Cover It Live blog here for Tout Wars AL auction, March 19 at 9 am

Look for radio coverage at Sirius/XM and mlb.com. Look for the live blog here.

Tout Wars Auction Dates!

This year’s Tout Wars auctions will take place in New York City the weekend of March 19-20.

The drafts will be tracked as a live blog at www.toutwars.com, and at least some of the auctions will be covered over XM Sirius radio (details to be announced).

Dates and Times:

TOUT AL: Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m.

TOUT MIXED: Saturday, March 19, 3 p.m.

TOUT NL: Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m.

This year’s auctions are being hosted by MLB Advanced Media, in their offices, so there will be no onsite viewing, but we look forward to seeing you on the Internet and the radio.

Rules Changes for 2011: Brian Walton Likes Carrots

Writing at Mastersball.com, Tout NLer Brian Walton describes changes to the Tout rules to reward better finishes. Brian hits most of the nails on the head, but the motivation for (the now abandoned plan of relegation) and this pair of less dramatic incentives wasn’t to motivate players to stay involved. They do. The issue is rewarding better finishes, in order to put a price on very risky all-or-nothing strategies adopted at midseason in an attempt to salvage things. If you don’t complete the Hail Mary, it will cost you.

2011 TOUT: Mixed League Contenders!

The 2011 Mixed League roster (# = New League, * = Rookie)

Andy Behrens, yahoo.com (2010 Champion)
Charlie Wiegert, thegodfatheroffantasysports.com
Scott Swanay, fantasybaseballsherpa.com *
Fred Zinkie, fantasybaseball.com *
Eric Mack, si.com
David Feldman, mlb.com *
Nicholas Minnix, kffl.com
David Gonos, twitter.com/davidgonos
Derek Carty, www.hardballtimes.com/main/fantasy/
Tim Heaney, kffl.com *
Paul Petera, baseballhq.com
Nano Di Fino, wsj.com
Seth Trachtman
Gene McCaffrey, wiseguybaseball.com #
JP Kastner, ballparkhomerun.com

2011 TOUT: NL Contenders Announced!

The 2011 Tout NL Lineup (# = New League, * = Tout Rookie):

Nate Ravitz, espn.com (2010 Champion)
Brian Walton, mastersball.com
Lenny Melnick/Paul Greco, fantasy911.com
Mike Gianella, rotothinktank.blogspot.com
Peter Kreutzer, askrotoman.com
Phil Hertz, baseballhq.com
Rob Leibowitz, mastersball.com #
Scott Pianowski, rotoarcade.com
Tristan Cockcroft, espn.com
Scott Wilderman, onRoto.com
Cory Schwartz, mlb.com
Chris Liss, rotowire.com
Steve Gardner, usatoday.com #

2011 TOUT: AL Contenders Announced!

The contenders in Tout Wars AL in 2011 are (# = New League, * = Tout Rookie)

Jason Grey, espn.com (2010 Champion)
Larry Schechter, sandlotshrink.com #
Jeff Erickson, rotowire.com
Todd Zola, mastersball.com #
Dean Peterson, stats.com
Steve Moyer, baseballinfosolutions.com
Mike Siano, mlb.com
Jason Collette, baseballprospectus.com
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton, rotoworld.com
Ron Shandler, baseballhq.com
Matt Berry, espn.com
Lawr Michaels, mastersball.com