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  1. Rotoworld mock draft

    Let's let this first draft play out and then folks who didn't get in on it can get first in line for the next one.
  2. Rotoworld mock draft

    Yeah, it's not that we *can't* do it, it's that it's another thing everyone (or at least one person) would have to do manually. Like, I was excited to see there was interest in doing a mock draft with forum members, but when I thought about having to manually type in each player drafted into a database or spreadsheet to keep track of it (or forcing that task on someone else to do) it seemed sort of tedious. And I do a *lot* of tedious baseball analytics stuff for fun! I can't imagine how much of a hassle it'd be for people who just want a quick mock draft experience without all the fuss. I was thinking that Fantrax might be an ideal site to use. They don't have off-season baseball mocks, but you can set up a normal baseball league any time. We could set up a free league (like I just did to test it out), invite 10, 12, or however many folks to join, and then we could run it through there with something like a 12 hour clock. It can do email notifications when it's your turn and for when you're on deck, which is kind of nice. It will also draft from your queue if the clock expires -- which means folks who might be away from email for a while can load their queue up and not get terrible auto-picks. There's also Couch Managers -- that's the site that the industry people used for their #2earlymock drafts. I find the UI to be terrible, though, plus the player pool is more limited. Anyway, I don't want to step on anyone's toes with this -- just thinking out loud about options to make these run smoother, since there seems to be a lot of demand for them given that we're 100+ days away from meaningful baseball.
  3. Rotoworld mock draft

    Have y'all given any thought to using a third-party site to run the actual mechanics of the draft, with the discussion etc. happening here? The RW forums are great, but I don't think that they're well-suited to the task of tracking who's been drafted, reminding people about their pick, etc. It seems like a lot of these hiccups people are running into (notifying people it's their turn, managing a queue, auto-picking for people if they disappear for a few days, etc.) can be taken care of with some third-party sites. Downside is another thing to register for, but there's no cost, at least not the ones I've used before.
  4. Thanks for the suggestion. As a mere forum moderator, I'm not in a position to say what folks at the Rotoworld mothership can/will do, but the implementation details would seem to be a difficult hurdle. Player threads can be posted by anyone. They don't have any specific identifier that they're player threads other than some title of the form "[player] [year] Outlook". Except maybe it's "[player] [year] Fantasy Outlook". Or maybe something else. There's no unique player ID that a script could look for in the posts -- player names aren't unique, not even within teams -- I think Rougned Odor has a little brother who's in the Texas minor league system.) There's also no mechanism that I'm aware of for customizing the forum software to reach back to the RW site to link the player record with the forum thread... So I'm not sure how this would be implemented, but it would be messy, and probably require manual intervention where mods have to link the records, or clean up links that are wrong. And we don't need more work on our plate, especially not during football season. I'll also say that we as mods are already having a tough time keeping discussions on the rails, and that anything that draws more new users would add to that. I would normally say "the more, the merrier", but at this point it's hard to believe that any aspect of any player's fantasy profile is left unmentioned. Would a larger audience increase the amount of signal? Perhaps. But would it also add to the noise such that the ratio between the two goes in the wrong direction? That seems more likely. The link to the forums is pretty prominent in the Rotoworld toolbar. Folks who want to come to converse haven't had trouble finding us. I do wish the player threads were a bit more organized, but for now, this is what we've got.
  5. Trevor Bauer 2018 Season Outlook

    I think I mentioned this in his 2017 outlook thread after I heard a podcast about it, but it looks like it isn't so much pitching backwards as it is addition by subtraction, with the increase in curves coming not from throwing fewer fastballs, but from other secondary pitches that weren't working for him. Yes, it's about using the curve more, and it's a lethal pitch so he should throw it more, but it's also about not throwing cutters, sinkers, and splitters that weren't any good.
  6. Albert Pujols 2018 Outlook

    One of the all time greats, of course, but the bat is just too slow these days to be a serious mixed-league option at such a deep position. The average kills you, especially nowadays when similar HR numbers with more upside are easier to find on the wire. If the home run environment hadn't changed so much during his decline, I'd be willing to carry him as long as I had someone else to offset the weak average, but when the floor is early retirement, the ceiling has to be more compelling. Dude is always hurt, even though he's usually in the lineup. That could catch up to him at any moment.
  7. 2017-2018 Off-season and Hot Stove Thread

    If you can't see the parallels between the Cubs, Astros, and Phillies building around a young, cost-controlled core and only making a big splash to sign elite FAs when those elite FAs will make the difference between contending and winning a title, I don't know what to tell you. Yes, I'm a Phillies fan, but many prominent MLB writers have noted that this is the template for winning a title now. I don't see how it's even controversial at this point. Nobody's saying Scott Kingery is Jose Altuve, or that Aaron Altherr is George Springer, or that Aaron Nola is Dallas Keuchel. But Altuve, Springer, and Keuchel weren't Altuve, Springer, and Keuchel when they first came up, either. The Phillies will still probably have a record south of .500 in 2018, just like the Astros did in 2014 with all of those players taking steps forward but not yet hitting their prime, but the hope is that in 2019, the core shows that they can take the next step forward, just as the Astros did in 2015 when all those guys were >4.5 WAR players. That's when you think about trying to go get the big-money FAs that can put you over the top, and when those FAs want to join your team to be a part of it. Maybe you're just missing the point here, which is that this conversation is about 2019, not 2018? Edited to add: wish I'd looked at the next page of comments to see that @svdude made my point much more succinctly. Ah well.
  8. RIP Roy Halladay?

    Oh no. Such a heartbreaking loss for the baseball world. Dude always gave every ounce of energy he had out there every fifth day, which is probably why his prime didn't last as long as it has for some of his peers. I still get goose bumps watching this moment from his NLDS no-hitter. RIP to a Philly legend.
  9. Colin Kaepernick 2017 Season Outlook

    [I see a bunch of folks feel the need to weigh in again on The Most Pressing Issue of Our Times. If this thread is to remain unlocked, y'all are going to have to keep this focused on football. Any takes about any of the other issues do not belong here and will be removed. Those who have already had posts removed in this thread will get time off for any further violations.]
  10. Scott Kingery - PHI 2B

    You let him play, but you also don't let a 3.3 WAR player who's only going to get ~$4.5 mil in arbitration and still has two years of team control after 2018 walk away without knowing the guy who's coming up can handle the major leagues. Of course if you get an offer that blows you away you take it, but the middle infield market looks pretty crowded right now. No reason to sell in that market. There will be plenty of ABs available to see what they have in Kingery. If he comes up, he should of course get the majority of 2B reps, even if it pushes Cesar to the bench, but they didn't give Kingery 3B reps in the minors just for fun -- I think they realize that it's quite possible that the best configuration for this team is Hernandez at 2B and Kingery at 3B if Franco doesn't show some significant improvement. Any concerns about "ruining" Kingery because he's asked to play elsewhere on the diamond for a while seem overblown. If he shows he belongs at the major league level, one of Hernandez or Franco will be dealt. But between needing to keep the position warm while Kingery's super two time ticks away and wanting to ensure they have a plan B if Kingery needs more seasoning, I think Hernandez is the opening day starter.
  11. Trea Turner 2018 Outlook

    Thanks. In the future, please report the post instead so it goes to whichever mod(s) are around at the time.
  12. Aaron Judge 2018 Season Outlook

    There is no chance I get Judge anywhere in drafts next season if he's going late 1st / early 2nd in 12-teamers. The ceiling can't be much higher than what he did this season (which was the around #12 player overall), while the floor is an even more extended version of his 2nd half troubles. It's really hard to pass on the tantalizing upside, but there will be plenty of upside plays available in the late 2nd / early 3rd and later that could bring back just as much profit. There will be a player at every draft table that wants to win the league with their first round pick -- I'm going to let that player enjoy the ride while I get one of the top aces and then get about the same .265/40 projection from Nelson Cruz two rounds later.
  13. Scott Kingery - PHI 2B

    I think the Phillies are going to take it slow, especially with super two considerations in mind. He got some reps at third base last year, which I think is a not-so-subtle hint to Maikel Franco that the job is going to go to the best player, or at least that they want to maximize the different places on the diamond that Kingery can contribute. Galvis' offensive production is very replaceable, and JP shouldn't be too much of a drop there, but Cesar isn't the kind of guy you flip for 50 cents on the dollar just to open up room for a call-up who might not be ready. I think Cesar holds down 2B until whenever the super two period is over, and then Kingery comes up as a utility player who gives Franco days off at 3B and maybe splits time with Cesar. Andres Blanco is a free agent, so I think they'll just keep a warm body in the util spot until Kingery comes up. Then it's just a question of riding the hot hands among the three players, and maybe finding a trade that works to open up room. It's not like they have to worry about contending next year -- they can just let the players share time and move on from whoever doesn't produce.
  14. 2017-2018 Off-season and Hot Stove Thread

    The Phillies fan in me me wants to dismiss the Trout to Philadelphia in 2019 speculation as far-fetched, but the timing of the team's rebuild makes it not crazy. Even though the Angels are making an honest push to remain relevant, I think a lot of their 2017 success was smoke and mirrors, and if they sell out to win in 2018 and it doesn't work out, I think ownership would start having to think about a change. Meanwhile, the Phillies still have top 10 farm system after all the recent promotions, and the Angels system is the worst in the league. Even assuming 2018 promotions for Kingery, Crawford, and Alfaro, there would be a lot of trade chips left to make a Trout move happen. But it only happens if the Phillies are on a trajectory to contend in 2019, which I think would mean at least .500 ball and hopefully somewhere in the 85 win range. That can't happen unless they add at least one, probably two starters for 2018 . They probably get priced out of Arrieta and Darvish, and the timing isn't right for either of them to be part of a 3-5 year window of contention anyway. Definitely don't want a Halladay/Lee situation where they pay big for an arm or two that can only get one or two bites at the apple. Lance Lynn seems like a better fit, but he'll draw a lot of interest elsewhere. Pitching help doesn't seem to be coming from the upper minors right now given what Pivetta, Lively, Thompson have looked like so far, but if any of them takes a step forward and the offense comes together under the new coach, flirting with .500 isn't out of the question. Still, I think priority #1 for Trout is going to be winning a title -- the hometown factor will at most be a tiebreaker.
  15. Ezekiel Elliott 2017 Season Outlook

    [ @omnom1337, @DerrickHenrysCleats -- enough with the bickering. Everyone else -- this thread is for discussing Ezekiel Elliot, RB for the Dallas Cowboys. Not how much better you are than someone who owns another RB when Zeke is active. Not how much better you are than Zeke owners when Zeke is suspended. If your comment isn't primarily about Elliot as a player, it doesn't belong here.]