Ratings
This is Hard Sleeve Baseball’s standard baseball card rating system. Batters and pitchers are rated by calculating their statistics with the batting and pitching formulas below. Pitchers can have pitching and batting ratings, and are given a default batting rating of 1.0 unless the card has batting statistics to rate from. Ratings are rounded to the nearest tenth, with a minimum rating of 1.0 and maximum rating of 5.0.
Batters
.1 point per single or walk
.2 points per double
.3 points per triple
.4 points per homerun
1 point per run
1 point per RBI
.1 point per steal
-.6 points per strikeout
+BA*100
/50
Pitchers
-.1 point per hit or walk
-1 point per run
-10 points per lose
+10 points per win
+5 points per save
+.6 points per strikeout
-ERA
/50
Penalties
Cards with missing statistics incur a -.1 point penalty per missing statistical column.[1]
Cards with front facing decals not in the standard set[2] incur -.1 point penalty per non-standard decal.
Cards with surface degradation incur a -.1 to -1 point penalty depending on severity.
Cards with visibly dinged corners incur a -.1 point penalty per dinged corner.
Small rips incur -1 full point rating reduction. Cards completely torn are ineligible.
Specialty cards and re-prints are ineligible.[3]
Rookie cards can be played only if they have college stats to rate from, and incur a -1 full point rookie rating reduction.
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[1] Full player ratings can be found online at hardsleevebaseball.com though card penalties must still be assessed.
[2] The standard set typically includes card year/manufacturer, team name/logo, and player name/position/L/R.
[3] Specialty cards where all or the majority of the cards in the set are of the same player or team.