RAB’s Ground Rules for the 2009 Draft

Injury Update: Bruney, Nady
2009 Draft: Pirates taking Sanchez

Hard to believe it’s been 12 months already, but here we are at Draft Day again. D-Day has historically been one of the busiest and most trafficked days of the year for us at RAB, so we need to take a moment and lay down some ground rules and explain how this thing is going to go down.

First and foremost, please take a second to review our Commenting Guidelines. Even if you’ve been with us since day one, give them another look because we’ve added some items recently.

Secondly, the draft is three days long this year, and I’ll be liveblogging all three days. The liveblog will be mostly be me relaying news, sharing thoughts, taking questions, etc., but the liveblog posts will also serve as a draft open thread. Please keep your draft related comments there, or in any spillover threads. We’ll obviously have plenty of non-draft content on the site as well, so keeping your discussions in the appropriate threads will make everyone’s life easier.

I will also be posting short capsules on select players after the Yanks pick them. I won’t write up a capsule for every player the Yanks pick, just the notable ones. For example, here’s Gerrit Cole’s capsule from last year. Use these posts to discuss that player and that pick only, any other draft talk should go back in the draft open threads. No one likes to repeat themselves in a bunch of different spots, so this is to everyone’s benefit.

We’ve run into the perfect storm this year, because in addition to the draft we also have the Yankees up in Fenway for a three game set. We’ve experienced technical difficulties on draft day before, and even though we’ve since upgraded to a dedicated server, there’s still a chance the site may crash at some point. I’m hopeful the liveblog will help alleviate the load on the servers, but who knows. The important thing is that if the site does crash, please be patient. Hitting refresh a million times a minute will only make it worse. Wait a minute or two before you try to reload the site. We’re fully aware of it whenever the site goes down, and trust us, we’re doing all we can to get it back up and running.

Finally, the best way to follow along with all of the draft content we’ll have over the next three days is to subscribe to our draft feed. You should also subscribe to our regular RSS feed so you don’t miss anything else. If you’re not familiar with RSS feeds, check this site out. Basically, an RSS reader like Google Reader will bring the information to you, so you won’t have to check your favorite site multiple times per day. Once you start using one, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Other than RSS, you can also follow us on Twitter @RiverAveBlues. We don’t tweet every post, I swears it, but we use it for random thoughts or to engage is conversations with you guys. You can also check out our Facebook page.

Draft day is without a doubt one of the most exciting days of the year, and we ask that you follow along with our ground rules to make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Thanks in advance.

Injury Update: Bruney, Nady
2009 Draft: Pirates taking Sanchez
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Rule #1: No touching of the hair, or face.

    And that’s it! NOW LET’S DO THIS THING!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Rule #1: You do not talk about the draft.

      RAB’s Draft Club is self-defeating.

      • handtius

        The 2nd Rule of Draft Club is, You don’t talk about the draft.

        I’m lookin’ at you tommieblahblahblah!

  • Jersey

    Looking forward to it Mike et al!

    I wish they started it earlier. Waiting until 6 means I have to actually do work at the office.

  • Jake H

    This is the perfect storm for RAB. Do you guys have any expectations for # of site hits, comments and such?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Somewhere in the realm of “a lot.” Mike’s using the CoverItLive software to blog the draft though so it should cut down on the number of on-site draft comments as the event unfolds.

  • A.D.

    <i?Don’t tell us that you were “first” to post in a thread. We don’t care. This is a one-strike offense. You do this; you get banned.

    What exactly does this mean, I guess I don’t understand what saying first. Is this something like you guys putting up some news, I jump on and comment how I linked to this (likely off topic) in a previous thread?

    • pat

      AD how much have you had to drink today?

      • A.D.

        I totally blew the formatting on that one.

        • A.D.

          And I thought way too far into what that guideline could mean.

          Sadly, dead sober.

          • pat


    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      It’s just someone posting “First!” in a thread. That pisses website owners off to no end.

      • A.D.

        Ahhh, thanks, I hear that being annoying, useless, and pretty dumb.

      • cult of basebaal

        gotta give a big thanks on the “1 strike, you’re out” RAB policy on that one.

    • Chris

      In some blogs people love to post “First!” if they are the first responder. Somehow they think it’s cool.

  • yanke1313

    lets blow the budget on purke!

  • http://votepaulformayor.blogspot.com jsbrendog

    can we get a commenting guideline that anyone who mentions joba to the pen during the draft coverage gets the boot til after the draft? all 3 or 4 days?

  • A.D.

    Whats the timing between picks this year, is it still going to be rapid fire, or are teams on the clock for 5 min or so because of TV?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I believe it’s four minutes between picks.

  • Ivan

    Man, this is the first draft that honestly, I don’t know not only who the yanks are drafting but also almost every other team. I see pick 3 thru 30 being an absolute mess which might be quite fun.

    • Jake H


  • Ivan

    Hey guys, I got a question, U think baseball should do a lottery with the top ten worst teams alla basketball, or try a system in which u can trade picks?

  • UWS

    Maybe y’all should kill the new comment widget thingie for the next couple of days? Might save a few site crashes and you can re-deploy it after the traffic subsides a bit…

  • V

    “Brian (San Francisco)
    You have to love it when Willie Bloomquist can fetch around $3 million, but a guy like Matzek can fall a little cause some teams don’t want to give him an extra $1 million or so.

    Keith Law
    Brian wins the chat.”


  • MikeD

    How will the three-day draft be broken down? In other words, as fans, what can we expect to see tonight and how is that different from tomorrow and the Thursday portions?

  • Charlie

    what are the chances aaron crow or schneppers drop to us?? And why all of a sudden is that being reported as a possibility by klaw & others??

    • Ivan

      Well K.Law has Crow dropping pretty fast.

  • James K

    This is fantastic. Too bad I’ll bad working late at the office. Do they do live viewing on mlb.com or is it just an update as things move forward? I suppose it doesn’t matter much since RAB will certainly provide excellent coverage.

    Any clues on what approximate time the Yankees will be picking their first pick?

    • pat

      Well the thing goes live at 6pm and everybody has 4 minutes max to pick. So with us picking 29th x 4mins = 116 minutes. I’d say we pick between 7:30 and 8pm.

      • MikeD

        I just noticed on ESPN that the Draft Preview starts at 6:00 ET, but the Draft appears to start at 9:00 p.m.

  • donttradecano

    What time is day 1 supposed to end?

  • Peter

    Can’t get too wrapped up in who takes who, how much cash, and all that stuff because these guys are so far away and no mock draft is even close to on point. I just want the Yanks to take as many high ceiling players as possible. And Gerrit Cole blows out his arm. Thanks Gerrit!

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