Hey all; I’ve put together a fantasy baseball league for the writers and readers of TYU and I’d love for you to join. Right now, E.J. and I are in and the maximum for the league is 12. The draft is currently scheduled for March 15th (Monday). It’s a league from Yahoo! and the ID# is 171636 and the password is simply “tyu” without the quotes.
The hitters’ categories are: R, RBI, HR, AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS, SB%.
The pitchers’ categories are: IP, W, L, S, K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, BS.
If you’re interested, join on up, we’d love to have you!
While we’re on the subject, I’d like to talk about fantasy baseball. Some people may think that Fantasy Baseball is more of a detriment to the game, that it takes people away from the “reality” of the game and puts the focus on the numbers rather than on the players. There is nothing farther from the truth in my experience. Fantasy Baseball has done a ton to help me get even more into baseball. It makes me research players and try to learn something about players and teams that aren’t the Yankees. Because of Fantasy Baseball, I watch MLB.tv to see other players perform. The game requires that the owner of the team find something out about a variety of players and get a more “global” view of Major League Baseball, instead of keeping a focus on his or her own team.
Fantasy Baseball also helped get me more into the analytical side of the game. Through Fantasy Baseball, I became more and more interested in the world of sabermetrics. Curious, I walked down that path and I’m glad that I did. Some may argue that this gets me farther away from the game, but I obviously disagree. To me, the numbers tell the story of every game in incredible detail. I can see exactly what some player did at exactly a certain time. I can match that numerical story to the one I experienced when watching, listening to, or attending the game. The numbers make the story of the game complete; they fill in the blanks. Since getting deeper and deeper into Fantasy Baseball and advanced baseball metrics, my love for the game has only grown.
Fantasy Baseball has made me a more educated fan who’s been able to experience the wonderful game of baseball from a variety of angles. It has made me become even more engrossed in my favorite sport, favorite team, and favorite players. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to get immersed in the sport. So, please, join up and enjoy.
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