Version 12a Patch
The Version 12a Patch
On Friday, December 16th, we released a software patch for the version 12 game. This update includes support for MLB's new Starting Pitcher as Designated Hitter rule, otherwise known as the "Ohtani rule" as well a number of other enhancements and bug fixes.
We wanted to make sure that this update was ready before the 2022 season database because support for allowing a starting pitcher to also appear in the lineup as the Designated Hitter will be a necessary enhancement for anyone wishing to replay the 2022 season and for leagues that will be based on the 2022 database.
We have created a Version 12a Patch information page that includes all of the details about this update, including a list of the fixes along with download and installation instructions.
The "Ohtani Rule" and the 2022 Season
The 2022 Annual Season Season Database will be ready for release on Tuesday, December 20th, 2022.
Beginning in 2022, MLB introduced a new Starting Pitcher as Designated Hitter rule (Rule 5.11(b)) -- commonly known as the "Ohtani rule". This rule allows a team to choose the same player as both the starting pitcher and designated hitter (DH) and then make in-game substitutions as if there are two different players in the lineup.
If you have the version 12a patch installed, this new rule can be set with the "Starting pitcher as DH" option in your League or Organization's Rules/options page and will be enabled by default for the 2022 season.
Therefore, it will be necessary to have the version 12a patch installed to be able to play the 2022 season and take advantage of this new rule.