Many of you who have been reading this blog or ACB before it are familiar with the playing time projections we've set up each year. Back in 2008 and 2009 we had a lot of people filling the surveys out. There was a lot of excitement among Cubs fans before each of those seasons and it led to many more completed surveys than I had ever anticpated. As the Cubs have begun to suck, the excitement has dwindled and participation in the survey has declined. There still have been more than enough surveys to get a quality playing time projections, but I'm hoping this year as many of you as possible will take the 5 to 10 minutes to fill it out.
It's set up a bit different this year. Rather than us providing you a name and you entering in the plate appearances or innings, we've set it up so there's a dropdown with those numbers instead. After all, when you're averaging 50 surveys together, it's not really important if someone thinks Alfonso Soriano will get 573 plate appearances. A simple 551-600 estimate would do just fine. It makes setting up the survey easier and it makes filling it out considerably less time consuming.
You just look at the player's name, click the drop down and select the range of plate appearances or innings pitched that you're expecting. Your help here would be appreciated. We'll use this information to create a projected win total for the team. This is not about how many plate appearances or innings you want the player to get. It's about how much you think he will based on whatever information you choose to use. If you think Dale Sveum won't play Barney all that much, enter a lower number.
The survey is below. The numbers represent plate appearances or innings pitched. You don't have to answer every one of them, but as many answers as possible would help us out. For those who have browsers that can't render iframes, you can fill the survey out here.