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#550 Players Q. My SS has been making a ton of errors but he looks to be an above average fielder. Why is that?
  A. The best place to compare your player with the league average is on the Position Assignment page. If you click on a player's position on the Player Settings page in the Manager's Office, you'll see the list of big league averages at each position. This is the best reference point for determining where your player will fall in terms of fielding production. It also has recommendation buttons so you can see where your advance scouts believe the player should be playing.
#564 Players Q. How does a player gain big league years of experience? Is service time a part of it?
  A. Yes. We track service time in days. It is viewable by hovering over the ML Years value on a player's profile. Each day a player is on the big league roster during the regular season (even if he's on the DL), he accrues a day of service. In addition, we track the # of days a player is on optional assignment on a minor league team. If a player is on optional assignment less than 20 days during the season, this total is added to his big league service time. At the end of the season, if a player has 172 days or more (including any optional service days < 20), he is given a year of big league experience. Excess days or days under the 172 day minimum roll over into the next season. These years are what dictate arbitration eligibility and free-agent eligibility.

It is important to note that a player registers days on optional assignment only after the minor league schedule has begun. There is typically a 1 or 2 HBD day difference between when the big league schedule starts and when the minor league schedule starts.
#586 Players Q. How do these minor league options work?
  A. Minor league options are one of the most confusing items in baseball. Here's a quick rundown of how they work in HBD: All players start with 3 at the beginning of their career. The first time a player is added to a club's 40-man roster, his option clock starts ticking. Any subsequent season in which the player accrues 20 or more days on optional assignment (i.e. days on a minor league club from the start of the regular season until the team's final game including playoffs), an option year will be burned. If he's on the big league club for the season or on optional assignment for less than 20 days during the season, he doesn't burn an option. During a season in which a player has options, he may be demoted/recalled at will. Once his options are gone, he must go through waivers before he may be demoted or removed from the 40-man roster. Once a player has 6 years of big league experience, options are meaningless because he can opt for free-agency rather than accept a trip to the minors.
#587 Players Q. Injuries
  A. Players can suffer a number of injuries during the season much like in real life. Injuries in Hardball Dynasty range from minor to career threatening. Off-the-field injuries are also possible. To view the comprehensive list please click here.
#601 Players Q. None of my RBI stats are showing up when viewed in split-stat mode. Why not?
  A. Since RBI are a byproduct of runners being on base, tracking RBI for a particular left/right split isn't very meaningful. As a result, it's not tracked.
#607 Players Q. I just had a player decline in ratings because of a promotion. Why did that happen and what does that mean?
  A. The timing of the promotion can lead to a ratings decrease. It is based on a lot of factors but the major ones include the coaching staff, playing time availability, his readiness (as stated above), his work ethic, makeup rating, and temper.
#608 Players Q. What happens to projections at age 27?
  A. Since age 27 is considered to be the standard "peak" age for baseball players, projected ratings are no longer shown but are merely a duplicate of his current ratings. However, that doesn't mean a player will stop developing because every player has a different peak age, with pitchers typically having a higher average peak age. For example, some pitchers don't reach their peak until age 32.
#613 Players Q. I just exercised an option that I didn’t manually commit to, what’s going on?
  A. All players with team or mutual options will have their option automatically picked up if not rejected by the end of the arbitration hearings.
#621 Players Q. How are ratings affected when I call up and then send down a player from the ML to AAA?
  A. The ratings hit is generally pretty minimal and most players can bounce back relatively quickly. The decrease has a lot to do with the makeup and temper ratings. Potential playing time also plays a role, as well as your coaching staff between levels.
#622 Players Q. When a switch hitter comes up to bat, for ratings purposes is he considered as a lefty against righty pitchers and a right against a lefty?
  A. It is always assumed that he will bat opposite of what the pitcher throws.
#624 Players Q. Why can't I see projected ratings for players?
  A. You can only see projected ratings for players in a world in which you are managing a team, and only after budgets have been set (so that your scouting budget is set and the accuracy of your scouts' projections has been determined).
#670 Players Q. What are the qualifications for awards?
  A. For batting awards, players must average 3.1 plate appearances per team game or more in order to qualify. Pitchers must average one inning pitched per team game. Fielding awards require that the player participated in 50% of their team's innings.

Cy Young: Innings Pitched, Earned Runs, Strikeouts, Saves, Shutouts, Wins, Losses, Team Records and Park Factor.

MVP: Runs Created, Good Plays, Poor Plays, Fielding percentage, Park Factor, Position Played (difficulty), Passed Balls (catchers only)

Fireman of the Year: Saves, Wins, Losses, and Blown Saves

Gold Glove: Fielding percentage, good plays, poor plays, Errors, and Range Factor

Silver Slugger: Runs created and park factor

Rookie of the Year: Closely mimics the formula used for MVPs for position players and Cy Young for Pitchers. In order to be eligible for the ROY or NOY, a player must not have more than 150 career AB or 50 IP at the current level. For instance, if a player had 87 at-bats at the big league level in season 1 and 90 at-bats at the big league level in season 2, then he will not be eligible for the award in season 3 and beyond.

In each case, there are weights assigned to the individual components for the award calculation. While real life awards are decided by writers using the core raw stats and their personal opinion of how good/valuable players are (despite numerous objections by other esteemed writers across the land), HBD can use more appropriate statistics and accuracy to determine the best of the best.

If you think you have a player that should be up for an award but he isn't listed, be sure to evaluate all the component pieces and compare them to the players ranked ahead of them. It's hard to take sometimes (like when you have a player with 55 HR, 150 RBI and a .340 AVG not in the top ten), but there are always reasons why they are ranked where they are. They could be playing 1B while those ahead are SS & CF. They could be playing half their games in a hitter's park while those ahead play in pitcher's parks. Many reasons, all put together, and the best are at the top of the pack.
#671 Players Q. Why are there no stats shown from previous spring trainings?
  A. Previous seasons' spring training stats have been dropped for data storage purposes. You can only see spring training stats during the current season.
#681 Players Q. I have a player on my bench that the sim keeps using as a starter.
  A. If a player is below his auto-rest setting he will be replaced using the rest hierarchy so that they can rest. The AI will look solely at your player rest hierarchy and make changes based only upon what you have set.
#706 Players Q. Compensation Pick
  A. Your player was signed after the FA negotiation phase in the schedule therefore you do not receive a compensation pick for the signing.
#758 Players Q. My player just returned from an injury but he did not receive a "Time of Return" event on his player profile
  A. If your player is close enough to his regularly scheduled development cycle you won't see the effects of his recovery until that time. We do this to save on resources and to improve simulator run speed. If your player has lost ratings there are several reasons why this may have happened (age, length and severity of the injury, your medical staff, and the player's makeup rating to name a few). Please keep in mind that not every player will regain all of his ratings after coming off the DL and it is possible for him to actually lose rating points because of the injury.
#760 Players Q. How are the candidates for the Home Run Derby selected?
  A. Home Run Derby candidates are selected based on total HRs through the first half of the season and home park factor. So, a player who has 50 HRs in Coors might not make the HR derby over a player who has 45 HRs in Petco.
#771 Players Q. How do the player development cycles work (i.e. the rows on my Player Profile Ratings page)?
  A. Players go through several development cycles throughout the season. They typically occur a consistent number of days apart. However, significant transactions can adjust this schedule. For instance, if a player is traded, claimed off waivers, promoted or demoted at a time that is pretty close to when they would have had a development cycle, they will go through a development cycle immediately. This takes the place of their regularly scheduled development cycle. Their next one will then occur sooner than typical. It's setup this way so everyone will go through approximately the same number of development/aging cycles but each dev cycle is tied to the coaching and training and medical staff of the team the player was with at the time of the cycle.
#772 Players Q. Why are the stats on the Award Voting page all 0's?
  A. In order for stats to display on the Award Voting page the player must have played at least one game at his primary position. If he played at a secondary position or several other positions then the stat lines will not display. We do this for performance reasons.
#774 Players Q. What are the qualifications for Hall of Fame eligibility?
  A. Eligibility for the Hall of Fame is two fold. There are automatic nominations that the AI processes and these players are automatically eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame. There are also user nominations that occur at the beginning of the season and last through the first day of Spring Training.
A player will be eligible for the Hall of Fame as soon as he retires and fits the specified criteria outlined below. In other words, there is no 5 year waiting period like in real life. The team that he is inducted with is the team the he plays the most games in (Pinch hitting appearances do not count as games played).

Auto-nominations-
Position Players: 7+ Silver Slugger, 10+ Gold Gloves, 7+ All Star Appearances, 3+ MVPs, 500+ HRs, or 3,000+ Hs
Pitchers: 7+ All Star Appearances, 3+ Fireman of the Year, 3+ Cy Young Awards, 300+ wins, 3000+ Ks, or 500+ SVs
User nominations (regular season stats only)-
Position players: 10+ years of ML experience with 300+ PA per season.
Relief pitchers: 10+ years of ML experience with 45+ G per season.
Starting pitchers: 10+ years of ML experience with 125+ IP per season.
#778 Players Q. Why did my player automatically get added to the 40 Man Roster?
  A. Anytime a player is placed on the 40 Man Roster during the season and he is eligible for a contract renewal the following season he will automatically be placed on the 40 Man Roster again.
#797 Players Q. What are the qualifications for the All Star team?
  A. The qualifications closely mirror those of the end of the season player awards.

The following criteria is used:

SP - innings pitched, earned runs, strikeouts, shutouts, wins, and losses
RP - innings pitched, earned runs, strikeouts, saves, wins, losses
1B/2B/3B/SS/LF/CF/RF - runs created, good plays, poor plays, errors, team winning percentage
DH - runs created per 27 innings, plate appearances, team winning percentage
C - runs created, good plays, poor plays, errors, passed balls, team winning percentage
#835 Players Q. How are wins determined if a starting pitcher does not complete 5 innings?
  A. If the SP fails to go five innings, the win goes to the pitcher who completes the fifth inning (assuming the team never relinquishes the lead).
#836 Players Q. What are the specific effects of the pitch calling rating?
  A. Pitch calling will help/hurt a pitcher a certain amount. It's not a drastic amount because pitchers can call their own pitches. A bad catcher will hurt the pitcher a bit because he will irritate the pitcher with shake offs, calling bad pitches, etc. A good catcher will help because he maintains the flow and does a great deal of the mental work for the pitcher. That said, every pitcher at the big league level has been pitching for years (amateur and professional). They can call their own game, so a catcher with no pitch calling skills isn't going to cause them to get shelled. Over the long haul, having a catcher with a low pitch calling rating is going to cost his staff .005 - .015 points in batting average allowed which is very significant.
#838 Players Q. Is it better to have a high or low temper rating?
  A. In HBD, A player with a higher rating has more of a bad temper or is considered a "hothead." This will effect how often he argues with the umpire or tries to hit a batter.
#842 Players Q. My players waiver status has changed after he cleared waivers, why?
  A. If a player clears waivers prior to the transaction deadline his waiver status will reset and will need to pass through waivers again.
#844 Players Q. Why was my pitcher pulled?
  A. In our Hardball Dynasty game, the max pitch count is strictly adhered to. Once a pitcher reaches his maximum pitch count he will get pulled regardless of the game scenario.
#845 Players Q. What happens to a players contract options when he is released?
  A. Any team or mutual player options will be bought out with the releasing franchise responsible for the payroll. A player option will stay in tact. If the player accepts the player option, the franchise that picked the player up is responsible for that season.
#859 Players Q. How does Fatigue affect players?
  A. Anytime a pitcher or position player has fatigue, they become more susceptible to injury. Their level of performance can also drop when playing while fatigued.

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