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and then there’s fantasy baseball

I did a pretty good job of not boring readers with tales of my fantasy baseball team. I mentioned it at the beginning, back in March when he had our draft, and I'm going to mention it now, since the season is over.

Of course, you'll probably guess since I've brought it up here that things worked out well. The official counting needs to be done, but the unofficial figures are up, and I won my league by 3 points after sitting far back in second for much of the season. It was my first time playing Yahoo Fantasy Baseball, and it was OK … I don't like playing with a full MLB draft pool, and I prefer "sabermetric" categories to the more traditional rotisserie ones. But, to be honest, I was thinking of skipping the whole thing this year, which marked my 20th anniversary of playing fantasy ball … in our second year, all the way back in '88, I met the man who did the Sopranos F-Word Count, for what that's worth. Anyway, I accidentally ended up with a Yahoo team, figured what the heck, and now I'm the (unofficial) champ.

I ended up using 49 players, and no, I won't list them all here. But a lineup of the most-regular of my players would look like:

Jorge Posada, Prince Fielder, Orlando Hudson, Adrian Beltre, Hanley Ramirez, Chris Young, Carlos Beltran, Curtis Granderson, Corey Hart

My rotation would be:

Jake Peavy, Jeremy Bonderman, Curt Schilling, Tim Lincecum, Joe Blanton

And my bullpen would include:

Jeremy Accardo, Brad Hennessey, Alan Embree, Antonio Alfonseca, Kevin Gregg, Rafael Soriano

The above shows why I find full-MLB leagues less interesting … you end up with an All-Star lineup, filling the last spot on your roster with a good hitter like Corey Hart instead of a crappy backup catcher like Eliezer Alfonzo.