Setting the heights of your outfield walls

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The "Robbing a Homerun" rule in Strat is based on the height of the wall in RCF and LCF, and on the range rating of the outfielder. Here's how to know whose range is being tested:

If the batter bats

and the split was the last number in HR Range

but if it was the first number in Flyout range

left-handed

the Rightfielder goes for the ball.
the Centerfielder goes for the ball.

right-handed

the Leftfielder goes for the ball.
the Centerfielder goes for the ball.

So you can see that about half of the time, it will be the CF trying to rob the home run (or pulling a Canseco and tipping the ball over the fence for a homerun).

However, the rule is only in effect when the outfield wall is 10 feet high or less. The way Strat handles this is in the Ballpark Code # that you assign for your home stadium, and these are based on the real MLB park wall heights. To see and modify this, you select your team, and go to the Team menu. Select "Update ballpark info", and you'll see this screen.

 

If you want to reduce or eliminate the chance for robbing homeruns in your home stadium, you should choose one of the following stadiums as your Code #. Note that some stadiums have both walls greater than 10 feet, while others have only one side of the outfield walls greater than 10 feet. (If the walls are 10 feet high, robbing IS in effect.)

If you want for there to be lots of chances for robbing in your home field, you should choose any stadium other than these listed above. If you want to check and be sure, you can simply select the 2012 Major Leagues from the list of Leagues, and then double-click on the name of a city/team. It will bring up information about that team's stadium, like this:

You can see the wall heights listed. THE ONLY HEIGHTS THAT MATTER FOR ROBBING HOMERS ARE THE LEFT-CENTER FIELD AND RIGHT-CENTER FIELD HEIGHTS.

Lastly, when you choose a stadium code to get the wall heights you want, it will also select that stadium as the picture to show on screen during your home games. Unfortunately, there's not a lot you can do about this (unless you really want to get in and edit the stadium picture files, which then gets your players all out of position on the field). So until Strat changes the way wall heights are set, to get the heights you want, select a Major League stadium that has those heights, and then you get that stadium's picture, too.