Thursday, March 31, 2005

I'm spent! After a really long night fighting with regular expressions and the interesting Diamond Mind boxscore format I have the boxscore RSS feeds up. You can find the feeds on the league Teams page. If you try them out, please let me know if you have any problems. I know that using the Sage plugin for Firefox, the "river of news" view does not look good with the pre-formatted box scores but when you click on an entry it does render it correctly.


Bullpen ERA: 2.28

Just as I'd hoped.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

OoooKayyy. I definitely found something set up wrong. All of the teams had the their pitching profiles set up to use realistic playing time for the players. This certainly caused some of the problems where the computer thought that a starter who did not start much in real life should not be in the rotation. Since this effected every team I reset them all to the correct setting and played tonight's games. Frankly I just did it, closed my eyes and hoped. I'm sure you will let me know if it didn't work.

Sorry about this, hopefully things will act more correctly now.

Hi guys - first of all, I didn't write this puppy! Clearly there is something up with the starting rotations. I've never seen it skip around like this in previous versions. I'm going to double check all the settings tonight and see what I can come up with.

Hey John, I'm pretty sure you knew that defensive switch would not work and as for the errors, well, eight games is certainly enough to draw conclusions :-)

I do agree with you that your team won't be very good but I'm pretty sure that has to do with the players you (or Bavasi in your trance) drafted :-)

More conclusions....

The computer manager isn't doing the right thing with my late inning double defensive switch.
Somehow my starting rotation isn't in the order I wanted it to be in.
The number of errors being committed is unrealistically high.

My team probably isn't going to be very good.

It appears that free agent pickups and trade results won't be reflected on our teams' draft pages. We'll have to go to the roster pages for that.
Soggy Bottom's, for example.

You gotta love the extra info on the roster pages. I especially like "iron" and "terror". Iron is irrelevant with injuries turned off, though.

What does "usage" mean on the status pages. Some of these are set to more games than have been played, but it is way less than number of at bats.

Puchy Delgado's Revenge, Iowa Hay, Soggy Bottom Boys, and Kent Intimidators appear to be the teams with only one catcher. Soggy and Kent are pretty thin in the infield too. If we're not going to have injuries, then we should at least enforce some resting of players - I think.

So is there a schedule page?

Will all series be 4-games? Are there any off days? I'm interested in seeing the starting rotations adjusted with off-days to give more games to the 1-2-3 starters. I think folks should be forced to rest their catchers after any four straight. :) [Which teams have only one catcher on their roster - how realistic is that?]

I have come to two conclusions.

First: this small sample size business is nonsense. It makes just as much sense to draw conclusions from eight games as it does from 162. Thus, it makes no sense to simulate the rest of the games: the Basselopes ought to play Soggy Bottom Boys for the league title immediately.

Second: the only reality show I want to see Jose Canseco in involves Montecore the tiger and a suit made of t-bone steaks.


Finally! I've played the first two series of games. Here is the stats site. I'll be two series the night before every weekday. An explanation about the standings page. In order to have the schedule come out to 162 games I had to make two division with teams in each division playing one more game with each other than the other division. I just took the random draft order and put the first seven teams in one division. Unfortunately I don't have any control over the web reporting so it thinks there are two division for playoff purposes. There are not. The teams with the four best records will make the playoffs. The best thing to look at is the wildcard standings since it has all the teams on one list.

If you have any changes you'd like to make just send me an email. You can trade players between each other which would be fun. You can also sign free agents (undrafted players). Just let me know who you want, who you want to drop, and give me an updated profile.

Yes I am working on team boxscore RSS feeds - I desperately want them for myself. I'll let you know when they're ready.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Don't forget to fill out your manager profiles !!!!!

Let's get this league started. I'm curious to see my Metzvasi team start performing on the field.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

I can't take it anymore! I'm making a Commissioner's decision that the draft be only 24 rounds! Team rosters can still be 25 players deep. When you submit your Managers profile if there is a player you would like to add to your team just add him and let me know in the email you send me with the updated report. The players will go on a first-come-first-severed basis. If someone has already taken yours I'll let you know and you can get someone else.

This means when Team Awesome picks their 24 round pick the draft is over - but I don't have a nice way to stop it so Jeff, just don't pick again when it asks you to. I hope no one is too upset by this - I just really want to get the games started.

OK, so if you have already drafted your 24 player, please get working on you manager profiles. You can find your template here.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Can we dock Metz some NASCAR points or maybe fill the rest of his roster with Royals players? Great to hear MM is back in pod-o-verse, can't wait to listen!

Picture hand smacking Metz upside head....

You'll have to forgive Metz. Being in the software industry he is incapable of reading any instructions or manuals :-).

As is said here, the settings for the manager tendencies are Most Frequent - More Frequent - Normal - Less Frequent - Least Frequent.

I'll send DMB and email about the defensive replacements today.

By the way, if you like to hear more of our witty repartee, we've just posted the latest Mostly Mariners podcast. Gather the kids around the computer and take in our wisdom...uh...yeah.

Monday, March 21, 2005

I've started filling out my manager profile (obviously players 24 & 25 aren't going to see much playing time for Oh No).

Manager Tendencies. The computer picked Neutral for everything. What are the potential values?

I also asked Mike to ask the folks at Diamond Mind what happens if you set your team up so that every player is on target for 162 games played? Does the sim engine care about "rest". Do we need to put utility players in place to keep our guys "fresh"?

I'm also trying to figure out if I can do what I want to do with defensive replacements. I want to have a late inning defensive replacement at SS and have my starting SS slide over to 2nd base and pull my no range, no hands second sacker onto some pine riding. ( I guess I'll never truly forget the '86 World Series even with the redemption of 2004). I'm hoping that by setting up Reese as a defensive replacement for Menechino at SS and settingup Menechino as a defensive replacement for Walker at 2B the computer will do the right thing.

Hard to believe it was Pokey Reese who almost held up the Griffey to Reds trade. :-)

Friday, March 18, 2005

cmon guys...just......another.......few.........rounds.......

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Looks like casdra.com is back online.

Looks like casdra.com is really really slow/down. I'm looking into it now.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Down to drafting late inning defensive replacements and my obligatory Mariner. All I can say is Reese better field like the second coming of Jesus if he's going to hit this badly.

From: support@diamond-mind.com
Subject: Re: Fwd: Meaning of Bats Column
Date: March 14, 2005 7:32:22 PM PST
To: houserm@adobe.com

Hi Mike,

At 12:41 PM 3/14/2005 -0500, you wrote:
Hi. When I print a roster report there is a Bats column for hitters.
What is the meaning of Lsp and Lp?

Lsp - Left-handed spray hitter
Lp - Left-handed pull hitter


Monday, March 14, 2005

My guess, based on years of playing Pursue the Pennant, is that "Rsp" means a right-handed spray hitter, while "Rp" means a right-handed pull hitter. Probably indicates hit distribution.

That's a good question. I don't know. Anyone else have a guess? I just emailed Dimond Mind, I'll let you know when they reply.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

My question: What do all the shortened things mean? What's the difference between say, a Rsp hitter and an Rp hitter? A table of that info would be really useful to have.


Saturday, March 12, 2005

We're getting close! Let's talk about what we have to do to get the games started. I've entered all of the picks so far into the Diamond Mind program. First I'd like you to check your team roster here and make sure I have your team in correctly. Let me know if I made any errors - unfortunately I can't help you with any errors you may have made :-).

Now to the most complicated part of this whole deal, the manager profile. I have set up the Manager Profile page. I had the program generate it's idea of a good manager profile. Go there and check out your team. I have some instructions on the page about what you need to do to make changes. We all have most of our teams together so we can be working the important parts of this now. Ideally I'd like to get the completed changes back the day after your final pick so we can get the games going.

DMB 9 has a nice new web site generator so the reports will be much better this year. I'm going to work on a boxscore RSS feed for each team, because I want one for me, but I need to figure out the best way to do it. I'm also working on a feed for the Mariners. I'll let you know how that goes.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this stuff. You can post them here so that last years players can help me answer with their perspective.


Wednesday, March 09, 2005


The longer I have to wait, the longer Willie Bloomquist is left in the draft pool.

Seriously, guys, what's the deal with the 20+ hour wait between picks? Didn't we make a 24-hour rule? Chad Moeller has yet to be assigned.

Come on now. Just 5 more rounds. We can make it!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Swamped by work, hypnotized by 40 hour pick intervals, I've been flailing to keep up and failing. I haven't researched many picks. Hence, I feel less than qualified to even drop a "steal 'o the draft" reference.

All I can do is tell you why I made the picks I did over the last five rounds. So here goes:

My pick: Eddie Guardado
Why I made this pick: The reliever pool is not as deep as I believed, and at this point it's shallow like a wading pool -- quickly heading for "the guy that sneers at your choice of shoes" territory. I picked Every Fifth Day Eddie because he mows down lefties (to the tune of a sub-.400 OPS against), has a good strikeout rate and a healthy rotator cuff in imaginary baseball. The extra base hits come in greater abundance than I would like, but he's the best available lefty at this point. I think.

My pick: Orber Moreno
Why I made this pick: One of two risks I've taken in the last five round, Moreno's rate stats hold up against anyone left. But he didn't pitch too many innings, so there's cause for concern. A sure thing? No way. A decent gamble at this point? Yes.

My pick: Kevin Brown
Why I made this pick: With three lefties in the rotation, I wanted to get another right-handed starter. Brown did not have a great year, but is tough on righthanders and makes a fine fifth starter. Plus, he was the only starter left that I researched from my last tier of desirables. And he has the "personality of a rattlesnake"! What's not to like?

My pick: Frank Francisco
Why I made this pick: Because when Brown gets out of line, someone has to throw a chair at him and break his nose. Now I just need to draft someone to chant "E-C-dub! E-C-dub!"

My pick: Jayson Werth
Why I made this pick: The second gamble. Werth put up decent, not phenomenal, numbers in a hitters park, producing a .281 EqA. He's right-handed, giving me a platoon mate for Ibanez. Ibanez wasn't too bad against lefties last year, but word is that Diamond Mind considers splis for a longer period. If that's so, I need a righthanded hitter ... and if DM only consider 2K4, Werth's 1.001 OPS against lefties looks mighty good.

I made it through the entire Round Nineteen recap without making a bad joke about how he may or may not be "Werth" it. [Get it?] I am so proud.

Time to send out the managers profiles mike? I know I have 99% of my team set and I'm now drafting pure roster filler. If everyone else feels the same we can start working on the manager profiles and get the season started. I'm willing to stop the draft after round 20 and just let everyone make free agent submissions for the last 5 roster positions.

Since Jeff has stopped making round by round draft analysis, the draft is getting boring :-)

Friday, March 04, 2005

Just thought I'd point out the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have had another name change: looking at 'Team Pages' it appears they're now no longer seraphic - The Anaheim Angles.

Just a random tangent...

I really hope that starters can go in the bullpen, 'cause as of right now, I think Barry Zito is my closer.


Before I picked Colome, I knew that I wanted Colome, either Mercker or Seay, and Dave Williams as my next three picks. I doubted Williams would last another round, but with Seay gone, the lefty reliever, Mercker, became a priority.

As to choosing Colome first, the two metrics I pay attention to for pitchers - starters or relievers - are WHIP and OPS against. Colome was far and away the best pitcher left considering both of those, so it outweighed my lefty reliever and starter needs.

You get the consolation of knowing you stole my next pick (though I bet someone else would have otherwise).

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Okay, I admit it: I have no earthly clue of what I am doing (Hello, Tim Hudson in the third round!).
The last few rounds, I have been trying to build up my defense so when I lose all of my games, I can at least (hopefully) keep those losses in single digits.

I nabbed Geoff Jenkins with a 4e23 in left field to replace Manny Ramirez with a dreaded 2e209. I don't really know how this is going to pan out but as any Red Sox fan can tell you, watching a pop-up flyball headed to Manny is certainly an adenture! Jenkins nearly hit 30 homers last year (27) and at least gives me another leftie so its not entirely a lost out when he's at the plate.

Of course this all ASSUMING that defense matters. If anything else, I am still better than my beloved Royals. Which, sadly, is not saying very much.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Great pick Walker!!

Listen guys, this is the third draft where Metz and Walker were one pick apart and the result has always been the same for Metz...frustration. Now in the past I believed that this was good for Walker as Metz used sound analysis to make his picks. With this year's "Being Bill Bavasi" plan, I'm not so sure it's all good for Walker. But It's fun to listen to Metz carry on :-).

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

For what it is worth John, I had Colome, Donnelly, Osuna, and Moreno on my list of possible relievers to select in one of the next two rounds. I have a couple names left, but I guess it's time to start digging into the bag of tricks.

Walker !!!!!

How in whatever is holy did you manage to find Jesus Colome and pick him out from under me? I thought for sure I'd grab both Donnelly and Colome as my setup men. Honestly was Colome on anyone else's radar? Argh !!!! Back to the drawing board....

Hey, I think we're doing pretty well. It's round 15 and they haven't even started playing spring training games!

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