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Here’s what I said in August of last year about Mike Olt, “Don’t you love when New Yorkers say the expression, “I got your _____ right here!”  Coming out of the right taxi driver’s mouth, it’s like a cello being played by Yo-Yo Ma.  Sometimes it can get confusing when you are actually trying to tell someone you’ve located something.  Like, “I got your cellphone right here!”  Probably sounds like you’re being an a-hole.  Well, in that vein, take a a scruffy taxi driver’s voice, throw it through two packs a cigarettes a day for 20 years and give me a little, ‘I got your loyalty to Michael Young right here!'” And that’s me quoting me!  So, I overestimated the Rangers’ ability to say lates to Michael Young, then Olt came down with a case of plantar fasciitis, which autocorrect wanted to change to plantar fascist, because, I guess, that ailment dictates when someone can and cannot run. My autocorrect is wry.  You wry, yo!  That’s what gangster’s in Cambridge, Mass say. Now, will Olt sit on the bench vs. righties again?  Well, let’s look at the Contending Club Playbook.  Section 1.7b of said playbook says, “Prospects will be brought up to sit on the bench because stopping the growth of a prospect is paramount for any contending club.  Right after, getting to the playoffs and losing in the first round. Any good club worth its salt can pull this off. Getting to the playoffs and winning is for good, but not great clubs that get contributions from unsung heroes like prospects.”  That sucks. For the sake of argument, what if Olt starts the year with the Rangers, what can we get from him for 2013 fantasy baseball?

In 2012, he hit 28 homers in Double-A in 354 ABs. He struck out too much. 24% in Double-A, and 13 Ks in 16 games in the major leagues. He won’t hit .250 with a strikeout rate that obscene. That’s not even his biggest problem. As of right now, he will platoon with at least Moreland.  He could platoon with Young, Beltre and maybe an outfielder.  He will start every game the Rangers face a lefty.  The best thing that could happen for Olt is he’s traded to a club that will play him every day (for better or worse with his average).  If he stays with the Rangers, he’ll be up in April, or maybe at the latest May.  The good news is he will hit for power immediately.  I could see him hitting 30 homers with everyday ABs.  Since he won’t get that, he’ll hit 15+ homers in limited ABs, and be worth owning in all daily leagues where you can platoon him, or as an everyday corner man in AL-Only leagues.  I like him a lot, but he needs a path to 400+ ABs or someone needs to edit the Contending Club Playbook. As of right now, I see his line of 28/16/44/.245/1 in 250 ABs. For what it’s Wuertz, Bill James projects him for 25/9/34/.269/1 in 160 ABs. This shocked me. When Mike Olt was called “Chris Davis” a few years ago, James projected him for 63 homers in 260 ABs.

  1. royce! says:
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    Just read something about Kinsler being open to a move, potentially to LF or 1B, which could provide Profar some AB. But TEX hasn’t said anything to support that, it was just Kinsler saying that he’d be open to it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Yeah, I read that too… It’s great for Profar, but that just gives the Rangers a new headache, unless Hamilton doesn’t return and Olt remains a platoon guy…

  2. royce! says:
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    And watched Top Chef last night. I do not like the whole “let’s add some players from previous seasons” shtick. They had their chance, and this isn’t Real World/Road Rules whatever BS.

    Do like that Kuniko won. I stated earlier that she could be competitive, though her ESL skills might hinder her, and sure enough, she won, and said that not speaking English very well could hurt her chances. I think I also said that I liked the Hawaiian dude, but I’m not sure of it; I’m totally sure I said that The Most Hated Chef in Dallas had a chance. Their team’s food was the only dish that made Seattle food seem interesting. Otherwise it was all fish on a sauce with some veggies.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, All fish and a beurre blanc sauces, to be exact… Why is there so much salmon? I don’t want a full season of salmon dishes… I don’t like cooked salmon. I do like it raw, hey now! Huh? I’m not sure how I feel about the RW/RR challenge twist… I like Stefan, but Josie and CJ are lame… I met CJ once and ate his food and both are boring as crap… Stefan’s restaurant is actually awesome (Stefan’s Farm)… I don’t particularly like the twist because they’re not playing against other All-Stars, just novices… I feel like the talent level is lower this year too… I’m all wrapped up in emotion over my Top Chef!

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        @Grey, I’m also hoping that they phase out the salmon dishes- Washington is huge for salmon fishing, but it’s going to bore the shizz out of me if they focus on that. I think it might have just been a product of the challenge, so hopefully they can move on to more interesting cooking.

        I think the twist was BS. I hope they all get eliminated quickly. Stefan should have been eliminated before Jeffrey Jew, because the judges should be able to expect more from Stefan and they both just overcooked their proteins. Plus I think salmon is easier to overcook than fowl. Ultimately, they probably kept Stefan because he’s entertaining. Anyhow, it’s stupid. They lost already. It’s like baseball surprising the Giants in the playoffs by having them play Cincinnati again. Plot twist! (Though I will say it’s better than having to ski and shoot your food, like they’ve done before, so if this is their last idea before something ridiculous like that has to happen, I guess I’m on board).

        I don’t agree about the talent level, though. I think everyone so far seems pretty good, which is borne out by the All Stars being on the chopping block. Also, I want everything to be boiled in chili oil. It’s just like frying, but somehow I can feel better about it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The twist adds something early because the audience at least knows three people…Then the audience learns others and you lose the three they knew already… Though, I gotta say, I don’t remember Josie at all… When they showed her clip I barely recognized her… Would’ve never remembered her if I ran her on the street and right now I’m having a hard time remembering what she looks like… I don’t know how the show is doing in ratings (it feels like it’s tailed off since it’s Voltaggio’s heyday), but the twist feels like a desperate producer move to get viewers…

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            @Grey, If I wanted to see the same people cook over and over again, I’d watch cooking shows. I vaguely recalled Josie, but could not recall what season or how far she got…looked her up and her bio says that she plays football. As far as ratings go, they peaked at season 5 and have been slowly diminishing since.

            Season premiere # of Viewers
            Season 9 premiere 1.6 Million[47]
            Season 8 premiere 1.7 Million[48]
            Season 7 premiere 1.8 Million[49]
            Season 6 premiere 2.6 Million[50]
            Season 5 premiere 2.7 Million[51]
            Season 4 premiere 2.26 Million[52]
            Season 3 premiere 2.02 Million[53]

            It seems to me that all of these “top” this or that shows have to decline, because eventually people realize that the contestants really aren’t all that special. Though I suppose the singing ones belie that notion. Maybe they should add singing to Top Chef.

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              Stefan, Fabio and Carla were the top rated Top Chef, not totally surprised, but a little… I thought the Voltaggios inked (pun!) that title… Shame how much attrition there’s been with ratings… You’re probably right… How “top” is this season’s Top Chef when there’s another one in six months? FWIW, I love The Voice… So add in singing and wheel spinning to Top Chef, pronto!

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                @Grey, I can see that with Stefan, etc. I still find Fabio hilarious, and was confident that his success on the show was based more on his charm than his cooking. I have no problem with that, exactly…though, in a related note, did you read the NY times review of Guy Frieri’s restaurant? Seems like they were asking for it by wanting to review it in the first place (though their review of the Taco Bell Doritos taco was glowing).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That review was amazing… And led me to a Olive Garden review… Did you read that? Btw, Fabio’s restaurant is terrible…

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    And now Melky’s a Blue Jay. Nice time to live in Toronto. Bet Nick’s had to change his Z. Cavaricci’s a couple of times now…

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      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Nick texted me the other day without using his hands… Melky as a Blue Jay is terrible, unless Canada doesn’t have the same drug polices… Ben Johnson didn’t think so, at least… How is Melky good without HGH? I don’t understand that signing…

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        @Grey, Yeah, but they got him for really cheap, basically paying him to be league average (which he probably was before the HGH). So if it turns out that part of his dominance was attributable to actual improvements rather than drugs, they’ll come out ahead.

        Re: Nick, gross. It will be interesting to see what Rogers Center looks like with people in it, instead of just that weird guy in white in the LF bleachers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t forget the weird swinging couple in right that is having badly disguised intercourse…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, I would never forget them…You ever check those deadspin compilation videos of crap like that. Totally NSFW, and not exactly titillating, but totally worth watching.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Awesome! I didn’t know it had a name… Yeah, I feel like they’re always doing that in Toronto… Am I wrong thinking that?

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                @Grey, Not sure…Maybe having the home team vacillate between 4th and last turns on Canadian women?

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                  Grey says:
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                  Ladies love Melky… That’s for sure…

  4. royce! says:
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    Not to be outdone, the Padres just landed Tyson Ross! Oh happy day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Can you say hodgepadre?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Probably just a swing man, MR. Though he could get some starts earlier in the season. Considering that he came from OAK, where he had a 5.23 ERA, I don’t know how much he can improve in SD.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, very true…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Funny, first thing I thought when I saw that deal was, ‘Hmmm – Tyson Ross just got a little more usable… “

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I guarantee there will be moments in the next season when you ask about Ross as a long-relieving MR…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Ohhhh – he would have that SP eligibility…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe… Oh, yeah… See, Reyes goes to Toronto, Ervin Santana goes to KC, but fantasy news is Tyson Ross and his SP eligibility going to SD…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Fantasy baseballers – living life at the margins since 2003…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I love it! Pretty huge news coming in a few weeks… I can barely contain myself…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, You can’t say that and then clam up!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I know! I’ve been holding it in for about two months now… I’m about ready to pop…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, There you go again!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So when do you go to Australia?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Smooth subject change.

                      First weekend of December. I’m only there Saturday and Sunday and a little of Monday. My wife is staying a couple of extra days on business.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is you wife going for business or strictly pleasure for both of you?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, It was a scheduled business trip for my wife, but by going a couple of days early, it meant I could go and we could have the weekend there. Normally she’d go late on a Sunday or first thing Monday and come back Tuesday night.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, gotcha… Your folks watching the kids? I feel like I should know this, but what does your wife do again?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Yeah, they’ll be bounced between my mum and dad and the in-laws.

                      My wife is the HR Manager for Estee Lauder’s NZ affiliate here. Our house is full of cosmetics – and that’s just my stuff.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha… Gotcha… Yeah, think I knew that… If you don’t look good, we don’t… Wait, that’s not Estée Lauder… Can’t remember their slogan…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Not sure they have just one – depend son the brand/product I think.

                      Elsewhere, I’m finding a Maroon 5 track catchy. Is there any hope for me?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      What? You got Moves like Jagger? You’re at a pay phone finding ways to call home?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Got you stuck on my body like a tattoo.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha… The scary thing is I’m not sure if you’re joking or if those are the real lyrics to one of their songs…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, It’s real. Be afraid.

  5. jay's #1 fan says:
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    where will melky bat? joey bats 3rd, EE 4.. 2nd? bonifacio to 7 behind rasmus and lawrie? ahhhh what a beautiful problem to have

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jay’s #1 fan, 7th probably, behind Lawrie and Rasmus, assuming those two do well… If they struggle, they’ll move down the order… Emilio won’t…

  6. David_KOA says:
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  7. Vacation says:
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    Grey, Vacation here again. Standard 5×5 keeper league, who do you prefer, Adam Jones or Longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough choice, but I think I gotta go Jones… Very close, and don’t hold me to that…

      • Vacation says:
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        @Grey, Have to say your answer surprised me, seeing as how you had Longoria in you top 10 last year. You think Jones hits 30+ again?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Jones is a 30/17+ guy… Longo is a 30/10 guy that can’t stay healthy for life of him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Wow, they should’ve made those pics clickable to a catalog… That F with a punching hand as the slash in the F is genius…

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        @Grey, They totally win. “The Fightins’ new name is highlighted by an ostrich logo that symbolizes the feisty bird that is now indigenous to Reading because of the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor.” What?!! Did someone pour a load of liquid LSD in their local river?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM9E5vc0NRY

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, the entire town is stoned… Did the Coen Bros. buy that team?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Goofy spellcheck there…

            • royce! says:
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              @Grey, I don’t get it…were you trying to write “stoked”? If so, goofy indeed.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @royce!, Ha… No, I wrote Coen bros, and it changed it to Cohen bros…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Worth skipping to 1:00 to find out what it’s all about.

  8. royce! says:
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    Marlins sign Pierre. Surely that will appease the Miami masses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… They’ve got Stanton some lineup protection!

  9. Billy says:
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    Still picking on poor bill James for his Chris Davis prediction a few years back? Should he remind you of everytime you’re wrong? He saw Davis’ potential and made a bold prediction. I’d rather that than someone making safe projections or making excuses for predictions that went wrong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, it’s just a joke, it’s not like he’s actually doing projections, he puts his name on some his company puts out…

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