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November 1, 2013

Sporer Report

Three Ways to Traverse the Baseball Offseason

by Paul Sporer


If you are a baseball diehard like myself, chances are you watched down to the last pitch of the World Series whether or not you care about either the Red Sox or Cardinals. Of course with Boston’s 4-2 series win over St. Louis, the season is officially over. We have no more MLB games until 2014. For some, the transition is easy. You occupy your time with another sport (likely football, basketball or hockey), others like to catch up on missed media by binge watching TV seasons or paring down their way-too-long Movies to Watch List, and then some just turn their attention back to those they have essentially neglected since February—wives, husbands, and children.

Then there is the special breed. Those who aren’t even close to being done with baseball regardless of what the schedule might tell them. You took the kids out for Halloween and spent the rest of your Thursday evening watching the Cincinnati Bengals lose on a walk-off safety, but it was just too much time without baseball. You’re jonesing. Not only do you want to stay baseball-sharp for the offseason, but ideally you would do so while also improving your chances for the 2014 season in your fantasy leagues.

It just so happens that I have some suggestions for you.

MiLB Immersion, Particularly the AFL

I may be somewhat biased here given that I am at the AFL this very instant, but staying in tune with the goings-on of the league even if you can’t make it out here is a great way to get a leg up on the next superstars in MLB. The league is flooded with prime hitting talent that can often soon be found atop MLB leaderboards the following year. In just my six years of attending I have seen Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Brandon Belt, Starlin Castro, Nick Castellanos, and Billy Hamilton, among many others. It’s not much of a pitchers’ league, but I have also seen Gerrit Cole in my time while also missing Stephen Strasburg and Cole’s organization-mate Jameson Taillon due to injuries.

This year features the likes of Byron Buxton, Jorge Alfaro, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Alen Hanson, and Corey Seager—all guys who are already populating the upper end of prospects lists, but who will also soon be atop sleeper and regular draft lists for your fantasy leagus. You will even get a chance to see several of this year’s guys in one game during the Fall Stars Game on Saturday night. Not every league pays attention to minor leaguers so while you were busy manipulating your roster and working the trade wire to win your title, you might not have paid much attention to those making their mark in the minors.

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