Sunday, April 11, 2010

All Part of My Fantasy: Play Ball!

Week: April 4-10
Current standing in league: 5th out of 12
My Player of the Week: Garrett Jones (RF/1B, Pittsburgh) with 3 home runs, 6 RBI, 4 runs, 1 stolen base and a .263 batting average
Melodrama: conflict over the league veto over trades

I am in a fantasy baseball league this year with Mock and company and, somewhat foolishly as it turns out, took on the role of commissioner. I just chose the default settings when setting up the league and have already run into problems as a result. Yahoo's default allows league members to vote against any trade made by league members. If a third of the league votes against within two days, the trade doesn't go through. After much gnashing of teeth and a majority vote to make the change, that rule has been eliminated for the time being. Now only the two trade parties involved have a say. We may revisit the matter later in the season so that managers who fall out of the running don't start siphoning good players to their friends.

Apparently, they have run into this problem in previous years and made similar changes. Now, as of this moment, there is a written record. We shall get it right to begin with next time!

On a much brighter note, Garrett Jones, my 20th round draft pick, has had the week of his life and was a huge reason why I was in first place for three days this week. He is the first player in the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise to hit three home runs in the first two games of the season. Thank you, Mr. Jones, for making me look like a genius.

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