This needs an update...coming soon in 2009

These are random thoughts and in no particular order.

The temptation by some owners is to go bargain ball and save money.  Let's get this straight - you need to mix up your roster salary-wise and obviously you want to try to find the cheap player or rookie who will rise to stardom this year or get there in future years, but for the most part, the guys who have large salaries have them for a reason - they are based on the stats that are used in the games.

In building your list of position players one of the main things to keep in mind is AB.  You don't build up your game score on Batting Average or Slugging Pct.  You get it by Hits, Runs, RBI, HR, SB, etc.  Someone going 2-6 in a game is usually better than someone going 1-1 in a pinch-hitting role (unless, of course, that hit was a grand slam).  By appearing at the plate more, the first player has a greater chance of scoring, getting hits, getting hit by a pitch, and so on.

That's true even for your bench players.  The ideal people to be on your bench are real-life starters, since they fill in for you just as any starting player. 

Many owners ignore the minor league roster.  I think it's important in a few ways:

Think of the taxi squad as a disabled list...but players don't have to be injured to be on it's more like the extra players on an NFL roster who don't play each week.

It's obviously a good idea to have guys on your bench who can fill in for starters.  They will fill in only if they play the position that's open.   Thus, having a guy who can play multiple positions can give you a great deal of flexibility in your bench.  A guy who can play 2B and SS might eliminate the need for you to carry an additional middle infielder. (Of course, you'd be SOL if you needed subs at both positions that day).

Many owners ignored having a good backup catcher this year.  Again if you're going for a backup, try to find another starter to give you a better shot of actually having him fill in.  Even when healthy, you've got to figure that the catcher is the guy on your team who will sit the most.  Then again, Springfield got hit by a rash of catcher injuries this year - he finally stopped trying to pick them up and stuck his catcher at the bottom of the lineup - basically taking an 0-5 and an error every game.  But he ended up with the best record.   Another approach might be to take the normal starter and the backup from the same major league team.

Thoughts on building a starting lineup:

In some close games this year, errors made the difference.  I experimented by taking an error out of the formula and the other team would have won (many times).  Errors get kind of hidden in the mix, but you should watch them and see if it changes who you think should start (or be the DH where the errors won't count). Also you can help yourself by having a bench good enough to avoid Benchwarmer use.  The Benchwarmer brings with him two automatic errors.

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