The All-Star break is a good time to talk a little bit about 2021 OPL so far and what to expect as we enter what I expect to be a very exciting playoff stretch.
First, congrats to everyone who made the playoffs. The difference between 32nd and 33rd ended at around 20 points after over half a season of baseball. You can also see that 31 and 32 were separated by less than 0.3 points. It was a very tight finish that ended up being tracked in the #opl Slack channel at-bat by at-bat, and I’m very happy that it was exciting and fun down the stretch.
For those of you that have cleared the last big red line, congrats! You have won a 2021 OPL t-shirt. The way I am going to distribute this prize is going to be a little bit different. The t-shirt is listed in the Ottoneu store for $1mil. The teams that have made it to the playoffs will receive one coupon that will reduce the price of this t-shirt to $0. They will also have the option to generate up to 3 more coupons for this item, though the subsequent coupons will reduce the price to $25 to cover getting the shirt and shipping it. This is so co-managers will be able to get t-shirts. This system will be live after the 2021 OPL season ends. I’m distributing this prize (and the bat, for that matter) through the store because it makes the logistics of inventory (ordering the right number of shirts) and shipping (where to send the shirt) way easier on me. We’ll try it out this year and I’m open to feedback on this system ahead of 2022 OPL.
As was brought up a couple of days ago, the next snapshot occurs on July 14 at 4am ET. Get your teams ready, this is the roster you take to the end of the season.
Matchups will be generated on July 14th as part of the snapshot process. Matchups are totally random and each round is generated on the fly (no bracket). I’m excited to see what teams end up matching up. It should be a real sweat to get to the top 16!
Finally, I want to set some expectations for 2022 OPL. I’m pretty happy with how 2021 OPL has turned out - it has caused some teams to make some tough decisions, it has generated a lot of excitement, and I think long-term it is going to help incentivize finishing higher in home leagues. The only concern from my perspective has been the manipulation of the suspended list, 60-day IL, and COVID-IL statuses for roster spots. The handling of these statuses will change ahead of 2022 OPL, and I’ll have more details about this after this MLB season is over.
I hope everyone has had a ton of fun with the inaugural OPL. I welcome any feedback you have, either directly (email@example.com) or here in the forums, and I wish everyone who is still standing the best of luck going forward. Thanks as always for supporting Ottoneu Fantasy Sports!