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DTBL Best of the Decade

Posted by: Kevin -- Tue, 31 Dec 2019 22:16:28 +0000

The 2010s marked a decisive change from the first decade of this millennium in the DTBL.  The previous decade saw two teams dominate the landscape with the Kings opening it up with four straight titles from 2000-2003 and the Darkhorses doing the same from 2007-2010.  This decade, half of the franchises won at least one championship and only the 2019 Kings were able to successfully defend a title.  The 2010s started with arguably the craziest season in league history as the Darkhorses and Naturals became the first co-champions.  Two years later, the Naturals were involved in another epic finish as they just barely edged out three other teams to win another title.  The second half of the decade belonged to the Kings, as they have now won three of the past four championships.

As we enter a new decade, it is time to tak...
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2020 Position Changes

Posted by: Kevin - 02/23/2020 17:09:21 - in DTBL Discussion
I'm just about done selecting the pool of players who will be part of the DTBL for 2020. With no early international games this year, we will go back to our usual Thursday start for the draft. The draft is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 5, which is exactly three weeks before Openi...

2019 Website Enhancements

Posted by: Kevin - 03/16/2019 09:33:45 - in DTBL Discussion
Last night, I made a minor cosmetic change to the website. I have a few additional enhancements planned for the upcoming weeks as well, so I'm starting this thread to document them.

Last night's change was to reorder the batter lists on the roster stats, free agents and draft...

Re: 2019 Website Enhancements
Reply by: Kevin - 03/19/2019 22:29:19
When you go to submit your Opening Day lineup, you will notice another change I made, which for the time being, is also only cosmetic. For the upcoming season, MLB is renaming the disabled list to the injury list. So I am taking this opportunity to also rename the "D.L." to the...

2019 Player Adds/Drops

Posted by: Kevin - 02/26/2019 00:18:55 - in DTBL Discussion
A day later than I had hoped, but here is the first cut at the list of players who will be added to, and dropped from, the league roster. As usual, I'm open to suggestions on changes, so feel free to reply. I will be finalizing the list very soon though, because we are going to need to g...

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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Marc - 02/27/2019 13:37:24
Looks good, Kevin.

To piggyback on the Hampson item, I think he has a better chance at playing time than Kingery. And I've heard Hampson talked about a fair amount on offseason podcasts, but Kingery seems to be an afterthought. It [i:15ya33gc]is [/i:15ya33gc]tough to call whi...

Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Kevin - 02/27/2019 13:51:09

Oooh... I like this suggestion. Would anybody be sad to see Russell go? Would anybody be willing to admit it if they were?

Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Nick - 02/27/2019 23:01:05
I'm on board with that - didn't realize Russell was still in the pool. And as Marc said I don't think he's going to play much.

Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Mike - 02/28/2019 08:35:00
I wouldn't be terribly sad if Russell were gone. Both from DTBL and the Cubs.

Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Kevin - 03/02/2019 10:51:58
Okay, I've made two changes to the list above. First, Garrett Hampson is now on the shortstop add list and Addison Russell will be dropped. Next, due to yesterday's news that Salvador Perez has a torn UCL and will miss the entire season, he won't be of any use to anybody this year. So I...

2019 Position Changes

Posted by: Kevin - 02/23/2019 00:10:05 - in DTBL Discussion
I've been hard at work at setting the player roster for the upcoming season. I'm hoping to post the first cut of the 2019 player adds/drops by the end of the weekend. In the meantime, here are the players who will be switching positions this season. This may not be a complete list as I ...

The long anticipated Shohei Ohtani thread

Posted by: Kevin - 02/14/2019 21:07:31 - in DTBL Discussion
Alright folks, I'm starting to work on the DTBL player roster for 2019, which means it is definitely time to discuss what to do about Shohei Ohtani and any other dual threat (batter/pitcher) players who may surface in the future. Unfortunately, due to Ohtani succumbing to Tommy John surge...

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Re: The long anticipated Shohei Ohtani thread
Reply by: David - 02/15/2019 11:43:16
I think either option 1 or option 4 is fine, though I personally voted for option 4 because this seems like a special case where a player potentially has enough value in both individual areas that it doesn't seem appropriate to completely exclude him from one position or the other for a gi...

Re: The long anticipated Shohei Ohtani thread
Reply by: Marc - 02/20/2019 10:28:13
I think option 1 is the way to go with our league.

We never have allowed position flexibility. It's always been 1 player at 1 position. I don't see a point in changing that just because a player hits and pitches. I think we would have to open position flexibility to all playe...

Re: The long anticipated Shohei Ohtani thread
Reply by: Mike - 02/22/2019 08:51:53
I do think Option 1 is the best way to go as well, as it matches the already existing rules of the league.

I think if we really wanted him to be a 2-way player, Option 4 would be the only way to do it that stays close to the spirit of the league rules. If we gave Ohtani posit...

Re: The long anticipated Shohei Ohtani thread
Reply by: Marc - 02/27/2019 13:40:10
I see Ohtani has been added as an OF. Since he pretty much will just be UTIL and (I think?) he has not played any position in the majors, would it be possible for whoever drafts him to choose if he is a 1B or an OF?

Re: The long anticipated Shohei Ohtani thread
Reply by: Kevin - 02/27/2019 20:03:51

In my add/drop post, I mentioned that the reason why I put him at OF is because it was the non-pitching field position he played most recently, in Japan, five years ago. So due to those very unusual and unique circumstances, I would be willing to allow the drafting team to ...

Trade deadline!

Posted by: Mike - 08/08/2018 15:11:55 - in DTBL Discussion
Are you looking to try to jump up in the standings and make a run for the title? Are you already in good shape, but think a reinforcement or two might help? Well, you've come to the right place!

With the trade deadline approaching, I'm announcing the availability of most of ...

2018 Player Adds/Drops

Posted by: Kevin - 02/26/2018 20:56:50 - in DTBL Discussion
As I'm sure you are all well aware, dozens of quality players remain free agents here in the final days of February. This made my task of setting the 2018 DTBL player roster a little more difficult than usual. For now, I have elected to keep most of the unsigned free agents in the league...

Re: 2018 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Nick - 02/27/2018 19:56:04
Hi Kevin,

Thanks for posting the list. I'm sure you're waiting for this question... but any chance we can add Ohtani? Since he has pro experience in Japan already and is expected to make an immediate impact, I think he's worth adding. The list looks great overall. I won't ask ...

Re: 2018 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Kevin - 02/28/2018 13:10:18

Ohtani is obviously a very interesting player... one I'm very much looking forward to watching this year. However, his situation isn't truly unprecedented as far as this league is concerned. Off the top of my head, Ichiro, Dice-K and Darvish are three other Japanese le...

Re: 2018 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Kevin - 03/04/2018 20:04:33
By my count, there remain 10 players who are unsigned MLB free agents but are slated to be on the DTBL roster for 2018. With the draft scheduled to begin this Thursday, I need to make final decisions on whether or not these players will remain in the league. I intend to post the full lis...

Re: 2018 Player Adds/Drops
Reply by: Kevin - 03/05/2018 20:07:40
The following edits were made to the original post in this thread: Neil Walker, Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera and Carlos Gonzalez will now be dropped from the league for 2018. Logan Forsythe, Nick Markakis and Jorge Soler will be retained. And Gerardo Parra will be added after a one year...

2018 Position Changes

Posted by: Kevin - 02/23/2018 22:26:46 - in DTBL Discussion
I've been working on the 2018 DTBL player pool this week. I'm to a point where I think I can announce all of the position changes that will occur for the upcoming season. I'll caveat this by saying I have not even started working on pitchers, so if there are any of them that will be swit...

Website Enhancements: Winter 2017-18

Posted by: Kevin - 12/14/2017 14:00:58 - in DTBL Discussion
I'm starting what I hope will become a lengthy thread to document the updates/enhancements I make to the league website this winter. You can also use this thread to offer up your comments and suggestions.

The first enhancement is now live! I have replaced the "leaders&q...

Re: Website Enhancements: Winter 2017-18
Reply by: Mike - 01/04/2018 18:54:52
I just got around to playing with this feature, and it's fantastic. Well done, Kevin.

2008 PAR numbers

Posted by: Kevin - 11/28/2017 13:18:12 - in DTBL Discussion
Last night, I completed the PAR calculations for the 2008 season and posted those numbers. This means we now have a full decade's worth of data for that stat. Perhaps I will get a few more seasons done this winter, but no promises as I have several other major tasks planned.


Re: 2008 PAR numbers
Reply by: Kevin - 02/17/2018 12:38:35
I completed the PAR numbers for one more past season: 2007. This will likely be it until next winter.

The 2007 numbers came out just about perfectly. Both batting (228) and pitching (234) totals were close to the ideal result of 225. It is the best balance we've seen so fa...