The 1973 season is the 4th season being released for Pine tar Baseball. Previous seasons include; 2014, 1884 and 1889. The 1973 season is an intriguing one. Five teams all finished within just 5 games of one another for the NL East title. A replay using Pine Tar Baseball could see any one of those teams taking the division.
Then 1973 was the year that Hank Aaron finished the season just 2 home runs shy of Babe Ruth's record. Aaron would break Ruth's record in April of the following year. Using PTB gives you the opportunity to replay Hank Aaron's historic chase of Base Ruth's all time home run record.
Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 will feature all 24 teams from 1973. Each team has a roster made up of 27 players. There will be stats for 648 players with a chance to increase this amount through stretch goals. This is why reward levels are higher for 1973 than they were for the 1884 season. More teams, along with larger rosters makes for over twice as many player stats.
Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 will roll out a new 'base on balls/strike out' pitcher rating that makes pitcher performances more unique. Other features include base stealing, errors, sacrifice bunts, and squeeze plays. Players will perform just as they did in real life.
Pitcher Splits in PTB 1973 include home/away splits and an additional split for when a starting pitcher faces the lineup for the 3rd time through the batting order. I believe that the 3rd time through the batting order split is unique to the Pine Tar Baseball game. This split makes pitchers perform as they did in real life. Some pitchers tend to get stronger as the game progresses, while other pitchers hit a wall around the start of the 6th inning.
Having home/away splits available gives a greater likelihood that teams home and away records stay true to real life. This may not play out in a single series but would be seen over the course of a season replay.
Pine Tar Baseball's 1973 Kickstarter campaign!