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Me about to pour YooHoo on Scott Menet (Mike Capilo in background)

ESL 1985 Yoo-Hoo Ceremony
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Me pouring YooHoo on Scott Menet with Drew Gallagher holding him down (Mike Capilo in background)
End of Season #35
Drew Gallagher, 9/30/19
As you will notice, I have combined the end of year missive for both the ASL and ESL. To some degree out of laziness but to a greater degree because writing about fantasy baseball with the passing of my father so fresh is painful and difficult. I do not want to minimize what The Bombers and Rick achieved (well, I am getting a little sick of the Bombers) but this year I’m going to forego the customary season in review and share with you why fantasy baseball is so connected to my father. (It is a story that many of you have heard before so you can skip it as you see fit.)

It had to be in February or March of 1985 that my Dad came home from work and had a green book that he thought I might be interested in. It was the original book of rotisserie baseball that Drago had told him about. I was sitting on my bed when Dad came into my room and gave me the book. I sat there in my room for the rest of the evening reading about this magical game of rotisserie baseball. I already knew Drago because we had been playing pickup football together for a few years and he had asked my father if I might be interested in joining a league that he was forming with a few friends from college and a few colleagues from the paper. I do not remember the entrance fee but I do know that my father footed that entrance fee for the first few years of the ASL. I was only 15 years old at that first draft (younger than my son is now) so Dad drove me to the draft at Drago’s apartment. No one knew exactly what to expect from a rotisserie draft in 1985 and I do not know if my father had intended to run into the newspaper office to work while we drafted but someone recognized that an auction draft needed an auctioneer and my father filled that role on that day. It was a role he filled for over 30 years. There was a lot of father-son bonding that went on in those car rides to and from the draft and they trigger a lot of fond memories for me. One offshoot from memories with my father was going to a Reading Phillies game with him and they were playing the Canton-Akron Indians which had to be in 1982 or 1983. The Indians had a stud shortstop named Pat Tabler and after the game when Tabler was jogging off the field my father called to him and asked him to sign a foul ball he had caught during that game. I still have that autographed ball and Pat Tabler cost me $1 in the first rotisserie auction and was one of my few keepers for the 1986 team. (It took me a little while to catch onto the nuances of fantasy baseball and some would argue, convincingly, that I am still trying to catch onto the nuances of it.) Fantasy baseball was magic to my 15-year old world and a few months later I talked to some friends in our neighborhood about it (Chris Malinowski, Robbie Miller and Mike Capilo among them) and we decided to form the Eternal Squabblers League at the all-star break. Having two rotisserie leagues that have run for 35 years consecutively is, I think, pretty special and unique.

Many years ago, my father joined the ESL and drafting against your father presented a different dynamic to the draft. It’s hard to swear at the man who gave you life just because he outbid you for Brandon Nimmo when his wife is a staunch Mets fan. We have drafted the ESL at my parents’ house for over 30 years and it is going to be difficult to walk in next spring and not have my Dad there and not have him drafting against me. I think we had hoped that one day my son too would join the league and we’d have three generations of Gallagher competing against one another. My father finished 9th in the ESL this year and I finished 10th. Somehow that seems fitting and memorable to me.

My father was a huge Phillies fan and someone on local TV joked that Dad had been sick for a little while (they termed it “out on assignment”) but what may have finally killed him was this Phillies season. When I was a substitute batboy for the Reading Phillies my Dad had the Eagle photographer take a picture of me outside the dugout when Reading was playing the big club. Mike Schmidt is stretching in the background of the photo and years later Drago had Schmidt sign the photo for me. It is still on my parents wall at home.

A number of you have reached out with your condolences and I do appreciate that. Right now, fantasy baseball is a bittersweet memory of the man who raised me, coached me, and ultimately led me to fantasy baseball and the dozens of friendships that have arisen out of playing and the number that have been cemented and strengthened through this silly little game.

Truthfully, I don’t know that I’ll get your checks to you this week, but I promise that I will get them out shortly and before Scott Winterburn would have paid you. My father enjoyed seeing many of you even if it was only once a year. He enjoyed the camaraderie and seeing a room full of grown men participating in a game that was born of the game of baseball that he so loved.

 

2020 DRAFT DATE:
Saturday, March 14th, 2020
5:00PM


DRAFT LOCATION:
Ellen Gallagher's house...
31 Pine Woods Court
Reading, PA 19607

Since some of you
forget every year:

You must draft
26 players for $290
(2) C, 1B, 1/3, 3B, 2B, 2/S,
SS, IF, (6) OF, U, (10) P

If he hadn't been trying to bid me up, he wouldn't have gotten stuck with a $14 Jose Contreras.

ESL ROSTER FREEZE:
Saturday, March 7th, 2020
5:00PM

You may retain up to 16 players.  You must also note any contract extensions at that time.  You must also note any rookies that you will retain on reserve.  You may submit your freeze list early - you can change it as many times as you like up until the dead-line. However, once you submit your list, you may no longer make any trades until after the draft.

Dale had 1 beer and then spent $46 on Jose Reyes.

 
Rick went back to Virginia with a $29 K-Rod, and a $26 Corey Hart...and a $20 Jason Bartlett?

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Mark spent $57 on Hanley Ramirez and $38 on Matt Holliday who got his appendix out the day of the draft.

 
 

Just before Perk stuck his tongue in Marty's ear.

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ESL TRADING RULES:

Between Draft Day and noon on August 31st, teams may accept only TWO "asterisk" players total and those must be from different teams.  On the flip-side, a team may trade AWAY as many "asterisk" players as they like (but no two "asterisk" players to the same team.)  "Asterisk" players are any players auction drafted for $20 or over, any players FAAB drafted for $60 or over, players of any salary in the final year of their contract, and players traded to the A.L.

 
Each team is allowed one "asterisk for asterisk" trade during the season. The trade is only one asterisk for one asterisk and other players cannot be involved in the trade. This trade can be utilized at any point in the season up until the trade deadline. The intent of the rule is to allow fair trades. Again, it is simply one asterisk player for one asterisk player. It is not two or three asterisks for two or three asterisks and no other players (or rookies) can be included in the trade.  This trade does not count against a team’s limit of two asterisk trades. However, you may not make two trades involving asterisk players within 30 days.  In other words, if you make your asterisk-for-asterisk trade with 1 team, you made not make one of your two asterisk-dump-trades with that same team unless you first wait 30 days. Friday after the All-Star Game, 12:01 p.m. thru noon August 31st:  Restricted trading, you may trade with any team +/- 5 points in the standings (based on the most up to date standings on the front page of the All-Star Stats web-site.  "Live" standings will not count, as there will be no way to verify it later.)  Also during this period, teams with less than 40 points and not in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th place will also be able to continue trading with each other.  The asterisk rules will apply during this period.

Between 12:01 p.m. on August 31st thru the end of the regular season:
  NO trading what-so-ever.
 
 

Final 2019 Stats and Standings

  Avg HR RBI SB W S ERA Ratio
Rick FrantzBeachrats
Rick Frantz
66 .2794
10
333
7
1160
10
155
10
105
8
16
1
3.62
10
1.175
10
StudMalcontents
Chris Malinowski
65 .2575
4
354
10
1143
9
114
7
111
10
104
10
4.16
7
1.244
8
Marty SlickersCity Slickers
Marty Slickers
62 .2607
6
338
8
1137
8
130
9
89
5
75
8
3.75
9
1.200
9
Blair DeWaltBlair Pitch Project
Blair DeWalt
49 .2621
8
327
6
1018
5
124
8
103
7
30
3
4.20
6
1.268
6
Little BitchScottsmen
Dale Scott
49 .2689
9
339
9
1109
7
106
5
74
4
51
6
4.31
4
1.278
5
Mark BennettQuestion Marks
Mark Bennett
48 .2603
5
312
4
1035
6
110
6
73
3
77
9
4.14
8
1.266
7
Rob MillerReservoir Dogs
Rob Miller
30 .2375
1
253
3
864
2
74
2
108
9
63
7
4.33
2
1.296
4
Perk has big armsThe Perkolators
Jon Perkins
28 .2613
7
314
5
943
4
101
4
71
2
28
2
4.32
3
1.344
1
Chuck GallagherChuck & Duck
Chuck Gallagher
27.5 .2535
3
248
2
921
3
63
1
93
6
42
4.5
4.29
5
1.341
3
Gets loud during Maryland basketball gamesDruids
Drew Gallagher
15.5 .2529
2
235
1
760
1
79
3
52
1
42
2
4.40
1
1.343
2