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Welcome to the year end Razzball Awards!  Or as they call them in New Jersey, the “What’s this crap?”  Unlike the ESPYs, you won’t have to wear a tux or listen to Derek Jeter try to be funny.  Speaking of Viagra — Vlad’s got one good leg and he’s not wearing a shoe on it. Nope, for these awards, all you need to do is read.  What a novel concept!  Pun point, snitches!  Anyway, here’s the 2010 Razzball Year End Awards:

Fantasy AL Most Valuable Player – Crawford made an interesting case for MVP, but it involved reading and I don’t do that.  Jose Bautista might’ve won this award if he wasn’t cheating.  They’ll be other awards for him.  So my AL Fantasy MVP is Miguel Cabrera.  When Miggy was asked how it felt to win the AL MVP Razzballie, he said, “I’d prefer a pint of Shock Top.”   Thanks for coming to pick up your award, Miggy!  I hope you’re not driving.

Fantasy NL Most Valuable Player – I’d love to sit here — and I am sitting — and give the award to Votto, but Votto did him and CarGo did Votto plus ten steals.  CarGo, you are the belle of the Razzballies!

Fantasy AL Cy Young – Prepare for the week debate in November when F-Her (almost?) loses the award because of the M’s offense.  Here, he can win the award.  Hopefully he works on his hitting in the winter leagues and bats cleanup next year.

Fantasy NL Cy Young – Roy Halladay gets the mustache trophy.  Wainwright gets to want the mustache trophy.

Fantasy AL Least Valuable Player – Ian Kinsler made a solid case for terrible, but Grady Sizemore just flat out raked if you were to read that in the mirror.  Closest Grady Sizemore came to taking off this year was in his amateur Playgirl shoot.

Fantasy NL Least Valuable Player – As much as I’d like to give Matt Kemp this award, I can’t give a 28/19 guy the honors.  Maybe if he starts dating Lady Gaga next year, he’ll have better luck, and meat.  This year, the award for totally sucking up the suckhole in the NL was Jimmy Rollins.  He was injured half the year, and when he played, you wish he was injured.

Special Lifetime Achievement Award That Is Only A Reflection Of This Season And Not Of A Lifetime – Jose Bautista.  Well played, Bautista.  Now take the rubber balls out of your bat.

Fantasy Hitter You Most Likely Dropped and Picked Up A Dozen Times – Oh my God, Luke Scott is hitting!  Hmm… Now I don’t think he is.  Wait!  He is!  Well, maybe he isn’t.  No, he definitely is!  Oh, he’s injured.  He’s healthy but is he hitting?  Yes!  No!  Let me ask Grey!

Player You Had Forever and Most Wanted to Drop – You, “I don’t care if Mike Napoli gets 30 homers, I just want to drop him.”

Player On The Top Of Your Waivers That You Just Couldn’t Bring Yourself to Pick Up – Really, Omar Infante? He  just seems counterproductive even when he is productive.

Pitcher You Streamed So Much You Ended Up Owning Him – Brett Myers. Now please don’t smash your award through your girlfriend’s car windshield.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From, But Thankfully It Never Did – Jose Bautista. If you knew he’d hit 30 homers, let alone 50, you’re a damn liar. Or a witch. Maybe you can run for Senate.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From and It Ended Up Kicking You in the Groin – Ubaldo is so going to throw a 1.00 ERA all year! Hmm… Maybe a 2? How about a 3? In June, his ERA was 4.41; in July, 6.04; in August, 2.83 and, in September, 4.34.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From and When It Did You Were Okay With It – Kelly Johnson wasn’t quite the hitter after April, but at 2nd base and with 10+ homers in the 2nd half, you could’ve done worse.

Player You Traded Away That You Most Regretted – 50 plus homers from Jose Effin’ Bautista?!  And all I got back was the underperforming Mark Teixeira and a bag of Funyons?! At least the Funyons didn’t disappoint.

Player You Traded For That You Most Regretted – Did Pablo Sandoval really just hit .250 on my team with 7 extra base hits in three months?

Top SAGNOF – Juan Pierre/Billy Wagner (tie)

Player Who Pulled A Kotchman – Justin Morneau was injury-prone coming into the season.  This year, he one-upped even himself when he missed the final three months after being hit in the head by John McDonald’s knee.  Took the phrase ‘taking a knee’ to a whole new level.

Biggest Waste Of A Razzball Glossary TermSparkakis!

Slam & Legs Award – Carlos Gonzalez

Remember That Feeling You Had When You Walked In On Your Parents Having Sex, This Pitcher Gave You That Feeling Every Fifth Day – Zack Greinke.  Way to followup the Cy Young campaign.

90 Responses

  1. Stuck In A Pujol... says:
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    Player You Had Forever and Most Wanted to Drop – For me, hands down it was Adam Lind.

  2. Mench says:
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    FU Panda really did a number on my teams. That number was 2.

    Conversely, the Razzballies have brought me nothing but joy! Great stuff.

  3. Black Beard says:
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    Ha! Awesome post. I had a crazy year in fantasy baseball. I traded Straus and Aardsma very early for Wandy…was ridiculed…then lauded. Owned Bautista…then dropped him (ummm…oops). Traded Ubaldo for (essentially) Choo and Felix. Was able to acquire Rios and Oswalt on the merits of Haren, Sandoval and Sizemore. Traded for Hamels before he went off like a rocket for draft picks. Picked up Daniel Hudson and Scherzer when the time was right. Drafted Weeks. Traded for Kemp (screw you Buster Posey, this is a keeper league! actually screw you too Matt Kemp, you almost made me lose). Picked up K. Johnson and Delmon Young and Neftali Feliz (early, mid, early). And in the end…won my league (and was a half a point from winning Roto, drat). Also…big ups to Raburn and Neil Walker (I can’t believe you’re on my team!).

    The lesson? You can still completely implode on draft day (thank you Chone Figgins and Carlos Pena) and still win your league. The key (besides using your waiver claim on someone that drops Kuroda late)?

    READ RAZZBALL! Thanks Grey!

  4. Steve says:
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    I’d like to suggest (respectfully of course) a kind of companion award to the Fantasy Hitter You Most Likely Dropped and Picked Up A Dozen Times award.
    It’s the You Were Productive – Just Not While I Owned You award. It will be different for everyone, but for me (no surprises here) Freddy Sanchez wins it hands down.
    Congrats again on a great season, Grey.

  5. big o says:
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    pitchers who performed at or near expectations ,
    but couldn’t buy a win :

    SP
    Félix Hernández
    (Sea – SP) This player is a keeper. New player notes
    249.2 13 0 232 2.27 1.06
    SP
    Clayton Kershaw
    (LAD – SP) Player notes
    204.1 13 0 212 2.91 1.18
    SP
    Tommy Hanson
    (Atl – SP) This player is a keeper. New player notes
    202.2 10 0 173 3.33 1.17

    pick one .

    disappointing ? …. yes .
    adding kershaw to the keeper list ? …. youth must prevail .

  6. Back to Minors says:
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    excellent!

  7. zk says:
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    Put me out of my misery and tell me for certain that I just lead the RCL standings for 3 months and lost in the last five days. I beg you. Take me behind the shed and end it.

  8. Dom says:
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    Grey, I started reading Razzball three years ago, I just Threepeated!!!! Look for a daiquiri coming your way soon. Thanks again for all the hard work.

  9. big o says:
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    Fantasy Baseball PLAYA of the year :

    Grey Albright .

  10. Howard says:
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    Thanks Grey for a Greyt year!

    Worst drops that came back to bite me: Ryan Raburn and the Big Z.

    Worst pickup that didn’t quite live up to the hype: Yuniesky Maya (still not sure whether to keep him for next year?) Cuban *sigh* Young!

  11. Timequake says:
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    Here’s another guy who owes you a daiquiri. I was cruising to victory in my H2H championship yesterday afternoon when Borderline Starter Joe Blanton, who I’d unsuspectingly left active, entered the game against the Braves and defecated on both my ERA and WHIP. I had a stroke, but managed to hang on and win WHIP, and the championship, by .02. Thank you for the outstanding help this year, and I’ll be back in the spring.

  12. stynyr says:
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    Thank you, Grey, for all of your help this season. Took home my second regular season and tournament championship. Until next season!

  13. Eddy says:
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    Get ready for a week long buzz Grey because I’m throwing a daquiri in there along with these razzballers!

    My premature gloating in the league where I didn’t realize it was a two week championship stood tall! Playoffs in all my leagues, champ in one!!

    You’ve been tremendous all year long Grey! Can’t wait to chill here in the offseason!

  14. Jobu's Rum says:
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    4th consecutive 2nd place finish. But if not for you Grey, I wouldn’t even come close to feeling like the ’93 Bills. Thanks for another season!

  15. Isaac says:
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    Thanks for everything this year Grey! came in 2nd after a horrible draft
    ROCK ON MAN!

    @Jobu’s Rum… this is my 3rd year playing and my 3rd time 2nd place and yeah I get the 90s Bills references too… at least Im consistent

  16. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Yes, you write a very fine blog, Grey. My team just bit it this year, laying pitching turds early and often. I’m not faulting you. You did yer part. Wish I could say the same for Old Man Hoffman and a few other suspects. Wait til next year …

  17. @Timequake: Yeah Blanton’s relief (if that’s what you want to call it) appearance was U-G-L-Y. Fortunately for me, I had him on the bench and didn’t get poo on my ratios – which already stunk of poo.

    Player I had forever and most wanted to drop – Panda! Good god he was horrible and all along I waited and waited for him to heat up. Could have moved him in April for a Liriano.

    Funny about Infante – I never owned him either. At one point I asked Grey whether or not I should snatch him off waivers and got an “eeehhhhh” in return. Think I went with Felipe Lopez.

    Gavin Floyd and Carlos Zambrano tortured me by being terrible for my team and doing great once I dumped them. NEVER AGAIN! NEV-AR!

  18. Tom says:
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    Thanks so much for the site! You helped me win a league that I’d never won before… in 7 years! I sent $20 your way. I know it’s not a lot in the grand scheme of things but I’m hoping my donation is just one of many. Also, I’m kinda surprised ESPN, Yahoo or CBS haven’t bought out Razzball, but I guess it’s another example of how clueless they are.

    Cheers,
    Tom

  19. Mzyptlk says:
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    Thanks for the entertainment and advice. Two firsts and two seconds. Think I’m ready to step up the level of competition from Yahoo winners league. Any suggestions on a good league to join?

  20. ASAOK says:
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    My best hitter by season’s end was Mike Aviles, but still finished 1st. Thanks for all of the advice and hysterical posts. Some daquiris will be coming later!

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tom: No problem, and thanks!

    @Mzyptlk: No problem. league to join: An RCL?

    @ASAOK: No problem and thanks!

  22. Wilsonian says:
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    Thanks man…I really appreciate all the help this year! I finally won my 8 Team H2H league (which is the one that really counts because I took home a cool $250 in winnings) after two straight years of being the runner-up. It was a hard fought battle, but with your help I stole steals (pun intended), and somehow found a hodgepodge of offense that was productive. Although I’ve been doing Fantasy Baseball for 10 years, this is my first year Razzballing, and it was by far the most fun year, so many thanks for that. I’m sure you haven’t seen the last of me (I need help with keepers for a couple of leagues), but I might give you a break and turn the majority of my stalking to Doc. Got some money football leagues that need to be won now!

    Keep up the good work on this site…it’s definitely the best out there. And thanks to the commenters out there, too. You guys were a huge help, as well, and I appreciate the feedback from everyone. This is like my second family. Good luck to everyone in 2011.

  23. bravo says:
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    Just wanna say thanks for all the help this season. Love this site. Nothing better than getting fantasy baseball advice with some humor thrown in.

  24. Hans says:
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    Won my league Grey….thanks for all the advice this year…Looking forward to January Grey…Daquiri is on its way….

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Awesome, man. Congrats!

    @bravo: No problem, thanks for the kind words!

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Hans: No problem, and thanks!

  27. Is it a bad sign that I owned both the AL and NL Least Valuable Players? Yes, yes it is.

    Amazingly, despite this handicap, I managed to finish…0.5 points behind the league winner. I lost a share of the championship on the final day when the Jay Bruce hit his final home run of the year, breaking my HR tie with the 3rd place team and knocking a half point off my total.

    I’ve now finished in 2nd place in my last 2 fantasy football leagues and this year’s baseball league. Always the bridesmaid, NEVER THE FRICKIN LEAGUE WINNER.

  28. DrEasy says:
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    Just wanted to join the chorus of thanks! I won my roto league *very* easily thanks to you, Grey! 105 pts in a 12-team league, the next guy sat at 92.5. You can tell my team has Grey’s genes, as its only deficiency ended up being Wins (7th).

    Not that anyone cares, but here’s how it all went:

    - My starters carried the team early on (Adverb, Josh Johnson, Kershaw, etc.),
    - Brain Freeze was the order of the day for SAGNOF purposes (Jenks, Simon/Uehara, etc.),
    - my hitters started slow but warmed up gradually (Holliday, Grandy)
    - My stars were CarGo, and Marmol (who became a bona fide $12 salad).
    - My duds were Jose Lopez and Ibanez (who of course got hot when I dropped him).
    - My only trade was getting Adrian Gonzalez for Youk, which initially didn’t look all that good until Youk got hurt.
    - SS and 2B were volatile as I chased various SAGNOFs, but eventually settled on Alexei Ramirez (best waiver wire pick-up) and EYJ at the right time.
    - Posada was the main catcher all along, but Carlos Santana (another great pick-up) helped pick up the slack during his injury.
    - Injuries didn’t hurt me as much as past years. Josh Johnson, Nolasco, and Adverb were my main victims, but it didn’t affect me too much.
    - some great pick-ups: Kelly Johnson, Filthy Sanchez, EYJ, Carlos Santana. This makes me think that my league probably wasn’t all that competitive. I’ll probably commish a Yahoo Roto league for Razzballers next year, as I don’t think I’m ready to jump ship to another fantasy league.

    Best Grey advice: don’t trade Alexei for Jeter!

  29. JoeC says:
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    Mr. Grey Albright, thank you very much for the laughs and for the sage fantasy baseball advice. You definitely were a big part of me winning my money league (13 teams, 5×5, shallow benches).

    I drafted well, picking up Votto in the 4th (I’m not sure why my league was down on him… probably b/c there’s only one other Razzball reader that I know of) and Kershaw (6th) and Ubaldo (7th) as the anchors of my staff. There was also a little love in the middle rounds, with Vladdie OD’ing on the Geritol (11th round) and David Price pitching like a complete stud (15th round).

    But as we all know, leagues aren’t won on draft day (although they can be LOST on draft day). With the usual list of soul-crushing injuries (Kendry Morales (are you serious? Breaking your leg on a home run trot?), Youker, Kinsler, Montero, George of the Rose), Razzball helped me put the fingers in the dike (completely different context to that sentence just by changing one letter!) that held off my competition. The names are legion and mostly pitchers: Ely, Niese, Duensing, Minor, Hellickson, Cecil, Stauffer, Kennedy… if it wasn’t for you, I would not have won.

    Thus and therefore, as I think is traditional, I donate 10% of my winnings of $300 to Razzball. Please buy yourself a new set of mustache trimmers and Rudy a nice nose hair trimmer.

  30. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    I’d like to throw in an Honorable Mention for Krispie Young, for the Finally You Rewarded Our Unlimited Patience Sort Of Award. Trading Rauch for Young in early April was my smartest move this year. (Dumbest move: Trading Dunn and Kelly Johnson for Kinsler. Also dumb: Drafting MMD over Uggla. Also dumb: Picking up Brad Penny instead of Jaime Garcia.)

    Through some miracle of luck, pluck and good karma, I squeaked to a 4th place, break-even finish, even though not a single player on my team a) had over 76 RBIs; or b) more than 21 homers. (Both of those totals were posted by Han-Ram, who, by the way, I never liked, was forced to draft, and is now dead to me.)

    I did win saves, though, thanks to Marmol/Axford/Hensley/Takahashi/Rauch/Frasor/Dotel/Morales/Capps/
    Feliz/Contreras/Heilman/Weurtz/Putz, all of whom recorded at least one save for me this year. (In the case of Capps, exactly one — yes, I dropped him too. SMART.)

    Seriously, people, don’t pay for saves. And if you have them, trade them, then get more. It’s not rocket science. It’s SAGNOF.

    Big thanks for all the hard work this year, Grey, Rudy and Razzballeratti. See you over at Kitchen Snark.

  31. ThE sHiT says:
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    I think my playoff run was well chronicled here as I came back from the first and second round games to squeak into the next round. It was only fitting that I completely demolished my opponent in the championship round. The dude gave up with more than a week left to go in the matchup. All the praise goes to you, Grey. Because of your awesome advice, I used my 59/60 moves to play the hot hand and stream my way to victory. Thanks so much for all the help and humor that made me read the site every day since I stumbled upon it in late April. I will definitely be buying you a daiquiri once I get my hands on the winnings. I look forward to reading whatever fantasy baseball posts you write.

  32. Dad says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for another great year Grey. 2nd Place of 16 (but i would have dominated if it was Roto). [Cue cheesy Full House music during sappy ending] More than improving my fantasy team, you improved my enjoyment of having one. So thanks – i have a friend who still reads your posts occationally even though he’s no longer playing fantasy and i think that says something.

    @All: Anyone know of a Razzball-esque (in quality or information or style) fantasy HOCKEY site?

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mark Geoffriau: Damn, tough breaks. But good showing with the least valuable players.

    @DrEasy: Nice breakdown, and congrats!

    @JoeC: Thanks and my mustache thanks you!

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: No problem, hopefully next year we can get you the elusive win.

    @ThE sHiT: Thanks and congrats!

    @Dad: No problem and thanks for the kind words!

  34. @Grey: Next year after my draft I’ll just email you my 2nd and 3rd round picks…that’ll give you a head start on figuring out the LVP’s.

  35. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Grey: In six years, I’ve won three times, so not that elusive.

    Viva Razzball!

  36. dsimon says:
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    Hey, don’t forget how awful Brian Roberts was!

    I won the regular season, in no small part to listening to your advice to ditch Roberts. I successfully traded Roberts + Oswalt for CarGo. No doubt I’ll be keeping CarGo for a loooooong time.

  37. dsimon says:
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    Oh, of course I lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs thanks to a just a dismal final day of that H2H week. I did finish 3rd, but its just not the same….

  38. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Tough to argue with any of those… but I think I’d go with the Poo-Hole over the CarGo.

    Irregardlessly (<– my favorite non-word to say to elicit confusion), you, Grey, are the Most Valuable Fantasy Baseball 'Pert. Congratulations, and thanks for a fun-filled season.

  39. Brade says:
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    Good times, good times… For me the “picked up a dozen times” award goes to Raul Ibanez. Also, shouldn’t SAGNOF awards go to the random guys we knew almost nothing about before this year? In that case, I vote for Rajai Davis and Neftali Feliz.

    BTW: the RCL was fun stuff this year. Look forward to the final standings and doing it again next year!

    BTW II: Razzball clearly needs a fantasy hockey section now to complete the cycle. Know any Canadians?

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Brade: Yeah, Feliz and Davis are good ones too, nice call on them. Yeah, I gotta get cracking on Razzpuck.

  41. Jake says:
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    Hey Grey, wanted to thank you guys again for hooking me up this year. I finished 2nd (even though I led for all but the last day of the season – no joke). Anyway, I wanted to get your thoughts on a rule dispute we have in our league. Our league is custom, set up on ESPN, with a max innings pitched number of 1475. The guy that beat me on the final day ended up with 1527 IP and gained points for the additional innings pitched. Apparently, ESPN’s website has a glitch which states that if you reach the max # of IP you will get stats from pitchers pitching the same day that you reach the max allowable IP threshold. Seriously, he had 9 SP’s going on the last day and ended up with big stats, and surged ahead of many other managers on the stats page, enough to pass me and win. The problem is our our setting page is clearly states that 1475 is the max allowable limit for Pitchers according to our custom rule setup. By the way, the notice on ESPN regarding the accumulation of stats, despite being over the max # of IP, is viewable if you click Rules–Stats–Innings Pitched on ESPN’s main fantasy baseball page, not on our custom league page. Am I nuts for arguing this? My thought is if we have a max limit of 1475 then that’s the rule. If ESPN has a glitch, then they need to have it listed so everyone knows. Plus, this is an ESPN rule, not part of our custom rules. In any case, I finished 2nd and won $, but 1st would have been sweet. Thanks and sorry for the long post! Jake

  42. Grey

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    @Jake: No problem. I do the same thing the guy did who beat you. Get as close as you can to IP max then throw everyone you can. Sorry if you didn’t know that was allowable, but it’s been like that in every league I’ve been in for years now. Someone beat Pianowski in one of my leagues by doing the same thing and Pianowski was leading the entire year too.

  43. Jake says:
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    Thanks Grey! It was a big surprise to me as I had never known this. I figured my players (and everyone else’s) would just lock and the stats would stop accumulating once we reached the max IP. Oh well, tough pill to swallow. Good season and thanks for the reply and more so for the help throughout the season…Jake

  44. Grey

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    @Jake: No problem.

  45. DrEasy says:
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    @Jake: I think they do this because how are they supposed to know which IPs to use during that last day if you do exceed the limit? Say your limit is 1200 IP, and you’re at 1195, then you throw in a whole bunch of starters on that last day. Which innings should go to the 5 IP you need? What if a guy pitches 6 innings and gets a win, should that W count?

    I don’t like the rule either, but I can understand why they do it that way, and I can’t really think of a better way. Just be ready for it next year!

  46. SamYo says:
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    Thanks Grey, I won most of my leagues. Looking forward to next season !

  47. Grey

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    @SamYo: No problem and congrats!

  48. Steve says:
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    Just picking up on something you mentioned yesterday…

    The Giants bullpen (it says here) hasn’t given up a run in the last 36 and a third. If they can get just enough offence and some serviceable starting pitching, they could take some stopping.

  49. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, I’d be pretty surprised if the Braves beat the Giants.

  50. Sparts says:
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    Thanks for a great year Grey. I finally won my league! First year I find Razzball I win, coincidence, I think not. Thanks again.

  51. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    fatty and fruit-loops , Imus dubbed them .

    and , just as you , earlier , reminisced about doris from rego parked ,
    i wonder how much the “mad dog” is enjoying HIS giants’ return to
    post-season play .
    hopefully , no earthquake will follow .

    me ?
    i’m rooting for the team that finished in front of the A ‘s .

  52. Tele says:
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    Thanks for everything Grey. It’s always refreshing to see smart, informative, and entertaining sports writing. Easily won my league and rediscovered my love for fantasy baseball. Keep up the good work, it’s much appreciated!

  53. Black Beard says:
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    Grey, any advice on fantasy post-season baseball? I realize it’s somewhat of a fool’s errand but I’m stumped on how to handle it. It’d be 9 hitters, six pitchers 6×5 (plus OPS), no positions. Thanks!

  54. Grey

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    @big o: Are you challenging Morneau’s head to be less foggy? I like to add a double dog dare to that challenge.

    @Sparts: Congrats!

    @Tele: No problem, thanks for the kind words!

  55. Grey

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    @Black Beard: Go for players on teams that will be playing deep into the playoffs, or at least should be.

  56. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    oh , and , tell the truth .

    is Razzballies your mom’s word ,
    or are you really that clever ?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: To be honest, my Mom’s never said that phrase in her life, to my knowledge.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Black Beard: Nice video… Yeah, it’s a total crapshoot. Hope you’re not betting too much money on it.

  59. Lines says:
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    I win! Won my H2H league going away. Feels good too, after last season’s ignominious exit on a tiebreaking technicality. Thanks, Grey! And thanks other Razzballers! You guys put the “tasy” in fantasy baseball. Whatever the hell that means. Also, y’all make it way more hilarious. So, y’know… good job.

    Hope everyone else’s season ends well. Happy Playoffs, everybody!

  60. Grey

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    @Lines: Thanks and congrats!

  61. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Got a soft spot for anyone in the playoffs?

    I really don’t have any strong feelings about any of the teams, but I’d like to see Roy O pitch well and for Votto to have a strong post-season.

    Oh – and I never owned him this year, but I hope Dirty Sanchez fronts up.

  62. Black Beard says:
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    @Grey: Nah, small stakes. I tend to lose so everyone loves having me!

  63. Grey

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    @Steve: I’d like to see the Braves win it for Cox. But that’s not happening. I’d also like to see the Rangers do well, and the Rays. Really just want to see good games.

    @Black Beard: Gotcha

  64. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – no blowouts.

    And also – no games where anyone has to wear those stupid caps with the fold-down ear flaps. It’s a summer pastime!

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Oh, see I say more silly hats, the better.

  66. big o says:
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    1. (7) Adrián González 1B
    2. (22) Félix Hernández SP
    3. (35) Josh Hamilton OF
    4. (50) Tommy Hanson SP
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    5. (63) Robinson Canó 2B
    6. (78) Jonathan Broxton RP
    7. (91) Clayton Kershaw SP
    8. (106) Elvis Andrus SS
    9. (119) Jay Bruce OF

    @Grey:

    14 team long-term keeper league …. 2nd year , just concluded .
    after the 1st year , we kept 4 players .
    depending on league vote , this year we may keep 4 , again , or increase
    to 6 or 8 players .
    my hope is that this league , eventually turns into a full-keeper , with limited minor league roster , but , again , that depends on league vote .

    with these parameters in mind ,
    i have listed my draft picks #5 thru 9 .

    i subsequently dropped bruce , after his poor start ,
    but , was lucky enough to draft liriano (rd 17) .

    so , given that i may lose as many as my top 8 draft rounds ,
    please list , in order , your suggestions .
    (5×5 , btw) .

    thanking you , in advance .

  67. Scott says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for another great season of wit and insight. Long term 5×5 NL keeper question:

    Aroldis or Stanton?

    Thanks!

  68. Grey

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    @big o: So you can keep guys in the first group? Or no? Either way, my top 6 would be… Cano, Hamilton, Kershaw, Andrus, Bruce, F-Her… Last two, if it’s 8, A-Gon and Hanson… They’re not great though.

  69. Grey

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    @Scott: No problem… Stanton.

  70. gza says:
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    Grey, I just want to give a big thanks for all the hilarious (need more The Wire references!), yet very useful posts every day. This is always the first site I open up when I get to work hah! I ended up winning 2 leagues and got 2nd in another thanks to all the advice on Razzball. Stuff like the Borderline Fantasy Starters were huge down the stretch, thank you Tim Stauffer. Anyways, thanks again Grey and company!

    lol spot on with the Napoli post. Also it kills me that I drafted Kinsler and Rollins back to back in one of my leagues. Damn good for nothings

  71. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    the top 4 were my last year’s keepers .
    they can be replaced .

    need a top 4 , (no particular order)
    next 2 (= top 6) , and ,
    next 2 (= top 8) .

    note that bruce is not an option …. but liriano is .
    also , can i afford to drop my 1st baseman ? (i already don’t have a 3rd b)

    again , thanks .

  72. big o says:
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    edit the number 8 for that smiley face thing .
    don’t know how that happened .
    sorry .

  73. Grey

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    @gza: No problem and congrats!

    @big o: Cano, Hamilton, Liriano, Kershaw, Andrus, F-Her, A-Gon, Hanson…

  74. Grey

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    @big o: Your 8′s are so cool they gotta wear shades.

  75. Eddy says:
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    @Grey:
    Nice to see I’m not the only one who wants to see Cox sent out with a championship. Though I’m a Marlins fan, I’m rooting braves here. Rangers are the second choice because it’s been a while.

    Anyways, I’m curious. What do you think of Keith law? I know Stephen quotes him often, do you give his stiff a passing grade?

  76. Steve says:
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    @Eddy: Um, you might want to take another look at that last sentence.

  77. Eddy says:
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    @Eddy:
    Stuff*. not sure if you wanna grade his stiff

  78. Grey

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    @Eddy: I don’t have much time to read it but the stuff I’ve read gives me the impression is full of himself, holier than thou and pretentious. Those might be the same thing. The baseball knowledge of prospects is fine, but it’s just as hit or miss as anyone else.

    @Steve: Ha!

  79. Levi says:
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    Grey – Thank you for the many quality and humorous posts.

    Your suggestions helped me a great deal but do confess not listening to you and keeping Vazquez this year. Him, Greinke and Sizemore joined forces to ruin my chances of finishing in the money this year (I ended out two points out of it!). Next year I’ll know better :)

    Lechaim!

    Levi

  80. Grey

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    @Levi: To life! (And next year.)

  81. ThE sHiT says:
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    Gotta throw in my 2 cents on the playoff rooting… I picked the Rays and Phillies to make the World Series in the preseason and sticking to it. I still like the Rays to win it all. I can really see the Twins sending the Yankees home also.

  82. ThE sHiT says:
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    I want to see good games as well. I hate blowouts in any sport. Except when I roll my opponent in fantasy ;)

  83. Grey

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    @ThE sHiT: Yeah, the Twins problem might be their pitching, which will also be the Yanks problem. The Yanks could out hit them though.

  84. colby lewis says:
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    I read your posts more than I read for my classes.. so thanks for helping me win my league by a long shot (85% of the possible rotisserie points)

    could not agree more on Napoli, dropped him out of hatred for Scioscia, just imagine if Jim Riggleman coached the angels under the impression that Napoli was great hitter and a stud pitching prospect… yep, I drafted Strasburg in a keeper league.

    and the only reason I don’t “like” razzball on facebook is because I don’t want my friends finding out about yall, besides the fact that ‘liking’ stuff is just, dumb

    Thanks for keeping us informed

  85. Grey

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    @colby lewis: Congrats on the win. I don’t like anything either. It’s all good.

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