|The Box Sim Engine |
Like the pulsating engine of a sports car, the Box Sim Engine lies underneath Box Baseball.
Unseen, its full power is unleashed when the baseball season begins.
The culmination of five years research and thousands of hours of development, the Box Sim Engine is the pinnacle of fantasy baseball.
The Box Sim Engine is a complex algorithm that is the heart of our fantasy game. The Sim is:
Predictive – unlike other simulation games, Box makes you predict how to manage your team based on how you think they will perform in real life. There are other SIM games on the market that use historical stats such as using the 1927 New York Yankees or the 1990 Oakland A's to play games. Our SIM is based on the current year and challeges the user to predict how your team will do real life.
Realistic – the Box Sim Engine is the most realistic simulation algorithm on the market today, basing every at-bat on the weighted probabilities, incorporating numerous factors that make baseball the game of champions: ballpark effects, spray zone data (real-MLB data for where hits and outs are made in the infield and outfield courtesy of Retrosheet.org), Box defensive ratings (thereby making spray zone data even more relevant) and platoon effects.
Player independent stats only – the Box Sim Engine does NOT use team-dependant stats such as Runs, RBIs, Wins, Loses, Saves and ERA for its simulation.
Statistically Valid – the Box Sim Engine has been stress tested for scenarios up to 1 million times. The outcome is found to be statistically similar to real-world outcome, confirming the validity of the Box Sim Engine. No ERA matching, no luck balancing and no more skewed results.
Daily (well, almost) – just like real baseball, Box games happen on an almost daily basis. No more waiting a week to get results like other games.
Who created it?
The team that created the Box Sim Engine has spent a lifetime in fantasy baseball. From the early days of pencil and paper to almost two decades with other weekly simulation baseball games, the Box team lives the passion of baseball. Box feels the time is right to introduce simulation fantasy baseball to the majority of fans who’ve grown bored with the same Roto games.
How does it work? What are the components of the Box Sim Engine?
- Each week you will set your pitching starting rotation for the upcoming week.
- E.g. Starting rotations are frozen as of 11:59pm on Sunday night for the entire week.
- Each day you can set your batting lineup before real life games start. (Batting lineups and bullpen roles can be changed daily).
- E.g. Batting lineups are frozen as of 11:59pm for the following day’s game.
- Games take place in real life MLB.
- Box Baseball takes the stats from those games and processes them via our Box Sim Engine during the night.
- Our Box Sim Engine goes through a set process...but the process includes the following:
- Stats from Pitchers and Batters are weighted so that the latest games have more of an effect on the actual outcome.
- Using weighted probabilities from all the statistics captured, the Box Sim determines the result of the at-bat. Our blended Batter/Pitcher card will determine the probability of the at-bat.
- If a hit occurs for instance, the Batter statistics (weighted towards the previous MLB game that he has played) will decide what type of hit it will be. As an example if the batter's statistics show that 15% of his hits are doubles than there is a 15% chance that the hit will be recorded as a double.
- Outs are calculated in a similar manner as to if it is a ground out or fly out and to determine the zone that was involved.
- When the play is run, errors, base advancements and double plays are all part of the game and these items are again determined using the statistics from the MLB games.
- Final game results with full 9 inning (+) descriptions, batter and pitcher stats are generated and available the next morning. League standings are updated.
Why should I care?
If you love baseball, if you love fantasy sports, and if you love both, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Box Baseball. Our game is unlike anything on the market. One season with us will guarantee you fall in love with the game all over again.
How is it different/better from anything on the market?
There are many games which have one aspect of Box. For example, some use simulations. But their simulation is weekly and artificially constrained by ERA, which is team- and context- dependant statistic. The Box Baseball SIM Engine does NOT factor ERA into the weighting at all.
Some are predictive, but only offer Roto. Roto is pretty much just tallying up categories of stats, and is the opposite of Box. Box is an actual simulated outcome of your fantasy teams.
Box is the ONLY game that is predictive, daily and simulation.
Oh yeah, it’s all about probabilities. Sometimes you're lucky and sometimes you're not.
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