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Armor & Swords MLB The Show 20 Classic/Directional Clean Screen Simulation Sliders



Hello OS Show Nation!!! Wow.....another cycle has passed and we are ready for the final version on the PS4! Amazing how quick it has gone. But each and every year we have gotten improved gameplay, vastly improved fielding animations and ball physics as well as excellent audio and ballpark ambience.


MLB 20 promises to be another subtle advancement from the fantastic MLB 19 in terms of improved tagging, more unique OF breaks on hit balls, and again enhanced throwing and fielding animations.


For all of those who have used my sliders in the past you know the drill. We play with a totally clean screen. No visual aides what so ever, utilizing the Classic pitching and Directional hitting interfaces.

When you dive into my approach at playing MLB The Show keep an open mind. Dare yourself to dream of playing every pitch of every inning so the magic of baseball can unfold for you over the course of this cycle. I can assure you if can make an effort to play at least 120-162 games you will get the full monty of what makes MLB The Show the greatest console sports game on the planet. The “little things” really shine and you will see things in game 100 that you never saw in the previous 99. Believe me, trust me and dive in. Endure a month long cold spell at the plate. Endure a month long shellacking of your pitching staff as you grasp at reasons of WTF is going on.....that will make that 15 game winning streak, that 10 game hitting streak, that monster run of scoring 50 runs in 6 games, that 3 HR game, hitting for the cycle, getting to the post season, WINNING THE WORLD SERIES that much sweeter.


Trust the settings, trust the dice rolls, and try to get better!



1. Sample size - Please play 25-35 games before jumping off a bridge because you can’t hit or pitch. Also be honest with yourself about your skill level and ability. Especially when it comes to hitting. The Show emulates hitting so well. And guess what? It is the hardest thing to do in all of sports. That is why we have guys playing football on Sundays (they cannot hit a 95 MPH fastball nor want any part of standing in the dish facing that kind of heat coming at their head). Adjust pitch speed down or up if you find it too difficult or too easy.

2. Buy into the clean screen approach and embrace this way of playing - Turn off those visual guides, cues and arrows. Do not use guess pitch. It all makes you a lousy player. Learn how to play baseball. Use your eye’s and instinct’s. Sit on pitches, have patience at the plate, learn what good pitch sequencing is all about when you are on the bump. This is not an entry level way of playing. Clean screen is hardcore simulation style baseball. Our timing and our IQ coupled with player ratings determines our ultimate success.



Version 7.0 2/17/2021


Version 2 Slider Set and Classic Roster Slider Set Now In The Vault PSN = Todem
Settings:

Batting and Baserunning:

Hitting Difficulty: HOF

Hitting Interface Directional (Timed)

Input Type - Buttons

Plate Coverage Indicator - Off

Camera Shift - Off

In-Play View Offense - Broadcast

Hitting View: Fisheye (Users Choice)

Ball Trail - Off

Button Interface: Classic

Guess Pitch: Off

Baserunner Interface: Default

Baserunning Decisions: Assist

Sliding Decisions: Assist

Runner Window: Off (Much more challenging and rewarding plus cleaner screen)

Pitching:

Pitching Difficulty: HOF

Pitching Interface: Classic

Pitching View: Broadcast

Pitching Ball Marker: Off ("On" for those that struggle with it off)

Pitch Confidence: On

Pitch Delay: Normal

API: Default

Fielding:

Throwing Interface: Buttons

Throwing Meter: Off

Throwing Difficulty: NA

Throwing Decision: Off

Throw Canceling: On

Fielding Decision: Auto

Defensive Shift: Manual

All Indicators - off

Fielding View Offense: Broadcast

Fielding View Defense: Broadcast

General

Strike Zone: Off

Hot Zones: Off

Warm Up Relievers - On

Balks: Off

Tutorial Tips - Off

Post Game Auto Save - Off

Umpire Balls and Strikes: Personalized

Umpire Close Plays: On

Check Swing Appeals: On

Injuries: On

Ejections: On

Scorebar Display - On

Pitch Select Display - Off

Swing/Pitch Info - Off

Vibration - Off

Game Log Order - Default

Presentation Options

Presentation Mode - Broadcast

Pre Pitch Cameras - Batting Only

Frequency - High Leverage

Batter Walkup - On

In-game Ticker - On

Closed Captioning - Off

Mode Updates - Occasional

MLB.com Updates - On




Gameplay Sliders

Dynamic Difficulty Sensitivity - user choice ( I do not use it)

Human Contact - 5

Human Power - 4 (-1)

Human Timing - 5

Stride Difficulty - 5

Human Foul Frequency - 5

Human Solid Hits - 4 (-1)

Human Starter Stamina - 8 (+1)

Human Reliever Stamina - 8 (+3)

Human Pitcher Control - 6 (+1)

Human Pitcher Consistency - 6 (+1)

CPU Contact - 5

CPU Power - 4 (-1)

CPU Timing - 5

CPU Foul Frequency - 4

CPU Solid Hits - 4 (-1)

CPU Starter Stamina - 8 (+1)

CPU Reliever Stamina - 8 (+3)

CPU Pitcher Control - 5

CPU Pitcher Consistency - 6 (+1)

CPU Strike Frequency - 5

CPU Manager Hook - 3

CPU Pickoffs - 5

Fastball Pitch Speed - 7 (-2)

Off speed Pitch Speed - 6 (-2)

Fielding Errors Infield - 5

Fielding Errors Outfield - 5

Throwing Errors Infield - 5

Throwing Errors Outfield - 5

Fielder Run Speed - 4 (-1)

Fielder Reaction - 4 (-1)

Fielder Arm Strength Infield - 5

Fielder Arm Strength Outfield - 5

Baserunner Speed - 5

Baserunner Steal Ability - 6

Baserunner Steal Frequency - 6

Wind - 5

Injuries - 10 using 30 team control for played games 6 when you simulate games around the league before your game and 6 when you advance to the next day or simulate games, quick manage etc.

Injuries using Bacons Fictional Roster - 6

Injuries using Single Team Control - 7

Trade Slider 5 - April

Trade Slider 5 - May

Trade Slider 6 - June

Trade Slider 10 - July,

Trade Slider 5 - August

Trade Slider 5 - September

Trade Slider 5 - October

Trade Slider 10 - November thru February

Trade Slider 7 - Spring Training


For those looking to curb HR’s

CPU/HUM Power both set to 4

For those looking to curb HR’s and exit velocity (less perfect/perfect hit balls)

CPU/HUM Power both at 4
CPU/HUM Timing both at 4



Classic Roster adjustments for use with 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s classic roster season play!!

HUM/CPU Power 5
HUM/CPU Pitcher Stamina 8 (+1)
HUM/CPU Reliever Stamina 8 (+2)
CPU Pitcher Hook 2 (-1)




Armor’s True Classic Clean Screen Approach
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For the ultimate in simulation and challenge here is the way I play The Show with classic pitching vs the CPU.

OK so here is the deal on turning off the R2/pitch types button showing on screen.

All you need to do to see your pitchers repertoire is press right on the d-pad and hit R1 and you will see in order his pitch selection (and you can access this screen to see his strike % throughout the game with his various pitches to see how he is dealing and this eliminates the crutch of the pitch confidence display explained later)

So you press d-pad left and then R1 and see this:

1.4FB

2.SL

3.SPL

4.CHG

That means:

4FB = X = 1 finger
SL = O = 2 fingers
SPL = Triangle = 3 fingers
CHG = Square = 4 fingers
4 Fingers and wiggle means his 5th pitch (R1)

Now you know his best to weakest.

Watch the catcher....if he has 2 fingers showing he wants you to throw a Slider. If he shows 4 fingers he wants a Change up.

I typically allow my catcher to call some of my pitches for me. But I will overrule him often when I want. If you want to see where he wants it pull back R2 and the location icon will flash. The catcher also will sometimes just pat his mitt and/or point inside or outside and I will just aim to that area of the zone (or out of it). Or again I will shake him off. Remember if your controller rumbles while your picking your location the marker (which you can't see) is out of the strike zone. A slight rumble is barely out of the zone..and strong rumble is way out of the zone. I do start pitches out of the zone like sliders, cutters splitters etc and they come back in based on the break and spin. It takes practice....but it is well worth the reward.

Now if your pitcher has 5 pitches 4 fingers and a wiggle will mean the pitch assigned to the R1 button.

Another cool thing is you no longer see a pitchers confidence in any particular pitch. Again simply press d-pad left and R1 once and you can see each pitch and the strike %. The more strikes you have thrown with a pitch the higher the confidence level will be in that pitch.

When you have played the game as long as I have....you know if your throwing a certain pitch for strikes a lot...they will have a lot more confidence in it. I am at a stage with this game where I don't need many visual aides. But if your not there yet turn the pitch type screen back.....play the game the way your comfortable playing it.

I will tell you though the layers of simulation by pitching this way is amazing and fun. Turning the ball marker off and no controller vibration also truly makes it challenging and realistic. Sometimes your pitches will not go where you want them.

Just like IRL!!!

Give this a shot. I have a feeling you will love it. It will take some getting used to...but after a dozen to a couple of dozen games you will be in the groove.

My good friend and fellow slider guru Josh1977 had some nice input about classic pitching so check this stuff out below as well.

"That said, you definitely have some control over pitch outcome. How long you hold the button matters. It affects pitch speed, command, and the amount of break on breaking pitches. It just isn't 'push a button and go'...there is far more subtlety in it. In fact, if you simply tap the button, it is an excellent way to get shelled".


When pitching in classic, you have about a 1 second time period before you get the controller vibration (i.e. max-effort). The following are my observations...

Max effort pitches (holding the button down till the vibration) result in the following:
More velocity
Less control
A sharper break on breaking pitches
Pitches tend to rise more


Minimum effort pitches (tapping the button) results in the following:
Less velocity
Better control
"Loopier" breaking balls (especially curves/sliders
Pitches sink more (due to lower velo) - changeups will pretty constantly wind up in the dirt
In many cases, an "intermediate" duration is optimal. However, you can vary this from pitch to pitch (i.e. like a pitcher adding/subtracting from the speed of the pitch). This is a tremendous way to keep hitters off-balance to help to avoid them getting solid contact/timing.

This is just a basic overview...I'm sure there are more subtleties involved.



Armor's Directional Hitting Approach





It is all situational for me. So many factors depending on the type of hitter, counts, situation, score etc etc.

First off as far as swing types and counts:

Normal Swing:

0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1, 2-2, 3-2

Contact swing

All Pitchers

0-2, 1-2,

2-2, 3-2
Situational - with weaker hitters to make contact and move runners or sacrifice fly.


Power Swing only with my very best power hitters when I typically have no one on with no outs or no one on with 2 outs.

0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 (green light) 3-1 counts.


Directional strategy:

I position the LS pre pitch and hold throughout the swing however as you know I do not use the visual aide showing the influence (don't need it).

Dead Pull Contact Hitters if the situation calls for a pull

LS at the 9 o'clock for RH 3 o'clock for left handers

Hitters counts only 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1


Pull Power Hitters with normal swing

LS position

10/11 o'clock positions for RH hitters

1/2 o'clock for LH hitters

Hitters counts only 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1


Opposite field strategy for RH hitters so I can hit behind the runner...early in counts and hitter counts (0-0, 1-0, 2-0 or 3-1) LS is at 3'clock for LH hitters at 9 o'clock

If I get into a pitchers count or neutral count (0-1, 0-2, 1-1, 2-2, 3-2) I do not use stick influence but I allow the ball to travel deep so I can either slap it the other way or fight it off.


When I simply want to induce a sac fly or ground ball....LS in 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock respectively in hitters counts only.


So I think you can see my approach. In hitters counts I can be far more selective with my pitches and use the LS influence. Basically depending on what I want to do I am looking for one pitch in one spot on 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1 counts (I rarely green light on 3-0 unless I am up big or down big or have a gut feeling). When I am in pitchers counts or neutral accounts I am simply using my normal or contact swing with no stick influence as I am in battle mode and trying to work the count.

I hope that gives you a good idea of my approach at the dish.



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Armors 30 Team Control Manifesto
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So folks I seem to always get a lot of questions around 30 team control, is it for me, how much control do you use, why do you use it etc. So I want to talk about the why, how and pretty much what I do personally with my 30 team control universe in my proper 2017 Yankees Franchise and my Year 3 1987 Yankees Franchise The Quest For Donny Baseball.

Why 30 team control? Well for me it comes down to these 3 key points


1) Lineup integrity and control - I want to make sure lineups are logical and maximizing every teams talent. This is subjective to the player as well. What I may think makes sense, you may do something differently. Always remember it is your universe and you can shape it any way you want.


2) Trade Czar - I love trading. But I hate dumb trades, like real doozy type trades that make no sense for the present or the future. And they do sometimes occur....of course it's totaly IMO. So if I see a trade that fit's my definition of "being bent over with no lube" I will simply reverse it. Now in the past we had a trade delay option. But for programming reasons (it was causing some issues in the trade engine apparently) it was removed on MLB 16. So to reverse a doozy of a deal simply trade the assets back to each respective team. The team that clearly got the strong side of the deal is the one you should propose the trade back to the team that was fleeced.

3) 40 Man Roster Integrity - I make sure I stay on top of each teams 40 man roster in terms of "A" and "B" prospects. Why? I don't want legit "A" and "B" prospects who are developing nicely to be exposed to the "Rule 5" draft. So Before September I make sure (and of course before the regular season starts) I go through each teams 40 and check out their "top" prospects and make sure I get them on the 40 man roster (if they are not on it) to protect them from exposure to the Rule 5 draft. Of course sometimes there is not enough room, because you do need a good mix of veterans at the AAA level to be on call for potential injuries. So this is a GM aspect I like to do. Plus it get's me familiar with every teams minor league system.

So I create one profile for my club with everything set to manual and then I have a profile called "CPU Franchise" which I assign to every team I do not want full control over.




Everything on this CPU Franchise profile is set to Auto except:

Lineups

40 Man Roster

I do not resign the other 29 teams free agents, I do not manage their injuries (I just stay on top of their lineups so if an injury occurs at the big league level and I do not agree with their call-up replacement or lineups with new player inserted I correct it to my liking).


Again, it is about options and the ability to step in when I want/need to. I do not get overwhelmed with doing player training or scouting for the other 29 teams.


I simply just manage those 3 things I mentioned above.


And of course another perk is if I want to switch teams in a franchise at anytime....I can.

So here is my daily method with 30 team control


Simulate all games on the schedule for the day except my game. That way all the scores show up on my ticker when I play my game.


Monthly I will check every team's stat's, see who is performing well etc and I may make some lineup adjustments to other teams to capitalize on players performing better than expected.

Again it is your universe. Have fun with it. And don't over think it


Trades for your team - So one thing I have in place is a house rule where I only trade with other teams for players that are strictly on the trading block until the month of July (when my storylines will take over as I check standings and teams goals, budget etc etc). Unless a team comes to me with an offer with a player/players not on their trading block, I limit myself to that rule. Some exceptions I will make is if I am trying to make a blockbuster multi star player deal and of course I do not fleece the CPU. What's the fun in that? Maybe it is for you and you can do whatever you want, but for me, I like to keep it grounded and more realistic. With that I do have storylines that will occur in the natural progression of my team and I may move a guy because of it. And again.....Trade deadline and Winter meetings I will look at the league and make logical deals and blockbuster trades as well and keep my league fresh and vibrant.


UPDATE MID-SEASON CONTRACT EXTENSIONS WITH 30 TEAM CONTROL

Before July 31st (End of the trade deadline and after all trades have been consummated by all teams) I go to each team and look at their top 3 players up for an extension that are not arbitration eligible and not a renewable contract.

I use a random number generator:

0-33 I extend them to the max green contract demands they have in years in dollars.

34-100 whatever happens…..happens.

I only do this mid season every year.

Works nicely.


Player Editing Within Your Franchise Universe

So Warmwind has a nice set of house rules that I will begin employing in my off-seasons moving forward (30 team control only). Read below. I think it has great idea’s and will make your franchises far more dynamic!


I do edits, but based on rules.


1. I make position edits based on needs and profiles all the time. There are no consequences for doing this.

2. I'm allowed to trade 1 for 1 between a pitcher's durability and their stamina, but only during the off season. This can coincide with a position edit (RP to SP for example).

3. All players must be allowed to regress without edits if they are having a bad year.

4. For players under 34, I'm allowed to counteract regression, but only if they are having a good year.

5. For players under 36, I'm allowed to counteract half of the regression, but only if they are having a good year.

6. For players of any age, I'm allowed to counteract regression using a trade system, where points from one attribute are traded into another in order to keep it up. This can ONLY be used to counteract regression, cannot be used to boost an attribute higher then where it started the year at. Points taken from Durability are worth double, but it also costs double to keep Durability up.





Have fun with it guys!


New 30 team control fatigue injury system generator

So we were chatting with Bacon and other Bacon franchise players about how MLB The Show’s injury system does not have enough “result of the grind” injuries for position players and pitchers. So we came up with this random number dice roll system that you can implement. I think it is a great way to really add a nice layer of strategy to your 162 game franchise and post season if you make it that far. So here is how it works. And it really takes less than 2 minutes to do for a player or pitcher in question.

Position Players:

If you ever get the notification from your coaching staff that a player can use a day off and you decide to ignore that and play them you take the risk of a minor to major injury. Of course if the game itself doles out an injury to them in the actual game.....well....go with it. So here is how it works. It is based on your players durability rating and two random dice rolls using:

https://www.random.org

When using the above random number generator (which you will find on the right side) set it from 0-100

Here is the Injury Matrix for both OSFM/SDS Rosters and a separate Matrix for Bacon’s Fictional Roster (which has universally lower Durability Ratings):

Durability Rating/dice roll results


90+ = 0-10 results in injury
80-89 = 0-20 results in injury
70-79 = 0-25 results in injury
60-78 = 0-33 results in injury
45-59 = 0-45 results in injury
0-45 = 0-50 results in injury


Bacon’s Roster Matrix:

Durability Rating/Dice Roll Results:

85+ = 0-5 results in injury
70-84 = 0-10 results in injury
55-69 = 0-25 results in injury
35-54 = 0-35 results in injury
34 or below = 0-50 results in injury



Injury severity scale (you can assign whatever injury type you want based on length)

Dice roll/results

0-35 results in 7-10 day injury
36-50 results in 14-20 day injury
51-75 results in 20-45 day injury
76-86 results in 60 day plus injury
87-99 results in “out for the season”


Pitchers are a little tricky and require some effort on your part. Again this is entirely up to you. But this adds another layer of strategy and creates more storylines for your universe!

Starting Pitchers. When you start your game simply check your starting pitchers energy bar before you throw the first pitch. If the energy bar is less than full this could result in a fatigue like injury. So if you decide to use a starter with less than a full energy bar and he pitches 5 full innings or 80 pitches (whichever is higher and by that I mean if he goes 6 innings and 79 pitches you are good, but if he goes 7 innings and 80 pitches he goes into the injury Matrix below):

Pitcher Durability scale/result

80-100 :0-10 will result in miss next start
70-79 :0-15 will result in miss next start
60-69 :0-20 will result in miss next start
0-59 :0-35 will result in miss next start


For your bullpen. This will require you to eyeball this. And again it is up to you.

First off. A universal rule I use is if a guy is used 3 straight days they automatically go into the injury Matrix.

With your bullpen just use the same exact scale for starters and use it only if their energy bar is 70% or less. Their missed time will be 7-10 days if they get the dice roll not in their favor.


Coachmod’s card modifier system (adopted from his MLB 18 slider set).


OS member Coachmod came up with this really awesome card modifier system you can use before every game in your franchise. I am adopting it along with Dowies Wind Random Number modification. Please reference just the card results below and ignore his slider settings as this will work terrific with the slider set as well. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the thread. Please do note if you have a rain game adjust wind and throwing errors plus one (for both the CPU and HUM) in addition to any other modifiers you have after you draw your three cards for that game and also for your mod game wind RNG as well.


Dowies Wind Modifier System

A very simply random number check when you get to the 5th innings. Use random.org and generate a number between 1-10 and use the table below:

1-3 Move Wind Slider to 2
4-7 Stays at 5
8-10 Move to 10


If it is a rain game move wind slider and throwing errors for both HUM/CPU up +1. Then do a Wind check in the top of the 5th and if it is raining the modifier will be in addition to the rain mod of +1 (so if the number comes up 1 2 or 3 and it is a rain game your wind slider goes from 6 down to 3 keeping that +1 for the rain, if it was not a rain game the wind slider would go down to two for the same result).




Mikeyo918’s 30 Team Control Sponsership Method and Approach

WILL ONLY WORK WITH 30 TEAM CONTROL



1. NYY - Earnings 12 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Active replay - 2.5K/hit, Walk up - 40K/win

2. LAD - Earnings 12.1 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25k/game, Active replay - 2.5K/hit, Walk up - 40K/win

3. BOS - Earnings 7.5 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 2.5K/hit

4. CHC - Earnings 8.6 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 3.5K/strikeout

5. SFG - Earnings 7.8 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 3.5K/strikeout

6. NYM - Earnings 7.2 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 40K/win

7. STL - Earnings 8.7 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 3.5K/strikeout

8. LAA - Earnings 7.6 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 2.5K/hit

9. PHI - Earnings 7.4 MIL (all diamonds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 40K/win

10. HOU - Earnings 8.1 MIL (1 diamond/1 gold)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 15K/homerun

11. WAS - Earnings 6.8 MIL (1 diamond/1 gold)
In game ticker - 25K/game, Walk up - 2K/hit

12. ATL - Earnings 6.1 MIL (all golds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 20K/game, Walk up - 2K/hit

13. TEX - Earnings 5.8 MIL (all golds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 20K/game, Walk up - 2K/hit

14. CWS - Earnings 6.8 MIL (all golds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 20K/game, Walk up - 15K/homerun

15. SEA- Earnings 5.5 MIL (all golds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 20K/game, Walk up - 55K/save

16. TOR - Earnings 4.8 MIL (all golds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 20K/game, Walk up - 15K/double play

17. SDP - Earnings 5.2 MIL (all golds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 20K/game, Walk up - 3.5K/run

18. ARI - Earnings 5.6 MIL (all golds for sponsor)
In game ticker - 20K/game, Walk up - 20K/stolen base

19. BAL - Earnings 4.4 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 1.5K/hit

20. PIT - Earnings 3.7 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 20K/win

21. DET- Earnings 3.8 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 10K/homerun

22. COL - Earnings 4 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 2.5K/run

23. MIN - Earnings 5 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 10K/homerun

24. MIL - Earnings 4.5 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 1.5K/hit

25. CLE - Earnings 3.3 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 10K/double play

26. OAK - Earnings 3.5 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 15K/stolen base

27. CIN - Earnings 4.4 MIL (all silvers for sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game, Walk up - 1.5K/homerun

28. KC - Earnings 2.4 MIL (1 silver sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game

29. TB - Earnings 2.4 MIL (1 silver sponsor)
In game ticker -15K/game

30. MIA - Earnings 2.4 MIL (1 silver sponsor)
In game ticker - 15K/game
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The Birdman Soars In Oakland As He Awakes From His Early Season Slumber



Bird watches 1 of his 3 blasts at Oakland leave the yard!

The Yankees started their West Coast Road Swing at Oakland hoping to continue their early season surge. Coming into game 1 with a 9-4 record, 1B Greg Bird was looking to get his bat going. Bird has rapidly developed into one of the most feared lefty bats ver the last 3 seasons. Winning the 2018 Silver Slugger award at 1B as well as hoisting the 2018 Post Season MVP Trophy in helping lead the Yankees to a World Series title, Bird was off to a slow start in terms of contact. His power numbers were modest through 13 games. 3 HR’s 4 RBI’s. But his Contact ratio and was trending down while his K’s were alarmingly high.

That all changed vs the A’s hapless pitching staff. The Birdman would launch not 1, not 2, but 3 HR’s. And not your garden variety. This were bombs. All 3 of them to Right Center field in Ricky Henderson Stadium. He would be a big part of a 11-4 Yankee’s rout in support of starting pitcher Joel Cardenas (2-1).

“It felt great!” Bird said following the game. “I was locked in and seeing the ball really well”. Asked what changed Bird replied “Max gave me the day off in our last game at home and I was able to really decompress, refocus, do some tee work and get my approach back”.

The Yankees will face the A’s again tonight.



Yankees Drop 2 out of 3 to last place Reds in NY, Injuries Mounting Up


The Yankees are back to NY from Oakland on the tailwind of a 6 game winning streak. All systems were rolling. But along the way back home to the Bronx the Yankees suffered some set backs. Closer Ardolis Chapman, RF Aaron Judge and now Starting Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka have all landed on the IL. Chapman has a strained shoulder, Judge strained his pectoral making a throw from RF and Tanaka grabbed his elbow after making a pitch vs The Reds. All the injuries were not deemed serious. All of them are going to miss a couple of weeks. In the meantime the feisty Reds managed to upset the Yankees in game one on a top of the 9th HR by Joey Votto off flame throwing LHP Steve Mullet Samuels. Manager Sammy Law brought in the lefty to face Votto and hopefully hold the score at 1-1 in the top of the 9th. Instead Votto (who leads the NL in HR’s currently) deposited a fastball into the upper deck of RF.

In the series finale the Reds brought out the sticks and battered The Tanaka as well as the bullpen after his exit due to the elbow injury (grade one strain after an MRI).

The Yankees are heading to Detroit to try and lick their wounds after this disappointing series vs The Reds.




Chapman had to leave a game vs the Rangers and wound up on the 15 day IL due to a strained shoulder




Aaron Judge watches on from the dugout as he recovers from a strained pectoral suffered vs the A’s making a throw from RF



Tanaka had to be spectator in game 3 vs the Reds after strained his UCL. He will be on the 15 day IL and expects to miss a couple of starts



The A.L. Central Leading Indians Came To NY and Handed The Yankees Two More Losses Before Veteran OF Brett Gardner Ignites Epic Yankees Rally (bottom of the 8th) In Game 3 To Salvage The Series.



Greg Bird Slides In Safely On Brett Gardner’s Game Tying 2R Double In The Bottom Of The The 8th vs The Indians



The New York Yankees are reeling as of late. Losers of 6 of their past 9 games they came into the finale of their 3 game series with the A.L. Central 1st place Indians. CF Tyler Naquin continued his reign of terror vs Yankees pitching hitting 3 HR’s in this series including a 2 out 2 strike solo shot to give the Indians a quick 1-0 lead after 2 innings. 2nd year RHP Joel Cardenas ended up battling and going 8 strong innings. Manager Sammy Law had recently made a shift in the starting lineup. CF Clint Frazier who got off to a very fast start had been going into a deep freeze that started on the road in Detroit and conintued through the home stand vs the Reds and Indians. Law had seen enough. He inserted savvy veteran Brett Gardner back into the starting lineup in CF and batting 9th. Well he delivered. With one out and runners on second and 3rd he smoked a RC gap double to tie the game up 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th. Then SS Trea Turner who is having a breakout season in his second year with the Bombers drove Gardy home on a single to give the Yankees the lead 5-4. Closer Dellin Betances (while Chapman is on the mend) would pitch a perfect 9th to lock down the save and a much needed win.

“There was a reason we made the move to Gardy, and he showed why tonight!” Exclaimed Manager Sammy Law. “He is such a gamer and guy who has always found a way to hit in big moments for us”. Gardner was resigned in the off-season to a one year deal after having the toughest season of his career. He went down with a torn ACL early in May in 2019 and was lost for the season. A lot of doubts lingered that he could bounce back at his advanced age, but Gardy is silencing the doubters early here in the season. Client Frazier did not make himself available to the media for any comments on his demotion.

The Yankees now welcome the Tigers who took 3 of 4 from the Yankees a week ago in Detroit. However the Yankees got some great news on the injury front as Aaron Judge is set to return to the starting lineup in game 1 of this series.

As we approach the end of April look out for our April recap as we will post players stats, standings and league wide news and.....yes trade rumors already!!!



Standings Around The League As Of 4/30/2020
















The Hot Stove Is Warming Up Already In May


May 1st 2020 - According to the Yankees and Dodgers they have had minor discussions in terms of exchanging numbers of various contracts.

In this past off-season the Yankees extended All-Star 3B Nolan Arenado a lucrative front loaded contract that averaged just shy of 30MM per season over 5 years.

They were thought to have been very interested in Free Agent pitcher Gerrit Cole but wanted to front load his deal and go 6 years. Cole balked at the length and money and ended up signing with the Dodgers.

LA has this top 4 in their rotation:

Kershaw
Cole
Arriata
Madea


However they lost Justin Turner to the Pirates and he is in my franchise a super stud 3B who simply mashes. They are down Joc Pederson who is on IL and really are seeking an elite bat and glove at 3B.

Talks were rumored to be about impending free agent Clayton Kershaw.....but Kershaw balked at wearing a Yankees uniform....the talks then turned to Cole who contract is heavily back loaded which goes against the Yankees plans as Judge, Sanchez, Bird, then Turner will want their paydays. The Yankees are sitting really good in terms of having their core under team control for the next 2-3 years until the roosters come home to roost. This does give time for the Yankees scouts to draft and develop players to replace some guys they simply will not be able to retain.

However taking on a heavy back loaded 5 year deal on Cole can crimp the budget and force the Yankees to make some key decisions. However GM Michael Sword has been heard in the past when talking about Cole, that he was born to be a Yankee and is the type of pitcher that will be your Ace well into his mid to late 30’s. He thinks that highly of him.

Intial discussions were around Kershaw....and they still may be. It is unknown as we are in the beginning of May and while the Yankees are in first place, their starting rotation has shown flaws in April. The Dodgers on the other hand got off to a very cold start but reeled off 9 straight to climb back into the N.L. West race but still lack offensive punch. You have two teams here dealing from positions of strength.

When Nolan Arenado was asked for a comment he simply shrugged his shoulders and said “I love L.A. bring it on if that is what they want”. When Cole was asked about NY he simply said “I still have my Jeter Jersey in my closet”.

It remains to be seen if this deal will consummate. But most GM’s around the league don’t think anything happens until we approach the deadline. They feel both teams will be very much in the race by then and can evaluate what if any moves they want to make.

Other pitchers discussed going to LA along with Arenado were RHP Chad Green or Jordan Montgomery.

Stay tuned!!!




Dodgers Signal A Change Forth Coming?

The L.A. Dodgers called up hot pitching prospect Walker Buehler from AAA.

Buehler has been tearing up AAA as he took a little longer to develop than the Dodgers initially thought. This may be a sign they are seeing if Buehler can handle the role in the Show.

If he proves over the next month or two he is ready for prime time this could be the signal the Dodgers are sending about their seriousness in shedding Gerrit Coles massive back loaded deal he signed this past off-season. Or is it a sign they are moving on from long time multi Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw who will be a free agent at seasons end? It is unknown what is really in this thinking for the Dodgers who have been entertaining other teams calls besides the Yankees. One thing they do want? An Elite Power bat and elite glove. And that is what it will take to land either a Cole or Kershaw.

We know the Yankees desire a top Ace. We also know that 2022 and 2023 will be a couple of years where players like:

Aaron Judge
Gary Sanchez
Trea Turner
Greg Bird (2021)

Will be looking for big contracts. However contracts that will come off the books when those players will come knocking are:

Masahiro Tanaka
Ardolis Chapman

In the meantime The Yankees are playing excellent baseball again as they took game 1 of their critical early season 3 game series vs their hated rival in the Boston Red Sox 9-4. Domingo German again gave the Yankees what they needed pitching 6.2 strong innings yielding 4 runs.



Month Ending April 2020 Player Stats Recap

2020 New York Yankees Stats - Hitting
NAMEABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
Bryce Harper13425491211634132600.366.422.828
D.J. LeMahieu132174161215111800.311.364.417
Trea Turner128214262520121765.328.387.523
Nolan Arenado119143260619132300.269.338.471
Miguel Andujar1141028601931100.246.263.325
Greg Bird113183260111862600.283.322.628
Gary Sanchez106183350914102500.311.387.613
Aaron Judge96182640917123400.271.352.594
Clint Frazier8615257021041503.291.330.442
Brett Gardner56915511104600.268.333.446
Tyler Austin4881341275900.271.345.521
Cesar Hernandez41691301220.220.256.341
Julius Cooley173420021200.235.300.353
2020 New York Yankees Stats - Pitching
NAMEGPGSWLSVQSHLDIPHERHRBBSOWHIPERA
Luis Severino774004049.2632353491.334.17
Joel Cardenas774202047.2622055281.413.78
Domingo German773205046.24418715411.263.47
Alex Meyer663202034.2372038361.305.19
Masahiro Tanaka551101028.0321894201.295.79
Dellin Betances1303030615.25221180.381.15
Chad Green1210110415.025158291.809.00
Luis Cessa500100013.01784061.315.54
Steve “Mullet” Samuels900010210.1921281.061.74
Chasen Shreve902000210.114410101.353.48
Tommy Kahnle001020010.11252341.454.35
Shawn Roche50000007.1521020.682.45
Ardolis Chapman50015016.1421160.792.84
Ernesto Frieri20000002.2100020.380.00




Team Rankings (Team Record April 30th 22-12):

Batting Average - 1st .294
AB’s - 5th 1204
Runs - 1st 184
Hits - 1st 353
Doubles - 2nd 72
Triples - 16th 6
HR’s - 1st 66
RBI - 1st 179
SB’s - 30th 8
Walks - 22nd 96
K’s - 1st 226
Slug % - 1st .528
OBP - 2nd .350
Total Bases - 1st 636
Fielding % - 18th .989
ERA - 23rd 4.42
CG - 2nd 3
SH - 28th 1
Saves - 3rd 12
BS - 28th 7
Hits Allowed - 30th 352
Runs Allowed - 25th 157
ER’s - 25th 152
HR Allowed - 29th 54
Walks Allowed - 1st 45
K’s - 26th 247



BREAKING NEWS!!!!
Yankees Consumate Major Trade With The Arizona Diamondbacks For Starting Pitcher Patrick Corbin and 1B/3B Jake Lamb

5/13/2020 - The New York Yankees have officially traded for LHP (SP) Patrick Corbin, 1B/3B Jake Lamb and LHP (SP) Alex Young

The Yankees Send:

1B/3B Miguel Andujar (.273 5HR 23 RBI) B potential and 80 overall under team control thru 2024
RHP (SP) Dave Hansen B Potential 71 Overall under team controlthru 2026
2B/3B/SS Cesar Hernandez 80 overall B potential (29 years old) FA in 2021
RHP (SP) Chad Green C Potential 70 overall under team control thru 2024

For

LHP (SP) Patrick Corbin B Potential 89 Overall (got a 4 point bump in his overall for Morale boost going to home town in NY) 8.4MM YR thru 2021
3B/1B/DH Jake Lamb C Potential 78 Overall 1.9MM FA 2021
RHP (SP) Alex Young C Potential 69 Overall Under Team Control Thru 2025 (Sent to AAA Rochester)


Trade is effective immediately for the Yankees upcoming series at Houston starting tonight. All players have passed their respective physicals.

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired LHP Patrick Corbin and 1B/3B Jake Lamb from the Arizona D-Backs “said GM Michael Sword”. We wish Miguel (Andujar), Ceasar (Hernandez), Dave (Hansen) and Chad (Green) the very best of luck. They were outstanding teammates and highly talented players. We also acquired starting pitching prospect Alex Young who will report to AAA Rochester today. We felt as a team we really needed another high end arm and getting a lefty was also our focus. We have been struggling as a staff and fortunately our offense has carried us through the first month and half of the season. However we know we need pitching to get to the goal we have of winning another Wold Series title. We will discuss a contract extension with Patrick during the 2021 season. We will also discuss an extension with Jake Lamb thru this season and see if we can come to some sort of agreement on that.

1B Greg Bird is almost ready to return from the 10 day IL so it is expected 1B Ji-Man Choi who has played really well will be sent back to AAA Rochester and moving forward Jake Lamb will be the DH vs right handers and upstart OF/1B Tyler Austin vs left handers. The Yankees rotation now adds a potential Ace to team up with Luis Severino as a formidable 1-2 punch that the Yankees have lacked.

The Diamondbacks on the other side have now acquired two outstanding young players in Andujar and Hansen. Andjuar has been on a tear since the start of May and will be sorely missed. He was 2nd in A.L. Rookie of the year voting in 2019. He is not the best defensive player. But it is expected he will get every chance to be the everyday 3B and can also easily play 1B. Dave Hansen a 2018 June draft pick for the Yankees has been ascending quickly through the Yankees system. He did get one start this season which was not too good, but he still needs another year of seasoning. He is viewed as one of the top pitching prospects in the Yankees system. He has all the potential to develop into a solid #2 or #3 starting pitcher in the D-Backs Rotation. Cesar Hernandez immediately becomes the everyday starting 2B and #2 hitter in the D-Backs lineup. They are currently 6 games out of first place in the N.L. West. They plan on extending Hernandez who is 29 years old. He is a very reliable glove and a good left handed hitting 2B with speed and some sneaky pop. Chad Green’s days as a Yankee really soured after coming out of spring training losing the 5th spot in the rotation to Alex Meyer. He then was rocked in long relief as well as a spot start and really has not fulfilled his promise in NY. He hopes the fresh start in Arizona leads to better days ahead. LHP (SP) Alex Young is also looking for a fresh start as he has not lived up to the hype in the Arizona system. The Yankees added Green to the deal and the D-backs were thrilled to grab him. We would have had to designate him for assignment and did not want to get nothing for him. So we asked for Alex Young and hope we can develop him and see if he can turn the corner in his career moving forward.





Yankees Happy To Be Coming Home After 3-7 Road Swing, Look To Get Back On Track



The Yankees hit the the road 14 days ago coming off two triumphant sweeps over the Blue Jays and Red Sox. First up were the Tampa Bay Rays and they ended up spliting that series 2-2. Then they came into Houston vs a reeling Astros teams who were losers of 7 straight. The Yankees 2019 season (YR3) came to a heartbreaking end in game 7 vs these Astros in Houston. Well the Astros gave them a reminder that they can still play with the big boys and swept the Yankees out of Minute Maid Park in convincing fashion. The Yankee pitching was battered and beaten and a move was made as reported for Patrick Corbin and Jake Lamb. Onto the Brewers who then took care of the Yankees in game one blowing them out. Patrick Corbin’s debut was shaky. Game two saw the Yankees put u a first inning 7 spot and they would go on to win 9-6. Again the pitching melting down late. Steve “Mullet” Samuels would get rocked in relief in both games two and three. The Yankees would then lose the rubber match 6-3 despite another strong start from Alex Meyer.

So back to NY to face the red hot first place Seattle Mariners for 4 games. Then a potential breather vs the lowly Twins. But then...backon the road for a west coast swing to Seattle and the Angels who may be getting Mike Trout back just in time for their series. Great.

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Corbin Stops The Bleeding, Tosses Complete Game in 6-1 Win Over Seattle, Judge Hit’s 2HR’s, Birdman Back Goes Yard, Yankees Look To Take 3 our of 4 As Twins Come To Town Next.


The Yankees came home in a rut. After a 3-7 road trip, the Bombers were looking forward to playing at home. Things got off to a great start vs The Mariners. Seattle came to NY with the best record in baseball. Game one saw the Yankees blast ahead 7-0 and then hold on for a 9-7 win. Again the pitching getting shakey late. Severino would get the win but again not be as sharp as he usually is. Game 2 the Mariners blasted Tanaka tagging him for 8 runs in just 5 innings. Enter recently acquired LHP Patrick Corbin. Making his home debut he looked dominant going a full 9 innings and allowing just a 2nd inning solo HR. He scattered 6 hits, walked 1 and struck out 6. “This is why we went and got Patrick” said GM Michael Sword. “We felt we got ourselves a stopper. A guy who can take the ball and keep us in games, and allow our bats to take care of the rest”.

“That felt great” “I really wanted to give the fans a great game and show them that I belong and can become part of the Yankees tradition”. “I love being here, Love that I am finally home in New York and pitching for my favorite team growing up”. “I was born to be a Yankee”.





No Sanchez? No Problem! Meyers Tosses 8 Shutout Innings Julius Cooley Has RBI Single In New Starting Catcher Role Debut as Yankees Take Down The Twins 2-0


The Yankees opened their 3 game series vs the last place Twins at Yankee Stadium with a 2-0 win. Starting Pitcher Alex Meyer continues his best season yet as a Yankees rotation starter (after being a long reliever and spot starer in 18 and 19) tossing 8 shutout innings. He moved his record to 5-3 and now owns the best ERA in the starting rotation. Meyer mixed his 99MPH fastball, nasty curveball as well as slider and also mixed in his sneaky 2 seamer to strike out 7, walk none and give the Yankees another great start. Meyer has looked very sharp in his last 3 starts (all wins) and right now looks like an Ace. Julius Cooley the 8th round pick in 2018 made a statement by knocking in the Yankees 2nd run in the 7th inning with a oppo-taco single to LF which allowed Bryce harper to score. Aaron Judge hit his 20th HR on the season to get the scoring started for the Bombers.

Judge and Harper are now closely resembling the HR race by Yankees Legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. This is something that has been a lot of fun to watch.

The Yankees send Luis Severino to the bump in game two as the Yankees look to win 2 straight and keep the Red Sox at bay who sit just a 1/2 game back out of 1st place in the A.L. East.



Yankees Start With A Win On 6 Game West Coast Swing Over Angels 4-1 As Corbin Gives Them 8 Strong Innings, Tre Turner Sprains MCL Lands On 10 Day IL


The Yankees got a second straight strong outing from newly acquired LHP Patrick Corbin. He has really settled into the rotation and has shown the last two games why they Yankees puled the trigger to acquire him. He did have to leave the game in the 8th due to a sore lower back, but he is not expected to miss his next scheduled start. However the Yankees received some bad news as Trea Turner sprained his MCL rounding 3rd base and scoring on a Aaron Judge RBI single. Turner was 2-2 in this game and had two SB’s before having to leave the game after taking what appeared to be a bad step and slightly hyper extending his left knee. Fortunately the trainers confirmed it was a mild grade 1 sprain and said Trea will be back in 1-2 weeks. The Yankees called up middle infielder Pete Kozma to take his roster spot.

In other Yankee roster news, RHP Masahiro Tanaka has been demoted to the bullpen and RHP Joel Cardenas will take his next scheduled start. Also Tanaka will undergo a precautionary MRI on his right elbow. If you remember early in the season he was shut down for two starts when he felt some discomfort in just his second start of the season. There may be something to this as he has been absolutely dreadful in every start since coming back from being shut down for 2 weeks. He leads the MLB in HR’s allowed with 20. He allowed 18 in all of 2019 when he went 18-6. The Yankees hope he can turn his season around soon.

3B/1B/DH Jake Lamb has been ice cold all season and that has to changed since his trade to the Yankees. Manager Sammy Law is contemplating giving him several days off to reset his mind and work on his mechanics without game pressure. If he does that Tyler Austin will resume a full time DH role while Lamb works out his issues.



Mel Sands Headlines Yankees 2020 Draft Class, GM Michael Sword Keeps It In The Family Too With C Rolando Sanchez and 3B Eric Severino

The Yankees came into the draft with a “best Player Available” mentality regardless of position and it served them well. GM Michael Sword let the draft just come to him all day and the Yankees may have landed the next Doc Gooden with their first Round Pick:



Mel Sands comes to the Yankees as one of the hottest high school pitchers in the state of Arizona’s history. He has a major league ready fastball that was clocked at 97MPH at the Perfect Game 2020 Showcase this past May. He also owns a nasty curve and change to round out his 3 pitch arsenal. Although scouts slotted him as more of a C potential pitcher due to lack of control and some off the field issues, the Yankees believe they may have a #1 ACE with some good seasoning and development down on the farm. “I have always dreamed of being a Major League pitcher and to get that phone call from the Yankees and Mr Sword.....I was flabbergasted. It is time to get to work and hone my craft. I want to help this team win many more championships.




2nd Round Pick 2B Andres Batista out of Colorado has all the tools to become an everyday 2B in the Majors. What really concerned teams was his lack of durability in his 4 years playing college ball. He missed both his Sophomore season and half his Senior season with various injuries. However Michael Sword felt they needed another young 2B in the system and felt Batista can train hard and change his diet and become a solid pro. “We really loved the game film from Andres. Smooth, soft hands, a fluid swing from the left side, sneaky pop and a great mental makeup.” He interviewed amazingly well and is mature beyond his years”.





3rd round pick Clay Webster just fell into the Yankees lap. The hard throwing closer from the University of California simply dominated NCAA hitters his entire 4 year career. An impressive 5 pitch arsenal rounds out his 6’5 frame. He is a stopper. A guy you simply do not want to face in the 9th inning. The Yankees see him as a force in the future.




4th round pick SP Paul Boucher is lunch pale pitcher. As a 4 year starter for the Cavaliers in Virginia this all-state, all conference pitcher was an innings eater. He will not dazzle you with velocity, but he is a superbly crafty pitcher that may be Major League Ready by 2021. He can easily slot into the Yankees rotation at some point and add some more young blood. “Paul is just incredibly smart” “We loved his tenacity on the bump, and his ability to pitch to weak contact”.




When Michael Sword read the scouting report on catcher Rolando Sanchez....he felt like he had seen this movie before. Rolando is current Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez’s first cousin and the Yankees pounced on him. He will have a long road to The Show as he is a young raw left handed hitter. He will have to grind in the system before he even get’s a taste of the Major League level. But the pedigree is certainly there.





This was a boom or bust pick for Sword and he is feeling like it can be a grand slam pick in a few years. 3B Eric Severino another 1st cousin in the Yankees family (Luis Severino) is a power hitting 3B with an incredible upside. 19 years young, a switch hitting beast in his home country of Puerto Rico, Severino is the ultimate developmental player. His measurable are “Judge” like. 6’5 and 199 pounds he has plenty of frame to fill out. Being so young he has plenty of time to develop in the Yankees system and hopefully come up in 2023/2024 to take over the reigns from current superstar Nolan Arenado. “We really loved what we saw at the PG International Prospect Showcase. Sevi Jr put on a show with is bat from both sides of the plate. He does need to bulk up and get stronger. But his tools are there. And he was smooth at the hot corner. We want him to develop his arm strength more though and think that will come from adding another 10-15 pounds of muscle. We are very excited to see how he develops."




Yankees Bolster Bullpen Aquire Brad Boxberger From Rays For OF/1B Tyler Austin

The NY Yankees made a trade to help bolster their struggling bullpen by sending OF/1B Tyler Austin to the Tampa Bay Rays for veteran RHP Brad Boxberger. Austin entered the 2020 season on the Yankees 26 man roster and as their full time DH. However after a great start in April he began to fade fast and the Yankees also cut his playing time down drastically once they made the trade for Patrick Corbin which also netted Jake Lamb (who is coming on big in June). The Yankees really like Tylers upside but are in a strong position of depth at his position and needed a veteran Reliever for heir struggling bullpen. Boxberger is in the last year of his contract and will be a Free Agent come seasons end while Austin is still under team control and young. The Rays wanted a young OF with power and Tyler fit the bill nicely. They had no intention of resigning Boxberger.

“We are always happy with Tyler and his development but it came down to numbers and need” GM Michael Sword said on the trade. “We wish tyler well and he will no doubt have a greater opportunity to play full time and make an impact in Tampa”.


Yankees Sweep Red Sox In Boston Now 6-0 Vs Their Division Rival In 2020, But The Sweep Comes At A Cost Losing Rookie Sensation Catcher Julies Cooley 1-2 Weeks and Tanaka On The Shelf Again In Forgettable Season So Far.


The Yankees came into Boston looking to get some breathing room in the A.L. East and they did more than that in making a statement with a 3 game sweep. The Yankees beat Chris Sale and David Price in games 1 and 2. Nolan Arenado had an incredible series driving in 8 runs over three games and Jake Lamb’s bat has come alive as well. However some injuries have mounted. Starting Pitcher Alex Meyer is out for a week with a bruised foot suffered in game one. He should not miss his next scheduled start. Rookie Catcher Julius Cooley who has been nothing short of fantastic in filling in for injured starter Gary Sanchez dodged a bullet with a grade one hamstring pull. He will miss 1-2 weeks and is on the 10 day IL. Rookie Catcher Kellin Deglin was called up and promptly went 2-4 in his MLB debut with an RBI double to boot. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka’s nightmare season continues as he was placed on the 15 day IL with a strained UCL for the second time this season. Tanaka had given up 4 runs in 5 innings before grabbing at his elbow after making a pitch. The Yankees called up pitcher Jordan Montgomery to fill into the rotation in his absence.

The Yankees travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in a quick 2 game inter-league series. The Pirates are battling with theCubs and Brewers in a tight N.L. Central race.

Rumors are swirling around about the Yankees potentially sending Clint Frazier and Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to the Braves for disgruntled CF Ender Inciarte. He will be a free agent come seasons end and the Braves have shown zero interest in resigning him. They are looking for a younger CF to replace him and also want a veteran starting pitcher. Tanaka has 2 years remaining on his deal at just under 10MM per season so the Yankees may have to take back a contract the Braves do not want to make this deal work. Inciarte would give the Yankees a fantastic defensive CF and another left handed bat in Yankee Stadium. He is 29 and the Yankees would look to potentially resign him.

Of course this is a rumor and GM Michael Sword denies any talks at all with the Braves.

Clint Frazier has been very solid in his platoon role with veteran Brett Gardner. So it remains to be seen if the Yankees want to rock that boat. Their offense is #1 in all of baseball and it is hard to see why they would pull the trigger at this point. The team seems to be causing again as they have won 8 of their past 10 now and 6 straight.






MAJOR TRADE YANKEES YEAR 4!!!!



In a shocking transaction the Yankees make some bold salary moves as well as getting some veteran help with expiring contracts. The Yankees have big decisions to make with Arbitration eligible players as well as expiring contracts heading into year 5 so GM Michael Sword made a bold trade with the S.F Giants who sit 1/2 game out of first in the N.L. West.

The Yankees Send:

2B DJ LeMahieu (12.4M/YR thru 2023)
SP Masahiro Tanaka (10.1M/YR thru 2022)
C Julio Calderon (C potential 23 years old 88 fielding 80 reaction 86 blocking)
1B Mike Ford (C potential 26 year old)

In exchange for:

2B Joe Panik (Expiring deal 81 overall 29 years old)
CP Mark Melancon (Expiring Deal 34 years old 86 overall)
C Tyler Stephenson (23 year old B Prospect 74 overall under team control thru 2025)


A bold deal. Panik will become the starting 2B for the Yankees in Year 4. Incredible deal....and the Giants came to the Yankees with Panik for Tanaka. GM Sword expanded the deal and the Giants loved getting DJ.

A great deal for both teams on title runs.




GM Michael Sword Busy Inking Core Players To Extensions Before Trade Deadline



The Yankees were pleased to announce some key contract extensions today.

RF Aaron Judge (27 years old) signed a 5 year extension with both a club and player option for a 6th year. 5 Years at 152MM Front Loaded Deal.

1B Greg Bird (27 years old) signed a 5 Year Extension with both a club or player option for a 6th year. 5 Years at 81MM Back Loaded Deal.

SS Trea Turner (26 years old) signed a 5 year extension with both a club or player option for a 6th year. 5 Years at 43MM Back Loaded Deal

SP Alex Meyer (30 years old) signed a 2 year extension no option. 2 Years 6MM

RP Tommy Kahnle was extended on a 1 yr deal paying him 2.7MM


Meyer has been some story for the Yankees. He won the 5th starter spot and has been the Yankees best pitcher in Year 4. He is currently 9-4 with a 3.73 ERA a 1,21 WHIP and has 121 K;s in 118 innings pitched. The Yankees rewarded him with a 2 extension for a very modest 3MM per year. A bargain for the type of pitcher he has developed into at this late stage of is career. He was an afterthought in a deal made in 2018 with the Angels.


The Yankees took care of three key pieces in Judge, Bird and Turner. Gary Sanchez will be going to arbitration yet again. It seems the Yankees are looking at Julius Cooley as their future and Sanchez remains under team control in 2022 and 2023. Stating Pitcher Luis Severino has one more year under team control and will be looking for a massive deal. One tha the Yankees are not in a hurry to ink.

The Yankees most likely will lose several players this upcoming offseason. Names like:

Mark Melancon (just traded for from the Giants)
Brett Gardner if he decides not to hang them up
Joe Panik is he cannot come to terms with a ow number 1 year deal.
Jake Lamb


It will be an interesting pennant run here in Year 4 and an even more interesting off-season heading into Year 5.





2020 World Champion Yankees!!! 4-0 Sweep of S.F. Giants is Complete!!!







Yankees Year 6 2021 Depth Chart

New York Yankees Depth Chart - 2021
  • Catcher
  • Julius Cooley
  • Gary Sanchez
  • First Base
  • Greg Bird
  • Ji-Man-Choi
  • Second Base
  • Tyler Wade
  • Tim Curry
  • Third Base
  • Nolan Arenado
  • Tyler Wade
  • Shortstop
  • Trea Turner
  • Tyler Wade
  • Left Field
  • Bryce Harper
  • Jake Cave
  • Center Field
  • Walter Ryu
  • Clint Frazier
  • Right Field
  • Aaron Judge
  • Starting Pitcher
  • Luis Severino
  • Patrick Corbin
  • Alex Meyer
  • Domingo German
  • Ariel Juardo
  • Relief Pitcher
  • Joel Cardenas
  • Shawn Roche
  • Tommy Kahnle
  • Steve Samuel
  • Dellin Betances
  • Brad Boxberger
  • Closer
  • Ardolis Chapman
  • Designated Hitter
  • Gary Sanchez
  • Ji-Man Choi



The Yankees begin the 2021 campaign with a 3 game series in Baltimore to face the Orioles. Baltimore added two veteran arms to their rotation in Johnny Cueto and Zach Grienke. Last season no pitching staff was as bad in the A.L than the Orioles. The Yankees regular feasted on them.

The Bombers who won 109 games in 2020 are looking to get a fast start as opposed to last year when they stumbled out of the gate in April. The bats are quite cold this spring save for Aaron Judge, Tyler Wade, and the big story this spring, rookie CF Walter Ryu (2017 3rd round draft pick). Ryu from Taiwan, hit .355 this spring and looked terrific in the field. According to manager Sammy Law he will be in a platoon with incumbent Clint Frazier. “Walter has really shown us he belongs at this level” said Law. “Clint took the news in stride and we expect the both of them to combine to be a great force in CF. How much each of them plays depends on who is hot”.

2020 World Series MVP Tyler Wade is feeling relaxed coming into 2021 knowing the 2B position is all his. He will also fill in at SS and 3B when needed to give Turner and Nolan (Arenado) some needed rest days and rookie Tim Curry will be his back up at 2B.

1B Ji Man Choi has finally made it to the big leagues. The 6’1 260 pound force from Korea had some great moments in 2020 filling in for Greg Bird when he had two stints on the 10 day IL. He looked sharp this spring and will get plenty of chances as a back up DH and 1B this season.

The key to this Yankees season is simple....just pitch effectively. This team is going to score a ton of runs. Offensively we are looking at the #1 team in all of baseball. The odd’s makers have them as a 5-2 favorite to repeat.

Other contenders around the A.L. League:


Toronto Blue Jays - Solid young pitching, consistent hitting. Donaldson is still great, Lourdes Gurriel has developed, and some of their draft picks have hit like Brian Tate in the OF.

Cleveland Indians - Very solid pitching, good defense and solid hitting. Luber, Bauer and Salazar headline the pitching, Brantley, Lindor, Naquin, Scooter Gennett, and Longoria headline the offense.

L.A. Angels - Noah Syndagard is their ace and Mike Trout is looking to have an MVP type season. He was hurt often in 2020. He joins Yoan Moncada, Miquel Sano, Marcus Semien and Aaron Hicks.

Houston Astros - Always in the hunt. Their offense is powerful. Altuve, Correa, Springer, Bregman and Travis d’ Arnaud lead the charge. The rotation is led by Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale and Lance McCullers Jr.

N.L. Contenders:

Colorado Rockies - This team did a complete tear down in 2017 and now? The trees are bearing fruit. Trevor Story, Vlad Guerrero Jr, Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, and now superstar Ace pitcher Justin Sheffield headline this stacked lineup in the N.L. They also have You Darvish, Jordan Zimmerman, Daniel Norris and Jeff Hoffman to make up a very solid rotation. The bullpen might be their undoing though and I expect them to try and be active at the deadline to grab a closer or two.

Washington National - One of the best rotation's in baseball. Simply nasty. Strasburg, Scherzer, Gray and Ohtani. Offensively? Marte, Eaton, Goldschmidt, Stanton, Didi, Rendon and Josh Harrison lead that group.

NY Mets - The Mets have revamped and were busy this off-season. A.J. Pollock, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozier, Michael Conforto and Andrelton Simmons lead the offense. Pitching is very solid. Harvey, Carrasco, Wheeler and Skaggs are the rotation with Wily Peralta as the #5.

L.A. Dodgers - This rotation rivals any team! Kershaw, Cole, Maeda, Arrieta, Gausman and Buehler. Man oh man. Offensively? Albies, Seager, Bellinger,Khris Davis, and big bopper Joc Perderson.

S.F. Giants - The defending N.L. Champs are primed for another run. Starlin Castro, D.J. LeMahieu, Cory Dickerson, Brandon Belt, Carlos Gonzalez, Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey all are very good hitters. The top 3 in the rotation can deal. Bumgarner, Tanaka and Ryu make that up. Former Blue Jay Derek Law is now the closer and he can deal!!!


So there you have it. The 2021 season has begun. Check here frequently for updates throughout this every pitch, every inning, every game played Yankees Franchise now entering it’s 5th glorious year!!!



Breaking News!!

19 Year Old Rookie 3B Eric Severino has been recalled from Triple AAA Rochester to the Yankees 26 man roster. Severino who was drafted in the 6th round of the 2020 draft out of Puerto Rico and 1st cousin of Yankees Ace Luis Severino, had a very impressive spring. However the Yankees decided to carry 13 pitchers with reliever Christian Benetcourt making the squad as the 13th. However in a 10-4 Yankees win on opening day in Baltimore Benetcourt was shelled for 3 runs in an inning of work. He was Designated For Assignment today to make room for Severino. Eric has a MLB ready bat. Shades of Juan Soto here folks. Keep an eye on him!!




Yankees Year 5 Mid-Season Report



The 2021 New York Yankees have arrived to the All-Star Break in 1st place in the A.L. East. Sitting at 57-39 they are a half a game in front of Boston and 4.5 games in front of The Rays.

Let’s take a look player by player on how this season as gone:


1B Greg Bird - .278/21 HR/55 RBI/50 R - Greg was rewarded with a 5 year extension for 77.5MM (back loaded) last season. He has been a model of consistency and is again proving to be a great left handed hitting power bat in the lineup. He currently leads the league in doubles (33) is 6th in Batting WAR (4.0),6th in HR’s (21) and is a reliable glove at 1B.

2B - Tyler Wade - .242/1 HR/23 RBI/16 R/6 SB - Tyler coming off his improbable MVP World Series run was handed the starting 2B job and has also had to play his share of SS (more on that later), he started out the season right where he left off in the post season but he has hit a big cold spell in June and July. He has been asked to shoulder a lot defensively as Brea Turner has batted two injuries already this season which has kept him out of action for 6 weeks thus far in 2021. We expect Tyler to bounce back and continue to be a solid contributor.

3B - Nolan Arenado - .245/18 HR/57 RBI/53 R - Nolan has been a rock at 3B. A perennial Gold Glover his bat has been up and down average wise, but his power numbers are right in line with his historical averages. He went thru a freewill in late June and thru July hitting under .100 in his last 15 games, he did however finally breakout in the last game vs the Red Sox before the AS Break.

LF - Bryce Harper - .297/39 HR/92 RBI/74 R - What more superlatives can be bestowed upon Bryce Harper that have not already been said? The reigning league MVP is at it again and the torrid pace he is on is leading many to believe we will have a new HR king (in a season) by year end. Bryce was on this same path in 2020 (hitting 64 and driving in 139 in 2020 in 153 games played) but cooled off late in th season to fall just short. For a career he is now at 333 HR’s and at 28 years old is not looking like he will slow down. It is safe to say when the Yankees dealt Giancarlo Stanton, DiDi Gregorious and Ohtani for Harper and Turner.....they are getting some return on that deal. Harper is looking to potentially become the greatest Yankee.....in the modern era.

CF - Walter Ryu - .285/7 HR/34 RBI/52 R/23 SB - Who is Walter Ryu? Well he was a 3rd round pick for the Yankees in the 2017 First Year Player Draft. Borna nd raised in Taiwan, Ryu was thought of to be a average OF with good speed and limited power. He came into Spring Training as a potential back up to incumbent starting CF Clint Frazier who was coming off a great season as the Yankees full time CF. Clint hit .271 with 19 HR’s and 64 RBI’s, so there was little to no thought that Ryu would be the 4th OF. Well.....he hit the cover off the ball in Spring Training hitting over .400 The Yankees were really excited to see this development and Ryu started the season platooning with Frazier....that did not last too long. He is simply been a revelation much to the chagrin of Frazier who finds himself looking on the outside in. Clint has also had a good season in limited action (149 AB’s) hitting .275 with 15 RBI. But Ryu has taken the league by storm and is a frontline candidate for Rookie of the Year.

RF - Aaron Judge - .237/14 HR/ 38 RBI - This has been a very tough season for the Yankees Superstar RF. Judge in 2020 hit .292/49 HR/126 RBI/116 R and was rewarded with a lucrative 5 year 147MM extension. It was front loaded which may end up being a good thing. No regression has set in for the 28 year old right handed power hitter. It simply is a case of a bad season so far. But there has been a lot of signs of life in July as he has been one of the hottest hitters in the AL in the month of July and GM Michael Sword is quite confident Aaron will find it in the second half. We all hope so!!! He is a much needed cog in the lineup. He was a such a low point in May that he was actually sent down for two weeks to AAA to clear his mind and decompress and simply asked to have some fun. Well June was no different as he continued to struggle, but all of a sudden in his last 10 games he has hit over .500 and belted 4 HR’s with 8 RBI. So he is on an upswing.

SS - Trea Turner - .288/3 HR/26 RBI/33 R/19 SB - Brea when healthy has been great. But the problem has been health this season as he has missed 31 games due to injuries. He also missed th entire World Series after breaking his hand on a HPB. This season it has some knee problems. SO we hope Brea is past it as this team needs his glove and bat and elite speed at the top of the lineup.

SP - Luis Severino - 12-5/4.36 ERA/1.27 WHIP - Luis has been dominant at times and then sometimes he has been knocked around. This is a contract year for Sevi and the Yankees are looking to lock up the 27 year old hurler. He won the Cy Young back in 2018 but has not had that same form since.

SP Patrick Corbin - 10-7/3.02 ERA/1.09 WHIP - Patrick came over at the deadline in 2020 and has been rock solid. He is on pace to match or better his win total from 2020 (17) and has been dominant lately. He leads the league in complete games as well (4). He is also in a contract year and it is not really known what the Yankees will do with the 33 year old lefty.

SP Alex Meyer - 11-4/3.50/1.07 WHIP - Alex is simply a great story. Aquire in 2018 from the Angels for a “Player to be named later” he has exceeded all expectation as a late bloomer. He always had the stuff, but he was able to put it together in 2020 as the Yankees 5th starter and basically was the ACE of the staff. He went 17-6 in 2020 and he is at it again in 2021. He has been this staffs Ace along with Corbin. He was rewarded with a prove it extension and is signed thru 2022. At Age 31 it will be interesting to see what happens come contract time heading into 2023.

SP Domingo German - 8-7/3.76 ERA/1.14 WHIP - German is up and down. But his stuff is big time. He is locked up thru 2025 and at age 28 has plenty left in th tank. A solid 3rd starter he is 4th in the rotation with upside.

SP Ariel Juardo - 4-8/4.41 ERA/1.35 WHIP - Ariel came to the Yankees as a Rule 5 pick and won the 5th spot in the rotation out of Spring Training. He got off to a fine start....but has really fallen off a cliff since May and has lost his spot. Jordan Montgomery was called up and has taken his spot in the rotation.




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1990-2007 Fantasy Flashback S.F. Giants Year 2 News Wire

A little background on this franchise. Back on MLB 17 a really awesome roster was released in the vault by A_Hamilton1791 better known on OS as J_smith2190

What he did was create a roster filled with players from the 1990-2007 era of baseball at various points in their career. So the roster is really balanced, filled with aging vets from the 1980’s, in their prime players of the 90’s, and tons of great prospects who later become monsters of the 2010’s.

I was able to draft a really dynamic team on MLB 17 and decided to use the S.F. Giants as my team. I started Year 1 on MLB 17 and then moved it over to MLB 18 where it sat idle for a little while. I finally finished Year 1 on 18...advanced to the off-season and got it to 2018 in January where I was able to move it to MLB 19 and right to 20 where I advanced it to the 2018 (Year 2) season.

I have already started it on MLB 20 and there are streams of all 6 of our games thus far. I will be doing franchise updates on this thread in this post as this team is truly unique and quite frankly a lot of fun!!

We have a robust farm system. I was able to draft a lot of great prospects and because I went for more depth in my farm system we finished 80-82 in Year 1. But boy oh boy did we get some great progression up and down the lineup and down on the farm.

I will post a “Meet the Team” listing our MLB squad and all our top prospects. We will have a news wire just like we have for our Year 5 Yankees franchise.

And of course we will be streaming the majority of our games on Twitch. Join me for a really fun fantasy franchise!!! I think These Giants have a real shot at becoming a dynasty!!





Year 2 Season Preview

The year is 2018 and The Fantasy Flashback Giants are coming off a tough Year 1 finishing 80-82 and out of the Post Season. However the team was contstructed with the future in mind and after a long off-season.....the future is now. Let’s take a look at the teams makeup with their 26 man roster heading into Year 2 (2018) and the expectations.


1B - Kevin Youkilis (Age 29/B Potential) - Youk is considered one of the veterans here in the Bay Area. You hit .298 in YR1 with 19 dingers and 85 RBI’s. So a solid first season with the club. Expect Youk to again have a very solid season as he is a reliable high contact hitter with sneaky power and a lot of clutch factor. Kevin has one more of ARB (2019) before he becomes a free agent in 2020

2B - Homer Bush (Age 29/B Potential) - Homer was one of the surprise players for the Giants last season. He managed to hit .267 with 10 HR’s and 47 RBI and he also stole 18 bases. He was a reliable defensive player as well. Bush will again be the starting 2B heading into YR2 and the team has a very raw but talented Dustin Pedroia (Age 22/A potential) down in AAA waiting in the wings. Homer’s contract is very cap friendly with 17MM remaining over the next 4 seasons thru 2022.

3B - Miguel Carbrera (Age 25/A Potential) - Miggy is one of the cornerstone pieces of the team, so much so the Giants rewarded him with a lucrative back loaded extension in Spring Training. He inked a 7 year 217MM extension. In YR1 he hit .250 but added 29 HR’s and 96 RBI. The Giants are expecting bigger and better things from their future All-Star 3B.

SS - Derek Jeter (Age 24/A Potential) - The Captain finds himself in unfamiliar colors here in this fantasy universe, but we are happy to have this lynch pin leading the infield. Derek is a hard nosed winner. With great contact and good speed....his defensive skills are outstanding. He had a quiet Year 1 though. Hitting only .260 with 3HR and 49 RBI. He did steal 17 bases and scored 60 runs. Bigger and better things are expected moving forward. He is under team control thru 2022.

C - Doug Mirabelli and George Williams (Age 31/Age 29/C Potential) - We have a catcher platoon in YR2 with Mirabelli and Williams. Both are solid defensively but not much is expected offensively. Mirabelli showed some pop in Year 1 hitting 12 dingers (43 RBI) and hitting .263 while Williams only appeared for 21 AB’s as he was out with a serious knee injury Year 1. Down on the farm though the Giants are waiting on Miguel Montero (Age 24/B Potential). Currently in AA with the Flying Squirrels, he is expected to take over in Year 3 and could be called up at some point this season if he performs well at the AA level. This is a position to keep an eye on as the season moves forward.

CF - Ken Griffey Jr (Age 28/A Potential) - Another cornerstone player on the Giants, Jr is a beast. Even more great is his team friendly contract of 47.5MM over the next 5 seasons. He will be 32 when his contract will be up for extension. Ken hit .284 with 32 HR and 83 RBI in Year 1 and he is being looked to as a huge contributor. It is a joy to watch him play.

LF - Tim Raines/Eric Davis (Age 38/Age36) - Here we have two former All-Stars from the 80’s playing out their final year for the Giants. Davis and Raines are in a full blown platoon with Eric playing vs RHP and The Rock playing vs LHP. In YR 1 Davis had a productive season hitting.277 with 12 HR’s and an impressive 60 RBI’s. He also swiped 11 bags and scored 47 runs. Raines had a very tough 2017 hitting only .226 with just 16 RBI’s and no HR. However he was battling injuries and is completely healthy for the 2018 campaign. The farm is rich with OF prospects. Ryan Braun (Age 24/A Potential), Carlos Gomez (Age 22/A Potential), Lorenzo Cain (Age 22/B Potential) are waiting in the wings to join Griffey Jr on the big club in 2019.

RF - Ichiro Suzuki (Age 28/A Potential) - Ichiro as he is known is another key piece to the Giants Puzzle. Year one saw the great Japanese import hit .291 with 12 HR 60 RBI and 40 SB.he led the team in doubles with 51 and also scored 83 runs. The Giants expect him to have an even better 2018. He is under team control thru the 2022 season. He will be 33 when contract extension time comes around.

The Giants also have:

3B Evan Longoria (Age 22/A Potential) and Ultra Utility man (SS,2B,1B,3B,OF) Ben Zobrist (Age 27/B Potential) on the big club. At some point Longoria will take over at 3B and we can see Carbrea moving over to 1B if Youk moves on and is not extended in 2020. This will play out and it will be interesting to see.

Now let’s move on to a great strength of this team as well. The pitching staff.

MLB Rotation:


Justin Verlander - (Age 23/A Potential) - Justin started 24 games as a rookie in YR1 and went 7-6 with a 4.31 ERA. He had a nice progression bump (as did a lot of our young players) and was named the Opening Day Starter for YR2. Justin is under team control thru 2023.

Josh Beckett - (Age 26/B Potential) - Josh was the lead dog in YR1. He would start 32 games going 10-11 with a 3.94 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP. in 198 Innings pitched he had 194 K’s and walked 64. Beckett’s stuff is wicked and he is looking for a new contract extension in the neighborhood of 18MM per season or more. It is believed the Giants are in a great position to give him that and are expected to re-sign him for the long haul.

A.J. Burnett - (Age 29/B Potential) - AJ may have the best stuff on the staff. He had a injury riddled YR1 missing most of the season with a torn shoulder. Fully rehab’d and back in the fold AJ is the teams #3 starter. His contract is ultra team friendly as he is signed thru 2022 at just 4.1M per season. So the hope is AJ can give us #2 starter type production as our #3 in the rotation and of course we hope he can stay healthy long term.

Adam Wainwright - (Age 26/A Potential) - Adam was this teams best starter in YR1. Compiling a team best 16 wins (16-11) and throwing a team high 221 innings Adam was mature beyond his years. A 1.19 WHIP and 154 K’s paced his season. A luxury and incredibly our 4th starter in the rotation. Adam is under team control thru 2021.


David Price - (Age 20/A Potential) - David only appeared in 9 games in YR1 as a long reliever. He got knocked around pretty good too going 0-1 with a fat 7.41 ERA. However he had a great spring training and earned the 5th spot. How long he can hold onto that remains to be seen as many pundits around the league feel he is still too young and raw for big league action.

Oliver Perez - (Age 26/B Potential) - Oliver is the teams long reliever/spot starter and is waiting in the wings if indeed Price can’t handle The Show just yet. He is completely out of options so the team can’t ever send him down again as he will certainly be claimed if he is ever DFA.


Down on the Farm the Giants have these starting pitching prospects:

Edwin Gonzalez (Age 25/A Potential)
Ublado Jimenez (Age 24/B Potential)
Greg Smith (Age 24/C Potential)
Tomo Ohka (Age 26/C Potential)
Kevin Chamberlin (Age 18/C Potential)
Jeff Samardzija (Age 23/B Potential)
Corey Kluber (Age 22/A Potential)
Johan Guzman (Age 19/B Potential)



The Bullpen is also solid. Here is our Big League Pen:

RP Neal Cotts - (Age 26/C POT)
RP Paul Quantrill - (Age 29/B POT)
RP Jon Rauch - (Age 29/B POT)
SU Joel Zumaya - (Age 23/B POT)
RP Tony Pena - (Age 26/C POT)
CP Matt Mantei - (Age 28/B POT)
CP Jose Valverde - (Age 28/B POT)



So there you have it folks. A strong, young squad built to win this season and beyond. Stay tuned to this thread for season updates all year long as we look to make a strong Post Season push in Year 2 (2018)!!!!

The 1990-2007 Fantasy Flashback S.F. Giants are in Full Swing!!!





Year 2 Around The League Season Preview


Fantasy Flashback Fans here is a sneak peak into each division and who the contenders are!!


A.L. East Preview



Baltimore Orioles - The O’s have some great veteran talent on the roster. Led by veteran SS Barry Larkin (Age 34) the O’s will look to try and contend in 2018. Larry Walker (Age 31), Mark Teixeira (Age 28) add the power while Brandon Phillips (Age 27) and Mark Kotsay (Age 30) add the contact. The strength of this team is the top 3 in their rotation of Roy Hallyday, Tim Hudson and Jon Lieber and closer Troy Percival

Boston Red Sox - The Red Sox have a strong pitching staff with Ben Sheets, Jeremy Bonderman, Chuck Smith and Tom Glavine. Closer Trevor Hoffman is there to close games out. On the offensive side of things Boston has some serious fire power in Juan Gonzalez, Carlos Delgado, Josh Hamilton and Paul Lo Duca.

New York Yankees - Rickey Henderson set’s the tone for this squad offensively. He is coming off a great 2017 hitting 18 dingers and swiping 54 bases. He hit .277. The Yankees have a young Ryan Howard in the 4 hole with youngsters Victor Martinez and Aramis Ramirez right behind him. Mike Cameron rounds out the offense with great speed as well. Pitching is also decent with young starters Shane Reynolds and James Shields.

Tampa Bay Rays - The Rays will struggle. Pitching is old with Dave Cone and just average with Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Perez and Edinson Volquez and old time closer Rod Beck. The offense though is exciting with Shane Victorino, Vinny Castilla, Matt Williams, Preston Wilson, Miguel Tejada, Alfonso Soriano and John Olerud. So it will be interesting to see if the offense can overcome some average pitching in this division.

Toronto Blue Jays - The Jays have the best catcher in the league in Pudge Rodriguez. At just 26 years old he will be a cornerstone player for them for years.Add into the mix J.D. Drew (26 Years Old), Garret Anderson and add in a 23 year old Jimmy Rollins the Jays have some firepower. Top starters Mark Buehrle, Kevin Millwood and Jon Garland pace the staff with Closer Eric Gagne.



A.L. Central Preview


Chicago White Sox - Carlos Beltran, Magglio Ordonez, Ryan Klesko and Pat Burrell pace the offense while Cole Hamels, Kevin Appier and Jeff Weaver pace the starting rotation. Stand Belinda and Rick Aguilera are your top bullpen arms.

Cleveland Indians - The Tribe has decent to good pitching with Andy Bene, Alan Bene, Pat Hentgen and Randy Wold in the rotation. The Bullpen is where things get tough. There have no clear cut dominant closer or set up guys. Offensively Jim Thome is there clear superstar and Jeromy Burnitz would be their next best hitter along with Jose Vidro. The Tribe are probably in for along season.

Detroit Tigers - This is an exciting lineup with David Eckstein, David Wright, Mike Sweeney, Jose Cruz and Jeff Kent leading the roar. They have an aging but still effective power bat in Jose Canseco. Pitching is very good. John Smoltz, Josh Johnson and Ben McDonald lead the team and the bullpen is rock solid with John Wetteland, Michael Jackson and Robeto Hernandez. The Tigers should make a lot of noise this season in the Central.

K.C. Royals - The Royals have a nice mix of youth and veterans on offense. Mike Piazza, Cliff Floyd, Vernon Wells, Paul Konerko and Ken Caminiti do the heavy lifting with Jose Offerman at the top setting the pace. Pitching is good with Joel Pineiro, Mark Prior, Joe Mays and Scott Erickson in the rotation. The Bullpen is also good with Francisco Cordero at closer and a young flame thrower in Ugueth Urbina in the set up role.

Minnesota Twins - A veteran team the Twins boast a nice lineup up including Jacoby Ellsbury, Ron Hunt, Sammy Sosa, Mo Vaughn, Cal Riokien Jr and Navy Lopez. Pitching is also decent with Shawn Estes, Victor Xambrano and Ramon Martinez.

A.L. West Preview


L.A. Angels - The Halos have a very good staff. John Santana, Cliff Lee, Chris Young and Bartolo Colon pace the rotation. Felix Rodriguez is the closer in an otherwise ordinary bullpen. Offensively the Angels feature Albery Pujols, Hideki Matsui, Jason Varitek and Raul Mondesi.


Oakland A’s - The Athletics are led by Carl Crawford, Derrel Lee, Ben Grieve, Paul O’Neil and Marquis Grissom. The pitching staff is led by Scott Kazmir, Dontrelle “The D Train” Willis and C.C. Sabathia. The Bullpen has a fierce jason Isringhasen closing games out. The A’s look pretty stout.

Seattle Mariners - The M’s have Greg Maddux who is arguably the best pitcher in the league. Barry Zito and Denny Neagle help anchor the rotation. The Bullpen is a big are of concern though. Arthur Rhodes is their closer and they do not hav much else. On the offensive side they are not too impressive. They do have a long Nomar and a “in his prime” Adam Dunn. Aging vet Mark McGwire can still bring out the big wood as he hit 27 HR’s in Year 1. But how much is left in the tank at age 34?

Texas Rangers - Young 1B Jeff Bagwell is the centerpiece of the Rangers offense. 2B Chase Utley and SS Michael Young form a formidable middle infield.In CF the Rangers have young Willy Taveras who had a very solid season in 2017 as the Rangers leadoff hitter (.264/9HR/61RBI/31 SB/77R). Pitching looks like Chris Carpenter, Justin Thompson and Jason Were leading the rotation and the legendary Billy Wagner closing games out.

Houston Astros - The Astros are led by Kerry Wood, Dan Halen and Freddy Garcia at the top of the rotation and Kazuhiro Sasaki closing games out. Kenny Lofton is the spark plug at the top of the order, while David Justice, Eric Chavez, Geoff Jenkins and Tony Clark crank out the dingers. Bengie Molina is behind the dish as well.


N.L. East Preview


Atlanta Braves - The Bravos are filled with star power. Bernie Williams, Scott Rolen, Kevin Millar, Moises Alou and Edgar Renteria round out an impressive lineup. However the pitching staff in this fantasy universe is not what they had in reality. Mark Mulder sits atop the rotation but the rest is just an average bunch that includes Brian Lawrence and Carl Pavano. The bullpen is also an area of weakness. I do not expect much from the Braves in 2018.

Florida Marlins - The Fish have three top of line pitchers including Curt Shilling is simply a dominating ACE. Livian Hernandez and Matt Morris also chip in big time. The “A” team bullpen is led by closer Chad Cordero and set up men Derek Lowe and Jonathon Broxton. Offensively the Marlins boast a great lineup and maybe the strongest in the NL East. Michael Bourn, Lance Berkman, Jose Guillen, Mark Grace and Bran McCann lead the charge


Montreal Expos - The Spo’s have some nice pieces to work with. Shannon Stewart had a great 2017 hitting .291 with 16 HR and 78 RBI, 27 SB and 93R from the leadoff spot. Prince Fielder was a dominant power threat hitting 32 HR and driving in 90 while hitting .297. To round out this impressive lineup is Carlos Guillen, Yadier Molina and Bobby Bonnila. In the rotation the great HOF Randy Johnson leads the staff along with Ismael Valdez, Todd Stottlemyre and Matt Cain. The bullpen is solid with Chuck McElroy, Jeff Nelson and Jonathan Papelbon.


NY Mets - The Metropolitans Boast a very good pitching staff with Roy Oswald, Hideo Nomo Bruce Chen and Free Agent pick up and former Giant Chuck Finley. They also have a young Tim Wakefield. Randy Myers handles the closing duties in the pen. Todd Helton is their clear cut superstar. He joins Crag Biggio, Kelly Gruber and Frank Catalanotto. Mark DeRosa also is in the lineup (AMBUSH TACTICS BITCH!!!).

Philadelphia Phillies - Tony Gwynn graces the leadoff spot for the fighting Phils. Brian Roberts, Travis Hafner and Shawn Green round out the top 4....but they also have guys like Andrew Jones and Rondell White joining Tony in the OF. The top 3 of the rotation are good. Brandon Webb, Alex Fernandez and John Burkett. Jose Lima is their closer.


N.L. Central Preview

Chicago Cubs - The great Pedro Martinez headlines the pitching staff but also look out for young superstar in the making Javier Vazquez. He went 16-7 with a 2.85 ERA in Year 1 out pitching Pedro. Carlos Zambrano and Terry Adams round it out and both are also young. Joakim Soria is the teams closer. The offense is just an impressive and may be the best lineup in the East. Jermaine Dye, Mike Lowell, Sean Casey, Alex Rodriguez (Age 22), Jason Kendall (Age 25), J.T Snow and a 24 year old Jorge Cantu headline the lineup.

Cincinnati Reds - The Reds may struggle this season. Jason Bay, Tino Martinez and Ruben Sierra are their top bats with a young in the wings Troy Glaus waiting. Steve Finely and Todd Hundley are also there and top prospect Darin Erstad will try to see if he belongs this season. Pitching wise they have the great Kevin Brown and Chan Ho Park and not much else.

Milwaukee Brewers - The Brew Crew has some potential. Pitching looks solid with Jake Peavy, Mike Hampton and Kevin Tapani heading the rotation. Mariano Rivera is the teams unquestioned closer. Offensively there are players to be excited for in Grady Sizemore and Vladimir Guerrero. Darin Fletcher and Brian Giles also help out.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Barry Bonds back where he belongs with the Bucks. Bonds is the most dominant hitter in the universe. Joining him are Matt Lawton, Justin Morneau, Adrian Beltre, Hunter Pence and Howie Kendrick. Pitching wise they have live arms in Brad Penny, Darryl Kite and Aaron Harang.


St Louis Cardinals - The Cards have The Rocket leading the pitching staff (Roger Clemens for the kiddies) also they have some young starting pitchers in Brett Myers and Chien-Ming Wang. The Bullpen is filled with aging veterans and is a weak spot long term. Short term they should be ok. Mike Stanton, Tom Gordon and Vic Darensbourg lead the way. Offensively young and powerful and PED free Robnson Cano leads off the lineup, Big Papi and Robin Ventura also power the lineup in the middle. Mike Napoli and Torii Hunter along with Crag Wilson round out a very strong hitting lineup. Keep on eye out on the young up and going 2B/SS Luis Castillo.

N.L. West Preview

Arizona Diamondbacks - The D-backs have a decent lineup. Led by Jason Giambi and Matt Holiday as their big boppers they also have some solid pieces in Brian Jordan, Aaron Boone, Johnny Damon and Marlon Anderson. King Felix is their Ace in the rotation and he joined my Brad Radke and Matt Clement. Jeff Shaw handles the closers role in the pen.

Colorado Rockies - Zack Greinke and Orlando Hernandez are the lambs being let to slaughter in Coors Field....or at least they hop not. Brad Lidge is the teams closer and they hope the offense can score enough runs at home to off-set the traditionally tough park on pitcher that it is. So who is the task burdened on? A real strong cast here. Chipper Jones, Hanley Ramierez (when he was a young star), Rafael Palmer, Raul Ibanez, Bret Boone, Carlos Lee, Joe Mauer and Jay Buhner. A young Jose Reyes is also in the mix. So this lineup has a lot of firepower.

L.A. Dodgers - The Boys in Blue are primed and ready to challenge for their second division title. Young and also filled with guys in their prime. Nick Markakis, Todd Walker, Gary Sheffield, Joey Votto, Jorge Posada (elder statesmen), Adrian Escobar, Jim Edmonds (Prime Version) and Juan Uribe fill out this lineup card. Andy Petite leads the staff as Andy Ashby, Francisco Liriano, and Wade Miller join him. Antonio Osuna is the team young closer.

S.D Padres - The Padres have some scary bats n the lineup including The Big Hurt Frank Thomas, Manny Ramirez and Tim Salmon. Veterans Sandy Alomar Jr and Deveon White also help out. A young Chase Headly is also in the lineup. Pitching is strong with Mike Mussina, Al Leiter, Jason Schmidt and Rick Reed in the rotation. K-Rod is the closer.



So there you have it for Year 2 as far as the teams, key players and you can make your own predictions and of course follow along as we play every pitch and every inning of this awesome fantasy universe that is the Fantasy Flashback 1990-2007 S.F. Giants Year 2!!!!


San Francisco Giants (1990-2007 Fantasy Draft) Depth Chart - 2018
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  • George Williams
  • Doug Mirabelli
  • First Base
  • Kevin Youkillis
  • Second Base
  • Homer Bush
  • Ben Zobrist
  • Third Base
  • Miguel Carbrea
  • Evan Longoria
  • Shortstop
  • Derek Jeter
  • Ben Zobrist
  • Left Field
  • Eric Davis
  • Tim Raines
  • Center Field
  • Ken Griffey Jr
  • Right Field
  • Ichiro Suzuki
  • Ryan Braun
  • Starting Pitcher
  • Justin Verlander
  • Josh Beckett
  • A.J. Burnett
  • David Price
  • Adam Wainwright
  • Oliver Perez
  • Relief Pitcher
  • Paul Quantrill
  • Jon Rauch
  • Neal Cotts
  • Tony Pena
  • Joel Zumaya
  • Jose Valverde
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Hello OS Show Nation!!! Wow.....another cycle has passed and we are ready for the final version on the PS4! Amazing how quick it has gone. But each and every year we have gotten improved gameplay, vastly improved fielding animations and ball physics as well as excellent audio and ballpark ambience.





MLB 20 promises to be another subtle advancement from the fantastic MLB 19 in terms of improved tagging, more unique OF breaks on hit balls, and again enhanced throwing and fielding animations.





For all of those who have used my sliders in the past you know the drill. We play with a totally clean screen. No visual aides what so ever, utilizing the Classic pitching and Directional hitting interfaces.



When you dive into my approach at playing MLB The Show keep an open mind. Dare yourself to dream of playing every pitch of every inning so the magic of baseball can unfold for you over the course of this cycle. I can assure you if can make an effort to play at least 120-162 games you will get the full monty of what makes MLB The Show the greatest console sports game on the planet. The “little things” really shine and you will see things in game 100 that you never saw in the previous 99. Believe me, trust me and dive in. Endure a month long cold spell at the plate. Endure a month long shellacking of your pitching staff as you grasp at reasons of WTF is going on.....that will make that 15 game winning streak, that 10 game hitting streak, that monster run of scoring 50 runs in 6 games, that 3 HR game, hitting for the cycle, getting to the post season, WINNING THE WORLD SERIES that much sweeter.





Trust the settings, trust the dice rolls, and try to get better!







1. Sample size - Please play 25-35 games before jumping off a bridge because you can’t hit or pitch. Also be honest with yourself about your skill level and ability. Especially when it comes to hitting. The Show emulates hitting so well. And guess what? It is the hardest thing to do in all of sports. That is why we have guys playing football on Sundays (they cannot hit a 95 MPH fastball nor want any part of standing in the dish facing that kind of heat coming at their head). Adjust pitch speed down or up if you find it too difficult or too easy.



2. Buy into the clean screen approach and embrace this way of playing - Turn off those visual guides, cues and arrows. Do not use guess pitch. It all makes you a lousy player. Learn how to play baseball. Use your eye’s and instinct’s. Sit on pitches, have patience at the plate, learn what good pitch sequencing is all about when you are on the bump. This is not an entry level way of playing. Clean screen is hardcore simulation style baseball. Our timing and our IQ coupled with player ratings determines our ultimate success.







Version 1.0 Coming Soon!













Settings:



Batting and Baserunning:



Hitting Difficulty: HOF



Hitting Interface Directional (Timed)



Input Type - Buttons



Plate Coverage Indicator - Off



Camera Shift - Off



In-Play View Offense - Broadcast



Hitting View: Fish Eye (Users Choice)



Ball Trail - Off



Button Interface: Classic



Guess Pitch: Off



Baserunner Interface: Default



Baserunning Decisions: Assist



Sliding Decisions: Assist



Runner Window: Off (Much more challenging and rewarding plus cleaner screen)



Pitching:



Pitching Difficulty: HOF



Pitching Interface: Classic



Pitching View: Broadcast



Pitching Ball Marker: Off ("On" for those that struggle with it off)



Pitch Callout: Off (cleaner screen but turn it on if you like)



Pitch Confidence: On



Pitch Delay: Normal



API: Default



Fielding:



Throwing Interface: Buttons



Throwing Meter: Off



Throwing Difficulty: NA



Throwing Decision: Off



Throw Canceling: On



Fielding Decision: Auto



Defensive Shift: Manual



All Indicators - off



Fielding View Offense: Broadcast



Fielding View Defense: Broadcast



General



Strike Zone: Off



Hot Zones: Off



Warm Up Relievers - On



Balks: Off



Tutorial Tips - Off



Post Game Auto Save - Off



Umpire Balls and Strikes: Personalized



Umpire Close Plays: On



Check Swing Appeals: On



Injuries: On



Ejections: On



Scorebar Display - On



Pitch Select Display - Off



Swing/Pitch Info - Off



Vibration - On (Off for the ultimate challenge) (I play with it on)



Game Log Order - Default



Presentation Options



Presentation Mode - Broadcast



Pre Pitch Cameras - Batting Only



Frequency - High Leverage



Batter Walkup - On



In-game Ticker - On



Closed Captioning - Off



Mode Updates - Occasional



MLB.com Updates - On









Gameplay Sliders



Dynamic Difficulty Sensitivity



Human Contact



Human Power



Human Timing



Stride Difficulty



Human Foul Frequency



Human Solid Hits



Human Starter Stamina



Human Reliever Stamina



Human Pitcher Control



Human Pitcher Consistency



CPU Contact



CPU Power



CPU Timing



CPU Foul Frequency



CPU Solid Hits



CPU Starter Stamina



CPU Reliever Stamina



CPU Pitcher Control



CPU Pitcher Consistency



CPU Strike Frequency



CPU Manager Hook



CPU Pickoffs



Fastball Pitch Speed



Off speed Pitch Speed



Fielding Errors Infield



Fielding Errors Outfield



Throwing Errors Infield



Throwing Errors Outfield



Fielder Run Speed



Fielder Reaction



Fielder Arm Strength Infield



Fielder Arm Strength Outfield



Baserunner Speed



Baserunner Steal Ability



Baserunner Steal Frequency



Wind



Injuries





Trade Slider 5 - April



Trade Slider 5 - May



Trade Slider 6 - June



Trade Slider 10 - July,



Trade Slider 5 - August



Trade Slider 5 - September



Trade Slider 5 - October



Trade Slider 10 - November thru February



Trade Slider 7 - Spring Training









Classic Roster Tweaks




Make these tweaks to the HOF set if you are using any classic rosters from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s!



Starter stamina

Reliever stamina

CPU Hook

Base stealer ability









Armor’s True Classic Clean Screen Approach










For the ultimate in simulation and challenge here is the way I play The Show with classic pitching vs the CPU.



OK so here is the deal on turning off the R2/pitch types button showing on screen.



All you need to do to see your pitchers repertoire is press right on the d-pad and hit R1 and you will see in order his pitch selection (and you can access this screen to see his strike % throughout the game with his various pitches to see how he is dealing and this eliminates the crutch of the pitch confidence display explained later)



So you press d-pad left and then R1 and see this:



1.4FB



2.SL



3.SPL



4.CHG



That means:



4FB = X = 1 finger

SL = O = 2 fingers

SPL = Triangle = 3 fingers

CHG = Square = 4 fingers

4 Fingers and wiggle means his 5th pitch (R1)



Now you know his best to weakest.



Watch the catcher....if he has 2 fingers showing he wants you to throw a Slider. If he shows 4 fingers he wants a Change up.



I typically allow my catcher to call a lot of my pitches for a sim feel. But I will overrule him when I want (shake him off). If you want to see where he wants it pull back R2 and the location icon will flash. The catcher also will sometimes just pat his mitt and/or point inside or outside and I will just aim to that area of the zone (or out of it). Or again I will shake him off. Remember if your controller rumbles while your picking your location the marker (which you can't see) is out of the strike zone. A slight rumble is barely out of the zone..and strong rumble is way out of the zone. I do start pitches out of the zone like sliders, cutters splitters etc and they come back in based on the break and spin. It takes practice....but it is well worth the reward.



Now if your pitcher has 5 pitches 4 fingers and a wiggle will mean the pitch assigned to the R1 button.



Another cool thing is you no longer see a pitchers confidence in any particular pitch. Again simply press d-pad left and R1 once and you can see each pitch and the strike %. The more strikes you have thrown with a pitch the higher the confidence level will be in that pitch.



When you have played the game as long as I have....you know if your throwing a certain pitch for strikes a lot...they will have a lot more confidence in it. I am at a stage with this game where I don't need many visual aides. But if your not there yet turn the pitch type screen back.....play the game the way your comfortable playing it.



I will tell you though the layers of simulation by pitching this way is amazing and fun. Turning the ball marker off and no controller vibration also truly makes it challenging and realistic. Sometimes your pitches will not go where you want them.



Just like IRL!!!



Give this a shot. I have a feeling you will love it. It will take some getting used to...but after a dozen to a couple of dozen games you will be in the groove.



My good friend and fellow slider guru Josh1977 had some nice input about classic pitching so check this stuff out below as well.



"That said, you definitely have some control over pitch outcome. How long you hold the button matters. It affects pitch speed, command, and the amount of break on breaking pitches. It just isn't 'push a button and go'...there is far more subtlety in it. In fact, if you simply tap the button, it is an excellent way to get shelled".





When pitching in classic, you have about a 1 second time period before you get the controller vibration (i.e. max-effort). The following are my observations...



Max effort pitches (holding the button down till the vibration) result in the following:

More velocity

Less control

A sharper break on breaking pitches

Pitches tend to rise more





Minimum effort pitches (tapping the button) results in the following:

Less velocity

Better control

"Loopier" breaking balls (especially curves/sliders

Pitches sink more (due to lower velo) - changeups will pretty constantly wind up in the dirt

In many cases, an "intermediate" duration is optimal. However, you can vary this from pitch to pitch (i.e. like a pitcher adding/subtracting from the speed of the pitch). This is a tremendous way to keep hitters off-balance to help to avoid them getting solid contact/timing.



This is just a basic overview...I'm sure there are more subtleties involved.







Armor's Directional Hitting Approach










It is all situational for me. So many factors depending on the type of hitter, counts, situation, score etc etc.



First off as far as swing types and counts:



Normal Swing:



0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1, 2-2, 3-2



Contact swing



All Pitchers



0-2, 1-2,



2-2, 3-2

Situational - with weaker hitters to make contact and move runners or sacrifice fly.





Power Swing only with my very best power hitters when I typically have no one on with no outs or no one on with 2 outs.



0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 (green light) 3-1 counts.





Directional strategy:



I position the LS pre pitch and hold throughout the swing however as you know I do not use the visual aide showing the influence (don't need it).



Dead Pull Contact Hitters if the situation calls for a pull



LS at the 9 o'clock for RH 3 o'clock for left handers



Hitters counts only 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1





Pull Power Hitters with normal swing



LS position



10/11 o'clock positions for RH hitters



1/2 o'clock for LH hitters



Hitters counts only 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1





Opposite field strategy for RH hitters so I can hit behind the runner...early in counts and hitter counts (0-0, 1-0, 2-0 or 3-1) LS is at 3'clock for LH hitters at 9 o'clock



If I get into a pitchers count or neutral count (0-1, 0-2, 1-1, 2-2, 3-2) I do not use stick influence but I allow the ball to travel deep so I can either slap it the other way or fight it off.





When I simply want to induce a sac fly or ground ball....LS in 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock respectively in hitters counts only.





So I think you can see my approach. In hitters counts I can be far more selective with my pitches and use the LS influence. Basically depending on what I want to do I am looking for one pitch in one spot on 0-0, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1 counts (I rarely green light on 3-0 unless I am up big or down big or have a gut feeling). When I am in pitchers counts or neutral accounts I am simply using my normal or contact swing with no stick influence as I am in battle mode and trying to work the count.



I hope that gives you a good idea of my approach at the dish.







Armors 30 Team Control Manifesto




So folks I seem to always get a lot of questions around 30 team control, is it for me, how much control do you use, why do you use it etc. So I want to talk about the why, how and pretty much what I do personally with my 30 team control universe in my proper 2017 Yankees Franchise and my Year 3 1987 Yankees Franchise The Quest For Donny Baseball.



Why 30 team control? Well for me it comes down to these 3 key points





1) Lineup integrity and control - I want to make sure lineups are logical and maximizing every teams talent. This is subjective to the player as well. What I may think makes sense, you may do something differently. Always remember it is your universe and you can shape it any way you want.





2) Trade Czar - I love trading. But I hate dumb trades, like real doozy type trades that make no sense for the present or the future. And they do sometimes occur....of course it's totaly IMO. So if I see a trade that fit's my definition of "being bent over with no lube" I will simply reverse it. Now in the past we had a trade delay option. But for programming reasons (it was causing some issues in the trade engine apparently) it was removed on MLB 16. So to reverse a doozy of a deal simply trade the assets back to each respective team. The team that clearly got the strong side of the deal is the one you should propose the trade back to the team that was fleeced.



3) 40 Man Roster Integrity - I make sure I stay on top of each teams 40 man roster in terms of "A" and "B" prospects. Why? I don't want legit "A" and "B" prospects who are developing nicely to be exposed to the "Rule 5" draft. So Before September I make sure (and of course before the regular season starts) I go through each teams 40 and check out their "top" prospects and make sure I get them on the 40 man roster (if they are not on it) to protect them from exposure to the Rule 5 draft. Of course sometimes there is not enough room, because you do need a good mix of veterans at the AAA level to be on call for potential injuries. So this is a GM aspect I like to do. Plus it get's me familiar with every teams minor league system.



So I create one profile for my club with everything set to manual and then I have a profile called "CPU Franchise" which I assign to every team I do not want full control over.









Everything on this CPU Franchise profile is set to Auto except:



Lineups



40 Man Roster



I do not resign the other 29 teams free agents, I do not manage their injuries (I just stay on top of their lineups so if an injury occurs at the big league level and I do not agree with their call-up replacement or lineups with new player inserted I correct it to my liking).





Again, it is about options and the ability to step in when I want/need to. I do not get overwhelmed with doing player training or scouting for the other 29 teams.





I simply just manage those 3 things I mentioned above.





And of course another perk is if I want to switch teams in a franchise at anytime....I can.



So here is my daily method with 30 team control





Simulate all games on the schedule for the day except my game. That way all the scores show up on my ticker when I play my game.





Monthly I will check every team's stat's, see who is performing well etc and I may make some lineup adjustments to other teams to capitalize on players performing better than expected.



Again it is your universe. Have fun with it. And don't over think it





Trades for your team - So one thing I have in place is a house rule where I only trade with other teams for players that are strictly on the trading block until the month of July (when my storylines will take over as I check standings and teams goals, budget etc etc). Unless a team comes to me with an offer with a player/players not on their trading block, I limit myself to that rule. Some exceptions I will make is if I am trying to make a blockbuster multi star player deal and of course I do not fleece the CPU. What's the fun in that? Maybe it is for you and you can do whatever you want, but for me, I like to keep it grounded and more realistic. With that I do have storylines that will occur in the natural progression of my team and I may move a guy because of it. And again.....Trade deadline and Winter meetings I will look at the league and make logical deals and blockbuster trades as well and keep my league fresh and vibrant.





Player Editing Within Your Franchise Universe



So Warmwind has a nice set of house rules that I will begin employing in my off-seasons moving forward (30 team control only). Read below. I think it has great idea’s and will make your franchises far more dynamic!





I do edits, but based on rules.





1. I make position edits based on needs and profiles all the time. There are no consequences for doing this.



2. I'm allowed to trade 1 for 1 between a pitcher's durability and their stamina, but only during the off season. This can coincide with a position edit (RP to SP for example).



3. All players must be allowed to regress without edits if they are having a bad year.



4. For players under 34, I'm allowed to counteract regression, but only if they are having a good year.



5. For players under 36, I'm allowed to counteract half of the regression, but only if they are having a good year.



6. For players of any age, I'm allowed to counteract regression using a trade system, where points from one attribute are traded into another in order to keep it up. This can ONLY be used to counteract regression, cannot be used to boost an attribute higher then where it started the year at. Points taken from Durability are worth double, but it also costs double to keep Durability up.











Have fun with it guys.



Ready to go. Always great reading your franchise posts. Leaning towards getting it Friday but will definitely have it day one. Enjoy!


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Sounds awesome! I’m not a fan of 30 team control as it sounds very time consuming.

I am however very interested in your play style. I’ve never gone with a clean screen but I will give it a try this year. With the early release I’m planning to play through spring training games using your options with dynamic difficulty.

Just one question. Pitching without a ball marker how can you tell how much break are on the curveballs and sliders? Do you use pitchers ratings as a guideline to movement on breaking balls?

Thanks for sharing all your hard work.


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Sounds awesome! I’m not a fan of 30 team control as it sounds very time consuming.

I am however very interested in your play style. I’ve never gone with a clean screen but I will give it a try this year. With the early release I’m planning to play through spring training games using your options with dynamic difficulty.

Just one question. Pitching without a ball marker how can you tell how much break are on the curveballs and sliders? Do you use pitchers ratings as a guideline to movement on breaking balls?

Thanks for sharing all your hard work.


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30 team control is not time consuming. It just allows you to edit anything you want on other teams to limit the dumb AI.
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Sounds awesome! I’m not a fan of 30 team control as it sounds very time consuming.

I am however very interested in your play style. I’ve never gone with a clean screen but I will give it a try this year. With the early release I’m planning to play through spring training games using your options with dynamic difficulty.

Just one question. Pitching without a ball marker how can you tell how much break are on the curveballs and sliders? Do you use pitchers ratings as a guideline to movement on breaking balls?

Thanks for sharing all your hard work.


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Clean screen is the way to go as it really immerses you in the game. Been playing this way for a few years now thanks to Armor, and there's no going back.
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30 team control is not time consuming. It just allows you to edit anything you want on other teams to limit the dumb AI.


I get that setting it up is relatively easy, but isn’t it a pain to babysit the CPU.

I really just want to play my games and take care of my franchise. I’d be willing to let the CPU take care of itself and live with the consequences.


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