Draft rehearsal complete

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

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.”

Anyone been able to order?

Anybody been able to place an order today? The Strat Fan Forum shares many tales of woe of users spending as much as hour on the sluggish Web site to place their order, but I for one have not even been able to access the Web site.

You apparently cannot place an order by phone either unless you’re picking up on Opening Day.

One post though says that the Ratings Disk will be available via download this year, no later than Jan. 25, instead of having a floppy mailed to you.

What’s been your experience today? Anyone been able to order?

Never seen Hal Richman?

Get ready to completely change your perception of Strat founder Hal Richman. I did, after watching this video of his appearance on Fox Business News.  He also drops one interesting bit of news, that Strat is working on a way to download in-season stats and play with current year data instead of always depending on prior-year numbers.

Get ready to pounce…

Strat-O-Matic is on record as saying it will begin taking orders for 2010 baseball products no later than Jan. 15, so Wednesday, Thursday or Friday should be the big day.

Don’t forget when ordering to “split” your delivery so you get your rankings data first, and game disk second…

Meanwhile…

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Who would get your Hall of Fame vote?

Baseball’s Hall of Fame inductees for 2010 will be announced Wednesday at 2 p.m. (see results here), but for now we want to know, if you were a voting member, who would you vote for?

Prominent newcomers to the ballot this year are Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez and Fred McGriff.

Notable returnees include Mark McGwire, Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven and Tim Raines. See a complete list, including stats, at this link at baseball-reference.com.

You can vote for as many or as few as you’d like. Here’s how USA TODAY’s writers voted, and how USA TODAY fantasy blogger Steve Gardner would vote. Tell us your selections below.

Monday was record-setting traffic day

Monday we saw 144 page views to the site, a record! The old mark had been 93 page views, which came the first day we announced to the league we were open for business.

Most visited pages Monday:
46 — Home page
12 — Big deal! Savannah ships Lincecum to Detroit
12 — To start our 31st year, a first
9 — Mike Wilson
7 — Steve Hart
7 — What’s your 2010 resolution?

We thank you for your patronage as we now have passed the 1,200 mark for page views since launching the site!

Is Arizona draft a done deal???

After consulting with noted about-facers Billy Donovan and Urban Meyer, Hickory manager Mike Wilson stepped forward Monday wondering if it’s too late to change our minds about drafting in Arizona this year. Read why in his comment he posted here in response to an earlier thread.

Big deal! Savannah ships Lincecum to Detroit

The Savannah Scorpions have sent a clear “going for it all” message to the I-75 Strat-O-Matic League by shipping pitcher Tim Lincecum to the Detroit Demolition Dogs in exchange for pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Continue reading