Well, here, the only punches involve draft picks. We had a short draft with a short turn-around time. So, we also had a short list of participants - 23 managers this week.
We had a couple shut-outs: JoshDs and TSHensons. Sorry, guys.
The big winners, in terms of numbers, are the folks who listed ALL the available players (which holds true every draft, really). By doing that, you are guaranteed a shut-out prevention, plus you are almost certain to get multiple players. Of course, if those other players don't fit your collection, there is no point listing them, right? Not for me, anyway. I just take my chances on the ones I actually want - usually. Sometimes, I'll reach out for players that I want to use as trade fodder or in giveaways later. I digress. Often.
Here is how things stacked up:
First, I ran the list through the randomizer:
Then, I put everyone in order:
And, after running the snake draft, here is how the chips fell:
The most popular picks were the Sketch Card, Kouzmanoff, Lewis, and Okajima.
Congrats, everyone! I will get these entered into the OOTP game and have the Manager/Player list updated soon.
We have just ONE MORE DRAFT before everything winds down and we move into the post-season! How will this all work? well, the OOTP season ends on Sept 25th. So, i will run the simulation through the end of the season and post the results. We will then move into post-season play. I will the final draft on Saturday, Sept 27 BEFORE launching the post season. That way, any newly drafted players will be included on post-season rosters.
As for pack busting, the regular MLB season ends on Sept 28th. So, I will bust packs through that date. Any free agents uncovered between the final draft and the end of the MLB season will be randomly distributed among managers, one card at a time. That is, if I open 3 of the same free agent, those three cards will be randomly distributed among three managers. One manager will NOT get all the cards of that player. It is the most fair and unfair way to handle it. :-) Clear as mud?
Okay, let's bust open two packs:
1986 Donruss All-Stars
Craig Nettles Pop-up - Yankees - Free Agent - [Wow! Right out of the gate, we have a free agent of a cool pop-up card!]
Hank Aaron Puzzle 46, 47, 48 - Braves - Dayfs (Wahoo!!) - [Any time we pull Hank, it's a great day!]
Cal Ripken Jr - Orioles - TSHensons (Wahoo!!) - [These oversized cards are great!]
Steve Garvey - Padres - gcrls (Wahoo!!) - [Did you know the "G" in GCRL stands for Garvey? Yeap!]
Carlton Fisk - White Sox - ThoughtsAndSox (Wahoo!!) - ["...AndSox" covers either side of the "Sox" name in the PADCircus!]
And, let's open yet another 2008 Opening Day:
Chris R Young - Padres - BoRosnys (Wahoo!!) - [I always have to check when a Chris Young is pulled because there are several who have played. Keeps me on my toes!]
Jake Peavy - Padres - Workmans (Wahoo!!) - [Back-to-back Padres. Good pack for the west-coaster, eh?]
Dmitiri Young - Nationals - Free Agent - [Well, we journey back to the East Coast, and snag a free agent for our travels.]
Junction Jack Mascot Tattoo - Astros - Free Agent - [I had no idea who this mascot belonged to. I can honestly say I had no clue this was the Astros mascot.]
Aaron Harang - Reds - Free Agent - [Huh. Another surprise free agent.]
David DeJesus - Royals - JoshDs (Wahoo!!) - [I'm not sure what that face is...]
Congrats, managers! The free agents will go into the pool of players for for the final draft!