Major League Baseball (MLB) has formally announced the MLB Dream Bracket presented by DraftKings in conjunction with the ‘Out of the Park Baseball’ video game show, which is scheduled to launch next week on April 20th.
The MLB Dream Bracket is a 32-team best-of-seven simulation game, featuring all-time rosters for each of the original 30 Major League franchises, as well as rosters composed of Negro Leagues Stars and 25 & Under Stars.
Starting now on, fans will be able to use the DraftKings mobile app to register and participate in free-to-play pools based on game simulations created in the upcoming ‘Out of the Park Baseball.’
Scott Braun and Jon Morosi from MLB Network will provide play-by-play and game analysis, with simulations scheduled to start with eight round-of-32 matchups played on April 20 and 21, with selected games, as well as analyses made available via live stream on the MLB Network’s Twitch channel and inside the DraftKings mobile app.
Chief Business Officer Ezra Kucharz, DraftKings, stated: “Baseball fans have passionately debated about the best players and teams across the 150-plus years of the sport. Now DraftKings and Major League Baseball are partnering to bring the discussions to life by collaborating on the innovative gamification of simulated MLB matchups.
“Our longstanding partnership with Major League Baseball has always been focused on enhancing the fan experience and we are proud to offer fans everywhere yet another way to engage with our products and the great game of baseball.”
Each team will have a 26-man roster, assembled by MLB.com reporters. Such teams will consist of 15 hitters and 11 pitchers, determining player scores for the simulations using the average of their three best seasons on a single team.
A statement put out by the MLB read: “Rosters were constructed with balanced depth to specifically compete in a simulated regulation game. The full rosters for each of the 32 competing teams, which include a combined 185 Hall of Famers, 115 Most Valuable Players, 61 Cy Young Award winners and 67 Rookie of the Year Award winners, can be viewed at www.mlb.com/news/mlb-dream-bracket-rosters.”
The 32-team pool is divided by division, with teams hierarchically ranked based on winning World Series titles, winning pennants, playoff appearances, and regular-season winning percentage.
In the American League and National League, the Negro Leagues Stars and 25 & Under Stars are No. 8 seeds, respectively.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) April 16, 2020