Checking out last year’s draft retention rate

With the 2011 draft now less than two weeks away, have you ever wondered just how many of those players we draft actually have staying power? How many of them are retained for the following year?

And you would think that early-round players are much more likely to be retained than later-round players, wouldn’t you?

To find out, we went back and looked at the 168 players taken in the 2010 draft, and compared them to the current pre-draft rosters. (Returning players are highlighted in yellow.) We found only 69 players had been carried over, just 41%.

The analysis found:

* Two players taken in the first round, Chone Figgins and Aaron Hill, were such busts that they were not retained. Ten players were retained.

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League ratifies expansion to 15 teams for 2012

By an 11-1 margin, league managers have ratified a proposal to expand the league from 12 to 15 teams at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

This will mark just the second expansion in the league’s history and will come after the completion of its 32 year. The league began in 1980 with nine teams, and expanded to 12 teams in 2003 with a total redraft.

Under the terms of the expansion plan hashed out by managers:

* Existing 12 teams will protect 10 players; then each of three expansion teams will take turns selecting a total of 12 players, no more than one from each team.

* Existing teams will then protect two more players, and each of three expansion teams will take turns selecting a total of 12 players, no more than one from each team.

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Strat to hit the silver screen; who should play you?

They’re making a movie about Strat, and of course any documentary about Strat-O-Matic would surely feature the Foremost Strat-O-Matic Brains in the Country, the second-longest-running league (that we know of) in the USA at 31 years.

Casting for the film is already underway, with two notable actors already believed to be in the running for starring roles: Matthew Broderick (left) as Mike Renbarger, and Zach Galifinakis (right) as Steve Bizek.

What other actors do you think would represent current I-75 League managers well?