Did one of you em-effers say something bad about Austin Riley and/or good about Johan Camargo? Because if you did, you’re gonna have to answer to Bazooka and Cannon, which is what I call my biceps, as I point to them in a mirror, while wearing a burlap sack filled with limes, because if anything can kill Corona, it’s limes. I’m a genius! You know how hard players are gonna push back on a universal DH? Imagine a feather pushing against Paul Donald Wight II aka Big Show. Unless I’m misunderstanding what a Universal DH is. “A Universal DH sounds amazing! I always loved The Mummy franchise! Can Brendan Fraser be the DH for the Marlins?” That’s me misunderstanding a Universal DH. Why I say there will be no pushback on a Universal DH is because it means one more hitter getting stats, which is good for contracts. It’s an unmitigated win for players. With a universal (still playing with capping it every time or only sometimes; feels like it should be capped, because it’s such a big thing) DH (talk about a parenthetical interrupting the flow of a sentence, huh?), Austin Riley has to be at least near the top of the list of guys getting extra at-bats. Praise be, it’s gonna rain sexy time in Hot Atlanta! Or will it…Let’s take this sucker to ‘graph numero dos…So, what can we expect from Austin Riley in 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

Last year Austin Riley was a story of two halves split in half around the halfway point, even though he wasn’t around for all of the 1st half. That’s confusing by half! Austin Riley was called up in May and hit seven homers in 15 games like a lightning bolt shot out of Aristides Aquino GGOATOAT’s ass. Riley followed that Daniel Nava’s storybook first game and said, “Tuffy Rhodes, you need to pull my car around because I’m about to go off with a 7-homer month of June in 28 games.” 14 homers in the first month and a half and Riley was off and running! Then he Mary Decker’d into July’s grass and never got up again. This is a paragraph that a young Dennis Miller would’ve appreciated. So, which Riley can we expect in 2020? The one that went ding-dong that pitch is dead or the one that was looking for his keys during every at-bat while being locked out? Honestly, for his price, it doesn’t matter. But Riley was not a guy everyone expected to be garbage. On the contrary, he hit .293 and 15 homers in 44 Triple-A games prior to his promotion, and .282 and 12 homers the year before in Triple-A. Some of those numbers are a little misleading. He is a bit prone to the strikeout, but he also seems to get comfortable after some time and shouldn’t be a .226 hitter, as he was last year with a 36.4% strikeout rate. He could settle in as a 23-26% strikeout rate guy who hits .255+ with power. He would seem to be the Braves’ best bet for a Universal DH, definitely better than Frankenstein or Abbott & Costello. Definitely worth a dart throw this year.

 
  1. Crazy J says:
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    You are still here! I have so much reading to catch up on. Hopefully we get some baseball soon… ugh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully!

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Intriguing dart throw report.

    a. So, love Riley now. J/k, he could be good. He only qualifies in the OF in my RCLs and is unavailable. Poop.

    b. MLB quote of the day for July 3, 1990

    ‘I could probably throw harder if I wanted, but why? When they’re in a jam, a lot of pitchers try to throw harder. Me, I try to locate better.’

    Thomas ‘Tom’ Michael Glavine. Only pitcher to throw 2 shutouts at Coors. Only one of six LHP to win 300 games (Johnson, Spahn, Carlton, Grove, Plank).

    c. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. He’ll soon have that coveted UTIL elig.

      B. Stop making sense, TG

      C. You too!

      • krazyivan says:
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        Glavine was the best pitcher I’ve ever seen at repeating his mechanics on each and every throw to the plate.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that whole rotation — God bless Leo Mazzone

          • krazyivan says:
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            Charlie Leibrandt was like the 5th Beatle Pete Best. They lost 2 WS with him in the rotation and changed drummers by bringing Greg Maddux in.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yes! Such a stacked rotation for like 10 years!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        Thanks, man! Yeah what a rotation!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They made Steve Avery great!

  3. Just wondering, If there is no baseball this season will player get a season of credit of service time?

    • William Hung says:
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      I think so – at least I remember Mookie Betts is still set to become a FA even if the season isn’t played.

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      I don’t think so

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  4. Dave D says:
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    All I have to say today is F’ “Snow Flake Blake” Snell. What an incredible douchebag. He doesn’t deserve the privilege of being a professional athlete. May he be forevermore heckled by fans everywhere. Any ideas on heckle material?

    • Cram It says:
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      Last time I checked, this was ‘Murica, and we are free to make our own choices. Not fall in line with what The Man tells us to do.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        exactly but and he has some points but if the players were smart they would let the agents or speak publicly on this or the union rep the way he is saying things is helping the owners cause……….

        negotiate behind closed doors in this situation

        • Cram It says:
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          Oh absolutely, that’s a common issue across all sports. Guys going to the media instead of bringing it to the table. It’s never a good look. I mean, you have a union!

        • baby seal says:
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          Yes, completely dumb to speak out. Don’t have any issues w/ what he said, though.

          There aren’t a lot of people who can pitch at a Cy Young level, and people will pay a lot to watch that. He’ll get his…

      • Dave D says:
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        Huh? More gibberish from Cram.

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Snell is definitely tone deaf……….plus he sucks at math.

      “i’m risking m life bro..”

      “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay? ”

      “I should not be getting half of what I’m getting paid because the season’s cut in half, on top of a 33% cut of the half that’s already there — so I’m really getting, like, 25% — on top of that, it’s getting taxed. So imagine how much I’m actually making to play, you know what I’m saying?”

      if he wants to sit out that is what freedom is all about but he isnt doing himself any favors.

      • Cram It says:
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        But I agree his reasoning doesn’t add up. If you’re that concerned about it, sit out regardless of pay.

        • baby seal says:
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          I’m sure he’s said this to himself at least once or twice before, “What could ever go wrong streaming on Twitch while playing MLB The Show?”

    • Matty says:
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      Agree that the optics are pretty lousy on his sound bite.
      That being said, I can imagine I’d be salty if I were one of the players given my understanding of the salary side of the return to play negotiations. As I read it the owners had initially negotiated for pro-rated salaries for a shortened season, once it became apparent that the season will be played to empty stadiums they became “generous” and wanted to do a revenue split instead to save themselves money.

      • Matty says:
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        Wow, sorry to pile on. In the time it took me to wax poetic Cram and Lenny said it better than I could.

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          thanks …..i agree but the situation changed so there are two sides to it but these guys need to STFU for their own good

          you have people being put in jail for cutting hair, cops beating people on the street in nyc for just walking too close to each other and others storming state capitals because they are going broke not being allowed to work

          sorry but these guys are pissing me off with their stupidity

          • Wake Up says:
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            What happened was Snell crying about surfing again?

            • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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              you have to listen to it bro ,,,,…like you know bro we are risking our live bro……i gotta get mine bro…

              • William Hung says:
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                wish he mixed in some “bruhs” and “brahs” in there

            • Dave D says:
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              You would make a great prisoner.

          • baby seal says:
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            You can find stupidity every day in the news — pandemic or not. The NYPD officer had a history of bad behavior and was clearly a racist, among many other personal issues.

            The stupidity isn’t going to stop just because a pandemic is going on. It just might look a little different than we’re used to…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who are we on the side of, the owners? Millionaires fighting billionaires, I’ll let them figure it out

      • Matty says:
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        I do feel for the hundredaire minor leaguers though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, same, about only ones with my sympathy

          • baby seal says:
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            Yes, this! Also the staff, people who work at the park, parking attendants, etc.

            There’s a lot more at stake to baseball coming back than just the $50mm players and the $3B owners…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed…Hopefully they can figure it out, I don’t pretend to have the answers

              • baby seal says:
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                There are no answers to be had… negotiations have barely started. Has the MLBPA even sent a counter yet? Have they gotten in the same room (or Zoom call) yet? Has not even been a week.

                See what I said below about everyone jumping the gun. Problem is that everyone has a lot of free time and no shortage of STRONG opinions they HAVE to get out there.

                I still think a deal gets worked out and I’m not sure the math has changed much in the last few days. Both sides are posturing. The owners obviously doing it much better than the players. Still pro player here.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I’m 100% with you

      • Dave D says:
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        Nah, I’m not on the owners side. I’m for doing your job and making reasonable sacrifices. I think he has the right to do whatever he wants. But a man his age who is a professional athlete has zero risk. Its absurd. Two generations ago men his age were landing in Normandy and coming back in caskets. Asking him to fulfill his role as an athlete-entertainer is too much apparently.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s fair…I just have no sympathy for either side and want them to figure it out

          • baby seal says:
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            It’s the first round of the negotiation, yet of course, everyone in the media and general public predictably overreacts. The owners asked for the moon and they know it. Have the media by the balls and are leveraging that very well. The players said their offer was a non-starter. Agreed. One of their biggest issues is that they are completely unorganized.

            One thing we do know is that Tony Clark is a TERRIBLE leader. MLBPA should’ve fired his ass a long time ago. I’m pro player.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, and there’s no real news so everyone is talking about one stupid thing with Blake Snell, like he speaks for anyone except, and maybe not even, himself

              • baby seal says:
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                Haha, right. Probably smoked a joint a few hours before he turned the game on. I highly doubt he realized what the HELL he was doing when he told his Twitch stream his honest opinion about the matter. Then it went viral.

                It’s all very stupid. Hopefully this is a WAKE UP call for the MLBPA to tell its members to STFU.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, seriously…I bet he didn’t even know it was being recorded

        • Cram It says:
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          LOL. F’n Normandy again.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ted Williams would’ve flown a mission to shoot down the coronavirus

            • krazyivan says:
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              How do we know that some people are not affected at all when they are infected by COVID 19. At Johns Hopkins there are doing studies that patients who have recovered from the virus infection may have lung damage. If, and I’m going to let Scientist figure this out, but if that is the case, should an athlete who can make millions of dollars a year on his physical abilities be forced to expose himself to potentially long term physical damage? Are we to treat COVID 19 to getting a pulled hamstring, concussion or blown out elbow? Just another occupational hazard of baseball players.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I don’t know, and, what really might be the problem, no one knows — can see lots of players sitting out — why risk it? Not saying I don’t want them to play, but unknowns here might stop some guys — take Miguel Cabrera — he’s worth what? $200 million? Why is he playing?

              • Dave D says:
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                You’re right. He surely can avoid getting COVID if he stays indoors the next 18 months right? That is the solution then?

                • krazyivan says:
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                  Go back to normal when there is a tamiflu type medicine that lessens symptoms to everyone WHEN they get infected. Get used to the idea that you will get and rely on scientist to produce a antiviral that’s we can take as soon as we get it.

                  • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                    That is what they said about SARS and burned itself out before they could come up with vaccine.

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Yeah it’s called chloroquine, which is great with zinc if no heart condition. The problem is its not profitable for pharmaceutical companies and Trump mentioned it so it must be rejected.

            • Ted! Best hitter of all time IMO. Totally ahead of his time, he brought a different perspective to hitting. Emphasizing mechanics and the mental side, he made it his life’s work. I use many of his philosophies teaching young hitters on their approach to hitting to this day.
              Have an idea, anticipate, get a good pitch to hit. Money

              • Clearly the most ahead of his time and able to express his thoughts so clearly. You want to know where the Launch Angle revolution started — check out The Science of Hitting

                • Wake Up! Yes sir. greatest book on hitting ever.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Imagine Ted Williams’s face when he heard charley lau say people who swing down on the ball

                • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                  swing analysis of babe ruth ty cobb hornsby and some modern guys a lot of commonality of swings.

                  https://youtu.be/GZC-rEEWATU

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Nice!

                  • Sweet Lenny! Lots of similarities with today’s hitters – really love this clip thanks pal

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                The great ones make it look easy — thinking of Gwynn right now

                • TG!!! Can still see that beautiful, effortless swing. A truly outstanding human being. RIP

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yup!

          • Dave D says:
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            Mommy’s apron is beckoning, Crammy

          • Snacks Zillion says:
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            Screw you Cram, think about it for one minute you entitled millennial spoiled brat. Those men at Normandy died so you had the right to not speak German right now. Its a free choice man. Show some respect-I have one leg asshole. One leg so you can express your vitriol.

            • Thank you for your service Snacks.

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                Grey says:
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                Snacks! Hope you’re well

                • Snacks Zillion says:
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                  Thanks guys and I apologize for my language. Razzball is by far the best fantasy baseball site on the web and politics/personal political agenda have no place in baseball. Baseball is a get-away from all of that BS, on Both sides.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No worries, man, be well

              • Snacks Zillion says:
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                Thank you Smitty, I would again do it again if I could. Teaching Afghan kids how to pitch with mortar fire in the background is an interesting dynamic.

                • krazyivan says:
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                  Gotta have good hands to play infield in Afghan! -best wishes to you and thanks for calling on yourself to protect so many.

            • 183414 says:
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              God Bless You, Snacks !!! You’re owed a great debt by our country. Unfortunately it’s only from the patriotic Americans.

              • Snacks Zilion says:
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                Thank you gentleman. Was my honor. If I was able, would go back in a heartbeat. God Bless

              • Snacks Zillion says:
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                Thank you, was proud to do it.

  5. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    If the DH is in the NL I’m thinking Jay Bruce’s value goes way up. He is perfect for a short season and he will get a lot more at bats

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Yep. Bruce can still blast em.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        i was stashing dylan carlson would you dump him for bruce?

        • Wake Up says:
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          No

        • JKJ

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          That’s a little tough for me. Is this a redraft? Can’t help but think Carlson eventually gets a steady role this season but Bruce will be more valuable early on. If this is a points league I’d go Bruce.

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            no redraft the original……i hope none of my leagues do a redraft just roll with what you have

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch Bruce, and I’m from Jersey

      • Criminal that this was overlooked…

  6. Ferris says:
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    Is Blake Snell a buy now?

    • William Hung says:
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      The unknown is how many other players share Snell’s mindset and are considering sitting out the season. He definitely said stuff, albeit not in the best way, what other players are thinking

      • 183414 says:
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        Then can sit and hopefully not get paid !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buy for what?

      • Ferris says:
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        A top 10 RP?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why?

          • baby seal says:
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            lol that was strange…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are we all dumping our Snell memorabilia now?

  7. Ferris says:
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    H2h categories

    Verdugo for Judge?

    I could use power but Judge’s status is scary.

    • I would keep Judge. There’s a world of difference if both are healthy whereas you won’t find as big a difference between Verdugo and whoever you grab as a FA.

      • 183414 says:
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        Wouldn’t be so sure, buddy. Dude is a pure hitter. And Judge will always be injury prone. As will Stanton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

    • baby seal says:
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      Verdugo is pretty scary too!

  8. JKJ

    JKJ says:
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    Riley fa shoooooo. You all will be reading about him when my DH Impact on the NL East teams hits the press. Dude has a boomstick in his hands.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, JKJ, didn’t mean to steal your thunder…Need to get Donkey to release the JKJ’s kraken

      • JKJ

        JKJ says:
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        No, good sir, I didn’t mean to imply you were! Just wanted to reiterate Riley’s prowess to strengthen your argument. If we overlap on guys that just points to their value in my eyes.

    • 183414 says:
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      yeah, that .178 avg. in the 2nd half with 4 h.r.s, coupled with piss poor contact sends goosebumps up my spine. He’s a fly ball hitter , so he’ll hit his share of bombs, but w/ no speed, I’ll let him beat me. His contact rate won’t exceed 65%, if that.

  9. Last One Out of Liberty City says:
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    Hi. I’m in a 12 player keeper league and need help deciding who to keep. Would you make any swaps?

    1) realmuto
    2) Jose Abreu
    3) LaMahieu
    4) Rendon
    5) Bregman
    6) soto
    7) JD Martinez
    8) Bogaerts
    9) Flaherty
    10) Nola
    11) wander Franco
    12) berrios

    Others available to keep include Sale, Bauer, Yates, F. Reyes, Mercado

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard for me to throw back any of your guys, tbh…I guess, Franmil or LeMahieu is only real possibility

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      I’m scared to click on the links you post after the necrofeliac homosexual seals…….LOL

      Keep your kids away from that baby seal guy

      • Wake Up says:
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        I was scared too that’s why I felt it so important to share …especially the grown woman being so happy about it

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          that thread was comedy gold though too bad Baby Seal missed that day

          • baby seal says:
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            You guys are very strange…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d pay to see Ruth, the goat, scrap with a sea otter — ah, to open the economy again in Amsterdam

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        may as well throw Fatty Arbuckle into that mix a

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, Fatty Arbuckle never recovered when Coca-Cola moved to plastic bottles

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            Back when men were men and sheep (and or goats) where scared.