We are a fantasy baseball league whose draft is scheduled for April 14. Ten men enter (or nine or eight), and one man leaves.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Time to Start Writing Down All Those Sports Metaphors Applied to Politics. (Pat. It's a Column!)

Rafael Palmeiro in mid swing, Spring Training ...
Rafael Palmeiro in mid swing, Spring Training 2005. Photo by Googie Man 19:33, 18 June 2005 . . Googie man . . 774×615 (822 KB) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From Charlie Cook

Gov. Walker now has an opportunity that long-shot presidential hopefuls can only dream of: He is on the verge of breaking through to front-runner status. He is going to be asked thousands of questions—some fair, some not, some awkwardly or vaguely worded, others that could contain a trap. Like a baseball batter, he can take pitches that are high and inside, or he can swing at them. It's what separates the major-leaguers from the wannabes.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

lovin that skiing...

adjust your draft accordingly.

Josh Hamilton meets with MLB officials about a disciplinary issue


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I Hate the Lying

English: Bill O'Reilly at a Hudson Union Socie...
English: Bill O'Reilly at a Hudson Union Society event in September 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So many things about which we evade or deceive:

* our ratio of having had sex with a woman - or human; no foregrounding heterosex here -  vs. having had sex with our hand
* our having run run away or turned and faced the mob as Bill O'Reilly did
* our having had sex with Bill O'Reilly, who may be a pod person and thus doesn't count

But I think no deception runs deeper than exactly how much draft preparation we do. This morning I googled fantasy league dollar values and was happy to have confirmed that there is no league like our league in terms of categories and eligibility and amount we have to invest at auction. Dollar values I found don't correlate to our practice.

But that does not mean I won't print out a cheat sheet or two and then tweak them to my own uses. Indeed, knowing our little league is unique gives me a certain pride. We were an early one, starting -  I recall in 1984 - at the instigation of the late Patrick Finley who saw it (as he did all things prefaced with a dollar sign) as his cash cow. First year the buy in was $30. Second year he increased it to $40. Third year he raised it to $50 and would have continued, but we put our foot down. It is interesting to note that if we adjust the 1986 buy in for inflation it would cost $106 this year.

But (third "but" in a row - that can't be good) it's not about the money but the fame. Though I do remember the year Jon Carroll refused to pay off the winners, which may have been the beginning of the end for our friendship. I think a couple of friendships have been dented during the life of the league, but I'm not sure any others have actually ended.

Hey, wait: Koppy, Pressman, Russ and Peter's evil boss. And, of course, there was the man-wife accountant team whose names I can't remember, though I don't think they rose to the level of acquaintance. I guess the league has had its share of minor drama, though probably not enough for a sitcom.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Draft Memory, Part Deux

Draft memories

Happy Birthday, Michael Tola

Baseball All Star Kids Birthday Invitations

In our eyes you will always be our "little slugger"

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baseball Prospectus | Baseball's Hilbert Problems

3-dimensionnal Hilbert cube.
3-dimensionnal Hilbert cube. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Why I like linking our emails to the blog. I'm not going to take time right now to go through these 23 mind boggles for stat heads. But the link is up on the blog where I can find it. Also, quick links using robertson1944.fatpablo@blogger.com works!

Rich Data, Poor Data [feedly]

Rich Data, Poor Data

Hmmm. I've yet to come across a website that gave $ values that were useful for our league. Position rankings, maybe. But the beauty of our league - and it is gorgeous both in closeup and in panorama - is that we draft after the season starts. I'd wager that more than half the guys who start well don't fall off the edge of the world. Thus, Peter's consistent success at going with those hot in the early season. We would just like draft prep to be more complicated, wouldn't we?

Wouldn't we?? Come on at least one amen

Saturday, February 21, 2015

One More Test of Remote Posting

Problem is I'm not sure if the posts are being pushed at league members

An Experiment in Posting

I emailed robertson1944@fatpablo@blogger.com. In theory, I can thus 'remote post' to the league blog. Also, I've tried to set the blog up so blog post notifications are sent automatically to league members.

Bob Be Damned. I'm Saving All My Best Stuff for the Blog

English: Jesus Christ saving the souls of the ...
English: Jesus Christ saving the souls of the damned. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bad copy editing equals sassy headline. Oh boy.

Team Names, League Thoughts, etc.

Giant Steps                     8.0 6.0 8.0 9.0 5.0 6.0 8.0 7.0 8.5 6.0 71.5
The Spotted Dicks          6.0 5.0 10.0 4.0 9.0 4.0 6.0 9.0 8.5 9.0 70.5
Hot Lunch                      10.0 10.0 9.0 10.0 3.0 9.0 3.0 6.0 4.5 5.0 69.5
Monroeville Zombies 4.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 2.0 10.0 10.0 4.0 10.0 10.0 68.0
Little Chi Chi                7.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 8.0 5.0 7.0 10.0 6.0 7.0 65.0
Lady Mandingo Calling 3.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 6.0 2.0 9.0 3.0 7.0 3.0 56.0
no way out                    1.0 9.0 3.0 7.0 7.0 8.0 2.0 8.0 3.0 2.0 50.0
the corwinators            9.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 10.0 3.0 1.0 5.0 1.0 8.0 42.0
The Aristocrats            5.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 7.0 5.0 1.0 4.5 4.0 40.5
Fiasco                         2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 17.0

Here are last year's standings, which are of interest for several reasons:

1) It was a fine tight race with four teams in contention up to the last several days. My recollection is either Brad or I - and perhaps both of us - could have tied Kevin if certain improbable but not impossible things had happened on the field on the last day. So in that way it was all that a season of fantasy baseball could be.

2) It was good to have Bob back. He is an ornament. His team was also a canary in the mine. As the A's faded, so his team faded. Maybe this year will be a mirror image. He'll take his clutch of shivering A's players home and put them under a warm blanket and feed them with an eyedropper and as their eyes open and their teeth come in, they and his team will rise. One hopes.

3) Mark is a performance artist. Kudos. Someday people will look back at Mark's early drafts as one might on the moment Karen Finley discovered that chocolate melts.

4) Team names are a study unto themselves. I change my team's name often, frequently more than once a year. This is both an attempt to be amusing and an act of superstition. Are Berger and Matt the only teams - other than the newbies - who have stuck with original names? I certainly will be coming up with a new name, a winning name.

5) Only Brad and Chris have accepted invitations to this wonderful blog. Accepting means you can post and news of new posts will be emailed to you. Hurrah.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Those Little Throwaway Articles That Make Your Heart Race

English: A foot on roentgen. The first segment...
English: A foot on roentgen. The first segment of thumb suffers fractures and dislocation of fragments Српски / Srpski: Рентгенска слика стопала. Први сегмент палца је задобио фрактуре, а настали фрагменти су дислоцирани. Български: Рентген снимка на стопало. Фрактура на нокътна фаланга с вътреставно разпространение и дислокация на фрагментите. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chron says Miguel Cabrera should be ready for opening day

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