Chase for 61: Promo Set

20 years ago, baseball’s imagination was captured by chase to break Maris’s homerun record. It’s no secret that in later years the achievements of Sosa & McGwire (and later countless others) would be tainted, but there’s also no denying that summer of ’98 was, at the time, an extremely exciting time to watch what was unfolding. If you need evidence of what the hype was like around these homerun monsters, just check out this video;  McGwire would regularly draw 20,000 fans just to watch his batting practice. It’s definitely a little weird to think back to now, but as an 8 year old kid at the time, I have really fond memories of watching the chase. So it’s with that memory of the excitement and fun of the summer of 1998, that I present our first ever Open Edition Promo Set.

20 years ago, baseball’s imagination was captured by the chase to break Roger Maris’s homerun record. It’s no secret that in later years the achievements of Sosa & McGwire (and many others) would be tainted, but there’s also no denying that the summer of ’98 was an extremely exciting time to watch what was unfolding. If you need evidence of what the hype was like around these homerun monsters, just check out this video;  McGwire would regularly draw 20,000+ fans just to watch his batting practice. It’s definitely a little weird to think back on now, but as an 8 year old kid at the time, I personally have really fond memories of watching the chase. So it’s with that memory of the excitement and fun of the summer of 1998, that I present our first ever Open Edition Promo Set.

What makes this a “Promo Set”?
We’re calling this a Promo Set because these cards will be distributed as freebies only. 1 card will ship randomly with each order over $15 placed on our website. The card backs also are slightly different- they have our website and social links, as they will additionally be given away at card shows and other events throughout the year.

When can I get ’em?
The cards will release [appropriately] on 6/1. I want to re-iterate that this is an open edition. We’re not asking you to immediately push through 3 orders of scorecards or anything like that (unless you really want to…). You’ll be able to get a card included in orders all the way through 8/31/18. The promo will automatically add to your cart starting on 6/1/18 once an order over $15 has been added to the cart. All items will qualify except gift cards.

The Cards
Chase all 3: McGwire, Sosa, & Maris. Sosa & McGwire have equal rarity, while about 1/2 as many Maris will be produced, making him a bit harder to come by. We definitely encourage you to check out the forums and get to trading those doubles. All 3 cards are pretty jacked up stat wise, and are guaranteed to produce some monster dongs.

Clutch Baseball Online League: High Heat 2018

The Clutch Baseball Online League is coming off of an absolutely electric season. Winter 2017 featured an expansion from 8 to 16 teams that battled from November to April, leading to an absolute story book finish. The champion, Cady Phillips, found herself needing to win out from 5-8 just to make playoffs. She then won two series primarily on the road, leading to a World Series match-up vs. Clutch Baseball veteran Patrick Burke. The series ended with a Game 5, 9th inning, 2 outs comeback to tie the game and then win it in extras. Once again, Seattle, WA was home to the Online League champion.

The Clutch Baseball Online League is coming off of an absolutely electric season. Winter 2017 featured an expansion from 8 to 16 teams that battled from November to April, leading to an absolute story book finish. The champion, Cady Phillips, found herself needing to win out from 5-8 just to make playoffs. She then won two series primarily on the road, leading to a World Series match-up vs. Clutch Baseball veteran Patrick Burke. The series ended with a Game 5, 9th inning, 2 outs comeback to tie the game and then win it in extras. Once again, Seattle, WA was home to the Online League champion.

And now after a short break, we’re back, bigger and better than ever. This season will feature an expansion from 16 to 20 teams, in an East vs. West battle of the coasts. On top of that, we’re taking the personality of the teams to a whole new level. Teams now have an official name and represent a real-life city, aka the Connecticut Kings. The managers have also been able to design team logos and colors to truly make it feel like this is their own big league ball club. The best part is, all of this is viewable on our all-new Online League dedicated website – http://www.clutchleague.com.  There you can view the standings, schedule, rosters, and read the recaps to see how all the action played out.

Format:

  • 20 teams, 2 Conferences, 2 Divisions per Conference
  • 10 teams per Conference, 5 teams per Division
  • Top 2 in all 4 Divisions make playoffs
  • 1 Wildcard from each Conference makes playoffs
  • #1 Seed overall from each Conference gets bye to Conference Finals
  • 8 weeks, 16 games, 2 games per week, 8 Home games/8 Away games
  • 8 games vs. Division, 5 games vs. Conference, 3 games vs. Inter-League
  • Randomly assigned Stadiums within geographical proximity
  • 25 man, 6,000 Salary rosters

Alignment:

  • Eastern Conference
    • Northeast Division
      • Boston Clam Chowda (Brendan Maxon/MA/Baltimore Yards)
      • Johnstown Imperials (Mike Alberts/PA/Boston Park)
      • Maryland Microbrews (Tony Alberts/MD/New York (N) Field)
      • Connecticut Kings (Aaron Baral/CT/Pittsburgh Park)
      • New York Knights (George Fitzpatrick/NY/Toronto Centre)
    • Southeast Division
      • Arlington Cannons (Patrick Burke/VA/Tampa Bay Field)
      • Gainesville Gingersnaps (Josh Arthurs/FL/Florida Park)
      • Bluffton Beach Bums (Chris DeCrane/SC/Washington Park)
      • Virginia Neptunes (Brian Schiller/VA/Atlanta Park)
      • Richmond Hammers (Ryan Woloshin/VA/Miami Park)
  • Western Conference
    • Midwest Division
      • St. Louis Dingoes (Matt Ahrens/MO/Cleveland Field)
      • Chicago Lucadores (Rey Delgado/IL/Cincinnati Park)
      • Nashville Strix (Drew Duffield/TN/Minnesota Field)
      • Tennessee Platypi (Wes Duffield/TN/St. Louis Stadium)
      • Scottsdale Saltshakers (Nick Tantillo/AZ/Detroit Park)
    • Pacific Division
      • Arizona Shade (James Rate/AZ/Arizona Field)
      • Seattle Cobras (Robert Forbes/WA/Los Angeles (N) Stadium)
      • Washington Avocados (Dani Espinoza/WA/San Diego Park)
      • San Diego Armada (Matt Slagle/CA/San Francisco Park)
      • Seattle Melonheads (Navarre Moore/WA/Seattle Field)

Again, make sure to stay up to date with all the results and drama at http://www.clutchleague.com. We’re still fairly early in the season, but look forward to another blog coming in the following months where we preview the playoff match-ups, analyze the rosters in-depth, and discuss prizes for those who finish at the top!

Memorial Day 2018 LE Set

Even though we know you can’t see them, trust us the cards are there- Clutch is going camo! After the overwhelmingly positive support for the format of the Valentine’s Day LE Set that quickly sold out, we’re very excited to announce that we’re doing the same for our 2nd 2018 LE Set: Memorial Day. Here’s a refresher/explanation for new players:

Even though we know you can’t see them, trust us the cards are there- Clutch is going camo! After the overwhelmingly positive support for the format of the Valentine’s Day LE Set that quickly sold out, we’re very excited to announce that we’re doing the same for our 2nd 2018 LE Set: Memorial Day. Here’s a refresher/explanation for new players:

LE Format / Distribution

This set will feature 4 cards sold in blind packs. Each pack contains 1 version of the 2 players featured in the set: Tony Gwynn & Trevor Hoffman. The odds of getting each version are as follows:

Standard: 55/75   |   Memorial Day Variant: 19/75   |   Special Memorial Day Variant: 1/75

The packs will be limited to 75 and will all include both LE Strategy Cards: “Back to the Track” & “Short Porch”. The player variants are statistically identical—the difference is purely cosmetic. Packs will be completely random, so you could theoretically get 2 variants in 1 pack. The packs will cost $14.99 each or FREE with orders $29.99 and over. All items (both 2017 & 2018) will qualify except gift cards. A max of 5 packs will be allowed per person. Sales begin on 5/25 and will ship immediately.

The Cards

Everyone caught up? Let’s talk cards.

Tony Gwynn: When we decided on the camouflage design theme, it was only right that we featured some of the all time greats from San Diego. The pattern is most closely associated with that team and their alternate uniforms. The greatest player from San Diego, without a doubt, was Tony Gwynn. Gwynn dominated the 1987 season as the quintessential man at the top of the order – .370 AVG, 218 H, 119 R, and 56 SB. This is our highest salary card to date (minus Ohtani’s double sided card).

Trevor Hoffman: The stars really aligned for Hoffman. Not only is he one of the greatest players from San Diego, but he was recently inducted into the Hall Of Fame this past January. Hoffman was so good in 1998 that he came in 2nd place in MVP voting, an amazing recognition as a relieving pitcher (fun fact: he’s also our first LE out of the bullpen). He notched a league leading 53 SV, along with a  1.48 ERA, 0.849 WHIP, and 10.6 K/9.

Back to the Track: You didn’t think the dimensions we added were just to look pretty did you? Aside from being part of our Stadium card redesign, the stadium diagrams will now be able to impact gameplay with our two new LE Strategy cards. The first, on defense, is “Back To The Track.” Think Highway Robbery, with some twists, and with top LF/RF defenders being able to break the batter’s heart. Along with the addition of Stadiums that are indoors/outdoors (affecting Weather cards), the decision of where to field your ball club is as in-depth and challenging as ever.


Short Porch: On the other hand, from the offensive side of things, we have “Short Porch.” Take advantage of those short RF walls (cough New York (A) cough) with some big bats to turn FB’s into 2B’s and HR’s.  Remember all the Strategy cards that are part of this set will feature the limited edition blue/red camouflage design.


And there it is – the 2018 Memorial Day set. Comment here or contact us on social media @clutchcards to let us know what you think! Are you hoping for a variant or standard limited edition player? Will these new strats find their way into your deck? Remember: orders begin on May 25th!