Be the GM and Manager of your own Hardball Dynasty Franchise!
Begin play in the offseason as the GM where it's your goal to build a big league baseball dynasty.
Choose a city, ballpark, and name for your franchise. Set payroll, scouting, coaching, training, and
medical budgets. Hire coaches. Negotiate long-term contracts and avoid arbitration. Sign free-agents.
Demote. Promote. Release. Set the 40-man roster. Invite players to spring training, then monitor your
top prospects and proven stars in 18 spring training games. It's all under your control as you prepare
your big league club and its minor league system for the regular season in Hardball Dynasty.
As the GM and Manager, you have the challenge of building your franchise for the future, while trying
to capture the championship today. You’ll see over 100 players develop over the course of a full minor
league season that spans from rookie ball to AAA. Think your hot prospect is ready for the show? Call
him up. But make sure he’s ready or his career could take a turn for the worse. If that’s not enough,
you and your scouts will get to prepare for the amateur draft, sign prospects and search for the next
big international superstar.
As skipper, you’ll have control of a wide variety of settings to guide your team thru a 162-game regular
season. Pitching rotations and pitch counts, lineups, pinch-hitting and defensive hierarchies, hit-and-run,
intentional walk and bunt tendencies, as well as when to rest players and how argumentative you would like
to be. If it sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. Don't worry - we’re here to help you along the way with
recommendations for every option and help for each page. But it will be your decisions that could bring home
the title in this online baseball game!
Once you’ve gone through the franchise selection process, you will inherit your franchise.
Each franchise is composed of 6 levels starting at the big league level and ending at the rookie league level.
Each franchise will be assembled differently depending on the season of the world. Some teams will be built better for
the upcoming season; others will be built better for the long haul. In any case, it’s your unique
franchise that was assembled initially from a world and player creation process and then potentially adjusted
from subsequent users. It’s your task as GM to improve the club for the current and future seasons.
For more franchise information, please see the Player's Guide.
As general manager of an organization, it will be your responsibility to adjust your
player roster and coaching staff within a flexible financial budget. There are numerous departments
within the overall franchise budget and when they are maxed out, you will be unable to perform future
actions until the season has concluded. Therefore, it’s always in your best interest to think ahead and
save some money for unforeseen occurrences (injuries, international free-agent signing, etc.). It’s your
budget, so distribute and use it wisely.
For more GM information, please see the Player's Guide.
Once the season starts, it’s your duty to handle the big league squad. If you’d like
to take on more responsibility, the option is available to manage individual minor league levels.
In any case, as manager you’re responsible for setting lineups, pitching staffs, managerial and player
settings as well as a few managerial hierarchies. It’ll be your job to monitor player fatigue and
react to injuries. While there are recommendations available on all manager pages, it’s your personal
touches that can make the difference.
For more season information, please see the Player's Guide.
At the conclusion of the regular season, each playing level will have the same style
of playoffs. There will be four division winners in each league as well as two wild card winners.
The two best teams from each league will receive a first-round bye. The first series is a best-of-5,
followed by a best-of-5, followed by a best-of-7, culminating in a best-of-7 World Series.
For more playoff information, please see the Player's Guide.
Retaining Your Franchise
You can sign-up for the next season at any point during your season. There is an
additional grace period after the final game of the World Series. After that, your franchise will be
available to the public. So, don’t risk losing your franchise by waiting until the last minute.
For more dynasty information, please see the Player's Guide.
Prizes are based strictly on the big league level and are broken down as follows:
- World Series Winner receives 5,250 Reward Points.
- World Series Runner-Up receives $25 in credits.
- League Championship Runner-Up (2) receives $12 in credits.
- Division Championship Runner-Up (4) receives $8 in credits.
- First-Round Runner-Up (4) receives $4 in credits.
*World Series winners who used a promo code or took over a team without paying receive $25 in credits instead of Reward Points.
**Credits can only be used for future seasons of Hardball Dynasty.