Melvin to Weigh Fantasy Impact in D'Backs Starting Lineups
cwrtlm wrote: Can they not tell that he isn't goign to start a few days before I set my weekly lineups?
July 5, 2007
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Diamondbacks Manager Bob Melvin vowed on Thursday he would “make every effort” to decide on starting lineups days before games are actually played to help fantasy baseball managers adjust their rosters for weekly matchups.
“I have to apologize to the fantasy baseball world for the confusion over Randy Johnson’s scheduled start this week,” Melvin said. “I know a lot of guys in head-to-head leagues had Randy penciled in, and I probably screwed things up when I scratched him from the rotation.
“In retrospect, I should have sent the Big Unit out to the mound with his herniated disk and all,” Garner added. “Should have given him a shot of cortisone and let him hurl.”
Pitcher Brandon Webb, last year’s NL Cy Young winner, said that Melvin and other major league managers could use sensitivity training to better understand the ramifications that gametime decisions can have on fantasy baseball.
“Unless it’s a real emergency, you’ve got to stick with the rotation,” Webb said. “A bad back isn’t an emergency. There’s no good reason Johnson shouldn’t have been out there pitching. We have to keep the fantasy public in mind.”