Sunday suggestions Doug Gray January 27, 2013 24 Comments Guys (and gals), I am working on re-designing the site. It is going to look similar, but a little bit different as well. Along with that, I am adding new pages to the site. Currently, these are the pages I have on the site: Watch Games Online – Really only usable during the season. Video – A link directly to the RML Youtube page Interviews – I am actually going to try and line up a few of these before the season starts as guys look forward to 2013. Store Contact – How to get in touch with me Here are the pages that I plan on adding with the new design launch: Rule 5 Eligibility list – Will show when players will be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft Affiliates – Will have information on each affiliate (Address, Phone, Manager/Coaches, Official Website, PDC length) Prospect Lists – Past prospect lists Draft – Past draft information and once the newest draft happens, a draft tracker like the one provided for last year. About the staff – There may be more than one person working on the site at some point during 2013. If so, this page will be added. If I don’t add anyone, this page won’t happen. What I am looking for from you guys, is this: Are there any pages that you would like to see, that aren’t listed above? 24 Responses Terry M January 27, 2013 I would like to see some interviews with scouts if possible or quotes from our scouts. I would also like to see in chart form or something like that how a team’s draft process works ie area scouts,crosschecker. I would like to know more specifics about the scouting department and its structure..I like all drafts from mlb to nfl to nba all the way to nhl…. Dan January 27, 2013 Definitely add a page for your prospects lists. I always find myself scrolling back through months and months of posts just to remember what you said about a player on that list. Doug Gray January 27, 2013 It will be there. With a link to browse back and check out what information that came with them. Kris January 27, 2013 I personally love all the ideas you have to add to the page. Those are all things I’d be happy to see. DaveCT January 27, 2013 How about transactions? I don’t need a Rule 5 list other than that time of year … more like a 40 man eligibility timeline. same difference really, just different point of view. How about a section tracking sleepers and break out kids? Doug Gray January 27, 2013 I tried a transactions page before. To be honest, it was too tough for me to keep up with. I am just not sure that I would be able to keep up with it. I will put it on my “maybe” list and when the season gets close I will look further into whether it will be feasible or not. Norwood Nate January 28, 2013 Along that sort of line, I would be interested in an Options page or links. I have tried looking across the internet to find out which players have options left etc. and have yet to have much luck other than a general description of how options work. For example, Mike Leake, I’ve tried to figure out if he could go down to AAA during this year or not. Doug Gray January 28, 2013 This is where things get tough. I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin because there are so many strange rules on how things work. I have heard that Leake can go down to the minors this year, but ONLY if it is in the first two weeks of the season. If it is beyond that, he would have to pass through waivers because of some service time rule. The Duke January 27, 2013 Archive chats and AQA into single click destination. More detailed player pages for top 20-25 prospects. Year to date stats on a single page Doug Gray January 28, 2013 I like the Chats/AQA idea. I have thought about seeking out a chat client to bring those back. I really loved the cover-it-live option, but from what I am reading, it would cost me anywhere from $29-49 a month to bring it back. I will look for other options, I really do love the chats. With the player pages, what exactly do you mean? What kind of info would you be looking for on there? I am not sure about the stats. I can attempt to talk to someone and see what could be out there for those solutions. The Duke January 28, 2013 I know you used to be able to download stats from MLB, but that was a decade ago. Doug Gray January 28, 2013 I know where to download them, but being able to embed them into a page is different. I don’t have the time to manually update the stats every day, so I would need to find a solution that would work automatically with some sort of coding from whoever was supplying the stats. DaveCT January 28, 2013 This may be bordering on RML’ over indulgance, but how about links to the MiLB team or league transactions pages? Perhaps with the daily box scores? Also, with chats, I would love to see a pre-season and a mid-season chat with Chris Buckley or another top scouting staff … Doug Gray January 28, 2013 I like the idea of adding the team transaction links. I will certainly add them somewhere to the site, perhaps in a “reference” menu in the navigation bar. jim t January 28, 2013 conduct a game chat from a minor league game of the week. WallyP January 28, 2013 Doug this site rocks thanks for caring so much about content Herbie January 28, 2013 Chats definitely. Expanding on that if we could reach out to milb players, coaches etc. to hold q & a chat sessions. If the comments section could be somewhat reconfigured. A lot of times we have to go back to articles that are up to a week old to continue ongoing discussions – if high activity comment threads could be featured below the normal comments section of each page that could be one solution. redsfannorth January 28, 2013 Hi DOug. I would love to see a spot on the site where users could start a thread, and comment back and forth. I know there are issues with that, but I hate hi-jacking a thread when an issue comes up. Discussing issues that come up is fun and interesting with the community that has developed here. I miss the Project Prospect glory days! Doug Gray January 28, 2013 I too would love that. LOVE IT. But I don’t know of a way to set it up with wordpress (what I use to run the site) other than setting up a message board, which is far too much of a pain in the butt to keep up with between moderating actual conversation and spam (If you remember, we used to have a message board. After about a month, it was bombarded with spam and NSFW posts by spambots for adult websites). I will look at see if there is something new out there that could help out though, I have not looked in a few years for something like that. Ideally, I would LOVE to have a system set up similar to what SBNation uses for their individual websites. redsfannorth January 28, 2013 I am sure you could get a few people to moderate to lessen the load on yourself as well. Just booked my hotel for July 1-5, coming down for the Giants series. Seeing the Giants wouldn’t be my first choice, but the time fits my life and they did just get lucky, I mean win, something important? I have blocked it out. Greg January 28, 2013 Not sure how much work it would be to keep it up to date, but an organizational depth chart could be cool. shawn melvin January 28, 2013 When you do your game reviews I would like it if you picked the top prospects on the team and give their stats, good or bad, Not just listing them on good days. Love your site Elio Chacon January 29, 2013 They’re doing a prospect retrospective over on Minor league ball: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/1/24/3908738/houston-astros-prospect-retrospective-craig-biggio I’d love to see the same sort of thing for past Reds prospects. Why they may have succeeded or failed. How they were viewed or would have been viewed as prospects and if we could have seen their success or failure. Like Brandon Larson, Votto, Willie Green, Cueto, Pete Rose … Doug Gray January 29, 2013 I am not opposed to the idea completely, but I guess the difference between me and John is that John has been doing this thing since the mid 90′s. I have only been doing it for the last 7-8 years, so I can really only go back as far as that, which really only leaves guys who are still in their 20′s.