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  1. Oh man, I signed up at 6:15, this post goes up at 6:25… will I be the winner of a shiny $10 bill soon?

    Comment by kcwilson — February 14, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  2. Yep, you’re good. I think you got the final slot, or the next to last slot.

    Comment by David Appelman — February 14, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

  3. Woohoo!

    Didn’t think I’d make it considering I read it really long after the fact. Thanks for offering something that’s been on m mind this whole offseason.

    Comment by brocean — February 14, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

  4. Sweet! Thanks Dave. Cool new league, free. I like it.

    Comment by Kevin Wilson — February 14, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

  5. yargh, teach me to work late. I need to find a way around websense.

    Comment by youngid — February 14, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

  6. If I knew a post would come up soon after the original article I would have invested in the league.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — February 14, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

  7. Met Niv Shah at First Pitch AZ. Good Product

    Comment by Scott G — February 14, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  8. As someone that plays fantasy baseball competitively in pay-leagues every season, while I am happy to see fangraphs launch its own version I think not introducing even some basic prizes at the onset for a pay-league is a missed opportunity. Not only does it drive more to sign-up (like myself), but it also can be structured in such a way as to keep as many players playing competitively as possible ALL season long, which is good for everyone.

    Just my two cents, league looks great, but I want to be able to win my money back and then some…

    Comment by Jesse — February 14, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  9. i have some kudos here if you win.

    Comment by jaywrong — February 14, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  10. Or better yet, the top player(s) get to become fangraphs staff members!

    Comment by Jesse — February 14, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  11. This will be interesting to try out and play with.

    Comment by DavidMVPEckstein — February 14, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  12. This makes it seem like Niv, himself, is a good product. And I’m inclined to believe that it’s entirely the case.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — February 14, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

  13. Thanks Scott!

    Comment by Niv Shah — February 14, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

  14. I’ll write more about this (I am saying that a lot in comments today) but we are very interested in adding prize tiers in the future. However, legal issues prevented us from launching with prize tiers. If this is something you’d want, please contact us at and let us know!

    Comment by Niv Shah — February 14, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

  15. damn i hesitated cause i didnt know if i wanted to pay 10 bucks should have just done it and gotten a team. Oh well you guys deserve the 10 bucks anyway. Or whatever split you see lol

    Comment by Kyle — February 14, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  16. should be free….

    Comment by TdotStandup — February 15, 2011 @ 8:27 am

  17. How do you sign up ? I go to join a league and nothing shows up.

    Comment by Doctor — February 15, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  18. Am I missing something? This Ottoneu seems alot like the original Rotisserie Style leagues… auction, farm system, keepers…

    Comment by Mark — February 15, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  19. The only fantasy baseball I’ve played has been on free (i.e. ESPN) sites. What would something like this site have over ESPN that would justify the cost?

    Comment by hunterfan — February 15, 2011 @ 10:37 am

  20. I think the idea is that the leagues are made up of like minded individuals who read this site, but in my opinion, this could almost as easily be accomplished in an ESPN league?

    I guess the integration with this site sounds awesome, but no prizes, as noted by many above kind of is a buzzkill (but I understand that there are legal issues preventing it, so I guess one can’t really complain about that.)

    Comment by Doctor_Teh — February 15, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  21. Seems to me from the original post that just a few of the key differentiators are:
    -Depth of players available (minor leagues, international, etc.)
    -Year-round management
    -FG-friendly SABR scoring
    -Integration with FG leaderboards (which appears mindblowing)

    In my opinion, though there seemingly can’t be prizes for now, a small fee of some type is a necessity in building a serious keeper league so managers are incentivized to build a team for years and not just for one season to put it all on the line, fail and then abandon the league. I’ve had too many keeper league experiences where you end up with half the league dropping after Year 1. I think this is a good step to combat that from happening.

    Comment by jpjazzman — February 15, 2011 @ 11:20 am

  22. Well, from what I gathered, the fee is for one year only, so if someone enters the league and blows it and end sup with a terrible team, what is to stop them from dropping after year 1 since they feel they have no chance? I may just be misinterpreting what you mean or how the league works though.

    Comment by Doctor_Teh — February 15, 2011 @ 11:26 am

  23. Yeah, is a one time $10 fee really a big enough hit to stop people from dropping in keeper leagues?

    Comment by hunterfan — February 15, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  24. My point is that a yearly fee with no prize payout would seemingly make it less likely for people to stay in it, since they will have to pay for the pleasure of getting demolished if they lose interest or make poor moves the first year. If these people are dedicated enough to overcome those things, they wouldn’t need a fee in the first place I would presume.

    Comment by Doctor_Teh — February 15, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  25. So I signed up for and paid for a team yesterday, but the league was disbanded today, and now I don’t have any league or team. How will I be able to join another league without paying for another team?

    Comment by sgolder06 — February 15, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  26. Also, in case anyone is wondering, that’s Don Wakamatsu’s prom picture.

    Comment by sgolder06 — February 15, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  27. First, awesome avatar. Second, if leagues are disbanded before the season starts, the teams in them will get refunded their fees for the upcoming season. Please email me at with your league name and team name so I can ensure that you get this refund.


    Comment by Niv Shah — February 15, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

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