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Old 02-09-2014, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Has anyone ever played Strat-O-Matic baseball? I just got done playing a few games with my wife and I'm hooked and I cannot wait to play against other people. Now I am talking about the board game, I haven't played the online version yet. This is coming from a guy who dislikes board games but I love baseball so it works perfect. Now first off start out by playing basic if you choose to this has to be the most complex board game I have ever seen. The even accounts for different stadiums and injuries and base stealing and holding runners on. I highly recommend this game!!!

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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A look at Strat-o-Matic Baseball - YouTube

Some guys even build their own stadiums

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Old 02-10-2014, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Bob Costas talks Strat-O-Matic - YouTube
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:28 PM
 
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I'm not familiar with the game, really, but now you have made me curious. I just may have to check it out. Don't know anyone else who would be interested in playing, though.
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I first got A Strat-o-Matic baseball game based on the 1964 season. I lost interest as I grew up but in the mid '70's I bought the game again and got hooked, first as a private hobby, the in a draft league which held together for 14 seasons.

The insight hit me that unlike live baseball, the Strat-O-Matic game was actually finite, with exacting odds which could be calculated if one took the trouble to do so.

I did. I was able to reduce every aspect of a player card into a single number for purposes of ranking them by actual value. Then in the draft I went for those players with the greatest gap in value by position. In short, I turned myself into the house, I stacked the odds in my favor by being the only one who knew the actual odds. The others all still treated it like it was no different from real baseball.

I wound up winning nine of the fourteen seasons we played, and tying for first in another, although then losing a three game playoff. The others all just thought I was lucky. I let them think that.

We didn't have rules concerning how much a player could be used, so I used to specialize in drafting lesser known players who had great partial seasons, and playing them full time. Glenallen Hill's 1993 card where he hit .345 with 15 home runs for the Cubs in just 93 plate appearances ( 1.157 OPS) was an MVP winner for me, and the all time league single season home run record (59) was set by my Jose Oliva 1994 card in which he had hit six home runs in 66 at bats. Dave Valle's 1986 Mariners card was another MVP winner for me, he had hit .340 with five home runs in 53 at bats. For my team he smacked .319 with 48 home runs.
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