The last few games I’ve been rolling on the $@%*@! ranges & errors like crazy. How about cutting them down without altering the results too much? I just get tired of looking the damn things up. The Deeps are suspenseful, but the ranges & errors are just a chore lately.
Range plays are pretty much 50/50 between hit & out, so how about foul balls on even rolls to infield & outfield range?
Could do the same thing with possible errors: even rolls are fouls. But that cuts the errors in half. How about on the odd rolls that go to possible error, the roll for the error is halved when even. This will pump up the number of errors from 50% to, I dunno, 75%?
Finally downloaded Chadwick, an open-source scorebook of a sort. Had little hope that it would build, but got it running, including the GUI. (The only hitch was an error message that meant I had to upgrade the Developer Tools from gcc3 to gcc4.)
The first problems involved colors. Had to change the valid entry background from SYS_COLOUR_WINDOW (black) to something else. Also had to change the dark green background from (0, 150, 0) to white.
The next problem is the line-up windows, which have scrollbars that cover up the info and don’t scroll. Tried to change the type from ScrolledWindow to Window. The size was perfect, but the windows didn’t refresh properly.
The event entry works well, and I haven’t seen any problems as long as I stick to the correct syntax. (The best documentation of that is on Retrosheet.) The highlighting that shows valid/invalid input is invaluable. Unlimited undos, which is also great.
The box scores & narratives are very cool.
Brother Michael gives high marks to SBS (Strategic Baseball Simulator), a free PC game.
St. Cloud (Cain) at Memphis (Redman)
The St. Cloud Cyclones blew into Memphis and handed the Dawgs their third straight loss. The Cyclones broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth on a lead-off home run by Pedro Feliz and four more hits to put them ahead by three. Mark Teahen homered in the sixth to get the Dawgs to within two. St. Cloud exploded for four runs in the top of the ninth, half of them after a crucial error by Dawgs third baseman Teahen. Memphis threatened in the bottom of the ninth, scoring two, but went down with the tying run in the on-deck circle.
Final: St. Cloud 9 Memphis 5
Redman (7) L
Cain (8.2) W
Ryan (0.1) S
PS. After the XBL game the Dawgs manager got one back on the Commish, when his 1973 Cardinals defeated the 1973 Yankees 7-0, behind a complete-game shutout by Bob Gibson.
Continue reading XBL: St. Cloud 9 Memphis 5
I ordered the 1973 cards today. That’s the same year as the original APBA set. Examples:
Print with no margin and they come out 4×2.75 inches. Two long cuts (half-inch left at bottom) and three short cuts with the resulting strips. I still can’t figure out what the instructions are getting at with the method to print them out larger with legal size. Both letter & legal are 8-1/2 inches wide!
I don’t like the borders. They make centering errors seem worse. The Commish sez Lance added the borders at someone’s request.