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Truth be told, I almost made Logan Morrison my discount double check post for first basemen but decided ‘nah, I’ll cheap out and go with an already draftable commodity in Kendrys Morales cuz I’m lazy like that’.  Then Grey said ‘only one OF?  Seriously, how lazy can you be?  Give me three posts about outfielders.  And put the lotion in the F@#$ing basket!’.  And so I obliged on both counts but still got the hose again for some reason.  But we’re not here to talk about playing lambs with Albright, we’re here to dissect LoMo’s current draft day ADP of 269 and whether it’s a discount or a steal for 2013 fantasy baseball…

To better understand why LoMo might be a value we need to go back in time.  So please feel free to step into my DeLorean and bump to Macklemore as we travel all the way back to 2011…wow, that was a really quick trip.  And yet, you still had more hair back then.  What’s that?  You’ve been doing a full body wax to remove any chance at circumstantial evidence just in case?  In case of what?  Hrm, I don’t think I want to know…and I think you can find your own way back to 2013 now, thanks.  But since we’re here, let’s at least see why I’m intrigued by Morrison for this season.  Back in 2011, Logan took over full time as left fielder for the then Florida Marlins and went on to hit .247 in about 462 at-bats while hitting 23 homeruns and driving in 72.  Sure, the average is nothing to get excited about but when you consider those homers came in 123 games, we’re looking at 28 homeruns if we just give him 27 more games played.  Yes, LoMo has 30 homerun potential and he’s slotted to be the starting first basemen for the Marlins in 2013, so what the heck is the deal with the discount, you ask?  Injuries, of course.  Morrison just can’t stay healthy and just to spite me yahoo posted on the date of this typing – January 11th – that Logan is going to be slowed in the Spring due to knee rehab (or ‘kneehab’ if you like saying things like Bennifer and Brangelina).

Morrison has had surgery on the same knee twice in less than a year and it showed in his 2012 finishing line: .230 with only 11 HRs and 296 at-bats.  The reality is this news about going slow with his knee to begin 2013 is a blessing in disguise, though, as it was him pushing through the same knee rehab in 2012 after a December 2011 surgery that lead to that dismal line and the eventual secondary surgery.  So we’re talking about a guy that might start the year on the DL, which scares some people off but for me I say ‘oh yeah, so what!?!’  That’s why we have DL spots, people.  With where he’s going in the draft, you’re drafting for upside anyways.  If you don’t believe me, just ask the people currently ADP’ing Wil Myers out at 225, just 6 spots behind LoMo.  There’s a high likelihood because the Rays are the Rays that Myers isn’t in the Tampa Bay outfield until end of May, early June.  But there’s no DL spot for minors.  Well there is but it’s between R. Kelly’s sheets…PSSSSSSSSSS!  Sorry, still rocking Macklemore over here.  NW represent!

In all seriousness, a 30 home run pace doesn’t come from every player in the 18th round or later.  Unless of course you listened to me last year when I said to go after Adam LaRoche.  Oh and Chris Davis is in there as well.  I just gave you 66 homeruns in 2012 and you dare doubt me?  If my track record as the artist formerly known as ONC proves anything, it’s that I can find you 30 homeruns late.  In Sky we trust.  But to give this fantasy fajita it’s final wrap, in deep leagues he’s well worth your time if preseason news stays encouraging.  And if it doesn’t, you drafted him and put him on your DL anyway.  Drop him when Troy Tulowitzki goes on it.  What?  You know he will.  In all, draft him for the potential and pray at the Marlins altar he gives you 145 to 150 games…and pray you don’t have a seizure while you do it.

  1. royce! says:
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    Great post. I love that Macklemore video…think I recognize some of the locations, like the Goodwill bins. I have nothing to say about LoMo…well, I guess I could reiterate that his nickname is absolutely terrible.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      HA!

      Just think if his knee doesn’t improve you can call him SloMo

  2. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Morrison is being drafted at 319 over at MDC.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I meant to take a look at that before this got posted again. I wrote this back in early January. I’ll see if I can put the edit in now, thanks!

  3. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I will consider him again even after he hurt me last year. I wouldn’t pay more than $5 for him in my auction league. In a snake draft I would not take him before round 20.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: I think he’s a $1 bid near the end of the draft; shouldn’t have to spend more than that. Worth it if you need some power upside around that time.

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    new favorite lyric : Damn, thats a cold ass honkey!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, I love that line! It’s sad, some day people are gonna say this song got overplayed. I’m like ‘this is lyrical genius…rapping about NOT buying bling that costs thousands of dollars’. Macklemore is pure musical coolness. You should check his other stuff, very smart. Really love his tribute to Dave Niehaus with ‘My Oh My’.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: there is some good stuff in there. Is this a hipster ode. because if it is then its just a retro 90’s thing. we always went to thrift stores in the early mid 90’s. more because we broke, but it was also awesome, I still have some sweet jackets and flannels, but we called it vintage, now its the thing that use to be the thing. If the cyclical cycles keep getting shorter and shorter apart then at some point do they come together and have a paradox?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I don’t think it’s a hipster ode, I think it’s a NW thing. I mean, looking like a lumberjack became popular in the early 90’s when Kurt and his frail, heroin frame needed warmth and he turned to flannel. We’re all so depressed up here from all the rain, even shopping at a major clothing store doesn’t get us pumped! Pardon me while I go get more coffee.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: I’m very aware of the NW thing and it never really went away from you guys, and for flannel at least you guys do have the pendelton headquarters on the washington/oregon border. That being said it makes sense. Being odd is OK up there and I assume thats why you stay because you “fit” in. But looking at national trends and how the rest live its funny how the hipster thing and the fasion-less 90’s seem to go hand in hand. They are so cool they won’t be labeled by a decade but an ironic idea. You will have to excuse me while I grab a slice of locally made rare organic artisnal cheese that was made with the milk of Clarence the local cow I go visit on the weekend to feed locally organic single batch seasonal micro brew that uses spring water from a locally derived until recently discovered hidden spring water. Its $42 dollars an ounce.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I stay for fear of sunlight.

              Man, you found out about Clarence the cow? Totally can’t go back now because everyone knows about it and it can’t be cool then.

              Hipsters are beatniks minus the everything important/relevant part. Anyone who willingly drinks PBR just to be different and not to be frugal while reading Tolstoy on their iPad at a local Starbucks, keveching about how cool and indie they are need to have their chin pubes put into a coffee bean blender. To put it mildly.

              As a music buff, I’m well aware of rehash. There’s always something a little unique rubbed into the cracks of a ‘new’ music scene, whether it’s better recording techniques or better electronics. Right now, most of the stuff I hear that’s popular is a hodge-podge of the 80’s. Take for instance that ‘Someone That I used To know’ song by Gotye. Totally a Police song thru and thru. The key to new music is always the blend factor. Nirvana was Beatles/Beach Boys melodies sung over black sabbath/punk riffs. Instead, I hear a lot of ‘original’ homages and not much new right now. Of course, I’m not listening all that hard as you know. Current bands on my ipod that I’m playing the shit out of right now:

              Mastodon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6WGNd8QR-U

              Battles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LLAN29W-4w

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: I can see we don’t share common musical ground. Mastadon sounds too much like music i already don’t like and Battles is good for what it is. I like the jazz sprinkled in there. Some might call the electronic but i have heard too many do the same thing on a piano. I could see my self listening to it every now and again. I’ve always moved backwards with my music. I wanted to know how things evolved or at least painted my own picture. I think it comes with having a history degree and having my senior thesis derived around musicians.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Yeah, my musical taste stems from having a dad who played guitar. My ear always gravitates towards it in any musical setting but I’ve since learned to branch out a bit from being guitar-centric and hear what the other instruments are bringing to the table. Mastodon has an amazing drummer. Guitarists have an affinity for Yes in their structures and solos, something you wouldn’t expect.

                  I definitely hear the jazz, I haven’t done too much research on Battles other than to know their drummer was formerly of Helmet. Man can hold it down through a musical maelstrom is all I can say.

                  I let an artist that interests me take me backwards, typically. Someone I really like says they listened to ‘x’ growing up, I go have a listen to that group/person. Maybe never get into MC5 without hearing The Mars Volta. Stuff like that. And even if it’s not my cup of tea, it’s a fun trip nonetheless.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I hear you on the things we fixate on when we listen. I love a good bass line. When I was young i listened to alot of Punk from the 70’s and very early 80’s. then I went backwards to figure how rock got there, then discovered all the other branches that guitar centered rock music turned into. I always laugh when people tell me they like rock and metal, I always tell them its the same thing, they usually disagree. Can’t teach all the monkeys. I also really like soul , funk, and classic r&B, which come from my dad and listening to hip-hop. i would hear these samples, especially from the underground stuff and was blown away by a bass line or some riff, then find the cut they used and listen to the original. Funny, you bring up mars volta, always thought they were over rated, but maybe I didn’t listen to it enough to see MC5 influence. They play more to the white stripes and that garage theme. which is really the pre-cursor to punk.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: obama care might cover this

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I was already planning a medical vacation to Mexico for it in the spring

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I use music for one thing and that is state of mind. whether its nostalgia, upper, downer, or sideways thats my goal. The older i get though the less i listen. Almost always podcasts in the car. havent had anything grab me hard in a long time. i think i lost my soul.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I blame fantasy sports for that. Oh and Obama. Always Obama.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: in all seriousness i wish life was that easy but my path has not been what one would call “easy”. I could care less about the president and fantasy is more of an escape than something that hinders me.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, I’m there with ya. Was just having a little fun as you and I do from time to time. Music has always been a great escape valve for me along with fantasy sports. I really don’t care who the president is either, they’re the auto show models of our political system. They don’t really do anything important but they get the most attention of the people who came.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: “from time to time” more like almost all the time. sorry sometimes I get all real and stuff….now i need to call my therapist and schedule an appointment.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Well I can only hope your therapist kicks a few bucks my way for the assist.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: obama care might cover this

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Great article, important stuff i would of never thought of taking LoMo as a late round flyer, gee thanks sky. I don’t know how I would play this game without you.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like to think of myself as the help that gets a 7th place team up to 6th. It’s my calling in life.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: turning mendoza liners into mediocrity every day. Ive never finished below 3rd on purpose.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Maybe if I stop listening to myself I’ll have the same record.

  6. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    numbers scmumbers, go do some mushrooms and listen to your soul tell you who to take. And when you have a need fill it, and when someone sucks let them go. I

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      The last time I did that I drafted Trey Anastasio as my staff ace

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: thats about as bad as taking A-Rod first this year

  7. prezii says:
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    You guys are really breaking bread over here i see.. whats up with razzball today?? I cant get into any articles but yours sky! How am i gonna mock greys love child (rutledge, 3/3 couple ribs) when i cant get in??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think Grey is out selecting his and hers nose hair trimmers for the registry or he’d be all over it, no doubt. You hear about Yoenis hitting a HR with the donut weight still on the bat the other day? Spring is in the air!

      • prezii says:
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        @Sky: really? If ur serious, thats pretty impressive! But yes its finally here! Time to get all hyped about waiver fodders hitting and stealing in march! Hell, even raburn is up to his infamous spring training antics..

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It was on twitter, it has to be true!

          It’s just not Spring training without Ryan Raburn impersonating Barry Bonds. I’m just excited to find out who lost weight, who gained weight and whose in the best shape of their life. There should be Spring Training awards for those categories.

  8. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I just caught that walk off the earth you tube link you posted on friday. That was pretty great, after I went on to watcha couple more of their vids. I would get drunk and watch them play in a bar.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, nice! Yep, they’re very good musicians. The bass player in the original vid started the whole thing, there’s one where he plays everything, loops it and then sings over it. Great group overall

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: I really liked the cover of from me to you and the polly duet cover. whats the name of the song the bass player does?

        I caught the my oh my clip also from Macklamore. That was nice. He actually reminds me alot of Slug from Atmosphere circa 2002

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’d never heard Atmosphere before until now. Gonna have to do some digging, I’m intrigued. I don’t hear the connection except for the raw emotionality to it. What was their big song or did they have one?

          I forgot what song it was, had to go look it’s why it took so long to get back with you:

          http://youtu.be/tJ8nkJ1_Ee0

          Wiz Khalifa…gonna be honest, never heard the original and still haven’t. Was simply drawn in by his coverage of all the instruments. Love the grit in his voice.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: I did a lot of underground hip hop up until ’06. There are a lot of like that. Sage Francis live shizz is pretty ridiculous

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              All new names to me, I’ll have to take a look.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: sage francis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT8ORGDo_XQ

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5NWiZrdEg

                atmosphere/slug: here he is doing an acoustic song, which I have never seen before but I like it.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P2Xwej_xjM

                this is just a song but i’m lazy, was already on you tube. his 2002 album “god loves ugly” is an underground classic. hands down his best album.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNm45DDojTo

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Lotta material here. I’m gonna have to give this a shot over the day. Not Another Day is a well told story.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: cool. let me know what you think.

                    Not Another Day? whats that

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Will do. ‘Not Another Day’ was the name of the Atmosphere/Slug song you sent me

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Listening at work now. Like Atmosphere, not as big on Sage but he’s not bad. My underground rap knowledge is pretty minimal to be totally honest. Thanks for Slug!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: Im a dumbass for that question. I should wake up before I start typing.

                    Sage is not for everyone. The thing about him i like is he was a spoken word guy before hip hop and writes these crazy lyrical diatribes that is unlike anyone else. He is definitely an acquired taste.

                    here is an interview with him, does not look like a hip hop artist

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=385QFA6ziSw

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Yeah, I thought he was spoken word. I heard it in some of his intonations. Can’t remember, have I shown you any Watsky? He’s a spoken word guy, kid’s got a bright future:

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M1L15hpphQ

                      Just his most recent not necessarily his best. Check his channel, he did a lot of spoken word to start. Like it’s his voice and his story. Doesn’t try to be something he’s not.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: another classic underground album is OST by people under the stairs. If you like old school hip hop then they are where it is at and that album is there best piece of work. very seamless and connecting with the audience. Its like you know them and you are hanging out with them.

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv63GUGqq8s

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbC3N7MbSFs

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQAEQE1ir5w

                    the last song is off question in the form of an answer, which is their other really good album.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m digging it, definitely old school. Feels like you’ve heard it before but it’s still new music. Nice, gonna have to add them to the list of listenables!

  9. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    watsky is tight!

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