I was contacted by the company, OOTP Baseball (Out of the Park Baseball), to play and review their video game OOTP Baseball 16. So over the past week or so I have been testing it out. I was not paid to review it. Shout out to them for the free copy! This game hits it OUT OF THE PARK and is a must have baseball game for any baseball nerd like myself. This game is a complete baseball sim with no actual team game play, which ends up being an interesting change. You have the option to become a team’s GM, manager, or both at once. It truly feels like you are in the role of a GM or manager. If you are a stats freak, it’s most definitely for you. I really enjoyed analyzing the stats, managing my budget, and discussing trades. I hear the Brewers are looking for a GM that’s younger, good lookin, and good with analytics – Call me Mr. Attanasio- 🙂 That’s how I felt when I took over the Brewers during the game. OOTP Baseball 16 is the most detailed baseball experience where you literally feel like you are controlling every aspect of the team. It has every affiliate of every team with accurate rosters down to rookie ball. Don’t wanna play the 2015 season? That’s fine because you can play any season dating all the way back 1871 with accurate rosters. That’s right…1871! How cool is that? I’d like to take my 1982 Brewers and change their World Series outcome and beat those dang Cards!
When you start off you may be absolutely overwhelmed by so many options and screens with countless actions, so MAKE SURE to read the manual. You will spend too much time not knowing what you’re doing and you’ll be missing out. It’s incredibly customizable to fit however you would like to play. This is a truly great game that any die-hard baseball fan should try out.
Their customer support is excellent. If you are having trouble with your game in any way what so ever, you can email them and get an incredibly quick response. OOTP Baseball 16 is an all around fantastic game. It may not be for the average baseball fan, but if you are into the front office side of the game, it is definitely for you.
Currently, whoever wins the All-Star game gets home field advantage for the World Series. This is supposed to give players the incentive to play hard to win and make the game entertaining. Even if it does give the players something to play for, I don’t think it’s fair for the two teams that make it into the World Series. This year the AL won the All-Star game 6-3. Therefore, the AL team in the WS gets home field advantage. Let’s say that the Minnesota Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals play each other in the World Series this October. The Twins would get into the playoffs by being a Wild Card team, while the Cards own the best record in all of Major League baseball. Game Seven would be played at Target Field in Minnesota instead of in St. Louis. It just doesn’t make sense that a team that barely gets into the playoffs gets an advantage over the best team in baseball. Shouldn’t the team with the higher winning record have home field advantage? The problem with the All-Star game is that in my example the Cardinals wouldn’t be rightfully rewarded. So, a fun exhibition game, like the All Star Game, could effect the outcome of a team’s World Series hopes by possibly awarding an “unearned” home field advantage. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the All-Star game. I just don’t think the Cardinals should be playing Game Seven away from their electric home just because K-Rod pitched a bad inning at the All-Star Game. Each playoff team should use the regular season as a way to decide their World Series destiny so it’s fully in their control. The chances, of the Cardinals winning Game Seven at home is much greater than being away. Most importantly, (according to my theoretical example), I would much rather see the Cardinals lose Game Seven at home with the whole stadium crying…A beautiful site………:)
St. Louis is crying again! I am not bashing on Adam at all. He’s a great pitcher who I respect, and yet I’m very jealous of his pitching performances against the Brew Crew. Adam Wainwright struggled in his All-Star start. So, there’s no way it could possibly be his fault…. So….let’s blame Jonathan Lucroy! Why not, right? Yea, that’s right. Cardinal fans unite and cry because supposedly Lucroy caused Wainwright’s struggle. The Cardinal fans have reached an all-time low! Did you know Wainwirght would have had the loss if Lucroy didn’t clutch hit? So it’s not Adam’s fault for pitching poorly?
Wainwright on pitching to Derek Jeter: “I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots. He deserved it. I didn’t know he was gonna hit a double or I might have changed my mind.”
He did later take the comments back, stating they were jokes. Still, read the line above, that doesn’t seem like a joke to me.
Online comments are on fire from Cardinals fans blaming Lucroy. I say, Sour Grapes you crybabies!!! If I didn’t know better, I’d say Tony La Russa is behind this conspiracy……….
Lucroy just called a horrible first inning for Waino. #BlameLucroy
— Scott Stout (@Sstout33) July 16, 2014
Dad & I both agree that Waino needs to catch Lucroy off guard & nail him in the back with a fastball.
— Lauren (@Lo_Kitty_) July 16, 2014
It’s because Yadi isn’t catching #BlameLucroy
— Nick Francis (@TheNickFrancis) July 16, 2014
Lucroy is trying to make Waino look bad
— Mitchell Cain (@CainMitch22) July 16, 2014
Lucroy was tipping pitches to hitters. It was his fault not Wainos
— Daniel Gerth (@TheDanielGerth) July 16, 2014
Seriously man!?!? Who and why would do that?
Good to see Lucroy screw over Waino #averageatbest
— Clay Swanger (@Clay_bay_bay) July 16, 2014
Come on Cardinals fans, have some class!!! Do you honestly believe Lucroy plotted to make Adam Wainwright pitch poorly? Could it really be that Adam just pitched poorly?
Shoot! I just spilled my drink #BlameLucroy.
This rivalry just got a little more heated.