Thread: Reports from the Trenches

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/sports/coronavirus-sports-fans.html

The key paragraph:

Sure, social media, gambling and fantasy leagues stir fan interest. U.F.C., NASCAR, golf, German soccer and some other sports are holding competitions without fans on hand. And baseball leagues in South Korea and Taiwan have found early-season television audiences despite empty stadiums. But without live spectators for an extended period, traditional games risk being reduced to mathematics with trading cards, especially once the novelty of sports’ return wears off.

Alex Patton Alex

According to this article in The Athletic, those rules haven't been decided yet.  It does say the Rangers don't anticipate anyone on the taxi squad unless they are major league ready, so the prospects a couple years off are unlikely to be included.

John Thomas Roll2

Good question how they are going to play it (assuming they play). Is there going to be a daily taxi to/from the taxi squad?

If there is, doesn't the auction almost have to include the taxi squad? Anyway, another good question.

Alex Patton Alex

So here is the question of the week (assuming there is baseball).

For the auction, are Taxi Squad players up or down? My take would be that you have an active roster and a Taxi Squad and the Taxi Squad would be "minor leaguers" (i.e. draft eligible, but not auction eligible).  Things get dicey if you do day of active-rosters (which my league does) and someone like Luis Castillo is down on the Taxi Squad because he just pitched a long game. I assume that being sent to the Taxi Squad will force you to stay there for an extended period of time.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

Hard to get too enthused until it appears there is an agreement between owners and the players on this, but a few thoughts.  In NL league bump up NL Central players because they play 12 games against Det. and KC, discount NL West pitchers for having to pitch not only at Col, but now against an improved LAA, Hou, and at Tex (though not sure of the new park).  I know my leagues will only permit a player to be drafted if he has actually signed a contract with an MLB team; without a minor league team to play on, I'm not certain the new MLB draftees will be quick to sign, unless they are ticketed for one of the taxi squad spots.  

John Thomas Roll2
May 12

So reading through the mlb layout of a 30 man roster and 20 man taxi squad makes for some interesting thoughts on the reserve roster draft. Picking players who aren't on the taxi squad is a commitment to next year. Picking players off the taxi squad is of course a middle ground, especially if there are some top or even secondary prospects. The taxi squad to me is going to be a lot of those NRI players who were signed. 

I think it's going to be fun to scout.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
May 12

LVW -- That would make it worse for me. Then we'd be losing this whole season plus real-life trades and free agency "mid-season" would be odd.

One interesting thing for dynasty leagues is that we may know which college juniors got picked in our respective leagues since the MLB draft will likely be before the roto draft.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
May 12

In my local league I've recommended we combine whatever part of this season gets done with next season. 

van wilhoite LVW
May 12

What does the single league proposal (3 10 team divisions and universal DH) do to the concept of single league roto? DH definitely lowers hitters values and vice versa for pitchers, how would it be to not worry about losing your players to the other league? I'm afraid this year, if they play (which they will), will make for a low grade roto experience.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
May 11

Some mornings, I wake up and I'm just angry there is no baseball. 

I know the world has bigger problems, but still.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
May 11