Wasting no time as usual, the Gimps send Mark Teixera, Trevor Plouffe, and Doug Fister to Bill Phipps for Nick Swisher, Kyle Drabek, and David Price.
Check out the auction tab in the links to the right to see the 2012 auction.
I am swamped at the moment, but I definitely had a number of thoughts I'll share when I get the chance.
Thanks to Cardrunners for hosting us these past two years, we have now switched sponsors to Draftday.com, which seems like a more natural home for us anyway.
I'm excited for the Draftday 2012 draft, which is coming up on tuesday. I'll try to have rosters up shortly thereafter.
I've updated the competitors 2012 page on the sidebar. We have a great field for this year, notably including the return of Bill Phipps and the inaugrual campaign of Rudy Gamble and Grey Albright from razzball.com.
Our draft date is the 27th of March, rosters will be posted then.
The League is about to launch its third season, and I'm excited to avenge my poor showing last time around.
We are going to be moving sponsors to Draftday.com, and the league will be hosted over there. We should have the new site up soon, and when we do I'll have the info and the competitors for 2012 posted.
I've got my quasi children's story The Existential Giraffe up at kickstarter.com. Please check it out, any support is appreciated!
A fantasy baseball season turns on two axes. The first is the preseason prep, during which we decide who to draft and then do our best to get those guys.
The second is inseason, when we make trades and release players while acquiring others.
Many years ago fantasy baseball's first great stat service operator, Jerry Heath, compiled something he called Hypothetical Standings. These are an attempt to discover what sort of draft each team had, which is an oblique way of looking at how they handled the regular season. The standings below are compiled using the first-week rosters of all the teams in the league and the full season stats applied. This is how we would have finished if we played with our first week roster all season long. (Real hypotheticals are made from the draft rosters, but Cardrunners drafted early enough that I thought it made better sense to include the waivers and trades that were made during the preseason, before the games began.)
|Strict Beet Juice||37||47||84||59.5|
|Dalton Del Don||40||33||73||52.5|
|Two Out Wonders||23||19||42||34|
I would have ended up in a three-way tie for seventh, rather than a two-way tie. Big deal!
If you would like to look at the spreadsheet, click here. Let me know if you see any significant errors.
Yes, I’m a little down about losing out in the final period of the season. I was very proud of my season, having missed on several drafts picks and having received terrible early season luck with both closers and wins (forcing me to punt wins entirely) but making up for it with a lot of great FAAB adds and a flurry of trades in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline (all told, I made 10 trades in July and the first two weeks of August), changing gears, transforming my roster, and setting in motion a plan that I thought would make me a winner. At the conclusion of the trade deadline, I thought I was the favorite to the win the league.
I knew it would be close between Clark and I, and I knew that luck could play an integral part in the final standings. Because I believe it did, I’m going to take this opportunity to step up on the soap box and whine my heart out—hopefully with the understanding that I have all the respect in the world for Clark, who I believe played a tremendous season. I just happen to think he was aided by a little luck. Take this merely as the sour grapes ruminations of a guy thinking of what could have been.
Congratulations to Clark for winning the first place prize and taking home a $12,500 profit!
A well deserved win, and a very enjoyable season. Thanks everyone!