Thoughts on fantasy baseball

I realize fantasy baseball isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So if it’s not something you’re interested in, you can probably stop reading right here. Maybe I’ll persuade you to like it. Maybe I won’t.

I’ve run my own league for the last 10 years. It started out as a way for me and some friends from high school to keep in touch, while at the same time provide an outlet for our competitive juices. The league has remained free since it’s starting days. Just playing for pride or a few laughs. That’s about it.

While that particular league has had a lot of turnover during the last 10 years, it still does serve one important purpose: It keeps you interested in every team.

It’s easy as a baseball fan to just get locked into your hometown team. And there’s nothing wrong with that. If a person wants to watch 150 games all year, he or she can do that and watch nothing but Minnesota Twins games.

But I’m a big baseball fan, so tracking the Twins alone just isn’t enough for me.

We had our annual draft on Sunday. A few thoughts now that it’s passed:

  • A lot of Twins players got picked. Of course, that’s no surprise in a league based in this area. But I think seven position players and all four members of the rotation were drafted. That’s quite a haul. If you’re wondering, Carl Pavano was the lone starter not taken. And Delmon Young and the Nick Punto/Brendan Harris tandem were left undrafted.
  • Joe Mauer was picked sixth, which didn’t surprise me at all. I think after the first five picks, anything can happen.
  • I took the plunge and drafted Atlanta Braves super-prospect Jason Heyward. There’s no telling what he’ll do this year, so I definitely reached to get him. I just can’t remember a prospect being this hyped since Albert Pujols broke in with the St. Louis Cardinals after a big spring in 2001. And all Pujols did that year was hit .329 with 37 homers and 130 RBIs. I’m not saying Heyward will do that, but the potential was too good to pass up.
  • Jason Kubel was the only Twins player I ended up with. Was hoping to land Denard Span and Kevin Slowey, but it didn’t happen.
  • I drew the last pick for the third time in the last five years, so I once again missed out on all of the big names. I decided when I saw Tim Lincecum sitting there at No. 12 that I was going to be going pitching-heavy, so I took him and nabbed Josh Johnson and Jon Lester in the fifth and sixth rounds. At the back end of the book-end first- and second-round picks I took Troy Tulowitzki. I don’t like him as much as some people, but shortstops are scarce after Hanley Ramirez.