In 2010, the Salmon League broke new ground.
We saw a rookie manager who had the last pick in the draft—and a largely panned draft—go on to win the League Championship.
We saw the most competitive season in the history of the Salmon League.
We saw, arguably, the worst regular season performance in the history of fantasy baseball.
We saw two expansion teams added to the league and three brand-new managers.
We saw a reigning league champion sell his team only to watch it get dismantled piece by piece.
We saw the Genies in a Bottle struggle in the regular season for the first time in nearly seven years.
We saw the money grubbers firmly entrench their place as one of the top teams in the league.
We saw a return to grace for the once-beleaguered franchise, The Dominators.
It was a big year for the Salmon League in many ways, 2011 figures to be even bigger with the addition of two more teams to the league and another bump in the league dues making this year the biggest potential pot in league history.
Joining the league in 2011 will be Levi Elgersma and Zac Gleason. Adding to the drama is the return of a league legend, Travis Morfitt who will be serving as the proxy drafter for Gleason’s team on March 26th.
The level of expertise on the part of either owner is somewhat of a mystery. It is well-known that both managers have plenty of fantasy football experience, but Gleason is reportedly a fantasy baseball rookie and Levi is a wildcard. His baseball knowledge and steel-trap-like brain could make him an immediate force in the league.
This year figures to be ever more exciting as we switch to a two-division format—divisions to be announced later this week—rather than the one division format of the past. In reality, this isn’t a big change as the top six teams will still make the playoffs. In the end, the move is more symbolic of the league’s growing size.
We’ll also be using a free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) in 2011. This will replace the old waiver-priority system. The FAAB system ONLY applies to players on waivers, not free agents. Free agent additions will remain the same as they have been in the past.
So there you have it folks, we’ve got two new teams, $120 added to the league prizes, two divisions to create rivalries and excitement and new, less antiquated system for adding players on waivers.
If 2010 was a big year, 2011 has all the potential to be a blockbuster year.