March 2006

I’m lost without USAStats

As most of you fantasy nerds are aware, USAStats sold off to AllStar stats earlier this year.  Try as I might, I just don’t like the look and feel of AllStar stats.  I was very used to the look and feel of USAStats…

So, I am putting it to the fantasy folks who read mlblogs… any suggestions?  We have a 33 player roster (11 on a farm squad), and Yahoo won’t let you have more than 30.  Sportsline is an option, but I used it last year in another league, and I wasn’t a big fan.

Any other sites?

BaseballGeeks PodCast #12

This week’s show: Baseballgeeks stories and a look at Spring Training; a look at our Inaugural Beat the Geeks fantasy roster from last weekend’s draft; a look at 10 sleepers to look out for in your fantasy drafts; False Rumors

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BaseballGeeks Podcast #11!

This week’s show: the WBC; Spring news; our Predictions for season ending individual awards; Bobby O’Malley’s fantasy team; PlayerTrack top 10 multi-position players; False Rumors

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BGeeks Division Predictions

Rob’s Picks

AL EAST

Yankees
BlueJays
Red Sox
DevilRays
Orioles

AL CENTRAL

WhiteSox
Indians
Tigers
Twins
Royals

AL WEST

Rangers
A’s
Mariners
Angels

NL EAST

Mets
Phillies
Braves
Nationals
Marlins

NL CENTRAL

Cubs
Cardinals
Astros
Reds
Brewers
Pirates

NL WEST

Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Giants
Rockies

Gregg’s Picks

AL EAST

Yankees
Red Sox
BlueJays
DevilRays
Orioles

AL CENTRAL

WhiteSox
Tigers
Indians
Twins
Royals

AL WEST

Angels
A’s
Rangers
Mariners

NL EAST

Mets
Braves
Phillies
Nationals
Marlins

NL CENTRAL

Cardinals
Cubs
Brewers
Astros
Pirates
Reds

NL WEST

Dodgers
Padres
Giants
Diamondbacks
Rockies

Detailed analysis from our podcasts: AL East (PodCast 5), AL Central (PodCast 9), AL West (PodCast 7), NL East (PodCast 8),  NL Central (PodCast 6), NL West (PodCast 10).

BaseballGeeks.com Podcast #10 Online

This week’s show: Puckett, Bonds, Spring Training Standouts, NL West Predictions, PlayerTrack.com Top 10 DH, False Rumors

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Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett played half-the country away from me, but he was easily
one of my favorite players. When the Twins were in the Series, winning
twice, I saw them as Puck’s teams. He was a fantastic, all-around
player who did everything well despite looking like a fire hydrant.

What’s
sad is how he left life. Not just because it was early but because he
seemed so unhappy. He apparently ballooned in weight to over 300 pounds
and was recently involved in very personal issues. He needed help,
though it’s possible that a lot of folks reached out to him since he
did get engaged recently.

I
will remember his effervescent personality, his smile while playing a
game he loved. I know he’s punching a double up the gap in heaven and
stretching it out into a triple to help his beloved team get another
improbable win. Rest in peace, Puck.

-Gregg

BaseballGeeks PodCast #9

This week’s show: Spring Training news; Introducing Bobby O’Malley; AL Central predictions; PlayerTrack top 10 Starting Pitchers of 2005; False Rumors

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PlayerTrack 2005 Top 10 2B

In honor of Red Sox Chick, who posted about Tony Graffanino… and at the risk of getting flamed by the fantasy folk who read this blog, I present to you the PlayerTrack Top 10 2005 2B (standard 5×5).

Graffanino is good, people.

1. Brian Roberts, BAL, AL
138 starts, 2B(138)
561 AB, .314 AVG, .387 OBP, 92 R, 18 HR, 73 RBI, 27 SB, 10 CS, 83 K, .515 SLG%, 0.902 OPS (259)
Rankings: BA(3/60) RBI(12/60) R(12/60) HR(11/60) SB(8/60)

2. Chase Utley, PHI, NL
141 starts, 1B(6) 2B(135)
543 AB, .291 AVG, .376 OBP, 93 R, 28 HR, 105 RBI, 16 SB, 3 CS, 109 K, .540 SLG%, 0.916 OPS (256)
Rankings: BA(15/60) RBI(2/60) R(9/60) HR(3/60) SB(20/60)

3. Alfonso Soriano, TEX, AL
155 starts, 2B(153) DH(2)
637 AB, .268 AVG, .309 OBP, 102 R, 36 HR, 104 RBI, 30 SB, 2 CS, 125 K, .512 SLG%, 0.821 OPS (255)
Rankings: BA(29/60) RBI(5/60) R(8/60) HR(1/60) SB(7/60)

4. Jeff Kent, LOS, NL
148 starts, 1B(10) 2B(138)
553 AB, .289 AVG, .377 OBP, 100 R, 29 HR, 105 RBI, 6 SB, 2 CS, 85 K, .512 SLG%, 0.889 OPS (238)
Rankings: BA(18/60) RBI(3/60) R(5/60) HR(2/60) SB(39/60)

5. Bill Hall, MIL, NL
128 starts, 2B(21) 3B(49) SS(58)
501 AB, .291 AVG, .342 OBP, 69 R, 17 HR, 62 RBI, 18 SB, 6 CS, 103 K, .495 SLG%, 0.837 OPS (234)
Rankings: BA(12/60) RBI(14/60) R(24/60) HR(7/60) SB(14/60)

6. Marcus Giles, ATL, NL
147 starts, 2B(147)
577 AB, .291 AVG, .365 OBP, 104 R, 15 HR, 63 RBI, 16 SB, 3 CS, 108 K, .461 SLG%, 0.826 OPS (223)
Rankings: BA(14/60) RBI(26/60) R(3/60) HR(18/60) SB(21/60)

7. Tadahito Iguchi, CHA, AL
129 starts, 2B(129)
511 AB, .278 AVG, .342 OBP, 74 R, 15 HR, 71 RBI, 15 SB, 5 CS, 114 K, .438 SLG%, 0.78 OPS (218)
Rankings: BA(24/60) RBI(11/60) R(19/60) HR(15/60) SB(18/60)

8. Mark Ellis, OAK, AL
114 starts, 2B(109) SS(5)
434 AB, .316 AVG, .384 OBP, 76 R, 13 HR, 52 RBI, 1 SB, 3 CS, 51 K, .477 SLG%, 0.861 OPS (214)
Rankings: BA(2/60) RBI(17/60) R(6/60) HR(14/60) SB(52/60)

9. Craig Biggio, HOU, NL
146 starts, 2B(141) DH(5)
590 AB, .264 AVG, .325 OBP, 94 R, 26 HR, 69 RBI, 11 SB, 1 CS, 90 K, .468 SLG%, 0.793 OPS (213)
Rankings: BA(32/60) RBI(16/60) R(11/60) HR(5/60) SB(28/60)

10. Tony Graffanino, BOS, AL
99 starts, 1B(14) 2B(71) 3B(14)
379 AB, .309 AVG, .366 OBP, 68 R, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 7 SB, 2 CS, 51 K, .425 SLG%, 0.791 OPS (209)
Rankings: BA(4/60) RBI(31/60) R(1/60) HR(31/60) SB(29/60)

Baseball Manager 2006

I am so pleased to see that Major League Baseball has affiliated with my favorite head to head fantasy baseball game.

This will be my 14th season of BBM.  It first was developed by a company (I believe Trout Software) for the old Prodigy service (you remember that, right?).

When it comes to head to head action, there is no better.  You get daily headlines like the one at right.  You play a 162 game season, with multiple 3 game series’ against your 9 other opponents.

You control line-ups, you control pitchers, and the previous night’s stats are used to determine the next morning’s game results.

Some like to grab a newspaper and their cup of coffee before they go to work.  I like to grab my virtual BBM newspaper and that cup of coffee.  Beware, however.  Sometimes my entire days start crappy solely based on my morning’s result.

It is pricey, and the prizes for winning the league (there are two winners — one for the best record of the regular season; and a championship prize for the winner among the top 4 teams in a head to head playoff using random stats from the regular season) are kind of crappy (last few seasons has been a pennant — the best prizes were when it first started… I have two printed baseballs in my manroomcave that say: "1994 Regular Season BBM Champ" and "1994 Playoff BBM Champ.").  I love these balls more than my Ramon Martinez and Raul Mondesi autographed balls (well, that isn’t saying much, I understand, but I still love these BBM balls a lot).

If you sign up now, before March 12th, you get a $15 discount for Ultimate BBM… $74.95.  There is a pricier keeper league option (I have never done this).

We have a core group that I have played with for the last decade.  The first day of BBM sign-ups is like an annual holiday for us.

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