Today is the last day to make your HR derby picks! Pick your team of seven sluggers with or without an eighth alternate who had 162 or less combined home runs last year and send them in to email@example.com by 4 a.m. (when baseball in Australia begins). You have until 3/28 to send firstname.lastname@example.org your fifty high fives. If the money isn't received by then, you'll be dropped.
Hello everyone!! CC Home Run Derby is back and better than ever :) Year 3 of the Home Run Derby Contest is up and running. Former commish Astronaut Mike Dexter is stepping down this year and I have volunteered to take his place. He has sent me the spreadsheet from last year and I will update for 2014 and get acclimated with everything this weekend. For returning players, you know the drill - same rules as last year, e-mail me your roster (with or without a bench player).
Any new players, here are the rules:
The rules are simple. Pick a team of seven sluggers from Major League Baseball, and win prizes for hitting the most combined home runs. Any player can be chosen, and the same player can be on multiple teams. Those players are on your team for the entire year. Here's the catch though: The combined total of home runs hit by the players on your team in the 2013 season must be less than 162.
One option to every participant: If you so choose, you can pick 1 player to be on your "bench", while still adhering to the 162 home run limit from the 2013 season. The bench player's home run total will not count towards your overall home run total. At any point during the season, you can make one and only one substitution. At this time, you can move your bench player into your starting lineup and bench someone else. Once your one substitution is over, there is no going back. You have to stick with the seven starting players on your squad for the rest of the year. This will add a little strategy to the game, and it could increase your chances of winning should there be a serious injury to one of your starters (but there does not have to be an injury for you to make the switch).
So your two choices upon entry into the league are thus:
1. Submit a list of seven players whose combined home run total from the 2013 season does not exceed 162.
2. Submit a list of eight players whose combined home run total from the 2013 season does not exceed 162. Designate one of those players as your Bench/Sub. At any point during the season, you can make one and only one substitution, bringing the bench player into your lineup and permanently benching one other player. Home runs hit by a player while "on the bench" do not count towards your total.
Just like last year, there will be a $50 "high-five" entry fee, due to me in Paypal gift format (email@example.com) by the beginning of the season. There will be a prize awarded for most team home runs in each month, as well as a prize for the overall leader at the All-Star Break, and of course the grand prize for the overall winner at the end of the season. Prize values will be determined by the number of entries, with roughly 1/3 of the pool going to monthly winners and 2/3 going to the ASB and overall winners.
Entry fees and team player lists will be due to me by the start of the first game of the season (March 22). The email address to send both to is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, send me a team name if you like to have a team name!!
I will be sending my picks to AMD (league commish from last year) before the weekend is out. This way I will not gain any unfair advantage by viewing everyone's selections.
Questions, concerns, or interest in joining the league? Put it in the comments below. Here is last years posting from Sean as well which includes an example of the spreadsheet that was used in 2012: http://www.camdenchat.com/2013/3/18/4108794/cc-home-run-derby-league-2013