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Roto Baseball, a.k.a. The League of Dorks

- April 2, 2009

bq. Despite the numerous strategies that have been covered, a single successful strategy does not exist that ensures a winning Rotisserie Baseball season. Research of every variable affecting a player’s value to a particular team is crucial. Attention must be given to both important scoring categories, such as stolen bases and saves, and to position scarcity. More importantly, effective use of the entire salary cap is imperative. The worst mistake any Roto owner can make is to have money left over at the end of a Draft Day.

The research on fantasy sports leagues is starting to emerge. The above is a quote from this master’s thesis by Steven Rowell. Prefer something a little more political?

bq. …the current study indicates that fantasy sports reinforce hegemonic ideologies in sport spectatorship, emphasizing authority, sports knowledge, competition, male-bonding, and traditional gender roles.

That’s from this paper by Nickolas Davis and Margaret Carlisle Duncan.

But the real point of this post is a public service announcement. Political scientist and Monkey Cage reader Jon Bernstein runs a fantasy baseball league and the league is looking for a few more participants. The current participants are mostly, but not entirely, political scientists. This means that the term “League of Dorks” — see here — is even more applicable.[1]

If you’re interested, send Jon a note (here). You can do your part to reinforce hegemonic ideologies.

fn1. In graduate school, I helped out a friend who was participating in this league. While he went to a Dave Matthews concert, I took his place on draft day and helped draft his team. I’ll leave aside the question of why friends let friends see Dave Matthews, and simply say that these were some of the most interminable hours of my life. There are dorks, and then there are baseball dorks. I was hearing batting averages from 1987, vs. left-handed and right-handed pitchers, you name it. To top it off, the one time I went to the bathroom, my friend’s preferred catcher got drafted and then I had to settle for some guy who was injured. But don’t let this anecdote dissuade you.

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