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Tuesday 20th Feb 2018

A week has passed since the XFL auction where I left $47 on the table by design.  And, I have to admit, the whole process did really freak me out.

That is because I spent $66 on Albert Pujols and $42 more on Roy Halladay, sums I cannot imagine paying under any circumstance.

But, that was my strategy: to grab those two premiere players and then fill out with prospects, and the reality is I really wanted to see it through as theorized to see the results.

And, though I did realize that by nabbing Albert and the Doc I would throw some of the offensive balance in the league off, but one of the odd byproducts to track for a few years is how pulling those two out at those prices, and then sitting on essentially $50, the league economics were similarly thrown.

Not that money was not spent in the first few rounds where Jose Reyes pulled $38, Matt Holliday drew $40, Mark Teixeira was worth $45, and Paul Konerko was worth $38 to name a few.

Because on the other side, Martin Prado went for $3, while Mark Melancon and Matthew Joyce were almost afterthoughts, each going for the minimal buck.

Now, first, I understand I could have grabbed Prado instead of Trayvon Robinson and Ryan Kalish, but that was not really in the plan any more than not taking Pujols was part of the equation.

But, just for the sake of observation, I think that was one interesting auction, and furthermore from what I understand my leaguemates never saw it coming and in some ways were equally thrown.

In fact, I already have had an overture to swap my stars now while I can get maximum value for them, which is indeed true.

But, it is also not the plan, and I decided as part of the strategy that it would not be right to swap my stars until June 1, at the earliest and I had also planned to not just offer to the league, but of not trading both players to a single team to keep the balance there.

Some years back, my good friend Jim Vail, who passed away in 2009, asked me about my approach to the game.

This was after Jim had organized a home run league where everyone picked Bobby Bonds except me (this was a set-up where we could all pick the same players, though that did not happen). This was Bonds at his peak, and we each selected five hitters, but, we had certain parameters, and insterad of Bonds, I went for the duo of Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome atop my team instead.

Well, I won, but, instead of collecting the league prize, I told Jim to hold it, and take us out to a nice dinner when I got to Phoenix for Spring Training the following March.

As we were eating, Jim talked about the league, and the season, at one point looking at me and saying, "Playing the season out is really just a laboratory for you, isn't it?"

"Yes" I replied, nodding in agreement.

And it is true, for I have as much fun setting up the dominoes, as I do knocking them over, and then watching them fall.

The XFL should be a pretty interesting experiment for a couple of years it seems.

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