Reset Criteria

Ratings Reset Criteria

(Note: in certain cases we “undo” the effects of OOTP’s player development on players; the following is a detailed description of what determines whether we do that. It is not required reading; it is here for reference.)

The rules I have installed for player creation/maintenance are heavily biased in favor of players who had long real-life careers.

When a player enters the league I rate him based on his career statistics. The resulting ratings are his “default” ratings. Prior to each season I check each reset-eligible player in the league (explained below) and make changes, if necessary. The criteria that determines if a player’s ratings are to be changed follows.

Pitchers

I compare the pitcher’s CURRENT ratings with his default ratings and check for drops in the following categories:

  • Stuff
  • Movement
  • Control
  • Velocity

I reset the pitcher if:

  • The combined drop in all four categories combined is three or more, OR if any one of the above categories drops by two and the drops in all four categories combined is two or more
  • The pitcher is not within three years of the end of his real-life MLB, AA, or NeL career
  • The pitcher’s real-life career was 10 years or longer

Batters

I compare the player’s CURRENT ratings with his default ratings and check for drops in the following categories:

  • Contact
  • Home Run Power
  • Eye/Discipline

I reset the player if:

  • The combined drop in all three categories combined is three or more OR if any one of the above categories drops by two and the drops in all three categories combined is two or more
  • The player is not within three years of the end of his real-life MLB, AA, or NeL career
  • The player’s real-life career was 10 years or longer

Resetting Fielding Ratings

Unlike hitting ratings, my fielding ratings are only based loosely on stats, and are therefore subjective. I try to keep tabs on when the game is decimating someone’s fielding ratings, and if he is still in his “reset eligible” period as a hitter, I may reset his fielding ratings when it seems appropriate. Feel free to notify me if you think your boy deserves a reset.

Minimum Ratings

Some players suddenly lose their ratings at a defensive position during the season via OOTP’s player development/career-destroying system. “How could my guy go from being a 6 to a 0 in one month?” is a reasonable question, and it turns out it has a reasonable answer. There are “prerequisites” for a rating as each position; if the player dips below the minimum requirement in any one area, he loses his entire rating for the position. These are the minimums:

MINIMUM COMPONENT RATINGS FOR RATING AT A POSITION


IF Rng IF E IF Arm IF DP OF Rng OF E OF Arm C Arm C Abil
Pitcher 1 1 1 1
Catcher 1 1
First Base 1 1 1 1
Second Base 5 6 2 7
Third Base 5 5 9 3
Shortstop 9 6 7 7
Left Field 1 1 1
Center Field 10 5 5
Right Field 1 1 1

I will sometimes restore a player’s rating by adjusting the one area (usually error rating) that has disqualified him, but I will generally only do this if the player is not in his declining years.

Minors to MLB or vice-versa

A player’s ratings are based on his career statistics at the level he played during a given year. For instance, if he played primarily in the minors in real life in 1927, his ratings that year would be based on his career Double-A totals; if he played primarily in the majors the next year, his ratings that year would be based on his career MLB totals. For some players this means their “default” ratings might change a few times during their career.