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05-02

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Prospectus Review: Out of the Park Baseball 13
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08-03

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Fantasy Beat: Review: Out of the Park Baseball 12 Sim
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07-22

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #16
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07-20

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Fantasy Beat: King of the Royal Rotation
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07-15

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #15
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07-08

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Fantasy Beat: Mr. Average
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07-01

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #14
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06-29

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Fantasy Beat: Stolen Base Opportunities
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06-24

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #13
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06-22

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Fantasy Beat: Opposite Field Power
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06-17

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #12
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06-10

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #11
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06-08

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Fantasy Beat: Bringing Them Home
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06-03

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #10
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06-01

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Fantasy Beat: Bringing Them Home
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05-27

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #9
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05-25

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Fantasy Beat: Justin Masterson's Breakout Season
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05-20

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #8
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05-18

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Fantasy Beat: Alex Rios, Enigma
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05-13

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #7
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05-11

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Fantasy Beat: Bud's Breakout
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05-06

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #6
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04-29

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #5
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04-27

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Fantasy Beat: BABIP Bugaboos
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04-22

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #4
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04-20

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Fantasy Beat: To Buy or Sell on Alex Gordon
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04-15

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #4
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04-13

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Fantasy Beat: A Plethora of Young Hurlers
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04-08

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #2
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04-06

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Fantasy Beat: Will Erik Bedard Be Valuable Again?
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04-04

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #1
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03-30

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Fantasy Beat: Spring Hurlers
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03-23

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Fantasy Beat: Spring Leaderboards
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Craig Brown

03-16

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Fantasy Beat: Quentin's Falling Stock
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03-09

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Fantasy Beat: Draft Day Favorites
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Craig Brown

03-02

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Fantasy Beat: Getting to Know Tsuyoshi Nishioka
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02-16

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Fantasy Beat: Teahen vs. Morel...Fight!
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Craig Brown

02-09

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Fantasy Beat: Rickie Weeks' 2010 Breakout
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Craig Brown

02-02

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Fantasy Beat: The Constant Gardner
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Craig Brown

01-25

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Fantasy Beat: Grounding Out With Billy Butler
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Craig Brown

01-18

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Fantasy Beat: Shifting On Carlos Pena
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10-01

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Fantasy Beat: Aaron Hill and His Ugly BABIP
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Craig Brown

09-28

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Fantasy Beat: Zack Greinke and the Case of the Missing Strikeouts
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Craig Brown

09-24

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #26
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09-23

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Fantasy Beat: Nick Markakis: Greek God of Warning Track Power
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Craig Brown

09-20

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Fantasy Beat: Slowing Down With Scott Kazmir
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09-17

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #25
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09-16

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Fantasy Beat: Targeting A Category
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09-13

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Fantasy Beat: Vazquez's Decline of Velocity and Command
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Craig Brown

09-10

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Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #24
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Reviewing the latest edition of the leading baseball simulator game

I’ve reviewed Out of the Park Baseball several times in the past and have enjoyed every iteration of the game. With a baseball simulation where there is a yearly update, it’s not so much about how it plays—it’s been a fantastic sim for almost as long as I can remember—it’s about the updates. To us baseball geeks, it’s not unlike the Madden franchise for console gamers. If you bought last year’s edition, you’re asking yourself if it’s worth your cash for the new version. Or do you just hold onto your money and keep playing an older copy of the game? That’s what this review is about; are the new features and improvements enough to recommend buying this game, even if you have OOTP 12? After spending several hours (my wife isn’t happy) playing OOTP 13, I believe I have your answer.

Let’s start with what’s new…

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Craig reviews the newest edition of the classic baseball sim, Out of the Park Baseball.

Last month, Out of the Park Baseball released their 12th version of the classic baseball sim. They set the bar high with last year’s release of OOTP 11, and for this season they’ve piled on plenty of enhancements in added features and options. Despite the additions to the game, for the long time players of OOTP, it feels instantly recognizable. The interface and main features have remained largely unchanged, and that’s a good thing. It’s when you pop the hood and get into the details where you really notice the improvements for this year’s model.

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July 22, 2011 12:35 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #16

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In one of the most barren weeks of the season, Craig needs to be resourceful to find options this week.

We’re heading into the 16th week of the fantasy season, and this seems like the slimmest pickings we’ve seen in quite some time. The no-doubters are owned in 100 percent of online leagues, and there are plenty of guys to outright avoid… hey, there’s Kyle Davies! That leaves just a few scraps for everyone to fight over. The problem is, there just isn’t anyone who piques my interest this week in the usually fertile “consider” category. Maybe someone will catch your eye.

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July 20, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: King of the Royal Rotation

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Craig looks at Felipe Paulino's surprising resurgence and whether he can continue through the rest of 2011.

It’s not stretching the truth to say that Felipe Paulino was an afterthought heading into the 2011 fantasy season. “Afterthought?” you say. Okay, he was so far off the radar, he was in another universe. After bouncing between the rotation and the bullpen for the Houston Astros the last couple of years, you could be forgiven if you paid scant attention to the right hander. Traded to Colorado last November for Clint Barmes (Clint Barmes! How low can you go?), the Rockies ticketed Paulino for the bullpen despite lacking depth in the rotation.

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July 15, 2011 4:06 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #15

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With many back-of-the-rotation starters getting two starts coming out of the All-Star break, pickings are slim in this week's Weekly Planner.

As teams stack their rotations coming out of the All-Star break, that means we’re stuck dealing with the back end of multiple rotations in the first full week back. That’s means we have fewer quality options than usual if you’re looking to pick up a pitcher or two in your fantasy league for the coming week.

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July 8, 2011 11:04 am

Fantasy Beat: Mr. Average

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Craig looks at Ryan Ludwick, how uncannily average he has been thus far in 2011, and what to expect from him going forward.

.253/.319/.392.

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July 1, 2011 6:44 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #14

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Craig checks out a slew of two-start options as we approach the All-Star break.

It’s the week before the All-Star Break, and the schedule makers were sure to cram in all the action they could ahead of the season’s pseudo midway point. Only the Phillies and Pirates have a day off this week, providing tons of options for fantasy leaguers looking for two-start pitchers.

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June 29, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Stolen Base Opportunities

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Craig looks at a couple of under-the-radar burners who could help your fantasy team in steals.

Nobody is running more–given the opportunity–than Rajai Davis. The Blue Jays center fielder has had 53 stolen base opportunities and has attempted to steal 26 times.  He’s trying to advance to the next open base 49 percent of the time. Forty-nine percent!

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June 24, 2011 12:50 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #13

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Craig takes his weekly look at two-start pitchers and finds a few interesting options for the coming week.

Unlucky ‘Week 13’ on The Planner sees interleague wrapping up and a slate of doubleheaders to make up for some of those April rain delays. The Cubs and Giants will play a pair as will the Nationals and Pirates. As usual, teams are playing their probable starters close to the vest for these match-ups, so they’ve been skipped in this edition. There’s still plenty to choose from, though, with something for everyone in both leagues this week.

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June 22, 2011 10:33 pm

Fantasy Beat: Opposite Field Power

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Craig Brown looks at why the opposite field power of Drew Stubbs, Andrew McCutchen, and Alex Avila bodes well for their future home run totals.

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June 17, 2011 12:09 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #12

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With few two-start pitchers this week, Craig digs deep for some viable options.

Interesting quirk in the schedule this week as each team has exactly one two-start pitcher going. Again, the starts seem to align for interleague. Unfortunately, the lack of two-start hurlers mean the pickings are slim this week, especially in the American League.

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June 10, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #11

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Craig finds some interesting National League options as interleague play resumes this week.

Interleague play returns next week with the leagues knotted up at 21 wins apiece. (Oh, the rivalries! The competition!) Given the recent history of interleague play, it may be surprising that the best bets for good starts are going for the National League this week.  That’s not to say the AL two-start pitchers are lacking, it’s just that there’s some quality that’s more likely to be found in your fantasy league on the NL side of the ledger.  

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