Thursday, February 11, 2010

Introducing Blue Jay Hunter Fantasy Baseball

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For those who aren't fortunate enough to possess the skills to play baseball at the major league level, luckily there is fantasy baseball. Every baseball stat geeks dream - the ability to own your favourite players and ride through their highs and lows just as if you were the owner of the team yourself.

I'm pleased to announce that the Blue Jay Hunter Yahoo Fantasy Baseball league will be back once again this year. As defending champion, I challenge all of you to knock me off my perch - which shouldn't be too difficult, considering that aside from last year, I have extremely bad luck in fantasy baseball.

If you're interested in joining, please send me an email to bluejayhunter@gmail.com and I'll gladly send you an invite to the league. As of now, the maximum amount of teams is set at 16, but if there is more interest then I might bump it up to 20.

And to sweeten the pot, this year Yahoo upgraded their fantasy leagues to include live scoring, so you can receive real-time updates on how your team is performing.

Here are the details: it's a Yahoo Head-to-Head league, with 10 positional player roster spots, 3 starting pitcher spots, 2 reliever spots, 2 pitcher spots (which can be either starter or reliever) and 2 DL spots.

The categories for positional players will be: hits, runs, RBI's, HR's, stolen bases, and OPS. The categories for pitchers will be: wins, complete games, saves, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. The categories aren't necessarily set in stone, and these can be changed if the league prefers something else.

Good luck to everyone and may the best stat geek win!

Update: Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming response, but in less than 12 hours we have already assembled to 20 team league. Apologies to those who were interested in joining, but I didn't anticipate so many folks would be interested in joining.

11 comments:

  1. While this sounds great fun, I'm almost certain I don't have the commitment to keep up with it. Have fun guys, I'll stick to MLB09 The Show :-p

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  2. That's the thing about fantasy baseball - it's much more high maintenance than fantasy hockey.

    I'm still working on MLB 09 The Show - I haven't even gotten called up to the bigs yet, still stuck in Triple A.

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  3. you should try quality starts and not wins...

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  4. I'm interested, but I fear my lack of baseball knowledge outside a few teams would be detrimental. Plus, I fear fantasy baseball would end my life.

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  5. ilan, I'm also not a giant fan of the win category either, but I find the win/loss record is a more well-known stat.

    BK, the best way to learn is to dive right in! The crappy thing is that obviously with the 162 game schedule, there is a lot of shuffling around of rosters. But usually, if you set then 1-2 times a week, it keeps you covered. Drop me an email if you're interested and I'll send you the league details.

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  6. Holds are so tough to predict though. I remember back in 2008, I picked up Jesse Carlson just because he always picked up a shitload of holds. John Gibbons always used him as the Mop Up Guy when games were so far gone!

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  7. Considering Carlson didn't debut until 2008 (and not until Accardo went on the DL), I'm not sure why you seemed to think he'd pick up a ton of them.

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  8. The problem with holds as well is that to get someone who's probably going to get a ton of holds, you might be sacrificing a lot of other stats and taking up a roster spot. A great holds guy might go 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA and 1.44 WHIP, but get 30 holds. Now, of course, that's not NEARLY always the case, but just one of the things that makes them a little less than great stat.

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  9. Exactly. You might win the holds category, but sacrifice others to win that category. I find it's a losing battle.

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  10. fantasy baseball is boss! really if you only know about a few teams its the best way to learn.

    sorry i cant join in wi this. however i would recommend the british league fantasybaseballuk.com to anyone.

    only offensive point scoring, 10 outfield players 5 starters and a closer. plus the option of 5 subs incase you wana rejoggle your team on a nonday or thursday when the sked shortens. need to keep your line up under a 12 mill (i think) cap with prices fluctuating weekly due to performance.

    seems like i am plugging it for personal gain. but im not.

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