The Dynasty Baseball / USA Today Tournament is Tomorrow Night Starting at 8 PM EST!

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The Dynasty Baseball / USA Today Tournament is Tomorrow Night Starting at 8 PM EST!

32 years ago I opened a hobby shop in Fitch­burg MA at the ripe old age of 24 and to pro­mote the store I started a face to face table­top base­ball league.

We started with Avalon Hill’s Sta­tus Pro Base­ball when that went away (it’s now back here btw) we did one year of the clas­sic Strat-​o-​matic before set­tling on a game called Dynasty Base­ball which grew out of a game called Pur­sue the Pennant.

The weather, indi­vid­ual park adjust­ments and the improved injury and biz­zare play list, com­bined with a greater vari­ety of rat­ings and results (par­tic­u­larly on defense where play­ers are rated sep­a­rately on range, and errors) made it in our opin­ion the best of the batch and the league con­tin­ued to use this game long after 1st my store and 2nd days of play­ing were gone.

I toyed with reviv­ing the old face to face league this year but with one of the play­ers now in Min­nesota I got into the online ver­sion of the game instead. Other than not phys­i­cally rolling the dice myself it has every thing the old league did and with my eyes closer to 60 than 20 these days not read­ing small charts is an advan­tage although in fair­ness after a while we had them prac­ti­cally mem­o­rized anyways.

There are online ver­sions of all three game avail­able but of the three Dynasty has one advan­tage that the oth­ers do not, the Annual USA Today All Time Great Teams Tournament.

Tomor­row Night start­ing at 8 PM 64 teams from last year’s Cham­pion Red Sox to the 1924 Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors will be vying for the cham­pi­onship in a six round sin­gle elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment. The bad news is that as of this writ­ing 41 of those slots (includ­ing those 1924 Sen­a­tors taken by me) have been filled and if you are a fan of the 1982 Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers, or the 1970 Ori­oles, or the 2017 Dodgers or the 1994 Expos or the great Yan­kee teams of 1998, 1957, 2009, 1039 or 1927 you’re out of luck. How­ever there are still a lot of great all time teams out there from the 1957 Mil­wau­kee Braves to the Impos­si­ble Dream 1967 Red Sox and plenty more.

To be sure there is a degree of luck involved, You as man­ager can choose your 25 man ros­ter, build the right lineup and put the best defense on the field or have the opti­mum matchup at the plate, and there will be times when the player just doesn’t come through. To put it another way, when the odds are 99% that your pitcher makes the play, once out of every 100 times he’ll air­mail that ball and as I dis­cov­ered in a recent tour­na­ment you are always just one out­field col­li­sion away from a start­ing out­field of Andrew Ben­in­tendi in left Jackie Bradly Jr in cen­ter and Mookie Betts in Right to a start­ing out­field of JD Mar­tinez in Left, Andrew Ben­nin­tendi in cen­ter and Brock Holt in right.

So if yesterday’s All Star Game wasn’t enough for you, get over to the Dynasty online site fire up that old IE browser that’s been sit­ting there and sign your­self up decide if the strong rota­tion of the 1984 Padres or the 1968 Tigers are a bet­ter choice than the Big Bats of Oakland’s Bash Broth­ers or the Cham­pion Blue­jays teams of Carter & Molitor.

One warn­ing, you might find your­self hooked pretty quick.

Update: Only a buck for a month to enter, what are you wait­ing for?


42 slots are taken only 22 left!

32 years ago I opened a hobby shop in Fitchburg MA at the ripe old age of 24 and to promote the store I started a face to face tabletop baseball league.

We started with Avalon Hill’s Status Pro Baseball when that went away (it’s now back here btw) we did one year of the classic Strat-o-matic before settling on a game called Dynasty Baseball which grew out of a game called Pursue the Pennant.

The weather, individual park adjustments and the improved injury and bizzare play list, combined with a greater variety of ratings and results (particularly on defense where players are rated separately on range, and errors) made it in our opinion the best of the batch and the league continued to use this game long after 1st my store and 2nd days of playing were gone.

I toyed with reviving the old face to face league this year but with one of the players now in Minnesota I got into the online version of the game instead. Other than not physically rolling the dice myself it has every thing the old league did and with my eyes closer to 60 than 20 these days not reading small charts is an advantage although in fairness after a while we had them practically memorized anyways.

There are online versions of all three game available but of the three Dynasty has one advantage that the others do not, the Annual USA Today All Time Great Teams Tournament.

Tomorrow Night starting at 8 PM 64 teams from last year’s Champion Red Sox to the 1924 Washington Senators will be vying for the championship in a six round single elimination tournament. The bad news is that as of this writing 41 of those slots (including those 1924 Senators taken by me) have been filled and if you are a fan of the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers, or the 1970 Orioles, or the 2017 Dodgers or the 1994 Expos or the great Yankee teams of 1998, 1957, 2009, 1039 or 1927 you’re out of luck. However there are still a lot of great all time teams out there from the 1957 Milwaukee Braves to the Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox and plenty more.

To be sure there is a degree of luck involved, You as manager can choose your 25 man roster, build the right lineup and put the best defense on the field or have the optimum matchup at the plate, and there will be times when the player just doesn’t come through. To put it another way, when the odds are 99% that your pitcher makes the play, once out of every 100 times he’ll airmail that ball and as I discovered in a recent tournament you are always just one outfield collision away from a starting outfield of Andrew Benintendi in left Jackie Bradly Jr in center and Mookie Betts in Right to a starting outfield of JD Martinez in Left, Andrew Bennintendi in center and Brock Holt in right.

So if yesterday’s All Star Game wasn’t enough for you, get over to the Dynasty online site fire up that old IE browser that’s been sitting there and sign yourself up decide if the strong rotation of the 1984 Padres or the 1968 Tigers are a better choice than the Big Bats of Oakland’s Bash Brothers or the Champion Bluejays teams of Carter & Molitor.

One warning, you might find yourself hooked pretty quick.

Update: Only a buck for a month to enter, what are you waiting for?

42 slots are taken only 22 left!