen, Jim Leyland found his closer and did Joaquin Benoit ever deliver (.119
BA/.143 SLG) in RSP/2 out situations. Fredi Gonzalez had his own closing answer in
the NL. Craig Kimbrel was nearly untouchable in a jam situation (.115 BA/.154 SLG).
Despite 50 saves, one pitcher who fell short of a JAM rating was Jim Johnson.
Johnson’s (.250 BA/.292 SLG) with RSP/ 2 outs wasn’t quite good enough to earn a
JAM rating. In the NL, one of the biggest surprises not to get a JAM rating was Jason
Grilli. Grilli pitcher poorly in RSP/ 2 outs situations (.300 BA/.500 SLG).
David Ortiz on the wings of a terrific 2013 World Series earned a Clutch hitting rating. Often, Big Papi was walked, but when pitched to he was lethal.
In late November you will be able to learn the rest of the DYNASTY League Baseball
Clutch and JAM situation ratings!
Dynasty League Baseball FAQ
Q: How do I join or start a private draft league?
A: The designated meeting place for people looking to join a private draft league or Commissioners to recruit league members is at the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook Group:
You can also post at the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook Page.
Q: Is there anything I need to install to play?
A: If you have the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in already installed in your browser there is no need to install anything. Once you try to “join” a game the game will detect if you have Silverlight installed and prompt you to install it. If you are having any issues go to this link to detect if you have Silverlight installed correctly:
Q: Are there public leagues available?
A: There are Greatest Team public leagues available to join year round. Public draft leagues and the new live draft room will be available at a future date.
Q: What happens if I can’t play the next scheduled series live at the series date and time?
A: The MLB.com blog post explains your options for rescheduling. You can also have the computer manager profile play for you:
Q: Are “Dynasty” draft leagues that go from one season to the next available?
A: Yes, you can even start or join historical Dynasty leagues. You can learn more at the MLB.com post:
Q: How do I find the rules and learn more about the game?
A: The Official DYNASTY League Baseball Rulebook can be found at this link:
Q: Can I play solitaire?
A: Yes, you can play solitaire “Series” vs. the computer manager with any teams or seasons in the DYNASTY League Baseball library. Learn more at the MLB.com post:
Q: Can I play a “Series” live with a friend?
A: Yes, you can invite any friend to play a series with any teams from any season in the DYNASTY League Baseball library. The MLB.com blog post has more on how Series with friends work:
Q: Where are the Roster and DL rules?
A: Roster and DL rules are detailed at the MLB.com post:
Q: Can I play on my iPad
A: You can view your stats, standings, leaders and box scores as well as change your Manager profile. Apple has decided to block Silverlight and other browser plug-ins such as Flash so you can’t play a game on your iPad. Apple does not block Silverlight on the Apple Mac so you can play on your Apple Mac.
Q: How close of an experience is playing the Online version to the original Board version?
A: DYNASTY League Baseball Online is a direct translation of the DYNASTY League Baseball Board game. The default settings give you a transparent view into how the play results are derived by allowing you to see the player card results, dice rolls and sections of the game charts.
Q: Where can I purchase the DYNASTY League Baseball Board version and season player card sets?
A: The Ticket Window at http://www.DesignDepot.com has the DYNASTY League Baseball Board game version.
Q: How many days off are there between the Regular season and LCS?
A: In the automated playoffs, there are 2 rest days between the regular season and the playoffs.
Q: What is the difference for Commissioners in choosing between custom and standard automated playoffs?
A: Custom playoffs do not have automatic advancement of winners like the standard automated playoffs do –you have to set up the new series once the old series are done. Custom playoffs do allow you to control exactly who is playing, how many games in the series, night and day games, how many rest-days between series and things like that. There is a “create custom playoff series” button on the commissioner page.
You’ll just want to make sure you pay attention to the Last Played Date of the teams you are scheduling, as this is an internal date that wasn’t exposed before. This will allow you to set up the first day of the playoffs with the right number of off days. Things are set up internally so that the playoffs begin on Oct 1. The last regular season game is set to be Sept. 28th so that teams have 2 days off before the playoffs. You can obviously choose to keep Oct 1 as your start date or use a different date.
Once caveat–custom playoffs don’t currently have a way to add regular-season tie-breakers, so you will have to use 1-game playoff tie-breakers if you use them. If you use the standard playoffs, they will use regular-season tiebreakers like MLB where the games count as regular-season games. The custom playoffs will treat them like the 1-game wild-card playoff games.
Q: Can I play a game from work?
A: You may or may not be able to depending on the corporate firewall. The two ports you need open to play Dynasty League Baseball Online are outbound TCP ports 943 & 4514.
Q: I can’t see the OK button at the bottom of the page and move past the Roster page when playing a game.
A: You must have your IE, Chrome, Fire Fox and Safari browser zoom set to 100%. You can read below how to change the Fire Fox zoom:
If you already have an existing Private Draft League that has completed your draft (you can still use the upcoming new live draft room next year) you are in for some very exciting news. These new Commissioner tools allow your league to enjoy the first and only real time multi-player draft leagues for Baseball simulation leagues.
What is the benefit of real time web based multi-player leagues as opposed to the old stand alone PC leagues? In short, a Commissioner’s dream unless you like the drudgery of importing and exporting league files only to get stats, standings and leaders from last week or even last month. That is way outdated in today’s connected online world. DYNASTY League Baseball Online allows your league to have your stats, standings, leaders and box scores updated in real time.
You can even watch other league games box scores and game summaries update in real time which is a great feature for late season pennant races when you want to know the “out of town” scores in real time.
The new Private Draft league creation tool lets you create a private league by entering the league name, number of teams and team names in the league. Once you enter the number of teams you will see options for the number of divisions and playoff format.
You will also select the number of series your league will play each week and the scheduled league play times. Keep in mind that the scheduler allows you to submit changes in game time for any of your scheduled series during the season and you also can have the new Computer Manager profile manage for you if you can’t play that week.
Once your Private Draft league is created there is a page that allows the Commissioner to edit the settings of the league.
The Commissioner is then be able to go to a page to invite friends into the Private Draft league. You can also use the current “Invite a Friend” button on the left hand column of the home page to invite people you know to DYNASTY League Baseball Online using their email address. Once new people you invited have an account you can then add them as your friend.
Once a league member is invited to a private draft league he can then select his team settings.
After you have created your Private Draft league, then the league Commissioner can use the new roster tool to place the players on each team. The roster tool interface allows you to promote and demote players to and from the major and minor league rosters.
The new scheduler tool allows you to use the default 12 and 24 team schedules or you can manually create your own schedule.
Dan Treuden has made available a schedule creation Excel file that will create a schedule for you which can be found in the Designer’s Dugout or the DYNASTY League Baseball Facebook group file section listed as Retro_schedule.xlsx
You can then use the scheduler Commissioner Tool to enter each series and build the schedule.
The new Private Draft League tools are easy to use and will allow you to start playing your DYNASTY League Baseball Online private draft league.