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Yesterday….yesterday….yesterday….
All my fantasy baseball titles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though one is here to stay *sung in a very fast voice* oh, crap, nope, because I drafted Matt Holliday,
Oh, why did I believe in Holliday…day…day…day.
Suddenly!  Jacob deGrom’s arm is not half of what it used to be.
There’s a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, it’s Giancarlo’s injured groin that I made of plaster of Paris and that just came to me suddenly!
Why the season had to go, I don’t know, it wouldn’t say… because it can’t talk, it’s a baseball season that ended yesterday…yesterday…yesterday!
Fantasy Baseball was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a mother’s basement to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday…day…day.

*sniffles*  Here, take a tissue.  You have to excuse me, I don’t have any clean ones.  What will we do for the next few months without an update on a Mets’ pitcher elbow?  Does Daniel Murphy’s butt hurt or is he just butt-hurt?  What will we do without a Bryce Harper injury update?  WHAT?  WILL?  WE?  DO?  Prepare for next season, of course.  But, first, let’s bask in the last day of the season.  Today is the day when you realize you’ve spent 27,000 man hours this summer beating eleven other strangers to win a virtual trophy, and it feels great!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Bartolo Colon – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA ends at 3.43 as the Mets clinched a Wild Card spot.  Only real damage to Colon was the 25th homer by Ryan Howard, and, coincidentally, Howard hit his first career home run in 2004 off Bartolomé Fortunato, which sounds like Bartolo Colon’s telenovela villain name.

Jeurys Familia – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 51st save on Saturday, ending the year with a 2.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 84 Ks.  Jeurys also led the league in saves, and led the league in saves by guys whose name looks like it was spelled by a cat walking across the keyboard.

Maikel Franco – 4-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .255.  Look at Maikel — Lookel? — already putting catnip under my nose for 2017.  *hits ball yarn with Maikel’s face on it, licks hand*  You got me crazy!

Jerad Eickhoff – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.65.  His 2017 sleeper posts across all fantasy baseball sites just went from 12 to 16.  Only one will feature some variation of “What a Jer-khoff!”  Thanks, Razzball!

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.63, but lost to Ty Blach – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, because, well, it’s October.  I’d really like to see a World Series happen once in the city I live in, so can we all start rooting for the Dodgers?  Or maybe it’s easier to root for someone to kidnap Dave Roberts?  They should have a rule that you can replace the manager in the postseason as long as they have the same last name.  Come on down, Bip Roberts!  Whose full name is BABIP Roberts.

Matt Moore – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.08.  He’s going to be enticing next year, if he stays with the Giants.  Though, honestly, seriously, interjectionally, Moore is enticing every year, and then the season starts.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 30th homer on Saturday.  Any ideas how many RBIs he has?  Let’s just say it seems like he hit 30 solo homers.  Would you guess above or below 70 RBIs?  Yeah, you’re way off.  59 RBIs.  Didn’t Adam Dunn trademark that lack of RBIs?  I believe it was a utility patent.

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.62.  I wonder if he’ll call in to a sports radio show this offseason and tell the hosts, “Ya know what?  You were right, I kinda suck.”

Tanner Roark – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.83.  Due to Ricardo Montalban’s complexion, you can almost imagine people on the set of Fantasy Island calling him Tanner Roark, right?  Meh, maybe it’s just me.  Roark’s going to be tough to peg next year, because his ERA is so much better than his peripherals, but the NL East solves so many ills.

Max Scherzer – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA ends at 2.96 and his record moves to 20-7.  I’m Cust kayin’ here, but I prolly would’ve held Scherzer out of a meaningless regular season game, but, what do I know, I’m just a caveman lawyer.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Watch him get hot going into the playoffs and remind everyone why they drafted him back in March.  “So, that was why I memorized Guron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior!”

Josh Tomlin – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.40.  Best part of Tomlin, only 20 walks all year in 166 2/3 IP.  Worst part of Tomlin, that god-awful show on Netflix.

Ian Kennedy – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.68.  Ended up finishing fourth in the majors for home runs allowed.  All the shots off Kennedy were Ted Cruz’s father’s fault.

Kevin Gausman – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA ends at 3.61.  Can I reserve my opinion on Gausman for 2017 after I see how many more innings the O’s put on him in the postseason?  Thanks, Cousin Sweatpants.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 16th and 17th homers, hitting .243.  Not bad, if only Keith Law never said Wieters would be a Hall of Fame catcher.  See what expectations can do to perception?  That’s why you should never date a porn star.  Well, that and STDs.

Craig Kimbrel – 1 IP, 1 ER and lost yet another game on Saturday.  Kimbrel might get moved out of the closer role, so go pick up–Oh, wait, that’s right, season’s over.

Hanley Ramirez – 1-for-3 and his 30th homer.  Mmmkay, but everyone hit 30 homers this year.

David Price – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.99.  Psychologically, his ERA says so much more than it should by being under 4.00.  It’s like a funhouse mirror that make his ERA skinnier.

Aaron Sanchez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.00.  See what I said two inches above — or six inches if talking to a girl — regarding Gausman, except, with Sanchez, we’re already in the red and unless he starts pitching underhanded in the playoffs, it’s not getting better.

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  If my math is correct, this Braves win cost them a 2nd overall draft pick and dropped them down to 5th overall in the 2017 amateur draft.  Teams losing meaningless games are worse than teams winning meaningless games or teams winning meaningless games are worse than teams losing meaningless games?  Or is this all too confusing to even ponder?

Freddie Freeman – 0-for-3, 1 RBI and ended the season with 91 RBIs.  I’ll go over this more during my recaps of each position, but it took a huge 2nd half to make Freeman’s season decent, and an even bigger 2nd half to make his season excellent, which is what ended up happening.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA ends at 3.04 with a 16-9 record.  Solid, right?  Actually, according to our Player Rater, it was a top five starter season.  Now I see what Kate Upton sees in him.

Kyle Hendricks – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA ends at 2.13.  On one hand, I would’ve gave him crap for sitting out to insure he ended the year with a sub-2 ERA.  On the other hand, I would’ve liked to see him have a sub-2 ERA.  On a third hand that is actually Hamburger Helper, there was no reason to pitch him in the last game of the season.

Willson Contreras – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .282.  Holding Jimmy Hart’s megaphone that I bought off eBay, “Line for young catchers in 2017 starts behind Gary Sanchez.  C’mon, Contreras, I see you hiding behind the garbage can.  Get behind Sanchez.”

Hisashi Iwakuma – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.12.  Like someone trying to conserve fizz on a seltzer, allow me to recap.  Hisashi signed with the Dodgers this offseason, they found an injury that caused them to null their contract with him, so the Mariners signed him anyway and he pitched poorly all year.  His poor pitching is not surprising at all, so, in all seriousness, why the eff did the Mariners re-sign him?

Robinson Cano – 0-for-3 and his 39th homer on Saturday.  Does every new commissioner get a few seasons of juiced balls so they can see a spike in attendance?  Not to answer, but to spread this rumor so others believe it.

Felix Hernandez – 3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.82.  You in March, “I can’t believe I got F-Her in the 8th round!”  You in October, “Did I just lose to someone streaming Jhoulys Chacin?”

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.69.  Next year, he’s going to be 27 years old and coming off a 2nd half where he had a 2.71 ERA.  Damn, I’m already sucking myself in.  In!  In, you pervert!

James Shields – 7 IP, 5 ER.  Sadly, he finished the year with a 5.85 ERA, and not the coveted (by me) 6+ ERA that is so rare.  Oh, well, the positive news is he was still able to finish 9th for the worse ERA of the last 25 years for SPs with at least 180 IP.  The top ten is a real who’s who of WTF:  Carlos Silva, Jose Lima, Pedro Astacio, Brian Bohanon, who I think is a typo of Brian Boitano.

Chris Sale – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA ends at 3.34.  Damn, James Shields is contagious and sneezed on him.

Byron Buxton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, an inside-the-parker.  Fun fact!  I want to draft Buxton on every 2017 fantasy team already.  I want to sign up for a fantasy basketball league, just to write-in Buxton’s name.

Miguel Sano – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer.  Be interesting to see where Sano goes next year.  I think everyone who defied me and did take him early last year will be properly scared off in 2017.  Feels like a guy that will go around where OZUNA went this year, which could be good value.  Saberhagenmetrics is real, y’all!

Archie Bradley – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 5.02.  I’m going to reveal a secret.  I’m going to tell you how to know if Bradley is going to break out next year:  if Dave Stewart trades him this offseason.

Matt Koch – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA ends at 2.00.  Clouding Koch’s whole season is how he never came out of the closet.  Or maybe that was Ed Koch.

Brandon Drury – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 16th homer.  The guy who picked up Drury in April, then was jailed for ripping tags off hotel mattresses, was released in September to find Drury still hitting.  Thankfully, prison wifi helped him avoid dropping Drury during his lousy mid-summer months.

Tyler Skaggs – 1 2/3 IP, 1 ER.  The Angels are such trash that I wouldn’t be shocked to hear Arte Moreno sells the club this offseason.  Oh my God, I just thought of something!  Moreno should go on Shark Tank and sell the Angels to Cuban.  You know Moreno would also show up with Trout, who would then leave right before the pitch started saying something cutesy about how those sharks are the meanest.

Mike Trout – 1-for-2, 1 RBI and his 30th steal.  Member some people were telling you this preseason that Trout’s big steals seasons were behind him forever?  Like Shaggy once said, wasn’t me.

Charlie Blackmon – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .324.  #Blackmonmatters.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, and finishes with a line of 116/41/133/.294/2.  Hummna-hummna-sexy-time.  I’ll be recapping all positions this offseason, but yowsers!  In related Rockies’ news, Walt Weiss is expected to be replaced this offseason.  The time fantasy baseballers used to wait for the Rockies’ lineup card to be released can now be put towards something more beneficial, like finding a cure for cancer.  Or eating more Doritos.

DJ LeMahieu – Sat out the better part of the last four days to win the batting title with a .348 average, barely beating Daniel Murphy at .347.  I wanna hate LeMahieu for being a douche on how he won the batting title, but then you see he’s beating Murphy and you don’t hate LeMahieu as much.  It’s the lesser of two evils.  This is also how everyone is deciding who to vote for in this election.  Now, to take the sting away from the season ending, I’m going to pick up and drop my middle infielder.  Ya know, old times’ sake.

 
  1. Boomer19 says:
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    Thanks for everything Grey. Another solid write up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19: No problem, thank you!

  2. Packers says:
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    Living in Michigan we learned the acronym HOMES.
    I ended up winning 4 of the 7 leagues I was in and came in 2nd in another.
    Many thanks to you as I would not have drafted K. Hendricks, picked up Duffy,Lamb,Peraza,Sanchez and a few other players you led us to.
    Chen I had on all teams along with JUP, who ended up well.
    Thanks again and I will enjoy preparing for next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: Ha, yup… Nicely done! Congrats!

  3. ESPN roto league 3 way tie at 62 points i tied with another owner who has 62 points also with a 3.95 era but if you carry it out farther I will have lower era giving me 62.5 him 61.5 and the other stays at 62 my question is do I make a stink about it or just let it stand? It’s a money league which mean the difference of 200 hundred dollar. Thanks for all your input. Peter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter guigli: I’m confused, so you won? Why isn’t that reflective in the standings?

  4. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Another great year homeboy…Thanks for making a long season feel short.

    • jack florida says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: thanks for your help Jef

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: No problem, thank you for all the help with the comments!

  5. JakeTPE says:
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    Strong to the last, Grey sir, strong to the last.

    Thanks for everything this season. Seriously. Even when your team is a bunch of schmohawks you can still enjoy the season, thanks to you and Razzball.

    Can’t wait for it to all start up again in a few months. In the meantime, enjoy the break!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: No problem, thank you!

  6. Jangles says:
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    Thanks again for a terrific season! I won my second title in as many years; I might get this achievement engraved on my tombstone. I largely attribute this to your write ups and insight. I read you every morning before I do anything else. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jangles: I’d be honored to be mentioned on your tombstone! No problem!

  7. Racehorse says:
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    “Today is the day when you realize you’ve spent 27,000 man hours this summer beating eleven other strangers to win a virtual trophy, and it feels great!”

    Great line, Grey. This will tickle my funny bone the rest of the day!

    And,

    Of the 6 fantasy leagues I played in 2016, I won 3, came in 2nd in two of them, and sank to 10th in the last one (thanks to Zack Grienke) …

    Also, is it too soon to start day dreaming about what Keon Broxton’s stat-line over 207 ABs might look like next year if we simply triple his at-bats? (I needed a bib for the drool as I typed that, by the way).

    Great job, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse: Ha! Thanks! Keon…drool…Indeed, get rid of Braun!

  8. Making it up says:
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    Grey!

    I love you,platonically.

    Joke insert, hehe.

    ok bye!

  9. WillisReid says:
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    Won my league thanks in large part to your pre-season rankings, and the weekly pitcher planner.

    Well worth the $20 investment. Now if I can just get the commish to pay…….

  10. Tigres says:
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    Thanks Grey and RB nation for a great season! Held on for first in my home league, so every one of those 27K hours feels worth it! “Fantasy baseball: It’s not just a hobby, it’s staying up past midnight to root for a Ryan Schimpf pinch-hit walk in your OBP league.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Ha! Yes! Congrats!

  11. Joel says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Quick follow-up on Happy Valley… I finished both seasons over the weekend; great show! Amazing writing packing so much story into just six hours each season.

    Oh, and a big thanks to you and the baseball writers. I pulled out a first place win yesterday, my first in a long time. Have a great off-season!

    Joel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: 2nd season was insane, right? Felt like a 6 hour Hitchcock film… Congrats on the win!

  12. M says:
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    Grey–much thanks to you and the Razz team for another great year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: You’re welcome!

  13. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Another Greyate season of fantasy baseball has come and gone.

    Thank you for your insight, your tremendous knowledge of the game, your impeccable charm and most of all your infectious wit!

    Now, because I live in the future, I will give you my picks for MLB 2016 playoffs.

    AL
    Baltimore over Toronto
    Boston over Baltimore
    Cleveland over Texas

    Cleveland over Boston

    NL
    Mets over Giants
    Cubs over Mets
    Dodgers over Nats

    Cubs over Dodgers

    CUBS WIN, CUBS WIN, CUBS WIN the 2016 WORLD SERIES!

    RIP Jose Fernandez

    • jack florida says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: check the match ups before you make picks, it will probably workout better

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @jack florida: Damn, I thought the Redsox had the best record in the AL..Either way I still think the Cubs beat the Indians in the World Series..

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @jack florida: Hey, thanks again for playing this season Jack!

    • William Hung says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: With how crazy playoff baseball is, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gsellman pitches like a freak and somehow the Mets beat the Cubs in 6 games…

      The spirit of Steve Bartman lives on

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @William Hung: I like the way you think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: No problem, and thanks for your help all season too! I like the Dodgers vs the Jays with the Jays winning, b/c baseball is so unpredictable

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: it will probably be the giants vs the orioles, the black and orange world series, because you know, the teams that don’t deserve to be there will always be there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what always happens, and it’s usually two teams you have the least interest in

          • The Hack says:
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            @Grey: the world series, modern statistical records, playoff records. These things have little meaning to me. Unless a division winner beats another division winner in the world series then it’s all bumpkis. I am so hateful of what they did to this game.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I kinda like the playoffs b/c I can watch baseball w/out worrying what my players are doing

              • The Hack says:
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                @Grey: you can’t be wrong in the playoffs

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Exactly!

  14. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    “caveman lawyer”… I miss Phil Hartman :(

    Speaking of which, did you happen to see Alec Baldwin taking over the role as Trump on SNL for this season? So gooood.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: Yeah, I watched it the next day on the YouTube… Baldwin is so funny

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great times! Looking forward to offseason prep + keeper trading!

  16. Nick says:
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    Thanks for your advices this season! Grey, you’re the Boss :)

    i won the regular season, and lost in final,,, pitchers,,, again!

    here is my keeper team , normally i’d keep 12 for next season, maybe 14!
    C Contreras – 1B Goldy – 2B Alty – 3B Carpenter SS ? Desmond
    OF Springer – Myers – KDavis
    Util: Encarnacion – TREAT URNER
    bubble: Bautista – Lamb – Trumbo

    SP: Archer -Salazar – Hill – Mc Hugh
    RP: KJansen – CAllen – Oh – Dyson
    P: AlexReyes – SethLugo – JCotton – Taillon

    i’d be thin at 3B and SS next year: see you at the draft! ! Healy / Gallo / Baez / Nunez …
    i need to perform better at SP: so the youngsters here would be better in ’17! especially Reyes

    what would be your list of 12+2? too early ’17 rankings ;)

    Nik the French Stick

  17. jack florida says:
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    thanks for a great season and all the excellent advice

    first spring training game as of now–feb 24 phil at yankees. early spring training because of world baseball classic

    daiquiri money on the way, plus a note for you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack florida: Thanks so much, Jack! Appreciate it! I actually might be going to Florida this December, but likely Miami

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: i am about 3 1/2 hours from miami

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll be with my family though

  18. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Thanks once again for all the help and laughs this season Grey!

  19. Troy says:
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    Thanks Gray. Followed up mt championship with a 2nd place finish. Not too bad as my rotation was Pineda, Smiley, Walker, Paxton, Gausman, Salazar, Tanaka, and Rodon after the draft. Talk about a group of schmohawks.

    Any who, I can keep 3 guys for next year, what are your thoughts?

    Buxton $10
    Sanchez $3
    Giles $4
    Dyson $3
    Anderson $3
    Travis $3
    Gurriel $3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: No problem, sucks you lost, I came in 2nd in two leagues too… I’m pissed…. Buxton, Gurriel, Aaron Sanchez… Maybe Anderson over one of them if this were March

  20. Scott says:
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    Jhoulys Chacin – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.81
    After Jered Weaver rules himself out for a meaningless game, Chacin pitches a game that means something only to him as he becomes a free agent this winter. I mean why not? Jered Weaver’s career is meaningless at this point so let’s give the younger guy a shot.

  21. Scott says:
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    So Long and Thanks for All the FISH (Fantasy Information Super Heroics)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Ha, no problem

  22. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Pretend Baseball is such a long season. When it finally ends, I always say I’m going to take a break, and within 2 days, I’ve already received my first trade offer.

    And, like a junkie, I respond.

    FMFBBL, indeed.

    Thanks for another great year, Grey & Crew.

  23. Damon says:
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    Good stuff all year, Grey. Helped me win my league, but more importantly, enjoy fantasy baseball with your quips and observations. I do think you were a bit off on your Iwakuma narrative. Don’t love Iwakuma, but he was #46 SP in razzball player rater (#40 in a 6X6 QS league like mine). In a year where nobody loved their pitching he gave fairly consistent innings all year (#17 in IP), that allowed him to be #13 in wins, #24 in QS and even 54th in Ks despite a low K rate. I drafted him as my #5 pitcher and never really thought about dropping him. I actually think he helped my team as much as anyone given the dearth of dependable back end pitching this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Damon: Maybe a little off, but from a real baseball standpoint, I still don’t track the M’s logic in signing after he had health concerns

  24. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    Because of you, I picked up Jonathon Villar in early May. That was a very beautiful thing.

    It’s hard to write genuinely funny stuff day in and day out. You do it. The podcast makes me giggle like an idiot. Thanks for wasting my time. I’m dropping you a daiquiri today!

  25. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Thanks, Grey for all the hard work and witticisms all season. Much appreciated.

  26. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I wanted to thank you for all your help this past season. Between all your advice (and talking me off the ledge a few times) I won my league for the second time in three years. I am also expand my league from 8 to 10 teams. It is a H2H dynasty/keeper league (Keep who you want for as long a syou want), with a free agency auction, a minor league draft and the major league draft. If anyone is interested, e-mail me at [email protected], and i’ll fill you on all the details.

    • knucks says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Is this the real Scott K? Please check your inbox if so.

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Gray,

        I am looking for someone to join my league as an expansion team. Do you know anyone that might be interested?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure, but maybe someone from the comments here

  27. knucks says:
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    Though both bats/arms on Team Knucks faded harder than my hairline in September (which is really saying something), I was able to hang on to 3rd place and get payed out.

    Thanks Grey and Razz Nation for a great 2016.

    Now LGM!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: That sucks you didn’t win, but no problem

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Honestly, I’m pretty proud of 3rd. It does suck to not win. This league is so intense though. Really takes a lot out of me. Would have been near the bottom without your ranks and daily assistance.

        I promised my girl I would take next year off. I dunno that I could actually handle that. Gonna ask her to marry me next week though, so maybe she’ll be a little busy next year w/ that kind of stuff and forget that I made that promise. Right? Hahah doubtful. I’m guessing I’ll be forced to be just as busy with it. FML is over… isn’t it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Congrats on the pre-engagement, you’re really screwing up your life though, run for the border! Kidding, good for you! You shouldn’t have to quit fantasy though, cust kayin

  28. Cram It says:
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    Ever listen to Astronautalis?

    LGM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Never heard of it, sounds like the music CD you buy at the gift shop at a laser light show

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ha. He’s indie hip-hop I guess? Saw him last night for the third time. Incredibly cerebral, intense performer. Here, but you should listen to all of This Is Our Science:

        https://youtu.be/C_pTzqyHkdQ

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like Atmosphere?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Loving this song!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Then you’ll love him. I don’t understand why he’s not bigger. He tours internationally and f’n 30 people showed up last night. Sick freestyler too. A lot to his library if you’re feeling froggy…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ve loved the three songs by him that played after the one you linked to… About to download an album

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Sold! Nice man. Yeah, fantastic album. Pomegranate is great too. Older stuff is more hip-hoppy. Latest album isn’t really categorizable. But have it at. Enjoy!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thanks! Yeah, really enjoying it!

  29. The Great Knoche says:
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    Thanks for a solid season. I won my big money keeper league for the 2nd time and have to give at least 15.3% props to Razzball since I got Arenado, Arrieta, Goldy and Rizzo cheap in previous years.

    Have a lovely time with Cougs for the next few months. I’m sure the women will be happy to talk with us again.

  30. Randy Bobandy says:
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    Great summary as always, tis been a good season as I won my one league yesterday. It was a lame Yahoo tiebreaker (better regular season record), but hey someone has to win.

    Goldschmidt finished with 32 SB’s – that’s a ludicrous amount for a 1B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy Bobandy: Ludicrous is a great word for it… Congrats on the win!

  31. Scott says:
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    Thanks for a great season and all of the fantastic write-ups, Grey. I was tied for first going into yesterday but managed to eke out the win. Looking forward to next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Nice! Congrats!

  32. Hugman says:
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    I held on to win my league (my first championship!) by three points thanks to a couple things:

    1)Scherzer getting rocked yesterday. Saved my ass after Maeda tried to single-handedly destroy my season.

    2)All of the great advice from the Razzball writers, especially you, Grey. Last year it was Arenado. This year it was drafting Odor and Darvish. The Darvish stash off the draft was genius. Then it was the early advice to grab Villar, who was my best waiver pickup of the year.

    My best going against the Grey move was drafting Story (who Grey wasn’t 100% sold on) in the last three rounds. I rode him for 11 homers then traded him for a struggling Dozier.

    Now the only downside is that I’m the league treasurer, so even though I won, it’ll feel like I’m losing money because I have to pay people out.

    Thanks to all of y’all for all of the great advice! I’ll miss you over the next couple of months!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hugman: Congrats! 2. Nice! That sucks you have to pay people out, that’s the worst… No problem!

  33. PK says:
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    Thanks Grey, Rudy, and the rest of the team for all your work throughout the season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: No problem!

  34. DonnieB says:
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    Weiss and Ventura gone!!! Now its time for Scosciapath to go even if it means his wife and Artie’s wife can’t be BFFs on the Wives of Orange County.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: Agreed! Get rid of that schmohawk!

  35. The Hack says:
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    I see this is the day when everyone tells you how much they appreciate all the help. I won’t do that because I don’t need it (insert winking emoji) but I will give you some praise of a different type. In fantasy baseball land no other industry pert spends their day interacting with their readers. 162 days straight of answering hundreds and hundreds of questions. Baseball related or not it takes a lot to do what you do. Most perts are fucking snobs. Nerds who think they are above this type of work. When others may say why answer all these questions you probably say why not, this is my site, that’s what we do. I respect that…Okay this is getting really gay. *makes farting sounds walks away*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Hack: JFOH getting all touchy-feely! Ew!

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: do my man hands make you nervous? You suck, the site is terrible, if it wasn’t for rudys titles it wouldn’t even be worth reading.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! That’s better!

          • The Hack says:
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            @Grey: that’s right rainbow albright

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, liking this guy Cram linked to below

              • The Hack says:
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                @Grey: it’s above for us. I plan on clicking when I’m in an appropriate place.

                And rudy gave me props on twitter. Now if the rest of twitter only knew what an rcl was

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It makes it better that no one knows what RCL is

                  • The Hack says:
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                    @Grey: it’s like fight Club if fight Club ever existed

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      But this does exist!

                    • The Hack says:
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                      You’re the worst fight club member ever

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m trying to get Fight Club known, which discounts the only rules of fight club

                    • The Hack says:
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                      Speaking of clubs I was thinking of starting a kike hernandez fan club and call it the kike club? Thoughts?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Prolly get a bunch of Trump supporters

                    • The Hack says:
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                      Trump suporters are so ironic

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      *stands*, *slow claps*

  36. Spring Blake says:
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    Thanks for everything this season Grey!

    Had huge showing in most of my leagues, and the daily razzball advice was a huge part of that, so thanks again for everything you and the other writers do on the site, and to Rudy for the cyborg excellence that is SON and hittertron.

    Also: I won my first RCL after 4 years of playing, with the excellent strategy of forgetting my draft time and auto drafting kerhsaw+sale+bumgarner+mccutchen with my first 4 picks. Weirdly enough, by picking Britton, mid round bats and sleepers I was able to cobble together enough of a showing in the offense categories to pair with a dominant pitching performance. Streaming saves + steals (sagnof!!!) I was able to hold the crown through a slip to 4th place in august.

    Even though it was only a 115 overall finish in the master standings, I still feel like I’ve unlocked some kind of achievement.

    Now that I’ve selfishly recounted my victory, just want to plug those who won their money leagues to consider donating to the children’s cancer charity Jose Fernandez was heavily involved with. Jeff Passan put something twitter about it, and I’ve donated a portion of my money league winnings to it since something about that felt right after Jose Fernandez helped to win some of them. Here’s a link :
    https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/780099888042287104

    Good luck to those of you who still have real teams in the real baseball playoffs, unless you like the Blue Jays.

    See y’all next spring!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spring Blake: Nice! Congrats on winning your RCL, it’s not easy to do in any league… It takes a lot of in-season management…Good management too, not just moves for moves’ sake

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @Spring Blake: Oh also I beat JFOH in that RCL, making it even better!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice!

  37. Bmiles says:
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    Two years reading Razzball and now two championships!! Coincident? Maybe. But I love reading Razzball every morning and enjoying good writing with interesting and honest perspectives. Thank you Grey and your whole staff for another fun and wonderful season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bmiles: Ha, congrats! No problem!

  38. Maximumxpower says:
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    Thanks for the laughs and expert wisdom!

  39. The Hack says:
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    Walt W3iss steps down and doesn’t get fired. He is definitely a reder

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Hack: He should’ve taken the firing like a man

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: he was so bad they needed a public throwing of fruits and vegetables at him. I can’t imagine any Rockies fan ever saying they miss weiss

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he might’ve been the worst, but something tells me the Rockies are going to hire someone just as bad, that organization seems just off

          • The Hack says:
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            @Grey: and introducing your new Rockies manager…Mr Matt Williams!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HAHA…Totally

  40. DickieT says:
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    Thanks for the great reads every day and the help oh great Fantast Master Lothario. Shoemaker and Duffy helped save my season and got me into 3rd. Looking forward to the recaps and the new rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Thanks!

  41. Gator says:
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    Gyorko had 23 HRs in the 2nd half and qualifies for both middle infield positions. Will he make your top 100 for 2017?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  42. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up! Enjoyed it more than ever, bitter-sweet! Btw, I knew how many RBIs Gyorko had because I had him for most of the year! It would have been nice for him to have a few more RBIs to go with all those HRs, Grichuk too.

    a. Didn’t win that RCL, but what a ride it was! Finished 2nd with 95 pts and won a second trophy for most categories taken – RBIs (1107, by 1!!), Wins (100, gettin’ my Duffy on) and WHIP (on the last day 1.147 to 1.152!!! – took your advice and started Clemens, Eickhoff, Koch and Whitley, endured an implosion by someone in the BP I forgot (not Brad Hand, but someone similar)). So, thank you so much for your great advice, your wisdom and of course your patience answering my totally useless questions – like should I start MadBum seeing that he is having a career year?!

    b. Looking back, my team hit 55 (!!!) HRs in April but less than half that in September. Anybody could assemble a team that hit well in April or July / August, but someone who hits well in September and they will and can win a championship! Call me Mr April!

    c. Just made it to Abeche! Spent the whole weekend going to the toilet to deposit a simultaneous #1 and #3!!! Only found out this afternoon that it’s typhoid fever at its lowest level – there are 8 stages if any is wondering from hi fever and the sh*ts at its lowest to coughing up blood and eventual fatality at its highest. Kind of like the 8 steps of combatting something. I’m getting an injection in the butt once a day for the next three days. Also have to take 8 tablets a day – 4 in the AM and 4 in the PM – for the next 5 days. My diet is boiled rice with salt, bananas and tea with boiled bottled water. The illness started Thursday-ish, stopped all day Friday until the wee hours of the morning Saturday, really took off Saturday and Sunday and will meet its end Wednesday / Thursday. Already feel much better. Informed my wife on Saturday of my state of health and she told the kids and my son sends me a message on what’s app! ‘Dad, when you recover from whatever you got, quit that job and come home!’ I was and forever will be heartbroken. Gotta find a good job somewhere where (stutterer) I can take the family.

    d. Once again! Thanks a billion for all your goodness and kindness. Will continue next year with the John Rambo quote of the day. I hope I can find 150 quotes in the Rambo quadrilogy (1982 – 2008), there’s not much dialogue in those movies.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Damn! That sucks, but it’s the journey, right? B. I think it’s harder to do well in April too, b/c you’re not yet sure of breakouts C. Yikes! Get well soon, man! And I agree with your family, you need to find a job closer to home…. D. Lots of grunting! No problem, thanks for adding flavor to the comments all year!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        a. Thanks, man. Already feeling better, like I said. Temperature near normal or only slightly elevated.

        b. Tell Grimey I’ll try to tone it down for next year – it was more subdued than the Norm MacDonald era.

        c. Lastly, I never drafted Holliday but I had him on the team for a while. Also drafted Verlander!!! in the 13th round and dropped him when he did poorly early on! What a huge Mr. Bungle!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Great news! B. Haha… I’ll pass it along to Grimey…. C. Ouch…Hey, live and learn!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Last one before I call it a night here in Abeche!

            a. Last night I started the Psycho Killer – qu’est-ce que c’est? I dropped RMartin into next week. I was hoping for Casali to mollywhop Martin Perez but he didn’t last long enough for even 2 at bats!

            b. The RP who gave me a ride last night was Wade LeBlanc (the brother of my former colleague from Astra Pharma, Inc. – Don LeBlanc – now Astra Zeneca, no he’s not). Coughed up everything but his cat’s fur ball last night in just one MOFO INN!!! What gives, Wade? At least I didn’t start Brad Hand, that would have been too much pain for one night. Hand was riding the bench.

            c. I did well with many of the awesome Buy Column choices through the year, most notable Nunez and Duvall. But I should have traded both for someone like Upton or something else when you said. I tried, no one was biting after Duvall was in your Sell Column. You are a tough slave master. Too bad you weren’t the Captain of The Titanic. For sure the sinking would never have happened under your watch even when you were asleep! Can you imagine the scene from ‘The Titanic’ when they wake you from your slumber to inform you that we’ve struck an iceberg, taken in too much water and have to plan our evacuation?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. But it is fun to say the Psycho Killer B. That sucks! C. I wouldn’t have been a happy camper, I get cranky

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                You’d be like!

                You: ‘Hey, what do youse mean? Just need to elevate the boat!
                The Bridge: Elevate, Sir?
                You: ‘Yeah, elevate! What are you retahded or just slow? Don’t answer that, you might injure yourself. There’s what we call lifts in the back of the boat, much like lifts in a short guys shoe to make him look taller (until he gets bunyons and stops wearing them, but I digress). So just insert the lifts, raise the boat and let the water drain! Geez!’

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HAHA… Shh…Don’t tell anyone I wear lifts

                  • Ante GALIC says:
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                    @Grey: Grey!

                    a. It’s okay! You already informed 25M Americans yourself from the same article I paraphrased, right?

                    b. Saw Trump on Jimmy Fallon. I got to say: Jimmy are you insane making him more popular? Trump could win just based on this fact alone! Crazy. I seriously hope he doesn’t win. Isn’t there a law that says any president has to do his taxes at least once every 17 years before taking up office? I know if I miss 1 in 4 years the government sends me nasty e-mails, but I’m not The Donald!

                    c. Never once declared bankruptcy even when it was a legal way in Canada to have your student loan debt forgiven by the Canadian government. Then the Jean Chretien administration scrapped that law in 1997 and you had to pay up or else. I didn’t have a big loan but 14K for a recent graduate with little or no experience fighting a 25% unemployment rate in the 19-25 aged group in ’94? Not good.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      A. Haha B. I watched Fallon with Trump…Meh, that’s what Fallon does, if Trump were on my podcast, I’d ask him about giving sperm to celebrity women, that’s what I do… C. Yikes, that isn’t good, had never heard about that

  43. Dr Y says:
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    Thanks again for the recaps.

    10 team mixed keeper, no corner or mid infield. Auction draft, $3 raises per year, can keep up to 3 years. All undrafted players are considered $10 for that year and $13 to keep the next. Only keep 3

    Hendricks $5 (can keep 2017 & 2018)
    Machado $19 (2017 will be last year)
    Correa $19 (2017 will be last year)
    Betts $44 (can keep 2017 & 18)
    Trumbo $6 (can keep 2017 & 2018)
    Trea Turner $13 (can keep 2017 & 2018)

    Seems like a pretty easy Machado Correa Turner threesome to me, but really sad to let Betts go. Trout/Goldy/Stanton went for $65 at 2016 auction for contextual extra credit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner, Machado and Betts

  44. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Another fantastic year from this site. Thanks to all the writers and commenters. You and Rudy have created a wonderful little corner of the internet here.

    As for me: finished 1st and set the points record at 114.5. Also, I am commissioner of this league, and my goals of seeing significantly more activity and quality in the league were achieved.

    So now we talk about life, playoff baseball, music, and movies/tv shows for next few months?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Fred! Congrats on the win! We can, you watch the Amanda Knox movie this weekend?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: I didn’t. Is it any good? Caught Westworld (looks promising) and watched the first season of Rectify (sad, but really good).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was disappointed, I was hoping it was like Making A Murderer (multiple episodes vs. a movie)… It was okay, worth watching, but not really illuminating in any way if you know the case…. Rectify is awesome, 2nd season solid too… Great tone…. Excited to see Westworld, haven’t yet

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: I’ll probably check out the Amanda Knox flick at some point. Though it sounds like they crammed it together to suit the format of a movie vs. exploring/elaborating on plot lines in the form of a series. Westworld could really go either way as a series, but I was mostly encouraged by the first ep. Trying to resist binging Rectify as opposed to watching the 4 episodes a week on Sundance.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You ever watch Justify?

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: Oh yes. Phenomenal show. If you haven’t, watch it. If you have, watch it again.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m deciding on starting it

                  • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                    @Grey: Haha. Haven’t you been mulling this for a while? The first season is ok, but it provides a lot of background and the show really takes off in season 2, possibly its best season.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ve been mulling it for 4 years… Don’t tell me it goes downhill after season 2, there’s so many seasons to watch after that!

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: It’s Justified! I can’t watch you keep spelling it wrong.

                And I may not be the best judge, but I stopped watching at some point in Season 3.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA, um, oops! I hate hearing that, b/c I know I’m a completist and won’t want to stop, and it’s a big series to watch

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Don’t put too much stock in that. I’m the opposite, I don’t really care if I find out what happens at the end. I have trouble sticking with long running shows.Might have more to do with that than it not standing up.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Okay, gotcha… That’s good to know

  45. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Picking the final keeper in my keep-7 forever ($3 inflation) league to balance out my other 6 keepers of Betts/Rizz/Kershaw/Story/Khris/Moncada . . . here’s who it’s down to for now:

    1. Schoop $5 (his 25 80+/80+ would be more attractive if not for everyone and their moms have 20-25 HR)

    2. Tim Anderson $8 (delino for realz this time?)

    3. Conforto $4 (risky but upside?)

    4. Pujols $28 (he would probably go for this, or slightly less, in our 2017 draft)

    5. Ozuna $4 (OZUNA sad that OZUNA fall off in second half).

    PART B to this question is – if you could acquire a $19 Toddfather, $8 Jake Lamb, or $11 Hanley . . . would you take any of those guys as your final keeper over the 5 options above?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Ha, true… Hanley’s worth more than $11… Your five are okay, butnone are amazing values

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Yeah, that was my sense. I’m going to try trading them for someone more interesting, we’ll see! At least my other 6 are nice strong keeps.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally

  46. moldyforgoldy says:
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    you’re the man grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  47. Dave says:
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    Grey,
    Thank you for your expertise and advice.
    You contributed immensely to another successful season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  48. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I blame all of my losses on you. My one win was only because of my superior intellect (I spelled intellect wrong when I typed this).

    I recorded Westworld last night. I feel like it’s going to confuse me.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: That’s the spirit Doc, avoid responsibility!

      Westworld is slightly confusing at first, but it makes more sense as it progresses. Hell, even I understood it, I think.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Fred Garvin MP: Been avoiding that all my life.

        Ha, cool. I tried doing some research and looked up the 70’s movie a few weeks ago. I should be good to go, I’ll get to it tonight or tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, completely… I’m expecting to be less confused than Mr Robot though

  49. Polancodonk says:
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    Last year played fantasy for the first time, came in sixth in a ten-team league. This year started reading RB, came in second. Would’ve won the championship if my pitching hadn’t been a disaster. (Big “if” there.) Thanks for Villar especially, and a dacquiri is on the way when I recieve my payout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… We’ll get em next year!

  50. royce! says:
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    Sorry I’ve been MIA- been real busy with work, bars, kids, etc. Also, moving to Washington in 2017. But enough about non-fantasy! I won all of my leagues!…I only played in 3. Thanks again for a season of laughs and cutting edge information. You’re the best!

    • The Hack says:
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      @royce!: Moving? That hurts. We need to talk, have some friends opening a tap room

      • royce! says:
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        @The Hack: Where at?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! That’s amazing! We need to get together before you go… or maybe it’ll just be a good excuse to go to Seattle

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: San Diego roadie!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I’m probably not moving til June and I imagine I’ll be up in LA before then, but if not, Seattle is pretty awesome

  51. Matt says:
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    You ever make that hotel mattress joke before?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is Grey recycled jokes a category in your league?

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: No but it is hilarious, just wondering if it just came to you or you knew about it, ya know.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nah, I don’t think I’ve used that specific joke before, thanks!

  52. The Hack says:
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    I’m super excited for off season TV. Like I’m looking forward to not touching my computer for a month. And strangely I have a little less anxiety today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How’s The Wire going?

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: still in the same spot…Been busy and tired. My insomnia has been on hiatus

    • Scott says:
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      @The Hack: Yeah, you’ll have to start touching something else instead.

      • The Hack says:
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        @Scott: I touch lots of things

  53. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Gyorko and Curtis Granderson both had 30 HRs and 59 RBIs. They both “beat” the record for lowest RBI totals while having 30 HR seasons. The previous low was 64 by Felix Mantilla in 1964. Crazy. makes sense for Granderson since he typically batted leadoff, but crazy two guys did it in the same season. Ah, baseball

    • The Hack says:
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      @MattTruss: my friends who don’t play fantasy and hate the statty stats but rely on anecdotal evidence, mysticism and what not think the juiced ball theory is bogus because maybe hitters just got better this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s insane, had no idea

  54. Thanks for another year of wit and wisdom. I don’t know which I enjoy more, your writing style, or the Hittertron/streamonator. I was in ten leagues and had byes in 8 for H2H playoffs…then the first week my offense didn’t bother getting out of bed. Ended winning only 2 leagues, places 2nd in one and 3rd in 6…one got left out by the curb in 5th. I can’t blame you for the collapse, but can thank you for my wins…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, thanks! Appreciate the kind words! Congrats on the wins!

  55. William says:
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    Too soon for keeper lists? We can keep 8 players total out of a roster of 30 (21 actives, 9 bench spots). Deciding from the following candidates:

    Batters: J Upton, G Stanton, S Marte, E Hosmer, M Franco, F Lindor, J Baez, A Russell, Y Puig

    Pitchers: M Bumgarner, N Syndergaard, Y Darvish, K Hendricks, A Sanchez (Jays), D Duffy, AJ Ramos

    My first cut at it was J Upton, Stanton, Marte, Bumgarner, Syndergaard, Darvish but stuck on the last two. It’s a standard 5×5 roto league. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit soon, tbh…. Stanton, Maikel, Lindor, Marte, Noah, Darvish, Upton, Bum

  56. birrrdy! says:
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    Thanks for a great year, Grey. Won my league because of you (after improving from last year’s 2nd place showing). It’s a super-competitive NL-only 5×5 auction keeper. And that’s why I proudly keep buying daiquiris. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! And no problem, glad to help, birrrdy!

  57. WM says:
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    dearest FML
    thank you for another great season and for ruining my sleeping habits. Being from the west coast, i cannot go to sleep until i read your daily writeups — i can stay up another hour…
    Proud subscriber and appreciate it all

    ps – Canseco Podcast 2 in 2017 – make it happen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I will work on Canseco 2! Even if I have to pretend to be Madonna and call him… Thanks for the kind words!

  58. Robert DiSilvestro says:
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    Thanks for the help. Champ in 1 league, but terrible ending in a Yahoo H2H. I was 1 pitch away from 1st place. Moments later, Raisel Iglesias had let up 4 ER and my ERA and Whip went from Ws to Ls, and 1st place became 2nd place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah! Well, congrats on winning the one!

  59. brad says:
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    Thanks for another entertaining season of razzball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course! No problem!

  60. Eric says:
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    But wait… Revere or Span? Need an early tip for my keepers!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, ah!!!

  61. Racehorse says:
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    Is it February yet ?

    :(

    • Grey

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      I know!

  62. Doc says:
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    Thanks for the laughs, helps get through the long work days. Also, I won 7th place this year! I blame Deshields and F-Her for that one. But 7th place gives me 1st pick for next year, and I’ll make the playoffs next year due to some great “fantasy baseballer” perspective.

    Of all the crazy things I read on this forum, TreaT urner might be the best one this year. Now every time I see his name I think of a dog showcasing his talents tryin to get some bacon.

    The ‘yesterday’ parody from today is pretty good.

    And when I see Jeurys La Familia, I keep thinking he used hang with Jay-Z back in the day.

    • Grey

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      Haha… No problem… we’ll get em next year!

  63. regan says:
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    Damn, I really wanted to beat you in the master standings. Beat me 106 to 109. I was gonna get a t-shirt made saying “I beat Greys Razzballs.”Get you next year!

    • Grey

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      Damn, that was close though!

  64. DonnieB says:
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    Thanks for an absolutely great season,Grey. You filled everyday with a laugh or two or three along with the best advice in the fantasy baseball world. I already look forward to your recaps,sleepers and rankings. Plus,NFBC drafts start in about 6 weeks or so. What an industry this has become! Or, should I say,what an obsession for so many this has become.

    • Grey

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      Haha, no problem! Here we come 2017!

  65. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Thanks Grizzle, FML, don’t abbrev.
    Another great year for the Cobblers thanks to you. Won 3 out of 4 leagues including one Scout and my lone RCL. Although, regarding the RCL result, a portion was due to listening to you while the rest may have been because I made nearly 700 moves! Yikes. This did put in at number 6 overall in the RCL Master Standings. You think I could get a T-shirt (or at least another pair of sweatpants!)??…Just kidding (not kidding.) BTW, pass along to Rudy that I loved the Scout setup, even though I bitched excessively during the SLOW draft. Lastly, is there any way to have a MAX limit on the number of moves in RCL’s? This may allow me to go outside, on occasion, during baseball season. Take care and look forward to your recaps and 2017 rankings!

    • Grey

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      Nicely done! Congrats! Top 6 in the overall standings is damn impressive! I know it’s not easy, but there will be no max moves limit, you can go outside from October to April. c’mon!

    • Grey

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      I know! I just looked at Yahoo team for the 4th time for no reason whatsoever

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: haha, me too, Ive been looking at my dynasty team because I can start trading, but its dynasty, so its not that exciting (don’t tell Ralph I said that)

        • Grey

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          Mum’s the word!

  66. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just dropping a line of appreciation for all your great advice this season. I won my league by a wide margin, and Razzball is a big reason why. You (and all the experts & regular commenters) are everything right with fantasy leagues. THANKS!!!

    • Grey

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      No problem, congrats on the win!

  67. The Hack says:
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    Dave Stewart upon being fired.

    “Quite frankly, I’ve got better things to do”

    Like tranny hookers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

  68. Cheese says:
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    Thanks, Boss!

    Echoing many others, this is the first site I look at every morning for recaps, OPS advice, upcoming prospects, and laughs from the commentary.

    Part of me wants to tell friends about the site to help you all out, but another part wants to be selfish with this insight. We’ll see which one wins out!

    • Grey

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      Haha… I hope your generous self wins out! No problem, thanks for the kind words!

  69. I am the Walrus says:
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    Pick 2 keepers for next year….Goldy, C.Seager, Harper.

    • Grey

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      Not Seager

  70. jacks says:
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    Thanks for the season grey. I’m part of a 33 year old league. I’ve been in and out of it for about 15 years ( a couple of years in the late 80’s/early 90s and since 2004). Got serious about winning 5 years ago and became a daily Razzball reader 3 or 4 years ago, and finally, with your help, won the damn thing!

    • Grey

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      Awesome! That’s great to hear! Congrats!

  71. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    Great season FML! Thanks for all the write ups, humor, and advice. I have no quarrel with this blog or the Joe Ross techno music.

  72. jb says:
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    Awesome year, Grey. Thanks for everything. How did you do in your leagues? How many leagues did you play? You prolly make me look like a pussy gato with the number and types of leagues.

    I read Razzball last season at times, but really got into it this season. Last season, one second place out of 1 leagues. Still think I should’ve won that one. This season 3 1sts, 1 2nd, 1 3rd, 1 4th, 1 5th and 1 6th. 8 out of 8 playoffs. Only regret is not winning four 1sts. I tied the last week in that one, but my opponent beat me twice in regular season. 8 leagues is too much, so hope to cut down next season and join a RCL one.

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      @jb: Oops. I just checked. Thought I lost the 5-5 tie, but I won. Have no idea why. So that’s four 1st on the year. woot!

  73. Thanks for another fun season Gray! I ended up winning my league for the 1st time in 10 years, despite losing Story, GCole, Strasbourg & Matz. Got it done with the Cubs dynamic duo of Lester & Hendricks, my SOD Aaron Sanchez and a slew of waiver pickups and old timers. Cano(t hit singles) & Beltre were my dirty old men, and the youth movement of Betts, Yelich & Springer anchored my team. Thanks to you & everyone here who contributed humor and player info all year – much of it helped pave the way for my 2nd title in 12 years. Good luck to you FFB-ers & go SF Giants in the playoffs!

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