I'm running a 12 team, h2h league - first time as commissioner. In past leagues I have been in, draft day has been pretty late in spring training (like a week before Opening Day). In this league, I decided to opt for an early draft date, before spring training starts. I think it adds a little to the game, since you now have incentive to actually watch spring training games and track the progress of players on your roster - and then make moves accordingly if necessary. The draft date is set for this coming Wednesday, 2/25 at 9 pm (the day after players are required to report).
One of my friends has a problem with this. He would like a much later draft day, because he feels that it is too tough to do research on players when spring training hasn't started yet (whereas I think last years stats count a lot more than spring training anyway). He also is concerned about the possibility of a first round pick getting injured in spring training.
I was just wondering what opinions you guys have on this.
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First of all, spring training stats are absolutely meaningless. The only good they do is to tell if a young gunwithout MLB exposure (think Crosby) can actually hit. Even then, it's misleading.
Your friend does have a point about stars getting injured in spring training, but that's just part of the game. I'm in a keeper league, and I lost Phil Nevin, one of my top picks, out for the season the first year of the league (2002). I say, take a vote, and let the majority decide.
Normally, I don't really have a preference. All owners are on the same footing no matter when the draft is held. This year, I prefer late drafts; it would be nice to have the final word on Bonds' availability officially spoken before the draft.
The only reason I think carries any weight against early drafts is that you won't get confirmation that players that finished the year hurting (Kearns, Mulder, Oswalt, Pedro, Schmidt etc.) are 100% before the draft.
Thats's true, but then again, so what? Nobody is gonna be playing that hard in spring training anyway and a good spring training for a player is at best only moderately indicative of a good regular season.
So I think you should do the draft early, enjoy watching "your" players a spring training--and if people are concerned about injuries then they should consider that when deciding where to draft the injured player.
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It really doesn't matter to me...before or during ST...either way....I reall can't see an advantage to one or the other....Like Arlo said...all people a drafting on the same footing....and an injury can happen just as easily on the first day of the season...and it can in ST...So like gecko said....let the league vote....and enjoy spring training either way....
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I don't think it matters too much. As has been stated, everyone is drafting with the same information available. Advantage will go to those who are more patient, as those who are antsy will be more likely to drop established players for spring training stars.
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