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  • Hodgepodge Draft

    Waste not, want not. As my grandfather used to say "daylight's burnin'." So without further adieu, let's draft!

    This will be piggybacking off a previous draft concept, but hopefully the hodgepodge of categories will successfully combine a challenge with flexibility. So here's what we're looking at:

    - 25-man rosters, must have played 500+ games at a position to qualify

    - Playoffs conducted after the draft, players evaluated on their career

    - I will announce the categories/order after we have everybody signed up, though not before so that all participants have the same "start time." All categories will be announced simultaneously, however, in advance of the draft.

    - Selections will be daily, from 10a to midnight, in two-hour intervals. You can vote as soon as its your turn and if you miss your turn, can vote at any time although votes will be counted in order-of-post in such instances. You can also vote during "off" hours (midnight till 10am the next day) if you so choose, but you won't be "on the clock" during that time. Proxy votes are allowed, as usual.

    Examples of categories:
    - Player must have played for a West Coast major league team
    - Player must have been born before the Civil War
    - Player must have accumulated at least 100 career triples
    - Player must have served in the armed forces in World War II or the Korea War
    - Player must have played for both the Yankees and the Red Sox

    You get the idea.

    So let's get people signed up for this so I can post the categories and we can have some fun. Hopefully this will keep the "fun" momentum we've had these past few drafts going strong.

    If you're in, sign up below. Your initial post in this thread should include your team name as we'll use this as the roster thread as well. Questions are, of course, welcome.
    "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

  • #2
    San Jose Cuervos
    General Manager: Brad Harris

    Roster
    TBD
    "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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    • #3
      I'll give it a go.

      Hodgepodge Bums.

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      • #4
        I'm in. Team name to be determined.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Brad Harris View Post
          - Selections will be daily, from 10a to midnight, in two-hour intervals. You can vote as soon as its your turn and if you miss your turn, can vote at any time although votes will be counted in order-of-post in such instances. You can also vote during "off" hours (midnight till 10am the next day) if you so choose, but you won't be "on the clock" during that time. Proxy votes are allowed, as usual.

          If you're in, sign up below. Your initial post in this thread should include your team name as we'll use this as the roster thread as well. Questions are, of course, welcome.
          What time zones are that 10a - midnight?

          What do you mean by "two-hour intervals"?

          I'm not sure yet if I'll participate. I'm kinda busy, but I'll probably do it anyway...

          Are we doing just MLB? Or do we include Negro Leagues/Japanese players?

          I assume we're allowing positional flexibility again - CFers can player the corner OF, left field and right field are interchangeable, SP can be in the bullpen?

          Are we allowing trades? Odds are that nobody will, because the round restrictions make that too hard, but it's good to establish ahead of time.

          Are we going to have a DH?
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDxgNjMTPIs

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          • #6
            Eastern time zones. Two hours from the last pick. (This is negotiable as it's just a thought about moving things along in an orderly way. This group usually has no problems with that.) By-and-large it will encompass MLB only players. Players must have played 500 games at a position to qualify. No flexibility on that. Starters start, relievers relieve. Yes, there is going to be a designated hitter rule. Trades are allowed (but as you said, not bloody likely.)
            "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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            • #7
              Originally posted by Brad Harris View Post
              Eastern time zones. Two hours from the last pick. (This is negotiable as it's just a thought about moving things along in an orderly way. This group usually has no problems with that.) By-and-large it will encompass MLB only players. Players must have played 500 games at a position to qualify. No flexibility on that. Starters start, relievers relieve. Yes, there is going to be a designated hitter rule. Trades are allowed (but as you said, not bloody likely.)
              Wait, so if someone picks, I have only 2 hours to make my pick? That'll move really fast, but it'll result in a LOT of missed picks.

              Also, bleh @ needing to sort players by LF vs RF...
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDxgNjMTPIs

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              • #8
                So you're gonna throw 25 random categories out there and we have to find guys who fit? I'm guessing you can fill whichever category you want in any given round?

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                • #9
                  My class schedule gives me about half an hour between midnight and 1:30 PM to check the internet on weekdays, so I don't know how well a two hour clock would work for me.

                  The no time limit format worked pretty well most of the time in the blacklist draft. I'd be up for doing that again.

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                  • #10
                    I think 2 hours is AWFULLY short. Like Wade, I think this will result in a lot of missed picks. Eight hours seemed to work well- that would be my preference- but maybe we could compromise at four?

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                    • #11
                      How about roster composition? How many pitchers total? Size of the rotation, etc?

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                      • #12
                        I'm in,

                        Team name:
                        Battlecreek Crispies

                        I emailed my brother-in-law to see if he'd be interested. He's even newer around here than I am.

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                        • #13
                          If there is still availability...I'd like in

                          Team Name:
                          Wallyworld Wizards.

                          I am No Roids brother-in- law

                          Thanks

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                          • #14
                            Welcome, WallyWorldWizards! Always glad to have another fan join us!

                            How about we do a 12-hour time frame to begin with and if things start to bog down we'll just shorten it if we agree that's necessary?

                            As for the categories, no, they will be in a certain order. Example: 1st Round - Must have played for the Dodgers, 2nd Round - Must have led the league in stolen bases, 3rd Round - Must have been born North of the Mason-Dixon line, etc.
                            "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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                            • #15
                              Brad,
                              would it be too much hassle to allow owners to draft based on the criteria they want to fill instead of having everyone fishing from the same hole every round?
                              The way its set up, the people in the middle will never get the top player in any given category. If you allow owners to choose the criteria they are filling every round, everyone will at least have an opportunity to get the top player in a category at some point. You just have the owner declare what criteria is being filled when the player is picked.

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