Saturday, March 31, 2007

Week 1 Deadline - No April Fools Joke!

A reminder that the Week 1 roster deadline is Sunday, April 1, 8:05 PM ET, so head to Clubhouse> Lineup and Strategy and get your team set for Opening Day 2007!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Schedule, Strategy Pages Drop

MLB.com gamedayritual is pleased to announce that the League Home> Schedule and Club House> Strategy pages have been released for Baseball 2007. Head there to setup your strategy for Week 1 match ups and checkout who you'll be facing this season!



Friday, March 23, 2007

Turkey Talking Begins

We're pleased to announce that we've added new functionality to our GM Cards aimed at making it easier for GM's to Talk Turkey and carve out deals from the latest Trade Block action. (For more details on the GM Cards, see this post.)



To activate this option, head to your GM Card, share the information in your 'Contact' section (new) and setup your Skype preferences. Here are the meanings of each of the new settings:
Skype Sharing
By setting your Skype Sharing preference, you control whether any Skype buttons will appear on your GM card when your GM card is viewed by other users.
None: Skype Contact buttons will not shared with anyone
My Leagues(s): Your Skype Contact buttons will be shared with GM's in any of your leagues when they view your GM Card.
All GDR Users: Your Skype Contact buttons will be shared with all GDR users when they view your GM Card.
Chat/Talk
By setting your Chat/Talk preference, you control whether Skype Contact buttons will be added to your GM card for Skype Chat (text) Skype Talk (voice) or both.
Skype Name
Enter your Skype user name here.
Share Status
Check this box if you'd like your Skype Contact buttons to depict your current online status, or if that information should remain hidden.
If you don't currently have Skype, but would like to get it, click on the link below and you'll be taken to the appropriate download page.

Skype - call the world at rock bottom prices
Talking Turkey
You'll notice that in the Trade Block areas of the site you'll find links to your GM Card and to Skype download that you can use to get wheeling and dealing with live chats.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Middlemen on MLB.com

The most recent in a series of articles analyzing the ins and outs of Fantasy Baseball written by MLB.com gamedayritual staffers is now appearing on MLB.com.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/mlb_fantasy_columns.jsp?story=ritual0319

In this piece we take a look at relief pitching - the best of '06, and what to look for in a good fantasy reliever in '07.


New Front Page Deployed

MLB.com gamedayritual is pleased to announce that we have deployed a new version of our Front Page. We have included blog syndication in the Front Page and made some minor refreshments to the overall look. No changes to functionality, but hopefully this will provide people with an improved experience.


Friday, March 16, 2007

Limited Time New User Lite Team Special Launched!

MLB.com gamedayritual is pleased to announce that for a limited time new users will get one free Lite Team, which they can use to either join* a new league (private or public) or create a new league! A new new user to MLB.com gamedayritual can experience the thrill of building their first new ballpark, the rush of their first Free Agency Blitz, the challenge of setting their batting order and getting the pitching rotation just right, and get so much more out of Fantasy Baseball in 2007.

Upgrades from a New User Lite to a Standard Team with all the bells and whistles will be available for $24.95 USD. Or, feel free to play for free for 2007! Click here to create a new account and get going today:

* New User Lite teams are not eligible to claim Orphan teams.

Build Your Ballpark: A hitter's haven, or a pitcher's delight?




Bid for a Winner during the Free Agency Blitz

Set your Batting Order

Monday, March 12, 2007

The sinister side on MLB.com

The most recent in a series of articles analyzing the ins and outs of Fantasy Baseball written by MLB.com gamedayritual staffers is now appearing on MLB.com.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/mlb_fantasy_columns.jsp?story=ritual0312

In this piece we take a look at the value of Lefties and Righties on both the pitching and hitting sides of the coin.

Another great article...

Sinister looking bubbles on a graph...

Saturday, March 10, 2007

gamedayritual Sticks Toe into Sea of MySpace

We're pleased to announce that we've taken the first tentative step, and established a MySpace for gamedayritual. (Oh, how Web 2.0 of us... first a blog, and now this... next thing you know we'll be using Picasa to put pictures into our blog...) We don't have any grand designs at this point for what this may hold, but we are treating this more as an experimental play to see what MySpace could do for us.

http://www.myspace.com/gamedayritual

If you have a MySpace, please feel free to friend the gamedayritual MySpace and we'll see where this ends up!



Friday, March 09, 2007

Handy Tools for FAB Scheduling

Around this time of year, the question of scheduling FABs comes up frequently and often. I've got a couple of (fully free, no account) tools that I use on the web for scheduling meetings and other events that you might find handy.

http://www.meetomatic.com/calendar.php

http://www.doodle.ch/

These two sites basically perform the same function - they allow someone to define a new event (FAB say) and then send a link around to a group of people who all register their availability. This would be handy for finding a window during which all members of your league are available. Someday perhaps we'll be able to add this kind of 'league polling' functionality to our site, but in the interim these free tools may help you out.

I must say that we have absolutely no affiliation with these two sites, offer no warranty or guarantee on their services and can't support you if you encounter troubles using them. But I have used both of them successfully over the past year or so to great effect.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Every Penny on MLB.com

The latest in MLB.com gamedayritual's series of articles on MLB.com has been published, and you can reach it via MLB.com's Fantasy Front Page, or find it direct.
MLB.com's Fantasy Front Page:
Direct Link:
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/mlb_fantasy_columns.jsp?story=ritual0305

In this piece - Money matters: Who's worth every penny? - we look at the performance-to-cost ratio and how to spot values on the Blue Chip and Bargain Basement ends of the spectrum, and everywhere in between.