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Old 05-18-2010, 12:03 PM   #1
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Historical rule changes

I am creating a historical league with fictional players. I would like to start in 1901 and use whatever rules were in effect at that time. I would also like to change the rules when they change in real life. I was hoping OOTP would default to the real rules in use but it doesn't seem to as Free Agency was turned on.

Has anyone ever created a post that has the options and rule changes that occurred in MLB that pertain to OOTP by year, so we can keep in line with MLB?

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The first thing to note in regards to your endeavour is that OOTP lacks certain settings and abilities to properly mimic the way MLB operated in its earlier years. So you'll have to live with some compromises there.

The two big items that come to mind are waiver restrictions on trading and the Rule 5 draft. Smallers areas include the outrighting of players and the disabled list.
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How would you approach the minor leagues and reserve rosters?

Or even more general, how would you approach trying to play historically?

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How would you approach the minor leagues and reserve rosters?
You'd probably have to live with a modern day-like minor league system as OOTP cannot really do anything other than that. You could try experimenting with making the minor leagues independent leagues, but there have been mixed results from the folks who have attempted that.
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I have league I started in 1871, now in 1890. Right now I have roster size set at 15, and reserve limit at 15. I would love a lower reserve limit.

In 1892, I plan to start adding some AAA leagues (Eastern League, International Association, Western League), but as independent leagues. And then somewhere in the late 1920s/early 1930s, I'll add the affiliated minor leagues to simulate the rise of the farm system. The plan is also to add college and high school feeder leagues in 1960/1961 to be ready for the start of the amateur draft in 1965.
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I put together some proposed settings and would appreciate it if people could provide any feedback.

http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/boar...-settings.html

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19th century

I'm waiting to start a league beginning in 1871. I've figured out through reading that 19th century teams, especially in the '70s and '80s that most teams had 12-15 players, or thereabouts. They also could go get some kid off the street or a college, if circumstances required it.

However, what would work historically and functionally within the game. 15/20 or 15/25 perhaps? Thoughts?

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I'm waiting to start a league beginning in 1871. I've figured out through reading that 19th century teams, especially in the '70s and '80s that must teams had 12-15 players, or thereabouts. They also could go get some kid off the street or a college, if circumstances required it.

However, what would work historically and functionally within the game. 15/20 or 15/25 perhaps? Thoughts?
I decided to stick with the defaults after being told the game may not handle the reduced roster size that well. I'm starting in 1901 so it would have gone up to 25 soon anyways.
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I'm having no problems with 15/15. And when I'm adding the additional leagues (UA, PL), I've gone through the existing teams and released everyone from the reserve lists.
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I decided to stick with the defaults after being told the game may not handle the reduced roster size that well. I'm starting in 1901 so it would have gone up to 25 soon anyways.
Yeah, I plan on getting near the defaults by 1901... that'll work
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I'm having no problems with 15/15. And when I'm adding the additional leagues (UA, PL), I've gone through the existing teams and released everyone from the reserve lists.
Where do you get players from if you lose too many pitchers from your team though? Or if there were too many injuries period?

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Where do you get players from if you lose too many pitchers from your team though? Or if there were too many injuries period?
I have injuries set to low. The AI usually keeps 6-8 pitchers on the roster, and with 3 or 4 man rotations, that's plenty.
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I have injuries set to low. The AI usually keeps 6-8 pitchers on the roster, and with 3 or 4 man rotations, that's plenty.
6 to 8 pitchers on a 15 person roster?
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