ICYMI, I previewed the American League in Part I here. On to the NL!
I love fantasy sports. I started my first fantasy football league in 2005, and have played every year since, some years with more teams than others. I used to play fantasy baseball, but the problem with that is you have to find a league with people who are really (and I mean REALLY) into it, otherwise everyone loses interest by early June. I played fantasy basketball for a couple of years too, and while that was fun at first, it became apparent pretty quickly that, unless you had LeBron James or Kevin Durant on your team, you really didn’t have much of a shot at winning anything. Regardless of what fantasy sport you’re playing, though, or who’s in the league with you, they all have one thing in common: That Guy.
The Red Sox are an organization with tons variance heading into the offseason. They have a huge budget, terrific prospect depth, and a new front office that will likely be looking to make changes. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and company will have a lot of important decisions to make as they look for ways to improve their roster in both the immediate and distant future. While forward thinking will be mandatory in the front office’s quest to return the team to the postseason in 2016 and beyond, it will be also key to look back on baseball’s most recent postseason to help guide their hands going forward. Here are five lessons the Red Sox can take away from 2015’s playoff participants: