A fifth RAB Fantasy Baseball League


Someone stepped up and volunteered to the commissioner of a fifth RAB Fantasy Baseball League, but instead of telling you to sign up now, I’m just letting you know that I plan on posting the league info at 10pm ET tonight. Lots of people said they didn’t have a chance to sign up for the earlier leagues because they were in school or at work or on west coast time or whatever, so now everyone knows exactly when the info will go up. Make sure you check back in then.

Categories : Asides, Fantasy Baseball
  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    As a member of the original and best RAB English Premier League, I look down upon this fourth league of dirty commoner savages with the same mixture of paternalistic curiosity and unsympathetic disdain as I did with the three that preceded it.

    tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size
    Owner of CentWAR Centaur

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Just for sake of accuracy… You’re not a member of the original.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        :: ducks ::

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          I’m the one who originally named it the EPL and began the multi-tiered relegation concept… so, there.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Ha, points conceded. I was also wrong… You’re a member of the original league, just not an original member. I’ll just be quiet now.

            (I also think you, me and rbizzler are going to have to share credit for the relegation concept idea for the fantasy leagues.)

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              As long as we also share responsibility for maintaining it (which I’m confident you guys will do), that’s cool with me.

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Oh I’m in, we just need Mike’s go-ahead to ask the rest of the players if they’re in.

    • rbizzler

      Just wait until you get relegated next year and my Monty’s Millionaires get bumped up to the big show.

      I will laugh last and laugh hard.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Oh hold on… Please tell me you guys are actually doing a relegation system. That would be so freaking cool, I might have to re-think my decision to not play.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Although I guess that’s not possible with keeper leagues… Unless you come up with a system for how to deal with those players (teams moving up or down can choose a certain number of keepers from the teams whose places they are taking, something like that).

          • rbizzler

            As far as I know there is no plan for relegation, although that would be enjoyable. I just wanted to sling a little smack talk at the indefatigable one.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Simple and fair way to do it: the incumbent teams pick keepers first. Teams moving up pick last. So, if you move up to the EPL and want to keep Grady Sizemore but he’s already someone else’s keeper, you have to pick someone else.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              I love the idea and think it would be totally do-able, at least as far as figuring out a fair way to run the keeper portion of it. I’m sure the problem is just going to be that (a) someone would have to be responsible for overseeing the entire endeavor at some level and (ii) there would probably be a relatively high attrition rate with the large number of leagues/teams involved.

              I think these are problems that can be dealt with and I think the idea is awesome, but still… I imagine the idea would be met with some reluctance.

              • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                Fuck the reluctance: LET’S DO IT. 5 tiered leagues, 20 teams per league. Keepers and a relegation system, which I’m already hard at work brainstorming and figuring out.

                The RAB 100.

                The most awesome fantasy league in the history of fantasy leagues. Get in on this shit, Mondesi. Do it.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Dude, I wasn’t even going to play this year… But if this relegation thing is something people are seriously interested in, I’m in, and I’d be glad to oversee the relegation aspect of the whole thing. That little added wrinkle makes the whole thing much more interesting to me, I’d love to try to work my way up through a few levels of leagues.

                  Mike… Is this something you’d be remotely interested in being part of? If so, should we put together some sort of short explanation/proposal for you to pose to the RAB fantasy-playing masses?

                • Mike Axisa

                  Not really. It seems like too much hassle.

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  I bet it’s much less hassle than you think it is.

                  Worst case scenario, one or two of the bottom leagues gets eliminated due to attrition. But, the ever-growing popularity of RAB probably fills those spots back up.

                  Between you, me, Mondesi, and a few of the other RAB regulars who have already shown a willingness to help out as league commissioners (like Jack, Matt Imbrogno, etc.) we’ll have a solid group of 4-7 guys who can collectively sort through any logistical issues.

                • Mattingly’s Love Child

                  I love this idea SO much. I gotta get in the 5th league tonight though, so that if it does happen I can be a part of the RAB 100!

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Mike, if you reconsider, let me know. I think a system in which the top and bottom 2 teams (or more, whatever) in each level are shifted would be awesome… I think the idea is just fun and gives the various unrelated RAB leagues some cohesion and gives the players a little more to play for and… Much like my relegation plan for MLB (shameless plug)… I think it would go a long way toward keeping the lower-ranked teams in the leagues interested by giving them something fun to play for.

                  I don’t know… I’ve done fantasy sports so many times, the whole thing has gotten a bit stale for me… But this is something that would recapture my interest. So anyway… Let me know if you reconsider.

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  Five tiers:

                  1.) RAB Premier League
                  2.) RAB Championship League
                  3.) RAB Baseball League One
                  4.) RAB Baseball League Two
                  5.) RAB Conference American League

                  At the end of the year, the top 4 teams in the each league move up to the league above, and the bottom four move down to the league below.

                  The top 4 teams in the Premier League earn a one-year exemption from relegation (meaning they can’t be sent to the Championship League during relegation of the following season even if they finish at the bottom).

                  The bottom 4 teams in the Conference American League get booted out of the league and replaced with 4 new owners (from a waiting list started tonight after the last 20 spots are taken).

                  However many keepers we decide to have, the keepers will be handled via a preference system as follows:
                  1.) The top 4 teams in the Premier League and the 4 teams demoted down to the Championship League, Baseball League One, Baseball League 2, and Conference American League would have first choice of whom to keep.
                  2.) The 12 incumbent teams in each league who did not move up or down would be given second choice of whom to keep; any player on their roster already claimed as a keeper of one of the 4 first-preference teams in their league is ineligible for one of these 12 teams.
                  3.) The remaining 4 teams in each league (the 4 teams who moved up and joined the top 4 tiers) choose their keepers last. If there are not enough eligible players remaining on their roster for a full compliment of keepers… tough shit.
                  4.) The 4 new teams joining the Conference American League start with no keepers, from scratch. It’s a disadvantage, but… tough shit.

                  There you go.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I’m fine with all of this except the elimination aspect. First of all, people will be disappointed if they’re kicked out of the league. But more importantly, I don’t think it’s necessary at all. People will drop out of the leagues and spots will open up, there’s no need to kick people out because their team was bad. It’s especially unfair in the first season, during which the placement in the various tiers is totally random (i.e. it’s not like the “worst” owners will be in the lowest tier, so it’s unfair to kick out the bottom 4 from that tier and not from some other randomly chosen tier).

                  I think the keepers issue might have to be looked at a bit further, but I’m totally fine with this as a first draft. I feel strongly about the getting rid of the elimination aspect though.

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  Okay, I can roll with that. Elimination can be eliminated.

                  I do want some sort of penalty, though… maybe the bottom 4 of the Conference American League have to use the word “Mets” in their team names or something.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi


                  I know you’re kidding, but just to seriously deal with the idea of penalizing the bottom teams in the bottom tier… It’s just not fair. Look at it from my point of view… Last year I was in what would become the top tier under this plan, but I chose to give up my spot this year prior to the creation of this relegation idea. Now I might want to join, but I’d be in the bottom tier. If my team sucks, why should my poor performance be penalized and not the poor performers from any of the other tiers?

                  Since the distribution of players isn’t based on ability (and wouldn’t be for a few seasons when everything shakes out a bit), you can’t penalize people in one tier for no reason.

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  Fine, fine…


    • Riddering

      We all know you guys in the original league are overpaid, soft players who only have stats and no heart. But those fighting for a spot in the fifth are gritty and determined. We’ll stay up until ten in the goddamn evening just to get a chance to play.

  • Rose

    Haha you keep setting these up during the day so only the same people can sign up for them.

    A lot of people can’t access fantasy baseball from their work preventing them from joining…and the leagues are usually filled with similar people by the time we get out!


    • Mike Axisa

      Dude, did you read the post?

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        The answer is obviously: NO.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Thank you Mike! I’ll probably be watching the Big East tournament and forget about it, but I appreciate you making an effort for those of us who’s jobs aren’t allowing for much screwing around time anymore!

  • I Wish I Was Swish

    In the words of one of Francessa’s callers on the FAN, I’m a first time, long timer. I’m definitely interested in this divisional fantasy baseball format. As a competitive and quite successful fantasy sports manager, you gentlemen are in for a little dose of reality if and when I get into this Conference level league.

  • J.R.

    I’m on the west coast and I definitely appreciate the change in sign up time.

    Thanks Mike.

  • Oz

    Oh man, that’s 3am UK time, I’ll never make this!

    Guess you can’t please all of the people all of time…

  • Matt

    hey where is the league info?