Initial Goal Hit + $7,500 App Stretch Goal

As you probably know by now–we hit our initial funding goal in under 2 weeks! Thank you so much to everyone who has backed us and believed in this project. So what does this mean? Well as I’ve stated before, initial costs for this game are about 20k with legal/accounting fees, printing, etc (not including 100s of hours spent working on it). $5,000 was the initial goal to cover enough of the start up cost so that we can begin doing some other stuff like marketing / community building without going bankrupt.

As you probably know by now–we hit our initial funding goal in under 2 weeks! Thank you so much to everyone who has backed us and believed in this project. So what does this mean? Well as I’ve stated before, initial costs for this game are about 20k with legal/accounting fees, printing, etc (not including 100s of hours spent working on it). $5,000 was the initial goal to cover enough of the start up cost so that we can begin doing some other stuff like marketing / community building without going bankrupt.

Now that this first goal is successful, it’s time to work towards our first stretch goal: A Companion Scoring App.

Key Features


Ditch the paper score cards
This app completely replaces paper scoring cards. No need to worry about having a stockpile of printed cards. Heck, I don’t even own a printer.

Log Pitching Stats
Keep all of your pitcher’s necessary stats (IP, R, BB). You’ll need these to know when your pitchers are tired. Remember: every 4 runs OR 4 walks is -1 Inning Pitched (can not be combined).

Easily Update Defensive Ratings
You’ll need your Battery, Infield and Outfield ratings handy to make advanced plays. These ratings can change as you sub players in and out of the game – this app will make it easy to update these ratings on the fly without a need to erase on a physical score card.

Save Games / View History
Don’t worry about paper scorecards piling up – your game history will always be saved. This makes it easy for you to play series/seasons with friends.

Just one note: this “app” may just be an online mobile website at launch. We are not sure if it will be available in app stores at launch. This will not fundamentally make any difference, other than how you will access it. There are plans for many other features down the line, including checklists, roster builder, and more!

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Can’t Miss Clutch Cards: My First Roster

These past few months I had the privilege of being the first person to construct a roster with the 2017 Clutch Cards. This is my first Can’t Miss Clutch Cards Roster! Honestly this wasn’t my first rough draft of a team, nor is it my tournament ready team either. Generally most of my teams I made were high on base, or had a powerful starting rotation. This was more of an all-around roster, which I felt would be better for those reading. (Don’t worry, it still has plenty of New York bias.) It has your classic ace in Madison Bumgarner, a balanced bullpen (5 righty, 3 lefty), solid defense (2 gold gloves), two speedsters, a balanced lineup (lefty/righty alternating), all positions covered by the bench, 3 legitimate power hitters, and a flame-throwing closer.

These past few months I had the privilege of being the first person to construct a roster with the 2017 Clutch Cards. This is my first “Can’t Miss Clutch Cards” roster! Honestly this wasn’t my first rough draft of a team, nor is it my tournament ready team either. Generally most of my teams I made were high on base, or had a powerful starting rotation. This was more of an all-around roster, which I felt would be better for those reading. (Don’t worry, it still has plenty of New York bias.) It has your classic ace in Madison Bumgarner, a balanced bullpen (5 righty, 3 lefty), solid defense (2 gold gloves), two speedsters, a balanced lineup (lefty/righty alternating), all positions covered by the bench, 3 legitimate power hitters, and a flame-throwing closer.

My Starting Rotation (Salary: 1,815)

  1. Madison Bumgarner [SP] [L] (630)
  2. Cole Hamels [SP] [L] (315)
  3. Anthony DeSclafani [SP] [R] (300)
  4. Steven Matz, [SP] [L] (285)
  5. Steven Wright [SP] [R] (285)

My Bullpen (Salary: 1,170)

  1. Dellin Betances [RP] [R] (205)
  2. Tyler Clippard [RP] [R] (180)
  3. Mike Morin [RP] [R] (130)
  4. Kevin Quakenbush [RP] [R] (95)
  5. Jordan Lyles [RP] [R] (55)
  6. Tony Sipp [RP] [L] (130)
  7. Oliver Perez [RP] [L] (120)
  8. Aroldis Chapman [CP] [L] (255)

My Starting Lineup (Salary: 2,815)

  1. Dee Gordon [2B] [L] (370)
  2. Francisco Lindor [SS] [S] (415)
  3. Gary Sanchez [C] [R] (545)
  4. Jason Heyward [RF] [L] (365)
  5. Khris Davis [LF] [R] (250)
  6. Mitch Moreland [1B] [L] (285)
  7. Chris Carter [DH] [R] (235)
  8. Chase Headley [3B] [S] (185)
  9. Billy Hamilton [CF] [S] (165)

My Bench (Salary: 195)

  1. Chris Owings [SS/CF] [R] (90)
  2. Ryan Zimmerman [1B] [R] (55)
  3. Ryan Flaherty [U] [L] (50)

25 Man Roster (Salary: 5990)

Home Stadium: New York (A)

LH Batters (Or SH vs. RH Pitcher) HR 1 number lower.

New York (A) Pitchers: Above effect is negated.

Summary

I am a big fan of the alternating handedness in the lineup/bullpen. It gives me an upper hand with strategy cards, and keeps my opponent off balance with theirs. This teams biggest weakness is going to be getting on base. Most of my cheaper hitters are low-average power hitters. At least Kris Davis and Chris Carter both come with home run icons. My bench has minimal depth, but provides a speed with Chris Owings. Ryan Flaherty could be used as a defensive replacement after Owings is used as a pinch runner. Ryan Zimmerman’s best use is his R+1 on base if your opponent uses a L+ pitcher.

Here is my team rating:

Power: A
Sanchez, Davis, Carter, and Moreland. New York Stadium will only make them stronger.

Contact: C+
Go big or go home with the power hitters. Five Onbase 11 +0’s in a row at the end of the lineup may be a problem.

Rotation: B-
MadBum is a legend. Given our game doesn’t have injuries, these other 4 major leaguers are solid and proven. Hamels isn’t a World Series MVP anymore, but he did just throw a no-hitter in 2015.

Bullpen: B
I really pride myself on a balanced bullpen of lefty/righty +1’s and +2’s, which this bullpen has 4 of. It even has a few guys with smaller mistake zones, like 1 or 1-2.

Bench: C
This bench has the bare necessities. Nothing more, nothing less. We will see how the game adapts to bench role players.

Defense: A
An outfielder has a gold glove, and an infielder has a gold glove. My defense up the middle stacked (+9), my battery is a 12 with MadBum, and my outfield is a 10!

Did I have too much bias making this team? Maybe. Let it be known though that this team won the first ever game of Clutch Cards final product. A 9th inning comeback against Kenley Jansen, the #2 rated closer in Clutch (behind Zach Britton).

Next on Can’t Miss Clutch Cards: Where was Zach Britton on October 4th, 2016?

Can’t Miss Clutch Cards

Welcome to my first Can’t Miss Clutch Cards blog! My name is Sean Norberg, I am a co-founder of Clutch Baseball, and a passionate New York Yankees fan. Don’t hate! I grew up in New York in the 90’s, and my father grew up in New York cheering for the Yankees in the 40’s and 50’s. Ultimately I am an extreme baseball fan all together. Despite the Yankees missing the playoffs for the 3rd time in 4 years, 2016 was one of the most exciting years of baseball in my life. I am excited in what 2017 has in store for the MLB, and Clutch Baseball!

At just 165 Salary, Billy Hamilton is one of the cheapest 20 Speed players.

Welcome to my first Can’t Miss Clutch Cards blog! My name is Sean Norberg, I am a co-founder of Clutch Baseball, and a passionate New York Yankees fan. Don’t hate! I grew up in New York in the 90’s, and my father grew up in New York cheering for the Yankees in the 40’s and 50’s. Ultimately I am an extreme baseball fan all together. Despite the Yankees missing the playoffs for the 3rd time in 4 years, 2016 was one of the most exciting years of baseball in my life. I am excited in what 2017 has in store for the MLB, and Clutch Baseball!

The creators and I have had the first opportunity to scout the new player cards that are based off the last 2 seasons of the player’s statistics. After casually picking a few of my favorite players to add to the first team I built (*cough* Gary Sanchez), I added a few players I thought were solid bargains. I still found myself struggling to stay under the point salary limit. So, I literally went back to my drawing board, and started looking for players well under the average point limit per player. The team salary cap is 6000 points, for 25 players, which is only 240 points per player on average. So my first mission was to find the best players around 200 points.

My main man in 2017: Billy R. Hamilton. He is one of, if not, the fastest dudes in the MLB. I mean the guy stole 155 bases one year in the minor leagues! So of course you’re going to see Hamilton leading off for a lot of Clutch teams. He is a basement bargain for 165 points. Only one player with speed A is cheaper than Hamilton, and I hope I never see Chris Owinings in someone’s starting lineup with a +1 defense in centerfield or at shortstop (unless I’m playing them in a tournament). So why is Billy Hamilton still nearly double the cost of Owinings? Get this, Hamilton lead all NL centerfielders with a 1.8 defensive war last year. Most casual fans have probably never heard (or care) of defensive war, but to put it in perspective for you; Hamilton nearly doubled his defensive war from the previous season. Despite leading the NL in defensive war, Ender Inciarte still edged him out for the gold glove. No worries though, Hamilton comes with a smooth SB (Stolen Base) icon to lead that lineup off for you.  So roll this speedy and defensive stud out in your lineup in 2017, but don’t necessarily expect that lethal combo back in 2018, until he proves himself.

Okay, so let’s get back to the reality of Hamilton’s Clutch card. His on-base is atrocious, the dude basically can’t hit homeruns, and he has one of the worst clutch ratings in all of baseball. Although there is one more x-factor you can’t put a price on. He’s a switch hitter. Here is why that is EVERYTHING for me in a leadoff hitter.

  1. You don’t have to worry about +1/+2 additional Command from R/L advantage.
  2. The bullpen. Not only do you not have to worry about facing additional command, it strips your opponent of that advantage in the late innings.
  3. Strategy cards. There are a fair amount of cards that are only triggered when opposing an opposite handed pitcher. Since Hamilton is an offensive nightmare, you may need those cards to actually get on base with him.
Perez may not be a huge offensive threat, but he does carry a SL and GG icon.

The most logical bargain: El Nino, World Series MVP, Salvador Perez. This time I’ll start with the negatives. He’s a speed D with an on base of 10. His batting average has been dropping every year he has been in the big leagues, which is never a good sign for catchers. So much like Hamilton, don’t bank on Perez being your long-term catcher past the 2017 season. Figuring only one catcher is higher than a speed C, J.T Realmuto, it doesn’t really matter that he is a speed D. Everyone generally focuses on defense with catchers, and Perez just won his 4th straight glove. Perez is going to be gunning runners out, if anyone actually dares to steal on this man with a +9 arm, and gold glove icon. Speaking of icons, despite Perez’s declining batting average, Perez still managed to win the AL Silver Slugger for catchers in 2016. This gives you two icons for less than the average salary cost. That leaves us to wonder, how did he win the Silver Slugger if his on-base is only a 10? Well the good news is that his chart is not as sad as Billy the Kid’s. Perez reaches base on a 7, and singles on an 8. That is a pretty low die roll to reach base via a base hit. So he can be driving runners in from second base during clutch moments (instead of walking). Oh, did I mention he has positive clutch too? Sounds to me like a solid strategy deck can be built around this former World Series MVP.

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