Did you hear? There WILL be an Opening Day and a baseball season played according to the schedule that was created and distributed by Major League Baseball last year.

According to Strat-o-Matic.com:

While the baseball season, along with the rest of the sports world, is on hold, Strat-O-Matic (www.strat-o-matic.com), the market leader in sports simulations, will help fans keep rooting for their favorite players and teams until they get back onto big league fields by playing out the 2020 campaign daily. It all starts with the slate of 15 Opening Day games as originally scheduled on Thursday, March 26.

Using its innovative Baseball Daily product powered by its unmatched realism in calculating player ratings, Strat-O-Matic will allow fans, media and former players to help select the day’s pitchers and lineups, as well as follow the action via www.strat-o-matic.com and on its various active social media platforms, including FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

We at Redleg Nation want to know: Would you be interested in daily recaps of this simulated season? We’re not sure just how much detail will be provided for each game. However, your author has played Strat-o-Matic in the past, both the board game and online versions, and at the very least some statistics will be available. The simulations will include the players who have changed teams in the off-season on their new rosters, so it might be interesting to see how the simulated 2020 Reds do against their simulated opponents.

Please let us know in the comments below if you are interested in seeing a daily recap, and also let us know if you have no interest. We’ll respond accordingly.

45 Responses

  1. Scott L

    Played this a ton as a kid and still have one of the board games in my closet. Would love to see this.

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    • Colorado Red

      I also played it a TON as a kid, no longer have the board.
      Was a fun game.

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    • G-Man

      I did the same as a kid…would definitely be interested!

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  2. Bernie The Redleg

    Yes, even imaginary baseball is better than none.

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    • Aaron

      Yes! And it gives you guys something daily to write about.

      This was your first comment, Aaron, so we just edited it. But there’s no cursing in the comments section here at Redleg Nation. Thanks.

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  3. Sliotar

    Yes on recaps.

    If available, post season-to-date totals occasionally on Reds players.

    There are/were/will be a lot of guys with interesting storylines … how does Shogo perform? Does Senzel breakout? Does Votto bounce back?

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  4. Dick Paterson

    I’m usually not interested in fantasy baseball and baseball simulations, but desperate times call for desperate measures, so I am interested in giving it a try.

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    • TBD

      Agreed.
      I think that I played this with a couple of friends back in high school.
      This was before an affordable PC was invented. So we had everything tallied in a few big 4″ thick note books. We had Standings for the teams. Statistical leaders etc.
      No wonder 2 of us ended up in finance and the other in computer science industry.

      We had a lot of fun being Geeks.
      It keep us out of a lot of trouble.

      So with that said. Hell Yes ! Let’s play some ball !

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  5. Brian Rutherford

    Heck yes. I played Strat-o-Matic with my friends. We even had out own draft and league at one point. Please make this happen.

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  6. Ty

    Yes and could you please set a moneyline for us? Itching for something to bet on…

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  7. Dan

    Heck yeah!

    I wonder if Strat-o-matic will have Shogo? That would take some guesswork but it would be fun to see.

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  8. RedNat

    I think this is the future of sports. Simulated games with holograms . So we may as well get started.

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  9. Steve Duckworth

    Most definitely. I’m older but that game was a constant companion for many, may years.

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  10. TR

    I’m not familiar with Strat-o-Matic baseball but I’m willing to learn.

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  11. Gonzo Reds

    Also played as a kid. Yes for recaps at least until the actual season starts back up. For those who don’t care they simply won’t click on that story line.

    The real question is are you going to stay up for those extra inning west coast swing games to post the recap? LOL

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  12. NorMichRed

    Add me to the “YES!” column. As a 60-something today, I played Strat-O-Matic with college dorm pals back in the late 60’s/early 70’s. Full seasons with the old board and dice. A great game…though I’ve not bitten to the temptation to buy the current software versions. (Might have if not for regional sports network broadcasts of games + Extra Innings to get games to remote areas like mine.) Strat-O-Matic did an amazing job back when of replicating actual outcomes—with some occasional statistically possible surprises. The toughest part about being in this lockdown in March/April is not being able to watch the bloom of a new baseball season and the climax of a hockey season, my 2 sport passions. With tomorrow being the “planned” Opening Day, we plan to watch the FSO replay of last year’s Opener and have a traditional OD meal of brats, cracker jacks, peanuts in the shell, etc. up in the Michigan North Woods. Everyone stay healthy out there. If we can adhere to this lockdown for a 2-3 week period, we can hopefully break the chain of viral spread and be ready for some real baseball not too far down the road!

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    • TR

      Here in Florida if people can hold off on beach parties and other social gatherings and take the necessary precautions until at least May 1st., I think spring training could be reactivated before Memorial Day and the games start counting around the 1st. of July.

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    • JPSER05

      I had that game as well. I think I wore out the spinners!

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    • mike lauer

      i remember playing that also as a kid. would love when someone would hit a home run when they had that little tiny area to get it in, was also funny thinking it was a home run depending on the angle you were sitting at and then getting a closer look and seeing it was on the line or something else.

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  13. JPSER05

    Yes! BTW, anyone here ever play APBA baseball? My first set was the 1977 season, the year Foster hit 52! Played it in high school and college with friends and then as an adult, I have joined a local league here in central PA.

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  14. JayTheRed

    Yes it would be fun to see.

    I have jumped on the Out of the Park Baseball band wagon too. I started my season actually yesterday and played the first two games of the season against St. Louis

    Reds are 2 – 0 so far.
    Game 1 – Cardinals 2 – Reds 3 in 10 Innings
    Castillo Started and Pitched 7 innings Lorenzen gave up the lead in the 8th Nate Jones picked up the win. Akyama and Votto each hit 1 run home runs.
    Castillo even got a single in the game too.
    Game 2 – Cardinals 0 – Reds 5
    Gray Started and pitched 8 innings Reed pitched the 9th and was dominating. Lots of hits in this game Suaez hit a 2 run bomb to left and there were several doubles by multiple players.

    Just thought I would share this fun with everyone here. I am curious to see difference between the simulators.

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  15. AirborneJayJay

    Will there be any simulated trash can banging?
    The Commissioner’s order closing all baseball facilities included no simulated game activity. Probably had a different meaning. But, Don’t run afoul of The Commish.
    Otherwise, a big fat yes.

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  16. Gonzo Reds

    Who do you figure will be our opening day starter in the game? Castillo or Grey?

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    • JayTheRed

      Out of the Park Pre-Season set up listed Gray as the Starter for opening day but I switched it to Castillo cause I feel he deserves it most.

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