What happened to Pursue the Pennant?
In the fall of 1995 PtP sent out a mailing to old customers indicating that the company had lost a significant amount of money and stated that all orders for the 1995 set must include a $15 deposit. PtP eventually ceased operations and never produced a card set for the 1995 MLB season.
What are the big differences between PtP and TIG?
The stealing system has been completely overhauled, introducing a “bad jump” and increasing the chance that basestealers will get nagging injuries. Batter and pitcher cards are now completely park neutral with respect to all hits, the vLH/vRH splits on the cards are produced using a regression algorithm, and adjustments are made for variance in the ability of opposing players. The defensive range system has been enhanced, expanding to 11 range ratings and increasing the number of range plays. The bunting system has been improved significantly. An advanced system for pitcher fatigue and rest has been implemented. Each card set includes a CHANGES file with a complete list of modifications from the previous season.
The card sets are usually completed in March. New releases are initially only available to members of the IBL. Check the blog for updates on availability to the general public (or subscribe to the RSS feed).
The mandate for this project is to create a card set for the most recent MLB season so that the Internet Baseball League can play its 162 game schedule. It is unlikely that card sets for past MLB seasons will be created.
I want to create my own card set, can you help me?
The IBL is happy to share the general concepts behind the card generation process, including data sources and methodology. At this time there are no plans to release anything other than a finished product to the general public, as the card generation process is not sufficiently documented to be useful to third parties. The best way to learn is to join the IBL.
Are all card sets backwards-compatible?
No, there can be significant changes to game play from season to season. Each card set is released as a stand-alone product and previously released sets are not updated. You should download the all of the pertinent files (cards, charts, etc.) for each season you wish to play. Read the CHANGES files for more information.
Where can I get the cards?
How can I print the cards?
Recent card sets have been distributed in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher. It is recommended that you set your page margins to zero before printing. It has been our experience that a full-service printer like Kinko’s will charge about $30 to duplicate onto a nice sturdy card stock and cut the cards.
What are those numbers on the top of the player cards?
These are: total hits / total on-base numbers / total bases