This baseball season is going to be a bunch of fast rappers who somehow con people into thinking they’re impressive because they rap in double-time. Who will be an Overnight Celebrity? Could Anthony Santander be Twista? Spit some bars, Santander! *Santander scream-raps a bunch of gibberish, but because it’s fast it doesn’t sound awful* Yo, Anthony Santander in 162 games your bars were weak, but in a three-month season with 598 syllables in 55 seconds…Well, you kinda nasty, and nasty is good. After my Starlin Castro fantasy yesterday, can you see a theme? Wearing sweatpants every day isn’t a theme, that’s a lifestyle. Okay, there’s not one theme exactly, but Starlin Castro and Anthony Santander do share one similarity — they both are currently penciled in as a three-hole hitter. Something I’ve said before but not sure it’s got through your seven layers of brain crust to the inner core:  If you only draft three-hole hitters, you can only go so wrong. They will get the most runs and RBIs on average, and, well, batting average will likely be okay, because there’s a reason they’re batting third. That reason? They’re likely not automatic outs. So, what can we expect from Anthony Santander for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

Before you wonder what Anthony Santander can do in 80 to 100 games, let’s say the season is 93 games and he’s Cal Ripken Jr. Know why? Because he played in 93 games last year, you need shizz spoonfed? As my baseball-themed fortune cookie would tell you, “Be more Cal and less Billy Ripken’s bat knob.” Last year, Santander went 20/1/.261 in 380 ABs. Steamer hitter projections have him down for 14/3/.262 in 320 ABs in 85 games. So, I guess this comes down to whether we think he can get an additional six or more homers. What’s that, you asking if 20 homers in 100 games is good? For a guy who is being drafted either not at all in a 12-teamer or in the last round? Yeah, that’s good. In 100-game season, a 20-homer season with his projected .260 average is about a number two outfielder. I know what you might be thinking, because I was thinking it too — Santander is really a .260 hitter? I thought he was a big negative on average. Last year, his strikeout rate was 21.2%, which is better than league average (23%). His expected batting average on fastballs was .269 and his xBA on offspeed pitches was .271. He’s top 61st percentile for exit velocity and better than half the league for expected batting average. In all, he’s not a bad average hitter. Will he hit .300? Well, in a 82+ game season, anything’s possible, but, if everything’s neutral, he’s a .260-.270 hitter. That’s still with solid power from a three-hole hitter, by the by. Ironically, don’t let him whizz past you, Santander is a great dart throw.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic dart throw!

    a. So Santander is available. Who do you prefer in a 5X5 RCL for 2020?

    1. Nimmo
    2. Santander

    I like Nimmo better than Santander but I’ll keep my eye on him. Plus yes, 3-hole player.

    b. MLB quote of the day for June 3, 1987

    ‘The place was always cold, and I got the feeling that the fans would have enjoyed baseball more if it had been played with a hockey puck.’

    Andre Nolan Dawson, aka ‘The Hawk’ and ‘Awesome Dawson’. The quote above refers to Montreal, of course. Montreal is ALWAYS 20F COLDER than Toronto!!! Seriously, when it’s 32F in Toronto, it’s 14F in Montreal. In the middle of the summer, it’s 77F in Toronto and 59F in Montreal. Anyway, cold AF in Montreal so kudos to him for playing there and making a life of it.

    Dawson was one of only 8 players to join the 300HR-300SB club (Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Reggie Sanders, Steve Finley, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran), and one of only 5 players with 400HR-300SB.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Santander

      I don’t like Nimmo

      B. Sounds like someone with bad knees

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Signed up Santander, thanks, over Nimmo.

        b. Dawson was famous for throwing out players at first base and anyone trying to stretch a double into a triple was dead meat.

        c. Today I was thinking about making a connection from yesterday’s quote for today. LIke who was in the trade with Kruk from San Diego to Philadelphia? Kruk+Randy Ready for Chris James=The Padres were duped yet again! Chris James and Randy Ready, not good.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Yeah, Nimmo’s garbage

          B. Dawson’s arm was insane, agreed

          C. Ah, prolly best to not force it

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!

            The connection from yesterday to today’s quote was the timeline 1980s, good enough for the pre-season. I will have to step up the connections once the season starts.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yes, that is more than fair for quotes

  2. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – a few universal ADH questions for ya…

    1. Seems like this can only help our Hilliard fantasy, right?
    2. Who do you think Arizona’s will be…maybe Rojas?
    3. Tyler O’Neil or Rojas a better dart throw?

    Thanks!

  3. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    FYI the website is working today…good job

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! We finally fixed it!

  4. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Good Topic on the radio on the topic of virtual fans….fox is going to fill joe bucks broadcast with fake crowd and fans…….from a philly perspective it won’t matter most people here turn down the sound and synch up the local radio broadcast……

    if they do the fake crowd will they do the nuances and stereo types I’m sure joe buck will have philly beating up santa at the first preseason game.

    sounds like they are going to do this for MLB as well

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      How can they simulate the true philly experienceJ??? so many good times

      the fan who tried to fight Ty Domi

      Pelting JD Drew with Batteries

      The Kid who got Tazered running on the field ( i actaully know him from HS Baseball) took security about 15 min to catch him

      Mass Snowball fight nailing Jimmy Johnson in the head and his hair did not move

      I was at the 49ers Monday Night Game when someone fired a flare gun from the stands could you imaging today

      The five year old kid chugging a miller lite

      The drunk girl who stole a 70 yr old verterans prosthetic leg

      “Pukeman” The jerk who intentionally threw up on a father daughter at a philies game who had the wrong jersey on …..he got his ass whooped

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        “The drunk girl who stole a 70 yr old verterans prosthetic leg”

        HAHAHAHA

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          It actually started out funny they were both tailgating not too far away from us she was trashed and dancing around with him my buddy has a video of that part……they got his leg back a couple days later lol

          • Grey

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            Haha, Philly is the best (right after Jersey)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, shouldn’t they fill Philly games with boos?

      Can they simulate throwing batteries at people?

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        they were “D” batteries to not triple a like those NY pansies throw.

        • Grey

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          HAHA, the big boy batteries!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        Haha! Just fit large brown paper bags over the seats in Tigers stadium, that would be even more real and less costly.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Reggie hit the ball out of old Tiger Stadium

  5. Coolwhip

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    You know…. another thing with Santander is the absense of Mancini in the lineup could benefit his RBIs, with him becoming the primary 3 spot hitter, he’ll theoretically get more RBI opportunities that were eaten up by Mancini last year.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, Santander should be *the* in the O’s lineup, which I guess may or may not be good — but at least he’s not on outside looking in

  6. krazyivan says:
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    Terrific article-no one says this enough Grey, but you the GOAT of fantasy baseball articles.
    Speaking of the GOAT: picture is worth a thousand words:
    http://digitalballparks.com/American/Oriole12.html

    That was about all young William could do with a bat!
    I wonder if Billy the Kid used a sharpie or if he wood burned it into the knob of his bat (I kinda want it to be the latter). Didn’t he come up with the excuse that somebody else did it w/o his knowing? Come on Billy, admit that it was your brother gd!

    Love it love it love it on the Anthony Salamander call (no that wasn’t IOS auto correct-that’s what i call him-read it again-I bet you didn’t notice!). Bullseye throw! Plays every game, everyday, bats between Alberto & Nunez (really-those two guys-yikes!)
    His zone contact% has gone up every year (69%,79%, 85%). His chase contact is a remarkable 70%. Probably can stand to chase less often (duh, thats for everyone not named Vlad Guerrero Sr.). But the batting profile looks prime for a this year Danny’s Antana.
    (Antana=insect>salamanders).

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Appreciate it!

      Yeah, I think Ripken blamed someone else, not naming who…Of course he did it, you don’t just pick up a random bat with that on the knob…

      Yes, totally on Santander, I’ve been surprised at how late he consistently goes, I think it’s the O’s factor

    • Grey

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      BTW, that pic is beautiful

      • LenFuego says:
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        If you hit “Next” in the upper right corner, there are actually a series of about 8 gorgeous shots of the park.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Great Ballpark the first of the modern venues it changed everything. been

      My son was born the day ripken broke the record to this day he puts #8 on his jerseys

      • Grey

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        That’s awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never heard of it but sweet jumpsuit!

      • Everything is derivative. If he was ordering fast food instead of talking cars it’d be hot fire still today.

        Speaking of unoriginal, I’m watching an old game from 1984 in the background. Costas is talking about the importance of OBP and taking walks and the players are talking about how “the baseball is juiced this year.”

        • Grey

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          I hear the ball was juiced in 1927 and players were on Coca-Cola that had cocaine in it… Put Bonds in the HOF and stop with the revisionist nonsense

          • Fun Fact:

            It’s still made with the leaves today and they still use it in hospitals everyday. In fact they have not been able to find anything that works better. Where do you think lidocaine, novocaine, where do you think the caine comes from?

            • Grey

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              Michael?

              • That’s the actual correct pronunciation…my cocaine…my cocaine…michael caine

                Plus the Babe was better in 1920, 1921 ,1926, 1928…

                • Grey

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                  HAHAHA, that’s very funny

                  Babe and Fatty Arbuckle walk into a party, do you hide the Coke bottles?

                  • I say we start a hide the coke bottles business where we go around to parties and hide all their coke bottles see we can put em where we know they are and they don’t we do we go back see me and you and then we collect all the bottles that we hid see then we start a sell the collected coke bottles business for pure profit see pure profit!

                    (read in the voice of the matchbox guy)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HELLO SHARKS! For $500,000, you can have 5% of our business, Hiding Coke Bottles

                  • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                    micheal caine, fatty arbuckle’s coke bottle and babe ruth worked into the same stream of conciousness

                    lol

                    • Grey

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                      Haha

  7. krazyivan says:
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    Just finished grading online student work-not fun!!
    Today on the headphones while working was May 14 ‘72 Giants at Mets. It was Willie May’s debut as a Met and he came through with a solo blast in the 5th to put the Mets ahead for good 5-4. The “say hey” kid finished 1-2 with two walks, two runs and an rbi.
    The Giants were paced by Tito Fuentes 4-4 day with a homer and two doubles. A little background on who he was and how he still has a huge impact on Giants baseball. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5LZBtfUgObU
    Tito has handled the Giants Spanish broadcast duties for the past 15 years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What do you teach? Has it been easier teaching from home vs. in school or no?

      That’s awesome on Willie! One of the best late-career signings the Mets did, and they’ve done some awful ones

  8. krazyivan says:
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    Heck no-This sucks. Plus I’m a coach so the sports absence it rough. Middle School is hard enough. Try telling 8th graders that everything is Pass/Withdrawal but they still need to try their best.

    One other nugget of Mets lore to share today. They were obviously legendary for not being good when they started. In 1966 they hired a young ex ball player named Whitey Herzog as their director of the farm system and player development. He did an amazing job but got pissed when they bypassed him for manager when they gave it to Gil Hodges. It explains why for years after the Cardinals led by Whitey despised the Mets and they had such a fierce rivalry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that sounds terrible — what sports did you coach?

      Whitey! Oh my god, that’s amazing… I had no idea of his connection to the Mets

      • krazyivan says:
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        Football/Softball. Baseball is a club sport because we don’t have the facilities for it. Softball is surprisingly fun to coach. A lot of bunting, stealing, hit and run still the name of the game. You don’t need as many arms because the underarm delivery allows them to comeback to pitch a lot sooner.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! That’s awesome…I’d like to coach just so I could yell at the other managers like an absolute loon

        • Very cool Krazy, good luck when things fire back up. I’m waiting to coach baseball, if and when. We’ll see

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nice!

          • krazyivan says:
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            Thanks-you too!

  9. What's a Drexl? says:
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    ok, i had a cracked rib once (new years jumping/falling down stairs landing on rib directly before rolling down the rest of the way) and i was still barely insured at the time on parents’ before it ran out, so i went to my doctor (child doctor, funnier hell to see a hungover stoner sitting in kiddie seats at that office that day). didn’t even have an ex-ray, dude said it was a cracked rib (what they’ve changed the judge story to being, no longer “broken” as earlier reported after not mentioning anything during entire fall and most of winter) that would get better in less than 1 month. he was right, it got better mostly over the next 2-3 weeks and i felt nothing by the end of the 3rd week or so. NYY “doctors” (mostly NYM but they must’ve infected NYY’s too) are just really bad here, either he’s got some sort of cracked rib that’s the worst case ever heard of, or it’s just broken and they never had him fix it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge might just be so big he bumps into stuff all the time and keep re-injuring his rib

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        haha, like herman munster. my rib to this day the one that was cracked is visibly larger slightly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  10. 16 jacks in 2nd half!!! Santander is a good looking athlete, switch hitter in a great situation! Feel like he will produce, sure helped me last year. Like him – thx Grey

    • Grey

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      No problem Smitty!

  11. DonnieB says:
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    I am conflicted on Santander or McCutchen or Happ? Which 2 would you want as 5th OF and DH? I love Happ but playing time always seems unpredictable. Thoughts? Thank you!

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