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If Sergio Valente were a person and not just a clothing brand name and if he played fantasy baseball and owned Garrett Atkins in 2008, he might’ve said, “Garrett Atkins, you looks like craps. You know that?” (Valente talks with a bit of an accent.) Valente was right with his fictitious assessment. Atkins did “looks” like “craps” in 2008. But 2008 was sooooo last year like Joaquin Phoenix’s acting career. Let’s look at 2009. Can Atkins turn around on a fastball in 2009? Can Atkins stick in the third spot in the Rockies order now that Holliday’s gone? Will Atkins even stay with the Rockies? Does Atkins have too much pepper on his paprikash? Not to repeat, but to answer. Atkins numbers for 2008 look like this 86/21/99/.286/1 or as I like to call those stats, “Injured Scott Rolen Numbers.” But what about Atkins in 2009? Can’t a brother get a second chance? I suppose. (God, knows I’m willing to give Alex Rios a second chance in 2009.) As I said in our Fantasy Baseball Forums, “Atkins is a 17/80 player outside of Coors and he could get traded. There’s lots of third basemen that would be an upgrade over him even if he stays in Coors. He’s more the player he was in 2008 than he was in 2006.”  And that’s me quoting me! I go on to talk about how his OPS keeps dipping and his Away OPS is the “craps.” In certain situations, Atkins may be a keeper for you (think real deep leagues where you have limited choices), but, for most, Atkins is not a fantasy baseball keeper for 2009. Anyway, here’s some more keepers or players to not keep for your fantasy baseball team in 2009:

KEEP

Aaron Hicks – This is a very deep league keeper, but I just had to write his name. Aaron Hicks…. Look at that, I just wrote it again. It may not be until 2010 or even 2011, but in deep leagues that holds minor leaguers, Aaron Hicks is a keeper. He’s going to be a young Daryl Strawberry (minus the coke), according to Baseball America. (They didn’t mention the coke part.)

Logan MorrisonLogan Morrison is a raw, powerful first baseman. Member how the Marlins shipped off Jacobs to make room for Cantu? Well, don’t expect Cantu to stay around that long. His salary might go above one million at some point. Marlins have no problem promoting people so keep your eye on Morrison for 2009, and, in deep keeper leagues, he’s a good one to hold onto.

DON’T KEEP

Michael Young – As far as empty average doodes go, Young isn’t that bad. Then again, a sudden heart attack isn’t a bad way to die either, but you’re still dead if you catch my drift.

  1. BigFatHippo says:
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    Kinda wrong when you take all that time to write something and nobody replies eh Grey?

    Yanks offer CC 140 mil and a ten foot sub sandwich, think the Dodgers can top that?

  2. Cookie's Monsters says:
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    I still don’t know if I want to go after Youkilis instead of keeping Atkins…..I think I have a man crush on him….

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Eh, it is what it is. Fridays are slow days, I know that.

    I think the Yanks desperately need CC and they will get him. The other clubs are just pushing the pot so the Yanks have to pay as much as possible. Let’s face it, the Dodgers can throw a one-armed Brad Penny and he’ll have a 3.75 ERA because of Cesar Ravine. On the other hand, the Yanks cannot open NEW Yankee Stadium with Wang as the opening day starter. Or Mussina. Or some other schmohawk.

    @Cookie’s Monsters: Youuuuuuk is better than Atkins. The lineup around him, the OPS is ticking the right way, the HRs are going the right way. And if Atkins gets traded, you are going to be completely stuck with Atkins.

  4. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Never thought about the new stadium, good analogy. Hope every club gets in the bidding and the Yanks have to pay 400 million.

    Steinbrenner- “But we’re offering 350 million, geez what more do you want?”

    Sabbathia-“Eh, I really want to pitch on the west coast Hank. You gonna eat those fries?”

  5. Goose says:
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    I noticed no mention of Gaby Sanchez in your gushing over Logan Morrison. Not a believer I take it? Pretty solid numbers in Carolina, sure older, but some pop, a little speed….

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Hankenstein, “Then we’ll move the Yanks to the West Coast. Whatever you want.”

    I think the Yanks wanna close this deal real fast. CC’s about to get fat in the wallet too.

    @Goose: Guess I should’ve mentioned him, but he’s taking forever in the minors. He could supplant Cantu sooner rather than later, where Morrison’s a bit further away, but had more excited when I was writing this up. I’d start swooning for Gaby if the Marlins put him back in at catcher.

  7. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Hankenstein contacts realtor in LA, “I’d like to purchase Hollywood and move the Yankees there, my people will get in touch with your people, call me when it’s done.”

    “Hollywoods a no go, Santa Ana’s available though.”

    “No thanks, I can buy Detroit and move it in a Ryder truck.”

  8. Shogun says:
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    I like the Hicks props. He’s gonna be great as a Twin.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: CC’s woman, “Who are you calling a Ryder truck?!”

    @Shogun: Yup, the kid looks like money.

  10. Steve says:
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    @Boyz: Sorry for not checking in. It’s Saturday here (and sensational weather) so a few more demands on my time. Damn family ;-)
    Grey – hope you are not digging a firebreak or standing on the roof with a hose…
    Drugstore Cowboy on TV tomorrow night – any fans in the house?

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Oh, no! The hat’s on the bed!

  12. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You’ve gotta pay your debt to the hat.
    One of my favourite movie lines ever. From one of my favourite movies.
    I’ve often thought that if Matt Dillon didn’t have those matinee idol looks he’d get a lot more respect as an actor.
    You’re obviously not out there beating down the flames with a wet sack. Good to know.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Did you ever see Fishing with John? I gained new respect for Matt Dillon when I saw his episode of that. I agree, Dillon could’ve been something if he wasn’t so easy on the eyes.

  14. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Was that a TV show? What’s it all about?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It’s an absurd fishing show where a celebrity goes out with this guy John (he’s a small-time actor, but has famous friends, obviously) and they just BS for hours. It’s one of the best TV shows ever, but there were only about ten shows ever made. The episode with Willem Dafoe going ice fishing is brilliant. I kid you not. Google it.

  16. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Cool. I’ll have a hunt round the internet. Maybe there are snippets on YouTube.
    Not out on the town tonight?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: No, my girlfriend’s cleansing, which means she doesn’t eat for 14 days.

  18. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Zoinks. I couldn’t go without food for 14 hours. It is one of the great loves of my life.
    And no, not in a I-weigh-450lbs-and-can’t-leave-the-house-except-with-the-aid-of-a-crane way, either.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I’m with you on that. I went for sushi tonight and she sat across from me as I ate. I’d be dying if I were her, but she says it’s not difficult once you get passed the first day or so. I’m dating Gandhi!

  20. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’ve just fired up the Weber so it’s grilled meat for me tonight.

    Oh yeah.

  21. Eric W says:
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    I hope that cc goes to the yanks (or any A.L team) so i can prove my Bronson arroyo theory. that a pitchers off speed stuff is 50 times as good against N.L batters compared to A.L batters.

  22. Grey

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    @Steve: Is Melbourne far from you? I think I might’ve won a wine tasting thing and obviously I can’t use it.

    @Eric W: Well, CC already has a ton of numbers from his games against the AL East and outside of the playoffs, he’s pretty nasty.

    That reminds me, CC’s playoff track record is far from stellar. I wonder if this is a concern at all for the Yanks.

  23. Steve says:
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    @Grey: About 3 and a half hours by plane. Quite expensive to fly between NZ and Australia – at least more expensive than it probably should be.

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Gotcha. Okay, I’ll find out the details of the free wine tasting thing and pass it along, if it sounds legit, then you make the call if you want to go. Sounds like it won’t be worth it though.

    My Dad actually went to NZ last year to go wine tasting. He really loved it.

  25. Grey

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    @Steve: I just checked with the guy and it seems like it’s not worth it. I originally thought it was more than it now sounds like. Oh, well. No harm, no foul.

  26. Steve says:
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    @Grey: thanks for the offer – that’s really cool. Probably a bit far to go for wine-tasting though.
    You’re dad’s a good judge though – we do wine well here.

  27. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Everything OK at your house? Hope you’re not burning up man.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I think we’re fine cause it’s over the hill. Actually, not sure, and now you’ve worried me a bit. Hmm… Need to look into this.

  29. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Really, this is serious shit then huh?

  30. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Ok now I’m worried. Just hope you’re out to lunch man. Let me know if you’re alright when you get time.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, I’m still alive. Just went to get a haircut and a ‘stache trim. I still don’t even know where the fire is, but I don’t think it’s too close. If I’m carpooling with Nomar and Rickie Weeks, then you worry.

  32. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Good to hear.

    From the TV coverage I pictured you fleeing amongst thousands of wolves, deer, and small woodland creatures. On all fours, “to the coast, follow me……..”

  33. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Good to hear.

    From the TV coverage I pictured you fleeing amongst thousands of wolves, deer, and small woodland creatures. On all fours, “to the coast, follow me……..”

  34. BigFatHippo says:
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    How the hell did that happen at the same time? Must be a California thing.

  35. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: @Grey: …with all your worldly goods piled into a shopping trolley and only a young boy for company.

  36. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Hehe

    The only things he had time to scrounge up was an IPod, Tivo, Play Station 3 and a bag of peanuts for the squirrels.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: @BigFatHippo: I’m at an internet cafe in the middle of the forest. I made a wifi connection from some tree sap, an antler and a piece of my pancreas. I can’t type much more because I’m internally bleeding– Nope, that’s external now. I hope the fire let’s up soon. Anyway, be well, my friends.

  38. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Watched Bigger. Stronger, Faster* last night.

    Really great doco. Doesn’t quite line up with my view of the whole thing but really well argued.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Whaddya mean, doesn’t line up with your view?

  40. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’d say I’m more on the other side of the argument.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That steroids are illegal and should be banned? Yeah, I think everyone’s on that side of the argument. That’s what made this doc so fascinating.

  42. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – kind of. Whether they ***should*** be banned is another debate entirely – perhaps they shouldn’t be.

    But until that changes, it’s not OK to use ‘em.

    Still think Floyd Landis is a bald-faced liar though.

  43. BSA says:
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    Hello all! It has been so long my login info got wiped out. I just had a good speed read and my head is still spinning. Thoughts like, damn I wish I could get my hands on a bottle of Penfold Shiraz, images of Grey running around behind Smokey the Bear as Smokey say, “Only you can prevent forest fires”, and then he hops in the car with Rickie and Nomah while Mia drives their getaway car right through a burning redwood and is screaming for all the men to stop crying.

    Man where can I get some Penfolds on a Sunday night in Connecticut?

    Anyways, quick catchup on things here – Little Pete just got baptised today so the house is sleeping and I am up avoiding a paper. Still frustrated with trying to figure out how to set-up and upload files for a great website for a new company. Coming to terms with a National League World Series Winner and a country run by Democrats.
    Grey and Hippo, hide your valuables with to Steve before they get taxed here in the states.
    Oh well back to classroom management 101 – cooperative learning.

  44. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Ha

    You’ve been working too hard dude, or familying too hard whatever that is. And Mia doesn’t drive getaway cars, Esmerelda Villalobos drives the getaway car.

    Now that we know you’re John McCain, can you tell Sarah Palin I said she’s a total GILF? Thanks. Hope I don’t get taxed too bad, I’ll have to give away what’s left of my paycheck to that guy who lives in my dumpster. He smells kinda ripe but he’s a sweet guy nonetheless. Deserves a bottle of Penfold instead of that box he drinks out of.

  45. Grey

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    @Steve: You don’t think Lance Armstrong was doping?

    @BSA: Congrats on your son’s baptism. Did you whack the other three families while the priest was doing it?

    @BigFatHippo: Somebody’s asking for help about football in the forums.

  46. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Aaaah, its good to feel at home again. Yeah I think I saw that guy following the Gecko around. As far as politics go, I don’t trust any of them I am jut not happy to see our country run by one party without checks and balances in place – be they Donkeys or Elephants – they’re all stubborn and pigheaded once we elect them.

  47. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yes, I think he probably was.

    The Tour (one of the world’s great events IMHO) has been ruined by drugs. But I guess building it up like that is what drives athletes to do whatever they can to get an advantage…

  48. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Familying, working, schooling – I don’t know what I have been up to other than missing my time on Razzball.
    @Grey: As to Lance – Why does everyone think he is such a great guy? I do think he was doping, just that the american money machine helped him like Roger and others have been able to buy the right masks.
    Baptism – Thanks – Nah, no one got hurt except the pastor’s feeling when he asked my two year old, for the bazillionth time, do you want a blessing today and she put up her hand and said, “No thanks!” Poor guy keeps trying.

  49. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I’m on it.

    Lost my match today by a frickin point and a half, still in 1st though, but lost to 2nd place guy who incidentally won 2nd in our BBall league. To my 1st place of course…….if I’m rambling it’s cause I played quarters all night last night with the roomie’s new MILF, she kicked my ass. Think alcohol poisoning meets horndog.

    @BSA: I’m an independant, which is to say I trust noone. Congrats on Baby Summerdogs baptism btw.

  50. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Ha! I hope my two daughters can display that same clarity of thought. Early indications (they are nearly 6 and 3-and-a-half) is that they can…

  51. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Check your e-mail, yes I have lots of questions.

  52. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Quarters – I think I just spit up in my own mouth thinking about that game again. Yikes! Heading over to email.

  53. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Ha, the beertender gave us a short wine glass with a mouth like Rosie O’Donnells. Hard to miss.

    Alas, the roomie got to sleep with her* cause he doesn’t drink via court order. Fricken Judge Judy.

    *The milf that is, not Rosie.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: You were playing quarters with wine? Classy broads in The Bootheel.

  55. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: bounce it off the bar or rolling off the nose?

    damn Grey thinking about quarters brings me back to funnels. You asking about quarters with wine makes me think back to that last Wild Turkey shot I had. Damn how could I have liked that stuff?

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Gobble, gobble. The last time I drank that I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Skin to win… Wow, what a time.

  57. BSA says:
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    @Grey: I don’t think many drink the Turkey without coming away with comments like, “Wow, what a time.” Kind of like what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens on Turkey, happens on nothing else!”

  58. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: No, wineglasses full of beer.

    We used to play with shots of Everclear in college, long distance, had to bounce em across the table, all fun and games till somebody loses an eye.

    @BSA: I roll em off my beak, made 250 in a row at a party in school. 30 people blew off class the next day. Srsly (is that how you say it Grey?)

  59. BSA says:
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    Here’s an interesting Hot Stove rumor I read today for my Sawx.
    “The Boston Globe’s Nick Carafdo believes the Tigers are “contemplating a deal with Boston to send either Nate Robertson or Dontrelle Willis for (Julio) Lugo, but some money issues must be resolved.”

    Man don’t these “location change will do you good” trades suck?

  60. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: re: Man don’t these “location change will do you good” trades suck?

    Absolutely, you’d think the Sawx learned their lesson after witnessing Dontrelle this year. What is Theo thinking? Lugo’s expendable but do you really want those guys on your team?

  61. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: re: Dontrelle – what happened to him anyways? Was 2005 a joke or was it this past year? Overall looking over his numbers he looks like a 4.25 ERA and should throw around 200 innings. Yet did FLA see something in 07 with those HRAs against ballooning and the HA steadily rising. Hmm, maybe he is like Hideki, hitters figure out the leg kick and he’s got nothing behind it?

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Oh! Wineglasses full of beer! Well, that’s classy. My bad.

    @BSA: An arm for Lugo? That’s awful? It’s not like they’re giving away a great piece. Give Lugo away for anything and it’s a plus.

  63. Jeff says:
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    How long before Mike Young enters schmohawk territory? Isn’t he dangerously close already?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jeff: Hehe, yeah, totally. That actually gives me an idea for a post. Players heads filled like a pitcher of Kool-Aid, and the different levels would be the amount they are schmohawks. I wish I was more proficient in Photoshop though. Actually, I don’t even own the program so my lack of knowledge doesn’t really matter.

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