I have written before about missing baseball during coronavirus. To partially quench my thirst, I have been playing and enjoying Diamond Mind Baseball.
Diamond Mind Baseball is a strategy baseball game for the PC that has been around for decades. I started playing the game in 2002 and liked it very much.
For a reason I can’t explain, I stopped playing the game one day. When I transitioned to the Mac, playing it became impossible.
I started playing again in the fall of 2019, but I really began playing a lot a couple of weeks ago. So, I decided a review is in order.
Diamond Mind is a very realistic baseball simulation. Primarily, you are the manager of a team. You make the lineup and all of the in-game decisions. The statistics and ratings help you know a lot about each player.
If you want, you can organize a league and play with others. You can play games over the Internet and transfer stats so everyone has an updated database.
If you have a league, you can conduct a draft and make trades.
I don’t want to get too far into the weeds here. So, I will leave it at this: I am a huge fan. I know a lot about baseball and its history. With that, I feel comfortable saying the simulations produced by Diamond Mind are very realistic.
Between the numerous seasons and combination disks offered by the company and the number of options created by fans of the game, you can play with any number of players and teams.
Previously, I used a greatest players disk and managed the Yankees so I could manage Babe Ruth. The babe hit 72 homers for me, but my pitching staff wasn’t good enough for me to win the division.
Currently, I’m playing with a season of players from the 1990s. Since I loved the ’90s Braves, I’m managing that team. Given the game’s flexibility, I have created myself as a player. I’m currently the catcher for the Braves.
I tried to be fair. I’m as slow a runner as the game allows. I have an average arm. But I’m a very smart player who knows the strike zone.
If you like baseball, especially if you miss it as much as me, I highly recommend Diamond Mind Baseball. It’s realism and customizability, make it lots of fun.
If you give it a try, let me know. I would love to play against you.
Notes for Blind Fans
I am currently playing using the 2020 version of the JAWS screen reader. There is nothing in the game I can’t do, but I need to use the JAWS cursor frequently. Previously, I had written JAWS scripts for the game, but I don’t know how to write them anymore. I really wish there were JAWS scripts. Still, it’s plenty playable without them.
The last thing I would suggest is you create a frame around the area of the screen that provides the play-by-play. That will make it easier for you to follow the action.
If you’re blind or low vision, let me know. I would love to help you start playing.