The marathon of the 2014 baseball season is finally coming to a close. We are going to finish strong (when do we not?!) with Around the Major columns for each of the final few days. Come Monday, though, we begin our preparation for the 2015 season with our typical daily articles throughout the offseason.
I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their support throughout not only this season but throughout the life of this site. I couldn’t do this without you, and I truly appreciate you taking the time to visit the site and see what we have to say.
Thanks again and let’s get ready to dominate again in 2015 (how crazy does that sound)!!
by Rich Justmann
Boy, fantasy football sure opened up early this year, didn’t it? I was in the airport last week and checked out a news store. There were more than half a dozen fantasy football magazines already on the shelves. Good stuff. I selected one and look forward to picking up several more for airplane reading.
The difference between fantasy football managers and fantasy baseball managers is interesting. To be a fantasy baseball manager takes considerably more time and commitment. I’m in two leagues with 14 teams and roughly 30 player squads, so we have a rostered pool of 420 players. One of the leagues also has a minor league system with 70 players.
Comparatively speaking, football has a very shallow pool. Once you get past the Top 100 players, the value drops significantly (Some might argue the Top 50). If an early round player goes down with an injury, it’s much tougher to make up the loss. Since the rosters are much smaller, the comparable loss of the top player is greater. Indeed, you have a double whammy: A shallow free agent pool and a greater statistical value of each player’s contribution to your attainment.
by Richard Justmann
My Young Padawans, let us discuss character. In this case, I am comparing one Dick Howser and the inestimable Peter Edward “Pete” Rose. The former was a man among men who managed the Kansas City Royals to the 1985 World Series Championship. OK, in the interest of fair play to our friends in St. Louis, it was a combination of Don Denkinger and the Royals which defeated the Cardinals, but we then should also recall that St. Louis beat Milwaukee in 1982 thanks to a non-third strike call on Lonnie Smith from Pete (Shoe Size 16) Ladd.
But I digress. Dick Howser was a scrappy over-achiever as a player and man who got the most out of his players as a manager. His teams never finished below 2nd place in any season. All of Kansas mourned when he met his early end due to cancer.
Now let us briefly discuss Charlie Hustle. I will grant you that Pete Rose was a great baseball player. Well, actually I grant you that he was above average. With today’s sabermetrics and Rose’s proclivity to hit singles, his value as a fantasy player would be Top 25, not Top 5.
Obviously we want you to get everything you want out of Rotoprofessor, so over the next week or so I’m going to be asking a few questions on how we can improve. I ask that you all take the time to share your opinion as, without you, none of this would be possible.
As always I appreciate your support and greatly value your opinion. Thanks again for letting myself and the Rotoprofessor staff help guide you to fantasy success!
We mentioned this a few weeks ago, but if you still haven’t started following us on Twitter (@Rotoprofessor) what are you waiting for? Among the things we do every day is tweet out our thoughts on the status of the bullpens around the game, whether it’s usage issues or if long-term changes could be on the horizon.
Here are this morning’s tweets so you can see what you’re missing: