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Baseball Xtras

 

Replay brings out the creativity and imagination in Replayers!

Here is a listing of Xtras submitted by fellow Replayers that offer a twist to some of your baseball replays.  Try them out, and feel free toss some of your own curves our way!


 


See our
Baseball Accessories page for perforated card stock for your Replay Baseball Xtras downloads!

 
BASEBALL 5.0  Free Baseball Game! - Craig Tyle

Catchers with PB 0- Ratings

1954 All Stars
- Replay Extra
PDF file in team sheet format- Replay a memorable midsummer classic!

New! 1944 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

New! 1934 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1954 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

2018 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1980 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1960s DD Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1958 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1973 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1928 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

2017 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1963 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1970s DD Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1930 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1970 Extra Players
 - Replay Extra

1950 Extra Players
 - Replay Extra

2016 PDF Ballparks
- Replay Extra

2016 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1979 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1959 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1948 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1978 Extra Players - Replay Extra

2015 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1962 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1955 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1976 Extra Players - Replay Extra

2014 Extra Players
- Replay Extra

1968 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1985 Extra Players - Replay Extra

1985 Ballpark Cards
- Replay Extra


1941 Extra Players - Replay Extra
 
1941 Ballpark Cards - Replay Extra
 
2013 Extra Players - Replay Extra
 
1961 Extra Players - Replay Extra
 
1957 Extra Players - Replay Extra
 
1969 Extra Players - Replay Extra
 
1972 Extra Players - Replay Extra

2012 Extra Players - Replay Extra
2012 d20 Ballpark Cards - Replay Extra
 
1966 Extra Players - Replay Extra
1966 d20 Ballpark Cards - Replay Extra

1920s-30s Extra Players - Replay Extra
1920s-30s d20 Ballpark Cards - Replay Extra
 
2011 Extra Players - Replay Extra
2011 d20 Ballpark cards- Replay Extra
 
1965 Extra Players - Replay Extra
1965 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra

1960 Extra Players - Replay Extra
1960 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
 
2010 Extra Players - Replay Extra
2010 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
 
1993 Extra Players - Replay Extra
1975 Extra Players - Replay Extra
1975 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
1956 Extra Players - Replay Extra
1956 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
1908 Extras - Replay Extra
Pitcher Usage Charts
-
Chris Rowe
2009 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
2009 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
Diamond Decades 1940s/50s Extra Player Ratings
- Replay Extra
Hit and Run Overview
- Josh Nelson
2010 Replay Third Base Coach & Action Charts; Bunt and Hit & Run Charts
- Replay Extra
Printable Replay Baseball Scoresheets
- Replay Extra
2008 d20 Ballpark cards
- Replay Extra
2008 Extra Player Ratings
- Replay Extra
Optional Action Chart for steal attempts and Optional DP pivot chart
- Joe Runde
In-game injury option
- Simon Bennett
Automated decision-making charts & Utilities
- Tim Chandler
Replay Wiffleball
- Mike Wendell and Brien Martin
Replay Baseball FAC-style play cards
Scoring bunt plays -
Mike Piano
2007 Extra Player Ratings
- Replay Extra
2007 d20 Ballpark Cards
- Replay Extra
1971 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
1971 d20 Ballpark Cards
- Replay Extra
1984 Extra Player Ratings
- Replay Extra
Lineup & Schedule Template
- JT Grady
Optional Rare Plays
- Mike Webb
2007 Chart Book Changes
2006 Extra Player Ratings
- Replay Extra
1967 Extra Player Ratings
- Replay Extra
2006 All Stars - Replay Extra
1984 Multi-teamers - Replay Extra
Bunt-for-hit method
- Ken Main
Replay Bullpen
- Dr. Thomas W. Cline
1991 WS Teams - Replay Extra
1950 Season Extra Pitchers & Lineup Sheet - Replay Extra
Extra 1923 NNL Pitchers' Hitting Cards - Replay Extra
Pre-Game Rest Chart - Chris Howell
1919 World Series Teams in Team Book format - Replay Extra
 
 

Season Balk Ratings
This new option works in tandem with our new Play Book's Action Chart to recreate realistic seasonal balk totals.
Replay Season Balk Ratings


Optional Early Hook & Complete Game ratings for starting pitchers
This new option for Replay Baseball creates more variety and adds more realism to pitchers' outing lengths from start to start,
and adds a new managerial twist!  To use this option, you must use the BF endurance ratings for starting pitchers.
PDF files of the rules for this option, plus individual season ratings.
Rules, Deadball Decades, 1908, 1923 NNL, 1940s-50s, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1980s, 1984, and 1993.


Alternative 6x6 pitchers to new GB/FB and L/R pitchers

PDF printable cards in "traditional" 6x6 format without GB/FB and L/R ratings for all pitchers with these new ratings in seasons with the new splits.  These cards can be used in place of official pitcher cards.  Files have cards with and without cut lines.
1928, 1930, 1934, 1944, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1993, 20092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


2016 PDF Ballparks
- Replay Extra
Our ballpark cards in printable PDF format-
for anyone who owns one version and wants to try the other!
-2016 1d6 Ballparks  -2016 2d6 Ballparks

2018 Printed Extra Players
- Replay Extra
These are the same players included in our 2018 Printed Extra Players sets
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

2018 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
These are all players not available in print form

-with layout lines   -without layout lines

1944 Extra Players - Replay Extra
These are all players not available in print form

-with layout lines   -without layout lines


1934 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1954 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-
with layout lines  -without layout lines


1980 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  - without layout lines

1960s Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines


1958 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1973 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1928 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines


2017 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines


1963 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1970s DD Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines


1930 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines   -without layout lines

1970 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1950 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

2016 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1979 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines -without layout lines

1959 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1948 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1978 Extra Players  - Replay Extra
-with layout lines -without layout lines

1962 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines -without layout lines

2015 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1955 Extra Players
- Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1976 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines


2014 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines


1968 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines


1968 Old School Extra Players -
Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1985 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1985 Ballpark Cards
-
Replay Extra
Printable PDF file of both 1d6 and 2d6 parks

1941 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1941 Old School Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1941 Ballpark Cards - Replay Extra
Printable PDF file of both 1d6 and 2d6 parks

2013 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1961 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

1957 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines   -without layout lines

1969 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines


1972 Extra Players - Replay extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

2012 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines  -without layout lines

2012 d20 Ballpark Cards Replay Extra
-with layout lines   -without layout lines

1966 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines   -without layout lines
1966 d20 Ballpark Cards Replay Extra
-with layout lines   -without layout lines
 
1920s-30s Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1920s-30s d20 Ballpark Cards - Replay Extra

2011 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

2011 d20 Ballpark Cards Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1965 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1965 d20 Ballpark Cards Replay Extra
PDF files of optional ballpark cards that use a 20-sided die.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1960 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1960 d20 Ballpark Cards Replay Extra
PDF files of optional ballpark cards that use a 20-sided die.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

2010 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

2010 d20 Ballpark Cards Replay Extra
PDF files of optional ballpark cards that use a 20-sided die.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1993 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1975 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1975 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1956 Extra Players - Replay Extra
PDF files of every player who batted or pitched for the 1956 teams.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1956 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines


1908 Extras  - Replay Extra
1908 Extra Players
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

Pitcher Usage Charts - Chris Rowe
Help with starter & reliever usage in replays.  PDF

2009 Extra Players - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

2009 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

Diamond Decades 1940s/50s Extra Players - Replay Extra
PDF files of every player who batted or pitched for the DD 40s/50s teams.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

Hit and Run Overview - Josh Nelson
A helpful guide to the hit & run play in Replay Baseball.

2008 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines
2008 d20 Ballpark cards - Replay Extra
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

Optional Action Chart for steal attempts and Optional DP pivot chart - Joe Runde
Charts expand possible outcomes on these plays.  In PDF or Excel files.

In-game injury option - Simon Bennett
Simon's innovation adds in-game injuries to Replay Baseball in a realistic way.

Automated decision-making charts & Utilities - Tim Chandler
Included in this packet are files in Word and PDF formats created by Tim Chandler, which help to automate many on-field decisions when playing Replay Baseball solo. Tim also includes helpful reference sheets for scoring fielding plays not detailed in the chart book, and much more! Be sure to read Tim's Designer Notes to get a feel for everything.

Replay Wiffleball - Mike Wendell and Brien Martin
Remember all those great summer days playing wiffleball as a kid? Inspired by those memories, gamer Mike Wendell wanted to do something different with his 2007 Replay set, so he set up a Replay Wiffleball tournament! Mike posted his tourney concept on the Replay Online forum, and Brien Martin was so intrigued by the idea that he designed a special version of the Replay chart book, streamlined for wiffleball play. You can read more about Mike's tourney here.

And if you'd like to try some Replay wiffleball action yourself, here's Brien's chart.  And here's a link to Brien Martin's National Wiffleball League.  Brien also has made up some wiffleball Scoresheets in Excel.

Replay Baseball FAC-style play cards
Play Replay Baseball without dice!
Three different play-test versions of FAC for Replay Baseball.
Replay Baseball No-Dice Play Cards - Replay Extra
Brien Martin's Replay Baseball FAC
Ray Surdel's Replay Baseball FAC

Scoring bunt plays - Mike Piano
Scoring fielding chances on bunts is a snap with these Excel charts!

 2007 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
PDF files of every player who batted or pitched in '07.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

2007 d20 Ballpark Cards - Replay Extra
PDF files of optional ballpark cards that use a 20-sided die.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1971 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
PDF files of every player who batted or pitched in '71.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1971 d20 Ballpark Cards  - Replay Extra
PDF files of optional ballpark cards that use a 20-sided die.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1984 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
New - color format PDF files of everyone who pitched or batted in 1984 and is not rated in the 1984 Yearbook.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

PDF files of everyone who pitched or batted in 1984 and is not rated in the 1984 Yearbook.  (Black & white format)
1984 Yearbook Extras  -  1984 Large Format Yearbook Extras  -  1984 Extras tall pitchers

Lineup & Schedule Template - JT Grady
JT's quick and easy Excel file helps set up a schedule, lineups and printable scoresheet for a replay.

Baseball 5.0  New update for 2011- Craig Tyle
Craig has invented a fun, simplified dice baseball simulation that allows gamers to rate their own players and play a quick game. It utilizes 2 ten-sided dice and 1 20-sided die. Craig's game can make a great compliment to Replay Baseball, allowing gamers to expand their gaming experience by rating teams and unique projects not covered by Replay, including past big league teams, or even minor league teams. Included in the zipped bundle are Craig's game files in Word and an Excel template for rating players created by Darren Smith. We plan to offer downloadable files of rated teams here in the future!

Optional Rare Plays  - Mike Webb
Easy-to-use chart with additional Rare Play results.

2007 Chart Book Changes
PDF file listing changes to chart book this year.

2006 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
PDF files of every player who batted or pitched in '06.
-with layout lines     -without layout lines

1967 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
PDF files of everyone who pitched or batted in 1967 and is not rated in the 1967 Yearbook.
1967 Yearbook Extras  -  1967 Large Format Yearbook Extras  -  1967 Extras tall pitchers

2006 All Stars - Replay Extra
Printable ratings in both yearbook and team book formats for the 2006 midsummer classic game!  Zipped files with or without cut lines.

1894 In-Season Player Movement  - Sean MacNair
Sean has updated and revised this list of transactions for an 1894 replay.

1964 & 1967 Classic Pitcher Team Sheets - Replay Extra
Optional printable classic pitcher team sheets for 1964 & 1967 Team Book owners.

1964 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
PDF files of everyone who pitched or batted in 1964 and is not rated in the 1964 Yearbook.
1964 Yearbook Extras  -  1964 Large Format Yearbook Extras  -  1964 Extras tall pitchers

Quick scouting advice for Hit & Run play - Reg Awalt
A quick scouting report on Replay batters' Hit & Run lines:

The H&R numbers in columns 1 to 6 for batters can be evaluated in much the same way as the numbers on their 6x6 grid, in that each number corresponds to a group of specific possible outcomes.

For example, most batters have a number between 3 and 5 in column one of their hit & run line. When added to the pitcher's H&R number (which is always between 1 and 5), the possible outcomes range between 4 (ground out to 1st base) and 10 (single to RF with a 2-base advance). So, the higher the number in the batter's column one, the better. This holds true for each of the other H&R columns.

In addition to column one, I also use column 3 to quickly evaluate a player's card for his H&R ability. The numbers in column 3 are generally between 1 and 5, 10 or 18. Both 10 and 18 plus the pitcher's number have potentially horrible H&R outcomes, so I look for a player that has a number between 1 and 5, and the higher number within this range the better, although 4's and 5's in column three are very rare. Ideally, I like to see a 4 or 5 in column one and a number between 1 and 3 in column three.

2005 Extra Player Ratings - Replay Extra
PDF files of everyone who pitched or batted in 2005 and is not rated in the 2005 Yearbook.
2005 Yearbook Extras  -  2005 Large Format Yearbook Extras  -  2005 Extras tall pitchers

2005 Multi-team players split ratings  - Replay Extra
Split ratings for each team for selected traded players.
2005 Yearbook Multi-teamers  -  2005 Large Format Yearbook Multi-teamers  -  2005 Multi-teamers tall pitchers

1987 Classic Season pitcher info file - Chris Rowe
Pitchers' batting ratings and BF ratings on handy card-sized sheets for each club.

1984 Multi-teamers - Replay Extra
Multiple cards for 6 players who played for multiple teams in 1984.  Zipped folder

Bunt-for-hit Method - from Ken Main
WHEN TO BUNT FOR A HIT
My "house rule" takes this 'bunt for a hit' possibility into account. Keep in mind, I always roll FOUR dice- a yellow one avoids most re-rolls, and also reveals the first digit on potential errors, negating many other rerolls. Anyway, here's what I do:

With bases empty AND nobody out, 3B is playing IN if...
1. batter's bunt rating is a "1" AND...
2. his team is leading, tied or behind by 1 or 2 runs...OR
3. anytime a 1 or 2 rated-bunter faces a pitcher hurling a no-hitter after the fifth inning (regardless of score/outs).

Now, if the fourth die AND the blue die MATCH, batter bunts! (3B, P and C are IN).
No match- he swings away. (3B IN)
Surprisingly, column four singles off the third-sacker's glove happen with some frequency. One of these days I'll wade through the boxscores and quantify this statement.

Replay Bullpen - from Dr. Thomas W. Cline
Tom Cline and his son use this innovation when playing face-to-face games.  With this option, a Replay manager must decide the best time to warm up relievers before they enter a game.  Excel file

Situational Scoring System scoresheet
A scoresheet based on the situational scoring system developed by Alex Reisner.  For documentation on the scoring system, see Alex Reisner's website.

Guarding the lines, playing the outfield in - from George Fahey
Two late game options to help protect a lead or prevent the winning run from scoring.

Old Tom's Rare Play Charts - from Tom Jordan
This extensive rare play booklet in PDF can be used in place of the standard Rare Play Book.

2005 All Stars  - Replay Extra
Printable ratings in both yearbook and team book formats for the 2005 midsummer classic game!  Zipped folder with PDF and MS Word files.

Fielding Cards - created by John Lanski and friends
These time-saving cards contain the fielding grades for each team, saving you the task of entering the info each time on your score sheet. Conveniently-sized to match Replay cards and fit in your team envelopes.  Zipped Excel files.  (Thanks to Mike Mathias, Jeff Ring, Chris Rowe, Andy Lewis,  Duncan Morrison & David Gambrill for creating some of these fielding cards based on John's original concept. The newest cards (for our most recently published seasons) have been created by Mike Mathias in printable PDF format.

Rosters & Transactions files 2004 - from Alan Mandell
Alan Mandell (Surprise, AZ) has developed these unique and fascinating tabletop gamers' helpers for anyone wishing to conduct a replay using actual rosters, or anyone who just wants to know at a glance what a teams' roster looked like at any point in 2004. Alan has painstakingly constructed Team Roster sheets for the 2004 season, showing at a glance which players were on a teams' roster at any point during the season, including DL, minor league call-ups, trades, retirements, suspensions...you name it!  Also new for 2004 is Alan's "Who Played Where" file, which details when and where each player on each team performed on the field in '04.  The files are in Word format, in a zipped folder.  Also available are 2003 and 2002.  Questions or comments about these files?  Contact
Alan.
2002    2003    2004

Free printable 1946 Boston & St. Louis teams in new team book format and card style format.
Zipped folder with PDF files
 
Free printable ratings for this Deadball era team in PDF or Word formats.
 
BF rating for relief pitchers - from Vinny Mancini:
Hi Gang,
 
The last couple of nights/days (depending on when and how much sleep you get <g>) a few of us have discussed the pitchers BF ratings and how they work with relievers. I've been using the starters BF ratings and for the relief pitchers I just add 2 to their R rating. In a case where a relief pitcher is brought in after his raised bonus inning, then nothing gets added to his R rating. I'm testing this out and so far I think it adds more realism then using the normal Replay rule for relievers.
I would like to open this up for opinions if any of you care to share your thoughts.
You all know how the Bonus inning for relievers works I assume? So I will give an example of the rule I am testing out.
Now remember this is ONLY for those that use the pitchers Batters Faced ratings (which I really like now). Ok, lets say that your starting pitcher gets pulled in the 7th inning. You have a relief pitcher that's rated R4 with a raised 7. You would add 2 to his R rating making it a 6 (if he came in after the 7th then he would not get the 2 added to his R rating). Now this relief pitcher could face 6 batters and if after the 6th batter, he lets a runner get on, then he flips to his B grade.
Does this make sense to anyone? Do you think its more realistic then the way the rule stands now?
Please let me know your thoughts on this. I honestly think this adds more strategy to bullpen use and I think its a more realistic way to handle relief pitchers while still being very simple to understand.
Opinions anyone?

 
As you all know I'm playing older sets without the 6*6 pitcher cards. And as some of you may know I've talked about giving the game more impact in terms of platooning with older sets too.  I think my second chart I've created for this purpose is doing the job. 
 
Here it is for anyone interest (only problem is you need a 20-sided die so I roll a 6d,6d and 20d every play).  
Pitcher cards have no adjustments and switch hitters are limited in changes. I use the adjustments for rolls only in the 2-5-6 columns since adjustments in the column one doesn't really change results (just the glamour of them be it a strikeout or not). Also column 4 isn't impacted since that is fielding (although I would like to toy around with a +1/-1 rating there for fielders too so that not all 11 readings are walks. I'm not doing that yet though. I don't change column three because there already is a platoon adjustment at 3-6.
LEFTY PITCHERS
Vs Lefties
1=-2 adj.
2-5=-1 adj.
6-18=No adj.
19-20=+1 adj.
Vs. Righties
1-2=-1 adj.
3-16=No adj.
17-19=+1 adj.
20 = +2 adj.
RIGHTY PITCHERS
Vs. Lefties
1-2=-1 adj.
3-16=No adj.
17-19=+1 adj.
20=+2 adj.
Vs. Righties
1=-2 adj.
2-3=-1 adj.
4-18=No adj.
19-20=+1 adj.
SWITCH HITTERS - they are easy 1-2=-1 adj, 3-18=no adj. 19-20=+1 adj. I may change it to 1 and 20 being a -2 or +2 adj but I'm not sure on that yet.
 
I do a few things if the adjustments create numbers below 1 or above 5.
IF BELOW 1 THEN:
in column 2:All 22-50 Ground outs are now strikeouts.
in column 5: All 6-10 readings are now read as two balls. With the bases loaded it is only one ball.
in column 6: All 12 readings are now 50-50 chances of being singles to center instead of homers. If the reading is a -2 adj on a 1 pitcher then all 12 readings are only a 1/6 shot at a homer, rest are singles.
 
IF ABOVE 5 THEN:
in column 2: All 6 and 17 strikeout readings are now ground outs to either second or short with other baserunners advancing a base. I have toyed with the idea of putting an error chance on the play too to make this adjustment really have a chance of making an impact but have whimped out so far. It would only come up about once every 100 games I'm guessing where an error would happen.
in column 5: All strikeout readings are now just 2-2 counts. Bases loaded walks that used to result in 2-0 counts are now walks too.
in column 6:All 21 readings have a 50-50 shot at being home runs or deep fly outs to center. If the reading is a +2 adj on a pitcher already rated five then the HR is a 5/6ths possibility.
 
Another approach to injuries- the "Injury Bank" system - from Mike Webb:
While chatting with Ben, I had this brainstorm about another approach to injuries. Let me tell you what I thought of:
Suppose we're doing a full season replay of, oh, gee, the 1978 Red Sox. Rather than using Mark's chart (which is great, don't get me wrong!), let's say we do the following. Record injuries for each player on a piece of scratch paper, but DO NOT ASSESS THEM FOR THE NEXT GAME as the rules state.
For example:
 
Game 1-No injuries.
Game 2-Fisk 2, Rice 1.
Game 3-Hobson 3
Game 4-Fisk 2
Game 5-Rice 3
Game 6-Hobson 2
Game 7-Lynn 4
(remember, nobody has missed any time yet!)
Game 8-Fisk 3 (Fisk Total To Date=7)
Game 9-None
Game 10-Lynn 1
Game 11-Rice 3 (Rice Total to Date=7)
Game 12-Hobson 1
Game 13-Burleson 3
Game 14-None
Game 15-Hobson 3 (Hobson Total to Date=9)
 
Ok, now. My Threshold Number for the Replay is 7. Any total less than 7 for a player in his Injury Bank before the game means he can play that day. Any total equal to or greater than means he must miss that game, and the next 6, in a row.
So to go back to my example:
Fisk misses game 9-15.
Rice misses game 12-18.
Hobson misses game 16-22. When Hobson returns, he has 2 games already in the "bank", building for his next injury.
 
My system does two things, I feel:
1.Corrects the "Feel" that so many gamers have complained about. Players play, then miss a whole stretch at a time, which "feels" much more like real baseball, with pulled hamstrings, twisted ankles and all.
2. While not changing the engine itself-games missed should stay almost exactly alike, other than slack games at the end of a season that would not be assessed-the system allows for a real-seeming strategic issue. OK, I'm 4 1/2 ahead of the Yankees. I have 4 against Toronto, then 4 against the Yanks. Rice has 6 games in his IB. Maybe I "notice" he looks a little "banged up" in the locker room at Exhibition Stadium, so I let him have a couple of games off against the Blow Jays. He gets through the set against the Jays unscathed, and is "fresh" to face the Yankees. Now, he may get hurt in the first game, but-do you see what I mean?
Let me know what you think-
 
After talking on the phone with Mark Miller yesterday about "Injury Banks" and his injury system, I went into my own think tank and came up with yet another injury system that's geared for short tourney's, best of series, medium style tourney's (NL Playdown, the Leon project, SimDave, etc) hence the name "The Shorty".
Here we go...
 
This system is simple and offers a football flavor. It keeps the theme of the tournament mindset where it's "do or die" with reference to the decision(s) a manager must make to play a starter or not but offers penalization at the same time. Last but not least, it keeps the focus on the bench players' ala "Pete" style.

"The Shorty" Replay Injury System
Step 1. Note the injury after the game.
Step 2. How injured is the player?? Re-roll prior to the next game to get his game status. A roll of 1-2-3 equals the player is PROBABLE.
This could mean, the trainer worked on the player in-between games/before the next game, the player is living with the slight pain, a good night rest was called for, no more dehydration, muscle spasms passed, groin feels better, hammy was stretch out etc. The player can basically play as normal at 100%.
A roll of 4-5 equates the player is QUESTIONABLE.
The player COULD play based on the manager/trainer/player game time status. If he plays, decrease all his card ratings by 1 and his error ratings by 10.
This is where a player can decide to "gut" out this injury but may hurt the team as well OR the manager steps in to make a decision "for the best interest of the team". To platoon is key for a guy on QUESTIONABLE especially late in the game with decreased card ratings in effect.
A roll of 6 equates the player is OUT.
This player must miss one game or whatever the board indicated.
Step 3. If the player missed a game(s), he must check back with the trainer. PRIOR to his next game, re-roll the previous action but instead of 1-3,4-5,6 make the following re-rolls:
PROBABLE 1-4, QUESTIONABLE 5 and OUT 6. This is where a more serious injury COULD still be lingering and needs more treatment.
Step 4. Repeat Step 3 each time a player is listed as OUT.
Comments are welcomed.......
 
The expansion chart on my site that converts 1 x 6 pitcher grids to 6 x 6 pitcher grids was made using the official Replay formulas for the current 6x6 setup.
 
As you probably know, the 1 x 6 pitchers were assigned a static number based on a range (for example, a col 1 rating of 3 may have been assigned if a pitcher had 0.3 to 0.5 K's per inning- I completely made up these numbers for this example).
 
When I made the conversion chart, I took the average value for that range (in the above example 0.4 K's/IP) and inserted it into the new pitching rating generator to create the 6x6 equivalent for the average pitcher with a col 1 rating of 3. You will see that you don't always get the pattern you might expect, but it is accurate from the game design perspective.
 
I think this is the fairest method to play matchups between old vs new Replay sets. One advantage of the new system is that you get greater diversity between low end and high end pitchers who get a row 4 rating of 3, the diversity coming from the numbers in the other rows of the cards. Obviously, you cannot get the same diversity when converting 1x6 pitchers to 6x6 pitchers, but at least you get the variability in results (especially those HRs that Pete was referring to).
 
The other option is to use only row 4 in the newer set as the A grade. I prefer my method of expanding the cards though, because I prefer the variability in results.
 
I designed the pitcher card expander so you can cut each column into strips- one strip for each rating and for each column, then mix and match them depending on your pitcher. So if your pitcher is 1-2-2-4-3, just take the col 1 strip with the rating of 1, the col 2 strip with the rating of 2, etc, and lay the out in front of you arranged like a pitcher's card. That way, you just need to print them out once, and they can be applied to any pitcher. It also works better if you print them out on card stock- that way they don't blow all over the floor everytime someone walks past you...
 
Of course, I recommend you use whatever system you're most comfortable with and have fun (that last part is the most important part! <g>).
 
 
Game 1. Team A vs Team B
Game 2. Team C vs Team D
Game 3. Team E vs Team F
Game 4. Team G vs Team H
Game 5. Loser of game 1 vs Loser of game 3
Game 6. Loser of game 2 vs Loser of game 4
Game 7. Winner of game 1 vs Winner of game 3
Game 8. Winner of game 2 vs Winner of game 4
Game 9. Winner of game 6 vs Loser of game 7
Game 10. Winner of game 5 vs Loser of game 8
Game 11. Winner of game 7 vs Winner of game 8
Game 12. Winner of game 9 vs Loser of game 11
Game 13. Winner of game 10 vs Winner of game 11
Game 14. Winner of game 12 vs Winner of game 13
Game 15. Winner of game 12 vs To Be Announced

NOTE: Pairings for Games 12 and 13 will not match previous opponents against each other unless absolutely necessary. If three teams remain after Game 13, the winner of Game 11 advances to Game 15.
 
 
Pitcher Injuries - from Jay Bank:
I've been using the following to 'generate' pitcher injuries. It seems to work well. Any suggestions for fine tuning will be appreciated.

When a column two injury for a batter is rolled (even if player has already received an injury that game) I roll two dice. An 11 or 12 means the opposing pitcher could be removed from the game immediately + more games; rolling a 13 means the opposing pitcher must leave after this inning + may miss more games.  To find the length of time missed (if any) one die is rolled. I've attached the
chart (PDF file) that I use to determine this. The die is cross-referenced with a simple number that is = (2 * Starts) + (Relief appearances + 10).

Easier to use than to explain. Comments appreciated.
 
Hi all-- The old seasons for Replay had only 1 player on a team with
the 57 in 3/4, so there were not a lot "rare plays". What I do when playing these old seasons, is whenever a 3/4 comes up, regardless of the number there, I roll one die and if odd, go to the rare play chart, and if even, use the existing number. What does everyone else do? I like these rare plays and they
really aren't that rare--they just add variety and bring a lot of the fielding ratings into play.
 
How I handle injuries
from Tom Fish:
As for how I handle injuries ... in most leagues I've played in the injuries were ignored. The managers were restricted to a percentage of usage, usually something like actual use plus 10% extra. If he went over he was then fined. But that is for PBM leagues. In my replay of the Twins' '87 season I constructed my own injury chart. Before each game I roll 2 dice and the
result tells me which player(s) must sit that game. I have one for each team so the Twins' opponents will have to sit down key players on occasion too. So far it's working pretty well. Guys like Laudner and Lombardozzi that did not have that many AB's get numbers around the 6, 7, 8 area and sit a lot. Hrbek, Pucket and others that played a lot get numbers like 2, 3, 10 or 11 and don't sit as much.

Options for injury plagues - from Bill Priester: 

Now, here is something that I do as far as strategy/options when a team goes through a black plague injury jinx as the Twins.  I play whoever is left to fill in at vacant positions (hey, that is when those players with the little "a" get a shot to play!).  In the Twins case, because of so many guys down I don't have position players for each of the eight non-pitcher positions so my
optional rule is that I can select one of the injured players to play but he must make up the injury games when another player returns to play that position.  In addition, if the injured player should get hurt again while playing injured (the dreaded 2-1 or 2-3 dice rolls) those games are added to the ones he is already in the hole for.  It plays out nice over a full season and it makes the decision making of who to play while injured a gamble of sorts. 
 
Hi again folks,
In the current chart book, Peter reinstituted the hit direction option where there are four instances where you can make an extra die roll to determine which outfielder fields a ball. This was something that first appeared in the black chart books of the late 80's. Now with the 6x6 grid, there is more distribution of where base hits go so many may not choose this option (although it does give each outfielder an equal chance to field the ball). What I tinkered with quite a while back, is to determine pull hitters, spray hitters, and opposite field hitters on a team and use the following charts to add to the probability of where a ball will land, according to the hitters tendency:

Right handed pull hitter
1=LF
2=LF
3=LF
4=CF
5=CF
6=RF

Left handed pull hitter
1=RF
2=RF
3=RF
4=CF
5=CF
6=LF

Right handed opposite field hitter
1=RF
2=RF
3=RF
4=CF
5=CF
6=LF

Left handed opposite field hitter
1=LF
2=LF
3=LF
4=CF
5=CF
6=RF

Okay, now how to determine pull hitters and opposite field hitters? I suggest that the STATS books give excellent evidence on where hitters have a tendency to hit the ball. Actually, there are only a few dozen players that would meet one of these four criteria described above but it does give a better read as to "scouting" a hitter based on his tendency of where he hits a ball. I have to admit that I used a competitors ratings to determine pull hitters vs. opposite field hitters in the past when I utilized this home grown option.
 
I don't have data on the 2000 season players, but maybe someone here can determine who the pull and opposite field hitters are so we can play test this.

Any takers?

Hi folks,
I might add that the hits distribution can also be used in column six for play results 7-11, 17-21, 22-26. Again, the extra die roll for a handful of players that might meet the criteria of either being a pull hitter or opposite field hitter but it does add one more bit of realism to a very realistic baseball sim. Also, it gives one more item on a hitters profile to aid in "scouting" him!

YIKES!
I should have indicated in my original post here that it is column three where the hit options in the new chart book are!
 
With all the discussion threads on the older chart books, I was wondering what folks thought of two column 6 results that were in the old black chart books of the late 80's.

The first one deals with the resolution of results 7-11, that is, the play on the runner trying to score from second on a single with less than two out (with two out is automatic, the man scores). The current chart book states that you have the option to send the runner from second and if you do and you roll a die that is higher than his speed then he is out. This is nice, but I like the black chart book interpretation of these results where a roll of the die can take the outfielders arm or the runners speed into consideration, thus, not making the decision so simple as to looking at just the runners speed. For those of you that don't have the black chart books, their is one extra die roll to resolve this play. You have your first roll of the dice that give you the result of 7 to 11 in column 6 (and assuming that there is a runner on second and less than two out). Again, as in the current chart book, you decide whether to send the runner or not. If you choose to, then you roll one die and refer to the following chart:

1 = xb
2 = Arm
3 = xb
4 = Runner
5 = Arm
6 = xb
(Arm= Outfielders throwing arm) (Runner= runners speed at 2nd).

By utilizing this chart, at the expense of only one extra die roll, you may challenge the outfielders arm, the runners speed or have at least a 50% chance of scoring by automatically getting the extra base! In the case of the outfielders arm coming into play, you roll the die against the outfielders arm. If the die is higher, the runner is safe, if the number is equal or less than the outfielders arm the runner is out! With the 6x6 pitchers grid that now is part of the new card sets, there is more randomness in the column 6 result numbers, therefore the outfielders will vary based upon what number comes up in the pitchers "6" column. I like this added bit of drama in determining this outcome and just wanted to share it with all of you.

The second instance in which I have incorporated the black chart book action is on play results 22-26 (single with option to try for a double). 5 times out of 6, in the current chart book, the runner will be safe. The black chart book again takes into consideration an outfielders arm or a runners speed. See the chart below:
 
1= Safe
2= Arm
3= Safe
4= Runner
5= Safe
6= Safe
(Safe= double, Arm-roll die against of arm, Runner- check runners speed)

In this scenario there is now a 67% chance of automatic double and a 17% chance of the outfielders arm and a 17% chance that the runners speed will determine the outcome. Again, with the randomness of result numbers coming off a pitchers 6 column, this will vary which outfielder will handle the ball. Of course there is that 1 in 6 chance that a manager will have to rely on the speed of his batter/runner! Again, it just adds a bit of drama (at the expense of one extra die roll) to determine the result! With the recent option of adding a more variable result on #s 42-56 on hits to the outfield (at the expense of one extra die roll) I think the two options I've described here might be considered as an option as well.

So folks, what do ya think?
 
Tip - using extra dice - from Mark Miller:
Recently I bought enough dice to give me 8 total dice (2 of each color). I use the standard roll with red (column) white (hitter's row) and blue (pitcher's row). For any result that requires additional rolls (like single + error, possible rare play, OF position for looping drive, possible WP/PB in column 5, etc.) I simply push the original 3 dice to the side (so I can refer back if I am interrupted or if I just want to double check). Then I normally continue the color pattern (green followed by red, white, blue and green (if necessary).

Let's say I have the single + possible error in column 1. I push the RWB dice to the side and pick up a green and the other red and white and roll - the green tells me the fielder and the red/white combo is for the error result. If it is the column 5 possible WP or PB, I simply pick up one green and the other red and roll them both together. Of course, if the green die indicates a ball blocked in the dirt (no WP/PB) I simply ignore the red result.

This allows me to put the dice in RWBG, RWBG order so I can quickly see what I have rolled if there is a question about something or if I am interrupted. All this is simply done to keep the original rolls around so I can make sure I am getting the correct result.

DICE ROLLERS
 
AIM Commands:
 
1. Start/Join a Buddy Chat Room
2. type in the following format:  //roll-diceX-sides (substitute X and Y with number of dice/sides you wish)
3. //roll (will roll 2 6-sided dice)
 
AOL Commands:
 
1. Click on keyword button
2. Type in word DICE and click OK
3. Choose number of dice/sides and click on dice
 

Batters Faced Ratings for the 1954 Season -
Replay Extra
Here
are official starting pitchers' BF ratings calculated for the 1954 season.
 
Expanded Pitcher Grades for 1998 Season - from Marv Westendorp
Marv has created
6x6 pitcher grades for the 1998 Replay season using the Ultra-Expander.
 
1966, 1969 & 1978 Color Ballpark Cards - Replay extra
Here are printable color ballpark images (courtesy of Jon Conner) for Replay's optional BPE for the '66, '69 & '78 seasons.
1966 MS Word Format           
1969 MS Word Format            1978 PDF
1966 PDF                               
1969 PDF
 
1991 WS Teams - Replay Extra
Free printable ratings for '91 Minnesota and Atlanta.  Replay this memorable fall classic!
 
Zipped file with printable PDF format card images for 8 extra 1950 pitchers and 1950 lineup sheet.
 
PDF file of individual hitting ratings for every pitcher in the 1923 NNL yearbook who didn't receive an individual hitting card.
 
Pre-Game Rest Chart - from Chris Howell
This chart allows a Replay manager to see who may be out of the opposition's lineup before each game in a single-team replay.

 
 

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