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  • #16
    Originally posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
    Excellent! Another recruit. The DH is in, but there will be no need for 500 games to play there. The DH isn't a specialized position. A variety of players have gone there. Besides, the goal is to construct the strongest team possible of all-time players. Searching for someone who's played 500 games there shrinks our capacity to do so. You only need a good batter and he can go play DH. Hopefully this ruling doesn't sway Mr. Harris from the draft.
    He'll get BACK here, and he'll LIKE it, or ELSE

    http://www.themacinator.com/blogpics/bashbrothers.jpg
    Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
    Good traders: MadHatter(2), BoofBonser26, StormSurge

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    • #17
      I checked with milladrive to see if he wanted to join, but he said he's too busy.

      Be good to have at least 2 more.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
        Excellent! Another recruit. The DH is in, but there will be no need for 500 games to play there. The DH isn't a specialized position. A variety of players have gone there. Besides, the goal is to construct the strongest team possible of all-time players. Searching for someone who's played 500 games there shrinks our capacity to do so. You only need a good batter and he can go play DH. Hopefully this ruling doesn't sway Mr. Harris from the draft.
        Not at all. Just throws out my research on the 22 guys who would have qualified. LOL Anyone else as surprised as I am that from 1973-2010 only 22 players have actually accumulated 500 games as a DH? Interestingly enough, only four of that group - Travis Hafner, Cliff Johnson, Hal McRae and David Ortiz - failed to play 500 games at any other position? Here's the 22 "qualifying" DHs (500+ games) and their respective other positions. (Just to share since I wasted the time anyway.)

        DH Only
        Travis Hafner
        Cliff Johnson
        Hal McRae
        David Ortiz

        DH/1B
        Eddie Murray
        Mike Sweeney
        Frank Thomas
        Jim Thome
        Andre Thornton

        DH/LF
        Don Baylor
        Rico Carty
        Willie Horton
        Greg Luzinski
        Jim Rice

        DH/RF
        Harold Baines
        Jose Canseco
        Reggie Jackson

        DH/3B
        George Brett
        Edgar Martinez
        Paul Molitor

        DH/CF
        Chili Davis

        DH/C/LF
        Brian Downing - yes, an amazing 500 games at three different positions!

        Whatever any of this means, I don't know. Just found it somewhat interesting and I'm bored at work.
        "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
        "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
        "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
        "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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        • #19
          Originally posted by BigRon View Post
          Be good to have at least 2 more.
          At least. Given the large pool of stars available, the more (participants), the merrier. (And the more challenging.)
          "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
          "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
          "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
          "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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          • #20
            Are we starting Tuesday come heck or high water?
            Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
            Good traders: MadHatter(2), BoofBonser26, StormSurge

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            • #21
              Originally posted by RuthMayBond View Post
              Are we starting Tuesday come heck or high water?
              I still hope we can find 2 more. What do you guys think?

              Also, BEFORE we start I propose that we set/make some sort of commitment about how a champion is crowned. We had head to head voteoffs in the Alphabet Draft until a champion was named. I thought that worked pretty well. We just finished up an alltime draft (#6?) and we didn't do anything about a playoff. The draft, of course, is the most fun, but it feels sort of empty to me with no closure.

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              • #22
                The H2H thing was alright, but by the end, participation had fallen off. I think we should either do a one time voting, or a sim or something.
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDxgNjMTPIs

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Wade8813 View Post
                  The H2H thing was alright, but by the end, participation had fallen off. I think we should either do a one time voting, or a sim or something.
                  Sounds good to me.

                  I've been PMing possible candidates, but so far no dice. Two more would be great, but I'm simply out of ideas to get more. As always I can take suggestions.

                  Based on that, I'll extend the draft start to Thursday, June 4, 12:00 PM EST.
                  "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                  • #24
                    Three days until draft time.
                    "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
                      Sounds good to me.

                      I've been PMing possible candidates, but so far no dice. Two more would be great, but I'm simply out of ideas to get more. As always I can take suggestions.

                      Based on that, I'll extend the draft start to Thursday, June 4, 12:00 PM EST.
                      Make a post in the History forum? Possible interest there from people who don't normally wander over here?
                      "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
                      "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
                      "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
                      "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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                      • #26
                        Draft starts Thursday. I said June 2nd in the rules, but should have been the 3rd.

                        As suggested, I posted a thread for sign-ups in the History forum. Hopefully this lands us 2-4 more participants.
                        "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                        • #27
                          Hey guys- I'm going to apologize to everyone in advance. I'm going out of town to our vacation home for the next several weeks. I don't have a computer there so I will have access to BBF only once or at most 2 times a day from a library computer. Therefore it's very possible- likely even- that I'll be taking up a lot of my clock time on my turns, and even missing some turns. When it's clear that I won't have access to a computer before my time is up I'll try to PM my next pick to someone (this has worked pretty well in the past).

                          But, it's certainly possible I'll slow things down. I hate to do that- I think keeping the draft moving along makes for more interest and fun for everyone. But, unfortunately, I'll be at a disadvantage for the next couple of weeks. I'll do the best I can not to slow things down too much.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by BigRon View Post
                            I'll do the best I can not to slow things down too much.
                            That's all I can ask for
                            "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                            • #29
                              One more day. CAN YA'LL FEEL THE HEAT!?

                              When I post the draft thread, we can use that for conversation as opposed to this one if any concerns/satirical comments arise.
                              "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
                                One more day. CAN YA'LL FEEL THE HEAT!?

                                When I post the draft thread, we can use that for conversation as opposed to this one if any concerns/satirical comments arise.
                                Um, what is the random drafting order?
                                Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
                                Good traders: MadHatter(2), BoofBonser26, StormSurge

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