by "Biggest Daddy"
Interview with Brian
BIGGEST DADDY: Thank you for sitting
down with us for another installment of "BDBL: A retrospective".
Generally speaking, how do you feel about the BDBL?
BRIAN POTRAFKA: My interest in the league
is still high because of its excellence, even if my interest in baseball
has declined. It's really hard to believe a league this good
BD: How have you felt about the overall success of your franchise at
BP: Mixed. I'm coming off 2 straight years of losing the OLCS.
Technically, graded on a curve, that might be considered "good", but I
don't feel good about it at all.
It's been a decent 5 year run as a GM though: 4 division titles, a .543
winning percentage, and 1 championship. I'm not sure how bright the
future looks, but this will definitely be a down year.
BD: What is your favorite aspect of the BDBL?
BP: Since I'm limited here, I'm going to kind of cheat and say its
overrall greatness. It's so thorough and top notch in all the important
areas: owner continuity, league longevity, frequent detailed articles
about the league from Mike, lots of banter on the forums, high level of
competition, comprehensive historical information archived and easily
accessible, the website, good people, and the annual BDBL weekend. I'm
sure I forgot a few things, but you get the idea. I feel like I've
said the same thing almost verbatim in another interview, but that's my
BD: Tell us the absolute low point of your franchise, whether it was
a particular game lost, or a particular trade ripped to shreds, or a
particular fellow GM that ticked you off.
BP: Getting crushed by Salem in last year's OLCS. My offense was
non-existent the whole series. I had a pounding headache and no matter
how many Miller's I drank it wouldn't go away. Then the furious, drunken
"resignation" afterwards. Then the logistical planning of many bad
things. Then laying in the dark in my room unmoving for the entire next
I had a feeling of dread about this series the entire week before it
started. I was quite frankly a raving sociopath heading into it (just
ask Mr. Distefano). In retrospect, my reaction was inevitable.
Another low low low point, which will bother me for a long time to come,
is trading Tim Lincecum to Allentown.
BD: Over the course of your time in the BDBL, who is the one GM that
you consider your largest rival or target?
BP: Since I've played Salem 4 times in the playoffs, that would have to
be my biggest rivalry.
BD: Name a GM that you absolutely love to talk trade with.
BP: I don't have a standout favorite. Quite a few least favorites
BD: How did you first hear of the BDBL?
BP: Through the former owner of the franchise, Brian Hicks. I followed
along before I joined or knew I would become a league member.
BD: What would it take for you to exit the league?
BP: For good? Going too far and getting kicked out.
BD: What is your favorite BDBL memory?
BP: Easy to guess I would think. Winning it all, in my first year. I was
an underdog in every series, and every team I played had won over 100
BD: What is your best trade ever? And your worst?
BP: Best might have been the trade for Halladay. It took a long time to
work out, and I was in the right place at the right time. Sylmar had to
dump major payroll quickly, and my deal was the best he'd gotten.
Worst: see #4 above, and let's never mention it again.
BD: Other than Glander, what GM would you absolutely hate to see
leave the BDBL?
BP: I would hate to see anyone leave. Me, I guess.
BD: Who is the craziest character in the BDBL?
BP: Steve Osborne is probably the owner I would least like to have
really, really pissed off at me. But I think he'd be fun to drink
with at a BDBL weekend.
BD: If your franchise had a Team Hall of Fame, which players would be
BP: I'd say Brian Giles and maybe Jose Vidro (from the Mimes era), Adam
Dunn and Johan Santana. Robby Cano is certainly headed there too. With
only 10 years and so much player movement it's hard to choose. A lot of
players have had great seasons for the franchise, but weren't here long.
BD: Tell us which MLB team that you feel like your BDBL franchise is
the most like.
BD: I dunno. Maybe the Arizona Diamondbacks, if they played at Busch
Or Cleveland, if God didn't hate them.
This year's team might be the Senators with Walter Johnson.
BD: Aren't you sick and tired of finishing in 1st place?
BP: I am not the slightest bit tired of that. But like it or not, we are
going to take a little break from it.
BD: How has your overall team-building philosophy changed over the
BP: I am less likely to trade top prospects for guys like Eduardo Perez
and Garrett Stephenson. I still have moments, but in general I am more
concerned about the future than I used to be.
BD: What has been the most significant change in the BDBL?
BP: Top 3:
1-The increase in farm size from 5 to 15.
2-The reduction of owner turnover to almost zero over the
past 4-5 years.
3-The minimum 2 year signing for type H players.
BD: Name your favorite "off-the-field" moment from BDBL Weekend or
the league forum.
BP: I loved the Chicago BDBL weekend, but my first BDBL weekend,
especially that first night in Cleveland was a blast and will always
BD: How often are you participating in the stand-up comedy circuit?
Or do you find yourself stuck all too often at the day job?
BP: Not that often. I am about quality over quantity. "Unveilings" if
you will. If I don't have something new to say, I don't feel
compelled to perform. I don't do a circuit. I don't like comedy
clubs. I don't really like people. I don't like repeating myself.
Since the Lyon's Den closed I don't have a regular comedy hangout.
I do maybe 10 booked shows a year. But I'm really looking forward
to performing with Doug Stanhope in April.
BD: Thanks, Brian!
BP: Yer melcome!