10 ½ hours until the Ruth Conference FAB begins, and the pre-FAB jitters have kicked in. Is my first offer queue destined for a bunch of Big Red Zeroes? Am I overbidding on bullpen help? Do I really need that particular fourth outfielder? Will I actually get any work done at the office tomorrow? For the answers to all these questions (and more you never wanted to ask) stay tuned for the FAB recap.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
The Ruth Conference is activated, huzzah! And now it's time for the returning champs to make some contract extensions.
Monday, February 16, 2009
We all know how valuable a player can be to a team when he is able to be used at multiple positions during the season. Well here is your cheat sheet for this season...
The following are the top 50 players from last year, based on FP/G, who are eligible at multiple positions going into this season:
And here are the remaining 50 players with multi position eligibility:
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Monday, July 14, 2008
Well, this is a nice feeling. The Blackland Bees just won their 12th game of the season - the one that guarantees at least a .500 record - in time for a nice little break during All-Star Week. Of course, if the folks at Gameday Ritual hadn't dropped the .500 requirement to return to Champions Leagues I wouldn't be here celebrating this now slightly-less-meaningful milestone. But still, it's a victory worth pausing over.
The thing I find most interesting is the difference in this team between last year (when I couldn't get the team to .500 at all) and this year (when the team has not coasted, but not barely staggered, either, to .800). The answer lies entirely in the pitching. Being out from under the last of the really bad contracts that my predecessor left me with at the beginning of the 2007 season gave me a shot to do some serious work on the staff in the FAB this year.
In the end, I don't think it's necessarily that my pitchers are overly amazing (though new acquisitions Bannister and Kuroda have generally done well) as much as it is having pitchers who can be counted on to put up a good fight for the potentially game-changing SP Matchup bonus points that the Ruth League has turned on. Having a true ace (Haren, in my case) and solid guys at #s 2 and 3 seems to be critical in this format in a way that it isn't in leagues that don't have the SP matchup bonuses.
My predecessor had built a team of expensive hitters (Ichiro, Wright, Utley and an overpaid Michael Young) and had neglected pitching badly. He paid for it in his one season and I paid for it last year. But with those guys' contracts expiring after this season and some very nice prospects (Jay Bruce, Evan Longoria) already signed for that blessedly sweet league minimum .5M, I'm already starting to plan how the team will look in 2009. By the the Bees will resemble their roots so little that it will be hard to remember back when they were know by their original, first-season-performance-appropriate nickname, the Muckdogs.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Just read a great post by yankeehawk in the Clemente League (A Tale of 2 Teams) who runs the USA Rangers. Great reading and the antithesis of what I thought would happen to my team when May rolled around. He makes a great point of knowing your team and where you're going after the first month of the season. I highly recommend it.
I decided to wait until the end of May to see if it was time to jump ship. After rolling off 4 straight wins, we're holding steady. Although the first week of June meant a 100 point GOFBW by a first place team who's beat beat me up down and crossways since this league started. But it was a very positive May, which is why I preached earlier about not giving up until June rolls around. Now we find out what June has in store, with a matchup against the 2nd place team in my league this week. 3 games out of first, 2 games out of playoff spot so this one is a bit important. I still don't have what I believe is a playoff caliber team, but we're going to ride this as long as it's going.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Its half way through the last day of the week and my USA Rangers are losing to Avid Hunters 219 to 285 in the Clemente Conference. Meanwhile the New York Yankees just picked up their 5th straight win. The USA Rangers started off fast and now were fading to a .500 record at the conclusion of this week. The MLB Yankees started off slow and are cruising to a .500 record. Both teams have had key injuries, yet were going in opposite directions.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
As we plod along during week 8 in the Clemente Conference, my early season high hopes have been swimming in the muck of a 2 game losing streak. Worse, I am losing against this week 170-110. Here are my games to date: