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UPDATE 2/20/13 – Still adding to the list. Everyone who signs up can play. Keep the e-mails coming.

UPDATE 2/9/13 – Great turnout so far. We’re almost at enough people to warrant three leagues. No one will be turned away this year because we will form as many leagues as is needed determined by how many people sign up.

I want to add some more information a conscientious player noticed I hadn’t added below. We will be playing through Yahoo. It will be a snake draft, and the rosters will consist of 25 players and will be as follows: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, OF, IF, UTIL, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P and five bench spots. This can be tweaked if league size dictates (maybe add another UTIL for a ten-team league).

We will take signups through the end of the month and sort out the individual leagues over the next couple of days. By the end of the first week of March, you will receive an e-mail with the league info or a direct invite from your commish. The draft time will be drilled down by your commish and will take place sometime during the last week of March. Good luck!

Original Post 2/2/13

Spring Training is almost upon us, and it’s time to start preparing for this year’s MMO Fantasy Baseball Season. I wanted to get an early start because there will be some subtle changes this season. After a 2011 season in which overwhelming support and turnout for the league left me turning a lot of people away, I expanded the league in 2012 to the maximum allowable 20 teams and still had to turn people away. This, coupled with the fact that a 20-team league turned out to be one of the worst good ideas I ever had, brought upon some modifications to this season’s league.

Consider this the first notice. What we at MMO Fantasy Baseball will do this year is accept signups via e-mail. After four or five weeks of gathering as many names as would like to play, we’ll make as many leagues as we can comprising a more normal number of players. We will not form a league with fewer than ten participants or more than fourteen. If 30 people sign up, we’ll play three ten-player leagues. If we get 48 people, we’ll use four twelve-player leagues.

Joe D., who should be regarded and thanked at every opportunity, has continued to support this endeavor by offering a prize to the champion from his own stash of giveaways for the site. He has generously agreed to put up as many prizes as we have leagues, so everyone has something other than pride to play for. This year, we not only have his support, but also his participation. He’s already thrown his name in the hat to play.

This year, we will be offering the following prize:

The Amazins

The Amazins: Celebrating 50 Years of New York Mets History

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this beloved franchise, Triumph Books and the New York Post are jointly publishing The Amazins, a history of the Mets that includes all the highlights, the lowlights, the Hall of Famers, the underachievers, the great games and the memorable moments. Virtually everything, in fact, from the rich 50 year history, which makes their fans as passionate about their team as any in baseball.

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The rules of the leagues will be uniform (allowing for the subtle differences between head-to-head and roto if we end up of using both formats). Scoring will be based on the standard fantasy 5×5 categories: AVG., HR, RBI, Runs, SB and Wins, ERA, Ks, Saves and WHIP. There will be a maximum limit of seven add/drops per week and no limit or deadline for trades throughout the regular season. After the final game is complete on the last day of the regular season, rosters will lock for the playoffs. You will dance with who brung you. Injury add/drops when rosters are locked will only be offered for those players who hit the DL. E-mail your commish with your replacement, and he or she will make the add/drop for you. Rosters won’t unlock. Final rule: good-natured trash talk is expected.

Please send an e-mail to MMOFantasyBaseball@gmail.com with the subject “MMO Fantasy Baseball” answering the following questions:

  • What is your MMO handle (it does not have to be your eventual team name; just need something with which to identify you for the time being)
  • Would you prefer to play in a head-to-head league or a roto league? Would you be willing to play in either format, or only your preferred choice?
  • Would you prefer to play in a ten-, twelve- or fourteen-player league? Would you be willing to play in any league, or only your preferred choice?
  • Would you be willing to be a commissioner for a league? We already have two, so we may only need one or two more. Thanks in advance to those who volunteer, but we may not need you.
  • When is your preferred time to draft? Please list all available times. We want as many people as possible to be able to take part in a live draft and will likely group leagues based first on draft availability. Your commish will drill down a specific time with the league.

We’re hoping for an even better turnout than last year. Consider the 2013 fantasy baseball season open for business!

About the Author ()

Born in Queens and raised in the Bronx, Xtreem grew up in a family of Mets fans with a father who worked for the New York Parks Department and had a box at Shea. Thus, it begun. With a degree in Broadcast Journalism and bylines in publications from the New Haven Register to the Key West Citizen, Xtreem has experience in a variety of formats and topics. He is thrilled to be given the chance to lend his name to MMO.

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