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Today was the day of our annual fantasy baseball draft. We play APBA baseball in an eight team superstar league, half of the season with all teams playing on the computer; the other half of the season with half of the league playing face-to-face, while the other half of the league finishes up on the computer. I've been all-computer for some time now. I was drafting last, having finished second in the first half and first in the second half which gave me the lowest aggregate point total. (And which means that I did quite well last year. :) )

The problem this year was that both my starting and relief pitching had gone down the tubes. I had one quality reliever returning and only two quality starters. Now one of those starters was Clayton Kershaw, but he is heavily limited on starts this year due to his injury in 2016. The other is Carlos Martinez, who is a fine thing, but still developing. And after that, it's the cast of thousands of mediocre starting pitchers with good names attached. So my prospects are pretty good, but the current season could be brutal. And since I was drafting eighth and there were only three quality pitchers available under the pitching cap -- who went one, two, three with Porcello, Syndergaard, and deGrom -- I would not be making any major improvements to the starting pitching.

I also had a lot of mediocre (for this year) outfielders in a year that was loaded with mediocre outfielders in the draft. I expect Bryce Harper to have a better season this year than last and he's playable this year, but...

But with a starting infield of Freeman, Zobrist, Machado, Bogaerts, and Molina behind the plate, not all was lost. Still, the team is likely to finish in the middle of the pack this year.

So we came down to the end of round one and Jonathan Lucroy was staring me in the face. That was a lot of catcher at bats that were likely to be better than Molina's by some margin. And Lucroy is several years younger. So I picked him (Gary Sanchez had gone fourth in the draft, just for reference) and kicked off a run on catchers. :)

As I mentioned, the relief corps had been thinned out (I had Will Harris as a top quality reliever and Tony Watson as a second-tier lefty reliever), so I grabbed the best available reliever, Daniel Otero, at the end of round two and kicked off a brief run on relief. There were more relievers available than catchers though, so there was a bit less of a panic.

In round three, I took the best available young non-quality starting pitcher (IMO) with Jameson Taillon.

In round four, it was back to the bullpen for another quality reliever with Tony Barnette.

In round five, I did some maneuvering. Carlos Correa is my backup shortstop this year, but there is talk that the Astros might move him to third base, swapping positions with Alex Bregman. Well, I needed a backup third baseman, so I drafted Bregman and am now covered either way.

Round six was back to the bullpen, adding Nationals closer Blake Treinen. He'd actually end up completing the bullpen, as I never found anyone I considered an improvement over Tony Watson.

At this point, my draft moved into the "just messing around" stage. As I said, I had a lot of mediocre outfield and started trading some of it in on outfield with a different flavor. In round seven, I picked up Cubs near-rookie centerfielder Albert Almora Jr.

Round eight added Byron Buxton, who can field the position and may or may not someday figure out how to hit in the major leagues.

Round nine brought Cameron Maybin aboard. He lacks power, but has speed and can get on base, which was being a problem with the previous version of the outfield.

And I closed out my draft in round ten by picking Brandon Drury, a utility player for the Diamondbacks who is currently playing second base. This, of course, is subject to change. :)

Holdovers included (some players already mentioned): Yadier Molina, Freddie Freeman, Ben Zobrist, Jonathan Schoop, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Gregory Polanco, Kole Calhoun, Stephen Piscotty, and Randal Grichuk.

And pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Martinez, Kevin Gausman, Jeff Samardzija, Adam Wainwright, Will Harris, Tony Watson, Zack Greinke, Taijuan Walker, and Michael Wacha.

We'll see how it goes.
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Tomorrow is our annual fantasy baseball draft. In deference to my kidney stones (which are better, but not yet 100%), I've asked one of my fellow managers for a lift, which he has agreed to do.

We'll see how the day goes...
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Following the draft, we have finally all gotten our lineups in for our APBA baseball league for the computer season. (I confess to being tardy -- life has been like that lately.) Guth has run five test runs for our 84 game computer-only session and sent out the results today.

I finished in first by five games, four games, eleven games, four games, and ten games.

Ok, apparently doing several things right, although a lot of it is riding a strong pitching staff headed by Greinke and Kershaw.

When the team stats come out, I'll check to make sure no one is getting overused...
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For those of you who don't care about my APBA fantasy draft, this report is cut-tagged for your protection. :)
Juicy details inside... )
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Tomorrow is our annual APBA baseball draft. For the first time in a long time, it looks like we'll have a full complement of managers, as Lanny is coming back to take over the team that Guth and I have been drafting for and shadow managing for several years now. This is something of a relief, as now no one can grouse about any decisions that we make during the draft for that team.

The good news is that we've managed to put together a fairly impressive starting staff for that team, with Scherzer, Harvey, Salazar, and Fernandez. The bad news is that the position players mostly managed to get injured last year, so there are holes coming back.

But Lanny will, no doubt, find things to do about it. :)

Now if I just knew what I was doing...
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There are so many things to work on, but I have the new APBA baseball cards for next season and the draft is coming up. So I spent some time going over them this afternoon and am now much better prepared for our (probable) early April draft.

Death was avoided, but three loads of laundry were washed, which means that we will actually continue to have clean underwear. :)

And I have started work on the taxes, going over the Discover statement and pulling out all of the Dodeka expenses from it. Sadly, the Sam's Club statements can't be retrieved in electronic form, so I'll have to pull them out of the bill drawer and go over them by hand. With any luck, I will shortly find enough money to pay all of the bills that are due on March 1st, including the property taxes and the Cubs tickets. :)

In other news, I had a chance to chat with Gundo about plans for Windycon and I think we've firmed up a plan for Friday night, subject to a couple of things that aren't quite settled yet, so that's good.
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Laid out the new book today and learned a couple of new things about InDesign in the process. I still need to do the jacket, but...

And I started giving the new APBA cards a serious once over. Pitchers and catchers have reported, so it's almost time for the annual draft. :)

Young Guns

Apr. 28th, 2015 07:17 pm
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I've been trying to collect some young talent to fix the problems with my APBA baseball team. If you can believe Keith Law's list of the top 25 players under age 25, I'm making progress.

  • #2: Bryce Harper
  • #3: Manny Machado
  • #8: Xander Bogaerts
  • #10: Wil Myers
  • #11: Michael Wacha
  • #12: Gregory Polanco
  • #20: Kolten Wong
  • #21: Shelby Miller
  • #24: Carlos Martinez
  • #25: Kevin Gausman

    Four of the top 10 (and half of the top 12!); ten of the top 25. I can work with that.

    I hope.

    (Sadly, Adam Wainwright is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. This is going to leave a big hole in the rotation next year. And it is currently leaving a big hole in the Cardinals rotation. *sigh*)
  • Draft Day

    Apr. 11th, 2015 11:31 pm
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    Today was the day for our annual APBA baseball draft. I was drafting seventh out of eight teams in a year where very little quality hitting was available in the draft, nor any quality starting pitching (because we limit the number of quality starters available), but a whole lot of quality relief pitching.

    As it happened, I have a lot of quality starting pitching, a reasonable starting lineup with a weak outfield, and a highly questionable, but young bench. This made drafting entertaining, because I felt forced into a position to try to reset for 2016 while remaining as competitive as possible this year.
    So it went like this )
    We'll see how the reloading goes... :)

    Draft Day

    Apr. 5th, 2014 11:32 pm
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    It was the day of our annual baseball draft and my team ended up getting considerably more churned than I expected, with only 18 players out of the starting 32 remaining on my roster at the end of the day.
    It went like this... )
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    So the folks at ESPN have held another of their Franchise Player Drafts where they select players who they would want to have on their team if they could draft any major league player to start their franchise, based on their expected performance for the next ten years.

    Now, I'm in a continuous ownership APBA league (and have been for some time) with only eight teams, so we have some pretty strong teams. However, I was gratified to find that I have four of the top six, six of the top twenty, and eleven of the top fifty players picked.
    The players are... )
    Ok, so I have too many catchers...

    (Yes, I know. You can never have too many catchers.)

    Draft Day

    Mar. 23rd, 2013 11:55 pm
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    Today was Draft Day for our APBA baseball league. [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise agreed to drop me off and pick me up, given that I had taken another heavy dose of Benadryl this morning for the sulfite allergy attack that started on Thursday. As I was checking my LJ, I saw that [livejournal.com profile] qnofhrt who is a pharmacy tech had mentioned that I should have called my doctor to see about getting prednisone.

    That seemed like a good idea, so I gave him a call and told him that I'd fallen into the sulfite pit and couldn't get up, but had been dosing heavily with Benadryl since Thursday. He said that was normally a good choice until he asked for symptoms, which included swelling, itching, and hives. That was enough to get the prednisone bomb dropped on the allergy attack.

    I am not yet in perfect shape, but I am one heckuva lot better off. :) I do have to keep a close eye on my blood sugar and what I eat, because the prednisone is not good for sugar control. Of course, neither is itching and lack of sleep...

    Anyway, so off I went to the draft for our eight-man league. I was drafting fifth, having squeaked into the playoffs, which meant that I was in a reasonable position to snag some talent, especially given that there were two quality starting pitchers available in the draft -- we have a cap on the quality starting, as otherwise there would be no lower quality starters in the league and no one would ever get a hit. :)
    Draft results inside... )

    Draft Day!

    Mar. 24th, 2012 11:55 pm
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    It was draft day again for our APBA baseball league. My draft was constrained by having a lot of players who were too good to cut, but who weren't exactly playable this year, including three players (Adam Wainwright, Josh Johnson, and Dayan Viciedo) who were uncarded or extra players who aren't allowed to play under our rules, although I was able to keep them on the roster in the hope of using them next year. And since Wainwright and Johnson are very talented -- albeit injured last year! -- and Viciedo is just coming up from the minors to a regular outfield slot with the White Sox this year, none of them were players I wanted to dispose of.
    Lots of draft chatter inside... )
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    Our annual baseball draft was today. And there was much entertainment.
    Which hides behind this cut tag... )
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    Our annual baseball draft was today. And there was much entertainment.
    Which hides behind this cut tag... )

    Drafting

    Apr. 8th, 2011 11:09 pm
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    Tomorrow is our annual APBA baseball draft. I've had a bit of time to go over the cards, so I have some idea of what's available. Answer: Not much in the way of hitting.

    On the other hand, I have the starting pitching staff of doom with two AZ, one A, and three B starters, so that looks really good. It may be the strongest starting five in league history, even if Wainwright won't be available to me next year due to his Tommy John surgery.

    We'll see what happens. I'm drafting seventh out of eight (which means I did well last year). But by the time it gets to me, the pickings may be pretty slim.

    Drafting

    Apr. 8th, 2011 11:09 pm
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    Tomorrow is our annual APBA baseball draft. I've had a bit of time to go over the cards, so I have some idea of what's available. Answer: Not much in the way of hitting.

    On the other hand, I have the starting pitching staff of doom with two AZ, one A, and three B starters, so that looks really good. It may be the strongest starting five in league history, even if Wainwright won't be available to me next year due to his Tommy John surgery.

    We'll see what happens. I'm drafting seventh out of eight (which means I did well last year). But by the time it gets to me, the pickings may be pretty slim.

    Draft Day!

    Apr. 18th, 2010 10:35 pm
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    It was time for our annual APBA baseball draft today in our eight-man, half-face-to-face, half computer league. (I'm in the computer half, as I just don't have time to play face-to-face any more.)
    And what happened? )

    Draft Day!

    Apr. 18th, 2010 10:35 pm
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    It was time for our annual APBA baseball draft today in our eight-man, half-face-to-face, half computer league. (I'm in the computer half, as I just don't have time to play face-to-face any more.)
    And what happened? )
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    The problem that I had going into this year's baseball draft was that two of the relief pitchers that I had counted on for my returning team had been carded in the extra (XB) card set which we don't actually play with under the current rules. This is what happens when you draft a lefty specialist apparently, even if he appeared in a great many games.
    Damage control pitching... )

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