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Opening Day Finally!!!

07/23/20
Opening Day is here!!!

Hard to believe it has been almost exactly 4-months to the day that the REAL Opening Day was suppose to happen.
I am so excited we are finally playing some baseball!! 

No fans in the stands is going to be different but hopefully, MLB will get smart during the season and start micing upplayers... now that would be must watch TV!! 

Below, here are my predictions for the year.
Love Em
Hate Em
React to Em

MLB Predictions
 
AL
East: Yankees
Central: Twins
West: Angels
Wild card: Rays, Astros
 
NL
East: Braves
Central: Reds
West Dodgers
Wild Card: Cardinals, Phillies 
 
World Series Matchup: Braves vs Angels
 
World Series Champ: Braves
 
AL MVP: G Torres
NL MVP: Acuna
AL Cy Young: Berrios
NL Cy Young: Soroka
AL ROY: Luzardo
NL ROY: D Carlson

Good luck to you in the short, fast season!

Thanks for being a part of MR SPORTS!

Brian

Weekend Baseball Update

07/17/20
Good morning!
 
I hope this finds you safe and healthy! 
 
The season starts THURSDAY!!!! 
Your lineups are due in the system by 7:00pm EST Thursday July 23rd
 
PICKUPS
They will be posted by 11am EST each of the following mornings for this week only
Sunday
Monday
Wednesday
Thursday
Since there will most likely be more players opting out and/or contracting COVID I think the extra 2 pickups might help everyone before the season starts
 
 
SCHEDULE
Unfortunately, I could not get the schedule to come out like I had planned by playing 162 games....  so we are playing 81... 
9 Weeks
9 games per week
Within your division: 12, 12, 9 (33 total games)
Outside of your division: 6 games each (48 total games)
Week 10: Playoffs for the top 2 teams, regardless of division
 
At Least we have baseball back!!! 
Quick short season which should be fun!!!
 
TEAMS FOR SALE
Any team is 2022 FREE!!!! 
Some good ones out there
This deal runs until 1st pitch on Thursday!!
 
Have a great Friday
Stay safe and healthy!
 
Thanks for being a part of Mr. Sports!!!
 
Brian

Baseball is BACK!!!!

06/26/20
Good afternoon.
 
I hope you and yours are safe and healthy.
 
The baseball season is a go!!!
 
60 games in 67 days
July 23/24 to Sept 27
 
What does this mean for fantasy?
 
Well, funny you should ask!! 
 
10 Week total season
9 Week regular season (1st 3 weeks: 6 days... next 7 weeks: 7 days)
18 games per week (162 games total)
1 week of playoffs for top 2 teams, regardless of division
Trade deadline Aug 31st
Trades will all be approved by me on a daily basis so trade as much as you like!!
Pickups will be posted Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am EST (except 1st 3 weeks and I will send reminders)
We will play for a 10% prize
CL: $2000 = $200
EL: $1000 = $100
ML: $600 = $60
10% of your entry fee will go towards this year and 90% will go towards 2021
You will only owe 10% entry fee for 2021.
 
Rosters will be the SAME next year
Unfortunately, no cutdowns or redraft
Off-season trading will start Sept 28th.

If the season is cut short and not finished, then all funds will go towards 2021.
 
PICKUPS
Will be posted every Sunday and Monday morning (10am EST) up until the season starts.
Any DRAFTED player will be eligible for pickup as soon as they sign with their team....so if you see a player sign and you want him added to the system, please let me know and I will be happy to add that player to the system....

I use this site to track who has signed: https://www.spotrac.com/mlb/draft/
 
I am also planning on adding a couple of prizes to make things fun during the season.... not exactly sure yet but something fun.... info to follow in the coming weeks.
 
Any questions, let me know....
 
Thanks for being a part of Mr. Sports and all of your patience through this unbelievable time! 
 
Brian

Baseball Almost back???

05/27/20
Good morning!
 
I hope you all are staying safe and healthy!
 
Who knows if the baseball season will happen but I do think some sort of baseball will be played this year.... 
 
As for the fantasy season, just not sure what that will look like until something  official happens....
BUT I do have a couple of thoughts around it....
 
For ease of math, let's say the following:
82 game season (possibly fewer games)
Roughly a 13-week regular season
All regional play with limited travel
Universal DH (this is here to stay beyond 2020, in my humble opinion)
30-player active roster, 20-player taxi squad
14 team postseason in October.
 
13 week fantasy season
Unfortunately, there is no room for a Super Tourney
Three basic scenarios for a fantasy season:
1. 9 week regular season, 2 weeks each round of the playoffs (our usual, just half a year)
2. 11 week regular season, only 1 week each round of the playoffs
3. 10 week regular season, 1 week each round  of the playoffs with each week consisting of 11 days (Week 10 would only be 6 days)

As for money, I do not think it is fair that everyone pay full price for this season with it being a shortened version of the season.
 
There are so many variables that are out there, and one of the basics is the construction of your fantasy roster.
SP's most likely will be on a strict pitch count early in the year so expect 2-4 weeks of barely 5 innings. That's 1/3 of our season.

That all being said, I want the season to be fun and exciting!!!
Below are the two ideas that I am thinking about for this 2020 season.
 
1. Your league fees will be paid for 2021, with this season playing for around a 5-10% credit, no cost to you.
Example: usual $1000 to the winner, would be $50-$100 credit to the winner
 
2. Playing for some percentage of the money, say 20% for easy math
Example: $240 usual league fee, 20% which is $48, would go towards the prize pool...  winner would get $200 which is 20% of the $1000
 
For 2021, 20% of your fees would be paid and all you would need to pay is that 20% for the 2021 season.

Instead of Team of the Week, 5 top teams for Hitting, Pitching and Overall that week get "points" towards some type of prize of your choice at the end of the regular season.

Bottom line, I want to make the season fun, no matter what happens, that's assuming there is a season....
 
I love fantasy baseball so we will certainly do something fun!!! 

In the words of James Earl Jones in A Field of Dreams (one of my favorite movies):
"The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again"

Let's hope real baseball comes together and gets a season going.

Any feedback, ideas, suggestions, questions, whatever, reach out to me.
 
Also, check out the baseball homepage as I will keep that updated with any developments.
 
Stay healthy my friends!
 
Brian

All "I Bet You Forgot Where They Played" Team

05/05/20
Since MLB is still probably 2+ months away from starting (at least it is looking likely that they play some games this year), I figured to have a little fun.

The All "I Bet You Forgot Where They Played" Team
Here is mine, let me know yours. 
I'll post the best ones!! 

C: Mike Piazza-OAK in 2007
1B: Sean Casey-CLE in 1997
2B: Robbie Alomar-ARI in 2004
SS: Omar Vizquel-TOR in 2012
3B: Troy Galus-ARI in 2005
OF: Dale Murphy-COL in 1993
OF: Darryl Strawberry-SF in 1994
OF: Rickey Henderson-LAD in 2003
DH: Jim Thome-LAD in 2009
SP: Pedro Martinez-PHI in 2009
SP: Randy Johnson-SF in 2009
SP: Greg Maddux-LAD in 2006 and 2008
RP: Billy Wagner-BOS in 2009

Hope you are staying safe and healthy! 

Brian
brian@mrsports.com
 

Happy Opening Day.... Well almost!!!

03/26/20
I hope you and yours are safe and healthy during these tough times
 
Today would have been Opening Day... 
Absolutely, one of my favorite days of the year!!
 
Would Shane Bieber have thrown a no-hitter?
Would Nico Hoerner pull a Tuffy Rhodes and hit 3 bombs?
Would Verlander have struck out 15?
 
Ahhhhh, the imagination runs wild!!! 
 
Hang tight, stay safe and we will get through this better than ever!! 
 
As I was watching Scott Van Pelt last night (by the way, the BEST in the business!), he interviewed Rob Manfred.
Here is a synopsis: 
**optimistic that things could get ramped up again by the middle of May
**probably not be able to play a full 162-games
**will need to be creative with the scheduling
**possibility of playing seven-inning doubleheaders is on the table.

This is certainly going to be a crazy season.... and I can't wait to get started!! 
 
As for Fantasy Baseball, we are trucking along.
 
**Redraft
I hope you all had as much fun as I did during the redraft.
Thank you for making it go so smoothly.
 
**Pickuos
They will start at the end of next week and most likely will be every Fri/Sat until the season starts... hopefully, this will give you a little something to look forward to each week.
 
**Trades
You are free to trade!!
Enter your trade into the system...send me a note letting me know a trade is in the system....  and I will process, just like preseason.
 
**Injured List (IL)
A player is only eligible if that  player is officially on the MLB IL
Some of you have asked if players like Sale, Thor, Severino will be eligbile because they are out for the year...  I am leaning against letting these players on since it might have affected redraft or trade decisions...  but I will give it due consideration.
 
**Drafts
Would you be interested in jumping in a 1-yr league draft for $50 or less?...  I'm thinking of ways to keep us entertained while not spending much money.....  if you would be interested, send me a quick note letting me know....  I think it would be fun having a couple of drafts per week for low stakes.
 
**Teams for Sale
Some excellent teams available
Check them out:
Mil Bears: EL 2
Detroit Stars: EL 9
Birm Black Barons; EL 14
Clev Buckeyes: EL 17
All Cubans: EL 18
Lincoln Stars: ML 6
All Nations: ML 12
SF Sea Lions: ML 14
 
Any questions, let me know.... 
And if you want to talk any baseball, I am all ears....  send me a note and let's talk!! 
 
Stay healthy! 
 
Brian

Redraft over, now what?

03/25/20
Good  morning

First and foremost, I hope you are safe and staying healthy! 

I am sad the redraft is over....  I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

So now what?

Starting next week, there will be pickups... I will update the exact dates soon.
We will also continue to have pickups each week thereafter... hopefully, this will give you something to look forward to each week during these difficult times.

As for trades, feel free to enter them into the system and I will approve just like preseason.
Just send me a quick note letting me know that a trade is awaiting approval.

Thanks again for being a part of Mr. Sports.

Stay Healthy! 

Brian
 

 

Position Changes, Continued

01/14/20
Player Positions that have changed thus far: New (Old)
For anyone new to Mr. Sports, or in case you forgot, we determine a players position for the 2020 season by where they are EXPECTED to play, NOT by where they played last year.
M. Sano: 1B (3B)
T. Mancini: 1B (OF)
C. Walker: 1B (OF)
T. Shaw: 1B (3B)
J. Mateo: 2B (SS) **NEW**
F. Barreto: 2B (SS) **NEW**
G. Lux: 2B (SS)
K. Marte: 2B (OF)
S. Neusse: 2B (3B)
M. Chavis: 2B (3B)
M. Moustakas: 2B (3B)
M. Dubon: 2B (SS)
R. McMahon: 2B (1B)
B. Rodgers: 2B (SS)
J. Segura: 2B (SS)
I. Diaz: 2B (SS)
T. Edman: 3B (2B)
C. Kieboom: 3B (SS)
Y. Diaz: 3B (1B)
Y. Moncada: 3B (2B)
M. Machado: 3B (SS)
J. McNeil: 3B (2B)
J. Villar: 3B (2B)
G. Torres: SS (2B)
J. Bauers: OF (1B) **NEW**
JD Davis: OF (3B) **NEW**
H. Dozier: OF (3B
W. Merrifield: OF (2B)
N. Senzel: OF (3B)
L. Gurriel: OF (SS)
R. Nunez: DH (3B) **NEW**
M. Cabrera: DH (1B)
D. Hudson: SP (RP)
J. Means: SP (RP)
C. Martinez: RP (SP)

Players that may be moved to a new position (new position listed below)
Y. Alvarez: DH (OF) **NEW TO WATCH LIST**
R. Braun: 1B
F. Reyes: DH
N. Solak: 3B

If you see a player that you believe should be changed, let me know. I am happy to take a look.

All Decade Teams

01/13/20
Period: Week 1 2010 to Week 19 2019
Min 162 games played

Points Per Game
C: G. Sanchez (3.60)
1B: P. Goldschmidt (3.90)
2B: R. Cano and O. Albies (3.45)
SS: T. Turner (3.88)
3B: A. Bregman (3.86)
OF: M. Trout (4.35)
OF: R. Acuna (4.15)
OF: A.Judge (4.13)
DH: D. Ortiz (3.88)
SP: C. Kershaw (17.42)
SP: J. Verlander (15.81)
SP: J. deGrom (15.34)
SP: M. Scherzer (15.21)
SP: J. Cueto (15.14)
Points-per-week
RP: M. Rivera (21.43)
RP: C. Kimbrel (21.15)
RP: R. Soriano (19.86)

Total Points
C:  B. Posey (3792)
1B: J. Votto (5238)
2B: R. Cano (4906)
SS: E. Andrus (4217)
3B: E. Longoria (4461)
OF: M. Trout (5089)
OF: A. McCutchen (5068)
OF: J. Upton (4762)
DH: N. Cruz (5048)
SP: C. Kershaw (4981)
SP: J. Verlander (4950)
SP: M. Scherzer (4746)
SP: Z. Greinke (4524)
SP: J. Lester (4453)
RP: C. Kimbrel (4674)
RP: K. Jansen (4366)
RP: A. Chapman (3986)

Are you ready for some Fantasy Baseball?1?!

12/18/19
Mr. Sports 2020 season has started!!!
Preseason trading is in full swing.
Get in on the action now
Click on Teams for Sale, buy one of the very good teams available and start trading!!

Check back here for regular updates on players, news, updates and just random thoughts.

Key Dates
Dec. 15: start offseason trading
Feb. 14/15 and 21/22: Early Bird Pickups
Feb. 15: no more player position changes
March 1: Cutdowns
March 5-23: Redraft
March 26: Season Starts!

Player Positions that have changed thus far: New (Old)
For anyone new to Mr. Sports, or in case you forgot, we determine a players position for the 2020 season by where they are EXPECTED to play, NOT by where they played last year.
T. Mancini: 1B (OF)
C. Walker: 1B (OF)
T. Shaw: 1B (3B)
J. McNeil: 3B (2B)
M. Chavis: 2B (3B)... could change to 1B
M. Moustakas: 2B (3B)
M. Dubon: 2B (SS)
R. McMahon: 2B (1B)
B. Rodgers: 2B (SS)
J. Segura: 2B (SS)
I. Diaz: 2B (SS)
Y. Diaz: 3B (1B)
Y. Moncada: 3B (2B)
M. Machado: 3B (SS)
J. Villar: 3B (2B)
G. Torres: SS (2B)
H. Dozier: OF (3B
W. Merrifield: OF (2B)
N. Senzel: OF (3B)
L. Gurriel: OF (SS)
D. Hudson: SP (RP)
J. Means: SP (RP)
C. Martinez: RP (SP)

Players that may be moved to a new position (new position listed below)
E. Escobar: 2B
G. Lux: 2B
L. Urias: 3B
S. Neusse: 2B
J. Mateo: 2B
R. Braun: 1B
T. Edman: 3B
F. Reyes: DH
C. Kieboom: 3B
R. Nunez: DH
N. Solak: 3B
Y. Diaz: 3B

If you see a player that you believe should be changed, let me know. I am happy to take a look.

Enjoy offseason trading.
And check back here soon for updates.

Merry Christmas!

Brian