My first year was 1993. I drafted Paul Molitor in the first round, and Lofton in the second. It was incredibly lucky as I had no idea what I was doing. The rest of my draft blew, and I ended up trading a bunch of what I thought were hacks for Travis Fryman. Fryman had a decent year, but the players I traded away were worth way more. Totally got ripped off because I was a newbie.
The next year I started creating my own Excel spreadsheets and trying to come up with ranking systems based on a bunch of stats. Cecil Fielder always got dinged because he had no stolen bases. My rankings, to put it mildly, were crap.
"The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews." - Sandy Koufax