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Here’s another 2009 Fantasy Baseball Keeper post so that could mean only one thing — it’s Friday! Before we get into today’s keeper post, page yourself to the front desk so your boss thinks you’re doing something. Nice. Okay, now that John Q. Walmart is out of your hair, let’s look at the Marlins centerfielder, Cameron Maybin. Is he Hanley Ramirez in the OF? That would turn your fantasy baseball team up a notch, wouldn’t it? What, you can’t get behind an Emeril reference? Whatevs. Maybin is an unrefined five-tool stud. Sorta like a young Burt Reynolds. You want speed? Yeah, Maybin’s got that. As Josh Hamilton may have once said at gunpoint, “I swear to you, he has speed!” Maybin could end up leading off for the Marlins, pushing Hanley to the three hole. This would be ideal for Maybin’s fantasy owners. Yo, G.A., Maybin have any power? Yup, but it’s still developing. In 2009, fifteen to twenty home runs may be (hehe) too much to ask from Maybin, but there’s a chance that he could be a 10/50 guy, much like Jacoby Ellsbury in 2008. Past 2009, Maybin could become a 25/50 guy or Hanley in the outfield. That makes Maybin one of the top keepers for 2009. Anyway, here’s some more keepers or players to not keep for your fantasy baseball team in 2009:

KEEP

Dallas McPherson – Hey, it’s Marlins Day! Hey, Marlins Day, say hi to your mother for me. When the Marlins GM was asked how they are going to make up for the power they lost with the Jacobs trade, you know what he said? Hire Canseco as their strength and conditioning coach? No, silly. He said, McPherson would see playing time at 3rd. He’s got piz-op.

Matt Holliday – This might seem obvious to some, but I’ve heard some people panicking over these swirling Holliday trade rumors.  If Holliday does leave Coors, his value takes a hit but there’s time to cross that bridge. With the Phils or Mets, he’ll still have solid lineups around him. We’ll figure out his fantasy worth if he is indeed traded, until then hold onto him.

DON’T KEEP

Rafael Furcal – I’m sure someone will overpay this offseason for Furcal’s services. (I’ve heard the A’s are interested. When did they come into money? Did Billy Beane’s rich Auntie die?) Furcal pulled a Kotchman in 2008 and I wouldn’t bank on him bouncing back in 2009. Maybe Beane just likes the idea of an injury-prone shortstops — See Crosby, Bobby.

  1. Steve says:
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    It probably won’t make news in West Hollywood or the Bootheel, but I know y’all are keen students of all matters New Zealand, so I’m just letting you know that we now have a new govenrnment too.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Did he promise everyone to get rid of Australia to avoid any confusion over where kangaroos are?

  3. Steve says:
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    @Grey: No – it was considered to be common enough knowledge so as to be unnecessary.
    No tax deductibility for fantasy baseball league entry fees either.

  4. Grey

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    @Steve: FBL tax didn’t pass? Wow. Were there riots?

    BTW, my dog’s famous:

    thingsmydogate.com/arfer.html

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    @Grey: Zoinks! Is that for real?

  6. Grey

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    @Steve: What, I’m making up stories about how my dog ate a tampon in college? Yeah, good ol Arfer. He’s no longer with us (or me I guess). He passed on May 18th. I need to get a new dog.

  7. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Too bad, Arfer looked like a chick magnet.

    If you get to the Bootheel in the next day or 2 I know where there’s a Tibetan Spaniel for sale. He’d prolly let me have it, but I don’t have room for a dog.

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    @Grey: Hmmmm – yes. Now that I think about it, the saying “you couldn’t make it up” never seemed more appropriate.
    We’ve always had cats and thus have never dealt with that particular situation.
    Did you got to college in the north-east?

  9. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: If John Key doesn’t work out for ya, we’ll send ya that Bush guy.

  10. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Don’t look now but Holliday may be coming to St Lou.

    Early Xmas for the Hippo.

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    @BigFatHippo: Er, no thanks. Just like in the US, a very strong mood of “it’s time for a change” over here.
    Tough time to be coming into government, though…

  12. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Arfer pissed off more girl by eating their panties then he did by picking them up.

    Holliday in St. Louie, huh? For who? Ludwick?

    @Steve: Yeah, I went to college in Boston.

  13. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, Ludwick goes to Colorado. Rasmus comes up, Ankiel moves to RF.

    Sign me up!

  14. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: That seems as lopsided for the Cards as some of the Peavy rumors flying around. Ludwick is 30-year-old who may be much less than he was without Pujols in a lineup and Holliday with Pujols may not be the dropoff he would be outside of Coors in some situations. You gotta love that as a Cards fan if it happens.

  15. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:If it’s gonna happen, it’ll happen in the next day or two, if not the Cards are out of the sweepstakes. I can see them sweetening the pot with maybe Bryan Anderson thrown in. Hell they won’t need a catcher for the next ten years or so.

    Holliday protecting Pujols? Money.

  16. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Why do you see it happening sooner rather than later?

    BTW, Bigger Stronger Faster was a great documentary. If you like that sorta thing.

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    @Grey: Downloaded that doco last night/this morning. Look forward to checking it out.

  18. Grey

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    @Steve: Made a pretty good case for taking steroids and for Bonds to not be villainized.

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    @Grey: Hmmm. That sounds like an interesting take.

  20. Grey

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    @Steve: It’s not completely cut and dry, though it makes some convincing points contrary to how most people think. Made me kinda wanna bulk up, but I’m adverse to acne.

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    @Grey: Yeah – just did a little bit of reading about it. Seems to be questioning how steroids is differwent from a lot of other, legal, things that athletes do to enhance performance.

    The acne’s not good, but there are one or two other side effects of steroids that I’m not crazy about either.

    Have you read Game of Shadows?

  22. Grey

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    @Steve: “…but there are one or two other side effects of steroids that I’m not crazy about either.” Getting a giant head and small balls?

    No, I haven’t read it. Any good?

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    @Grey: It’s mainly the shrinkage thing.

    The book is fantastic – terrific piece of investigative journalism. If I had something to hide, I wouldn’t want those guys on my case.

  24. Grey

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    @Steve: Have you hidden it so well that you forgot you hide Razzball?

    You’ve read Moneyball, right?

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    @Grey: Sorry – don’t follow. It’s Monday here, so might be a bit slow.

    Yup – really enjoyed Moneyball. I have a soft spot for the A’s because of it.

  26. Grey

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    @Steve: You said if you had something to hide and I said you hide Razzball. Alas, things never get better when you have to explain them.

    Okay, so was Shadows more or less entertaining than Moneyball?

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    @Grey: Ah. Think I get you now. It’s not so much that I hide it – rather I just don’t discuss its existence with anyone.

    They wouldn’t understand anyway.

    Like I said the other day, if I ever have occasion to talk to my wife about it, it’s going to sound like I have this bunch of imaginary friends that I only talk to when I’m alone.

    I’d probably say that Moneyball is more entertaining (that is possibly also due to the fact that it was the first I’d ever heard about sabermetrics and thus was likely to find it pretty interesting – plus Beane is a pretty entertaining character), but Shadows in no less worthy for all that.

    Given that the book was written a wee while ago now and thus everything in it is somewhat after-the-fact/overtaken by events, I guess the main interest lies in seeing how the whole BALCO thing came to be uncovered.

    Definitely worth a read.

  28. Grey

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    @Steve: The reason I haven’t read Shadows yet is because I’m concerned it’s going to be very dry and things I’ve heard before.

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    @Grey: I can see your thinking. I didn’t find it dry – there’s plenty of stuff on the personalities involved too.

    Maybe get it out of the library – won’t cost you anything if you don’t like it!

  30. Grey

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    @Steve: Actually I think I might have it. Or I could just borrow it from a friend. I’m still handcuffed to Houdini, so to speak.

    Did you watch Entourage?

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    @Grey: Not yet. It’s from the middle of the current series – and I haven’t seen a single other episode from any series. Will that matter?

  32. Grey

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    @Steve: The show’s vacuous, but I guess you should see it from the beginning of season 1. From what I remember those episodes were better anyway. Again, I’m not the best person to ask cause I’m not a huge fan.

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    @Grey: @Steve: Long weekend with the little hippos. Word to the wise, never ask 8 and 10 year olds what they want for Christmas. You might just find out. I wonder if there’s a used Millineum Falcon dealership in Cali? Hook me up Grey.

    Interesting conversation you guys are having. Have you ever been around anybody on the juice? Good times man.

  34. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Aw, Hippo’s worn out. Why do I get the sense you spoil your kids rotten?

    According to this movie, roids only enhance what you are. So if you’re an asshole, you become a bigger asshole. With that said, I have been around steriods users and they were a bit psychotic. They were a bit like this to being with though. So it’s the chicken and the egg, no? Do steroids make you psychotic? Eh, maybe not, but you need to be a bit on the edge to take them? Maybe.

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    @Grey: @BigFatHippo: That makes some sense re: steroids.

    In one of the papers I did at university many moons ago I read some good stuff that argued that those people who were affected by what they saw/heard in the media (eg violence on TV) were, because of upbringing/social circumstances/whatever, more receptive to the messages they were getting.

    In other words, the violence (for example) tapped into something that was already there.

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    @Grey: Cause I do, that’s why.

    You’re dead on with the rhoids theory. I had friends in college who were power lifters, great guys, not a Milton Bradley among em. This was in the 80′s, so no designer drugs like HGH or the clear. Still, it didn’t change their personality, just made em stronger and able to work out harder. Crashing frat parties was a lot more fun though!

    The Sig Chi’s are still looking for their kegs.

  37. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: I can see the reasoning behind the theory, but I don’t buy it.

    I believe in this, you’re either:
    A. An asshole
    B. Not an asshole

    More inclined to think upbringing/social circumstances/financial situ have more to do with crime than whether one owns a TV/radio/books.

    For instance, all of my friends have seen Pulp Fiction. None of my friends have blown a kids head off in the back seat of a car.

  38. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: It may have been poorly made, but that was exactly my point. Just seeing violence on TV doesn’t make you a violent person. But people who are influenced/affected by violence on TV are more likely to be already ‘softened-up’ for it by other forces in their lives.

    To paraphrase Grey above, if violence on TV makes you do something violent, you probably already have some violent tendencies in the first place.

  39. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: True that, but I think those who are inclined to incite violence are apt to do just that even if they don’t watch TV/movies.

    Who’s more likely to off somebody on the street?

    Subject #1: Walking down the street he encounters a man who calls him a m’ther f’er.

    Subject #2: He heard Samuel L Jackson call someone a m’ther f’er on TV last night.

    Social circumstances trump hypothetical circumstances every time.

    Damn Grey, all thought and no baseball makes Steve and Hippo philosophical men. Can’t wait for the pitchers and catchers to report.

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