We have a few things to discuss and confirm in order to start playing our fantasy baseball league at the end of the month.
First, please plan on finalizing your franchise name and submitting a logo no later than Monday, April 16. I would like to write up a post for GeekDad featuring our new league and the team logos, to run on April 18. I want to run these as a gallery, which means I would also like to have a 1-2 paragraph backstory on why you chose the name/logo you did. A Monday due date will leave you plenty of opportunity to work with your younger partners on drawing and scanning/digitizing a logo.
Second, I am about to confirm sponsorship by a host for our league (one I wouldn't mind switching my main league to at some point). We'll give them a plug on all GeekDad articles about our activities in exchange for a cost-free season this summer. The site has a number of fine-tuned controls to configure our league the way we want. The target date for that is also Monday, April 16.
Finally, we need to have a discussion about the rules. Since our host site is quite versatile, and I am optimistically viewing this as a keeper league, this may be more nuanced than I originally planned. I'm creating a new page to house the rules, but please comment here about them (both pro and con). With almost three decades of running fantasy leagues under my belt, I'm quite confident in these suggestions, but I want to give our community a chance to provide input and suggest adjustments.
I'm going through the available FanStar stats options now to try to suggest an updated version of the stats categories to reflect this input. Also trying to get Wayne Winston, a local sports stats guru, to help explain the rationale.
RE: Draft order ... If FanStar supports random order of draft, we will use that tool in their site. Otherwise, we'll use a randomizer available on the web (there are a lot of them) to order our draft and let everyone start scouting.
I'll be sending out a Doodle poll to find the best time we could all get together for about 2-3 hours to conduct our two-round draft (and get to know each other a bit).
When parsing the rosters, I skipped any players who I knew to be out of for the season (e.g., Ryan Madsen). Wilson would have fit into that same category, but I'm not interested in re-parsing to make that adjustment. The easiest thing is to allow the franchise drafting him, as part of a complete pitching staff, to have the option at that time to release the injured player and pick up another player not currently on any of the rosters. This may not be desired, though, so we'll also give that ownership team the option to keep him, disable him after the draft, and sign a replacement through free agency. (FYI: Scott Baker of Minnesota is in a similar situation)
After some thought and input, I realized coordinating a 20-team draft via Skype might be overly ambitious out of the gate. Since the draft is only two rounds, we will conduct it asynchronously on this forum.
The draft is scheduled to run from April 18-27 in four-hour time blocks, pausing overnight. With a scheduled draft like this, you do not need to wait for your appointed time. You may make your selection at any point after the previous team has made a selection, or at the start of your draft time slot (whichever comes first). Skipped owners may select at any time, and we will pause at the end of the first round to make sure that every franchise has caught up.
After using a random draft generator for the first round order, Battin' Rouge is officially on the clock and may select a squad at any time. Please see the GDS 2012 Draft thread for details.
I made some updates to the rules to reflect some of the discussions here, as well as a deeper look at the statistics options. The biggest changes are to reduce the developmental roster to a single non-major leaguer (just enough to find a favorite prospect to follow) and adjust some of the categories. Namely,
There are 9 extra innings defined, as well, should regulation result in a tied game. First run wins.
Just making sure we are talking the same statistic for On Base Percentage. You call it OBS, but I am thinking of OBP. From the rules page, it looks like OBP. I just want to make sure we are not talking OPS (On base plus slugging). This is what you get when you sign up a bunch of GeekDads!
good catch. yes, definitely on-base % (no slugging)
In case you are looking for something to do while we wait for the lull in logo collection and draft selection to end, head over to the Name Your Division and/or Conference thread.
A few questions....
Is there a way to see who is NOT on a roster at this point? Or do we just need to have some patience for the draft to end?
And is there an alternate website we are using for hosting/stat compilation purposes? I swear I saw that somewhere on here but can't find it now. I'm just wondering if we needed to get signed up or whatever to start the season in a few days.
Team Bounty Hunters are excited!
Yeah, Kevin! Let us in! Let us in! :)
At least if only to get a look at the "engine" - look and feel of the site we will be using.:)
On my to-do list. The link is here, but expect an invitation in to muck with your rosters (in progress) in the next 48 hours.
I'm also waiting on a couple logos/backstories for next Monday's post about our league, and I'm currently overediting the one on the stats choices I had targeted for yesterday.
FYI, I finally got my book chapter, er, post on our statistical categories sent to the GeekDad queue. I started working on entering data into the FanStar site, but that will take some time (and at 5:45a, I'm overdue for a nap).
All of those missing email notifications started showing up today from this site.