Monday, March 24, 2008

Draft Day Heartbreak and the Horror That Followed

I have mentioned several times on this very blog that I play in a simulation baseball league. There are 20 teams, eight currently managed by humans. We meet every monday night and play a weeks worth of games. My team is filled with sluggers and on-base guys: David Wright, Miguel Cabrera, Mark Teixeira, Lance Berkman, Joe Mauer, BJ Upton, and Carlos Lee. My team has hit and hit well for the last 8 years. But my defense and pitching have left a lot to be desired. This year the staff is looking pretty good with Beckett, Oswalt, and Shields leading the way. I really wanted to beef up the defense, especially up the middle. Since my team was mired near the bottom of the standings all year, I was going to have a pretty sweet pick, #5!

I had my heart set on Troy Tulowitzki. He would be the perfect fit. One team ahead of me needed a shortstop but they needed pitching worse. Lincecum and Gallardo were available! Tulowitzki was picked #4. My whole draft and thus my season rested on adding "Tulo" to my Oakland A's. My draft was in disarray from the start. Should I choose a starter to add to my arsenal of arms or should I default to adding another masher with little to no glove like Braun or Pence. After wrestling with all the options, I did the unthinkable...



I drafted Kelly Johnson of the Atlanta Braves! Obviously I was not thinking clearly to make such a choice. Last year I drafted Bob Wickman and he made me pay for it all year long. As further evidence that I was too distraught over my draft day loss of Tulowitzki, I did it again!

I drafted another Brave, Yunel Escobar! Fear not Patricia and Lucy , Mets Guy in Michigan, and NYBBNUT, I am recovering and have drafted no Braves since. I attempted to make up for my transgressions by drafting Ramon Castro as my backup catcher and a lackluster Mike Pelfrey in the later rounds.

The Oakland A's should be a force this year and will hopefully bring home my first AL West division title in 4 seasons. I'm sure I'll keep you updated whether you want me to or not.

GO METS! Despite this chilling tale of draft day woe, I mean that with all of my heart.

OLD DIAMOND MIND BASEBALL SITE with better info!

6 comments:

Brian said...

wow!. Two great choices. Solid D, Johnson is an excellent leadoff guy and Escobar is the real deal. A Star for sure. Not sure what the problem is... unless you mean Castro and that other no-name...

dayf said...

I guess Luis Castillo and Damion Easley were already taken...

What game do you use to sim? I was in a few Front Page Sports leagues for a while, but I don't recognize these ratings.

mmosley said...

We play Diamond Mind Baseball. There is an on-line option as well. This is our 9th season. We have career leaders, we vote on awards, there's an all-star game. And no wild cards or DHs, although my team would be helped by the DH.

http://www.diamond-mind.com/

Easley actually rates out pretty good for the amount he played but I wanted youth and the Braves had it. We can only keep 12 players for next year so I hope one of them plays well, just not pennant-winning well.

mmosley said...

I added an old link to the bottom of the post that gives good information about Diamond Mind Baseball.

Mets Guy in Michigan said...

Be careful, Mose. Those Braves will turn on you in a heartbeat. I'm in a sim league, too, and purge my roster of Braves and Yankees!

NMboxer said...

Ok. We are back from Tucson, read this post, and have decided to forgive you. We recognize that lack of Mets for too long can cause odd behavior. :) P&L