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2018 ZiPS Projection Database Mid-season Update Now Available!


The 2018 ZiPS Projection Database mid-season update is now available. All customers who have purchased the 2018 ZiPS Projection Database so far have been sent a notification email that includes information about the update and a new link to allow you to download a copy of the updated database. If you have not received the update notification please contact us at dmb_info@imaginesports.com to request the new database file.

The mid-season update is a completely new database that contains updated projections, player ratings and team rosters and can be installed like any other DMB database file from within the game by using the File -> Install season disk command. If you need help with installation, you can find step-by-step instructions in the "Managing DMB Databases" section of the game's extensive built-in help system. Or you can view the installation instructions page on the Diamond Mind website here.

 

Update:  On August 21, 2018, we updated our master copy of the Mid-season update to the 2018 Projection Season database to correct a couple of errors discovered since the initial release of the mid-season update.

To check if your copy of the mid-season update to the 2018 Projections Season database includes these corrections, have a look in the Notes tab of the game's Organizer window with your installed copy of the 2018 mid-season update database set as the active database. If the date of the "2018 Updates" note is 8/21/2018 or later then you have the most up to date version.

This release includes the following corrections:

  • Added GB% for pitchers
  • Recalculated event tables of some players to correct for errors in the source data.

 

In addition, we have released an update tool that will allow you to update your already installed copy of the 2018 ZiPS Projection database. Instructions on using the projections update tool and the link to download it can be found here.

Team rosters are up to date as of the beginning of play on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

2018 ZiPS Projection Database Update Tool


Starting in 2015, Diamond Mind Baseball has produced two sets of player projections, one at the start of the season and a mid-season edition released in late summer. With an additional half season (or more) of play to analyze, many players have revised ratings, projections, and event tables. There are also some new players who did not get rated in the first edition but who have since seen time on their parent club. Projections for these new players are included in the updated mid-season edition.

We realize that many of you have been using the initial projections to play along with the real-life season or have set up draft leagues. Some of you have asked for a way to continue to play out your season with the newly updated player event tables and ratings AND keep your existing league structure, team rosters, and simulated game results. The update tool will enable you to do that.

Before you use the update tool, we STRONGLY encourage you to make a backup of your existing projections database. This is the database you've been playing using the player projections from the start of the season. With your projection season as the active database, go to the File menu and choose Backup. Enter a name for your database backup file and click on the Save button. This will make a backup of your database as it stands at that moment.

In the unlikely event that something were to go wrong while running the update tool, you'll be able to start DMB back up, go to the File menu, choose the Restore option, select the backup file you just created, and click on Open. After you confirm that you want to replace the database with the backup, you'll be back to exactly where you were in your season when you made the backup.

When you download the projections update tool, it is saved to the Downloads folder or to the folder that you specify. Before you run the update tool, you'll need to make sure it is saved in the folder into which you installed Diamond Mind Baseball -- that's C:\dmb11 if you accepted the default location, something else if you chose to install the game elsewhere. It doesn't matter whether you download the file directly into the dmb11 folder or download it somewhere else first and then move or copy it to the dmb11 folder.

Make sure that Diamond Mind Baseball is shut down before using the update tool!

To use the update tool properly, in step two (shown in the image below) you need to select the season database folder for your league that you've been playing using the first release of the ZiPS Projections database (for example proj2018_v11).

Next, at step three (shown in the image below), select the season database folder where you installed the new, mid-season update database (for example proj2018mid_v11). (The updated projections database must be installed in DMB for the update tool to find it.)

After you have selected the two projection database folders, click on the 'Copy new player ratings' button. The update tool will then copy all new ratings, projections, and event tables from the new player projections season folder to the players in the first release of the player projections. In addition, all new players in the mid-season release will get added to the initial release of the player projections as free agents. No statistics or game results will be lost. You will then be able to continue your league exactly where it was left off.



After the update tool reports that the operation was successful, you can continue to update another first release, ZiPS Projections database by selecting a different folder or if you're done, click on the 'Finished' button.

Download link

UpdateProjections.exe (posted 8/17/2018)

1966 Deluxe Past Season with transaction and lineups available now!

The 1966 Major League Baseball Season:

The Baby Birds Soar Eight Miles High

by Steve Ehresman

When The Byrds debuted their smash single “Eight Miles High” in March 1966, the Baltimore Orioles, aka The Baby Birds, were a young, aspiring pennant contender, who had finished third in the American League the previous season, behind the champion Minnesota Twins and the runner-up Chicago White Sox. By the end of the World Series in October, the Orioles reigned supreme, sweeping the Los Angles Dodgers in a four-game upset and setting the stage for the greatest era in Baltimore baseball.

Needing a power bat to bolster their line-up, the Orioles traded the star of their starting rotation, Milt Pappas, to the Cincinnati Red for a thirty-year-old outfielder supposedly in decline, Frank Robinson. This trade turned out to be one of the most lopsided in Major League history, as erstwhile ace Milt Pappas struggled (12-11 4. 29 ERA) and American League MVP Frank Robson sizzled (.316, 49 HR, 122 RB), becoming the first player to win an MVP award in both leagues.
Frank Robinson was not a one-man wrecking crew for the Orioles, as first sacker Boog Powell (34 HR, 109 RBI), slick-fielding hot corner man Brooks Robinson (23 HR, 100 RBI), and sophomore slugger Curt Blefary (23 HR, 64 RBI) combined to give Baltimore a formidable offense.

On the mound, The Baby Birds were led by Jim Palmer (15-10, 3.46) and Dave McNally (13-6, 3.17), but both Steve Barber and Wally Bunker missed parts of the season with bad arms. To compensate, the Orioles relied on a lockdown relief corps, led by Stu Miller, who appeared in 51 games, recording 18 saves, and Eddie Fisher, who appeared in 44 games, recording 13 saves, after he was acquired from the Chicago White Sox.

In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the defending World Series champions, road to the pennant, thanks to Sandy Koufax’s Cy Young Award season. Whereas the Orioles crushed their competition in the American League, coasting to victory by 9 games over the runner-up Minnesota Twins, the Dodgers did not win the pennant until the final day, slipping past the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates by razor-thin margins of 1.5 and 3 games, respectively.

Although Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale staged a joint holdout during spring training, when the season began, Koufax was superlative (27-9, 41 GS, 27 CG, 323 IP, 317 K, 1.73). Koufax chalked up these staggering numbers with an arthritic pitching arm. At only 30 years old, he retired after the season. Drysdale, on the other hand, was mediocre by his standards (13-16, 3.42). Taking up the slack on the mound were Claude Osteen (17-14, 2.85), youngster Don Sutton (12-12, 2.99), and relief ace Phil “The Vulture” Regan (65 games, 21 SV, 14-1, 1.62).

Beyond these noteworthy performances, the 1966 National League featured MVP Roberto Clemente (.317, 29 HR, 119 RBI); his Pittsburgh teammate, batting champ Matty Alou (.342); home run and RBI leader Hank Aaron (44 HR, 127 RBI); his Atlanta teammate, Joe Torre (36 HR, 101 RB); stolen base whiz Lou Brock (74 SB); and an impressive array of offensive threats: Willie Mays (37 HR, 103 RB), Willie McCovey (36 HR, 96 RBI), Jim Ray Hart (33 HR, 93 RBI), Willie Stargell (33 HR, 102 RBI), Dick Allen (40 HR, 110 RBI), and Ron Santo (30 HR, 94 RBI).

In addition to the unrivaled excellence of Sandy Koufax, the Senior Circuit boasted four 20-game winners: Juan Marichal (25-6, 2.23); his Giant teammate, Gaylord Perry (2-18, 2.99); Chris Short (20-10, 3.54); and Bob Gibson (21-12, 2.44). Although they did not win 20 games, Jim Bunning (19-14, 2.41) and Jim Maloney (16-8, 216 K, 2.80) enjoyed fine seasons.

Over in the American League, Harmon Killebrew (39 HR, 110 RBI, .281); his Minnesota teammate Tony Oliva (25 HR, 87 RBI); Norm Cash (32 HR, 93 RBI); his Detroit teammates Al Kaline (29 HR, 88 RBI) and Willie Horton (27 HR, 100 RBI); Rookie of the Year Tommie Agee (22 HR, 86 RBI, 44 SB), Rocky Colavito (30 HR, 72 RBI), Tony Conigliaro (28 HR, 93 RBI), and stolen base leader Bert Campaneris (52 SB) all put impressive offensive numbers on the board.

On the mound, the American League featured two 20-game winners: Jim Kaat (25-13, 41 GS, 19 CG, 305 IP, 2.74) and Denny McLain (20-14). Two other Junior Circuit hurlers contributed greatly in 1966: Gary Peters (1.98) and Sam McDowell (225 K), despite McDowell’s missing some starts with a sore arm.

In the year when The Beatles released “Revolver,” Julie Andrews celebrated “the sound of music,” “Batman” featured 85 different bat-fight words, “Star Trek” vowed “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” and the Grinch “stole Christmas,” Major League Baseball was experiencing the ebb and flow of history. In 1966, as baseball neared its Centennial season, as iconic stars aged and perennial dynasties passed into history, our National Pastime would face the uncertain years that lay ahead and pass its legacy to a new decade and, ultimately, to a new generation of fans.


The 1966 Deluxe Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1966 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals with left/right splits for all batters and pitchers.

Also included is a complete set of real-life player transactions -- trades, disabled list moves, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and more -- plus the actual starting lineups for every regular season game played.

If you are a registered owner of the 1966 Classic Past Season, you are eligible for upgrade pricing for this item. Send an email to dmb_info@imaginesports.com to request your discount promotion code.

Note: This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.

2018 Projection Season - ZiPS Available Now!

The 2018 Projection Season - ZiPS will include three (3) DMB databases;

 

1) ZIPS pre-season projections with Opening Day rosters
2) ZIPS mid-season updated projections
3) Playoff database

 

The 2018 Projection Season database includes projected statistics and ratings for over 2500 players generated using Dan Szymborski's ZiPS (sZymborski Projection System) projection system, including many top prospects; the 2018 MLB schedule; opening day rosters; and manager profiles set up with pitching rotations, batting lineups, and depth charts representing our assessment of how the players are expected to be used during the 2018 season.

At mid-season, we will update the player projections to reflect performance in the season to that point and projected through the remainder of the season.  At the end of the season, we update them again for the playoff teams.

The 2018 Projection Season database is available for order in the Diamond Mind online store now. The price is $29.95 and includes the initial Opening Day release, the mid-season update, and the playoff database when they become available.


Note: This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.

1920 Classic Past Season with transactions and lineups available now!

1920:  Transition, Tragedy, and the Big Bam Theory

by Steve Ehresman

 In 1920, Major League Baseball introduced the so-called “rabbit ball; the Cleveland Indians struggled to overcome the death of their star shortstop Ray Chapman; and the New York Yankees launched an experiment that arguably gave birth to modern baseball.  Having obtained star left-handed pitcher and part-time outfielder Babe Ruth from the financially-strapped Boston Red Sox, the Yankees installed the 6’ 2” 215 pound 1919 home run champion (29 bombs) in their outfield full time, and the rest, as the saying goes, was history.  All the Babe did for his new team was slug 54 home runs, score 156 runs, drive in 137 more, and bat .378, an offensive outburst unprecedented in the annals of early twentieth century baseball.  The Dead Ball Era was over, and the Roaring Twenties had begun. 

The American League of 1920 featured a tight pennant race between the eventual champion Cleveland Indians, the tainted Chicago White Sox, and the hard-charging New York Yankees.  Despite the untimely death of shortstop Ray Chapman, the Indians slipped into the World Series, where they defeated the National League’s representative, the Brooklyn Dodgers, led by star outfielder Zack Wheat and spit-baller Burleigh Grimes.

The 1920 baseball season featured a cast of stars seldom seen in the history of our National Pastime.  In the Junior Circuit, Tris Speaker of the Cleveland Indians, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox, George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns,  and Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers provided plenty of offensive fireworks to keep the cranks buzzing.  Over in the less explosive Senior Circuit, the aggressive play of Frankie Frisch of the New York Giants, Ed Roush of the Cincinnati Reds, and Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals helped to make the turnstiles click. 

Superb pitching performances were very much in order in 1920, as ten pitchers recorded 20 or more victories in the American League, while seven hit this magic figure in the National League.  Among these ace hurlers were Jim Bagby of the Cleveland Indians (31-12) and Pete Alexander (27-14) of the Chicago Cubs.

Diamond Mind is proud to introduce our brand-new 1920 baseball season, taking you back to a time when legendary players were shaping the National Game, taking it in a whole new direction.  With our 1920 season, DMB gives you the opportunity to re-live this bygone era and recreate New York’s Big Bam Theory for yourself.         


The 1920 Classic Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1920 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals for all batters and pitchers.

Also included is a complete set of real-life player transactions -- trades, disabled list moves, promotions, demotions, suspensions, and more -- plus the actual starting lineups for every regular season game played.

Note: This season database is a companion product for the Diamond Mind Baseball version 11 game. To use this database, you must also have Diamond Mind Baseball version 11. The game software provides you with all of the tools you need to play simulated games, make roster moves, produce dozens of statistical reports, generate league schedules, and more.