What to expect here in 2019
Welcome to 2019. It’s been 37 years since we partied like it’s 1999, and 20 years since we actually did the partying. About 35 years ago today, I would have been enjoying the performance of Tom Barrasso, who was the starting goaltender on my very first fantasy team. A few months later, I would be drafting Dave Stieb, who’d anchor my fantasy baseball pitching staff – for good and bad – over the next five seasons.
I wax nostalgic at this time of year. By my estimate, I’ve participated in more than 150 fantasy baseball leagues since 1985, which admittedly, may sound like “a whole lot” to some of you and “hardly any” to others. But I’m coming out of a rough year, weathering several personal losses, so I’ve been reassessing where all this fantasy stuff fits into the cosmos.
In the end, I’ve decided that there is still some fire left. There are still things I want to write before I retire to playing keyboards and pickleball full-time. But 2019 will be a year of strengthening the core rather than breaking new ground. The reviews are in and it appears that you like BABS. So I’ll be keeping her around in her current incarnation and we’ll all enjoy the fruits of her labor. Again.
Here is what I am looking at for the coming year, as of today. It could change:
- Next week, I’ll be publishing major league equivalent BABS ratings for most all Double-A and Triple-A players.
- The first 2019 Major League BABS ratings will be published either January 11 or 18. There will be 2-3 more updates prior to Opening Day, then monthly updates during the season.
- BABS in RotoLab will be back. It’s gratifying to have Merv Pate as a fan of BABS.
- The Rotisserie Baseball Hall of Fame will be adding five new members. The official announcement will come just prior to the BBWAA announcement of their Hall inductees (likely all players already enshrined in the RotoHall – why wait?).
- There will be a few tweaks to the format for the BABL leagues, and I’ll open up slow drafts in February.
- Our annual BABS positional previews will span the month of February.
- Like last year, most of our annual content will be front-loaded in the January-March period, with 2-4 articles per week during that time. There will likely be 1-2 articles per week in-season.
- I am bringing back some of the great writers we had supporting the site last year. I might still put out a call for a few more. Not sure yet.
- Don’t forget the member forums. Ongoing conversation 24/7.
- There might be a few things I’ve forgotten. Age.
Feel free to drop me a note with ideas, suggestions, bribes and threats. I read them all.