Out of the Park Baseball 18 Announced

Out of the Park Baseball 18 announces the Perfect Team Digital Cover Contest

Out of the Park Baseball 18 Releases Worldwide on March 24, 2017

Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com, will feature a Digital Cover for the first time, highlighting baseball’s “Perfect Team” of 11 top players at each position and the top Manager in baseball – as voted by its passionate community

Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year will live-stream the cover team announcement then pit the “Perfect Team” winners against the “Perfect Team” runners-up

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced Out of the Park Baseball 18 will have a “digital cover” for the first time in its illustrious history. Instead of choosing a single player, however, OOTP 18 will be represented by a “Perfect Team” of the 11 best players at each position – plus a manager – to celebrate the launch of the followup to the Metacritic 2016 PC Game of the Year.

“As a deep strategy game, we feel that nothing better represents what Out of the Park Baseball is about than putting the best possible team on our first-ever digital cover,” said lead developer, lifelong baseball fan, and Out of the Park Developments CEO Markus Heinsohn. “Baseball is the ultimate team game, and our fans argue every day about what makes us the best possible lineup. What better way to represent what we are all about than having them vote on the best players and manager to put on the digital diamond?”

Out of the Park Baseball 18 will be officially released on March 24, 2017. The follow-up to the acclaimed Metacritic 2016 PC Game of the Year includes several exciting new features and a treasure trove of deep improvements to its award-winning gameplay. The “Perfect Team” voting contest opens February 23 and closes on March 9, 2017. Fans will be able to choose from two players at each position as well as a manager. Winners of the vote will be officially named the “Perfect Team” and will be forever enshrined on the digital cover of Out of the Park Baseball 18.

The players in the contest that will be voted on are:

C: Gary Sanchez (NYY) vs Buster Posey (SF)
1B: Freddie Freeman (ATL) vs. Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
2B: Jason Kipnis (CLE) vs. Robinson Cano (SEA)
SS: Trea Turner (WSH) vs. Carlos Correa (HOU)
3B: Nolan Arenado (COL) vs. Manny Machado (BAL)
OF: Yoenis Cespedes (NYM) vs. J.D. Martinez (DET)
OF: Starling Marte (PIT) vs. Christian Yelich (MIA)
OF: Jose Bautista (TOR) vs. Nomar Mazara (TEX)
SP1: Jake Arrieta (CHC) vs. Max Scherzer (WSH)
SP2: Clayton Kershaw (LAD) vs. Chris Sale (BOS)
CP: Zach Britton (BAL) vs. Seung-hwan Oh (STL)
M: Joe Maddon (CHC) vs. Bruce Bochy (SF)

The link to the voting contest is here: OOTP 18 Perfect Team Virtual Cover Contest

On March 15, Out of the Park Baseball Community Manager T.J. Lauerman will live stream the winning team announcement. On launch week, T.J. will live stream a game pitting the winners of the contest against the runners-up. All of these events will take place live on Out of the Park Developments Twitch channel, and will be archived to the Out of the Park Developments YouTube page for later viewing.

From today to March 23, customers may pre-order OOTP 18 for $35.99, a 10% discount off its full retail price. All pre-order purchases include early access to the Gold Master version on March 20, four days ahead of the official launch on March 24.

OOTP 18 can be pre-ordered through this link:

http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/out-of-the-park-baseball-18.php

OOTP 18 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, official logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 Minor League Baseball league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.

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 “PC Game of the Year” for the 2016 version of OOTP and “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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Game 4: Marte Unlocks Achievement

The Pirates played like a wet noodle last night, but that may be because the weather was not really stellar. Being in that close of proximity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, misery generally reigns. But then…when it seemed like the unattainable mark of 162-0 was in jeopardy, something happened that hasn’t happened in 1940 Plate Appearances. Continue reading

Game 2 Thoughts: Polanco is a Gazelle

By Chris Bradley

I am, and always will be, pessimistic when it comes to my favorite baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. This doesn’t mean I can’t get excited when they win an extra innings affair with the hated St. Louis Cardinals on a Jordy Mercer walk-off single. That’s just how they drew it up. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Opening Day

By Chris Bradley

With the Pirates on pace to go 162-0, I’d like to take this time to discuss some of my unsolicited thoughts on Opening Day 2016.

I’ll admit it, I am extremely skeptical of what Neal Huntington and Co. are attempting to do with John Jaso and David Freese getting every day starting jobs at key positions, but before I get into that, let’s sit back and enjoy Francisco Liriano carving up some Cardinals. Continue reading

Russell Martin Expectedly Signs Elsewhere

I told Andy that I would write about Russell Martin when he signed with the Blue Jays yesterday for 5 years and $82 million smackers. For the past two months or so (seriously) I had a draft started that changed titles three different times depending on my optimism:

  1. The Pirates Should Sign Russell Martin.
  2. Will The Pirates Sign Russell Martin?
  3. If The Pirates Don’t Sign Russell Martin, I’ll Die.

That last one was to see how many page views we could rack up from people wishing to see me have some sort of nervous breakdown.

Now that Martin’s tenure with the Pirates is over, I thought we could all look back at how the highest paid free agent in Pirates history helped them to consecutive winning seasons.

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Revisionist History: The 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates

I. Introduction

“It almost could have been a movie,” third baseman Joe Randa said. “It was kind of a misfit group that started believing in each other, guys coming together and gaining each other’s trust.”-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Until recently, the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans were suffering through the longest streak of losing seasons in all of North American professional sports. This may be a moot point now, because in 2013 all of that suffering ended, but for those of us that are die hard fans, we know that the suffering COULD HAVE ended in 1997. There would be less of an ominous specter hanging over the Pirates, and just a bunch of really bad teams in the 2000s. That year, the Pirates came the closest they would ever come to having a winning season during the streak.

That’s not to say the 1997 Pirates weren’t a really bad team. When Kevin McClatchy’s ownership group took over, they slashed the payroll from $21 million in 1996 to $9 million in 1997. They were expected to lose over 100 games. This team, which was unceremoniously dubbed, “The Freak Show”, competed with the Houston Astros for the division until the last week of the season. These Pirates ended up finishing 79-83. Highlight of this season, not including the exciting race for the division, Francisco Cordova and Rincardo Rincon combining for a 10 inning no-hitter. The immortal Mark Smith hit a walk-of 3-run homer in the bottom of the 10th for the Pirates to win it.

For Pirates fans in my age group, that would be the 24-35 age group, successful and exciting Pirates teams was something we were born into, but have only recently seen succeed. For 10 years, 1986-1996, aka the “Leyland Years”, the Pirates had developed a lot of stars, including Barry Bonds, Tim Wakefield, Jay Bell, Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke, and Jermaine Allensworth (just kidding on that last one). Wouldn’t you know it, Leyland left the team (because of the fiscal fascism of McClatchy and Co.) at the end of 1996 and in 1997 won his only World Series with the upstart Florida Marlins. You’ll see some former Pirates on that winning team too.

After the Leyland Years, the Pirates had many managers, none of them very good. However, some of them were very entertaining. I am a Clint Hurdle proponent, he makes what some superstars on Pirates Twitter consider to be either questionable or apocalyptic decisions at certain points, but research either can’t pin down the effect a manager has, or it postulates that managers don’t have that much of an effect. None of them have ever held a job as a Major League manager, so what do they know? For the record, the manager of the 1997 Pirates was Gene Lamont.

Today, we’re going to see if the 1997 Pirates could have actually ended up having a winning season using the greatest baseball simulator ever devised: Out of the Park Baseball.

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Chris Bradley’s Baseball Adventures, Episode I

By Chris Bradley

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Howard J. Lamade Stadium

I’ve been a resident of the Northeastern Pennsylvania region for the vast majority of my life. There isn’t much here besides a lot of trees and a lot of Republicans. Spend a few days here and you’ll quickly realize why this state is called “Penn’s Woods”. One thing I have never done is attend the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

I told Andy that I wanted to chronicle my visit to this event, mostly because it is about baseball in general, but also because I had never been there.  I watched it on television, I followed the storylines, and I rooted for the underdogs, but I had never actually visited the Little League Complex. That all changed this past Saturday, as I took the hour and thirty minute trip to watch a bunch of 11-13 year olds play their guts out.

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The Pirates Roster and the Postseason

By Chris Bradley

If the season were to end today, the Pittsburgh Pirates would have their second Wildcard berth in as many years. Only caveat being, they currently have a pretty dreadful (subjectively speaking) offense even after putting up 11 runs against the Detroit Tigers the other night. I am a pretty optimistic Pirate fan, unlike numerous other bloggers and tweeps, I try to stay positive in the face of adversity when it comes to my favorite baseball team. My loyalty and patience has been tested twice already this season, but as I said, I tried to stay calm. Continue reading

Chris Bradley’s 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Awards

By Chris Bradley

I’ve been a Pirate fan for most of my life, although I have cheated on them with those lovable “idiot” Red Sox teams of the early to mid 2000s. Then again, this is mostly because I liked it when Yankee fans felt pain, and the Red Sox  doled out that pain, and no amount of “28 championships!!11!!!1!” retorts could ease an insecure Yankee fan’s pain. I still like the Red Sox, hell I like pretty much every baseball team that isn’t the Yankees, Braves, Cardinals, or Reds.

Most of the Pirate teams from that era are forgettable, and for good reason. There were no players to love, like Cutch, no Ray Searage voodoo magic, like Locke and Volquez, no hometown hero, like Neil Walker, and no true phenom, like Gregory Polanco. Now that the Huntington regime has put together a solid core of young players that Pirate fans can watch for a years to come, we here at Tri-State of Mind can hand out Mid-Season Awards without irony or the pall of waiting for next year. So, here are my picks for Mid-Season 2014:

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