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Vol. IV, Issue #1 - January 2016
** SOM Baseball & MLB News **
      ( a new periodic column for 2016 where we share special news
linked to the SOM Baseball Game and MLB .... stay tuned!! )

Notes from the Wolfman
- This month for the Strat-o-matic Baseball & MLB News page we exclusively cover all the new announcements that the Game Company has made in January. We discuss the new seasons of cards and rosters that will be available; an updated version of their on-line game now known as Baseball 365; the new Baseball Daily system and what that means as well as the yearly improvements to their windows computer game.  So there is a lot of stuff to share for sure as we prepare for "Opening Day" in February and the disbursement of all the new products and services thereafter.  So dear members, hold on to your seat, 2016 is going to be an amazing year in the Strat-o-matic Baseball Community - Yikes!!

Note - if you are on Strat-o-matic's mailing list you probably have received all of these announcements already but just in case you have been super busy and not had time or are not on their mailing list, see below the new products and services that are and will be offered for this year ... it is quite amazing and earthshaking! )

FLASH: FLASH: FLASH: What is Baseball 365? And now Baseball Daily?  And What other Amazing Stuff is the Game Company about to share with us for this year?

Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter - Logo for 55th Anniversary of Strat-o-matic Baseball

There are so many new announcements the game company make that I don't know where to start?  I have never seen Strat-o-matic release so many wonders at one time ever before, and I have been a gamer since 1967.  So before I begin to give you a list of what is coming out, supported by the appropriate webpages linked at the Game Company's wbesite, I publicly wish to acknowledge and thank the team at Strat-o-matic for their devotion and dedication to providing for us the finest experiences one could ever have and even dream of. Now truly, I believe we will now fully realize what it means to be a Big League Manager and know the full capabilities of all the players who are active in MLB. Not only the current ones playing today but since the game began in the 1870's.  And besides this, this is Strat-o-matic's 55th aniversary, what a way to celebrate aye?

The New 2015 Baseball Ratings Book for the upcoming Card Set

On January 17th, SOM announced the availability of their new Baseball Ratings Book as either a spreadsheet (my preface so all this data can be easily sorted) or the printed edition.  There also seems to be some enhancements added to it:

This is the only Strat-O-Matic ratings guide with the official (advanced and super advanced) numbers … The only guide with every player, including the computer-only players … The only guide with so many categories of batting, pitching, defense and running ratings ... Grids for every team, plus ballpark ratings, plus 16 pages of leader boards showing the top performers at every position … A must-read for drafting, trading, and even for making the best decisions during replays. 

To read more or get your copy of this book head over to:

The Spreadsheet Version ( click here )
The Printed Version ( click here )


Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter, Logo for the new Strat-o-matic on-line baseball game known as Baseball 365

Brand New Name. Same Great Game

Complete web interface redesign

Mobile access app coming soon

Play Baseball 365 all year around

Read the Announcement for the
Redesign & New Name of the
SOM On-line Baseball System
on the Strat-o-matic Website
(Including the new Baseball Daily)

[ Click Here to Read ]

Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter, Logo for the new Strat-o-matic Baseball Feature known as Baseball Daily

Read below the Key Features to
this new Innovation being Offered
by Strat-o-matic that will take the
Baseball Game to New Heights!

Watch digital player cards update
daily based on real life games

Player Cards reflect current season stats,
recent performance, projected  stats, and
Strat-o-matic’s Proprietary algorithms and ratings

Available via Strat-o-matic Baseball 
2016 Windows Game as an add-on

Available via Strat-o-matic Baseball
365 online platform

Strat-o-matic Founder and CEO Hal Richman explains Baseball Daily
 in a letter to the SOM Community -- to read it click on the link below!!


NY Times' Article
Announcement about Baseball Daily
( written by Stuart Miller, January 17th, 2015



Strat-o-matic Answers Questions about
Baseball Daily on Twitter
(January 21st)


So if Andrelton Simmons makes 3 errors and has base hits roll by him, he could have worse def ratings next game?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  E ratings will update daily. Range ratings will update throughout season. One bad game won't impact range next day.


is the BaseballDaily feature an Add-on as the ballparks are(purchased anytime) or bought when you buy the game? #ItsAGreatIdea

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Baseball Daily for Windows can be purchased at any point through the end of the Major League regular season.

How does the windows baseball program work with the daily application?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer: Think of Baseball Daily for Windows as a season roster add-on. Requires Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2016 to play.

will transactions, DLs, trades etc be updated each night so you always have the correct 25 man roster?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Yes. Every team's 40 man roster will be updated daily.

do you pilot MLB teams, or can you b in a league w/ teams composed of randomly drafted mlb players?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer: Baseball Daily for Windows supports stock teams only. Baseball Daily for the 365 platform is draft-league only.

how can you create a card for each player early in the season when they no or very litte stats?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Cards are based on a combo of current season stats, recent performance, projected stats and SOM algorithms/ratings.

If I use BaseballDaily on PC, do I have to play every day or can I catch up at a later time if I miss a day two?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  With Baseball Daily you can play at your own pace. However, you can't advance ahead of the current date.

what is the cost for the windows version of baseball daily going to be?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Baseball Daily for Windows (an add-on) will be $29.99. It will require Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2016 in order to play.

Will baseballdaily for the website (Baseball 365) also be $29.99?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer: For the 365 platform? Cost for BB Daily there is $19.99/credit, same as all the other player sets. 

does that $29.99 price include all the daily/weekly/monthly downloads throughout the season? Thank you.

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Yes. The $29.99 price is all-inclusive.

what if you don't have Windows ?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  The Daily game will also be available for our Baseball 365 online platform.


window platform if 15 league games played & real current stats at 50, is the update made for 15 or 50 games?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Digital cards will update for whatever date in the season you are currently playing.

what happens to create a card for a rookie prospect who has not played in the majors before?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Rookie cards will be based on projections.

Are there any game ratings that will remain static throughout the season,not subject to daily / periodic updates

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  All ratings are subject to change throughout the season.

Question from SKSpears: 

will the final ratings in the live game at season's end be ratings carried over to both games next season?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Have seen this Q a few times. The BB Daily ratings on last day of season will NOT be the same as the printed cards.

can you explain how/why they would differ?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Baseball Daily cards give a snapshot of players at a particular moment in time. Final cards reflect the full season.

Question from .

Not a question, a comment...I applaud Strat for progressive thinking with this product, and addressing questions

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Thanks! We are very excited about Baseball Daily and hope all of you are as well.

Question from

if I don't buy Windows 365 right away can I add it to the 2016 game later? Does it require card image?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic


Answer:  Baseball Daily can be added on to the Windows Game at a later date. Card image recommended, but not required.

Question from If your team is in contention in a replay, but not in actual, can a trade they make at the mid-season be ignored

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer: No. Roster changes cannot be made on your own.

Question from

Am I correct in my understanding that each three-game series using BaseballDaily will use stats included up to that day?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer: You are correct (RE: Baseball 365 platform).

Is it 1 game a night or 3 like the present online? BaseballDaily

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  For Baseball 365? Three simulated games per night. Same as usual.

Is it possible that in future years Daily might become available for solo draft leagues in the Windows game?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Hard to say when but it is possible for the future...

what impact will the daily game have on the traditional baseball game? Will the cards be different?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  The digital cards you see on the last day of the season will NOT be the same as the printed cards.

The first games can be played with Baseball Daily after the Opening Day games are played?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Correct. The first day of Baseball Daily is Monday, April 4th.

In 2017 will I be able to replay 2016 BaseballDaily with the cards downloading daily again? Can I play 2016 more than once?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  You can replay Baseball Daily 2016 after the season ends. However, the product expires at end of calendar year.

Can you give us an idea of how the digital cards baseballdaily will be displayed? Will they be in advanced, basic or both?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Super Advanced.

is this system only go for the 2016 MLB and we need a new version for next year or a 1-time purchase?

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Only valid for the 2016 season. Would need to purchase a new version for next year.

Are there any game ratings that will remain static throughout the season,not subject to daily / periodic updates

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  All ratings are subject to change throughout the season. 

is the #BaseballDaily feature an Add-on as the ballparks are (purchased anytime) or bought when you buy the game? #ItsAGreatIdea

   Strat-O-Matic Games@StratOMatic

Answer:  Baseball Daily for Windows can be purchased at any point through the end of the Major League regular season.

Summary of the Key Announcements
from the SOM Winter 2016 Newsletter
linked to the Baseball Game

What New Baseball Seasons Will We See?

MLB 2015 and 1982 Seasons
(Cards & Season Rosters for the Computer)

2016 Hall of Fame Card Set
(252 Cards & Season Roster for the Computer)

1874 National Association, 2015 Japanese Season,
1908 / 1917 / 1935 / 1948 Negro League Seasons
(Season Rosters for the Computer)

Card View App
(Still in development , but expected later this year,
a mobile app subscription service which will allow you to
view Strat-o-matic Cards for every Major League Season)

Improvements and Enhancements to
the Windows Computer Baseball Game

Inclusion of Baseball Daily as an add-on

Hi-Res Ball Park (free upgrade
if you have this feature)

Individualized Pitcher's Injury Chart

 New View of Cards during Clutch Situations

The WAR (Wins Above Replacement) Stat
{will be given on-screen for both batters & pitchers}

Improvement to the on-line Draft Logic
{when an owner is not present}

In the Super Advance Fielding Chart
Results for G3, G2 & Catcher-X Plays
are given more realistic descriptions

And Much More - all new features and
Bug Fixes discussed in Game's Help File


To Down the SOM 2016 Winter Newsletter
(and read in details all these announcements go to:)


Strat-o-matic Important Dates Linked
to their New Baseball Products

To pre-order any new Baseball Products:
Started, Wednesday, January 27th
(note: shipping priority is given to those who pre-order earliest)

Strat-o-matic Opening Day in Glen Head, NY
Friday, February, 12th
(Ultimate Strat Baseball will be present to make video recordings which
will be available later in February on our Video channel, stay tuned!!)

First Shipping of new Baseball Products begins
Tuesday, February 16th


Note: -- if you have a new story you think our readers might enjoy linked to Strat-o-matic please feel free to email us your story by contacting Wolfman at: wolfman@ultimatestatbaseball.com



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Contained inside this exciting issue of Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter:
(to view the various interviews, articles, columns and special sections click on the links {underlined} and
this will take you to the appropriate webpage)


  ARTICLE by MARC PELLETIER, another well known and successful strat baseball gamer in the on-line version of the baseball game shares with us his system to evaluate positional players for the 20XX leagues on the newly renamed Baseball 365.

  STRAT WISE with MARC WASSERMAN -- commissioner of the Cyber Baseball Association (CBA) continues his column sharing various perspectives on the new and exciting new service SOM has announced called Baseball Daily (fully described in the SOM Baseball World News Page). Also speaks about the draft feature within the windows computer game version and about the USBN Youtube video channel.

  INTERVIEW with MATT EDDY, writer and editor at Baseball America, specializing in MLB Prospects plus discusses the league he plays in as well.

  INTERVIEW with PETE NELSON, our good friend and supporter, the advisor to the Council for the Strat Tournament Players Club returns and discuss his 4th champion at their supreme tournament known as the "Worlds" held in Pittsburgh the middle of January.

  SOM BASEBALL LEAGUE REPORT with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO -- the editor of "The Ultimate Strat Newsletter" and 2012 CBA Champion, the "Wolfman" puts out a call to commissioners of various Strat-o-matic Baseball Leagues that he has discovered on the internet and shares the stories and experiences from another baseball league (one he was investigating to possibly join). This is a continuation of a new section of our newsletter that will continue for the rest of this year, so if you would like to share about your baseball league in our newsletter, send Wolfman a private email.

INTERVIEW with ROB STRICKER, BIGS, P-V (Two Leagues, one is Netplay, one is Computer)


  ARTICLE by CHRIS McMURRY, What if you would like to change the ballpark images shown on
the three panels of the main screen of the windows game -- well Chris gives you the exact procedure
how to do it.

  RECOMMEND ON-LINE SOM RESOURCES -- On-line Strat-o-matic and Baseball related websites
that offer amazing information, special tools and products to improve your game play that we strongly recommend. In most cases, we have had personal contact with these sources who agree with the principle to work together and help promote each other.

  BOOKS TO DIE FOR and Become a BASEBALL GURU -- This page is specifically about special books we are finding that either will expand your insights about the game of Baseball, help you in the creation of your current league teams or with your replays and learn more about the Strat-o-matic Baseball Game and Game Company's history.  We have a special arrangement with Acta Sports, who is a publisher of a number of great baseball books (including Bill James Handbooks) to offer for our members a 10% discount. We will continue to add more books to this page in the future as we uncover other gems our members should know about.


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