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Old 09-12-2021, 12:36 PM   #1
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RBU Release thread

I've uploaded version 21.1 of the RBU file. The final release also includes the custom player calculator and spreadsheets will all career and seasonal ratings for MLB players.

***NOTE: You must have Microsoft Excel (desktop version) with Visual Basic and enable macros in the settings. The utility will NOT work with the online version.

Also: Unlike previous versions, you should NOT relocate the main RBU21v1 folder. Doing so will cause an error when loading pictures on the input screen. The main file (RBU21v1.xlsm), however, can still be placed anywhere you choose (as well as the Career/Season ratings spreadsheets).

Please note that 2019 is the latest year available. I'm a bit behind on updating records, but since this is historical utility I don't see that affecting too many people. Hopefully in the future I'll be able to get caught up.

New additions:

1) Pitch ratings...all players now have pitch repertoires and ratings of break and control. Velocity for individual pitches is not available, but a top velocity is. This is a first attempt at this and the data is reliable for some and off for others. Also, pitch ratings are not multi-year weighted according to the values you specify - all pitchers have single year ratings for each season.

2) Expanded minor league options. You have the option of adding full (or near full) minor leagues (from about 1915 on). These are all real players, most of which never played in the majors. This will result in each team having way more than the 90 or so slots available, so I doubt most will take advantage of it, but there you have it anyway. You can also elect to forego minor leaguers or only include those that eventually made it to the majors.

3) The input helper screen has been redone...it now includes additional information such as salary, service time, hitting tendency and more. It also grabs a picture of each player as you cycle through them.

4) This is a bigger download (186 MB) since there is so much more info, and the main file size is a little bigger and slower since it's doing more. Keep that in mind.

--------Additional fixes and updates since beta release------------

5) Fixed a bug that was causing free agents to be omitted from the builds.

6) Added the option of using career ratings only for pitchers' batting attributes.

7) Added the option of using/excluding minor league years in final calculations.

8) Durability now reflects time spent on injured reserve/disabled list. So certain players who spent most of the year injured now have much lower durability ratings (like in the 20s or 30s).

9) Fixed a bug that was preventing weighted calculations from working.

10) Fixed the formula for service time (days, years) so it calculates correctly.

11) Added a player search bar on the input screen.

12) Added a check box to turn off pic loading for the input screen. You can use this if you have internet connectivity issues and players will not load.

Link to .exe file (If you have difficulties with this link, then try copying and pasting into your browser's address bar:

https://www.mediafire.com/file/k5iqi...U21v1.exe/file

Please post any questions in this thread, as well as any bugs or errors you see.

JT

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Man ... Oh, Man ... What a gift you are to the MLB roster community. Thank you so very, very much for your time + commitment, JTommy.
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JTommy---First, thanks so much for your RBU work. It is truly exceptional.

My question is if I rerate one of my Show 2020 Classic Rosters with your new RBU21v1 utility, how out of whack would the ratings be, and where might there be a significant difference in the ratings? (In my world, "out of whack" is a very technical phrase.)

I've generated a couple of Classic seasons with your new Utility and compared Overall Ratings with one of my old seasons which was rated with your RBU20v2. Many players have basically the same Overall ratings between the utilities. Others have Overall rating variations (plus or minus 10) with the RBU21.v1 utility. However, when I do some more in depth comparisons, I don't see that significant differences in their individual ratings.

I'm debating whether to completely rerate some of my Classic Seasons for Show 20 with your new utility or simply leave the ratings as is, and use your RBU21.1 to edit the pitcher/batter attributes.

Thanks.....and again, fantastic work!
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My question is if I rerate one of my Show 2020 Classic Rosters with your new RBU21v1 utility, how out of whack would the ratings be, and where might there be a significant difference in the ratings? (In my world, "out of whack" is a very technical phrase.)

I'm debating whether to completely rerate some of my Classic Seasons for Show 20 with your new utility or simply leave the ratings as is, and use your RBU21.1 to edit the pitcher/batter attributes.

Thanks.....and again, fantastic work!
If you are using MLB the show 20 then I would recommend you stick with RBU version 20 as well. The reason:

Games such as these use event probabilities to simulate outcomes. To oversimplify, the game engine is pitting the pitcher H/9 rating vs. the hitter contact rating...but these ratings by themselves don't give the whole story. At the same time, you need to account for the overall strength of the league (hitters vs. pitchers) and factor that in, which would be the league-wide batting average. These averages are obviously coded into the game and change from year to year allowing them to maintain consistent scales for their ratings throughout.

But this is also why you can notice different results simming out the same rosters in different versions of the game. In certain circumstances the differences might be negligible and other times I've noticed more significant jumps. So every year I adjust my historical scaling based upon what I observe in the sim engine with a test roster. This is one of the reasons I release a newer version every year.

Hope this helps, and thanks for the feedback and compliments.
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