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It’s official because we don’t deal in unofficial. Whatever that means. Which is nothing, if you’re wondering. But it does make the post feel more important. Delusions of grandeur? That’s my life story bro. And that also might describe the life story of many here who reside at Razzball HQ. Which is basically our basement. With bountiful supplies of Hot Pockets and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Oh, wait, nevermind. Sky called, he want’s his everything back. Jokes on you buddy. I’m keeping the Hot Pockets. So, where were we? Oh, that’s right, delusions of grandeur… and Hot Pockets, it happens to the best of us. And that’s why we make these picks. Because we think we’re right all the time. Except for me. I’m just very wrong. But don’t let that stop you from looking at our well-thought out (maybe) picks for this upcoming 2014 season. (Now with more Grey and Rudy!) We all can’t write a 1500 word exposé on these players, so you get this nifty assortment where you’ll gain a general sense of which players we like and which we don’t. All in a simple box for you to stare and giggle at. Kind of like what you normally would do if you were looking at Tehol.

But before we get to the good stuff, here’s what each category means:

Rookie of The Year (ROY) — Pretty self-explanatory. The criteria is pretty much the same as the MLB– if you haven’t passed the threshold of 120 AB’s or 50 IP, then congratulations, you’re eligible. The only difference is we picked one instead of two. Deal.

Break Out Player of The Year (Sleeper) — You might think we’re describing someone who breaks through walls and then falls asleep really fast. Which seems weird. So I wouldn’t really put it past us… To limit the confusion, I’d better point out that these are our potential break out candidates that you should be grabbing long and grabbing hard.

Come Back Player of The Year (Come Back) — Again, pretty easy to figure out what this one means. Unless you’re Josh Hamilton. BURN.

I Think I Love You, So What Am I So Afraid Of? (Infatuation) — Yep, we all have one. Find out which player your Razzball writer has an undying love for, despite any rational reason or purpose.

Most Overrated Player of The Year (Bust) — These are the guys being held on a pedestal’s, who will, in return for all your worship and sacrifice, ruin everything thing you hold dear. See: 2013, Stanton, Giancarlo. Take heed Razzballers, avoid these guys at all costs.

Most Valuable Pitcher (MV Pitcher) — This is where things get sticky. That’s what she said. Technically, this could be the best pitcher overall… but the key word here is value. You know this because I underlined it. While the vanilla picks of Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw, etc. could still technically be the most valuable pitchers at the end of the year, there’s still enough room in the definition to allow the possibility that Bruce Chen will have an ERA of 2.50 and get 20 wins. Seeing as his ownership rate stands in the nothing-to-negative digits, a performance like that would be the most valuable. And probably destroy the universe as we know it.

Most Valuable Hitter (MV Hitter) — Same thing, but with hitters. CRAZY, I know.

 

Note: Everyone chose their picks blind, meaning they didn’t see anyone else’s choices, and possibly used a blindfold. Also, the choices were locked on 3/19/2014.

Some random thoughts…

- The Guru, Sky, Smokey, and our Prospector Scott Evans all love Javier Baez. And it’s hard not to with the spring he’s had. Long-lasting marriages have come from much-much less. But will he produce enough if he gets called up around June-ish? And will contact issues suppress that power? (Says the only guy who picked Gregory Polanco as his ROY. Who?)

- Everyone had their own specific sleeper. JB Gilpin jumps into Sharky waters (HAHA), but he should have asked me about my swim last year. Look, I love spell-check nightmare Jeff Samardzija as much as anyone (and told you to buy last season), but he sorta leaves you with that weird taste in your mouth when you own him. Tastes a lot like Brandon Morrow. And Guru, my man, Jose Abreu is a sleeper? I haven’t seen him fall past round six in any of my RCL leagues. Did you mean he’s sleepy? That might be raycess. Also, Justin Ruggiano was selected as a sleeper by more than zero contributors (Dano and Tom Jacks), officially becoming the 8th sign of the end of world.

- A lot of candidates for Come Back’er this season, and a lot of great cases to be made by everyone. Though, if I could pick over, I’d probably have to go with the baseball right now. You know, the baseball that beat Aroldis Chapman in a game of chicken? (Too soon?)

- There’s a little too much Mike Moustakas love going on. I’m not quite sure how to process this, other than to try and ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen.

- A bust might mean different things to different people I’ve surmised. In Nick the Podcast Host’s case, it has to do with the federal authorities. For Dan Pants, choosing Matt Kemp as a bust right after a season when he busted as much as he could is a bold strategy. Not sure what he could do worse to be bust from that. I guess he could just randomly combust? HUUURRRR.

- Grey goes against the grain of pretty much Earth by selecting Julio Teheran and Robinson Cano as his two most valuable players. He must have done what I did when I made my most valuable picks in R.A. Dickey and Troy Tulowitzki… and that’s drink copious amounts of alcohol and then confuse the bowl of Werther’s Original for the bottle of rohypnol.

From Around The Web

  1. Mike says:
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    I like St. Louis Wong as my ROY.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike: That’s so Wong.

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @Jay: No that’s Some-Ting-Wong (racish)

  2. Dano

    Dano says:
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    I went Nicky C for ROY b/c of the RBI counting stat. I like the Alex Wood one! I’ll go him in NL with Baez not being up until after May if that winds up being the case…he roy elig?!

    Chris Sale will throw 2.5 no hitters. 2 full ones a weather shortened one!

    Salazar will go 15-2.75-1.15-190

    Ruggiano will go 70-25-75-20-255 and be your poor man’s Puig.

    • Mike says:
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      @Dano: Puig already talking about his aches and pains. How many games does he play

    • Jeremy

      Jeremy says:
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      @Dano: Yeah, someone likes my pick! I wasn’t mentioned in the article at all :(

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Jeremy: that’s probably a good thing…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dano: Not sure Wood can throw more than 150 innings in one season…

  3. Tehol Beddict says:
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    I would probably change rookie of the year to Tanaka on mine but Abreu has decent shot. These were all rushed as I was traveling and doing via phone without much thought, but in looking now, I’d say I was pretty spot on. Lock it up. Would have liked specifics on what makes MVP. I would take Trout over anybody without question but based on where Harper going, he my MVP.

    P.S. “The Fountain” BLOWS WHALE C*CK

    • Dano

      Dano says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Trout is the MVP of everything baseball – except eloquent speach

    • Jon S says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Just wanted to say I love you for the Malazan name.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Jon S: I love you back

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I can’t believe for a second that you didn’t have Xander as the ROY considering where you are taking him in drafts. For shame!

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans: i forgot he was even a rookie! I was in an airport and rushed by Jaywrong to get in my picks. Bogearts is the real pick

        • A Hill O' Beans says:
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          @Tehol Beddict: So what you’re saying is you’ve been wronged by JayWrong? I can buy that. At least you were true with Harper as your MVP Hitter.

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Jay: i can never tell a lie

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Anything that can blow a whale cock has to be extraordinary, right?

      • gerard curcerello says:
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        @Jay: exotic swallower

  4. Tehol Beddict says:
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    why would anyone pick Baez if its whole MLB??? with Tanaka, ABreu and Hamilton already all starting from day 1? that makes zero sense.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Why would everyone who did this assume those three you listed will have great years? That makes zero sense, too.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Sky:

        Confusion is to Tehol as Wet is to Water.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Kid A: Kid A, the undercover Beddcit Groupie. I gave you the chance of leaving me league and even after everyone wanted you kicked out, I chose to keep you. Yet here you are again, running off at the mouth. silence yourself

          • Kid A says:
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            @Tehol Beddict:

            Oh yeah?

            From our league:

            Power to the People

            In an attempt to avoid losing and what will certainly lead to a nervous breakdown, Tehol is looking to remove Kid A from the League. What to do with this troublemaker, Kid A?

            29%
            Off with his head! (2 votes)

            71%
            Keep him: I love me some fireworks. (5 votes)

            Total Votes: 7 (One per Owner)

            You should have gotten rid of me when you had the chance.
            I look forward to a full season of our friendly exchanges.

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Kid A: that was before you kept exploding during draft. i was sent private messages asking that remove you from the league. you could have joined another league. feel free to do so. I had voted to keep u also. i would never kick someone out of a league. but your insubordination is beginning to wear thin.

              • Kid A says:
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                @Tehol Beddict:

                Private messages?
                The same way you book your stripper gigs?
                That’s fascinating.
                I can’t believe I’ve worn my “insubordination” thin already.
                Silly me, I need to work on my throttle.

                • Tehol Beddict says:
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                  @Kid A: well feel free to put up a bet. because the offer is on the table

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @Tehol Beddict:

                    You win: I never post again.

                    I win: You never post again.

                    • Tehol Beddict says:
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                      @Kid A: I was going to offer that but I have a legally binding contract that goes against that. how about $1,000 bucks instead?

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @Tehol Beddict:

                    Legally binding contract…HA!…

                    Does your endorsement deal with MENSA get voided if you stop writing your articles?

                    Money doesn’t shut you up.

                    That’s all I want.

                    • Tehol Beddict says:
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                      @Kid A: or u could just not read my posts or play in my RCL leagues. that might work for you. Just an idea

                    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                      @Kid A: what did he do (to those doucebags) to get them to have the comish throw him out?

            • Tom Jacks

              Tom Jacks says:
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              @Kid A: Please tell me that this is Tehol’s other account

              • Tehol Beddict says:
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                @Tom Jacks: however I will give Kid A a kudos on getting Erasmo in last round of the draft as well as Sonny gray. He caught me slipping

                • Kid A says:
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                  @Tehol Beddict:

                  It was the Miami Erasmo, you bonehead…

                  • Tehol Beddict says:
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                    @Kid A: oh then never mind. hahahah. u didn’t catch me slipping. ur team is a disgrace, as is your commentary. minus your vote and if i switched my vote, you would be voted out of my league. Im done with you. i don’t have patience for pigeons

                    • Kid A says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict:

                      You’re a disgrace to the readers and the rest of the writers on this site.

                      Don’t forget – you started all this by telling readers to go F themselves in the comments section.

                      Forgive me for pressing the issue.

                    • white sox guy says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: kid u walked right into that lol

                    • white sox guy says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: kid u walked right into that one lol

                    • white sox guy says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: srry for double post

                  • Tehol Beddict says:
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                    @Kid A: i didn’t tell “readers” to go F themselves. I told YOU to go F yourself for trying to insult me on other parts of message board after getting in my RCL league. I’m still not sure why you didn’t just join another writers league since you despise me at this level. That is the main issue here.

                    • Kid A says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict:

                      Because beating you is going to be such a joy, my little bikini-waxed friend.

                    • Tehol Beddict says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict: im willing to place a wager of whatever amount of money you come up with. and am also open to any other form of wager you can come up with. You will lose

                    • Kid A says:
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                      @Tehol Beddict:

                      That second part was a little creepy…

                      Did you just offer to blow me?!?!

                      Dudes aren’t my thing, but I respect your lifestyle.

              • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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                @Tom Jacks: That’s what i’m starting to think!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: and if Bogearts is eligible, he to is obvious choice over Baez. someone explain this to me

      • Josh O.

        Josh O. says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: See: Wil Myers, 2013

        • Josh O.

          Josh O. says:
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          @Josh O.: Myers carried my team for a good while last year. Well worth stashing. Baez could do the same. He’s going to be a monster at a position that doesnt have many/any

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Josh O.: thanks for pointing that out Josh O. I was unaware of who WIll Myers was

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Josh O.: i have will myers fat head in my fantasy closet. what a stallion

              • Big W says:
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                @Tehol Beddict: Baez probably has the highest upside of the rookie candidates. I see your point about him probably not playing until June. I’d just like to point out that J-Fern didn’t make the opening day big league roster and was called up right around most think Baez will be this season and he got the ROY…based on that, I think it is very possible Baez gets it.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @Mike: Im not following this Michael. Feel free to divulge

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Tehol Beddict: I love me some Baez, but that’s exactly why I didn’t pick him for ROY. I’d be surprised to see him before get called up June.

      • Tom Jacks

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        @Tom Jacks: And apparently staring at Tehol’s prophecy has rendered me unable to type. #ElderGods

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Tom Jacks: The bat could be legendary and I suppose Castro could re-injure himself and make ROY a definite possibility. My point is Tanaka is going to be rock solid, Hamilton has ability to break steals record and is starting from day one, and Abreu is chosen by most to hit 25-30 bombs and these are all much more sure things, in my humble opinion. And that’s without mentioning Bogearts, who’s the best of them all. I apologize for any razz beefs I started. its like the WWE up in here.

          • Tom Jacks

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            @Tehol Beddict: Right, his competition will be tough. I also see Theo waiting on Baez to avoid Super Two status.

          • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: The Baez love runs deep here and is a very sensitive subject…

            • coachgonzo says:
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              @Ra’zball Al Ghul: proud owner of baez in 2 RCL’s. Bryce Harper too! Who just told me he will powerbomb anyone who messes with Tehol! Its true!

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I will say we did not get the break down of what “Most Valuable Pitcher” or Hitter meant like what’s in this post… I was thinking the Mariners will win the AL West and Cano will win the MVP, and Teheran will win the Cy Young… Was a bit confused when we had ROY for one pick and MVP for another, but MVP was meant fantasy and ROY was meant real world…Was further confused when there was only one ROY with two leagues… However I will stand by my picks (if I end up right)…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Agreed, was a bit confused on some of it myself. I thought it was all fantasy-driven. Oh well, at least I don’t remember who I even picked at this point.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Grey: Interesting pick of the Mariners winning the AL West. Do you see them making any more moves or winning with what they already have?

      • Grey

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        I put money on them in Vegas to win the World Series! Maybe they make moves in July…. F-Her, Hisashi, Walker and Erasmo will be hard for another AL West team to beat then they can go through the playoffs…

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Grey: Well good luck! I wouldn’t be too surprised to see it happen considering that rotation like you said. Playing the Astros enough should also help by keeping a wild card spot in that division.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks! It was terrible odds, and a bad bet, but I was in Vegas and they had World Series odds so I went for it… Rudy went with Rangers…

            • Tom Jacks

              Tom Jacks says:
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              @Grey: Yeah worth a shot considering the odds. I’m assuming Rudy’s payout would be much less than yours…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Not as much less as you might think 15-1 to 18-1

                • Tom Jacks

                  Tom Jacks says:
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                  @Grey: I can only assume that Vegas either knew about Rangers injuries beforehand, or was responsible for them. Makes me wonder what their odds for the Braves were.

                  • Grey

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                    I think they were a top 5 favorite… With the Dodgers, Red Sox and Cardinals…

                    • Cole says:
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                      @Grey: I took WAS to win the WS a month ago at 18-1. They are 12-1 now. With the Braves falling apart the door is wide open to make the playoffs for sure

    • Jay

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      @Grey: oops. Uh… it was Sky’s fault…

      It’s weird because I thought they were really unique and smart picks based on the criteria… which I guess I told no one.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, I meant that @Sky

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Grey: I’m married. I’m used to everything being my fault.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Mrs. Sky is right

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Always…even when she’s wronger than 90% of the images on 4Chan, she is still right.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                We won’t point this comment out to her ever (unless we need to)….

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Damn you internets! You never forget!

  6. Principal Blackman says:
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    If anybody has any unexpected openings in an RCL that has yet to draft, hit me up. I find myself craving another team.

  7. Grumpy Bench Coach says:
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    There are lots of ways to Baez getting playing time – Castro plays like last year, Castro’s leg doesn’t heal well, someone moving to 3rd or 2nd – but assuming that Castro is doing better than last year, does that slow down the Baez love train?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Grumpy Bench Coach: As a Cubs fan, I’d love to see Baez up ASAP, but I think the Super Two status will prevent him from coming up before June. I suppose they could negotiate a long-term deal, but hopefully it turns out better than the Astros and Springer.

  8. The Guru

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    I thought sleeper pick was which player is likely to spend a night with Tehol. Abreu and the obvious language barrier would work in Tehol’s favor.

    • Josh O.

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      @The Guru: It all makes so much sense now!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @The Guru: language barrier is always a plus. except when dealing with Thai she-males.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: That’s a different type of barrier…

  9. Jason says:
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    I drafted Scheppers not realizing that he’s now a starter. I was able to draft Scherzer, Teheran, Gray, Bailey and Cobb. Should I keep him for a bit or should I drop since I only wanted to carry 5 starters or just run with 6 for a bit?

    • Josh O.

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      @Jason: I really don’t like Scheppers as a starter. K rate isn’t very good (sub 7k/9) and hasn’t pitched more than 77 innings in any season.

    • Jay

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      @Jason: You’re fine with the group you have.

  10. R3velation129 says:
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    How are you guys feeling about Brandon Morrow? He was a top of the rotation guy in 2010 and 2011 and has been an injury risk, but he seems like he is healthy going into this year and if he can stay healthy is he worth drafting as one of your last picks? You dont get 200 plus K pitchers every day.

    • R3velation129 says:
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      @R3velation129: I guess at the end of the day would you go Morrow or Hutchinson? Thats my real question right now.

      • @R3velation129: I’ve been burned by Morrow too many times but I’m taking him ahead of Hutch. Hutch having a nice spring but he’s just back from TJ and it’s the AL East. Morrow’s at least had success in the division.

      • Tehol Beddict says:
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        @R3velation129: Hutchinson without question

        • @Tehol Beddict: Hutchinson has 29 Major League innings. I understand there’s a buzz because with 16 Ks in 9 spring innings but guys coming off TJ are notorious for having control issues and the AL East takes walks.

          • Tehol Beddict says:
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            @Nick the Podcast Host: aren’t you the radio guy? i just watched video talking about leaving the questions to the “experts.” Yet, its not happening. I probably wouldn’t draft either of them unless deep league. But if forced to choose, why pick up morrow. Capozzi is talking bout walks, and Morrow is one of worst Ive ever seen with control, so theres that.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @R3velation129: i thought about it, but he’s looked horrific as of late. gonna have to wait on him

      • R3velation129 says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: Yea I think I am going to go Hutchy. Do you guys have any idea when people will be placed on the DL, I see the likes of say Corbin have already been put on the DL, but I have Josh Johnson and would like to hold on to him to maybe try to put in a trade package later on or find some use for him, when will he be placed on the DL?

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @R3velation129: i thought it happened right when the season started but I could be wrong. Yea, it sucks to have hold these guys when I want to DL them now. Morrow looks finished.

          • R3velation129 says:
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            @Tehol Beddict: Awesome thanks a lot, Last one now, Hutchison or The Eraser Erasmo Ramirez, both have been pretty lights out, and everyone and their mother was raving and ranting about the eraser last year, this spring he has a 0.96 ERA and appears to be a lock for that last rotation spot. So who do you go with, thanks in advance brosetta stone.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @R3velation129: Ugh… honestly, if you look closely, Edwin Jackson is basically his equivalent, and you can pick him up everywhere.

  11. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Minor criticism: There has to be a better way to display the picks than this embedded google doc.

  12. Spyre says:
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    drop skaggs for erasmo ramirez?

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Spyre: HURRY

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Spyre: I would.

      • coachgonzo says:
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        @Jay: I felt like I just stole the signs from the other fellow rcl owners , who (myself included)completely overlooked him. Thanks for the tip

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @coachgonzo: Sure thing! Tehol beat me to it though.

  13. The Thumb says:
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    I decided to play your little game:

    ROY: Jose Abreu (clear shot at playing time with 30+ homer upside? No other rookies have that)
    Sleeper: Kole Calhoun (If he stays in the leadoff spot he could be Shin Soo Choo. Could not. It’s a sleeper.)
    Comeback: Ryan Braun (If he goes 90/27/100/.300/20 isn’t he basically Carlos Gonzalez? Braun is a steal in the second round IMO)
    Infatuation: Carlos Beltran (age is nothing but a number right???)
    Bust: Robinson Cano (I don’t think he’ll be worthless, but I’ll let someone else take him and then reach for Gyorko later)
    MVPitcher: Chris Sale (Grey’s stat that he was the only 9+ K/9 and sub2 bb/9 other than Harvey sold me. That and he’s going anywhere from 40-50)
    MVHitter: Mike Trout (only player in Fantasy that is elite in every stat)

    • Jay

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      @The Thumb: I wanted to go Kole Calhoun, but he’s getting drafted a lot in RCL’s while Chris Carter is last deep into the draft.

  14. Frank Own uh.. says:
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    I’m so hooked to this site my wife is gonna take away my iPad and kindle, so this comes from the iPhone straight from the basement shizz zone and I don’t care! @Grey and @J-FOH…you prob don’t remember a discussion from 2 weeks ago debating btw. Jay Bruce and Freeman, but if u do I’ll tell ya it was moot bc the guy b4 me took Bruce so I scooped up Freeman…here’s how it turned out. btw 4 keeper,5×5 10 team , but we use k/9 instead of k’s with only 35 inning min so closers go too early sometimes
    c-Castro (216,last rnd)
    1b-Freeman (45, technically 5th overall)
    2b-Gyorko (136)
    3b-Encarnacion (keeper)
    ss- Andrus (65)
    Of-Braun (keeper)
    Of-Ellsbury (keeper)
    OF- Alex Rios (56, gave me razzwood)
    Of- Beltran (96)
    Ut-Napoli (165)
    Bn- Middlebrooks(176,eh)
    Bn- Bourjos (205)

    Sp-Scherzer(keeper)
    Sp-Teheran (85)
    Sp-Moore (105)
    RP-Rosenthal (76, chapman went 5th rnd)
    RP-Frieri (116)
    P-Rodney(125)
    P-Sonny Gray(145)
    Bn -Rex brothers-(hope he wins the job)
    Bn-Porcello(185)
    Bn-Johnson(dropped already)

    Any areas with a glaring weakness?? I appreciate any feedback and wish Columbus Oh had a football team for the 32in32in32! Cleveland (Browns, not Tribe…they are the shizz) and Cincy just give our state such a bad name…The buckeyes are better than both!

    —Dedicated Razzballian

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frank Own uh..: Looks okay. Not crazy about your bullpen, but if that’s the main complaint, you’ll be fine.

      Sports out there can be frustrating, true.

      • Frank Own uh.. says:
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        @Jay: Thanks Jay!

  15. mcBlunty says:
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    was rolling with profar as my 2b, with him out best options available are rendon and dozier, or i can move gyorko from 3b to 2b and pick up freese, not great options, leaning towards rendon

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @mcBlunty: Dozier for power, but I’m big on Rendon right now. I’d go him.

  16. ashtray says:
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    I drafter Profar just before the news came out. Would you be ok with giving up Dickey (my 7th best pitcher) for Brad Miller?

    12 team h2h categories
    Batters – R, HR, RBI, SB, Ave, K, OBP
    Pitchers – W, SV, K ,ERA, WHIP, L, QS

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ashtray: Yeah, I’m fine with that. Though I’m still on the Dickey bandwagon for some reason.

  17. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Jay: You must feel like you have struck””” Gold!””” with all these folks responding on the FBB side – after life in the gulag.

    Great questions! Only to be followed on by a bunch of mouth-breathers who can’t follow instructions – excepting = The Thumb.

    ROY: Tanaka, as he has the least in his way to a full season of success.

    Comeback: Ryan Braun – With The Thumb here – Braun should pick it up where he left off.

    Infatuation: Who else? Mr. Full Figure of the Decade, Billy Butler. I have this kinky affection for all things regarding the KC Royals with no reason for it to be so what so ever. Isn’t Billy cute in his uniform.

    Bust: Robinson Cano Thumb, I’m starting not to like you – You keep stealing my picks… Just Kidding.. Hhhmmmm?

    OK! I toss Ellsbury and Reed up in the air and see who lands face first first. Reed wins… Or is that loses? Zona cozy confineis is a tough place to make a living as a pitcher. Especially with Putz humping the manager’s leg for a shot at the 9th. These 2 are not good enough, though

    NO NO NO!!! I just remembered, Chris Davis of the Birds is my man for the job. DOA, you heard it first here on RazzBall!!!

    MVPitcher: Strausburg? – The Nats have a team that may do it all. No way, Jose

    It’s Kershaw, Who wins over 25 games, pushes 30 wins and gets 250 plus Ks along the way. That RazzBall is telling folks not to draft him in the top 6 is nonsense IMO He should be worthy of a #1 pick – without criticism.IMO

    MVHitter: Shocker!!!! Adam Jones is the MVP.

    Not many are aware of this sad worrisome fact, that the popular choice, poor Mike Trout, has fish scales growing out from between his toes and they will bother him all year – maybe the rest of his career and life.

    There is no know cure for the “”” Ichthyopathic Lepisodopeia Dermatitis Syndrome””” – It is a rare crossover disease that is both physiological and psychological in its origins.

    It is most commonly found in people from families who have fishy last names. So it may come of little surprise, it is also rumored that Mike Carp has already exhibited the early signs of having it. But, he is off topic as this is an MVP discussion.

    To those MLB players who maybe concerned, NO, it is not sexually transmittable, so you cannot get it in a MLB shower room.

    The first early signs of a player having the disease are: The player is found left sitting alone ( looking woebegone and making funny Os with his lips as he repeatedly opens and closes his mouth) at one end of the dugout with the rest of the team at the opposite far end of the dugout or they are illegally standing on the field fanning their faces with their ballcaps or they are holding their noses, mouth-breathing ad making faces when near him. ***( this is a problem for the umpire crew – who are aware of the issue from being around the suffering player on the bases on in the batters box ) *** and as you may have already guessed, a strong pervading odor of rotting fish (Trimethylaminuria) is found to be emitting from the sufferers of this strange and horrible malady.

    Don’t be surprised if you see the players, the umpires and the fans seated near the field wearing swimmer’s nose clips this season at Red Sox and Halo games.

    Jay? Are you ready for tomorrow? I’m as excited as a child on the night before Xmas.

    • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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      @Ghost of the Disappeared:

      Forgot Sleeper and Breakout: So I’ll combine them in Austin Jackson. He is maybe being moved to the heart of the order 5th – I think, he’ll make, it work – 20+ / 20+ is possible with a spike back to positive a BA, a large rise in RBIs with near the same in RUNs. He has been doing the beginnings of a Rios act. If that is what we have, then draft him every other year. And this is the year to do it in ESPN

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Ghost of the Disappeared: You had me until that Jackson pick.

        Oh, wait, you still have me.

        I guess our draft is tomorrow then? Should be interesting!

        • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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          @Jay:

          Jay: I can’t talk anymore during the drafts – I found, I was doing my searches in the wrong box and broadcasting them to the other owners – upsetting to me and many other owners – I’ve had 2 death threats already…

          Besides, I type and spell terribly.

          And last of all, like on here, I have really nothing to say.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Ghost of the Disappeared: Mr. Ghost, it’s okay, I still like you. Great minds think alike.

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    breakout player of the year (sleeper). sounds like narcoleptic Hulk.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: YOU WON’T LIKE ME WHEN I’M A—- zzzzzzzzzzz

  19. coachgonzo says:
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    The coach says: ROY is y.ventura. Sleeper: d. Gordon. Comeback: Pineda. Infatuation: Giancarlo 4 ever Bust: Kemp Mvpitcher : Jofer Mvhitter Harper

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @coachgonzo: I’m not sure Dee Gordon knows how to hit yet.

      • coachgonzo says:
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        @Jay: He passed the coaches eye test the handful of times I watched him in spring. Thinking Juan Pierre when he was good. He will be ss\2b egilible too.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @coachgonzo: I’m not going to hold my breath though. Plus, I’m not a very good swimmer.

  20. Scooterboy says:
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    Have a question for whoever would like to help out. I play in a 8 team H2H 5×5 league. Joakim Soria is still available for pickup on the waiver wire. I currently have three closers. Rosenthal, Grilli, and Street. On my bench I have Billy Hamilton, Nolan Arenado, Jimmy Rollins, Justin Masterson, and Yordano Ventura. Was thinking about dropping Rollins, but my starting SS is Segura, who is hurt. May need Rollins to fill in for awhile. My options are,1. Go ahead and drop Rollins for Soria. 2. Drop one of my other closers, if Soria is more preferable to what I already have. 3. Stand pat because the three closers I have will be enough. 4. Drop one of my other bench players for Soria. Any help would be appreciated.

    • coachgonzo says:
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      @Scooterboy: rollins is poo, all set at closer get best available free agent in an 8 team league imo

      • Scooterboy says:
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        @coachgonzo: Villar, Jeter, Gordon, and Miller are all still available. Who would you prefer to Rollins for my SS backup in case Segura isn’t ready to go opening day.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scooterboy: Closers are volatile, I’d still drop Rollins for him. Arenado is expendable in a 8-teamer depending on who is at your corner.

      • Scooterboy says:
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        @Jay: I’ve got Pujols at my CI. I picked up Arenado, because I have Longoria at third, and with his injury history, I wanted a backup. I guess I don’t need all those bench hitters huh?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Scooterboy: Yeah, in a 8-teamer, no bench bats are necessary.

  21. Thorbs says:
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    The Razzball team seems pretty mixed on Abreu/Tanaka – would you draft them over guys like Kris Bryant and/or Jonathan Gray in a dynasty league?

  22. Churrbadurr says:
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    I’m hoping to capitalize on some closer implosion in the beginning of the season. Should I gun for Farquhar or Clippard?

  23. steve b says:
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    ROY will be Josmil Pinto. I’ll say it now and I’m probably the only one but mark my words

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @steve b: I know Rudy is high on him.

      • @Jay: I ended up with Pinto in LABR as my February playing time estimates had yet to adjust for the Gardenhire/Twin org circle jerk with Kurt Suzuki. It looks like Pinto makes the team but not sure when he gets more than 3 starts a week (i think he’ll get some DH time against LHP)

  24. Your thoughts on the overall team increase in head to head points league of trading heyward for cespedes and archer? Which side do you prefer?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @HockeyStops: The Cespedes side, depending on who Archer slots in for.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Tehol Beddict:

        Hey man. Cool Off. Simmer Down. We’re all friends here. Sheesh…

        I was just defending you on an RCL thread. Someone posted this:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-vZ6sBBEgA

        And they said you look like Paul Ryan, the VP candidate, and I stuck up for you. I told them:

        “I’m pretty sure he is the non-stammering, well spoken, coherent guy in the top-left box asking the clear and measured questions and that isn’t wearing his dad’s suit and doesn’t pick his nose at 2:50.

        Also notice how Tehol doesn’t stumble over saying the word “black” to two black guys when he vomits out justin blackmon’s name. Cool as a cucumber.

        Now i can understand why Tehol yells all the time about not being on the podcast.

        Guy has the goods. A real company man.”

        And that’s me quoting ME.

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @Kid A: these are glitches bro. hahahahaha. i wasn’t stuttering. again, stalker.

          • Kid A says:
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            @Tehol Beddict:

            Now when you say glitches, do you mean technical or mental?

            Because someone swore you called Roddy White, Julio Jones, in that video.

            And I said, “Nuh-Uh, not T-hole, that boy is sharp, musta been an Audio/Video hiccup.”

            See, I got your back. Now lets be friends.

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @Kid A: I WAS HIGH DAMMIT!!!! jesus I forgot about it. Give me a break. Ur relentless. Attack jfoh. He likes the hate

              • Kid A says:
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                @Tehol Beddict:

                Preach it brother-

                I know if i had an interview lined up with two professional athletes that tied in directly with a sports site that I worked for and represented, I gotta say, the first thing I do is run out and get loaded before the interview.

                I’m right there with you on this, my man. Gotta take care of #1. Fight the Power!

                It was a long time ago anyways. We were all younger and more innocent then. We are in a matured state now.

                I feel like we’re really getting somewhere. Progressing even.

                • Tehol Beddict says:
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                  @Kid A high on nyquil. I had doctors note. Bad connection. Nfl networks fault. Insert all other excuses here……..When in doubt blame Jay wrong.

                  • PREz says:
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                    Tehol (hotel) making excuses!? Thats mind “bottling”!!

        • J-FOH

          J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: I’m dying over here

          • Tehol Beddict says:
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            @J-FOH: guys guys guys. I had the flu all week. Was sweating and unprepared. Plus it’s glitching. Plus nobody can say anything goes until they reveal themselves and not their fake avatar shizz. U guys are killing me but it’s all good. I forgive u. Even kid a………

            • J-FOH

              J-FOH says:
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              @Tehol Beddict: I’m not commenting on anything in particular, just enjoying the show between you two. no judgments here

              • Tehol Beddict says:
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                @J-FOH: it huuuuuuuuuurts, J-FOH IT HUUUUUURTS

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Kid A: Love it.

  25. Big League Choo says:
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    In your opinion how would you rank these MI…mind you my league has no Hr category instead TBs and BBs, so OPS is key

    my order as of now….rendon/miller/wong/gordon/owings/ackley/mercer

    Pretty much my goal is to grab segura or another stud MI and punt the rest…thanks to espn’s rankings everyone except possibly rendon will be on waivers in my 12 team league.

    P.S. cant wait til NL ROY Baez gets called up…got him in the 23rd round of my NFBC razzball league!!

  26. Hawk says:
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    Just for fun:

    ROY: Yordano Ventura
    Sleeper: Mike Moustakas
    Come Back: Giancarlo Stanton
    Infatuation: Michael Wacha
    Bust: Carlos Gonzalez
    MV Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg
    MV Hitter: Giancarlo Stanton

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Hawk: Strausy!! good call. genius call even

  27. Lily says:
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    Okay this will be strange question. First time playing in ESPN Custom League: 14 team, Weekly Match up League, 6 X 6 (Usual 5 x 5 plus QS and TH). A games started maximum was set at 8. The question is if I roster a pitcher like Wacha/Cingrani/Wood/Cashner/Ross in the RP slot even though they are dual eligible RP/SP will this count against game started maximums. Thanks for all the feedback!!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Lily: YES, i would hope so. thought its custom so i suppose anything possible but yes it has to count

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Lily: From what I’m reading, yes, since even though they are RP, they are still starting a game.

  28. Czernobog says:
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    Aroldis Chapman has comebacker of the year wrapped up already.

    • Czernobog says:
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      @Czernobog: And I should have read beyond the picks, that joke’s been made already.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Czernobog: Great minds think alike!

  29. PREz says:
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    These comments had me going to make popcorn…. This is going to be a longg entertaining season..

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @PREz: Tehol is the wind beneath my wings.

  30. costaricanchata says:
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    Grey not admitting his infatuation with puig ?
    oh yeah .
    the questions were confusing .

    • Frank Own uh.. says:
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      ROY: Frank Own Uh.. (who else would it be!)
      Break out Sleeper: Nick the Podcast Host (feel he is underrated…and he’s already breaking out..Welcome to ‘Murica..be prepared to gain 25 lbs overnight and forget all your French…should i have used kilo’s?)
      Come Back: Ryan Braun
      Infatuation: Justin Masterson–Go Tribe!
      Bust: Kate Upton (just bc..Verlander knows…ask him where his velocity went..busty)
      MVP Hitter:Chuck Norris (he will once again have to decline the batting title due to he’s inability to be associated with anything Average)
      MVP Pitcher: Grey (Looking at my lineup I’ll apparently buy anything he’s selling so he makes a valuable pitch man in my opinion..bet he could even convince people to buy $25 pack of gum)

  31. papasmurf says:
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    Ruggiano went almost undrafted in my 16 team league. I took him at around pick 375 or 380.

    If he hits .260 and hits 15 homers with 15 steals as a backup OF for ya, that’s decent. I wouldn’t expct more than that, but I thnk he will have some value if he keeps the cleanup spot all year long.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @papasmurf: In a league that deep, totally.

  32. Greg says:
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    If I trade Tulo for a SP…who should I expect to get in return? I have him @ $24.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Greg: prolly anyone not named Kershaw and Darvish.

  33. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    JAY!!! JAY!!!! JAY!!!

    I hope, I caught you in time. The draft is not today. It is on Thursday.

    I was not that far off as both days started with T-s.

    As Luca Brasi would say, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.

    O’ Dear! What am I going to do with all the tapas that I stayed up all night making for the snack bar at the draft?

    I’ll have to eat them all myself – Good thing my draft costume has a loose top and a spandex bottom.

  34. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Keeper League that allows you to keep a player at the end of the year for additional 3 rounds (i.e. if drafted in 8th you can keep in 5th next year) where do you draft Harvey in a 14 team league? He is DLable too.

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