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02-12-2011, 01:10 PM
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With baseball in particular you really have to worry about position scarcity. HanRam and Cano are two of the top producers regardless of position, but once you get past them and 1-2 others at each of those positions there's just nothing. 1B is the opposite, where you can grab a quality player in like the 10th round (though going Pujols first overall is nothing to scoff at).

Catcher is a little weird in that there's like 3-4 incredible top guys like at 2B and SS, but unlike those positions (which just completely fall off, especially at SS), there are a lot of decent replacement level guys, so you have to either grab one of the top guys real early (like keeping Mauer) or just leave it and grab one of the many decent guys way late. SPs can kind of go anywhere since there seems to be a steady decline in the talent available from round to round instead of big gaps between groups, so I always feel like you can just grab one of them when you're in a position where you're not forced to grab the last of another position. Since you don't have obvious picks for the last two keeper slots, you might as well scoop up guys like Felix and Hamels.

Out of curiosity, do your keepers affect your draft picks at all or is it just a straight draft after keeping 5 each? I'm in a football league where your keepers make you forfeit a pick in the draft that corresponds with where they got taken the year before (putting emphasis on late round steals and undrafted guys who come up big like Miles Austin did in 2009), so that type of thing completely changes your strategy.
I'm familiar with position scarcity, I just hadn't equated still being able to go after deeper positions early despite whether or not I made one a keeper. This year also seems particularly thin in more positions than normal. My main concern was how things would shake out after the new people caught up in the expansion draft, but that only makes keeping Mauer more sensible.

Our keepers don't effect our picks -- at least not yet. With this just being the second year, and the first where the keepers actually come into play, we're still feeling things out. To my knowledge, it'll just be a regular fantasy snake draft afterward. That's an interesting catch though.

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It's a pretty good deal to be a baseball writer.

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I'm familiar with position scarcity, I just hadn't equated still being able to go after deeper positions early despite whether or not I made one a keeper. This year also seems particularly thin in more positions than normal. My main concern was how things would shake out after the new people caught up in the expansion draft, but that only makes keeping Mauer more sensible.

Our keepers don't effect our picks -- at least not yet. With this just being the second year, and the first where the keepers actually come into play, we're still feeling things out. To my knowledge, it'll just be a regular fantasy snake draft afterward. That's an interesting catch though.
Let me know how the first few rounds of the draft go. I'm kind of curious to see what's out there after the keepers. I have a feeling that OF could dry up a lot faster than you'd think they would if a lot of them are kept.

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Dubee said Blanton is definitely the 5th starter and there isn't going to be any competition for the spot. Kendrick will go to the bullpen.

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Dubee said Blanton is definitely the 5th starter and there isn't going to be any competition for the spot. Kendrick will go to the bullpen.
Well this is good news, I have taken a vow never to watch a game started by kendrick ever again. I guess him in long reliever role is fine, because if he were to come in this situation it would usually mean someone got bombed.

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Oh, it's gotta be great to be a baseball writer. The day-to-day work itself is difficult, but you get essentially a 6-week workcation in February-March. The travel, might be tough because the season is so long, but unlike hockey or basketball where you're going from city to city, maybe 4 different cities a week, baseball writers are in one city 3-4 days at a time, and if you have an afternoon game you can go out at night, especially if the next day is a night game.

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If it werent for my not so great writing skills and the deterioration of newspapers i would of strongly considered trying to be a journalist. The good news is its supposed to be around 60 in the Delaware Valley this week for a couple of days.

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ESPN just put up its player projections (not sure if anyone posted it). They have Jroll and Victorino bouncing back, Ibanez a little worse than last season. Only 1 20 game winner (Halladay). Here's a link to the Phillies.

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ESPN just put up its player projections (not sure if anyone posted it). They have Jroll and Victorino bouncing back, Ibanez a little worse than last season. Only 1 20 game winner (Halladay). Here's a link to the Phillies.

http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/p...t&proTeamId=22
I think Hamels is going to have a monster year, possibly CY Young worthy. i also dont think that Dom Brown wont get as much playing time as suggested.

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Pretty awesome move by Halladay there. I wonder if he is giving Lidge **** in that photo because Doc got to the stadium at 5 AM and Lidge didn't roll in 'til 8:30.

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Pretty awesome move by Halladay there. I wonder if he is giving Lidge **** in that photo because Doc got to the stadium at 5 AM and Lidge didn't roll in 'til 8:30.
You mean Madson?

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Pretty awesome move by Halladay there. I wonder if he is giving Lidge **** in that photo because Doc got to the stadium at 5 AM and Lidge didn't roll in 'til 8:30.
that's Madson.

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You mean Madson?
Oh wow, take away my fan card for a week.

In my defense, though, they do look a ton alike now that I think about it.

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Matt Carle: "The depth of our team is starting to show some resemblance to the Phillies starting rotation"

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Matt Carle: "The depth of our team is starting to show some resemblance to the Phillies starting rotation"

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http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring...ory?id=6121854

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Albert Pujols isn't the only one who thinks he needs to set a deadline to keep his contract talks from being a distraction.

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Monday that if he isn't able to agree to an extension before the season starts, he doesn't want to discuss it anymore.

Manuel's contract expires after this season. And although his agent, Pat Rooney, has been talking with the Phillies since December about an extension, the two sides still haven't been able to come to terms.

When he was asked on Monday -- facetiously-- whether he planned to set a deadline like Pujols did, Manuel turned uncharacteristically serious.

"I think, once the seasons starts, I don't want to talk about my contract," he said.

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Good. No distractions. Get **** done. When there is time when baseball isn't important, then do it then.

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I think that article is a misinterpretation of what Charlie said.

I am pretty sure he meant that he didn't want to talk about contracts during the season; whereas, that article makes it seem like he doesn't want to ever talk contract with the Phillies again if he doesn't have a deal before the season.

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I think that article is a misinterpretation of what Charlie said.

I am pretty sure he meant that he didn't want to talk about contracts during the season; whereas, that article makes it seem like he doesn't want to ever talk contract with the Phillies again if he doesn't have a deal before the season.
Typical ESPN. Twist words and make a story out of nothing.

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Anyone else feel bad for Blanton at the press conference yesterday?

"Cole, you're the only one with a ring..."

"Joe has one."

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Anyone else feel bad for Blanton at the press conference yesterday?

"Cole, you're the only one with a ring..."

"Joe has one."
Ouch, burn.

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