We consolidated various sets of instructions on Statis-Pro Baseball game into the following.
Basic Understanding of the Game 1
What you need to play 2
1. Dice or Fast Action Cards. 2
2. Player Cards 2
How to Play the Game 3
Setting Up 4
Order of Play 4
2-12 number: 4
11-88 number - 11 possible results (hits, balks, Ks, Walks, HBP, WP, PB, Out) 4
Left vs. Right Adjustment 12/88, 88/11 or other. 5
If Result is OUT: 5
Chance of Error on Hit or Out 6
Once you determine a player who might make an error - E-0 to E-10 6
SR and RR - How Long Can a Pitcher Pitch Before Getting Tired? 10
Taking Extra Bases on Hits, Hit and Runs, or Bunts 11
Optional Advanced Rules 13
Clutch Batting (BD): 14
Clutch Fielding (CD or for catcher CD-C): 14
Z-Play - unusual plays, injuries and tough fielding plays: 14
Statis-Pro Baseball was invented by Jim Barnes in 1970, and in an interview he invited others to adopt and update the game as “open source.” Our free version enables you to either play current teams with projected players, or to choose from 60 all-time great baseball teams. There is a complete game and many seasons of great advanced Statis-Pro cards on the Statis Pro Advanced Facebook page, if you want to try the game here first and consider ordering from them if you determine you like it.
Basic Understanding of the Game
The unique aspect of the game is that each plate appearance starts by determining if the pitcher is in control of the at-bat and his card will be used, or if he “makes a mistake” to put the action on the batter’s card and give him a chance for an extra base hit. An initial roll of two-tradition 6-sided dice or a use of “fast action cards” yield a number of 2-12. The best pitchers keep it on their card on 2-9, while the worst pitchers only control the action on a 2-4. Once you know whether the batter or pitcher card will be used for that at bat, a subsequent roll of two 8-sided dice for a result of 11-88 or a similar number from the fast action card gives the result of the plate appearance.
What you need to play
Dice or Fast Action Cards.
You need one of the three things in these photos. If you choose to use dice, you need two traditional 6-sided dice, two 8-sided dice of different colors, and one 20-sided die. If you prefer to use the free fast action cards we provide, they look like the all-white card below. Others sell much nicer fast action cards, so google “statis-pro baseball fast action cards” and you can find a set for $10 - you can see the blue and green corner of one of those cards and they really do add to the game..
Next, choose the teams you want to play. If you want to play two of the 60 all-time great teams,
Simply click on these Statis-Pro batter sheets with one page for each of the 60 teams, scroll to see the page number for the two team you want to print, and print them. The print the same page for each pitcher sheet for the same 60 teams (eg. The 1924 Washington Senators are page 60 on the batters and page 60 on the pitchers).
If you prefer to play modern players, then choose the pages of the teams you want from 2023 batters all 2023 pitchers - or 2022 Projected Batters (49 pages, 9 cards to a page) and All 2022 Projected Pitchers (62 pages, 9 cards to a page) - the cards will have ranges like the Scherzer vs. Betts cards below. So you will be using EITHER team sheets of players or individual cards of players.
How to Play the Game
Choose a player on each team to pitch and play the other 8 positions - C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF and RF. Next choose if you will use an extra batter as a designated hitter (DH) or have pitchers hit in the game. Once you choose the 9 who will start the game, write them down in the order they will hit from 1st through 9th. On the all-time sheets the first nine batters are the line-up we suggest if using a DH. If playing that the pitcher bats, then either skip the DH in the lineup, or if you see a dash after the DH that means to leave them in the line-up and drop the players whose position they will play if no DH (eg Reggie Jackson's DH-CF means if pitcher is hitting them he plays CF instead of DH bit stays in the line-up). Players in green indicate we suggesting flipping the bottom player into the line-up against left-handed pitching. Pitchers batting numbers the appear in blue - a standard card with only hits up to 14 for all pitchers in each team unless there is a blue line with a pitcher's name on it, meaning he he is pitching he uses that card. Reserves are listed below the pitcher at bar cards, but you can change our suggested lineup anyway you want.
If you are using cards you can shuffle them, but if you printed out our free ones, you may just want to put them all in a big bowl to pull out the cards one at a time. Of course, if you are using the five dice then no shuffling is needed.
If you are using player cards, you can stack the line-up in order. If using team sheets, you may want to use a couple of business cards to put below each batter as they hit.
Order of Play
Get a result of 2-12 from flipping a card or rolling the dice. If that number falls within the pitcher’s PB rating (pitcher or batter) then the action will occur on the pitcher’s card, and if outside that range it will occur on the batter’s card. The possible PB ranges on pitchers’ cards, from best to worst, are 2-9, 2-8, 2-7, 4-7, 2-6, 2-5 or 2-4.
If you choose to use optional advanced rules, look at the bottom of these rules for CD, BD or Z-plays, which can occur in place of the 2-12 number.
11-88 number - 11 possible results (hits, balks, Ks, Walks, HBP, WP, PB, Out)
On the 2nd card, read the second number (Random Number 11-88) to see what happens on that card, or look at the 8-sided dice for the 11-88 number.. (If noone is one base, change any BK, WP or CD on line 2 to an OUT).
Here are the 10 possible results:
1B = Single
2B = Double (only on batters' cards)
3B = Triple (only on batters' cards)
HR = Home Run (only on batters' cards)
BK = Balk if anyone on base (only on pitchers' cards, if no one on base treat as OUT)
K = Strikeout
W = Walk
CD-C = Catcher Clutch Defense - if not using advanced rules treat as out
HPB = Hit by Pitched Ball (only on pitchers' cards)
WP/PB = Wild Pitch or Passed Ball (only on pitchers' cards, if no one on base treat as OUT)
Out = see below.
Occasionally you will see a "+2 to RN" or some other number. When this happens, the batter had too few plate appearances to justify their OPS and if the pitcher leaves the action on their card then add the number to the next random number to gets results tallying where they would have logically ended up over time with more plate appearances. These players cannot get a hit on an 88, even if the left vs right indicates it is a hit.
If using player cards, the card will also indicate the fielder who gets the ball on a single (1Bf, 1B7, 1B8 or 1B9) or double (2B7, 2B8, 2B9). If using a sheet, the reading is simply 1B or 2B so use the second digit of the number to determine the field. A 1 or 2 (11, 12, 21, 22 etc.) indicates the batter pulled the ball, so a RN or RP hits it to LF, a SN, SP or P to CF and a LN or LP to right. If the last digit is 3 or 4, the hit goes to LF, 5 or 6 goes to CF and 7 or 8 goes to RF.
On old fast action cards, you would check after a WP or BK for a “yes” or “no” result, but skip that step even if using those old cards. If anyone is on base, the WP or BK occurs if it comes up on the card.
Left vs. Right Adjustment 12/88, 88/11 or other.
The Cht numbers at the bottom right of the batter card indicates numbers on which results are adjusted based on if the opposing pitcher is right-handed or left-handed. The standard 12/88 for a left-handed batter indicates that an 11 or 12 is changed from a hit to a strikeout against a left handed pitcher, and an 88 is changed from an out to a single with runners advancing two bases against a right-handed batter. The standard right-handed batter has an 88/11 meaning an 88 against a left-handed pitcher is a single, runners advance two bases while an 11 is changed to a strikeout against a right-handed pitcher. Typically a switch-hitter is –/– meaning no adjustment.
For some batters there are more numbers impacted, for example a 14/85 would be the most extreme possible adjustment, and mean the batter struck out on 11-14 against lefties, and had singles with runners advancing 2 bases on 85-88. Just remember the number to the left of the dash is the adjustment against lefties, and the number to the right of the dash is the adjustment against righties. Further, the number either goes all the way down to 11, or all the way up to 88 from what is listed.
If a batter had a + number in RN then he cannot get a hit in an 88 - always score as an out.
If Result is OUT:
If the result is an OUT, the fast action cards we provide will tell you what type of out is made.
If using the nice Fast Action Cards you produce then the following will tell you what happens to runners on base.
G6A (grounder to short) or any other A at the end of a grounder tells you the batter is out, but all runners advance.
Gx6 or any other reading with an x in the middle indicates runners hold and if there is a force out then the defense can throw out a forced runner. However, if runners are on 1st and 3rd then the defense must choose whether to take the out at second base and let the runner on third score or hold the runner at third and throw out the batter to leave runners on 2nd and 3rd.
G6 or any other reading with no x or A indicates a double play grounder if a runner is on 1st. However, if there is a runner on 3rd and no outs, the defense needs to either hold him and just throw the batter out at 1st, or let him score and turn the double play. If bases are loaded with no outs, the defense can choose to either throw the runner out at home, or take the double play from 2nd to 1st and let him score.
Chance of Error on Hit or Out
An error can occur under any of the three systems you can use for random numbers.
If using dice, any time a 18 or 19 on the 20-sided die is rolled there is a chance for an error. On a hit, the outfielder who fields the ball could make an error to allow an extra base on the hit, while on an Out the player could allow a 1- or 2-base error instead of an out.
On the nice Fast Action Cards you can buy from someone, a * will appear by the out result to let you know to check for errors on the next card. When using those cards, check for an error only on hits on the batter’s card - there is no chance of an error on a hit off the pitcher’s card.
If using the free fast action cards we provide, the Error Reading on the 4th card is only used if; there is a hit on the BATTER card on line 2 OR, there is a possible error (e?) on line 3 with an out. If the fielder's E number is in the range on this 4th line then everyone is safe in an out or gets an extra base on a hit. Flip for another 11-88 and if the number is 61-88 give batter and runners one additional base for a throwing error.
Once you determine a player who might make an error - E-0 to E-10
If there is a chance of an error on a player, then the next fast action card will determine if the error is in the player's range. A player can have anywhere from an E-0 (the best, never makes an error) to the worst E-10. If using the fast action cards, the next card will tell you if the error is in that range (e.g. Error 3-10 would be an error for an E-3 but not for an E-2).
If using dice, the 20-sided die determines the same thing with a roll of 3 meaning the same as a 3-10 range is an error. If the roll is 10 or higher, then subtract 10 but if it is an error then it is in the range. So a 13 die roll would be a 2-base error for an E-3, but no error at all for an E-2.
Obviously you cannot have a double play with noone on base, pardon the type under “1” with bases empty, just a grounder from shortstop to first base.
SR and RR - How Long Can a Pitcher Pitch Before Getting Tired?
The SR number is used for a starting pitcher, and RR used for a relief pitcher to see when they tire in a game.
For example, Greg Maddux on the sheet above would start at 15 or his SR.
This number is lowered by 1 every time the pitcher:
Allows a runner to reach 1st base (unless on an error that is not his fault)
Allows an earned run
An inning ends while he is pitching (whether he started that inning, or cam in after it started)
Once a pitcher’s SR or RR is reduced to 0, his PB drops by 1, and then every additional education from one of those three occurs it is reduced by one more. If a pitcher started with the best rating of PB 2-9, then when he hit zero he would drop to PB 2-8, and then to 2-7, 4-7, 2-6, 2-5, 2-4, 2-3, 2-2 and if reduced further then the rest of the batters faced would skip the 2-12 number and automatically go to the 11-88 on the batter’s card.
Taking Extra Bases on Hits, Hit and Runs, or Bunts
Normally after getting the result you move onto the next batter. However, you can opt for any of the following strategies to advance base runners rather than going immediately to the next batter and the next 2-12 number.
Here are charts with various options. Note I have made some changes in writing after reviewing stats on frequencies of various scenarios.
On bunts, we do have some all-time great players whose Sac (bunt) rating is AA+. The first time an AA+ player bunts in a game, use the AA column on the sacrifice chart BUT on an 11-28 he is safe at first base on a single.
When a runner tries to take an extra base on a hit, the chart is used for the numbers on which he makes it to the next base. However, in some cases he cannot make it the extra base, but he is not thrown out either, he just sees a strong throw coming and stops at the base. He is only thrown if the 11-88 number for the throw is a 71-88 from a T-5 throwing arm for the outfielder, or a 75-88 for T-4, 81-88 for a T-3 and finally 85-88 for a T-2. Players advancing or being thrown out in modern baseball is even more rare, with layers taking the next base only 30 percent of the time and only being thrown out 1 percent of the time.
Optional Advanced Rules
You can choose to ignore a BD, CD or Z-play result to keep the game simple. If so, just ignore and play the 2-12 range to use the batter or pitcher card instead.
If you choose to play the advance rules, these can come up instead of the 2-12 number in the following ways.
If using dice, a roll of 20 on the 20-sided dice can overrule the 2-12 rating only if runners are on base.
If using fast action cards, in some cases a BD, CD or Z will come up instead of a 2-12 on some cards. With Fast Action Cards, Z-plays do happen even if noone is on base, but BD or CD is skipped if noone is on base.
Clutch Batting (BD):
If at least one runner is on base and the results is BD, or clutch batting, then the 11-88 number results in one of the following:
If the number would result in a 1B on the batters cards, then make the result is a 2B (double) and all runners on base score.
If the number would result in a 2B, 3B, HR or Deep on the batters card, then change to a home run.
If the number would have resulted in anything else on the batters card, then change to a foul ball, and the batter is still at the plate.
Clutch Fielding (CD or for catcher CD-C):
If the result is a CD-C then use the catcher's clutch defense rating from 1 to 5 but simply score as an Out if noone is on base. If a CD results and anyone is on base, then check to see which fielder has a chance to make a play. The fast action card will indicate which player, but if using dice then refer to the 2-12 number to determine the player. If are using dice to determine which player has a chance for a clutch defensive player, or might commit and error - then use the following numbers:
2 or 3 = 1B, 4 = P, 5 = CF, 6 = 3B, 7 or 12 = SS, 8 = 2B, 9 - LF, 10 = C, 11 = RF.
Once you know the position, use that players CD rating of 1 to 5 then the 11-88 number on the chart below:
Z-Play - unusual plays, injuries and tough fielding plays:
The following charts are used if an unusual “Z-Play” occurs. Draw a new 11-88 number.