Draft Day

March 26, 2009

Well, it’s done.

Having the keepers pre-assigned worked out great. Nobody inadvertently grabbed by the wrong team, no great shuffle of sorting players and teams in the Commish’s office. Many thanks to Commisioner Emeritus Sparky for grabbing the reins to make this year’s draft run smoothly.

Smoothly being a matter of degree. Yahoo! has added a lot of purty graphic content but it didn’t make the draft any easier nor any more pleasant. The chat box is buried deep in a corner so you can’t always be sure of what you’re typing.

The feature that showed a player’s stats in the to-be-drafted box made comparisions easier, and I found the option of excluding players already drafted from the list of players available worthwhile. I was mystified by an option to exclude from the live chat screen players as they were drafted. It’s the ticker for the draft! It lets you know who has been taken without having to search the list of availables. It provides you the opportunity to bitch about people grabbing your next pick and the opportunity to make fun of other people’s choices.

The biggest problem? The system locked me out right as I made my choice in the 21st round. I tried getting back in, but the process kept hanging up just before opening the magic door. At least one other person had the same problem, which made me think the problem was not local but rather was with Yahoo! Probably overloaded with many leagues drafting at that time, 11 Eastern 8 Pacific.


Auto Keepers

March 17, 2009

Yahoo! has added a feature to the draft which allows the league to have keeper players assigned by round.

We could have the keepers assigned for the last four rounds which is when people start to fall away anyway, between the demands of Real Life and the dearth of quality players remaining (Some of these guys are dead!). We could assign them to the first four rounds thereby guaranteeing that each team has its keepers. Either option would speed up the draft, which usually runs between 2 and 2.5 hours.

It would protect the keepers, but it would lower the entertainment value of watching your keepers being picked up by someone not online, relying on autopicks. During at least one draft session, the wagering on which keeper would be nabbed next was a highlight.

Standing Rules

March 11, 2009

Every year we, well somebody, always needs a refresher on the rules, at least on draft order.

Here are the Standing Rules:

Draft Order – reverse order of previous year’s finish.

Team composition:

Each roster has 25 slots.

You may play (have active) each day:
3 outfielders
1 first baseman
1 second baseman
1 third baseman
1 shortstop
1 utility player
2 catchers (season total limited to 162 games @ catcher)
7 pitchers

You must bench (have inactive) each day at least 8 players.

The game of ball is glorious!

February 24, 2009

Welcome to the clubhouse/owner’s box/bar!

Talkin’ Baseball Fantasy League has had history not unlike the A’s, moving from one location to another, hopefully finding a home.

Do we know everything about baseball? Hell, no, but we never let that stop us from talking like we do.

It’s Season 10 for us (that Season X in footballese).