Players must avoid dreaded splat

In fantasy baseball, you are the one who made the choices, so you have only yourself to blame.

Updated: June 1, 2004, 4:16 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Real life is mostly frustration and pain -- so why should your fantasy life be any different? Did you think your decision to become involved with fantasy baseball was going to allow you the opportunity to dodge reality completely? Did you actually think the little things about life that are so maddening wouldn't apply because the word "fantasy" was involved?

Think again. If anything, fantasy baseball is even more frustrating than the real thing because with the real thing, you can blame other people for what happens. In fantasy, you are the one who made the choices, so you have only yourself to blame. That is, unless you believe there is a grand conspiracy against you and everybody is in on it. That's not out of the question is it? There's plenty of evidence to support that, isn't there? Look at all the things that can go wrong with your fantasy team. Do these things even have names?

They do now.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at