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Well, it sorta began last week, but there wasn’t really anything to report. We had one day of stats and a whole lot of J-FOH to deal with. Speaking of, I should point out that he did a wonderful job filling in for me last week as I traveled to the Bahamas and had a plethora of little umbrella drinks placed around my general vicinity. Haha, just kidding, I don’t drink anything with umbrellas in them. And the Bahamas are what I call my bar “area”. Which is really just a shelf with several Makers Mark bottles that have varying levels of fullness. I could have said emptiness, but I’m an optimist. And probably an alcoholic. That being said, we’re here now, together, once again, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I mean, I might, but that involves you buying me a steak dinner. Speaking of ways into my heart, Rudy has found a way to become legend to my soul, and you’ll learn what that is after the jump. So let’s start the story of your 2014 RCL Season…

For the returning RCL’ers, I’m obviously not Vin, and this series will not be like last year’s. There wasn’t anything wrong with his series, and there’s no real reason for the change other than I’ll be telling the story. So it’ll basically be like you’re reading me. MUTHA. EFFING. DEEP. So here’s the general lineup (with explanations) for the year, and don’t worry, I’ll be drinking profusely to help inspire a great season for everyone…

The RCL Top 10

Why the top-10? Because they’re the top-10 teams out of 1,000+? And that’s pretty amazing? I’m Ron Burgundy? Simply put, they’re the best of the best of the best, and I think they deserve a little bit recognition. BUT NOT TOO MUCH. Just a taste.

1 Tennessee Achilles Hu Are Yu? 114.4
2 I Have A Big Wieters Take On The Jay(Wrong) RedditVer 108.2
3 Team Dalmore Take On The Jay(Wrong) Ver. 4 107.4
4 Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects Magnificent Mustachioed Men 105.5
5 Split Open And Melt Kid Cuddyer’s Magical Palace 104.5
6 Columbus Blackhats Diamond Bags 103.2
7 Pie Holes J-FOH the Third 103.0
8 Red Dragons Razzball’s In Her Mouth IV 102.5
9 Bar-S Hotdogs RAZZBALL the Movie 102.2
10 Mississippi BRAVOS Razzblurry 102.1

And right here is where some commentary will go. Like, for example, I want to comment on the fact that two of the top-10 teams are each in one of my leagues. Gosh, I’m so proud of you guys, I’m tearing up right now… but more like Peter North tears. It’s still a good thing, trust me.

Oh, and remember the thing about Rudy Gamble now being called Rudy Legend? He’s been working day and night, for at least 15 minutes at a time, a couple of times, to bring you this work of art. That’s right folks, the 2014 Master Standings… fully sortable, brought to you in amazing hi-def! (only works if you have a hi-def monitor.)

The 2014 Razzball Commenter League Master Standings

Look at how monstrous that font looks. It’s bauce. Now, excuse me while I go make sure I never spell ‘boss’ like that ever again.

The RCL Round-Up

Now we get to the interesting part. I’m not quite sure what subject matter I’ll want to touch on long term (that’s what she said), but I want to make sure I cover different teams and different leagues in this  section. We’ll call it the RCL Round-Up? Does that sound good? Don’t say anything, I can’t even hear you if you tried. And you’d be late, seeing as how this isn’t real-time. You’re weird for even trying…

– I want to lead this off by mentioning that from what I’m looking at, the average amount of moves any team has made so far this season has been in-or-around six moves. And let’s also establish that if you made 12 or more moves, that would put you in the upper-echelon of teams that should change their name to ‘Turnstile’. So of course there were two teams in the past few weeks that have made 32 moves each. WUT? Those two teams are The Hippos and Big Magoo. It’s certainly worked with the Hippos, as he’s in first place so far, but I’m fascinated that Kyle Farnsworth and Seth Smith are involved in like, 27 of those transactions. For Big Magoo, this strategy hasn’t worked out as well, being in second place and all. Probably because he’s added and dropped Raul Ibanez 31 times.

– On the opposite side of the spectrum, four teams have made just one move so far. For Dug Fister, that one add was Adam LaRoche. GAME CHANGER.

– So, what does the number one overall team look like right now? Well, Tennessee Achilles has no Brandon Belt, no Mark Trumbo, and no Felix Hernandez, strangely enough. He is getting production across the board from guys like Jay Bruce, Giancarlo StantonTrevor Rosenthal, Jose Fernandez, and Johnny Cueto. But those players aren’t the reason he’s first overall. The real reason is because he made a deal with the mustache-devil and is holding Cody Asche on his bench like some sort of spirit totem for the fantasy baseball Gods.

– I gotta ask, if that’s what the numero uno team looks like, what does the flip side bare? Let’s ask the Evansville Enforcers. Funny story; this last place (overall) team owns Jean Segura, Jay Bruce, Jose Bautista, Alex Cobb, and oh yeah, Miguel Cabrera. Uhhhh, let’s just chaulk this up to small sample size… Also, baseball is weird.

The RCL #1

The RCL #1, which sounds like a RCL made for Space Odyssey, is the Friends & Family league that Grey created so we could all be his fantasy baseball punching bags. Actually, maybe not so much punching bags as mustache combs. Seems more Grey-ish to me. Regardless, this league stars myself, Rudy, Tehol the Elder God, Prospector Scott, Nick the Podcast Host, and Sky… err, the Blue? We need to find you a better title buddy. But that’s us, that’s the family. Which, I can assure you, I’m already filing paperwork to gain emancipation. The friends are Dalton Del Don from Yahoo, Brad Johnson from FanGraphs, Ryan Carey of Mastersball, Paul Singman of Baseball Prospectus, and Tim McLeod of RotoRob.

The Standings:

RCL1week2

- Here’s where I’ll probably do some more commentary. Because you know me, always commentating. And drinking. And mustache combing. Sometimes all at the same time.

- There’s been one trade so far, and that was between yours truly and Brad Johnson. The deal took place on March 28th, and I sent David Ortiz and Brandon Moss for Chase Headley (HAHA) and Brandon Belt. I’d say the trade is a wash so far, even with Belt’s fast and furious start. Headley’s slow and haphazard start has kind of negated that fact. Thanks! BUT, the silver lining here is that I now own Chase Headley in all of my RCL teams. So ef me, I guess.

- Grey, just yesterday, offered me Alex Wood for Jose Abreu. He mentioned that I needed starters, and he’s right, seeing as how I’m fielding an all-reliever team, and Derek Holland on the DL for some reason. So my counter was Jose Abreu for his entire pitching staff. Hey, when a guy’s right, you slap him on the shoulder, ya know?

- I think every team has owned Luke Gregerson so far…

Want more of the Jay? Don’t we all folks? Don’t. We. All. Well, you, in fact, can have more. AMAZING. I know. You can find Jay enjoying his new dig’s running the Football side of Razz.

From Around The Web

  1. Ron says:
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    at the time, how did you perceive you were making your team better with Headley and Belt?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Ron: I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that the answer has something to do with his love for all things Padres.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ron: I didn’t. Then again, I had no 3B and Ortiz stuck on the bench, so I was able to solve my roster bind. Also, I’m really high on Belt. Plus, ya know, homerism…

  2. Principal Blackman says:
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    I’m averaging 5.667 moves per RCL team so far, which makes me almost exactly average. Too bad all 3 of my RCL teams are in 12th place.

    • Tehol Beddict

      Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Principal Blackman: thats an accomplishment in itself Principal B. Kudos

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: these team. Would be killing it in an old school Razzball league.

  3. Tehol Beddict

    Tehol Beddict says:
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    knocked out of first by erasmo ramirez right before the article hit!!!! #FML #IfYourNotFirstYourLast

  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy says:
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    Someone in my league made the top 5! Too bad I’m sitting pretty in last there.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jeremy: then feel proud that you are adding to his point total.

  5. Zar says:
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    Wow top and bottom have very interesting teams XD Baseball is very very weird. My team is being carried by CarGo and Stanton but I need a starter. Do you think erasmo will be good the rest of the year? I’m hearing a lot of different opinions on him.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zar: probably average with flashes of good and bad. He brings some K’s, but will give up his share of home runs.

  6. MattTruss223 says:
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    Hey Jay, when was this data captured? Something seems screwy with the moves is the only reason I ask. Nik@Nite in ECFBL has 68 moves as of right now, which blows my now up to 30 moves well out of the water. Master standings show Nik@Nite w/10.

    RE: Seth Smith – That was a case or 2, or 3 of “Grab now and research later”. I saw Farnsworth was recalled from AAA, so I grabbed in case for some reason he was named closer. Dropped a little later on. Saw Wilmer Flores recalled from AAA, grabbed in case NYM realized Rueben Tejeda was bad. Nope, just covering D.Murph while he was away being a daddy and EYJ will prolly play 2nd. Dropped minutes later. Games started for the day and Seth Smith faces a LHP tomorrow, dropped. Gotta have a quick trigger finger in ECFBL, hence the crazy add/drop rate.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @MattTruss223: I went off what wad reporting last night. I know for a fact that there are still some bugs that Rudy is working on, so that might be it.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Jay: Gotchya, I don’t recall “moves” being captured in the master standings last season, so maybe it’s a new feature glitch. I love that addition though. ECFBL should place a few managers in the top 10 for moves by midseason. Pretty sure both my teams will be up there. I have a problem, but I admit it. Haha. It’s paying off so far though, both teams are top 20. VERY early though, doubt I hang on up there for too long.

        • chris says:
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          @MattTruss223: here is my favorite of yours :)
          Mon, Apr 7
          1:05 PM Transaction
          Add/Drop HIPP dropped Corey Dickerson, Col OF to Free Agency
          HIPP added Lance Lynn, StL SP from Free Agency to Bench HIPP Roster
          Mon, Apr 7
          1:05 PM Transaction
          Add/Drop HIPP dropped Lance Lynn, StL SP to Free Agency
          HIPP added Corey Dickerson, Col OF from Free Agency to Bench HIPP Roster

    • Paulie Allnuts

      Paulie Allnuts says:
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      @MattTruss223: Fred is the Master of Moves every season. No one is even a close second. And the ECFBL is always tops in total moves. That is part of our charm. We may pick up and drop a guy 3-4 times in a row. It seems to work, as we have been the top league nonpareil for three straight years.

      And yes, Matt T. is Numero Uno in both leagues, and in the MMM he has what I consider the greatest fantasy name of all time:

      4.Rube Waddell’s Shiny Objects Magnificent Mustachioed Men 105.5

      So Truss is first in both RCL’s. Maybe trying to take Chris H.’s crown as King of Fantasy Baseball. Another Living Legend? Only time will tell.

      There are a number of leagues that are ranked higher then our 103 at this point, but of course this is a small sample size. The top rated league is at 106, Sultans of Swat. A few are out there at 105. But we always start off a bit slow, although 103 is considerably above the avg. rating. One of Jay’s multitude of leagues, Take on the Jay(Wrong) Version #4 is at 105. I’m expecting the ECFBL to be where we should be, that is the #1 league, close to mid-season, and then pull away sometime in August. At least that is our history. Last season, if folks forget, we led the leagues – that is THE ENTIRE BODY OF RCL’S – in 8 of 10 cats, which is seemingly impossible. But it happened. I’m not saying it will happen again, but I will put out the offer of a friendly bet to any other fantasy league that feels they can thwart our dominance, which is only equaled in baseball by the Yankee run from ’49 – ’64, where they failed to win the pennant twice, and one of those times with well over 100 wins.

      My yearly complaint is that top teams get all of the glory. And to some degree they deserve it, yet if a top team is in a league that does not have a high composite rating, it takes away from the luster. No one in our league is likely to be in the top ten in the standings at the end of the season, there is too much parity and the competition is just to intense. I always have wanted a league award -for goodness sakes, we have been the top league three years in a row (a fact I will repeat ad nausea throughout the year, for all the newbies who have their own delusions of grandeur), and this season we will do it even without Chris the Living Legend, as we now perhaps have Truss the Living Legend, Or Matt the brother of Chris the Living Fantasy legend, or Kelly the Fantasy King, or Fred, Master of Moves; how about the EVIL Fantasy Menace, or Chad the Invincible – choose your poison, but we are loaded, and that’s it for now. Paulie

  7. MattTruss223 says:
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    Oh, and nice work man, look forward to reading your weekly round-ups. Always looked forward to Vin’s and yours won’t disappoint.

    I remember way back in 2012 there was a way to add our razzball handles to the Master Standings. I never asked about it last season, but that was kinda a cool thing. Not sure how hard that’d be to pull off though.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @MattTruss223: Thanks! And to be honest, I’m not sure there’s an easy way to do that. People would have to volunteer their information… it would get convoluted real fast for me.

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @Jay: Jay, just want to add what Matt said. And you are a great organizer, editor, commenter, pod-caster, writer, even with the intake of ETOH. Appreciate your efforts beyond reason.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          • Paulie Allnuts

            Paulie Allnuts says:
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            @Jay: ROFLMAO!!!

  8. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Ibanez can still mash RHPs despite the fact that Mike Trout was 4 years old when he made his big league debut. Add when facing a righty, drop prior to an off day or when a lefty is scheduled to pitch. Rinse, repeat. And I’m in first place now. Thanks to Raul, no doubt.

  9. Al koholic says:
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    thanks for the updates,much appeciated

  10. Scott says:
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    W Rod v@ Cubs or
    Morrow home vs Hou or
    Roark home vs Mia

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: I’m leaning Roark, but the Houston match-up also reaches out to me… Roark by the hair.

  11. jake says:
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    nothing to add, just wanted to say i love these write ups. huzzah!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @jake: Thanks!

  12. Mike says:
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    heh. I had a guy offer me Billy Butler and Matt Weiters. He asked for Jose Abreu and Starling Marte.

    I responded that I wasn’t too keen on trading my 4th and 5th round picks for guys he picked up in the 10th and 18th rounds.

    His response was awesome: “Oh. I thought you might be interested in a replacement for Ramos [I’ve got Zunino] and I didn’t realize you reached for Marte and Abreau. How ’bout you keep Marte, and give me Werth and Abreu instead”

    Werth was my 7th round pick.

    Now… If he had offered me Head…. ly

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike: Yeah, I’ve known guys like that… I just say thanks, but no thanks.

      In a vacuum, Wood for Abreu is fine. I’m just pot committed to my crazy reliever idea, that a drop in the pond wouldn’t really do much for me.

      • Mike says:
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        @Jay: I’ve had a lot of success with your approach in recent years. I didn’t go with zero starters (did you really draft none?) but I generally draft:

        1) the best offense I can get through the first 6-8 rounds. No pitching at all.
        2) at least 4 elite/solid closers in rounds 6-15
        3) a few SPs with upside and at least two more marginal closers over the remainder ofthe draft

        Sometimes the draft cooperates with me, sometimes it doesn’t. But I like the strategy.

        My theory – and I haven’t done any research – is that you avoid a lot of pitching injuries that occur early in the season; you don’t get stuck with a Medlen situation.

        By early June your saves lead is starting to look insurmountable. That’s also the time when the year’s Jose Fernandez’s are emerging and can still be had off the wire – or by trade for a reasonable price.

        With luck, you’ll find a team that sees the value in locking up 11 points for Saves and will have pieces that can fill your weak spots.

        Yeah, you need to be lucky on the wire and hope some of your upside picks pan out, but that’s common to every draft strategy.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Mike: I did really draft none. I don’t think anyone noticed either, which I find curious. I just went straight offense for I think the first 8 or 9 rounds and started getting mid-range closers and other targets of mine.

          Honestly though, this strategy has backfired a lot, as the closers I’ve picked have been shaky and the K/WHIP guys I got haven’t really added anything to the equation yet.

          But whatevs. I’m in 10 leagues, I’m playing fast and loose in some of them…

  13. costaricanchata says:
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    “The day of conquest and aggrandizement is gone by …”

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @costaricanchata: “Time is a flat circle. Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.” – Rust Cohle

  14. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mr Worng: I miss you so much

  15. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mr Wrong: Also noticed RazzBall has become a betting site this year.

    What’s next?

  16. Chase says:
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    Are the master standings updated/how often is it updated? Sandlot’s Finest is 1st in RCL Original Recipe 2014 but the third team from that league in the list. Just curious.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Chase: That’s more of a Rudy question. While it should be updating every day, it’s still very much in an early stage, and the bugs will get worked out soon.

    • Paulie Allnuts

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      @Jay: @Chase: The last few years I have noticed that Rudy’s stats are usually a day or two behind. Nothing different this year.

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