Old Timers Baseball For the upcoming 2016-17 winter season, Scoresheet will be using players and their stats from years 1973-76.

Don't miss out on the fun of playing fantasy baseball this off-season!

Rather than spending a long winter waiting for spring training, you could spend your time reliving some of baseball's greatest times as you draft, trade and manage such players as Joe Morgan or Mike Schmidt from the NL or Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew or Reggie Jackson if you choose to play in an American League.

Join a National League and maybe you'll pick George Foster to bat third, or Pete Rose to bat leadoff. You could choose to spend a top pick on a pitcher such as Tom Seaver, or go for the great hitting of Johnny Bench. In the American League, such players as Wilbur Wood, Lee May, Sal Bando and Jeff Burroughs will all go early in the draft. Since a player can only be on one team in each league, you'll have to make the tough decisions as for who to draft or trade. Slightly less accomplished players such as Chris Chambliss, Felix Millan, Rick Reuschel and Bucky Dent will also play crucial roles on your team, just as they did in real life.

Just as in our Scoresheet Baseball regular season game, your team will play complete simulated games, based on your players' major league performances from 1973-1976. If you join a public league, your league's draft will begin in early/mid November (depending on when you sign up), and will run until early December. Following the draft, the 12-week season runs from mid-December through early March, taking you right up to spring training. For every game your team plays, you will receive a scoresheet like this one: sample game scoresheet. You can also see games played out in a text based play-by-play format.

Scoresheet Winter Baseball will use 1973 stats for the first 3 weeks of the season, 1974 stats for the next 3 weeks, 1975 stats for the 3 following weeks, and 1976 stats for the final 3 weeks. Of course, all of the games are played on our computer system - you get the fun of running your team while we do all of the work.

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Draft Your Favorites of the Era

Scoresheet will be forming 10-team leagues of either American League or National League players only. Each league is split into 2 divisions. At the end of the regular season, we play a League Championship Series, based on all 4 year's statistics, between the two division winners.

Before the season starts, you'll draft a 36-man team. The large roster, together with trading (which is even more fun than trading baseball cards as kids), allows you to cover each of the 4 years with both starters and backups. Each week, we limit your players to their playing time in an average 12-game span in the corresponding year in the major leagues. Thus, a good bullpen and a strong bench are very important.

The Scoresheet web-based draft system is not one where you have to log on during a set time slot to make a pick, and it is not a chat room draft where you have to log on for hours. Instead, as each team's pick comes up, our draft program will pick the top available player from a draft list that you can change and save to the Scoresheet website. By being able to make changes to your draft list at any time, you can adjust your player rankings before every one of your draft picks, giving you the same control as if you were at a live draft.

Try New Strategies

You can really see the effects of various strategies and use your managerial skills to decide when to:

  • platoon
  • steal
  • pinch hit
  • lay down a sacrifice bunt
  • remove a tiring pitcher
  • use each reliever
  • bring in a closer
  • make a defensive replacement

Almost all owners who play the off-season baseball game are avid traders. And since unexpected injuries are not a factor, and each player's stats are already known, the winter "old timers" game truly measures how well you put an actual baseball team together, and it is a great test of your managerial strategies.

The drafting packet you will receive when you sign up for a team lists players by position, sorted by at-bats or innings pitched in 1973-1976. There will also be a few stats included with each player, such as yearly batting average and home runs hit, at-bats or innings pitched, and ERA. Players' fielding numbers, as used in Scoresheet Baseball, will also be included, along with the positions at which the players qualify.

Join Alone or With Friends

You can join alone, and we will put you in a league with other individual team owners. Those leagues will draft using our web-based draft system where you will have the same control over the draft as if you were doing it live.

Winter Fantasy BaseballIf you enter with a couple of friends, you can play in the same league. Or, if you already have a larger group, you can sign up as a whole league. With your own league, you can choose to have any number of teams in your league, and you can also choose to draft players from both the AL and NL (a combined league). Also with your own league, you can either hold your own draft or use our web-based draft.

The fee for a winter baseball team is $64, which is the complete cost for the season- there are NO lineup change or transaction fees. And new players (anyone who has not played winter baseball with us before) can play for just $29!

Every league will have its own webpage with complete weekly statistics featuring league standings, individual and team stats, trade offers and results, a weekly newsletter, league leaders, team-vs-team records, and the best and worst team stats in all of Scoresheet Winter Baseball. Plus, you'll be able to access our Score-It feature that allows you "see" your games played from start to finish. You will also receive emailed reports for your league, and printed versions can also be mailed to you at a slight additional cost.

Have the most fun

Scoresheet Old Timers Winter Fantasy Baseball gives you the chance to once again enjoy great players of the past, to talk trades with other baseball fans, and to test all of your baseball managerial strategies during the long MLB off-season ahead. If you'd like to reserve a spot in a league, please sign up online, or you can print out the order form and send it in by fax or mail, or you can give us a call at (530) 470-1880.

Don't go without baseball during the off-season. Instead, play ball with Scoresheet Old Timers Winter Baseball!

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