Bain: Retro computer baseball game review: Monday Morning Manager

From SABR member Derek Bain at Tuatara Software on November 30, 2019:

Monday Morning Manager continues the tradition of the primarily text-based predecessors like SSI Computer Baseball and Computer Statis Pro Baseball. Sadly it fails to offer any tangible improvements over those offerings and in some respects the product presents fewer choices to the end-user.

Unable to locate my Monday Morning Manager (Commodore 64) floppy or game manual, I launched the Atari 800 version of the game using the Altirra emulator. I encountered a glitch when attempting to visit the mound or review my lineup during the game. The program tried to list my roster but crashed every time. My assumption is that the disk image is corrupt and that this flaw did not exist in the original version of the game. I decided to play a series of exhibition game between the AL and NL Greats to get a feel for the interface, with the caveat that I would be unable to make any in-game substitutions.  In my initial endeavor, the computer manager visited the mound which resulted in the aforementioned crash bug. Consequently I resolved to manage both squads through a three-game set in an effort to complete an entire game, figure out the available options (without making any in-game substitutions) and view the resulting box score.

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Originally published: December 3, 2019. Last Updated: December 3, 2019.