Again in 2017 just as in 2016, the Detroit Stars won the Die Hard Fantasy Keeper League. It was a three-peat for my friend Corey; who is approaching legend status in our league that was created all the way back in 2011.
A look back at the final standings:
And a few more looks at the bling that this guy is beginning to pile up:
Here are our league champions dating back to the league’s inception in 2011, along with their winning point total.
2011 – COSFBA (No longer league member), 135.5 points
2012 – Diamond Hoggers (That’s us!), 134 points
2013 – Off Base Percentage, 127 points
2014 – No Dead Teams!, 135 points
2015 – Detroit Stars, 159 points
2016 – Detroit Stars, 155 points
2017 – Detrout Stars, 152.5 points
I find myself in a bit of a rebuild year this season. I have few picks; and Cody Bellinger, Rafael ‘Chico’ Devers, some combination of Khris Davis/Joey Gallo, and Alex Wood, Luis Castillo and Dilonson Lamet at my disposal moving forward. I’ll need to do everything right to have a chance at one of these in 2019, which is kind of depressing.
Still it’s neat to see a league that began so long ago entering it’s eighth season of existence with the strongest group of 12 managers I’ve ever had. Every March like a rite of passage, I can’t wait to see who is going to join the ‘family’ and ride alongside with me all spring and summer, into the fall. Or it could be a couple days for guys like Mallex Smith; who knows.
There’s nothing like the magic of fantasy baseball – where the possibilities are infinite. The friendships you gain through it last a lifetime in some cases. And many of the memories I have from it make me feel sorry for those that never got involved in nerd imaginary baseball. It’s truly the greatest fantasy sport on earth. It makes football seem trivial and boring.
Good luck to the league on trying to dismount Detroit Stars from his championship horse. They’ll need that and then some.