It is a 20 team H2H (head to head) league on ESPN.com, with a six player keeper rule which means six players will carry over to next season fantasy season.
In the draft I had the first pick, and used it for NYY Alex Rodriguez, partly because of Albert Pujols has been bothered again by back spasms which are a concern, and partly out of loyalty.
Arod is healthy and will put up monster numbers this season, as he always has consistently. Automatically a keeper so please no time for negative Arod comments as he is on my team for better or for worse.
Any suggestion would be appreciated, as after multiple mock drafts my team is not my ideal and I could use the help.
The world saw the worst collapse in sports history take residence in Shea Stadium, in 2007, the pictures and tears brought city-wide shame. The Mets have been face first since, and the fans hate them for it.
Jump to a few months later, when the scrappy Giants miraculously beat an undefeated Patriots to win the Superbowl. New York went crazy for sports again, and inspired by the proof playing with heart institutes champions.
Are you getting the point here?
New York fans have been emotionally drained, with the ups and downs being so harsh.
Since I reaffirmed, for the second season, just how scared I am of the Tampa Bay Rays in the prior post; it seems fitting to preview the two shoguns of the AL East.
My New York Yankees, and our biggest rivals the Boston Red Sox. Yes, still have some smoke left for these two teams, but after watching and reading about the Rays there is major reason for both to worry.
New York and Boston fans had cemented spots in their brains to make the playoffs over the last decade. The Yanks and Red Sox represent the biggest rivalry in sports, which is never short of drama and has ruled the division and the league since 1995 brought the term wild-card into play.
No question these two hate each other, and nothing fires up the ‘nation’ more than when the Universe is back on top. Now add the annoying and pushy Rays, who are starting to learn why these two teams have earned, not bought every success and all the respect by playing their hearts out each season.
How do the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox look for the coming season?
The American League East, already the toughest division in baseball, now has a blindside. Meaning there is a team that could blindside the Yankees and Red Sox right out of the playoffs. This team could come on just as cold, as it could hot and don’t even realize the most powerful force is themselves.
This team is the Tampa Bay Rays.
To be honest, I have been trying to figure out the Rays the last three seasons, and pretty sure the Ray have been just as confused themselves. I can confirm that this team is stacked with young, talented and raw baseball players.
Names like Pena, Crawford, Longoria, Upton…..are just four players on the roaster of the talent packed Tampa Bay Rays.
To best describe the Rays, read this quote from Babe Ruth who said it best,
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club wont be worth a dime. – Babe Ruth
In 2008, the Rays made it all the way to the World Series a first for the organization, but surely not the last. Losing to Phillies in the end did not damper their impact.
This Ray ball-club was hungry, fresh and kept teams on their toes. Manager Joe Madden utilized the players, with inexperience being their sole weakness that season.
Coming into 2009 the Rays were reigning AL Champions and finally a stadium of regular Rays fans. The Yankees and Red Sox were scared for good reason.
It was no longer their division to fight for every year.
Before the end of Spring Training, it is worth checking out a Yankees game because you would hate to miss out.
In seeing a youngster described as the ‘next Joe Mauer‘ and ‘best hitting prospect since Derek Jeter‘ by various scouts. This kid could be the future of the Yankees, but the earliest he will come to the Bronx will be September 2010 when the roasters extend from 25 to 40 players.
Montero was the hottest prospect in 2006, hitting way beyond his time and his age of 16 years old. Scouting wars between the Red Sox, Mets, Indians ended when the Yankees signed Montero to $1.6 million.