Thursday Aug 18, 2011
Welcome back to MLB Manager Online on the blogs! It’s been a while since we’ve been able to update you on the game from this space, but in the meantime, we keep on rolling, just as in real life the MLB season has moved past the All Star Break and the trading deadline, and pennant races are heating up.
In case you’ve been away from the game or are just curious, here’s some of what’s been going on.
New Limited-Time Sale!
First things first – starting tonight, there’s a sale for MLBMO! Here’s what’s discounted:
If you’re not familiar with those options, here’s a quick recap:
Update: Changes to player scouting, trade search, and more!
Some minor-seeming changes that actually have a significant effect on the game, both in terms of how you play and day-to-day convenience.
Update: New teams to play for points, Rookies promoted from AAA!
Haven’t checked in to MLBMO in a while? Or maybe you’ve been playing and haven’t checked the CPU teams? These are important since you can play them for easy points. The real MLB teams reset every cycle, and new NPC teams are added all the time, including “Team June” and “Team August” (players born in those respective months — Team August is particularly nasty), as well as “Right-Hand Men” (you guessed it, all righties).
My favorite of this bunch is “The Ex-Presidents” — all players with a name (first or last) that’s the same as a former U.S. President.
Also, we’ve had our first influx of new players! The game has now added current MLBMO rookies — as well as the surprise-stars of the year, like pitching dynamo Ryan Vogelsong (who was drafted way back in 1998, bounced around the Minors, played in Japan, and is 2nd in ERA in the National League as of this writing).
Winners: World Tournament and World Champion Tournament
Now, our congratulations to last Cycle’s World Tournament winners:
US101: ‘Freakin’ Daemons’ over ‘Spiders’
Spiders rallied in the 8th inning with a series of 2-out singles, bringing the score up to 4-3. The game wasn’t over, either: With one out in the 9th, Shane Victorino walked and stole 2nd base. Michael Wurtz, however, shut the door, getting Jim Thome and Yadier Molina to ground out and end the threat.
US102: ‘Dreamer’ over ‘The Fasts’
Hong-Chih Kuo took the loss for The Fasts – but achieved redemption, of a sort, when – also on Dreamer’s roster – he came in to close out the game for the save and preserve the championship.
World Championship Tournament: ‘Four Seasons’ over ‘Trolls’
This cycle the WCT winner was Japan – a sure thing once it came down to the championship game, which was between two Japanese representatives, avenging their loss to the U.S. from the previous cycle. Congratulations to winner Four Seasons and better luck to our U.S. players next time!
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