No, I wasn't waiting for you to answer. Thanks for your help, Tony. I'm enjoying the game, but the launch was an annoyance. I was hoping someone else who has played the game (or simply knows more about baseball) could explain the range rating for right fielders.
I've played various tabletop and computer baseball games, and they generally have a global defensive rating, which encompasses things like range, hands, and arm strength. The best defensive ratings were always rare. In this game, I was thinking a 100 range would be exceptional, and yet I found a large number of right fielders with a 100 range -- even for players (like Hal McRae) that I knew were suspect defensively. This immediately sent up a red flag.
Given the care for every other aspect of the game, I'm assuming the designers know more about baseball than I do, and I'm assuming the range requirements of right fielders are far less demanding than other positions. Or, put another way, with three outfielders, perhaps two are given the bulk of the work and effectively cover for the weakest one, who is responsible for only a small area. If that's the case, then even the slowest outfielder can cover this limted area like a blanket. That's what the game's range ratings are telling me. Of course, hands and arm strength would remain an issue, and that is true in this game as well.
I was just hoping someone else could confirm my assumptions or clarify what the designers' thinking was.
I'm still puttering with the game, but so far I like what I've seen.
I've noticed Rudy Meoli had a surprisingly high power rating and was batting fifth for the Angels in 1975. I found this odd, but I don't think the game claims to be a perfect replication of the players, although their abilities will be generally accurate. I'm not familiar enough with the game to know if the high power rating for Rudy Meoli will translate into only 1 or 2 homeruns in a season, which, if he played every day, might have been possible, or whether that high power rating will translate into 10 homeruns in a season.