SimLeague Baseball "Rookies" Guide

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Draft Tips

  • Don't spend a lot of cash on backup position players unless you plan on platooning at a position
  • To avoid fatigue issues, make sure you draft enough innings to get you through the season (1,500 is a good estimate) and have 500-600 plate apperances at each position
  • Draft to fill roles; for example, you'd want a low cost, high inning pitcher to be your mopup pitcher and/or a cheap, speedy position player to come off the bench to pinch-run
  • Make sure your starters have enough innings to be able to recover from start to start
  • Make sure to choose a ballpark which complements your team and vice versa
  • We do NOT recommend joining a theme league if you're just beginning

Game Play Tips

  • Full-season leagues have many more options/features and are MUCH more competitive than spring-training leagues
  • Managerial hierarchies provide you with control over in-game replacements
  • Make sure you set your lineups versus RHP and versus LHP
  • It's wise to have a pitcher designated for each role
  • Assigning individual player settings will give you much more control of your team
  • Having a reliever eligible to enter a game in any inning is very important
  • Setting target pitch counts will help you distribute innings amongst your staff
  • AAA prospects can both help and hurt a team - decide when to call someone up for evaluation and for how long you'll give them a look
  • A waiver wire will be available, but remember there's a 10% transaction fee with each claim
  • Since all the teams have the same payroll, winning is not easy, especially for beginners. It's very rare for beginners to win a League Championship. Don't get discouraged!

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