AL Tout Live Blog, the transcript is here.

The Tout AL draft is done. Here’s a transcript of the live blog, with some photos of your favorite touts. Click Here

The draft spreadsheet is here.

I happened to read Jason Collette’s excellent live blog of last year’s NL draft while putting together this year’s liveBlogs. Draw whatever conclusion you like, an awful lot of the game we play is counter intuitive. This is well worth reading as you get committed to this year’s players.

Announcing the SABR Trophy

SABR logoTout Wars is pleased to announce the Society of American Baseball Research’s sponsorship of the SABR Trophy, with a presentation by SABR Board member F.X. Flinn of trophies to the three 2009 Tout Wars champions before Friday’s Tout Wars AL Draft.

Tout Wars and SABR hope this inaugurates a long association of championship-caliber play and an expanding appreciation and understanding of the game of baseball.

Read SABR’s press release.

The Tout Mixed Lineup is Set!

This year’s 15 man league:

2010 Tout Wars MIXED LEAGUE

The draft starts at 9am on March 28th. We’ll be blogging live from Citi Field. Follow it here!

Fantasyland, the Tout Wars Movie, Available March 19th.

fantasyland home pageThe wait is nearly over, with the announcement that Fantasyland, the movie based on Sam Walker’s bestselling book about Tout Wars, will premiere at snagfilms.com on March 19th, just in time for the 2010 Tout Wars drafts. So get the word out. Jed Latkin stars in Fantasyland.

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Say Hello to the New Constitution!

The new Tout Wars constitution has been posted. The changes are few (and are highlighted in red).

Major League games played last year to qualify for a position has been lowered to 15 (from 20). The object is to open up some position flexibility, which is especially important in these days of expanding pitching staffs.

Tout Wars loves the Vickery FAAB system, but the feeling was that applying Vickery on the less contested players gave owners a nearly unlimited budget, as player after player was reduced to $1. This year, FAAB bids of 10 or fewer will not be adjusted for Vickery, while bids of more than 10 will be reduced to $10 if there isn’t a higher second bid.

FAAB reclaims, if a player goes on the 60 day DL, will be rounded down, rather than up.

There is clarification of what constitutes a legal contingent bid during FAAB.

And that’s about it.