All Time Team Greats League
by Keith H. Hemmelman
For Diamond Mind Baseball
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Here you will find the latest version of my All
Time Team Greats League for Diamond Mind Baseball.
- Initially this league contained 26 teams with 24 positional players and
16 pitchers on each team. However, since Diamond Mind Baseball allows
you to have more than 40 players on a team, over time some of these teams
will exceed 40 players on their rosters. It all depends on how many
good players are available for each team. However, I hope to never go
below the current level of 40 players for any team.
A quick explanation of this league is as follows. I have always been
fascinated by the game of baseball, especially the old time players.
Over the years, there have been many great individual teams, but I wondered
which 'franchise' had the best history to it and could muster up the greatest
team of all time using their collective history. Thus I have created
and maintained this league in some format for over 21 years now. Each
team contains players that played at least the entire year for that team AND
had the best year of their career during that year. It is sometimes
difficult to determine which year for a player was in fact his best year,
but overall I'm quite pleased with the results. If a player had the
best year of his career during a year that he played for multiple teams, then
he was left off any teams. Also I always try to only select full time
players for this league. I wanted the best of the best, not the best
of the part time or bench players. There are still a few players in
this league that do not have a great number of at bats or innings pitched,
but these are few and far between.
It took me 3 months of solid work to complete the conversion of this league
from Old Time Baseball into Diamond Mind Baseball. If you distribute this
league to friends or other fellow DMB players, please give me credit.
This league is free for anyone to download and enjoy, but I ask is that you
acknowledge all my countless hours of hard work. (And maybe a thank
you or two to my wife for being so understanding about this project and the
numerous nights I spent on the computer!) If you think something like
this isn't that difficult, you obviously haven't done it before. Just
to create this league way back, I went through all the thousands of ballplayers
stats and made a 'potential' list of players for each team. I then went
through this list of players to rate them for their best year. I then
went through the list of players to figure out which ones were the best to
fill up a team. I then had to go back through and get all their stats!
This initial process took me over a year. I did take breaks during this
time, but to go through 15,000 players is no small thing! Once the league
was created, I was able to fine tune it over the years and update it with
players from present day at the end of each season if they were deserving
enough to be put on a team. It doesn't look like much when you look
at this league, and it's easy for people to look at a player here and there
and say "Gee, I knew he should be on that team too." But it's
an entirely different thing to not have any reference point and to do this
completely from scratch!
To initially enter all the player information, stats, ratings, etc. into DMB,
I used the "All Time Major League Handbook" from Stats Inc. as my
primary source of statistics. The authors of this book are Bill James,
John Dewan, Neil Munro, and Don Zminda. I must say, they have done a
top notch job with this one! This book not only contains a great deal
of statistics, but also lends itself to help rate the players fielding range
and ability for pitchers to hold runners due to an extra ERA type calculation
in it. You can make other ratings yourself based on the available stats.
Between this book, a handheld calculator, and an Excel spreadsheet I used
to help due some of the calculations explained in the DMB manual for error
rates, durability, etc., I was able to enter all the needed information for
all the players. Oh, I also used another great source to help determine
a batters 'terror' rating and a pitchers 'tough/super' rating. This
was the Fanpark Baseball Encyclopedia on CD rom. This program allowed
me to easily pull up the individual season leaders for a single season in
any category I wanted. Basically if a pitcher was in the top 5 in ERA
for his year, I rated him with a 'Super' rating. If the pitcher was
reasonably close to the top 5 ERA leaders, then I rated him as 'Tough'.
For the batters, if the batter was in the top 5 leaders for RBI's, then I
rated him as a 'Terror' hitter.
Anyway, you're probably bored with reading through all this stuff and just
want to download the league.
I would imagine that it is possible that there will be a few data entry errors.
Currently I am not aware of any, but that doesn't mean I didn't make a typo
anywhere! If you find something questionable or have suggestions in
other areas, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and let me know what you've found or think of this league!
All Time Team Greats Season Disk
DMB 9 & 10 Custom Reports
DMB Sites, Stadiums, Utilities
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They are awesome!
Go get them!
Comments or suggestions?
(Contains players through the 2011 season.)
(Click here to
see the updates made from last years season disk)
(Note:The DMB 7, 8, & 9 versions of this season disk are
no longer updated.)
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NOTE: If you wish to save the previous version of the this league
you already have, you will need to back it up first before installing this updated version!
View the players in the league
(Reports printed from DMB)
I would like to extend my thanks to the folks at Diamond
Mind Baseball for their gracious help in answering all my questions about their product and how to do the best
job creating my league. I must admit I found these people very professional and exceptionally consumer related.
It is not often a company is as open about their product when they are in a position such as Diamond Mind is with
their product. They sell season disks as a big part of their revenue and yet they never blinked an eye in
helping me create this terrific season disk to be distributed for free. A big hats off to these guys!
I can't recommend enough to you that if you're a prospective buyer of DMB that you go ahead and take the plunge.
If you're interested in a stats based game, it doesn't get any better than Diamond Mind Baseball!
There are a total of 26 teams in this season disk, with each team having at
least 24 positional players and 16 pitchers. Over time as I update things,
I expect that some of the teams may actually get some additional players put
on their rosters since DMB allows you to have up to 60 players on each roster.
When entering the players, I tried to be as fair as I could with their ratings.
I believe I have done a good job of this and even more importantly I believe
I was consistant with the ratings entered in. For the DMB 7 version, I
entered in the stats using the Sporting News option and for the era 'Event'
data, I selected the closest year I could to simulate the appropriate reference
and used the same ballpark if available. For the DMB 8 version, all players
were rated using the 'overall' method using the appropriate ballpark and era
event data. For the ballpark used under the 'Event' data, each player was assigned
to a ballpark they played in unless that particular ballpark was not available.
In that event, I set the ballpark for those players to the Neutral ballpark.
This season disk contains a 154 game schedule and each team has a managerial
profile setup. There are also a total of 40 ballparks to select from and
40 'era' reference years in the DMB 7 version. The DMB 8 version contains the
same 40 ballparks, but I did import all the era data that comes with DMB 8 into
this season disk. With so many great players, there are obviously a great
many ways to setup a managerial profile, thus, if you disagree with something
that I have setup, simply go in and modify it to your hearts desire! The
same goes for the league alignments. If you want something different than
what I have initially setup, then change that too.
In closing, the obvious question many of you have is if I plan to update this
league at the end of each baseball year. The answer to this is that I
have every intention of doing this. Since I first converted this league
over to DMB format, I've done updates using the Major League Handbook and Player
Profiles stats books published by STATS Inc. every year. These books have
had their stats changed slightly along with some additional stats added and
acted as a yearly 'supplement' to the All Time Major League Handbook and are
a great resource with all the stats in them I need. However, beginning in 2003,
the Stats Inc. books are no longer published by them and are instead published
by The Sporting News. My initial reaction to the "Baseball Register"
book now published, is that it is not an acceptable source of statistics. I
was able to find all the stats I needed on the internet, so hopefully this won't
become a problem in the future.
(Stop by the Diamond Mind web site and check out a great game!)
Diamond Mind Baseball is a registered trademark of Diamond Mind
Inc.. I am in no way affiliated with Diamond Mind Inc.. This All Time
Team Greats season disk can be downloaded for free by any owner of the Diamond
Mind Baseball game. If you distribute this league to other DMB owners, please
give me credit as the author for all my hard work. You may not copy players
from my All Time Team Greats season disk into a season disk of your own and pass
off that work as your own. (Do your own work, don't plaguerize mine!) If you make
changes to this league that contain seasonal disk statistical data that is from
season disks sold by DMB, you may not re-distribute this league. To distribute
this league after you make changes, you must ensure that you enter the stats from
scratch and calculate the ratings on your own.