Hardball Dynasty team owner foulballz has won 14 World Series championships and 44 division titles, but perhaps his most impressive stat is never accumulating fewer than 71 wins during his 66 seasons of Hardball. Foulballz is proof that rebuilds can occur while remaining competitive.
Foulballz fields our questions and shares some of the secrets to his success.
foulballz Hardball Dynasty Overall Records
|Seasons||Record||Playoff Record||Div. Titles||Championships|
|66||6,479-4,213 (.606)||315-229 (.579)||44||14|
foulballz Hardball Dynasty Franchise Records (Active Teams)
|World||Franchise||Seasons||Record||Div. Titles||WS Champs|
|Carew||LAA Tiger Blood||2||236-88 (.728)||2||2|
|Branch Rickey||TAC Silver Swords||1||38-54 (.413)||0||0|
|Cooperstown||PIT Stains||15||1,396-1,034 (.574)||9||2|
|Moonlight Graham||LR Stars||8||641-617 (.509)||2||1|
foulballz Hardball Dynasty Franchise Records (Inactive Teams)
|World||Franchise||Seasons||Record||Div. Titles||WS Champs|
|Banks||FAR Redhawks||10||1,094-526 (.675)||9||2|
|Banks||PIT Penguins||1||126-36 (.778)||1||0|
|Puckett||JAC Brownies||11||1,203-579 (.675)||10||4|
|Upper Deck||OK Pig Ropers||3||280-206 (.576)||1||0|
|ULB||MIN Lumberjacks||10||947-673 (.584)||4||1|
WIS: Who is foulballz?
foulballz: I am 33 yrs. old. Married with three daughters. I am a self-employed Concrete Contractor and live in Minnesota.
WIS: How did you find out about WhatIfSports.com?
foulballz: Was doing a web search to find the best dynasty mode for a MLB video game, ran into WIS.
WIS: Which of our games have you played? Which do you prefer?
foulballz: I've tried one season of GD, but exclusively play HBD.
WIS: What are some of your interests and hobbies?
foulballz: I enjoy fishing, snowmobiling, deer hunting and spending weekends at the lake, grilling and playing yard games with friends.
WIS: Which five people, past or present, sit at your dream roundtable discussion?
foulballz: Bruce Springsteen, Nikola Tesla, Waylon Jennings, Benjamin Franklin, and Ron Paul. I would love to have a conversation with each of these men.
WIS: Did you play any sports growing up?
foulballz: I played baseball and football.
WIS: Who are your favorite all-time players?
foulballz: I always liked Kirby Puckett, but my absolute favorite was Chuck Knoblauch. I was heartbroken when the Twins traded him. I have since forgiven him though, it had to be pretty miserable playing for the Twins after 1992.
WIS: Do you have any sports-related items on your bucket list that you have not yet done?
foulballz: I'd be pretty thrilled if I would be able to watch the Vikings win a Super Bowl.
WIS: What is your favorite WIS moment?
foulballz: A couple years ago, I was something like 3-7 in the World Series for all my teams. I was carrying 5 teams at the time. Then I went on a crazy run where I won the World Series with four of my teams in a row. The fifth team got knocked out, denying me the chance of having the trophy at the same time for all my teams. But I had 4 out of 5 and evened my career record in the World Series to .500.
WIS: In the Carew world, your Anaheim Tiger Blood team won championships in the world's first two seasons. How were you able to immediately assemble a winner? What does the future hold for the Tiger Blood in season three and beyond?
foulballz: Carew world is actually a merged world. The Tiger Blood team (I picked them up around the time of Charlie Sheen's little blowup) was from the world No Trade Clause. Which as the name implies, we weren't allowed to trade as per the world rules. It was built, as most of my teams are, off the IFA market. The future should be good for a handful of years yet, I don't plan on doing anything drastic.
WIS: On two occasions, once with the Jackson Brownes of the Puckett World and once with the Fargo Redhawks in the Banks world, you retired after winning a World Series title. What prompted those moves?
foulballz: These were my first two worlds in HBD. I had grown attached, but they started going public year in and year out, and were getting some pretty inexperienced owners. I wanted to join some worlds with a tougher group of owners and some stiffer competition.
WIS: Your newest team is the Tacoma Silver Swords of the Branch Rickey world. What prompted you to join the world? What factors do you consider when selecting a new team?
foulballz: I was looking for a new world and wanted one with a prospect limit. When joining a world, I look for one with a good set of rules, and one that doesn't tolerate tanking. The team I take doesn't matter at all to me, as long as it's in a good world.
WIS: The Pittsburgh "PIT" Stains of the Cooperstown world won back-to-back titles during 78-win and 85-win seasons. How did you pull off that feat?
foulballz: I had actually traded a couple of really good veterans before the 78 win season and was starting a rebuild. I still wanted to remain competitive though because, and as it turned out, you never know what can happen. The division was down for a couple years, so I won the division both years, and the team just got hot. Since then, the division has been totally bad ass though. Ironically, I won two titles during the rebuild, and zero with that team since. It was a pretty fun ride though, something those who think you need top 3 picks in the draft to rebuild will probably never experience.
WIS: What is your strategy for allocating your budget?
foulballz: 20 mil in Training, Medical, International Scouting and Prospect. 0 mil in Adv, HS and Col scouting. 8 mil for coach and the rest in player payroll. As my team ages, Int'l scouting and prospect go down.
WIS: What do you believe are the most important individual player ratings for performance?
foulballz: For pitchers its VsR by far, then control. For batters, its Power and then Eye.
WIS: Do you have any favorite players from any of your HBD teams?
foulballz: I really liked Lance Elarton in ULB world. He was a pure platoon player but was always cheap and devastating on right handers.
WIS: How much time do you spend on your Hardball Dynasty teams? How much do you think is necessary to be competitive?
foulballz: It really depends. If I want to unwind, I've sat and tinkered around for an hour or two. But you can get by with 10 minutes a day if you wanted.
WIS: If you were to give one piece of advice to a new user, what would it be?
foulballz: Pick a good world, not a good team. You can easily improve your team, but the world, not so much. Nobody likes waiting over a month for a world to roll.
WIS: What is your favorite aspect of Hardball Dynasty?
foulballz: I love competing against 31 other owners, each going for the same goal.
WIS: Least favorite?
foulballz: I hate the budget restraints when joining a new world. It has prevented me from joining in the past. The thing is, when you join a world, you can only have 14 in training. I think it forces you to rebuild immediately. I think it's optimal strategy to trade any veteran player because they'll decline more rapidly and become albatross contracts. I don't like playing FA market the first two seasons because FA are older, and ready to decline. It's such a disadvantage to compete for these older players against established teams with 20 mil in training. It's like you're not even competing for the same player because an established team will get a guy who can retain most of his value throughout the contract, whereas a new owner may only get two productive years out of him. Since I think the main part of this game is managing the cap, avoiding bad contracts is huge. Therefore, I always feel like I'm playing shorthanded my first two seasons in a new world. Only downfall I can see is alias abuse, but good worlds wouldn't let zero history owners in, and other worlds are probably riddled with aliases anyway.
WIS: What is one feature you want to see implemented in a future update?
foulballz: Hmmm, how about ability to set your initial budget in a new world however you want.
WIS: Who are the users you respect and/or enjoy the most?
foulballz: I do appreciate the effort that MikeT23 puts into the worlds he commishes. Don't get me wrong, he's a terrible owner, but he has the most well run and competitive worlds out there. The owners are tough, and it's almost like playing a game with your cronies at home. Everyone busts each other's balls, and doesn't take anything too seriously (except winning!). I really enjoyed playing with themojoking and jimt14120 in ULB. We always had a great division battle. I like laughing a lot so I enjoy the witty banter of deathinahole. He just had another great line today. Although I never played with him, I have a lot of respect for mchalesarmy. He came up with a great concept for a draft world. He put a ton of time and effort into it, even spearheading the merging of tons of worlds to reduce the overall HBD footprint, but was never given the go ahead. I hope someday he is given his world (hint, hint). And really, who wouldn't enjoy playing with the comical and eternally optimistic eaisej. And I guess Mike's decent at HBD.
WIS: If you were in one of our games, what sport would you play, at what position, and what would you be rated?
foulballz: Since I assume all the players in HBD are highly trained professionals, and I never made it out of high school baseball, I'm going to guess I'd be a DH with a 0 overall rating.
WIS: We thank foulballz for sharing with the Hardball Dynasty and WhatIfSports.com community.