Has Strat-O-Matic finally jumped into the projection disk arena?

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Has Strat-O-Matic finally jumped into the projection disk arena?

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January 19th, 2016, 7:33 pm #1

Has Strat-O-Matic finally jumped into the projection disk arena, with ongoing updates of the database throughout the season?  If so, it's pretty earthshaking for a company that's always seemed loath even to consider projection disks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/18/techn ... oster.html

http://www.strat-o-matic.com/community/ ... ball-daily
For the first time in the Company’s history, Strat-O-Matic will have digital cards that are updated daily, based on the current season’s real life player performance. Baseball Daily will be available for our newly rebranded Strat-O-Matic Baseball 365 online game and for our Windows baseball game as an optional add-on. Baseball Daily digital cards, which are composed the same way for both platforms, will reflect a combination of current season stats, recent performance, projected stats and Strat-O-Matic’s proprietary algorithms and ratings. Historical data will be factored into the cards at the start of the season, with current season stats having increased influence as the season progresses.  
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WINDOWS
The Baseball Daily feature will be an optional add-on for this year’s new Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2016 Windows game. This feature will provide you with the incredibly unique experience of managing your favorite baseball team through its current in-season schedule on a nightly basis. Unhappy with the way your favorite team’s manager is using the bullpen? Think he should bench an unproductive, highly paid starter for a scorching hot bench player? Baseball Daily for Windows will give you the opportunity to make these decisions from the top step of the dugout. Please note that Baseball Daily for the Windows game cannot be used for draft league play.
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January 21st, 2016, 7:57 pm #2

Hmm after 66 views -- 3 of them mine -- the silence has been deafening. Personally I find this info extremely fascinating, but then I'm weird that way, as you know. Thanks so much for pointing this out. Maybe you oughta/wanna bump this thread to the General Forum? Might be worth a shot. I'd love to see some discussion. But again that's just me; it's your thread. Kudos! 
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January 23rd, 2016, 10:11 am #3

nemodomi wrote:
Hmm after 66 views -- 3 of them mine -- the silence has been deafening. Personally I find this info extremely fascinating, but then I'm weird that way, as you know. Thanks so much for pointing this out. Maybe you oughta/wanna bump this thread to the General Forum? Might be worth a shot. I'd love to see some discussion. But again that's just me; it's your thread. Kudos! 
It's draft season, I gather, so news about some new offering from another gameco may not float folks' boat.  And I reckon projection disks are still  -- and may always be -- pretty niche-y.  As you might recall, people like me and you got jazzed (or at least semi-hopeful) for one brief shining moment when DayneCo entered that agreement (it had some special name I've forgotten) with Baseball Prospectus; we thought there might be some way DM could connect his obsession with things online (remember: there was talk of going all-online) to BP's ever-updated PECOTA database to offer a projection disk-type format that was tied into a pool of up-to-the-minute player projections reflecting players' true talent at that moment in time.  (Could possibly be done with ZiPS, too?  I think Dan S updates those things regularly throughout the season.)  Alas, I'm pretty sure that notion was never considered, and the BP agreement lapsed.  Just surprising that SOM -- which always seemed rather retro to me -- is the first company that appears to be attempting a version of this.  (I know that Digital Diamond has a daily update function, but that uses actual season-to-date stats and does not use projections + actual stats.) 

I've even lurked a bit over on the StratFan Forum to read discussions of SOM's Baseball Daily feature (I'm only interested in the "Windows" version, not Baseball 365, which sounds a bit like the Imagine Sports experience).  It does sound like there will be some unfortunate limitations to the user's roster control.  For example, one can use only the current active rosters (no chance to call up a prospect early), and each day's downloadable update places only the current active players on their actual team (so making your own trades or creating your teams would be impracticable).  I gather SOM will have no problem carrying a player's identity forward during the season, by not extinguishing the stats he's accumulated during the season play-along when he is updated with a new projection.

At any rate, I'll stick with DMB and its projection disks using Dan's ZiPS for as long as the company creates and sells them.  But the new SOM thing looks at least interesting enough to check out.  Will be interesting to see if they do it well.
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January 23rd, 2016, 1:04 pm #4

I don't think I'll have nothing more than a little curiosity towards this new SOM approach.  But no real interest.

Going play by play as opposed to pitch by pitch for me isn't real baseball anymore.  Hasn't been for years.  The drama and excitement of pitch by pitch with the top-notched great
realistic detailed script of JWood is real baseball.  No other game touches it...IMO.


  Plus I thought Dan's projections and the enlarged number of them for
last year was terrific!  Including the playoffs neat updates.  I think I only had to create one player and I played a good bit of the projection season.

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