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Player Morale
OOTP has a player morale model, in which players can have varying levels of happiness. Overall player morale can be seen on any pages in the Player Profile. More detail about morale can be seen by clicking on the Show Morale link in the Health Status box in the lower left of those pages. Player morale values include Angry, Very Unhappy, Unhappy, Normal, Good, Very Good, and Great.

What does Morale Affect?
Morale can affect a number of things in the game, including:

  • Player performance
  • Likelihood of the player asking for or accepting a contract extension
  • Likelihood of the player re-signing with your team in free agency
  • Likelihood of the player requesting or demanding a trade
  • Likelihood that the player will demand a change in his role on the team

How is Morale Determined?
The overall player morale rating is a composite of four different factors.

Team Performance How well the player thinks the team is doing. This rating isn't strictly by record. For example, your team might be over .500 overall, but in the middle of a 10-game losing streak that causes player morale to drop. This rating is also influenced by a player's desire to play for a winning team.
Team Transactions How the player feels about the transactions the team has made, most notably signings, released players, and trades. Signing high profile players can boost morale, as can making a good trade. Treating players poorly, such as cutting them in the middle of a contract, can hurt morale. Player popularity also has a big effect here. Things aren't always black and white, though. If you sign a high-profile second baseman, the other second basemen on your team might not be too happy about their own future prospects. Team Transaction morale is also affected by transactions affecting the current player. For example, if you promote or demote a player, sign or release a player, or change a player's trade status or shop them, this affects their Team Transactions morale.
Player Performance How the player feels about his own performance. Players who are performing well are happier than players who are not.
Role on Team How the player feels about his role on the team. In OOTP, each player has an 'expected role' on the team. Some pitchers might expect to be starters, others members of the bullpen. Position players might expect a spot in the middle of the lineup, and so forth. This expected role is displayed in the Morale Details section of the Player Profile page. The Role on Team morale factor is based on this expected role. Players whose expected roles are not being met are likely to be unhappy.

The overall morale rating of each player is the combined result of these four areas. Different players have different personalities, and different levels of sensitivity as well. So, just as in real life, there are no hard and fast rules about how certain players will react. You might find out that you've signed a prima donna, or that your star player is a steady, unflappable team player.

Disabling the Player Morale Model
The player morale model can be disabled entirely during game creation in the Player Options section of the Game Options page, or after game creation by navigating to OOTP Menu >> Game Setup >> Player and Picture Options tab.

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