11/9/2012 9:15 PM
I am new to the game. if someone can give me a few tips, like what I should be looking for in terms of ratings for SP, closers, leadoff hitters, and ML ready players.
11/9/2012 9:47 PM
Hook up with a mentor, see the Mentor thread in this forum.
11/9/2012 10:00 PM
Posted by tecwrg on 11/9/2012 9:47:00 PM (view original):
Hook up with a mentor, see the Mentor thread in this forum.
+1

Also, your question is extremely broad making it difficult to answer in a forum like this. Look at the successful players in your world and see what traits they have in common.
11/10/2012 12:27 AM
Best tip I got when new was to not make a trade without at least one mentor type looking it over to make sure I was making out OK. If someone offers you a deal, A) have someone outside your world look at it for you and B) figure out what is attractive about the player being asked for. As you see what ratings and players people try to get from you, you'll see patterns as to what skill sets they have that make them desirable. There are plenty of players who will make you fair, win-win offers. There are also plenty who will try to rip off everything you have of value for a bunch of bad contracts and career minor leaguers.
11/10/2012 9:30 AM
Rule #1:  If you're not sure, don't do it.

Beyond that, look for good splits in both pitchers and hitters.   They aren't the be all to end all but you'll find very few successful players with splits below 50.   BL "average" is probably around 60.    A hitter can have 1 good, 1 bad and be platooned.  Not so much with pitchers.    Everything else works in conjunction with one another(and with the splits).

Don't neglect fielding.  Good fielding can cover for less than stellar pitching.
11/13/2012 3:35 PM
I don't have the experience that alot of posters have, but I also value the health stamina stats when looking at comparing guys, a guy who looks slightly better but have lower health and a lower stamina may not be on the field as much as a guy with a few points less in some catagories but can give you a sure 130 plus games. 

I tend to avoid anyone on the ML roster who doesn't have at least a 75 health.  Try to remember (and more experienced users correct me if I'm wrong) each play is looked at individually, when the play starts (the pitch) the program looks at it has an individual event.  Each player is checked for injury, is the result a hit or an out, if a hit, are there men on base if so, what are the fielding stats of the player who fields the ball, the running stats of the men on, and the settings of the manager, if an out, was it a strike out, fly out, ground out, are there men on base etc.  If you think of it lke a decision tree in your head, it helps you look at the ratings and decide who is better and who is more of a AAAA / AAA guy only. 

Also beware of small sample size my team in 7mickey7 Jakcsonville, had several players who hit well below what the ratings indicated the should.  Over the course of the season, they adjusted to the mean and hit about what I think they should have.  Don't be to quick to pull the trigger on a trade if a guy isn't hitting 30 games in.

And most of all, definately hook up with a mentor tecwrg gave you the best advice you'll ever get.

Good luck, hope you have fun.

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