This post won’t be much about bullpens this week, unfortunately.  So for those of you that are greedy for fantasy bullpen goodness, this life is not up your alley. This post is more about a goodbye. That goodbye is from me to all the avid Razzball readers and followers. This is my final post across all formats on this site as I retire from writing. It has been nine years and close to 900 posts since Grey picked me up from my last day at the “College of Fantasy Baseball”, which he jokes is in Charleston, South Carolina. Funny part of that whole story line is I actually went to COC.  Funny part of irony is the irony itself!  So thank you Grey for giving me a chance to wax poetic in a style of my own for as long as I have, cheers. To the friends I have made here along the way… you know who you are and you have my number.  And a special thanks to the most important of all fantasy people, you, the readers. Especially the Razzball readers, because you are all cut from a different cloth. Sharpest, smartest bunch of nerds I have ever had the company of being in an imaginary room with. So I leave you with the finality of the bullpen reports, something I myself took pride in bringing you.  Thanks for everything Razz-verse!  I’ll be around and about on Twitter if you need me @FPL_MMOP so feel free to say hi or send me nudes.  So here it is folks, the haves and the holds from me for the last time.  The pleasure has been all mine. Cheers!

  • Imagine if the bullpen happy Mariners had Alex Colome in set up duties all year? He has amassed 23 holds there, 9 in the last 30 days. He would easily be above the 30-leader in category boasts.
  • Speaking of the leader, Archie Bradley’s pace has slowed from breaking the season record of 41. That bad smelling thing is Joel Peralta exhaling.
  • Who the hell do the Royals think they are having two guys in past 30 days in top 10 in holds?
  • The Cardinals, if they are smart, will develop not Jordan Hicks into the closer of the future, but Dakota Hudson. More complete pitcher, and like Hicks, K-rate is blah.
  • I know this is the holds part of life, but Jose Leclerc is quickly becoming a Blake Treinen-type breakout guy next year.
  • Crazy to think but best reliever return traded before July 31st is Seung-Hwan Oh. Dude has allowed as many hits (6) hits since arriving in Colorado as he has holds (6).
  • Sleepy reliever O’ da Week: Tim Hill of the aforementioned Royals. Two guys in top 10 in holds with Kevin McCarthy. 6 holds for Tim with a 9 K/9 is nice for a loser.

[Jay’s Note: A lot of writers come and go, it’s just the nature of the business, and I just want to say that it’s been an absolute pleasure working with you Smokey. Best to you and yours!]

  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Super sad, I miss you already, Smoke

    • Smokey

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      @Grey: you will get some wide eyed replacement who believes in the DH and has a statcast app. But sad we never got to meet up after all these years.

  2. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Long time reader, big time fan. Best of luck to you in whatever you do, Smokey!

    Cheers,
    MP

    • Smokey

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      @Malicious Phenoms: thanks MP. Enjoyed your comments and criticisms. Good luck to you as well.

  3. hondo says:
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    Thanks

  4. Doc Samson says:
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    Thank you, Smokey! There has been so much bullpen shuffling this year, I feel I either have a ton closers at one time or none. Good luck to ya!

    • Smokey

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      @Doc Samson: closenado! Starting Ian Zierring

  5. Turd Fergusons says:
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    Thanks for the memories indeed, Smokes. Catch ya on the flipside

    And yep – LeClerc is LeGOD

    • Smokey

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      @Turd Fergusons: thanks Turd. I’ll definitely be on the flip somewheres.

  6. Hugman says:
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    Thanks for everything along the way, Smokey!

    • Smokey

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      @Hugman: my place Hug.

  7. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Happy trails. thanks for the good reading

    • Smokey

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      @johnnyhobbes: cheers. Thanks Johnny

  8. VictoriaB

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    Aww, Smokes! Will miss your writing. Hope to still see you in the RCLs, and definitely see you on Twitter. Take care, mon ami!

    • Smokey

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      @VictoriaB: I’m not dying just fading away like fine art. Keep in touch

  9. sportivetricks says:
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    Adieu, adieu, adieu. Remember me.

    • Smokey

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      @sportivetricks: waving hanky from the cruise ship as it leaves port.

  10. Jurickson Brofar says:
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    Gonna miss you. Your articles always helped me win Championships.

    • Smokey

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      @Jurickson Brofar: glad they helped, thanks for the reads.

  11. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks, Smokey! I’ll shoot an arrow into the sky for ya!

  12. Eric says:
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    Thanks for your service. Always relied on u for my closer needs! Now following on @twitter

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Eric: my pleasure Eric. Drop me a line on Twitter.

  13. Joel says:
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    :)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Joel: ;)

  14. Dr Easy says:
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    Thanks, Smoke, for all the SAGNOF help through the years!

    • Smokey

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      @Dr Easy: my pleasure Doc. Good luck to ya.

  15. kenly0 says:
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    Thanks man. Good luck with everything.

    • Smokey

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      @kenly0: appreciate it and it’s been my pleasure.

  16. Carlos Marmol says:
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    Thank you. I loved nothing more than reading about the set up guy for the set up guy for the closer at work (on the toilet)…and Donkeycorns! Life will be a brain freeze without you.

    • Smokey

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      @Carlos Marmol: I’m always good for blumpkin closer goodies.

  17. RoPo says:
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    Like Raj passing the baton to Greg Allen, all praise to the true KING OF SAGNOF

    • Smokey

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      @RoPo: king…more like jester of Sagnof.

  18. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    We’ll always have West Boston, Kim at the Barn, and me being a Sea Captain at a strip club while you do the whip-whip-nay-nay

    • Smokey

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: lol. Ahhh. Drunken memories. Class of 1979 foreva.

  19. Slimcompoop says:
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    Been reading your posts for years Smokey. Really appreciate all that you’ve done to help fellow nerds like myself out. You’re a great analyst. All the best on the direction that you’re heading. Smooth paths my over-the-internet friend. Take care.

    • Smokey

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      @Slimcompoop: thanks Slim.

  20. P says:
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    Smokey

    I’ve enjoyed your posts for years.

    Thanks for the help.

    • Smokey

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      @P: I’ve enjoyed posting them. Good luck.

  21. Rick Brown says:
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    Loved your stuff Smokey-always gave me something I could use.You will be missed!
    RICK

    • Smokey

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      @Rick Brown: thanks Rick

  22. dau says:
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    If you leave Smokey I’ll never speak to you again and I’ll miss that, and your insight as well. Good luck with the fires.

    • Smokey

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      @dau: I’ll be around. Only you can prevent those fires tho

  23. J-Hova says:
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    Damn – there goes my 10 in holds that I’ve become so accustomed to. Good luck man, huge fan of your posts. See ya on twitter. Thanks for al of your help over the years

    • Smokey

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      @J-Hova: well you have 10 now so I leave you on top. Sounds gross

  24. hal_incandenza says:
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    Thanks for the work you put in! Appreciated. Will be following you on Twitter.

    • Smokey

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      @hal_incandenza: much appreciated. Thanks Hal

  25. FrankGrimes says:
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    I do hate closers.
    But loved the Smokey Sagnof!
    Gray gimme his gig…

    • Smokey

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      @FrankGrimes: it’s a love hate job.

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Smokey:

        You’ll be missed. Good luck!

  26. JakeTPE says:
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    Smokey,

    Thanks for all the help and advice. Always entertaining and prescient. What are we going to do without you, man?

    Don’t tell Grey but your Bullpen Reports were my favorite blogs.

    Good luck to you and CFC except twice per year and maybe in the Cups!

    All the best,

    JakeTPE

  27. I’m Jose Canseco! says:
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    Thanks for all that you do, Smokey! Best wishes on your next adventure!

  28. Victor says:
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    Dude, I literally just came on to read YOUR post and this is the news I get. Horrible. But thank you for your service. You have been my go to guy for many years now. Gonna miss you. Beast of luck to you.

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