I will admit, when this project started, I sat it out because I didn't figure I'd be interested. But, I was wrong in a big way. So, to get involved, I'm going to be running an expansion draft. Pretty much anyone not already claimed is fair game, and I'll be following the other rules set forth throughout the original draft.
To get started, I'm going to put forth my stadium and manager first, then I'll announce my starting fielders, my bench players, then my pitchers - I'm envisioning four posts in all.
I'm starting with stadium and manager because they're easiest, if I'm being honest. I just want to get something out there to get started.
I grew up in Indianapolis, visiting Bush Stadium since as long as I can remember. It's said its ivy walls were the inspiration for those at Wrigley. Above the main turnstiles, there were big murals of old Indians players who went on to the majors. It hosted not only the Indians, but the city's Negro Leagues teams as well. Looking back, the teepee in CF was way out-of-bounds, so that's out now that I'm in charge.
Mural pictures from Great American Baseball Trips
- 3 WS Apperances, 1 WS Title
- One of 7 managers with AL and NL pennant
- 3x manager of the year award winner
- 17th all-time in wins as manager
- World Baseball Classic title
- Could rock a pillbox hat
It begins! Here is your draft order.
rowsdower (who will also have the first pick in round 2)
Here are our loosey goosey rules for this draft:
1. When you draft a player, please write something about why you drafted them. Doesn't have to be long; this will just be more fun if people talk about their process or their affection for the players.
2. On the flip side, please don't heavily critique others' picks. I mean if SoCal drafts Cody Bellinger with his first pick we can give him the side-eye, but this should be fun for everybody.
3. If you want your team to have a DH that's fine. If you don't, that's fine too.
4. Draft players at positions they played at least for a reasonable amount of time or could easily transition to. For example, totally fine to draft Cesar Tovar in any outfield position or infield position, just not at catcher (which he did for one inning). If you want to put Rickey Henderson at first base you could, but no putting Jim Thome in left field. Starting pitchers can relieve, so you don't have to draft a relief pitcher if you don't want to.
5. Draft a team that could reasonably play through a season. In other words, at least two catchers, a few bench players, and at least five starters. If it's getting late in the draft and you appear to be short in an area, I'll remind you.