I started playing some games with the 2015 baseball set this week. One thing I begin to notice was a red 26 on dice roll 21. I had never really seen that before. So I began to wonder: Did APBA assign more 26s? Nope, the average card in 2014 had 1.28, and the average card […]

# The Single Column Six

In the last dozen years or so, an occasional card will end up with a weird combination of 0s and 6s in the first column. Prior to this time, the only extra base hit you could have with a 0 was a 1. So is there any rhyme or reason to who gets this combo. […]

# Making the Grade

In the original National Pastime game, the only thing that a pitcher contributed was hitting. There were no grades, no subratings, no handicaps. When APBA came out in 1951, the concept of the grade was added, so now pitchers fell into six classes: A&C, A&B, A, B, C and D. The grade was pretty much […]

# Is a 14 better than a 9 — Finding Out the Monte Carlo Way (Part 3)

In the introduction, I went over what the heck this project is all about. In part one, I broke down all of the possibilities of the batter-influenced hit numbers. In part two, I went over the error and rare play numbers and found out that everything was pretty much the same. Now we can move […]

# Is a 14 better than a 9 — Finding Out the Monte Carlo Way (Part 2)

In the introduction, I went over what the heck this project is all about. In part one, I broke down all of the possibilities of the batter-influenced hit numbers. In this part, I examine the error and rare play numbers. When I was a wee lad, I was playing a game that involved the 1981 […]

# Is a 14 better than a 9 — Finding Out the Monte Carlo Way (Part 1)

In the introduction, I explained a set of tests I did to find out the true value of an APBA baseball card. This section will deal with the valuation of those numbers that the hitter controls to some extent: hits, walks and hit by pitch. The error and rare play numbers will be in a […]

# Is a 14 better than a 9 — Finding Out the Monte Carlo Way (Intro)

My APBA playing involves a solo league I put together 16 years ago. The premise is I make either 6, 8, 10 or 12 teams out of that major league season and play a 30 game schedule using the Master Game and the approximately one million innovations I’ve added through the years. So far I’ve […]

# Introduction

I’ve been playing APBA since I was 10. Over the years, I’ve noticed things that sometimes fall in the space of “do I ignore it and keep it real” or “do I take advantage of it and have it be a little odd.” Setting up your outfield based on the other team’s error numbers, playing […]