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Beat Chris Liss 1
I got enough good partnership offers that I signed up for my first league, Beat Chris Liss 1.
The league drafts at 4 pm ET (9 pm my time), Saturday March 4, which means I have five more days to learn the entire player pool of major league baseball, something at which I haven’t even glanced since last September.
As I mentioned in the prior post, I intend to draft first and hand off the team second. That way, none of my prospective partners can complain they got a raw deal if the team turns out to be bad because they signed up for that roster! They will be going in eyes open, after my work is done.
To prepare for the league, I have to study a little harder this year because unlike last season I wasn’t on the radio talking baseball all January and February. That worked out just fine for NFL — being forced to talk about the whole player pool is a disadvantage because you make the case for and against so many players you lose sight of your initial leans. Actually it hurts you both ways because you also end up doubling down on players for whom you advocated and forget you were only making the case because your co-host (or guest) was unduly down on them. But as I said, I still have to study harder this year because I didn’t know until a couple days ago, for example, that Jacob deGrom was on the Rangers!
That means I’m going back to my old painstaking method of combing through the RotoWire depth charts, roster by roster and putting the players into a ranked by-position spread sheet once I’ve read their outlooks, latest news and refreshed my memory about their stats.
I’ll probably also do some version of my master cheat sheet and build the spread sheet that creates it, but that’s a slow process too. I was hoping to use ChatGPT to help me scrape the data off of Fangraphs, but the solutions it offered (despite sounding good) didn’t actually work. I’ll give it a few more chances, but I’ll probably have to do the entire process manually which probably won’t be ready for this first draft.
I’ll write up and post Saturday’s draft in this space — I might even livestream it too and post the podcast/video. We’ll see.
But time to go through the Rockies depth chart.