Better late than never!  February in the following year is always THE BEST time to review last year’s follies and jollies, amiright Razzball Nation!?

After making it through the duldrums of Winter (which I haven’t really had in NC, but ya know, the EPA was lying about global warming), I’m finally catching up on my Pitcher Profile wrap-up for the 2016 season.  If anything, it turns out to be a pretty funny post!  Let’s see how bad JB/Grey/ESPN ranked the AL Cy Young Winner!  Always a good time…  They say hindsight is 20/20, but seeing how bad some of these went, I’ll need my hindsight to be 420 to get through this!

As I did last year and the previous seasons ere’twixt, I’m here to break down my initial 2016 Starting Pitcher Ranks with the – hot, hot, hot!  …or cold – hits and misses.  I compare and contrast what happened with Grey’s 2016 ranks at SP, along with ESPN’s initial ranks from the 2016 season, then make us all look foolish by lining these up with Razzball’s Player Rater rank amongst SP.  And as I did last year, complete the analysis with the Player Rater’s top-40 SP that I missed on in my ranks.  Lots of whiffing this season!  Whiffing as bad as I do when I play Rocket League, the boost makes you go too fast!

Here’s the recap to 2016’s starting pitching ranks (plus my 2017 ranks should be out hopefully in a week or two):

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The Razzball Pod is back, and on today’s show we discuss the Super Bowl, a few trades/signings over the past 2 weeks, and spend the majority of the show breaking down Grey’s top 20 overall from his 2017 fantasy baseball rankings (he made me clickbait it).  What’s the best part of hosting a Pod where you don’t do all the rankings…?  Nit-picking the other guy’s rankings!  I destroy his ranks with nothing to really back it up, except maybe our Podcast 2017 mock draft from last year, which Grey kept yelling about.   Grey gets all testy and loves to rebut!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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Wooooo, the Razzball Baseball Pod is back for our first 2017 edition!  Drop the confetti!  On today’s show, we catch up on metronomes, the Lifetime remake of Beaches, and why critics are trying to make everyone like Westworld more than actually liking Westworld.  Oh yeah, baseball!  We catch up on the Edwin Encarnacion signing with the Indians, Danny Duffy‘s ranking after his extension with the Royals, and Kendrys Morales as a nice value pick in the later rounds.  We also hit on some SAGNOF and our favorite Top Chef combatants.  Of course there would be a big Dodgers-Rays trade right after we recorded, but that’s how it goes!  …clap clap clap clap, now with better timing!  Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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The Razzball Baseball Pod is back!  Returning from our winter doldrums, we’re ready to talk trades and signings thus far in the hot stove.  Still some big pieces still left to fall!  It’s great to be back with Grey who is continually turning more and more into the crazy Jersey grandpa he is, and on today’s show we recap the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, Ian Desmond going to Coors, and like, 30 or 40 other trades and signings.  Gotta be sure to derail this to get to all my Brewers talk!  We’re going to pick up the Pods again in January, so have a happy new year, shop around for some winter trading in your dynasties, and get ready for more Grey-crazy in 2017!

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Finally! The finale! Finally finale! As you’ll hear on the Pod, we had some delays getting our wrap-up show recorded, but we finally got together to review the 2016 season! The season that was… The Brewers were awful, Grey steamrolled me with his sheer number of moves in our RCL league, Joe Ross wasn’t that good… Ugh! In our finale, we review all of the league leaders in the standard 5×5 cats, and also break down some of leaders in the indicator stats like BABIP and HR rate from this past season. We then review our Official 2016 Picks, which I think went a lot better for me than Grey! You be the judge! And of course we end the show thanking everyone who helped make 2016 a great season, mainly you, Razzball Nation listeners! Here’s our final edition of the 2016 Razzball Baseball Podcast:

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You know how they say “banners fly forever”?  Well in the REL, it’s true!  The 2016 Nationals have won the inaugural 2016 Razzball Elite League season, in a truly epic 4-4 final over the AL champion The Tribe, winning on the second tie-breaker, RBIs.  You can see how close the standings wrapped up in this link, as the Nats won on a Sunday homer and Tyler Thornburg blowing a save.  Congratulations to the Nationals for posting such a dominant 2016, as us other 29 peons try to gather ourselves for a run at immortal legacy, by having our banner fly in the logo in 2017.  Here’s what our AL and NL champions had to say about the first REL World Series:

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The Razzball Pod is back, and we open with the somberest of news with the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez and what it meant to the baseball community. But hopefully all of our saddened feelings can be assuaged by remembering why we love fantasy baseball, and thinking ahead of what will come in 2017! On today’s show, we mock the first 3 rounds of the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft! As you’d expect, Grey constantly smatters me with “I hate that pick” of which he gets an armageddon of gongs. THE GONG WILL BE HERE FOREVER, GREY! Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Baseball Podcast, now with more – you guessed it – gongs!

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As this is our final Monday of the regular season, I was about to go out all silly with the last Pitcher Profile of the season, but the pitching world – and the sports world as a whole – woke up Sunday morning to the news of the heartbreaking passing of Jose Fernandez. The young phenom was such a pleasure to watch; not only for his youthful exuberance, but his pure pitching stuff seemed to somehow reflect that personality. Monster fastball, video game slider, and he could hit the ball too! Fantasy, and well sports in general, brings people together in the sense that we can just share something intangible – the spirit of a team, momentum of a game, the thrill of winning… Or just experiencing, together, the personality of one of the game’s greats. So instead of merely reflecting on a life taken from us too soon, I felt we should take this slice of time we spend together talking about pitching/fantasy baseball/sports and celebrate Jose Fernandez with a pitcher profile on his last start. Unsurprisingly, it was another absolute gem. Here’s how JoFer looked the final game he toed the rubber:

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rel-baseball-logo-new-2016-wsThe regular season in the first REL season has concluded! In the AL, a strong second half finish from The Tribe vaulted the Indians into the World Series, winning the first AL pennant. In the other corner, standing a combined 254 feet weighing 3,000 pounds (I dunno, that math might be WAY off!), the Washington Nationals pick up the NL pennant. It really wasn’t a contest the whole season in the NL!

The inaugral World Series (final 2-week H2H playoff) has already begun, and it’s a razor close 6-3-1 lead thus far by the Nationals, with all categories neck-and-neck. If you’d like to check out coolest and most prestigous final in all of fantasy baseball (no hyperbole there!), you can track the matchup on our 2016 World Series page. Dope, right?!

For the other 28 franchises, this is our final post to reflect on the 2016 season that was… We’re all prepping for the offseason with some hopeful Winter trades and praying our parent clubs make smart offseason decisions. Here’s our regular season wrap-up of the Razzball Elite League:

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Turn off your football and stop worrying about the weather getting colder, it’s still baseball time! We’re back with another edition of the Razzball Pod to prepare for the last week-and-a-half of action including Giancarlo Stanton returning to the starting line-up, the hottest hitters in baseball the past two weeks, and where Hanley Ramirez will rank in 2017. Somehow Grey likes the oldies now! But we make up for it projecting where Trea Turner is going to rank as well! Dude is inhuman! We also talk a few pitcher stream options for the next few days, and wrap with your commenter questions. Here’s the latest edition of the Razzball Pod, now with less air conditioning!

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