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Vince Koza: Fantasy baseball here despite snow on the ground


August 24. 2013 11:25PM
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I thought the weather would break once we got to spring training.



It certainly had to be better once March Madness arrived and college basketball.



There is no way that the boys state high school basketball tournament would come and go and we would still have snow on the ground.



We do.



Did I read that there is a lawsuit pending versus Punxsutawney Phil for malicious forecasting? Ugh.



I do think spring will be here sooner than later (even though it is later) now that I have done a couple of fantasy baseball drafts.



I honestly enjoy fantasy baseball more than fantasy football.



I don’t remember my very first fantasy draft because the years seem to run together.



But one of my best memories was hosting a fantasy baseball league in the conference room of WLIO-TV and good buddy Dean Brown using the Toledo Blade newspaper and the previous night’s box scores to decide who he would draft.



It didn’t go well for Dean.



Now, a lot of my fantasy drafts are online and that can be a good thing. There is a 60-second time limit on every pick and keeps the draft moving swiftly. I was done in a little more than an hour Sunday night.



That being said, my first draft earlier that day was at a league member’s house, and it took more than two and a half hours. And we actually started with a whopping 12 keepers: 12?



This is a league that many of its members still use a tin can and a string for their phone and listen to their music via eight track tapes.



Twelve keepers?



How valuable is the draft then for bettering your team?



I had the number one pick after everyone kept 12 of their own players from the year before, and was lucky enough to have Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury still available. Ellsbury was ranked No. 42 in ESPN’s top 300.



The next “top player available,” if you are looking at ESPN’S top 300, was Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond at No. 62.



Big difference, huh.



Hellooooo?



In my online draft later that night, I had the eighth pick in the first round and selected Reds first baseman Joey Votto. My second pick was Tampa Bay pitcher David Price. I love that team.



Interesting that with either draft, I did not select one Indian.



Maybe it was not to jinx the Tribe.



Maybe it was because there were always better players available.



I have one more draft coming up this week and will probably stick to that theory.



And remind me next week when the weather finally breaks that Koza was right for a change. And my drafting pays off too, come next fall.



Of course by then, I will have drafted my multiple teams for fantasy football.



Hopefully those drafts are online and with limited keepers.



And the league members have come into the 21st century.



MORE KOZA THOUGHTS:



* Not doing well on my only NCAA bracket I filled out last week. But I still have my final four in Ohio State, Kansas, Miami and Louisville. And I have Louisville beating Miami in the championship game but am rooting for the Buckeyes. And hasn’t the West region opened up nicely for OSU with top seed Gonzaga, third seed New Mexico, and fourth seed Kansas State already eliminated?



* Thoughts from last weekend’s boys state basketball tournament. The best team was Columbus Watterson in Division II. Not impressive when you take the initial “eye test” with the Eagles, but boy they play as a team and get at it defensively, too.



The best individual performance was from O-G’s T.J. Metzger, who hit an all-division record tying nine three pointers and scored 36 points as the Titans won their third state championship in the last decade.



And by the by, I did predict on radio and at last Monday’s Western Ohio Basketball Officials Association banquet that O-G would win state.



Koza being right doesn’t happen often.



* Finally, watch out next year for Versailles' Kyle Ahrens, who is just a sophomore and has already been offered by Boston College and Miami (Ohio).



(You can comment to Koza: vincekoza@maverick-media.ws)





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