As we turn the calendar on 2009 and look forward to our 2010 season — the 31st in I-75 Strat-O-Matic League history, we ask: What’s your I-75 Strat League resolution for the coming year? Leave your answer in the comments box. (First-time replies must submit e-mail address; it won’t be published.)
As Hickory manager Mike Wilson has pointed out via e-mail, Strat is saying it has encountered problems in getting its new Web site in position to accept orders for the new card sets, and is targeting Jan. 15 as the date when orders will be taken.
It projectes a release date of Jan. 20-25 for the ratings book and disks (if there are disks), and Feb. 12 for Opening Day.
The I-75 League waiver draft concluded Tuesday after the teams with the last remaining picks made visits to the Rehab Center. Here’s a quick look at the results:
1. Bismarck, Placido Polanco (formerly of Savannah). Should spell the end of the ugly reign of Dan Uggla as the Bombers’ sloppy-fielding second baseman.
Information is beginning to dribble out at the Strat forum on the release of the ratings book, disks and new cards.
From Strat’s Steve Barkan:
SOM anticipates starting to take baseball preorders on Jan 4. Nothing has been finalized regarding ratings books, 2009 team orders or opening day. I don’t think any of that info will be posted this week.
On the topic of the ratings book/disk, Barkan commented:
There’s something for everybody in this year’s waiver draft, which commences Sunday at 3 p.m. The Bismarck Bombers are on the clock.
This year’s cast of castaways includes:
* A former MLB No. 1 overall pick, made available for the second year in a row
The range ratings are out, if you were lucky enough to be able to get your hands on them. Strat says the difficulty accessing its site Tuesday was not related to demand for the range ratings. With that being said, here’s a quick Stock Up/Stock Down look at the impact of the ratings on players’ draft potential in our retention league:
Chone Figgins — Already projected as the fourth pick in the draft, now he scores a 1 fielding rating at third base, exploding from a 4 in past years. (In fact he’s still a 4 at 2B this year… explain that.) .428 on-base against righties, 42 steals, and now a 1 at third base? Wow! Continue reading
With player range ratings due to be released on Tuesday, I-75 League Commissioner Dave Renbarger has verified that all managers must submit their protected lists of 17 or 18 players by midnight ET Thursday.