Above, are the final standings for the 2017 Season. The Featherless Chickens celebrated their third Field Series Championship in franchise history, notching the first for Manager, Ron D. since taking the helm in 2011.
The Asparagus Piss Bombs and Bay City Bombers both made trades down the stretch of the season for key assets to make deep playoff runs. Both teams exchanged 2018 mid-to-late round draft picks in exchange for late round picks, and both fell short in the playoffs. The Piss Bombs added starting pitcher Marcus Stroman and relievers, AJ Ramos and Brandon Kintzler to bolster their record setting pitching roster. The Bombers added Marlins bats, JT Realmuto and Christian Yelich.
When it was all said and done, the six seed heading into the playoffs, Featherless Chickens lined up a run, never seen before in the BFBL. They took down all top three seeds, beating the three seed Sand Gnats, two seed Bombers, and finally the one seed Asparagus in the Field Series Championship. The Featherless Chickens will look to defend their Field Series Championship and take back-to-back titles for the first time since Magic Hat in 2009-2010.
Looking to 2018, the story lines are plentiful. Can the Featherless Chickens repeat as Field Series Champions? The Asparagus Piss Bombs, winners of back-to-back League Pennants, will look to take their season full fold and bring home the real hardware in the Field Series Playoffs. The Bay City Bombers, finishing the season out of the Field Series Championship game for the first time in five seasons (Two Championships in time period) will look to bounce back.
The biggest storyline? The New Guy and Manager, Mitch S., who had the best Win Percentage in the league (.611) since joining mid-season, will compete in a full 2018 season, already set-up for success. Already touched on prior, the Bombers and Asparagus traded 2018 picks for players to make playoff runs. Mitch S., since joining mid-season recognized a team not only out of competition for the current season, but a team with deep potential.
'The New Guy,' both literally and figuratively, made trades in 2017 to acquire, former team's OF Keeper Players, Charlie Blackmon and George Springer, and SS Francisco Lindor to field alongside Bryce Harper to be the best team in the league in the second half. With that momentum, they not only took down the Consolation Championship to win first overall draft pick for the 2018 season, but also acquired key positions in the 2018 Draft to continue that momentum into the season.
Cheers to the 2017 season, and here's to the 2018 fantasy baseball season, which is right around the corner!