After Further Review with Steve Tower: 10/21/14
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Posted by Paul Dylan on October 22, 2014 | Short Link

Thank you, Steve, for the terrific endorsement of the OneForFive.com Print Edition. The overwhelmingly positive response to the magazine has been beyond even my most optimistic dreams. I hope I can continue to give the hobby something special to look forward to every three months or so. It’s a lot of work, but reviews like yours – as well as all the wonderful emails I’ve received – are a reward whose value can’t be overstated. I’m feeling truly blessed.

2014 World Series Simulation Results From Various Game Engines
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Posted by Paul Dylan on October 21, 2014 | Short Link

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With the Giants vs. Royals series starting today, baseball prognosticators are everywhere. Most simulation games have “pre-played” the series, to varying results. Below are links to the results of a few different simulations, across different game engines.

Have you pre-played this World Series with your favorite game? Leave your results in the comments!
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STRAT-O-MATIC BASEBALL

GAME 6
San Francisco 3 7 0
Kansas City 7 9 0

HR: G. Blanco, B. Posey

Kansas City scores five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Eric Hosmer. Yordano Ventura allows just two earned runs in six innings for his second win of the series. Buster Posey strikes out against Greg Holland for the final out, as Kansas City celebrates its first World Series title since 1985 in front of its home fans.

KANSAS CITY WINS IN SIX GAMES
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OUT OF THE PARK 15

We thought we’d try something different with our World Series sim. This time we simmed the series five times and put together a composite that gives us a pretty good look at what will likely happen. The big takeaway? This is, unsurprisingly, a very evenly matched series: four of the sims went seven games and the fifth ended in six.

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HISTORY MAKER BASEBALL
At press time, this pre-play is only through the first three games of the series, but the Royals have a 3-0 lead.

The Royals keep their mojo going, winning Game 3 2-1 in 11 innings. They have not lost in the post season.

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WHATIFSPORTS.COM

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DYNASTY LEAGUE BASEBALL
USA Today is simulating the series with Dynasty League Baseball, but the newspaper has released the results of game one only so far.

BOX SCORE: Royals 9, Giants 6

The American League champions won their ninth consecutive postseason game as Shields allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings before running out of gas in the eighth. Kansas City built a 9-1 lead thanks to a string of hits with runners in scoring position over the first seven innings. Left fielder Alex Gordon drove in four runs and catcher Salvador Perez plated three to help the Royals jump out to a 9-1 lead, only to have the Giants come back in the late innings.

Have you pre-played this World Series with your favorite game? Leave your results in the comments!

Polman Introduces Nixon to OneForFive
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Posted by Paul Dylan on October 17, 2014 | Short Link

APBA Soccer Cards – What’s In the Box?
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Posted by Paul Dylan on October 14, 2014 | Short Link

The following is a video of me opening a box from APBA Games.  In the box is a couple of APBA Soccer sets (2013 MLS and 2013-14 EPL).

You get to see a Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders card (he’s rated A for Corner Kicks!), and a Luis Suarez Liverpool card.

Since filming this I’ve had the opportunity to look over both sets a little and I am now even more excited to get started playing games with them. Look for specifics on how some players are carded in a future post.

2014 – BBA Awards Voting
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Posted by Paul Dylan on October 11, 2014 | Short Link

As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I have the privilege of voting for the annual Internet Baseball Awards.

Here are my ballots for 2014:

STAN MUSIAL MVP AWARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  1.  Kershaw – LA
  2.  McCutchen – PIT
  3.  Stanton – MIA
  4.  Posey – SF
  5.  Lucroy – MIL
  6.  Rizzo – CHI
  7.  Wainwright – StL
  8.  Puig – LA
  9.  Werth – WSN
  10.  Tulowitzki – COL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  1.  Trout – LA
  2.  Donaldson – OAK
  3.  Gordon – KCR
  4.  Martinez – DET
  5.  Brantley – CLE
  6.  Beltre – TEX
  7.  Cano – SEA
  8.  Hernandez – SEA
  9.  Kluber – CLE
  10.  Altuve – HOU

WALTER JOHNSON PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  1.  Kershaw – LA
  2.  Wainwright – StL
  3.  Cueto – CIN
  4.  Hamels – PHI
  5.  Bumgarner – SF

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  1.  Hernandez – SEA
  2.  Sale – CHI
  3.  Kluber – CLE
  4.  Scherzer – DET
  5.  Lester – OAK

WILLIE MAYS AWARD – ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  1.  Hamilton – CIN
  2.  DeGrom – NY
  3.  Wong – StL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  1.  Abreu – CHI
  2.  Ventura – KC
  3.  McHugh – HOU

GOOSE GOSSAGE AWARD – BEST RELIEVER

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  1.  Chapman – CIN
  2.  Kimbrel – ATL
  3.  Rosenthal – StL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  1.  Rodney – SEA
  2.  McGee – TBR
  3.  Holland – KC

CONNIE MACK AWARD – MANAGER OF THE YEAR

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  1.  Bochy – SF
  2.  Collins – NYM
  3.  Hurdle – PIT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  1.  Showalter – BAL
  2.  McClendon – SEA
  3.  Girardi – NYY

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