You guys may not know this, but I’m a huge fan of the baseball management simulator Out of the Park Baseball. More so than MLB the Show (of which I’m also a fan), Out of the Park baseball delivers an experience for hardcore baseball fans who care about some of the greater nuances in the game.
A similar comparison may be that of the FIFA franchise and Football Manager. At the core, they are about the same sport, but the reasons for playing them are very different.
I find myself playing MLB the Show to see how many home runs I can hit with a player like Giancarlo Stanton before the All-Star Break; whereas, I have to build a complete team in order to be a serious contender for the World Series in Out of the Park Baseball..
However, I am really writing this to solicit the opinion from our readers to see which team they want me to rebuild. Below, I’ll outline a few guidelines, but I don’t plan on playing with a complete team like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, etc.
Here are the groundrules before you vote:
1. Realistic moves are not the goal.
For those of you who don’t know, I have found many ways to finagle top prospects from an AI willing to trade guys like Domingo German, Shane Bieber, and even Vladimir Guerrero, Jr! For the purposes of the rebuild, the goal is not to make every single move that would be made by that team’s general manager, but to make moves that I think will move the team forward. Some realistic moves may be made, but those will not be the motif.
2. Your favorite player could be moved.
Baseball, like other sports, is a business at the end of the day. I still remember being devastated when I found out that my Texas Rangers pulled out of the Cliff Lee negotiations. He was the first ace the franchise had in many years, and I thought he would be a key for winning future World Series titles. However, he flamed out a year later, and I came to understand some of the reasons the Rangers balked at paying him hundreds of millions over the course of seven years. Bear in mind, I could elect to let your favorite player leave in free agency, or trade him for prospects, so please understand this.
3. All games before the playoffs will be simulated.
This is pretty self-explanatory, but I can’t manage to control every game’s outcome and still give you content updates on a regular basis. As such, the main emphasis will actually be on developing prospects, and any acquisitions made. That said, I’ll still update y’all on big games.
4. The goal is to win the World Series.
I may amend this if I get a team that can’t get beyond the final hurdle, but the idea is to win the World Series. Following this, the series will end, but I am always willing to do another at the conclusion of one series.
Now that it is all out of the way, I’m going to put a poll up until March 22, and then I will take control of whichever team wins the poll. Please don’t cry if I don’t pick your team. I hope to get around the big leagues and cover as many teams as possible.