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We at Razzball hear the cries of the dedicated fans and emotionally invested fantasy baseballers who tear up when their favorite/drafted players underperform.  The black holes in their teams’ lineup that threaten to swallow all that is Debby Boone.  The pitchers that are, alas, belly-itchers.

Thus, we are going forward with the 5th annual installment of Fantasy Razzball  - where the goal is to manage the  worst fantasy baseball team possible.  If you have a weak stomach or a big heart, stay away.  If you have a big stomach and a weak heart, you should see a doctor and make some changes in your diet.  If neither of those conditional statements apply, you can forget about tears in your beer.  It’ll be more like tears in your coffee and saving money on sugar.

The rules are basically the same as the past 2 years but we have a few logistical changes:

  • Just as we have with our Razzball Commenter Leagues, we need volunteer commissioners to manage each league/draft time.  We’ve already recruited a commissioner for the full league (Higgins) to update standings and make sure all the leagues abide by the same rules.  So if you’re interested in being the commissioner, add your name/e-mail address in the comments.
  • We used to create four ‘dummy’ teams that merely served to draft the top players and try to minimize the damage for anyone who missed the draft and forgot to update their rankings.  It didn’t work as well as hoped so instead we’re going to adjust the competitive index so it removes the last 3 teams in each league.

League Rules

  • 10 Team Leagues, MLB universe, uses Yahoo! position eligibility
  • All leagues must be in Yahoo! (to maintain consistent position eligibility rules and IP caps)
  • Weekly Roster Changes (leaves you time to lavish on your Daily Leagues)
  • C / 1B / 2B / SS / 3B / CI / MI / 5 OF / 9 P / 5 bench
  • 1,250 innings cap.  No minimum IP.  No AB mins/maxes
  • Leagues will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  If you want to play in the same league with a couple friends, no problem.  Just submit the e-mail addresses at the same time.
  • Each league will have four ‘dummy’ teams that merely serve to draft the top players.  This helps minimize the damage for anyone who misses the draft and forgot to update their draft list.
  • 1 team per person.
  • Collusion between teams is grounds for disqualification from winning the grand prize.
  • Blogs/sports sites may have multiple participants but one team per writer.  These blogs will be noted in the standings and during periodic standings posts.  It is expected – but not required – for some quid pro quo mention of Razzball on your site.
  • Hitter Stats
    • AB = +2
    • H = -3
    • R = -4
    • HR = -6
    • RBI =  -4
    • K = +2
  • Pitcher Stats
    • IP =  -1
    • HR = +4
    • L = +8
    • K = -1
    • ER = +1.5
    • H+BB = +1

The point structure makes it so that about 2/3 of the league’s hitters as well as just about every pitcher has positive value.  So leaving a roster spot open or filled by a guy who plays once a week will hurt your team.

Grand Prize

An autographed baseball by Grey Albright, myself (Rudy Gamble), and a TBD Fantasy Razzball All-Star (last year was Neifi Perez).

Note For Sports Bloggers

We have discontinued the ‘Blogger” league but you are more than welcome to join a commenter league.  Once all the leagues are drafted, we’ll have a sign-up sheet to add blog affiliations to the master standings.

How To Sign Up

Find an open league below and e-mail the commissioner for an invite.

Commissioner:

1. VinWins — vinreich [at] zoho.com

  1. ichirosan says:
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    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can now go back at being the Texas Rangers of Razzball and impossibly get the 2nd Overall place without a chance to sniff the Championship for the 3rd year in a row.

  2. beardcrabs says:
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    my god, adam dunn must have been beastly in this league last season…

  3. chata says:
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    yep .
    that four dummy teams idea was pretty bogus .

    had i known that you were going to change that rule ,
    i might not have filled up my dance card .

    oh well ,
    maybe next year .

    any chance that you’re considering changing it from a weekly (weakly)
    league to a daily league for 2013 ??

    i’d be in favor of that .

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Hey Rudy, I filled up 1 and started a second, because it is easy to use the same settings without having to go through everything. I will just invite 10 instead of 9, and 1 person can take over the team I used to set up the league, if that is ok.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s great, Vin!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Hey, you mind just filling them all up and then passing along a team from each? Probably be easier than having multiple commissioners…

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, Sure.

  5. Higgins

    Higgins says:
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    The difficult part is just coordinating all those draft times with everyone in each of the leagues, but if Vin is up to it then cool.

  6. Jman says:
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    So where are these open leagues?

    I’m lookin to sign up into a razzball league. . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jman, Send VinWins an email… His email is in the post.

  7. yep, I said it says:
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    Sounds like a hoot! Would it be too much trouble for you to post the roster used by last year’s champion just so we can see what wins in this sort of league? Thanks.

    • chata says:
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      @yep, I said it,

      just grab every shitty pitcher that you can .
      look for #4 and #5 starters and start them against every
      high-powered offense , whether they’re pitching twice that
      week or not .
      (oriole SP’s are nice) .

      and obviously batters that have full-time jobs , poor batting
      averages and little power .
      (catchers are good for utility spots , so roster a couple of poor ones).

      also , stay on top of SP’s being called up to replace injured starters .

      because it’s a weekly league , you should try and pick-up SP’s a
      week in advance …. i.e. as soon as you hear about a SP getting hurt
      or being “rested” , going to see a doctor , etc , immediately seek out
      his replacement , roster that guy and hope for the best/worse .

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @chata, Ha great advice chata thanks

  8. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    2nd league still has 3 openings.

  9. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Started 3rd league.

  10. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    LEAGUE 3

    Send to nvandy89 [at] yahoo.com

    I took over as commish from Vin for League 3.

  11. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Someone has suggested we get rid of the can’t cut list. Do we want to do this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Rudy is at SXSW today, he’ll get back to you when he gets a second. I’m not sure the implications of this, though it does seem like it makes sense to get rid of…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy said it’s fine to remove it…

  12. EmporersMonkey says:
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    Off topic here, but have any of you other guys had problems with rotoworld lately? Their site has been almost impossible to visit the last week or so.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EmporersMonkey, Yeah, it’s been funky.

  13. DrEasy says:
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    Stupid question: is this a Yahoo league or ESPN?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yahoo

  14. SmokeTNT says:
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    These are the scoring settings for the league invite I got:

    At Bats 2 Points
    Runs -4 Points
    Hits -3 Points
    Home Runs -6 Points
    Runs Batted In -4 Points
    Strikeouts 2 Points

    Innings Pitched -1 Points
    Losses 8 Points
    Hits 1 Points
    Earned Runs 1.5 Points
    Home Runs 4 Points
    Walks 1 Points
    Strikeouts -1 Points

    This can’t be right?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @SmokeTNT, Yes, Fantasy Razzball is a league where you try for bad players. You are trying to score as many points as possible, so you need players that get At Bats, but are not hitting.

      If you are looking to get into a Razzball league where you try for good players, you want to join the RCL. Email the commissioner of RCL 46 for an invite.

      tbrindley [at] nebraska.edu

      • SmokeTNT says:
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        @VinWins, I need to start paying attention, heh.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @SmokeTNT, LOL

  15. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    A 4th league has been opened.

    vinreich@zoho.com for an invite.

    Also, will need someone willing to take over as commissioner once the league is full.

  16. TheNewGuy says:
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    Yes! Its back!!!

    Im in, will email you later Vin for an invite.

  17. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    LEAGUE 3 is full. If you sent Vin an invite he forwarded it to me. If you not in League 3, try for a new league.

  18. Malon says:
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    I’m willing to commish. I’ve been ruling with an iron fist for 4 years in my main league. Let me know.
    Brendan at nadnerb52@yahoo.com

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Malon, Thanks. I may take you up on your offer. For now, an invite has been sent to you.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Mike, Invites have been sent out to both of you.

      • Higgins

        Higgins says:
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        @VinWins, I sent you an email last night about coordinating all of the leagues. Did you receive it?

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Higgins, I did, and sent 2 back

  19. Tammy says:
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    Hey — when are you going to do your 20 Risky Pitchers For 2012? I always find that column extremely useful.

    • @Tammy, Tentatively end of next week. Spoiler: Bud Norris is risky again.

      • Tammy says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, any chance by next Thurs? My draft is next Friday and we are allowed only 5 waiver pick ups during the year!! Staying away from pitchers on your list last year saved me from making some major mistakes.

  20. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Still 6 openings in Fantasy Razz 5.

    • tourinnc says:
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      @VinWins, See my post. ready for a rematch.

    • gbaked says:
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      @VinWins, bkr.grg at gmail dot com

      sounds like fun. Im down to play.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @gbaked, I sent your email to the new commissioner of Razz 5. You should be getting an invite today.

  21. tourinnc says:
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    Hook me Vin. You beat me last year but I am ready for a rematch. tourinnc

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @tourinnc, I can’t let that happen. Actually, I’m setting up all the leagues, but I’m only in league 1. So, you haven’t received an invite yet?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @VinWins, Need approval to view it Vin.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Oops. Should work now.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @VinWins, Thanks, nice one man.

  22. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I just started the 6th Fantasy Razzball league. Email me for an invite:

    vinreich@zoho.com

  23. HOLLA(R) says:
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    We just had one owner drop out, so there’s a team available in League 5. If you want in, talk to Vin or leave me your email. Draft is tomorrow night.

  24. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Fantasy Razzball 1 has an opening.

    Draft is tomorrow, Wednesday, at 7 ET.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @VinWins, League 1 is full again.

  25. Any openings left in these bad boys?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Shea Sera Sera, All full right now. If there’s more interest, I’ll start another league.

      contact me

      vinreich@zoho.com

      • Brian says:
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        @VinWins, I’m very interested in playing and willing to run a new league as well. Previous league champion in 2009 (I think it was that year at least).

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @VinWins, We’re trying for a 6th Fantasy Razzball league if anyone is interested.

        vinreich@zoho.com

  26. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    I just drafted totally wrong. I thought fast guys, low power and grab 1b/3b early was good until after the draft. Didn’t realize K’s/Ab’s would matter so much. I think the only thing I did right was focus on batters. Can you recover when 2-3 teams drafted really well.? Or hope for some timely injuries. I don’t have any players on the first player list page from last year pts!

    • NursingAGroin says:
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      @MJD Took A Knee, with a lot of these schmohawks, PT is the biggest variable – Brian Bogusevic could be a first round producer (of poo) if he wins an everyday gig. Bad players (esp. pitchers) are called up all the time, so good waiverwiring can keep you in it. My theory is that the draft is somewhat less important in a razz league.

      • MJD Took A Knee says:
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        @NursingAGroin, Thanks. I drafted Bryan LaHair as my first pick. I didn’t even think to look at high ranked players that would still be good for this. See how it goes.

  27. tourinnc says:
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    Hey Vin still waiting to hear which league I am in. Have played for the last two years. Would be really disappointing if I do not get a chance to play this year . Looking forward to hearing from you soon. tourinnc

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @tourinnc, I just tried again. Maybe I have your email wrong. What is it?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @tourinnc, ok, I didn’t have that. An invite has been sent. Only 1 person has joined so far, but several other said they were interested.

  28. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Still 4 openings for the final Fantasy Razzball team

    vinreich@zoho.com

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins, That’s still 4 openings for the final Fantasy Razzball league.

      vinreich@zoho.com

  29. Yep, I said it! says:
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    Who won last year? And in which of the leagues is he playing this year?

    Just wondering.

    • Darth Ripken says:
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      @Yep, I said it! Voidoid, he’s in league 4 this year. His team is called Bill James Handjob.

  30. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Still 2 openings for the final Fantasy Razzball team.

    Drafting Monday, 9:30et/6:30pt

    vinreich@zoho.com

  31. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Last chance!

    Still 2 openings for the final Fantasy Razzball team.

    Drafting today, 9:30et/6:30pt

    vinreich@zoho.com

  32. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    The 6th Fantasy Razzball League has been filled!

  33. Yep, I said it! says:
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    Can someone provide the links to all 6 leagues, or will there be periodic updates posted on how everyone is doing. This is my first time in this format, so I’m not sure exactly how it all works. By the way, are Grey and Rudy in these leagues? Now that the drafts are over, I’d like to see who they picked.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Yep, I said it!, Sorry, once I made it through the scramble to fill the leagues, I didn’t think to check back here for comments.

      There will be updates, either in posts or in the forums.

      I don’t know if you noticed my links in the forums, but from this you can get to all 6 leagues, as well as the 48 RCLs.

      https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1_dV_7-ZgonYyr6MxV-jwvu_agnieitriB46B0B4x_CI

  34. George Hook says:
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    The whole concept is inspired insanity! And we need more of that.

    So, what happens when a player is so bad he’s demoted to the minors? How does that affect a team?

    • @George Hook, That’s the genius of it. You need to find bad players with long leashes. Otherwise, you just drop them and find the next bad player…

  35. S250 Million Mercenary says:
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    Any more openings? I’m able to draft on short notice.

    Adam

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