Adam’s 2012 Keeper Power Rankings and Predictions

All of the writing for this article was done by Adam Henning.

With the deadline to confirm keepers and SLB Draft ’12 just weeks away, I thought I would assemble a piece. A piece that dissects who I think each manager WILL keep, who I think each manager SHOULD keep, and finally keeper power rankings. I have based the rankings on my opinion of the ability of potential players, the positions of the potential players, and future potential.

Please remember this is my opinion and I didn’t use any form of measurement. The main purpose of this piece started off as me just trying to figure out who would be taken as keepers and who would be available in the draft for my own personal use but then spiraled into a ranking piece. I believe Steven did a similar post last year based on yahoo rank. I will leave him the opportunity to do that post again.

Rankings in a descending order from worst to best with 14 being the worst and 1 being best.

Without further ado…

14. 38 MPH Heaters

Who I think Morgan will keep: Jason Heyward (OF), Ian Kinsler (2B), Francisco Liriano (SP)

Who I think Morgan should keep: Jason Heyward (OF), Ian Kinsler (2B,) Dan Haren (SP)

Reason for the ranking: I think Morgan has the weakest of all the keepers because not one of his keepers is elite at his respected position. Heyward has a bright future but needs to bounce back after an injury plagued year. It is not really all that hard to figure out who the potential keepers are on this team. He traded for Dan Haren last year in hopes to bolster the strength of his keepers. It is no secret that Morgan has a nice big man crush on Liriano. Take the man-crush and combine it with the fact that Liriano has looked good this spring and it will potentially result in Morgan overlooking Haren. Liriano’s velocity is up and from the looks of it he has started to find control of his slider. Either way, Haren is a more consistent pitcher and Oh not to mention is on a REALLY good Angels team.

13. High Cheese

Who I think Levi will keep: Josh Hamilton (OF), Giancarlo Stanton (OF), Neftali Feliz (SP)

Who I think Levi should keep: Giancarlo Stanton (OF), Jimmy Rollins (SS), Cole Hamels (SP)

Honorable Mentions: Josh Johnson, Joe Mauer, Freddie Freeman

Reason for the ranking: Levi proved in his first year that a.) He can assemble a competitive roster and b.) He can assemble a competitive roster full of Braves. Levi is a big homer-it is pretty obvious the man loves some Atlanta Braves players. Levi has assembled a decent crop of players in his first year and has some options to build around going into his second. Stanton is already a homerun hitting machine and is still only 22. He already has 56 HR’s in his young career – I wish I could say that. The Marlins have a reason to be excited this year – they have moved to a new city, have a new logo, new stadium, new payroll and brought in some new talent which could all add up to a very exciting team in Miami this year. SS is the one of the more shallow positions so to lock it up with a veteran like Rollins would provide a sturdy foundation for team High Cheese –plus I think Levi could get Hamilton in the first few rounds or an OF with similar abilities. Feliz is moving to the starting rotation and could find some success. News flash – the Rangers are pretty awesome. Levi’s keepers are very young and aren’t quite at the elite status yet.

*Why the frick is Mike Stanton now being called Giancarlo!!!

12. Radioactive Rush

Who I think Grant will keep: Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Carl Crawford (OF), Ubaldo Jimenez (SP)

Who I think Grant should keep: Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Carl Crawford (OF), Tim Lincecum (SP)

Honorable mentions: Drew Storen (RP) – I wouldn’t be shocked to see Grant chose Storen over Jimenez.

Reason for the ranking: Grant is ranked here because of Carl Crawford’s recent health scares and Ubaldo’s inconsistency, also for trading Tim Lincecum. Grant should have NEVER traded Tim Lincecum – end of story. Gonzo is a stud and will be a staple at 1B in his 2nd year with the Red Sox. I think Crawford could bounce back after a rough year if he can stay healthy. He looked as if he was trying too hard last year and changed his stance and swing a bit from his Tampa days. We will see what Ubaldo can do in his first full year in the American League.

11. J’s Team

Who I think Jay will keep: Ryan Braun (OF), Evan Longoria (3B), Michael Pineda (SP)

Who I think Jay should keep: Ryan Braun (OF), Evan Longoria (3B), Michael Pineda (SP)

Honor Mentions: Brandon Morrow, Alex Rodriguez

Reason for the ranking: I think we all are aware of the Ryan Braun scandal this offseason. I am not going to get into whether or not I think he cheated or not but his performance will be under a microscope this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if his numbers dip due to stress from media or the possibility that he got off of the supposed substance that triggered the “faulty” test. Either way it will be hard for Braun to put up numbers of the past. I think Longoria is on the up-swing still and Pineda is a young phenom.

10. Cracker Jack

Who I think Justin will keep: Matt Kemp (OF), Dustin Pedroia (2B), Chris Carpenter (SP)

Who I think Justin should keep: Matt Kemp (OF), Dustin Pedroia (2B), Chris Carpenter (SP)

Honorable Mention: Ian Kennedy

Reason for the ranking: Matt Kemp had a pretty good an awesome season last year – I don’t think he can do it again. I could see Kemp being fueled to claim NL MVP over Ryan Braun this year but it would be quite the feat if he could match last year’s stats. Dustin Pedroia is one of the better 2nd basemen who can hit for power and average. Chris Carpenter is aging and has had some neck issues this spring but he does play for the returning World Series Champs that added Adam Wainright back to the arsenal so winning games shouldn’t be a problem.

9. Sea Bass

Who I think Craiggers will keep: Mark Teixeira (1B), Kevin Youkilis (3B/1B), Tommy Hanson (SP)

Who I think Craiggers should keep: Mark Teixeira (1B), Kevin Youkilis (3B/1B), Ervin Santana (SP)

Honorable Mention: Ervin Santana

Reason for the ranking: There aren’t many different scenarios to consider here due to the four players mentioned above are clearly the best players on this team. I think Santana is going to have a better year than Hanson but Craig has kept Hanson in the past so this one is a toss-up. Simply this ranking comes down to the fact that I dislike Mark Teixeira – period. Also reports from Yankees spring training have said that Teixeira is tinkering with his swing. Why would a guy with his past success tinker with his swing? This could spell doom for Teixeira and unfortunately for team Sea bass.

8. Money Grubbers

Who I think Mike will keep: Joey Votto (1B), Andrew McCutchen (OF), Roy Halladay (SP)

Who I think Mike should keep: Joey Votto (1B), Dee Gordon (SS), Roy Halladay (SP)

Reason for the ranking: 2/3 of Mike’s keepers are superior but the final 1/3 is inferior compared to others in the league. Joey Votto is a stud, Roy Halladay is a stud, but the third keeper is questionable. Halladay’s age is of concern too because you have to figure he is going to slow down sometime right?! Time will tell if it’s this year but as of right now he is still one of the best pitchers in the game.

7. The Dominators

Who I think Steven will keep: Robinson Cano (2B), Ryan Zimmerman (3B), Felix Hernandez (SP)

Who I think Steven should keep: Robinson Cano (2B), Ryan Zimmerman (3B), Felix Hernandez (SP)

Honorable Mention: Zack Greinke, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

Reason for the ranking: I am not a big fan of Ryan Zimmerman – and he just got paid. Cano is really good and Felix Hernandez is as well. Just like team Money Grubbers I think The Dominators have two realllllly good keepers but the third one is lacking. Even though Nishioka was optioned to AAA this week, you can never count him out from Steven. How did that pick go for you again Steven?

6. Captain Jack

Who I think Travis will keep: Curtis Granderson (OF), Bryce Harper (OF), Tim Lincecum

Who I think Travis should keep: Curtis Granderson (OF), Stephen Strasburg (SP), Tim Lincecum (SP)

Honorable Mention: Asdrubal Cabrera

Reason for the ranking: Grant. Travis might be the most unpredictable person in the league so who the eff knows who he is going to keep. I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps Bryce Harper even though he was optioned to AAA yesterday. Travis probably won’t be aware of this come draft day. Travis has a great batch a players – Granderson and Lincecum are top tier players. Strasburg can be a top tier player but health concerns surround him. Don’t rule out a decision that raises your eyebrows come decision time.

5. Genies in a Bottle

Who I think Jeremiah will keep: Hanley Ramirez (SS), Jacoby Ellsbury (OF), Jered Weaver (SP)

Who I think Jeremiah should keep: Hanley Ramirez (SS), Jacoby Ellsbury (OF), Jered Weaver (SP)

Honorable Mentions: Jay Bruce, Mike Moustakas, Adam Wainright

Reason for the ranking: Can Han-Ram rebound after a craptastic season? Can Jacoby stay healthy and continue to be a menace at the plate & base paths? Too many questions surround the potential keepers of team Genies for them to be placed any higher. Jeremiah is the best drafter so I am not concerned with his team as a whole but strictly looking at his keepers they aren’t the best.

4. SL Disappointment

Who I think John will keep: Jose Bautista (OF), Cliff Lee (SP), Jon Lester (SP)

Who I think John should keep: Jose Bautista (OF), Cliff Lee (SP), Jon Lester (SP)

Honorable Mention: Matt Holliday

Reason for the ranking: Johnny was the one that took the risk by drafting Bautista after his offensive explosion in 2010 and it didn’t hurt him. It looks like Bautista is the real deal. Lee and Lester are top tier pitchers. Both have are flamethrowers who can record strikeouts at a high clip while keeping the ERA low. All of Johnny’s keepers are top tier players with proven success. Reason why he isn’t higher is that he has two SP as keepers.

3. Dome Dog

Who Dome Dog is thinking about keeping: Carlos Gonzalez (OF), Troy Tulowitzki (SS), Justin Verlander (SP)

Who Dome Dog should keep: Justin Upton (OF), Troy Tulowitzki (SS), Justin Verlander (SP)

Honorable Mentions: Michael Morse

Reason for the ranking: I think Dome Dog has one of the better players at SS, a choice at keeping one of two top OFs and not to mention Justin Verlander. The only knock is that Cargo and Upton are OFs and OFs are a dime-a-dozen. I like that Tulo and Cargo are going to be somewhat protected by the addition of Michael Cuddyer. I do have a big ole crush on Tulo and the Rockies would be my 3rd favorite team behind the Twinkies and D’backs if it wasn’t for some bitch ex-girlfriend. No hard feelings.

2. InSaNeAuDiO

Who I think G-Doggy will keep: Miguel Cabrera (1B, 3B), Jose Reyes (SS) CC Sabathia (SP)

Who I think G-Doggy should keep: Miguel Cabrera (1B, 3B), Jose Reyes (SS) CC Sabathia (SP)

Honorable Mention: Jamey Carroll

Reason for the ranking: His keepers are freaking good. All three players are considered top tier elite players. I think every manager would kill to have one of these players on their team. It will be interesting to see if Cabrera’s defensive move to 3rd will affect his offense. Reyes just had a payday so it might cause his numbers to dip due to him being relaxed and rest assured his bank account is full of 0s and commas. CC Sabathia is a fat ass but he can pitch. You can never rule out Jamey Carroll when it comes to Jesse. Cabrera can hit and drink, Reyes can hit and fly, lastly CC can pitch and eat. All three are really good at baseball.

1. Zima

Who I KNOW Collin will keep: Albert Pujols (1B), Prince Fielder (1B), Clayton Kershaw (SP)

Who I think Collin should keep: Lew Ford (OF), Jason Tyner (OF), Joe Mays (SP)

Reason for the ranking: I think hands down Collin has the best group of keepers – period. He should be so nice and select the keepers I have picked out for him so we can all have a shot at them. I think Tyner and Ford have strong potential at the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Steven’s SLB Awards: Since 2005

All of the writing and research for this article was done by Steven Kunkel.

Welcome to 2012 everyone!

As is the case most years, I tend to get antsy looking forward to the beginning of the new year. Part of my enjoyment about this league is it’s longevity and it’s history, so I like to take a recap of how everyone has performed in their careers in the Salmon League. It’s obvious that we have a wide range of talent in this league. In a lot of ways, despite it’s 13 years, the SLB is still in it’s infancy and I continue to hope that these same 14 teams will be playing one another come 2050. Imagine having well over 20,000 fantasy SLB games under your belt by your death.

This year, in addition to giving a recap on the current state of the SLB’s teams, I’d also like to present “Steven’s SLB Awards.” While most of you don’t care about my opinion, I’m sure it’ll only be a one year thing. However, I think concentrating on the following list of awards could be fun: SLB’s Best Year, SLB’s Worst Year, SLB’s Best Champion, SLB’s Worst Champion, SLB’s Best Overall Team, SLB’s Worst Overall Team. I’ll give a little bit of reasoning behind each of my picks and maybe you all can weigh-in on what you think.

The title of this article reads “Since 2005” because it’s so hard to translate stats pre-2005 in conjunction with today’s game. In essence, I have essentially “forgotten” that the league existed before 2005. While I will never discount those championships (it’s still a 162 game, six month grinder y’all), I just have no way of being realistic statistically.

I apologize that some of this math in regards to the below list is going to be wrong. I’m not mathematically inclined, so I don’t know how to add-in ties to a winning percentage. However, here is a list of each team’s current records from 2005 on.

Team Records and Winning % Since 2005

Cracker Jack

2005: 166-150-80 (1)
2006: 158-162-76 (3)
2007: 142-179-75 (8)
2008: 160-144-74 (5)
2009: 130-125-39 (6)
2010: 135-141-32 (5)
2011: 147-129-32 (3)

Total: 1038-1030-408 (.501 Winning %); Best Finish: 1st

High Cheese

2011: 146-132-30 (5)

Total: 146-132-30 (.525 Winning %); Best Finish: 5th


2005: 152-168-76 (4)
2007: 142-182-72 (7)
2008: 139-166-73 (7)
2009: 106-151-37 (9)
2010: 81-186-41 (12)
2011: 140-135-33 (10)

Total: 760-988-332 (.435 Winning %); Best Finish: 4th

j’s team

2005: 175-141-80 (3)
2006: 163-146-87 (6)
2007: 144-181-71 (10)
2008: 150-154-74 (1)
2009: 140-127-27 (5)
2010: 145-132-31 (6)
2011: 124-152-32 (7)

Total: 1042-1033-402 (.502 Winning %); Best Finish: 1st


2009: 143-113-38 (4)
2010: 127-147-34 (9)
2011: 132-141-35 (12)

Total: 402-401-107 (.501 Winning %); Best Finish: 4th

38 MPH Heaters

2010: 124-147-37 (8)
2011: 122-154-32 (9)

Total: 246-301-69 (.449 Winning %); Best Finish: 8th

Captain Jack

2007: 183-147-66 (4)
2008: 171-131-76 (4)
2009: 149-122-23 (1)
2011: 150-125-33 (6)

Total: 653-525-198 (.554 Winning %); Best Finish: 1st

Radioactive Rush

2010: 137-144-27 (10)
2011: 135-130-43 (8)

Total: 272-274-70 (.498 Winning %); Best Finish: 8th

money grubbers

2005: 141-169-86 (6)
2006: 156-169-71 (4)
2007: 174-145-77 (1)
2008: 155-156-67 (6)
2009: 139-119-36 (2)
2010: 172-107-29 (4)
2011: 153-121-34 (2)

Total: 1090-986-400 (.525 Winning %); Best Finish: 1st

Sea Bass

2006: 164-161-71 (5)
2007: 173-146-77 (2)
2008: 134-155-89 (10)
2009: 128-133-33 (8)
2010: 123-141-44 (7)
2011: 113-161-34 (14)

Total: 835-897-348 (.482 Winning %); Best Finish: 2nd


2005: 163-155-78 (5)
2007: 154-154-88 (6)
2008: 152-166-60 (9)
2009: 108-146-40 (10)
2010: 132-153-23 (11)
2011: 117-160-31 (13)

Total: 826-934-320 (.469 Winning %); Best Finish: 5th

The Dominators

2005: 144-174-78 (8)
2006: 181-146-69 (1)
2007: 143-168-85 (9)
2008: 143-163-72 (8)
2009: 111-149-34 (7)
2010: 173-101-34 (2)
2011: 122-149-37 (11)

Total: 1017-1050-409 (.492 Winning %); Best Finish: 1st

Dome Dog

2010: 159-116-33 (1)
2011: 156-117-35 (4)

Total: 315-233-68 (.574 Winning %); Best Finish: 1st

Genies In A Bottle

2005: 194-141-61 (2)
2006: 179-136-81 (2)
2007: 184-136-76 (3)
2008: 162-139-77 (3)
2009: 148-117-29 (3)
2010: 141-134-33 (3)
2011: 161-112-35 (1)

Total: 1169-915-392 (.561 Winning %); Best Finish: 1st

Ooph, seeing that last team’s consistency throughout the last seven years really makes you wonder how he does it year-in and year-out, huh? I love the variety of longevity and teams we have in this league. We have some that didn’t start until 2007. We have some that played, quit, then came back. We have some that have been loyal through and through. We have some who just started up last year. 2012 sure is going to be a fun ride. Especially after such a competitive 2011.

Next, I’d like to present “Steven’s Awards.” These are widely debatable, I’m sure, but I feel like I’ve done enough research to have some sort of “expertise” on the subject and thought you might all want to chime in on them too…maybe…maybe not.

Steven’s Awards

Which YEAR was the SLB’s Best?: 2009

Champion: Captain Jack

Reasoning: Lets be honest here; there have
been a lot of really great fantasy baseball seasons. Each of the last three
years, specifically, have seemed to grow in popularity and competitiveness.
However, 2009 was the year that kicked it all off. This year began with the
introduction of ZIMA to the Salmon League and boy did he not disappoint. All
year long ZIMA battled the behemoths of the SLB. Sticking with Genies, money
grubbers, and Captain Jack all year long only to be squashed by the Genies and
finish 1/2 game back of taking the league title in his first year. In fact,
this title chase was so tight, the top four teams finished 5 1/2 games apart.
The three behemoths and newcomer fought into the postseason with all four of
them finishing 1-4 in the rankings. 2009 did not have any record breaking
seasons. It didn’t have much flash. What 2009 held was a beat ’em up, claw ’em
out race to the finish, which saw Captain Jack take his first championship.

Which YEAR was the SLB’s Worst?: 2006

Champion: The Dominators

Reasoning: 2006 was not the worst SLB season
because it crowned the worst champion or because it was missing excitement.
2006 was the worst SLB season because the state the league was in. 2006 can be
considered, by far and large, the transition year of all transition years.
2006 saw two mainstays in today’s SLB, InSaNeAuDio and S.L Disappointments,
leave the league for varying reasons. 2006 saw the return of only 8 teams in
total to compete. 2006 also so the league continue to tinker with a 9×9 format
league, which can be considered a complete failure. Despite all of 2006’s
faults, there was one positive to 2006; this was the beginning of the Sea Bass
franchise. The Sea Bass franchise has done much for this league and has even
had some success, finishing 2nd in 2007–granted, that’s by far his most
successful year.

SLB’s Best Champion: Dome Dog (2010)

Reasoning: Dome Dog can be considered the
Salmon League’s best Champion because of what he had to fight through on
his way to his expansion year Championship. 2010 was nearly considered the
SLB’s best year by myself because money grubbers and The Dominators did set
records that year. Both of those teams finished with the two best records to
ever be recorded in SLB history. The Dominators at 173-101-34 and money
grubbers at 172-107-29 had to fight it out all year long to be considered the
best of all time. However, what we have quickly come to find out in this league
is that winning the regular season doesn’t matter. Dome Dog didn’t just have to
go head-to-head in the playoffs with one of these record setting teams; he had
to go head-to-head against both and he succeeded. Trumping both teams on the
might and strong back of Troy Tulowitzki, Dome Dog took home this difficult
Championship victory.

SLB’s Worst Champion: j’s team (2008)

Reasoning: j’s team earns this award mainly
because it is the only SLB Champion to ever finish the year below .500. With a
seasonal record of 150-154-74, j’s team was lucky to be in the playoffs, let
alone win the league. In addition, you know how Tom Brady had a rule created
because of him (Tuck rule)? Well, 2009 was the creation of the innings pitched
limit because j’s team used the non-rules to perfection to steal nearly every
pitching category assembled in the playoffs of 2008. Hey, you can’t take a
Championship away from a team. He won this one fair and square. However, j’s
team is the worst SLB Champion.

SLB’s Worst Team: S.L. Disappointments

Reasoning: Listen, if I could go solely off of
what S.L. Disappointments accomplished last year, I would. Yes, InSaNeAuDiO and
38 MPH Heaters, you were both close to earning this award yourselves. However,
S.L. Disappointments was so down and out in regards to the league for so many
years, I couldn’t help but call him the SLB’s worst team. S.L Disappointments
not only holds the worst winning percentage, it also holds the worst seasonal
record, which is a record I don’t forsee ever being broken. There is a lot to
be excited about in regards to the Disappointments though. With a renewed
vigor, they may not stay the worst team for long. We shall see…

SLB’s Best Team: Genies in a Bottle

Reasoning: Listen money grubbers and Captain
Jack, Genies has never finished a year since 2005 below third place. They are
the 2011 SLB Champion. They also hold the second best overall winning
percentage behind a team that has only been in the league for two years. The
Genies are the measure of consistency and the staple of what everyone in this
league wants to hold themselves up to. Will there ever be a changing of the
guard? We shall see…

Salmon League Amendment 2012

The moment y’all have been clamoring for is finally here, it’s the results of the 2012 Salmon League Baseball Amendments voting.

We had ten amendments on the docket this year, but in the end it resulted in very few major changes to league play for this coming season.

I’ve included a screen-shot of the actual voting so there is no question about the results and the anonymous responses everyone was allowed to leave for each question.

Read at your leisure and let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns/etc.

Without any further ado, here are your 2012 SLB Amendments:

Proposed Amendment I: League Dues


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Decision: League dues will be raised to $40 beginning in 2012. As always league dues should be paid in cash on draft day, preferably prior to the start of the draft.

The bulk of the league voted for an increase in league dues, but an even larger margin of people voted to keep the total under $50. As such, I split the difference and increased the dues to $40.

Proposed Amendment II: League Payouts


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Decision: The league payout structure will change starting in 2012. The winner of the regular season will now receive a full payout of the original league due. 3rd Place = 10% of remaining pot, 2nd place = 30% of remaining pot, and 1st place = 60% of remaining pot.

Proposed Amendment III: Transactions Limit


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Decision: The move limit will remain at 45 for the 2012 season.

Thanks to Levi for catching the error of my ways on this one. I totally screwed up the math b/c I dropped off the two votes for lowering it and took them out of the equation. The votes were 8-6 in favor of either keeping it the same or lowering it versus raising it or eliminating it.

Proposed Amendment IV: Divisional Play


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Decision: Divisions will be eliminated in 2012 and we’ll return to having one gigantic league. The divisional format proved to add very little to game play and only resulted in convoluted scheduling and horribly unbalanced schedules to accommodate divisional parity.

Proposed Amendment V: Live Draft


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Decision: We will continue having the live draft for the foreseeable future and make concessions as necessary for those who cannot physically be at the draft due to work/family/expense/etc.

Proposed Amendment VI: Announcement of Draft Positions


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Decision: Draft position will be announced on draft day for 2012.

Obviously, this was a divided issue with half the league looking to keep the announcement on draft day and the other half looking to get it out of the way early. I definitely think it is something we can discuss for next offseason if there is still interest in a change—and I’ll try to have more of a concrete plan in place for how announcing them prior to the draft would work—but for now, we’ll say that a tie goes to the runner and stick with tradition.

Proposed Amendment VII: Round-by-Round Draft Recap


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Decision: We will not be instituting a round-by-round draft recap. The owner of each team will be expected to keep up with who has and has not been drafted. There are currently no penalties for attempting to re-draft a player and there are no time limits in place. It is also not against any rule to politely ask that someone repeat who was drafted. If you’re having trouble keeping up it probably means that you either drank too much the night before, you’re drinking too much right now, and/or you’ve got 18 different lists and you look like a jackass.

Proposed Amendment VIII: Keepers


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Decision: We will remain at three keepers (one pitcher, one position player, one flex) in 2012.

Given how little interest there was in making a change to the current system, I am going to give any keeper amendment the same treatment as I’m now giving the annual full-keeper league proposal, if it not seconded by another party, it will not make the ballot.

Proposed Amendment IX: Additional Bench Spots


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Decision: We will be adding one additional bench spot to our rosters for 2012.

Again, this was another vote that was tugged multiple ways. However, the majority of the league is in favor of increasing the overall number of bench spots. Much like the league dues voting, I am going to split the difference and roll with four bench spots as a majority of the league also does not want 5 bench spots.

Proposed Amendment X: Weekly Roster Changes


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Decision: We will not be switching to a weekly roster change format, but rather staying on the daily roster change format that we’ve employed since the inception of the league. Everyone in the league is allowed to openly mock Mike for suggesting this amendment. Do not let him try to baffle you with his “context” and rationale explanation for suggesting it.