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After drudging through an Andy Dufresne-type tunnel for the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball, I find myself with a group that actually really hurt or helped your team depending on how you drafted.  If you went wrong with your 1st baseman, it could kill your season.  Hey, Ike Davis, no hard feelings from me.  We are totally fine.  Please enjoy these cyanide pills I made special for you.  If you went right, you might’ve won your league.  For the first time in as long as I’ve been writing this blog, this is the sorriest group of 1st basemen I’ve ever seen at the end of the season, but more about that in the body of the post.  To recap, this final ranking is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 1st basemen for 2013 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Chris Davis – Can’t say I’m really surprised by Davis’s end-of-the-season numbers.  I’m shocked.  And save that hooey that Bill James was right all along.  He liked him three years ago.  It was a running joke how ridiculous his projections were for Davis in 2010.  Davis wasn’t even on the same team at the time.  No one saw this year coming.  So I don’t even want to hear it.  Brucely, Davis’s K-rate is still absurd, his HR/FB is silly, his fly balls were through the roof — literally if it was a domed stadium; there’s no way he replicates this year again, but be happy you had him when he did it.  Preseason Rank #15, 2013 Projections:  66/28/82/.251/2, Final Numbers:  103/53/138/.286/4

2. Paul Goldschmidt – I tried to search my old Twitter notifications because some blogger or someone wrote to me something like this in March, “Your Goldschmidt ranking is way too high, surprised to see Razzball put him in the 2nd round, used to like you guys.”  I searched for only about a minute, because I didn’t respond at the time (I don’t talk on Twitter) and the person who said it was a moron at the time and probably hasn’t changed.  I just wanted to retweet it without comment.  Though, I’d probably have to ask JayWrong how to retweet something.  It’s the same shizz every year.  People in March, “Oh, your ranking is so stupid, I can’t believe it, bleh bleh bleh.”  Then in August or September, they disappear.  Probably because they lost their league and they moved onto fantasy football.  Au Shizz was my crowning jewel this year.  I went further out on a limb than any other fantasy baseball ‘pert and I brought it home.  The funny thing is I didn’t even know I was going out on as big of a limb as it ended up being.  I rank my players without looking at other sites and usually before them.  I rank purely on stats.  So, when I see a guy that could go 30/15 with a .275 average and solid counting stats, I know that’s 2nd round material.  So I put him in the 2nd round.  Now, why everyone else didn’t put him in the 2nd round is beyond me.  They’re idiots is my guess.  Oh, and he even blew away my expectations.  Get it, Au Shizz, get it!  Preseason Rank #3, 2013 Projections:  84/29/104/.274/12, Final Numbers:  103/36/125/.302/15

3. Edwin Encarnacion – I nearly fell into the trap of not trusting his 2012, but what tricked me on Bautista the previous year didn’t get me again.  Never underestimate Dwayne Murphy.  Preseason Rank #6, 2013 Projections:  87/30/98/.269/7, Final Numbers:  90/36/104/.272/7

4. Freddie Freeman – It wasn’t that long ago (maybe two years) that Freeman would’ve been ranked around 10th overall and been a great corner man if he gave you the stats he gave you (I tried unsuccessfully to make that sentence more coherent).  I have a sneaking suspicion that Freeman is going to be overrated next year.  Call it my not-female intuition.  Preseason Rank #12, 2013 Projections:  90/25/98/.267/2, Final Numbers:  89/23/109/.319/1

5. Matt Carpenter – The bad news is I didn’t even rank him in the preseason for 1st basemen.  The really bad news is he was the only player in the top 20 I didn’t rank.  Not one other 1st baseman came out of nowhere to produce a season worth noting.  That’s really bad.  As LT would say, offense is in the toilet and no one is flushing.  Preseason Rank #34 for 2nd basemen, Ranked, 2013 Projections:  54/8/59/.282/2, Final Numbers:  126/11/78/.318/3

6. Joey Votto – Doode is trending hardcore the wrong way for a few years now.  Kinda scary a 1st baseman with that few RBIs is even ranked this high.  But, I gotta say, Votto sure does take a pretty walk.  Best walk taker outside of Jackie Bradley Jr.  Preseason Rank #3, 2013 Projections:  104/25/110/.320/5, Final Numbers:  101/24/73/.305/6

7. Prince Fielder – I went out on a limb that his big-time odd numbered power stats were going to show themselves in 2013 because, well, it’s an odd numbered year.  Yeah, that didn’t work out so well.  As the original Fat Boys said, if it ain’t one thing, it’s anuddah (bruddah).  Preseason Rank #2, 2013 Projections:  94/39/117/.291/1, Final Numbers:  82/25/106/.279/1

8. Michael Cuddyer – His end of the season projections are frighteningly close to my preseason ones, except he got hella lucky on balls hit into play.  Yeah, I still say hella, what’s it to you?  Preseason Rank #21, 2013 Projections:  71/22/84/.271/9, Final Numbers:  74/20/84/.331/10

9. Eric Hosmer – In a lot of leagues, you have a corner man.  A corner man that you are guessing in March will come from 1st basemen.  This year you had about nine steady 1st basemen (first seven guys minus Carpenter who was a 2nd baseman, plus A-Gon and Craig, minus Cuddyer and Trumbo who were outfielders, and other guys are catchers or corner men) that you didn’t want to drop.  Nine 1st basemen total.  Say it with me now, bring back steroids!  I can’t remember the last time there were only nine reliable first basemen.  The sheer number of catchers on this list points to how pathetic first basemen were.  Hosmer didn’t even reach the projections I had for him this year, and I ranked him all the way down at 16th overall in the preseason.  Yikes.  Again, with emotion, YIKES.  I say all of this now, because Hosmer was a top ten first basemen and he had only one homer through June 12th.  If you stuck with him until then, I applaud your patience or wonder how much Valium you were on.  Preseason Rank #16, 2013 Projections:  75/22/90/.280/12, Final Numbers:  86/17/79/.302/11

10. Mark Trumbo – I bet if Pujols and Hamilton had the years people thought they would’ve had, then my preseason prediction that Trumbo would be benched for one quarter of the Angels games would’ve came true.  No way The Sciosciapath keeps trotting out him out otherwise.  Preseason Rank #13, 2013 Projections:  62/28/82/.258/5, Final Numbers:  85/34/100/.234/5

11. Mike Napoli – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball post.

12. Adrian Gonzalez – I’m surprised the power never returned for A-Gon.  Even for half of a season.  But, I guess, he just got old.  Happens to the best of us, except me.  I’m above that aging process crap.  Preseason Rank #5, 2013 Projections:  86/29/112/.292/1, Final Numbers:  69/22/100/.293/1

13. Brandon Moss – The A’s were a bit like the Cardinals in the amount of counting stats they produced.  Also, my preseason projections for Moss had Carter still on the A’s at the time.  He was gone with plenty of time for me to adjust Moss’s stats, but I must’ve forgot.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.  Preseason Rank #41, 2013 Projections:  45/19/58/.274/2, Final Numbers:  73/30/87/.256/4

14. Jonathon Lucroy – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball post.

15. Victor Martinez – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball post.

16. Carlos Santana – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball post.

17. Allen Craig – The Counting Stat Cardinals made everyone on their team appear better than they were this year and Craig was no exception.  If a few less people get on in front of him, we’re talking about what a terrible year he had.  13 homers?  That’s the new blech.  Better watch out, Yunel Escobar, he’s trying to steal your identity.  Preseason Rank #10, 2013 Projections:  67/23/83/.315/3, Final Numbers: 71/13/97/.315/2

18. Kendrys Morales – The 18th ranked 1st baseman didn’t do anything great, he just didn’t do anything terrible.  Or hit any game-winning homers.   It’s the age of counting stats ruling the day.  A guy plays 150+ games and he has a good chance of being ranked in the top twenty somewhere.  Preseason Rank #20, 2013 Projections:  77/26/89/.272, Final Numbers:  64/23/80/.277

19. Brandon Belt – The scary thing is he was basically a platoon player that wasn’t used as one — vs. lefties:  3 homers in 119 ABs.  The scarier thing is he only had 14 homers in 390 ABs vs. righties.  The scariest thing is Kathy Griffin without makeup.  Preseason Rank #39, 2013 Projections:  60/14/74/.262/10, Final Numbers:  76/17/67/.289/5

20. Buster Posey – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2013 fantasy baseball post.

  1. gareth says:
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    It was a pretty incredible playoff atmosphere tonight at progressive field.

    Ultimately though it was a night of frustration. It seemed the indians had a guy on second base every inning and could never get the big hit. 9 men left on base. a shizz ton of total bases. no runs.
    The worst was when they had guys on 1st and 3rd with nobody out. Bourn then strikes out and cabrera grounds into a double play. Arrgghh!

    I felt from about the 5th inning it just wasn’t going to be Cleveland’s night. Me and the guy next to got more sullen as the game wore on.

    Tampa were not that impressive though. The main difference I saw was that they were grittier, and seemed to want it more. Cobb was excellent but not unhitable. He escaped a few jams and avoided the big hit.

    Ah well. You can’t win em all.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @gareth: Disappointed for the Indians. One of the best teams in the 2nd half and they finished with the better overall record. Damn your new WC play in Bud!

      So we get to see the Rays again likely get knocked out early in the playoffs. Oh well, at least the Buccos made it over the Reds for a change.

      Still like the Cardinals or Tigers to win it, think Detroit will finally do it this time. Watch out for the Dodgers though.

      I’ll be cheering for the A’s.

    • The Strolg says:
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      @gareth: Can’t believe Bourn went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Yeah, I watched a majority of it before Survivor… Just wasn’t their night on offense and they shouldn’t have started Salazar…

  2. The Thumb says:
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    I wonder how many people would be hyping Belt had he gotten to 300 and 20 homers…

    Also quick question for you Grey, if Au Shizz, Machado, and Giancarlo were standing at different points, equidistant from yourself. Who do you run to?

    • Slim

      Buddah Lovaz says:
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      @The Thumb: Here’s how I see it. Grey has Stanton carry him to Goldy. They make a Grey sandwich while Machado throws a temper tantrum. In my head I picture Grey in a white wedding dress. Stanton in a tux. Au Schizz in a gimp outfit. And Machado in a bridesmaid outfit holding the flowers with his mascara running down his face. Too bad I’ve banned myself from using photoshop…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Thumb: Yeah, but Belt wasn’t really that close… He’s closer to 15 homers and .285… I’d run to Giancarlo…

  3. Gregorius Chant says:
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    Okay so in the last couple days I was Exposed to past articles such as “Razzball gets sold to Bleacher Report” and “Hate Bell” as well as the Matthew Berry interview. M.S. (Mid Script) I just went through and read every one of the “Hate Bell’s” awesome!! What other gems of my missing? My long winter of waiting for April has just Gottn better since I get to go back and read every post in razzball history.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gregorius Chant: I’d read Larry King’s Razzball contributions and Diamond, the Fantasy Baseball Pick-up Artist…

  4. mauledbypandas says:
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    if you can rest your hat on one thing this year, Grey, it’s that you absoultely owned that Goldschmidt projection/ranking.

    Also, wow on Votto.. I wonder where he will get drafted next year, probably not far enough to be a value

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mauledbypandas: Votto’s probably a 2nd round guy now, or at least should be

  5. Marti says:
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    What are your thoughts on Rizzo for next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marti: I like him, have him in a keeper and glad I do… He has 35 homer power and will hit for a better average

  6. Fungazi says:
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    David Ortiz – 1B in yahoo leagues

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fungazi: Yahoo is lame with their eligibility, dude’s a DH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: I used ESPN eligibility for these posts, I started that way, then felt like I should finish that way

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: what do you prefer, the yahoo or espn way of doing eligibility?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          ESPN, easily… Yahoo has no rhyme or reason half the time…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: esp with which rookies are in the free agent list or not. still no archie bradley.

  7. SteveV says:
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    This is a great website for baseball. However, the basketball side of Razzball is woefully inferior to the baseball side.

    • Carnac says:
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      For perspective, it’s worth remembering baseball is a MUCH more popular (and, ahem, superior) fantasy game. Also, the basketball side hasn’t been around nearly as long.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveV: Go tell them to step up their game…

  8. Carnac says:
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    Rizzo 23rd 1B in 2013. Ouch. BUT (and there’s always a but unless you’re Andrelton Simmons – hey-o!)…

    Like Cuddyer, his final numbers (71/23/80/6/.233) were really close to Grey’s pre-season projections (74/25/86/6/.259) but for some weird BABIP action. And if I were to continue cherry picking for silver linings, Jennifer Lawrence, I’d note his BB rate rose significantly and his ISO was up, too.

    I’d want him next year over probably a dozen guys on this list. (Granted, as a CI and many of these are catchers.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: Agreed, I like Rizzo too, he’s not at the point Goldy was entering last year, but he’s definitely above where Frazier was when I went crazy for him…

  9. SF1966 says:
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    You and Nick taking over the ESPN podcast? Heard the 2 clowns quit the circus…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF1966: Wasn’t that the only thing those two clowns did?

  10. Jeff says:
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    If Votto had a #2 hole hitter that wasn’t an automatic out and some protection he’d keep driving in 100. Instead they just walk him every time.

    Sure is nice for Bruce and Phillips’ RBI stats.

    • Jeff says:
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      @Jeff:

      If he has Billy Hamiliton and Choo in front of him next year, might be a different story.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Votto does find a way to walk no matter where he is in the lineup…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: he realizes the mathematical value of taking a free base, to the extent that he isn’t attempting to drive in one run with groundouts, not ever. This doesn’t help us overall in fantasy, greater OBP and OPS, but way lower RBI’s.

  11. Mike says:
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    Goldy was great for my teams I had 6 teams in the playoffs out of 8. The other two teams I drafted Fielder who season was not that great. Justin Upton will never be on my teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Ha, I hear ya

  12. Blue says:
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    Wow.

    First base scares me next year. I’d feel OK drafting Votto in the bottom half of the first round next year (like I did this year) but outside of him and MAYBE Goldschmidt the top of that list screams “RISK” and “OVERVALUED” to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, t’is is true…

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Blue: Position scarcity has seemed to have shifted from 2B/SS to 1B

  13. Carnac says:
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    Thanks to a relatively decent finish, Ike Davis was able to finish as the 60th 1B for 2013. 60. That’s basically behind every team’s #1 bench bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When his coach told him to edge closer, he went the other way…

  14. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Ugh, 1b was bad. Glad I kept Hosmer over Freeman, then traded away Hosmer and eventually got Rizzo (sarcasm). Talk about making wrong decisions….

    This just proves that offense really is a premium nowadays. You gotta draft offense early, get one or two decent SP’s in the mid rounds and stream the rest.

    Matt F#%* Carpenter was a top 5 1b…all 1b behind him should be ashamed!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA… Totally true about Carpenter… Ridiculous he was that high… Ashamed, I say too… Ashamed…

  15. frankgrimes says:
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    Which player would you try to trade in offseason? I can keep only three.
    Rizzo Kemp JUpton AuShizz(keeper) Adam Jones(keeper)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton or Kemp

  16. costaricanchata says:
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    haha .
    “dorian Grey” … only his farts get old !

    cuddyer , better than anyone else , proves your point
    about this craptastic lot .
    dang-good prediction
    except he finished 8th …. not 21st .

    maybe you could predict the # of walks votto takes next year ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yeah, the fact Cuddyer finished so high shows what a dearth of offense there was… Votto will walk 124 times, mark it down…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, thankfully he didn’t get too crazy about jumping onto home plate

  17. royce! says:
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    A while back, some time after you had started watching Breaking Bad, you mentioned that it takes a while to get really good. How long? We finally got our shizz together and started it last night. First episode was great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re ahead of me for liking it then… First episode was decent, but I don’t think it really starts going until episode 4… Good luck avoiding spoilers!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Fortunately, I avoid facebook and other social media crap, so I’ve avoided it thus far, but I might have to not leave the house for a while to avoid it from here on out.

        I think the episode was great for a pilot. Most pilots suck, for one reason or another.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s true, you could see the seeds planted to have a show you can get excited about…I think it really slows down for two or three episodes, which was harder to love (for me)…

  18. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    I know I’m way behind… new baby and whatnot… neverthehoo! I know she had some serious health issues, but how odd was it watching Diem turn into Vasquez from Aliens?

    http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/7789/rs85.jpg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Gotta love CT’s beard showing gray hair, maybe it’s time for some fresh blood…

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey: I’m pissed no one got the memo that you can now beat people with hair dryers. So much wasted potential…

        Has “Fresh Meat” ever delivered something interesting? I honestly can’t remember and I don’t want the gov’t knowing I looked it up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Was Evan, Kenny and most of the decent last ten people Fresh Meat?

          • Awesomus Maximus

            Awesomus Maximus says:
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            @Grey: Evan’s the only one I know for sure, ’cause he got to partner up with muh grrl Coral. Fine, I’ll look it up…

            FM notables: Kenny, Diem, Evan, Evelyn

            FMII notables: Theresa, Vinny (kinda’), Cara Maria

            6.5 for 25… that’s probably comparable to (or better than) what you get from RW casts. Another Fresh Meat might be due up next in the Challenge rotation anyway.

            Non-spoiler from last night’s SBvW… how great was Probst’s hissy fit?

            • Grey

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              I think what makes Probst great is how he acts like a fan… I felt the same way… So many people would love to be on Survivor as this jackass is quitting again… Incredible… They should’ve known better than to let him come back… Bad call there… I bet he’s not even at the reunion… fresh meat percentage isn’t bad and agreed they need more people to infuse it… Definitely due…

              • Awesomus Maximus

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                @Grey: Yeah, I definitely that way, but I was also annoyed with Probst and Co. for bringing the D-bag back in the first place. Now even more so, actually, since NOW that he’s quitting again it’s okay to confirm he faked an injury the first time. If he didn’t quit again, would Probst be busy with pats on all backs involved in the great comeback story, never outing him as a faker? Probably… that “have your cake and eat it too” attitude made me laugh at Probst being incensed more than be bothered the shedding of more crocodile tears.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I enjoyed him cuddling on his boyfriend’s lap like he was 7… How did he pass the psychological evaluation to begin with?

                  • Awesomus Maximus

                    Awesomus Maximus says:
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                    @Grey: You really think they have those anymore?

                    I was actually sad for his boyfriend. I was imagining how NOT attracted to someone I would be if they were quitting while fake crying and having it announced that they faked an injury to quit before.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, you’re probably right, they don’t have them… Where’s the responsibility in reality TV?!

  19. royce! says:
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    Speaking of amphetamines, I haven’t read much on drugs in baseball, but this article is worth a read, mostly for the #1 reason steroids were never really the problem:
    http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-steroids-were-never-real-problem-in-baseball_p2/

    “Total hits in 2006, the first year of mandatory amphetamine testing, were at 45,073. They’ve dropped every single year since amphetamines were banned. Again, they went down and back up again after steroids. The drop since amphetamines were banned, though, has been noticeable and drastic. In 2012, the total was just 42,063.”

    I assume someone has some arguments to counter this- like I said, I haven’t really looked into it- but it is telling that “since amphetamines were banned, the rate of diagnosis for ADHD in baseball has skyrocketed to twice the national average, resulting in hundreds of players each year receiving exemptions to take drugs like Adderall, which, of course, are basically amphetamines.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s hilarious that everyone in baseball is now a teenager that can’t focus for the SATs… Red Bull, the proud sponsor of baseball… I can kinda understand it, 162 games in six months must be really difficult…Sheer exhaustion sets in by July and you need some uppers…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Maybe they should just impose mandatory naps?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You watch Top Chef?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Nope. Didn’t even know it started again, but I DVR’d a rerun of the first episode once you mentioned it. Should I be very, very excited? Better than Breaking Bad???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I really liked the first episode of TC, think it looks headed in the right direction after a misstep last year (and really for a few years now)…. After you watch, I want you to come back so I can choose a winner…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Glad to hear it. I’ll be back.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

  20. Greyismyhero says:
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    I just wanna say that you are the man!! I draft using your rankings and follow your advice thru the year. I was very pleased with my results this year in all my leagues. You nailed the Goldy pick which helped me win a lot of leagues….Ill see you next year man!! Keep up the outstanding work!! Oh…and smoke 1 for me!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem…

  21. OaktownSteve says:
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    It’s interesting how much age there is at the position at the MLB level. Konerko, LaRoche, Dunn, Reynolds, Overbay, Pujols, Morneau, Napoli, Helton. Seems like the year a lot of these guys hit the wall. And there aren’t a ton of can’t miss prospects at the position either. Guys who were supposed to be the new wave like Smoak, Lind, Moreland, Rizzo haven’t really panned out. It’s interesting how baseball seems to go through eras at a position, like the golden age of SS from the 90′s. At the moment it seems like young arms. I also think one of the thing that depressed the 1B market this year was the number of platoons or semi-platoons deployed there kept the counting stats down. Seems like fewer than half the teams had a real full time guy there that played out the season.

    • Grey

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      Platoons are the new OBP… Yeah, I mentioned in the preseason rankings that this is the year of the changing of the guard at 1st base… Unfortunately, like you said, the new guard didn’t replace the old guard but the old guard did move on…

  22. willy says:
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    So… what’s up with Pujols… think he’ll return to form and end up a top 5 1b next season?

    He’s a keeper of mine and his salary goes up and i hate that i have to keep him, but I’d hate to drop him at the same time. If there was only a guarantee that I could be the one to draft Jose Abreu in the spring…if only there was a way…

    I traded for him mid season, hoping to get his great second half stats and it totally backfired. damn. Oh, and i did the same with Hamilton. Now I’m stuck with both of them!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, there’s no guarantees with Abreu… I can’t imagine why you’d be stuck with Pujols and Hamitlon…

      • willy says:
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        @Grey: So you think i should trade the two of them for draft pick upgrades? I wouldn’t want to drop them and get nothing in return… Werth’s salary goes up next year and he’s on my team, but I wasn’t going to keep him. Would you keep worth over either of the two? Maybe keep Hamilton because his salary doesn’t go up and trade Pujols for pick upgrade and keep Werth?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Werth’s not a good keeper, but I have no idea of your options or anything about your league

  23. papasmurf says:
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    Kudos on the Goldy call. The guy just does it all.

    Of course, that rubs salt on the wound. Next year I am gonna watch him take the NL apart on another team and cry myself to sleep holding a goldy smurf action figure. I suppose it’s too crazy to hope that Harvey can avoid surgery AND deliver a solid 2014.

    It’s incredible how quickly Votto’s game came down from elite level. Perhaps he was hurt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think Votto was that off from his game… He’s more of a 27 homer guy than a 30… If he hits a few less than 27 you have his 2014…

  24. Curt says:
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    Sorry if said before or not, what about Billy Butler????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What about him?

      • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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        @Grey: he jiggles….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He wiggles.

          • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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            @Grey: touch his belly, he giggles!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Put a pen in his sausage fingers and he squiggles…

              • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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                @Grey: HAHA! nice… I dont think theres any more words that rhyme with wiggle… Wheres the podcast rap!? Pretty disappointing…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We’re recording it on Monday, should be up on Tuesday…

                  • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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                    @Grey: nicee… Practice rapping to coug… She can be DJ Cougz… And MC Albright Alright!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I prefer MC Alright Albright…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s every Indians fan this time of year?

  25. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Pleeeease consider expanding your OVERATED list this year. Nobody on earth better than you at targeting (NOT!) them!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll see what I can do…

  26. costaricanchata says:
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    more K ‘s tonight :
    wainwright or burnett ?

    • gareth says:
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      @costaricanchata: burnett. But wainwright gets the win.

    • Pardon Me Madam, But Your Mipples Are Leaking says:
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      @costaricanchata: waino..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wainwright

  27. costaricanchata says:
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    over / under
    total runs scored ….. 7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        with burnett walking in runs .
        looks like you have a good bet .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You took over? Yeah, that was an easy bet

  28. OaktownSteve says:
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    I made a Frankenfirstbaseman out of Adam Lind vs RHP, Brett Wallace vs RHP and Todd Helton at home only and came up with a prorated 162 total of 83/27/78/.265. Basically could have streamed those guys in my RCL all year long and fared decently well relatively speaking.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Walking the pitcher a terrible way to start an inning, AJ

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          Beltran owns the post-season

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            As long as he’s not facing Wainwright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a really impressive line for streaming 1st basemen… That’s essentially around 7th or 8th overall…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I think because of the guys out there with imbalanced home/road, RHP/LHP splits you could have been really competitive streaming 1B this year. Consider also if you carry an everyday 1st baseman, you probably aren’t going to get a start every day or you’ll use roster space trying. Streaming you’re looking at probably getting 170+ starts if you’re available to stream all the time. Where streaming blows is the middle infield.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This is in the general ballpark as to what Rudy and I were talking about the other day… I didn’t stream that many hitters, but I had a huge amount of ABs… Goldy, Jones, Beltre and Cano played nearly every day… I got lucky there, for sure. If I had a gimpy hitter, I streamed in someone, but didn’t feel like I needed to that much… Even Salvador Perez and Castro had a lot of ABs for catchers…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            When your big guns stay healthy all year it makes a huge difference.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, completely…

          • Blue says:
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            @Grey: People underestimate the value of just showing up in fantasy baseball.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

        • J-FOH says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Funny, I felt the same about 3rd base this year.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @J-FOH:

            Some combination of Matt Dominguez, Juan Uribe, Callaspo, Juan Francisco, and Chisenhall.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @OaktownSteve: you could throw alvarez in there vs. righties as a great play

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @J-FOH:

                I figure he was owned all year or at least almost all year

  29. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :
    ok .
    massive power failure … game cannot be finished .
    you lose your over/under bet .

  30. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Matt Fucking Carpenter was a better 1b this year than Prince Fielder. I quit.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Sky:

      good value on fielder in re-draft leagues .
      keeper/dynasty … trade opportunities .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: stay off the ledge, I’m sure every expert knew this and that Jean Segura was going to be all world and that Carlos Gomez was going to finally live up to not sucking

  31. costaricanchata says:
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    more home runs this series :
    russell martin
    or matt holliday
    ? ?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      p.s.
      when the time comes ,
      am drafting myers in front of holliday .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Feels a bit of a reach, but I bet you won’t be the only one…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holliday

  32. artie says:
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    Goldy, McCutchen and A.Jones carried me to a championship this year.

    Interesting side note: our very competitive 18 team, money league has 4 razzballers it. All 4 finished in the money (1st – 4th). Should we be tithing 10% of our winnings to Rudy and Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @artie: i missed by about 3 picks being able to do those three. ended up with jup instead of jones. Cutch and Goldy were nice though. 16 team league.

  33. Gregorius Chant says:
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    Ugggg, I hate St. Louis (Cubs fan, I actually admire them, ouch, I really typed that). Grey, thanks for the suggestion to read Diamond, the Fantasy Baseball Pick-up Artist, brilliant work. What happened to that guy? I also liked the Larry King one too, however, I live in the home of “bob and tom” radio fame (Indiana) and they have “larry king” on all the time and it just came to the point where i couldn’t stand him. Nonetheless, it was a good, entertaining read. What else you got for me to check out in the Razzball Hall of Fame blogs/series’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You watch Breaking Bad? We did a podcast interview of Marie (Betsey Brandt) where none of us had ever watched the show by that point. Also, we ‘interviewed’ Corbin Bernsen, Steve Garvey, Jimmy Pardo (comic from Leno) and Peter King last year…

      • J-FOH

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        @Grey: I missed the Garvey one, for some reason it got deleted off my ipod before I could listen then couldn’t download it again.

        BTW, I can’t get WordPress to work on my Samsung GS3, it’s an android phone, do you know if it’s an app that only works on iphones?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s weird, not sure about the Android… Get an iPhone!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I know but I hate them. I miss my flip phone and the pre-smart phone world

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Isn’t an iPhone a ‘dumber’ smartphone than Android?

  34. J-FOH

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    that a baby Puig!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s just fun

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: GONZO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bam! Bring the series to Grey!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you got tickets? can you get tickets?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t have them but I’ve never been to a World Series game so I’ll try if we get there…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’ve only been to a NLDS game vs. the mets that we lost…..still a blast

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ve been to an all star game but no postseason in baseball…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: ask Maria or Consuela if Mr. Affleck or Mr. Damon have tickets?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Consuela will be like, “I already have them from Naomi.”

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: your cleaning lady is more connected than you….does she drive a nicer car than you?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m sure… It wouldn’t be hard though…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: she probably rolls in an Escalade

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, with tinted windows and mirror tint on the kit…

  35. OaktownSteve says:
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    I like how Scully keeps saying “if you’re joining us late…” and then doing a recap. Talk about knowing your audience.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: let’s try being more original, you’re smarter than that

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I thought late to the radio was a nice update on an old chestnut

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where’s he? The radio?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: check 570 on I heart radio

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, nice

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I had a hunch you don’t have a radioe with nobs and an antena

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t… My car radio doesn’t even work

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: that’s sad, razzball nation needs to start a collection, it can be like an 80′s movie montage….Save Grey’s Radio!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… Slow clap for me…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: followed by a “let him listen” chant

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, totally

  36. Eric says:
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    Ended up in 2nd place this year by 1 point after leading the league almost all season long. My batters just weren’t quite good enough. Under-performed in runs early in the season and eventually climbed all the way up to 4th there. Dominated in power stats. The downfall was not enough stolen bases.

    I went with the strategy of SAGNOF thinking I’d find steals on the waiver wire. Drafted Zobrist and Brandon Phillips and they gave me nothing for SBs. Drafted Trout, Choo, and Desmond Jennings. Jennings was a bust who I traded. His owner eventually dropped him and he was on and off waivers all season. Added some speed in the outfield late in the season trying to get out of last place there and pulled up to 2nd to last. So, I’m thinking that I need more speed in the MI spots next year. Could have won the league if the batting average hadn’t gone in the tank in September. Still had a shot to win on the very last day if the Padres bullpen hadn’t blow the lead. Grrrr…

    Already prepping for next season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grrr, indeed… That sucks… It’ll make next year taste sweeter…

  37. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    This is not meant as criticism.

    You had Au Shizz in round 2, but that significantly diminished his profit potential, considering he was going 55-75 in most places. Grabbing him in round 4 or round 5 if you had an early pick would have allowed you to get, for example, Bautista and E5 in rounds 2 and 3. A first or second overall pick could have produced the following:

    Round 1: Cabrera
    Round 2: Bautista
    Round 3: E5
    Round 4: Ellsbury
    Round 5: Goldschmidt

    That result would have put your team in contention for best offense in every category, regardless of how the rest of your draft shook out.

    Again, not a criticism. Just wanted to present a nuanced take on your (excellent) Au Shizz hyping.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re saying I was wrong to rank him so high?

      • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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        @Grey: No, just saying it didn’t pay as well to draft him in round 2 as it would to get him a couple rounds later.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And what if you didn’t get him? If you draft an entire team a round after the value they gave you, you would’ve won…

          • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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            @Grey: In my example, at least, you’d have E5 at first and Cabrera at 3rd. If Goldschmidt were poached before round 4/5 Wainwright would have been a solid number 1. Chris Davis could have been picked later as a 3rd OF or CI. Even without those two, Cabrera, Bautista, E5, Ellsbury is a great core.

            Had Goldschmidt been taken in round 2, you’d be in worse shape than in my example. If you go Goldschmidt in round 2, do you go with E5 in round 3, going 3B-1B-1B/CI in the first three rounds? Probably not. If he reprises his 2012 or only marginally improves, that’s even worse.

            Not criticizing, just saying that the value in Goldschmidt was that you didn’t have to draft him in round 2 to get round 2 (round 1, turns out) production. Similar to the value in Chris Davis: he turned 27 just before the season started, and he hit .270 with 33 HR in only 562 PA in 2012, his first full season in the bigs. Removing the name and going straight by the numbers, that’s what you would expect from Jay Bruce, who was going early round 4. Yeah, you could have drafted Chris Davis in rounds 4-6 (and still ended up with an awesome payout, it turns out), but Davis’ value lied in the fact that you could have waited 5-7 rounds to get him while loading up elsewhere.

            Your hype of Goldschmidt was spot on, for what it’s Wuertz. And I already miss baseball. Postseason baseball just doesn’t do it like a full slate of games for six months does.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I won a league with Cano, Goldy and Jones as my first three picks, picking Goldy 2nd didn’t hurt me, it helped me, as it helped everyone who owned him…

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: goldy’s ADP on yahoo (where my leagues (the one’s i drafted) were, at the time of the draft) from the last 3 weeks going into season, was around 42-45. I remember this as i drafted in a 16 teamer at 10th (mccutchen, yeah, nice), j-up (also following razzball here) at 23rd, and barely got goldy at around exactly his ADP, 42nd. Before draft one of the things i do the most of is get extensive ADP data for that site (and others, when they differ massively) and see who’s likely to be there, at what spot. Shame I was beat to Jones.

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @goodfold2: also, nobody is taking credit for knowing chris davis was going to crush his draft slot.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I hear ya… There’s a new post for followups…

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