Newsletter for games through 8-6-2017

MORE RARE THAN A NO-HITTER!  Michael Brantley of CLE hit for the cycle against BOS on 7/31/2017.  Really not that rare at all: Amed Rosario of NYM struck out 4 times against LAD on 8/4/2017

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE:

My hope is to do a major site overhaul.  Not that we aren’t all nostalgic for what websites looked like in 2003 and all, but there are new things modern sites do that would make ours better.  My hope is that this will happen by next year; the actual deploy date may be a little longer than that depending on how thoroughly I can avoid other and more professional responsibilities.

That makes this an ideal time to review some possible rule changes; please let us know your opinions by taking this 5-question, yes/no survey.  Send comments to Leo or I directly, and if you have other suggestions email is also the way to go.  We’ll run all the possible changes past everyone one more time before we do anything drastic next year.

Here are the issues:

#1: Include free waivers in trades?  This is for situations like: “I’ll trade you Hansel Robles and 2 free waivers for a AAA outfielder hitting better than .150.”  Can’t trade free waivers now, the rule change would allow you to include them.  (Obvious response, by the way, is “I’ll trade you for the 2 free waivers but you have to keep Robles.”)

#2: Can you keep one AAA player you acquire in trade?  Right now there are no keepers in the league…the rule change would allow a team to keep ONE (1) AAA player they acquired in trade for the subsequent year.  This would allow teams that are out of it to pick up an asset they could use in the future without doing too much damage to the starting rosters of the subsequent year.  Downside is that if an owner leaves the league the new owner would inherit a roster that might not include a key player.

#3: Merge AAA stats with MLB stats for callups with low appearance totals.  Say I guy has 350 at-bats in AAA and is hitting .327, gets called up and goes 0-4, and gets sent down.  Under our current rules you have a .000 hitter with 4 at-bats.  An alternative is a formula that continues to count AAA stats up to, say, 30 MLB AB or 10 MLB IP.  It would make the quick call-up less of a kiss of death, and we would still count the player against the 3-AAA player limit.

#4: MLB expands the rosters to 40 players; we could do the same thing.  It would help you reduce over-use by having larger bullpens and more players to platoon with, but would more or less render free waivers irrelevant after a while and mean nobody would get waived.

#5: Mostly a pipe dream, but update the stats daily and run the games daily.  Would obviously mean that you need to stay more involved, but would also mean that the DL would be more accurate, you’d only need to name the starter for the day, etc.  We’d probably need to automate roster moves and pitching rotations a little more so that inactive owners wouldn’t skew the results or let injured players build up on the roster.  The viability of this will depend on how well I can automate the stat updating and game running stuff.  I’m sure good programmers can do it; the question is whether I can.

The survey is here.  Please take a moment and share your thoughts!

QUICK THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS WEEK:

The top of the NL West is just frightening…and that’s not just because my tussles with the Dodgers and Rockies left me 0-6…Rob Perkins is capitalizing on the complete collapse of the actual White Sox and vaulting up the WOR standings….gotta be impressed with what Danny Wildes is doing with Atlanta…ditto Malveaux and Zewiske with very average actual clubs…don’t know about you, but I start each ASFBL results week by looking at the standings in the central divisions…Skrovan’s Indians inched forward by a game…Twins were the only team to run the table this week…Texas and San Diego had the misfortune of hitting them while they were hot…AL East is a dead tie between the Yankees and the Orioles, and Boston is a long way from out of it…they went 5-2 last week…Houston continues to pull away in the AL West and had another great week…Somers’ Nationals stayed tied with Wynne’s DBacks for most wins in the league this week…

FEATS AND FAILURES:

D.J. Baxendale of MIN had 10 strikeouts against SDP on 8/1/2017
Edwin Encarnacion of CLE had 6 RBI against BOS on 8/1/2017
Madison Bumgarner of COL had 11 strikeouts against NYM on 8/1/2017
Jimmy Nelson of MIL had 10 strikeouts against STL on 8/1/2017
Sonny Gray of OAK had 10 strikeouts against SFG on 8/1/2017
Drew Pomeranz of BOS had 10 strikeouts against CLE on 8/2/2017
Eduardo Nunez of COL had 5 hits against NYM on 8/2/2017
Willson Contreras of CHC had 5 hits against ARI on 8/2/2017
DET and NYY played 15.5 innings on 8/2/2017
Heiker Meneses of BOS struck out 4 times against CWS on 8/3/2017
CWS and BOS played 16.5 innings on 8/3/2017
ARI and CHC played 13.5 innings on 8/3/2017
Corey Kluber of COL had 15 strikeouts against NYM on 8/3/2017
Ervin Santana of MIN had 10 strikeouts against TEX on 8/3/2017
Michael Wacha of STL had 11 strikeouts against CIN on 8/4/2017
Ryan Goins of TOR struck out 4 times against HOU on 8/4/2017
Chris Sale of BOS had 10 strikeouts against CWS on 8/4/2017
Jacob Faria of TBR had 10 strikeouts against MIL on 8/4/2017
Jalen Beeks of BOS had 13 strikeouts against CWS on 8/5/2017
Todd Frazier of CWS struck out 4 times against BOS on 8/5/2017
Zack Godley of ARI had 10 strikeouts against SFG on 8/5/2017
Jimmy Nelson of MIL had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 8/6/2017
Wilmer Font of LAD had 13 strikeouts against NYM on 8/6/2017

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