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We had great response to the Umpbump fantasy league, thanks in no small part to our friend Tim over at Roto Authority.

Without further ado, here are this season’s competitors.

  1. Alejandro Leal is a scholar of HTML code, but all too often his fantasy teams end up gettin’ schooled. But this year will be different.
  2. Sarah Green is a Jane Austen scholar. It’s her first fantasy league. And she’s blonde. This could be fun.
  3. Coley Ward lives in Tucson, Ariz., where he enjoys going to spring training games and brewing his own beer. His fantasy record is spotty, but his glass is half-full!
  4. Paul Moro joined Umpbump last year. He does a great impression of Short Round from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
  5. Caitlin Grace was making fantasy transactions in the waning moments leading up to her wedding. For better or worse, in sickness and in health, she’s on board.
  6. Larry P. didn’t invent fantasy baseball, but he was an early pioneer.
  7. Ania grew up in the Philly area but roots for the Red Sox. Lame. Wicked awesome!
  8. Fatguy had us at, “what kind of fantasy league can it be without FATGUY!” That’s sound logic.
  9. Bryan Inman is a Pirates fan, an aspiring journalist and an Umpbump reader. Talk about a glutton for punishment.
  10. Evan Hochschild is a 22-year old law student. Always good to have a lawyer on board.
  11. Kirk Miller, a 47 year old Northern Californian, has been doing fantasy sports for over a decade. And he doesn’t like Dusty Baker, which is a sign of intelligence.
  12. Doug makes the cut because he coaches little league and Sarah thinks that’s adorable.

Congratulations to all those selected to compete. The draft will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at 8 p.m. EST.

We’ll write periodic posts updating you on the league standings and highlighting some of the more impressive transactions, like when Sarah trades Placido Palanco (he of the oddly shaped head) for Gabe Kapler and his “intangibles” (read: butt dimples). Or when Coley makes the playoffs, only to choke, just like his beloved Phillies.

Ed note: This post has been edited by Sarah.

15 Responses to “For eight lucky winners, their UmpBump fantasies now reality”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    An interesting outcome of the Santana trade on the possibilities of a Sabathia deal, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

    “One of the reasons the Indians probably won’t trade Sabathia right now is the deal Johan Santana received from the Mets. Not only did Santana’s deal set a precedent for Sabathia’s future contract, but for his trade value as well. Four prospects, none of them major-league ready, wouldn’t help the Indians defend their AL Central title. “

  2. FFFFFFF

    Got a weaker package for Santana than they should have and does anyone really think the money spend on Morneau and Cuddyer wouldnt have been better spend on a Santana extension? Failing that….take a run with Santana and Liriano and trade Santana an Nathan in June-July if its not working. If Pohlad has any brains, Bill Smith won’t be there for too long.

  3. Coley Ward says:

    Mike, I don’t think the money spent on Morneau and Cuddyer would have been better spent on a Santana extension. I don’t think a team like the twins can afford a $160 million pitcher (or however much Santana ended up getting paid).

    Also, the danger of “taking a run” with Santana and Liriano is that, if the Twins are still competative in June/July, they can’t trade Santana (the PR backlash would be too great). And then they end up getting nothing more than a pair of draft picks when he signs with another team as a free agent.

  4. Sarah Green says:

    Coley, I agree with you. The total dollars promised to Cuddyer and Morneau fall millions short of what the Mets spent on Santana (6 years at $137.5 million). Had Santana been a free agent on the open market, he could have commanded even more, certainly into the $160 million range.

  5. Coley Ward says:

    Yes. Of course, it’s possible Santana would have given the Twins a hometown discount. But probably nothing less than $120 million over six years. And that’s just too much for the Twins to spend on one player, especially a pitcher.

  6. Sarah Green says:

    I was wondering about the possibility of a hometown discount. I didn’t see it happening, especially since the Twins probably couldn’t have kept Morneau if they’d kept Santana. It seems like not only did he want a ton of money, he also wanted to play for a team that could contend. If he’d stayed with the Twins, those two things probably would have been mutually exclusive.

  7. Nick Kapur says:

    What baffled me most about the Santana trade is not that they made the trade, but that they traded him for mostly pitching. By all accounts the Twins have are more loaded with solid pitching prospects than any team besides the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Of course, there is the maxim that you can never have too much pitching, which I generally agree with, but what the Twins really need more than anything right now is some position players, especially at the crucial “up the middle” positions of shortstop, second base, and center field, which are currently projected to be manned by Adam Everett, Brendan Harris, and a question mark.

    While it’s true that Carlos Gomez is a centerfield prospect, he has yet to show any ability to get on base at a high rate and at best should spend a few more years in the minors. If the Twins rush him to the majors this year, I think that will only cramp his development and hurt his value, and even if they are more patient, I’m not sure Gomez is going to be all that awesome. Meanwhile, the Twins added a bunch of pitching prospects which all project out to be 4th-starter types.

    If the Twins were going to trade Santana, they should have traded him for some blue-chip position players, even if it was only one or two of them, for example Santana for Ellsbury straight up, or something, which I bet the Sox would have taken. I think the feeling that Bill Smith had to get quantity as well as quality ultimately hurt the quality he got.

    And if the Twins couldn’t have found a deal for good position players, I actually think they should have just played out the season with Santana, or even signed him to an extension for whatever the cost would be. Because I’m not so sure that the value the Twins could have gotten out of another year of Santana plus two high draft picks wouldn’t be better than what they got out of the Mets, and I’m also not sure that the Twins truly can’t afford Santana, although obviously that was something they never even considered.

    Because this is a team that is about to get a new stadium, and baseball is also flush with cash right now. What does it mean to say that the Twins “can’t afford” Santana? It really just means that Carl Pohlad, one of the richest men in America, doesn’t want to afford Santana. If the Twins had just said “let’s do this thing” and signed Santana, Cuddyer, and Morneau, would it have been the end of the world for them? No, it would not have, because of the new stadium, the Advanced Media kickback, revenue sharing, and the fact that the rest of their team is all young and super cheap. And they would have had three great young players locked up as the core of a contender for several years.

  8. Nick, I agree with your whole concept of “can’t afford” Santana. I think you are correct about the Twins not wanting to afford him more so than not being able to afford him. I also remember the Twins offering him a deal and the years were more of an issue than the dollars. They were willing to give him $20 million per year but only for 4 years. I also agree that they may have been better off letting the year unfold and taking the draft picks if they couldn’t come to an agreement with him. He may have been willing to resign after he saw that the Twins were going to spend the money to resign other young stars. They are also probably going to have to move Mauer to first or DH him before long. That does tend to make me question why they would throw all of that money at Morneau and basically give Santana away.

  9. Sarah Green says:

    Nick and Melissa, you raise interesting points about the draft picks. Certainly, if they had any faith in their scouting system, they could have come out remarkably well with the picks they would have received for losing Santana—no worse than they did in the trade, at least.

  10. Thanks for your first edit, Sarah. It’s not like i *don’t* root for the phillies, after all. Which brings me to your second edit, to which i can only respond, back off! find another team for your insulting similes.

  11. And here I was thinking I got in because I was a commissioner of a 12 team league.

    Thanks for the invite…

    oh I’m a Mets fan!

  12. Paul Moro says:

    You’re a good man, Doug.

    By the way, I’ve also been known to do great impressions of Frank Caliendo. Immediately recognizable and unmistakable.

  13. Thanks for recognizing the wisdom of booing Dusty Baker.

    Say, what are the settings for this league. I would like to prepare a little.

  14. caitlin grace says:

    thanks for selecting me, looking forward to it, keep me posted on the details

  15. Hey, I just noticed that I’m the last pick. This makes me that kid from the playground picks back in school.

    You know that last kid no one wants but they have to take just to even up the teams.

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