As Out of the Park Baseball continues to grow and reach new fans, we’ve needed to expand our team so we can handle the various ways we interact with you. As part of that expansion, we recently added Kris Jardine, Associate Community Manager for OOTP, to our roster. Here’s what he has to say.
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Major League Baseball’s playoff history is full of thrilling comebacks and crushing defeats. Unheralded players have risen to the occasion and become heroes and great players have stumbled and revealed that they, too, are mere mortals.
Out of the Park Baseball 18 lets you tell your own October stories, and this year we decided to set up a 2017 MLB game as the American and National Leagues stood at the end of the season. Then we let ‘er rip and saw what the playoffs might have had in store for us.
We even got MLB Network to kindly feature our forecast, as shown in this YouTube clip. Read on to find out what happened, and note that our sim deviated from what’s really happening, but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it?
When OOTP Developments CMO Rich Grisham recently had the unique opportunity to stop by the MLB Network studios, he came armed with the results of simulations involving Sonny Gray (New York Yankees), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), and Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers). (You can watch the full appearance on our YouTube channel.)
Of course, five minutes of TV time was only enough to give high-level details of those sims, so we thought we’d do a deeper dive into each one for you.
When we last spoke to T.J. Lauerman, OOTP’s Baseball Community Manager, he had taken over the rebuilding San Diego Padres after polling the OOTP Twitter account’s followers regarding which team he should helm. The team finished 58-104 in 2017 but improved to 80-82 in 2018 and seemed poised for a possible breakout season in 2019.
We followed up with him to see how the team has done since then. You can keep up with the latest goings-on during Lauerman’s weekly live broadcasts on OOTP Developments’ Twitch channel.
Minor League Baseball team the Trenton Thunder are the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, and on July 4th, they helped celebrate the holiday by hosting an Out of the Park Baseball night at their ballpark.
Four lucky fans won copies of Out of the Park Baseball 18, and a good time was had by all as Trenton blanked the Reading Fightin Phils by a 2-0 score.
If you missed the event, you have another chance to have fun with the OOTP Developments crew on August 24, 2017, when Trenton hosts Hockey Night. They’ll be playing the Richmond Flying Squirrels, and OOTP Developments representatives will be on hand to give away copies of OOTP 18 and Franchise Hockey Manager 3, as well as show off the games at a table on the concourse.
Hope to see you there!
The ability to call the shots on and off the field for any Major League Baseball team is a huge part of the appeal of Out of the Park Baseball 18, so T.J. Lauerman, OOTP’s Baseball Community Manager, leapt at the chance to run a team on the game’s weekly Twitch stream.
He recalls: “Last year on the weekly Twitch streams, I had set out to turn the Atlanta Braves into World Series champions by 2020 and failed miserably. This year, I wanted to see if I would have better luck. I left it up to the fans and put a poll on our Twitter account with the options of the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, or San Diego Padres.”
Want to use OOTP in your class or after-school club, or know a teacher who would like to use it? We’re happy to provide free copies of OOTP for use in K-12 and higher education settings. Please get in touch via the OOTP Developments contact page.
Nearly everyone has been asked, at least once during their schooling, to come up with an idea for a project, execute on their vision, and present their findings to a class. Few, however, have done so with Out of the Park Baseball.
LaGrange College student Stephen Coelho and classmates Josh Garland and James Poropatic are among those few. Tasked by their marketing class instructor with creating a business or product and developing a business plan for it, Coelho says he “decided to get creative and set up an expansion team in OOTP,” bringing his fellow students along for the ride as part of a group project.
What if you had a chance to see if a virtual representation of yourself could crack the big leagues, or even end up with a career that lands you in the Hall of Fame? Sure, you could do that in Out of the Park Baseball 18 by creating a fictional player with your name and tweaking his ratings to your heart’s content, but what if your virtual self ended up in every copy of OOTP 18 sold?
That’s what happened this year when five lucky winners in the OOTP 18 pre-order contest found themselves in the game as virtual prospects with a chance at baseball immortality. They were able to dictate the basics of their in-game player, including position, handedness, and age, height, and weight. We chatted with three of them to find out what they thought of the experience.
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Brent Long, commissioner of the GAF Online Baseball League that came together on the NeoGAF forum, discovered Out of the Park Baseball with last year’s version 16, but once he did, he was hooked. “When I play any game that tries to simulate a sport, I’m always most interested in the long-term development of my team,” he says. “You get to see what would happen if you were in control and, right now, OOTP probably does that the best out of any game that I’ve played.”
He joined the GOBL not long after its inception and soon became the commissioner. “GOBL brings me into the game every single day,” Long observes. “There’s a lot more intrigue when you know you’re competing against other people and not just the CPU.” (The league has a few openings, so anyone who’s interested in joining should see the thread on the NeoGAF forum and contact Long (he’s “brentech”) for more information.)