It’s that time of year again when you can get back to neglecting your plants because it’s Fantasy Baseball Season. This annual rite of passage for brave young boys and girls comes but once a year, but fills nearly half of the calendar. For the last three years a cadre of elite businessmen and myself have ran what we like to call the Superliga. Most fantasy leagues feature 10 guys that mostly hate each other, but liking baseball is their common tie. Well the Superliga is just like that, but even more!!!
The idea that some people are better than others is as old as time and as American as jazz. In polite society one must prove their worth that they are better, because merely stating it without evidence makes you look like an asshole. To that end we have created a Tiering System (TM). Everyone starts out in the bottom-most tier. We have 30 teams this year so if you’re new you will be in Tier 3. If you played last year and sucked, but at least had the GUTS to come back this year then you’re in Tier 2, and if you played well last year and/or if you won your league’s playoffs then you will be welcomed into Tier 1 with vile glances and overly strong handshakes. WELCOME!
Here’s a look at last year’s end of season rankings:
You’ll notice that the Adj. Win% does not equal the Win%. Well since we want it to mean something and for it to be difficult to both enter Tier 1, but also to be removed, we’ve added weights that adjust your Win%. If you’re in Tier 1 then your Win% is regressed equally with the number of games played to a .600 Win%. I.e. if your team is .500 after 30 games then your Adj. Win% would be ((.500*30)+(.600*30))/(30+30) which amounts to a Win% of .550. We do this for all teams in all tiers and here’s the weighting for each Tier:
Tier 1: .600
Tier 2: .550
Tier 3: .500
Tier 4: .450
Last year we had four Tiers so that was the weighting, but this might be tweaked this year since there are only three Tiers. The important thing is to understand how the regressed winning percentage works. I will be updating the above chart on a weekly basis so that you can see who is hot, who’s not, and where you currently sit. As previously touched on, having a really great regular season record isn’t the only way to move up. If you win your league’s playoff bracket then you will also automatically be moved up into Tier 1.
Without further adieu, it’s time to start RUNNING! Below you will find which teams are in which league. I will be looking for one team from each league to be the League Manager for that Tier. We need not be friends, but I have to have a level of trust with you as this is a big undertaking. If you are interested please let me know in the comments so that everyone else in your league will know who you are.
Once LMs have been assigned then I will hand over everyone’s email in that league to that Captain. From there the LM will set up the league and each participant should keep an eye on their email. LMs: do not set up the league until everyone has confirmed that they are all playing by the same set of rules and rosters. Here is the breakdown:
If you have interest in being an LM then please notify my in the comments below. I would prefer to take an overview role on this whole thing so we still need someone to captain Tier 1. Since Top Gun did this in the past I would nominate him. I don’t have a returning LM in the other leagues so have at it. Here’s a link to the workbook that we’ve been using over the years. Not a whole lot of solid information there, but we will continue to use it so you may want to bookmark the thing.
I think that’s about it for now. I’d like to move quickly here so let’s have some League Managers step forward and we can get this whole thing set up. Good luck out there.