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I could have traded Bobby Abreu to Gerry for $36.

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

ESL 1985 Yoo-Hoo Ceremony
The 1985 ESL YooHoo Ceremony

Me pouring YooHoo on Scott Menet with Drew Gallagher holding him down (Mike Capilo in background)

2019 DRAFT DATE:
Friday, March 22nd, 2019
5:30PM


DRAFT LOCATION:
Chuck Gallagher's new 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:
Friday, March 15th, 2019
5:30PM

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.

 
Slickers Mini-Dynasty?
Drew Gallagher, 10/02/18
With the end of the ESL season, I prepared to write of how there is a new dynasty in the ESL and its name is the City Slickers. After all, the Slickers have placed in the money each of the past six years and finished first three times in that span. They also have Ronald Acuna and Luis Soto who are generational talents and will likely be Slickers for years to come. In short, future titles are probable if not even likely (and this pisses Mal off to no end even though he hasn’t been in the league since 2014). So I started to do a little bit of research and what I uncovered is truly remarkable and wasn’t something that I was aware of—Chris Malinowski’s team has finished in the money for 34 years in a row! (The streak would likely be longer except for the fact that we only started the league 34 years ago.) Every year of the ESL’s existence, The Cool Beans or Malcontents have finished in the money. Even in our abbreviated first season in 1985 which was less than 80 games, The Cool Beans finished third behind Menet Work and The Hardbodies. (And for you Penn State fans out there, our first ESL champion was indeed Scott Menet who is the uncle of Penn State’s center.) Thirty four years in a row…Chris was winning money in the ESL before Blair was even born! [CORRECTION FROM EDITOR TOM HOLLAND: The Cool Beans finished 5th in 1986. At that time, 5th place did not get paid, so actually Chris only finished "in the money" 32 years in a row, and 33 out of 34.]

(Another stat that I stopped researching when it started to become obvious that it was so is that I believe my team has finished last more often than any other team
in league history but since Chris and I are the only teams that have been in the league continuously for nearly three and a half decades…oh, screw it, there is no context that makes that seem less terrible.)

So one could argue that the rest of us, at least until Acuna and Soto reach their late 20s in a decade, are playing for third place. However, third place did pay $315.00 so that’s nearly a $100.00 profit on your entrance fee. And take heart, I finished first in 2015, Caps finished first in 2014, Rick finished first in 2013, and Dale finished first in 2011. And going back to 2007 and 2008, Perk won back to back titles and just missed out on a threepeat with a second place finish.

Couple of notes on those final standings. This is Blair’s highest finish since he joined the league four years ago. Feed the Puig is going to undergo a name change unless Rick drafts Puig again since his contract is, finally, up. I’m guessing the new team name is going to feature Trea Turner in some fashion.

The honor of the next Ronald Acuna in the reserve draft goes to The Colonoscopies followed by The Question Marks, Chuck and Duck, Sloppy Second Basemen and then the Reservoir Dogs who are considering changing their name to “Marty, I am not trading you Walker Buehler so don’t even ask.”

Looking forward to year 35 next year. Pretty remarkable that four of the original 10 are still in the fold!
 
Rick went back to Virginia with a $29 K-Rod, and a $26 Corey Hart...and a $20 Jason Bartlett?

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Chuck landed a $42 Michael Bourn, and a $40 Ryan Howard.
 

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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 2018 Stats and Standings

  Avg HR RBI SB W S ERA Ratio
Marty SlickersCity Slickers
Marty Slickers
69 .2666
10
321
10
1050
10
112
5
96
8
89
10
3.46
9
1.234
7
Blair DeWaltBlair Pitch Project
Blair DeWalt
59 .2624
7
270
8
999
8
95
4
122
10
71
8
3.71
6
1.223
8
StudMalcontents
Chris Malinowski
55 .2577
5
244
4
888
4
132
8
120
9
84
9
3.62
7
1.193
9
Rick FrantzFeed the Puig
Rick Frantz
54 .2653
9
272
9
1031
9
181
10
78
5
42
3
4.03
4
1.256
5
Gets loud during Maryland basketball gamesDruids
Drew Gallagher
49.5 .2489
3
269
7
953
6
120
6
87
6
40
1.5
3.43
10
1.178
10
Rob MillerReservoir Dogs
Rob Miller
45 .2501
4
255
6
987
7
136
9
91
7
49
6
4.08
3
1.286
3
Captain Save-a-hoSloppy 2nd-Basemen
Mike Capilo
36 .2485
2
251
5
888
4
93
3
73
4
47
4
3.61
8
1.241
6
Chuck GallagherChuck & Duck
Chuck Gallagher
28 .2653
8
216
3
888
4
55
1
67
2
62
7
4.43
1
1.320
2
Mark BennettQuestion Marks
Mark Bennett
27 .2580
6
211
2
782
2
87
2
58
1
48
5
3.82
5
1.260
4
Little BitchColonoscopies
Dale Scott
17.5 .2405
1
171
1
669
1
131
7
68
3
40
1.5
4.11
2
1.342
1