The middle rounds of an ESPN standard draft are filled with interesting names at starting pitcher. If you’re picking at 130 and all of these names are on the board, who are you taking: Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray, Lance McCullers Jr., Luke Weaver, David Price, or Zack Godley?
Kyle Soppe: I think McCullers is the most talented of the bunch, but I’m valuing innings pitched more now than I ever have and I think Bauer’s quantity outweighs any difference in quality. Bauer’s BB/9 dropped by over 15 percent in the second half of last season and rounded out the regular season with a 2.60 over his final 83 regular season innings.
This might seem incredibly basic, but even veteran fantasy baseball managers forget to double-check their league rules. The result of whiffing on a rule can be horrendous, not only for the success of your team but also for having fun during your fantasy season.
A good draft will put you in position to have a successful season, and taking time to prepare beforehand is key. That includes collecting rankings that reflect your format — e.g., rotisserie, head-to-head categories, head-to-head points or season points — and considering different draft strategies.
Hall said the Diamondbacks purchased two golf carts and had them retrofitted with big caps by SportsKartz, a company in Tampa, Florida.
It’s not all for tradition. The Diamondbacks sold a sponsorship to OnTrac, a West Coast courier service, which will receive branding on the vehicles.
“An ancillary benefit might be that it could speed up the game,” Hall said. “I expect a lot of teams to follow suit.”
“Nobody ran in from the bullpen,” said Dick Stigman, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox in the 1960s. “I don’t think we could’ve made it. We all smoked.”
Full adoption by most teams took place in the 1970s, and in the ’80s, the car was replaced by a golf cart.
Over the years, the bullpen car even caused political controversy. In 1982, a Wisconsin senator got upset that the Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen car was a Toyota, which was viewed as a slap in the face to Wisconsinites who worked for Chevrolet.
The Brewers were the last team to use a bullpen cart, in 1995, though it was actually a Harley-Davidson with a sidecar for the pitcher to sit in.
The average front office is far more capable today than 30 years ago, and while you can argue that most of the lowest-ranked front offices — maybe not the Marlins — would be average or even better in 1988 or 1998, not everyone can be above average.