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  1. When I did more traveling for work I loved going to a local minor league game. I have been to Oklahoma City and Midland Rockhounds games. They were great. As far as Major League stadiums I have been too they are as follows (no particular order): Dodger Stadium - probably the place I have been the most. I even went for the LA Kings-Ducks outdoor game. That was a great experience but terrible for watching a hockey game. Angel Stadium - I enjoy the area because we usually stay at the hotel close by so we don't have to deal with parking or traffic coming or going. Kaufman Stadium - Awesome experience. Got to go on the field and locker room areas. Was able to watch both teams take BP from the field. Great spot to watch a game. ATT&T park - Great food everywhere. Too much to get to try everything. Oakland - Old park but got to see a player I coached pick up his first major league win and even got a foul ball. Stadium had virtually nobody in it but it was ok to watch the game. Probably seemed better due to the circumstances more than the stadium. Minute Maid Park - Great place to watch a game. Helped that it was barely full so we got really good seats for cheap. Safeco Field - love the walk from downtown and hitting up pubs on the way. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and didn't have a bad view for any of the three games we went to. PNC Park - will be there in September. Going for the Vikes/Pittsburgh game and figured since the Pirates play the next day might as well stay and go to that game as well. Looking forward to this trip.
  2. I have found that many owners don't have confidence in their talent evaluation to ever pull off that type of blockbuster deal. They are more worried about looking foolish than actually making the move to win. That is the biggest obstacle to overcome and is too big most of the time. Typically I don't like being on the side giving up the best player in the deal because that is usually who I am targeting. I believe I can replace the 2 dimes, 3 nickels, and a quarter part of a deal but finding that true dollar is very difficult. So to answer your question, for me to move a top 10 guy I need an overpayment (meaning I get a top 10 talent plus in return) but to get one I don't mind giving up picks (I don't value them as much as known quantity players) and "upside guys" for the known top 10 guy.
  3. Based on your roster I would make that deal. Cousins is a huge upgrade over what you have and you can afford to lose Cooks with your WR stable. If I am understanding your next question you are at $222 in salary and must get below $200 so you have to make some cuts. Off the top I would say I would cut the following: QB - Palmer (unless QB's are really hot commodities once you get Cousins you can save the $10 on Palmer and look to get a cheaper backup) RB - Miller, Murray (I believe these guys are way overpriced so it saves you a bunch in salary that you can hopefully utilize better. You only have to play 1 RB and Johnson is that guy so you can look for value at the RB spot in the auction) WR - Nobody TE - Olsen (overpriced and you don't need him with Eifert. Find a cheap backup) Def - I don't know what defenses usually go for but I wouldn't spend $3. I would let KC go and look for a couple $1 defenses. That would bring you down to $144 and you give you $56 for the auction. You should be able to get a decent backup QB, quality RB, backup TE, and two $1 defenses.
  4. I agree with travdogg. The only offer I would consider is B however if you wait until the season is going to see where you sit and what other teams may be in contention and in need of an upgrade at WR you may be able to get more value as the season goes along. I would have no issue with taking offer B but I would probably wait to see how my season is going and trade Fitz mid season if you fall out of contention and maximize value that way.
  5. I always prefer to be on the end. I hate being in the middle as I can plan picks better and follow the draft better to see trends and get ahead of things. I find my teams are a lot more complimentary when I am on an end because I can plan the picks better. When I get stuck in the middle every pick is by itself and doesn't seem to be put together as well. For your specific question it comes down to your target player. If you have a tier of 8 and really want one of those guys then I would go with 8 but if you have a tier of 7 or less or more than 8 or 9 then I would go later starting at 12 and working backwards. In then end it really doesn't matter. Get in a spot you are most comfortable with based on your tiers and roll with it.
  6. Tryouts are really difficult to run well. The key is to get to see technique and attitude. When I have set up a tryout I try and do many stations and divide the kids into different groups that come at different times. If you have 6 different stations going on all at the same time you cannot evaluate the kids properly. If you have 20 kids all at once they will get bored standing and waiting to go through a particular station all at once. I try and have multiple stations that highlight a particular skill or two: Here is what I would recommend: Station #1: Fly balls to RF with a throw to 3rd base. This allows you to see how they can judge a fly ball and set up for a longer throw. You can also see arm strength as the throw is long. Ideally you would hit fungos but if you don't have someone that can hit them consistently use a machine. Never just throw them. That doesn't give you a true ability of tracking fly balls. Depending on the number of kids I try and do at least 3 balls to each kid. One left, one right, and one back. Station #2: Ground balls to LF with a throw to home. This allows you to see how they can read ground balls at a distance and how they approach in order to set up a throw. It gives you another opportunity for arm strength and accuracy. Again, I do at least three balls (left, right, and right at them). Fungo is the best but a machine is ok. Station #3: Ground balls at SS with a throw to 1B. For this I would divide the group in half and use the kids to play 1B as well. You can learn a lot about ability/scared of the ball/etc from seeing how they receive the ball at 1B from a throw at SS. A minimum of 4 balls (backhand, forehand, harder at them, & slow roller). The slow roller is a good measure of footwork and coordination, the harder one at them is good for seeing if they are scared of the ball). The kids should rotate from SS to back of line at 1B and from 1B to the back of the line at SS. Continue until all kids have completed both aspects. Station #4: Baserunning. I usually like to see them go from 1st to 3rd and then from 2nd to home. Seeing how they round bases is a good measure of their instincts. Station #5: Hitting. I would suggest using a machine because it will help speed things up. You get consistent speed and location so you can see technique on the swing. I don't worry too much about results and focus more on approach, load, hands, and balance. I really don't care if they hit anything solid. I more care about their fundamentals. I like to give 8-10 cuts as time allows. Minimum of 5 cuts if you really need to speed up time. I have them run the last one out to see how they break down at 1st base and how they get out of the box. This is also a good time to check the attitude. If they were less than good at the plate and have an attitude they usually don't run too hard down to first as they are pouting. I also prefer to use live pitching over tee or soft toss because you get a better picture of their attitude and the way they adjust to a ball. I would break the kids into groups of 5-10 (depending on how many total are trying out. A group of 10 should get through this entire rotation in about 40 minutes. If that is too long you can cut out one of the fly ball stations and one of the baserunning aspects (either do 1B-3B or 2B to home but not both). That should get it down to about 30 minutes. Make sure the kids understand they need to hustle from station to station at that is part of what they will be evaluated on. Try and get as many volunteers as you can so that the coaches can evaluate without needing to conduct the tryouts. You should have at least 4 or 5 helpers with at least one placed at each station to direct the kids and keep the things moving. I would set up cones at each location with a sign that showed the station number. This really helps keep things moving. If you really have time another thing I like to do is do a full scrimmage. I modify it to have a coach pitch and each batter only gets 2 pitches (provided they are hittable). This allows you to see how players get jumps of live balls and how they run the bases in real time situations. This is a key component to see what kind of instincts they have for the game. Tryouts are really hard to organize and run. You need a ton of help to make it go smooth. Good luck.
  7. I would also pass on this deal. Freeman is by far the best player in the deal and Riddick will be a serviceable #2 for you. I would take Riddick over Stewart because Riddick has a clear role. Miller and Montgomery are by far the bigger risk side of things even if their upside is good. I still think Freeman/Reddick is a better bet for consistent output with a much higher floor and a similar ceiling.
  8. Did he recently take one off the chin or chest? Was there an event that caused the yips to start? Sometimes it just becomes a confidence thing if there wasn't a specific bad hop/hard hit off the chest event. Is this occurring in games or just during infield practice. I have had a kid that looks terrible at practice sometimes when you fungo balls at him but he reacts completely different when it's in a game. It's like night and day. I would maintain the focus on the fundamental groundball techniques using hand rolled balls to build some confidence in fielding the ball properly. Then I would progress to hitting balls from a shorter distance (again focusing on proper technique). This should build some confidence (provided he makes the plays). I would look to do this in an area of the field that would minimize bad hops to try and take that out of the equation. If you can get him staying down on the ball and fielding correctly then move to full speed fungos and live reads off of the bat during controlled intrasquads. There is also a big difference of reading balls off the bad from 3rd and SS. If he has a good arm maybe his groundball recognition and approach may be better suited for SS than 3B. You have to take different routes and the ball comes off the bad differently so that may be a possible solution as well if he just doesn't get 3B down. Or put him in RF (usually your strongest/best OF) if he just isn't capable of staying in front on the infield. Some kids just can't do it no matter how hard/often you practice it.
  9. I was thinking of it being a one time use immunity. For that i don't think it would be too much by limiting it to a certain time frame. But really finishing 1st in the regular season should give you a big advantage. i think I like the idea. The hardest part might be finding a site that would do that format. I would probably have to do it by hand. I have a kids -parents league for small dollars that might be worth trying this format. I will let everyone know how it works if I can talk them into doing it.
  10. I think this is part of it and you came close to what I was going to say but didn't quite get all the way there. For Punt Returns it is to your advantage to be quick and have great agility in tight spaces. Guys that run from the slot and stop/start on a dime and get to full speed in one or two steps are huge advantages for a punt returner. Hence you see guys like Brown, Edelmen, Cobb, Landry, etc......However, on kick-off returns the straight line speed and one cut guys tend to have more success. Most long Kick-off returns are due to a crease in the coverage that the returner exploits and then the long speed kicks in and the angles aren't there because the coverage guys have to stop and turn once they are passed. They are usually a single wave so once you get a crease you have a better chance.
  11. I understand trying to build and adjust based on who you have already taken but in this instance I wouldn't force any picks based on position. I would rank who you think are the top 12 guys in order and then take them as your picks come up. If you think the RB's are better fantasy bets than Davis then don't worry about Davis. In dynasty (even though this is a partial dynasty) it's more important to get talent than worry about a particular position.
  12. I never thought about doing a playoffs survivor style. The only thing I don't like about that is that the #1 seed has no advantage (bye). It minimizes the regular season importance. But what about adding an immunity from elimination? If you are the #1 seed you have one immunity idol that you can use up to the 3rd week. So if the #1 seed is the lowest score in week #2 of the playoffs they are immune and the 2nd to lowest score that week gets eliminated. The #1 seed still must perform the last three weeks but they get an advantage for the first 2 weeks of the playoffs. Seems like an interesting playoff structure. I might have to see about trying this out.
  13. I don't think you ever have to slot kids into 1 fixed position. Baseball is a thinking game. Part of that thinking is knowing that you have to go somewhere every pitch. Whether that is backing up somewhere or going to the ball or whatever. Players should know the basics of every position because it only helps them the further they go in the sport. The best way to improve a kids chance of playing at upper levels is if they are flexible and can play anywhere. There will always be the potential of someone better than you at SS or RF or whatever so if you can play anywhere you will have a chance to play. At all ages players should do drills for all positions. When I set up a practice I have infield stations, outfield stations, pitching stations, and catching stations. Every kid rotates through every station. Most of the positions skills start out the same. The basics are the same of throwing whether you are fielding a ground ball and stepping through to make the throw to first or if you are pitching. The basic mechanics are the same so players won't get hurt going through the pitching station even if they probably aren't suited to ever be a pitcher for whatever reason. Bottom line is don't limit positions for kids. If they are interested in the sport explain to them that knowing how to play all positions will help them be a better player at whatever position they eventually settle into. As high school comes up players will start to settle into specific positions but having the knowledge of every position will help them even when they only play one position.
  14. It's a scrub that helps remove the oils that cause the skin irritation. You can also use Tecnu as a preventative measure as well. I will use it like a lotion and scrub up before going in any areas that may contain poison oak. It can help prevent the poisonous oils from getting to your skin to cause the break out. If you are in an area that has a lot of poison oak/ivy I would make sure you always have some on hand. Use it before you go out and then shower with it immediately when you return. It's the best method I have found to limit your exposure.
  15. I would venture a guess that schools (public) want to celebrate and reward perfect attendance because they get paid money per kid attending school and miss out when kids miss school. So if they can find a cheap way to push kids to never miss it helps in their budgets because they get more supplemental money. Being exposed to germs as you are growing up is a good thing in moderation. It helps your body build up immunities on their own so you don't get sick as much. There are many kids I see now that are sick all the time and many of them were in homes where they bathed in hand sanitizer and their parents wouldn't let anybody touch their babies unless you lathered up in the hand sanitizer. It never gave them an opportunity to let their natural defenses fight germs and the older you get the worse it can be when you get sick.