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Went over the catchers, 1st basemen, 2nd basemen and shortstops and top 20 3rd basemen for 2010.  Guess what’s next!  No, not pitchers.  Read the title, man.  With the top 20 outfielders, a pattern emerges.  Steroids can be tested for, but Red Bull can’t.  There were only 6 outfielders to hit 30 homers and 2 of them were probably used at a corner infidel spot instead of the outfield.  There were 14 outfielders who stole 30 bases.  This speed renaissance is teaching Ron LeFlore how to smile again.  Since outfield is a deep position, I’m going to turn this one to 40.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 outfielders for 2010 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

1. Carlos Gonzalez – In the preseason, I wrote a sleeper post for him, put him in my cheap alternatives post and told you he can make mayonnaise out of sea urchin*.  (*I may not have said the last one.)  Did I push you hard enough to draft him?  I hope so.  Let’s bask in a season that was for the ages before we talk about how he’s going to be overrated next season.  Shoot, that bask didn’t last long.  Preseason Rank #37, 2010 Projections:  85/18/70/.275/20, Final Numbers: 111/34/117/.336/26

2. Carl Crawford – It’s the Carlos and Carl show!  Crawford didn’t hurt you in homers like many other players who provide the majority of their value with steals.  Still, push comes to shove and shove comes to ‘Stop touching me,’ I think Crawford’s overrated.  I want 40/20, not 20/40.  Oh, well, those days might be behind us, unless Braun or J-Upside can get their shizz together or A-Rod’s cousin accidentally bumps into someone with a needle.  Preseason Rank #5, 2010 Projections:  110/14/65/.290/50, Final Numbers:  110/19/90/.307/47

3. Josh Hamilton – In the preseason, I ranked him way above most ‘perts, if not all.  Here’s what I said then, “Never to be one to resist a talented guy who just had a tough year, I couldn’t stop myself from putting Hamilton higher than most ‘perts.  Is Hamilton still injury prone?  Dur, of course.  He’s still only 28 entering the 2010 season and he has big time talent.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Preseason Rank #14, 2010 Projections:  85/28/100/.275/7, Final Numbers:  95/32/100/.359/8

4. Jose Bautista –  Went over him in my top 20 3rd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

5. Ryan Braun – Did Braun ruin your team this year?  No, he just couldn’t be relied on to carry it either.  Overall, it was a disappointing year for first round picks:  Utley, A-Rod, Braun, Te(i)x, Kemp, Fielder and Howard.  Preseason Rank #1, 2010 Projections:  110/37/120/.305/17, Final Numbers:  101/25/103/.304/14

6. Juan Pierre – I agree that all the steals help, but when there’s a lot of steals available all over the league, they mean less.  The ESPN Player Rater just puts too much emphasis on steals, so, yes, this ranking doesn’t make that much sense.  Preseason Rank #40, 2010 Projections:  95/1/40/.300/45, Final Numbers:  96/1/47/.275/68

7. Matt Holliday – You can say what you want. (This is a free country in 49 of 50 states.  Damn you, South Dakota!)  You can say Holliday went for stretches where you didn’t want to own him and no stretches where he really carried your team.  I agree, but he’s the prototypical roto player where you just put him in there, forget about him and, at the end of the season, you have nice numbers in four categories and decent enough steals.  Preseason Rank #3, 2010 Projections:  105/28/115/.320/15, Final Numbers:  95/28/103/.312/9

8. Alex Rios – On June 1st, I told you to sell Rios.  Before that, he had 11 homers in two months.  After the sell, he had 10 homers in 4 months.  Before the sell, he had 16 steals.  In 4 months after, he had 18 steals.  .312 average before, .272 average after.  Yes, Rios was a huge performer for the year, but, in the final 4 months, he was just above average.  Sorry, I’m still bitter.  Preseason Rank #26, 2010 Projections:  85/19/70/.275/22, Final Numbers:  89/21/88/.284/34

9. Ichiro Suzuki – This is one of those instances when I don’t buy into the rankings that ESPN is giving me.  Ichiro murdered you in three categories (Runs, HRs and RBIs), was great in steals (which are abundant) and was good in average.  It’s a’ight.  Preseason Rank #11, 2010 Projections:  100/10/55/.330/25, Final Numbers:  74/6/43/.315/42

10. Shin-Soo Choo – He really is the younger, Korean Torii Hunter.  He’s settled into this nice groove where he gives you exactly what you expect to see and that’s 20/20.  Preseason Rank #20, 2010 Projections:  90/18/100/.285/20, Final Numbers:  81/22/90/.300/22

11. Jayson Werth – Werth will be one of the most talked about value changes in fantasy next year depending on where he ends up.  I have this sinking feeling that he’s going to the Padres.  Or maybe the M’s will kill another hitter’s value.  Or maybe the Rays will replace Crawford with Werth.  One of the more compelling things I’m following.  Along with the new Real World/Road Rules Challenge.  Where’s CT and Tina?!  As for this year, Werth gave you more or less what can be expected of him.  No more, a little less.  Preseason Rank #9, 2010 Projections:  85/30/100/.270/18, Final Numbers:  106/27/85/.296/13

12. Vladimir Guerrero – Hello, Shoddy Knees, my old friend.  I’ve come to own you in fantasy again.  And it worked out, so there’s that.  Vlad was one of those players that I didn’t plan on owning in any leagues, but he was going for so ridiculously cheap in my drafts, I couldn’t help myself.  Thank you, Vlad the ’97 Impala.  Preseason Rank #1 for Utility Players, 2010 Projections:  70/26/95/.290/3, Final Numbers:  83/29/115/.300/4

13. Hunter Pence – This season, give or take a few homers and steals, will probably be what you’re going to get from Pence for the next three years.  It’s good, valuable, worthwhile, yadda2.  But I don’t think you’re ever going to get 1st round value from him.  No 35+ homers, no .330 average, no elite Runs and RBIs because the Astros aren’t very good with no sign of that clearing any time soon.  Preseason Rank #34, 2010 Projections:  85/30/100/.295/15, Final Numbers:  93/25/91/.282/18

14. Angel Pagan – Only completely out of nowhere outfielder to crack the top 20.  Actually, that’s pretty impressive since I rank about 90 to 100 outfielders.  Would’ve been more impressive if you ranked Pagan. Thanks for clarifying, random italicized voice.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  80/11/69/.290/37

15. Krispie Young – In the preseason, I said, “If Krispie hits a third of his infield pop-ups for homers next year, he’ll hit 40.  And if I were 30 years old in 1760, I’d think Martha Washington was hot.” And that’s me quoting me!  Preseason Rank #61, 2010 Projections:  60/20/75/.245/15, Final Numbers:  94/27/91/.257/28

16. Andrew McCutchen – Before the season ended, I was watching The Dread Pirate and thinking to myself, “This is a guy who is going to go 20/40 soon and be a top 5 overall fantasy player.  And I’m getting hungry.  Mmm…I could go for some Chipotle.  I’m gonna ask for more rice though.  I want to eat half my burrito and use the other half for a pillow when the food coma hits.  Wait, just because I was thinking this doesn’t mean I need to write it.”  Preseason Rank #35, 2010 Projections:  90/15/60/.280/30, Final Numbers:  94/16/56/.286/33

17. Corey Hart – Here’s another guy in midst of this season that I told you to sell.  I’m not going to break down his pre- and post-Sell numbers, but I’m sure I came out on top again since he trailed off in the 2nd half.  I feel like Hart might actually be underrated a tad next year because I’m not sure people fully trust him.  I think 2010 is close to repeatable.  Some less average and homers and a few more steals.  Preseason Rank #45, 2010 Projections:  75/20/80/.260/17, Final Numbers:  91/31/102/.283/7

18. Brett Gardner – I left Gardner unranked last year because when I ranked players in January, he didn’t have a full-time job.  The Yankee outfield was crowded and there’s was talk of a platoon.  Once Gardner got the job, I wrote about him in March as a cheap source of steals.  I don’t say this to defend myself, I’m trying to avoid the Random Razzball Commenter, “Grey sux!!!  Long live Matthew Berry!!!  Oh, and while I’m here, would you keep Gardner for 2011?”  Preseason Unranked, 2010 Projections:  75/4/38/.266/36, Final Numbers:  97/5/47/.277/47

19. Rajai Davis – Enter the SAGNOF portion of our program, which will be continued in the next post about the top 40 outfielders.  This is also where me and the ESPN Player Rater have major disagreements.  Steals are everywhere nowadays.  Steals are the new bacon.  I just got a steal and the season ended weeks ago.  I lost a sock in the dryer but pulled out 3 steals.  So, I think homers should be weighted higher than steals, which would move guys like Rajai down, but here we are.  Preseason Rank #40, 2010 Projections:  80/4/40/.290/50, Final Numbers:  66/5/52/.284/50

20. Aubrey Huff – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

From Around The Web

  1. Simply Fred

    yourXgirlfriend says:
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    “Grey sux!!! Long live Matthew Berry!!! Oh, and while I’m here, would you keep Gardner for 2011?” :-)

  2. Steve says:
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    No disrespect towards all those people who finished ahead of me this year (and there were a few!), but there must have been some odd-looking hitting rosters on league-winning teams in 2010.

  3. Simply Fred

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    @Steve: Draft of winning team for League Snake Eyes:

    YBOR CITY WEEKENDERS
    1 Ryan Braun, Mil OF
    2 Adrian Gonzalez, SD 1B
    3 Ichiro Suzuki, Sea OF
    4 Pablo Sandoval, SF 3B
    5 Cliff Lee, Tex SP
    6 Tommy Hanson, Atl SP
    7 Brian Roberts, Bal 2B
    8 Torii Hunter, LAA OF
    9 Matt Cain, SF SP
    10 Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF
    11 Francisco Rodriguez, NYM RP
    12 Yunel Escobar, Tor SS
    13 Michael Cuddyer, Min 1B
    14 Gavin Floyd, CWS SP
    15 Geovany Soto*, ChC C
    16 Bobby Jenks, CWS RP
    17 Kelly Johnson, Ari 2B
    18 Chris Young, Ari OF
    19 Stephen Strasburg*, Was SP
    20 Brad Lidge, Phi RP
    21 Hiroki Kuroda, LAD SP
    22 Vernon Wells, Tor OF
    23 Chris Tillman, Bal SP
    24 Brandon Wood, LAA 3B
    25 Brett Myers, Hou SP

    Pretty soft at the top, but got some nice return later: 10 Cargo, 17 Johnson, 18 Young, 22 Wells.

  4. Critter Nagurski says:
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    I am pretty sure that you pushed CarGo hard enough b/c I was targeting him everywhere. I was outbid for him in my primary league, though, and wound up with raul f-ing ibanez instead of one of the best keepers.

    Where do you see Pagan being ranked among OF for 2011?

  5. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    kept : hamilton & a-gon
    drafted : cano (5th) , vlad (15th) , & , konerko (16th)
    picked-up : ortiz (may 1st – sept 1st) .

  6. fitz says:
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    I wonder where Cruz would have finished on this list without the DL trips. He is an animal!

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @fitz: Top 10…

  8. Howie says:
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    @Grey: Just so I am clear…the end of the year rankings are based on the ESPN Player Rater and not your assessment?

    @Critter Nagurski: Although I won my Roto league, I got Ibanez cheap and my nemesis wound up with CarGo for a song…I’m still agonizing over my poor judgment on auction night that gives him CarGo for two more years at a bargain price…

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Howie: I rank them preseason, then show where they ranked at ESPN for the end of the year, so I compare the two. If I ranked them in the beginning of the season and the end of the season it would be bias.

  10. Frank Rizzo says:
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    No. Not again. I’ve picked Braun in the 1st round the past 2 years. That dude can gargle my junk. I’d rather take a chance on Tulo next year….at least he’s a SS.

  11. AdamH says:
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    Grey,

    In a keeper league, which two OF’s do you keep? (My other keepers are Tex, Tulo, and Cargo)

    Nelson Cruz
    Hunter Pence
    Krispie
    Adam Lind

    As this would put me at 3 keeper OF’s (yahoo standard league with 3 OF slots), would you risk it and keep Weeks over someone?

    Thanks in advance Grey!

  12. Quintero says:
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    Spring rolls are my favorite when it comes “things to lean on when food coma hits”. You can pillow it, you can roll with it, and you can tuck it between you thighs. It’s toolsy!

    BTW, Long Live Grey Albright!

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Quintero: Spring rolls are kinda like Angel Pagan. You enjoy having them, they’re underrated, but they’re substantial for a meal.

  14. Black Beard says:
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    To quote 2010 January Grey, “Who said the outfield is deep?” May I add…predictable, reliable, or non-Austin Jackson inducing?

    Oh well. This one goes out to the fantasy outfielders of 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU.

  15. sean says:
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    This list is scary. I can’t justify taking over half the list in the first five rounds and a few are straight-up avoids. How much of this is the ESPN Rater being f’d?

  16. What about some Andre Torres? Yes he missed time in September and didn’t finish strong, but his final line was pretty damn good:

    84/16/63/.268/26

    Dude got on base enough to consistently stay in the leadoff spot, hit for power, and stole bases at a good enough success rate. The power was a result of him relearning his swing–in the lower-minors he was told to slap at the ball to utilize his speed. He scrapped that swing and now he has 15-20 homer power.

  17. Bum Juice says:
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    Grey is this for a standard 5*5 roto league?

    The player rater I use for a 5*5 roto league spits out the top 20 OFs as follows:

    1. CarGo
    2. Bautista
    3. Crawford
    4. Hamilton
    5. Braun
    6. Holliday
    7. Werth
    8. Rios
    9. Hart
    10. Choo
    11. Pence
    12. Krispy
    13. Delmon Young
    14. Dunn
    15. Pierre
    16. Swisher
    17. Dread Pirate
    18. Stubbs
    19. Pagan
    20. Vernon Wells

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    21. Ichiro
    22. Cruz
    23. Kemp
    24. Torii (sp?)
    25. Gardner

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Black Beard: Nice song.

    @sean: Too much emphasis on speed.

    @Nick C-B: He was great when he was playing. Not sure what you mean by what about him.

    @Bum Juice: It is for 5×5 roto.

  20. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    what’s this pop-up (falvi icon) all about ?

    i hate “opening” up shizz ,
    but if it’s your up-dated photo , i might just consider doing so .

    spare me the suspense .

  21. pjtres says:
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    grey…
    (i have votto, miggy, utley, longo and j-up)

    need a sixth keeper out of this bunch (Can you rank them? thanks!!!)

    dread pirate, cliff lee, jered weaver, elvis andrus

    THANKS MAN!

  22. Futureman says:
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    I take it the guys who run ESPN’s player rater were big Whiteyball fans. Juan Pierre 6th? Ouch. How soon until we can start calling players like Grady Sizemore, Carlos Quentin, and Matt Kemp the Lost Generation of fantasy baseball outfielders? I blame them for this hideous list.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Not sure what you’re talking about.

    @pjtres: Pirate, Lee, Andrus…

    @Futureman: Ha

  24. big o says:
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    favicon.ico

    it shows up every time i open the comments section .
    it says it’s from razzball .

  25. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    @Grey:

    1. P.Alvarez/Oswalt
    or
    2. Youk/Hellickson

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Hmm… I don’t get that so not sure.

    @Steve: Are you getting what O’s talking about?

    @simply fred: 1

  27. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: “A favicon (short for favorites icon), also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon is a 16×16 or 32×32 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or webpage.[1] A web designer can create such an icon and install it into a website (or webpage) by several means, and most graphical web browsers will then make use of it. Browsers that provide favicon support typically display a page’s favicon in the browser’s address bar and next to the page’s name in a list of bookmarks. Browsers that support a tabbed document interface typically show a page’s favicon next to the page’s title on the tab. Some programs allow the user to select an icon of their own from the hard drive and associate it with a website.”

    I’m not getting it when I open comments. Suggest Big O be big brave, click on it and see what it references.??

  28. Steve says:
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    I really only know a favicon as the small image that displays on a browser tab indicating what site you’re on.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @simply fred: Gotcha… Yeah, know what a favicon is, just not sure what O is seeing.

    @Steve: Yup

  30. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    @Steve:
    @simply fred:

    the pop-up seems to have gone away , tonight .

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Cool, not sure what it was, but glad it’s gone.

  32. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Jinxed it out of existence. Speaking of which, you see that Cliff Lee thing I posted in fred’s piece?

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I saw it. Was funny when it was Chuck Norris, okay when it was Matt Wieters, now it’s a bit meh.

  34. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    @Steve:

    now that there’s just the 5 of us ,
    (including january AND february Grey) ,
    I’m going to let you boys in on a little secret :
    josh hamilton is the 1st OF off the board …. hands down .

    if you draft before me , and you take ryan braun in the 1st round ,
    you lose !

    ok , well maybe not lose ,
    but you’re already digging yourself a hole .

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: I’m glad I owned him in multiple leagues last year when I got him in the 8th round, too much injury risk for the 1st round.

  36. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    but you absorbed that risk
    in the form of 100 less AB ‘s .

    are you afraid of/expecting more ?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: My concern is more about the fact that you have to expect him to miss time. I don’t want a first rounder that I expect to miss time.

  38. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    my concern is that braun may miss “protection” in that line-up .

  39. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    in case you haven’t heard ,
    i opted for hanson (over liriano) .

    i know that you’re not a big fan of this move ,
    but i’m relatively sure that , between a change of scenery
    and mis-management by his new owner ,
    liriano will not come back to bite me in the azz .

    in fact , i wouldn’t be surprised to see him playing
    some korean-league ball , next summer .

    (or is it winter , over there ? man , that shizz still confuses me) .

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Yeah, didn’t understand the Hanson over Liriano move. Think you’re overthinking things.

  41. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    determining factors that i focused on were :
    era
    whip
    baa
    age
    strength of competition

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: I like Hanson and don’t think he’s bad so I’m not going to fight you on it.

  43. jr says:
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    “This is one of those instances when I don’t buy into the rankings that ESPN is giving me. Ichiro murdered you in three categories (Runs, HRs and RBIs), was great in steals (which are abundant) and was good in average. It’s a’ight.”

    Just wondering what you would use as percentage for ranking R, HR, RBI, AVG, SB?

  44. Trevor

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    I also asked this in the forum…

    I’m doing a draft tonight for the world series. There are 4 teams and we each draft two batters. Depending on my draft position, I’m not sure who to go with.. Could you give me a rundown on the top 8 batters in your mind that are going to make the biggest Boom in this world series?

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jr: HR, SB, AVG, RBIs…

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @tggq21: Hamilton, Cruz, Kinsler, Young, Vlad, Huff, Posey, Ross…

  47. Earl Battey says:
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    So, I read with pleasure that John Sickels named Chapman as the top prospect in the game, and figured Aroldis would be worth a 7 dollar flier in my keeper league with the option to resign him for up to 3 years after 2011. I just read with disgust that Dusty said that the Reds might keep him in the pen next year, which would make him the most expensive set-up guy out there I believe. I guess Dusty wants to try a new method of screwing up a touted prospect (while torpedoing his fantasy value). Argh.

  48. Howie says:
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    @Earl Battey: Argh indeed as I employed the same strategy for the same reason. I also did the same with Strasburg and amazingly nabbed him late in the auction for a song. I’ve been snakebitten again.

  49. Earl Battey says:
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    @Howie: Howie, at this point I haven’t committed to him for 2011. I had him for a buck this year. In our league, you can resign guys to a one-year deal for their salaries + 6 bucks and then you have the option to resign them at the end of that deal for up to 3 years. If we get to spring training and Dusty is indeed grooming him for the 7th or 8th inning, then I’ll have a decision to make.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Earl Battey: What Dusty says in October will change at least three times by March.

  51. big o says:
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    the strike zone is going to be really large , tonight .
    and not just for vlad .

    hope they have world series-caliber umps ,
    but that’s probably asking for too much .

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I hadn’t. Some pretty impressive showings.

    @big o: Why do you say it’s going to be large?

  53. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    so much hype about these pitchers .
    umps wouldn’t dare shrink the zone .

    tomorrow’s game will be different , i suspect .

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Could be right, think it has more to do with the home plate ump.

  55. royce! says:
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    What’s up with the sentimental schlocky music they played while announcing the players? Sounded like something that would be played in a WWII movie, maybe something like Schindler’s List. Is baseball supposed to bum me out?

    (Actually, to tell the truth, baseball frequently bums me out. Go Padres!)

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: I pardon you, Cody Ross.

  57. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Hmm….so you’re saying that SF is trying to imply that they have the power to kill arbitrarily? Baseball just got way cooler!

  58. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    you’ve got to be shitting me !!

    willie mays on the field
    monte irvin throws out the 1st pitch
    and fox doesn’t even show it ?

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I’d seen that Hamels ad before. Classic. Dressed like Tony Montana or like a Summer’s Eve advertisement.

    @royce!: Ha

    @big o: Pretty lame.

  60. Steve says:
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    Leaving aside the pitcher, you look at that Giants lineup and it’s like looking at the team that beat you in the H2H playoffs and thinking how the hell did he beat me with THAT team?

  61. royce! says:
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    WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT???

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, they’re probably the 15th best offense in all of baseball, if that.

    @royce!: Weird play.

  63. royce! says:
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    Oh, maybe he just wanted Uribe to get two outs for him.

  64. Steve says:
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    What happened?

  65. big o says:
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    didn’t hear the crowd chanting “let tim smoke”
    after that play .

  66. royce! says:
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    @big o: He definitely needs something to calm him down… Can we pass Prop 19 early?

  67. royce! says:
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    Oh, man, Vlad looked ancient fielding the Sanchez double.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Dribbler to third and they chased Young back but didn’t throw the ball. Not entirely sure, was weird.

    @royce!: He looks creaky.

  69. Steve says:
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    Good heavens.

    Someone has a stereo on their desk near me playing ‘Sunglasses At Night’…

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It’s 80’s Thursday in New Zealand!

  71. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ugh.

    It’s OK though – we’ve done an intervention.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Okay, wasn’t sure if maybe you worked at a karaoke bar.

  73. Steve says:
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    @Grey: If I did, and if anyone tried to do that song, the stage hook would be out before they could blink.

    Cliff Lee can do it all!

  74. big o says:
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    molina on the base-paths is like
    the old-timers game during all-star break .

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Except field for Vlad.

    @big o: I’d like to see him in a 50 yard dash with Vlad.

  76. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    vlad is smart enough to slide .

    molina would stumble
    and cross the tape with a head-first dive .

  77. royce! says:
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    @Grey: My money’s on Vlad- his acceleration and top speed seem higher than Molina. Vlad’s problem seems to be slowing down– his knees can’t take it. He needs one of those drag racing parachutes.

  78. Grey

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    @royce!: That’s hilarious. Then the wind in SF would grab Vlad and blow him around the stadium.

  79. royce! says:
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    @Grey: He’d still make contact with the ball, too. He’s crazy like that.

    I went to LA for oral argument the other day and had some excellent sushi in Little Tokyo. You ever been to Hama Sushi? Limited menu (nothing but really fresh fish, no fried stuff or wacky rolls), but the fish was awesome and the nigiri included the perfect amount of wasabi, so that I had no need to dip it in anything.

  80. Grey

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    @royce!: Hama’s very good, been there a few times. You actually got lucky because Little Tokyo is not the sushi slam dunk you would think. How did Sanchez not score on that Posey hit? Is the entire Giants team running in slo-mo?

  81. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah we were on our way to T.O.T. but saw they have a “B” now. So, yeah, very lucky, because I know from experience that T.O.T.’s fish is nowhere near as good.

    I like to eat sushi the night before an oral argument because I’ve tricked myself into thinking that it makes me smarter. Way better than what I thought when I was like 19 or 20, though- that if you drink a lot of alcohol at night and then eat a ton of bread, the alcohol turns the bread into sugars that feed your brain so that you can do really well on tests.

  82. royce! says:
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    @Grey: What somewhat affordable sushi joint (ie, not Matsuhisa) would you recommend near downtown?

  83. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Oh, and I think that Sanchez and the rest of the Giants may have just gotten acclimated to Bengie and Vlad’s speed. Sanchez was probably jogging and thinking to himself, “I’m going soooo fast!!!”

  84. Grey

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    @royce!: Never been to T.O.T. I want you arguing my case… What do you think my chances are? Frankly, I’m worried, the commissary was out of salmon sushi. Sushi-Gen is the only other downtown sushi place I would recommend by name.

  85. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I can argue on your behalf… Karabell and Berry file a libel claim against you?

    Oh, and I don’t usually like to admit defeat, but what do you mean about the commissary and salmon sushi? Must be a reference I’m missing.

  86. Grey

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    @royce!: Commissary: a place with food. No? Am I using the wrong word? Freddy is locked in!

  87. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Freddy’s trying to justify his 6 million dollar salary in one game alone. No need to justify having been traded for Alderson, that’s clear enough. Alderson’s AA ERA this year was well over 5, I believe.

  88. Grey

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    @royce!: Right now, Sabean’s BABIP is over .500.

  89. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Unsustainable, clearly.

  90. royce! says:
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    The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!

    Oops, too early?

  91. Grey

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    @royce!: I can’t even imagine how crazy he’s going to be next year with this confidence booster. Brian Giles may just be able to unretire.

  92. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I’m gonna preemptively frost the tips of my hair…when Giles comes back, I’ll be so in the vanguard.

  93. Steve says:
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    People of Cliff Lee Facts – this is on you.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  94. Grey

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    @royce!: And juice?

    @Steve: He pitched like he’s already a Yankee.

  95. Steve says:
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    Hey-Steve-Put-That-In-Your-Pipe-And-Smoke-It Sanchez is having himself quite a game.

  96. Grey

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    @Steve: Nice call back.

  97. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Actually make that How-Do-You-like-That-Steve-I’m-A-Trending-Topic-On-Twitter Sanchez.

  98. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Ha! That’s awesome.

    @Grey: I already get super juiced. The California Bar doesn’t test for PEDs.

  99. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, saw that on Twitter. Must only be one game on.

    @royce!: Or sushi, apparently.

  100. royce! says:
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    @Grey: If they did it would be the end of my legal career.

    Seriously, though, I know it doesn’t make me any more clever or verbose, but it’s a tradition I’m not letting go of. Might as well enjoy the slow decay of my moral standing. Go Lawyers!

  101. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Should we start with the lawyer jokes?

  102. royce! says:
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    @Steve: What, I don’t get a vote? In the immortal words of the Flaming Lips, “I stood up and I said yeah!”

  103. royce! says:
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    Did I just see a knit beard? So hip… puts my real beard to shame.

  104. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but an elephant is walking through the jungle one day when he comes across a tiger eating his own shit.
    The elephant says “what the hell do you think you’re doing?”
    The tiger says, “I’ve just eaten a lawyer and I’m trying to get the taste out of my mouth.”

  105. Grey

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    @royce!: It would give a new meaning to being disbarred.

    @Steve: I don’t mess with people who can sue me.

    @royce!: I’m thinking a bunch of the Giants bullpen gets searched at the airport.

  106. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Nice! Keep ‘em coming!

    Interesting how well elephants and tigers get along when lawyers aren’t present.

  107. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Does Bush still have any pull with the “no fly” list? Would make a good “prank”. Yale-style, snitches!

  108. Grey

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    @royce!: That Bush is a prankster too. Look at what he did with the country.

  109. royce! says:
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    Apparently the wife and I are now watching Top Chef Desserts now, so if anyone has anything clever to say about that, I’m all ears. Would be interesting to see how game 1 ends, but so it goes…

  110. Steve says:
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    @royce!: It’s not just the cream that’s whipped!

    Sorry ;-)

  111. royce! says:
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    @Grey: You got punk’d, America!

  112. Grey

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    @royce!: Why is the guy from Stray Cats the head judge?

  113. Steve says:
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    Just-Rubbing-It-In-Now Sanchez strikes again!

  114. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yep, that’s clever. Perfect that his name is Johnny, too.

  115. royce! says:
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    “These motorcycle boots will surely compensate for the fact that I’m thinking about meringue.”

  116. royce! says:
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    That was meant to be in a thought bubble, not a direct quote.

  117. BigFatHippo says:
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    Hey guys……………

    I’m still here.

    Was tromping through the woods one day when I came across a snake tryin to eat a rabbit, but I was wrong.

    Heard the rabbit say, “I’m blind and don’t know what I am, can you tell me?”

    Then the snake said, “I’m blind too, if I tell you what you are you have to tell me what I am.”

    Saw the snake slither all over the rabbit and says……………….

    “You’re furry, you’re soft, you got a cotton tail and long floppy ears…………..you must be a rabbit!!!!!!!!!!”

    “I am, I am a rabbit, thank you. Now let me see what you are, you’re cold, you’re scaly………………and you have a forked toungue…………….You must be a lawyer!”

  118. royce! says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Wait, I don’t get it…lawyers taste like chicken?

    Jk, very funny.

  119. BigFatHippo says:
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    And then the Prosecutor ate the soft animal and all was right in the woods……………The End!*

    * don’t tell this story to your children

  120. royce! says:
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    @BigFatHippo: That actually sounds about right

  121. BigFatHippo says:
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    @royce!: Yup

    Holy crap, these games last this long all series i can’t hang…………

  122. big o says:
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    shut up . shut up . shut up . shut up .

    shut up !!

    love ,
    heather

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