HACKING MASS, a reverse fantasy contest

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The Prospectus folks run this every year -- you hafta pick sucky players who STILL GET PLAYING TIME:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/hm/


Of course, they have a Predictatron for the more conventional souls.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 17:31 (fourteen years ago) link

I LUV HACKING MASS!

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 17:36 (fourteen years ago) link

The overall winner of HACKING MASS 2005 will be awarded $500 and a mint-condition, signed, framed photo reproduction of Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig.

HAHAHAHA, that's fucking awesome!

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 17:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I KNOW!

The Swingin' Misses are locked & loaded! (Roster to be revealed when I feel like it.)

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 17:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I wonder if I could enter my ILBB fantasy team.

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 18:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I have to finish my team later, changing my obscure-ass players to maximize ABs. I think my team is called The Worst Damn Baseball Team in the World.

Haikunym (Haikunym), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 18:44 (fourteen years ago) link

The Cream And The Clear Didn't Work are ready to go

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 20:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Lining up the Zeroes like S Club 7 will take the field next week.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 21:28 (fourteen years ago) link

My team is called Choke? We'd Be LUCKY To Choke!

Catcher Mike Matheny
First Base Jay Gibbons
Second Base Jose Castillo
Third Base David Bell
Shortstop Royce Clayton
Left Field Bobby Higginson
Center Field Luis Matos
Right Field Alexis Rios
Pitcher 1 John Lackey
Pitcher 2 Elmer Dessens

Haikunym (Haikunym), Thursday, 31 March 2005 13:57 (fourteen years ago) link

THE SWINGIN' MISSES

Catcher: Mike Matheny
First Base: Doug Mientkiewicz
Second Base: Craig Counsell
Third Base: Rob Mackowiak
Shortstop: David Eckstein
Left Field: Scott Podsednik
Center Field: Tike Redman
Right Field: Jacque Jones
Pitcher 1: Eric Milton
Pitcher 2: Shawn Estes

Last Year's ESPN total: 612

I have to double-check on JJ & Redman, tho.

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 31 March 2005 14:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, if only Brian Jordan was playing RF...

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 31 March 2005 14:21 (fourteen years ago) link

One of my favorite things about HM: the wisenheimers that pick the BEST HITTERS, and end up in last place with a negative score that trumps the 1st place score, absolute value style.

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 31 March 2005 14:22 (fourteen years ago) link

C - Rod Barajas (Matheny and Ausmus were too obvious)
1B - Darin Erstad (yet I chose the most popular 1B option)
2B - Craig Counsell
3B - the chump from KC
SS - Pokey Reese
LF - Rondell White
CF - Brady Clark
RF - Alexis Rios
P1 - Kenny Rogers
P2 - Russ Ortiz

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Friday, 1 April 2005 21:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Lining Up the Zeroes Like S Club 7

Catcher -- Brad Ausmus
First Base -- Scott Spiezio
Second Base -- Craig Counsell
Third Base -- Morgan Ensberg
Shortstop -- David Eckstein
Left Field -- Mike Tucker
Center Field -- Endy Chavez
Right Field -- Aaron Guiel
Pitcher 1 -- Brian Anderson
Pitcher 2 -- Chris Capuano

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 3 April 2005 17:30 (fourteen years ago) link

NOTE: Endy Chavez has been sent down to start the year! Watch out!

David R. (popshots75`), Sunday, 3 April 2005 20:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Why do none of you people have Tino Martinez on yr sizzelfs?

Jimmy Mod Knows You Eat Your Own Farts (ModJ), Sunday, 3 April 2005 20:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Because the guys we picked suck more (in the context of this contest), and he probably won't get enough ABs to be worth taking.

David R. (popshots75`), Sunday, 3 April 2005 20:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Endy Chavez has been sent down to start the year!

Whoa, thanks! I switched to Marquis Grissom instead.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 3 April 2005 20:51 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Rich Aurilia anyone?

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 23:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Who's winning the Ausmus-Matheny race to the bottom?

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 14:34 (fourteen years ago) link

I would go with Ausmus so far, as if I recall from a box score, Metheny is currently hitting over .300.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 14:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't find my team! What the fudge!

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Matheney's actually at 1. The highest scoring catcher is John Buck.

My team seems to have 3 of the most popular picks on it (Milton, Estes, & Minky).

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 14:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm #152! I'm #152!

Haikunym (Haikunym), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 15:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm 1253! I'll get better worse, I promise!

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 15:30 (fourteen years ago) link

hate to quibble, but i'm 1253...and i also ate 10 tacos w/ jeff weaver last night.

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 15:38 (fourteen years ago) link

SIXTEEN TWENTY! Jacque Jones is KILLING ME - stupid -23.

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 22 April 2005 13:43 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm up to #1024. But it's misleading -- it's almost completely a one man effort at this point. Congrats to Brad Ausmus!!

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Friday, 22 April 2005 13:55 (fourteen years ago) link

haha I have moved
up to number one hundred
and twentyseventh!

Haikunym (Haikunym), Friday, 22 April 2005 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

how do I find my team?

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Friday, 22 April 2005 17:27 (fourteen years ago) link

just go to the link above, it should log you in and then show you where your team is

Haikunym (Haikunym), Friday, 22 April 2005 18:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Actually, I had to search through the entire HM team log to find my team - is there a direct link to one's team somewhere that I'm missing?

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 22 April 2005 18:52 (fourteen years ago) link

The last place team right now isn't even a goof team; it's a legit HM contender!

Brian Schneider -- 6
Eric Hinske -- -3
Brian Roberts -- -31 [BURNINATED!]
Vinny Castilla -- -17
Pokey Reese -- 0
Scott Podsednik -- 8
Craig Biggio -- -8
Jacque Jones -- -23 [DAMN YOU JJ!]
Darrell May -- -2
Brett Myers -- -23 [BLESS YOU BM!]

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 22 April 2005 19:02 (fourteen years ago) link

#1493 for me - everyone's either breaking even or on the good side of bad (except for, of coure, JACQUE JONES).

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 25 April 2005 16:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Things are starting to normalize -- the last place team is a goof with Manny, Vidro, Mulder, etc.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 25 April 2005 16:34 (fourteen years ago) link

And I've rocketed up to #320 today!

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 25 April 2005 16:36 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Wow, does my team ever suck

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 9 June 2005 19:26 (fourteen years ago) link

not as bad as mine. I gambled on Rogers, figuring the contract dispute and age would catch up with him.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/hm/index.php?mode=team&owner=mlpowell&noncache=1118348681

milozauckerman (miloaukerman), Thursday, 9 June 2005 20:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Things are not going well for my team.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 10 June 2005 02:15 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't understand - when your team is supposed to suck - is that good?

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 10 June 2005 02:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, the meaning is reversed in HACKING MASS, so "wow, does my team ever suck" = "these guys are pitching and hitting far too well".

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Friday, 10 June 2005 05:36 (fourteen years ago) link

OMG my team's anti-greatness is getting submarined by ROB MACKOWIAK!

Mike Matheny: 21
Doug Mientkiewicz: 29
Craig Counsell: -5
Rob Mackowiak: -26
David Eckstein: 6
Scott Podsednik: 24
Tike Redman: 14
Jacque Jones: -9
Eric Milton: 81
Shawn Estes: 11
Total: 146

And just so I remember where my team is.

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 10 June 2005 13:04 (fourteen years ago) link

I also didn't realize (until this year) how simple the HACKING MASS scoring system was:

HITTERS = (800 - OPS) * PAs
PITCHERS = (ERA - 4.00) * IP / 3

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 10 June 2005 13:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Middle of the pack.

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Friday, 10 June 2005 16:55 (fourteen years ago) link

so, i told a friend about this thing, and he got so excited about it he set up a 2nd-half counting stat yahoo league where players maximize points by playing terribly, but also playing every day. so, games, at bats, strikeouts, gidp, etc are good for batters, while home runs, rbis, hits, etc are negative.
i told him it was too much effort, and he should just sign up for the bp version next season, but he was not to be deterred. so, i joined his league, along with a few others, and then drafted cristian guzman with my first pick.
perhaps the most interesting/frightening part of it is when one of your opponents selects someone who is on one of your "regular" fantasy teams. that's kinda painful.

the leglo (the leglo), Friday, 10 June 2005 17:42 (fourteen years ago) link

I know! I'm getting a little put off by how often I'm seeing Eckstein's name.

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 10 June 2005 17:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Don't worry, Thermo - I'm more than put off by Eckstein's respectable performance this year. SUCK HARDER ECKSTEIN!

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 10 June 2005 18:15 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Milo and I are both ranked in the 1800's now! 3rd percentile -- yeah!

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 17:53 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm 1081! Woo!

Mike Matheny: 9
Doug Mientkiewicz: 25
Craig Counsell: -5
Rob Mackowiak: -6
David Eckstein: 17
Scott Podsednik: 30
Tike Redman: 13
Jacque Jones: 8
Eric Milton: 108
Shawn Estes: -7
TOTAL: 192

Damn you Shawn Estes.

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 18:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't find mine

Haikunym (Haikunym), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 18:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, I dunno why they stopped showing where YOUR TEAM is in reference to the field. I think I do know why they nuked the STAFF link, tho - their teams kinda sucked!

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 18:50 (fourteen years ago) link

In the past week I've climbed from fifteen or so places from the bottom up to 489th place! Still in negative points though.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 29 April 2015 18:47 (four years ago) link

I have zoomed into the top 50, bcz Loney, Hamilton and even Valbuena and Markakis are finding their rubber legs in the batter's box. Too bad Tuffy Gosewisch is about to lose his starting job; shoulda gone with Bethancourt, goddammit.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 May 2015 16:26 (four years ago) link

I'm 10th from the bottom! Nelson Cruz is killing my team.

Even the guy in last place was obviously making serious picks, choosing DJ LeMathieu and Mike Moustakas is easily defensible.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:51 (four years ago) link

Only one other person picked Cruz, if I understand it correctly. At the start of 2014 no MLB teams wanted him! Last year easily could have been a fluke, and it was really only a couple of great months, in the second half he was terrible IIRC.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:55 (four years ago) link

The 12 players who have Jeremy Guthrie are inordinately happy today.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:08 (four years ago) link

btw RIP Tuffy Gosewisch (torn ACL)

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 June 2015 15:53 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Kyle Lohse is the first player to 100 points, nosing out Kyle Kendrick (97)!

Note to self: pick more Kyles.

(not Ricky Nolasco, looks out for the year)

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:56 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

your 2015 HM All-Stars

Rene Rivera C
Adam LaRoche 1B
Omar Infante 2B
Casey McGehee 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Billy Hamilton CF
Alex Rios RF
Kyle Kendrick P
Jeremy Guthrie P

For my squad, Kendrick and Hamilton came through with a combined 185 points. My other 8 picks: minus 54. Finished 311th out of 536.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 03:40 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

it's back

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 19:36 (three years ago) link

you got a team picked out yet?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 20:20 (three years ago) link

i have not, tt, but i have learned from last year in particular i'd say

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:48 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

just minutes to finalize those rosters (allegedly)

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 April 2016 18:47 (three years ago) link

my squad, Run Dusty Run (tho i picked no Nats, as Ben Revere is disabled)

Catcher Cameron Rupp
First Base C.J. Cron
Second Base Omar Infante
Third Base Aaron Hill
Shortstop Alcides Escobar
Left Field Yasmany Tomas
Center Field Billy Hamilton
Right Field Eddie Rosario
Pitcher 1 Chris Tillman
Pitcher 2 Wily Peralta

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 16 April 2016 16:04 (three years ago) link

it looks like Hamilton has learned to walk a little, tho! :o

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 16 April 2016 16:04 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Chris Tillman is gonna be a fucking All-Star this year, i just know it

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 03:01 (three years ago) link

lol

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 14:07 (three years ago) link

coulda picked a Rockies pitcher! ANY Rockies pitcher!

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 14:16 (three years ago) link

Rick Porcello is killin' me

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 18:24 (three years ago) link

i am literally middle of the pack, #197

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 18:25 (three years ago) link

i almost picked Alfredo Simon over Chris Tillman, which is currently a swing of 88 points.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:54 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

down to 55 pts from 92 a month ago!

Cron, Tillman, Y Tomas, Philly catcher Rupp all been afire

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 July 2016 18:56 (three years ago) link

refresh my memory. in reversyland hacking baseball; more points is better, right? the worse your guys are doing, the better = more points.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 25 July 2016 21:28 (three years ago) link

yep

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 July 2016 21:28 (three years ago) link

tillman, rick porcello, angel pagan, and kurt suzuki are killin' me

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 25 July 2016 21:54 (three years ago) link

Yasmany Tomas and Cron have passed Tillman as my worst picks

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 August 2016 14:47 (three years ago) link

thx to the above and Rupp, down to 34 pts, and 312th out of 394. Sad!

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 14:11 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

your all-stars

Derek Norris C
Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Daniel Castro 2B
Juan Uribe 3B
Adeiny Hechavarria SS
Jake Marisnick LF
Ben Revere CF
Jason Heyward RF
James Shields P
Tyler Duffey P

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 October 2016 13:29 (three years ago) link

Heyward! Yikes.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 3 October 2016 14:35 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

now open at BP!

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 31 March 2017 14:48 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

they finally froze the rosters this weekend, here are my picks

C Martin Maldonado
1B Yulieski Gurriel
2B Dee Gordon
3B Jose Reyes
SS Alcides Escobar
LF Travis Jankowski
CF Leonys Martin
RF Matt Joyce
P 1 Ubaldo Jimenez
P 2 Josh Tomlin

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Monday, 17 April 2017 20:26 (two years ago) link

welp, Leonys Martin sent down to Tacoma, fuck me

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 April 2017 00:58 (two years ago) link

yet i'm in 5th place...

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 19:00 (two years ago) link

Thanks to 'sterling' outings by Josh Tomlin and Ubaldo yesterday, I'm #1.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:10 (two years ago) link

maintaining my lead by a mere 2 points (damn Jhoulys Chacin)

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:24 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

retaken the lead by 8 points! thank you Josh Tomlin, for your 5-inning, 4-ER win yesterday.

if i win, mookie will get the Tebow t shirt.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 June 2017 16:28 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

I swooned mightily and finished 27th, presuming they don't let the hacker who put James Shields at every position win...

My worst picks were Yuli Gurriel, Matt Joyce, and surprisingly Jose Reyes, whose horrendous first 2 weeks lured me into picking him.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 October 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

27th out of, what, a few hundred (?) ain't bad!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 2 October 2017 18:34 (two years ago) link

just... not bad enough.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 2 October 2017 18:35 (two years ago) link

lol, right

i already have confidence in a couple of the position leaders for next year.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:41 (two years ago) link

the all-stars (the only ones picked by more than 11 players were the DUH! perennials, Escobar and Jimenez)

Matt Wieters C
Albert Pujols 1B
Tyler Saladino 2B
Darwin Barney 3B
Alcides Escobar SS
Alex Gordon LF
Adam Engel CF
Jose Bautista RF
Ubaldo Jimenez P
Chris Tillman P

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 14:31 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

play by midnight tomorrow!

https://legacy.baseballprospectus.com/hm/index.php?mode=rules

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:39 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

A shit ton of players earned 20+ points last night, but not me. So I checked the box scores and learned that Texas is still mysteriously letting Matt Moore pitch, and he gave up 6 ER in 1.2 IP.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:53 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Elvis Andrus has to be on some sort of leaderboard for this season's fall from grace?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:14 (one year ago) link

he's just at the low end of mediocre? True Avg has slipped to .241, which is weak but not awful.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:34 (one year ago) link

btw i am currently tied for 20th...

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:35 (one year ago) link

i never know if that's good or bad – but congrats?!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 17:14 (one year ago) link

It's good for the contest... but I have no real chance of winning, bcz most of the leaders have some of the key players I do (eg, Alcides Escobar, Tim Beckham).

What pisses me off is they always close the rosters 2 weeks into the season, and some smartass always picks his roster as the ten players leading at their positions through 10-12 games. The guy who did that this year is still running 2nd! Chris Davis sucked through mid-April, and guess what?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 17:49 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

it's back, and the strategy is interesting this season bcz

1) some guys like HM perennial Alcides Escobar are finally gone

2) are the Orioles really gonna let Chris Davis repeat last year?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 14:23 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

I finished 5th out of 125 players, best showing ever. If I'd just had the brains to pick Jarrod Dyson in RF instead of Kole motherfuckin' Calhoun, I'd have won going away.

All Stars:

Jeff Mathis C
Chris Davis 1B
Chris Owings 2B
Travis Shaw 3B
Nicky Lopez SS
Curtis Granderson LF
Lewis Brinson CF
Jarrod Dyson RF
Antonio Senzatela P
Jordan Zimmermann P

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 September 2019 20:29 (two weeks ago) link


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