Out of the Park Baseball is closing out its 18th year in 2017. OOTP has plenty of long-time players, as well as several long-running online leagues, but few have been around as long as SDMB. The online league was founded by Michael Weintraub and Zev Steinhardt 15 years ago and has embarked on its 30th season.
The Florida Panthers® caused quite a stir during the 1996 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, when they took a third place Atlantic Division finish all the way to the Stanley Cup Final®, where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche® in a sweep. It was their third season in the league, but it proved the idea that there’s such a thing as peaking early, because they’ve only made the Stanley Cup® Playoffs four times since then, losing in the first round each time.
Of course, that makes them a great project for a Franchise Hockey Manager 4 sim, especially one that’s streamed on our Twitch channel. That endeavor proved another idea — great minds think alike — because our FHM 4 Twitch streamers, Adam and Jeff, had narrowed down the options for their next streaming project to the Panthers®, and the team won a Twitter poll too, which sealed the deal.
So how have they done so far?
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.
As the latest National Hockey League® season gets underway, we thought we’d see what might be in store by simulating the 2017-18 campaign, including the playoffs. Our friends at the NHL Network joined in the fun by mentioning our work on their flagship NHL Tonight show — you can see the entire clip on YouTube.
So what does the season have in store? Read on to find out.
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.
Franchise Hockey Manager (FHM) 3 gives armchair GMs the chance to call the shots on and off the ice, whether they want to take over a modern day team or travel as far back in time as 1931 and take control of an NHL or WHA club. It’s a lot of fun, as OOTP Developments team members Jeff Riddolls and Adam B have shown during their weekly Twitch casts.
They’ve been alternating between two simulations, one with the 1967 Los Angeles Kings, an expansion club, and another with the 2016-17 Detroit Red Wings, who entered that season riding a streak of 25 straight Playoffs-bound years. We talked with each of them about their efforts.
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.”