Perhaps THE SIMPLEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE in the history of the sport
FULL DISCLOSURE: This open invitation to my league was originally posted as a FanShot at Red Reporter. This Brew Crew Ball FanShot does have the blessing of a Brew Crew Ball moderator. Thanks for taking the time to read and consider.
I've played fantasy baseball for many years. (My first team's rotation featured rookies Jason Bere and Aaron Sele. Jay Buhner and Mo Vaughn anchored my lineup.) But I haven't played it well since 2003 or 2004. My excuse? Kids.
No, it's not that I fill my rosters with unproven youngsters. It's that my wife and I have too many. Too many to allow me the time necessary to have success in a competitive fantasy baseball league.
I've thought about hanging up my fantasy spikes but I really like playing it -not to win necessarily- but really just to keep an eye on good and great players from around baseball. Players like Adrian Gonzalez or Josh Johnson who of course come up on the Reds' schedule sporadically throughout the summer but then seemingly disappear. I like knowing about those guys and I like being able to talk to other baseball fans about those guys. So I play fantasy baseball. And I'm gonna continue to play.
...As long as at least six or seven of you folks wanna play in my new league: S(a.N.D)B.O.K.X. Fantasy Baseball.
The SAND is the tautologically redundant part of the acronym: Simple (And Not Difficult)
The BOKX explains just how simple (and not difficult) this league's scoring system will be: Based Only on Ks (strikeouts) and Xs (extra base hits).
* * * This league's scoring system has two only statistics: strikeouts and extra-base hits.* * *
Hopefully, this keeps things simple (and not difficult) and will thus require only a few minutes each week to seek out good hitters and good pitchers to replace not-quite-as-good pitchers and not-quite-as-good hitters. (And hopefully, I'll have Joey Votto on my team.)
We'll probably use only players from the National League and unless things change for some reason, it'll be a points league. It's gonna be on Yahoo! so it'll be free and unless things change for some reason, we'll just be playing for bragging rights (and something to do).
I've had some help from Red Reporter's sabermetric higher-ups and I think I know how to weight things so that the NL's good, better and best strikeout pitchers are going to be worth roughly what the NL's good, better and best sluggers will be worth on draft day. But I've never seen or heard of a league like this so I don't know quite what to expect and if anybody can think of any reason that this format might go beyond just being quirky and we'll like end up ripping a hole in the space/time continuum, help us out, eh?
So, if you wanna play and/or if you have any questions, let me know below.
I have the draft set for Wednesday, March 31st at 8:30pm EST. This might change but I think we'll need to settle on a date and a time and I think we'll need to do it sooner rather than later.
I'm gonna go ahead and post an email address so that if there are any lurkers who wanna play they don't necessarily have to create an SBNation account in order to do so. Just let me know what you're thinking: SANDBOKX.at.Gmail
NOTE: We've got four or five owners ready to go. We're hoping to get at least nine or ten total.. Thanks again.