2021 BABS Game Plan – Preview
This is where you will find your new DASHBOARD on February 10. All links are here.
It’s been nearly a month since my last post and we still don’t know if there will be a designated hitter in the National League. MLB says they are committed to playing out a full 162-game season, yet this country is in far worse COVID-shape than it was when they could only salvage 60 games. As several writers have noted, “The owners and players seem committed to driving off a cliff together.” For now, we have little choice but to follow their lead, albeit from a safe distance.
So… welcome to BABS 2021 and the BABS Game Plan series. This is the Preview Installment to help you get a head start on the mega-content that begins shortly and extends over the two-month draft season, pending any changes to the MLB schedule.
The four-part publication calendar provides you with intensive, comprehensive content so you can make the best use of the BABS system. We’ve been likening it to moving from network TV (where you have to wait for content according to their schedule) to a Netflix model (where we publish it all at once and you can binge-read). Four times — February 10 and 24; March 10 and 24. Opening Day is April 1 this year. We hope.
(* Asterisked links are for members only.)
It all starts here, with The BABS Project 3.0. It’s your FREE reference tool. (All are PDF files.)
Book 1 – Why we need a new system
Book 2 – The Broad Assessment Balance Sheet
Book 3 – BABS in practice
BABS 2021: What’s New?
For BABS rookies and veterans, here is a summary of what to look forward to in 2021.
How to use the Database and Spreadsheet Reports. Bookmark this page; you’ll come back to it often.
BABS Database Preview
We’re still putting the finishing touches on the first publication of the database, but here is a sneak peak*. There are still a few data issues to iron out, including position eligibilities, some injury designations and some playing time anomalies. For BABS veterans, you should know your way around. For newbies, here is the Report Key and a blank roster grid, but the heavy duty analysis to help you navigate better will begin on February 10.
BABS Master Spreadsheet Preview
We’re still fine-tuning the ratings and rankings here as well, but here is a sneak peak*. The links above for the Report Key and roster grid apply here as well.
Average Draft Position Rankings
We use those from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship.
Introducing… the FISH List
I never hesitate to innovate, even if it might be misguided. I’ll let you be the judge*.
BABS in RotoLab
The industry’s best draft management software has a module just for BABS. The software is sold separately but the BABS unlock key is here*.
Do you have a question that would be best answered by one of our experts and benefit everyone? Submit it on our Contact Page and put MAILBAG in the Subject Line. I’ll select the best ones to respond to in each of the four Game Plan installments.
It’s your community of really smart BABSians. Ask questions, offer insights, vent – it’s your neighborhood. Quiet since last summer, let’s reopen the doors now*!
BABS Baseball Leagues (BABL)
A fantasy competition based on BABS philosophies. 10-team leagues, 50-man rosters
The BABL Concept* | Details and Signup Info
(Signup deadline March 12. Drafts begin February 21.)
Okay, that’s enough to get you started. We’ll jump in with both feet after the Super Bowl.