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.

I also asked this, but Strat never answered:

Ok, moving on. What happens it’s June in real life, but I’m still working on April games in my replay?

Will the draft league feature ever be available for the Windows version of Baseball Daily?

Yeah, but Super-Advanced like this (image from the current PC game)?
Kershaw 2013 Strat PC

Or like this (image from the Online version)?
Magglio Ordonez online card
That remains to be seen, apparently.

So, at the end of the 2016 season, will the cards I see be the same as the cards we buy in January 2017?

Ah, that makes sense.

^^That’s a fantastic question, right? Here’s a hypothetical situation: It’s July 28th and I’m managing the Washington Nationals. Due to injuries and Dusty Baker-isms, the real-life Nats are 10 games back and essentially out of contention. Stephen Strasburg is in his “walk year” this year, however, and he’s having the superstar year we’ve been waiting for ever since we first saw him on youtube when he was at SDSU.

The real-life Nats decide to trade Strasburg at his peak value and they get a top prospect or two from Arizona. Great. Congrats, Arizona.

But in my Strat-O-Matic Baseball Daily replay, I’m managing the Nats, and obviously I’m a way better manager than Dusty Baker so in my replay I’ve got them only a game out of the Wild Card spot. I haven’t thrown in the towel on this season. I’m not trading the rest of Strasburg’s Cy Young year for prospects who are two years away – NO WAY!

Can I play out the rest of my Baseball Daily season with Strasburg remaining on the Nationals?

Here’s what Strat has to say about that:

Guess not.

Jury is out about this product, but I guess we have to wait until after the season starts in order to really get a feel for it, right?

What do you think, fellow Strat Fans?

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  1. Sounds exciting. I still have never heard anything about when a MAC-version of the PC game will be available. Hope the cards at Baseball 365 (Online) continue to look like the lower deep pink and blue cards and not the PC rubbish. I’ll probably continue to play online, and the stakes will be considerably higher with this new wrinkle (actually, more of a rip-snortin’-rend-the-veil revolutionary change than a mere evolutionary wrinkle).

  2. Did you work on fixing netplay at all like we’ve asked for for several years, or just focus on the new venture?

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