Player Icons & Foil List 2018

Unfortunately, the off-season is upon us. After being treated to 7 months of baseball nearly every day, the withdrawal can be depressing. However, there’s always baseball news and happenings to look out for even if the ball isn’t in play. Free agent signings and hirings/firings are usually the big announcements, but over here at Clutch headquarters we were patiently marking down the days until all of the 2018 icons were revealed.

Unfortunately, the off-season is upon us. After being treated to 7 months of baseball nearly every day, the withdrawal can be depressing. However, there’s always baseball news and happenings to look out for even if the ball isn’t in play. Free agent signings and hirings/firings are usually the big announcements, but over here at Clutch headquarters we were patiently marking down the days until all of the 2018 icons were revealed.

Most importantly, we have two new icons coming next year. On offense we have the RBI icon, giving more power to sluggers and big bats in the middle of the lineup. Even more exciting is the HL aka Hold icon for relievers. Besides closers and the SV (Save) icon, pitchers coming out of the bullpen had no realistic icons until now. For those who don’t know, the Hold stat is basically calculated the same way as the Save stat just before the 9th inning.

And lastly, I will explain how the icons are chosen. GG, SL (minus the NL Pitcher), and MVP are self-explanatory. The rest are determined by top 3 in each league. The only sticky situation is when a player changes leagues during the season. For example J.D. Martinez hit 45 home runs (in less than 500 PA), that’s a lot.  However he hit 16 in the AL with Detroit and 25 in the NL with Arizona. So technically he’s not top 3 in either league, but he deserves it. So players like that get put into the league that they ended the season on but they don’t push out anyone who actually finished in the top 3 of that league. Get it? Ties in statistics can also cause more than just 3 players to receive an icon.  So without further ado, here are your official 2018 player icons!

Offense

AL MVP
Jose Altuve

NL MVP
Giancarlo Stanton

AL SL
Gary Sanchez (C)
Eric Hosmer (1B)
Jose Altuve (2B)
Jose Ramirez (3B)
Francisco Lindor (SS)
Aaron Judge (OF)
George Springer (OF)
Justin Upton (OF)
Nelson Cruz (DH)

NL SL
Buster Posey (C)
Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
Daniel Murphy (2B)
Nolan Arenado (3B)
Corey Seager (SS)
Giancarlo Stanton (OF)
Marcell Ozuna (OF)
Charlie Blackmon (OF)

AL HR
Aaron Judge
Khris Davis
Joey Gallo

NL HR
Giancarlo Stanton
J.D. Martinez
Cody Bellinger
Nolan Arenado
Charlie Blackmon
Marcell Ozuna

AL RBI
Nelson Cruz
Aaron Judge
Khris Davis

NL RBI
Giancarlo Stanton
Nolan Arenado
Marcell Ozuna

AL SB
Whit Merrifield
Cameron Maybin
Jose Altuve

NL SB
Dee Gordon
Billy Hamilton
Trea Turner

Defense

AL MVP
Corey Kluber

NL MVP
Max Scherzer

AL GG
Martin Maldonado (C)
Eric Hosmer (1B)
Brian Dozier (2B)
Evan Longoria (3B)
Andrelton Simmons (SS)
Alex Gordon (LF/RF)
Byron Buxton (CF)
Mookie Betts (LF/RF)
Marcus Stroman (P)

NL GG
Tucker Barnhart (C)
Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
DJ LeMahieu (2B)
Nolan Arenado (3B)
Brandon Crawford (SS)
Marcell Ozuna (LF/RF)
Ender Inciarte (CF)
Jason Heyward (LF/RF)
Zack Greinke (P)

AL W
Carlos Carrasco
Corey Kluber
Jason Vargas

NL W
Clayton Kershaw
Zach Davies
Zack Greinke

AL K
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
Chris Archer

NL K
Max Scherzer
Jacob DeGrom
Robbie Ray

AL HL
Taylor Rogers
Nick Vincent
Andrew Miller

NL HL
Jose Ramirez
Jacob Barnes
Archie Bradley
Carl Edwards Jr.
Anthony Swarzak
Ryan Madson

AL SV
Alex Colome
Robert Osuna
Craig Kimbrel

NL SV
Greg Holland
Kenley Jansen
Corey Knebel
Fernando Rodney

Players with multiple icons:

Giancarlo Stanton (4)
Nolan Arenado (4)
Marcell Ozuna (4)
Aaron Judge (3)
Jose Altuve (3)
Corey Kluber (3)
Khris Davis (2)
Charlie Blackmon (2)
Paul Goldschmidt (2)
Eric Hosmer (2)
Nelson Cruz (2)
Zack Greinke (2)
Max Scherzer (2)

 

Somewhat related, we have the foil list almost set (pending F/A) for 2018 as well. All in all, 13/25 Batters and 13/25 Pitchers are new rare cards (highlighted in bold) this year as opposed to 2017.

Batters

Paul Goldschmidt – ARI/1B
Freddie Freeman – ATL/1B
Kris Bryant – CHI(N)/3B
Joey Votto – CIN/1B
Jose Ramirez – CLE/2B
Nolan Arenado – COL/3B
Charlie Blackmon – COL/3B
Eric Hosmer – FA/1B*
J.D. Martinez – FA/LF/RF*
Jose Altuve – HOU/2B
George Springer – HOU/LF/RF
Mike Trout – LA(A)/CF
Justin Upton – LA(A)/LF/RF
Cody Bellinger – LA(N)/1B
Corey Seager – LA(N)/SS
Justin Turner – LA(N)/3B
Christian Yelich – MIL/LF/RF
Aaron Judge – NY(A)/LF/RF
Giancarlo Stanton – NY(A)/LF/RF
Nelson Cruz – SEA/1B
Tommy Pham – STL/LF/RF
Marcell Ozuna – STL/LF/RF
Adrian Beltre – TEX/3B
Bryce Harper – WSH/LF/RF
Anthony Rendon – WSH/3B

 Pitchers

Zack Greinke – ARI/SP
Robbie Ray – ARI/SP
Craig Kimbrel – BOS/CP
Drew Pomeranz – BOS/SP
Chris Sale – BOS/SP
Carlos Carrasco – CLE/SP
Corey Kluber – CLE/SP
Andrew Miller – CLE/RP
Dallas Keuchel – HOU/SP
Justin Verlander – HOU/SP
Kenley Jansen – LA(N)/CP
Clayton Kershaw – LA(N)/SP
Alex Wood – LA(N)/SP
Corey Knebel – MIL/CP
Ervin Santana – MIN/SP
Luis Severino – NY(A)/SP
Jacob deGrom – NY(N)/SP
James Paxton – SEA/SP
Carlos Martinez – STL/SP
Madison Bumgarner – SF/SP
Roberto Osuna – TOR/CP
Marcus Stroman – TOR/SP
Gio Gonzalez – WSH/SP
Max Scherzer – WSH/SP
Stephen Strasburg – WSH/SP

*Pending time of signing

Let us know which cards you’re most excited to add to your lineup, and look forward to announcements regarding the 2018 strategy cards so you can truly know how to put these icons and players to use next year!

Valentine’s Day 2018 LE Set

Our first set of Limited Edition cards debuted back in September of last year, where we released two Philadelphia legends in Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton to celebrate our first official Clutch tournament. In October we celebrated Halloween with some more LE cards, now with special designs, nicknames, and a spook-tacular Strategy Card. This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re continuing to expand on the idea of the small Limited Edition “mini-set” by adding a Stadium Card and special variants.

Our first set of Limited Edition cards debuted back in September of last year, where we released two Philadelphia legends in Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton to celebrate our first official Clutch tournament. In October we celebrated Halloween with some more LE cards, now with special designs, nicknames, and a spook-tacular Strategy Card. This year for Valentine’s Day, we’re continuing to expand on the idea of the small Limited Edition “mini-set” by adding a Stadium Card and special variants.

New LE Format / Distribution

For this set, we’ve decided to try something a little different and hopefully more fun. This set will feature 4 cards sold in red blind packs. The packs will cost $14.99 each or free with orders $29.99 and over. We will be bringing back 2017 Strategy Sets, priced conveniently at $29.99 to coincide with this release.

So what’s the deal with blind packs? Well, we’ve decided to put in variants of the 2 players featured in the set: Pete Rose and Frank Viola. Each pack will include 1 version of Rose and 1 version of Viola, distributed as follows:
Standard: 55/70   |   Valentine’s Variant: 14/70   |   Special Valentine’s Variant: 1/70

The packs will be limited to 70 and will all include a “Big Red Machine” Stadium Card as well as a “Heartbreaker” Strategy Card. The variants are statistically identical—the difference is purely cosmetic. Packs will be completely random, so you could theoretically get 2 variants in 1 pack. I want to re-iterate that we’re not married to this idea and if it turns out to be unpopular, we’ll obviously re-evaluate it going forward. Here’s our thinking though: the holiday cards can be fun but someone might not necessarily want a Pete Rose with an actual rose on it over a “normal one.” The variants allow us to make [hopefully] everyone happy and give a chance for some people to score some extra-rare cards. Sales begin on 2/1 and will ship immediately.

The Cards

Alright so now that we’ve got that squared away, let’s talk about the cards themselves.

Pete Rose: I’m pretty sure everyone saw “Charlie Hustle” making it into this first Valentine’s Day set. With a last name like Rose and more hits than anyone to ever play the game, it was basically a no-brainer. 1973 was his MVP year as well as his highest WAR year by far—making it another easy pick. His card also features a special Rose-like stance.

Frank Viola: On the flip side, I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. Okay, neither did I until a few days ago. Viola could have made it into the set on his instrumental last name alone, but having a nickname like “Sweet Music” and a CY Young award in ’88 sealed the deal for us.

Big Red Machine: With Rose making his Clutch debut, and red being the theme of the holiday, this made too much sense. In the 8 seasons from 1970-1977, four different Cincinnati batters won the NL MVP award a total of 6 times. In this span they also amassed an incredible 34 All-Star selections. Most of these accolades came from Cincinnati’s “Great Eight” that led the “Big Red Machine” to dominate baseball’s 1970’s. This card is essentially a variant of the current Cincinnati Park, however instead of the bonus effect providing negation, it instead powers up even more when an MVP/AS is at the plate. Another interesting note: Riverfront Stadium did not feature any infield dirt, leading to a strange but unique ballpark diagram.


Heartbreaker: We went through a bunch of ideas but ultimately landed on a card that could lend itself to MVP/AS players which is clearly an underlying theme of this set. This new trigger allows you to play Heartbreaker after a tied advantage and turn the tables on the offense. You’ll also be able to draw 2 cards if your pitcher is an All-Star or MVP (oh hi Frank…).


Alright folks, so there you have it: the 2018 Valentine’s Day set. As always, we love to hear from you. Comment here or contact us on social media @clutchcards to let us know what you think about this set. Are you hoping for a variant or standard limited edition player? Will this new strat or stadium find it’s way into your deck? Remember: orders begin on February 1st!

Clutch Baseball 2018 Announcement

Almost one year ago today, pre-orders for Clutch Baseball 2017 went live on Indiegogo.  We set out with a goal of $5,000, raised more than $16,000, and the rest is history.  Since then thousands of players have joined our community, placing orders, interacting with us on social media, discussing strategies on our forums, and more.  Last week we released a teaser image which showed our road-map for the 2018 season.  In this blog we will give you the specifics on what and when is coming in our sophomore season.

Almost one year ago today, pre-orders for Clutch Baseball 2017 went live on Indiegogo.  We set out with a goal of $5,000, raised more than $16,000, and the rest is history.  Since then thousands of players have joined our community, placing orders, interacting with us on social media, discussing strategies on our forums, and more.  Last week we released a teaser image which showed our road-map for the 2018 season.  In this blog we will give you the specifics on what and when is coming in our sophomore season.


Gameplay

Speed has been changed from 5(D)/10(C)/15(B)/20(A) to 4(E)/8(D)/12(C)/16(B)/20(A)
Reasoning: We found it a little too difficult to move around the basepaths with mid to lower tier Speed players.  We feel that 20(A) players are in a good spot, but the player roster in general needed a slight bump.  Note: only the slowest players will be rated 4(E) so as mentioned, the average speed of all players will increase.  Slight salary adjustments will be made for E (obviously) and D players as opposed to last year.

1B Defensive Range has been changed from 1-3 to 0-2
Reasoning: Outfield defense currently maxes out at 13, Battery at 14, and Infield at 16.  We want to make Infield a little more in line with the former two, and again this goes back to players having difficulty moving around the basepaths.  +0 Defense, similar to E Speed, will be reserved for the lowest few players in the statistical category.  Mostly DH’s that don’t provide much with their glove the few times they play the field outside of your typical ground ball outs and pick-off attempts (which they already do automatically in our game).  Slight salary adjustments have also been made regarding defense with +0’s (obviously) being cheaper than the current +1 and +4/+5 will also be slightly more expensive as we round out the formula.

Icon salary has been changed from 30/20/10/0 per icon to 30/15/0 within specific groups
The logic for a decreasing icon salary is that many strategy cards contain multiple icons, and you only need one to trigger the effect.  Therefore, you don’t want to overpay for excess icons.  But we realized that the strategy cards we have can only group certain icons with other icons.  So the groups for 2018 are: 1) MVP/HR/SL/RBI, 2) MVP/W/K/SV/HL, 3) SB, 4) GG, 5) AS.  For the most part, this will not have a significant effect across the board, but it’s just cleaning up a small facet of the game we found to be imprecise.

Other changes:

  • +0 Clutch has been removed.  Slight Pitcher Clutch Salary adjustments to be in line with Batters.
  • RP IP Salary increased.  They will now pay 50% more than SP do for additional innings due to the greater proportionate increase in usability.
  • Walk rates for Batter’s charts have been slightly increased across the board.

Production

Six releases throughout 2018 – 3 Sets and 3 LE

2018 Main Set – April 1

  • Includes 400 Player Cards (with a focus on getting as many new players not represented throughout 2017 as possible), 70 new Strategy Cards, and 30 Stadium Cards
  • Two new Icons for Batters/Pitchers: RBI & Hold
  • Two new Strategy Cards: Manager & Weather
    • Manager
      Playable at the top of any inning and last for both the top and bottom of the inning.  Manager cards have different effects whether on Offense or Defense and center around player decisions.
    • Weather
      A dice roll will determine how long the card’s permanent Stadium-like effect will last.  Closed Stadiums (retractable or not) will not allow Weather Cards to be played and will be noted on the Stadium Card.

2018 Mid-Season Set – August 1

  • Includes Montreal Legends, 60 All-Star cards, new Strategy and Stadium Cards, and more players that were not in the Main Set as opposed to 2017

2018 Generations Set – December 1

  • Includes Classic Players from the 1990’s/2000’s along with late season call-ups/top prospects from the end of the 2018 season.  Next year will feature Classic Players from the 1970’s/1980’s, and so on.

2018 LE Releases

  • Valentine’s Day LE – February 1
  • Memorial Day LE – June 1
  • Post-Season Heroes – October 1

Design

Player Cards
All new design featuring 10+ player silhouettes, new look Clutch icons, and a bolder city skyline moved to the foreground

Stadium Cards
Updated and adjusted design now featuring the ballpark dimensions and outline

Strategy Cards
New designs for Manager and Weather cards in new color schemes (purple and green respectively)

  • All cards will be printed on a superior cardstock that is both more sturdy and better accepting of ink and coloring
  • Updated Booster, Full Set, and Starter Set packaging design

 

Merchandising

  • All 2018 sets, including Mid-Season and Generations, will be purchasable as one complete set
  • New Starter Combo Lite: Includes the contents of one full Starter Set + the cards of a second Starter Set in one box for $29.99
  • 2018 Full Set price lowered from $139.99 to $129.99

As of today, all 2017 items are now 50% off MSRP.  Look forward to more news and a preview of the Valentine’s Day LE cards very soon!