REL baseball logo newWell, on the heels of the real-life Trade Deadline, we are now faced with the REL Trade Deadline looming this Sunday.  We’ve started seeing a huge influx of trades as team build for the final stretch or rebuild for the future.  You know the saying “the future is now”?  Things couldn’t be further from the truth for my REL Brewers!

To the teams that are actually good, and we’re starting to see runaways in both leagues.  In the AL, the Blue Jays are migrating to the top of every category, and in the NL, the Nats have already lived there.  Looks like the initial REL World Series will be the 1 Canadian team vs. the 1 former Canadian team.  At least things are going better for the ol’ US of A in the Olympics!  Here’s how week 19 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newThe Trade Deadline hath come and gone!  And thankfully, while there was a huge amount of trades, we got through the deadline with minimal confusion and dissent.  It’s a lot to buy into that you lose & gain players in AL -> NL trades.  But alas, I think we’ve shown the league can work.

Speaking of working it, how about the Indians on the trading block?!  They’ve made 4 trades I think it is in the past week, as they gear up for the stretch run.  I think for next year I’ll have a trades section as well for these updates, but I’m lazy for now!  The Tribe are still chasing the Blue Jays and the Orange Birds in the AL, while the NL is still a snoozefest as the Nats walk all over everyone.  Here’s how week 18 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newWe’re heading into arguably the biggest week of the inaugural REL league! Trade deadline… Is it just me, or is the rumor mill louder every year? Everyone loves just throwing thousands of strands of pasta on the wall in the hope that one sticks so they can feel smart. I never understood that method for pasta, it’s a waste of friggin’ food!

With real-life trades having an impact on REL rosters, there is still plenty of time for fortunes to change and runs to be made. However, it’s going to be tough to unseat the NL leading Nats from their stranglehold on the standings. The AL is much more wide open though, with 5 teams at 100+ points and the Tigers in striking distance as well at 98. Here’s how week 17 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newI know I used a similar open a few updates ago, but dayum!  Next week we’ll be over 100 games into the season!  That’s right, I plagiarized myself.  Is that in fact plagiarization?! Is it bad I had no idea plagiarize had that first “i” in there?! I can’t even plagiarize the word plagiarize!

The NL continues to be a boring domination by the Nationals, who keep adding younger and sexier talent somehow.  Their Minor League system is some sort of oligarchy.  Don’t know if I’m using that term correct, I never studied for History class…  At least the AL is much more interesting, with the Blue Jays in the driver’s seat with the surging Tribe moving into second.  The Orange Birds, who led for most of the season in the AL, are still clearly in the mix, as are the Red Sox and Astros with over 100 points.  Here’s how weeks 15-16 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newNearing the break! Unlike the lunacy of MLB front offices, teams in the REL have been buying and selling in rebuilds and postseason aspirations since the first few weeks. I still don’t understand why rebuild teams in real life don’t start trading guys right away! I’m mostly mad the Brewers didn’t sell Chris Carter when I did in the REL… Why I should be their GM! Not some nerd who played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard

Nothing too huge in the standings, with the Nats still steamrolling the NL, but at least my Brewers gave em a 0-1 loss when I saw them play on July 4th! The AL is much more interesting, with the Blue Jays perched atop the standings. The Orange Birds and The Tribe both are within striking distance, while co-commish Slim has pushed the Astros into contention. With all their younguns, this should be quite the race! Here’s how week 14 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newAnother week is in the books in the Razzball Elite League, as we’re right at the halfway point through the first REL season. Hard to believe! Two teams are fighting for World Series appearances to become the fabled inaugural REL champ, and after ceding the top spot last week, The Orange Birds reclaimed their throne over the Blue Jays in an epic battle of the birds in the AL. The Aviary League! Bada bing. I have dad jokes! In the NL, the Nationals continue to dominate, with the San Fran Giants still clipping at the Cubs heels [paws] jostling for second place. Here’s how week 13 went down in the 2016 REL League, plus a look-in at the REL 2 League with how it’s shaping up:

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REL baseball logo newAfter seemingly 12 weeks of status quo, we finally have a new leader in one of our REL divisions! The Toronto Blue Jays hot off a streaking week 11 took the AL lead by 1.5 Pts following a 5-point surge last night. Right in time for the weekly update! The Blue Jays offense has been red hot, so this massive streak the past few weeks makes sense.

Over on the NL side, the Nats continue to dominate with the Cubs starting to sag a bit behind. Got a few teams still in this race! Here’s how week 12 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newThe REL post is back, and we’ve got a team streaking!  Unfortunately they’re streaking in Canada, which is only safe for nudity 1-2 months out of the year.  Or else things might freeze off!  It’s like that time when you sit your kids down to watch Frozen, except you rented the one where those moron college kids get stuck on a ski lift…

The NL remains the Nats league to lose creating a little distance from the Cubs, but with a week-long offensivee outburst, look out for the Blue Jays!  They’re clipping on the Orange Birds’ heals (er, ummmm, talons) for the top spot in the AL.  Here’s how week 11 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newWe’re back with the REL updates!  I know what you’re thinking, “blah-ty blah, JB’s vanity league, blah-ty blah.”  Well, you’re right!  But we have two really competitive leagues with a lot of great discussion and some very interesting trades going down – things I haven’t seen anything close to in other leagues.  My goal will be to make the REL rules the most common fantasy league out there!  OK, well, ain’t no one gonna wanna play in a league where Andy Wilkins is owned, but whatever!

Despite missing last week whilst I was on vacay, there’s really not too much of a change with our frontrunners, as the I-95 corridor continues to reign terror on the league.  The Nats have an astounding 135.5 roto points out of a possible 150 in the NL, and the Orioles have moved to a 19 point lead in the AL.  It’s time to revolt against the overlords in (and around) our Nation’s capital!  Here’s how weeks 9 and 10 went down in the 2016 REL League:

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REL baseball logo newAnother week is in the books in the great fantasy experiment that is the REL.  Other great fantasy experiments: Tout Wars, Disney World, having Grey dress up as Princess Leia in a bikini —  Oops, too far!

Really not all that much has changed, with the Nats and Cubs still the titans of the NL and the Orange Birds continuing their dominance over the AL.  At least in the AL there looks to be a lot of competition at the top, vs. the race for the league cellar in the NL.  #TheTankingIsReal!  Here’s how week eight went down in the 2016 REL League, plus a look-in at the REL 2 League, with how it’s shaping up:

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