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Mound Musings: Learning to Think Like a GM

Brad Johnson

For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.

Whenever possible, I like to share thoughts on ideas that could help readers become more successful in the fantasy baseball arena. The question I get asked most often is, “What do you think of and would you rather have or in your rotation?” Great question, for sure, and I’m always ready to provide my humble opinion. However, I also see a lot of questions like, “Why is in that team’s rotation, and why don’t they call up instead?” Believe me, I ask myself that question all the time! But, many years ago, I realized something that changed my whole thought process regarding roster decisions. I learned I needed to think like a GM.

As much as it may annoy us, general managers (and managers) don’t really take the fantasy impact of their decisions into account.

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