In 2003 and again in 2004, as Assistant General Manager and Director of Major League Operations for the Cincinnati Reds, I drafted the MLB instant replay proposal we presented at the GM Meetings. The idea at the time was it made no sense for viewers watching a game on television to have the benefit of instant replay while umpires and managers argued on the field without the same benefit.
With the Atlanta Braves on the verge of their first losing season in the last six years and just the third since 1990, word of a front office shake up leaked over the weekend. On Monday morning, rumors became reality with the announcement General Manager Frank Wren was let go, marking the first time in almost a quarter century one of MLB’s most stable organizations has fired a GM or manager. How did it come to this?
As the Boston Red Sox play out the string of a lost season, the front office is hard at work, evaluating what needs to be done to bounce back next year. With a blockbuster trade for Yoenis Cespedes at the 2014 MLB trade deadline and a high-profile, record-breaking signing to win a bidding war for Rusney Castillo, the Red Sox 2015 outfield is shaping up to look nothing like the 2014 Opening Day version. Let’s take a closer examination.
Yesterday’s part I of the Fantasy Football Creates Fantasy Baseball Opportunity explained how watching the MLB transaction wire reveal under-the-radar opportunities — especially during the “dog days of August” when fantasy players turn their attention to fantasy football drafts. Staying diligent and investigating the transactions of non-contenders is a great place to find fantasy baseball value. However, the focused fantasy owner is able to find value even without a formal “transaction” taking place. An example of this occurred recently.
We are now in the “dog days” of August. The trade deadline has passed and heavy lifting for fantasy baseball is done. The NFL exhibition season is in full swing and it’s time to start thinking fantasy football. ESPN will keep fantasy owners posted on important baseball news (as well as what Johnny Manziel ate for lunch), so put the fantasy baseball team(s) on auto-pilot with confidence, right? Hardly.
With the Chicago Cubs seemingly focused on losing games at the major league level (in order to secure a better draft slot next year), it might seem like a curious time for a Javier Baez call up. The fact Baez failed to dominate with a .260/.323/.510 triple slash line at Triple-A Iowa gave the organization an excuse to keep him buried awhile longer. This makes the timing even more puzzling at first glance.
As the MLB trade deadline looms, a similar zero hour awaits most fantasy owners as the last big chance to improve their team’s fortunes is about to slip away. What is the key to making a move to push one’s team over the top? A former MLB executive explains how fantasy should mirror reality.
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