As mentioned before, Baseball Mogul used to have the problem that player ratings werenâ€™t well-defined. For example, an 85 Contact rating might put a batter among the top 25 players in the league in this category, while an 85 Power rating might not be enough to break the top 100.
There was also a problem of rating drift. When you start a new game in 2011, the MLB average for Contact is 78; ten years later, it has risen to 82.
These problems were fixed in Baseball Mogul 2016 and further improved in Baseball Mogul 2017. Player ratings are now well-defined in terms of what each number means relative to the league. And ratings are constantly adjusted every to ensure that these definitions remain meaningful over multiple seasons.
However, Iâ€™ve gotten some questions about how the ratings are actually defined. So, I pulled a couple tables from my design documents to help clear this up. This one shows how Overall ratings are groups into 10 separate categories, each with its own general definition:
This table shows the ideal distribution of players in the current 2017 database. (Historical databases look a bit different; more on this later.)
Players in Database: The number of players that should fall within this range in a modern database with 30 teams.
Roster Spot(s): The roster spots that players of this caliber generally fill on a major league roster. For example, players rated 75-76 will occupy roster spots #16 to #20 on an average team; they arenâ€™t good for the starting lineup or pitching rotation (a total of 13-14 players) but they have value off the bench and out of the bullpen.
A Baseball Mogul fan asked today for a list of all available pitch types in Baseball Mogul. They are listed in the help files, but I'm posting it again here for folks who don't always have access to their Baseball Mogul computer. They are listed in order from the easiest pitch to control (fastball) to the most difficult (knuckleball).
Although we are busy working on Baseball Mogul Diamond, we often get questions asking about existing features in Baseball Mogul. I got an email yesterday asking if it was possible to "combine teams from different years".
It is possible. It's called the "League Builder" and it's one of the primary ways you can customize your league. The League Builder lets you build a league with any team from the 1901 season through the present day. To access this feature, you first must choose to “Start a New Game” in Baseball Mogul. Then select “Custom” (as shown below):
After selecting the “Custom” option, you will be prompted with four more choices to build a league. Choose the “League Builder”:
The League Builder consists of a dialog box that lets you select any season and any team from that season. Then click "Add Team >>" to add that team to your league.
Continue until your league is complete. You can use teams from all different years, or have a few from the same year. You can even pick 30 different years from the same franchise, letting you test which year was the best team for any select organization, like this:
The League Builder supports leagues as small as four or as large as thirty. When you finish selecting the teams of your choosing, click “Done” and the league will finish setting up, after which you’ll be able to play with or against your favorite teams of all time from year to year.