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Valentine’s Day is coming early this year!  For a limited time only, get your loved one a fantasy baseball league!  That’s right, your hearts go pitter-patter or you’re dead on the inside (my condolences).  Since back in June when you abandoned your fantasy baseball team because it was totally sucking and you returned to your cubbyhole of leftover Chinese food and Teddy Grahams, you’ve longed for this day.  As Bob Marley sang, this is your redemption song, mon.  Or womon, for our four girl readers.  It’s time again to join some fantasy baseball leagues.  Before you close all of your extraneous porn windows and rush to sign up, let’s explain how these fantasy baseball leagues are going to work.  We’re going to have a bunch of leagues and crown a winner from each, then we’re going to crown ONE winner from all of the winners.   We will be crowning the winner by taking each team’s points and multiplying it against a ‘league competitiveness factor.’  If you want to see how it worked last year, go here.  So we’re going to fill up as many fantasy leagues as we can for the next couple of weeks.  Each fantasy baseball league will be a mixed league, 12 team, snake draft, roto, 5×5, 5 OFs, one Middle Infielder, one Corner Infielder, one Utility, 9 pitchers, 20 game eligibility, 180 Games Started max, 1000 IP minimum.  The lineup is also known as:  C/1B/2B/SS/3B/CI/MI/5 OF/UTIL/9 P/3 BENCH/1 DL.  The fantasy leagues will be played in ESPN and they will be free to join.

We’re going to start with twenty-one leagues of 12 and see how we do from there.  To join a league… Sorry, again for the people in the back of the room:

TO JOIN A LEAGUE
Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) and enter the PASSWORD at ESPN.  Emails are there for some leagues, but you shouldn’t need to email anyone.

TO START A LEAGUE
Please create a league in ESPN based on the league rules reference above (note: require a password to avoid non-Razzballers joining) and click here. You will be permissioned shortly so you can add your league info to the Google Doc (the below grid cannot be edited from this page).  On that Google Doc, you will need to enter your name, league link, password and please UPDATE the number of openings as your league fills up.   That’s it.  Oh, and don’t use your bank account password.

THE BIG PRIZE

I know, you can hardly wait.  This year’s winner will receive a walk-on part in the next Scorsese movie.  That’s if the winner happens to be Robert De Niro.  If the winner is not Robert De Niro, then the winner will receive a brand new jacket.  Not just any jacket, but a one-of-its-kind jacket (besides last year’s).  A jacket that you need to know someone to own.  A jacket that gets you in doors that were previously closed.  A jacket that non-members are not allowed to own.  A jacket for MEMBER’S ONLY!  Not only a Member’s Only jacket… I know, the excitement is killing you right now, but try to keep breathing.  A Member’s Only jacket that tells the world exactly what club you belong to — a 2013 Razzball Commenter League Champion Member’s Only jacket!  (If you click on that picture again and again, it gets bigger then smaller then bigger then smaller then bigger like a Member’s Only jacket strobe light.  It’s effintastic!)  Wear it to weddings, funerals or into the shower and tell people you are the 2013 Razzball Commenter League Champion.  Okay, now sign up…


  1. Brauns Baby Daddy says:
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    Cant get some Yahoo! leagues this year..?

    • Steve says:
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      @Brauns Baby Daddy: All the smarts that Rudy has developed for stats collection and calculation, has been written for ESPN – too much work required to re-code it all for Yahoo. Plus the default ESPN roster is more of a traditional roto roster, and makes for a deeper league.

      • All true except VinWins has done all the automation for RCL. I just help in terms of competitive indexing and displaying the standings on the site.

      • The Dude says:
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        @Steve: Plus I think Yahoo blocks non-league members from viewing league data, so even VinWins were to redo his work Yahoo wouldn’t let him pull anything.

        • Dale says:
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          @The Dude: Not true. Last year they first allowed you to publicly publish your league stats.

          I wonder if there’s any chance ESPN has actually worked on making substitutions easier.

          I could live without the aggregate stats if someone wanted to start a rogue Yahoo league. All that would be different would be player eligibility.

          • Brauns Baby Daddy says:
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            @Dale:

            I’d be down for a rogue league.

  2. Beardcrabs says:
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    I like the improvements you’ve made this year, i’m impressed… Joining the league took less than 2 minutes, before it was kind of a clusterfukc…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beardcrabs: Glad it’s fixed itself… We need more commishes though…

  3. Eric W says:
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    Disappointed not to find a email address of one of the organizers along the lines of bieberlover73@ gmail

  4. Raftman says:
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    Rank Railheads are returning to try to defend their Razzball Members Only Jacket (which I wear proudly every Sunday to church)!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raftman: If you’re right with the Lord you do!

      • Raftman says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: It’s my protection for confession…. shit that sounds like a song title, or even better, the title to my book of poems.

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Dang Steves is already taken, wanted to make up part of the non-US nationals league!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I think it’s just Steve in that league that is non-US…

    • Steve says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Yeah, I’m the only foreigner.

  6. Tony says:
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    Grey- trying to copy/paste the top 400 into my pre-season fantasy notebook bible that i make each yr, but it’s copy/pasting 32 pages!? I can’t seem to get it to condense or get rid of the spaces either, do you have it in another format or does someone have a way I can change it? (not real technology savvy here)

    • Have you tried into Excel?

  7. JoeyBelle says:
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    I’m waiting for the Razzball (negative) leagues to start up. That happening again?

    • We think so. Working through some logistics.

  8. Dan says:
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    Can anyone join any league? Is that the deal? I’m intrigued, been reading razzball regularly for about 9 months… playing fantasy baseball for 2 years(not many people inthe UK play fantasy baseball).

    Dan

    • JoeC says:
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      @Dan: Yes, but you can only choose one. Choose wisely!

      • JoeC says:
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        @JoeC: Ah, apparently I am wrong (first time!). Grey says that now you are allowed to join as many RCL leagues as you want. Mass chaos! Dogs and cats living together! How will we survive (or at least remain employed?)?!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Dan:

      Another Dan from the UK on here??? Holy crap!

      We need to join a league!

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @TheNewGuy:
        My names Dan too btw if you hadn’t already guessed, and suprise im from the UK (England)!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Yeah, join away…

  9. Eddy says:
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    Kudos to the new system. It was always fun to wake up to 30 emails and have to answer all of them, but it got tedious after a while!

    Anyways, I’m Eddy, the one using the $10 entry. I’ve done this for the last couple of years and it’s worked perfectly! I use LeagueSafe, an FDIC-insured website and it’s never failed.

    I hope to see it filled up soon!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Glad it’s working!

  10. Eddy says:
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    Grey/Rudy,

    Just realized that for some odd reason my email appears twice. Eddy5791@yahoo.com. Any idea why? I’m in my phone, btw. Haven’t checked on a comp.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Eddy: No idea why, probably something I did. I think I took care of it now.

      • Eddy says:
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        @VinWins: thanks!

  11. Jash says:
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    Ya definitely smooth signing up, love it!

    But what’s the deal with not being able to use profanity?

    I had to change my team to uRaDiickry

    I mean what if my name was Dick…

    Cust kayin

    • JoeC says:
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      @Jash: Same on the message board. It turned “assure” to “*@#ure” for me. That’s asinine (oooh, I wonder if that word would pass through the censors?!).

    • Paulie Allnuts

      Paulie Allnuts says:
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      @Jash: I tried to use “Justdoit” as my password, and it was rejected. I think that my 8th grade nun is in charge of accepted content on ESPN.

  12. fri-guy says:
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    Has anyone ever done an in-person/local RCL draft? I moved to Charleston, SC about a year ago and would like to launch a local league via RCL, but don’t want to if that’s not appropriate. Obviously same format/cats. Tx

    • Eddy says:
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      @fri-guy:

      Not to my knowledge. Got to figure it’s tough to find 11 other Razzers in your area.

    • no rules against it. if you can find 11 locals, go for it. there are no limitations against participants in RCL as long as the league follows the general league rules (and of course there’s no collusion amongst the drafters).

      • fri-guy says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: thank you both. if anyone reading these is relatively local to Charleston, SC, enough to participate in-person at a draft, feel free to reply or message me portugaleric0 at gmail

        i could use some help finding teams, draft date and location TBD.

  13. Mr. Gray: I’m so sorry.. What????

    Well, here it is.. It seems that my Suzanne Somers look-a-like ( the one I’ve told you about) finally succeeded in breaking into my house over the weekend while I was out (He had made repeated attempts at this over the last couple of weeks) …

    Somehow, he feels spurned and is not taking to rejection well (they make Hollywood movies about stuff like this)…

    After all, it was just a couple beers, a few laughs and some heavy gett’n-to-know-ya FBB talk at a Fantasy Sports bar – and now, it’s like we are supposed to be life partners or something …

    I never even touched him – HONEST!!!!

    Anyways, to make a long story short, it seems he (my, Suzanne Somers look-a-like) posted Rudy on his Draft Kit thread over the weekend using my puter and name… Writing some horrible and most untrue things about you… Things, that I would never dream about writing about you – as you may have figured out already, you are now my steady FBB go-to-guy…

    Please, believe me… I didn’t do it…

    Let me tell you, it was shockingly eerie to come home to find my bed and bathroom strewn with strange lingerie (not mine), cosmetic containers (not mine) and a powerful mix of perfumes (not mine)… That’s when I saw the Hot Pink lipstick message left to me on the mirror in my bathroom… It read, “Payback is a bitch, Asshole!! Look at your computer!!! – XOXO, S.S.”

    Horror of horrors, it was left turned on to Rudy’s thread’s comments… The one in my name… Needless to say, I was shocked and sicked….

    I felt and still do feel violated!!! Unclean!!!!…

    And at the back of my mind, I keep thinking this would have never happened if I hadn’t packed Mr Miyagi off to that Vet Home in Texas (feeling guilty and rightly served now) – Bad Karma!!!..

    Must do some clean up now… How does one get rid of that perfume smell (mine won’t cover it up – tried that)???… The windows are wide open and it’s freezing outside…

    AND???

    Will anyone want me in their league now is my 2ND biggest concern.. Obviously, the biggest one is that I might wind up getting stuck in a league with that Suzanne – as we know, he regularly posts on here…

    Again, SO Sorry

    The real T Moore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @t moore: I thought there was someone impersonating you in Rudy’s comments saying terrible things about me… Now that you explain it, it makes total sense…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        of course , having skipped rudy’s article , i had to rush over to see what all the fuss
        was about .

        mental makeup ? …. if only there was a cosmetic that truly worked .

  14. Jon says:
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    Hey Grey, 2 questions:

    Moore at $15 or Posey at $15? Moore’s price is locked for 2 years, Posey’s for 2013 only.

    I own Posey right now but I’m going to try to deal him for a pick which I would then use to deal for Moore… not sure if that will work out but it’s worth a try, I think.

    Also, do you like a possible 2 years of Jennings locked at $22 or 1 year of B.J. at $14?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Posey… BJ…

  15. Jeff says:
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    Do any of the commenter leagues have a large buy in (i.e. $200+)?

    • Eddy says:
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      @Jeff:
      Unless noted, no. You can feel free to start your own if you’d like, but I’m not sure you’ll find 11 others willing to throw down $200. If you do, more power to you!

  16. Simple Draft Question… Can Pitchers be bench players???

    The break down on the team page shows the bench players under the POS. section… Does this mean the bench slots can only be used for Position players????

    It shows pitchers only with 9 slots and no bench…

    Seems funny…

    • VinWins

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      @t moore: sure, no restrictions on your bench.

    • Yes, pitchers can be bench players.

  17. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Can we have more than one RCL team?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: then I will definitely draft Matt Dominguez in one of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And dropping him by April 10th…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: 15th, i will wait 2 weeks, I might need to find that Balboni card. I guess I have to go to my parents house.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Grey: i thought it was against the rules to have more than one team…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I don’t care anymore… Rather have someone who’s crazy dedicated with ten leagues than someone who has one league and ignores it…

          • Beardcrabs says:
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            @Grey: makes sense… i see you want that jacket really bad…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m gunning for it… I’m cold here, jacketless…

              • JoeC says:
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                @Grey: That doesn’t seem like it would be a problem in SoCal.

                Although, the added amount of coolness the Razzball Member’s Only jacket will give you is immeasurable and probably the difference between you getting in the Viper Room and not (is the Viper Room still a hot club? I only remember it cause that’s where River Phoenix coked and heroined himself to death).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think if I go to the Viper Room with a Member’s Only jacket someone else will coke themselves at the the mere sight of me…

  18. Gary says:
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    When are you guys going to start up the podcast again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gary: End of this month, I believe…

  19. Bill_Buckner says:
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    @Grey,

    I have a non-RCL league (on Yahoo, with different settings than the RCL leagues) that I’m trying to fill, can I have your blessing to post the log-in & pw for any of my Razzball brethern that may be interested? I don’t want to spam the comments section without your OK…

    Thanks

    • Bill_Buckner says:
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      @Bill_Buckner:

      OK, I’m trying to fill a $150 5×5 ROTO 12 team modified slow draft league on Yahoo. 100% Payouts, top 4 paid, standard 5×5 with saves + holds replacing the standard saves category. Leaguesafe used to hold the money, and the slow draft starts on 3/1/13. I say modified, as 4 hours are allotted for each pick rather than the traditional 24 or 12.

      If any of you Razzballers are interested, email me at donnfos@gmail.com or just join the league (league ID: 30394 & pw: baseball) and check out the settings/commish note to see if the league is to your liking…

  20. I have joined 2 leagues… I hope, it is not piggish bad form… Never played ESPN before… Anticipating, there is a certain learning curve in the manipulations of the draft board…

    I am puter challenged… Actually, I’m challenged by most things any more

    Do you/they have Mocks Ds on there???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @t moore: I believe they do, t moore.

  21. Mike W says:
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    I’m in. My team ” PED Dispenser ” will be unstoppable if i can manage to draft without drinking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike W: Nice, the 4th step…

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****WE NEED MORE COMMISSIONERS TO START LEAGUES******

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Grey: Good morning Grey, long time no post. Im creating a league now. Super fired up for the season!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Great!

        • ThE sHiT says:
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          @Grey: I couldn’t find where to create the password. How do i do that?

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @ThE sHiT: You have to use the ESPN Custom format.

            • ThE sHiT says:
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              @VinWins: I did use that

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @ThE sHiT: OK, in “basic settings,” if you make access “private,” the password box should appear.

            • ThE sHiT says:
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              @VinWins: Is the password the League Motto?

              • VinWins

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                @ThE sHiT: OK, in “basic settings,” if you make access “private,” the password box should appear. (in case you didn’t notice my previous post)

                • ThE sHiT says:
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                  @VinWins: Ok i gotcha. Thanks for the help. I will have to continue creating the league later. I have to go to work now.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Grey: Im setting up the Haters league now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice!

  23. Mr. Gray: I might be willing to do it – only if you are desperate…

    I would wait and see who else steps forward, first before you allow me to do it…

    I totally lack leadership skills… In fact, I lack skills in general..

    I will keep my eye on this page for you… Just in case, no one else steps forward …

    I might do it… Repeat, MIGHT!!!…

    Think you, Rudy, your entire crew, ESPN and all the league’s members would regret ever having let me have had any kind of repsoncibility though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think this is a good time to prove yourself wrong… Or right and confirm things…

  24. drew says:
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    Are you coming out with a Tiers page this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone else always did that, so it’s up to the Razzball universe…

      • drew says:
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        @Grey: i may be up for the task

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome, do it up!

        • chunk says:
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          @drew: This would be very awesome. Single most valuable draft tool imo

  25. John Q says:
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    Full up! How about another 21 leagues??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Need people to start the leagues…

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****NEED MORE COMMISSIONERS*********

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Grey: @Grey: Aye Aye, Capitan.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Grey: Okay. I will look to create one when home in a couple hours.

      Anyone who needs to draft on a weekend afternoon will want to get in this one .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

    • Paulie Allnuts

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      @Grey: Truthfully, being a Commish is an easy job in the RCL. After you set up the league, fill the league with members, and get a draft date, your work is essentially done. The Commish, at least in private leagues, hasn;t any power do do anything. Maybe intervene in an occasional flareup between managers. It is an easy job.

  27. Chris says:
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    What are these extraneous porn windows you speak of? Nothing extraneous about any of them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: The pop-unders…

  28. Chris says:
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    Created a league. Just sent request for access to add it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great!

    • added you a couple minutes ago as well as a couple others. should be a few open leagues real soon.

      • Chris says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: I’ve attempted to update the spreadsheet.

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Chris: We need the password for the league.

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @VinWins: I maybe accidentally deleted it, if it was there before.

            • Chris says:
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              @VinWins: No worries. Password is “cincinnati”.

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Chris: Yeah, I remember seeing that! Thanks.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: its not allowing me to put URL on list, I feel like a techno moron

        • looks like you got it figured out….

  29. Big Magoo says:
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    Grey and Rudy – let me know if you still need more RCLs. I’d be happy to fulfill my Razzball civic duty. I have already committed to two RCLs, so I’d probably vacate my spot in Eddy’s if need be (it shouldn’t be tough to get one more owner to pony up the $10 buy-in).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, please… Sign up a couple leagues if you want…. We need commissioners badly…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Do I need a google account to send you the league info?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah… Any email address can access the spreadsheet…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Sheesh, I feel like I was using a Commodore 64 trying to set-up that league… Looks ready to go now though

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Nice…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need to vacate to start another league… You can have more than one if you want…

  30. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H-Points Keeper League w/$70 cap (salaries increase $1/MLB year)

    Need a 2B. I have SP and RP depth. Which trade?

    Trade #1
    CC Sabathia $9, Miley $2 and Pineda $2
    FOR
    Aaron Hill $5 and Estrada $2

    OR

    Trade #2
    Fernando Rodney $2, Beachy $3 and Pineda $2
    FOR
    Kinsler $7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler

  31. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Double Platinum Haters RCL League is now open

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Excellent!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: If Sky is reading this you better sign up, I might to take my shot at the artist formerly known as the Oregon Nut Cup,

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: * want to take my shot at

          • JoeC says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Wait, Sky is Oregon Nut Cups?

            I still have a bone to pick with that dude about Mark Reynolds! I think it will only be able to be settled with dueling pistols!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I’ve got my official Red Ryder carbine-action two-hundred-shot range model air rifle ready to go! How do you cock this thing? Hehe…cock…

              • JoeC says:
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                @Sky: Inevitably, you will shoot your eye out.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Oh fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge…only I didn’t say fudge.

  32. Obmij76 says:
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    Created a league Grey. Also, I know you hate J. Weaver and Ellsbury. Was offered a trade of his Ellsbury(5th RD keeper) and 9th Rd Pick for my Weaver(3rd Rd Keeper). Other keepers I have are Prince, Hanley, Bruce, AGon, Latos, Jennings, Kimbrel. BA, R, AVG, SB, BB, HR, RBI, TB
    ERA, WHIP, K, QS, IP, K, SV, L — Min. 40 IP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Ellsbury…

  33. Shawn says:
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    I’m in a League that uses R, TB, RBI, SB and AVG. Can you rank these OF, Braun, Gonzalez, Stanton, Upton, Kemp, Jones & Choo? Does strategy change with TB replacing HR?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The rankings wouldn’t change…

  34. TheNewGuy says:
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    Just to give some variation to all the RCL chatta. Got a keeper question for you about Hosmer. Currently got him for $6, need to decide how many years to sign him for. Choices:

    1 year ($9), 2 years ($12), 3 years ($14), or Renewable year ($12).

    Im thinking one or two years, but is two too (stutterer!) much of a gamble?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go 2…

  35. Big Magoo says:
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    RCL Razzball4Life is now open for business. For those who are interested, note that the draft day and time is likely to change based on the availability of league members. All razzies are welcome!

  36. ritzer says:
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    Anybody based in Europe who would like to draft at a socially more acceptable time for us?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @ritzer:
      Yup Iam, but I go along with whatever times put forward. We’re far too much in the minority here.

      • Dan says:
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        @TheNewGuy:

        I’d like a league that means I don’t need to stay up until “way beyond my bed time” to draft in.

        There are so many comments on this article – If you scroll down quickly you get an image of what Grey and Rudy’s love child would look like…. not pretty.

        @New Guy – are you 007?

      • Paddyman says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: You could call it “the queens legs”. let us know when the opening is.

  37. prezii says:
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    No need to fear.. well, there may be fear because ive never done a ESPN league and will most likely fuck something up.. but since you seem to need more commishs, im willing to lead the way for 11 of your men… i gotta go check it out and get familiar with it tho..Going to see a lot of matthew berry’s fat face i suppose? Yeah.. i figured..

    Anywho, im thinking about a west coast league? Most leagues i see are at 8 and 9 PM EST. I cant draft at 5pm on a wednesday people! How should i go about that? Name it West Coast League(shedding the cheeky grey-related title.. Cougar Town, Invisible Hitting Horses, Mustache Llamas, Four Female Readers Unite etc, etc) and hope people follow suit? Or leave it in the comments? Or motto? Wat ya think grey? Or chalk the idea completely cuz at razzball, its only OaktownSteve and i from the west and the rest are canadians?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, we could use commishes still… Get in there…. I’m sure there’s plenty of West Coast readers to fill it… Just put in the comments that it’ll be PST…

      • prezii says:
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        @Grey: alright cool.. it wont let me register from my phone so ill have to do it sometime when im at my home computer(which barely works).. ill let ya know in a couple days of the details!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Get it, prezii!

          • prezii says:
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            @Grey: Oppan!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              All day!

  38. reggie says:
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    12-team, 5×5, 10-player keeper league.

    do i trade adrian gonzo and andrus for rizzo, a. gordon and medlen?

    medlen knocks out haren/pence as my 10th keeper.

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  39. Steve says:
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    A setback for Madson. Highly unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, apparently…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve: how many RCL’s you in?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Steve: you should join mine we got 5 spots left. would be nice to know a commenter i know in it

          • Steve says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: I’m afraid I probably have too many leagues as it is. Thanks for asking though.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Steve: sad face :(

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Steve: Ive been internationally rejected

              • Steve says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: Awww, sorry man.

                I’m already pushing the limits of domestic tolerance as it is.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Steve: which is better than domestic violence

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: If I join another league, that might be the result.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Steve: if that happens, go to a relatives house and beat the crap out of them. Your kids will still respect you and other family members might have your back on that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That figures… We’ll see him around May…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: cough sound cough sound three months cough sound cough sound soft cough sound!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          cough cough Yup cough cough

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: is there a cold going around? or is madson a mangina? or a little mitch?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Little of both?

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: mitchgina!

  40. Johnny Five says:
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    Dynasty question here. I’m the lucky owner of a $1 Manny Machado and a $1 Wil Myers. I could be sitting on a fantasy goldmine here. Thoughts on trading both of these guys for a $15 Adam Jones and a $30 Cole Hamels? Traditional 5×5 league here. The thought of going for it this year with Jones and Hamels seems tempting, but the upside for Machado and Myers is SO JUICY.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d split it up… Take Jones for Machado or Myers and hold the other and forget Hamels…

  41. Buzzdainer says:
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    In a keeper league that counts AVG, OPS, FPCT, R, HR, RBI, SB, and TB, which player do you like better, Jemile Weeks or Dee Gordon? Or, since they were both awful last year, which one do you dislike less?

  42. PopsToo says:
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    I joined a league, First time playing Rotissierre and not h2h or points leagues. Any suggestions will be helpful, I have been reading up. If every one is using Grey’s rankings, How do you get an edge? Still trying to get my head around max games started and innings pitched. Does everyone wait till 5th round to draft Verlander? LOL

    • The draft is a big component of success as is active in-season roster management. Grabbing up closers is essential. Not being too stubborn about keeping drafted hitters/pitchers is important tool.

      Grey’s rankings and the $ estimates should help during the draft but no one follows them to an absolute tee. Just try to draft the best team possible and zig when others zag.

      Good luck!

      • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:

        Zig when others zag. It’s been said 1000 times, but it remains so underrated. Most people tend to get so caught up with who they are drafting into their own team to notice what the other managers are doing during the draft. Zig on, Rudy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad you signed up! We’ll go over strategy posts in the future…

  43. PopsToo says:
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    Thanks Guys,

    I owe I owe Off to work I go

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get that money, PopsToo!

  44. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I did something anyway. If anything is wrong please help. I did it all from a phone so it took a while.

  45. Jason Beeeeeeeee says:
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    Yo Grey,
    I won my RCL last year by a ton. Put me an expert league and I guarantee you I make the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no playoffs…

      • Jason Beeeeeeeee says:
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        fair enough. Put me in coach. I’m ready to playyyy….

      • Jason Beeeeeeeee says:
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        RCL 15 was the league I won. I need a challenge.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go at it, join a league…

  46. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    re: previous conversation, Glossary term. Mitchgina – a player who frequently gets hurt and makes you wonder how hurt is this guy. like in Little League when your coach would tell the kid with the doctors notes, ” whats wrong with you Finkelstein, are some kinda sissy la-la, a pansy”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Not sure I’m feeling it…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: what about the psuedo port manteau of a Mitchgina

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s funny, but I don’t know about the definition…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: fair enough, its more of a real world term.

  47. Jarrad says:
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    Hey, Grey, LaRoche (20th Rd) or Morse (18th) as my final keeper? My other three keepers will be Miggy (1st), Price (4th), and Heyward (7th). Stats cats are…

    BA, HR, OBP, R, RBI, SB, TB+BB

    I’m leaning toward LaRoche. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morse…

  48. Steve says:
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    Bourn to the Indians. 4 years, $48mill.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: I guess he couldn’t let go of that Native American theme.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! About time he signed somewhere… That hurts Stubbs…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: It’s devastating news for my set-and-forget team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, already that team is in trouble?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Devastating might be too strong a word perhaps.

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: I have Justin Maxwell to pick up the slack!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, you’re good!

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: Gotta take a flier on the possibility of 20/15 at#369 overall!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Especially on a set it and forget it team because the Astros won’t have better options to replace him…

      • not sure that hurts stubbs that much as they could move swisher to first and reynolds to DH. mlbdepthcharts still has a Rule 5 pick (Chris McGuiness) as the DH and he sounds too much like an English actor to be a legitimate hitter (no offense English Dans)

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: that is exactly what I was thinking, swish to 1st and reynolds to dh, unless they have another trade in mind. Seems like a lot of excessive speed in that outfield. Could brantley end up being the odd man out or will stubbs nack for sucking over long periods make a platoon of both?

          • I think safest bet is about 120 games started for Brantley, Reynolds and Stubbs with Swisher and Bourn getting getting similar games played to last year. Reynolds is enough of a butcher at 3B that hopefully Chisenhall gets a full season to prove himself.

  49. Hoosier daddy says:
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    Grey-

    I’m in a 5 of, 2 catcher league with 3 keepers and no bench and I’m already keeping Braun at $25 and CarGo at$20. Dilemma is surrounding my third keeper – a full year of Medlen @ $6, or Wil Myers @6 who is catcher eligible, but will require me keeping an empty slot at catcher until he’s called up. He may be a future keeper for a stacked outfield?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen…

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****WE NEED MORE ORGANIZERS*****

    • Stephen says:
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      @Grey: I replied to your FB inquiry.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Answered on FB… Be a commissioner! Follow the directions in the post on how to do it…

  51. Steve says:
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    Why does the Tout Wars website look like it was designed and developed in the 90s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same web designer as the FSWA website… And all of these random fantasy league websites that these so-called ‘perts use to draft… Not sure why they can’t just use Yahoo or ESPN…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh man, in the top right, there was a picture of Lawr that was taken from about 6 inches away from his face… Holy schnikeballs…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Oh, I missed that. Berry’s ego was in the way.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Steve: i think i’m going to lose my dinner. I think this explains all the fantasy short comings of the E$PN apostles I know. When i tell them about the razz they shrug it off because if it was so good then it would be affiliated with the evil four letter.

  52. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    whats the deal with Felix?

    would he be a bad keeper at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, too early to say that, depends when you have to choose…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: It my buddies league, I think March 10th. his other keeper options after His first two choices of Miggy and Lawrie are Jordan Zimmerman, Bumgardner and Middlebrooks.

        *note* he has to trade Miggy this year before the trade deadline or lose him to the draft

  53. Stephen says:
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    New League – Remember Matt Bush
    Commish – former Razzball Fantasy Prospect writer (me)

    Come join my fellow Razzers.

      • Stephen says:
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        @Grey: Absolutely.

  54. McS says:
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    @Grey
    12 team 5×5 roto with 6 keepers. (1 catcher)
    My dilemma is keeping Mauer at $12 or just punting and pick up a $2 catcher at the end of the draft.
    Worth it to save the $10 and use elsewhere in the auction or keep mauer?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @McS: It’s fair for $12, I’d punt…

  55. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    mlb.com finally released their 2013 player preview .

    i always like to compare their player rankings to yours , though i don’t know
    who’s actually writing for them .
    however , their player head-shots are a nice touch .

  56. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Once again – Being a Commish is a relatively easy job. Just set up the league, get twelve players for a team, get a draft date, and your job is basically over, except to mediate between a potential flare-up between managers. Unlike Yahoo, the commish has no powers whatsoever; he can’t manipulate rosters, change original settings, etc. It is REALLY IMPORTANT to get Commisioners, as there can’t be RCL’s without them. And my league, the ECFBL,wants as many RCL’s as possible so we can whip their butt, as we have the last two years.

  57. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    And speaking of the best leagues – I personally think that there should be some reward, perhaps a virtual acknowledgement, of the best league in the RCL’s. Since the ECFBL has won the championship handidly over the last two years, because of the competitive nature of the league, it is virtually impossible to win the individual award. Just something to ponder and think about, since the ECFBL not only walloped the other RCL’s, but the EXPERT league as well.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts:

      sounds like your league is not plagued by a high number of abandoned teams .

      Grey , throughout the year , refers to this “problem” , especially with espn leagues .

      so yeah , for that reason alone , perhaps your league deserves an award , especially
      considering the longevity and the track record .

    • You guys have the ‘highest league index’ – isn’t that the best reward.

  58. Tom Jacks

    Tom Jacks says:
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    Just a heads up to anybody who cares – I’ll have another league up in a couple hours. This one might be Matthew Berry-inspired, just like this haiku:

    Call me talented
    Because I boldly predict
    Just for the page views

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! That’s awesome…

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    WE NEED MORE ORGANIZERS…PLEASE AND THANK YOU

  60. Buffalo Runner says:
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    I signed up for two league, is that frowned upon?

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    WE NEED PEOPLE TO SET UP LEAGUES, C’MON PEOPLE

    • Dan says:
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      @Grey:

      Trying to set a league up. Can’t find the bit where it says about setting a password for others to jointhough. Any ideas?

      also, how long have other people allowed for each draft pick ? and have the other leagues got Upper limits for Innings pitched?

      Dan

      • Dan says:
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        @Dan:

        @Me, have found the instructions earlier up the thread

        @You, Oh, well done, that was clever of you

        @Me I know I’m feeling kinda ‘special’ now

        • Dan says:
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          @Dan:

          Yep, talking to myself again, but…. I’m confused.

          The 180 Games maximum in Grey’s info above. Is that limit for pitchers? batters? both? I’m thinking it might be easier to let others do this…..

          Dan

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Just pitchers.

  62. Tony says:
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    grey- i already emailed vinwins, but i’ll commish again, at the moment i have one opening but i expect one or two more if a few guys drop that were in it last year that dont want in this year. League Name: OnesAreGOODright? ……. Hey YO! time for me to win this damn league for once! $50 buy in…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it! Enter your name int he spreadsheet like the other ones…

  63. Mike From Jersey says:
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    I took a year off from RCL after not reading the settings and dropping from 11th out of 260ish to 60ish when I neared the innings limit..but stupidity aside I am back to terrorize you fools.

    Jay Kay of course, good luck to all, glad to be back. I’ve missed your stache’ Grey…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dirty Jerz representin’…

  64. Diamondoug says:
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    The password on the open league is incorrect as showing. It is supposed to be Albright, not Alrbight as showing.

    Albright………. not Alrbight

    Lets get some teams to join

  65. Mike says:
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    I tried to add my league and did, but in the process i messed up the heading, deeply sorry, hope someone can fix it, im ashamed

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Mike: No problem, all straightened out.

  66. Tony says:
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    ONES ARE GOOD RIGHT? still has one opening, filled a spot, had another guy from last year now that can’t make it happen…. $50 buy in, email me at youngy_03@yahoo.com

    first come first served….

  67. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey, I made another RCL and requested access to the google docs to post the info but I will start by posting it here first.

    Sultans of Swat
    Link: http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/join?leagueId=39347
    Password: buffalo

    Draft 3/25 at 8pm ET

    10/12 slots open

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool, Rudy will give you permission when he gets a chance… Should be sooner vs. later…

  68. Raftman says:
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    Anyone else having trouble adding a second owner? It won’t let me in our league – Something Something Mustache. ESPN says that this option only exists in League Manager Leagues… is this a setting that can changed after the league is full?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Raftman: So you have an ESPN Custom League, not a League Manager League, right? Unfortunately, I think once you create the league with whichever league type you select, you cannot change it. But maybe somebody else will chime in with better info…

      • Raftman says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Bummer… thanks for the heads up Tom Jacks

        Maybe I should just set up a League Manager League…. Do we need another league??

        • Raftman says:
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          @Raftman: Actually, it doesn’t look I’ll be able to since, if it’s a League Manager League, I have to individually invite all the teams which really wouldn’t work for the Google Doc set-up. Oh well.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Raftman: If the league is full (or once the league is full), you can start a new league (a League Manager league), invite everyone that joined the old league (telling them why you’re doing it) and then discard the old league… Just make sure everyone is on board with the switch and you update us with the link to the new league…

            Vin, this should work, right?

            • Raftman says:
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              @Grey: What if I just made it LM right off the bat and in the comments on the GOOGLE Docs, I have people e-mail me who want to join and I can invite them that way?

              Obviously, I don’t want to create any head aches for you guys, so if this it too much of a hassle, just tell me to put my big boy pants on and shut up.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Raftman:Yeah, that would be a hassle… Just fill the league, then email the league that you’re switching it to a League Manager and re-invite everyone… Then discard old league and update link in this Spreadsheet… That would work…

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Raftman: If you can get the rest of the league on board, then either you or the league commissioner could start a League Manager league. Everyone would have to understand they need to email you for an invite, since you don’t have their addresses.

                You could also give your friend your ESPN password, and he would be able to log in as you and make moves.

                • Raftman says:
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                  @VinWins: You know, that’s what I’m going to do. I don’t want to create a hassle for anyone else. I’ll just have him logon as me.
                  Thanks guys! Sorry for the rifraff….

  69. ZK says:
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    2 spots have opened up (WHY?!?!) in my league. Drafting 3/17.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ZK: It looks filled now, no?

  70. Tony says:
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    Had a guy not respond in my league from last yr, $50 buy in, if you’re interested shoot me an email, only one spot left and we’ll set a draft date after we’re all in…..

    youngy_03@yahoo.com

  71. Trevor

    Trevor says:
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    Just a heads up, some shmohawk left our league so I changed ours back to 1 more needed.

  72. GT says:
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    How does one set 180 Games Started max, 1000 IP minimum?

    • GT says:
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      @GT: under games played (maximums) category I can set it to 2340 total games played and enforce by position (180 each), but I don’t see a minimum IP setting.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Minimum is default…

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @GT: The 180 Games Started is for pitchers.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You made the league private, and your link goes nowhere…

        • GT says:
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          @Grey: OK – deleted and started over

  73. NoonTime says:
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    RCL Epic Beardmen in da house! 4th year of RCL league. We purge bottom 3 each year. Always end near top of competitive index. $25 buy in get paid out: $25 for first active no hitter. $25 for first active cycle. 1st place – $200. 2nd place – $50

    We have 3 openings now and maybe more if I don’t hear from some of the current owner/slackers.

    Send me email to the address in the spreadsheet and I’ll send you invite.

    • NoonTime says:
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      @NoonTime:

      The 3 spots due to purging last years loser bottom feeders are full. May have some openings if I don’t hear from previous owners soon.

  74. yeahcheese says:
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    LEAGUE #48 BOOM

    Our league is now full!

    League #48 is the rcl’s premier league for superior competition, athleticism, cunning and hilarity – league #48 represent!!!

    • yeahcheese says:
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      @yeahcheese:

      We now have 1 opening! top table updated! BOOM

  75. NoonTime says:
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    One opening. David Reynolds joined but I guess the clubhouse smell was too offensive and he left.

  76. Buffalo Runner says:
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    I joined a league and left. sorry ( league #51)

    on a side note, do you have any other colors of the jacket or just whats on the rack?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Join another team, win and you can pick the color…

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