Why Are Player Cards Not More Like Baseball Cards?

I was just traipsing through the Baseball Prospectus archives this morning when I came across this old Wezen-Ball article from April 2011: “‘Challenge the Yankees,’ the Boardgame.” I’ve seen this game come up on ebay a couple times over the years and noticed that its value can be pretty high for a vintage boardgame, but never paid too much attention to it.  I assumed it was a Yankee-centric game, and I’m no Yankee fan.  But Larry Granillo’s article mentions something about the game I’d never noticed before, which is that the cards featured player photos:    It brought up the question in … Continue reading

Strat-o-Matic’s Rosetta Stone

What a week it’s been for us Do-It-Yourself-types in the Strat-o-Matic world!  First, Len Durrant releases a Japanese League Hall of Famers/Heroes set for both computer and cards, now Bruce Bundy re-opens his blog – that has been dormant for years – giving those of us that like to create our own cards open-source access to the man who has essentially cracked the code of Strat’s card makers.  On his site (which he calls “Rock n Roll Baseball”) Bruce is now giving us access to download his spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet.  It’s the closest thing anyone outside of a certain building in Glen Head, NY has ever had to the actual Strat … Continue reading

FREE Strat-o-Matic Japanese Hall of Famers/Heroes Set

Over the years, Len Durrant has become something of a legend in the Strat-o-Matic gaming community.  His contributions, particularly to the computer version of the game have been expansive in scope and meticulous in detail and he’s generously shared with the community some of his greatest work. He’s doing it again over at the Strat-o-Shack, as he has released a Japanese Hall of Famers/Heroes set (link is broken, send me an email for working link) for the computer version AND, more importantly to me, as a carded version available to download and print yourself.  This is manna from heaven for … Continue reading

1985 NL Cy Young Race – Nolan Ryan One-Hitter!

This is the first post of my replay of the 1985 National League Cy Young Award Race.  I’m replaying (using as played lineups) the starts of Fernando Valenzuela, John Tudor, and Dwight Gooden.  I’m playing Strat-o-Matic Cards & Dice and then entering the results into the computer game (I have version 10) afterward.  I’ve never used the computer game to keep stats in this way before, so this is new to me.  Also, I’m autoplaying every NL game that doesn’t have one of these 3 pitching.  I hope to see a couple of good races.  I plan on playing the … Continue reading