March 21, 2005: MLB.com has teamed up with CAT Games to launch a brand-new simulation game called Bush League Baseball.
Bush League (http://bushleague.mlb.com) is a humorous, cartoon-style game in which fans manage teams of “Average Joes” in daily matchups against thousands of other competitors worldwide. The players on the game are all fictional and can be named after friends, family or whomever fans choose.
Fans can improve their teams through various training methods, by morale-boosting activities (every player has his own specific character and preferences) and by drafting new star players from the waiver market.
Team hitting and pitching strategies can be set for each game. Choices depend on your team’s abilities, opponents’ strategies, the ballpark and the umpire (their strike zones and tempers vary widely!) Fans are also in full control of their lineup, pitching rotation, bullpen usage and more.
Prizes are awarded in Bush League to managers that win division titles, postseason championships and finish at the top of the overall manager rankings.
Bush League is the latest addition to MLB.com’s robust games lineup, which also includes well-known titles such as Beat the Streak and SimLeagues.
Bush League Baseball is based on the success of Cat Games’ other market-leading games, which have attracted over 2 million managers worldwide - www.sundayleague.com (soccer) and www.seniorleaguehockey.com (running on NHL.com)
Fans who sign up now at http://bushleague.mlb.com will receive 1,000 free credits to sign a few new players and start training their team!