The Thinking Chair
After a long, hard winter, we're finally here. Baseball season is, as they say, upon us. With Opening Day approaching, fantasy drafts and auctions are largely a thing of the past. If selecting your team went according to your plan, now you get to find out if your plotting was worthwhile. And if something went materially wrong during your draft, it's time (yes, already) to start addressing your holes.
I'm generally not a fan of making fundamental changes to your team early on. Still, I get trade requests where the guys being offered were readily available when I chose the guys the other team is asking for. Unless I was particularly distracted, drunk or otherwise confused during that draft, I don't feel like second guessing myself, at least until the season gets going. So, what do you do if you selected
Remember this: The team in your league that currently looks like the worst almost assuredly won't end the season in last place.
The start of the regular season also means, of course, the end of spring training. While I love the simplicity of spring games, it's time for real ball. Plus I won't have to endure something like last Friday's Braves-Tigers game. I caught a few innings, and
I completed my NL-only auction last Sunday and, while I won't bore you with every detail of the happenings, a few things occurred that I'd like to share. News travels fast, and the fact that the Cubs had named Kevin Gregg the closer was common knowledge before things kicked off. And yet, Marmol went for more than Gregg did, with more teams interested in owning him. Part of this was the timing (Gregg was thrown out early, Marmol towards the end when saves were scarce) but there was a definite bias towards Marmol's talent over Gregg's.
Folks were surprised that
One last thing about my auction: In the late afternoon, we took a small break and as we walked back in, one of the owners in my league had turned on the TV. We generally ensure this is kept off during the auction as it's insanely distracting and just extends an already long process. But no one said anything, because
Strange things are afoot in Detroit, and I'm not just talking about CEOs getting fired. First, something clearly isn't right with
The Tigers then released
Maybe it's just cities starting with the letter D, but Denver is also making some odd noises these days, with the Broncos dealing the disgruntled
What's more, I'd proceed with caution trading for such a headcase. I understand being upset that McDaniels apparently tried to trade for
OK, you know what time it is? (Yes, the correct and anticipated answer is, "For the end of this freakin column." But I'm going for something else here.)
It's time ... to play ball.