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.)
Q: How do I create a league with my favorite players from baseball history?
A: Baseball Mogul already has a feature that does something like this, called "All-Time All-Stars". To create a league with the best players from each of the 30 major league franchises:
1) Run Baseball Mogul.
2) Click "Start a New Game of Baseball Mogul".
3) Click "Custom".
4) Click "All-Time All-Stars".
This will create a baseball universe with 30 teams, each populated with the franchise's best players (at the beginning of their best season).
Q: But I want to choose the players in the league.
A: Baseball Mogul has multiple ways to do this. But the easiest is probably to edit the text file that is used by the "All-Time All-Stars" feature.
1) From the Baseball Mogul Help Menu, choose "Open Baseball Mogul Folder".
2) Go into the "Input" folder and then into the "Players" folder.
3) Open "All-Time All-Stars.csv". (Recommended: Make a backup copy first)
4) Delete the rows for any players you don't want to include.
5) Add rows for any players you want to add. You will need to know the player's "Register ID":
You can find this by visiting the player's Baseball-Reference page and clicking on "Minor Lg Stats" — the player's ID can be found in the URL.
4) Delete the rows for any players you don't want to include.
5) Add rows for any players you want to add.
For Step 5 above, you will need to know the player's 12-character "Register ID". You can find this by visiting the player's Baseball-Reference page and clicking on "Minor Lg Stats" — the player's ID can be found in the URL:
Alternatively, you can download the Player Register from the Baseball Databank (this file is also found in Baseball Mogul's "Database" folder).
The player's "Register ID" is in the column labeled "key_bbref_minors":
6) Save "All-Time All-Stars".
7) Start a new game using the "All-Time All-Stars" option.
Q: Also, I only want to include players from the 16 pre-expansion teams.
A: Follow the steps above to select your favorite players from each franchise. For post-expansion teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI), leave that part of the file as is. After you start a new game, you can go to the League Editor and delete the teams you don't want included. This will also delete the players on those teams.
CALIFORNIA — Sports Mogul Inc. announced today that they will be changing the name of their "Football Mogul" simulation game to "Handegg Mogul". The new name reflects the company's dedication to ever more authenticity and accuracy in their sports-themed computer games.
“At a time when 13% of Americans believe the earth is flat, we think it's important to stress truth and honesty in our products,” said Clay Dreslough, President of Sports Mogul Inc. “And the truth is that 'American Football' is a lie. It's a game played with your hands and an egg. It should be called 'American Handegg'.”
(The above meme was shared with me on Facebook. My apologies for sharing without attribution. If you know who made it, please let me know.)
Handegg Mogul 22 will be the world's first professional handegg simulator. It will also feature more accurate statistical categories, and a long-awaited conversion to the metric system. “'Yards Rushing' is an inaccurate term,” Dreslough added. “It refers to the distance carrying the egg beyond the line of scrimmage. Therefore, the statistic will be renamed 'Metres Achieved Carrying Egg'."
For example, instead of showing Emmitt Smith atop the All-Time Leaders with 18,355 career Rushing Yards, Handegg Mogul 22 will show him with 16,783.812 Metres Achieved Carrying Egg (abbreviated 'MACE'). Jerry Rice leads the All-Time Receiving Leaders with 20,935.188 Metres Achieved Catching Egg (also abbreviated 'MACE').
In addition to more intuitive stats like 'MATETBLOS' (Metres Achieved Tackling Egg Thrower Behind Line of Scrimmage), the positions will also get new names such as Egg Hiker (EH), Egg Carrier (EC), Left Egg Protector (LEP) and Egg Thrower (ET). Finally, the Goal Line will be renamed the 'Goal Plane'.
Some Baseball Mogul users are encountering problems trying to install the game on a computer with McAfee anti-virus software running. After fighting with them for over a year, it's clear that McAfee has a bug that they are unwilling to fix. If you need proof that Baseball Mogul is safe, you can right click on BB-2020.exe and choose 'Scan' (with the red McAfee icon) and McAfee will tell you the program has no viruses.
However, whenever you run BB-2020.exe, McAfee deletes it. :(
To replace the one file that McAfee keeps deleting, you can get it here (to avoid reinstalling the entire game):
Copy this file to c:/Sports Mogul/Baseball Mogul 2020/ (or where you installed the game).
Then you'll have to exclude BB-2020.exe from McAfee's Real-Time Scanning:
1. Run the McAfee program.
2. Click Settings (the circular gear cog) at the top right.
3. Click Real-Time Scanning.
4. Click Excluded Files.
5. Click Add File.
6. Navigate to the location of BB-2020.exe (e.g. C:\Sports Mogul\Baseball Mogul 2020)
7. Click 'BB-2020.exe' and click the 'Open' button.
8. Close McAfee and run Baseball Mogul 2020.
I hope this finally resolves your problem. If not, you probably have a few choices:
1) Go back into McAfee Real-Time Scanning and turn off the entire feature.
2) Contact McAfee product support for help.
3) Uninstall McAfee.
As I said above, and I cannot stress this strongly enough as a small business owner who has been developing virus-free software for more than 20 years, this is McAfee's problem, not ours -- and I've talked with other developers that are frustrated by the same bug. We could use your help stressing to them that this bug is causing serious headache for their users (some of whom have already told me that they simply uninstalled McAfee once they realized that it was constantly deleting a program that McAfee itself verified was virus-free).
When player ratings are inaccurate for a historical season, this is probably the reason: ratings are based on the player's overall career, not their stats in any single season. This is an intentional design choice. Football Mogul and Baseball Mogul are "general manager simulations". If player performance matched historical performance on a season-by-season basis, it would be too easy to build a dominant team every year.
For example, Terdell Middletown was a mediocre running back for Green Bay in 1977, coming off the bench and rushing for only 2.8 yards per carry. In 1978, he rushed for 1,116 yards and 11 TDs and made the Pro Bowl. Knowing this, it would be easy to trade for him at the end of the 1977 season — and just as easy to trade him away after 1978, before his performance falls off a cliff.
This graph shows the difference. In the default "simulation mode", Tom Brady has a great career, but it's impossible to predict his best season. In Replay Mode, his 2007 campaign will be godlike. But in 2008, New England has to build their offense around Matt Cassel.
*Because of the lack of historical stats for offensive linemen, several years around the current season are used to calculate ratings for guards, tackles and centers.