Diamond Mind Baseball Profile Primer

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Step 1

Start by opening Diamond Mind Baseball, and (if you haven't already done so in a previous session) creating an empty database to store your DMBO season. (If you already created this database in a previous session, go to the File menu and select "Change active database" and skip ahead to the instructions on database installation.)

Step 2

Name the database whatever you'd like.

Step 3

The database will now be active. Go to the Transfer menu and select "Install league database".

Step 4

Browse to the folder where your DMBO zip file was downloaded to and open it.

Step 5

Select "Yes" to copy over the existing player files when prompted.

Step 6

Now go to the View menu and click on "Roster / manager profile ...".

Step 7

Select your own team from the menu.

Step 8

Here's your roster! Players in green are on the reserve roster; players in blue are active. Players in red (not shown here) are on the DL. Make sure at this point that your 25-man roster is correctly reflected on this page and that it matches your team page on the website.

Step 9

You can "farm" or "promote" players to correct discrepancies. Note that you don't want to do this during the season unless a corresponding transaction has occurred via the GM functionality on the website.

Step 10

Let's make our Manager Profile. This is the most time you'll spend with the software all year, most likely. I'm going to start with my team's pitchers. Note the five "slots" on the upper right of the screen; these are for my five starting pitchers.

Step 11

To select a starter, I click on the appropriate player and then right-click to bring up the menu shown below. Choose "Insert player" to insert them into the rotation.

Step 12

All five members of the rotation have now been entered. I'm also going to choose which starter to begin my rotation with ("Next starter"), as well as my "Rotation size" (you'll likely want to choose 5) and my rotation's "Usage" (DO NOT choose "Time"; choose either "Strict" to keep it a strict 5-man rotation or "Skip" to skip the fifth starter when there's been a day off during the last cycle through the rotation).

Step 13

I can designate players for other roles as well. If you want pitchers to be used in specific ways, you'll need to make sure they're assigned roles from the drop-down menu, just as you did for your starting pitchers.

Step 14

The Spot starter role is unique in that you can designate how often that pitcher spot-starts for the pitcher in that rotation spot. For example, Rick Porcello is being tabbed to start 0% of the games for whichever guy I previously named the #1 starter. You can obviously change the percentage amount to whatever you'd like; this is done by clicking on the number to the right of the player's last name on the right-hand panel. If you want to designate spot starters that are only used in place of injured pitchers, keep the % at 0.

Step 15

Now we'll tackle lineups. Note that the "Show reserves" option is checked. Let's remove that to avoid confusion.

Step 16

The "Versus" menu on the lower-right of the screenshot is important, as is the "DH" checkbox. You have four different lineups that you'll want to create: vs LHP, vs RHP, vs LHP (DH), and vs RHP (DH). You can name them whatever you'd like; those are just the names I typically use for clarity's sake, and that's what I'll be naming them here. Each lineup has a "versus" setting (either Left or Right) and has the "Use in DH games" checkbox either checked or uncheck, thereby determining which of the four types of lineups mentioned above it is.

Step 17

I've chosen Left and unchecked, and I typed the name of the lineup into the textbox on the upper-right of the screen.

Step 18

Now I enter the players, as before. One easy shortcut is to click on the player you're interested in adding, then left-click on the appropriate lineup spot. You'll be asked which position that player will be slotted into.

Step 19

One time-saving trick is to copy a saved lineup into a new lineup spot. This is spot 3, but I can copy spot 1's "vs LHP" lineup and then modify it slightly (for example, renaming it "vs LHP (DH)" and then adding a DH). I would personally recommend, if you're going to do this, copying over a lineup only after you've finished with that lineup's depth charts.

Step 20

I've left the "Saved lineup" tab and moved to the "Depth chart" tab. You can make depth charts for any (or all) of your saved lineups, and I highly encourage you to do this.

Step 21

I don't want a platoon partner for Joe Mauer, or a defensive replacement, but I at least want the Manager Profile to know that Erik Kratz is his backup.

Step 22

As with spot starters for the rotation, you can determine how many spot starts a reserve will get in place of a lineup regular.

Step 23

I've moved on to Manager Tendencies. This is your chance to tweak your team's AI in case you want to be more or less aggressive than what Diamond Mind considers "by the book" (you can get more specifics via the help files, but I would say the software tends to be fairly accurate in terms of mimicking typical managerial behavior).

Step 24

On the Player Tendencies page, you can override any of the previous tendencies for any specific players. So, for example, I might want Juan Uribe stealing more or less than what I'd set for the team as a whole; I can select that preference here.

Step 25

The last tab on the right lets you review all of your choices to make sure you've created everything the way you want it. Don't forget to click "Save MP". I tend to click it often as I go through and create my MP.

Step 26

Now, close that window after you've saved one last time, and then go to the Transfer menu and click on "Export statistics".

Step 27

Go to your team and click Next.

Step 28

Deselect all (if anything's selected) and click Next. Deselect all again, and click Finish.

Step 29

Save your exported Manager Profile; I use a name like "dmbo_week3_STL" so that the person in charge of the importing MPs into a master database will know exactly what file this is, whether it's current, and which team it's meant for.

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