Baseball Mogul 2021: Replay Mode
Baseball Mogul is a multi-season General Manager simulator in which player talent is calculated from overall career stats. An example can be seen below. Although Dwight Gooden pitched poorly in 1994, his ratings at the beginning of the season are quite high — because of his performance in the rest of his career.
However, I've gotten a number of emails from people who would like to use Baseball Mogul to replay single historical seasons, in the same way that they might use a game like Strat-O-Matic or Season Ticket Baseball. Replay Mode makes this possible by determining each player's performance from their real-life statistics for the single season that is being simulated. This is Gooden's Scouting Report when a new game is started in Replay Mode:
Replay Mode loads each player's historical stats for the season that is being simulated, and uses these as the player's "Predicted" stats for the upcoming season. Because Gooden had a bad year in 1994, his ratings are much lower than they were in the previous example.
Playing Time Limits
As mentioned above, Replay Mode is designed for single-season historical replays. Playing multiple seasons can cause problems — primarily because teams will no longer have enough playing time at every position. I could have limited Replay Mode to a single season, but I left it open so that I can continue to test and get feedback. If you are using Replay Mode in a multi-season sim, please let me know how I can improve this feature going forward. (For example, I could add a feature that forced team trades to match historical trades if there is enough interest.)
5/19/2021 12:39:42 pm
An option to allow only historical trades would be nice. Also, an option to remove the upper limit per playing time in Replay Mode would ok for me.
5/22/2021 11:04:05 pm
Still waiting for shorter schedules, 40, 60 games. Ability to pick teams and play a one-and-done tournament. Pitch out. More flexibility on positioning players.
5/23/2021 10:30:16 pm
Historical trades is a good idea. Perhaps a GM prompt listing a historical trade and a chance to take it or leave it. A GM prompt where you can overrule a players attempt to retire? I can do without the use warnings... (perhaps an asterisk next to name on roster, rather than Red script editing out the player page comments... when used in more games than predicted season) I love the replay mode, and the GM mode using career paths is great for simulating minor league players. I'm really running out of ideas to improve this game. The only thing that messes with the sims are the earlier retirements vs. actual retirement dates... I am telling you, I really have to think hard on how to make this game even more perfect than it already is. Very happy with the recent changes.
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