I’m back – and a quick plea for help…

March 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Fantasy Baseball, Random | 3 Comments

Hey all – I returned from my trip to Florida over the weekend.  I’ll have a post up about my experiences at spring training very soon.  I had a great time, and I wish that I was still on vacation.  In other news, the Fielder’s Choice Blogger Fantasy Baseball League had its draft last night.  I’ll write a post about that too – and in the mean time, you can check out all of the team rosters here.

But the reason for this post is that I need some help.  I have another ESPN fantasy baseball league with a draft set for 9:15 PM EDT tomorrow, March 31.  The league includes a bunch of my friends who aren’t card bloggers.  However, a few people backed out of the league and we only have 6 of the 10 slots filled.  If you’re interested in playing fantasy baseball and you’re available for the live draft tomorrow night, please contact me as soon as possible so that I can invite you and we can fill up the league!

The league is set up the same as the blogger league.  Here are the details:

  • It’s a traditional 5×5 scoring league, meaning that the statistical categories will be: Batting Average, Home Runs, RBI, Runs, Stolen Bases, Wins, Strikeouts, ERA, WHIP, and Saves.
  • The format is head-to-head, meaning that every week, each team will play directly against another team and they’ll get a win or loss in each of the statistical categories.
  • There are 10 teams in the league.
  • The player universe is all of MLB (not just A.L. or N.L.)
  • Each team will have a 25-man roster (C,1B,2B,SS,3B,CI,MI,OF,OF,OF,OF,OF,UTIL, 9 pitchers, 3 bench slots, and 2 DL slots).
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Fielder’s Choice Blogger Fantasy Baseball League

February 26, 2009 at 12:22 am | Posted in Fantasy Baseball | 5 Comments

I announced the formation of the Fielder’s Choice Blogger Fantasy Baseball League a few weeks ago.  There was a lot of interest in the league, but the league membership is now finalized.  Here are the competitors:

Topps Division:

Upper Deck Division:

Our live draft is tentatively scheduled for 8:30 PM EDT on Sunday, March 29.  It should be a great, competitive league.  Anyone can check out the league page on ESPN.com, and the team rosters after the draft.  I also have the link under “Extras” on the sidebar.  So what’s your prediction on who will be the league champion?  I’ll be posting head-to-head scores, updated standings, and some trades and other roster moves on the blog throughout the season.  I can’t wait for the season to start!

2009 Fantasy Baseball

February 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Posted in Fantasy Baseball | 18 Comments

I’ve been planning to start a fantasy baseball league for card bloggers since last September.  With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in only a week and a half, I think the time is right to start with the initial preparations.  I’ll also be participating in the league that Marie and Sooz from A Cardboard Problem are starting, but there are a couple of key differences between their league and the one that I’m starting.  First, my league will be completely free.  I’ve never played in a league that had a monetary or card reward, and I figure that with the economy being what it is, it’s better to make it free.  Second, Marie and Sooz’s league will use rotisserie scoring, and mine will be head-to-head.  If you’ll be playing in their league, you’re welcome to join mine as well.

Here’s how it will be set up:

  • It’ll be a traditional 5×5 scoring league, meaning that the statistical categories will be: Batting Average, Home Runs, RBI, Runs, Stolen Bases, Wins, Strikeouts, ERA, WHIP, and Saves.
  • The format will be head-to-head, meaning that every week, each team will play directly against another team and they’ll get a win or loss in each of the statistical categories.
  • There will be 10 teams in the league.
  • The player universe will be all of MLB (not just A.L. or N.L.)
  • Each team will have a 25-man roster (C,1B,2B,SS,3B,CI,MI,OF,OF,OF,OF,OF,UTIL, 9 pitchers, 3 bench slots, and 2 DL slots).
  • There will be a live online draft.
  • The league will be hosted by ESPN.  I’ve been playing fantasy baseball on ESPN.com since 2000, and they’ve always provided a high quality service.

You can leave a comment on this post if you’re interested, and then I’ll send you an invitation after I create the league.  I’ll give preference to bloggers over readers, just because most bloggers are familiar with each other’s blogs, and it’ll be easier to keep track of who all of the owners are if they’re fellow bloggers.  I’ll post the standings on my blog throughout the season, and we can all enjoy talking smack to each other.  I think it’ll be a lot of fun!

If you are interested, I’d ask the following:

  • Attend the live draft.  This is by far the most important thing to do in order to have a successful season.  I don’t know exactly when it will be right now, except that it’ll be sometime towards the end of March.  Once the league is filled, I’ll seek input from everyone on a good date and time.  After the date and time are decided, if you cannot attend the draft, let me know and I’ll find someone else to take your place in the league.
  • Keep up with your team throughout the year.  It seems that in every league that I play in, there are always 1 or 2 guys who stop actively managing their team in April, and then they lose every game late in the year.  This hurts the integrity of the league.  If a player goes on the D.L., take him out of your lineup.  If a guy is hitting .150 in June, cut him.  Even if you get off to a bad start, you can still come back.  In my first year of playing fantasy baseball, my team had the worst record in the league at the All Star break, and then they came back to make the playoffs.  If you make an effort, hope is never lost!

Whether you’ve been winning fantasy baseball championships for years or it’s your first time playing, I think it’ll be fun for everyone.  So let’s get this started.  I can’t wait for the season to start!

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