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Vol. IV, Issue #7 - November 2016

** Strat Thoughts with Bruce Bundy **

(Wolfman and Marc Wasserman): It is with great pleasure that we are able to bring this special column back again after about a year's vacation which of course features our good friend Bruce Brundy who is a key advisor for this newsletter as well as a valuable friend to the game company.  This columns always contacts the special insights and information about Strat-o-matic Baseball which comes from the mind of the legendary Bruce Bundy.  Bruce is known for the formulas he has shared with others which enable one to create a SOM Baseball card and that has been offered to our members over the last two years as well as his special strategy videos. 

As stated above, Bruce has a special relationship with the people who work at the game company where he has been a beta tester for many years and is very well respected for his amazing insights and knowledge of the game. Bruce has contacts with many of the well-known gamers and developers of Strat-o-matic Baseball throughout our community. 
This is the seventh edition of his column where Bruce presents some new special ideas for your game play with Strat Baseball. Thank you again Bruce for sharing this next column with our readers as well as being a key advisor for our newsletter -- it is always greatly appreciated!!

Wolfman Shapiro & Marc Wasserman, co-founders USBN



Ultimate Strat Baseball- Our advisor the legendary Bruce Bundy
Bruce is a professional musician as well.

A Brief Bio on Bruce Bundy

Bruce has been playing Strat-o-matic since 1969 and he is definitely one of us, an SOM Fanatic. Bruce is an excellent SOM Baseball Manager which we have observed with his presence in the CBA (our computer league which Marc is commissioner).

--> Bruce has published over 30 (up to about 60 now) formulas on how to create Strat-O-Matic Baseball cards from scratch along with other articles and antics with his friend Glenn Guzzo (shared when the Strat-Fan SOM Magazine existed).

--> He ran the official "Strat-O-Matic BBS" Bulletin Board from 1987 to 1992. At Bob Winberry's request, Bruce recruited Will Kolodzie's SOMWorld as our official SOM Online Magazine (now supplemented with this newsletter) - and, he also recruited Dan Patterson for our Official Strat-O-Matic Web Forum.

-->  Bruce has been a Strat-O-Matic Beta Tester for many years which has resulted in various improvements within the SOM Baseball game.

Now for the STRAT THOUGHTS column November, 2016

Bruce Bundy presents:

SOM Formulas Revisited with
a few new ones added
(plus the 27 starters in the
2016 with 3 days rest {*})

Hi All!  Heys!

-- So, here is a review of what we know about some formulas that help create the SOM Model:  

FORMULA #1: BATTER'S WALK somW = (((W - IW) * 216) / (AB + ( W - IW) + HBP)) -9

FORMULA #2: HIT BY PITCH somHBP = ((HBP * 216) / (AB + (W - IW) + HBP))

FORMULA #3: BATTER'S HIT somH = ((( BA - .265 ) + BA ) * ( 108 - ( somW + somHBP )

FORMULA #4: BATTER'S DOUBLE somD = (( 4320 * DOUBLE ) / ( AB + ( W - IW ) + HBP ) - 90

FORMULA #5: BATTER'S TRIPLE somT = (( 4320 * TRIPLE ) / ( AB + ( W - IW ) + HBP ) - 15

FORMULA #6: BATTER'S HOMERUN somHR = (( 4320 * HOMERUN ) / ( AB + ( W - IW ) +
HBP ) - 50

FORMULA #7: BATTER'S PATTERN CHART see previous articles

FORMULA #8: BATTER'S STRIKEOUT somK = (( K * 216 ) / ( AB + ( W - IW ) + HBP )) -17

FORMULA #9: BATTER'S GBA somGBA = (( 1140 * DP ) / ( AB + ( W - IW ) + HBP )

FORMULA #10: BATTER'S 1ST SB LEAD # som1SB = (( SB / ( SB + CS )) + .13 ) * 20

FORMULA #11: BATTER'S 2ND SB LEAD # som2SB = ( 1SB / 3 ) +1

FORMULA #12: BATTER'S LEAD CHANCES somSBlead = (36 * ( SB + CS )) / ((( H + ( W - IW ) + HBP ) * .85 ) - ( D + T + HR ))

FORMULA #13: ASTERISKS som* = @IF ( 1SB + SBlead ) > 24

FORMULA #14: FIELDING ERRORS somE = ( E * 1458 ) / INNINGS FIELDED ( at that pos )
NOTE: LF, CF, & RF is all added together to make OUTFIELDER

FORMULA #15: PITCHER'S TBF pTBF = ( IP * 2.95 ) + HITS + ( W - IW )

FORMULA #16: PITCHER'S WALK sompW = (( W - IW ) * 216 ) / ( TBF - IW )) - 9

FORMULA #17a: PITCHER'S HIT sompH = ((( HIT / TBF ) * 216 ) - 29.4 ) + XF (XF = Xchart FACTOR; DEFAULT = 4.9)

FORMULA #17b: PITCHER'S HIT sompH = ((( HIT * ( 168 - sompW ) / (( TBF - IW ) * .265)) +
(((( 2 * oppBA ) - .265 ) * 30 ) - XF)

FORMULA #18: PITCHER'S DOUBLE sompD = (( D * 216 ) / (TBF - IW )) - 90

PRE 1990 FORMULA #18 psomD = psomHR * 1.8

FORMULA #19: PITCHER'S TRIPLE sompT = (( T * 216 ) / (TBF - IW )) - 15

PRE 1990 FORMULA #19 sompT = sompHR * .4

FORMULA #20: PITCHER'S HOMERUN sompHR = (( HR * 216 ) / (TBF - IW)) - 50

FORMULA #20: PITCHER'S PATTERN CHART see previous issue

FORMULA #21: PITCHER'S STRIKEOUT sompK = (( K * 216 ) / ( TBF - IW ))

FORMULA #22: PITCHER'S HOLD sompHOLD = (( SB / ( SB + CS )) - .6666 ) * 20


FORMULA #24: PITCHER'S ERROR sompERROR = ( E * 1458 ) / IP

FORMULA #25: PITCHER'S BALK sompBALK = ( BALK * 290 ) / IP


FORMULA #27: PITCHER'S CLOSER RATINGS sompCLOSE =0=N; 1-3=0; 4-6=1; 7-9=2; 10-14=3; 15-19=4; 20-29=5; >30=6

FORMULA #28: W POWER HR ADJUSTMENT somHR = (((leagueHR/leaguePA)*20)*(108-somHBP-somW))+somHR(under 10)

FORMULA #29: SOMStarter Rule

     A pitcher with 33 starts must have at least 190 innings.

     A pitcher with 32 starts must have at least 193.3 innings.

     A pitcher with 31 starts must have at least 196.7 innings.

     A pitcher with 30 starts must have at least 200 innings.

     A pitcher with 29 starts must have at least 220 innings.

FORMULA #30:  BATTER'S BALLPARK SINGLE EFFECT (AVG=10)  when using ">", the Ballpark Single Effect (shown on a hitter's card), add 0.5 hit for each chance baring a "." symbol.  If ">" is present, usually 5 ">" are present. If present, add 2.5 hit to the BATTER'S HIT.

FORMULA #31: BATTER'S BALLPARK HOMERUN EFFECT (AVG=10)  when using "#", the Ballpark HOMERUN Effect, add .5 hit and 10 HOMERUN to FORMULA #6: BATTER'S HOMERUN somHR for each chance where "#" (a ball park homer) is present.

And Finally -- "Is "3" is the new "2"?"

So, I'm playing with my Daily Data players, and I look up the following question - Who are the new/unknown 2016 batters in my NETPLAY league with over 200 at bats.  The sort resulted in 30 players.  When I sorted (using the Player PULLDOWN MENU choosing Sort Players) by lowing the Fielding Rating to a "2" or better, only 1 player - 31yr old Darwin Barney - survives.  I know leagues can be progressive about having youth, but none - like no one?  Heh!  The Daily Data is now creating standards we get to watch and analyze as a new way (in real time) to see Strat-O-Matic cards develop!  There is no way I won't be buying this Daily Data feature again this year!!!

Just Sayin ....................


(Wolfman: If you have a question for Bruce Bundy, he is open to consider to answer it in a future edition of this column. Please feel free to send it to me at: wolfman@ultimatestratbaseball.com -- and I will make sure Bruce gets your question to be considered for a future issue in his column. So do any of our readers have a great question to ask Bruce?

Bruce Bundy Website: http://www.cba-bb.net/Bundy.htm

Link to his Small Ball Video - take a look: http://users.wowway.com/~faust05/bb1.flv

FORMULA #29: SOMStarter Rule: -- to follow up on this rule, here are 27 starters who will have an "*" rating so they can pitch with three days rest in the new card set, new year:

Price, David / Scherzer, Max / Verlander, Justin / Bumgarner, Madison / Sale, Chris

Porcello, Rick
/ Cueto, Johnny / Kluber, Corey / Roark, Tanner / Quintana, Jose
Stroman, Marcus
/ Lester, Jon / Samardzija, Jeff / Archer, Chris /Hamels, Cole
Tanaka, Masashi
/ Iwakuma, Hisashi / Perez, Martin / Wainright, Adam

Moore, Matt
/ Nolasco, Ricky / Arrieta, Jake / Eickhoff, Jerad

Kennedy, Ian
/ Happ, J.A. / Colon, Bartolo / Volquez, Edinson

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 with DOUG BRUNET -- USAGE 4.2, this is Doug's second contribution to our newsletter delaying with the challenges of player's usage within a league.  Doug is very well known to the coordinators of this newsletter as a member of the draft league they are in and what can be said about Doug's observations of the game and how to organize key stats is he is very thorough. This article should help any member who is in a league where the usage of your players is regulated.

  SOM BASEBALL LEAGUE REPORT with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO -- the editor of "The Ultimate Strat Newsletter" and 2012 CBA Champion, talks to members of various Strat-o-matic Baseball Leagues that he has discovered on the internet about the history of their league and their experiences. We speak to another commissioner of a Retro League. To read this interview, click on the link below:

INTERVIEW with JIM MURPHY, Commissioner of OSBL, P-XII (Computer/Netplay)

  ARTICLE with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO (linked with Baseball Daily), This the Wolfman's fourth and final report about the new "Baseball Daily" game play with SOM Baseball as he finished managing the 2016 Chicago Cubs day by day. He shows you his results through the end of the season and give an analysis linked to the Cubs how they really played throughout the year on the road to their World Series Championship, the first in 108 years, the end of the curse.

  STRAT WISE with MARC WASSERMAN commissioner of the Cyber Baseball Association (CBA) continues his new column sharing various perspectives on SOM Baseball. For his article this month we include a summary of the latest and most fascinating and interesting videos we have added to our Ultimate Strat Baseball Youtube Channel including two special videos for the holidays shared in mid-December including one by the Wolfman and Marc himself talking about the new "Infield Shift Rule".

  ARTICLE with GLENN WHEELER, Glenn is the commissioner of NASOMA, and has been a very supportive member of our newsletter, who we have spoken to before about his league. He returns this month with a special article about "Why Do We Play this Game (Strat Baseball)".  Probably many of you will totally resonate with what Glenn has to say!

  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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