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 THE TALK SHOW

Host: Glenn Guzzo
 
You can submit your question or insight on any Strat-O-Matic game to SOMTalkShow@aol.com. When you do, kindly include your name and town. Other gamers like to see that. And the display format below works better that way.
 
 
Reminder: Send us your “Great Moments in Strat” – your playing experiences that you just have to share.
 
 
OPENING DAY 2011
 
Will you be attending Opening Day 2011 in Manhattan?  If so, I would like you to please sign my book!

Chuck Laber
 
            I wouldn’t miss it! Yes, both Hal Richman and I will be signing copies of Strat-O-Matic Fanatics. I’ll be honored to sign yours.
 
 
 
OH, WHAT A RELIEF IT IS
 
It was interesting to read about the new relief rest rule, after all these years.  I know from time-to-time over the last many years there is a tweak or two to the rules, but I was surprised to see this one at this late date.  Not a bad thing, though.  We never felt like the “can’t pitch more than two consecutive games” was the right answer.
 
In our league, for many years we’ve had two relief rules, highlighted below in blue.  But a few years ago, we started thinking about how we had no limit on innings that pitchers could throw over a two-game span, so we added those highlighted in red. 
            
All of our series are either 4 or 5 games.  No reliever rest requirements carry over to the next series -- you start fresh with each new series.
 
A reliever may pitch a maximum of 5 IP per series for a reliever in a 4-game series, or 6 IP in a 5-game series.  A pitcher reaching one of those limits must immediately leave the game the game.
   
If a reliever pitches 5 IP in any one game, he must immediately leave the game and then take 3 days off.
 
If a reliever pitches 4 IP over two games, he must immediately leave that 2nd game and then take 2 days off.
 
If a reliever pitches 3 IP over three games, he must immediately leave that 3rd game and then take 1 day off.
 
A reliever may never pitch in more than three games in a row.
 
In long-hand, this sounds kind of clunky, but it fits nicely into a chart.  We use this form to track reliever usage (and injuries) in order to try to avoid using a player when he’s not allowed to.  Note the symmetry to the numbers, so they are easily memorized.
 
We also have a rule that a starting pitcher must pitch at least 3 innings or until he gives up 4 runs, whichever comes first. And the only time we ever allow a non-pitcher to pitch is if the last eligible pitcher runs up to the one of the maximums above (or gets injured while batting).
 
Clay Grant, Atlanta
 
            Yours is very, very similar to the system I have used in a variety of leagues.
As you point out, its simplicity is a virtue. And this system compares favorably to how Major-League managers limit their bullpen options.
 
 
SHOW YOUR TEAM COLORS
 
I would like to suggest providing team colors for the background and fonts (I only play the baseball game but this may be applicable to other games).  For example, the Dodgers might have a white background with blue font, the Orioles a black background with orange font, etc.  Of course they should be defaults with the ability to customize.  This would give the game a whole new face and (being a retired systems analyst) I can assure would be extremely easy to program.  
 
Dean Izett, Johnson City, TN
 
            The computer football games – pro and college – already display team uniform colors on the player icons, but those aren’t names. Chances are, some of those baseball color combinations will make the player names much tougher to read than what we have currently. But the option would be nice to have.
 
 
WANTED: ERROR DATABASE ONLINE
 
I was wondering if SOM might create a source on-site for compiling the “errata” slip info that occasionally appears with various products. Having received the 2010 Baseball hall of Fame set recently, I noticed the slip of paper with nine corrections that need to be made to various cards.
 
One source for all of that collected info would be very helpful, particularly for gamers who have purchased their cards from a third party (through eBay, etc.).  I’d guess that those little pieces of paper don’t always survive a transfer of that nature.
 
If they could just go to the website, and enter a “card corrections” section, they could make sure their sets have all the correct data. Maybe it could be arranged by sport/year/set.  The occasional card that requires heavy correction could be displayed in full. When info comes in on a card error that wasn’t discovered until it was too late, there could be a section to acknowledge the discovery, and even credit the gamer who reported it.
Jeff Woodhouse, Seattle, WA
           
With the Strat-O-Matic web site evolving steadily, I think it’s just a matter of time until this resource is provided either by the company or by the game-playing community.
 
 
MARRIED TO THE MAC
 
Anything doing on developing Strat-O-Matic baseball for Mac? It would be smokin’ on OS X Snow Leopard. Please, Please, Please. I dream of the marriage of the best operating system with the greatest sports game.
 
            Some gamers have reported success running SOM games on the Mac using Windows simulators, but SOM does not guarantee success doing so.
 
 
HEROES BEHIND THE MASK
 
In the new Baseball Heroes set are there any additional catchers?  Some worthy candidates are Pudge Rodriguez, Mike Piazza, Ted Simmons, Bill Freehan, Thurman Munson and Bob Boone. 
 
Yes! There are 10 more, including most you mention – but not Pudge, who is still active, and not Boone, who had longevity and defense, but not the offense of the 10 catchers chosen for this set. The Heroes set has all the positions covered for the equivalent of four or five teams. Gamers who want to mix the Heroes with the Hall of Fame set, where catchers are a premium, will welcome 10 new backstops.
 
 
BOARD-GAME COLLEGE FOOTBALL
 
I was just reading about your old 1988 college football tournament in the Talk Show archives (“For the Memories”). Would it be possible to get the list of college football teams Strat-O-Matic produced for the 1987 season? I am currently playing around with the 1986 season. Thank you very much.
Ted, Idaho Falls, ID
 
            I had so much fun playing those ’88 teams that I’d like to give ’86 and ’87 a spin, but haven’t gotten to those yet. Anyway, here are the ’87 teams:
 
1987 (48 teams)
Air Force
Alabama
Arizona State
Arkansas
Army
Auburn
Baylor
Brown
BYU
Clemson
Colorado
Florida
Florida State
Georgia
Harvard
Holy Cross
Indiana
Iowa
LSU
Miami
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Navy
Nebraska
Notre Dame
North Carolina State
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Oregon
Penn State
Pittsburgh
Princeton
South Carolina
Stanford
Syracuse
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech
UCLA
USC
Virginia
Wake Forest
Washington
Wyoming
Yale