Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Out of the Park Baseball Predicts the World Series

The fine folks at Out of the Park Baseball simulated the World Series between the Royals and the Mets to see who would have the edge. Click here for the results.

Out of the Park Baseball has also launched their biggest World Series special discount ever: Out of the Park Baseball 16 for PC/Mac is 75% off, so it’s just $9.99 though Nov. 4, regardless of how long the World Series lasts.  In addition, MLB Manager 2015 for iOS/Android is just 99 cents.

Finally, they're giving away a $100 MLB.com Shop gift certificate as part of their World Series special. To enter, their fans need to retweet and/or share their tweet and/or Facebook post about the sale. (Limit of two entries per person; they must be following one or both accounts to be eligible to win.) They will choose a winner on Nov. 5. Here is their twitter link and here is their Facebook link.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2005 Texas Longhorns vs 2010 Auburn Tigers

The national champions of 2005 against the national champions from 2010. Let's face it, it is really Cam Newton vs Vince Young. Who wins? Well we went to the football simulator and placed the game in The Rose Bowl. What we got was a classic.

Monday, March 23, 2015

1994 Season Replay: Reviewing Out of the Park Baseball 16

Very seldom does anything live up to the hype, Out of the Park Baseball 16 did that and then some. I had Brad Cook of Out of the Park Developments on The Big Mike Podcast a couple weeks back and we discussed the new features of OOTP 16. The new feature list was impressive but now it was time to try them out.

To try out some of the new features, I went ahead and simulated the 1994 season. Here are the things that I really liked a lot.

The first thing that caught my attention are the new player pages. Below is Tony Gwynn. What stood out to me is after his height and weight it has symbols for Gold Gloves, All Star Appearances and Silver Slugger Awards. If you hover over one of the symbols it will give you the year in which it was accomplished. I love it. Speaking of awards, there are new ones this year. The Cy Young Award(Best Pitcher Award) is back but now you have an actual MVP award. There is also an option that lets you decide if a pitcher should be eligible to win the MVP award. You also have the Silver Slugger Award for each position. Really nicely done.

As we progress through the season you will notice other great changes. The All Star voting system is one of the cool changes. The game starts giving you All Star voting updates and as a manager you also have your own ballot to submit.

Then we get to the Pennant Chase. Brad Cook mentioned that in this version there would be more emphasis on the pennant chase. The pennant chase screen becomes active with 30 days left in the season. This is how it looks:

You will also notice the logos that are historically accurate for 1994. This happens automatically when you start a league thanks to the new license with MLB

You can see all the logos here as we look at the final standings:

As you can see, Frank Thomas had a monster year and broke the homerun record of Roger Maris. It wasn't good enough to get the White Sox into the playoffs. The Mariners got a horrible break as Randy Johnson made only 22 starts until he got hurt and was lost for the season.

The Yankees had an unreal season and the Kansas City Royals just had everything go right led by all people Bob Hamelin.

Remember, 1994 was supposed to be the first year with the wildcard and the extra round of playoffs.

Another new feature is naming a playoff series MVP. The Yankees would sweep the Indians and Wade Boggs would be named series MVP

The Yankees and the Braves would have the best records in this alternate 1994 but it would not lead to the pennant for either of them.

The Reds would win it all and you have to love this next screen with the trophy and the official MLB logo. Nicely done.

One of the other features that was added was the all time playoff leaderboard. Really sweet. It keeps both individual postseasons and career postseason numbers. You can see what a historic postseason Bob Hamelin of the Royals had in this new 1994.

Is that it? Not close. We now move into the Hall of Fame. Once again, another feature which is much more interactive. All active managers get their own HOF ballot and just like real life, a player must get 75% of the vote to gain induction and get at least 5% to stay on the ballot.

Curious as to the results? Here they are, not only for the current year but for all the years. Once again, nicely done!

You also get the full voting results

That is not the best part, the actual Hall of Fame and the way it looks might be my favorite feature. Check it out

Amazing! These are not even all the features. Because I did a quick simulation of a replay season the new coaching, managing and GM modes were not utilized. Trust me, those are also very cool. I will post about them next. Enjoy Out of the Park Baseball 16! Markus and staff have outdone themselves again.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Alex Rodriguez: The Final Chapter

Alex Rodriguez is all over the news as he attempts to come back from his year long PED suspension. Several months back we decided to use Out of the Park Baseball to re-write history. We went back to 2004 and made THE Trade go through. Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox along with Magglio Ordonez and Brandon McCarthy. Nomar Garciaparra to the White Sox, Manny Ramirez and Jon Lester to the Rangers. Aaron Boone's knee was magically healed. What happened? Well if you haven't been following, you need to click here before you read any further on this post.

We left off at the conclusion of the 2010 season. AROD and the Red Sox had a ton of success from 2004-2010 but no World Series titles to show for it. AROD was now a free agent and the Sox let him get away to the Braves. AROD would spend three years on the Braves and would finally get his ring in 2012 as the Atlanta Braves would win the World Series. Unfortunately for Alex, he would have a miserable postseason and a pretty average regular season. He did get his ring, but the Braves didn't win because of Alex, they won in spite of him.

In 2013, AROD would have his best ever postseason but the Braves would lose to the Dodgers in the NLCS. Alex was now a free agent once again and his career would take him back to Boston. The Red Sox signed him to a two year deal. The Red Sox would not win a World Series in this two years as their drought continues from 1918. AROD, with his career winding down would hit 25 homers in his final season in 2015. His last homer would be #759 of his career, four better than Hank Aaron's all time mark. Barry Bonds would finish with 728 homers.

The deal to the Red Sox worked out better for AROD in this world than his real world did. The Red Sox ended up being much better off without AROD. Here is how his numbers look for his career and how they stack up with some of the greats of the game.

Regular Season


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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Saga of Alex Rodriguez

If you have been following, you know we left you off months ago with Alex Rodriguez finishing up his final season with the Boston Red Sox. How did he get there? Well, he got there in 2004 in the trade that was made but never went through. We decided to use Out of the Park Baseball to simulate what would have happened. We have yet to reveal the final chapter of what happened to AROD. Before we do that, catch up on what happened so far. We will reveal the final installment in a couple weeks when the real Alex Rodriguez reports to spring training with the Yankees. Here are the links of all the installments in chronological order.

Alex Rodriguez Traded to the Red Sox

2004 Season

2005 Season

2006 Season

2007 Season

2008 Season

2009 Season

2010 Season

2010 Red Sox Season Summary

Alex Rodriguez entered the final year of his contract with the Boston Red Sox with no contract extension in sight. The 2010 regular season was similar to the previous seasons as the Boston Red Sox dominated the AL East as AROD put up big numbers once again.

The postseason was also way too familiar for the Red Sox and AROD. Once again, the Sox would not get out of the first one and AROD would not be the dominant player that he was in the regular season.

In defense of AROD, he was hit in the face with a pitch towards the end of the season and came back just a few days before the playoffs began. He was the clear leader for MVP before the injury.

The attention next turned to AROD and his contract. He would hit the free agent market and it was quickly obvious that the Red Sox would not be serious players for his services.

The Braves would come calling on a two year deal with the second year contingent on 550 plate appearances by AROD in the 2011 season. 

Alex Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox part company without a World Series. They dominated the AL in many ways but could never pull through in the playoffs. Will the Red Sox ever end their drought going back to 1918? Will Alex Rodriguez ever win a ring? These questions will be answered in the next and final post on this "What if simulation".