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Andrew McCutchen has been compared to a young Barry Bonds. Not because he takes steroids and kicks puppies. He’s getting the comparisons because McCutchen is toolsy. Hey, Grey, my friend works at Home Depot and we call him Toolsy. Good to know, random italicized voice. McCutchen’s power is still developing and the speed is already there. He’s the top prospect for the Pirates (which is a bit like being the world’s tallest midget), as long as the Pirates don’t turn him into a crappy pitcher or lose him to the Calcutta Cricket League. (As some longtime readers may know, a few years ago I pitched a baseball reality show to studios. One of our biggest hurdles was who in their right mind would sign a winner of a reality show. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates!) With the hype on McCutchen, can he help your fantasy baseball team in 2009?

The short answer is no. The long answer is nooooooo. The Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington said that McCutchen won’t be getting the starting job out of spring training. If McCutchen were playing for the Marlins, he’d prolly be going on his third year in the majors.  In all fairness, there’s only room for one Mc in center (much to the chagrin of anyone named Seamus in the Pirates organization), and McLouth is doing just fine. There’s a good chance McCutchen will simply be refining his tools in the minors in 2009 and if he gets the call it won’t be until rosters expand in September. Unless something changes in spring training, McCutchen is only a very deep sleeper in 2009 NL-Only leagues and a good, late draft pick in keeper leagues.

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  1. IowaCubs

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    I like these Fantasy Outlooks, Grey… good work.

    Next up… Felix Pie? Taylor Teagarden? Balbino Fuenmayor?

  2. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: Thanks… Um, I have about ten stockpiled, hibernating backstage at Razzball. I think Teagarden’s in there, but Pie’s a bit crusty for a rookie outlook though, right?

  3. IowaCubs

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    @Grey: Outside of just fantasy rookies, I would suggest somewhere down the line a series of potential undrafted guys. For example, in a mock draft last week, a bunch of draftable guys went undrafted (reynolds, wandy, pettitte, ian stewart, etc.). I’d say that anyone with an ADP of 200+ who we anticipate to be closer do 150 or so would fall into this category. I guess the kids are calling this a “sleeper” nowadays, but you could call it anything you want to, cuz you’re the leader of this band.

    Anyway, that’s my five minutes away from work today. You’re welcome.

  4. Grey

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    @IowaCubs: Yeah, it’s all on the way.

  5. big o says:
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    @grey :
    hmm …. the random italicized voice is back .
    i’m curious . is it always the same voice ? male or female ?
    what’s the 2009 fantasy outlook for the “riv” ?

    riv … interesting .
    mcC …. not so interesting .
    rinku and dinesh blog … most funny

    thank you , Mr. Grey , Sir .

  6. Grey

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    @big o: I was going to link to the front page of the Pirates new prospects’ blog, but it kept crashing my Firefox. If you’re using a different browser, I’d definitely check it out. There’s a great song on it.

  7. Steve says:
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    @Grey: If it won’t load in Firefox it ain’t worth reading ;-)

  8. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’m kidding of course. It seems to load OK for me – or do you mean the link from within your comment crashes the browser?

  9. Grey

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    @Steve: I more or less agree with you on Firefox. I mean this link:

    themilliondollararm.com — Warning this plays audio immediately (wonderfully silly audio, but audio nevertheless) and it’s loud. Plus, as already mentioned, it crashes my Firefox.

  10. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Can’t wait for the movie…….Rinku and Kumar Escape From PNC Park?

  11. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hmmm. seems to work OK for me, although the audio is intermittent. What version of Firefox do yuo have. Mine’s 3.0.4

    By the way, I’ve often wondered how cricketers would get on playing baseball, although generally with regard to hitters rather than pitchers.

    Here’s a couple that might do OK with a bat:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMJ_cbwk0DA

    One is a New Zealander, the other is Australian. The Aussie is probably the greatest who ever played the game at his position (wicketkeeper – the equivalent of a catcher).

  12. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Ha! That’s very funny.

    @Steve: Yeah, 3.04, but I’m on a Mac, maybe that’s why.

    That was the first time I’ve ever really watched cricket. The first thing I take away from it, they seem to be pretty out of control when they swing. One of the guys even was stepping out of the “box,” looking completely fooled by a “pitch” and he still hit a “home run.” (Obviously I don’t know the correct terms.) Second thing, what’s up with the head gear in the front? Makes them looked frightened. Third, does the “pitcher” have to bounce the “ball?” How fast are they throwing it? How close are the bleachers? How hard is the “ball?” I’m now fascinated. Do they have fantasy cricket?

  13. Grey

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    @Eric W: Razzcricket? Hmm… Have to drop that in line behind Razzfoosball.

  14. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Firefox? Mac? A man after my own heart. You should give Camino a try if you haven’t already ready – it is really nice. Is based on Firefox but built specially for the Mac.

    To cricket –

    1. Might look out of control and fooled, but they’re really not. That’s what’s known as “coming to meet” the ball. a cricket ball is much easier to hit the closer you are to it when it bounces.

    2. Head gear in front? Everyone wears it and no one thinks you’re scared. Can really only say that the way a batsman stands and the way cricket shots are played, you are more likely to be hit in the face (or the head in general) than in baseball.

    3. The bowler doesn’t have to bounce the ball, but as you will have probably seen in the clip, when he doesn’t, it’s a bit like grooving a fat one down the middle. Also, because of the way a cricket ball is constructed it can deviate in direction when it bounces which is to the bowler’s advantage.
    The very fastest bowlers occasionally touch 100mph, but that is pretty rare. The guys that are known as ‘fast’ bowlers are in the 86-90 mph range.
    The ball? Hard as. And according to the rules must weigh between 5.5 and 5.75 ounces (155.9 and 163.0 g) and measure between 8 13/16 and 9 in (224 and 229 mm) in circumference (search for cricket ball on Wikipedia).
    The stands can be anything from 60 to 110 yards away from where the guys hit the ball.

  15. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Razzfoosball? Count me in………

    With my first pick, I take the guy on the right.

    @Steve: Is Jiminy the national mascot?

  16. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: You can do better than that.

  17. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Pretty lame wasn’t it? Shows you what I know about cricket. But hey, somebody’s gotta say it.

    OK hows this? Re: “(which is a bit like being the world’s tallest midget)”

    When I was a kid we were too poor to go to Barnum and Bailey’s so Dad took us to Fred’s Circus on the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly.

    It was awesome, my favorite part was “Huge Midgets”

    Dude’s were like 6 foot tall.

    They had “Stripeless Zebras” and “The Bearded Man”. Man, those were the days.

  18. Grey

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    @Steve: Awesome breakdown for me. Thanks! So pitchers try to put English on the ball, is it a bit like a pool ball? Also, I take it you’re a fan, yeah? When’s the season? During your summer? BTW, I could prolly just check Wikipedia, but what fun is that?

    @BigFatHippo: I take the drunk guy with the anchor tatt.

  19. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Gramps played foos?

    Sweet

  20. Eric W says:
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    I want to know how left handed people play foos it seems like it would be backwards right? And cricket games can last a few days right or do they just go till the crickets get tired?

  21. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh – I have barely scratched the surface. It’s a game of a million nuances. One of the craziest is that a game can last five days and can end with no one winning.

    It also has a very rich culture and history. It is to us (and England, Australia, South Africa, India and other cricket-playing nations) what baseball is to you.

    Yeah – the bowlers (for that is what they are called) are able to impart spin on the ball with their fingers at the point of delivery which can help it to deviate on landing. Also, by keeping one side of the ball shiny and smooth, while letting the other side rough up, they are able to get it to swing or swerve as it moves through the air towards the batsman.

    Yeah – it’s a summer sport and I am a fan. And former player.

  22. BK says:
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    Vazques is a whiny baby who always wants to pitch somewhere “more east” one day they are gonna send him to hilton head

  23. Grey

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    @Steve: You’ve sparked my curiosity, that’s for sure. I wonder why the US hasn’t picked it up at all. I mean, we haven’t picked up soccer to the extent of other countries but it’s still here with a niche following. Honestly, I don’t think cricket even has a niche following in the US.

  24. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Don’t be so sure:

    http://www.usaca.org/

    A lot of expatriates involved, I’d say.

    I guess that baseball has taken such a hold it makes it hard for cricket to gain wider appeal. Just like baseball will never really take off here because everyone already play cricket.

    Well, not everyone, but you know what I mean.

    BTW, I have just (ahem) acquired the first series of Entourage. Watched a bit last night. Bearing in mind what you said about it (which did temper my expectations a little, but in a good way it turns out), it just seems like 30 mins of watchable, entertaining TV – no more, no less.

  25. Grey

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    @Steve: Their last tournament listed was in 2006. Like I said, soccer’s not big here, but I think it’s bigger than that.

    Yeah, Entourage is like a bowl of ice cream. Hardly necessary, but enjoyable nevertheless.

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    @Grey: Don’t know if you’re into college hoops but I’m sitting in Tyler Hansbrough’s hometown watching him rip apart Mich St.

    The kid’s incredible, what a player.

  27. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: You may as well be talking about cricket players. No idea who that is.

  28. big o says:
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    @grey :
    in an attempt to find the front page for r + d , i have scrolled back to may 13th …. a cursory glance has revealed no song , as of yet .
    looks like i have passed over some good stuff , though .

    re : bowlers ==> haven’t i seen some of these guys posing as elite mlb closers ?

  29. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Last year’s player of the year, prolly this year’s too.

    Turn on ESPN. He’s a clinic in college hoops. I love the fact that the kid comes from the bootheel, not NYC, Boston, LA, etc. Kinda makes me proud.

  30. Grey

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    @big o: Check comment #9 above, I put the link in there. Heed the warnings though.

    re: Bowlers — That’s Todd Jones. And he’s retired.

  31. Eric W says:
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    @BigFatHippo: how can you be watching college b ball when the victorias secret fashion show is on cbs

  32. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: That’s very cool. He’s from your hometown? What team is he on?

  33. Steve says:
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    @Grey: University of North Carolina. Same school as Jordan. It’s a basketball factory.

  34. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Eric W: Ha, don’t worry dude, I’m not missing that.

    I have 2 tv’s, when the titties go on commercial break I turn em both on NC BBall. Got it covered.

    Good point though, big problem, do I listen to Dickie V gush or listen to that horrible music on the Vic’s Secret?

  35. Eric W says:
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    @BigFatHippo: unc may be unstoppable this year they got all therer starters back and the deepest bench in the country as for dicke v vs bad music i think thats why they invented the mute button

  36. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Eric W: Could be the best team in the last 20 years because the upperclassmen stayed in school, that’s why I love em.

    Re; mute button

    Beethoven invented that when he said “would ya shut up woman and let me play my music?” Hit the button and never had to listen to her again.

  37. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: And Tyler will be North Carolina’s all time leading scorer in about 2 weeks.

    How cool is that?

  38. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: And Tyler will be North Carolina’s all time leading scorer in about 2 weeks.

    How cool is that? Very cool where I come from.

  39. big o says:
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    @grey :
    ok , i’ll type in themilliondollararm.com and see what gives .

    the oct. 12th entry provides a new word for your razzball dictionary .
    GAZAB !

  40. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Given the players that have been through that system, that’s some achievement.

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    @BigFatHippo: the thing i like about Psycho-T is that he may not be the most talented guy on the floor but he gets everything out of what he has. but if they run in to syracuse in march ill still be pulling for the “upset special”

  42. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Tis that, yes.

    I’m impressed that you know your college hoops. Sorry I don’t know anything about cricket, looks like fun. We have too many sports in the US, hard to concentrate on others. I’m becoming a very fine bocce ball player though. So I got that going for me.

  43. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Eric W: The Orange hold a special place in my heart. I picked em to win my bracket in 02 and took home a cool thou. Long live Carmello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: See – Sportscenter can be educational after all!

    Seriously, I can remember seeing the UNC-Georgetown game on TV here all those years ago when MJ made the game-winng shot. Couldn’t say I’ve followed college basketball religiously since – more just had an interest in US sport generally.

    I have read Halberstam’s biography of Jordan in which he examines the UNC program in some depth and from this distance it certainly seems as though they stress all the right values both in basketball and more generally.

  45. big o says:
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    @ steve
    unc may stress the right values , but do they rub off ?
    from what i have seen , there’s not a philanthropic bone in mj’s body .
    and probably never will be .
    i consider it a character flaw .

  46. Grey

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    @big o: Gazab! You’re right!

  47. big o says:
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    pretty righteous .

  48. big o says:
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    @grey
    from what i’ve read , this has been an eye-opening dietary journey for rinku and dinesh .
    prolly end up like me and hippo .

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