live drafts move fast, i totally rely on all the studying i've put in and my short lists, my picks are never dictaded by trends or runs so it is a spontanious process. best player available and avoid picking pitchers early unless it is a roto draft
Laptop with a good drafting software(Diamond Software) as well as a quick reference book like Shandlers 2005 Forcaster or Henry lee Scouting Report, a few beers, can of skoal, and my cellphone in case my wife wants to yell at me for being all day.
Online draft - nothing. Maybe a magazine to read while others pick.
Live draft -
- A crap load of stuff. I bring 3-4 magazines (I take out all the sleepers sections )
-A list of the top 20 at every position (Out of order*)
- A binder of last years stats
-The News Paper
I bring all that stuff to mess with my opponents. I bring it all so that they become distracted. As for the list of the top 20 that are out of order. If they see I value Griffey over V. Wells and Bill Mueller over Blalock then it may just alter their drafting patterns. I always let them barrow what I have because the more time they spend away from their strategy, then the more mine works.
I have a cold beer (with back ups), my buddies, chicken wings, a file folder (only to intimidate my buddies, i had already played out the draft in my head), a hot waitress (wait, i didn't bring her with me, but does it count if i took her home?????)
For online live drafts, i like to have pine nuts with tobasco and garlic, a large glass of water with a lemon, an easy chair in place of my normal desk chair, a re-allignment with my love for the game of baseball, a cheat sheet for closers, a list of my targetted, non ace, starters, and a list of guys i would take in the last couple of rounds because i think im smarter than everyone else, hah.
It is now draft time, the best time of the year. Good luck everyone.
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online drafts -- skoal and a cheat sheet
live drafts -- skoal, a cheat sheet and a playboy/swimsuit issue. actually stole that from the Boston SG, but it really can take 1-2 people out of their game almost entirely.
Last year, I used my laptop to create a list of league rosters during the draft. Apparently, it didn't distract me to the point of affecting my draft: I finished first in my league, and secured that place with two weeks left in the season. (The only way I could have falled out of first in the last month of the season was if all my players died in the same week, and the people closest to me in the standings had all their players play flawless ball the rest of the year.)
I used to carry a few lists of players; a list of just batters, just pitchers, a list of each position, and a list of all players ranked together, with projected points for my league.
Now, with my laptop, I just have all my spreadsheets on the laptop, with one or two open. As players are picked, I highlight the row and black it out; I highlight my players with a bright yellow or blue.
I also usually bring a magazine or two, just for quick reference to past stats. This year, I think I'll be lugging along the BP book.
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