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Chart Usage and Running the Books

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My first year with the league, before I was given a team, I sat out and was the unofficial/official guy who ran the charts. This has given me an in-depth knowledge of the game and how to set my defense in just about every situation in the game and when to hit & run, steal, bunt, take the extra base, send runners etc. The only player of this game that had a better knowledge was Dan Flynn who had the charts practically memorized, including the spray charts!

There’s been numerous times over the last few years where charts were not followed, let alone checked, and it has affected the outcomes of games. Some not following of the charts has even led to SABLE making their own league rules changing the charts of bunting, baserunning, & infield range results. Not only does this not make the game accurate but it also wastes time. It takes other people away from their games because they have to read the chart then say what it says. (And don’t even get me started on situations like Jam, Clutch, On or Off, its not like those rules have changed since 1996).

Anyways lets start this off simple. The Dynasty Rulebook states “If a “?” follows a result, it indicates that you will need to go to a chart to determine the play result.”   Every dice roll in the game refers you to a chart except STRIKEOUT, WALK, 3B INTO THE GAP, HBP, HOMERUN, clutch/tired 2B OFF WALL, &  2B INTO THE GAP (ALL SCORE).  Every other result refers you to a chart, where depending on the situation, location of the runners, the amount of outs, where the ball was hit, etc. will tell you the result.  So really after every roll you need to check either the ground out chart or baserunner advancement chart so those two should be on the table.

How many people actually know that with a man on 1st and hit & run soft ground out?  the offense can send the runner (if BR>7) to third after the batter is thrown out? 

How many people know that on a groundout? to shortstop with a runner on second you can finish the play with no one out and 1st & 3rd?

How many people know that with a runner on third trying to score on a hard ground out? there is a -4 to the baserunner rating?  That happened in game last Sunday. 

How many people have successfully hit the rare bunt double?

How many people have had a -1,-2,-3, or -4 pivot on a double play?

So always check the chart.  You may be surprised that in some instances the result isn’t what you expect.  You may be able to take an extra base, make the defense decide on making an ill-advised throw, possibly even keep yourself from making an out, or stopping a run from scoring.

Like I’ve always said, “do what the chart tells you to do.”

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Written by Dom

March 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

Posted in Charts, Uncategorized

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