Definition: Ten-acious League Structure

The purpose of this post is to define a specific type of project that I set up and conducted over the past 9 months. I’m calling it a “ten-acious” league structure. It could very well be that others before me have put together a league of the same makeup, number of teams, schedule setup, etc. If so, I do not intend to claim ownership of this structure per se. Instead, I want to give it a name because a) the feedback I’ve received about the structure has been positive, and b) it helps to identify what we’re doing going forward if we call it a “ten-acious” style league.

Project Type: Simulation

Season: Any Strat-o-matic (and perhaps other forms of tabletop game) season will be appropriate.

Teams: Ten teams are used in this league. The key is to choose them randomly. The point of this type of league is to attempt to simulate a full season results in a smaller subset of games. If you cherry pick teams for a reason, you will diminish the chances you’ll get a true cross-section of your league. The best way to do this is to use Random.org‘s list randomizer and enter in all available teams for the season you intend to simulate.

Division: This style is intended to model an association football (soccer) league, in the sense that it’s a “single table.” All 10 teams are combined in the standings into one division. This is reminiscent of the AL and NL of the 1960’s, where there 10 teams per league.

Schedule: The league schedule is set up as 18 3-game series. Each team will play its foes 3 games at home, and 3 games on the road. This also has shades of association football (where teams play their league-mates 1 home and 1 away), but blended into a typical MLB motif of 3-game series. It has been found optimal to add off days here and there to decrease the chances of staff aces constantly facing each other, and doubleheader days can also bring about creative rotation usage.

Games Played: Each team will play 54 games. The proprietor of such a league will need to conduct 270 games to complete the regular season.

Rule set: The first league was conducted using Advanced rules, but any rule set would be compatible.

Rosters: The original league structure utilized the end-of-season roster for each team used. In theory, the proprietor could take measures to consider players traded midseason, calculating the point where those players shoud be either subtracted or added to enhance the realism of the team’s roster. Additional players are highly recommended due to injuries that will pile up for some teams.

Injuries & Rest: It is highly recommended that the proprietor use injuries as well as the Super Advanced Rest Chart (SARC). This helps to moderate player usage so that low plate appearance players aren’t overused. Rest rolls can begin at any point, but starting in the 2nd series at the latest.

Lineups: Each proprietor can decide if they want to incorporate real world lineups or create their own. Again, using the rest rules and injuries will bring about the need for daily lineup adjustments.

Playoffs: Playoffs are optional. Recommendation is for the top 4 teams to play semifinal best of 7 series (1 vs 4, 2 vs 3). The champion is then crowned after the winners of those series square off in a best-of-7 finale.

DH Rule?: Again, completely optional to use, but it should be done uniformly across the league.

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Therapy In Strat-o-matic

This blog has not been updated with TBL statistics in weeks. This post won’t further that initiative either. Suffice it to say, the league is continuing in due time, mostly over at our YouTube channel. As I said, this post will deal with a completely different topic.

I’m currently going through a lengthy vocational transition period. The uncertainty hangs over my daily routine: drive to work, split time between accomplishing tasks and commiserating with peers paddling in the same hole-filled canoe as myself, drive home, and try and conclude the day with something other than the desolation of the unknown.

For a period of time I tried other “stress relief” activities such as those adult coloring books or crossword puzzles or just plain ol’ throwing on the television. Nothing really stuck that much. I’m a hobby guy, and all but a couple of hobby activities have stuck for longer than 2-3 months. It’s just who I am.

An online acquaintance suggested Strat-o-matic baseball when he saw me post a scoresheet from an MLB Network broadcast of a Royals-White Sox game in May. Returning to scoring ball games was another attempt to preoccupy my mind.

At that point, things changed.

My parents helped enable this pursuit for me, knowing that I was in the midst of one of the more unsettling periods of my life. I looked forward to asking for the game as a potential Christmas gift; a frivolous board game wasn’t something that fit into our budget while pushing most of our funds into reducing debt. Instead I opened the mailbox, and there was a card with a check telling me to get the game right then and there.

And so I did. A few days later began my days as a cards & dice Strat player. After a couple of basic games, I realized just how much it took my mind off of the doom and gloom that would regularly creep into my mind as I’d be sitting and watching this or that. I then started the TBL after seeing the number of people doing solo projects out there. Adding a league structure that gave me my own world to control further distracted me, giving me something to strive towards on my off-hours.

The outlook is no better at the moment. Sure, as a Christ follower I don’t fear the future. But it doesn’t change the coming and going of unease, especially while I’m at work. But the TBL is my place to go to escape. Rattling around the dice, trying to decide whether to hit-and-run or play off the card, managing the lineups…it’s a fictional world where jobs and bills and mortgages don’t exist.

That helps to cope with unproductive feelings. Not to mention, I’ve found my next hobby.

 

Update On TBL Plans

So I’m trying to get this social media/blog thing down for the TBL. My access to PC’s is not always easy since I haven’t had a working personal laptop in a couple of years. Our family PC is often getting used by others, so finding the free moment to put together blog posts in front of the keyboard is tough.

I’ve adjusted my gameplay videos to be live streams on YouTube. The upside is that I don’t tie up my phone in post-production & uploading to YouTube. I also have been able to interact with viewers. I love that aspect!

The downside is that the videos are longer. I leave in prep activities and background activities. It also contains some of the discussion directly to commenters where the people watching the video after the fact don’t see the chat comments. 

But at this point, I like live streaming better, and I’ll continue. I need to keep rolling games in between as well to help move things along.

I’ve also adjusted the schedule to include off-days. I’d like to get it where it’s not just #1 starters vs #1 starters every time. 

So between Facebook, Twitter, and here, I’ll try to post updates to when live streams will occur. Stay tuned!

Standings And Statistics: Gameday 14 Recap

So looking back on here, I realized it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve updated this blog. I’ve been enjoying trying to put out YouTube content, including some live streaming events (such as tonight, will update with a link as soon as it completes processing).

The TBL continues to be decked in Dodger Blue after 14 games. Find the standings below:

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If you notice, this is a different format than before. We’ve moved to BallStat as our statistic compiling software. The Rangers are two games back of the Dodgers, followed by the Cardinals and the Cubs rounding out the top 4.

In terms of league statistics, here are some of the key statistics for both pitching and hitting after 14 games:

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And pitching:

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I’ll try to keep things updated from hereon out. BallStat makes it a bit easier. I would prefer to use it to create a website that anyone can peruse on their own. Maybe down the road I’ll have the resources to afford such luxuries.

Gameday 11: Recaps

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So we’ve gone to Ballstat here at the Ten-acious Baseball League. This program saves some time with compiling all the necessary information to bring you the league results.

We won’t have actual writeups again for Gameday 11; instead, please find boxscores below.

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Gameday 10 Recap: Rangers 9, Royals 6

A 5-run 2nd inning sent the Texas Rangers up for good, as they defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-6.

Derek Holland pitched 7 innings for the Rangers, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. Only 3 of the runs were earned, as Texas committed 3 errors on the day.

Prince Fielder had a 3 hit day for the Rangers, driving in 3 in the process. Texas pounded 14 total hits, 13 of which came off of Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie gave up all 9 runs in only 6 innings of work.

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