Thread: Stage Four

It doesn’t exist. But we keep hoping.

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Perhaps a Stage One observation, but it's interesting.

Top three teams in the Grapefruit League this year:

Yankees 17-10

Astros 18-12

Nationals 17-12

Bottom three:

Rays 13-17

Orioles 12-17

Red Sox 12-17

The Rays, as usual, are the outlier.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 23

The AFL has moved up this year, and so has First Pitch Arizona.

It's the 25th anniversary and there are still a few seats left.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4

What kind of a fantasy buy would Jerry Lynch had been in 1961 with Pinch AB(PAB) as a category in an OBP league. .407 OB%(210 PA) 33R 13HR 50RBI 2SB 47PAB

van wilhoite LVW
Aug 26

Has anybody ever tried "bullpen innings pitched" as a category?

Or, similarly, "pinch hit at-bats"?

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 26

Been pushing for awhile in my home league to just make the 23rd spot a "swing spot" that can be used for a hitter or pitcher.  It's a half-step that acknowledges the reality Peter notes below.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Aug 12

I think there is a subtle change in the FA pool for pitchers when you go to 10 pitchers in an AL or NL league. With 9 pitchers there are always safe as milk relievers with decent strikeout rates available. With 10 pitchers in any given week the best available guys are LOOGYS like Oliver Perez. The 12 extra pitchers sucks up the safe as milk talent. Makes it much more challenging to determine who might be helpful from week to week.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Aug 12

With all the movement in today's 25-man MLB squads, there seems to be a replacement level hitter or two available most weeks. Plain Wheeler Dealer League (AL, 1991, now 5x5) has been 13 and 10 for at least 5 years. It does not change the FA pool for pitchers, nor prices at auction, as those pitchers at the end usually are $1.

In our league, no active player may be kept on minors/injured list more than two weeks, though one of our owners takes great pleasure in keeping a player (or two) on that reserve squad to the limit. 

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Aug 11

That works for me, though I think my scheme would end up with the same players rostered. Though maybe enforcing two Catchers would make a difference. I'm fine either way, but 13 rather than 14 hitters won't really improve the FA pool much, but it will mean one fewer bum you have to carry.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Aug 11

As for the reduced hitters, Peter spelling it out has given me an idea. Two C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, Four OF, IF, UT, UT.  This is one extra IF (any), one extra OF, and then two open hitting spots.  

My league's current free agents are 7 Catchers, 1 2B, 2 3B, 3 SS, 7 OF, and Dylan Moore 2/3/S/O, and 81 pitchers.  And, that's with 14 hitters and 10 pitchers active.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 11

We like 10 pitchers, and think going to 13 hitters would be even better. I don't know that anyone has talked about this, but why not C 1B 2B SS 3B OF OF OF UT UT UT UT UT?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Aug 10