"If somebodyís going to complain about making $15 million, thereís something wrong with him."
--Mark McGwire, who negotiated his 2-year, $30 million contract extension himself

Hey gang, itís that time of year again. Weíre signing contracts and getting ready for the season.

Well, at least some of you are. Iíve been so busy that I live at the coast, with one of the hottest Spring Break hotspots 10 minutes away, and I havenít even been to the beach yet. And I had the line ready to go too; "Yes maíam, Iíve got another. You are old enough to drink, arenít you?"

Anyway, this is gonna be short, so Iíll get right to it.

Sunday, April 1 is Roster Freeze Day (yes, thatís this Sunday). Your protected rosters are due to me by 6 p.m. Central Time. Your long-term contracts and farm-team protections are due at that time as well. Donít forget, if you keep one of the players currently on your reserve or farm roster, itíll cost you $5. In case you need to brush up on long-term contracts, read the appropriate section of the Constitution, which is linked off the main page.

As to how many players can be saved by each team, the count is:

Fraser Ė 11

Spencer and gang Ė 12

Me Ė 13 (Yeah, right)

Kerr and Thompson Ė 14

Everybody else Ė 15

Draft order (by team #) is: 12, 1, 2, 14, 11, 5, 13, 7, 3, 4, 6, 9, 8, 10.

For the minor-league draft itís: 3, 7, 13, 5, 14, 2, 12, 4, 6, 8, 10, 9, 1, 11

In case you are curious, Teams 3, 4 and 7 all finished with 75 points, but Terry and Bill took fifth on categories. Glenn and Dennis then finished ahead of Doug head-to-head in categories. Four owners also got pre-season money in after the deadline. You can probably figure out who they are by looking at the minor-league draft order.

Rosters are also updated. As always, I didnít remove guys in the AL, as they could always end up in the NL by Sunday.

You will notice a couple of changes on the roster page, I traded Jim Edmonds and Todd Pratt to Doug for Peter Bergeron and Scott Ellarton and Fraser shipped JD Drew and Ron Belliard to Kerr for Curt Leskanic.

The draft is Saturday, April 7 at the Imperial Palace. Weíll start at 10:30 or 11 Vegas time.

Weíve got a new owner. Steve Farabee now has a partner, Keith Ellery. Keith will be in Vegas, so yíall can meet him there. Of course, that means the Retinas might actually be a threat. Steve has always drafted well, but then he let the team run on autopilot. Keith might actually make Steve spend some money during the season. Keithís info has been added to the address page.

Two other things to note on the address page: Doug and myself both have new addresses and phone numbers. Iíve updated our info. Also, Ken and Look have changed their team name to "Nice Tie," obviously forgetting what happened the last time a season went into extra innings. (Hey Ken, thatís the year you lost to me.)

Speaking of winning, youíll notice I havenít updated the front page with pictures of Fraserís victory celebration. I mentioned it to Fraser and he told me that I took the pictures. Silly me, I must have forgotten to develop the film. Someday Iíll get around to getting that done. Of course, Iíve got to find the camera. I did move, and it might still be packed.

Donít forget, Steve Torrens has a proposal out there to lower the salary of pitchers picked in the minor-league draft to $2.50. We also need to discuss what weíll do if there is no baseball in 2002.

Se ya in Vegas.

Play Ball!