July 31, which means that any trades must be completed by the time of your next lineup. Also a pretty good week to check the email — if you’re on gmail, your “forums” tab might be where all the ASFBL trade offers are.
MINOR LEAGUE PROMOTIONS:
Had a request or two about how this works — the info is under the rules link on the wordpress page, but I’m posting it here too:
“As of 2018: As soon as a AAA player is called up in real life and accumulates 10 Major League innings pitched or 25 at-bats, those Major League stats replace minor league stats. Upon promotion of any sort any accrued ASFBL fantasy stats to that point will be reset (and the accrued minor league stats would be irrelevant to subsequent performances).
Until 10IP/25AB, a sliding scale will average AAA and MLB stats. For batters, the actual AB is divided by 25 to create an adjustment percentage, and the final stats are a weighted average based on the adjustment percentage for MLB stats. For example, if a guy has 13 real AB, the adjustment percentage is 13/25 = 52%. His stats will be 52% MLB and 48% AAA, so if he’s hitting .200 in MLB and .293 in AAA the average is (.200 * .52) + (.293 * .48) = .244. For pitchers, the calculations are the same but with IP replacing AB and 10 as the divisor rather than 25.”
TOTALLY VALID COMPARISON OF THE WEEK
I compared the first 15 owners to appear alphabetically (Achten through Leckie) to the last 15 alphabetically (Leckie through Zewiskie). The result: The back end of the alphabet leads 51.3% to 48.7%. Those higher in the alphabet always had their names called last at school and probably got to the front of most lines least often, and I feel this has created a grittier, more competitive oeuvre for those lower in the alphabet. Can it be mere coincidence that Weerts, Wildes, Wynne, Yee and Zewiske ALL have winning records? And that without “Boston” Bernacchi the entire letter B would be wallowing in failure? And what of the middle of the alphabet? Why, the entire extended family Leckie is 4 games over .500, or 1.3 Games Per Leckie (GPL). The middle of the alphabet is thus within a game of the absolute middle…At least in the first half of the 2018 ASFBL season, it appears the last shall be first and the first shall be last…
Holy Tampa Bay, Batman…they followed up their 7-0 first-half finish with a 3-0 second-half start…and are, in fact on a 13-0 run…perhaps they have found momentum through the basic economic principles espoused by Hyman Minsky: “Success breeds a disregard of the possibility of failure.“…Twins and Mariners also had perfect starts in the AL…Only the Dodgers did it in the NL…although the Cubs went 3-1 and picked up 2.5 games on the Brewers…the actual Orioles continue to tank and Mark Chen continues to impress…Horak has the Chisox +10 WOR…the Nationals gained a game in airtight NL East, which is actually a pretty big deal given how close the division is…no NL team leads its division by more than 3.5…no AL division-leader has a positive WOR; no NL division-leader has a negative one…Cory Spagenburg of the Padres hit .545 in the games leading into the break, tops in the ASFBL…also had 8 walks…that put him on base in 20 of 30 plate appearances…Jason Kipnis had 4 RBI in only 6 AB last week…Josh Bell of Pitt hit .636 in the short week…and if you go 7-11 you should celebrate with a Slurpee…the New York Met who made the players of the week page was AAA superstar Jeff McNeil, who went 2-11…that makes you one of the better Mets…I swear that half the trades made in the past 2 weeks start with the word “Seattle”…
Good luck to everyone in the last week of trading!