Who These New Guys Are and Why They Are Here
For those of you who’ve been around since the beginning here at The Dynasty Guru, you’ve certainly noticed some changes in the year since the site started. For the first six months of existence, there was just me, updating this space as much as physically possible. We rebuilt a dynasty league roster together and we experimented with rankings. We were just learning about each other. Then prior to the season, I brought on the two people who I had mentally hand-picked months earlier to join me on this quest–Craig Goldstein and Ben Carsley. And yes, I enjoy working with them so much that I brought them over to Baseball Prospectus earlier this month.
What’s happened behind the scenes that is leading to the most recent expansion is two-fold. First of all, I have always wanted to provide the most amount of high-quality, dynasty-geared coverage that I could–and when I realized that I could start bringing people in to supplement what I was able to do without diluting the product, I was thrilled. And when I recently posted that I was looking for additional help on the site, I was expecting maybe 10 people to write in with interest. Instead, I got nearly 50. I was flabbergasted, honored and about ten other things all at the same time. In fact, my wife even submitted a post, but I think it was just to get me to pay more attention to her. No, seriously, she’s actually going to write something on here–but that’s a story for another day.
So I may have gotten a little bit carried away in the amount of people I have brought on recently, but it was solely because the quality of candidates was so high. And as a thank you to some of the people who submitted sample posts to try and get a spot on the TDG roster, I’m going to publish them sporadically throughout this week. So anything with a “Guest Week” designation in front of the title is something I enjoyed and wanted to share with the rest of the readers here.
The second thing, which some of you may have seen me reference in the last version of the Stash List at Baseball Prospectus, I’m about to become a father for the second time. Today, in fact. So my time has been limited, and I haven’t been able to put as much into the site as I would have liked to in vacuum. For example, I had planned on updating the Top 500 for mid-August, but that just was not something I had the capacity to do properly. I made the decision to scrap the last update as opposed to half-assing something that I know people look at intently. The Top 500 will return in the off-season along with the rest of the rankings, and trust me, I’ll be whole-assing the entire thing.
Starting next week, we’re going to start having a more regular schedule. And that means two posts per day–one in the morning and one in the afternoon–along with a post each on Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the whole process, I want to get feedback from you, the readers, on the content that we are providing here. If you like the different perspectives and the additional content, or if you preferred the model of fewer posts but a more cohesive voice, I want to know about it. This site exists because of you all, and I want everyone to have a say in its future.
So with all that said, I want to take this opportunity to publicly introduce you to all of the recent additions to the Dynasty Guru team. I think they’re all both talented in the writing department and experienced in the dynasty league department. Hopefully you agree. In fact, one more writer and I can make a calendar featuring the Men of the Dynasty Guru. It would sell no copies.
That’s enough from me, I’ll let these guys speak for themselves:
Ryan Potter (@80GradeWant)
A former strip club bouncer, Ryan has a taste for the finer things in life. He also roots for the San Diego Padres, which balances all of those finer things out. He’s also an aspiring rapper, and his mixtape “F***in’ Alex” really shows some promise.
Alex Kantecki (@rotodealer)
The co-owner of Chicago’s only New York-style pizza joint, Alex mainly just stares blankly out the window waiting for customers. He’s also known to wander L platforms muttering to himself about Alfonso Soriano–which has only become more awkward after the trade to the Yankees.
Mike Buttil (@643ball)
You might think that being Mike Schmidt’s personal assistant would be a life of glamour, but Mike spends half of his time purchasing chewing tobacco for the All-Star third baseman. He also lost half of his right ring finger in a tragic lawnmower accident that he doesn’t like to speak of.
Nick Doran (@blazingfastba11)
The Cincinnati native was a former contestant on the Amazing Race, and finished in third place. However, he also U-Turned an all-female team and became a known misogynist on the Internet. Of course, those comments about Hillary Clinton really didn’t help his cause.
Wilson Karaman (@vocaljavelins)
Some say that Breaking Bad is a work of fiction, and some say that it’s based off Wilson’s travails. Regardless of who you believe, how many other fantasy baseball analysts do you know who are also drug lords? Well, probably more than you think.
Andy Barnes (@adbarnes81)
The Barnacle, as he’s called around these parts, was a nationally ranked tennis player as a teenager before falling into a gambling addiction which derailed his burgeoning career. The terms of his parole say that he’s not allowed to play fantasy baseball for money, so don’t tempt him.
Matt Foreman (@HypeProspect)
Our resident dentist, Matt won’t let you forget it even for a second. No matter what you try to talk about with him, he always brings the conversation back to flossing or porcelain veneers. And don’t even try to eat hard candy in front of him, as he’ll snatch it right out of your hand and give you a talking to.
Luke Chatelain (@lukechatelain)
An investment banker by day and murderous animal by night, Luke still finds time to relax by blasting Huey Lewis and the News and working out incessantly in his pristine apartment. He says he doesn’t own a chainsaw anymore, but he doesn’t hide it particularly well.
Noel Baldwin (@baldouin)
You may not know the song “Shoving Like Hentgen”, but in Canada it’s a national treasure–and it put Noel on the map as a bona fide teen pop star in the great white north. He still sells denim jackets with hand-painted imagines of Pat Hentgen on the back out of a school bus outside the Saddledome in Calgary.
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