Draft rehearsal complete

If you missed the Draft Rehearsal, you can click here to view a replay of it.

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No ratings data yet? Hal says: E-mail Strat

In an announcement posted on the Strat-O-Matic site today, Hal Richman apologizes for the ratings disk delay, blaming it on growing pains associated with new technology Strat is using for the first time.

He adds: “Feel free to email us at customerservice@strat-o-matic.com if you pre-ordered the ratings book via digital download and have not yet received it. “

Gophers’ victory immortalized

Some new artwork adorns the 2009 season page now, thanks to John McMillan, who commemorates the Bushwood Gophers’ fifth world championship.

Laid low on the download

Well, the Friday workday is almost done, and no evidence of downloadability of player ratings for this user. Looking like it won’t happen today. Now I’ll admit I didn’t sign up the first day, owing to an inability to access the SOM site, and the horror stories that were eminating from those who did, about hours spent online and jacked up shipping fees. So I’m clearly not in the front of the line. But still, isn’t it just a matter of dropping a file on a server and letting people have at it? I guess not.

How about you? Anybody else have any luck getting player ratings today? What was the process? Did you receive an e-mail with a secret code or anything?

Meanwhile, on the Strat forum…

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Coming Sunday: Draft rehearsal

This Sunday, Jan. 31, we’re going to conduct a dress rehearsal for a tool we’re thinking of using for the 2010 draft. It’s better than an AOL chatroom because you don’t have to have an AOL account, or even connect to AOL. All you need to do is be online and come to our league Website. You’ll be invited to click this link, which will take you to a CoverItLive interface. With CoverItLive, there is no registration required to make comments; just type in your name, e-mail address and your comment. We’ll see how it goes and if we think we like it we can use it for the March 7 draft. The draft rehearsal is set for 8 p.m. Stop by anytime in the next hour or two to kibbitz over player ratings and test out the potential drafting interface.

What’s your formula for success?

By this time next week, we should be knee-deep in player ratings, organizing spreadsheets, making calculations, sorting best to worst, crossing off retained players.

Which got me wondering, how does everyone do their ratings and their sortings? What kind of formula do you use? Do you factor in ballpark numbers? Lefty-righty? Do you apply weights for on-base, power numbers? How then do you organize your material for quick reference during the draft?

Without giving away state secrets, who wants to share tips?

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Ratings disk: ‘Probably next Thursday’

Hope you’re not getting impatient for the new ratings disk, which is apparently a download this year. Word from Steve Barkan is, “We’re probably looking at next Thursday for ratings books and downloads.”