Welcome to Hardball, a private non-profit baseball rotisserie league run strictly for the amusement of its
creator, Kenneth Broder, and its ever-changing cast of team managers. We have been at this, in one form or
another, since 1984, which begs the question: What is THIS?
What this is NOT is your typical high-roller, fast-action fantasy sports league. There is a small entry fee to play
and no trading during the season. The league's initial, dual purpose was to determine who the best hitters and pitchers
in baseball were and to gauge which of our managers was best at predicting that. That was before the internet and
nearly before computers. Fifteen years, one baseball strike and a billion dollars in player salaries later, the
league has mostly become my excuse for learning more about computer programming. But since no one but me really cares about
that, we maintain the fiction of sports fanaticism.
Some site features
A Columnist is Born, and Buried
Over a decade ago, the L.A. Herald-Examiner was silly enough to entrust me with a
sports column. It lasted one season. This is the first column
and this is the second.
2000 Best Players A 30-team league stocked with the top players in
baseball as if we drafted the best at each position on Team One, etc.
2000 Season Final results from last year's Hardball League.
2000 Preseason Projection A look at how the teams in our league would do
based on the previous year's player performances. Of course, as a quick look at
History of Hardball shows, a player's performance last year is often a weak
predictor of how he will do this year.
'27 Season stats A 16-team league from the year Babe Ruth hit 60 homers
for arguably the greatest team of all-time.
It's all listed below
And, of course, the site is still home to Ken's Movies,
a list of every film I've seen the past 30 years.
The site is not much to look at now, but eventually it will be home to an
interactive application that will not only utilize charts and graphs to
display the ongoing results of the league, but host a feature-laden
viewer of statistical information including career, seasonal and
But until that day arrives, the site will house a textual representation
of the league. For an explanation of who we are and how the game is played,
check out The Editor's Disclaimer.