I'm in a league where OBP and SLG replace AVG, so the following quest for a shortstop really killed me in the those categories.
I drafted Nomar at SS. He had a .232 OBP and .176 SLG in 51 at-bats before getting injured.
When he went down, I picked up Jose Reyes. He put up a .291 OBP/.309 SLG line for me in 97 at-bats.
Then I dropped Reyes for Juan Uribe. Uribe went .253 OBP/.266 SLG in 79 at-bats.
All this time, I passed over the hot starts of Cesar Izturis and Omar Vizquel, the hot hitting of Felipe Lopez and Jhonny Peralta, the early steals of Julio Lugo.
At this point, I had 242 plate appearances from 3 crappy shortstops with a combined OBP of .264 and a SLG of .264. It was killing me in those categories.
Finally, I dropped Uribe and picked up Felipe Lopez and have gotten production since then from the shortstop position.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'
this year i've avoided most of the stupid moves i made last year, but trading hunter for c patt a month or so into the season has hurt... nothing like dropping beltre at the beginning of last season though
I had to, but it still worked out worse than I thought. Trading Edmonds for Kendall and Benson. Kendall sucked, but I stuck with him and stuck with him and stuck with him. Finally I gave up on him....1 month ago.
Picking up Hafner on waivers, who sucked HORRIBLY for 3 weeks, so I dropped him.
Missing the boat on FA guys like BJ Ryan(early April), Griffey, and Wickman.
Forgot about this gem, too.... Have V-Mart behind the dish for me, and Bedard was En Fuego...
Traded away Brandon Inge and Esteban Loaiza for Erik Bedard on May 16th, 5 days before he went on the DL. Maybe he'll come back strong, and this will end up being a good deal afterall...
I had an abundence of outfielders and I needed a 2nd baseman after Vidro went down, and Barmes was on fire sitting on waivers...yada yada yada. It was a horrible move on my part, but at the time, Lee was slumping and buried on my bench and I knew another manager was trying to clear room to pick up Barmes...
Anyway, it was one of those moments where you wake up the next day, think about what you did, and let out a, "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!" Don't know if you've had too many of those moments, but they're pretty ugly, definitely not something you want to watch if you have a weak stomach or a heart condition.
I suppose you could say that everyone has an El Guapo. For some, shyness may be an El Guapo. For others, lack of education may be an El Guapo. But for us, El Guapo is a large ugly man who wants to kill us!