This does look pretty cool. I’ve thought if I ever try and make a game, a baseball themed strategy game would be right up there. I used to love baseball, played it for years and loved following the Yankees from around 1976-1991. Then I grew tired of watching it and just got away from the sport.
I think OOTP Baseball is a good game with the wide variety of leagues it supports, the rule variations, etc… - but I think it fails in some main areas.
While there is definitely a variety in performance between various players, I never really feel that the system they use makes players feel like individuals. i.e. Batter A is a great hitter, but has trouble against a particular pitch. Pitcher B has great control and tries to nibble at the corners not giving the batter a great pitch, while Pitcher C comes right at the batter and tries to overpower them with speed or great movement.
OOTP doesn’t do a very good job at offering engaging choices to make during a game. Sure you can steal or hit and run - but the way it handles pitch by pitch vs just the result pitch doesn’t work for some things very well (like when to pitch out or steal).
OOTP tries to simulate baseball without 'gamifying it, which can be good if that is what you want - but sometimes I want to play something with more interesting choices. While OOTP has players who get hot and cold, that designation only means they have performed well or not - not that their ratings are inflated or deflated. I want to deal with a pitcher who just doesn’t have their stuff today. Is Ron Guidry not pitching well due to random chance, or is he distracted so I should pull him out early. Or is the batter on a tear because they are seeing the ball really well and have their ratings adjusted accordingly, or has it been random chance. I just want more choices to make.