Yesterday was Zach’s birthday and he and I had a show that talked about the World Baseball Classic’s popularity, March Madness, LaVar Ball, and more. There was also an interview with Bleacher Report’s Erik Malinowski. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
When asked “Is it baseball season yet?” I can finally answer with a resounding “YES!” because Out of the Park Baseball 18 releases TODAY. OOTP 18 features a bunch of new features and improvements to what was already Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year. You can see a trailer for the game here. The full press release announcing OOTP 18’s launch, along with screenshots, can be found below.
Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com,
Now Available Worldwide
Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more
Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 18 is now available worldwide. The follow-up to the acclaimed Metacritic 2016 PC Game of the Year includes several exciting new features and a treasure trove of deep improvements to its award-winning gameplay.
Out of the Park Baseball 18 sells for $39.99 and is available on Steam and through the company’s website at these links:
For the first time, Out of the Park Baseball 18 introduces an all-new Challenge Mode. This allows series newcomers to enjoy a powerful way to learn the intricacies of this deep strategy title, while driving community engagement for all users via the creation of online profiles to share accomplishments on new leaderboards. The Challenge Mode is just the beginning of an all-new, long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform — more will be unveiled during the course of the 2017 baseball season.
Out of the Park Baseball 18 also includes:
2017 roster sets with all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system from Triple-A down to rookie leagues and the Arizona Fall League. All major league (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings are based on the popular ZiPS player projection system. The 8 international leagues, as well as independent minor leagues in the US, also return this year with accurate rosters.
Historical Negro League clubs, thanks to a partnership with OOTP’s acclaimed historical database experts and Seamheads.com. This feature allows baseball fans to explore the rich history of a bygone era, create compelling what-if scenarios, pit major league clubs against their Negro League counterparts, and much more.
Improvements to 3D mode, including: Even more ballpark detail; better on-field player models and enhanced on-field decisions; and the ability to save all 3D highlights and watch a highlight reel, whether the game was played out or simulated.
Custom and real world tournaments for all the teams included in the game. National and international tournaments are a breeze to create, as is the ability to import historical teams.
Extensive AI improvements, including roster management, trades, and in-game decision-making.
A redesigned injury system that features detailed injury histories for all players, little nagging long-term injuries, and more.
Many more improvements, including:
A beautiful new interface
Improved game recaps
An upgraded player morale/team chemistry system
Enhanced play-by-play text and league news
A sophisticated system for team relegation and promotion between leagues
The ability to retain player salaries in trades
The incorporation of many 2017 CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) rule changes
Faster import speeds of historical minor league seasons
OOTP 18 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, official logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 Minor League Baseball league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.
“Fans have been overwhelmingly positive about Out of the Park Baseball 18 since it was announced in January,” said lead developer, lifelong baseball fan, and Out of the Park Developments CEO Markus Heinsohn. “We’re thrilled to deliver a game that will allow us to dramatically expand our online community and delight a new generation of fans.”
“Out of the Park Baseball has been setting the bar high for sports management games over the past 18 years, and this year’s edition is no different,” said Out of the Park Developments CMO Richard Grisham. “Every time I think they can’t top last year’s version, they do it again. I tip my cap to the hardest-working development team in video games.”
In the final show before spring break, Zach Dobbins and Benson Anderson argued with me about the Nintendo Switch, Kevin Durant’s injury, Joel Embiid’s Rookie of the Year chances, and plenty more. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Football season is in the rearview mirror, which means basketball and baseball are in the foreground once again. I interviewed SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo to preview the 2017 MLB season and WTAM 1100’s Glenn Forbes to talk about the Cavs and Indians. Listen below and don’t forget to subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
On this week’s Big Red Sports Talk, Yahoo Sports NBA writer Dan Devine talked with me for half an hour about the Cavs, the trade deadline, and more. There was also a Super Bowl recap, a discussion of good/bad sports owners, and even some Tiger Woods talk. Listen below and be sure to subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
No guests this week, but Zach and I previewed the Super Bowl, talked way too much about Pat McAfee’s retirement, and didn’t stick to sports. Listen to Big Red Sports Talk on 91.1 FM WDUB on Friday nights from 7:30-9:30 eastern. Don’t forget to subscribe to full show podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
With the Super Bowl in a little over a week, Zach and I talked with two CBS Sports writers about the game, and some other NFL news. Both John Breech and Sean Wagner-McGough were very informative. We also talked with New York Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman. All of the interviews are embedded below, as is full show audio. During the show, I ranted about Roger Goodell, who I compared to President Trump and the new administration. Tune into Big Red Sports Talk on 91.1 WDUB on Friday nights from 7:30-9:30 and subscribe to full show podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Zach made his return to the show and we interviewed Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. We also talked NFL playoffs, NBA All-Star Game, MLB Hall of Fame results, caulking, and much more. Tune into Big Red Sports Talk on 91.1 FM WDUB on Friday evenings from 7:30-9:30 eastern and don’t forget to subscribe to full show podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Do you hear that sound? It’s me, exhaling the loudest I possibly can. Last semester kept me extremely busy, and while I enjoyed it, I need to take a couple weeks to relax…and fill out job applications, because I’d like to be employed once I graduate.
As the calendar turns to 2017, I’ll be covering men’s basketball for the Denisonian. I’ll also continue writing bi-weekly podcast reviews for Awful Announcing. Broadcast-wise, I’ll be calling games for the Denison Sports Network and hosting the final (whoa) semester of Big Red Sports Talk on WDUB.
But this post isn’t about the future. It’s about the present, with the present being my December posts. Only three because of finals, but I had fun writing them.
12/1 – Podcast Review: The Runner’s World Show – This one exercised (pun intended) some different muscles because I was writing about a good podcast, but a show where I’m not the target audience. In other news: I need to work out. If you’re reading this around when it goes live, I’ll be at the gym.
12/6 – Denisonian: Men’s Basketball – I’m proud of these guys and I hope my story did their start justice. I’m mostly happy with how this one turned out.
12/15 – Podcast Review: Dickie Speaks – Finals puts you between a rock and a hard place, timewise. This one turned out okay considering my mind was more worried about final papers.