And what an offseason it's been. The Yankees have a giant lizard playing in the outfield, someone from the English county of Kent has signed for the Astros, and George Steinbrenner has threatened to turn into the Grinch if the luxury tax isn't repealed.
At least, that's what's reached me over on this side of the Atlantic.
Given the fact that the Yankees appear to be happy with merely three rotations full of starters, perhaps it's time to start pondering the new fantasy season. I realise that we're nearly three months from Opening Day, but there's plenty to get done, and last year there was something of a rush in the last few days. At any rate, talking only ever harmed a very few people. Here's a few things to ponder:
1) We're going to need to get sign-ups going and elect a commissioner. I don't know at what stage this happens - would people prefer to determine the nature of the league before throwing it open, or would it be better to let the owners decide? On the same lines: how many owners? (How many leagues?) Then scheduling, division sizes, etc. etc. . . .
2) Yahoo last year got the job done, especially considering that they didn't charge us, but are there better providers out there? I never found the option for e-mailed daily round-ups, for instance - was there one? Is there a site that includes AAA and lower players? Is there one that will let the commissioner set up a league in any way s/he likes?
3) Rules changes. I have some ideas in this regard, but I'm sure others will contest them. Should starters lose points if they lose a start? Are strikeouts really worth twice as much as normal outs? Similarly, roster sizes and so on might be subject to discussion. A keeper league?
Let's hear your thoughts. Heck, I'm on a three-day weekend here.
Be seeing you,