SCORESHEET OLD TIMERS (WINTER) FANTASY BASEBALL
Play a 12-week, 144-game season, using stats from a 4-year period. For this upcoming season (winter 2012-13) we will be using players and their statistics from the years 1988 through 1991. Rather than spending a long winter waiting for spring training, you could spend your time reliving some of baseball's greatest times as you draft, trade and manage such players as Dennis Eckersley, Kevin Mitchell, Ryne Sandberg and Doug Drabek.
This 'players-of-the-past' game emphasizes how well you put a team together, and truly tests your managerial talents. Since the stats are known to all team owners, it is the kind of team you draft, combined with how you choose to use your players, that will determine how well your team does. Will you go for top hitters such as Bobby Bonilla or Joe Carter? Or will you go after a top pitcher such as Bob Welch? Since each player can only be on one team in each league, you'll have to make the tough decisions as to who to go after. In addition, lesser known players such as Dave Magadan, Billy Hatcher, Jody Reed and Tim Wallach will also play crucial roles on your team, just as they did in real life.
Speed and defense will also play a big part in each team's success - you'll have to balance a player's hitting with how much his defense helps (or hurts) your pitchers. Fielding numbers as used in Scoresheet are also included in the draft packet for each player. We have found that with player stats being known to all, these leagues have some very evenly matched teams, making for great pennant races.
Draft Your Favorites of the Era
We will be forming 10-team leagues of either American League or National League players only. Each league is split into 2 divisions. At the end of the season we play a League Championship Series, based on all 4 year's stats, between the two division winners.
Before the season, you'll draft a 36-man team. The large roster, together with trading (which is even more fun than trading baseball cards as kids used to be!) allows you to cover each of the 4 years with both starters and backups. Each week, we limit your players to their playing time in an average 12-game span in the corresponding year in the majors. Thus a good bullpen and a strong bench are also important.
By using our web draft system, team owners can enter a draft list on the web and then will be able to change their list as often as they like as the draft goes on (between every pick if desired.)
Our web-based draft is not one where you have to log on during a set time slot to make a pick, and it is not a chat room draft where you have to log on for hours. Instead, as each team's pick comes up our program will pick the top available player from a list that you can change and save to the web at any time. By being able to make changes at any time you can adjust your list before every one of your picks, giving you the same control as if you were at a live draft.
Try New Strategies
You can really see the effects of various strategies and use your managerial skills to decide when to:
Almost all owners who play the off-season game are avid traders. And since unexpected injuries are not a factor, and with each player's stats already known, the winter "old timers" game truly measures how well you put an actual baseball team together and is a great test of your managerial strategies.
The drafting packet you will receive when you sign up for a team lists players by position, sorted by at-bats or innings pitched in 1988-91. There will also be a few stats included with each player, such as yearly batting average and home runs hit, at-bats or innings pitched, and ERA. Player's fielding numbers as used in Scoresheet Baseball will also be included, along with the positions players qualify at.
Join Alone or With Friends
You can join alone and we will put you in a league with other individual team owners. Those leagues will draft using our web based draft system where you will have the same control over the draft as if you were doing it live.
If you enter with a couple of friends you can play in the same league. Or, if you already have a larger group you can sign up as a whole league. With your own league you can choose to have any number of teams in your league and can also choose to draft players from both the AL and NL (a combined league) if you like. If you have your own league you can either do your own draft or use our web draft.
The fee for a winter team is $64, which is the complete cost for your team - there are NO lineup change or tranaction fees. And new players can play for just $29!
Every league will have its own web page with all the stats each week featuring league standings, individual and team stats, trade offers and results, a weekly newsletter, league leaders, team-vs-team records, and the best and worst team stats in all of Scoresheet. Plus, you'll be able to access our Score-It app that allows you "see" your games played out from start to finish. You will also receive emailed reports for your league and can have printed versions mailed if you would like.
Have the most fun
This winter game gives you the chance to once again enjoy great players of the past, to talk trades with other baseball fans, and to test out all of your baseball strategies during the long off-season ahead. If you'd like to reserve a spot in a league please sign up online or download our brochure and send in the order form by fax or mail. We look forward to hearing from you soon!