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We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2012 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2012 Angels Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Sam Miller from The OC Register.

1)  The addition of Pujols creates a logjam, which sounds very odd.  But it’s true.  I went over my thoughts when he landed in Bobby Grichville.  What do you think?  Specifically, does Mark Trumbo play and where?

First Trumbo has to get healthy. He’s got a weird foot thing, which is weird because the guy he replaced had a weird foot thing, and the guy who is writing this answer has a weird foot thing. I just like the shape of them. Can I see your foot? The left one.

But the problem with even a healthy Trumbo is that it’s not like there are four guys for three positions and he just happens to be the fourth. There are basically seven guys for four positions and he’s sixth or seventh. He’s not going to play over Pujols. He’s not going to play over Hunter. He’s not going to play over Wells, at least early. He’s not going to play over Abreu/Morales against righties. And he might not play over Morales against lefties, either. Also, (I read ahead,) do we see Mike Trout this year? So it’s not great. Third base was a longshot to begin with, but weird foot thing + not trading Callaspo/Izturis makes that look not only unlikely but unhelpful. I wouldn’t bet on more than 250 plate appearances.

There are two reasons to own Trumbo anyway. One is that he could still stumble into 3B eligibility, along with 1B, RF, maybe LF, which is a useful combo. Two is that the Angels could trade him to someone who puts him near the middle of the order. Three is that he’s the world’s greatest hitter, which is why there are only two reasons.

2) This is sort of a part B on the first question.  Do we see Mike Trout this year?  If so, how many at-bats will he get?

I think he was going to start in Salt Lake even before Pujols signed. Scioscia was telegraphing that plan pretty clearly, if still leaving his options open. And Pujols pushes all the playing-time crunch onto the corner outfield spots, so now it’s even less likely he’ll start in Anaheim. Just a guess, but maybe he’s up in June or July and plays every day for whoever is injured or sucking. A lot of these playing time decisions will depend on whether Vernon Wells bounces back.

>>Glances down. Sees Question No. 4.<<

These questions are all out of order, Grey.

3) Okay, this is kinda part C on the first question.  Man, you’re getting off easy!  Does Kendrys Morales bounce back to what we saw before his limp-off home run or does he just bounce back and forth off the DL?

There’s a pretty long history of position players missing a year or more and coming back more or less good at baseball as they ever were. More or less. Ron Gant did it and Chipper Jones and Robin Ventura and even Rocco Baldelli before a bunch of new and unrelated injuries ruined him. Those injuries are all different than Morales’, so I’m not saying they work as perfect comps, or even imperfect comps for his health, but long stretches of inactivity don’t seem to erode skills. There’s obviously a limit to this theory, though, according to the motion picture Mr. 3000.

He truly is ahead of where he was at this point last year, so I’m a bit more sanguine, which is a word I love to use in my writing because I don’t know how to pronounce it. I think he’ll be healthy enough to play this year, and I think his pre-injury line in 2010 (.290/.346/.487) is a fine projection, perhaps adjusted down a tick to reflect a lower overall offensive environment.

4) This is not question 1D, but you can think of it like that if you like.  I see Vernon Wells as a bounce back candidate.  Do you agree or think I’m crazy like everyone else who reads that post I just linked to?

Wells is still strong and runs pretty well in the outfield and his isolated power numbers were reasonable.He just forgot how to hit, at all, and not just in a BABIP way — his line drive rate was the worst in the league, and he went from June 10 to July 16 without a walk. Still, I’d always bet on the guy who forgets how to hit before I’d bet on a guy who gets old and fat and broken down. Vernon Wells is not fat and he’s not physically broken down and he’s not all that old.

He’s also rebuilt his swing “from scratch.” Those offseason working-on-my-swing stories always seem encouraging, and it seemed encouraging to me when he said it. (He’s working with the Cubs’ Rudy Jaramillo, a guy smart people say nice things about.) But on the other hand, the tinkering phase is sometimes like the third or fourth step toward madness. So I don’t know if that’s good or bad, actually. It’s either good or bad. But every fantasy sleeper is going to be either good or bad. That’s why they’re fantasy sleepers instead of fantasy studs.

5) What would be the ultimate proof that the Angels supplanted the Dodgers as the favored SoCal team?
A) Rihanna and Alyssa Milano hanging around the clubhouse.
B) Arte’s wife files for divorce.
C) Fans show up in the 4th inning and leave in the 6th.
D) Tommy Lasorda opens up a pasta stand at Angels Stadium.
E) They change their name once again but this time to the On-Hels.
F) The Dodgers rename themselves the Anaheim Dodgers of Los Angeles.

G) Vin Scully starts calling their games.

From Around The Web

  1. Eddy says:
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    Whoa, three posts in one day? I like.

    Props to Sam Miller. His humor doesn’t miss a step with Razzball’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Yeah, he’s good peeps. I have to get through a bunch of these team previews, so, yeah, three.

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        since i’ve never read nor heard of “Sam Miller” before ,
        i will admit to this thoroughly enjoyable repartee , perhaps ,
        being of small sample size .

        BUT ,
        this guy appears to be your twin brother ,
        OR ….???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @chata, Yeah, he’s good.

          • chata says:
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            @Grey,

            ** Spoiler Alert ** … (entrapment coming)

            How good ?
            Would you say that he’s EXACTLY as good (as you) ??

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @chata, Ha, no, we’re not the same person.

              • chata says:
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                @Grey,

                figured you might say that .

                i’m going back to my LA = louisiana theory .

                (this kinda reminds me of when the government put a cash bounty on osama’s head , and me and a couple of my casino co-workers spent months scrutinizing the patrons , in hopes of discovering the reward)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @chata, You worked at a casino? You a croupier?

                  • chata says:
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                    @Grey,

                    have tried giving you craps advice .
                    you declined .

    • mic says:
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      @Eddy and @Grey, when i first started reading Razzball, i used to think it was Grey pretending to be all these people (God this guy has a lot of time on his hands)…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @mic, What makes you think you’re wrong? Who said that?!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Grey, I was posing the same theory a couple weeks back…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @mic, what got me was, how is he posting as us without us knowing it…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up, There in lies the rub. Or the cleared cache, as I just found out below.

          • Wake up says:
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            @Grey, I don’t dream, or sleep much. No need to clear…just press restart and try again…

  2. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    everyday is a new suprise with you grey. keep up the good work! Can’t wait till you get to some of the shizzy team previews… I’m sure the beat writers have TONS of good stuff to say… hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Thanks!

  3. Random Collmenter says:
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    players only need 5 games started at DH last year to qualify for the DH slot in my AL-only league… is there a better way to find this than going thru every damn player on baseballreference.com?

    how do u project the angels lineup – aybar, kendrick, pujols, kendry(s)? if hunter/wells are later in the batting order, will the addition of pujols really affect their value that much in your opinion?

    sam miller should write for razzball regularly… he rules.

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @Grey, cool, very helpful, thanks. so annoying to look everyone up all over again since i’m only looking for 5 games at DH (not 10 or 20).

        i hope bourjos steals more bags this year!

        did u see baseballreference’s new historical batting order thing? http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/event_bop.cgi

        pretty freaking cool. you can look up whether or not Bucky Shart batted lead-off for the Cincinnati Gonads in 1904.

        lastly, i can really relate to Random Italicized Voice and Al Caps… when are Bobby Bold and Ulysses Underline going to creep up in your subconscious? cust kayin’…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Random Collmenter, Bobby Bold makes his way into every post without even mentioning himself. Underlining scares me. Cool on the BR thing, always wondered when Bucky Shart wasn’t coming out of the deuce hole.

          • Random Collmenter says:
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            @Grey, when does the Razzball podcast start? can’t wait!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Random Collmenter, End of Feb.

              • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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                @Grey, Is this true? A podcast….!!!!

                Damnit grey, there goes another pair of pants to the dry cleaners…

                • JoeC says:
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                  @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Yeah, ditto… I didn’t know there was a Razzball Podcast. Does that mean… that we… gasp(!)… will get to hear the crinkly, tobacco-stained voice of le moustache?

                  • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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                    @JoeC, i liked the app that the razzball football guys put out. made accessing the articles pretty easy. podcast will be EPIC

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    @JoeC, Ha, yup, I’ll smoke an extra pack the day of taping for you.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Yup, end of Feb. The theme song is bonkers. If bonkers is good.

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @VinWins, thanks man!!!!!! much easier. i was starting to question my sanity.

  4. WallyClever says:
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    Trumb/Trout might find their way in if Bourgos is traded to the Nats (or someone else) for pitching. I’d still go in late on either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WallyClever, Is there any speculation of this Bourjos trade?

      • WallyClever says:
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        @Grey, I heard Lannan a bit back but nothing recently.

  5. KeeblerMN says:
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    Very interesting for him to say he sees Trumbo getting maybe 250 plate appearances this year…. me thinks me stays away from Trumbo….
    Also, I concur this guy is right in the wheel house of Razzball’s humor :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KeeblerMN, Yeah, that’s a huge red flag.

  6. Jake

    Jake says:
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    ATM, Trumbo’s 99.7% drafted on MDC at ADP 142, while Morales is 83% drafted at ADP 214. As far as question marks go, Morales seems like the better gamble as long as his leg isn’t shaped like one. Both are guys who could trend pretty quickly depending on whether they’re able to show something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake, Nice mullet!

      • Jake

        Jake says:
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        @Grey, You should see the fan I drag around to maintain the flattering breeze… email said buzz, BTW.

        • Jake

          Jake says:
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          @Jake, Hmm, updated the website link and looks like it broke my pretty picture. Perhaps it just takes a minute to re-publish.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Jake, Not sure what you mean, but yeah I don’t see the mullet anymore.

            • Jake

              Jake says:
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              @Grey, I had added a website link in the WP profile. Toasted it again just now to see if that fixes it.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Jake, Might have to clear your cache. I’m not sure, I’m not even really clear what cache is.

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, ‘Clear the cache’ is the ‘rub some dirt on it’ of the IT world.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    @Steve, I know so much about computers that if someone told me it would help to rub dirt on it, I’d try it.

              • Jake

                Jake says:
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                @Jake, Not yet. Strange, it shows up in the profile still. Let me try fiddling a little.

  7. vinko says:
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    If you had to guesstimate the top five MLB offenses for upcoming season, who might make the list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vinko, Tigers, Yankees, Rockies, Angels, Rangers… I’m sure I’m missing someone.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey, Red Sox…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JoeC, Yup

          • WallyClever says:
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            @Grey, Mets. They’re pretty offensive.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @WallyClever, Ha!

  8. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Thanks for posting on my favorite team. Sam Miller is a great dude. He’s very supportive of the Blogosphere, plus he’s actually intelligent.

    My deep love/hate of the Angels makes me hate owning any of them in Fantasy Baseball. The combination of Scioscia preferring defensive types over offensive types is toxic to FBB victories, and the constant bizarre injury/death issues that seems to be a constant black cloud over the franchise makes them all terrible bets (think Kendrys/Adenhart).

    I will be very interested to see if Albert can survive his first season without some career ending/destroying injury. The analogue is when Mo Vaughn’s fat a$$ fell in the dugout his first game, wiping out his first year.

    Anyway, all my Angels anxiety is boring. I just meant to tell you I appreciated the post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, Nice rant, Scioscia does make for an interesting manager to deal with for fantasy purposes. Never quite uses players the way you think he will.

  9. Jake

    Jake says:
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    Test root comment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake, There’s your shiny mullet!

      • Jake

        Jake says:
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        @Grey, Removed my e-tuque, eh?

  10. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @Grey: Didn’t want to come across as a lunatic. However, notwithstanding ’02, this team will break your heart.

    I’m stoked about your top 100/300.

    ESPN is up, Yahoo goes up tomorrow.

    This is the best time of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, My 100 goes up tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, 300 the day after.

  11. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the clarification. Since I’m West Coast, it will be my night time reading material. As always, I really appreciate what you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, No problem.

  12. Eddy says:
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    You guys may want to take a seat for this bombshell.

    Rich Harden is out for 2012.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, No way!

    • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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      @Eddy, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • JoeC says:
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      @Eddy, Eh?

  13. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    @ Grey.

    pick a side.

    A: Heyward and Daniel Hudson

    B: McCutchen and Beachy

    • JoeC says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, B, B, B, B, B, B, B! I think both of the B players are better bets to put up their projected numbers.

      Too much risk that Heyward will once again fall flat on his mug.

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @JoeC, yeah. I like McCutchen better than Heyward. But I also like Hudson a lot better than Beachy.

        • JoeC says:
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          @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Why?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, B

  14. exactly says:
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    @Grey: in a 12 team league, which first 4 round scenario do you like more (assuming it’s possible):

    A. Longoria, McCutchen, Castro, Uggla
    B. Kemp, Kinsler, Sandoval, Andrus
    C. Same as A and B but instead of Uggla or Andrus throw in a top 12 SP.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @exactly, A

    • Wake up says:
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      @exactly, Longo, McCutchen, Uggla, Andrus…

      • exactly says:
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        @Wake up, Thanks.

        • Wake up says:
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          @exactly, you’ll need some avg though…

  15. Tom Thumb says:
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    @Grey,

    How do these keepers look in a 20-team league with OBP, NSB, R, RBI, HR, XBH and QS, ERA, WHIP, KBB, NSV, Holds?

    Yonder Alonso (17)
    Ike Davis (9)
    Danny Espinosa (15)
    Daniel Hudson (11)
    Jarrod Parker (14)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom Thumb, They look decent.

  16. Jake

    Jake says:
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    Bear with me on some further post junkification. You can bare with me too, but we’ll keep that to ourselves.

    • Jake

      Jake says:
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      @Jake, That worked, how about the reply to myself?

      • Jake

        Jake says:
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        @Jake, Not so much, even without the ! in there. I’mma do some research and see if I can learn a thing about this. Maybe even two things.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jake, That below comment is to you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Jake, Hmm… I’m not sure, what did you do different between it working and not working? Maybe try uploading your image to gravatar.com.

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Look at you working the helpdesk. Are you sure you’re not based in Mumbai?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Steve, No, cause then I’d tell you to turn off your computer and turn it back on.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Steve, Maybe you can help Jake, you set yours up.

            • Steve says:
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              @Jake, Not much to it really. I just created an account at gravatar.com, uploaded my image of choice, edited it and saved it and in about 5 minutes it started appearing just as you see it here.

              • Steve says:
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                @Steve, And I just updated it.

                • Jake

                  Jake says:
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                  @Steve, Kablam! Thanks, sneaker pimps.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    You should put the ! in there.

  18. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    is it just me or does anyone else think this is why stanton will disappoint this year: “I haven’t been as crazy as I am for Stanton since Ryan Klesko grew out his side burns” too much hype is too much hype… i want to love him, but i think he’s a big fat bust waiting to happen

    • JoeC says:
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      @Cheeeeeeze, No, I don’t think he’ll bust. The dude just has too much talent. And the lineup has improved around him (assuming Reyes and HanRam can stay on the field).

      I think Stanton is nearly assured of a 30/90 season with a lot of upside from there.

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