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.  Even with the changes this season (IP vs. GS and a 500 move limit) I still think it will be 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.  The move to FanTrax should make data collection much better which means it I 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 two seasons now and I can say, they blow everyone else out of the water.  This year especially, it seems like they are going all in on making their site the best possible for hosting your league.  If there’s something you don’t like or miss from another site, just let them know.  FanTrax has been super responsive with feedback, 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.  Who knows, you might like it well enough to move all your leagues to FanTrax.  One site to check sounds pretty amazing to me!

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

This was probably the most common complaint I saw in the comments and thanks to this year’s survey we now offer $10 and $20 leagues for you to join!  You spoke, we listened, imagine that!

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 will always draft Kershaw 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 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 enter the League ID from the spreadsheet and password –> razzball.  Password is always razzball — lower case.  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.

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

 
  1. knucks says:
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    Hahh! Love the Cram catcher shout out

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Haha, we love Cram!

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: Fun fact: My handle was born out of a short lived name in response to an influx of catcher questions one day: CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: Storing this in the knowledge bank for FCL Trivia Night

        • Nick the Smooth Dick says:
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          @knucks: Knucks in the FCL inexplicably wearing a Crab Army shirt….what has this world come to?

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Cram It: it wasn’t that short lived though, you had that long version of the name for quite a while if i’m remembering it right.

  2. The Great Knoche says:
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    Picked up 7 people in 2 of my leagues since this went up.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Wow, that’s awesome! People just needed a reminder I guess

  3. Chris says:
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    Hi Matt,

    Question for the 7th keeper, in a 14 league keeper, H2h

    Scoring:
    R, H, 2b, 3b, Hr, Rbi, Sb, Bb, Avg
    W, L, Sv, Hls, Ks, K/9, Era, Whip, Qs

    Team:
    C, 1b, 2b, 3b, ss, Of, Of, Of, Utl, Utl

    Keepers:
    Blackmon, Machado, JD Martinez, Dozier, McCutchen, Kluber

    for the 7th Keeper:
    McCullers or Lorenzo Cain or Tanaka

    I don’t have a Round 1, as I traded it last year.

    Thanks for your input.

    • MattTruss

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      Do you have to keep Cutch? I’d prolly throw him back and keep Cain and Tanaka. SF is going to kill Cutch’s value I fear.

  4. Turd Fergusons says:
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    Just joined RCL 2018 (#8)

    Biggest thing I’m worried about is keeping track of innings pitched because there is a maximum. Where is that tracked on the site? I see the games played min/max tracker (not in use) but what about innings pitched tracker that shows what pace we are on? Thanks!

    • MattTruss

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      Good question, I will ask where to find that because I’m not 100% sure.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Team Roster -> Min/Max will have pitching info as well

      • VinWins

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        @MattTruss: Will there actually be min and max IP set? Because it doesn’t show yet. I’m thinking if no min is set I’ll try and throw 1 shutout inning to get 27 pitching points. Probably be the best I can do in the FCL.

        • MattTruss

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          There will be. We have to get FanTrax to mass edit the RCLs, it will happen before opening day, we promise.

          1 IP, 9 ER

          • VinWins

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            @MattTruss: That wouldn’t happen to me, would it?

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @VinWins: Nah 2/3 IP 7 ER.

      • Turd Fergusons says:
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        Awesome, thanks! Excited to finally play in an RCL after being a reader for years. I usually stick to 3 leagues (home leagues that I definitely do not dominate) but stretching it to 4 this year in the name of Razzball.

        Thank you for all your hard work getting these set up!

        • MattTruss

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          Wooo hooo! Thanks for playing and good luck all around this year!

  5. BJ says:
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    Are all of these leagues mixed, or are some of them NL and AL?

    • MattTruss

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      All are mixed leagues my friend.

  6. Chuck Norris says:
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    Hey yall. Anyone know on Fantrax if the draft order that is shown under the “League Rules Summary” or in the “Draft Room” is accurate, or if it will be randomized again on draft day? Wondering if I can research for my current slot…

    • MattTruss

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      Draft order will be randomized before the draft

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Can’t wait for one of my leagues to fall apart so I can join! (3 is my limit, but 4 is so tempting!)

    • MattTruss

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      You can do it!

  8. howtathor says:
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    I usually compete in a minimum 3 RCL’s. The problem for me this year is that there are no league commisioners so you can’t really see who is organizing the league.
    I hope basketball and hockey don’t go that route but I think it’s inevitable.

    • MattTruss

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      That’s a fair critique, and one I will pass along. Are you mostly looking to hop in leagues with writers or frequent commenters?

      The beauty of doing it this way is there is no commish to accidentally screw up the league settings or anything. It’s a trade off

      • howtathor says:
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        @MattTruss: Just to put it simply…I’d rather join a league called: Tehol is G*D than RCL #27. As Patrick McGoohan would say: “I’m not a number, I’m a free man!” Thanks Matt!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @howtathor: Yeah, and plus then you only have to beat 10 other people since Tehol will have Dominic Brown on his roster.

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great shout out Matt,im looking forward to Fantrax and all of your weekly updates

  10. J.D. says:
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    If anyone is interested in a higher stakes RCL, the annual Night of the Living Zombinos league will have a spot available. $100 buy-in, sixth-year together, all RCL rules, of course. Draft will be Sun. 3/18 @ 1:00pm EST. It’s private, so hit me up at jdshultziii[at]yahoo.com if you’re interested.

  11. Yom says:
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    any auctions?

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Nope, RCLs are all snake drafts

  12. John Schwab says:
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    Okay, I just entered my 2nd RCL. I must be nuts. This makes 20 leagues for me this year.
    That’s it! No more!!

    Well, maybe…

    • Grey

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      Go for a 3rd RCL, cmon!

      • John Schwab says:
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        @Grey: Ah geez Grey, you talked me in to it. :)

        I am so easy…

  13. KrugerSmoothing says:
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    What are the payouts in the $$$ leagues?

    • Grey

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      75% 1st place, 25% 2nd place

  14. wokoffhomer says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Don’t let your mouth write a check that your ass can’t cash.
    Cause it’s cool to occupy your own,
    But if you come for mine, I’m gonna crash your dome.

    RCL #60. Bring it!

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