Out of the Park Baseball 15 is the 2014 version of the award-winning baseball game that GameSpot called "the best baseball management sim out there". OOTP offers unparalleled flexibility in creating your own baseball world and guiding your favorite baseball franchise to glory.
User reviews: Very Positive (153 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 24, 2014
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"It’s as perfect a simulation of the game as has ever existed, and for fans of other sports sims, it might just be a window into an entire new world."
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October 21

World Series Sale!

IGN said OOTP 15 "stands proud in its spirit and in its dedication to the national pastime" in a review that gave the game an 8.5/10 score. We've been reading reviews like that all summer and into the fall, so we'd like to celebrate another great year with the grand slam of baseball sims by offering an amazing deal during the World Series: OOTP 15 is $19.99 (50% off!)!

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September 30

OOTP 15 update #6 (build 15.6.31) is Available Now!

We have just officially released the 6th update for OOTP 15, version number 15.6.31. It is a maintenance release which fixes reported problems, including 3D issues on some graphic chipsets and issues with Mac OSX 10.9.6 and Yosemite.

Here are the improvements / fixes compared to version 15.5:
- Fixed issues with some graphic chipsets displaying 3D mode
- Fixed problems with licensing on MacOSX 10.9.6 and OSX 10.10 (Yosemite)
- Improved in-game AI
- Improved play-by-play commentary
- Fixed several user reported bugs and glitches

This is likely the last update for OOTP 15 as development on OOTP 16 has already begun. Thanks everyone for the support, this has been the most successful version ever for us!

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Reviews

“The only baseball sim I've ever gotten addicted to...”
Curt Schilling

“All told, it’s a great game. OOTP 15 is the kind of game that drains your days away into a quiet, happy vortex of roster transactions and lineup changes. It’s a buy, for sure.”
98 / 100 – NotGraphs

“This gem of a game is absolutely worth anyone's time who loves the sport of baseball.”
95 / 100 – Gaming Trend

About This Game

Out of the Park Baseball 15 is the 2014 version of the award-winning baseball game that GameSpot called "the best baseball management sim out there". OOTP offers unparalleled flexibility in creating your own baseball world and guiding your favorite baseball franchise to glory. Play solo with a baseball world of your own creation: play a typical major league game with real 2014 rosters including full minor leagues, make a simple, 8-team league, create a historical league with real players from any year between 1871 and 2013 or build an enormous world with baseball leagues in multiple countries. For the ultimate challenge, join an online league and test your mettle against other human players!

Out of the Park Baseball is the closest most people can get to being the general manager of a real baseball team. Handle GM tasks like drafts, trades, scouting, waivers, team finances and personnel. Negotiate player contracts. Or, dive into the more hands-on management and set your team's lineups, pitching staffs, and in-game strategy. You can oversee your league at a high level, or play out each game, managing pitch by pitch and making all the calls from the dugout.

Players in OOTP are rated across multiple skills, and include individual personalities and custom faces created with FaceGen technology. OOTP players progress realistically over time. Try to build a team through the draft, or try to sign big free agents to put you over the top! OOTP also has a powerful news engine that generates personal messages and news articles. Behind all of this is an incredibly powerful statistical engine that tracks an enormous number of statistics for each player in your world. Want to know how your star hitter is doing against righties with runners in scoring position? No problem!

New Features in Out of the Park Baseball 15:
  • 2014 Opening Day major leagues roster set, plus seven international leagues with real roster sets (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Italy, The Netherlands)
  • 3D ballpark and 3D ball flight support
  • A brand new interface introducing many new screens and a completely recoded manager home screen
  • New (optional) player rating system, examine how your players compare to league average
  • Easily create games with historical teams from different years competing in a single league
  • Improved spring training, with non-roster invitees, customizable spring training roster size and spring training length
  • Many new league rules & options (i.e. posting system, purchase players for cash, minor league age limits etc.)
  • Proper support for independent leagues
  • New Playoff matchups editor
  • Better league news and play-by-play commentary text
  • Improved player-creation algorithms, resulting in the best player development ever.
  • Various AI and core engine improvements, making the most realistic game even more realistic.
  • Much more, over 100 new features & improvements

Out of the Park Baseball also has a vibrant and helpful user community, and an active one that creates a vast number of user customizations that you can use to further improve your gaming experience, including special roster sets, logos, player images, and more.

If you are a baseball fan, you need this game!

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: min. OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most 32-bit and 64-bit Linux OS
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
689.8 hrs on record
A review for FM/CM players (I've read a few Football Manager players ask questions about the game so thought I'd write a suitable review! If you're not a FM player you should probably read another review!).

I've been a long time Football Manager/Championship Manager addict (owning every version since they arrived on the Amiga, and I continue to buy it each year) and bought this on a whim, despite not really knowing anything about baseball at all. It is simply great, I can't stop playing it!

As anyone who's watched (or read) Moneyball will know, baseball is a game that lends itself well to stats. It is all about the numbers. Before you know it you'll be swimming in stats and sabermetrics; RBI, BABIP, ERA, ERA+, WHIP, WAR. Page after page after page of accroynms and numbers to pour over (and, at first; stare at blankly!). It is a revelation when it starts to all make sense!

There is no doubt that this is a deep sports simulator (with complete teams and drafts going all the way back to 1871, and you can jump in at any point you want and play out all of the "what if..." scenarios your mind can conjure up), but hiding away underneath all that is a complex mathematical puzzle. If you like maths, you'll love sabermetrics, and you'll love this game even more because it gives you the chance to act out Moneyball (in any league, in any era, anywhere in the world! Select a country, how many teams/divisions you want and the game will fill it with cities from your country. I've found playing classic MLB is the most fun, as you have the real life achievements and player stats to compare your own game against).

In many ways this game is like Championship Manager <2005, before the rock-paper-scissors approach to tactics, media interviews and player (and as extension of that; team) morale took hold. Championship Manager was once a game where you could fill a positition with a player with specific high attributes and you knew he'd "buy" you wins. Repeat that process across your team (within the confines of your budget) and you would have a succesful team; hopefully!

Without wanting to turn this post into a FM/CM bashing post; the game has moved away from what made it succesful. Without a winning tactic you will get nowhere. Even when you've found a winning tactic, you need to micromanage your team, the players, the media, the board, etc, etc. Sure, you can assign some of those tasks to staff members (who you also have to micromanage!), but there's always an underlying feeling that other things are at play aside from your 11 players v the opposition. It often seems like the game engine is constantly number crunching numbers you not only can't see, but have no control over.

FM was once described (not entirely unfairly!) as a "spreadsheet with graphics". That description is no longer accurate, so much goes on behind the scenes that it can be difficult to guage what you are doing right (or worse; what you are doing wrong!), even with the cut down "Classic" mode.

Trust me when I say I mean this as a compliment; OOTP is more of a "spreadsheet with numbers" than recent iterations of Football Manager have been! If you are losing constantly you can look through the stats and you WILL see why you are losing (if you look hard enough). You will see that your 2nd rotation pitcher is causing you to lose every game he plays, or that a player or two in the middle of your batting lineup are hitting way below average, or that a star player is picking up too many injuries, or he is a season or two beyond his prime (or even that your coach is beyond his prime; the game moves on and alters through the years. The slider tactic settings that your coach set may no longer be effective. You can override him, or sack him, or get the bench coach to set the tactics. This is just one small example of the depth of the game!). This is the same numerical conundrum that FM/CM used to be, it is just packaged up as a different sport. I'm being absolutely serious when I say that this game reminds me more of Championship Manager of old than the current version of Football Manager does! (Oh, and there's no microtransactions and/or built in game cheats!).

The game has player morale, but morale is slightly affected by the type of players you sign (there are a whole range of player personalities and interests, but you don't need to micromanage them so much as make sensible choices about who to sign in the first place!) and they are affected a LOT by their own skill level and expectation and how the team is performing. If you're performing at a reasonably high standard your star player is going to be happy with his lot (and, if you're not, maybe it's time to rebuild anyway?).

The game has depth, but it can be as "light" or as complicated as you want to make it. If you just want to act as a GM and draft players and trade players you can zoom through 100 years of game time in a few days (or as fast as your computer can handle) if you feel like it. If you want a full hands on approach you can micromanage every small detail of the team, from hiring coaches in the minor leagues, setting the scouting/coaching budgets, ticket prices, etc, etc. The attention to detail is astonishing, and if, like me, you are a football (soccer) fan, you'll be green eyed with envy that nobody ever thought to make a football game with this level of historic detail.

There is certainly a learning curve (especially if you know nothing of baseball!), but the game does well in introducing new players. You are first greeted with a pop-up windown, which takes you to online videos (recommended!), an instruction manual, the forums. You can start in commisioner mode (allowing you to change anything and everything on your save game. A sandbox mode by anyother name) and change things to your hearts content. The on line community is great, you'll find other players are eager to help us newbies, even the developers respond to (what must be for them) pretty basic questions to get you going, both on the Steam forums and on the OOTP forum.

I've gone a bit mad this past year game wise, taking advantage of all the Steam sales, Xbox 360 games being reduced to virtually nothing, buying an Xbox One (and Wii U!). I've played a lot of good games (and a lot of bad), this game is right up there with the best of them. It is certainly the most surprising (the amount of time I've put into it has caught me somewhat off guard! The "just one more game" element of FM is certainly in effect here), and I might even put it into the debate of the best game on any platform in the past year! (and remember; I'm a European dude who has never seen a game of baseball in his life!).

If you yearn for Championship Manager of old (i.e. CM4), you need this game in your life!

P.S. Just a tip; you may have read the game comes without real team names when starting a "live" game (all historic teams are properly named, as far as I can tell). Just click randomise 3 (maybe 4) times and all team names will be real.
Posted: July 17
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
80.5 hrs on record
If you are any kind of baseball fan, or a management sim fan, this game will cause you stay up way past your bed time. It can be as simple or as complex as you want it. You can play in Commisioner, General Manager, or Manager mode. Or all three at the same time. This is not a arcade game, it is a text sim in that the action on the field is delivered by text play-by-play of the pitch of decision. There are so many historical seasons available from years gone by it is staggering. An active mod community plus a very friendly and helpful player base will make your gaming experience easier to get a handle on at start.
Posted: April 26
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34 of 50 people (68%) found this review helpful
118.9 hrs on record
The best baseball spreadsheets ever. Not gaming’s best story, but maybe its best storytelling. Darker, sexier, better.
Posted: May 24
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
328.2 hrs on record
You should play this game and actually make the Chicago Cubs relevant again.
Posted: June 20
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
79.6 hrs on record
Before I begin, make sure you understand that you don't actually play baseball in this game like in MLB the Show, you manage or simulate the games. You are in complete control.

I have an Xbox One and a PC so there weren't many choices for me for a baseball game this year. I had heard some great reviews about how immersive and addicting OOTP can be, so I watched some youtube videos of gameplay and decided that this would be great for me since I absolutely love baseball.

Oh my god. I bought this 5 days ago and I've already put in ~22 hours into it. It is easily one of the most addicting games I've played in a long time. You can play the 2014 season with current 2014 rosters, or play the 2014 season after holding a fantasy draft. Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw on the Giants? Hell yeah! You can also play any season in the history of baseball with accurate rosters on every team from that time period. So many choices right off the bat, it was overwhelming. But I looked at the OOTP 15 community online and they helped me get used to the game.

I then created my own fictional franchise, two leagues with 6 divisions of 6 teams in each league for a total of 72 teams overall. I edited the names of every division, team city, and team name to my liking. Then I edited all the basic information and advanced information of the league. Did I want the DH in either league? Do I want the scouts to be 100% accurate or not? Should the CPU be in charge of making executive decisions or not? These are just some of the many, many options and decisions you can make before you start your franchise.

I then held an inaugural fantasy draft where you can look at the pool of thousands and thousands of fictional players. You can view their batting stats, potential stats, birthplace, defensive stats, morale, fanbase, mood, etc. Then draft players based on your liking for your team or have the CPU draft for you. There's just SO much going on and once you learn how to navigate the many menu screens, it is so much fun.

Managing games is really interesting too. It's all text based with options you can choose throughout your offensive or defensive innings. Make substitions based on the situation, etc. I love being the manager, I love the strategy part of this game, deciding whether to bench a player against a certain pitcher, whether to steal second base when your runner has a speed stat of 70 and the catcher has a defensive stat of 60. The gamble in this game is so addicting. You win some games and you lose some games. Usually when I've played baseball games, I try for the 162-0 season. But that is impossible in this game, since stuff happens. It feels like a real baseball season.

The game in franchise mode even generates news about players in the league and sends them to your inbox (if you want to receive that mail). Every player on every team has their own statistics, has their own breakout games, their own lives. It's so neat.

I would recommend this game to ANY baseball fan who wants a game they can sink hours and hours and hours (and probably days) into over extended periods of time. Out of the Park Baseball 15 is so addicting, and I bought it for $40 and I know I already got my money's worth, and I'll be playing this game for a very long time.

tl;dr buy this game if you are a baseball fan.
Posted: May 7
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77 of 84 people (92%) found this review helpful
48.3 hrs on record
Don't be fooled by the fact that Out of the Park is a relatively quiet and obscure newcomer to Steam. I, myself, often find this a major turn-off from many games. But, I can promise you that Out of the Park Baseball is a legitimate management simulation, among the likes of Football Manager, Eastside Hockey Manager, etc.; it certainly deserves your attention.

However, be careful. If you look at this game and think it's a "spreadsheet simulator," or are wondering where the next-gen graphics are, you are not a fan of management sims, and you will not enjoy Out of the Park Baseball. Otherwise, to everyone else, I absolutlely recommend checking out OOTP 15.
Posted: April 24
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