Handed down through the generations from Hammurabi to Hammurabi was a code of SAGNOF.  It read, “Yo, Hamm-whaaaaaazzzzzup-be?! Don’t pay for saves, dem shizzes are free on waivers.” It read a bit like a text message, tee bee aitch.  But that was the code as written.  Cut to 14,000 years later, and I received this code in a dream after ingesting a massive amount of peyote.  I would’ve discarded it like the iguana I also received, but there was something to this code, and from that day forward I forbade myself from paying a lot for saves.  Then March came and Craig Kimbrel was falling and I was like, “Ain’t ever gonna get a price like this again!” and drafted him, and not listening to Hamm-whaaaaaazzzzzup-be really effed me.  Thankfully, my long national nightmare is over and Craig Kimbrel signed with the Cubs.  Does this negate all the leagues where I have Pedro Strop?  *Lisa Simpson grumble*  Yes, appizzarently, it does. I’d imagine Kimbrel will need at least two to three weeks of minor league games to get up to snuff, but closers can get stretched quicker than starters, obvi.  I wouldn’t drop Strop until I saw a Kimbrel save, but he’s coming back.  Finally.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ben Zobrist – Sounds like he might be retiring.  Something that’s been underreported is Ben Zobrist had missed a month of the season because of a divorce.  Has he never passed a park bench and seen a divorce attorney placard? Does dude know he can hire an attorney? I mean, it sucks, but missing a month to do what?  Weep? I’d respect him more if he took a month off to just get ass.  He should walking into the clubhouse like, “BIG BEN IS BACK IN THE GAME, SEND ME NUDES, THOTS!”

David Bote – 4-for-4, 7 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .289.  Not sure it was the “bro move” of Bote, but he’s prolly glad he told Zobrist that Rizzo and Heyward ran the train on his ex.

Peter Lambert – One of the Rockies’ top pitching prospects is being called up for a spot start to give Jon Gray an extra day for his hot spot — that he named Wifi Gogo.  Guess what Lambert’s ERA was in Triple-A.  If you said 5.00 ERA, you’re too low.

German Marquez – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.07.  *hails taxi*  “Take me to hell.”  That was me reenacting me starting Marquez yesterday.  Well, his xFIP is good!  *tries to smile, cries*

Fernando Tatis Jr. – Headed back to rejoin the Padres.  About time, was beginning to think he retired to run his old man’s MS Paint gallery.

Matt Strahm – Hit the IL with a strained rib cage.  His brother, Pat, never had a problem with injuries.  No, sir.  “I’ve been on toast, but I’ve never been toast,” said Pat Strahm wryly.  So, it’s barely even June and the Padres are already pulling up on the throttle on their young starters.  Next will be Paddack shut down for some mysterious reason and the Padres are gonna send to the mound a mop wearing a cowboy hat. Until the mop is outfitted, Cal Quantrill (5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.85) was recalled to take Strahm’s place.

Josh Naylor – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Has anyone seen this can of Chunky soup they call Josh Naylor?  He looks like he watches Franmil finish eating dinner, then finally towards the end says, “If you’re not gonna finish everything, I’m hungry.”

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (11) and legs (7).  As whatever as Myers has been, and he’s been whatever, he’s above Manny Machado on the Player Rater.

Jake Arrieta – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.29. Hey, Cubs fans, Darvish hasn’t been good, but Arrieta wasn’t the answer, so you can quit your moaning.  What’s that, you were cast to play Moana for a live-action, Disney-on-ice production?  Oh, it’s okay then. By the way, the Phils pitching has given up more homers than any other NL team.  When I say dumpster, you say fire!

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer on the Phillies in two games, and 17th homer overall, and why can’t boxscores combine a guy’s stats across leagues?  This drives me nuts every year and once again here we are!  There’s absolutely no reason a player should start over in stats when they’re traded to the other league. It made no sense before interleague, but fine.  Now? It really is stupid.

Will Smith – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Austin Barnes gets the everyday job back on Friday when he returns?  Okay, now answer again thinking like Dave Roberts.

Kenta Maeda – 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.48. Since the Dodgers don’t need a 5th starter again for a few, Maeda could be headed for another mysterious IL stint.  Pretty surprising how only the Dodgers seem to still do this.

Jon Duplantier – 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.27.  Fun fact!  Jon Duplantier is every character’s name in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and always pats his brow with a handkerchief.

Brad Peacock – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.20 vs. Mike Leake – 9 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.30.  Yesterday was the classic Peacock/Leake matchup, billed as, “Streamers’ Delight vs. Urine Trouble.”  Remember, if you want to relieve Peacock, Andrew Chafin of the D-Backs would be a bad choice.

Domingo Santana – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .266. “There doesn’t seem to be any reason to carry the body back, we can just say we misplaced it–Hold on!  Domingo is alive? What?!”

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .241.  As Edwin rounded the bases yesterday, the parrot on his shoulder said, “Polly, wanna trade to the Dodgers.”

Mac Williamson – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, a pinch-hit shot as he was called up by the M’s, because they’re trying to tank.  The M’s do have an Indians in Major League quality to them, don’t they?  Like every time they try to lose, they can’t help scoring a bazillion runs.  Though, I’m not sure ex-Giants, long-time blaxploitation star Mac Williamson is the answer to anything other than stealing ABs from Vogelbach.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in four games.  Could be a guy to look at or could be a last-guy-on-waivers-that-you-stare-at-for-five-minutes-then-don’t-pickup guy.

Carlos Carrasco – Hit the IL with a blood condition that has left him feeling lethargic for weeks.  The Indians said he would step away from baseball.  Not to yell fire in the theater of Razzball, but this is about as bad as news gets. Best case, the doctors figure out the issue — hey, he just needed some morning coffee! — and Carrasco comes back around the All-Star Break.  Worst case, we’re wondering where to draft him next year after he missed four months of the season, and wasn’t good when he was starting.  Moderate case, he becomes the 54th Democrat running for President as a moderate.

Jorge Polanco – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .339.  Hashtag truth:  Polanco was a guy I didn’t want in any league in the preseason, and is a guy I wish I owned in every league now.

Byron Buxton – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .262.  I’m a full-on Buxton stan now.  Buxstan?  I watched his home run yesterday about five dozen times.  Know why Buxton’s money — Buckston? — because he has flash-quick speed and the ball jumps off his bat.

Blake Parker – 1 IP, 3 ER, and the blown save, ERA up to 3.74. Parker out here with a sign that reads, “I am a Taylor Rogers fantasy owner too.”

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-4, 3 runs and a slam (11) and legs (7), hitting .311.  Watch Lindor get to a 25+ HR, 20-steal season, which absolutely no one saw coming as they cursed their early draft when they took him in the top 5 in February.

Roberto Perez – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Rob Manfred holds his hand over his mouth as he whispers into the phone, “If Roberto Perez hits 20 homers this year, they might think there’s a problem with the balls.”

Jordan Luplow – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .255.  Everywhere is playing like Coors and David Dahl’s out here hitting homers like a pre-2019 Tommy La Stella.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Not saying New York is the center of the earth, because I don’t believe that, but New York absolutely thinks of itself this way. Yesterday, all I heard was how Vlad the Mini Impala had now arrived.  Really?  Because he homered against the Yankees?  Oh…*writes 25,000 word thinkpiece about why King Kong doesn’t have a penis*…kay.

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homers, and 2nd and 3rd homers in as many games. I dropped the ball by not mentioning him yesterday, because as soon as he hits one homer he becomes a hot schmotato for about a week.

DJ LeMahieu – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 3rd homer in his last seven games.  DJ’s on the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and 4’s if you’re keeping score.

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .270.  He’s already hit more home runs this year than last.  Don’t worry, if you want to get in on the Sanchanigarygans, you can have him cheap again in 2021.

Yoan Moncada – 1-for-5 and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Moncada is locked in again, so dial M for long ball!

Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Reminds me what I said yesterday for Freeman.  Essentially, Abreu is a 27-homer hitter, but with Superballs, he could hit 35+ homers.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Welington Castillo – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Where’s the boeuf?!

Charlie Morton – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.30.  He should go by the more adult Charles, because my man is in charge!  On a side note (that’s so unrelated), every time I hand someone my credit card for anything under $10, I always say something like, with a little desperation in my voice, “I just deposited a check for $12, so hopefully it’s cleared.”

John Means – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.67 vs. Mike Minor – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.55.  FanDuellies pre-game, “I’m stacking the chalk out of those O’s and Rangers hitters, boi!”  Mid-game, “I’m going to go work on my novel.”

Tommy La Stella – Hit his 13th homer.  More like Tommy La Guardia because it’s liftoff, baby!

Mike Trout – Hit his 15th homer.  Look at this wannabe La Stella!

Shohei Ohtani – Hit his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  It’s Sho-time!

Anibal Sanchez – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.19.  Streamonator liked Anibal yesterday — Sit, robot, sit.  Good robot. — with similar projections for him for his next start.

Juan Soto – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .300.  Sexy Dr. Pepper has been smoking the Fanta out of the ball for a while with more dinkers and less donkers.  I, personally, would like some donkers.  Please and thank you.

Trea Turner – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .263.  He’s back from the IL?  Wow, had no idea.  That’s great.  Now steal 25 bags in the next month!

Rafael Devers – 2-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (9) and legs (8), hitting .316.  Bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t try to buy Devers low in April when he was sitting on zero homers.  He’s breaking out to the point where I’m thinking he’s a top 25 guy next year.

Chris Sale – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.84.  He spun this gem in Kaufmann Stadium where Royals’ owner, David Glass, could only admire Sale’s last name.

Joe Musgrove – 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.44.  I’ll say it for you, sonavabench!  Just think, if you did start him, he would’ve been hit around like Kevin Gausman (5 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 6.15) and a tsunami would’ve hit Southeast Asia, so we’re all better off.

Colin Moran – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .278.  Not sure if he gets there this year, maybe after the All-Star break, but Moran looks like he could breakout at some point.  Am I already priming the pump for my first 2020 sleeper? Did I just come up with the phrase ‘priming the pump’?  Sounds again like Andrew Chafin.

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer, and 3rd homer in four games.  Mean’s while, Ozzie Albies is watching late-night QVC to see what cool gizmos he can buy with his contract money.  “A turtleneck that now comes with 20% more so it covers your face? That’s awesome!”

Ronald Acuña Jr. – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer.  Tildaddy says you can get up from the table!

Buster Posey – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain.  Since Buster Posey sounds like a 2 Live Crew song, I’m gonna go with he hurt himself twerking.

Tyler Beede – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 8.15. *whistling casually*  Look at that juicy matchup of Beede in Metco vs….

Jason Vargas – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.57.  I forgot two key things:  Beede rhymes with BBs for a reason and Vargas is the Mets’ best pitcher.  I’m about to buy a Jason Vargas blow-up doll, put it in my passenger seat and drive around to pick up chicks in Kew Gardens.  “We ballers, ladies!”

Robinson Cano – Was activated from the IL and left the game with a sore quad.  If you own Cano and Miggy on any fantasy team, you need to stop reading the 2011 Baseball Almanac.

Adeiny Hechavarria – 1-for-2 and a homer.  In 60 ABs, Hechavarria has 4 HRs, 13 RBIs and hitting .242.  In 170 ABs, Cano has 3 HRs, 13 RBIs and hitting .238.

Michael Conforto – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Even better, Cano didn’t collide with him!

Amed Rosario – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, as he was moved back to the bottom(ish) of the order. Hopefully Cano’s out so Alonso or Conforto can hit third and Amed can move back to the leadoff spot.

Brian Anderson – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (4), and his 2nd home run in as many games.  Cooper who?  Anderson’s super!  I kid, I still like Cooper, but Anderson is obviously a hot schmotato.

Sandy Alcantara – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.80.  Don’t say it, Random Italicized Voice.  You know you want to add up what your ERA would be if you owned all the Marlins starters instead of Trevor Bauer, Marquez and the rest of your schmohawks.  Shut up, Random Italicized Voice!  Streamonator doesn’t love Alcantara’s next start, and I’d be lying if I said I trusted him.

Jimmy Nelson – 3 IP, 4 ER as he was activated from the IL.  Reading a lot that if he’s anywhere near as good as he was about two years ago, he could be a huge boost to your fantasy team.  Yeah, and if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, I’d be a diabetic squirrel.  I’m more than willing to gamble on Nelson, but he’s a lottery ticket and they’ve called three numbers already and you need to get the next three numbers to break even.  For what it’s Werth, I watched him yesterday and he looked as rusty as a Kuntz.

 
  1. ferris says:
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    THOTS is the new first!

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      NO, with THOTS, it’s sloppy seconds at best

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice Manley

  2. Crazy J says:
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    rusty as a Kuntz

    also a 2 Live song!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yes!

  3. mcjuggernuggets says:
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    Please rank the following for ROS: walker, bruce, vogelbach?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce, Vogel

  4. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Delightfully devious write up. Especially enjoyed the Zobrist and Cano roasting. You are a treasure, Grey.

    • Hebrew Hammer says:
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      Cano and Yoenis are related, I’m convinced.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks, Manley

  5. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Talk me on or off this ledge, please???

    I want to invest in Addison Russell, hoping he will find that power and hit tool he had a couple years ago. I know it’s there. But, damn, he stinks right now and there’s an awful lot of bad karma floating around him.

    It’s a dynasty league, so it’s typically a longer investment than a re-draft league. Of course I could cut him anytime if he sucks. Am I being stupid? Should I just forget this guy and find someone else to work with? Howie Kendrick is available and all he seems to do is hit. But he’s 36 and that won’t play a year or two from now.

    What do you think? Forget Addison or roll with him a while and see?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I think I would give Howie ago and once he cools off, grab Addison if he is hitting..

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the report, man. And no, I have never not loved one of your reports.

    a. Am with you on Marquez. He’s been pretty dominant this year. Didn’t start him in my weekly locks H2H lineup because I had a few better options (like Snell, please kill me). Cubs are starting to play some pretty good baseball.

    b. At least Arrieta didn’t lose the game!

    c. Thanks for not mentioning Paxton’s dishonorable discharged performance last night. That said, my pitching is so bad Paxton’s bad start only added 0.02 to my ERA!!! Just think about that for a sec. Ok, go on now to something more pleasant.

    d. LOL on the unrelated credit card story. True story ensues. My wife, our son and I were at a restaurant last Saturday and the waitress asks cash or credit card. I answer credit card. She says which one. I go Maestro debit card and I swear to God I heard her make a gruff sound. Basically, the restaurant cannot add anything to the bill except what we ordered, plus the sales tax. So if we want to add a tip that’s for us to do after the bill is settled but she knew instinctively by looking at me that the tip would be 0. My wife doesn’t tip, PERIOD! PERIOD! and if I do she’ll kill me, so we don’t tip unless the service is out of this world and then it’s the industry minimum of 10%. Phew, long-winded story.

    e. Goodrum or DeShizz for upside, runs, steals and batting average? Please be objective.

    f. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for June 6

    Hit the Ice is a 1943 film about two newspaper photographers who get mixed up with gangsters at a ski resort.

    Flash Fulton (Abbott): This bank’s been stuck up.

    Weejie ‘Tubby’ McCoy (Costello): What’ve they got to be stuck up for? They’re no better than any other bank.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Nehocstu says:
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      Ante; d) really disappointed in you if this isn’t a poor joke, no tip or 10% is criminal. A restaurant’s service staff works for peanuts, most of their income is tips… 10%, really? Yes, they should try very hard to please, but your “out of this world” service expectation is arbitrary and extremely subjective. I am sure you have never worked in a restaurant or you would know better.

      Most of what you write is very good and thoughtful. This is a side I did not want to see.

      • Ozzie! Ozzie! Ozzie! says:
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        It’s cultural. I’m pretty sure I recall Ante comes from a place where restaurant staff is actually paid a living wage and tipping is not customary.

      • Philsfan76 says:
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        i concur. ZERO tip? You should be ashamed of yourself. Even 10% is an embarrassment. Poor service is one thing, but not laughing at your lame attempt at humor is another. Not sure who is worse- you or your wife.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I have to agree with Nehocstu on this one Bud..

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      Agreed, pretty low and cold not to tip. Actually kind of ridiculous. You should rethink that or karma going to get you. Maybe it already is!

      Ps. I dont and have never worked in industry but common sense

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Booo! Tip the people!

      I abide by Steve Martin’s overtipping philosophy from My Blue Heaven.

    • Big Tip says:
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      It’s a cultural thing. Ante comes from a land where restaurant staff are paid a living wage and tipping is not customary.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Agree with others…you tip your server Ante.

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      Plus one on the tipping……minimum 20%. Those folks are just trying to make a living with the skill set they have. Not tipping most likely won’t teach them a lesson they will just think you are cheap and become more gruff. I hope you reconsider that position.

    • hothot says:
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      unless you live in Europe, wtf mate

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Yes, I live in Europe! Croatia. Y’all should come and check it out.

        The owners rob you front left and center and very little gets to the server. I have worked as a bartender and made 4 $ a day in Croatia! A day! Nobody tips and I have live with my wife.

        Cheers,
        Ante

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      That “no tip” surprised me…you are better than this Ante…I am sure it is a long story, I would recommend take out only…if that is your philosophy. It doesn;t make you a bad person, but it makes you suspect for what its worth. happy Thursday.

    • William Hung says:
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      Was it one of those no-tipping joints? NYC is starting to get more and more of those, where they bump the price of the meals up a bit, and there’s no tipping required and the waitstaff are already paid a higher hourly wage

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      D) Fed min wage for a tipped worker is $2.13. TWO DOLLARS AND THIRTEEN CENTS. Don’t penalize the server for a broken system. 20% or GTFO unless the service is beyond abysmal, then 15%.

      Do better, Ante.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yup B. Ha C. Yeah, wasn’t great D. Haha, our wives are polar opposites, if I don’t leave 20%, she’ll get angry with me

      E. Goodrum

      F. Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        GRey!!!

        Help me!! Sorry. Going to take a nap. See ya tomorrow.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, be well

        • Nehocstu says:
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          Apologies for my cultural insensitivity for Croats! I did not consider the European model for wages and tips… do I seem much like a snowflake? Your situation is now understood, please forgive my misunderstanding. Did not mean to brand you Ante! Wow, what a response from the Razzmunity.

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          I think everyone is missing the point that you are in Croatia and not in the states. It sounds like it means you aren’t the only family not leaving a tip. Right?

          I’m with everyone else, I can’t recall leaving less than 20% here in the US within the past few years. But I think most people on here that don’t know you and know where you are on the planet are missing the Euro nuance. I’ve never really been to Europe (outside of a quick Portugal work trip), but we’ll be visiting Italy in October. If we didn’t have friends that invited us to travel to the Dolomites. And some other friends that live in Rome, we would prob be going to Croatia this year instead. Hopefully will be visiting Croatia within the next 5 years!! Maybe we can have a beer Ante

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          Don’t take this shizz personal btw Ante. You the man. Anyone on here that doesn’t know that is a n00b.

          I think (as with many things that we don’t need to get into) the restaurant wage setup here in the states likely what’s most suspect in this entire conversation.

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            I put myself through undergrad and graduate school working as a waiter/food server. I am also well traveled. Its true that in many places outside US service charges/bills/food prices to pay staff adequately. Its different in the US. Most people outside the restaurant biz don’t know that the IRS assumes you make 12% tips on your gross restaurant sales. Every sale that is processed by a modern point of sake system is tracked and calculated. This is especially true of credit card sales. Every food order that is entered in a modern restaurant is assigned to an employee ID and they do a sales report. At the end of the night, a server will do a check out and claim their tips to the manager. If they sell $1000 in food/drinks it is assumed that they will make $120. Restaurants that have staff claiming less than this routinely are audited. I know people who have been part of this and its no fun. Many states also allow servers to be paid below minimum wage because they are expected to be“tipped”. In any case a servers wage paid by employer usually goes mostly, if not entirely to taxes. I would frequently receive no paycheck because my wages went entirely to cover taxes on my tips.

            So, the bottom line is that if you stiff a server/waiter in the US, they are literally paying to serve you. That’s even worse than slavery. Anything less than 10% is basically cruel. Think about it.

            • knucks says:
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              As a guy who is routinely mocked by friends for overtipping. I’m with you Dave. I guess it just sounds to me as though that is not how things are in Croatia…? Even if that is true, there is no doubt that I will be overtipping on my travels through Croatia, as is tradition.

    • Coriell says:
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      You’re lying. You imply that the waitress was expecting a tip you cheap SOB! So if she was expecting it then what you say is bullshit! Shame on you and your cheap ass wife!

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    watched Nelson also….total dump heap on him today in the drop column, but his stuff doesnt look bad..was just missing on his slider/curve…which looked filthy had he been able to locate it. His fastball is sitting at 92 and straight though..thats a problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed… He looked rusty, missing spots, I thought I saw some 93-94 on the fastball

      • Dave D says:
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        On the flipside, I’ve been watching F. Peralta this afternoon and he has looked very sharp, locating well and hitting 95-96 regularly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Dave D says:
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            Well, I own him in 5 leagues, never dropped him. I started him x 4 this week. Hopefully I will reap the rewards for my patience. If not I will die trying.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              • Dave D says:
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                Ironically my best team ERA (3.36) is from the one I punted pitching and went with Happ, Glasnow, Odorizzi , Teheran, Urena, Lauer, Turnbull.

                Strange but true…

                • Grey

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                  Pretty much exactly my point every draft season

  8. toolshed says:
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    Hechavarria has as many homers in 60 ab as Jose Ramirez has in 60 games. Ramirez did have 3 rbi yesterday, up to 20 on the year now. He went 6 games w/o an rbi. Prior to that, he went 7 games without an rbi. Nothing like slow and steady progress. Last hr was may 14. In your opinion do you think he is going to ever hit this year? Or is he really this bad? The walk rate, k rate and swing strike numbers are still very good.

    • Cram It says:
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      He’s been covered almost every day because people ask about him every day. He’s not the 35 HR guy you paid for, but he’s expected to get at least somewhat better.

    • Grey

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      My guess is he will, but as you know, I didn’t want to own him in the preseason, so I’m not pot-committed… Makes things easier said than done

      • Dave D says:
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        Except where you auto-picked him ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, what ya gonna do

          • Dave D says:
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            The humor and irony of that was and is highly entertaining even still.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks! It was coming from a painful place

              • Dave D says:
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                As the best humor does. Know any comedians who were tortured souls?

                I think they’re all dead now and left us with all these shleps who have a holier-than-though agenda of politics/social justice and other unfunny stuff they ate pushing that they are instead spokespersons for… the true comedians are all in the closet now knowing anything funny will likely offend someone and its not worth telling the joke publicly unless you’re around a bunch of middle aged males who haven’t been fully neutered.

                • Grey

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                  Haha, true

  9. Mike says:
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    Complete savagery on the bote piece.

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      Wow is that what really happened with Zobrist?

      I heard there was an issue but did’nt really pay attention. That is right out of the movie major league when wild thing was banging Dorn’s wife

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  10. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Dear Grey, I have an OF in my Util spot, and Tatis needs to come off the IL.

    If you had to drop one, which would you drop?
    Soto, Robles, Meadows, Sunday Santana, Franmil Reyes, Bryan Reynolds, or just let Tatis hang out down there until he proves he’s back for real?

    Asking for a friend with erectile dysfunction.

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Drop Reynolds

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with MP

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Let Tatis hangout for a bit. Reynolds is too good right now.