Say, Crash... Not sure if this was intentional or a bug...
But after I installed the latest patch, I went through all my three Associations... both the Historical (1905) and the newly Fictional 30 teams went off very nicely... however, I noticed my first old Fictional 16 teams since May 6th... after I completed the season, then upgraded to the new patch, for the new season... I noticed immediately, that all the sluggers power ratings has dropped 30 to 40 points - significantly... as an example, those whose ratings were in the 90s and 80s, in the previous seasons, dropped to the low 50s...
Is this your intention in tweaking the Power ratings?? for I had never had any sluggers hit more than 42 HRs per season... (I'll let you know the results after I completed this season...)
The fictional players now have their Contact, Power, Eye, Stuff, Control, & Velocity ratings based on their individual self.
Whereas, before, their ratings were adjusted to how relevant they were when compared to other players in the association. The problem with that old approach is it meant ratings could be inflated/deflated depending on the talent level of other players in your association. And as Don pointed out, that artificial inflating would make it difficult to read/interpret those ratings.
There appears to be a misconception that power ratings tell you how many homeruns is hit. Obviously, this not the case. Otherwise, your 80-90 power guys should of hit 70-80 homeruns a season - which of course they weren't. So, your concern is now that the fictional power rating formula has been changed to an individual basis and therefore their rating is lower than it used to be...does that mean they will all hit significantly lower homeruns? No. Will they still hit 42-45 homeruns? Yep.
Here's an exercise: complete an entire season with the new fictional ratings. Then go to your Stats screen and bring up the Homerun leaders. Start from the top and open up each player card. Look at the power rating. You should notice a trend. Guys with the higher rating are at the top of the list while farther down the list you go the lower the power rating gets. Of course, this assumes a player with 475+ ABs with no significant time spent on DL.
You should notice the same correlation if you go down the list of hitter walks and Eye rating, pitcher strikeouts and velocity rating, pitcher walks and control rating, hitter batting avg and contact rating.
There is something wrong with ratings in this game. I ran a season simulation, I noticed all the ratings made no sense (many players were assigned 100 eye and almost nobody had contact or power above 70). Well... as you might expect, scoring was ridiculously low. The average ERA was 2.49 while the league average that season was 3.66, so it didn’t recreate the real season at all. Not even close.