AND I FOUND IT!
Baseball Mogul 2006!
To say I was happy is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Yes, that is from like 11 years ago. BUT I DON'T CARE!
So of course, I picked the crappiest team to manage: The Tampa Bay Devil Rays. DEVIL RAYS!
And, yes, they would change their name soon after to just the Rays. But... DEVIL RAYS!
I hate myself.
I picked the Manager difficulty, which is one level below Mogul, the hardest difficulty. I don't hate myself that much. My Mogul name in this franchise is "The Man" because this team is going to answer to THE MAN! OK, that's not very creative, but whatever, I'm having fun.
So, being on the Manager difficulty means that even though my payroll is $48 million, my budget is only $24 million. OK, I do hate myself...
I also chose Simulation mode in the options. I prefer the more historical simulation myself. But without simulation mode, the game is pretty wacky. So, I want things to be pretty much like real life. It's a bit more predictable if you know the players well, which I do.
First Roster Move
So, obviously, the Rays would need some help. They would lose 101 games in 2006, and only win 61. We need some better players. So, my first move, since I had a little cash to play with - $3.28 million. My first move was to sign starting pitcher Kevin Brown for $2.1 million.
Yes, he was 41. But, I needed a decent starting pitcher, and there will be plenty more moves. The good news is that the Rays will have a lot of good players coming up through the farm system. So, a valuable veteran presence would help.
Also, there's something awesome about Baseball Mogul that no other game has. The players have personalities and have really specific demands. Like with pitcher Casey Fossum, who the game tells me wants to be traded to the Rangers so he can be with Nick Bierbrodt. HOW CUTE!
But really, players have FRIENDS in Baseball Mogul and they get bonuses for having their friends around and being happy. I love that about this game.
And Casey Fossum would actually get his wish.
Find out what happens to Casey and the rest of the Rays – erm, DEVIL RAYS – in the next episode of BASEBALL MOGUL!