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Supplemental Draft and Getting A Better Pick
Posted by Allan Sellers on Sunday, Jun. 24th, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Hi guys,

in most of the leagues I run there is a "participation bonus" given out as a financial award to teams whose coach writes postings on the various methods available.

Its a little harder to do that in TMBL as we don't have "money" in use.  However, because I highly value participation by all managers I'm going to add two participation bonus awards for each season.

For this season, I'm going to give out one for the supplemental bonus that we'll have in about 3 weeks.  

Based on the number of chatter box, forum, blog, and game comments (with some subjectiveness to it if/where needed) that will determine which teams get the selections in the 20th round of this season's draft.  We already drafted 18 rounds...we have 19-23 to go (5 rounds) in about 3 weeks.   More on draft specifics as we get closer.   In the meantime, please get posting.  I'll use "where teams would have drafted" as tiebreakers.   I'll never let my team choose higher than 13th.  And again...it may get a little subjective based on the quality of posts.  

For next season of TMBL, we will have 2 rounds like this.  One will be the 20th one again.  The other will be in the pre-season draft and will be for the first round of the 2nd session of the draft (which I think will be round 5).  That latter one will be based on all of season 2 participation.

Again...this will be a little subjective...and I can't pick better than 13th.  So I'm taking myself somewhat out of the equation as I will naturally be one of the top posters.

So my comment would be to please remember to make a post after games if you see something interesting to comment on (or in the Blog or Forum).  There's some cool new LEADERS stuff you could post for.

If this doesn't work I will amend it, but with all the effort I put in, its fun to see more interaction and if that means having a little carrot at the end to get that, I'm going for it.

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I think this is a good idea. One of the negative points we can make about the original TMBL is the manager interaction, which happens to be a strong positive of all the MSWL leagues. There are a couple things that we can bank with this approach:

1) Dancin' Dave Budvar Dowson will surely get the #1 pick
2) Kevin Martin will be right behind him (though quality of posts may give Dancin' Dave a run for #1)
3) Ian will pick dead last.
4) Commrade Jay will come around with a question about why Big Panda is hitting below the Medoza Line? And another asking, what is the Mendoza Line?

Rob Peterson on Monday, Jun. 25th, 2012 at 2:31 AM
 

Yep definately need a bit more interaction in the game.

Matt Cooper on Monday, Jun. 25th, 2012 at 7:59 AM
 

Who is BIG PANDA? & .....

WHAT IS THE MEDOZA LINE ?

Dave Dowson on Monday, Jun. 25th, 2012 at 10:17 PM
 

Yep sounds like a plan Al ......

Chris McDougall on Tuesday, Jun. 26th, 2012 at 7:51 AM
 

Dave,

The slightly (or more than slightly depending on the season) rotund 3B Pablo Sandoval is nicknamed Big Panda.  He's somewhere around 5'10", 250 lbs.  Barry Zito nicknamed him "Kung Fu Panda" when he played for the Giants after he scored by jumping over the catcher's tag in a game a few years back.  They shortened it to Big Panda, probably because of copyright infringement... or else to mimic the "Big" moniker that a lot of baseball sluggers get, i.e. Big Papi, the Big Cat, the Big Hurt, the Big Bopper, etc.  I don't know the full story, though it's probably on some fan's website somewhere if you want more details.

And in a test of baseball savvy, references to the Mendoza Line are a pretty good way to tell if someone follows the game regularly or not.  Named after Mario Mendoza (a lifetime .215 high-quality defensive SS), it is a reference to how bad a guy has to hit before you can't justify playing him as a starter, even if he's an amazing defensive talent.  Usually, it refers to a .200 batting average if you're talking about a hard and fast number, which is where Mendoza was hitting in '79 or '80 or whatever season it was when Hall of Famer George Brett picked it up, got Chris Berman of SportsCenter fame using it, and turned it into a part of baseball vernacular and lore.

So there's your modern baseball culture and history lesson for today!

Kevin Martin on Tuesday, Jun. 26th, 2012 at 7:59 PM
 
Roy Rolsten on Wednesday, Jun. 27th, 2012 at 1:09 AM
 

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Roy Rolsten on Wednesday, Jun. 27th, 2012 at 1:11 AM
 

Ah well, i found an amusing picture of Big Panda meeting Kung Fu Panda but I can't paste pics up for some reason.

Looking at Jay's Inland Empire 66s you can see Big Panda is averaging 0.037 with the bat! Whereas last season he was over 0.300 in the Majors.

Roy Rolsten on Wednesday, Jun. 27th, 2012 at 1:17 AM
 

What about a manager profile Al?

I know some people don't update them in other Olmec leagues, but I like to know a bit more about my fellow managers. What I'd find particularly interesting in TMBL would be how managers have faired on the field themselves - did they play as kids? (presumably Max & Curtis are currently playing little league?) what positions did people play? and who's hit the most home runs?!

Roy Rolsten on Wednesday, Jun. 27th, 2012 at 1:24 AM
 

Some of us still play, Roy.  Kevin and I are still playing softball, which we all know is just baseball modified for old people to keep them in the game.  I can play anywhere except 3B and SS.  I continue to be amazed that somehow I can throw from any position in the outfield and generally hit the cutoff man, but I can't get the ball from the left side of the infield to first base without postage and a talented mailman.  I do enjoy the outfield though.  My favorite plays are the ones I have to run for.  Shamefully, I get a small amount of joy from hearing the opposing team and their fans cheering as they think the ball has found a space to land on the green grass...and hearing the cheers fade to a collective gasp and groan as I slide underneath it at the last moment.  Gotcha.  Unfortunately, Kevin enjoys playing shortstop and tracking down short fly balls behind the infield.  We've had to learn to communicate, after some bone rattling collisions.  I'm not a power hitter, but I get the most out of every base when I'm running.  I like to "create" runs, since I can't hit for power.  I have hit ONE home run in my life.  I was six.

Phil McIntosh on Sunday, Jul. 1st, 2012 at 5:50 AM
 

Good idea Roy, I will try to get that added...likely for next season.

I played when I was young, about 8-14.    I was a "little league all-star" in my town which meant I got to travel to the first game of the little league world series...well...that's probably an overstatement, but I like to tell a good story for the kids.   

We lost our first game...had we won we would have had to win like 8 more games to really get to the Little League World Series...so it really wasn't that close.   All I remember about the game is that I batted once...walked...and then was lifted for a pinch runner.  I guess I was slow back then too.  :-)

Curt started playing baseball 3 years ago.  Over the past 2 years he's been pitching and was the best pitcher on his team this season with good speed/accuracy.   He's been an average hitter but mostly ground balls.  11 days ago he hit a 225 foot home run over the fence.  It was his first home run ever (his team only had 2 this season).  Needless to say it was VERY exciting.

Mad Max is like Curt, an average hitter.  But Max has really come into his own as a catcher this season.  Its the first season where his age group has "kids pitching".  Before this age they hit from the tee...then coach pitch...then machine pitch.   Since Max catches his brother Curt who throws very hard, he can handle one of the kids on his team who throws hard.   Max has thrown out one kid stealing 2nd and been very close about 6 times...often they just couldn't quite get the tag on the runner.

At Max's age there are a lot of walks and kids getting to first when the catcher drops the 3rd strike (once that happens the batter, in most situations, runs to first and if he beats the catcher's throw he's safe; so an out is turned into a baserunner).  Anyway, Max has really improved in this area and rarely drops a 3rd strike.  If he does most of the time he gets the guy out with a good throw to first.

Anyway...its been an exciting baseball season.  Curt's season is done...Max still has a few games left.

Phil seemed to leave out all of his baseball injuries in his comments.  :-)

Allan Sellers on Sunday, Jul. 1st, 2012 at 1:31 PM
 

Oh, Al, I haven't been injured playing softball for a long time!

Oops...I probably shouldn't have said that out loud.

I'm on vacation right now, but the game we played just before this trip I stretched a single into a double but somehow fell backwards over second base after beating the throw.  I don't know how I did it, but I was well off the base leaning backwards against the shortstop's back as he received the throw from the outfield.  It must have looked like I was "boxing out" on a basketball court, or perhaps "posting up" since I was waving my arms as I fell.  Fortunately, the shortstop was so confused by the whole ordeal, he dropped the throw and I crawled back to the base.

And let me set the record straight.  I didn't really "stretch a single into a double."  It was more of a routine grounder to second that bounced off of an ankle on the way to right field, and I'm not so sure the right fielder didn't kick the ball to center field because as I rounded first there was a search party in the outfield looking for the ball.  But, I take what I can get.

Phil McIntosh on Monday, Jul. 2nd, 2012 at 8:52 AM
 

Phil, your opponents sound like the kind of people I want to play against.  Gee, I'd probably still be playing softball in that league!  Was the catcher dropping the 3rd strike, too?  I played two little league seasons and one softball season.  Wasn't particularily successful in either although I did earn the nickname "Battery" during little league preseason for crushing the ball over the fence - FOUL!

Rob Baptiste on Friday, Jul. 6th, 2012 at 4:52 AM
 

You are welcome to join us, Rob.  Our men's team, which won the league title two years in a row, somehow hasn't been able to win a single game this year.  As Kevin puts it, "we keep finding new ways to lose."  We could really use a 3B, a 2B, a catcher, and a pair of OF's. 

I came back a day early from vacation just to make sure I was here for our co-ed double header tomorrow night.  Two games.  That should ensure a good story or two tomorrow night to post.  Let's hope it doesn't include an injury.

Phil McIntosh on Sunday, Jul. 8th, 2012 at 6:25 AM
 

Here's the order of the picks for ROUND 20 ...its been updated on the site.  Essentially the info below is Pick#, Comments, Coach:

 

order Comments Coach
1 176  Phil McIntosh
2 59  Matt Cooper
3 58  Dave Dohm
 51  Kevin Martin
5 40  Ellis Simpson
6 37  Rob Peterson
7 34  Roy Rolsten
8 21 Jay Wilkins
9 16  Mike Cabral
10 15  Dave Dowson
11 14  Ian Lindsay
12 13  Brent Hermack
13 207  Allan Sellers
14 11  James Andrew
15 10  James Tucker
16 10  Rob Baptiste
17 9  Chris McDougall
18 6  John Holden
19 3  Max Sellers
20 2  Peter Babcock
21 1  Derek Purvis
22 0  Curt Sellers
23 0  James White
24 0  Trevor Taylor

 

Al

Allan Sellers on Thursday, Aug. 2nd, 2012 at 7:28 PM