Monday, February 29, 2016

Inning-A-Minute Baseball (2002)

Inning-A-Minute Baseball (2002)


5.90741 out of 10 with 27 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked


This baseball game uses 8 dice to derive results of each at bat. Different possible outcomes (walk, home run, ground out, etc.) are on the faces of each die. Six of the dice are always used and are placed in a cup (not provided).

The offensive player then selects one die secretly from a set of four dice, each representing a particular strategy for that at bat (Swing Away, Power Swing, Make Contact, and Stay Back.) The results on each die are in keeping with what would be expected from the chosen strategy.

Simultaneously, the defensive player chooses one die from a set of four that represent defensive strategies (Overpower, Induce Grounder, Induce Fly, Pitch Around) and adds it to the cup.

Once all the dice are in the cup, they are rolled. The result that is most common is the result for that at bat. There are, of course, rules for breaking ties. There are also strategy options on offense and defense that can affect the outcome.

  • Designer: Timothy B. Brown, William W. Connors
  • Publisher: Minute Sports
  • Year Published: 2002
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Suggested Number of Players: 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 8
  • Playing Time: 30
  • Category: Sports
  • Mechanic: Dice Rolling, Simultaneous Action Selection
  • Family: Sports: Baseball
  • Alternate Names: Inning-A-Minute Baseball


3 out of 10
I own the first edition. It had a large number of weaknesses. They improved quite a few things in the second edition.

7 out of 10
This game is actually a pretty good concept but would be complete if it had a small scoreboard and variations of line-up cards. The results of play are fairly realistic and the dice are cool. Nice portability and fast play.

7 out of 10
Best of the "X" a Minute sports games.

7 out of 10
Home made version.

6.5 out of 10
Fun simple game with a few rules gaps (see my session report). I would suggest adding provisions for pinch hitters. Make sure you like keeping stats and using fantasy teams. Otherwise this game might be a little dry.

5 out of 10
Completely random, but still quick and fun for baseball fans. I think I could use the components and design a more strategic game.

6 out of 10
Given to Jake This is a pretty good representation of a baseball game. The one thing we felt was missing was a scorecard. We used one from Jake's Little League and it worked great!

Obtained from FLGS Sci-Fi City in Knoxville, TN for $4.99

7 out of 10
(5 plays) Finally found this game during my visit to Ottawa. I played it immediately. It is really a dicefest, but the tension of baseball is there. The managerial decisions do have an effect on the outcome, and they are quick and fun to decide. Ultimately, though - the game is still a bit too long, and the fact that you need to score it like baseball is kind of a pain. Still, the last time I played I had a lot of fun, and just can't get myself to get rid of this little gem yet.

5.5 out of 10
Pretty mindless dice game, but not bad if you like baseball. Very luck dependent.
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