Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Random Contest!

This contest sponsored by Strat-O-Matic games.

Strat-O-Matic’s award-winning baseball sim is an amazingly flexible, yet powerful, game. It combines all the strategy options of the board game, with the ease and speed of the computer. No game offers you more ways to customize play to your liking. No game offers you such a dazzling array of statistics, also tailored to suit your preferences.

Use the game’s preset lineups for each team, or create your own. Play against a human or the clever computer manager. You can play “face-to-face” with anyone in the world through our Netplay feature! Or let the computer play both teams in seconds to test the vast “What-if” potential in Strat-O-Matic computer baseball. You can even give the computer instructions on how you want your team to be managed – ideal for internet leagues and season replays.

When playing the game yourself, a single keystroke commands most offensive strategy (swing away, steal, bunt, hit-and-run) and defensive strategy (set the infield depth, pitch around this hitter, hold that runner). Then watch the at-bat play out. If you love the Strat-O-Matic board game, purchase the Card Image add-on. Then tell the computer to show you the card images of batter and pitcher, which will display the result in such a way that you know the wisdom of your strategy decisions. Or you may prefer to watch the dramatic animated flight of the ball. Either way, watch it all against the colorful backdrops of every Major League stadium.

After the game, the unique Strat-O-Matic box scores can be customized to show you a score sheet, a detailed play-by-play and even a newspaper-style write-up of each game! The stat-report options for leagues, teams and individual players will satisfy even the most demanding numbers freaks.

Find out why so many gamers think Strat-O-Matic computer baseball rocks. Join thousands of them in online communities offering each other tips, memories and fellowship.

There are three 2010 Strat-O-Matic computer games up for grabs!

Everybody is free to enter, but anyone who wins a Strat-O-Matic board game will automatically be disqualified to win a Strat-O-Matic computer game. Sorry. One prize per person and/or household.

So what do you have to do to enter?

Leave a comment on this post only about your favorite player statistic in Major League baseball. How would you use this to your advantage if you were a manager?

Example: John Paciorek's career only lasted one game, but he went 3 for 3 in that game, leaving him with a career batting average of 1.000. Based on this one game performance, I would give him a start again in the outfield the next game.

No duplicate answers will be accepted. If you discover you have duplicated an answer, please leave a different one to be entered into the contest. The John Paciorek statistic is not eligible, since it was used as the example.

Deadline: Entries must be timestamped by Sunday, May 9, 2010; 11:59PM

All eligible entrants will be entered into a randomizer. The first three names after randomization will win a copy of the 2010 Strat-O-Matic baseball computer game! It's as easy as that!


zman40 said...

I got an email from Strat-o-matic a few months ago about sponsorship, but I blew them off. I'm glad that you didn't make that mistake. I've never played the computer version, but I love the "board" game.

Adam Greenberg's career lasted one at-bat and he got beaned, leaving him with a career OPB of 1.000. Based on that AB, I would pinch hit him the next time the bases were loaded. He'd be an RBI machine in that situation.

Anthony K. said...

This one is pretty easy for me:

Eddie Gaedel: 1 PA, 1 BB.

Much like Zman, anytime the bases are loaded, pinch hit Gaedel. Guaranteed run.

Matthew Glidden said...

"Jun 13, 1962 - Sandy Koufax smacks his first ML home run‚ and it comes off another future Hall of Famer‚ Warren Spahn. It is the winning blow in the 2-1 win at Milwaukee."

Based on this, I would always match Koufax against Spahn in a Dodger / Braves series. Sandy might never get another hit off him, but every time he comes up, Spahn's brain will itch with the memory.

Steve Gierman said...

Great stuff so far everybody!

Johngy said...

"Relief Pitcher" Brent Mayne pitched 1 inning, giving up 1 hit and no runs while earning his first win.
I'd pitch the big right-hander out of the pen as much as possible.

I wonder if he could go back and forth, catcher to pitcher and how they would deal with the time element of putting on the gear. I also wonder why I wonder these things.

¡El Roberto! said...

Nick Swisher would be my secret weapon. He pitched in a game against the Rays and retired three batters giving him a career ERA of 0.00. This along with his batting ability would easily make him my MVP.

mmosley said...

Rick Wise pitched a no-hitter AND hit 2-homeruns on June 23, 1971 against the Reds.

Wise will pitch every game and hit cleanup every game. In fact, I do not need any other players. I will win all games 2-0.

Johngy said...

Sorry to be off-topic, but today is a huge day in Sox history. 30 years ago today, Mike Squires batted leadoff and caught, making him the first lefty catcher in many years (darn Benny Distefano!).

Anonymous said...

In the "fictional" category, I'd pick Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, whose lifetime stats include a 0-for-0 batting and two innings in the outfield. Believe it or not, but it's a true story. Too bad he stepped off the field to save the girl from choking on that hot dog. (OK, that part was made up.)

He deserves a spot on my lineup card.

dayf said...

In 1927 Babe Ruth hit more home runs by himself than any other team in the American League hit all year long.

If I were a manager, forget all these one-at-bat wonders, I'd want Babe Ruth on my team.

AdamE said...

If there is a life and death situation and the only thing that will save someone is to make them laugh I'm gonna make them read dayf comments.

Kevin said...

In 1930, Lefty Grove led the American League in wins (28) AND saves (9), as well as winning percentage (.848), ERA (2.54), and strikeouts (209). He also completed 22 of his 32 starts. I could carry more bench players if I had a pitcher who not only finished what he started, but finished what other pitchers started as well!

Don said...

In 1912 the entire Detroit Tiger team went on strike to protest a suspension of Ty Cobb. With the owner facing a $5,000 fine if he failed to field a team the next day, Frank Navin recruited some sandlot players and the Tigers were threshed by the A's 24-2. I would memorize the names of those sandlot players and make sure that I did not play them in my next game as they are obviously overmatched.

Sharpe said...

Mariano Rivera has a career WHIP of 1.009.

I'd use him against the toughest hitters the other team had to offer on any given night when I had a lead to protect - not just in the ninth inning.

Don't want anyone to score? Don't let anyone on base.

Steve Gierman said...

11 valid entries so far! Keep 'em coming!

Hayden said...

If I'm playing with Strat-O-Matic 1941 cards, I'm going with Joltin' Joe, who famously went on a 56 consecutive hitting streak, starting with a single against Eddie Smith of the White Sox. In total, DiMaggio had 91 hits in 223 at bats before the streak ended. I like those odds!

EastCoastMatt said...

in 1984, Jim Rice grounded into 36 double plays. if I was his manager, I would've always sent the runner on first when he was up to steal a base (or double steal for first and 2nd). Instead, in 1985, he ended up grounding into 35 double plays.

BA Benny said...

Eric Cammack of the 2000 NY Mets. A relief pitcher who hit 1.000 with a 3.000 slugging, 1.000 on base, and 4.000 OPS percentages. He hit a triple with 1 RBI in his only at bat. Sounds like a good pinch hitter to me. Oh, by the way he also had a 1.000 fielding percentage in 8 games also.

Hayden said...

In case my comment was less a strategy and more of a fact, here is one: If I have the bases loaded and am down by one run, I'm putting in Craig Biggio of the 'Stros. Biggio was plunked 285 times from 1988 - 2007. Odds are in my favor that if he doesn't get a walk or a base hit, he'll take one for the team!

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