Thank you, Kyle Burns of the Houston Babies! I finally followed through on your suggestion today, ordering Out-Of-The-Park digital Baseball. Wow! After 65 years with APBA dice and computer baseball, I’ve finally found a game that appears to put the old pioneer in the shade. “OOTP” looks like APBA-On-HGH by initial comparison. Some of us may never purse all the extension opportunities to practice our brains as Commissioner Manfred, Owner Jim Crane, or GM Jeff Luhnow, but a whole lot of us will enjoy playing Manager Larry Dierker with the 1998 Astros.

All I’ve got tonight is my first run with a game at the most basic level – an exhibition game between the Corpus Christi Hooks and the visiting San Antonio Missions at Whataburger Field. My column, however, is more about the possibilities here. The game itself played out most realistically.


Teams   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
MISSIONS 0 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 10 0
HOOKS 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 1







Corpus Christi TX (AP) 04/30/16: The San Antonio Missions stormed into Whataburger Field this Saturday afternoon and baited the Corpus Christi Hooks into tossing up a 7-3 loss to the visitors from the Alamo City as if it were broccoli on a kid’s plate. The game marked our first roll of the digital dice on the (new-to-me) OOTP Baseball Game. My head is still swimming from the four tutorials I just watched about all this game can do to help us further lose our souls in the game of baseball, as we also remain protected from the windfall of big money coming in – or big money going out.

For about $40 bucks, one can play this game as simply, or as complexly, as you wish it to be. With access to all major leagues, teams, and players from 1871 through 2015, and all minor league farm prospects from the 20th century forward, we “users” finally have the chance to function as the Baseball Commissioner, MLB club owners, general managers, managers, or players – without the actual risk-reward roll of real-life decision-making, public self-aggrandizement, or fan-fomenting character assassinations.

As GMs, we even have a chance to try and low-ball land key free agents or wait for them to tell us to stick it. – And we may even draft the hottest high school prospect in the nation – and then watch him decide late to pass on our signing offer and just shuffle off to college.

For all I know at this point – and my head is still swimming from the information overload on the four tutorials I watched – a user here could even go to India to search and sign the fastest arm in the Greater Calcutta Cricket League and end up hiring actor John Hamm as a club scout for finding more country men like him.

The game contains every strategy I’ve ever heard about. As manager, you can play the game pitch by pitch, shifting offensive and defensive strategy with each change in the game situation – or simply do what I did on my first crusade into this new digital realm of baseball magic. – Just let the computer run everything in a quickie exhibition game mode. As you hopefully will be able to see a little bit from the line score I’m hoping to copy for this report to The Pecan Park Eagle. As for the box score, I’m two hours new and not yet up to the learning curve on how that’s done. – That will change, but not tonight.

OOTP-17 also gives the user the option to organize and play with fictional players in fictional leagues – even intermingling great stars like Ted Williams into the lineup with other power hitters like Bobby Copus of the Barker Red Sox. For an even bigger miracle, how about the introduction of a guy like Mike McCroskey of the Houston Babies into your lineup? – The difference this time is profound. – McCroskey now possesses the ability to run the bases like Cool Papa Bell!

Sometimes – especially in the digital world – this thing we call reality gets to be a pretty elastic substance.

At any rate, if you are interested in exploring OOTP (Out-Of-The-Park) Baseball for yourself, here’s the link to their site:


The Game is available for Windows, Apple, Steam, or Lynyx.

eagle-0rangeBill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas



One Response to “MISSIONS BAIT and BEAT HOOKS, 7-3”

  1. Kyle Says:

    I’m glad you finally took the leap! I hope it brings you as much enjoyment as it does for me. The options are endless. The hardest part for me is deciding how I want to play the game! Enjoy!

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