The That's Baseball Game © 2005 Jason Manning, Connor Manning, and 9 Innings, Ltd.
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Getting Started
1. What you need to play
a. two dice
b. your baseball card collection
c. a board
d. a scorecard
2. How to make the board
Use a large sheet of paper or a square piece of cardboard. Draw a baseball diamond on
it. Using a baseball card for a template, draw a rectangle around home plate, first base,
second base and third base.
3. How to make the scorecard
See the examples at the bottom of the page to create a scorecard for your team.
Playing the Game
1. Picking your team
a. Using baseball cards, select a player for each infield position (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS),
three outfielders and a designated hitter.Pick cards that feature a career batting
average. Below is a sample team.
C

A. J. Pierzynski

Fleer 04

.301

1B

Tino Martinez

Upper Deck '03

.273

2B

Mark Grudzielanek

Topps '04

.287

3B

Scott Rolen

Fleer '04

.282

SS

Royce Clayton

Upper Deck '93

.257

OF

Dale Murphy

Donruss '87

.277

OF

Larry Walker

Upper Deck '03

.317

OF

Bobby Bonilla

Leaf '92

.283

DH

Mark Teixeira

Topps '05

.270

P

Bret Saberhagen

Donruss '91

3.21

RP

Orel Hershiser

Donruss '90

2.69

b. Adjusting the average. Jot down a list of your batters, reducing their BA's to a two
digit number by rounding the last two digits of the number up or down (for example, .250
and up would be to 26, .249 and less would be 24; .311 would be 31, .318 would be 32,
etc.) A batter cannot have an adjusted average (AA) of less than 24 or more than 32. If
one of your players has a career average of less than .235, he must be given an
adjusted average of 24. If the player has a career average of more than 3.25, he must be
given an adjusted average of 32.
Pierzynski

30

Martinez

27

Grudzielanek

29

Rolen

28

Clayton

26

Murphy

28

Walker

32

Bonilla

28

Teixeira

27

c. The lineup. Place the nine cards of all in the order in which they will hit.
d. Determine who will bat first. That player (Player A) places his # 1 batter's card over
home plate.
e. Player A rolls two dice. To determine the result of the atbat, add the number rolled
to the batter's adjusted average and then consult the Result Chart (below).
RESULT CHART

26

hit by pitch

27

strikeout

28

fly out

29

extra base hit

30

single

31

base on balls

32

single

33

ground out

34

strikeout

35

fly out

36

ground out

37

single

38

extra base hit

39

strikeout

40

base on balls

41

fly out

42

hit by pitch

43

extra base hit

44

home run

EXAMPLE: Player A's # 1 batter, Martinez, has an adjusted average of 27. Player A
rolls a 5 which, added to the AA, results in a 32  a fly out.
EXAMPLE: Grudzielanek, the # 2 batter, has an AA of 29. Player A rolls a 2, for a total
of 31  a walk.
f. If a batter reaches safely, place his card on the appropriate base.
g. Before the next batter's result is determined, (1) Player A may choose to attempt to
steal a base, and (2) Player B may choose to attempt a pickoff play. (See below)
h. Extra base hits. If the total of a batter's AA and the roll of the dice equals 29, 38 or 43,
the batter has an extra base hit. To determine the nature of the hit, the player rolls one
dice. If the roll is 14 the hit is a double. If the roll is a 5, it's a triple. And if the roll is a 6
it's a home run.
i. Stealing bases. If Player A has a base runner, he may choose to attempt a stolen
base. Player A rolls one dice. If a 13 is rolled, the baserunner is caught stealing and an
out is recorded. If 46, the baserunner advances. Stealing bases may be attempted for
each baserunner prior to determining the result for the batter at the plate.
j. Pickoff play. If Player B chooses, he may attempt to pick off any of Player A's base
runners. Player B rolls two dice. If a 12, the baserunner is picked off, the player card is
removed, and an out is recorded. If a 311, the baserunner is safe. If the roll is a 2,
there is a defensive error and the baserunner moves to second. Player B may attempt a
pickoff of a baserunner only once between batters.
k. If Player A has a baserunner on first, and his next batter hits a ground out, Player B
may roll for a double play. Player B rolls one dice. If 13, there is no double play and
Player A's baserunner advances to the next base. If 46, the baserunner going from first
to second is also out. If there is more than one baserunner, and Player B rolls 46, he
may choose which baserunner is out on the double play. The other baserunner(s)
advance one base.
l. Fly Ball Advance. If Player A has a baserunner, and the batter hits a fly out, Player A
may roll one dice to determine if the baserunner tags up and advances to the next base.
A 14 roll means the baserunner does not tag up. A 56 means the baserunner
advances.This may be done for every baserunner if there is more than one on base, but
the runner on third must be done before the one on second, etc.
m. Errors. If Player A's batter hits a ground out, Player A may determine whether an
error is committed which will allow the batter to reach first base. Player A rolls two dice.
A 111 means no error is committed and the batter is out. A 12 means an error is
committed and the batter takes first. In that case, all other baserunners advance one
base.
n. A player's turn ends when three outs are made. Then it's the other player's turn to
bat. Player A places his pitcher's card on the mound, and Player B's first batter's card is
placed on home plate.
o. Baserunners advance the same number of bases as the batter who hits his way on.
For instance, if the batter hits a single and goes to first, all existing baserunners
advance one base. If the batter hits a double, existing baserunners advance two bases,
etc. Baserunners do not advance when the batter is hit by a pitch or walks.
p. Keep track of outs and innings in a way that is easiest for you. For my method, SEE
BELOW.
Below is the "playbyplay" of a game of That's Baseball with the notes I took while playing, which might help you determine the best method for recording your own games.
Reds first.
Encarnacion singled. Soriano struck out. Boggs singled, Encarnacion to second. Piazza walked, Encarnacion to third, Boggs to second. Bases loaded. Helton struck out. Bichette walked, Encarnacion scored, Boggs to third, Piazza to second. Bichette picked off first.
Reds lead 10
Blues first.
Martinez flied out. Biggio grounded out. Walker hit a triple. Murphy struck out.
Blues trail 10.
Reds second.
Mondesi grounded out. Conine struck out. Beltran hit a home run. Vizquel grounded out.
Reds lead 20.
Blues second.
Bonilla singled. Bonilla advanced to second on an error. Rolen struck out. Grudzsielanek struck out. Bonilla stole third. Clayton walked .Molitor singled, Bonilla scored, Clayton to second. Molitor picked off first.
Blues trail 21.
Reds third.
Encarnacion singled. Soriano walked, Encarnacion to second. Boggs flied out. Piazza flied out. Encarnacion tagged up and went to third. Helton hit a double, Encarnacion scored, Soriano to third. Bichette grounded out.
Reds lead 31.
Blues third.
Teixeira flied out. Martinez grounded out. Biggio walked. Walker hit a double, Biggio to third. Murphy grounded out.
Blues trail 31.
Reds fourth.
Mondesi singled. Conine flied out. Mondesi was caught stealing second. Beltran walked. Vizquel singled. Encarnacion grounded out.
Reds lead 31.
Blues fourth.
Bonilla walked. Rolen walked, Bonilla to second. Grudzielanek singled, Bonilla to third, Rolen to second. Clayton flied out. Molitor singled, Bonilla scored, Rolen to third, Grudzielanek to second. Texeira flied out. Martinez flied out.
Blues trail 32.
Reds fifth.
Soriano grounded out. Boggs was hit by a pitch. Piazza singled, Boggs to second. Helton walked, Boggs to third, Piazza to second. Bichette singled, Boggs scored, Piazza to third, Helton to second. Mondesi grounded out. Conine singled, Piazza scored, Helton to third, Bichette to second. Beltran struck out.
Reds lead 52.
Blues fifth.
Biggio struck out. Walker flied out. Murphy struck out.
Blues trail 52.
Reds sixth.
Vizquel flied out. Encarnacion flied out. Soriano grounded out.
Reds lead 52.
Blues sixth.
Bonilla grounded out. Rolen struck out. Grudzielanek grounded out.
Blues trail 52.
Reds seventh.
Boggs grounded out. Piazza homered. Helton grounded out. Bichette singled. Mondesi struck out.
Reds lead 62.
Blues seventh.
Clayton grounded out. Molitor hit a double. Teixeira flied out. Molitor tagged up and went to third. Martinez grounded out.
Blues trail 62.
Reds eighth.
Conine grounded out. Beltran grounded out. Vizquel singled. Encarnacion walked, Vizquel to second. Vizquel was caught stealing third.
Reds lead 62.
Blues eighth.
Biggio struck out. Walker hit a double. Murphy grounded out. Bonilla grounded out.
Blues trail 62.
Reds ninth.
Soriano hit a double. Boggs flied out. Piazza struck out. Soriano was caught stealing second.
Reds lead 62.
Blues ninth.
Rolen grounded out. Grudzielanek grounded out. Clayton singled. Molitor singled, Clayton to second. Teixeira flied out.
Reds won 62.
My notes on the game...
1st
Encarnacion  37  single
Soriano  35  FO
Boggs  37  Single
Piazza  40  BB
Helton  34  SO
Bichette  40  BB
Encarnacion scores
Bichette picked off first
Martinez  35  FO
Biggio  33  GO
Walker  43  XBH (double)
Murphy  39  SO
2nd
Mondesi  33  GO
Conine  39  SO
Beltran  38  XBH (homer)
Vizquel  33  GO
Bonilla  30  single
Bonilla to 2nd on pickoff error
Rolen  34  SO
Grudzielanek  39  SO
Bonilla steals third
Clayton  31  BB
Molitor  37  single
Bonilla scores
Molitor picked off first
3rd
Encarnacion  37  single
Soriano  40  BB
Boggs  41  FO
Piazza  35  FO
Encarnacion tags up, to third
Helton  38  XBH (double)
Encarnacion scores
Bichette  36  GO
Teixeira  35  FO
Martinez  36  GO
Biggio  40  BB
Walker  38  XBH (double)
Murphy  36  GO
4th
Mondesi  32  single
Conine  35  FO
Mondesi caught stealing second
Beltran  31  BB
Vizquel  37  Single
Encarnacion  33  GO
Bonilla  31  BB
Rolen  31  BB
Grudzielanek  32  single
Clayton  35  FO
Molitor  37  single
Bonilla scores
Teixeira  35  FO
Martinez  35  FO
5th
Soriano  36  GO
Boggs  42  HBP
Piazza  37  single
Helton  40  BB
Bichette  37  single
Boggs scores
Mondesi  36  GO
Conine  37  single
Piazza scores
Beltran  39  SO
Biggio  39  SO
Walker  35  FO
Murphy  34  SO
6th
Vizquel  41  FO
Encarnacion  35  FO
Soriano  33  GO
Bonilla  36  GO
Rolen  39  SO
Grudzielanek  36  GO
7th
Boggs  36  GO
Piazza  44  home run
Helton  36  GO
Bichette  37  single
Mondesi  34  SO
Clayton  33  GO
Molitor  30  XBH (double)
Teixeira  35  FO
Martinez  33  GO
8th
Conine  33  GO
Beltran  36  GO
Vizquel  37  single
Encarnacion  31  BB
Vizquel caught stealing third
Biggio  34  SO
Walker  38  XBH (double)
Murphy  33  GO
Bonilla  36  GO
9th
Soriano  38  XBH (double)
Boggs  35  SO
Piazza  39  SO
Soriano caught stealing third
Rolen  36  GO
Grudzielanek  36  GO
Clayton  30  single
Molitor  37  single
Teixeira  35  FO
REDS

AA

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

AB

H

R

RBI

BB

SO

SB

2B

3B

HR

Encarnacion

27

1B


1B

GO


FO


BB


4

2

2


1






Soriano

28

FO


BB


GO

GO



2B

4

1

1


1



1



Boggs

32

1B


FO


HBP


GO


FO

5

1

1








Piazza

32

BB


FO


1B


HR


SO

4

2

1

1

1

1




1

Helton

32

SO


2B


BB


GO



3

1


1

1

1


1



Bichette

29

BB


GO


1B


1B



3

2


2

1






Mondesi

28


GO


1B

GO


SO



4

1




1





Conine

29


SO


FO

1B



GO


4

1


1


1





Beltran

29


HR


BB

SO



GO


3

1

1

1

1

1




1

Vizquel

29


GO


1B


FO


1B


4

2









BLUES

AA

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

AB

H

R

RBI

BB

SO

SB

2B

3B

HR

Martinez

28

FO


GO

FO



GO



4










Biggio

28

GO


BB


SO



SO


3




1

2





Walker

32

3B


2B


FO



2B


4

3






2

1


Murphy

28

SO


GO


SO



GO


4





2





Bonilla

28


1B


BB


GO


GO


3

1

2


1


1




Rolen

28


SO


BB


SO



GO

3




1

2





Grudzielanek

29


SO


1B


GO



GO

4

1




1





Clayton

26


BB


FO



GO


1B

3

1



1






Molitor

30


1B


1B



2B


1B

4

4


2




1



Teixeira

27



FO

FO



FO


FO

4










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