Gideon and I have been having a bit of a back-and-forth about the blawgers baseball league. And, most likely, we're the only 2 that care, since no one else really had anything to say about head-to-head v. rotisserie, nevermind scoring categories.
In defense of head-to-head: (1) We did roto last year, it was fun, but I thought it'd be fun to try something different. Not that I haven't done head-to-head before, but it's something different in terms of blawger league, and (2) I thought it might encourage players to read their rival's blawg and the smack talking and interaction that I think adds to the fun of fantasy baseball.
Scoring Categories: I started out with the basic 5x5, but felt that I wanted a category relating to defense. I added errors as a category. Gideon and I discussed it, and I've deleted the errors category and added fielding percentage, thereby giving some credit for defense, but making it a little more scientific than errors. To balance the 6 batter categories, I had added innings pitched, which I feel is important for balancing those relief pitchers and closers who pitch one perfect inning with those starters who pitch a few strong innings.
Gideon points out: "One thing I've heard about having IP as a stat: In an H2H league, there should be a mininum number of IPs per week, otherwise people will load up on RP and CL to better their ERA and WHIP." I had left the minimum innings at the default of 7, but on Gideon's suggestions, I've upped it to 14. (Remember, innings pitch is also a scoring category.)
So the comments are open. I've already decided that I'm sticking with head-to-head, for this year at least. But if you have a feeling about minimum innings pitched per week (should it be higher? or lower? I'm open), or about the defense categories, let me know.
So, if you care, give me your comments (about these topics or any other blawger baseball concerns you have) and vote. If you don't care, or have no idea what I'm talking about, that's ok, you can still participate in the league and have fun.
If you haven't signed up yet, email me so I can send you the league info. I think yahoo has gotten a little better each year, but it still boggles my mind that the commissioner doesn't have the option of "invite everyone who was in my league last year." Wouldn't that be simple to set up and easiest for everyone? Point is, email me if you want in. There's still (a little) time.
As for the draft, I was going to wait a bit longer to give the league more time to fill up. (And to give me more time to think about who I want to draft.) I promise to give you at least a 48 hour warning via email and this blog before I set the autodraft to ready.