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Strat-O-Matic Baseball Daily: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

In case you missed it, on Sunday January 17th (via an article in the New York Times) Strat-O-Matic Games unveiled a new product called “Baseball Daily.” Not a standalone product, Baseball Daily is an add-on to Strat’s bread-and-butter offering, the Windows-based Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2016 for PC.

Here’s the product description, cut-and-pasted from Strat CEO/founder Hal Richman’s letter to fans on Monday, Jan 18th:

Dear Strat-O-Matic Gamers,

It is with great excitement that I announce the launch of Baseball Daily, a game that will revolutionize the Strat-O-Matic playing experience.

For the first time in the Company’s history, Strat-O-Matic will have digital cards that are updated daily, based on the current season’s real life player performance. Baseball Daily will be available for our newly rebranded Strat-O-Matic Baseball 365 online game and for our Windows baseball game as an optional add-on. Baseball Daily digital cards, which are composed the same way for both platforms, will reflect a combination of current season stats, recent performance, projected stats and Strat-O-Matic’s proprietary algorithms and ratings. Historical data will be factored into the cards at the start of the season, with current season stats having increased influence as the season progresses.

-Hal Richman

Based on Richman’s description, I am not aware of any analogous game in the market. It comes as no surprise then, that many loyal Strat fans had questions about this new product. Strat-O-Matic Director of Marketing Adam Rosen should be commended for going straight to the fans on Twitter today, to directly answer questions about Baseball Daily.

Here is your one-stop-shop for the entire Q&A. In your mind, what questions are still unanswered?

NOTE: The tweets below are not listed chronologically. Instead, I reordered them so that there is a more coherent flow to the presentation of the product. I also didn’t include redundant or tangential posts. To go to Strat-O-Matic’s complete Twitter feed directly CLICK HERE.

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You Just Won the Lottery!

Posted by Paul on January 13, 2016 in IRL | Short Link
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Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is up over 1.5 BILLION dollars, and if you’re in the USA then I’m sure you or someone/everyone you know has a ticket and dream. Let’s play a little game:

You just won the lottery! After taxes you have $750 million dollars. Your family and friends and future generations of family and friends are all taken care of. You have everything you could possibly want and need in this life. Until…
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The phone rings. You answer. At first you don’t recognize the voice, but it doesn’t take long to get to the point. It’s the owner of your favorite sports simulation game company. Things have been tough these last few years and he’s finally decided to fold the company. It may or may not be profitable at this time, but either way, it’s just been too much work for him for too long and he’s ready to move on to new things.

You listen. You know where this is going. As soon as the media found out the name of the Powerball winner, you were all over the news. Being on TV was weird and exciting, and when asked what you were going to do first you nervously said, “I’m going to have a nice dinner with my wife tonight to celebrate and then I’m going to get back to my 1973 Baltimore Orioles replay. Al Bumbry is hitting .351 and Mike Cuellar just won his 20th game and it’s still only mid-August!!”

“Now that I won over a billion dollars I’m going to have a nice dinner with my wife tonight to celebrate and then I’m going to get back to my 1973 Baltimore Orioles replay. Al Bumbry is hitting .351 and Mike Cuellar just won his 20th game and it’s still only mid-August!!”

“Now that I won over a billion dollars I’m going to have a nice dinner with my wife tonight to celebrate and then I’m going to get back to my 1973 Baltimore Orioles replay. Al Bumbry is hitting .351 and Mike Cuellar just won his 20th game and it’s still only mid-August!!”


The owner of your favorite game company saw the interview, recognized you from the forums you frequent and decided to reach out to you. Maybe you would like to take over the company? Money is literally no object to you anymore. You have more zeros in your bank account than you could spend in a dozen lifetimes.

What do you do? Do you buy the company and run it yourself? If you do run it yourself, do you change everything or keep the status quo? Do you become an Angel Investor in the game company, funding its operations but letting someone else take over? Do you say “No, thanks. I already have all I need from the company. Thanks for all your good work, I wish you the best in your next venture.”? Or do you follow a different path entirely?

You just won the lottery and your favorite game company closes its doors if you don’t step in to help. What do you do?

RIP Monte Irvin (1919 – 2016)

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If you’ve spent any amount of time with the hobby of sports simulation games, you’ve probably developed affection for players from the past that you otherwise never would have had any connection to. Maybe for you it’s a second-tier pitcher who threw your first tabletop no-hitter. Maybe it’s a guy you drafted in a late round who had an unexpectedly huge season in a replay league.

I keep a list of guys like this that I refer to as my personal Hall of Fame. The first member of this esteemed list was Wally Moon, as a result of this game. There are about a dozen other players in my Hall. One of my favorites is and always will be Major League Hall of Famer Monte Irvin.

Irvin passed away today at the age of 96.

From the wayback machine: Here is a post discussing (and improving upon) Monte Irvin’s Hall of Fame card from the Strat-O-Matic Hall of Fame 2010 set.

Free to Download: Tony LaRussa Ballparks

This shot of Griffith Stadium was taken from Tony La Russa Baseball, and can now be downloaded at the link provided in the post below.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER where you can download any and all of the 75+ Tony La Russa Baseball ballparks in .bmp format.

The PC vs. C&D debate for baseball simulation games is one that may never end. Card & Dice diehards will point to the tactile experience of holding the cards in their hands, as well as the myriad opportunities to personalize game play using house rules that PC games can’t, by their very nature, offer. larussa

The greatest benefit of PC games, of course, is that they let the gamer get straight to the matchups while taking so much of what some would call the tedium of sports simulation games – compiling stats, chart flipping, remembering the most esoteric rules – out of the equation. Both arguments are valid and on which side of the debate you land is as much a question of personal preference as the age-old debate of Ginger vs. Mary Ann.*

While it may be true that C&D players get to customize the game engine in ways PC gamers can’t, in many cases PC gamers get to customize their game experience in ways the C&D gamer can’t, too. Many computer games offer the opportunity to import ballparks, player photos, team logos, sounds and other files to enhance the PC gaming experience.

Tiger Stadium from Tony La Russa Baseball

Tiger Stadium from Tony La Russa Baseball


While some people prefer hi-resolution photos for ballpark backdrops on their screens, many others prefer artistic representations. First released in 1991 and last published in 1997, Tony La Russa Baseball was an early baseball simulation game with primitive (by today’s standards) stadium backdrops that many gamers still recall fondly. Thanks to Strat-O-Matic Fan Forum Member Andy Wyckoff, PC gamers can now download the photo files (saved in .bmp format) of the ballparks included in the classic game.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER where you can download any and all of the 75+ Tony La Russa Baseball ballparks in .bmp format.

The .bmp file format is the required format for use with Strat-O-Matic Baseball PC game. A sample .loc file is included in the Google Drive folder, too, but you’ll have to edit the fielder/batter/ball flight locations in the Strat interface on your own.

*sidenote – I’ve brought up the Ginger vs. Mary Ann debate lots of times on this blog, and it’s because I find it particularly compelling. I know that many (most, probably) would say that Mary Ann is the clear choice, but there is something about Ginger that drives me nuts, too.

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