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  1. Re: BABIP for hitters, you can export pretty much any stat table you want. I made an excel file that I just past the whole table into and then it calculates BABIP and a few other things for me. Then I could pore over it while no one was looking at work.

    Sound crazy? Play the game. That’s just the BEGINNING.

    Sadly, since I couldn’t convince any unpaid interns to work in my OOTP Front Office, I had to fold up shop.

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of commenters — May 14, 2012 @ 9:27 am

  2. As an avid OOTP 11 player, I’m thinking about making the switch. I’ll check their site to see if an 11 saved game will export directly to 13.

    Question for fans of the game: how do you approach managing the individual games? In my current venture (as the ’12 Brewers), I played one season largely skipping in-game mode but now I’m experimenting with a full season of managing all 162 myself. Curious how others handle it.

    Finally, Bradley… that is a professional moustache.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — May 14, 2012 @ 9:49 am

  3. 13 is a huge upgrade over 12 in terms of feature and layout, and is totally worth it in my opinion. OOTP still has the absolute best contract negotiations system, and the expansion draft feature is fantastic as well.

    That being said, I remain frustrated with the ridiculous trading AI/execution system. It’s so messed up that it isn’t even worth it for me to start listing the reasons why. Baseball Mogul’s trade AI/system, while not close to perfect, is way better.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — May 14, 2012 @ 11:20 am

  4. Englishman — You can port a OOTP11 save to OOTP13, but you’ll need to download the OOTP12 demo at the least to make the transition.

    Also, nothing really beats an online league fictional experience with OOTP. :D http://www.thecbu.com Lots of fun there.

    Comment by JWay — May 14, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  5. So the Marlins tied for the second wildcard and went on to win the WS? That’s entirely fitting. I hope they were in 4th place in the division on the last day of the season too and won to tie with the Nats.

    Comment by 1 — May 14, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  6. Mr Woodrum: Your beard is weird. Furthermore, your stache is trash.

    Comment by Big Daddy V — May 14, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

  7. Finally, Bradley… that is a professional moustache.

    Coming from an Englishman, that means a lot to me. Thanks.

    And I pretty much avoid in-game management. I prefer Baseball Mogul’s setup by far.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — May 14, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  8. Say WHAT?!

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — May 14, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

  9. He’s just noting how similar you are to Emmitt Smith

    Comment by Eminor3rd — May 14, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  10. OOTP13 does add a bit of customizability to the in-game screen, which was not present in 12 or 11.

    It’s still not where I want it to be personally, but it’s getting there.

    Comment by magnet — May 14, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  11. I think I mentioned in a comment a while ago that you guys should review this! :)

    Comment by Pacoheadley — May 14, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  12. It was indeed noted. Please let us know what games you guys want us to review.

    Baseball Mogul is (obviously) next on our radar. And I think there was an interest in reviewing older games as well.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — May 15, 2012 @ 2:26 am

  13. I’d be interested in a review of iOOTP, the iPhone version of OOTP.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — May 15, 2012 @ 10:47 am

  14. Can you explain what Superstar mode is? I have last years game and don’t recall it being in the game. Nor can I find anything about it on the OOTP website.

    Comment by Brett — May 15, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

  15. I appreciate this review a lot. I’m not very new to Fangraphs but never considered the possibility of there being robust baseball simulation games. I am now strongly considering picking up either OOTP or Baseball Mogul after some further research.

    Comment by The Enigma — May 16, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  16. You can customize the in-game screen and there’s a good amount of options to put in. I’ve been playing OOTP13 for the past few months and it’s an amazing game. If anyone is on the fence about buying it, do it. In addition, the online OOTP community is extremely helpful.

    Comment by Matt — May 17, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  17. I have to lodge a complaint. Upon reading this review, I purchased OOTP 13. I began the 2012 season running the New York Mets, because when I play video games I like to feel as though I’ve wasted my time. In the second game of spring training, with one Robert Alan Dickey pitching perfectly through 2.6, Starting Pitcher Tommy Hanson hit a home run to left field. I promptly stopped playing the game, and may ask for my money back from the game’s developers.

    Comment by overlookhotel — September 11, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

  18. There is a MAC version… I am playing it right now!

    Comment by ThickRichardScary — December 10, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

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