Crashburn Fantasy Baseball 2012 (Take Two)

The first attempt at setting up this new league didn’t go so well, as I left a logical hole in the process. Let’s make things super simple and easy this time. If you participated in last year’s league, there will be a couple key changes: 1) the league is moving over to ESPN, and 2) there will be a buy-in to create incentive to follow your team through to the end of the season. I quickly grew tired of finding people to take over abandoned teams in May.

Here is the link for the league if you’d like to check it out. A quick summary: 14-team mixed 5×5 standard roto. The draft will be held online on Sunday, April 1 at 7 PM ET. Don’t sign up if you know you can’t attend the draft.

The buy-in will be $20 via Paypal (obviously, no refunds). The winner will get two-thirds of the pool (less Paypal’s transaction fees) and the runner-up will get one-third, rounded to the nearest $5 or $10. I will be the only Crashburn representative playing, and if I earn a prize, I will donate 100 percent of it to a charity of my choice.

If you are interested in signing up, leave a valid email address with a comment below (put it in the email field, not in the message field, so it is hidden from the public and from spam bots). Those who participated in last year’s Yahoo! league will be given preference. If you were among them, list your team name from the league. Remaining players will be drawn from a hat or a random number generator. Once selected, you will have a week to pay the buy-in or your spot will be forfeited to someone else.

Depending on the level of interest, I may start another league. As the first league will be traditional, the second one would be a Saber-oriented league (OBP instead of AVG, for instance). If you’d prefer to play in the Saber league, note this in your comment. You may only play in one of the two leagues, so choose wisely.

Thanks for your patience. Next time, I’ll outsource the league setup as I’m quite bad at it.

UPDATE: I have created a Saber league. It is a 14-team mixed roto league using the following categories: OBP, SLG, net stolen bases, and RBI for hitters; quality starts, shut-outs, K/9, and saves for pitchers. The draft will be held at the same time as the other league: Sunday, April 1 at 7 PM ET.

UPDATE #2: Participants have been randomly selected, so check your email for notification. Please submit your $20 entry fee by Feb. 29 at 5 PM ET, otherwise you forfeit your seat. If you didn’t get an email, you weren’t selected.

Happy Holidays from Crashburn Alley

I would like to wish Crashburn Alley readers a happy and safe holiday and new year. The Phillies community really is the best in the business, and that is especially true (I feel) about the Saber-minded crowd. Thanks to an ever-increasing readership, Crashburn Alley continued to find new levels of success. In particular, I am extremely proud of the commenting community. On a vast majority of other sites on the web, the comments are where intelligence and rationality go to die, but that is certainly not the case here. I can count on one hand the number of posters I’ve had to mute. Furthermore, many writers complain about getting nasty, hateful emails, but I did not receive one this year. I consider myself extremely lucky and am grateful for those of you who show up here on a regular basis, representing the fan base at large in the best way possible.

2011 saw three writers added to the team: Paul Boye, Ryan Sommers, and Jeff Barnes (who, unfortunately, could not find the time to contribute regularly). On that note, I’m happy to announce that one more writer will join the team as we go into 2012. Michael Baumann, formerly of Phillies Nation, will bring his highly-intelligent and unique writing style to this blog. You can follow him on Twitter (@atomicruckus). And don’t forget to follow Boye (@Phrontiersman) and Sommers (@Phylan), as well as myself (@CrashburnAlley).

I personally had a lot of fun live-tweeting games with the lot of you, and live-chatting the few times I did that. I spent most of the season working on a book and hosting a weekly show on Phillies 24/7 HD radio. It was easily the busiest and most enjoyable summer of baseball I’ve had and it couldn’t have happened without you. I have a few ideas rolling around in my head for the 2012 season, all of which I hope come to fruition. Those will be detailed as they become more realistic. In 2012, expect Crashburn Alley to continue to set the pace in Phillies-centric analysis.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can reach me in any number of ways (commenting, email, Twitter, Facebook), so don’t hesitate to do so. Again, thanks to every single one of you for a great 2011. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Content Update

As mentioned in my stream of consciousness post after the NLDS, Crashburn Alley will continue to cover the Phillies throughout the off-season and into the 2012 season. At the moment, however, I am putting the finishing touches on a book that will be released in the spring (I’ll post more details about that as I’m allowed). My time over the next week or two will be spent getting that done. As a result, I may not be able to post for a short while.

I’ve told the other writers on board that they can post as their time allows, but I will also be accepting guest posts. If you’ve got thoughts on the NLDS, the 2011 season in retrospect, the off-season to come, or any other Phillies-related subject, feel free to email crashburnalley [at] gmail [dot] com . Include “guest post” in the subject and the name you’d like listed in your byline, as well as links to whatever you’d like to promote, be it your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. (can be all of the above). If possible, send your post as a Word document. The post doesn’t have to be statistically-oriented at all; it just has to be unique, interesting, and well-written.

Thanks for your patience. I look forward to digging into the off-season as the Phillies try to add the missing roster pieces to reach the promised land in 2012.

Technical Difficulties

Last night around 4 AM ET, Crashburn Alley, along with several other websites hosted by InMotion Hosting, was hacked. It looked something similar to what is shown in this video:

The blog has been restored and everything should be good to go now, but you may have contracted a virus if you tried to access the blog while it was compromised. One of my followers on Twitter says his virus scanner caught four copies of “downloader”, so run a scan on your computer to make sure you haven’t been compromised as well.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Additionally, thank you to InMotion Hosting for their immediate response to this issue and pain-free resolution.

We’re Back

Apologies for the long downtime. There was an unexpected snag as the blog was being transferred to a new server. Everything should be fine now, but if you notice any issues (or have any suggestions), please let me know by leaving a comment here or by sending an email to crashburnalley [at] gmail [dot] com.

In other news, Crashburn Alley is adding another writer. Please welcome Ryan Sommers (@Phylan, Chasing Utley) to the team. Along with Paul, Jeff, and myself, the content here should be better than ever. Look for Sommers to make his Crashburn debut soon.

As we move into the final 48 games of the regular season and on into the post-season, Crashburn Alley will be your #1 spot for statistical analysis of the Phillies. And occasional .gifs.

Tuesday Links and Miscellany

No time to throw up a post today, so I’m going to post a couple of miscellaneous items and then some links to good stuff around the blogosphere.

Tune into Phillies 24/7 HD radio today at 2 PM ET or tomorrow at 3 PM ET for the latest edition of “Stathead” with myself and my co-host Jeff Sottolano. We’ll talk about the last week in Phillies baseball.

I’m legitimately awful at Facebook, so for the longest time, I was using an account for the blog as if it were an actual person. As such, people needed confirmation in order to see the blog information. I finally made the switch to a fan page. If you are so inclined, click here and mash the “Like” button. Pretend it says “dislike” if necessary.

You can also follow me on Twitter @CrashburnAlley. I’m usually there during Phillies games, so join the conversation if you’d like some company while the Phillies kick some National League tail.

I mentioned when I asked readers to fill out a survey that I am interested in doing live chats. The survey results revealed that the best time for a chat is during an actual game, and that the chats occur between once a series and once a week. I’ll aim for once a week for now. Once I get a laptop and wireless Internet situated, look for the live chats. Hopefully before the month is out.

Links

Brotherly Glove: Corey Seidman praises Charlie Manuel and counts down the days until the Marlins designate Javier Vazquez for assignment. [Link]

Philled In: David Hale has a video of Joe Blanton talking about his start after last night’s game. [Link]

Phillies Zone: Matt Gelb explains why Manuel left Vance Worley in to pitch the eighth inning. [Link]

High Cheese: David Murphy has notes on all of the injured Phillies, including Roy Oswalt. [Link]

The Fightins: Holy hell. You have to read this. Just another example why it’s The Fightins’ world and we’re just blogging in it. [Link]

Phillies Nation: Remember Phillippe Aumont? He doesn’t suck anymore. Jay Floyd interviews him about his newfound success and more. [Link]

Baseball Prospectus: Jason Parks posted the first two parts of a four-part series on scouting. [Link 1, Link 2]

ESPN SweetSpot: David Schoenfield discusses the increased value of bullpens in baseball now that run-scoring has deflated. [Link]

Capitol Avenue: Kevin Orris goes in-depth on Jair Jurrjens’ new approach to pitching, sans injury. [Link]

Mets Today: Roland Agni wonders if Kevin Millwood is a good fit for the Mets. *snicker* [Link]

River Ave Blues: Hannah Ehrlich has the dos and don’ts of ballpark attire. [Link]

The Book Blog: A Crashburn Alley reader picked Tango’s mind about wOBA. [Link]

Baseball Musings: David Pinto wonders if the current decline in BABIP is a fluke or trend. [Link]

The Hardball Times: Harry Pavlidis provides the latest benchmarks for pitch types (Pitch F/X). [Link]

Amazin’ Avenue: Which Phillie is the least favorite among Mets fans? [Link]

Hardball Talk: Craig Calcaterra points out the silliness in curbing baseball players’ pre-game fraternization. [Link]

Finally, to steal a gimmick from Aaron Gleeman’s Link-O-Rama, here’s a music YouTube.

Requested: Your Feedback

I am interested in receiving from feedback from you, my lovely readers, regarding this blog and some new ideas. I created a brief survey for you to take when you have a couple minutes to spare. Click here to take it.

A while ago, I used to participate in ESPN live chats during Phillies games. I found them fun and a great way to interact with Phillies fans and readers of the blog. Unfortunately, I had to stop participating because I consolidated my electronics — I bought a TV that doubled as my computer monitor. So I can’t watch TV and use the computer at the same time without it being an inconvenience. However, I am probably going to purchase a cheap laptop some time in the near future, and I’m thinking about doing live chats here on the blog. Part of the survey gauges your interest and preferences with such an endeavor. Please be honest!

If you have any additional questions or comments related to improving the blog, feel free to drop a note below or send it to my e-mail, CrashburnAlley [at] Gmail [dot] com. Constructive criticism is encouraged.

Today: Draftstreet.com $150 Free Fantasy Baseball Challenge

If you missed it Wednesday, you still have time to sign up for Draftstreet.com‘s $150 fantasy baseball freeroll, exclusive to Crashburn Alley readers. The top five places will earn cash. All you have to do is set up a fantasy baseball roster for tonight’s games. Setting up your team isn’t as easy as it sounds, as you’ll have to balance your roster within a $100,000 budget. Grabbing Halladay at $16,000 means you may have to sacrifice quality elsewhere on your roster.

Have fun with it, and feel free to share your results here in the comments.

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Draftstreet.com $150 Free Fantasy Baseball Challenge

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Fantasy Baseball Freeroll

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Baseball season has arrived and it’s time for fantasy baseball. But not the full-season, six-month kind. I’m talking about a one-night showdown. Crashburn Alley has teamed up with DraftStreet.com to offer an exclusive free contest to you, the loyal Crashburn Alley readers. The freeroll will have $150 in cash prizes, the top 5 get paid, and it is totally free to sign up. How can you not get in on this?

Here’s how you play: Fill out your roster (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, 2 U, 2 SP, RP, P) while staying within the budget of $100k. Player salaries are set by DraftStreet based on fantasy production. So, if you want to put Roy Halladay on the mound, it might cost you $16k, which means you’ll have to find some bargains to fill out the rest of your squad.

Sign up now for free. Build a team. You can adjust your roster up until the games start. Then check out the scoreboard when the games start and watch your team win you cash. You can even show off your team when you start racking up the points.

Daily

Hitting

Pitching

1B 1 pt IBB -.25 pts
2B 2 pts HA -.25 pts
3B 3 pts HB -.25 pts
BB .8 pts ER -.75 pts
HR 4 pts INN .75 pts
HP .8 pts K .75 pts
R 1.5 pts L -.75 pts
RBI 1.5 pts S 3 pts
SB 2 pts W 1.5 pts
KO -1 pt CG 1 pt
GDP -1 pt
CS -1 pt
SAC .8 pts

League Start Date: Friday April 15th, 7:00 pm. First games are Orioles/Indians, Marlins/Phillies, Brewers/Nationals, and Rangers/Yankees.

League Duration: One day only.

Current Prize Pool: $150, top 5 get paid

Rosters: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, 2 U, 2 SP, RP, P

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Crashburn Alley Fantasy Baseball

March is a time for college basketball and bracket obsession for many people. For obsessed baseball fans, it’s fantasy baseball season. As such, I’m getting ready to reboot the Crashburn Alley fantasy baseball league, and there are open slots available.

As much as I’d like to have a league where every one of you can play, there are only so many spots available, and past participants will have preference before anybody else. However, I would like to open up the opportunity for frequent commenters to grab a seat. The remaining seats will be filled as I see fit, giving them to people that contribute frequently and positively to the discourse here. The selection process is not going to be objective by any means. Please don’t take it personally if you are not awarded a spot.

(By the way, if you participated in last year’s league and have not yet replied to my e-mail, please take this opportunity to do so before your seat is filled!)

Leave your e-mail, which isn’t made public, in the labeled box below. I will be using that e-mail to send information about the league. Please don’t sign up if you cannot attend an online draft on March 28 at 6 PM EST, and keep up with a team throughout the year. I do retain the power to transfer ownership of your team if I feel you have been inactive for too long.

While the league will certainly be competitive, the ultimate goal is to have fun. Please keep that in mind!

The settings:

TL;DR version: Traditional 5×5 roto, 14 players, both leagues, serpentine (“snake”) draft, draft pick trades are allowed. No buy-in.