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Friday, April 04, 2014

HACKING MASS Competition 2014

Remember all those articles about how Billy Hamilton could revolutionize the game?...

HACKING MASS, our competition to pick the least dangerous hitters and least effective pitchers in the majors, returns for the 2014 season!... You’ll have a full week to enter (the deadline is April 11, 2014, at midnight PST), but it’s easy to change players, so feel free to go all in on Darwin Barney on the entry form today, then switch to Ryan Goins next Friday morning…

Your 10 players will be:

one each at catcher and each infield position (5 players)
one at each outfield position (3 players)
two pitchers (2 players)

Simply pick the players who you think will be the stiffest at each position. A team’s aggregate stiffness is measured by summing the ESPN (Exuded Stiff Points, Net) of all of the players on your team. For hitters, ESPN is 0.800, minus his OBP, minus his SLG, and multiplied by plate appearances - i.e., (.8-OPS)*PA. For pitchers, the formula is the pitcher’s ERA, minus 4.5, times his innings pitched, divided by three, or (ERA-4.5)*IP/3. This results in similar Stiffness scores for the firmest hitters and pitchers.

In each case, it isn’t enough for a player to simply suck; somehow the Stiffest of the Stiff must find a way to remain in the lineup or rotation.

The District Attorney Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:32 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4679253)
HACKING MASS, our competition to pick the least dangerous hitters and least effective pitchers in the majors, returns for the 2014 season!


Sorry, no more pictures of Bud Selig will be awarded.

I'm out.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 04, 2014 at 12:57 PM (#4679306)
Is Alfonso Soriano available?
   3. Moe Greene Posted: April 04, 2014 at 01:12 PM (#4679317)
Related to HACKING MASS...

Anyone else notice Gary Huckabay's Twitter feed was apparently hacked by someone selling weight-loss pills?
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 04, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4679323)
C- J.P. Arencibia
1B- James Loney
2B- Kolten Wong
SS- Adeiny Hechavarria
3B- Marcus Semien
LF- Travis Snyder
CF- Junior Lake
RF- Ichiro Suzuki
P- Jordan Lyles
P- Zach Duke
   5. Dan Posted: April 04, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4679450)
I was pretty much just shooting from the hip picking my team, so we'll see how it turns out.

C - Arencibia
1B - Greg Dobbs
2B - Darwin Barney
3B - Willie Bloomquist
SS - Alex Gonzalez
LF - Eric Young
CF - Anthony Gose
RF - Don Kelly
P - Michael Pineda
P - Alfredo Simon

I think I might have focused a bit too much on playing time, but we'll see.
   6. The District Attorney Posted: April 14, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4686126)
Deadline is midnight tonight!
   7. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 05:41 PM (#4686139)
Aww, this is only available to subscribers? That's too bad, I was going to go all in on Ruben Tejada.

Or now looking at this it looks like I just missed the chance to enter. Drat.
   8. The District Attorney Posted: April 14, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4686166)
They extended it until tonight (Monday).

I've got:

C: J.P. Arencibia
1B: Travis Ishikawa
2B: Darwin Barney
SS: Zack Cosart
3B: Maicer Izturis
LF: Rajai Davis
CF: Billy Hamilton
RF: Jordan Danks
P: Mike Pelfrey
P: Edwin Jackson
   9. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4686199)
C: Jose Molina
1B: Paul Konerko
2B: Darwin Barney
3B: Elliot Johnson
SS: Alcides Escobar
LF: Eric Young
CF: Juan Lagares
RF: Logan Morrison
P: Edinson Volquez
P: CC Sabathia
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4686208)
C Jeff Mathis
1B Ryan Howard
2B Rickie Weeks
3B Mike Moustakas
SS Ruben Tejada
LF Michael Morse
CF Drew Stubbs
RF Oswaldo Arcia
P Jeff Locke
P Scott Kazmir
   11. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: April 14, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4686211)
3B: Maicer Izturis

You're going to want to change that one.
   12. The District Attorney Posted: April 14, 2014 at 08:41 PM (#4686213)
Oh, yikes! Thanks!

I'll switch to McGehee (and Goins).
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4686221)
Casey McGehee is back in the bigs?
   14. The District Attorney Posted: April 14, 2014 at 09:39 PM (#4686238)
Well, the Marlins, anyway.

He went 438/545/750 with 10 RBI in his first five games, too. Still, I stand by it.

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