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My Strat-O-Matic Baseball Settings

Just for fun, below are some of the settings I use in my replays, with explanations for the less obvious ones. Some people like their replays to be as As-Played as possible, complete with the same starting pitchers, injuries, and trades. I am not one of those people. I am more interested in what-if scenarios. I am always looking at stats and crunching numbers, asking myself questions like, "If that player had been on the opening day roster, rather than staying in AAA until July, would he have hit 100 RBIs?" and "If he had not been so nervous in Septembmer, would he have hit over .400?" I like using my own lineups and trying to do better than the real-life managers did.
Until recently, I used SADV Injury and turn on injuries-for-current-games-only under Max Rules. However, I like to replay seasons with the strongest pitchers possible and sometimes those pitchers have high injury ratings so it feels like I will lose him in an inning every time I play him due to rolling 6-6-6. So for now I am trying Do Not Use Injuries. I may adjust my settings for future season replays if I feel the stats are too inflated.

I believe Clutch Hitting is something added to the computer game, to make certain batters or pitchers worse in clutch situations. I like the added realism of some players getting more nervous in pressure situations, not wanting to let their team and fans down.
I do not use disabled lists. I use the dice game to determine if a player will miss the rest of the game, but I don't want to ruin any possibility of a statistically great season for star players or to make computer teams easier to beat.

Speaking of injuries, I turn off Force daily injuries. If a player is too far above his 100% real-life usage, the game will force him to be injured so you can't use him until he is under 100% again. It is good for greater statistical accuracy, but that is not my goal.
Speakng of which, that is why I turn off Improve statistical accuracy. The computer game actually makes it harder for players to tie or set new real-life MLB records near the end of the season. While some players did get nervous approaching those records, there were others like Ted Williams in 1941. He was at .401 with two games left, a doubleheader. His manager begged him to sit out and Teddy cursed him out and told him he was playing, no matter what. Such arrogance must be punished, right? Wrong! Williams went 6 for 8, including two home runs!!! Like Teddy, I prefer to let the dices fall where they may.
While I don't play replays that old (yet), I prefer the excessive pre-1920's errors to be turned off so the games play in a more modern manner. In addition, I want to make a Champions League eventually of the best World Series winning teams in history, and pre-1920's teams would be at a disadvantage against more recent teams.

For lineups, "...With Rest" forces players to stay under their 100% real-life usage. So I skip that and use Primary. Automatic Lineups sounds great - the computer picking the best possible players - but in reality it uses the exact starting lineup of the exact day that season.
No Auto Swap-O-Matic. Some people like trades, but I like having the same players that were in the team the entire season (even if that player was traded in the middle of the season). For example I am replaying the 2017 Yankees with Sonny Gray and Todd Frazier as my starters. I find that fun... would both players have been better if they had been Yankees the entire season?
By now you can guess that I Ignore Overusage. It makes the computer manager harder to beat, too, because he won't yank his shutdown starting pitcher leading me 9-0 because that pitcher just hit 101% usage. :-P
For Japanese league replays, I use Minor Leaguers - Ineligible since they do not use a 40-man roster. For replays of the American Major Leagues, I actually make Minor Leaguers - Eligible. I want the computer manager to be able to pick its strongest players, and it saves me a lot of trouble of micromanaging the 29 other teams. For fun, in each regular season game I limit myself to 25 major leaguers only until September, like real life. I promote/demote players and skip those with blue names when I make substitutions.
As for the rest of the settings, I am not yet fussy enough to set up Super Hal. Obviously, with today's strong-hitting NL pitchers, I want to use their batting cards. :-) Finally, just like the reduce-1920's-errors setting above, I want old-timer pitchers to have similar stats and usage to modern pitchers, so I disallow Extra GS For Certain Pitchers.

There are people that roll real dices, but I prefer to let the computer do it since it is faster. Of course, for me, Show Board Game Information is a must. The Regulator is a cute idea but I prefer the hands off approach and focus on managing.
For years I did not use Show Flight of Ball, but my recent NPB project made me want all my hard work to be worth it. So I set the speed to 1 as a compromise. I always buy the PC games with Card Images so I know quickly what the result is right after the dice roll.
I Turn Off Suggested Defensive Strategies. Honestly there are not that many on-field decisions to make, and I am comfortable deciding which batter to shift against and telling my fielders to Guard Lines against good doubles hitters. The keyboard makes those strategies a snap - I never use the mouse when I play except to make substitutions. For beginners, however, I recommend leaving it unchecked. Use a few games to pay attention to what the computer does for your team and your opponent's.

I prefer the dices to roll with one hit of Enter on my keyboard. I like Single Die & Best Column sice it makes the game more exciting if the first dice hits a batter's best column I visualize a nice and fat pitch coming the batter's way.
I like the Split Cards and SADV Chart's animations without my input, although I wish the game would somehow visualize a 20-sided dice like the SOM Card Viewer does, just to give the same board game feel that the dices do.
I can't imagine a serious SOM player unchecking Show Cards in Notebook.

I don't want to put up another image just for that, but under the Miscellaneous options, I Display Game Notes at Startup. It won't show up for the first game of the season, so don't freak out if you are a new player noticing that, but for all subsequent games it reads like a newspaper preview of the game you are about to play. It also gives you a quick overview of who are hot and not, and any hitting streak active.

Finally - I was asked this once - my fonts setting are: Names on Field - MS Sans Serif, Regular, 15
Scoreboard Font: 18
Out Of Town Board: 16
Play by Play: MS Sans Serif, Regular, 13
Park Info (I honestly don't really look at it) - 14
Main App Font (under Miscellaneous) - @Arial Unicode MS, Regular, 9
Monitor screen resolution: 1920 x 1080

I hope you found this page interesting or useful. Every Stratter is different. We have our own reasons for playing SOM and our settings reflect that. I like to try to do better than a real life manager did for a particular year and with a particular team, and I want all players to have a shot at completing an entire season of IPs and ABs in case a player or two sets what would have been new real-life MLB records.

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Updated April 7, 2018