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ZOOM Baseball Mogul 2004
$9.95 (Win95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP) (Mini Retail) (BBMOGUL4PR)

Publisher: HIP Interactive

Game

Taking Fantasy Baseball to the Next Level.

Take control of your favorite team - with the real roster of big league players - and show the world that you've got what it takes to be a Baseball Mogul!

The pennant race is heating up! Your team is four games behind the division leaders, with most of the season behind you. The trading deadline is almost past, and now you have to decide - what is the best way to get to the playoffs? Should you pay top dollar to acquire another starting pitcher? Would a new slugger do the trick? Or can your current players handle the sprint to the finish on their own?

Welcome to the high-pressure world of baseball management! In the back room, your decisions mean the difference between going to the post-season and going home for the winter. Can you build a championship-winning team while you manage the finances, too? It's up to you to find the best players, keep your fans happy, and build your baseball empire.

What's New in 2004

Baseball Mogul 2004 includes a number of new features and improvements over earlier versions of the game, including:

  • Full-screen multi-window interface. Now you can finally use your entire Windows desktop to run your team.
  • Over 100 seasons of historical stats. Start your dynasty in 2003, 1953, or 1903.
  • New interface lets you view all players on one team or in the entire league, and sort by any stat.
  • New player scouting reports with a 5-year graph of their past performance.
  • Improved news headlines. Now includes quick and easy scanning and reading of news articles in the daily newspaper.

The Object of the Game

Baseball Mogul begins in any year you choose, from 1900 to 2003 with the full roster of your favorite team.

As General Manager (GM), your job is to build the best lineup of players to take your team to the Championship Series. You can make complex player trades and sign players to multi-year contracts as you build your team, but you'll have to compete with the other team GMs, and negotiate with the player's agents. If your new players are good enough, have them join your team right away, otherwise send them to your minor league franchise for training and improvement. Then, as the season progresses you choose which players stay in the big leagues, which ones get sent down to the minors, and which ones get released or traded.

As GM you also have to manage all the finances for your ballclub, making sure that the team doesn't go bankrupt. Raise revenue for your team by setting the price of tickets and concessions, and selling the TV broadcast rights, while you manage your team's expenses by setting the budget for your farm system, player scouts, medical staff, and player payroll. But be careful, because fans can be fickle if your team doesn't win or if your tickets become too expensive!

Your involvement as GM does not stop in the team's front office -- you also help to manage your team on the field. You set the starting defense, batting order and pitching rotation for your team. Of course, once a ballgame starts, you retire to the luxury box and its up to your team's coaches and players to get the win! A powerful game engine simulates each at-bat of the game based on historical stats and real player performance, assuring you the maximum realism possible!

Multi-Season Career Manager

Baseball Mogul is designed to help you manage your team over many simulated years. Manage your team one day at a time, or let the computer simulate weeks or months at a stretch so you can play for virtual years or decades. As your players age, their abilities will peak and decline, while fresh new rookies will join your ballclub. Don't forget to build your team for the long term, rather than spending all your money on free agents this season.

Watch your team rise and fall in the standings, watch your bank statement, and read the news stories to stay on top of what's happening with all the ballclubs in both leagues.

If you pick the right players, manage your finances well, and stick to a winning strategy, your team may win the Championship, and you too may become a Baseball Mogul!

Game Features:

Make trades, or accept trades proposed by other managers.

Call up minor leaguers and send major leaguers down for more training.

Sign free agents and release low-performing players.

Read scouting reports to get detailed information on each player in the leagues.

Choose starting lineups and pitching rotations.

Set batting order and defensive positioning.

Set the budget for scouting, farms, and medical staff.

Determine ticket prices, concession prices, and TV broadcast contracts.

Study financial information to compare your revenue and expenses with those of other teams.

Read news stories that highlight interesting games and special league events, such as player trades and end-of-season awards.

Analyze play-by-play and box scores that recap the action of previous games.

Live Play-by-Play Screen. Watch each at-bat of a game, and see the game as it unfolds.

Stadium construction tool. Build a better ballpark, or move your team to a new city and build one there.

Minor league control. Tell your minor league managers what kind of rookies they should recruit, both by position and by skill.

Fantasy draft option. Build your dream team from scratch competing against computer GMs to pick the best players.

Concession prices. Set the prices of hot dogs, drinks, and ice cream in your ballpark.

Detailed year-by-year statistics. Track player performance in spring training and in the postseason.

Complete HTML Help system.

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP:IBM PC Pentium 100 or better CD-ROM drive Mouse 32 MB RAM 110 MB free hard disk space SVGA monitor w/ 256 colors Minimum screen size of 800x600 pixels Optional: Internet Connection Sound card and speakers Printer



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