What has become tradition over the past several years, I’ve been pumping bold predictions, like, well, insert your own mom joke here. I’ve even done them over on the Fantasy Football side of things. Speaking of which,Â don’t forget, shameless plug alert, Fantasy Football is coming! [Insert another mom joke here.] So since this is my little corner here on the baseball side of things, and seeing as how we’re near the All-Star break, what is tacitly known as the half-time marker of the season, I thought it’d be nice to check out how badly my predictions look now, and estimate how much crow I’ll have to eat by season’s end. Join me? (I meant the post. Not eating the crow. Unless you like eating crow. Then here’s some salt. Just dump it all over.)Please, blog, may I have some more?
Player projections for each of the next 7 days. A kick-ass DFS lineup optimizer and projections for DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo!.
Quick personal fact: I’ve been writing about fantasy baseball online for seven years.Â And seven years ago, I had the idea to start saving ADP data to better study drafting.
Well, things that seem like good ideas at one point oftenÂ getÂ staler with time until they are forever abandoned.Â Such was the fate of my ADP data project… until now.
What’s changed is that I’ve found Â a way to get historical ADP data potentially going all the way back to 2002, and not just for baseball but basketball, football, and hockey too.
How is this done?Please, blog, may I have some more?
This is part three, the final conclusion, in what is a very special mini-series exploringÂ the St. Louis Cardinalsâ âGas House Gangâ. You can read part one here, and part two here.Â The story continuesâŠ
âThe most rabid, vituperative, hysterical rooter in the world, the Brooklyn fan, will troop across the bridge by the thousands, bringing cowbells, sirens, razzberries, whistles.â Paul Gallico â NY Daily News
Perhaps no team in the history of the game has ever taken the role of spoiler so seriously. The excitement in Brooklyn is extreme. The Polo Grounds are expected to be filled with Dodger fans, who want to pay Bill Terry (pictured above) back in the worst way for slighting his New York neighbors. Dodgers’ President Judge McKeever takes out his cane and, shaking it with glee, exhorts his team, “We’ll make him eat those words.” Casey Stengel adds, “Yes, and if it chokes him, that will be all right, too.” And, indeed, Brooklyn takes out the Giants in both games, concluding a collapse that had seen them lose their last five games to inferior competition.Please, blog, may I have some more?
This is part two in what is a very special mini-series exploringÂ the St. Louis Cardinals’ “Gas House Gang”. You can read part one here. The story continues…
Left to right: Johnny Mize, Curt Davis, Lon Warneke, Terry Moore, and Joe Medwick.
Most of the starters were sick of the Deans. The favorite refrain, repeated endlessly over the course of the season, âThem Giants donât have a pigâs chance in winter of beatinâ me and Paul.â Perhaps the pitcher who took the most offense at the braggadocio was Jean Otto âTexâ Carleton. Carleton, like Frisch, was a college grad. He had a naturally truculent disposition and was looking for trouble most of the time. He was deeply resentful of the Deans, predicting that they wouldnât last in the Bigs.Please, blog, may I have some more?
This is the first part in what will be a very special mini-series covering the fascinating history of “The Gas House Gang”. Join Paulie over the next few weeks to uncover not just a story about baseball, but one about ourselves… -Jay
There have been many memorable teams in the storied history of baseball: McGrawâs feisty Baltimore Orioles squads of the Gay 90’s; his NY Giant teams which dominated the early decades of the 20th century; the powerful Cub squads of the first decade of the 20th century; the several dynastic periods of Connieâs Philadelphia Athletic Mack-Men; the immortal Yankee dynasties of Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle, and Jeter; the Bums of Brooklyn in the 40’s-50’s; the Big Red Machine; Earl Weaverâs Orioles of the late 60’s-early 70’s; and, of course, Charlie Oâs mustachioed masters of the diamond, also of the early 70’s. All of these teams were powerful; some were awesome; and, many were endearing. But, none of them were as colorful as the St. Louis Cardinalâs Gas House Gang of 1934.Please, blog, may I have some more?
My first piece of advice to you is: Don’t do this…
Alright, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, and seeing as how I have done this, let’s discuss.Â First off, you might be curious what access to the API gives you. You might even be curious what exactly an API is (still not sure). Or maybe you’re just wondering if that attractive co-worker of yours has ever hooked up with anyone in the office (she has).Please, blog, may I have some more?
TheÂ time has once again arrived to get wild and crazy with my procrastination! Wait, is that the right word? No. No it’s not. That’s actually my life strategy. Prescientinism is probably the word I’m looking for. It’s a totally made up word, but whatever.Â SoÂ here I am, back to bring you 11 BOLD (bolded for effect) predictions that may or may not come true. (Probably not.) If you missed it, last year, Eno Sarris of FanGraphs and I had a gentlemen’s battle to the death (because that’s what gentlemen do) over our predictions. Much to my sadness, I lost by only getting three right to Sarris’ five. To be fair, I got really close on a lot of the spewed boldness, so if you like pleading and excuse-making, well then technically it was a tie. But a new seasonÂ brings new hope and something-something wax poetic, so let’s get bold AND beautiful (just like your mom)…Please, blog, may I have some more?
Itâs official because we donât deal in unofficial. Whatever that means. Which is nothing, if youâre wondering. But it does make this post feel more important. Delusions of grandeur? Thatâs my life story bro. And that also might describe the life story of many here who reside at Razzball HQ. Which is basically our basements. With bountiful supplies of Hot Pockets and Mikeâs Hard Lemonade. Oh, wait, nevermind. Sky called, he wantâs his everything back. Jokes on you buddy. Iâm keeping the Hot Pockets. So, where were we? Oh, thatâs right, delusions of grandeurâŠand Hot Pockets, it happens to the best of us. And thatâs why we make these picks. Because we think weâre right all the time. Except for me. Iâm just very wrong. Jay Wrong. (/turns off Sean Connery accent.) But donât let that stop you from looking at our well-thought out (MAYBE) picks for this upcoming 2015 season. (Now with more Grey and Rudy!) We all canât write a 1500 word exposĂ©Â on these players, so you get this nifty assortment where youâll gain a general sense of which players we like and which we donât. All in a simple box for you to stare and giggle at. Kind of like what you normally would do if you were looking at Tehol‘s well, you know, simple box.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Frank Grimes of Sunnyvale, California! He was lucky number 401 of the 993 submissions in our Win a Free Awesome Dell XPS 13 Laptop Like the One I Use! contest. I am psyched that the randomizer function I ran picked a longtime reader/commenter (Frank’s been commenting on Razzball since 2013).
My condolences toÂ the 992 of you who failed to win (none of you are losers in my book) and those of you who failed to enter the contest. If you are in the market for a laptop, though, I do give a Fred McGriffian endorsement to the Dell XPS 13 laptop. Below is my review of the laptop from the original post in case you missed or forgot it.
Thanks to Dell for providingÂ the free laptops (I got one too). I look forward to seeing my avatar and endorsement stamped on Dell laptop boxes going forward!Please, blog, may I have some more?
I thought a fair amount about what the topic should be of my second article, and while I would have been happy to continue waxing theoretically about what a fantasy baseball bot might look like, I figure people probably want to see some actual code or at the very least pseudo-code. You’ll settle for some pseudo-code, right?Â Great.Please, blog, may I have some more?