This article is part of our The Z Files series.
There's a folder named Z Files I store in the cloud. In it, I archive past installments and the associated research. In addition, there's a sub-folder called ON DECK where I store future column topics and outlines, often with links to potential background information. Then there's another one labeled Yeah Right. This is where I keep ideas I'd like to pursue. It's usually just a bullet point since I know I'll never get around to it.
Unless of course, there's a pandemic, delaying the start of the 2020 MLB season.
The top line says, "Download all the NFBC Main Event drafts and crowdsource some research ideas."
It took a couple days, but I copied and pasted 570 Opening Day rosters from last season's Main Event into Excel.
Uh oh, the NFBC has a rule where you don't need to draft a legal lineup with the first 23 picks; you just need to be kosher after 30 picks.
It took three days, but I copied and pasted 570 opening day rosters from last season's Main Event into Excel, with tweaks to list the active lineup in the first 23 cells, then the reserves.
Obviously, I had some ideas for several studies. But you don't survive almost 25 years in this business without a few tricks, so I posted the following on Twitter: