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Travis Snider hit .155 in April and nearly lost his starting job.  Where the OBP was solid in the minors, it abandoned him.  Nothing was working.  Then in May, he turned things around hitting .378.  Gaston giveth time, Snider giveth power and OBP until he hurt his wrist and went to the 15-day DL for 62 days.  Wrist injuries can be tricky things.  Maybe when he returned in August with little power he was still nursing it?  Maybe his power didn’t really return until the last week of the season when he hit four homers in 6 games?  Maybe Green Day’s been singing the same two songs for the last fifteen years, one fast and one slow?  I do not have the answers to these questions.  I’d like to think all three are answered in the affirmative.  So why is Travis Snider a 2011 fantasy baseball keeper?

First, and possibly most importantly, you have him for cheap.  If you don’t have him for cheap, then this is all moot, which only seems like it should be spelled mute.  Now if you do have him for cheap, the proverbially ship has not sailed for Snider.  What ship, you ask.  A only 22-year-old ship, I answer.  He has 1412 ABs in the minors and a .302/.376/.530 line.  That blows my mind.  At 22, 1412 minor league ABs?!  That’s a lot of solid experience.  Now he just needs the chance to do it in the major leagues.  If he didn’t lose 2 months to the wrist injury, this post would’ve been a no-brainer.  He would’ve had 25+ homers and a .275 average and everyone and their cousin would’ve been rolling Snider in their sleeves like he was a pack of cigarettes.  Oh, and if this sounds like a 2011 fantasy baseball sleeper post too, take it as one.  And did I mention he has some slight speed?  In 2011, I could see Snider giving 65/27/80/.270/5.  All those numbers are conservative and he’s most definitely a keeper if you have him for the right price.

122 Responses

  1. DrEasy says:
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    Now we need to find out if Farrell, the new manager, likes small ball.

  2. Steve says:
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    I hear Snider likes to take things one day at a time.
    Ah yes. Every now and then, age has its rewards.

  3. Doug Ault says:
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    I think Farrell will be good for Snider, anybody not named Cito will be good for Snider.

  4. Mann of Sandd says:
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    I have Snider in my keeper league and have planned on keeping him, but there’s a catch.

    I have him at $3, which I can keep him at for this year only and then lose him to the draft next year. Or I can sign him to a 2 or 3 year contract where his salary increases by $4 a year, starting this year. If I am to sign him (which is where I’m leaning), I’d sign him for the full 3 years. Or, I can trade him since my league has several people who are aware of his potential.

    Grey, what would you do? If I were making the decision today, I’d take the risk since it’s still relatively cheap and sign him for 3 years.

  5. ThE sHiT says:
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    I will definitely be targeting Snider in my drafts next year. Hopefully he has a good preseason and it goes undetected. I hate when experts over-hype the hell out of players. Makes it impossible to get value on a sleeper.

  6. Critter Nagurski says:
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    I like the way you think Albright. The only thing that has me worried about him is the way his bb% just tanked. Hopefully he can increase that given his k%.. Can’t wait to see what he does next year

  7. big o says:
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    @ThE sHiT:

    that’s what experts do .

    everyone , including fantasy baseball novices , knows who the
    stars are , at almost every position .

    so to differentiate themselves from all of the other experts , and to
    provide you with alternatives that are less obvious ,
    they “hype” the newest rookie , a minor star who’s about to (or might be about to) see an increase in playing time , and sometimes even veterans
    that have been on the DL for so long that they have fallen out of favor with the casual baseball fan .

    of course , they do this in response to all of the fantasy baseballers (Grey’s mom’s term) who are looking for these “secret” picks … out of boredom , i suppose , or , out of the desire to be the 1st kid on the block with the newest toy .

    that is why every expert , on every site , this side of outer mongolia ,
    “hyped” this guy , last year :
    .256 … 18 … 61 … 54 … 5

    fantasy baseballers who spent a high draft pick on this 3rd baseman were probably disappointed .
    but , he did have 2nd base eligibility …. so there’s that .

    suggestion ===> don’t waste a pick on “hyped” players until round #20 .
    the burn , should it occur , is less severe .

  8. AdamJ says:
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    @Doug Ault: Somewhere Valerie Bertinelli is smiling. And Mackenzie Phillips is thinking of Dad.

  9. AdamJ says:
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    @AdamJ: That was meant for @Steve:

  10. Tony says:
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    @ThE sHiT: u might wanna hope for a slow preseason then, any “good preseason” goes detected and gets blown up… Snider will be wrote about all over, grey’s just starting a little earlier than others….

  11. Mann of Sandd says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. In this league we keep 12, and he’d definitely make the cut in terms of cost vs. potential production.

  12. big o says:
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    i don’t know if anyone else is getting these pop-ups ,
    but choosing to open the favicon.ico pop-up
    will result in your computer screen going blank .

    my only recourse was to immediately shut-down my computer , manually .

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: I’m not getting any popups, but I’ll talk to my web guy and see if he has any idea. Sorry about that.

  14. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Awesome. Check out Deadspin for the Pat the Bat tie-in…

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Absolutely gotta love PtB.

  16. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You know he’ll reciprocate.

  17. Rabbit says:
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    Grey,
    Normally I don’t pose the “What should I do, Grey?” questions in the comments section of your posts (’cause I figure the forums are for, um, that), but being it the offseason and the comment traffic is substantially lower, and you wrote about one of my guys being a keeper at the right price, I figured I’d break my own rule here. Mine is an auction league where we can keep up to 7 players. I was out of it toward the end of the year so I loaded up on some $1 guys in the free agent auction process, and traded for a couple others. Here are my possible keepers:

    Shin-Soo Choo $11
    Nelson Cruz $17
    Jon Lester $18
    Carlos Santana $1
    Kel Johnson $5
    T Snider $1
    Grady Sizemore $2
    J Ellsbury $3
    Joe Nathan $1
    R Nolasco $1
    Matt Kemp $19
    Gord Beckham $4

    What do you think? I feel pretty sure about keeping the first four listed. I’ll probably need to wait until spring training to see how Ellsbury, Sizemore and Nathan look.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: He is a generous lover.

    @Rabbit: Your team’s going to be an injury-prone group. Tell me how many teams are in your league.

  19. Rabbit says:
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    12 teams.

  20. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    i’m guessing that the reason many fantasy players are at odds with the espn player rankings is because espn places more value on stolen bases than most fantasy baseballers would prefer .

    however , in my 14-team , 5×5 roto , the top SB’s scores were :
    193 , 162 , 156 , 149 . 147 , 144 , & , 141 .
    the bottom scores ranged from 132 down to 81 .

    clearly , a player than can score 50 SB’s goes a long way in securing you a top score in this category (which accounts for 10% of your total team score)

    my question (?) is this ==> am considering changing the league to a 6×6 , or a 7×7 roto , in an effort to reduce the weighted importance of the SB (and Saves) category .
    however , i am mindful that doing so will also reduce the weighted effect of every category …. from 10% to 8 1/2 % (about 7% for a 7×7) .

    what are your thoughts on this idea ?
    are 6×6′s more realistic ?
    more fun ?

    personally , i think that it would add to the draft strategy , and allow owners more flexibility on how they would run their teams .
    however , if i didn’t respect your experience and your opinion , i wouldn’t be here . in the 1st place .
    please advise .

    as always , thanking you , in advance .

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Rabbit: Top 4 guys, Snider, Kemp, Ellsbury… Sizemore and Nathan would replace Santana and Snider if they were healthy.

    @big o: I prefer the tried and true 5×5. OBP is fine for hitters, but how excited are you going to get watching someone go 0-for-1 with 3 walks? Pitchers are then tricky too, Holds are a terrible category.

  22. Tony says:
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    @big o: my league is 12 teams and we run a 10×10, sounds insane but its great… on sunday you can be rooting for a guy to hit a triple, get a SB, or maybe a pitcher to get a QS and NOT take a loss and that could win you the week…. of course i’m talking H2H here. You can’t exactly draft thinking “i’m taking this guy because he gets me doubles” but you i’ve done very well in this league (10 yrs running i think?) and i’ve found offensively you want well rounded 5 cat type guys who hit for a good average, pretty similar to any league style/format. Overall though its been great…. i’ve found 5×5 roto is great since i’ve been playing in a RCL the past two years, but i’ll always love my 10×10 H2H league….

  23. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    i’m thinking that until mlb and fantasy baseball sites change the definition of Quality Starts (QS) , from an easily attainable 6 innings to 7 innings ,
    that Holds remains the top option vis-a-vis an additional pitching category .

    at least it provides for the concept of a more well-rounded team , in that
    middle relievers take on a bit more importance , other than just chewing up
    your innings limit and providing the occasional vulture Win .

    Complete Games (CG’s) is a bogus category , imo , as it puts too much
    importance on only a handful of SP’s .
    plus , the losing pitcher only has to throw 8 innings , if it’s an away game .

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: I agree with you on CGs. QS puts undue pressure on your team to have high ranked SPs and Holds is more arbitrary than Saves. There’s no easy answer.

  25. Steve says:
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    5×5 is the answer ;-)

  26. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    from the guy that has figgins at the top of his
    dead-to-me list ?

  27. Steve says:
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    @big o: Don’t assume that everyone necessarily over emphasises steals on draft day. You need steals coming out of the draft of course, but you can find ‘em on the wire during the season.

  28. The Dude says:
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    Who do you like in 2011? Howard or Fielder?

    I’ve got Howard now and have a nibble from the Fielder owner. I’m not sure who he values more, but in a keeper I still think Fielder is the choice long term despite his terrible 2010.

    Also we use OBP instead of AVG. Would you trade Howard for Fielder straight up? What if I had to add something to get him? I’m gonna try to work my magic and tell the guy I need Fielder + something – but I don’t know if it’ll fly…

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: @big o: Let’s also not forget that coming out of the draft he looked like a 3 category performer not a one category guy.

    @The Dude: Howard

  30. Steve says:
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    @Grey: One man, many reasons to hate.
    Poor Figgy. I despise him, yet I’ve never owned him.

  31. Tony says:
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    @big o: i think QS’s at 6 innings is fine, bumping it to 7 or talking about it is being nit picky…. i think holds are a joke, the day i start looking for the schmohawk that comes in during the 7th and 8th innings to acquire a made up statistic for fantasy purposes is the day i quit my league. I honestly think that is the most worthless category of any categories. Why not count golden sombreros, fielding errors, and HBP as categories? Just for something else to count. I play in that 10×10 i mentioned earlier and we dont even have holds!!!

  32. big o says:
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    @Tony:

    even the analcysts on mlbtv are promoting the
    bogus-ness of 6 innings as an indicator of a quality start .

    not sure who establishes the parameters for such “definitions”
    (maybe it’s some high falutin player rep) ,
    but , for sure , this is a term coming under increased public scrutiny .

    cust kayin’

  33. Tony says:
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    @big o: haha, i understand, 6 innings 7 innings, potaTOE, potaTOE, ANAL-cysts sometimes aren’t the best examples…. maybe i dont understand, are they just looking at who is getting QS’s like Baltimore Orioles ACE kevin millwood? i mean it really doesn’t matter who establishes the definition does it? I mean who said you have to get 5 innings in to get a win? someone did…. its dumb but its a rule… spit happens…. I dont mind the 6 innings and 3 EARNED runs or less = a Quality Start….

    If my starter goes 6 and gives up 3 or less thats a QUALITY START in my books.

  34. Tony says:
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    @big o: BTW just up for a little banter, not really arguing or trying to start any drama….

    when does baseball start again? haha oh wait its not over yet? dammit!

  35. big o says:
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    @Tony:

    i hear you .

    i try to make it so that baseball never ends for me .

    not to beat a dead horse , but the difference in 6 or 7 innings ,by definition,
    is an era of 4.50 vs 3.86 .

    not a huge difference , admittedly , but from the analcysts point of view , i think they’re taking umbrage over some player rep/lawyer making millions of dollars in contract fees while citing this arbitrary “indicator” during salary negotiations .

    or maybe they’re trying to tackle the strength of the players’ union .

    whatever the case , my draft strategy is to avoid pitchers with era’s of
    4.50 and higher .

  36. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    how about a little teaser from February Grey ?

    got an opening line on pedroia ?

    assuming that both he and ellsbury start the season healthy ,
    do you see ellsbury batting at the top of the order , in front of pedroia ?

    and here’s my real question ==> won’t ellsbury’s presence cut-down
    on pedroia’s SB chances , or will he rack up his usual 20 ?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Healthy line 105/17/65/.290/15 for Pedroia. Ellsbury’s one of those cats that will get 50 steals if healthy, no matter where he’s hitting. Won’t hurt Pedroia’s steals because Pedroia’s only a 15-20 steal guy anyway.

  38. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    you ARE the best .

  39. Steve says:
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    Baseball is for another day. Tonight, steak and chips is where it’s at.

  40. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    ever have a chip butty ?

  41. Steve says:
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    @big o: Yeah. Not a big fan.

  42. Earl Battey says:
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    As a Felix and Haren owner last year, I wasn’t a big fan of wins. Those guys weren’t as valuable because of guys I knew not to own, such as Aardsma, Qualls, and the entire Mariners’ lineup.

    I don’t like moving QS to 7 innings in the era of strict pitch counts because there are plenty of guys pulled after 6 shutout innings. That’s not a quality start?

    How about 6 or more IP and 2 or fewer ERs?

  43. Earl Battey says:
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    By the way, Felix had 25 starts last year with 6 or more IP and 2 or fewer runs. That netted him 13 wins. That M’s lineup was something else.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Earl Battey: Yeah, I lost a league because of F-Her’s lack of Wins. 6 IP, less than 3 runs is a Quality Start.

  45. big o says:
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    You have chosen to open

    favicon.ico

    which is a : Icon
    from http://razzball.com

    What should Firefox do with this file ?

    Open with Windows Photo Gallery (default) …. definitely not !!
    Save File ….. why ?
    Do this automatically for files like this from now on …… i don’t think so .

    (thanks) .

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: And this doesn’t happen with any other sites? I’m still perplexed (if you can’t tell).

    @Steve: Have you had any issue like O is describing?

  47. Ben says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve been on the Snider bandwagon as well. I am going to take this OF + UT into my season next year. Would you feel it lacks punch or does it sound stable enough.

    Snider
    Adam Jones
    Drew Stubbs
    Adam Lind

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ben: Looks like a Runs/Average liability.

  49. Phillip says:
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    I’m up against an initial cutdown deadline. By tomorrow we have to cut to 12 and then we cut to 7-10 in late Feb. My initial 11 are Pujols, Howard (CI), AdrianGonz (Util), Wright, Pedroia, Andrus, JUpton, McCutch, Lincecum, Felix, with Alexei as my 11. I am trying to figure out what I should do for 12. Kelly Johnson is solid, but I would already have 3 MIs. Soto isn’t the greatest at Catcher, but could work too (Cubs league, but I don’t think we are able to trade b/w cutdowns. Same deal with Zambrano – what do you think of how he finished the season. The other option that I am leaning towards is Lilly (who would only potentially be kept if something terrible happens to either Felix or Timmy. Which of those four should I keep: Johnson, Soto, Zambrano or Lilly?

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Had my web guy look at the site and he doesn’t see anything. Thinks it might be an issue with your computer settings or browser settings.

  51. royce! says:
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    Vlad caught stealing…total BS that they don’t give him an 89 foot lead during the playoffs.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: In fairness to Vlad, his knees didn’t get caught stealing. They were back at 1st still wondering what was going on.

  53. royce! says:
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    @Grey: [looking around] “what’s all the hubbub? What’s he doing at 2nd?”

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Ha… Sometimes Vlad the ’97 Impala thinks he’s the sports car he once was.

  55. royce! says:
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    @Grey: It is amazing that he stole 40 in 2002. Also amazing that he never stole over 15 after that.

  56. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    well , thanks for asking your web guy .
    i was thinking it might be a firefox thing .
    but it only seems to happen every other day .
    so far , tonight is ok .

    funny thing is , when it shoots that pop-up at me ,
    it’s always a double-barrel one (one pop-up on top of another) .

    but when its firing at me , i get it when i enter the site ,
    again when i click “comments” … to see the chat ,
    and again , when i go to say something .

  57. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    does neftali remind you of f. jenkins ?

  58. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: @Phillip: Wrestling with Soto’s end of season as well. Which Z shows up in 2011?

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Roiding the knees!

    @big o: Yeah, I’m keeping my eyes out for it. Doesn’t remind me of Jenkins, but I really only remember the older Jenkins.

    @simply fred: Not a Z that would be anywhere near keeping.

  60. Steve says:
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    Pat the Bat benched for Game 4.

    At least he’ll get a head start on the ladies.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Memo went around the Giants clubhouse that all player wives should be on high alert.

  62. Steve says:
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    @Grey: “When asked, Burrell was unable to account for his absence from the dugout in the 5th and 6th inning.”

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Machine sighting?

  64. royce! says:
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    Bautista and Votto won the 2010 Hank Aaron awards!

    Not knowing what this meant, I did a little research. Apparently it’s supposed to be awarded to the best hitter. I can see how Votto and Bautista could be deemed to be the best hitters in their leagues (I’d vote for Hamilton over Bautista). But it was given to Jeter last year (who didn’t lead the league in anything, and was 9th in the AL in wOBA) and Aramis Ramirez in 2008 (who also did not lead the league in anything). Then I discovered that the fans decide who was “best.” Which makes me think that democracy is not the best way to determine who is the best at anything. (But maybe we should put it up to a vote. Ha!) Which in turn makes me think that a winning politician’s mediocrity is a sign that democracy is functioning. Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it, November 2nd!

  65. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Hmmm – not sure I get you, there.

    What would be awesome is if he say on the bench in his gimp suit.

  66. Steve says:
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    @royce!: If you’re wrong, I don;t want to be right./

  67. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Oh good heavens. I didn’t realise it actually WAS PtB.

    I so want the Giants to win the WS now.

  68. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Ha! Yeah, I suppose that’s a good reason to prefer SF over TEX.

  69. royce! says:
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    I liked Lovett’s rendition of the national anthem, but he looked sort of ill. Like ill meaning bad meaning bad, not ill meaning bad meaning good.

    Anyhow, TEX had Lovett and SF had Lady Antebellum… dammit, now I wanna root for TEX!

    Wait, spoke too soon. I’m rooting for SF. In 7, though. I don’t want the baseball season to end.

  70. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Well, I’m sure the Rangers guys know how to have a good time (not Josh, obviously – or maybe especially Josh!), but pulling that shizz when you’re in the middle of the post season is awesome.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Nice rant.

    @Steve: Yeah, what royce! said. That was the Deadspin article I was referring to the other day. The Machine and Burrell are never in the same place.

    @Steve: @royce!: I was up to 8am last night. Hangovers only last one day, right? Anyone dress up for Halloween?

  72. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Grey Albright is on the LOOSE!

    No dressing up, just went trick or treating with the kids. My kids, that is…

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Hehe… Hey, I’m single again. Watch out, ladies. I duct taped a pillow to my chest and one to my back and wore an XXL The Biggest Loser t-shirt.

  74. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Albright, Grey, n. See also swathe, cutting a, vb.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: adv. Albrightly — with faux suavity.

  76. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Wow, I do not envy you. Actually, I do a little bit (I recently stopped partying like that, and have been a bit bored).

    Anyhow, if you’re feeling hungover today, you’ll feel a lot better tomorrow (though maybe not perfectly okay). The worst hangovers are the ones that take more than a day to reach their full power. You wake up the morning after and think, this aint shizz!, but it really hits you the next day. My Vegas bachelor party (I wanted to get everyone to go to the Modest Mouse-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties, but my friends are a bunch of degenerate gamblers) killed me the day after I returned home. When I woke up without a hangover, I remember thinking, I don’t remember much from last night but apparently I didn’t drink much. Probably not a good sign that I couldn’t remember.

    Didn’t dress up. The only thing I could think of was dressing like a zombie and going as Rob Zombie (‘cos my name is Rob) and that wasn’t clever enough for me to get off my lazy ass. You?

  77. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Nice! The ladies can’t resist a celebrity!

  78. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Yeah, I stopped partying for the better part of two years while with my last girlfriend, but that’s hizztory. Vegas gives me the worst hangovers because I tend to drink massive amounts of Red Bull there.

  79. VinWins

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    @royce!: They added a special panel of Hall of Fame players including Hank Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Billy Williams and Robin Yount to vote this year.

  80. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Well I hope things are going well for you re the ex situation. Partying until 8 seems like the right thing to do.

    Did you hit up the bars or just go to a private party? A buddy of mine that reads razzball tends bar at the cha cha lounge. You should by there and mock him for drafting Lincecum in the first round (it was his 1st year playing fantasy, so I forgave him that one).

  81. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You should have had yum cha for lunch with lots of green tea.

  82. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Don’t know if it helps a hangover but it sure tastes good.

  83. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: House party… God, haven’t been to the Cha Cha Lounge in at least five years. Bit of a blast from the past for me.

  84. royce! says:
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    @VinWins: Interesting… I would say that the panel produced objectively better results than the fans. The difference between Jeter and the top AL hitter in 2009 is much greater than the difference between Bautista and Hamilton.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I do love dim sum.

  86. Steve says:
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    @royce!: I think it has a lot to do with age. I can remember in my 20s staying out til 5am (not often!) and then being at work by 9am. I felt like shit, obviously, but I could make it through the day, more or less.

    These days, it would take me two days to get over something like that.

  87. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, probably a good thing to have not been there for a while. I spent a lot of time there while living in LA because I wasn’t working much and a lot of friends worked there, so it was a great way to kill time and save money on booze. Not sure how much time I would have spent there otherwise. People seem to think that the place is patronized and run by jerks, and I sometimes thought those people were right. I had fun, though.

  88. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Not that I could possibly stay awake til 5am.

  89. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Totally. I think that I discovered that over the past couple of years. I like to think that I don’t go out late anymore because I’m mature and have more important pursuits, but it’s probably just that I can’t stand the hangovers anymore.

  90. royce! says:
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    @royce!: Not probably. Definitely.

  91. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: See I don’t even know that much about Cha Cha, or remember that much about it. It’s just that Silverlake isn’t that close to me and I try not to drink and drive. So I tend to go to places much closer/walking distance.

  92. royce! says:
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    @big o: Yeah that vote seems to prove that players also shouldn’t be relied on to determine who is the best. Price over King Felix? Nonsense.

  93. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Few things better than a solid eating or drinking experience within walking distance of home.

  94. royce! says:
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    @Grey: You could take the bus! Ha! Seriously, that’s good of you. I lived nearby, fortunately. And the taco place on Fletcher that I keep hyping was in between me and the bar, so that worked out well, too.

    I rarely made it very far west for the same reason. Public transportation is a mess in LA, and it seems impossible to get a cab when you really need one.

  95. big o says:
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    @royce!:

    wow .

    (fwiw …. price voted for c.c.)

  96. royce! says:
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    @big o: Not sure if you’re saying wow because you think Price had a better year than Felix… people who argue that Price or CC should get the CY tend to argue that this is because of the quality of the competition in the AL East. However, Felix’s numbers against the AL East were insane- for example, 3-0 in 3 starts against NYY, with 2 complete games and a .35 ERA. TEX was actually the team that scored the most runs on him 4.28 ERA over 6 starts.

  97. Grey

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    @Steve: Agreed, and I live in one of the few LA neighborhoods where that’s feasible.

    @royce!: I took the bus once and saw nothing but valets.

  98. big o says:
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    @royce!:

    actually said wow , ‘cuz you think the players don’t know what they’re talking about .

  99. royce! says:
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    @big o: Oh, well, I only came to that conclusion because the players chose Price over King Felix. The players do seem to know more than the fans- for example, the players chose Mauer and the fans chose Jeter last year.

  100. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Ha! They drive the buses too?

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Nope, ride them to work.

  102. big o says:
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    you stupid crack-head .
    i’m surprised you let neftali appear at all in this world series .

    here’s another darrin you can use :
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0948685/

  103. Grey

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    @big o: Yeah, Feliz has been underused. This was a must win for the Rangers and it don’t look good.

  104. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I know. I was just joking.

    When we moved to LA from NY, my wife and I only had one car so she took the bus from Vermont and Wilshire to the William Morris offices in Beverly Hills. I really gotta get her a great anniversary gift this year…

    You see the “Snob on a Bus” article in the LA Times a while back? The article was fine, but the comments, which I can’t find anymore, were hilarious.

  105. royce! says:
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    @royce!: I meant to add that she took that bus for over a year (I was in denial regarding needing a car). My comment made it seem like she took the bus once.

  106. Grey

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    @royce!: Never saw that article. Impressive that she stayed with you, that right there is grounds for separation.

  107. Steve says:
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    @royce!: @Grey: Ah, such glamourous locales. “I can walk 50 yards to Dominion Road to catch the 267 to downtown Auckland” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

  108. royce! says:
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    @Grey: To be fair, she continued to take the bus after we had two cars. The commute was a mess, around 50 minutes each way to go only 9 miles, so there were significant benefits to taking the bus. SO GET OFF MY BACK!!!

  109. royce! says:
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    @Steve: You *could*, but I bet that the 267 is totally overrun with straight up North Island GANGSTAZ!!!

    It’s really a testament to how boring this game has been that we’ve devolved into a discussion of hangovers and bus routes. It has been that boring, though, huh?

  110. Grey

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    @Steve: You in the boonies?

    @royce!: Ha… Good ol’ LA traffic. I worked in Oxnard for a second and that took me about 50 minutes. I think that’s about 45 miles away. But I was driving it at 5:30 in the morning. Game and series has been boring.

  111. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Yeah boi! Mount Eden is a regular South Central.

    I’ve barely been following to tell the truth. I had to pick the kids up from school today so now I’m at home and I didn’t even turn it on.

    Not that I was in a position to, having told them they couldn’t watch TV…

  112. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nah, not really. City fringe I suppose you’d call it. About 15-20 mins from downtown (Google Mount Eden if you like), inasmuch as Auckland has one.

    BTW, Mrs Johnny Sack died today.

  113. Grey

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    @Steve: Gotcha… Yeah, saw that on Mrs. Johnny Sack. Sad, she was young.

  114. royce! says:
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    @Steve: In all seriousness, is there a rivalry in NZ between north and south islands?

  115. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Not really. There is a bit of antipathy towards Auckland in many parts of the country.

    We’re the biggest, most cosmopolitan city and we’re the main commercial centre, and there’s a perception that we’re a bunch of shallow, flashy, latte-swilling property developers.

    There are a few of those of course, but the truth is a little less interesting.

  116. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Hey you’re NY! Darn elitist Aucklanders!

  117. Steve says:
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    @royce!: There ya go.

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