HACKING MASS, a reverse fantasy contest

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#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

Nym! Here's a trick:

- copy the URL to my HM team into your browser's Address bar
- delete everything after "owner=" in the URL
- type in your Baseball Prospectus login name after the equal sign
- GO to that URL

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 18:55 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah it showed my team finally, I'm like #1522 because of John "I Forgot To Suck" Lackey and Jay "Unexpectedly Good" Gibbons

Haikunym (Haikunym), Wednesday, 29 June 2005 19:12 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
1825th !!

(out of 1859)

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 3 October 2005 16:51 (thirteen years ago) link

You really know your deadweight!

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 October 2005 16:54 (thirteen years ago) link

That's bad right??? (in the sense that you picked somewhat "good" players who have caused an unsavory outcome)

xpost - so it's good??? urgh! *head explodes*

Thermo Thinwall (Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 3 October 2005 16:59 (thirteen years ago) link

On the contrary -- I was almost in last place. I predicted crap from Morgan Ensberg and Chris Capuano ... but even without them, the rest of my team played far too well.

Also, two members of my Hacking Mass team played on my Fantasy Team this year. That's a bad sign.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 3 October 2005 17:00 (thirteen years ago) link

(xpost to Morbs)

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 3 October 2005 17:01 (thirteen years ago) link

424th!!

Mike Matheny: 48
Doug Mientkiewicz: 22
Craig Counsell: 50
Rob Mackowiak: 38
David Eckstein: 30
Scott Podsednik: 57
Tike Redman: 60
Jacque Jones: 25
Eric Milton: 153
Shawn Estes: 33
Total: 516

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 3 October 2005 17:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I retract then! Your shit detector is broken!

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 October 2005 17:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Where is Cristian Guzman? I thought that guy was a shoe-in for every team.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 3 October 2005 17:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I think my logic was that CG wouldn't get enough PT to really stink as much as DE. I was soooooo wrong on that tip. Also: I dunno why I didn't pick Brad Ausmus, as he's a HackMass god.

Damn you Mienktwiciziweicz.

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 3 October 2005 17:19 (thirteen years ago) link

xpost

Guzman was the most popular pick at SS:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/hm/index.php?mode=allstar

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 3 October 2005 17:21 (thirteen years ago) link

My team, "Choke? We'd Be LUCKY to Choke!" was in the 1600s. SHAME

Mike Matheny -1
Jay Gibbons 7
Jose Castillo 3
David Bell 15
Royce Clayton 10
Bobby Higginson 8
Luis Matos -1
Alexis Rios 4
John Lackey 22
Elmer Dessens --

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Monday, 3 October 2005 17:52 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=4603


Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 November 2005 20:37 (thirteen years ago) link

five years pass...

so where is it?

your generation appalls me (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 3 April 2011 18:51 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

its back

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23226

johnny crunch, Friday, 4 April 2014 16:27 (five years ago) link

well there goes my weekend

(this is the only fantasy league I've ever played)

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 April 2014 16:37 (five years ago) link

harder to draft a HM team w/ Dusty Baker no longer making out lineups

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 April 2014 16:51 (five years ago) link

p satisfied with my provisional picks, but waiting to see how this week's pitching goes before I commit.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 20:30 (five years ago) link

No more framed Bud Selig photos as prizes, no credibility.

I will still enter though, HM has been sorely missed.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 11:40 (five years ago) link

I am really torn about a few selections, for reasons we can discuss after Friday night. At least one position is kinda short on obviously bad players who will play a lot.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:18 (five years ago) link

I am happy with my team name, but it's not as good as The Bingo Long Unravelling No-Stars (2008 i think)

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 April 2014 19:12 (five years ago) link

less than 12 hrs to finalize your roster

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 April 2014 19:19 (five years ago) link

deadline pushed back a week! I was ready to go, goddammit.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 12 April 2014 13:10 (five years ago) link

ooh - that gives me time to do this!

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 13 April 2014 15:20 (five years ago) link

Deadline is tomorrow night (April 14), not in a week.

Entered my team today.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:20 (five years ago) link

Yesterday and this morning it said the 18th! Very smooth op, BP.

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 April 2014 03:10 (five years ago) link

got my team set! (not as many Astros as I would have expected)

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 14 April 2014 19:43 (five years ago) link

tomorrow we can discuss how the hell our picks will still have jobs in 2 months

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 April 2014 20:44 (five years ago) link

presenting THE WILLS TO WIN! I was really torn about picking Arencibia, but decided not to, bcz surely Texas will not be stupid enough to give him 250+ PA even with the Soto injury, right? Yeah, no idea why I didn't remember it's Texas. Lost several points last night due to Popeye Uggla's 2 HR, which can't happen every night.

Also tempted to take 2 Twins pitchers, but I hadda get a Rockie in there.

Catcher Dioner Navarro TOR
First Base Yonder Alonso SD
Second Base Dan Uggla ATL
Third Base Mike Moustakas KC
Shortstop Alcides Escobar KC

Left Field Robbie Grossman HOU
Center Field B.J. Upton ATL
Right Field Josh Reddick OAK

Pitcher 1 Mike Pelfrey MIN
Pitcher 2 Jorge De La Rosa COL

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:30 (five years ago) link

the Astros sent down my LF Grossman

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 19:56 (five years ago) link

C: Kurt Suzuki
1B Jesus Guzman
2B Ryan Goins
3B Casey McGehee
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
LF Grossman (he'll be back, don't worry)
CF Lorenzo Cain
RF LJ Hoes
P1 Lucas Harrell
P2 Edison Volquez

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:20 (five 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

just... not bad enough.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 2 October 2017 18:35 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (eleven months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (three months ago) link


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