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“All right, guys, we have a lot to play for this year.  First and foremost, Barbara Bush will be attending our July 19th game.  That’ll be fun.  Second and secondmost, we have the American Idol winner throwing out the ball for a game in August.  Thank God, Taylor Hicks can’t win twice.  Third and thirdmost, we should be within five games of first place by the fifth game of the season.”  That’s the Astros GM in March.  In other words, why shouldn’t they start George Springer out of Spring Training?  I guess because they’re cheap.  But cheap is a reason to reuse paper towels, not to keep down one of your best prospects when your team is terrible.  It will be appalling if the Astros don’t give Springer a job.  If you don’t know who George Springer is, then you’ve been living in a cave so put on some sunglasses and read on.   Anyway, what can we expect of George Springer for 2014 fantasy baseball?

In Triple-A, Springer had 18 homers after hitting 19 homers in Double-A.  That’s not one year in Double-A and one year in Triple-A even though my syntax might lead you to believe that.  He hit 37 homers last year in the minors.  Hello, sexy, what’s your name?  Do you like your creme de menthe on the rocks?  Can I call you grasshopper?  37 homers is pretttttay, pretttttay good.  I wonder if he can do anything else.  *moves finger along his minor league line*  Hmm, too bad he only stole 45 bases last year.  Oh.  Wait, come again?  I mean, I just came again.  40-steal speed from a guy that nearly hit 40 homers?  Yummo on that Thirty Minute Meal.  Give me some Restaurant: Stakeout, my waitress is sexting her boyfriend during business hours!  So, I guess his average is atrocious.  Oh, he hit .311 in Triple-A?  Yeah, I just had a fangasm; I have to change my undershorts.  Is it all peaches and cream on this big slice of pound cake?  No, there’s a K-rate that could portend him actually hitting .245 in the big leagues and I wish he were a year younger, but nothing is spelling D-O-O-M.  I’m gonna absolutely be looking at taking a 4th to 5th outfielder flyer on him.  My bet is he’ll go much cheaper in early drafts next year, then as we get closer to the season his ADP will bump up as it looks more likely the Astros will start him out of the gate.  For 2014, I’ll give him the line of 52/19/71/.254/22, but room for major upside there.  Yes, he’s a front runner for the best rookie to own next year.

  1. gareth says:
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    Just read an article comparing him to grady sizemore. 6 ft 3. 200 lbs. Natural athlete. He’s definitely on my radar.

    I have a feeling though thst the Astros won’t risk super 2 so he’ll be wallow minors for a while at the start of 2014. Same with tavaras on the cardinals. I hate carrying those guys on my fantasy bench.

    The article I read also mentioned that sizemore was a 7 WAR Player between 2006 – 08 (he went 30/30 in 2008). God its depressing being an Indians fan.

    • Matt says:
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      @gareth: @gareth: is $10 too much to keep Springer for next year? (15 team roto, 6*6 format, $300 salary cap, but we have to keep 10 keepers)

      • chunk says:
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        @Matt: sounds expensive but depends on your other options.

        • Matt says:
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          @chunk: @chunk: Thanks for the input.. I have some solid other options, I was just wondering if he’d be a worthy flier for $10, not sure if he’d go higher in a draft (15 team)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Yeah, Sizemore’s accidental naked photos were a direct inverse to Kim Kardashian for career trajectory…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: if I see any more pictures of kim Kardashian and miley cyrus i’m going to barf. I hate the way the media forces these trashy celebrities down our throats with the constant exposure.

        Also – thanks for making me feel better about the Indians dicard team. With the exception of lee, choo and maybe Martinez – you and jack are right – that team ain’t that great.

        Also I wasn’t drunk when I posted earlier – I was just tired from staying up all night drinking.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  2. gareth says:
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    To depress myself even further, these are all the players the indians have lost by various means in the last 5 years.

    Note: brandon Phillips is a slight embellishment as he was traded a little before that 5 year mark. However the significant hole that created for the team was only finally filled by kipnis in the last 2 seasons. The indians missed out on some good very years from Phillips because of eric freaking wedge.

    All these guys (with the exception of thome – who I could have supplanted with valbuena – blech) were still active players in 2013. Some making very big contributions.

    Lineup:

    C victor martinez
    1b jim thome
    2b brandon phillips
    3b mark derosa
    Ss jhonny peralta
    Rf shin soo choo
    Cf grady sizemore
    Lf franklin Gutierrez
    Dh travis hafner

    Bench:
    shoppach, carroll, hannahan, crowe

    Rotation:

    Cc sabathia
    Cliff lee
    Fausto carmona
    Jeremy Guthrie
    Jake westbrook

    Bullpen:

    Esmil rogers
    Jeanmar gomez
    Rafael Betancourt
    Rafael perez
    Edward mujica
    Craig breslow
    Jason grilli
    Tony sipp
    Jose veras

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Honestly, there’s not very many good guys in that list…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I was thinking the same thing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *shrugs* I don’t know…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: cleveland has low expectations. In new york that would mostly be the hall of shame

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The Yankees would’ve traded all of those guys in their first year for an overpaid, bloated vet that is three years past his prime…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: leave vernon wells out of this

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think the Angels are still paying about $12 million/year for him…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: maybe if they stopped that LA of OC crap they might turn their fortunes around. Even Jesus is looking down and yelling to Arte that you’re not in LA

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha…Yeah, not even close… Most people in the OC will be the first to point out that they’re not in LA too…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ve gotten more crap rockin Dodger gear in the OC. Agreed on the OC perspective that they are nothing to LA.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not even close..:

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: you really want fausto and guthrie as starters? you only missed one year of choo. hafner sucks. of the best 2 RP on that list (grilli/veras) you guys currently have better, or at least as good. Jeenmar? Jesus.

  3. gareth says:
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    Re; Grady sizemore was Also not active in 2013. Also 2012. Also I’m going to cry into my chief wahoo blanket now.

    Or am I? I techically should throw out the blanket because Apparently, like the washington red skins logo, chief wahoo is deemed racist. There’s a big debate going on right now on Cleveland.com about the issue.

    Whats the razzhall commentators take on this issue?

    • Hondo says:
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      @gareth: Don’t wipe your eyes with the blanket or you’ll get smallpox.

    • Nelson santovenia says:
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      Drunk Indians fan alert!

    • Cram It says:
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      @gareth: Fun topic. Where’s your blog?!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: razzball comments section/tribe teepee

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: that was horrible. The tribe bride? OCD Indians fan? I’m the only one who cares.blog?

    • Prez says:
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      @gareth: g3! I think your cat avatar is racist to dog fans….

  4. English says:
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    Nice take on Springer. I think he wins that job in Spring Training. They cant keep holding their players back just so they are so terrible that they keep getting top pick in the draft! I can see Springer going 65/25/80/.270/32 if given the job straight away.

    Also Grey I have a dynasty league question for you. In a 30 team 45 round draft I have 1 top 10 pick. It’s a league that takes real life contracts into account. After Trout and Miggy what order would you go with the rest of the top 10?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @English: This: 65/25/80/.270/32 would be one of the best rookie seasons of all time… Not sure I understand the rest of your question, you want me to tell you the first round? I will in January…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @English: yes, they can, see Edmonton Oilers.

  5. Fungazi says:
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    Springer? I hardly know her.

  6. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Has anyone ever watched a team collectively choke as bad as the Cards last night? That was a horrible game 1 if I ever saw one. UGH! I can’t stand to watch another Sox sweep, but I feel its coming :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Hopefully the Cards got all of their mental lapses/brain farts out after one game…

  7. Gator says:
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    Best fantasy website by far. Lots of good info, lots of good laughs. Thanks. How would you rank these keepers for 2014 – Billy Hamilton, Matt Moore, Matt Adams, Glen Perkins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Thanks for the kind words! Moore, Hamilton, Adams

  8. Carnac says:
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    Springer’s minor league numbers are the most exciting I’ve seen in a while. *puts on Springer jersey* *throws Kila Ka’aihue jersey in the corner*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Kila jersey lands on top of Mike Olt jersey…

      • Carnac says:
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        Mrs Carnac yells from the bottom of the stairs, “WHY IS MY JAKE FOX JERSEY ALL STRETCHED OUT??”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA… Baby Carnac sucks on his thumb while in a Matt Bush jersey…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Wakes up comatose Marlins fan wearing Dallas McPherson jersey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…Hanging with the world’s biggest Chris Coghlan fan…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Don’t go away. Just going to trawl through the archives for another one ;-)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha…Hey!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Who nods knowingly in the direction of the guy clutching the Brandon Allen rookie card.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nice… There’s still time for you, Adam Eaton, Aaron Hicks, Tyler Skaggs, Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Bauer to be crap…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: That said, also from November 2010 come pieces on The Dread Pirate, Stanton, Stras, Alcides, Jennings and Heyward.

                And you weren’t to know that Scott Sizemore had knee ligaments made of frayed string…

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @SteveNZ: Sorry, from November 2009…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, not a bad list… Always gonna be a few flame outs…

  9. gareth says:
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    Is the cardinals pujols / wacha story the best cautionary tale out there for free spending GM’s right now?

    I ask because brian sabean just sent out a distressing message that paying 35 million for 2 years of mediocrity is perfectly fine.

    Are crappy guys going to get paid more now, or do san Francisco work in a vacuum (zito, rowand, pence)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the Giants just need to win a bunch of 4-3 games… In that park and division, they’re not going to ever be a huge offensive threat unless Bonds returns double-fisting PEDs needles…

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    If the giants are to go the small ball route, they should do everything in their power to trade for dustin pedroia.

    Bonds can then inject him so he can turn into Abomination.

    It would surely be a banner year for the team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t know how much different Pedroia is in the Giants lineup than Marco Scutaro…

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: Wasn’t serious about Pedroia. Although his last name does begin with the letters P E D. Hmmmm…………

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm, indeed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that his wife? She looks too much like him…

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Racist!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  11. Big Magoo says:
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    ’14 Springer = ’13 Venable (in Cliffs Notes format). I can see that.

    You know what’s sad? That would’ve been a #5 outfielder 7-8 years ago and is a high-end #3 these days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice avatar… Ha… Yeah, that’s not a bad comparison… Wouldn’t say high-end #3, but an outside chance for a #3, yeah…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Could do a Guy Incognito series featuring blind resumes and the reader has to guess the player. Or not. I’m just suffering through baseball withdrawal already and the WS just started. Ugh.

        Venable was the #26 OF in standard 12 team roto leagues according to the player rater. High end #3. And that’s the razzball tool, not JayWrong’s personal rating system

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! JayWrong…You crazy Padres fan you…. Yeah, Venable in a good year was there for a high #3, don’t think of him as one, is all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Yeah, pretty bad…

  12. Kenneth says:
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    I would think between Singleton and Springer, the Astros will likely break camp with one, with the other remaining in AAA until June.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think both should break camp, but you could be right

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They sketched a paper bag over my head

  13. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh, and is it just me, or is George Springer the most un-baseball name we’ve had for quite a while?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mitchell Boggs, ESQ. shares an office with him…George Springer, CPA…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Can’t tell me Boggs isn’t a baseball name though (emoticon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mitchell part always trips me up… Mitch, yes…Mitchell, eh… Unless Kevin Mitchell… Who likes the ladies…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, he’s in the hole a lot of money… I was talking to a girl in New York who was working for one of the Mets players’ current charities and she said Kevin Mitchell aggressively tried to put the moves on her…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: A ‘roid rager maybe?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, definitely…

  14. costaricanchata says:
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    wait .
    this kid accomplished all of those things , and ,
    still had time to be mayor of cincinnati ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  15. gareth says:
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    The name George Springer sounds like a George Costanza/Jerry Springer mash up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Prez says:
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      Good one…… Captain Obvious…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Prez: better than being chief breakeverything.

  16. fri-guy says:
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    i had a springer spaniel named George. he died when i was at fat camp when i was 9. my parents sent me a picture of him (alive) and some candy and i thought it was pretty f’d up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! At least they only sent a picture and didn’t ship you your dead dog…

    • Prez says:
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      @fri-guy: i laughed out loud after i read “(alive)”.. too bad about your dog though.

  17. SteveNZ says:
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    Hope Lackey gets clobbered tonight, if for no other reason than he seems like a total asshole.

    #notjudgingtotallyjudging

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m with you there, hastag agreed…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: He’s looking real good, though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed… What a douche

  18. SteveNZ says:
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    Just to pick up on what we were talking about yesterday about Wainwright and that catch colossal eff-up, I saw it again on Sportscenter and I actually now think that all he did was call everyone off – but only to make room for whoever he supposed was going to catch the ball.

    Not sure he intended to catch it himself, though it was his ball, no doubt. Fatt Adams could have taken it, but that’s Wainwright’s ball all day IM(not so)HO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, all day it was his ball to catch…Easy catch too… The whole team looked like they were playing tight…

  19. SteveNZ says:
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    When does this game start?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: OK, got it. Looks like another 30 mins or so. At-Bat app is showing 7.30 ET.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t mind me but we just got a Soda Stream for our wedding…What-WHAT!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: We have one of those – they’re really good. One of those things that you’ll end up using more than you thought.

          Not for the flavours so much, but just to have fizzy water ion the fridge all the time.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I love seltzer too! I feel a little lightheaded too..>I wonder if I added too much fizz…

  20. SteveNZ says:
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    That’s a pretty productive .237 AVG Papi has going there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey:I think his first hit last round was a grand slam. At the time I think he was the most productive .150 hitter in a long time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, prolly…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Also funny, I just got out of a dance class… Lots of guys that lost bets…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Heh. Gotta be smooth for those first couple of dances though, right?

        Can cut loose after that…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m doing slow-quick-quick-spin-slow, baby!

  21. SteveNZ says:
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    Papi not crappi.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeez…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Dude can rise to the occasion.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Definitely

  22. SteveNZ says:
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    Wow. Carlos Martinez is NASTY.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      Almost as nasty as that called 3rd strike from Rosenthal to Gomes. Looks like he’s throwing a 100mph marble.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha… Series is tied, baby!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Yep. Miscues have played a huge part in both games too. It’s pretty even I reckon.

          1-1 even, in fact.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup, Cards need to hold serve now

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: he’s finally throwing strikes now, which makes people swing at other stuff. looks confident too now that he’s not worried about trying to fight for a rotation spot. He had looked terrible during the season when he was sporadically called up and looked nervous about trying to win a job.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: thought i was replying carmart comment.

  23. FMFBL says:
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    where would you rank this guy with someone like Oswaldo Arcia for next year? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll rank guys in January…

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