Thrilled to learn of the new NRO sports blog, Right Field. Not only is right field harder to play at the big league level, but it’s also the most individualistic spot on the roster. Think the Babe, Hammerin’ Hank, Frank Robinson, Mel Ott, Roberto Clemente, Reggie, Kaline, Dewey Evans, Maris. That’s some serious firepower.
Indeed, right field is like war: Long, lonely hours of patrolling vast acres of territory, then sudden kinetic baseball activity in which everything depends on your making the catch, or showing off your cannon arm to throw the runner out at home. Or coming up with the bases loaded and doing what a man’s gotta do.
Our ADL was founded back in the stone age of fantasy baseball, 1981, by a group of New York City writers and editors, as a spinoff from the original Rotisserie League itself, which had been established the year before by my friend and colleague Dan Okrent and his compadres. Today, an entire cottage industry of books, websites, and stat services has sprung up, with leagues numbering probably into the hundreds of thousands.
One of our members, Alex Patton, is the genius behind rotisserie pricing theory and might well be the best player in the country. Other Dreamers have contributed mightily to the literature upon the subject as well. Another member is the famous Rotoman, Peter Kreutzer. As always, it’s going to be a tough room and a very long day.