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SnakePit Fantasy Baseball opens its doors again

Time for aspiring GMs to roll up their sleeves and get to work

Markets Stabilise After Turbulence Last Week Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

SnakePit Fantasy Baseball has been one of the longest-running traditions here on the site. It actually goes back to the 2005 season, when the Pit had barely started; that first season, the league name was still But It’s a DRY Heat... reflecting my pre-SnakePit site. So that makes this now its 13th season - and dammit, I’m going to keep going until I actually WIN the damn thing. :) [My closest being a second-place finish in 2011] It didn’t go well for me last year. Perhaps being there for the draft, in hindsight, might have been a good thing...

Anyway, if it’s like last year, there will be two divisions: the Premiership and Division 1. The Premiership is by invitation-only, and will contain the previous year’s returning teams, plus invites have been sent out today to the first- and second-place finishers in Division 1 from 2016. Congratulations to Wango Fangdango and Yasmany Mo B There, who will be movin’ on up top the Premiership this season. Division 1 is open entry, available to all. If you want to take part, here’s how:

  1. Make sure you have a public email address on file for your SnakePit account (because that’s where the invite will go)
  2. Speak up in the comments below.

SnakePit user Incomplete Translation has kindly agreed to commish Division 1 again this year, so thanks to him. Technical details,, should you care. There’s a non-auction live draft, typically held on the Sunday before Opening Day; details to be established. Both leagues use a standard 5x5 format, with five hitting categories (R, RBI, BA, SB and HR) and five pitching (W, Sv, K, WHIP, ERA) categories. Teams face off head-to-head, and you get a point for each category in which your daily line-up beats your opponent, over the course of the week. Top teams at the end of the regular fantasy season (typically 3-4 weeks before the actual baseball regular season) move on into the sudden-death knockout states, which determine the champion.

There’s no fixed number of spaces, but it will be first-come, first served. A league can have any (even) number of teams from 10-20; if we end up with more than twenty, we can (as we have in the past) split it into Divisions 1-A and 1-B, with the winner of each getting promotion next season.