February 26, 2017

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Are the 2017 Nationals a Late Blooming Winner?

February 24, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been a long strange trip to pitchers and catchers for the Washington Nationals. It has been an off-season like no other and since we really haven’t had that many it is not much of a horse race. Remembering those first few off-seasons is instructive. Going back to the Jim Bowden years and watching he and Stan Kasten make a total mess of those early drafts is something any serious fan should do for perspective when trying to parse through what has happened in the past few months. Think about it. There are 70 planets out there just like the Earth circling stars within 40 light years... [Read the full story]

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OOTP 18’s First Digital Cover to Feature the Perfect Team

February 25, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

Out of the Park Baseball 18 announces the Perfect Team Digital Cover Contest Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com, will feature a Digital Cover for the first time, highlighting baseball’s “Perfect Team” of 11 top players at each position and the top Manager in baseball – as voted by its passionate community Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year will live-stream the cover team announcement then pit the “Perfect Team” winners against the “Perfect Team” runners-up Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of... [Read the full story]

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Say it Wasn’t So: When Shoeless Joe Jackson Became Baseball’s Number One Draft-dodger

February 10, 2017 · by · Leave a Comment 

Here’s one you may not have heard: how Shoeless Joe Jackson was briefly turned into America’s most-scorned draft-dodger in World War 1. It’s true, but as with all Shoeless Joe stories, some work is required to separate fact from myth. It also helps to read published reports from his contemporaries, to view everything in the context of the times and to be aware of other forces which were at work. The War began in Europe in July, 1914 but had little effect on baseball in America the first few years. The 1916 season had been both successful on the field and profitable for the... [Read the full story]

Hall of Fame

Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 · by · 2 Comments 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill James in 2002, is a complex method for evaluating players which includes all aspects of performance – offense, defense and pitching. James has stated that, “Historically, 400 Win Shares means absolute enshrinement in the Hall of Fame and 300 Win... [Read the full story]

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Max Watt: The Boston Red Sox’s Power Pitching Prospect

December 27, 2015 · by · Leave a Comment 

Scouting is an integral part of professional baseball. Teams employ and send out hundreds of employees tasked with finding the next great players. Although they monitor first-round draft talent, their bread and butter is trying to decipher the future of players who may not have quite as much polish. As a result, some come to believe so much in who they are evaluating that they continue scouting—for years if necessary— until they are able to bring them into the fold. Such is the case with the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Max Watt. Watt, a solid 6’8” right-hander, grew up in New York. After... [Read the full story]

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OOTP 18’s First Digital Cover to Feature the Perfect Team

February 25, 2017 by

Out of the Park Baseball 18 announces the Perfect Team Digital Cover Contest Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com, will feature a Digital Cover for the first time, highlighting baseball’s “Perfect Team” of 11 top players at each position and the top Manager in baseball – as voted by its passionate... Read more of this article


OOTP 18 to Include Seamheads Negro Leagues Database!

January 21, 2017 by

Out of the Park Baseball 18 Releases Worldwide on March 24, 2017 Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more OOTP 18 Available For Pre-Order Now With 20%... Read more of this article


Reasons 2016 the Most Significant Year in Baseball in 20 Years

January 18, 2017 by

I have been a die-hard baseball fan for two decades now, and 2016 is the most significant year of baseball I’ve had the privilege of following. Trevor Story, a 23-year-old rookie, set a record by hitting nine home runs in the first month of his Major League career. Eventual Cy Young winner Max Scherzer became the fourth pitcher to strike out 20 batters... Read more of this article


Metaphorically Speaking, The MLBPAA Has No Meat On Its Bones

January 16, 2017 by

Rocky Krsnich If you’ve ever gone to Overland Park, Kansas, you know that Jack Stack, on Metcalf Avenue, is probably one of the finest barbecue restaurants in the country. The barbecue they serve is so tender, the meat just falls right off the bones. The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, out in Colorado, is nothing like that... Read more of this article


Rating the 2017 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

January 4, 2017 by

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 18, 2017. Many systems exist for evaluating player performance. One such system, the Win Shares method, developed by Bill... Read more of this article


C’mon Steve, The Pre-1980 Players Need You To Become Their Captain America

January 4, 2017 by

During his playing days, former Montreal Expos ace Steve Rogers was a great pitcher. That’s undeniable. Oh sure, he gave up that game-winning home run to Rick Monday in the fifth game of the 1981 National League Championship Series,  but other than that, he had a great career. He’s been a lot less effective as a special assistant to the... Read more of this article


Triple Milestones 2016

December 12, 2016 by

Offensive production in the major leagues increased significantly in 2016 due to a spike in the home run rate.  Other offensive measures were also at the highest level in several years. Year Runs/Game HR/Game Bavg OBP SLG OPS Triple Milestone Hitters 1997 9.53 2.05 .267 .337  .419  .756 7 1998 9.58 2.08 .266 .335  .420 .755 14 1999 9.69 2.28 .271 .345  .434  .779 19 2000 10.28 2.32 .271 .345  .437 .782 26 2001 9.55 2.25 .264 .332  .427  .759 21 2002 9.24 2.09 .261 .331  .417 .748 12 2003 9.46 2.14 .264  .332  .422  .754 8 2004 9.63 2.25 .266 .335  .428 .763 12 2005 9.18 2.06 .265 .330  .419 .749 10 2006 9.72 2.22 .269 .336 .432  .768 13 2007 9.59 2.04 .268 .336 .423  .759 8 2008 9.30 2.01 .264 .333  .417  .750 7 2009 9.23 2.02 .262 .333  .418  .751 6 2010 8.77 1.90 .257 .325  .403  .728 6 2011 8,57 1.87 .255 .321  .399  .720 7 2012 8.64 2.02 .255 .319  .405  .724 4 2013 8.33 1.92 .253 .318  .396  .714 3 2014 8.13 1.73 .251 .314  .386  .700 2 2015 8.50 2.02 .254 .317  .405  .721 1 2016 8.96 2.23 .255 .322  .417  .739 4 Eight... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues DB Update: 1943 NNL & NAL

December 7, 2016 by

Here is Scott Simkus to introduce his work on the 1943 Negro leagues: With war raging overseas, Negro league rosters were once again ravaged by the draft in 1943, with star players Monte Irvin, Ted Strong, and Max Manning headlining a list of more than a couple dozen active African-American ballplayers entering the armed services. Additionally, a loosening... Read more of this article


Ballplayers of World War II Did Their Part

December 7, 2016 by

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor which changed every aspect of American life, including baseball and many of its players. Future Hall of Famers Bob Feller and Hank Greenburg enlisted on December 9, 1941. Greenburg had been drafted, served in the Army, and had just been discharged earlier in the year. Feller enlisted in... Read more of this article


Negro Leagues DB Update: 1942 NAL & NNL

December 6, 2016 by

Along with the new design and features added by our webmaster and Baseball Gauge guru Dan Hirsch, and the new logo designed by Gary Cieradkowski (of Infinite Baseball Cards fame), we’ve also added two whole new seasons this week, 1942 and 1943. The 1943 season is the work of Scott Simkus (you know him from the Strat-O-Matic Negro League set and the... Read more of this article


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