49th rankedGathering feedback · 4 comments · Fantasy Baseball » Position Eligibility · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →Anonymous commented
As Yahoo! has decided to have two Shohei Ohtani's for the 2019 season, it should at least be consistent in their eligibility tags. In the past and for literally every other player this season, Yahoo! has always deferred to the designations of Major League Baseball and its affiliated clubs as it relates to who is placed on the DL/IL, who is in the minors, who is on the bereavement list, etc. In the two Ohtani's case, however, Yahoo! is unilaterally making a determination of a player's injury status entirely separate --- not to mention contrary --- of Major League Baseball.
This seems to go against the whole purpose of fantasy sports, which is to mirror what is happening in the real-life game, and give fantasy players a chance to test their managing skills.
The easy solution appears to keep it consistent and to tag both Ohtani's the same way as designated by the Los Angeles Angels and recognized by Major League Baseball. This can be easily done by Yahoo!, as IL statuses change nearly every day. Further, players in redraft leagues have no need for Ohtani (pitcher) this year anyway, and those playing in dynasty leagues no doubt already know the risks of having to give a roster spot to a player who may not play (or play much) in a given year and can make their own determination of whether or not to take the risk and spend an active roster spot on Ohtani (pitcher) without Yahoo! attaching an unnecessary and MLB-inconsistent IL tag on him.
Do the right thing: Follow MLB's designations for both Ohtani's.