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!