26th March 2020
Today would have been Opening Day across Major League Baseball, with all 30 teams scheduled to start their seasons. With the season on hold, we don’t get to find out how those games would have turned out. Or do we?
To help our users get their fix of new baseball, we are simulating the 2020 season using Out of the Park Baseball 21 and posting the results on Baseball-Reference.com. Starting today, we’ll update the site each day around noon ET with the results of that day’s games. Check out player pages across the site to see their simulated stats update as the season progresses. Additionally, we’ve set up a daily digest page where you can see each day’s scores and the current standings, as well as team and league pages with all the simulated statistics pulled together into one place.
OOTP is a full-featured simulation with a lot of settings, and we asked for your help on Twitter with a few decisions we needed to make. Your feedback was overwhelming that you wanted to see free agents like Yasiel Puig sign with teams and that you want to see the game’s AI make trades throughout the season. We have disabled injuries in the simulation, though, since no one wants to risk having a superstar player suffer a major injury and end up missing from the simulation.