The LTBNL Annex

baseball on the horizon ...

is it really happening?  MLB Opening Day is *scheduled* for Thursday, April 1

... and that means it's time for the 2021 LTBNL Auction Draft!




2021 will be the 33rd season of LTBNL baseball             

(someone ought to update the logo)


The Big Sheet           

check back here for updates.

Our reigning champ   

Joe won our truncated mini-season in 2020


Lot of question marks with this guy ...

Thanks to everyone for a great Auction.  Great under the challenging circumstances, anyway.  The League Office appreciates everyone's patience.  Here's hoping that in 2022, we can once again get together in person.


FanTrax worked pretty well for most of the Auction, despite the annoyances.  Going once.  The end-game portion was terrible, almost entirely due to the way we couldn't customize position eligibility to align with our rules, and the way the software kept adding purchased players to reserve lists instead of active rosters.  Many thanks to Steve for taking on co-commissioner duties during the Auction.  If I'd had to manage that software by myself, I'd have lost my mind.  For their efforts, the Wonders were able to land coveted closer Rich Rodr?ig??ez.


All the Auction rosters have now been entered into the OnRoto site.  When you have a minute, give your roster a look and let me know if I you see any mistakes with names, positions, salaries or contracts.  Please hold off on self-transacting until after I have finalized the rosters and give the go-ahead.  That will be after I enter the reserve picks on Tuesday night.  You'll have plenty of time to adjust your roster before the games start on Thursday!   And I will try to get FAAB up and running for Thursday morning also.


The Reserve Draft will be Tuesday Night, March 30 at 10:00 p.m. EDT.  Here's the Zoom info.  I don't see a need to use the OnRoto chat room as in previous years, since we'll have Zoom.  I'll post the password on the OnRoto site and in GroupMe.


Topic: Reserve Draft
Time: Mar 30, 2021 10:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 914 7037 7455



Here's the Reserve Draft Grid.  You can use this handy guide to follow along, and I will update it in real time as we go.


If you'd like to move one of your frozen players to another draft slot, in order to free up a $1 pick, for example, just let me know before the Draft.  (Just tell me what number pick you want to swap, e.g., pick 106 for pick 94).


Here's the Merv Grid, the post-Auction rosters as recorded in RotoLab.  




The 2021 Season is upon us ...

We are set for the 2021 LTBNL Auction Draft on Saturday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.


Rosters have been updated with everyone's freezes on OnRoto, FanTrax and the Big Sheet.  Please try logging into FanTrax to make sure your roster looks right and that you can access the Draft Room.  Nominating order is set up to run in the reverse order of the 2019 standings.  So, Show Hoffs, you're on the clock.  


The draft room looks like it will run well on an iPad.  I tested it on an iPhone too, but it might be pretty awkward on a smaller screen.


The Auction should run pretty swiftly, but we can pause it as needed for re-sets, bathroom breaks, lunch, etc.  Right now the amount to time provided to nominate a player is 45 seconds, the time limit for the first bid is 20 seconds, and you'll have at least 10 seconds to raise the bidding if you wish.  We can experiment with those times and modify as needed.  Joe cautioned earlier about using the plus-$1 button, because if too many people press it at about the same time, the bid may increase more than just a dollar.  If that happens, we should be able to back out and undo the errant bid.



We will have a Zoom conference simultaneous with the FanTrax Auction.  Participation is voluntary of course but it should enhance the enjoyment of the experience.  


Login info:


Topic: 2021 LTBNL Auction
Time: Mar 27, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 962 3852 3931




The password is in the GroupMe chat.  I'll post it again in GroupMe when the Auction is about to start, in the FanTrax chat, etc.


What about Rule 21.4, you ask?  If you have frozen a player who is sent down by his NL team before the Auction starts, you can reserve that player and recoup his salary to spend during the Auction.  (If your player is just on the Injured LIst, though, no such luck.)  Just announce that you're moving him prior to the Auction and we will make the appropriate adjustments.  I don't know of any likely players at the moment, but there are always a few.


Tentative date and time for the Reserve Draft:  Tuesday night, March 30, at 10:00 pm EDT.


The only two buyouts I'm aware of at the moment are Stroman (Quags) and Bauer (Shaws).  If you know of any others, please let us know.


Good luck to everyone!  Let's have a fun and healthy roto-season.



Feels like a leap of faith even to type this, but assuming Spring Training proceeds as planned and the season really opens on April 1, let's plan to hold the 2021 LTBNL Auction Draft on Saturday March 27.  Put it on your calendar now!  It's more than a month away!  The Auction will be online, through the Fantrax site.  We will also have a Zoom meeting, simultaneously, to ensure maximum hilarity.   


All contracts and salaries from the end of the 2019 season prevail.  It's like 2020 never happened!  The contracts have already been "rolled over" on the OnRoto website.  So if one of your players shows up as an "X," you'll need to decide whether to keep him one more year as an "X," sign him to a long-term contract, or cut him loose, back into the player pool.


We are planning on using Fantrax only for the online auction.  After that, we're back to OnRoto for stats.  The League Office has been in contact with OnRoto, and they're up and running and good to go.


Before too long, our faithful Treasurer will update us with amounts due for 2019.  That'll be posted here.


So .... some dates to keep in mind:


Plan on the Auction for Saturday March 27.

Freeze Lists due by noon on Thursday March 25.

Opening Day is Thursday April 1.  (Still dumb.  Thanks Manfred.)



And let's hope for 162 games!  Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

Baseball is back

Welp.  2020 kind of sucked.  As we were planning for an Auction that never happened, I remember typing into GroupMe, "

That turned out to be true, but really not in the way I was thinking.


We wound up deciding to "mothball" our teams and play roto in 2020 as a one-off season with no freeze lists, a snake draft, relaxed rules, no transaction fees, and probably a bunch of other concessions to COVID-19.  Every team started with a blank slate, knowing that their "real" rosters would be held in a state of suspended animation until 2021.  We agreed that every team would chip in $25, the prize pool to be donated to a charity of the winner's choosing.  We used Fantrax for both the snake draft on July 26.


It went OK, I think.  Speaking for myself, I definitely paid less attention to my team on a daily basis.  There were plenty of days where I just forgot to set a lineup.  But I enjoyed it.  It was great to have baseball back on TV, even if a lot of games got postponed and rescheduled along the way.  The dumb Manfred rules changes didn't bother me as much as I thought they would.  I honestly didn't even mind the DH that much, and I thought the 7-inning doubleheaders were kind of fun.


And then on August 19, we got this:


as there's a drive into deep left by Castellanos and that'll be a home run.  And so that'll make it a 4-0 ballgame.


If memory serves, our pennant race wasn't really very close and Joe won by a lot.  I'll post the standings and stats on the 2020 page soon.


Joe has chosen the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to receive the bounty of his victory.  So far, seven teams have kicked in $25.00, so we'll be sending them $200, counting Joe's contribution.  If anyone else wants to chip in -- and it's entirely voluntary -- please send your money to me by the end of the day on Monday, February 22, by either Venmo (@Tom-Myers-22) or Paypal.  I'm forwarding all I've collected to Joe after that.  Thanks!


LTBNL 2021

Playing fake baseball the right way.  Since 1989.

2019 Season

Thanks to everyone for a great Auction, and especially to Steve for hosting and to Arnie for lunch. 


II will have the rosters entered into OnRoto soon.  Here is a link to our post-Auction rosters in PDF.


The Reserve Draft will be held on Tuesday night, March 26, at 10 p.m., EDT.  We will just use the GroupMe app this year, and hopefully avoid some of the technical difficulties of years past.  Quags are on the clock!


If you have frozen reserve players, please text or email me the pick numbers you wish to forfeit.  if possible, please do this by 7 pm or so on Tuesday night.  We'll permit trades up until 7 pm on Tuesday night also.  The Reserve Draft Grid will be updated soon with the Wonders-DougOuts correction and the most recent trades.


Thanks again to Steve for his service as League Treasurer.  Below is his 2019 Financial Report.  If your number in the last column on the right is red, you're a winner!  You'll receive a check from the League Treasurer.  If that number is black, please be prepared to pay up at the Auction.  


I finally updated the Constitution with the several changes we've made over the last few years.  Just in time to amend it again!  Most of the changes I made were housekeeping cleanups related to our new position requirements (The Davitt Proposal) and the roster size changes that we made when we lost the Astros.  I also changed the minimum IP and AB requirements (10.6 & 10.7) and I re-wrote 16.8 to clarify that when a team claims FAAB compensation for a player traded to the AL, that player is automatically released rather than the team needing to release him.  As always, let me know if you find any errors.

Proposed rule changes

Here are the three proposals that Joe submitted to the League Office for vote prior to this year's Auction.  Proposal No. 1 passed, 7-5.  Proposal No. 2 failed, 8-4, and No. 3 failed, 9-3.  Thanks for voting.

Proposal No. 1: 

Amend Article 4.1 to provide for an “open” or “English” auction, as opposed to our current “around the room” style.  Wikipedia defines an English auction as “an open-outcry ascending dynamic auction,” meaning that any team could call out a bid at any time, presuming the team has enough money to bid and an open appropriate roster spot for the subject player, until the player is sold.  We’d still go around the room to nominate players, of course, but the “IN” and “OUT” signs would be consigned to the dustbin of history.  Teams could jump in and out of the bidding at will. 


Proposal No. 2: 

Amend Article 21.1 to provide that the In-Season Salary Cap shall be $350 from Opening Day to May 31, $375 from June 1 to the All Star Break, and then $400 for the rest of the season. 


Proposal No. 3: 

Amend Article 6 to expand the Reserve Draft and Reserve Roster from 9 to 10 players.  The extra player would be assigned a salary of $10.  If both this Proposal and Proposal No. 2 pass, then $10 would be added to each of the salary cap numbers in Art. 21.1. 

2018 Post Auction Merv Sheet
Here is a look at our rosters immediately following the 2018 Auction.
2018 Auction Results.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [110.6 KB]

Many thanks to Steve for once again preparing our League Financial Report.  Please be prepared to settle up at the Auction on Saturday.  You can pay your fees via PayPal!  Use the link below.

2017 Results

The Green Monsters held on, surviving a late-season challenge from the QuagMyers, to post their second straight title, and sixth overall.  

2017 Commissioner's Trophy

Congratulations to the Gregory Peckers, who won the 2017 Commissioner's Trophy.  The Trophy is presented each year to the team that has the best post-All Star Break stats but doesn't finish in the top four.  Please feel free to check my work, as these numbers are entered into the spreadsheet by hand.


The final standings are below.  You can see the entire worksheet here.  (Click on Sheet 1 to see the whole deal).

Yoo Hoo Ceremonies

Here is the official video of KC's dousing for his 2016 Championship, following the 2017 Auction.


Following the 2016 Draft, the Rick Shaws received their second consecutive dousing, and the chocolate shower was administered by the smallest Monster, K.C.'s son Carson.  It was a sneak attack; it happened so quickly that I don't think I got a video.  I did get some photos, though.  Please take note of the demonic glee on the face of young Carson.



Here is Rick getting his first dousing, following his 2014 title.  


Following the 2013 Auction at Steve's office, we did a catch-up dousing for the ceremonies we somehow skipped.

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