The Best Computer Baseball Games

Baseball has a special love for its statistics that's unrivaled in any other sport. Baseball fans love to argue about baseball's eras and how the players would have performed at various times. For example, how would Babe Ruth stack up today? Would Roger Clemens be able to strike out Ty Cobb?

They also like to inject themselves into the front office positions. Do you think you run the Yankees better than Hank Steinbrenner? How do you think your GM and managing abilities stack up to other baseball fans?

These computer games and board games can satisfy that need and you can have a lot of fun doing it.

Base runner sliding into base, fielder catching ball in baseball game
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Diamond Mind is a computer simulation that's been around for more than 20 years. Its intricate engine is used by ESPN and other media to simulate seasons. It's considered by many to be the best simulator out there.

Its main concept: Players draft a team using past players and then try to beat other owners in a 12-team league for a simulated 162-game season. It's not as easy as sticking Mickey Mantle in center, Babe Ruth in right and putting Cy Young on the mound, either. There's a salary cap and you can only afford a few superstars for your team, so you'll be filling out your roster with players you've probably forgotten about. That's part of the fun.

The online version costs $19.95 per team. There's also a downloadable version. More »

From WhatIf Sports and run by Fox Sports.com, this is similar to Diamond Mind with just a couple of subtle differences. Players from 1885-2007 are used, and you can manage your club through a 162-game schedule in a 24-team league. There are private and public leagues. There's also a feature where you can play games live. Cost is $12.95 per team. More »

Sim Dynasty is more in line with running a franchise instead of just running a team. Managers can control their team over multiple seasons, build a farm system and compete over a longer span of time. And the price is right for a single-season team: It's free, and a great place to go to see if you'd like it and get into a multiple-season league through their system.

SimDynasty doesn't have the polish of Diamond Mind, but it has a vibrant online community, and its franchise potential is intriguing. But because it's free to start, there are inherently more people who will ignore their teams after a poor start. More »

Baseball Mogul

This is one of the first online games that took you from season to season, and it's one of the best. It's the No. 1 selling baseball PC video game. It's also one of the cheapest ($19.95, downloadable or by order on CD). You control a team from how much you charge for tickets to picking up free agents to how you run your farm system. You can run the game using salary caps, or a free-for-all where the Yankees have more to spend than you do if you're managing another team. It has the real player's names and they age over time. Compared to the other software-based games, this is one of the best looking. This is also more of a solitary quest, but there's also an online game where you can play other owners on the Internet.

Another very good one. This one is similar to Baseball Mogul ​and costs the same. There are online leagues with customizable financial systems, auto-generated game recaps, and the authentic minor league systems starting in 1919 all the way until 2015. More »

A contemporary of APBA, this is another popular card/dice game that was adapted to the computer. Through a partnership with Sporting News, they've adapted Strat-O-Matic to be like Diamond Mind, except it uses the player ratings from the past season. Like Diamond Mind and Sim Dynasty, it simulates three games per day until the season is complete. Each team costs $24.95, or $99.95 for five teams.

The original dice game is still available each season ($45.50) and there's also a traditional computer game that allows you to play head-to-head on the internet or do your own simulations against the computer. More »

I grew up playing the old dice version of APBA Baseball with friends and on my own, and it was a blast. They still make the game after all these years, and there's also a software version. The software adds Pete Van Wieren describing the games, which is a nice touch. This is more of a solitary quest than the ones above. You're controlling a team from the past or drafting a team and playing against the computer or a friend in person.

The classic original dice version costs $20, and the master game is $25. The cards from each season are sold separately, and the latest seasons cost $39.99. More »

Screenshot of Dynasty League Baseball
DYNASTY League Baseball

Like Strat-O-Matic and APBA, DYNASTY is derived from a popular past baseball board/card game, Pursue the Pennant. It has a graphical interface and is praised by the media and MLB Analytics departments for its accuracy, realism, and detail. There's also a board game version that is in the permanent archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as a new multi-player online version where you can play solitaire or easily play live head to head games in full season draft leagues with stats, standings and leaders updated automatically in real time. Past seasons and Greatest Teams are also available in addition to the current season. The board game is $19.95 (season player card sets sold separately). There is a free trial for the online version at dynastyleaguebaseball.com. More »

You have to be in the regular season for this, but it's another interesting concept. It's fantasy baseball with a twist. Played in real time during the season, this service touts itself as the only baseball simulation that plays based on stats from the current week's major-league games. It doesn't use past stats, as essentially every other game does. So it's like drafting a traditional fantasy team, but playing alternate games on the computer. And you actually manage the team, at-bat by at-bat, working the matchups like a real manager.

New one-year teams in leagues that the league forms cost $89 for one team. You can also create a league with friends. More »

Strategic Baseball Simulator

 This isn't the prettiest computer baseball game out there that's in this feature, but it can't be beaten in one area, it's free. Also, it's comparable to Strat-O-Matic and APBA, too. Give it a whirl – there's nothing to lose.