"Alertness means constantly being aware and observing. Always seek to improve yourself and your team."
Distractions can cost you a fantasy baseball title. Yet with so much going on in the sports world of late, who can blame you for neglecting your team? It's easy to get distracted by World Cup soccer, the Stanley Cup playoffs, Lakers vs. Celtics, Tiger and Phil at Pebble Beach and Wimbledon.
Now is the time to refocus on your fantasy team. You can't afford to give away points and wins by forgetting to set your lineup or ignoring the waiver wire. Yes, the baseball season can be a grind, so here are four things you can do to stay alert:
If you are bored with your players, then exchange them for new blood like how Yankees pitchers
Maybe that means trading one slugging first baseman (
For second half help, I would target 1B
Nothing compares to first-hand observation, so turn off your computers, televisions and video game consoles and head to the ballpark. Watch
You should always be on the lookout for baseball's next fantasy star. Start with the College World Series, where you'll hear "pinging" aluminum bats rather than "buzzing" vuvuzelas. I like watching my alma mater UCLA, which has a remarkable 11 players who were taken in this year's amateur draft. SP
Down on the farm, take a look at the seemingly endless supply of prospects in the Rays system. OF
There is beauty and simplicity in throwing a baseball back and forth with a partner, and it doesn't have to be a tear-jerking moment between father and son like in
Dust off your old glove, hit the batting cages, join a softball league, learn how to throw a knuckleball or play whiffle ball on the beach -- do whatever it takes to get you thinking and breathing baseball again.