Program Descriptions

BASEBALL

Baseball Player Editor

This is a full featured editor for ABPA Baseball players.  It allows you to change any player rating or statistic on a Windows player disk (extension .wdd) or on a DOS data disk.

Some of the things you can do through the Editor are:

What you CANNOT do through the Editor: APBA's new editor within Advanced Draft will allow you to change some of the player ratings.  But it will not allow some of the changes I wanted to make.  I wanted to make three types of changes for players on my draft league team.  I will use a hypothetical player to illustrate those changes.  For years Lefty McGee has received ratings at 1B, OF and 3B.  He steals bases well, and usually has over 40 SB's a year.  But this past year, Lefty only played at 1B and OF.  And he played for a manager who thinks that stealing bases is only a last resort, so Lefty only had 15 SB's.  So I wanted to:

1.  Change a player's primary position. Lefty's primary position is 1B, but I have another good firstbaseman who only plays first.  I use Lefty as my normal left fielder.  I would like to see him listed with the outfielders in my lineup screen.

2.  Add a position to a player's ratings.  I want to use Lefty at third base occasionally.  So I want to be able to give him a rating at third base.

3.  Affect a player's usage by MicroManagers.  Many MicroManagers use actual stats rather than APBA numbers in making their managerial decisions.  I want to be able to change Lefty's Steals and Caught Stealing stats so that it looks like he steals three times as often as his real stats would indicate.

This program is included in the Baseball Bundle.

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Multiple Card Viewer

In the Card Viewer for APBA Baseballyou can view multiple "cards" simultaneously.  It can be used, for example, to compare side by side all of the outfielders on a team to determine who should start.  Or use it to compare all the starters to determine your batting order.  Or use it to compare players to determine who your next draft choice should be.  This program works with both BB4WIN formatted data disks (.wdd directories) and with DOS data disks.

You can view cards created by the "Import from Bill James Encyclopedia" in APBA's Advanced Draft or by Wizard for Windows in either the import format or the traditional APBA format.

This program is included in the Baseball Bundle.

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Organization Editor

The Organization Editor for APBA Baseball for Windows allows you to protect and unprotect organizations and set won/loss records for your own data disks.

This program is included in the Baseball Bundle.

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MicroManager Manager

The MicroManager Manager for APBA Baseball for Windows lets you change a MicroManager's name and it lets you update the "comments" section of a MicroManager. It does not modify how a given MicroManager manages. You can also "clone" a MicroManager if you want to create MicroManagers with specific managers' name

It can get pretty cumbersome trying to keep dozens of managers straight. Is Billy Buntz an AIM manager? Which era does Cap Hook work best with? And where in the world did I find Diamond Jim O'Flaherty? Now you can note all of this in the comments section and view it through this program.

This program is included in the Baseball Bundle.

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Stadium Manager

The Stadium ManagerforAPBA Baseball for Windows lets you view a complete list of all of your stadiums. You can bring up detail about any stadium and change the stadium name and location. You can also View stadiums and Print stadiums. As an additional feature the program allows to you save "comments" about each stadium. I use the comments to note that a particular stadium is a black & white graphic, or that the view is from, say, the centerfield bleachers. In addition, you can edit and/or create Field Effects files for your stadiums. New Field Effects files can be created from scratch or by cloning existing files.

This program is included in the Baseball Bundle.

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Disk Unscrambler

This program has only one purpose - to unscrambleAPBA Baseball 4 Windows Data Disks created by the Bill James Encyclopedia Import function in Advanced Draft or by Wizard for Windows. All of the cards on a disk are unscrambled at once.  The card number format is changed from the BJE or Wizard format to the normal APBA format. It can be even be used on data disks that have a combination of BJE/Wizard formatted cards and normally formatted cards without affecting the non-BJE cards.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Master Game Symbol Adjuster

The Master Game Symbol Adjuster copies Master Game Symbols from one player to another. The most common use for this is adjusting players created with either APBA's BB Wizardor the Bill James Encyclopedia Import function inAdvanced Draft. The Master Game Symbols created by Import are based on algorithms that do not take into consideration a subjective evaluation of a player's abilities.

For example, say you have just created the 1970 Pirates through Advanced Draft Import. Roberto Clemente is rated as a '2' Outfielder with an Arm of '34'. We all know he should be a '3' Outfielder with an Arm of '39' so you will want to change this. "But wait", you say, "how do we know that he is a '3' Outfielder?" Well, the answer is: Because we have purchased the 1971 season disk from APBA on which the player ratings have been adjusted subjectively and he was a '3' on that disk.

Now if you have purchased the 1971 season disk you may want to use it to adjust your newly created 1970 season disk. "But wait", you say (again), "Not all of Clemente's Master Game Symbols should be adjusted. Import correctly calculates his SAL and SSN for 1970 so they should not be changed based on what he did in 1971. And another player may have experienced a major change in his abilities between 1970 and 1971 so I don't want to adjust him at all!" No problem! The Adjuster program allows you to adjust the Symbols player by player. So if you do not want to adjust a particular player, just pass him by. If you only want to adjust a handful of players on your new disk, you can do that, too.

Just as the program lets you adjust players on a player by player basis, it will let you adjust symbols (called "fields" by the program) for that player on a field by field basis.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Master Game Symbol Synchronizer

The Master Game Symbol Synchronizer copies Master Game Symbols from one player to another just like the Master Game Symbol Adjuster, but it does an entire disk at once. This can be useful when using the newWizard for Windows program. If you use the Wizard to normalize a data disk for different season parameters, Wizard will generate Master Game Symbols based on algorithms that do not take into consideration a subjective evaluation of a player's abilities. This program will copy the original Master Game Symbols back to the normalized disk.

The program will let you designate which Master Game Symbols (called "fields" by the program) should be copied on a field by field basis.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Team Master Game Symbol Adjuster

The Team Master Game Symbol Adjuster allows the user to adjust Master Game Symbols and Position Ratings on an APBA Baseball Data Disk. Unlike my Master Game Symbol Adjusterwhich works on a player at a time or my Master Game Symbol Synchronizer which works on an entire disk at once, this program works on a team at a time. It is intended to be used to update the ratings of individual players on a wizardized or home-made disk with the ratings from an APBA card set of the same (or close) year. (Note that if you are using a screen resolution of 640x480 the program will load a Lite version of itself which only allows changing the Master Game Symbols, not the Position Ratings.)

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Master Game Symbol and Lineup Print Utility

The Master Game Symbol and Lineup Print Utility creates two text files. One is a report of the Master Game Symbols for the players in an Organization broken out by team. This is similar to the Master Game Symbol foldouts that APBA produces for the Board Game cards. The second file is a listing of the lineups for each team in the Organization. The program will display up to nine lineups for each team in the Organization.

The files can be viewed with any text editor and, if desired, can be printed from that text editor. The program allows you to select the Text Editor of your choice. Windows Notepad would be a good choice, but the files are too large for Notepad. If you use Windows95 or Windows98 then Windows WordPad is a good choice, as is the freeware program NotePad+. If you use Windows3.1 the shareware program SuperPad is a good choice. Of course any Text Editor will do. Just remember that you want to use a non-proportionally spaced font so the columns stay lined up.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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CMBA Calculator/Converter

This program calculates CMBA pitching grades. It can produce reports of the CMBA Grades and/or "APBA Equivalent" Grades. It can update an APBA Baseball 4 WindowsData Disk with APBA Equivalent Grades and, optionally, adjusted Strike Out, Control and Home Run Allowance ratings. The reports can be produced in conjunction with the data disk update or without the disk update so you can see what the grades will be before changing the disk. You can even select the conversion process you want to use, choosing from either the Classic process or the Larry "Cowboy" Williams' process, as documented in the APBA Journal. If you choose the Classic process you can select how much weight the "ERA Adjustment to Grade" is given. If you use Wizard for Windows the program will automatically detect the xstat.dat file if it is present and use it as the source for intentional walks. You can even set the desired Weighted League Grade Average when converting to APBA Equivalent Grades.

The Calculator eliminates a pitcher's own teammates from the analysis.  And the pitcher's opponents are determined by taking into consideration the interdivision and interleague games his played.  The scheduling algorithms are included courtesy of the SkeeterSoft Consortium. The program can also optionally generate Strikeout and Grounded in Double Play stats if they are missing from a season disk (many old-time seasons do not have these stats.)

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Export/Import Text Files

The Text Exporter/Importerprogram can create a text file of an APBABaseball for Windows Season Data Disk for export to a Spreadsheet Program, like Lotus 1-2-3 or MicroSoft Excel, or to a Word Processing program, like Word or Word Perfect. It can also update a Season Data Disk from a text file. These Export and Import features are designed to be used in conjunction. First create a file for export to the Spreadsheet Program. Update any of the data elements in the Spreadsheet. Then create a text file from the Spreadsheet Program to import back into the Season Data Disk.

This program is available in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Export/Import Card Numbers

The Card Number Exporter/Importeris a companion to the Text Exporter/Importer. The program can create a text file of Hitting Card Numbers from an APBA Baseball for Windows Season Data Disk for export to a Spreadsheet Program, like Lotus 1-2-3 or MicroSoft Excel, or to a Word Processing program, like Word or Word Perfect. It can also update a Season Data Disk from a text file. These Export and Import features are designed to be used in conjunction. First create a file for export to the Spreadsheet Program. Update any of the Hitting Card Numbers in the Spreadsheet. Then create a text file from the Spreadsheet Program to import back into the Season Data Disk.

This program is available in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Export/Import xstat.dat

The xstat.dat Exporter/Importeris a companion to the Text Exporter/Importer. The program can create a text file of the values in the xstat.dat file created by Wizard for Windows for an APBA Baseball for Windows Season Data Disk. The output file can be used for export to a Spreadsheet Program, like Lotus 1-2-3 or MicroSoft Excel, or to a Word Processing program, like Word or Word Perfect. It can also update an xstat.dat file from a text file. These Export and Import features are designed to be used in conjunction. First create a file for export to the Spreadsheet Program. Update any of the xstat.dat values in the Spreadsheet. Then create a text file from the Spreadsheet Program to import back into the Season Data Disk.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Baseball Player Name Adjuster

The Player Name Adjuster removes the asterisks appended to a player name by APBA's DOS Wizardprogram. Optionally it also changes all names to mixed upper and lower case or forces all last names to upper case. This program will work on both DOS season disks and BB4WIN season disks.

This program is available in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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DOS StatMaster Name Adjuster

In the DOS Game the StatMasterhas its own file of player names. This file is initially generated from the player names on the season disk, but if changes are then made to the season disk they will not be reflected in the StatMaster name file. The DOS StatMaster Name Adjuster remedies this situation. There are several options in the program. You can remove all asterisks appended to a player name by APBA's DOS Wizardprogram. You can change all names to mixed upper and lower case. You can do both at once. You can edit player names individually. You can also "synch" the StatMaster name file to the season disk name file so the names in the StatMaster file are updated to be the same as the names on the season disk. This program will work only on DOS StatMaster files.

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DOS Organization Shifter

This program allows you to reorder the organizations on a DOS Season Disk. This is normally used to move a home made organization into the number 1 protected slot, but it will also allow moving any org to any slot. You can even clone orgs easily. There are three ways to move orgs: 1) Drag an org to a different slot; 2) Key the org number into a slot; or 3) use the Automatic Move feature to move all orgs up one slot. Note that this utility only works on DOS Season Disks.

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Advanced Draft Import Visa

If Advanced Draft has ever prevented you from exporting a player to another disk because it thought his record was a "duplicate" of one already on the disk, then this program is for you. Just as an Import Visa does in the real world, this one gives you a license to import any player to any season disk. The program has only one purpose - to reset the flag in each record of a season disk that tells Advanced Draft whether or not to consider that record when checking for duplicates. If you change the type record indicator in a record on the destination file to 0, then Advanced Draft will not consider that record in it's search for duplicates. The program sets sets all flags to zero, that is, do not consider the record while checking for duplicates. The program also allows you to restore the flags after you have finished transferring players. If you are unsure what "FileID" and "duplicate records" are all about, there is a thorough explanation in the Help file.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Stat Leveler

Have you ever merged teams from different eras onto one data disk and found that the players from some teams are all Worn Out by the middle of the season because their AIM (Advanced Injury Management) values were calculated using far more games than they actually played? If Team A on the disk played 100 games and Team B played 162 you can set your AIM values based on 162 games and end up with a lot of worn out players on Team A. You can set your AIM values on 100 games and have the regulars on Team A play far too many games. You can manually adjust the AIM values for as many teams as necessary. Or you can use the Stat Leveler.

The Stat Leveler will project stats for a team over as many games as you'd like. For example, in the example above you could have the Stat Leveler adjust all of Team A's player stats to what they would have been over 162 games. Then AIM will use the players on both Team A and Team B realistically. Note that the program adjusts players actual stats, not the AIM ratings. League Manager will use the adjusted stats to generate the AIM rating. You can still select any and all AIM options in League Manager and they will work with the adjusted stats. You may even choose to recalculate starting pitchers' fatigue ratings using DosDave's "Complete Game Percentage" algorithm.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Stat Compare

Stat Compare compares replay stats to actual stats. The program displays the players on a selected team along with both their actual stats and their replay stats. You can use it to see how well a player is performing in your replay compared to his real life stats. The display also includes a percentage comparison of a player's Replay Games to Actual Games, Replay Plate Appearances to Actual Plate Appearances and, if he is a pitcher, Replay Innings Pitched to Actual Innings Pitched and Replay Batters Faced to Actual Batters Faced. Also, at the bottom of the report is an Exceptions section. This section lists the names of any players on the team who are at or above 100% in any of these comparisons and for which of these categories the player reached that mark.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Major League Equivalencies

Major League Equivalencies were developed by Bill James. They convert a player's minor league stats into their major league equivalents. Note that this is not a projection of future performance. It is a measure of what the player would have done had he been in the majors instead of the minors.

The Major League Equivalency algorithms for batters are based on Mr. James' work. Pitching Equivalency is not part of Mr. James' algorithms, but the algorithms included in the program will give satisfactory results.

Why would you want to use Major League Equivalents? Perhaps your replay is a "what if" replay and you want to see what the result might have been had the team called up that AAA phenom in July instead of September. Maybe the player actually had a .143 average in 14 at bats, or hit .429 with 3 homeruns in 14 at bats. Neither card would be suitable to use for half a season. So use a card based on his Major League Equivalent. Or perhaps you are in a draft league and have a shortage of firstbasemen so you would like to play that AAA player you own who did not make it to the majors because there was too much talent ahead of him. Use his Major League Equivalent card. Or perhaps you are replaying a season with 31 teams and want to have 32. So have an expansion draft and fill in the players lost to expansion with Major League Equivalent AAA players. Or convert your favorite minor league team as a whole and play it against Major League competition.

The program will work with AAA stats, AA stats or a combination of the two. You can even put in the stats for the player's actual Major League stint and have them combined with the Major League Equivalents.

After you have generated the player's major league equivalent stats you can use Wizard for Windows to generate a player card based on those stats. If you convert a player who had, say, 350 at bats and you want to use him for the full season with A.I.M., use the MakoJo Stat Leveler program to adjust his stats for the full season equivalent. Or you may specify a target number of At Bats for batters and a target number of innings for Innings Pitched for pitchers right in the program. The players' stats will then be scaled to that target. For example if a player's total At Bats is 400 with 8 homeruns, but your league has a rule that "equivalent" players may only accumulate 100 At Bats, you can set the target At Bats to 100 and his Major League Equivalents will scaled to 100 At Bats, giving him 2 homeruns. AIM values will then be calculated correctly based on 100 At Bats.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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xstat.dat Installer

When Advanced Draft installs a DOS season disk into Baseball for Windows it does not install the "extra" stats. What are the extra stats? Most player stats are contained in files that have been part of the computer data disk since the beginning. But some statistics, like Complete Games, Intentional Walks, Grounded into Double Plays and Fielding Stats by Position are not included in those files. Those stats are created, however, by Wizard, Wizard for Windows and the Encyclopedia Import.

Wizard stores the stats in two files, newnstat.s99 and newpstat.s99. The others store them in xstat.dat. If you install a DOS data disk with the extra stat files, however, the stats are not installed to the windows season disk. An xstat.dat file is created in the installation process, but it does not have any data in it. This program corrects that.  The program also recognizes the file extensions of r99 and t99 for seasons disks from the 1800's and 2000's, respectively.

Why should you care? Well, one of the stats is Complete Games. This is used in the A.I.M. process. Not having the complete games stat can affect what a pitcher's A.I.M. values are. It can also affect pitchers' Q ratings (fatigue ratings). Once the xstat.dat file is installed to your season disk you can use the Adjust Q Ratings option in the StatLeveler program to correct starting pitchers' Q ratings.

This program will create and install an xstat.dat file from newnstat.s99 and newpstat.s99 files.

This program is included in the Baseball Utilities Bundle.

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Windows Disk to DOS Disk Converter

The .wdd2dos Conversion Program converts an APBA Baseball for Windows season disk (or directory) into an APBA DOS Baseball season disk (or directory). You might want to do this if you create a unique BB4Win season disk and wish to distribute it. The DOS format is usable by both the DOS Game and, through Advanced Draft, the Windows Game. Or you might prefer the DOS game but want to create seasons through the BB4Win Advanced Draft Bill James/FanPark Encyclopedia import feature. Note: Before you distribute a disk, please be sure you have the right to distribute it. Miller Associates only permits disk distribution under limited circumstances. If you are not sure if you can legally distribute your disk you can check with Miller Associates at http://www.fanpark.com/ .

Players, (multiple) organizations, leagues, team rosters and team lineups are all converted. The program recognizes and accommodates the limitations of a DOS disk (roster sizes, number of teams, etc.) You can convert into an existing .ddr directory or you can create a new directory.

You have several options for converting player names. You can force all player last names to be in upper case. You can force all player last names to be in lower case. You can even have the program leave the case of player names unchanged. You can also have the program drop any asterisks from player last names during conversion.

This program is shareware, not freeware. While you may distribute the program with no changes as long as all of the accompanying files are included, if you keep it and use it you must register. See the Registration topic in the Help File for details about how to register your copy of the program.

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OFAS Reformatter

"Play Ball!", cries the umpire to start the best of seven championship round between the OFAS Cardinals and the OFAS Tigers.  The Cardinals win Game 1, pounding out six doubles and two homeruns on nine hits to the Tigers three doubles and two triples on seven hits.  The Tigers come back in Game 2 on three homers and four doubles on ten hits.  The Cardinals are held to three doubles on four hits.  In Game 3 the Tigers start strong with a double and two homeruns in the first two innings.  The Cardinals respond with a homerun in the third, but the Ump bellows "Time!".  Calling the managers out to the plate he tells them, "Something's wrong here!"  "You guys have 34 hits between you, but only 7 singles!  Let me see those cards you're using."  After carefully inspecting the cards he says "Here's your problem.  Your pitchers' grades are so high they turn most of the singles into outs, but don't have any effect on the extra base hits.  This series is postponed until you guys can come up with a better way of distributing hits."  And the OFAS players dejectedly return to their envelopes, perhaps destined never to see game action again.

This could be a true story (which would be why we're withholding the name of the Umpire, for his own protection).  All-Star card sets, such as the Original Franchise All-Stars (OFAS) set, produce far too high a proportion of extra base hits.  Dave Morris (DosDave) came up with a solution.  In the same way that a hit result of zero means "roll again in the second column", now any hit number from 0 to 11 means "check the hit number against the pitcher's grade and, if it is a hit, roll again in the second column".  (7's, 8's and 9's in the first column now appear as 07, 08 and 09 as a reminder of this.)  The second column is now a distribution of all of the player's hits, not just the extra base hits.   This program, the OFAS Reformatter, will reformat cards into this format.  The input to the program is a DOS format season disk and the output is a report of team's reformatted cards.  Optionally the changes may be saved to the disk to be used with a card printer.  The program reformats one team at a time.

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1950 Card Set Viewer

Ever wonder what the very first APBA season card set looked like?  That would be the 1950 season.  Only five sets are known to still exist.  They were single column cards.  There were no player speeds, nor pitching speeds.  There were nicknames (sadly lacking in the computer game) and home towns on the cards.  This package consists of a special version of the Baseball Card Viewer and a data disk compiled by DosDave.  The data disk is not intended for replay, and the viewer will only work with this disk, but if you ever wanted to see just what those cards look like, then this package is for you.

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2002 Season Disk Fix for Invalid Relief Pitcher Durabilities

The valid values for Relief Pitcher Durabilities are '1' through '3'.  The 2002 Season Disk contains '4' in that field for non-pitchers.  This is okay for the BBW programs because they ignore the field if a player is not a pitcher.  But our utilities give you access to every field on the disk for every player and do not recognize the '4'.  This program changes the invalid 4's to valid 3's.  Just copy the program 02rpqfix.exe to the 2002.wdd directory and double-click on the program name.

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A.I.M. Editor

I wrote the Baseball for Windows A.I.M. Editor to support some replay projects.  It can globally set some A.I.M. variables for a selected class of players, or it can change individual players.  Note that some of the restrictions in the game are ignored in this Editor.  For example, a starting pitcher's Maximum Readiness Rating can be set from 1 to 99.

Why would you want to change this stuff?  Much of this can be changed via the A.I.M. Editor in
League ManagerSome cannot.  Clicking the "Cure Itchiness" button, for example, will remove the Itchy status from a player (just like Benedril!). Changing a player's "Schedule Day Last Appeared" can keep him from becoming Itchy again as quickly.  Changing the the "Replay Batters Faced" or the "Replay Plate Appearances" will affect the player's RUse factor.  Leagues may use the global change capabilities to give extra "Max BF" to innocuous pitchers or extra PR/SF to innocuous players.  

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T3 Normalization System, or Time Travel Baseball

The sytem is comprised of two programs, the Normalizer and NormCreate.  The Normalizer program is designed to take the statistics from a specific major league baseball season and manipulate them so that they provide us with a logical and consistent representation of the same statistics in the environment of a totally different (chronologically) season.  Any player can be normalized from any year/league to any other year/league.  Normalization factors are provided for every Major League from 1871 through 2003.  The Normalizer normalizes the stats for all players on a team.  The team should then be wizardized using Wizard for Windows to generate the new hitting tablets (card numbers) and pitching grades.  Using the companion program, NormCreate, norm factors can be generated for any league, for example, the 2003 International League.  Be sure to read the Help Files before using the programsNote that you must have Wizard for Windows to effectively use this program.

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Alternate Ballpark Field Effects File

I have always thought it odd that a Stadium's Park Effect Factor should change from year to year even though the Stadium configuration did not change. When the Cardinals added Mark McGwire, who seemingly hit more homeruns than the rest of the team combined, the Stadium did not become easier to hit home runs in for the other players. But the yearly Park Effect values make it seem that way. Jay Wigley has put together Park Effect Factors for every major league ballpark from 1876 to 1993. The Park Factors are the same from year to year, reflecting the fact that the Stadium did not change. There are some changes, though, from when a Stadium underwent significant reconfiguration. Most "Field Effect" Files will need only one entry. Set the First Year and the Last Year to the same year and include an entry for that year in the detail of the Field Effects File with the Stadium's rating. Then no matter what year your game is played, the Stadium will have the proper factor.

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Franchise Ballpark File

This file is an Excel spreadsheet showing, for each major league franchise, all of the ballparks in which the team played, and in what years. This can be a real time saver when setting up replays.  The file is courtesy of Patrick Boyer.

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Coxx Pitching Grades for the Basic Board Game

The Coxx card pitching system was first introduced by then-APBA Journal editor Tom Heiderscheit as a way to adapt the 30 master game grades to the basic game.  To use the Coxx card system, simply re-roll the dice anytime a preventable single is rolled (that is, a single which is turned into an out by some grades), and use the grade shown on the Coxx card instead of the original grade.  Optionally you may prefer to reroll just once per inning.  Or you may prefer to reroll for every at bat (which is great for face-to-face play!).  Just choose whichever method you prefer, without jepordizing any statistical quality!

Note that 3 'extra' grades are incorporated as well.  Grade AA is actually grades A, B, and C combined.  Whenever this is the result, it will prevent ALL hits.   On the other hand, Grade E prevents no hits, and adds a single with a two-base advance on result number 12.  Grade F also adds a single to result number 12 and it adds a single to result number 35 with a one base advance.

The use of Coxx grades may prevent a lot of "APBA-ball" strategies.  They can be used either with or without the batter platoon system.

You can view the Coxx cards on-line and print them right from your browser. For durability, we suggest printing these cards out on 110 weight card stock (which is very close to APBA's cards in thickness).

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The National Association (1871 - 1875) Season Disks

This season disk set contains season disks for all five of the years of the National Association's existence. The disks are in both League Manager organization backup file format and the traditional DOS format. The DOS format can be used to install the seasons into earlier versions of Baseball for Windows or can be used directly in the DOS game. Instructions for installing it into the game are included in the readme file.

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1869 Season Disk

     1869 was the first year that a whole team was openly professional.  The Cincinnati Red Stockings went a
phenomenal 57 - 0.  Scores in games in 1869 ranged from teams scoring over 100 runs to one game of 2 to 1, generally regarded at the time as the best game ever played to that date.  There were no substituions during a game.  The twelve pro teams played not only against each other, but also against amateur (unpaid) teams.  The quality of the amateur teams ranged from near pro level to about the level of American Legion ball.  Scheduling consisted of arranging for games against other teams, often in a "home and home" arrangement. 

     This zip file contains Baseball for Windows backup files for two season disks.  One is the pro teams only.  The other is for the pro teams plus a number of amateur teams as well.  Stats for 1869 are sketchy at best.  A great deal of latitude was taken in developing players for Baseball for Windows for these players.  The amateur teams have had a sort of "Major League Equivalency" applied.  This is probably not nearly enough of an adjustment for some teams.  Consider a AA team of our time which played most of it games against local American Legion teams, a few other AA teams and one game against the Cincinnati Red Stockings.  The player cards generated from their stats would be far superior to their abilities compared to the Red Stockings, but their cards would give the Red Stockings' cards a good game.  Pro teams on the complete 1869 disk have had their pitching grades upped by five from the pro-only disk.

     The schedules included in the organization backups contain the games played by the teams in the org against each other.  Most of them played many additional games against other teams which are not represented on the disk.  The Divisions in the complete 1869 Org are completely arbitrary.  No such divisions existed in real life.  The two organizations are intended to give a flavor of the era.  Serious replays are probably beyond the capability of the disks, but I hope you have fun playing with the disks

Great Teams of the 19th Century Season Disk

This season disk contains some of the great teams of the 19th century. There are representatives here from the National League, the National Association, the American Association, the Union Association and the Players League. There are two bonus teams included as well. One is a team comprised of all those on Major League Baseball's Permanently Ineligible list. The other is the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, perhaps the worst major league team ever. They won only twenty games in 1899. In comparison, the hapless New York Mets of 1962 won forty. The season disk is in BB4Win format. Instructions for installing it into the game are included in the readme file.

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Extra Players for APBA's Negro Leagues Greatest Teams Data Disk

The Negro League XB disk was created to add a little more flexibility to the rosters of the teams on APBA "Negro Leagues Great Teams" disk. I wanted the availability of an extra pinch hitter, spot starter or outfielder with whom to make a double switch. All of the players on this disk are real players who are listed are their respective teams' rosters in "The Negro Leagues Book", an excellent SABR publication edited by Dick Clark and Larry Lester.
The stats for these players were, for the most part, not available to me. I created the stats with one constraint. The additional players should add to the team's depth, not it's strength. If all the shortstops on a team hit less than .220 and I added another shortstop, then he will not have an average higher than that. In a similar vein if the APBA set has five outfielders on a team, the games played by one of my additional outfielders should not exceed the games played by the fifth outfielder. Several teams have additional players with a fair number of games played. This occurs when the player-games on a team on the APBA disk seem insufficient to field a team for the full season.

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Pilot Field

Pilot Field in Buffalo, NY is the home of the AAA Buffalo Bisons. Opened in 1988 in downtown Buffalo, it has been called by one major sports publication the "jewel in the crown of Minor League Baseball". It was built to look like an old-time ballpark and provides that old "take me out to the ballgame feel" for the fan. It is a very comfortable park in which to watch a game and has excellent site lines from all seats. The food court is extensive with a broad range of excellent cuisines. The stadium holds 20,000, with an expansion capability of having a second deck added which would seat another 20,000. The stadium was renamed "NorthAmericare Park" for the 1997 season and again to "Dunn Tire Park" for the 1999 season. Contains high resolution graphic (256 colors) only. Pilot Field 1 is a view of the stadium from high above center field. Pilot Field 2 is a traditional view from behind home plate.

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Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY

Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY is an adjunct of the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is a cozy, old time field with seating that puts the fan close to the action. The view in the stadium file is from behind home plate under the roof over the grandstand. Contains high resolution graphic (256 colors) only.

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Reading Municipal Stadium in Reading, PA

Reading Municipal Stadium is the home of the AA Reading Phillies, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. It seats approximately 8,000 and is a very fan friendly ballpark. The view in the stadium file is from behind home plate, perhaps just a bit too close to the field (but the seats were great for watching the game, an exciting contest won by the Phillies on a homerun in the bottom of the tenth). Contains high resolution graphic (256 colors) only.

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Roberto Clemente Stadium

Roberto Clemente Stadium is an artist's rendition of a proposed new stadium in Pittsburgh from a couple of years ago. The stadium is a bit reminiscent of APBA's Forbes Field, with a Pirate fan prominent in the foreground. Contains high resolution graphic (256 colors) only.

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Harper College 1890

Harper College 1890 is a drawing of gay 90's field, complete with crowd in period dress.  The graphic is gray scale.

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The Park

The Park is a typical cow pasture that kids might play on.  It looks very similar to the park at which I played when I was a child.  When we told our parents we were going to "the park", they all knew  we meant the field at the end of Weinmann's Blvd. that was our ball park.  The graphic is that of a field with bases and foul poles stuck in the ground.  The fence in the foreground is similar to the one at our real park, except that the real fence was chainlink, not wood.

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War Memorial Stadium

War Memorial Stadium, affectionately known as "The Rock Pile", was a football stadium used by Buffalo, NY pro football teams in the AAFC, the AFL and the NFL.  It was used as a baseball stadium by the Buffalo Bisons from 1960, when Offerman Stadium was closed, until 1972, and then again from 1979 to 1988, when Pilot Field opened.  It was also used as the Knight's Stadium in the filming of "The Natural", with Robert Redford.  It has since been torn down.

Citizen's Bank Ball Park

Citizen's Bank Ball Park is an artist's rendition of the new ball park planned for Philadelphia.