March 5th, 2014 - Adjustable Starting Rotation Size
Starting after spring training, managers will be able to change the size of their rotation. There are three selections: 5-man rotation (previously the only option), 4-man rotation, 4 ½-man rotation and 6-man rotation. The 4 ½-man rotation essentially alternates between a 4- and 5-man rotation, so the 5th starting pitcher only pitches half as much as the first four starters. It also means that in the playoffs, the 5th starting pitcher wouldn’t make a start. Select your rotation size based on starting pitching depth and pitcher stamina & fatigue. Please note; spring training rotations are still fixed as 5-man rotations.
February 26th, 2014 - Improved Bunting Algorithm
Starting this season, the bunting algorithm will change. It will make bunting more frequent and inline with historical norms. One of the biggest factors in the new algorithm is the individual player management setting for bunting – it will go a long way to determining if a player bunts or not, given the appropriate situation of course. Please revisit your bunting management settings and observe your spring game results, so you are not surprised by this adjustment during the regular season.
February 25th, 2014 - New Broken Bat Countries
Prospects and players will now be drawn from ten new countries: Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand and Switzerland. They will become available in the 2017 prospect crop, but their numbers will be small.
February 24th, 2014 - 2017 Spring Training starts on Friday!
It took a little while to complete the end-of-season processing, but the simulation year has finally flipped. Team relocations are now open. Ballpark reconfigurations are now possible. The free agency/waiver claim system is now operating again. Spring training starts on Friday, so make sure you set your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season.
February 21st, 2014 - Legends Champion - Thunder Bay Red Raiders!
Congratulations to MrTwoPlums and the Thunder Bay Red Raiders for winning their first Legends League title in only their second season in the Legends League. A truly outstanding season that included them posting 104 wins in the regular season and a playoff win over a strong Bay City Lions team.
February 17th, 2014 - Playoffs are here!
The playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the top league, team juggernaut, the Thunder Bay Red Raiders (104-56) will take on the Bay City Lions (90-70) who are still looking for their second Legends League Championship. Good luck to both MrTwoPlums and msigg6!
February 2nd, 2014 - Cup Final!
Monday is the cup final and will feature a match-up between the Legends League’s Paterson Scorpions and the League II side, Oceanview City Buccaneers. Both teams are Top-25 teams and it should be an interesting matchup between Paterson’s power and Oceanview’s pitching. Best of luck to Ajax and ghost999.
January 23rd, 2014 - Weather Icons
Live Action game mode now displays the appropriate weather icon to indicate the conditions under which a game is being played. Icons may be changed/improved over time. Note, the feature is not backwards compatible to older games.
January 21st, 2014 - All-Star Break
The All-Star Break is right around the corner. If you’d like to change teams to any unmanaged club (which are in fiscal good standing), now is the opportunity to do it. Please just send a mail to the admin with your desired destination.
December 24th, 2013 - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Just a big thank you to everyone who is participating in the game and helping it grow. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season and an enjoyable New Year!
December 22nd, 2013 - 2016 Season begins Monday!
The cup group stage starts Monday and the league season will begin on Tuesday. Please make sure you have your lineups and pitching rotations setup for opening day. Also, be sure to adjust your ballpark size in accordance to what you think your attendance will be. Good luck to all!
December 19th, 2013 - Minor League changes...
I do listen to comments people make and have been running a lot of simulations to gauge minor league training speed. We have made a couple of changes to improve youth development. Overall training of minor league players has increased, especially among the youngest players. Draftees will still take several seasons to reach the big leagues, but hopefully in the future there will be fewer old players in the minor leagues. Additionally, we’ve added minor league position assignments whereby young players can receive position experience in accordance with the club’s long-term plans. These assignments can be set on the Minors pages for your club.
December 12th, 2013 - 2016 pre-season starts on Friday!
Spring training starts on Friday, so make sure you set your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season.
December 10th, 2013 - Legends New Champion - Queens Knights!
Congratulations to Erkuza and the Queens Knights for winning their first Legends League title in only their second season in the league. And a well done to all the other league winners as well!
December 2nd, 2013 - Playoffs are here!
The playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the top league, the powerful Bay City Lions (96-64) will return to the playoffs to take on the resilient Queens Knights (98-62). Good luck to both Erkuza and msigg6!
November 28th, 2013 - Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American players. I guess it's also a belated wish for all our Canadian players. Hope you're all enjoying Broken Bat!
November 17th, 2013 - Cup Final!
Monday is the cup final and will feature a match-up between two underdogs. The League IV Hialeah Scorpions will take on fellow League IV team the Wichita Tigers . Neither team is ranked in the Top-25, so it's really two Cinderella stories competing for the title. Best of luck to Minnie Miñoso and baltimore5.
November 2nd, 2013 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
Just a quick note because daylight saving time ends tonight in most of the United States. The server and therefore Broken Bat are now running on PST (Pacific Standard Time). You might need to adjust your game viewing accordingly.
October 29th, 2013 - Changing Teams
You may change teams to any unmanaged teams if you think that would improve your prospects of winning or enjoyment of the game. Team changes will be limited to the off-season and the All-Star break to avoid causing too much confusion. Please try to limit teams changes as one of the goals of the game is to build your team into a winner.
October 21st, 2013 - World Series Predictions
I’ve opened a World Series thread: World Series Predictions. Please post your predictions for the fall classic there!
October 17th, 2013 - Broken Bat – The Best Rated Game in September 2013!
Despite our recent hiccup, Broken Bat has once again climbed to the top and was chosen as the Best Rated Game in September on OnlineSportManagers.com. We received a 94% favorable rating for the month, edging out My Racing Career and Red Zone Action. Thanks to everyone that voted for Broken Bat – we appreciate your support!
October 14th, 2013 - All-Star Selection Criteria
For the upcoming All-Star game, the selection process for specific positions has changed to include games played at that specific position. Thus to fill those slots on the All-Star team, the player will require more than having the position in his position list, but must actually be playing at that position. Note, there will still be a number of “at large” All-Star players selected regardless of position.
October 11th, 2013 - Simulation rolling again!
The game engine finished off the remaining Friday Cup games without any issues. So it looks like everything is rolling again. Good luck to all this season!
October 9th, 2013 - Simulations resume on Friday!
Game simulations are schedule to resume on Friday, October 11th (in two days), so please make sure you have your regular season line-ups and pitching rotation set.
October 4th, 2013 - Free Agents
Because of some of the issues with the accelerated season start, we are allowing teams whose cash balance has dipped below zero to sign free agents until the re-start next Friday. At that time, we’ll return to the positive cash balance requirement.
October 2nd, 2013 - Off-season revisited…
Because of the accelerated off-season, I have opened up ballpark re-sizing and team relocating until the simulation starts again next week. So please adjust your ballpark as needed and you may move your club to a new city if you’d like.
September 30th, 2013 - Bad News...
I’ve been working all weekend with the server host and it doesn’t look like we can completely restore the database back to before the season flip. Apparently, the database was too large and created a backup file that did not contain significant parts of the database. So what this means is that we’re going to have to live with the premature start of the season. This is truly unfortunately, but at this point it’s impossible to whine the clock back. I appreciate everyone understanding.
September 28th, 2013 - Restoration in process…
I’m working with the hosting company to restore the database back to before the season flip. I will try to update the status as I know more. Thanks for the patience.
September 25th, 2013 - Back to the Future...
This weekend we will revert the game back to the end of last season in order to rectify the current situation (where the game inadvertently ran through spring training and started the new season). Unfortunately that will mean that all activity (forum posts & new users for example) from this last week will be lost.
September 23rd, 2013 - Still Investigating...
Clearly the game engine has run past the first day of spring training – may need to restore the DB back to the season flip. My apologies for the inconvenience.
September 22nd, 2013 - Premature Spring Training Games
There was a server hiccup which resulted in a server time glitch causing the first day of Spring Training simulations to run. Currently, we looking into how and whether to fix this. Apologize for the confusion.
September 19th, 2013 - Cypress Point City is Legends Champion!
Congratulations to Dinoweb and the Cypress Point City Crusaders for winning their first Legends League playoff in their first season in the top league. And a well done to all the other league winners as well!
September 17th, 2013 - Playoffs start Tuesday!
The playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the top league, Legends newcomer the Cypress Point City Crusaders (97-63) try to get their first title against the powerful Bay City Lions (107-53) who will be trying to add to their already impressive trophy collection. Good luck to both Dinoweb and msigg6!
September 13th, 2013 - Who's Online feature
We’ve added a ‘Who's Online’ feature, so that you can check out who is also logged into the site currently. Just click on the ‘Who's Online’ link near the bottom of the left-hand navigation panel. Enjoy!
September 10th, 2013 - Waiver Claim system coming...
Starting next season, we’ll have a waiver claim system working that will allow everyone an equal shot at getting top free agents. At this time, you may see some evidence of the new system (especially if you look at players on waivers), but the September 1st signing date for free agents has passed, so it can’t be utilities yet.
August 30th, 2013 - Cup Final!
Monday is the cup finals and will match-up veteran versus newcomer. Perennial power, the Saratoga Cowboys will take on cup finals newcomer and league IV team, the New York Long Horns. Despite their disparity in leagues, both teams are ranked in the Top 20 so it should be a good match-up. Best of luck to Jebou and Montoya!
August 30th, 2013 - Fountain of Youth Discovered? Or Aging Bug?
There was a hiccup in the aging formula in last night’s training and a number of older players (age 31+) experienced amazing revitalizations. This issue has been resolved in code and correct player skill values will be used for all games. Unfortunately, correct player skill display values will not be updated until the next training update. I apologize for this inconvenience.
August 25th, 2013 - Good luck to Eastlake/Chula Vista!
Today Eastlake takes on Musasi Fuchu, Japan in the Little League World Series. Hoping the kids from San Diego can prevail. Just down the road, Tijuana, Mexico is taking on Westport, Connecticut in the third place game. Good luck to all the kids!
August 22nd, 2013 - CDN Fixed!
We have fixed all the issues with the Content Delivery Network. I haven’t had any 522 errors since the last issue was resolved yesterday afternoon. Hopefully this will improve performance and offer some protection in high loading situations. Appreciate everyone’s patience– I realize there was about 36 hours where the site was pretty difficult to use.
August 21st, 2013 - All-Star Selection Algorithm Changing
Starting next season, the selection process will change a bit for the All-Star game. We have begun tracking games played at each position and so, players who actually played the position will be first in line to be All-Stars at those positions. There will still be a number of “at large” representatives – ones not chosen for a particular position. Hopefully this is a more fair selection process.
August 20th, 2013 - Content Delivery Network
We have moved to a Content Delivery Network (a large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple data centers across the Internet) to try to alleviate some of the loading issues. Not sure how well it will work yet; it should cache some data thus reducing server loading and also provide a distributed server infrastructure to protect against excessive usage. At first glance, I have seen a few 522 Error from CloudFlare, but we’ll see how things go. Please let me know if you experience any of these issues.
August 8th, 2013 - Server & Tools
There have been some issues with the tools functionality, so that feature has been temporarily removed. The rest of the functionality should now be restored. Sorry for the inconvenience.
August 8th, 2013 - Server Issues...
We are experiencing some issues with the server. Apparently, somebody started hammering the site yesterday and caused the hosting serve to temporary suspend operation. Currently the site is up, but many of the user input features are disabled while I look into the issues. My apologies and we are sorry for the inconvenience.
July 22nd, 2013 - 2014 Season begins Monday!
The cup group stage starts Monday and the league season will begin on Tuesday. Please make sure you have your lineups and pitching rotations setup for opening day. Also, be sure to adjust your ballpark size in accordance to what you think your attendance will be. Good luck to all!
July 21st, 2013 - Go Guam!
Was on a flight from Honolulu with a Babe Ruth league team from the island of Guam. They were traveling to a two week tournament in Tucson, Arizona. There is something special about kids playing baseball. Best of luck to them!
July 11th, 2013 - 2014 pre-season starts on Friday!
Spring training starts on Friday, so make sure you set your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season.
July 8th, 2013 - New season is here - 2014 spring training starts on Friday!
Last night the end of season processing ran and we are now at the start of season 2014. Free agents will start to become available (Monday morning Pacific Time) and spring training starts on Friday. Please make sure you set your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season. Also, if you’d like to modify your ballpark or move your club, you can do so now until the end of spring training.
July 4th, 2013 - Charleston is Legends Champion!
Congratulations to mailboy2012 and the Charleston Tigers - winning the Legends League playoff in their second season in the league. Congratulations to all the other league winner too!
July 1st, 2013 - Playoffs - bring them on!
The playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the Legends League, two time Legends champion the Berlin Panthers (86-74) try to get back to the winner circle against the upstart Charleston Tigers (101-59). Good luck to both AmUnRA and mailboy2012!
June 30th, 2013 - Game Action Format Selection
Just like game action speed, you can now select between ‘pitch-by-pitch’ or ‘batter-by-batter” game action formats. Under the Profile – Settings page, you can select between these two options!
June 28th, 2013 - Game Action Speed Setting
You can now control how fast the “Live” Game Action scrolls when you play a game back. Under the Profile – Settings page, you can select between pauses of 1/2 to 5 seconds. Find the speed that’s right for you!
June 26th, 2013 - UCLA wins College World Series!
With the truly dominating pitching performance (CWS ERA 0.80), UCLA swept the Mississippi State Bulldogs and won their first national championship in baseball. Congratulations to the Bruins!
June 23rd, 2013 - College World Series
Not sure if anybody else is watching, but the College World Series kicks off tomorrow. I’ve been following the regional and series games in Omaha and the Championship Series kicks off Monday night. The final series with feature the heavy hitting Mississippi State Bulldogs versus the tough pitching UCLA Bruins (my alma mater). So if you’re interested, tune in and cheer on the Bruins.
June 21st, 2013 - Pitch-By-Pitch Game Action!
On Saturday, the new pitch-by-pitch “live” game viewer replaces the batter-by-batter game viewer. It’s a fairly large change, but I think it will give viewers a better feel for the game (but it does take a little longer to view a game). At present, there is no option to change the display speed or to provide an optional batter-by-batter game viewer, but those are still under strong consideration. Also, I would like to improve the pitch sequencing and variety. Please let me know how you like the new viewer or if you find any issues.
One important note, the viewer is not 100% backwards compatible, so it will only work well with games starting on Saturday and beyond.
June 16th, 2013 - Cup Final!
Monday is the cup finals and will pit David versus Goliath. Filling the role of David will be the #47 ranked Kingsfort Point Gators all the way from League IV.8! And the part of Goliath will be played by the #2 ranked and defending Legends champion, the Bay City Lions. Good luck to both cernst84 and msigg6!
June 13th, 2013 - Broken Bat – The Best Rated Game in May 2013!
Broken Bat has ascended to the top and was chosen as the Best Rated Game in May on OnlineSportManagers.com. We received an incredible 95.9% favorable rating for the month, edging are friends at RZA by just a whisker. Thanks to everyone that voted for Broken Bat – we appreciate your support!
June 12th, 2013 - Additional Mascots Options
We’ve added about ten new logo/mascot combinations include Bats, Colonels, Kings, Royals, Scorpions, Spiders, Titans, Turtles and several more. You can check out all the new options by clicking on the ‘Update Settings’ option on your Profile page.
June 6th, 2013 - Platoon Split change
After collecting and analyzing data from the last several seasons, I have adjusted the platoon split (the advantage that LHB have versus RHP & RHB have versus LHP) downward because it was too extreme. This should put the effect more in line with traditional baseball statistics.
May 26th, 2013 - German rules revised
Thanks to the determination and hard work of Fixboy and Mr. Falco, we have a revised version of the rules in German: Regeln. I’m hopeful that it will provide our German speaking audience with a better understanding of how to play the game. Again, a big thank you to our team of Fixboy and Mr. Falco!
May 23rd, 2013 - 500 users!
Glad to announce that we surpassed 500 users today! That comes only 3 ½ months after we hit 400 users – a truly remarkable grow rate over the last quarter. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about the site.
May 23rd, 2013 - Bankruptcy coming,,,
The game will start initiating bankruptcy procedures this week. Most user-owned teams will be unaffected, but if your team is near or below the -$20M mark, you may have reason for concern. If your club’s finances are below this mark for 3 consecutive economic updates, the computer will take over the team permanently and begin bankruptcy proceedings. If you want, a new team will be allocated to you. If you are enjoying the challenge of reviving a hardship team, please let me know and I will make special arrangements. Most of the teams affected are controlled by either bots or inactive users.
May 20th, 2013 - Broken Bat – again the 2nd Best Rated Game on OSM!
Broken Bat was voted the 2nd Best Rated Game in April on OnlineSportManagers.com. We received an 92.3% favorable rating for the month and was among the most popular games in with a 2.2% share of click through traffic. Thanks to your efforts, Broken Bat remains the top ranked online baseball manager game on the site. We appreciate your support!
May 15th, 2013 - Spanish rules revised
Thanks to the swift and diligent work of Krakonico, we have a revised version of the rules in Spanish: Reglas. Hopefully that will resolve some of the issues we had with the first translation. Again, a big thanks to Krakonico!
May 12th, 2013 - Spanish Rules / Reglas Españolas
Today we unveil are second attempt at the game rules in Spanish (Reglas Españolas). If you’re a Spanish speaker please check them out. I don’t speak much Spanish, so I’d appreciate any feedback people have on the accuracy of the translation. Thanks.
May 9th, 2013 - Income & Expense Changes
In order to better balance the income and expenses of upper and lower league teams, we’ve made a couple of changes to merchandise income and miscellaneous expenses. These will be reflected in all financial updates going forward.
May 5th, 2013 - 2013 Season begins Monday!
The cup group stage starts Monday and the league season will begins on Tuesday. Please make sure you have your lineups and pitching rotations setup for opening day. Also, be sure to adjust your ballpark size in accordance to what you think your attendance will be. Good luck to all!
May 1st, 2013 - German Rules / Deutsch Regeln
Today we unveil are first attempt at the game rules in German (Deutsch Regeln). If you’re a German speaker please check them out. I don’t speak any German, so I’d appreciate any feedback people have on the accuracy of the translation. Thanks.
April 21st, 2013 - Season Flip – 2013 season starts on Friday!
Last night the end of season processing ran and we are now at the start of season 2013. Free agents will start to become available (Monday morning Pacific Time) and spring training starts on Friday. Please make sure you set your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season.
April 19th, 2013 - New Legends Champion!
Congratulations to msigg6 and the Bay Town Lions - winning the Legends League playoff in their first season in the league. Congratulations to all the other league winner too!
April 15th, 2013 - Playoffs are here!
The playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the Legends League, defending champion, the Berlin Panthers (102-58) will take on newcomer the Bay City Lions (96-64). Good luck to both AmUnRA and msigg6!
April 12th, 2013 - Broken Bat - the 2nd Best Rated Game in March!
Broken Bat was voted the 2nd Best Rated Game in March on OnlineSportManagers.com.
We received an 89.7% favorable rating for the month and climbed from fourth to second place from February. Thanks everyone for their support!
April 4th, 2013 - New Pitcher & Manager Images
Today we uploaded new images for the pitchers and managers. Hopefully this will make it a little easier to differentiate between the various types of players and coaches.
March 31st, 2013 - Cup Final!
Monday is the cup finals between two relatively unheralded teams. basilthedog89’s Riverway Lake Bears from the II.2 league and danielpaton’s Asheville Athletics’s from the V.6 league will square off in the finals. The Bears, ranked #12 overall, are the favorites over the #24 ranked Athletics, but anything can happen in a three game series. Best of luck to both teams!
March 31st, 2013 - Happy Easter!
Hope everybody’s egg hunting went well.
March 21st, 2013 - New Beta Management Page
Today I’ve added a link to our new AJAX Management page – Management (Beta). It utilities a mechanism that will automatically save each setting as it is changed. Thus there isn’t a submit button for either the player controls or the entire team. Please note, a check mark will appear when the first control element for a player is changed and saved automatically.
March 20th, 2013 - All-Star Game Today!
Today is the midway point of the season and the annual All-Star game. The algorithm for selecting All-Stars as been updated and now takes into account more statistics and a more complete snapshot of a players overall value. The selections this season should be better than in past seasons, so enjoy the game!
March 10th, 2013 - Daylight Saving Time
Just a quick note because the daylight saving time change occurred last night in most of the United. The server and therefore Broken Bat are now running on PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). So for those of you not on daylight saving time, your games will be starting an hour earlier.
March 9th, 2013 - German & Spanish Language Forums
Today we created German (Deutsch) and Spanish (Español) language forums, so please feel free to post and discuss the game in your own language. Our non-English language skills limited, so hopefully we’ll have good participation from some of our veteran German and Spanish speaking players.
March 8th, 2013 - Broken Bat - the 4th Best Rated Game in February!
Broken Bat was voted the 4th Best Rated Game in February on OnlineSportManagers.com. Broken Bat received an 86.3% favorable rating for the month and was the highest rated Baseball game. Thanks everyone for their support!
March 6th, 2013 - All-Star selection process upgraded!
This season we have upgraded the All-Star team selection process. The algorithm for player evaluation has changed to incorporate more statistics and a better weighting of them. Hopefully with will eliminate some of the more egregious selection errors, but a little controversy seems to always surround the process, even in real life.
February 28th, 2013 - Forum Additions
We have added two new categories to the forum to make following the discussions easier. The first is similar to the Last Posts, but is called Active Threads and lists the last ten threads with activity. The second is called My Threads and lists the last ten threads with activity that you’ve participated in. The usually paging also should work within these categories.
February 18th, 2013 - Broken Bat - the 3rd Best Rated Game in January!
Broken Bat was voted the 3rd Best Rated Game in January on OnlineSportManagers.com. Broken Bat received a 77.0% favorable rating for the month. The site also ranks Broken Bat as the top baseball manager game and #6 overall.
February 17th, 2013 - 2012 Season kicks off this week!
The cup starts Monday and the league season kicks off on Tuesday. Make sure you have your lineups and pitching rotations setup for opening day. Also, be sure to adjust your ballpark size in accordance to what you think your attendance will be. Good luck to all!
February 11th, 2013 - 400 users!
Today we topped 400 users…bots will be an endanger species soon!
February 6th, 2013 - 2012 season starts on Friday!
Spring training starts on Friday, so make sure you set your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season.
February 1st, 2013 - Lights, Accent, Tilde!
Starting with the upcoming season, some new players will receive accents and tildes in their names. This is especially true of players from the Spanish speaking countries. Not every name with include accents and tildes though (some will be Anglicized). If you have any comments about these additions, either names that should have them or one with improper placement, please log them in the following forum thread.
February 1st, 2013 - Another New Champion!
Congratulations to the Berlin Panthers, for defeating the juggernaut Saratoga Cowboys in the Legends league playoffs. Great job AmUnRA!
January 28th, 2013 - Playoffs are here!
The playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the top league, Legends newcomer the Berlin Panthers (101-59) will take on Legends stalwart the Saratoga Cowboys (115-45). Good luck to both AmUnRA and Jebou!
January 28th, 2013 - Finances revealed!
There is an expanded section in the rules manual for the finances now. Hope it clarifies a few things. Check it out at Team Finances.
January 20th, 2013 - Stan Musial R.I.P.
One of the best hitters of all-time who won seven batting titles, in addition to 3 MVP awards and 3 World Series. Great man, great player…rest in peace #6.
January 19th, 2013 - New Logos/Mascots available!
We’ve added more than twenty new logo/mascot combinations include Aliens, Catfish, Dinosaurs, Gorillas, Cobras, Tornados and many more. You can check out all the new options by clicking on the ‘Update Settings’ option on your Profile page.
January 13th, 2013 - Man versus Machine Cup Final
Monday is the cup finals between Ajax’s Paterson Eagles (211.88) and the unmanaged West Fallon Hawks (147.86). Should be an exciting cup final especially because it’s pitting man versus machine. Best of luck to all!
January 12th, 2013 - Live Games!
Today the Live Game mode was released. It allows you to watch games with the action slowly scrolling down the screen and the score and game details updating accordingly. It’s the first attempt at it, so if you have any comments or suggestions, please post them on the Live Game Mode Dicussion Thread. Thanks and enjoy!
December 24th, 2012 - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Just a big thank you to everyone who is participating in the game and helping it grow. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Season and an enjoyable New Year!
December 17th, 2012 - Broken Bat - the Best Rated Game in November 2012!
Broken Bat was voted the Best Rated Game in November on OnlineSportManagers.com. Broken Bat received a 92.6% favorable rating in November in balloting from over 2000 users. The site also ranks Broken Bat as the top baseball manager game and in the top-10 of all sports manger games.
December 16th, 2012 - Do like football?
If you do, check out our friends over at Red Zone Action – it’s a really cool online football game!
December 2nd, 2012 - 2011 Regular Season Kicks Off!
The cup starts Monday and the league season kicks off on Tuesday. Make sure you have your lineups and pitching rotations setup for opening day. Good luck to all!
November 25th, 2012 - Hidden games score…
There have been a number of requests for hidden game scores so they can read through the game summary with some element of suspense. We have added this feature, so now all newly played games wouldn’t display the score on the schedule page (until after viewing) and clicking on the game result will take you to the game summary rather than the entire box score. Would be interested in any ideas you have to improve this feature.
November 22nd, 2012 - 2011 starts tomorrow!
Play ball! Spring training starts on Friday, so make sure you set your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season. Additionally, this season we are expanding financial information provided to the team. There will be a chart than tracks your cash balance from each economic update and a cash flow table for each season. These may take some time before the information is sufficient to see a trend, but data will start accumulating from the start of this season.
November 16th, 2012 - A New Champion!
Congratulations to the Las Vegas Leopards, for upsetting 3-peat champion the Saratoga Cowboys. Great job Hawkings!
November 13th, 2012 - Experience change…
Some irregularities were reported in the season experience count and it was determined that the values for many if not most players were incorrect. The algorithm to tracking this number has now been modified. However, since most of the previous values were determined to be wrong, we have reset this count for both players and managers.
November 12th, 2012 - Playoffs are here!
The playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the top league it’s a matchup of the defending champion, the renamed Saratoga Cowboys (98-62) and returning power, the Las Vegas Leopards (99-61). Good luck to both Hawkings and Jebou!
October 29th, 2012 - Cup Final Monday
Monday is the cup finals between shikago’s Green Bay Beavers and newcomer riley33’s Fox Hollow Elephants. Beavers, ranked #6 overall, are probably the favorites over the #161 ranked Elephants, but anything can happen in a three game series. Best of luck to both teams!
October 28th, 2012 - Giants Sweep!
Amazing playoff run for the San Francisco Giants, fighting to get into the World Series and then sweeping an excellent Detroit Tigers team. Fittingly, Sergio Romo struck out Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to end it!
October 27th, 2012 - Daylight Saving Time ending…but not yet!
Just a note, Daylight Saving Time ended in Europe this weekend, but in the United States (where our servers are located), the time change isn’t scheduled until Sunday, November 4, 2012. So those players in Europe may see their game times shift by an hour until then.
October 24th, 2012 - All-time baseball records are here!
All-time and season best baseball records are now available. You can see the top players on a per season or all-time basis for the following statistics: batting average, home runs, runs batted in (RBIs), runs, stolen bases, on-base percentage (OBP), slugging percentage (SLG), on-base plus slugging (OPS), wins, saves, earned run average (ERA) and strike outs. Team records are available from the team statistics pages and league and all-time records are available from the league pages (use icons at the bottom of the page).
October 23rd, 2012 - Mobile Experience
A growing percentage of our site traffic is coming from Mobile devices (both tablets and smart phones). If you have any comments on how the site performs on a mobile, please check out the Mobile Experience thread in the forum.
October 17th, 2012 - Depth charts now active!
Starting tomorrow, depth charts will be active. You can now set your depth chart for lineups against LHP, RHP and for Spring Training. If you leave all or part of the chart empty, the game engine will continue to select the most appropriate replacement.
October 12th, 2012 - Depth Chart coming...
We’re in the final testing stages for the initial Depth Chart implementation and things are looking good. I think we will probably switch over to using the depth chart at the All-Star break in the middle of next week. So please set your depth chart in anticipation of the change. Note, if you don’t have a depth chart filled in, or you leave a position out, the game engine will just act as before and pick the “best” available bench player.
October 3rd, 2012 - Depth Chart Preparation
We are starting to roll out the depth chart changes. Today we’ve added a new column to the Lineup Update page that includes a drop down menu for backup players. Although it’s not functional yet, I would appreciate any feedback you might have.
September 27th, 2012 - A Golden Season for Hattrick
I’d just like to send out a statue to Hattrick.org which is entering its 50th season and 15th year in existence (that’s older than internet stalwart Google!). For many of us, we’ve played HT for many years (8 1/2 years myself), but it also inspired a whole genre of online sports management games. For your innovation and pioneering spirit, we statue and thank you!
September 18th, 2012 - Greater variety in player appearance...
Starting with newly generated players, we’ve added some additional hair colors and skin tones and eventually we’ll be adding some other changes to player appearance. You’ll notice there are now a few red headed players and variations on all the old appearance traits. If you see any usually looking players, please post the player id number here.
September 17th, 2012 - Forum updates underway...
We have begun a small upgrade of the forum. You’ll notice that the format has change and a little more information is included about each of the posters in the thread. At this time we are working on the edit feature, hopefully it will be done soon. Also note, that the post counter will only start counting as of today, not for all previous posts.
September 16th, 2012 - Cup starts Monday…
The cup starts Monday and the regular season kicks off on Tuesday. Make sure you have your lineups and pitching rotations setup for opening day. Good luck to all!
September 7th, 2012 - New prospect acquisition system unveiled!
No longer will a team have no choice in which youth players they select…starting today there’s a new system in town! Now clubs will get a pool of 5 prospects to select from. Each prospect will have his main position, age, physical attributes and scouting report supplied.
September 6th, 2012 - 2010 starts tomorrow!
Ready for the new season? Spring training starts on Friday, so make sure you adjust your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season. Two new features will be rolled out during the season. The first is an improved minor league acquisition system, which will let you pick from five players from various draft pools. This is only days away. The second is the implementation of a depth chart which will follow the minor league changes.
September 2nd, 2012 - Unlimited Free Agency
With the new season, we have now gone to unlimited free agency (as long requested). Your club can now sign as many free agents as you like, but you must keep in mind that you have limit funds and many free agents will have a hefty salary. Please note, in terms of adding new minor league players from the draft, you are still restricted to one player per week.
September 1st, 2012 - Three-peat!
Congratulations to the Fox Hollow Hill Cowboys, winning their third consecutive Legends League playoff. Great job Jebou!
August 27th, 2012 - Playoff Time Again!
Playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the top league it’s a re-match of last year with the Reno Bengals (96-64) will represent the West and will square off against the defending champion Fox Hollow Hill Cowboys (92-68) from the East. Good luck to both udinese1970 and Jebou!
August 23rd, 2012 - Player numbers...complete!
Uniform numbers are fully functional, so enjoy!
August 22nd, 2012 - Player Numbers...
Starting today, all new players will start receiving player uniform numbers. They have no real affect on the game, but have always been an integral part of baseball. In the near future, I will add a feature that will allow people to change the player numbers for their team in much that same way nickname selection happens today.
August 10th, 2012 - All League V Cup Final
Monday is the cup finals between yreading’s Philadelphia Patriots and candycane’s Omaha Bulls. Should be an amazing cup final especially considering both these teams managed to get there from League V. Best of luck to all.
August 2nd, 2012 - Forum paging added!
The forum has been upgraded to include paging now. Before, when there was relatively little activity on the forum, the old layout and navigation was sufficient. But now with more activity, paging and sorting by last post was imperative to make the forum useable. Hope you like the new features.
August 1st, 2012 - Economic Reset
All teams have had their economy reset. Cash available has returned to original levels and we will allow ballpark changes for the rest of the season so teams can adjust to the new economy. As stated before, unlimited free agency will commence next season.
July 30th, 2012 - Economic changes coming...
We will be moving to a real economy very soon. Starting at the All-Star break, the economy with be reset (cash balances will be refreshed) and afterwards you’ll be playing with “real” money. You will need to adjust your team’s salary according to your income stream and be prudent when signing high-priced free agents. Starting after this season, teams will be allowed to sign multiple free agents per week; however there will still be a restriction of one new youngster per week for the minor leagues.
July 27th, 2012 - Code of Conduct
There is now a Code of Conduct page which outlines behavior on the site and the forum. It is primarily to ensure your enjoyment of the game and the protection of the website. Please review and observe these policies. Thank you.
July 23rd, 2012 - Injury rate modified
We have reduced the injury rate, both in an overall sense and also for players who only played a fraction of the game. Hopefully this makes the game more realistic and makes injuries not quite as significant. Please remember that injuries exist in the game to reward depth and also to simulate both physical injuries and overall player fatigue.
July 18th, 2012 - Server switch-over
You may have noticed we were down for a few hours today. We have now switched over to a new, more powerful server. Hopefully this will give us a little more room for growth. We in the process of checking out everything and we’ll start the processing again shortly.
July 16th, 2012 - Simulation speeds adjusted
I have reduced the simulation speed so that the daily game simulations are spaced out over the hour before the next game. This was done to balance the server load a little more as the hosting folks were complaining about our server usage. Hope this resolves the problem.
July 13th, 2012 - Delayed Games & Training
There was an issue in one of the game simulations yesterday that prevented processing from moving forward. It has now been fixed and site processing is again moving forward. Yesterday’s games are currently being simulated, which will be followed by the training and the financial updates. Today’s games should run normally.
July 12th, 2012 - Waiver changes…
Previously, player upon their release went directly into the free agent pool. From now on, players will go on “waivers” for a random period of time and enter the free agent pool at some later date. This will eliminate the issue of having all the top free agents arriving every Friday morning and also prevent team collusion through free agency.
July 4th, 2012 - Happy 4th of July!
Hope everyone in the states is enjoying their Independence Day. Eat some BBQ, watch some baseball and finish it off with some fireworks!
June 21st, 2012 - Spring Training starts tomorrow!
Spring Training starts tomorrow, so make sure you have your spring lineups, pitching rotations & bullpen set. Remember, this is a great opportunity to get some experience for your younger players and minor leaguers.
June 21st, 2012 - Injuries
Starting this season, players will get injured. Injury durations will vary between 1 and 35 days (the later being rare). For starting pitchers, the spot starter will fill in as the starting pitcher. For other positions, the game engine will fill in the most appropriate player from the roster. You can learn more about injuries in the game manual under the player – injuries section.
June 18th, 2012 - Create your own Ballpark!
You can now resize and reconfiguration your ballpark through the duration of Spring Training using the ‘Modify Ballpark’ button on your ballpark page. You’ll want to pay special attention to the capacity you select, because it will have an affect on your bottom line (either by not having enough seats to sell or by paying too much in maintenance for seats that aren’t selling). You can learn more about ballparks in the game manual.
June 17th, 2012 - 2009 is here!
The season has flipped – 2009 is here! Spring training starts on Friday, so make sure you adjust your spring lineups and pitching assignments for the new season. Two new features this upcoming season, will be adjustable ballparks (during the off-season and spring training) and injuries.
June 14th, 2012 - Cowboys win it, part 2!
Congratulations again to the Fox Hollow Hill Cowboys, winning their second consecutive Legends League playoff. Good job Jebou!
June 11th, 2012 - Playoff Time!
Playoffs begin on Tuesday. In the top league, the Reno Bengals (92-68) will represent the Legends West and will face off against the defending champion Fox Hollow Hill Cowboys (102-58) from the East. Good luck to both udinese1970 and Jebou!
May 26th, 2012 - Memorial Day Cup Final
Monday is the cup finals between Thuetli’s Baton Rouge Rams and the Palm Point Mavericks. This is the completion of the first cup with a group stage. Good luck to both teams!
May 15th, 2012 - Injury Discussion
We are now soliciting input on how to implement injures. I outlined two possible implementations, but would like to know what you guys think about the issue. Check out the discussion thread: Discussion on Injures
May 14th, 2012 - All-Star week is here!
All-Star week is here which means the cup is rounding up with only a handful of team still remaining alive and the regular league schedule is half way over. Hopefully your team is still in contention for either the cup or a league title. If not, maybe you can get some advice on the forum on how to build that baseball juggernaut.
May 11th, 2012 - Training Issue
There appears to be an issue with the training update completing. We are looking into it and today’s cup games will likely be delayed.
April 30th, 2012 - Cup group stage complete!
Today, the group stage of the cup completed. The top 256 teams will move onto the knock-out stage of the tournament. Hope everyone enjoyed the new format and good luck to all the remaining teams!
April 28th, 2012 - 300!
Today we hit 300 active users! Thanks to everyone who told their friends or helped promote the site.
April 21st, 2012 - Layered Images
We’re experimenting with layered images now. If you encounter any player images that look funny or have loading issue, please let me know. Ultimately, this will allow us to have a little more customization of images and ability to expand color choices.
April 15th, 2012 - 2008 is here!
The 2008 Cup begins tomorrow. League play starts on Tuesday. Make sure you’ve got your rotation, bullpen and lineup all set.
April 9th, 2012 - Wild Thing!
Starting today, wild pitches and passed balls have been added to the game engine. This will give you added incentive to not just have an arm behind the plate as catcher, but also somebody with some defensive/fielding skills.
April 8th, 2012 - Happy Easter!
Hope everybody’s egg hunting went well.
April 4th, 2012 - New Cup Format
If you haven’t notice, with this new season the cup format has changed. Now there will be a five series group stage followed by a knock-out stage similar to before. Additionally, all teams will participate in the cup, not just the highest ranked 512 teams. Hopefully, this will keep everyone involved for an extended period of time and raise overall interest in the cup competition. You can read more about the cup format changes on the rules page.
April 3rd, 2012 - Spring Training just around the corner…
Spring Training starts Friday, so make sure you have you lineups and pitching rotations & bullpen set. Remember, this is a great opportunity to get some experience for your younger players and minor leaguers.
April 2nd, 2012 - Play Ball!
The “real” baseball season kicks off in a couple of days. Give us your picks for the winners and champions for the upcoming season. Check you the Baseball 2012 thread.
April 2nd, 2012 - Managers available for hire
Starting with spring training, teams will be allowed to fire their current manager and hire a new one. Let me stress that the contribution a manager makes to you team is very small (would recommend focusing on better players), but I thought it time to let people pick ones they like. Also note, at some point managers may get additional skills and talents.
April 1st, 2012 - Cowboys win it!
Congratulations to the Fox Hollow Hill Cowboys, winning their first Legends League playoff. Good job Jebou!
March 29th, 2012 - Playoffs are here!
Playoffs begin on Friday. In the top league, the Legends League, the Las Vegas Yankees (91-69) return to the playoffs against newcomer the Fox Hollow Hill Cowboys (110-50). Good luck to both Hawkings and Jebou!
March 27th, 2012 - Site Tools!
We’ve started to add some basic tools to the site to enhance the gaming experience. If you click on the Tools link at the bottom of the left-side navigation bar, you will be taken to the new Tools page. Right now we’ve implemented bookmarks for teams, players, managers and games. We’ve also added a notepad to keep track of game related thoughts. Additionally, we’ll be adding links to your recent forum activity soon.
Please let me know if you have other ideas for site tools. I’ve opened a forum thread here: Site Tools
March 11th, 2012 - Daylight Saving Time
Just a quick note because the daylight saving time change occurred last night in most of the United States (except Arizona, Hawaii and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands). The server and therefore Broken Bat are now running on PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). So for those of you not on daylight saving time, your games will be starting an hour earlier.
March 8th, 2012 - All-Star games today!
The All-Star games are today. Check them out and see which of your players will be All-Stars!
February 29th, 2012 - Cup Finals
Tomorrow is the cup finals between the Oxford Ravens and the Fort Worth Wranglers. Good luck to both teams!
February 27th, 2012 - Server Issues
The server that hosts the Broken Bat website was down for some time today. The server is again operational and the site is back up, but not all the services are running. This has delayed the remaining cup games scheduled for Monday. We are currently working with the hosting company to get this going again.
February 23rd, 2012 - Proposed new cup format
Read & comment about the new cup format for next season: new cup format
February 21st, 2012 - Scouting Improvements
Scouting reports will reveal information on players fielding potential now. This maybe helpful in determining long-term position designations for younger players.
February 17th, 2012 - New Forum/E-Mail Editor!
We installed a new editor for the forum and internal e-mail. It supports things like bold, italic and underlined text and also links to images and websites (ie. Broken Bat Baseball). Additionally, in the future, we hope to add Broken Bat specific links for players, teams, games etc.
There may be some artifacts in legacy e-mails and forum posts. I have tried to minimize the issue and all future communications should be fine.
February 13th, 2012 - Back in charge...
After a week at sea, I’m back and again have access to the website. Sorry for those inconvenienced while I was away. New teams and forum questions should be handled quickly once again.
February 4th, 2012 - Limited access…
I’m going to have limited access to the main Broken Bat database over the next week...so team approvals and answering forum questions may take some time. Will try to do what I can over the next week to keep things rolling. Appreciate your patients.
January 31st, 2012 - Server Issues Resolved!
The server that hosts the Broken Bat website was down for some time last night. Evidently, there was some sort of attack against our host and they had to take some actions: “In order to mitigate an attempted attack on the server, our Systems Administration Team had to change the main IP of the server.” This resulted in the site being down for several hours. Sorry for the inconvenience.
January 30th, 2012 - Managers...You’re Fired!
In baseball, one of the topics that generate a lot of interest is the firing of managers. For a while, it seemed like the New York media and George Steinbrenner made it a summer ritual.
One of the development initiatives for this season will be the introduction of managers. They wouldn’t be active (effecting the game results) this season, but throughout the season, you’ll see changes to the site to facilitate the addition of managers.
January 28th, 2012 - Major League is now the Legends League!
The top league in the USA has been renamed the Legends League. We have adopted this new cool name to avoid confusion with the league levels that include the Rookie, A, AA, AAA and Majors.
January 22nd, 2012 - Las Vegas Yankees are champs again!
The Las Vegas Yankees under the stewardship of Hawkings has won its second consecutive Major League title. Congratulations to both Hawkings and runner-up, Heathcoat for a fine season
Season 7 is just around the corner. Spring training will kick off in only a few days, so look through your minor leagues and update your spring training lineups with your most promising youngsters!
January 20th, 2012 - Playoffs begin!
Playoffs begin on Friday. In the Major League, the two time champion, the Las Vegas Yankees (formerly the Cougars) will face off against the 2006 cup winner, the Central Empire Falls Vikings. Good luck to both Heathcoat and Hawkings!
January 15th, 2012 - 200 active users and counting!
We’re over the 200 active users mark and growing. Thanks to everyone who help spread the word!
January 2nd, 2012 - Free Agent Search Limits...
Because of loading, free agent searches are now limited to the 500 top players (salary-wise). This is a very large pool to examine at any given time, but it does restrict you from searching the entire free agent pool at once.
December 30th, 2011 - Pitcher Season Fatigue now active
Pitcher Season Fatigue is now active, so watch you bullpen usage more carefully. Additionally, some relievers might not come in when you’d expect them because they are fatigued from working in previous games.
December 24th, 2011 - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Just a big thank you to everyone who is participating in the game. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and an enjoyable New Year! I'll be taking a few days off, but the elves should keep the site going.
December 23rd, 2011 - Alerts
Today we added alerts to the site. If you have an alert, you will see a red Alert link on the left-side navigation panel. Alerts can result from anything from a negative cash balance to an incomplete lineup.
December 22nd, 2011 - Cup Finals Today!
Good luck to the #13 ranked West Baytown Lumberjacks and the #3 ranked Central Empire Falls Vikings (defending cup champion) as the square off in the cup finals today. Should be another good match-up of man versus machine (bot team vs. Heathcoat).
December 19th, 2011 - Pitcher Fatigue Limit
Today we introduced a new pitcher game management parameter called fatigue limit. It is used to determine whether a relief pitcher has pitched too many innings recently and shouldn’t pitch in the current game. A positive value means he will be able to pitch more often with greater fatigue, but might be less effective in those performances. A negative value means he will pitch less often, but will be fresh for those outings.
Currently, there is not penalty for overuse of your bullpen. After the all-star break, pitchers' performance will suffer if they've pitched too much recently. Hence start adjusting with your pitcher fatigue limit now to ensure you’re not over working any pitchers in your bullpen.
December 15th, 2011 - Position experience bug fixed!
We fixed a bug that was eroding position experience at an increasing rate. Players should now gain skill and grow in experience in the positions they play in a much more reasonable rate now.
November 28th, 2011 - Don't forget to update your lineups and pitching...
Season 6 cup starts Monday! Regular season kicks off Tuesday! Don't forget to update your lineups and pitching selections.
November 27th, 2011 - Defensive tactics added to game summary…
We've now added indications in the game summary for certain defensive tactics like infield-in and outfielders guarding the lines. There is no actual change to the core game engine, however it gives greater visibility into how it functions. These indications will be evident in game engine versions 1.25+.
November 18th, 2011 - Pitcher Fatigue...
Starting this season we'll be implementing pitcher fatigue. You'll notice that on the Pitching page, all your pitchers have a new indicator under Energy / Fatigue. If the pitcher has 10 bars of energy, then he will be at full strength. After a start or a relief appearance, the energy will be diminished based on how many pitches he threw. The pitchers energy will replenish over time. Note, at this time the energy indication is just a metric to see how your pitchers do with their given pitcher roles and management control settings. In the near future, fatigue will have an actual effect in the game.
November 16th, 2011 - Season 6 starts on Friday!
Spring training for season 6 starts on Friday with the cup and regular season kicking off at the end of November. So be sure to set your spring training lineups [you can always use the 'Reset to Defaults' button]. BTW, it's an excellent time to recruit a friend and have them join with a new team and new season.
November 13th, 2011 - Season 5 in the books!
Congratulations to Hawkings for leading the Las Vegas Cougars back from a 3-1 deficit, to win the Major League title. The season flip should happen on Monday night (PST) and we'll be preparing for spring training again soon.
November 11th, 2011 - Playoffs are here!
In the Major League, the Las Vegas Cougars go for their second title after losing in the playoffs the last two seasons. Their opponent, the recently abandoned Scranton Wolverines. Good luck to all playoff contestants!
November 9th, 2011 - What’s in a nickname?
Nicknames have been an essential part of baseball since its inception. Selected new players starting today will be given nicknames when they are created/drafted. Additionally, in the near future, you will be given the option to assign nicknames to your own players.
November 8th, 2011 - Hit and Run indication
We've now added an indication in the game summary that the hit and run was on when a player hits the ball or grounds out. It will be evident in game engine versions 1.22+.
November 7th, 2011 - Fashion Update - Pinstripes are here!
We have added five new uniform colors…you can now have black or navy pinstripes, rust (Longhorn colors), black & yellow (bubble bee or Borussia Dortmund colors) and purple & white with gold trim (Viking colors). You can change your team colors and uniforms from your profile page under team parameters.
November 2nd, 2011 - Time Change
Just a quick note because some of our European managers have already had the Fall time change. In the states, the time change is scheduled for November 6th, so we’ll be "falling back" and catching up with those European countries.
October 26th, 2011 - A Perfect Game
Perhaps a first in Broken Bat, Lester Stone pitched a perfect game in our test league, leading Oregon over UCLA. Check out perfection: http://www.brokenbat.org/game/359399
October 17th, 2011 - Wage changes…
We're modifying the wage scale so that players from lesser leagues will demand and receive less compensation. Initially, this will have the effect of lowing most player wages, however over time, upper league players will see their wages rise.
October 13th, 2011 - Cup Finals Today!
Good luck to the #2 ranked Fox Hollow Hill Athletics and the #12 ranked Central Empire Falls Vikings (managed by Heathcoat) as the square off in the cup finals today. Should be a good match-up of man versus machine (bot team).
October 11th, 2011 - Want more color selections?
Currently there are 20 uniform color selections. Are we missing one you'd like to see? Let us know in the Suggestions forum.
September 30th, 2011 - Bullpen changes…
The bullpen roles have now been expanded. Instead of having only five fixed roles in the bullpen, you can now allocate 7 relief pitchers over 12 possible bullpen roles (obviously not every role is filled). Your current roles will be maintained and you can upgrade to the new set of roles at anything time simply by updating your pitchers. A description of all the roles can be seen in the game manual under the Game Strategy - Setting Up Your Bullpen.
September 26th, 2011 - Skill index for Pitchers changed...
Today we made a change to the way skill index was calculated for pitchers. Nothing about the pitchers skills have changed, just the weighting of skills that make the index up. Hopefully, it will be a better metric of pitchers quality.
September 19th, 2011 - Cup beings today!
The cup begins today and then league play on Tuesday, so make sure you have your regular pitching rotation and lineups set as you'd like them. We've been running the version 1.19 game engine for the entire spring training and things are looking good. Play ball!
September 15th, 2011 - Importance of adding new players...
I've noticed that a lot of teams are not adding new players and over time, this will eventually destroy your team as your current players age and their skills decline. Every week you can add a new player – either through free agency or drafting a youngster. New draftees are young and cheap and you can have more than 20 developing in the minor leagues, ready to take over when your current players become too old and ineffective.
To draft a player, go to the Roster page and simply click on the 'Add Player' button. Then select the kind of player you'd like. You can do this after every weekly update.
September 12th, 2011 - OnlineSportsManagers.Com
We're now listed on OnlineSportsManagers.Com, so check out our game page and reviews there!
September 9th, 2011 - Spring Training starts today!
Spring training for Season #5 starts today. It a great opportunity to get some of your young players some major league experience.
The game engine will have a couple of slight adjustments from last season. First, players with a lot of power will tend to hit more home runs and players without a lot of power will tend to hit fewer home runs. Additionally, the number of walks will be decreased a bit to be more in line with MLB historical norms. Those are the significant changes.
September 7th, 2011 - Season four in the books!
The fourth season of Broken Bat completed with the underdog Durham Yankees defeating the Hilo Highlanders in a seven game playoff. Congratulations to MnTwins on the victory! The cup was won by unmanaged Windam City Buffaloes. Stay tuned...season five coming soon!
September 5th, 2011 - Simplified Player and Training Pages
At least for the near future, we don't foresee a change in the designated hitter. As such, pitchers will never hit and non-pitchers were never able to pitch. So we have decided to simplify things and remove those skills from the player and training pages (although those skills will still exist). We also added a visual representation for each skill and a skill index (simply the total of all relevant skills). Hope you like the changes.
September 2nd, 2011 - Season Finale...
With only seven games left, the two top-ranked teams are battling it out for the Major League – West division title. The Hilo Highlanders have a one game lead on the Las Vegas Cougars but the title is still up for grabs as the season concludes Saturday with four head-to-head games. Winner gets the East champion the Durham Yankees, the Indianapolis Hawks or possibly the Scranton Wolverines.
September 1st, 2011 - Lower pitch counts...
From the Management page, you can now lower your pitch count limit to less than 20 (all the way to zero). This allows you to put a greater restriction on how long and who your relief pitchers will face. For example, you can set your Left Handed Setup Man's pitch count to zero and he'll only face one batter (likely just the left handed batter).
August 31st, 2011 - Forget your password?
I received a couple of e-mails about people forgetting passwords and I can reset them if you require. If this happens to you, you can simply mail me (see the Contact Us page for details) and I will reset it. A more formal, automated process is in the works.
August 25th, 2011 - Emphasis on the news page...
I've changed the log-in and log-off process to route the user through the news page. Hopefully this will highlight the ongoing changes on the site and keep people better informed of what's going on. So please check out the most recent news items as you log-in each time.
August 12th, 2011 - All-Star games on Saturday...
The first real All-Star games with actual players will be played on Saturday. Check them out and see which of your players will be All-Stars!
August 7th, 2011 - League and Team Notes…
Today we introduced league and team notes. Each league and team page will now display brief news notes about events going on in that league or with that team. Currently, these include free agent signings, releasing of high profile players and award winners.
August 2nd, 2011 - All-Stars and MVP's...
I've been working hard on a couple of additions, so here they are. There will now be an actual All-Star game. 20 players (6 pitchers, 14 position players) from each division will be selected and participate in a league All-Star game. Those players chosen as All-Stars will receive a gold star on their statistics line for that season indicating that they were the selected that season. Additionally, at the end of each season, a player will be elected as the league MVP and Cy Young award winner and they will have similar designations on their statistics line for that year.
July 21st, 2011 - Google +1
Now in addition to liking us on Facebook, we’re also supporting the Google +1 feature. So give us a boost and like/+1 us!
July 12th, 2011 - Game Engine Update
For season 4, we are introducing game engine 1.16. Like every new game engine version, it has some bug fixes, but additionally, it is the first in some time to have subtle changes to the engine itself. These changes include adjustments to the batter hitting contribution, reduction of the lefty/righty split adjustments and an increase in the number of errors.
July 8th, 2011 - MVP's and Cy Young Winners
You can now see who was voted league MVP (best hitter) and Cy Young (best pitcher) winners for previous seasons by selecting the league leaders from the league page for the appropriate season (starting with 2003). Congratulations to ML MVP Indianapolis' Stanley Bell, who hit .358, 38 HRs, 134 RBIs and 69 SBs, and ML Cy Young winner Las Vegas' Omar Cuevas, who posted 21 wins, 193 Ks and an ERA of 1.88!
July 3rd, 2011 - Season four just around the corner!
The third full season of Broken Bat Baseball completed with the Las Vegas Cougars exacting some revenge on the Indianapolis Hawks to take the ML title. Spring training of season four starts on Sunday, so be sure to setup your spring lineups.
June 28th, 2011 - Korean Names
Since we have quite a few Korean players now, I thought I’d extend this invitation out to them. We only have a handful of Korean names in the player database, so if you’d like to make some suggestions for additions to the list, please do. I will open a thread in the Discussion forum where you can list your name suggestions.
June 21st, 2011 - Cash reset...
As we phase in the economic model, we have reset every teams’ cash balances. So does cash matter at this point? Not really, but we’re moving closer to having a working economy.
June 17th, 2011 - Free Agency Improvements...
We have upgraded the free agency algorithm so that bots aren’t grabbing all the top free agents without giving human managers a crack at them. The better free agents, both in terms of youth and talent, should be available for one week to the human managed teams before the bots get a shot at them.
June 2nd, 2011 - Transfer Logs
We've begun tracking transfers and you can now view the transfers for each team or each individual player. Please note, there are no entries for the first 2 1/2 seasons.
June 1st, 2011 - League Leaders
You can now view the stats leaders for each league by clinking on the League Leader link on the League page. It will display the statistical leaders in ten categories: batting average, home runs, runs, RBIs, OPS, stolen bases, wins, saves, ERA and strike outs.
May 19th, 2011 - Free Agency is here!
It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! Free Agency is here and you can now sign unassigned players to your team. There is one restriction – you will only be allowed to sign one new player per week and that includes rookies or free agents. So you have to trade-off improving your team now versus the future. Also be aware, bot clubs will also be signing free agents, so players wouldn’t be on the market forever.
May 9th, 2011 - Now displaying server time…
The time displayed in the upper right-hand corner of your browser is now the time from the server (Pacific Standard Time). You can use this to know exactly when your game will be simulated.
May 6th, 2011 - Season #3 is here!
The regular season starts Saturday with the kick-off of the cup and on Sunday with the regular season starting. So set your lineups and pitching rotations and play ball!
May 1st, 2011 - Best viewed with…
Internet Explorer 9 has been released and it has rounded corners implemented (web designers have been working around this issue for years). If you’re using something before that, upgrading to IE9 will enhanced your Broken Bat experience. Firefox and other browsers already support rounded corners, so no change is needed.
April 27th, 2011 - Season 3 is here!
The domain switchover is complete and season three is just around the corner. Spring training games start on Wednesday, April 27th, so set your spring lineups. The cup begins on Saturday, May 7th and the regular season the day after on Sunday, May 8th.
April 25th, 2011 - Domain switchover...
BrokenBat.org will be undergoing a domain switchover. We anticipate this will only take a couple of days and the site should be up and operational during most of that time. However, we will pause the game progression for a few days while that occurs.
April 24th, 2011 - Season two is in the books!
The second full season completed with the Indianapolis Hawks defeating the top rated Las Vegas Cougars to take the ML title. To all our players - thank you all for your participation. Season three is just around the corner, so stay tuned!
April 18th, 2011 - Clutch Hitting and Weather Effects added...
The latest version of the Game Engine has been uploaded and a long with several bug fixes; it also includes clutch hitting/pitcher and weather effects. These new modifiers are subtle, but over the course of an entire season can be quite significant.
April 6th, 2011 - Table sorting is here…
We added sortable tables to the statistics and roster page. You can now sort your team statistics or roster by any of the columns simply by clicking on the column header. Batting statistics are normally sorted by batting average, but now you can sort by slugging average, home runs, OBS, errors etc.
March 28th, 2011 - Near-Term Development Goals
I know a lot of managers have been curious about the pace of development…and although I only have so much time each week, I would like to highlight the changes we are making so that you guys just don’t think the game is static. I have created a tread in the Announcements forum, titled Near-Term Development Goals, and will list the things I’m working on developing. And I’d encourage all of you to offer any constructive feedback you might have.
March 26th, 2011 - Cup Final!
Unmanaged North Dunwich defeated unmanaged East Arkham to win the cup. Perhaps next season a couple of managed clubs with have trained and improved enough to be in the finals.
March 13th, 2011 - Time Change
Just a brief note, the time has switched to Day Light Savings Time here in the United States, so if it hasn’t in your country, then the simulations may be shifted by an hour.
March 9th, 2011 - What’s going on...
The Events selection has been added to the navigation bar on the left. It will display the last five processed event and the next twenty five events upcoming. Additionally it lists the game date (when applicable) and schedule processing time for each event.
March 6th, 2011 - Get new players now!
Teams now have the ability to sign new players to their minor league teams. Teams can now add one new player every week after the training update provided their total roster size does not exceed 50 players. These players can be trained in the minor leagues and promoted to the majors when the team sees fit. Managers can find this option at the bottom of the roster page, just use the Add Player button and select the desired player type.
February 26th, 2011 - Improved Pinch Hitter/Runner logic added...
Improved pinch hitter and runner logic was added to game engine. Pinch hitters should be a little more frequent and your manager will make better choices about whom and when to pinch hit. Pinch runner frequency has been decreased, especially in earlier innings.
February 22nd, 2011 - Reassignment tool up and working!
The reassignment tools is up and working. It can be accessed from the Roster page (for your team only), by clicking the Reassign Players button. Please note, with reassignment, the possibility now exists that your lineup or pitching rotation maybe incomplete (if you demote or release a player from the majors). This can be corrected by adjusting your lineup and/or pitching rotation. If you are missing a starting pitcher, your long reliever will fill that role. If you are missing a position player, a random player from your bench will be chosen.
February 21st, 2011 - Reassignment tool uploaded, but...
The reassignment tool has been uploaded, but while all the issues with the game engine are hammered out, the actual function has been disabled. Hopefully, we can verify the substitution algorithm and enabled the feature soon.
February 20th, 2011 - One season without hiccups!
One full season test run completed with the Los Angeles Rebels winning the ML title and the Las Vegas Cougars winning the cup. Players have now aged a year, promotion/relegation occurred, trophies were assigned and we’re in spring training for the next season. Thank you all for your participation.
January 15th, 2011 - Registration difficulties…
I know we had a few people trying to register without success recently and I’m not sure why. We have been getting a steady stream of successful registrations, so I’m inclined to think things are generally working. However, if you do have problems, please e-mail me (see contact us). Thanks!
December 27th, 2010 - Team customization...
Managers can now customize their teams by selecting the mascot, logo and team colors for their teams from their profile page. There are over 20 different color combinations and a choice of over 75 different mascots.
December 19th, 2010 - Batting Order/Defensive Alignment Lineup tool complete...
Today, the first version of batting order/defensive alignment lineup tool was uploaded. Managers can now change their batting order and defensive selections for three different scenarios; spring training, versus left hand pitcher and versus right hand pitchers.
December 16th, 2010 - Lineup tool progress...
Today, the first version of the pitching rotation setup tool was uploaded. Managers can now click on Update Pitching / Update Spring Training Pitching from the Pitching page to update pitching assignments. Note, with the spring training rotation, you have access to all your pitchers whereas the regular season rotation may only contain major league players. Please be aware, this does not affect player control tactics for those pitchers, so their pitch count, hook etc. will remain the same regardless of their role.
December 2nd, 2010 - Reset coming...
In order to lay the groundwork for the lineup tool, we’ve changed the organizational structure of lineups & pitching rotations/bullpens and so we’ll probably be doing a full reset again. You will not have three lineups you can set – a spring training lineup, a lineup versus LHP (left hand pitching) and a lineup versus RHP (right hand pitching). The difference between the spring training lineup is that you can use any player (minor leaguers included) and it’s mostly for their experience and evaluation.
November 12th, 2010 - Forum upgrade
Fixed a couple of forum bugs, so they should be working a lot better now and hopefully screening some of that unwanted spam.
October 29th, 2010 - Player controls are here!
Just added player controls for the team and game simulation. Team managers can now control stealing, base running, bunting, hit and run, pinch hitting and running and defensive replacements. With respect to pitching, managers can set a pitch count, hook (explaining coming in the rules soon) and when to use the pitcher.
October 14th, 2010 - In-game player control coming...
After nearly half a season of simulations, the game was again reset as it was necessary to add the player game control functionality. Soon, managers will have some situational control of their players during the game simulation!
September 29th, 2010 - Game Engine 1.04 goes live...
Game Engine 1.04 is up and running. Its pretty much of an incremental improvement - now collecting lefty/righty batting average number for hitters and pitchers as well as catcher caught stealing percentages. Double plays and outfield assists are also displayed now for infielders and outfielders respectively.
September 23rd, 2010 - Basic mail and forum up and working...
A basic site mail service and forum/discussion boards are up and working. Both still need better formatting, additional testing and overall improvement, but it's a start.
September 16th, 2010 - Game Engine 1.03 goes live...
The new game engine version includes pitcher fatigue, intentional walks, save & hold pitcher statistics logic and lots of little upgrades. More importantly, it also has support for training & experience accumulation necessary for player development. Next big item to add is managerial control to the game engine and website interface - users might finally get to do something!
September 8th, 2010 - Player development now operational...
Training and experience accumulation and skill increases are now working. BTW, so is aging. Next step is to complete the training page and allow users to set their training focus (the first interactive element to the game!).
September 1st, 2010 - In-game substitution complete!
All the in-game player substitution functions are complete - that means relief pitching, pinch hitter, pinch runners and defensive replacements. The base stealing calculation was also improved. Other aspects of the game engine continue to be tweaked.
August 31st, 2010 - Dry Run #1 complete, reset required...
The first system dry run is complete...the site ran for 40+ days and simulated half a season. Last night, we reset the game so that we could add hidden values to the players and expand the league pyramid to 6 levels.
August 24th, 2010 - Help is on the way!
Pitching substitutions (ie. relief pitchers) have now been implemented. Currently, starting pitchers are on a 120 pitch soft limit and then can be relieved by the five pitchers in the bullpen.
August 21st, 2010 - Pitching optimizer released!
The advanced version of the pitching optimizer is up and running - it selects the best pitchers for the starting rotation and the bullpen. Next up: relief pitchers to be added to the game simulation.
August 20th, 2010 - Lineup optimizer released!
The first version of the lineup optimizer is running - it selects the best player at each position and the optimal batting order with those players. Statistics will now have a little more meaning since the best players are now playing for each team.
August 15th, 2010 - First version of realistic game engine complete and online!
The realistic game engine (version 1.02) is online. It supports all forms of at bat outcomes, offensive & defensive tactics (like bunting, infield-in etc.) and base stealing. Still to be implemented for the next version is defensive effects, relief pitchers and player substitutions (pinch hitter & defensive substitutions).
August 5th, 2010 - Hello facebook community!
Broken Bat is now on Facebook: Broken Bat is now on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Broken-Bat-Baseball/149763121705216
July 30th, 2010 - Realistic game engine here!
The realistic game engine is now active -- albeit in a limited form. The engine does not yet support stealing and advanced base running, offensive and defensive tactics, substitutions, ballpark effects, weather effects and defense. But the hitter-pitcher match-up is coded -- batting averages and such may need tweaking.
July 22nd, 2010 - Logo mascots are here!
Each and every team has now been given a default logo mascot. I think this will improve the overall look and feel of the team pages. Mascot art obtained from extremeclipart.com.
July 18th, 2010 - Page URLs have changed...
Page URLs have changed - it's a little simpler design now. Check any bookmarks out might have.
July 18th, 2010 - Broken Bat Baseball is now on Twitter!
Broken Bat Baseball is now on Twitter. Follow the game news here on the site or on twitter at: twitter.com/BrokenBatNews
July 3rd, 2010 - New Layout
The new layout is up now...probably best viewed with Firefox, since IE is pretty spotty when it comes to supporting CSS 3.0 and stuff like round corners etc. Still working out a few issues with it, but I think the new design is a real improvement. Let me know if you like it!
June 23rd, 2010 - Game Scheduler
The game scheduler is now up and running. One series of games will be played per afternoon/evening starting at 5:00 pm EST / 2:00 pm PST and each successive game starting an hour later. The seven game playoffs will be played over three days. An entire season will last roughly two months.
June 5th, 2010 - Simple salaries...
The most simple of salary computations has been implemented. Now players will be roughly paid what they're worth, errr rather something based on their production over the last three seasons.
May 27th, 2010 - Box Scores!
Box scores now available - need I say more?
May 10th, 2010 - Numerical Game Engine is here!
A very basic numerical game engine is now live. Players aggregate pitching, hitting and defensive values are now taken into account when determining game scores (plus random factors). Still some improvements need to be made to it and, of course, the ultimate goal is an event driven simulation based on player matchups and individual skills.
May 3rd, 2010 - New host and server!
Recently moved to a new host and things are now running without the old failed updates as before. Also am able to use InnoDB which should improve the overall reliability of the site's data.
April 20th, 2010 - More good stuff...
3-game cup algorithm completed, scheduling of the cup must change now. Also, cup and league trophies in the team history page. Players have city initials on cap.
April 13th, 2010 - Lots of new stuff!
Playoffs, EOS processing and Cup scheduling and games have been added. Also, added a team history page to track successes and failures from the previous season.
April 5th, 2010 - Winners & Losers
Pitchers that is! Games are being simulated (albeit not a very sophisticated simulation) and winning and losing pitchers are assigned. More statistics to follow and a better game simulator.
March 28th, 2010 - Game Scheduler Running
Wahoo! I have the game scheduler going and I'm running up to 90 simulated games every 5 minutes. Not we just need to improve the simulation and add in the player performance and statistics!
March 15th, 2010 - New Pages & Features
Lots of new features added...ballpark pages, nation pages, player statistics. Next stop, a real game simulation!
January 19th, 2010 - First game simulated!
Broken Bat simulated its first games. The game engine was pretty much just a random number generator, the real engine had not been converted from C++ yet. Anyhow, Detroit defeated Los Angeles in the first ML playoffs.
December 30th, 2009 - Broken Bat website created!
The Broken Bat site was created using PHP and MySQL. Functionality was minimal at first, but it created a nice facade.
July 20th, 2009 - Casey is created!
Casey, the clipart Broken Bat character, was purchased and customized creating the Broken Bat logo.