I wrote an A's season preview for SBNation.com that was posted over the weekend. It's nothing you don't already know, but the Vegas odds are listed.
There is an interesting article on SFGate.com about A's team rep Brad Ziegler.
Today's game is a split-squad. Half of the A's will play the Rangers; the other half; the Royals at 12:00 PM.
There will be a game thread.
First of all, I'd just like to thank everyone who submitted an entry to try out the CBSSports.com Fantasy Baseball Commissioner League. If you don't know what I'm talking about, here was the original post.
This was a very hard decision for the judges to make, since there were quite a few of you who applied, and I wanted to play with everyone! But the guest judges have made their final picks and I have them here for you.
If you didn't make this league, but would still like to use the Fantasy Baseball Commissioner's League from CBSSports.com (or if someone wants to start another AN league), you can still sign up! CBSSports.com has offered AN half-off using this link. That takes the price down to $89.99 a league, which is less than $8 a person for a 12-team. If you do start another CBSSports.com league (either with fellow ANers or on your own with friends), email me at baseballgirl1976 at hotmail and I'll make sure you have a fabulous prize to offer for the winner.
If you're playing in another fantasy league, tell us about it. And can someone give me draft advice? Who do I want this year? Any sleeper picks? Who do I want to avoid? And of course: Pujols or A-Rod?
So...without further ado...here are your players for the First Annual BBG Fantasy Baseball Challenge!
Danwise134 (with Ashley)
pomodorini (coming to us originally from Rome; the judges were intrigued by someone who did not grow up with the sport of baseball)
Far and away, the judges' favorite comment was this one, from skinnyjohn, who makes up the 12th team in this league:
When I was growing up, my mother told me I could be anything I wanted to be. When I was 7, I decided I wanted to be a Berenstain Bear. My mother lied to me. Nineteen years later, here I sit in Papa Bear’s basement, chained to an iron post. I will not be set free until I earn a fantasy baseball trophy for his team, "Papa Bear’s Revenge."
Our draft will be held next week; any and all fantasy tips are encouraged and welcomed (as long as they help TeamBaseballgirl)!
Seriously, what would you say to someone who has never before played Fantasy Baseball?
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