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.
“The first time I played OOTP was version 13,” Jardine says. “I had previously played Baseball Mogul and a member of my fantasy baseball league turned me onto OOTP, saying it was ‘way better and you can do way more.’ I was hooked after about two hours recreating the Canadian Baseball League and I’ve never looked back.”
Jardine notes that those sims are the only ones he’s tried. He adds: “I used to have plenty of downtime at work, so an easy-to-pick-up game like OOTP was an easy choice to load onto the work computer.”
OOTP Community Manager T.J. Lauerman brought Jardine into the OOTP Developments fold. He currently streams the game on our Twitch channel an hour a week, showcasing various aspects of the game. “For example,” he says, “during the playoffs, I ran some ‘What If?’ scenarios, such as who would win a seven-game series between the 1992 and 1993 versions of the Toronto Blue Jays.”
Streaming on Twitch has also offered some exciting moments, such as this one: “Just recently, we were simulating the Division Series games. It came down to a Game 5 between Arizona and Los Angeles, so we jumped in and played the game. Well, the game ended up going 15 innings before Cody Bellinger walked it off with a three-run homer to end the game and the series. It was a pretty intense moment.”
He adds: “I also create posts for Facebook and Twitter plus other social media tasks as required. I would say my main responsibility is to use social media to help increase OOTP’s exposure in addition to what the rest of the social media team is doing.”
Jardine wraps up by saying: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the game evolve and being on the ground floor for the experience. It’s such an awesome community to be part of that I’m very happy to do what I can do help reach more and more players. I think, in a general sense, I’m just happy to be here and part of such a great team all working towards creating an excellent game.”