The Gore Report: Fantasy baseball offers free way to experience the MLB season

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It’s that time of year, with opening day right around the corner, people all over the globe are finalizing their fantasy baseball teams and preparing themselves for the long season ahead.

 And the Spinnaker decided to try something new and create its own office league made up eight people, or teams and 20 rounds of drafting.

The e-mail was sent out to everyone playing and the draft was suppose to begin at 1:30 March 27. So once every one arrived at about 3 p.m., the four-hour process began.

To try and make things more fun, we did the draft offline and wrote our picks on a dry erase board. We enforced, not very well, a two-minute time limit per pick. And by the 10th round, much of the morale in the room was down considerably. Yawns and “who cares” were some of the most productive things being uttered.

The Spinnaker Graphic Designer Chad Smith aka “The Commander” was the most attentive and serious of the group. He would try and sway someone off of a certain pick by telling them the player (more specifically Jose Reyes) was injured. But rounds later, he would draft that player. Further research conducted found The Commander wasn’t being truthful, but what can you expect out of a Yankees fan?
Finally, that was it. The last pick was made, and the draft was finished. This was followed by all the players boasting on how their team is the best in the league. It also came with sinister jokes about the reasoning behind sleeper picks.

Quick Insider Secret: Howie Kendrick 2B of the Los Angeles Angels is an excellent pick. Don’t be surprised to see him hitting .350 through August.

And also to the SG Senators reading, you guys shouldn’t be surprised when I come upstairs and special request money to buy a trophy for the winning team.

Regardless of the time it takes, fantasy baseball is another fun way to enjoy the game besides just following your favorite team, and the only cost is your time. I don’t recommend doing the draft offline. It takes too much time and having to put the picks into the computer after the process is also a drag.

If you’re on a tight budget, like us at the Spinnaker, then start a free league on espn.com.

It doesn’t take long at all, and you can do a live draft online and it will considerably be quicker. I encourage you to talk to the people you work with everyday and think about starting a league. 
If you decide to play, I have a few suggestions on picks.

Chipper Jones, though a local favorite in the region, will have a great season, and possibly win the batting title. Jones has spent the office with his father, a baseball coach and enthusiast, working on developing his swing as he gets older.

Watch out for A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez will most likely have to deal with many more off the field issues, like steroid allegations or romantic affairs, hurting his performance.

If you’re debating on a first round pick, look no further than Minnesota’s Joe Mauer. As much as I dislike the Twinkies, I foresee, like most baseball fans, Mauer carrying his team into the playoffs.