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Mauledbypandas’ team gained 3 points the final week in our league, Cracking The WHIP, to finish 4.6 ahead of three teams – Waco Night Terrors (Imposing Sea Creatures), the remains of the bay (Beef SAGNOF!), and Retro Vertigo (ECFBL). Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache led the overall standings early, but stumbled in the middle of the season, dropping as low as 15th on July 22nd. They then started the climb back to the top, gaining 12 spots in 3 weeks to reach third place on August 12th. They moved up to second the next week, and were either first or 2nd the rest of the way. Congratulations on an outstanding season!

Let’s take a look at how the team was built.

The Draft

I have included each player’s Razzball Player Rater rank [after the name]. The stats represent a player’s contributions while in the starting lineup for the champions. The complete draft shows how I drafted a much better team than mauledbypandas, but was unlucky.

(1) Miguel Cabrera [1]  103/44/137/.347/3 – As usual, Miggy was a great start in building a championship team.

(24) Ian Kinsler [83]  85/13/71/.274/15 – Obviously a disappointment, but still the 7th ranked 2b.

(25) Clayton Kershaw [4]  15/1.88/0.92/224 – Snags the top pitcher in round 3.

(48) Ben Zobrist [104]  69/10/65/.267/10 – A second disappointment. Between them, Kinsler and Zobrist were projected for 43 HR and 38 SB.

(49) Yu Darvish [10]  13/2.82/1.07/269 – A nice 1-2 starting combo.

(72) Jered Weaver [167]  10/3.46/1.17/109 – A third pitcher seemed unnecessary.

Three top 10 players in the first 5 rounds! 2 of the top 4 starting pitchers! Hitting looks weak. That will be tough to overcome. I’m worried.

(73) Elvis Andrus [40]  90/4/67/.271/41 – 90 runs and 41 steals from your SS isn’t too shabby.

(96) Nelson Cruz [153]  48/26/75/.271/5 – Looks like a bad pick on the ranking, but he was very valuable until his suspension, at which time he could just be dropped, opening up a spot for replacement stats.

(97) Hunter Pence [12]  88/27/99/.288/22 – A great pick as Pence outperformed all expectations.

(120) David Ortiz [21]  83/29/99/.309/4 – Slipped in drafts due to injury concerns and bad position eligibility, but turned into another steal.

(121) Mark Teixeira [1157]  4/3/12/.160/0 – First bad pick.

(144) Mike Napoli [61]  58/15/69/.244/1 – Dropped on August 19, missing out on 19/8/22/.313/0

(145) Jon Lester [126]  6/4.12/1.29/72 – Dropped on June 16, after which Lester was 9/3.26/1.27/97.

(168) Sergio Romo [97]  5/2.58/1.08/58/38 Saves – 13th RP selected.

(169) Casey Janssen [123]  4/2.66/0.99/46/32 Saves

(192) Jayson Werth [38]  0/0/0/.000/0 – Dropped April 4. Oops.

(193) Michael Cuddyer [49]  74/20/84/.334/10 – One of the great steals of the season.

(216) Jason Grilli [177]  0/2.98/1.04/71/30 Saves – Drafted 3 closers from rounds 14 – 18, and had no misses. 100 saves, 175 Ks, 9 wins, 2.71 ERA, 1.03 WHIP.

(217) Mark Reynolds [288]  33/14/43/.237/3 – Dropped June 26

(240) Alex Cobb [124]  9/3.13/1.19/117 – Another great pick.

(241) Ryan Dempster [424] – Dropped without appearing in starting lineup.

(264) AJ Pierzynski [183]  3/2/4/.286/0 – Dropped April 19

(265) Wade Miley [235] 2/2.91/1.40/40 – Got 831 strikeouts and 55 wins from drafted starters, with ratios of 2.86 and 1.11.

(288) Lucas Duda [618]  – Dropped April 1.

(289) Michael Brantley [145] Dropped shortly after the draft.

Another great draft by the overall champion. Last year the Rank Railheads drafted 6 top 30 players. This year the champs had four top 12, and 8 that ranked in the top 50, though mauledbypandas did drop one after a week.

Key Pickups

Eric Hosmer (June 21, Waivers)   54/15/53/.321/4 in 371 ABs – Come on. In 214 at-bats for me he hit .252 with 2 home runs. I finally drop him and he starts hitting for the first place team. Must have been the more positive environment. Ended up the 52nd ranked player.

Gerardo Parra (April 4, FA; dropped and added a couple of times)  46/7/25/.269/5 in 346 ABs – Nice runs, but not much else.

Eric Young Jr (June 22, FA)  41/1/18/.238/28 in 307 ABs – Runs and steals.

Daniel Nava (April 20, FA)  39/6/30/.267/0 in 221 ABs – Some decent counting stats for the time he was owned.

Chris Johnson (July 3, FA)  18/4/30/.316/0 in 187 ABs

Brian Dozier (August 12, FA)  22/7/19/.242/5 in 186 ABs

Will Venable (August 5, FA)   25/9/18/.295/11 in 183 ABs – Not just SAGNOF with a HR every 20 ABs.

Francisco Rodriguez (June 13, FA) 6 Saves

Matt Moore (June 17, Waivers)  6/2.44/1.30/63 – Another bad drop by me (4.12/1.40 in 74.1 IP for The Vincibles).

Other Free Agent starters include Andy Pettitte (34.1 IP), Jerome Williams (30.1), Julio Teheran (23), Eric Stults (21.1), Jarrod Parker (19), Bartolo Colon (14), Kyle Lohse (12.2), Michael Wacha (8.2) Mark Buehrle (8), Jeremy Bonderman (8), Tyler Thornburg (7), Tommy Milone (7), and Jose Fernandez (7), who combined for 16 wins and 161 Ks in 200.1 innings, with an ERA of 2.29 and 1.10 WHIP.

Final Numbers

Runs: 1100 (20th in RCL)
HR: 278 (43rd)
RBI: 1123 (4th)
SB: 180 (74th)
Ave: .2753 (126th)
K: 1422 (51st)
Wins: 97 (64th)
Saves: 109 (274th)
ERA: 3.02 (19th)
WHIP: 1.16 (123rd)

A great season, starting with an excellent draft and only making 7 questionable decisions all year (I led the league in that category with 141). Nicely done.

Also, congratulations to our hero, Grey, who got serious this season to win the RCL Experts League and finish 70th overall, and Rudy, who made it a 1-2 Razzball sweep. Kudos to Tehol for running away with the Writers’ League, and also Mel, who showed Tehol was not unbeatable, finishing 24.5 points ahead in Night of the Living Zombinos. Sky was 2nd to Tehol, 80th overall. And Big Magoo, for taking the very tough Champions League. Mr. Magoo also finished second in 2 other leagues, with all 3 ending up in the top 100.

A Hill O’ Beans challenged for the overall title, and ended up winning 2 leagues with the 14th and 21st best teams. The 2012 champions, Rank Railheads, were once again impressive, finishing just outside the top 20. Wake Up had 2 top 100 teams, and another that finished in the top third of the field. Jack Full Of Hate reached the top 10 with 1 team, and had 2 others in the top half of the RCL. Other known commenters include MasterofGrond (2nd), Noon Time (17th), Schmohawk Bob (24th), Tony (26th), Elijah (29th), MStark (30th and 179th), Random ItalicizedVoice (34th and 129th), Ben (35th), Oaktown Steve (36th), Ichirosan (45th), thefaketom (54th), SteveNZ (60th), Al Koholic (62nd), Buffalo Runner (62nd), Bombo Rivera (75th), Kid A (80th and 181st), Brett (80th), and Atomic (89th). You can find all the league champions and runners up in the Fantasy Baseball Forums.

Thanks to everyone who read my posts and especially those who commented. Hope you all enjoyed the season! And now, I’ll wrap it up with what I’m most famous for, some more numbers.

Razzball Commenter League Leaders

Hits: 2263 – Retro Vertigo (ECFBL)
At Bats: 8286 – Retro Vertigo (ECFBL)
Ave: .2883 – Dusty Two Sacks (Modesto Nuts)
HR: 340 – All Hail  Beddict (Razzball Elites)
RBI: 1135 – That’s  a Shame (Bold Predictions)
SB: 242 – Smart Alex Gordon (Razzball League)
Ks: 1589* – Pink Highlighter (Razzball4Life)
Wins: 117* – TP for my Buchholz (You down with PEDs?)
Saves: 192 – That’s  a Shame (Bold Predictions)
ERA: 2.67* – Pazzball Rodcast (No Guts, No Glory)
WHIP: 1.04* – The Good The Vlad The Utley (Myrtle’s Acres)

*New Record

You can check out the TOP 10 in each category.

  1. poorjays (the remains of the bay) says:
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    thanks for another great season Vin. Good work.

  2. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Vin, you really keep the adrenaline going throughout the grind. Can’t thank you enough for your inspiration!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @simply fred: Thanks!

  3. Simply Fred

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    ECFBL was tied for last in AVG yet was tops in Hits (with 451 more than 2nd place Cracking the WHIP). hmmm…

    Oh yeah, ECFBL ranked 1st in ALL of the other NINE cats…just in case someone was wondering where that competitive index generates from…

    • VinWins

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      @simply fred: I’m guessing a league will always have a lower average the more ABs they have, since you are going deeper into the hitter pool.

  4. mauledbypandas says:
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    When you break it down like that, Vin, I am amazed I did well this year. I’ve got my hometown biases though, thus all the Rangers, but Weaver will never be on another of my teams!!

    • VinWins

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      @mauledbypandas: I think with 1 change to my team, I could have challenged you (I’m thinking a different manager).

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @mauledbypandas: I was just thinking, you drafted 4 of the eventual top 12 players, meaning the other 11 teams only got 8.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Congratulations, Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache! Well played… Please put your real email in a comment back to me here so I can get the details for your prize…

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Grey: I didn’t know there was a prize. My email is mauledbypandas@gmail.com or the one i have listed on this site. Either will work

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh! You were the winner? Cool…I’ll email you…

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Grey: That’s what Vin tells me, it still has not sunk in yet. Congrats on beating Rudy

          • Grey

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            Congrats to you, man! That’s amazing!

  6. Wake Up says:
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    Thanks again Vin! RCL is by far the best Roto format that I have ever played in…You are one hell of a numerologist! Numberist? Numerero? Numnumagizer? ah, well you get the point…

    (the point was to say thanks)

    • VinWins

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      @Wake Up: You’re welcome. Thanks for reading, and I’m glad you now realize Cueto is evil.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @VinWins:
        There is no dark…just the absence of light…

        There is no cold…just the absence of heat (and there is no light without heat, but that is besides the point, and not completely true)

        There is no evil…just the abscess that is St Louis…

  7. Where’s my trophy? The Butte Invaders dominated league Matthew Berry is a Tool.

    Also, Matthrew berry is a tool.

    • VinWins

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      @John Butte: Congratulations. Very impressive, top 10% of the RCL, just inches back of Grey.

  8. OaktownSteve says:
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    Great stuff, Vin. As Wake Up said, RCL is the most fun in fantasy and you get a fair measure of credit. Congrats on your trophy, by the way.

    • VinWins

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      @OaktownSteve: Ha! Recognition of my greatness!

  9. ML says:
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    Great job. I do more of these each year. Won 5 this year (i am the man right now)

    Look forward to next season.

    • VinWins

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      @ML: Very nice!

  10. MasterofGrond says:
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    Congrats mauledbypandas, you had a hell of a team in a good league and really deserve the win.

    Already can’t wait for next year!

    (P.S. looking for a more competitive league for 2014 :P)

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @MasterofGrond: thank you! I appreciate it. Though a lot of breaks went my way

  11. Big Magoo says:
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    Thanks for all of the work, Vin. I always looked forward to the updates from the resident numerologist (good one Wake). Numerican, perhaps (though aren’t you Canadian?). Anyway, thanks!

    • VinWins

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      @Big Magoo: Glad you liked them. Yes, I am from Saskatchewan, birthplace of Reggie Cleveland, Dave Pagan, Terry Puhl, and Andrew Albers.

      • Bombo Rivera says:
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        @VinWins: Albers? He’s the Twins’ ace, but that’s still going pretty deep. Thanks for your work on this. You rock.

  12. Andrew says:
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    Awesome job, Vin. Thanks.

  13. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Thanks for the shoutout, Vin. Was a rocky start for me, was glad to climb back into 2nd by year’s end.

  14. slew says:
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    Thanks Vin! You will be missed.

    btw- you playing fantasy hockey this season?

    • VinWins

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      @slew: Thanks, man.

      No hockey, no football, going dark. Planning on a lot less time at the computer.

  15. Wake Up says:
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    Godspeed, friend!

    • VinWins

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      @Wake Up: Thank you, friend.

  16. Elijah says:
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    Well we faded pretty bad at the end but 29th is nothing to be depressed about and we held off a late inspired rush by Freaks and Geeks, great season.

    • VinWins

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      @Elijah: Yeah, you’re an RCL champion, and 739 teams finished behind you. Still very impressive. Congratulations!

  17. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    I appreciate being called a well-known commenter considering I barely commented this year.

    I also appreciate VinWins great job keeping us updated all year. Well done.

    Congrats to RCL’s Josh Hamilton. As a fan the the LAA Angels, I don’t feel as kindly to that Josh Hamilton.

    And thank you to Grey Albright for making this all possible. This site is the best thing on the entire internet.

    Can’t wait to see the 2014 pre-season rankings!!!

    • VinWins

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      @Schmohawks Bob: I guess since I called you Schmohawk Bob, you aren’t that well known! Thanks for reading!

  18. Tom Jacks

    Tom Jacks says:
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    Vin – You are the stuff of legends!

    • VinWins

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      @Tom Jacks: And that’s all that will remain soon.

  19. Tehol Beddict says:
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    VIn, where was i in final standings. how did i not win it all??!?!

    • VinWins

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      @Tehol Beddict: The Master Standings show you in 31st, which is still impressive, but I know that is the same as last to you.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @VinWins: I disgrace myself

  20. thefaketom says:
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    Thanks Vin for all of your hard work, it is very much appreciated. And a hearty thanks to all of the players that make this so much fun.

    Very surprised by the new K record my team acquired, but then again this is only year 2 or 3 right?

    • VinWins

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      @thefaketom: Congratulations! Well, the RCL has been around for longer, but these are the records for the modern era (beginning in 2011).

  21. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Awesome job this year Vin!

    Wow that slide at the end killed me, now I’ll have to go with, “First overall? Pssshhhh, I had two top twenty one teams!”.

    That doesn’t sound nearly as good as two top twenty teams….

    Oh well, it was a great season overall, have to be happy to have lead the overall so late in the season, had both my teams win their leagues and end up finishing where they did. A hearty congratulations to mauledbypandas too! I know how tough it is to win, so great job! And as always, thanks for everything this year Vin!

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