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Daily Fantasy Games at Fan Duel – Let’s Play

Do you play fantasy baseball? Ever try a one day league?

I have gotten hooked on Fan Duel over the past baseball season. I play mostly with a friend or two and then enter a few other games as well. I am not a high roller and play for $1-2 or if I am feeling lucky I play for $5.

There are so many different types of games that it keeps it fun. I like to play head-to-head or in a 50/50 league. In a 50/50 league half the players win. So all you have to do is beat out half the pool to cash. There are also different league with a bit higher payout depending on where you finish, and the great thing is it is just for one day. So you aren’t stuck with anyone for a whole year.

If you want to try it out, click on the link above or the banner below and sign up. Everyone who does will help the site out a little and help us pay for our hosting.

If you want to play with me, I am open to games (cheap ones). Just hit me up via email here or on Twitter at @baseballdeworld and I will give you my user name. I just don’t want to post it here.

Thanks and happy playing.

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Spain: Short Documentary on Spanish Division de Honor

For those of you not in the know, David Burns over at BaseballJobsOverseas.com does a fantastic job of finding players places to play over in Europe. David lives, works, and plays in Austria and has done so for years now.

Since starting the website he has helped quite a few players in finding positions in various countries. He also provides a great deal of information for those looking to play. He does a fantastic podcast talking to people all over the world about their baseball experiences and how others can benefit.

Now he has started a documentary series. As he gets the chance to travel around Europe he is filming a few interviews. He recently released the first one, and I highly recommend you check it out. Just click on the link below.

European Baseball Documentary Episode 1: Spanish Division de Honor

David talks to two different teams in Spain to give you a nice little glimpse at the league and what it is like to play there. You also get a look at a couple of the stadiums that they play in, which are much nicer than I initially imagined.

Check it out. It is only about 11 minutes, but it is worth the watch.

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WBSC Announces Groups for 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup

The World Baseball Softball Confederation recently announced the groups for the upcoming 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup. The tournament will take place in Osaka, Japan from August 28 to September 06.

Twelve teams will compete for the title. Each group will play a round robin with the top three from each group moving on to the second round. During that second round a super round robin will be played with the two teams with the best overall records competing for the championship.

The championship will be played in historic Koshien Stadium which was built in 1924. The USA heads into the tournament as the two-time defending champs.

Group A (with current world ranking):

No. 1 Japan
No. 2 USA
No. 12 Mexico
No. 14 Australia
No. 15 Brazil
No. 20 Czech Republic

Group B:
No. 3 Cuba
No. 4 Chinese Taipei
No. 7 Canada
No. 8 South Korea
No. 11 Italy
No. 29 South Africa

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Out of the Park Baseball is Back for 2015 – Will Review Soon

If you haven’t read about it, Out of the Park Baseball is back again. This is by far the best sim game on the market and there are so many new changes and upgrades to the game. You can read the press release here.

This year it is licensed by MLB, so you will see more stuff from the big leagues. But even better, in my opinion, is the expansion of the international leagues. You can play leagues in Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Taiwan, South Korea, and now even Australia.

I am going to have some of my own thoughts on the game coming up soon after I give it a go. I am going to be doing more with the international leagues than MLB, but will review a lot of it over the next few weeks. So stay tuned for that.

If you would like to purchase the game, we invite you to use our link below or on the home page. We are an affiliate and earn just a few dollars with each purchase. All the money we gain goes toward paying for hosting of the site. Don’t worry, it’s not much because I still have a full time job.

So stay tuned and we will bring you more information on the best sim game. I am excited to give it a try.

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The Best Baseball Sim Game is Back for 2015 – Out Of The Park

Press Release from OOTP Developments

March 23, 2015

Out of the Park Baseball 16 Available Now on Steam and OOTP Developments Web Site

Official Licensee of MLB.com & MiLB.com, Featuring Opening Day Rosters, Revamped Systems, New Leagues, and More

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, today announced the worldwide release of Out of the Park Baseball 16 on its web site and Steam. The $39.99 baseball management game runs on PC/Mac/Linux and features a major milestone in its history: The inclusion of official MLB.com and MiLB.com licenses. OOTP 16 includes official league logos, team logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 MiLB league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.

A bundle of four screenshots, along with the official OOTP 16 logo, can be downloaded here:

http://tinyurl.com/ootp16screens

The company’s mobile game, MLB Manager 2015 (formerly iOOTP Baseball), also will include an official MLB.com license, along with other new features. It will be available soon for Android and iOS.

“This promises to be the biggest year in the history of OOTP, thanks to our fruitful partnership with MLBAM,” said lead developer and lifelong baseball fan Markus Heinsohn. “OOTP 16 is the best version of the game yet, and we have more great features in the works. Stay tuned, baseball fans.”

For more comments from Markus about how the license came to be, please see this post on the OOTP Developments blog:

http://blog.ootpdevelopments.com/?p=523

“OOTP is an astonishing accomplishment,” Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry told OOTP Developments during an interview conducted last month for the company blog:

http://blog.ootpdevelopments.com/red-sox-principal-owner-john-henry/

OOTP 16 can be found here:

Buy OOTP Baseball 16 PC & Mac

Steam link:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/333820/

New Features

OOTP 16’s full list of new and improved features include:

2015 Opening Day Rosters

The brand new 2015 roster sets includes all Opening Day MLB rosters, via a free update to be released shortly after Opening Day, as well as the complete minor league system down to the rookie leagues. All major league (and certain minor league) player ratings are based on Baseball Prospectus’ industry-leading player forecasting system, PECOTA. The thousands of remaining minor league players are rated manually by OOTP’s established research team.

New international and independent leagues added

Last year, OOTP 15 introduced seven international leagues in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Italy and The Netherlands. This year, OOTP 16 adds the Australian Baseball League to that list, along with several independent leagues in the US and Japan. All of those leagues feature real rosters, with countless hours of work invested in researching realistic player biographical information, statistics, and ratings.

New team owner goals

Team owners now give short- and long-term goals, which may include: winning the World Series within X seasons; fixing a certain weakness on the roster; extending the contract of a star player; and much more. Players’ abilities to meet those goals not only decides if they’ll be fired but also determines if their contract will be extended at a higher salary, another new feature added this year. (The “cannot be fired” option still exists in OOTP 16.)

Improved team finances and reporting

The team finance system has been redesigned, including new season ticket sales, a team finances screen based on widgets, a new accounting screen, and much more. In addition, the finance-related AI was recoded, resulting in more realistic player contracts and negotiations, as well as more stable long-term team finances.

Completely redesigned manager and coaches system

Managers and coaches have certain personalities and special skills or preferences, which will result in plenty of interesting choices. Managerial choices include easy-going stat-heads and hard-nosed veterans, while some pitching coaches excel at working with power pitchers and others are better suited at overseeing finesse pitchers.

Recoded team strategy system

Players can set their teams’ in-game strategies faster and easier than ever before, but if they play in GM-only mode, they may find that some managers won’t allow certain strategies to be dictated.

Better playoff coverage

A new Pennant Chase screen displays the strength of the remaining schedule and the chance for each team to make the playoffs. The related news coverage was also improved.

Improved 3D ball flight

OOTP 15 introduced support for 3D stadiums and realistic 3D ball flight, which was a big step-up for the series. OOTP 16 improves on that 3D presentation and includes great-looking 3D models of all 30 MLB ballparks.

Much more

  • New play modes (Manager only, GM only, and GM + Manager)
  • An improved simulation engine that incorporates the latest research and trends, such as infield shifts and pitcher usage
  • Rainouts with automatic rescheduling (including double-headers), adding the realism that comes with rain-shortened and cancelled games
  • Better in-game sound effects
  • An enhanced interface, such as a player info pop-up when resting the mouse pointer over a button which links to a player, or automatic syncing between lineups and depth charts when making changes to either of them.
  • Player profile icons that let the user easily see how many times he has won certain awards, been a World Series winner, and more
  • A new Find-A-Player feature: Define certain criteria (ratings, stats, salary etc.) and find the right player
  • Recoded All-Star Game features with real voting (including online league support)
  • Realistic OOTP Hall of Fame selection process, including simulated voting and new stats like JAWS, HoF Standards, Black & Grey Ink Tests
  • More player awards: for example, Most Valuable Player, Playoff Series MVPs, best hitters by position, and Reliever of the Year
  • Better playoff history tracking, including career playoff stats for all real players in the database and playoff leaderboards
  • Alternate currencies (Euro, Pounds Sterling, Yen, etc.)
  • The option to define background pictures for teams and leagues
  • And more

About Out of the Park Developments 

Out of the Park Developments is the developer of the award-winning OOTP and MLB Manager series of baseball management simulations, Franchise Hockey Manager, and Beyond the Sideline Football. German-based OOTP Developments was founded by Markus Heinsohn and Andreas Raht in 1999. OOTP Developments has consistently produced games that have met with critical acclaim, including winning Metacritic’s coveted “Game of the Year” for the 2007 edition of OOTP, which remains the second highest-rated PC game on Metacritic of all time. Further information on the company and its games is available from the OOTP Developments website, http://www.ootpdevelopments.com

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New Baseball Facility Coming to Austria

Press Release by WBSC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Austria is the latest nation to invest in the future and growth of baseball worldwide, as ground has broken for the construction of an international standard baseball facility in Wels, northern Austria, neighboring the Czech Republic and Germany.

The planned baseball facility and training center is part of a new sports complex with an overall budget of €7 million (US $7.6 million), which will also see the creation of three new football (soccer)/multipurpose fields.

The new baseball stadium, projected to be completed by the end of the year, will be the home of the Jumpin’ Chickens Baseball Club that was founded in 1991.

The new venue that will serve Austria’s northern community can potentially play host to future international competitions, given its strategic Central European location and the plans of the facility to meet international standards.

Austria has made some of the biggest gains of WBSC’s 141 member states in terms of their status among baseball’s official world rankings, surging from being No. 55 in the world in 2012 to their current rank of No. 39.

Among WBSC’s nearly 40 member nations in Europe, the nation of approximately 8.5 million people is ranked No. 11 within Europe.

In late July, Austria will be hosting the six-nation 2015 CEB European Championship “B Pool” Qualifier in Vienna, where the host nation, No. 22 Israel, No. 53 Sweden, No. 57 Lithuania, No. 61 Poland and No. 62 Belarus will unite.

With baseball and softball’s steady rise in popularity around the globe, in addition to the planned ballpark in Austria, new baseball/softball facilities are being rolled out in such nations as the Bahamas, Brazil, China, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In 2014,  there was historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda.

Also new-builds are planned for established baseball territories like Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela – and in South Korea and Taiwan, where the first-ever domed baseball stadiums are currently taking shape in those countries.

Based on data compiled, the WBSC, the world governing body of baseball and softball, estimates that over 65 million athletes, from over 140 countries, practice either the sport of baseball or softball, with younger populations and females making up key segments of the participation-demographic.

Copyright © 2014 -2015 WBSC. All rights reserved.

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Today in Baseball History – March 24

March 24, 1911

Helene Hathaway Britton becomes the first woman to own a franchise when her uncle Matthew Stanley Robison dies unexpectedly. Robison lef the team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to his niece. She will go on to own the team from 1911 to 1916.

March 24, 1982

Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout and reports to the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training.

Valenzuela was holding out for more money after making just $42,500 in 1981 when he won the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award. He will make a reported $360,000 in 1982 after asking for $1 million.

He will end 1982 with a 19-13 record and an ERA of 2.87. He pitches 285.0 innings with 18 complete games and four shutouts. He will finish third in the Cy Young voting as well.

Born on this day:

1893 George Sisler

1942 Jesus Alou

1956 Garry Templeton

1958 Bruce Hurst

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Today in Baseball History – March 23

March 23, 1962

William DeWitt purchases the Reds for $4.625 million. DeWitt made a trade immortalized in the 1988 movie Bull Durham when Susan Sarandon’s character says, “Bad trades are a part of baseball; I mean who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God’s sake?” DeWitt traded Robinson to the Orioles claiming he was old at age 30. In his first year Robinson would win the Triple Crown and be named AL MVP.

Born on this day:

1979 Mark Buehrle

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Today in Baseball History – March 22

March 22, 1972

The New York Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Sparky Lyle.

The Yankees got the better end of this deal as Lyle went on to post a record of 57-40 and save 141 games over the next seven years with the Yankees. In addition, he won the 1972 Fireman of the Year Award and the 1977 Cy Young Award.

Cater played just three seasons for the Red Sox never playing more than 92 games in a season.

March 22, 1993

In a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida, Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews die. Olin died instantly and Crews died of his injuries the next day. Also in the accident was teammate Bob Ojeda who was seriously injured but able to recover and return to the mound later that season.

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Today in Baseball History – March 21

March 21, 1978

The San Diego Padres fire manager Al Dark. He becomes just the second manager (Phil Cavarretta – 1954 Cubs) to be fired during spring training. Dark took over the Padres midway through the 1977 season when they would finish fifth place. The team was 48-65 (.425) under Dark during 1977.

He would be replaced by pitching coach Roger Craig who would lead the Padres for the next two seasons.

Born on this day:

1939 Tommy Davis

1944 Manny Sanguillen

1963 Shawon Dunston

Died on this day:

1975 Joe Medwick

1988 Edd Roush

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Today in Baseball History – March 20

March 20, 1973

In a special election by the BBWAA, Roberto Clemente earns entry into the Hall of Fame. The Board of Directors at the Hall waive the five-year wait rule for Clemente who died in a plane crash bringing relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.

March 20, 1989

The commissioner’s office announces that Pete Rose is under investigation for serious charges.

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Today in Baseball History – March 19

March 19, 1960

Sammy White, catcher for the Boston Red Sox, announces he would rather retire than report to where he has been traded to, Cleveland.

March 19, 1984

Denny McLain is indicted on various charges including cocaine possession, extortion, racketeering, and loan-sharking.

Born on this day:

1871 Joe McGinnity

1927 Richie Ashburn

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Today in Baseball History – March 18

March 18, 1953

The Milwaukee Braves become the first team since 1903 (Baltimore to New York) to shift. The Braves make the move from Boston after being there for 77 years. The Braves move to the Western Division replacing the Pittsburgh Pirates for scheduling purposes.

The Braves would spend 13 seasons in Milwaukee before moving onto Atlanta.

Born on this day:

1916 Hi Bithorn

Died on this day:

1984 Charlie Lau

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College: Vanderbilt – Arkansas Game Provides Wild Play at the Plate

One of the best plays at the plate happened this past weekend when the Vanderbilt Commodores faced off with the Arkansas Razorbacks at home.

During the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday and the game tied at seven in the bottom of the tenth inning, Vanderbilt’s Ro Coleman was at third with one out. Zander Weil sent a fly ball down the right field line setting up the play at the plate that has everyone talking.

Take a look:

 

Vanderbilt would go on to win 8-7 in 12 innings.

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Groups Unveiled for the U12 Baseball World Cup

The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the groups for the upcoming U12 Baseball World Cup to take place in Taiwan later this summer. Twelve teams will compete for the title that the US will defend after winning the 2013 edition of the tournament in Taiwan.

The top four nations will compete in the event with the top two, Japan and the USA, competing in the same group for the first stage.

Group A
1. Cuba (World No. 3)
2. Chinese Taipei (No. 4)
3. South Korea (No. 8)
4. Venezuela (No. 10)
5. Brazil (No. 15)
6. Russia (No. 32)

Group B
1. Japan (No. 1)
2. USA (No. 2; Defending U12 World Champions)
3. Mexico (No. 12)
4. Australia (No. 14)
5. Nicaragua (No. 16)
6. France (No. 27)

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Today in Baseball History – March 17

March 17, 1871

The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players is founding setting the stage for the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs or the National League.

Several of the NAPBBP teams would eventually make their way into the N.L. including the Boston Red Stockings which would eventually turn into the Atlanta Braves.

March 17, 1978

For the St. Patrick’s Day exhibition game, the Cincinnati Reds wear green uniforms rather than the traditional red. This starts an annual tradition and other teams soon follow suit.

Born on this day:

1944 Cito Gaston

1959 Danny Ainge

1965 John Smiley

1971 Bill Mueller

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Today in Baseball History – March 16

March 16, 1994

Former San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show is found dead of an overdose at age 37.

Show won 100 games with San Diego but might be better known for giving up Pete Rose‘s record-breaking 4,192nd hit.

Born on this day:

1906 Lloyd Waner

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Today in Baseball History – March 15

March 15, 1978

The Oakland A’s trade 1971 Cy Young Award winner Vida Blue to the San Francisco Giants. In return the A’s receive seven players in return along with $300,000.

Blue would go on to win 54 games for the Giants over the next four seasons including 18 in 1978. The A’s got nobody back in return that turned out to be a long term contributor to the club.

Born on this day:

1946 Bobby Bonds

1955 Mickey Hatcher

1959 Harold Baines

1974 Robert Fick

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Today in Baseball History – March 14

March 14, 1956

Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons to both play and coach. He is 50 years old.

Born on this day:

1961 Kirby Puckett

1965 Kevin Brown

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Today in Baseball History – March 13

March 13, 1954

The Milwaukee Brewers newly acquired left fielder Bobby Thompson breaks his ankle sliding into third base in an exhibition game. This paves the way for a young Hank Aaron to start in the outfield.

Aaron would play 122 games in 154 hitting 13 home runs.

Born on this day:

1963 Mariano Duncan

1964 Will Clark

1979 Johan Santana

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Today in Baseball History – March 12

March 12, 1903

The New York Highlanders are officially approved as members of the American League. The Highlanders move to New York from Baltimore and eventually becomes the Yankees.

March 12, 1951

Commissioner Happy Chandler’s contract was set to expire in April 1952. After repeatedly asking to have it extended, the owners voted 9-7 to keep him in office. Unfortunately, the nine votes for Chandler were not enough to reach the required three-fourths majority.

Upset at the failure to extend his contract, Chandler resigns effective July 15, 1951.

Born on this day:

1956 Dale Murphy

1962 Darryl Strawberry

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Today in Baseball History – March 10

March 10, 1959

Bill Veeck leads a group that pays $2.7 million for 54% of the Chicago White Sox purchasing it from Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, who is the granddaughter of Charles Comiskey.

This ends a 60-year period of White Sox control by the Comiskey family which saw two World Series titles, a huge scandal, and five A.L. Pennants.

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Today in Baseball History – March 9

March 9, 1946

Ted Williams turns down an offer of $500,000 to play in Mexico. Instead, he wins the first of his two A.L. MVPs batting .342 with 38 home runs and 123 RBI.

That year he led the league in runs, walks, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. It was his first season back after three years of military service.

Born on this day:

1893 Lefty Williams

1942 Bert Campaneris

1965 Benito Santiago

 

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Polish Baseball T-shirt Fundraiser – Please Support

The Polish National Baseball Team is looking for help to raise money for the upcoming European Championship Qualifier in Vienna, Austria later this summer. So they are doing a fundraiser.

For just $20, you can have one of these nice red Polish baseball t-shirts.

All of the proceeds help go toward paying for the trip for the team, which is not a cheap endeavor.

I just purchased one for myself and hope you will do the same. It is a good cause and we never want to see money be the reason a team in Europe cannot make it to a major tournament.

You can donate and get a shirt by clicking on the link below.

Click here to help support Polish Baseball

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