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A Really Bad Idea: Betting on Fantasy Ball

July 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Baseball, Fantasy Baseball

I have no control over the ads that pop up on my blog. I don’t even get paid for them; some problem with me not having updated my account. And even if I were linked correctly I’d get, like, $100 for every thousand hits on the ads. I don’t do this for the money, clearly.

So, no, that was not me who placed the ad for “Daily Fantasy Baseball” that I saw on here today. Because I would be the first to say that wagering money, daily, on individual baseball players is a very bad idea.

The little square ad also trumpets: “Draft a new team each day! Win cash each night!”

Those of us who have been in fantasy baseball leagues know how infuriatingly unpredictable baseball players are. If I actually could forecast how these guys were going to do, I would have won a league championship more than twice in the nearly 30 years I’ve been playing.

The league I am in does not play for money, unlike many other leagues. We play for pride, and that’s enough to risk, thank you. The idea of “choosing badly” exacerbated by “and now it will cost you money” is just too much for me.

One guy on my current team, Aramis Ramirez. For the first 13 weeks this season, he was awful in everything except on-base percentage. I even tried to trade him, and more than once. One scheme would have given me Casey Blake instead of him. Yeah.

Anyway, two weeks ago, Aramis Ramirez went nuts. In the span of 14 days he hit nine home runs and drove in 16 runs. His OBP was .367 during that amazing run. Did I see it coming? Heck no. I would have traded him a month ago if I could have worked out the details.

I suppose it makes sense to put up a website somewhere offshore, throw out a hook for fantasy ballers and establish a system in which the house always wins. You know that’s going on. Somebody just sitting there and watching the money roll in, like at Vegas. A million suckers are born every minute.

I may be a sucker on some topics, but pitting my knowledge of what Eric Hosmer and Brett Gardner might do later today, against anyone else’s? No thanks.


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