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Saturday 25th Mar 2017

Last nights Bloomberg draft was not unlike most online drafts. Banter among the participants, especially those of us who already knew one another were common. The regular guys also chimed in, but, as to be expected, they were a little shy.

For the most part the draft moved along just fine. We were given two minutes per pick, and the Commish was very judicious on the draft chat, advising when deadlines were approaching.

The entire draft--that would be 28 rounds--took a little over four hours, but a curious thing happened during the 24th round. Harold Reynolds, the MLB Network analyst, who was also their expert in the league, implored all of us to hurry up, essentially writing, "Come on and pick a little faster, you should have all our picks queued up by now. I have five."

At the time I responded it was not quite that simple, especially if one of us was ten picks removed, for thos selections could indeed be grabbed up by those drafting before us.

I held my tongue on the point that the purpose of the two-minute limit was indeed to keep the pace going.

But, what I really wanted to point out was that taking one's time was a tactic. Everyone is anxious to make their picks, and making your opponents wait and become impatient was not such a bad tactic, as impatience often facilitates a mistake.

It is interesting to me that baseball on the field and in your head both require that same patience and mindfullness. Maybe that is one reason why I can translate so readily one format to another.

But, as surely as a hitter needs to foul off pitches, or a pitcher nibble corners, in order to force an opponent to get in over his head, well, there are ways to make your fantasy opponents make the same mistake, and chewing up the clock to its limits is certainly one of them.

In fact, I would have noted something at the time, but, well, it was during the draft, and it is one thing to share thoughts and secrets about how to draft, like I am here. But, well, in the middle it is kind of like that line of Napoleon's, where he suggests you "never disrupt an enemy who is in the process of making a mistake."

Baseball is a game of patience (this I did note to Harold). On all fronts. Never forget it.

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