Last season didn’t go as planned for the White Sox, but we did get to see the emergence of Carlos Rodon, one of the more exciting young arms in the game. The Sox followed a similar formula in the 2015 draft, selecting college righty Carson Fulmer in the first round. He might not be as quick to the show as Rodon, but Fulmer shouldn’t last long in the minors either. While rookie Carlos Sanchez held down the fort at the keystone in 2015, this year should bring another extended look for Micah Johnson. Tim Anderson could also get a shot this year. He’s a polarizing prospect on traditional lists but brings a high fantasy ceiling to the table.Please, blog, may I have some more?
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So much of life comes down to perspective. There are super successful people that are filled with bitterness and anger while others scrape by and are happy. I constantly have to remind myself how lucky I am – great wife & kids, healthy, have money in bank, love where I live – to avoid getting sucked into the craphole of the daily grind.
It is easy for people that do not play fantasy sports to dismiss our joy or anger at our fantasy baseball teams by saying ‘it is just a game.’ You can reduce just about everything people get passionate about with ‘it is just _____’. But that isn’t productive. Reveling in your successes and dismissing your failures only means you ensure less success because you do not fully learn from your failures. And it takes a healthy perspective to isolate the ‘fault’ from the ‘bad luck’ in one’s failures.
I write all this because my first year in Tout Wars was an excrutiating test to keep perspective. Let’s see how good a job I can do….Please, blog, may I have some more?
I had a dream the other night. I was riding a Donkeycorn through the clouds going to Cram’s house to deliver his radiantly white championship hoodie. My beard was flowing in the wind and I wasn’t wearing any pants, when I had a thought. Why waste a day with a flying Donkeycorn to do what the post office could accomplish in 5 to 7 business days? So I landed at the local post office, shipped it and took off for the Greek Isles to get drunk on ouzo and do some island hopping. When you’re not wearing pants, you may as well go somewhere tropical. Any the hoo, I woke up, sent Cram an email, and went back to bed. Cram’s prize is after the jump (talk about anticipation!):Please, blog, may I have some more?
A couple of years ago Bret Sayre invited me to participate in his dynasty league – The Dynasty Guru Expert League, or TDGX. At the time I was writing for him at his site, and while I don’t anymore, I’ve been allowed to remain in the league as a representative of Razzball. I’d like to say my team has been killing it, but that hasn’t been the case in the first two years. The league is a lot of fun, and there are representatives from sites like Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Baseball HQ, and CBS. It’s deep and it’s challenging. Tim McLeod and Ian Khan took the championship in each of the first two years, so major kudos to them.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Zach Britton has a mild lat strain. He hopes to return soon as he’s complained that the loneliness of not pitching is killing him. Britton went on to say, “Bollocks!” Maybe that’s a Briton. Any hoo! Or as a Briton would say, “Tally hoo!” The Orioles haven’t said Britton is shut down, but I highly doubt he closes another game in the next week. Or as a Briton would say, “My Full Monty is knackered. Let’s scallywag over a fag, you donkey arse.” The Irish have fought for independence for the better part of a century, and yesterday they exacted some revenge as Britton went down to an O’Day. Darren O’Day said, “Blarney stone something something potato something something Guinness.” It was hard to understand. I would grab O’Day in every league if you need saves as he’s now converted two in two like Chuck Woolery, and, holy crap, Woolery got old! Have you seen The Voice? His son was on there and Woolery looked like he was gonna turn to dust. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I won’t be winning any RCL’s this year so I need a stiff drink of something to remind me that fantasy reality is a bitter tasting b*tch. I might take two second place finishes falling short to the Big Magoo and Grey, and to be honest I can live with that *screams into pillow*. They are both great competitors… but really, who was questioning that? On a good note, unless something crazy happens, I should win Mike’s RazzNasty Dynasty league. The one and only Razzball roto dynasty league! To be fair, I played for this year (go figure) and not 2018. But enough about me winning and let’s talk about me losing. I drafted Miggy this year in the ‘perts league and regret it every sleepless night. Speaking of Miggy, did anyone know how much he likes messing with other players? He’s a little comedian, and speaking of little, watch it until the end when he picks up Altuve. Stupid YouTube rabbit hole, I ended up on this baseball clip and I’m wondering why I haven’t seen this before… maybe I did and I forgot. I even chopped it for you. Okay, enough of all this, lets get to the update and the old schoo gangsta rap I got in here today.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Tehol has Game of Thrones, Grey has reality shows, Jay has Star Trek, Sky has Netflix, and Mike has… I have no idea if Mike even owns a T.V.. I have The Walking Dead (best scene ever!). I was one of those viewers that didn’t jump in until Season 4 after power-watching the first three seasons on Netflix. The geniuses who created TWD have now given us a new perspective on the zombie apocalypse in Fear The Walking Dead. The show takes us through the zombie apocalypse in a large urban area, Los Angeles, from day one. Each episode building on the other as people discover and deal with their quickly changing world. Fighting to grasp this new reality while wanting normalcy to return. You might be wondering what this has to do with the RCL Update? It has plenty… looking back on the season ,we leave draft day with all the hope and confidence in our fortune telling skills. When injury or poor play strikes, we think it will be fixed quickly and everything will be okay. Then tragedy keeps hitting us in the face and things unravel pretty quickly as our DL gets filled up and by the end we can barely recognize our teams. Right now, your team better be more Walking Dead and less Fear the Walking Dead, with a hodgepodge of “where did that guy come from” and “I thought this streamer retired” (I’m talking about Eduardo Escobar and Jake Peavy). Anythehoo, I love the shows and can turn them into an analogy for any struggle in life and if you ain’t ever struggled through a fantasy season then get a tougher league.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yesterday, Chris Coghlan went full Ivan Drago on Jung-ho Kang‘s knee, taking him out in a hard slide. Kang is now done for the year, and could miss a month of next season, with a torn MCL. That’s not the year 1150, if any Romans are reading this. He also has a fractured fibia. Coghlan should not be allowed to wear that Iron Mike Sharpe knee pad. Things couldn’t be much worse for the Pirates, who will now rely on Jordache Mercer (full name). Kang’s agent said, “It is unfortunate that what would be considered heads up baseball would cause such a serious injury. That said, Coghlan was playing the game the way it should be played.” Doesn’t that sound backhanded? Like, “It’s a shame we allow 85-year-old people to drive, but that’s the law and thanks for crashing into my car.” Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Troy Tulowitzki left Saturday’s game after colliding with Pillar. That was the same way Julius Caesar hurt himself, forcing him out of baseball and into ruling. Crazy what the stadiums were made of that the Romans used to play in. Alas, as Caesar said, “Rome wasn’t built in a day. Those roads over there took seven months! Freakin’ teamsters.” The MRI on Tulo’s ribs and back came back negative, though it was as in: Doctor, “Can you move?” Tulo, “Negative, Doc.” Because what the MRI originally failed to mention was his cracked shoulder blade. He won’t be shaving with that shoulder blade anytime soon! Or possibly playing baseball for two to three weeks, according to the Blue Jays. Ryan Goins is Goins to fill-in, and that’s the Blue Jays’ shortstop comings and Goins! Stay tuned for more fantasy news and reborts coming up after the break. Offscreen voice, “It’s reports, not reborts, you jackass.” Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
What does the new spin-off of the Walking Dead have to do with the update? Very little. I just wanted to be topical and I also feel like a zombie as we are within a month of the finish. I have been told that roto is too long and gets boring. I have always disagreed with that thinking. I like the marathon, even though it’s probably shaving years off my life. This week, I go a little big with the charts and a little low on the words. I was covering for Magoo and spent my Labor Day working on two posts, but it’s cool, I’ve heard less of me and more of you is what’s preferred in the update. To stay on the topic of you, how you doin? Getting those game starts caught up? Batty calling on the regs? Let me know what strategy you’re using. Seriously, you got to finish strong. Before I go, if anyone was wondering, I do watch Fear the Walking Dead and have probably watched every episode of the Walking Dead at least twice… some three, maybe four times. I like the new show. You?Please, blog, may I have some more?