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I apologize in advance for the rushed post this week, but due to natural circumstances, I’ve got about ten minutes to put this puppy together. That’s not including the hour or so it takes to calculate all the numbers I need to figure everything out. In week 4 Ryan Zimmerman scored a total of 51 points. Ryan Zimmerman? That’s right. Zimmerman hasn’t been fantasy relevant since 2013, but his best year was back in 2009. I wrote about him yesterday, and today I’m going to plagiarize myself.

“Among players with at least 40 plate appearances, Ryan Zimmerman has the best points per plate appearances (1.18). This number will vary from league to league based on its scoring system, but regardless, he’s up there. If I said I saw this coming I’d be lying. And even though I’m comfortable with lying, I still can’t say I saw this coming. If it were me I’d sell high. He’s bound to find his way onto the gloriously overused 10-day DL. But as Grey would say, I wouldn’t sell him for a used Squatty Potty and a pack of wet wipes, but I’d certainly explore my options.” -malamoney

Ten people picked Zimmerman, including the winner. After Zimmerman, Trea Turner posted 48 points. And then Daniel Murphy and Hernan Perez each scored 39. Seven people, including the winner, picked Turner. Twenty-one people, once again including the winner, picked Murphy. That means that the winner picked the top three players for the week. That’s a perfect score. There isn’t, but there should probably be a bonus for doing so. I guess winning will have to suffice. No one picked Perez.

The unanimous winner of week four was Denhusk with 138 points. Congratulations on an awesome week and welcome to the playoffs. Out of curiosity, did you happen to get your hands on a legit copy of Grays Sports Almanac?

Here are the top five finishers from Week 4:

Denhusk (138): Ryan Zimmerman (51), Trea Turner (48) and Daniel Murphy (39)
Jeff P (117): Ryan Zimmerman (51), Daniel Murphy (39) and A.J. Pollock (27)
El Famous Burrito (113): Ryan Zimmerman (51), Daniel Murphy (39) and Mark Reynolds (23)
kenly0 (106): Trea Turner (48), Daniel Murphy (39) and Wil Myers (19)
James (102):Ryan Zimmerman (51), Daniel Murphy (39) and Trevor Story (12)


Current Standings

Contestant Score
Robert Leiker 277
Jeff P 276
Thor da Man 276
Tony C 269
Manley Ramirez 265
Euroalien 261
Icalltails 250
Shivdaddy 236
Mickey 234
Mike_Vee_ 230
Tony 227
The Great Knoche 223
Foul balls 221
malamoney 220
Denhusk 219
King Homer 215
Aaronl13 210
You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow 210
Trevor 207
B. Rabbit 199

The full standings are included in the spreadsheet attached at the bottom of this post.

Week 5

This week we have 55 people competing in the contest and 55 different batters selected. There was only one Unpickable picked (Joey Votto), and we had one Repickable selected. Repickables are players you’ve already picked in a previous week. Once you’ve used a player, he cannot be used again. Be sure to check the spreadsheet each week when making your picks to avoid getting zeros.

The most picked player was Trea Turner. Looks like people are glad he’s back in full swing. He was selected by twelve. Next is Andrew Benintendi. He was picked by ten contestants. A.J. Pollock and Jose Ramirez were third with eight nominations. Turner currently has 7 points, Benintendi has 2, Pollock has 3 and Ramirez has 9. Needless to say that none of them are lighting it up.

The current leader for week four is TheTheory with 54 points. Not quite the 93 points Denhusk has at this point last week, but it is an eight point lead over second place. TheTheory’s batters are Aaron Judge (25 points), Jose Ramirez (9 points) and Michael Conforto (20 points). In second place is The Great Knoche who’s playing George Springer (12 points), Josh Reddick (14 points) and Michael Conforto (20 points).

For those trying to figure out what this whole contest is all about, please re-read this post containing the rules. For those too lazy to do so, here are the basic rules. Each week you pick three batters (no pitchers). A week (scoring period) runs from Monday through Sunday. You must have your picks submitted by 11:00 AM EDT on Monday mornings. You submit your picks by leaving a comment in the comments section of that’s week’s contest post. Comment timestamps will be used to break any ties. Once you pick a player, you cannot pick that player again in any subsequent week. A card laid is a card played. This means that once you announce your picks in the comments section, you cannot change them. It doesn’t matter the reason.

The last thing to mention are the unmentionables. Actually they are called Unpickables. You cannot pick an unpickable. Well you can, but you will get zero points.

The Unpickables

Mike Trout
Mookie Betts
Jose Altuve
Nolan Arenado
Paul Goldschmidt
Anthony Rizzo
Bryce Harper
Charlie Blackmon
Kris Bryant
Josh Donaldson
Manny Machado
Joey Votto
Miguel Cabrera
Harley Quinn

 

Each week is a new contest, but your weekly points will count towards your total points in the season long standings. The season will run fifteen weeks. At the end of the season there will be a five week playoff competition. In order to qualify for the playoffs you need to either win a weekly contest or finish in the top three overall season standings. That’s it. If you win more than one week and/or finish in the top three, you still only get one entry into the playoffs. However the person that finishes the regular season with the most points (first place), will be allowed to pick players from the Unpickables list during the playoffs (one per week). The winner of the playoffs will receive a brand new Razzball tee shirt. And that’s me plagiarizing me from last week again. Thank you cut and paste.

The scoring system that will be used for this contest is as follows:

1B(+1), 2B(+2), 3B(+3), HR(+4), RBI(+1), R(+1), SO(-1), BB(+1), SB(+1), CS(-1)

In case you don’t remember who you’ve already picked, you can refer to the attached spreadsheet which shows you everyone’s picks.

The contest closes on Monday at 11am EST!!!

Important Note: Please use the same name you’ve used in previous weeks with all future submissions. Otherwise your points will not be combined and you will lose ground in the overall standings. If you are unsure of how you previously entered it, find your name in the standings tab of the spreadsheet and cut and paste it. You have been warned :)

Hey Batter Spreadsheet

Newcomers welcome. Just because you missed any of the previous weeks does not mean you can’t join this week. Remember all you have to do is win one week (any week) and you’re in the playoffs!

Follow malamoney on Twitter at @malamoney

   
  1. Feds says:
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    Zimmer and shine. Dingers divine

    • malamoney says:
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      @Feds: Nice!

  2. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Corey Seager
    Jake Lamb
    Justin Upton

  3. Robert Leiker says:
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    C Seager
    Y Solarte
    R Zimmerman

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    That’s the best image ever

    • malamoney says:
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      @Grey: Thanks. I strive for excellence. Often fall short, but once in a while this blind squirrel finds a nut…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You definitely nutted this one up (hmm…)

  5. jack florida says:
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    t turner, desmond, franco

  6. Tony says:
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    Thanks!
    Ryan Zimmerman, Trea Turner, Ian Desmond

    • malamoney says:
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      @Tony: You’re welcome.

  7. Euroalien says:
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    Hi Malamoney – I could be wrong, but I think Rendons score for Week 4 is missing his 6 for 6 night on Sunday April 30. I reckon he should have 36 pts on the week not 5….

    • malamoney says:
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      @Euroalien: You are right and wrong. That spreadsheet is the wrong one. That is last week’s spreadsheet. Somehow the old one got uploaded. I have put in a word with the powers that be to get the right one in place.

      However, the correct version has Rendon’s correct score and they are reflected in anything actually mentioned by me in this week’s post.

      Thanks for the heads up.

      Now where are your picks?

      • Euroalien says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks for the quick reply! No big deal if it’s just the spreadsheet…… and I’ll get my picks out there before the deadline, hopefully!

  8. Ravi sherrison says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman
    Ian Desmond
    Carlos gonzalez

  9. Foul balls says:
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    TTurner, IDesmond, CSeager thanks

  10. Steinbrenner Youth says:
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    Ian Desmond, Jose Abreu, and Odor

  11. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Desmond, Addison Russell, and Heyward

  12. CMUTimmah says:
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    Jose Abreu, Jay Bruce, Nelson Cruz

  13. Flake says:
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    Pollock, Desmond, Lamb

    • malamoney says:
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      @Flake: Sure

  14. Icalltails says:
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    Judge Sano Myers. Thanks man

    • malamoney says:
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      @Icalltails: You are welcome.

  15. Just a lonely Terrorist says:
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    Sacrificing themselves for the cause this week will be:

    Ryan Zimmerman
    Ian Desmond
    Aaron Judge

    Aallah sends his best

    • malamoney says:
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      @Just a lonely Terrorist: I’d holla at allah, but I don’t believe in such nonsense…

  16. Mike_Vee_ says:
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    AJ Pollock, Ian Desmond, Joey Gallo

    • malamoney says:
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      @Mike_Vee_: Got it.

  17. Jeff P says:
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    Ian Desmond (did anybody NOT pick him?)
    Mark Reynolds
    Trea Turner

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jeff P: All set. And yes, Desmond was picked by quite a few…

  18. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Desmond
    Pollock
    J UP

  19. Muskogee Joe says:
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    Jose Abreu
    Hanley Ramirez
    Justin Turner

  20. Thor da Man says:
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    Desmond, Reynolds, Bellinger

    • malamoney says:
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      @Thor da Man: Thor da Man!

  21. Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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    Anthony Rendon, Cody Bellinger and Ryan Zimmerman

  22. The Great Knoche says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman
    Nomar Mazara
    Yangervis Solarte

  23. Don't under do it says:
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    J. Turner
    Bellinger
    Zorbist

  24. King Homer says:
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    I.Desmond
    R.Zimmerman
    E.Hosmer

    • malamoney says:
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      @King Homer: All set.

  25. Matt says:
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    C seager
    J turner
    C bellinger

    • malamoney says:
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      @Matt: Thanks.

  26. B. Rabbit says:
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    Jason Heyward, Ian Desmond, C. Bellinger

  27. VictoriaB

    VictoriaB says:
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    With a sense of futility, I vote for:

    Trea Turner
    DJ LeMahieu
    Ian Desmond

    • malamoney says:
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      @VictoriaB: Resistance is futile…

  28. jesusc97 says:
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    J. Turner, Puig, Blackmon thanks

    • jesusc97 says:
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      @jesusc97:

      My mystake Blackmon is unpickable, J. Turner, Puig and C. Seager

      • malamoney says:
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        @jesusc97: Unfortunately you cannot change your picks.

  29. Shivdaddy says:
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    Judge, C Seager, Puig

    • malamoney says:
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      @Shivdaddy: Shiv!

  30. Blake says:
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    Malamoney,

    OK – so I stand 9th in my 13 team pts league (1pt for 1B, 2pts-2B, 3pts-3B,4pts-HR,1pt-R,1pt-RBI, 1pt-SB,1pt-BB – batters 15pts-W,1pt-SO,7pts-S,10pts-CG – Pitchers).

    I only get 10 more adds for the rest of the season. My pitching has had its injuries, picked up heyward about 10 days ago and I thought he had regained his stroke but he is 1-15 in the last week. now kinsler, braun and Need some help with hitters and pitchers to pick up.

    C: E Gattis
    1B: M Reynolds
    2B: Kinsler
    3B: Bryant
    SS: C Correa
    OF: J Bautista
    OF: M Cabrera
    OF: Thames
    U: V Martinez

    B:R Braun
    B:MJ Heyward
    DL: Haniger

    P: J Smarddaa
    P: M Melancon
    P: C Martinez
    P: E Santana
    P: J Verlander
    P: M Tanaka
    P: JC Ramirez

    B:W Chen
    B: J happ
    DL: C Mchugh

    Hey ward is hurt and just before that he was in a slump and now with Braun, Haniger and kinsler all having injuries and with Chen, happ and Mchugh having injuries. V Martinez, and bautista not performing should I pickup players or ride it out
    Here are some options on the waiver wire

    M Moustakass
    J Harrison
    Y Gurriel
    C Gomez
    A altherr
    J reyes

    Pitchers
    Odorizzi
    A wood
    AJ griffin
    J Chavez
    C tillman
    A conley

  31. Water says:
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    Zobrist
    Bellinger
    Josh Bell

    • malamoney says:
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      @Water: Ok

  32. Trevor says:
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    C. Seager
    J Turner
    M. Margot

    • malamoney says:
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      @Trevor: Got it.

  33. Larry Chip 10 says:
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    A. Rendon
    A. Russell
    T. Story (slumpbuster)

  34. kenly0 says:
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    C. Seager
    J. Turner
    Trumbo

    • malamoney says:
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      @kenly0: Ok

  35. The Padre says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman
    Mark Reynolds
    Daniel Murphy

    • malamoney says:
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      @The Padre: Got it Padre.

  36. Raider says:
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    Honorable Aaron Judge
    Starlin Castro
    Eugenio Suarez

    Going to Reds & Yanks game this week so needed some players to root for!

    • malamoney says:
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      @Raider: Can’t go wrong with the Yanks!

  37. FBV says:
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    Giancarlo Stanton Mia RF
    Rougned Odor Tex 2B
    Dee Gordon Mia 2B

    • malamoney says:
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      @FBV: Nice form.

  38. You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow says:
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    Seager, Corey
    Turner, Justin
    Cano, Robinson

  39. Fungazi says:
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    Jose Abreu, Benintendi, Rendon

    • malamoney says:
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      @Fungazi: Sounds good.

  40. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Robinson Cano
    Miguel Sano
    Corey Seager

  41. Euroalien says:
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    Ian Desmond
    Justin Turner
    DJ LeMahieu

    • malamoney says:
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      @Euroalien: You’re in.

  42. malamoney says:
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    My picks: Zimmerman, Reynolds and Justin Turner…

  43. Smallwine says:
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    Mark Reynolds
    Justin Turner
    Cory Seager

    • malamoney says:
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      @Smallwine: Good luck.

  44. Blackjack says:
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    Judge, Desmond, Freeman

    • malamoney says:
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      @Blackjack: Got it.

  45. LenFuego says:
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    Cory Seager
    Cody Bellinger
    Joey Gallo

    • malamoney says:
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      @LenFuego: Locked

  46. TheTheory says:
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    Francisco Lindor
    Matt Kemp
    Jose Abreu

    Thank you, as always!

    • malamoney says:
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      @TheTheory: You’re welcome, as always!

  47. Mickey says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman
    Mark Reynolds
    Corey Seager

    • malamoney says:
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      @Mickey: Thanks

  48. Mel

    Littlecf24 says:
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    Jason Heyward
    Will Myers
    Corey Seager

    • malamoney says:
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      @Littlecf24: All set.

  49. MattH says:
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    Cory Seager, Cody Bellinger, Yonder Alonso

    Thanks!!

    • malamoney says:
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      @MattH: Welcome!!

  50. Jason Heilskov says:
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    Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Ryan Zimmerman

  51. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Bellinger Reynolds Healy thanks

  52. Leopold the Cat says:
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    Cody Bellinger, Javier Baez, Daniel Murphy

  53. BADBIRDSOFBMORE says:
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    Francisco Lindor, Mark Trumbo, Mark Reynolds

    BadBirdsofBMORE

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    It’s so weird signups end 9 hours before first pitch… Is there a reason you’re doing that?

    • malamoney says:
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      @Grey: I just figured 11am EST is guaranteed to be before any games. I didn’t want to have to deal with any weeks where there is an early game. I thought about making it the first pitch of the first game on Monday, but I didn’t want a variable lock time. I wanted it to be a specific time each week and the same time each week.

      I could probably move it a few hours later if you so desire…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I just don’t know how I (or anyone on West Coast) can do it on Monday

        • malamoney says:
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          @Grey: Wake up earlier you lazy bastards. LOL. Ok, ok, ok. I see the errs in my ways. Next week it will lock at 1pm EST. That will give you lazy west coasters and extra 2 hours…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Out of curiosity, as long as the comment time stamp is before the 1st pitch, why does there need to be a cutoff time?

            • Shivdaddy says:
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              @Grey:

              I think Grey wants to take over updating the excel file.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Just merely asking

            • malamoney says:
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              @Grey: Because, although little, it’s extra work for me each week to go find out when the first pitch was. It seems nominal, and it probably is, but it’s another variable in an already time consuming process. My current script will just grab all the comments before a certain date/time and process them. Now I’d have to go check the first pitch time and change a variable before running. Like I said, it’s not difficult, but I’m trying to reduce steps, not add them…

              • Grey

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                Fair enough, was just asking

  55. Tony C says:
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    Well I missed the deadline, but I would have gone with:

    Bellinger
    Zimmerman
    Desmond

  56. Noooo, I missed the deadline.

    • malamoney says:
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      @GrantGR81: Unfortunately yes, but I will be extending the deadline starting next week due to popular demand…

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