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So I’ve decided to go on a hiatus from Razzball. It has nothing to do with Razzball itself, as I think this is a great fantasy site, with the best fantasy sports community I have seen. It has everything to do with me trying to limit my time spent on fantasy baseball, because life is getting crazy. I’m still considering writing again at some point once everything settles down [Jay’s Note: Please do, you’ve certainly spoiled us my friend.], but who knows when that will happen. With this post, I decided that it might be helpful to go over a few things I’ve learned during my time here:

1) David Ortiz (you knew I was going to mention him, right?) is one of my favorite players in OPS, OBP, and really all leagues because he tends to be undervalued due to his age. Old guys who can still produce are valued less than they should be because of their lack of upside, which also causes rookies and prospects to generally be overvalued.

2) One of the other types of players consistently undervalued are platoon players. This year Seth Smith is demonstrating that he can be much more than a guy who lingers on the waiver wire, but others like Matt Joyce should be used when bench space is available. I generally look to own lefties when selecting platoon players because they will have more opportunities to face righties and they seem to have more pronounced splits than righties.

3) Mike Trout pretty much broke most projection systems in 2012 and nearly every expert was predicting that it would be the best year of his career. I never understood the logic that he couldn’t produce at that level again because it was historic since, by definition, he was an anomaly. I hope the same mistake isn’t made if Bryce Harper performs at an historic level next year or any number of top talents realizes their full potential.

4) On the other hand, Josh Donaldson didn’t have the benefit of being a hyped prospect. I wrote about my love for him numerous times last year and am glad that he was able to continue to be a top third baseman. I understand not believing in guys without a track record, but when guys have produced for nearly a full season with no red flags, their performance is real on some level.

5) I’ve written about my appreciation for Billy Hamilton’s value in OPS and OBP leagues where stolen bases are also valued. With Billy producing like I thought he would after a rough start, he is reducing the number of SAGNOFs that his owners need to roster. This is beneficial depending on league settings.

You met me at a very strange time in my life. I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you. You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry, you will someday. After all, tomorrow is another day! Remember, I’ll be right here. So long, partner.

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  1. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Good luck

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @malamoney: Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Fish: Haha great reference.

  2. Fish says:
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    And when should we expect to see the Rolling Stone “tell-all” exclusive on all the Razzball dirt???

    Somewhere, Matthew Berry is saying, in his best Sith Lord voice impression (it’s not very good) while ironing his Wandy Rodriguez jersey, “Good. Let the Hate flow through you.”

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Fish: Oh Matthew Berry. You nailed that description. I actually kind of miss reading his bold predictions column. It was the stuff of legends (for all the wrong reasons).

      And my publisher advised me not to comment on release date…

  3. Uncdrew says:
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    Fantasy baseball is like jello.

    (For those who need help with that metaphor, I mean there’s always room to fit some in). Hope you can still fit some in.

    • Uncdrew says:
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      @Uncdrew:

      It’s a simile, doofus

      • Tom Jacks

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        @Uncdrew: Haha that’s great.

  4. Principal Blackman says:
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    Reading that, I couldn’t help but think of this for some reason: Look for me under your boot soles. You will hardly know who I am or what I mean.

    Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to helping out those of us in OBP/OPS leagues, Tom. Your insightful writing and thoughtful commentary will be sorely missed.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Principal Blackman: Nice reference and thanks for the kind words. Best of luck to you in your leagues!

  5. Principal Blackman says:
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    Also, on a non-fantasy related fanboy note, what do you think of the Cubs return for Shark and Hammel?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Principal Blackman: I’m still stunned – quite a blockbuster. Russell alone seems like a good haul. I was impressed with the return for the Cubs but I understand why the A’s made the deal. This seems like the rare trade between two smart front offices where it could work out for both sides.

  6. SwaggerJackers says:
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    I’ll miss you Tom Jacks!

    You are/were my fav writer. Hopefully someone else steps up and writes OBP-specific posts.

    PS: Try to convince Grey to do a OBP projections with his rankings next year

    • Tom Jacks

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      @SwaggerJackers: Thanks SwaggerJackers! You’ve been an awesome commenter.

      And I’ll see what I can do with Grey – I think that’s an excellent idea. You should definitely mention it to him too.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @SwaggerJackers: the player rater could be indexed that way, or OPS as well. Grey likely isn’t gonna do 2 completely separate top 300 lists. the harder part is trying to mix the player rater values for some mix of OPS/OBP and holds/QS.

  7. The Guru

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    Cheers to you, Mr. Jacks. See you in the twitterverse.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @The Guru: Thanks Guru!

  8. jef with 1 f says:
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    Enjoyed your articles …good luck with whatever it is you have going on.

  9. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Best of luck. Will miss this subject matter in the razzball universe.

    Hopefully somebody steps up to supply this content.

  10. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Thanks Tom!

  11. Schlurricane

    Schlurricane says:
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    Thanks for killing it! We’re better for your wisdom

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Schlurricane: Thanks Schlurricane!

  12. Sky

    Sky says:
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    This is not good-bye, it’s just a long pause before we say hello again…that sounds touching but really, you’re a junkie for this and fantasy baseball is your street smack. When you start shaking uncontrollably, we’ll see you again. Until then, good luck with all of life’s great adventures.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Sky: Haha thanks Sky. You’re definitely right…

  13. Hondo says:
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    Bummer when real life gets in the way of Fantasy Baseball.
    I really hate when that happens.
    Thanks for the good columns dude,and may life treat you well.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Hondo: Thanks Hondo! Yeah, it’s not ideal, but I guess it was bound to happen at some point. Hopefully it doesn’t last for too long.

  14. Mordacious Levator says:
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    good luck dude. glad to hear you could be back at some point (i don’t think that’s the case with Prospect Scott, and his deep level prognostications are most certainly NOT a renewable resource)

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Mordacious Levator: Thanks! Yeah, I don’t plan to write about fantasy baseball elsewhere. I’ve really enjoyed doing the OPS/OBP posts here.

  15. Dano

    dano says:
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    Hey Tom. I’ll warm your seat.

    …or build a throne. Jk.

    Obp, ops… here I come. I’ll try not to over z-score things.

    Best,
    Dano

    • Tom Jacks

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      @dano: Haha good times. The power is your(z)!

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