ESPN Baseball Nerds Start Fantasy Umpire League

You thought you were all geeked out this baseball season with your five different fantasy teams — each one with different stats, metrics, scoring style, and clever names like “Shane Halter Tops” and “Mlicki Mouse Club.” But the ESPN gang probably has you beat. Buster Olney shared in his blog (Insider only, sorry freeloaders) that he’s part of a fantasy baseball league where GMs only draft umpires.

Umpires arguing

(”Whoever’s umpiring the Cubs game” is not a valid fantasy selection.)

The roto rules seem pretty simple: “[W]e were not scanning the names of the candidates with thoughts of QuesTec or bang-bang play efficiency. No, we considered only one factor. Ejections.” Read more…