Play Ball! ...
Superstar Baseball (SSB) will again use Randy Cox's
Ultimate All-Time All-Star charts released at the 2004 WBC. SSB
will be run as a "B" event, with a 1 hour demo on Tuesday,
followed by a 1-hour draft meeting. During that meeting, teams
will be drafted.
There will be no 'heats.' Instead, players should feel free
to play any other opponent, any other time. Managers will be
given stickers or buttons, which they can wear on their badges,
to show they are part of the tournament. However, to aid players
in finding each other, a sign-up sheet will be attached to the
kiosk. Players should feel free to try to schedule any games
through that method. Also, with March Madness heats being
run nearby, the meeting of sports fans should make finding opportunities
Tally sheets will be left in the kiosk, and will be available
throughout the convention. Boxscore sheets will also be provided,
for those managers that wish to track that information (which
is entirely optional).
During the first meeting, managers will draft their franchise
(not a player by player draft). Managers will also be given tally
sheets for recording all games played.
To avoid the problem the first year (where latecomers got
better picks than those attending the draft), this year, ALL
teams will be represented twice in the initial draft. There will
also be a maximum of 56 players in the tournament. Consequently,
a late-comer will no longer have the option to select a better
team than those who attended the draft).
After the initial draft, late-joining managers can locate
the GM, Chris Palermo, to receive tally sheets and teams on a
first come, first served basis, if they wish to play (check with
the registration desk). Only teams not previously selected will
be eligible for selection.
Teams can play each other a MAXIMUM of three times. Extra
plays will be disregarded. Additionally, there will be a maximum
of nine games that can be turned in each day.
After each game, the opposing manager must sign the tally
sheet. Opposing managers should not sign the tally sheet until
all the information is completed. The only information that must
be presented to the GM are the teams involved, the date of the
game, the scores and the pitchers, as well as any 'notable' occurrences.
The tally sheet should be filled in from top to bottom - do not
Completed tally sheets should be turned in at the registration
desk NO LATER than 6 pm each day. Any record sheets not turned
in by the 6 pm nightly deadline would count towards games played
the following day. Each day can still only have "nine"
Each day, the 'standings' will be updated and posted on the
event's kiosk (which will be located at the same place, each
day - in the Paradise Terrace Kiosk display.
All games must be completed/turned in by Saturday at 6 pm.
Schedule: Sheets will be turned in Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
and Saturday by 6 pm. Updated standings will be posted for Thursday,
Friday and Saturday morning, with final standings Saturday evening.
There will be a change to the scoring system from last year.
First, since all teams are not created equally, a handicapping
system has been put in place. Each game, depending upon the teams
involved, a specific amount will be added to each team's score,
to offset the difference in abilities. This is NOT something
the managers need to track - it will automatically be added as
results are tabulated. These handicapping modifications for each
team are listed below.
Teams receive five qualifying points for the first win against
a team; three qualifying points for any subsequent wins; one
qualifying point for any loss
HOWEVER, teams will also receive the handicap modification
EQUAL to the number of points scored by the opposing team (so,
in the case of a first-time loss against a team, the losing team
would receive points equal to the handicap modification times
five (the number of points the opposition received for winning).
Yankees: 8; Padres: 4; first time playing:
Yankees receive 5 pts (5 + 0*1); Padres receive 1.9 pts (1 +
Yankees: 8; Padres: 4; second time playing:
Yankees receive 3 pts (3 + 0*1); Padres receive 1.54 pts (1 +
Padres: 4; Pirates 1; first time playing:
Padres receive 5.18pts (5 + 1*0.18); Pirates receive 1.5 pts(1
Padres: 4; Pirates 1; second time playing:
Padres receive 3.54 pts (3+1*0.18); Pirates receive 1.3 pts (1
Using this method will help mitigate the hesitancy to play
the same team more than once, since the extra points will prove
beneficial. Again, these stats are NOT things that need to be
kept track of they will be adjusted as each day's standings
Once all games are completed, the top EIGHT "point totals"
will be compared, and ranked in order of winning percentage,
with the top SIX teams advancing to the Playoffs (#6vs#3; #5vs#4,
with those winners facing the #1 and #2 teams respectively).
There is an advantage to playing more games-the system rewards
those who play frequently (i.e., Play often, Play well).
Laurels will be awarded in the following order:
Loser of the #5vs#4 game: 6th place
Loser of the #6vs#3 game: 5th place
Loser of the 5/4vs#2 game: 4th place
Loser of the 6/3vs#1 game: 3rd place
Loser of the World Series: 2nd place
Winner of the World Series: 1st place
The World Series will be announced either directly before
or after Slapshot (11pm, Saturday evening), with the game
scheduled to be played at 9am on Sunday (but, with only two players,
can be scheduled any time they prefer). Additionally, the results
will be listed on the kiosk.
We may run short on dice if you have Superstar Baseball
dice, please bring those this year. Otherwise, because this event
is not in one room for a specific duration of time, a nominal
deposit of $5 will be collected by the GM for anyone needing
the special dice for the game. This money will be returned when
the dice are turned in at the conclusion of the tournament. We
will, however, only have a limited amount available.
Teams SHOULD roll for home team. Playing the first two games
against opponents home and away is recommended, but that is incumbent
upon the two managers to determine.
No DH will be used.
Pitchers can start every third day (3-man rotation). Starting
pitchers cannot pitch in the two games following a start, regardless
of how many or few innings they pitched. Pitchers appearing in
relief can pitch a maximum of 5 innings in any game, but MUST
sit out the following game, regardless of how many or few innings
This year, _I_ will not be tracking pitcher usage. That will
be incumbent upon each player. You will still keep track of your
pitchers on the tally sheet, and share that with your opponent;
but I will not double-check to make sure pitchers were used correctly.
If you are beaten by a team that has misused its pitchers, shame
on you for not checking! :)
The rules regarding pitcher TIRE ratings will change slightly.
If a pitcher is "Tired," 'D' results that are not automatic
defensive outs will NOT be converted into automatic hits, but
WILL be considered 'empty' boxes - and the batter permitted to
roll. 'D' results that ARE automatic defensive outs will remain
automatic defensive outs.
If you are any sort of baseball fan and you know the basic
rules of the game (the REAL game, that is), you should have no
problem quickly understanding this easy, yet detailed, simulation.
Earlier Negro: 0.06
Later Negro: 0.07
Red Sox: 0.09
White Sox: 0.15
Blue Jays: 0.24