Big League Manager Rules Questions

Kisatchie
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Kisatchie
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August 9th, 2016, 7:49 pm #1

Hi everyone. This is my first post here.

Many years ago, I played BLM's baseball game, so when I found one on eBay in mint condition,
I immediately bought it. I have a question about an apparent misprint in the Big League Manager rule book.

The rule book states that when a player makes a long throw (like 3B to 1B, Catcher to 2B, SS to Catcher, etc.)
double the player's fielding number, thus doubling the chance for an error on the throw.

However, later in the rulebook, it gives an example of a player grounding out to shortstop.
It says double the SS's fielding number on the throw to 1B.
After looking at the number of errors committed by a number of real shortstops in the course of a season,
I think the SS's fielding number SHOULD be doubled on throws to 1B.

Does anyone here know for sure if I should double the SS's fielding number in such an example?
Perhaps someone actually wrote to BLM for clarification???

Thanks for any help.
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BaseballGamesBKW
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August 10th, 2016, 12:23 pm #2

Hello kisatchie, welcome to the Forum and thanks for your question!
Your Forum hosts here in the front office aren't anywhere close to expert on BLM,
but several members of this group are aficionados of the game, so, hopefully,
one or more of them will be along soon with some insights for you.

In the meantime, though, we'd venture that if the BLM rule book does instruct one
to double the shortstop's fielding number on potential 6-3 outs, and if doing so
produces a proportion of throwing errors similar to that shown in "real-life" stats,
we wouldn't hesitate to play the game just that way.
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1961Yankees
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August 11th, 2016, 6:21 pm #3

Hi Kisatchie,
I own a 1956 edition/1955 season of the BLM baseball game, although I haven't actually played it yet.
Not that I've been procrastinating for 60 years ... I purchased it about eight months ago.

However, I did take a look at my rules sheet and this is an image that addresses fielding figures and
long throws from back in the day:
Fielding Figures.jpg A throw from SS to 1B was considered a long throw (see section III C.) and a multiplier of 1.5 was applied
to the player's roster sheet figure to arrive at the adjusted fielding figure.

Hope this helps.
Dave
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Kisatchie
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August 17th, 2016, 12:24 pm #4

Thanks for the information. However, the rulebook was updated in August, 1958. The long throw rating
is now 2x the fielding figure on the player card. Unfortunately for me, the SS to catcher throw isn't listed.
But later in the rulebook, an example is given of a ground out to ss, and the fileding rating is doubled.

I did some thorough checking of real shortstops and their error ratings. It sure looks like I need to double
the fielding rating on the ss-c throw in order to get the correct number of errors over a full season.
Vincent
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