The latest card collection for big time, big league baseball is just about ready to hit your tabletop--the 2019 Pro Season for HISTORY MAKER BASEBALL Big League Baseball Game, NOW AVAILABLE!
The 150th season of professional baseball saw a first-ever championship for the star-crossed Washington franchise transplanted from Montreal in 2005. The Nats started the season with 31 losses in their first 50 games, sat ten games out of the division lead and were written off by many. From May 23rd on, though, Washington was the best team in baseball. Atlanta hung on to win the division, but the club from the Nation's Capital would not be denied in the playoffs. Washington dispatched Milwaukee in the wild card game, bested Los Angeles (which had the best record in the league, 106-56) in the semi-finals, swept St. Louis for the league pennant and closed out a memorable season coming back from a 3-games-to-2 deficit to win games 6 and 7 of the fall classic against Houston.
But—who'll be league-best on YOUR tabletop? That's where the FUN begins! Re-start the playoffs and see if you get the same result. Choose your favorite club and see if you can improve on (or keep up with) its real-life 2019 performance. Conduct your own short-series or single-game tournament, giving each team a shot at your tabletop title. Or just roll a series of one-off games to sample the ups and downs, ins and outs of the memorable 2019 season.
With HMB, it's woven into the game's fabric that a percentage of players will over-achieve or under-perform their actual historical performance—BUT, you never know WHICH players, until you sit down and start knocking out games! Take Washington's division mates New York and Philadelphia, for example, both of whom made pennant-push trades in the dog days of summer. If one or more of those moves had panned out—any one of them could get a Game Day boost in YOUR version of 2019—then it's plausible that they could have knocked Washington out of the Wild Card chase. (Indeed, that's what happened in our 2019 In-Season "Pre-PLAAY," documented here!)
Of course, the majority of players across both leagues will perform just as they did in real-life, barring injury or other circumstances. MVP outfielders like Betts, Trout and Yelich will likely be among your top overall producers and New York's Alonso will generate big home run numbers. Meanwhile LA's Ryu and New York's deGrom will prove just as valuable on your tabletop mound as they were in real-life, and Houston's fireballing closer Osuna will time and again shut 'em down! In the field, guys like Arenado, Ahmed, Bellinger and Kiermaier will make game-saving plays in the grass (or dirt), while Philadelphia's backstop star Realmuto will be among your top signal-callers behind the plate.
Each one of these stars, along with hundreds of other players of varying abilities, are captured on card stock and ready to deliver big league fun and excitement on YOUR game table, whenever you want it, with the 2019 Pro Season cards for HISTORY MAKER BASEBALL Big League Baseball Simulation Board Game!
You get 720 players in the base set, each with his own card, twenty-four cards for each of the thirty big league teams, 12 pitchers and 12 fielders. This collection of cards is more than enough for the average gamer's every-day tabletop entertainment! Want more depth so you can conduct a more intense project, maybe a full season play-through of your favorite team's schedule? We offer 288 additional players, nine additional players for each team—our biggest supplemental set ever—for FREE! You can download them here.
You also get a set of umpire cards, based on each ump's actual 2019 calls. There's a 2019 "trade guide" that gives you instructions for tailoring your card set to opening-day or pennant-race rosters, sample batting orders for each team and an "Instant Results" matrix that will allow you to determine winners of games with a single dice roll. It's the perfect tool to quick-play games associated with whatever project you've decided to do! (We use the Instant Results Matrix every summer to quick-play the last three weeks of baseball's regular season, to set the stage for our annual "Fall Classic Pre-PLAAY" every September!)
All this, for just $39, and WE pay the postage!* NO added shipping and handling charges for US delivery! The extra players are available as a free download, or you can purchase a printed copy of the extra players for an additional $16 postage-paid. New this year is a PDF edition of the card set for $21—you get everything that comes with the printed version, including the extra cards, in digital form. Order YOUR cards TODAY!
*Canadian and overseas delivery extra.