2022 Season Plans For Mr. Cheatsheet

I started this site when the internet was quite different. This site was on Blogger at the beginning, if anybody even remembers that service. The oldest screenshot I have of the site is from February of 2010. It looked like this:

Man, it was a trip.

I just wanted to create a little place where I could share my work with people. I never wanted to write for a big fantasy baseball site or get notoriety from this. I never wanted to do anything more than just help people. That’s why I made the site free and always have kept it free. It was never about money nor fame nor accolades or awards. It was because I really, really loved fantasy baseball and I had found ways to approach fantasy baseball that I thought could help other people too. We didn’t have advanced stats and PitchFx at our fingertips on that version of the internet. We didn’t have social media. It was just blogs and people writing cool stuff to help other people out. What this site ended up accomplishing is far more than I could have ever dreamed of at that time.

This site has had over 1.6 million pageviews since that screenshot was taken. Over 500,000 different people have landed on this site at one time or another. It still boggles my mind to this day. I know there are social media people who look at those numbers and scoff but that’s crazy to me. I was basically just a kid at the time and I created a website that became a whole thing. And, it’s a thing that I’m incredibly proud of.

That’s why it breaks my heart that I can’t do my work this year here. The work that I’ve done for so many seasons. I kid you not: I tear up as I write this because I don’t want to write those words. I want to help people in the same way that I’ve been able to help people for years now, but I just can’t.

The truth is that I have unknowingly been developing a chronic illness for years now and it explains a lot of things. It explains even my inability to do some of the things I’ve wanted to do with this site but haven’t. My energy, my brain, and my body just haven’t been right and I didn’t know nor expect that at my age. Unfortunately, it has hit a crisis point in recent weeks and I finally deciphered that something was very wrong and I needed help.

That revelation coincided with the end of the lockout almost perfectly. I knew immediately there was no way I could be on the computer doing my spreadsheet and all of the critical thinking and customer service and troubleshooting that it would involve. I knew I would be unable to keep up with the email support and help that I love to give every single person who reaches out to me. I take pride in never having an email or comment unanswered. This year, it would be impossible for me to do that and it breaks my damn heart.

Look, life isn’t always fair. I know this. But, life is wonderful and it’s a gift to be alive every single day that we are. I know this too. I’m immensely grateful to still be here and still be kicking and on a path to better days. But, please, do take solace in your own good health when you have it because you never know when you won’t.

So, yes, the ending of this story is that I cannot create the cheatsheets this year. The very cheatsheets that are behind the name of this site. It’s just not possible, and I know that.

But, I still want to help.

What I Will Be Publishing In 2022:

It may not be what everyone fully needs for their draft but I feel I can still create my articles that reveal my yearly sleepers, and I feel that I can still do the Special Blend projections that I do each year.

That much I know.

I will not promise anything beyond that, but I have vague hopes of being able to cobble together a few other things depending on my health each day. But, of course, health comes first and I won’t push myself beyond my limits.

Wait, Should You Even Be Publishing Anything In 2022, Bud?

Look, in my brief time of going through what I’m going through, I’ve learned one thing:

I get energy out of making others’ lives better.

That’s the thing that makes me smile and the thing that makes me want to get out of bed and approach the day. It’s the thing that gives me a pep in my step when I’m feeling down. So, even though my health may not be the best right now, I know my health will slightly improve just by doing a thing that I love to do. We all have a purpose and that’s mine.

So, This Site Isn’t Done Forever, Right?

Never.

This is my baby. 2022 is a bad year for this baby, but I’ll be back and doing even better stuff when my health returns. I want to do the grand plans that I’ve never been able to do in recent years, including creating an archive for all of the data I have stored for decades to allow people to do their own research about draft trends and everything else. I can’t wait for that day. That day is just not today.

But, the point is: this site isn’t going anywhere. This is just a bump in the road.

Want To Help?

When people hear about my situation, I’m often humbled by the people who want to help me in return. None of us have ever met face-to-face, so it’s incredibly kind-hearted when those offers come up. And, honestly, I do know of one small way that you can help.

I’m a filmmaker in my daily life and I have this little project that I quickly cobbled together for the state of North Carolina to tell a story about my arrival here. Unfortunately, much to my chagrin, I am in a public voting period where the public needs to vote to determine who gets the final spot. It takes two seconds but if you could go to this site and vote for “The State That Heals” then I would be eternally grateful:

https://www.visitnc.com/firsts-that-last-film-festival

It quite literally takes a few seconds. You click the button and type your email address. From there, you can do it once-per-day leading up to April 15. If I win the thing, I’ll get the funding to actually make the story that I was thinking of, with a full crew so that it can look as good as the professional filmmakers there on that page too.

So, please, do me a solid and vote for me early and often for that thing.

Outside of that, just good vibes and patience, y’all.

When Will This 2022 Content Be Posted?

I’m not sure. It’ll be up soon enough though. I’m excited to publish some of it too and give myself some normalcy again.

Thank you, as always, for all of the support of this site in the many forms that it has appeared over the years. You all have made a difference in my life by supporting this site and I thank you.

-Luke

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23 Comments

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    Tony
    March 21, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Very sorry to hear this, Luke. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma almost a year ago, and I had to do a similar restructuring of my priorities and slimming down of my side projects so I could prioritize my well-being. Deciding to do less of the things that make you happy is difficult, but from you words here it’s clear you’re making the right decision.

    I first found this site just looking to gain an edge in my fantasy leagues and hadn’t visited as much in recent years since I started doing my own analysis, but I’m really glad you’re still out here so many years later as an example of the original spirit of the Internet that’s gotten too muddled and algorithmically optimized with the advent of social media.

    All the best with your film projects, baseball-related pursuits, and most importantly, your health.

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      Luke Gloeckner
      March 22, 2022 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Tony! In a way, it’s very cool when the “students” become the “masters” and graduate beyond Mr. Cheatsheet to doing their own analysis haha. But, yeah, I hadn’t thought about how I’ve always kept this site in that original spirit of the internet. I guess that’s subconsciously been important to me. I have had offers to modernize the site and offers to write for larger publications but it’s just never felt right to me and it’s always felt like it’s taken me away from the original goal of the site when I pursued those options.

      And, I’m sorry about your diagnosis as well but, yeah, it’s refreshing in a morbid way when I hear of people with relatable situations. I think if baseball came back a few weeks later then it would be less of a big deal for me. The timing is just rotten as I’m just now in the process of doing major life restructuring and learning to manage things. But, alas, we can’t plan life out. Thanks for the note and the kind words. I appreciate it!

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    D $
    March 22, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Luke, thoughts and prayers amigo. All the best health wise and will certainly vote up on a consistent basis. Appreciate all the hard work and have used the data several years now. Superb stuff, can tell it’s a passion. Be well! Cheers!

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      Luke Gloeckner
      March 22, 2022 at 7:34 am

      Thanks so much! I wish the timing was better this year and I didn’t have to write a post like this but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. I’ll still be doing what I can this year, I just wanted to set proper expectations! Thanks again for the note.

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    Mike
    March 22, 2022 at 8:17 am

    As I mentioned on Twitter, you got to take care of you and yours first. We see that this site and the work is super important to you and I honestly appreciate you putting out anything at all. I’ve been sending positive vibes your way for a bit now (oh and i’m also upvoting your film daily), so here’s to you and best of luck!

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    Steven
    March 22, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Luke, I’ve followed your work since pretty near the beginning, and I’m not sure what I like most: the projections themselves; the design of every single element of this site; or the lighthearted and humble tone of your writing. I’m wishing you good health, many votes (I’ve contributed), and will be here when you return!

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    Wolf
    March 22, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    The work & effort you put into this over the years has been nothing short of incredible. I’ve drawn off your information for a long, long time and, a bit to my own demise, turned several of my league-mates onto your site as well.. probably giving them too much ability to close the gap on me haha. Take your time, heal your body & spirit as much as you can that’s the important thing now. Much love & good thoughts your way mate o/

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    joe
    March 24, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Luke,

    very sad to hear. I voted….your the best man. I love your work and it will be dearly missed. Side note I was probably 100,000 of those views, constantly wanting more, waiting for the next update. God bless and God speed to health.

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    Bill G
    March 24, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Please vote for Luke’s film “The state that heals” here
    https://www.visitnc.com/firsts-that-last-film-festival

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      Diego
      March 24, 2022 at 7:17 pm

      Luke,
      I first stumbled on this site last year, as I unexpectedly signed up for my first fantasy baseball team in about 10 years, looking for a quick guide and ranking for that nights draft.
      I was amazed at all the work you put in, and all the tools your were able and willing to provide to anyone who was lucky enough to find your site.
      Had a great year (champ), and was eager to actually prepare for this year using your cheat sheet. I visited the site a couple of weeks ago and again today and I’m very sorry to hear of your health issues.
      Nothing but thoughts and prayers your way, hoping for a speedy recovery. Health is the top priority and I wish for nothing less for you.
      I’ll try to make a habit of helping your filmmaking project daily.

      Best of luck!

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    BG
    March 24, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Whoops posted above/ he’s so humble I thought it was just on Twitter- my bad.
    Take care!!!!

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    BH
    March 25, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Luke,
    I greatly appreciate everything you’ve done as this draftsheet helped me tremendously while I was recovering fromy my own health issues. Literally first found it to use for a draft a week after a major car accident that upended my life. I wouldn’t have been able to even have a spreadsheet of draftable players put together if I hadn’t found your site and sheet. I can’t thank you enough.
    I’m a software engineer so I have some vague notion of what your sheet is doing. Unfortunately I’m basically a child when it comes to Excel haha. That said, if there’s anything you can point me to in the macros that might allow me to pull new data for 2022 from last years sheet, lmk and I’ll get on it if I can. Unfortunately my draft is tomorrow and I just came here (life has been busy recently, you understand I know) but I might be able to help in that regard for others anyway.

    Thanks again and take care!
    -Brandon

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    Rob Z
    March 26, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Luke, we can all tell how much you have poured not just your time but your heart into this over the past many years. It’s why we all come back. Maybe you’ve never met many of the faces on these boards or from the visits to your site, but it makes sense knowing you are a film maker given your ability to bring so many people together on what was a simple blog back in the day.
    We’re all pulling for you as you prioritize and focus on your health and get back to this in any capacity that you can soon enough. We can all wait!
    Best to you on this journey, thanks for the many years of analysis and help – I now have another bookmark (at least through April 15) to check on every day and vote…

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    Allen
    March 26, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve been thinking about you and hope for a big year for you in 2022 on your road to recovery. Thanks a lot for all you have done over the years, and thanks for the over/undervalued pitchers you graciously provided!

    I’m set in my ways, and am using the 2021 spreadsheet still, just importing some projections to it to use this year, and if you are able to get the special blend I’ll probably just be using that! I need to do some looking around for a good auction values and I’ll more fully appreciate all the work you do in this Luke, and look forward to your return to having the luxury of helping out poor saps like me 🙂

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    Steve
    March 26, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Wishing you well. Thanks for all you’ve put into this endeavor.

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    Steve
    March 26, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks dude, you’ve been a lot of help over the years and I look forward to your triumphant return. Get better and stay strong.

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    RM
    March 28, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    This has always been my go-to for Fantasy Baseball prep; you’ve helped myself and others get the most out of doing what we love. I wish you the best of luck and a fast recovery, we’ll be here when you’re ready.

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    nick luebbs
    March 28, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Luke,
    So sorry to hear your are having health concerns. Thoughts and prayers.

    I just wanted to reach out and say thanks for how much fun you have supplied me and my friends with your “baby” over the last several years. We do a league on ESPN and i use your cheat sheets to gain an edge. being the league commish it is important I do well. haha! each year after our draft I send out your draft sheets prediction for how well we drafted as well as the end of year stats and standings for the league. It creates a good bit of some lively discussions.

    I have shared your website with many people over the years (not any of my league mates as I need that advantage).

    Hopefully you are back to health soon and are able to really enjoy the baseball season. I will be voting regularly for your video option. Best of luck with the vote and with production when you win!

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    Bob Minchow
    April 1, 2022 at 8:48 am

    So sorry to hear about this. And I relied on this the last couple of years and I loved it. I look forward to many more in the future. Also cool to see you are in North Carolina, as I also am up near Asheville. Let’s make it better!!

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    Kevin Schuyler
    April 5, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Take care of yourself, Luke. Loved the trailer for the movie. Very compelling! Thank you for sharing this window on your life. I always assumed you were a computer geek working 24/7 in a dark room for some tech company. Glad to know you actually have a fabulous real life and creative side that gets you out and about. Don’t overestimate the healing power of nature! You are in a great state for that! Kevin

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