Pitchers and catchers have reported and the Razzball Commenter Leagues are open, it’s beginning to feel a lot like baseball!  I can’t wait to be half as productive at work and start losing countless hours of sleep staying up to watch the end of the Marlins@Padres game, just in case there is a closer injury.  Football was a fine diversion, but I always feel a little empty without baseball. I’m happy to be back for another season as your RCL tour guide. I love these things. Really, they play to my strengths and offer ample opportunity to test strategy and ideas.  Weekly lineups/moves have their place, I just don’t find them as fun. The daily moves, the League Competitive Index competition, battling hundreds of other managers for the top of the overall standings and of course, the non stop action make this a unique and fun challenge.  It’s kind of like pounding a pot of coffee every hour, on the hour for six straight months. It’s the fantasy baseball equivalent of snorting Red Bull. I’m also a huge nerd for all the numbers and data that gets collected from running so many leagues under the Razzball umbrella.  We’re back for another season partnering with FanTrax. FanTrax makes data collection much better which means it will be even easier to share these numbers with you along the way and try to glean some info from all that data. In order to make the data pool even larger though, we need you, and you, and you too.  You see, what makes RCLs great is all of you. Man that sounds mushy, but it’s true. In an ideal world, every Razzball reader would head on over to the RCL sign-ups, pick a league and all would be right with the world. It’s funny to see how many frequent commenters have never played an RCL. What’s wrong with you?  I was there once upon a time, so for those of you that aren’t so eager, let’s sit down and chat it out.

First of all, if you’re on the fence about joining an RCL, you really shouldn’t be sitting on fences, that sounds terribly uncomfortable.  Hop down from there and just join a league already. I get it though, back in the late aughts, when I first started lurking around Razzball I too was reluctant to join an RCL.  I kick myself now for not joining in the fun sooner. I’ll give you the reasons I was staying away and then explain why it was complete bunk. Maybe I can sway another 2-3 of you to come join the masses.  If you have other reasons for keeping away, by all means, lay them on me in the comments. I love talking RCLs and if we can be doing something better, I’ll be your voice to the big wigs. So, here we go:

1) I don’t know anyone in these leagues, that’s no fun.

Well, this one is only sort of true.  Sure you don’t know anyone, but I’m sure you’ve at least seen one or two in the comments.  While you may not know anyone in the league to start, I’ve found that Razzball attracts some real grade A folks.  I e-mail and text regularly with managers I’ve played in RCLs with over the years. I’ve “met” poets, professors, and even a fella that worked for the SEC.  Mostly, everyone here at Razzball is a good egg and if you put a little time into the league message boards, you may be surprised at what you’ll find. Plus, the Razzball writers are sprinkled through these leagues as well, you never know who you might end up playing with.

2) I’ve never played on FanTrax and don’t like trying new things.

My number one reason for not joining an RCL back in the day was ESPN.  Once I gave it a try though, it wasn’t that terrible. I’ve played on FanTrax the past four seasons now and I can say, they blow everyone else out of the water.  They put in effort to be the best possible site for hosting your league. If there’s something you don’t like or miss from another site, let me know and I can pass it along.  FanTrax has been super responsive with feedback and many of our suggestions have been implemented permanently. So lay it on them and get it fixed. I promise it won’t get lost to the feedback abyss like it did on ESPN or get stuck in the voting/message board style/take two years to make a change feedback system Yahoo! implements.  

3) It’s a free league…what’s the point?

This was a common complaint.  Now, we offer $10 and $20 leagues for you to join!  You spoke, we listened, imagine that! Sign up fast though, paid league spots are limited.

4) Why would I want to play in a league with 11 Grey clones? 

This one couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Trust me, someone will always draft Scherzer in the first round…always.  Despite the fact that (almost) everyone in the leagues reads Razzball, not everyone follows every suggestion to a “T”.  To be perfectly honest, there’s a lot of value in zigging when others are zagging in these drafts and you can use that to your advantage.  Finally, (and I know, this one is hard to believe, but it’s true) there are actually folks that join these leagues that think they are smarter than Grey!  These people will draft according to their own philosophy and play the game the way they want to play it. In short, this really shouldn’t be the reason you don’t join an RCL league.

5) Why not just stick to dominating my home league every year?

Sure, you could do that, be the biggest fish in your little pond.  OR, you could see how you stack up against like-minded competition.  You’ve seen the commenters dishing out advice, maybe find out if their advice is worth a darn by joining a league with them.  Maybe you’ll find out your instincts are amazing and you really are as good as you think you are. Then you won’t need to ask Crammy for advice on which of your 3 catchers you should drop.  Or, maybe you’ll find you can improve your game even more and beat Suzy Secretary in your office league by 40 roto points. You’ll never know unless you try.

Those were my biggest reasons for not joining, but now I see how silly they were.  So, now you have the WHY you should join. Next week we’ll go over what to do once you’re in there.  As a sneak peak into what it takes to challenge for a top spot in these leagues, go ahead and kiss your spouse and family members goodbye now.  You’ll see them again in October.

If you’ve made it this far you’re either my mom (Hi Mom!) or as big an RCL nerd as I am.  Either way, I think we’ll be friends this season and I’m really looking forward to providing your RCL content.

A final note to league members out there, as your draft date approaches, check to see that your league is filled.  If it’s not, post the league info in the comments section and we’ll try to help you out and get it filled. Usually a quick Tweet will get the spot filled in no time.  We’ll try to stay on top of things, but it’s hard to follow all the joining/removing of teams.

TO JOIN A LEAGUE

Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) for the time you want and voila, you’re in.  If you’re not signed up at Fantrax, you need to do that too (it’s free). Damn, that’s too easy. Oh, I guess I should also mention make sure you’re joining a league for free or for money, depending on your preference.  That’s it! You can join as many leagues as you like. If you accidentally join a league, you can quit a league by going to OTHER –> All Options –> Quit League (located at the bottom). Now go join some leagues!

Want to be my Twitter pal?  That’s kinda creepy, but you can follow me here: @MattTruss

 
  1. The Great Knoche says:
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    I’m not sure I’d call most of us Grade A

    Fantrax > ESPN is truth though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t you dare downgrade yourself

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Was talking about Grimey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, he’s on vacation, can’t drag him right now — kidding! Of course we still can!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      I should have gone with 80 grade

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yeah, but that’s a perfect score in baseball prospecting. I’d say were more 60-70 Grade for the most part.

  2. ozone ranger says:
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    “3) It’s a free league…what’s the point?“

    Pride.

    It’s a sin for a reason.

  3. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Back for more….. Happy happy! Joy Joy!

  4. Cram It says:
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    It doesn’t have to be a free league! The money leagues addition was a real boon.

  5. TheTinDoor

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    6) Daily transaction leagues suck. They reward *work* over skill. “Who’s willing to grind the hardest” is a poor way to run season-long leagues. The streaming itch is scratched much better by DFS.

    If you offered weekly transaction leagues, or transaction-capped leagues, I’d play in a heartbeat.

    • Cram It says:
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      We’re not all here to cater to you.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      There is a cap, 500 transactions but I hear you, it’s not for everyone I guess, but I love it. Honestly, I feel like too much is made of this aspect, especially with the new lock rules on FanTrax. I check in the morning, make any add/drops for the day and then check back before the 7 pm games to make sure dudes are playing. Then, before bed I’ll make any add/drops for the next day if needed. It’s honestly like 30 mins max. Now, I have like 11 teams so this really adds up, but for a normal person with a league or two, it’s not like it requires 8 hours a day to be competitive. But to each their own.

    • D Fresh says:
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      Good! We don’t need you dragging down our League Index when you ghost the league in June because it was too much work for you. You lose! Good day sir!

  6. Mike L says:
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    I agree with above comment. Just don’t have the time for daily moves but I’m used to a dynasty format where we can drop as many as 10 and add 3 times per season. It’s hard to compete against a guy who lives on the waiver wire and gets vulture saves like it’s his day job( if the shoe fits). If there’s any new dynasty leagues starting for $ under 75 I’m down but I can’t handle constant spot plays.

  7. Bterry says:
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    Have you found the last three for FCL this year Matt? Ready to try my hand again. Almost came from the sepths to take last year, then crumbled in sept. This year the ship is mine. Muahahhahahahahahah

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      I need one, maybe three to fill it. I’ve got emails out to two right now, but definitely need one more.

  8. KevinB says:
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    Post like these are very helpful in getting the news out about 2020 Razzball Commenter Leagues, but these post also get lost and pushed downward as newer article are posted.

    I would recommend adding the 2020 Razzball Commenter Leagues to the “Leagues” tab on the toolbar.

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