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Play Ball! Fantasy Baseball Innovator Baseball Manager® Ushers In 24th Year With most Realistic Fantasy Game on The Web

162-game season, on-field features like 'lefty-righty' matchups, ability to play on Facebook highlight 2014 edition

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- PLAY BALL!  FANTASY BASEBALL INNOVATOR

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BASEBALL MANAGER® USHERS IN 24th YEAR WITH

MOST REALISTIC FANTASY GAME ON THE WEB

162-game season, on-field features like 'lefty-righty' matchups, ability to play on Facebook highlight 2014 edition

Baseball Manager®, the longest running and most realistic fantasy baseball game on the Internet, rolls out its 24th season in 2014 with game features and community engagement that offer any fantasy baseball player the ultimate challenge. 

BBM is the leading fantasy baseball game built around the daily decisions and daily drama of a 162-game season.  With Baseball Manager, participants draft teams, manage multi-million-dollar payrolls, make trades, sign free agents and juggle daily line-ups.  No at-bat occurs that hasn't actually happened in a Major League game, and players can strategize around righty and lefty pitching matchups. 

Results are delivered online each morning via Baseball Manager Daily, a virtual newspaper customized for each manager.  Baseball Manager Daily includes the latest league standings, game results and a view into upcoming lineups and pitching matchups.  Results are generated by Baseball Manager's unique Scorecard® algorithm, utilizing live Major League stats.

One BBM veteran called playing the game "the closest experience to running a Major League team without the risk of ulcers or tobacco stains on your shoes."  Another said, "I can't imagine a baseball season without BBM."

Baseball Manager's scoring system has special appeal for fans of sabermetrics, a statistical discipline created in the 1970s by the now-legendary Bill James.  Sabermetrics uses statistical analysis to analyze baseball records and value player performance.  James called sabermetrics "the search for objective knowledge about baseball" and his methodology has gained widespread acceptance over the years in the front offices of many professional baseball teams.

The draft is among the defining characteristics of Baseball Manager and sets it apart from other games.  Team owners operate under a salary cap, with salaries established by players' rankings in the draft lists created by team owners prior to the season.  Once the season begins, player trades and free agent signings take place within the parameters of a team's salary cap, casting BBM team owners as both field managers and general managers.

BBM's most popular packages are:

·      Lightning BBM (free), which offers a 54-game season and – unique among fantasy baseball games – can be played on Facebook.

·      Express Basic BBM ($9.95), which offers a 162-game season and allows for a range of daily decisions and roster moves.

·      Ultimate Gold BBM ($79.95), which offers a 162-game season and two rounds of post-season playoffs, as well as the opportunity to engage in lefty-righty pitching matchups. 

A full list of game options, and the prizes for which participants will compete in 2014, can be found at the game's Web site at www.baseballmanager.com.

"BBM offers something for every level of interest – from the mini-season that can be played on Facebook to our Ultimate Gold 162-game season, which will offer any baseball fan a fun, daily challenge" said Joshua Metzger, president of GameLine, which owns Baseball Manager.  "On every level, BBM is involving and immediate."

Enrollments for the 2014 season are now open, and draft days are established by individual leagues, which are comprised of up to 10 teams.  Teams can be made up exclusively of American League or National League players, or they can include players from both leagues.

Baseball Manager was created in 1991 by Prodigy Communications, an early Internet service provider, and was among the first fantasy games available on the Internet.  The game was acquired by GameLine in 1998 and has evolved into the most realistic simulation of a baseball season available to fantasy enthusiasts.

About Baseball Manager

Baseball Manager® is the longest running and most realistic fantasy baseball game on the Internet.  BBM, as it is known to its most devoted fans, offers something for everybody: from the mini-season that can be played on Facebook to the 162-game schedule that simulates the daily decision and daily dramas of a full campaign.  For more information, visit www.baseballmanager.com.  Play BBM on Facebook at www.facebook.com/baseballmanager.  

Media Contact: Ken Ross, GameLine, 3107760673, [email protected]

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