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0 Subject: RIBC 2020: Draft discussion

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Sat, Mar 07, 2020, 10:06

My plan is to activate the draft on Monday, March 9 - most likely in the morning. Our first round will be untimed, after which we will have a 4 hour clock, starting in round #2. Only one clock applies for those on the turn. Moratorium will be from midnight-8am ET. If a previous pick is still missing, the commish may skip any subsequent picks until the drafter gets current.

I am also implementing some additional time limits to attempt to coax habitually slow drafters into a better flow.

Here is the framework (same as last several years):
  • We establish a point system. If you timeout (i.e., you donít make your pick before your allotted time expires), you accumulate 2 points.
  • If you exceed three hours of clock time but donít timeout (the clock will initially be set at 4 hours), you accumulate 1 point.
  • Points will only be assigned after the first round.
  • If you accumulate 2 points in total (either one timeout or two close calls), your clock time is reduced to 3 hours per pick for the remainder of the draft. That means your next timeout would be at 3 hours.
  • If you accumulate 4 points in total, your clock is shortened to two hours. At 6 points, your clock is shortened to one hour. Thatís the ultimate limit.
  • For any RIBC league using this approach, the commissioner will need to monitor this, and will have the discretion to waive or defer penalties if they believe the draft is moving OK and the time delays havenít been too aggravating (or if the offending drafter has a good story - e.g., significant time zone difference, pre-announced conflict, etc .) Commissioners will also need to enforce the shorter clocks, since the system wonít be able to handle different time limits for each manager.

This system has now been used for several RIFC, RIHC, and RIBC drafts, and it has helped to keep the draft moving through one or two habitual slowpokes.

As usual, rationales for each pick will be required for this league, although on a two-round lag. I'll post procedures for posting rationales after the draft is underway.
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      Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 22:28
With the season now delayed, I expanded the overnight pause by a couple of hours (11pm-9am ET) to better accommodate those on the west coast and those overseas. We'll continue with a 4 hour clock per pick.
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      Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 13:15
Has any thought been given to how IP limits will be handled. Its a big difference if the IP limit remains the same, or if its prorated based on number of games in the season.
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      Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 14:20
Will almost certainly be pro-rated. But we need to wait to see what the actual schedule becomes before making a final decision.
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      Mon, Mar 16, 2020, 21:06
We now know that the season will be delayed indefinitely, most likely until mid-May or later.

Since just about everyone is hunkered down anyway, I think it is best that we power through to complete the various drafts. Let me know if you thinks it makes sense to pause on weekends. At this point, I'm not sure weekend days are really fundamentally different than weekdays.

When the draft is completed, I will effectively lock-down all rosters. Draft results will be entered (you may have noticed that I'm actually doing that as we go along), but I will not push the final release button. This allows everyone to see their rosters, but will lock out any ability to do adds or drops. When the start of the season is announced, we can decide the best time to release the final draft, which then puts all undrafted players through a waiver period.

When the season schedules are announced, I'll make a decision on any adjustments for GP and IP limits.
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      Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 12:18
I'm looking at drafting someone not available on draftime or ESPN. Do we have placeholder names for this season?
      ID: 330592710
      Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 12:34
You can request a player addition at Draftime using this interface:

My experience is that new players have generally been added reasonably quickly.

Haven't yet thought of a good "placeholder", especially since Chris Sale was already drafted.
      ID: 330592710
      Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 12:39
Tyler Beede is a potential placeholder pick.

Also Andres Munoz.

Both are out for the season (TJ surgery)
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      Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 13:45
Just a heads-up: I've been tied up in some other things all morning. I know it's now time for my pick, but it will take me a while to reassess the landscape. I may not be ready to pick until 3pm or a bit later.
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      Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 12:37
wow - Buster Posey in round 23. Doesn't seem like that many seasons ago that he was the first catcher off the board.
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      Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 15:12
The draft is complete. Thanks to all for your diligence in powering through.

All draft picks have been loaded at ESPN. You should be able to see your roster on the "My Team" page. Please check to be sure I have entered all players correctly. (Note that I have inserted Tyler Beede as a placeholder for Graydog's 25th round pick of Rafael Dolis)

I will leave the league in "statis mode" until we have some news on the resumption of the MLB season. During this holding period, no transactions are possible.

Meanwhile, please complete your rationales ASAP. Thanks to most of you who have been attentive to this throughout the draft. I did not harp on this as much as usual this year, since I expect that some of you may have difficult work or family situations to deal with. But I do expect everyone to follow through with a complete set of rationales.
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