A calendar page flies off and we follow it to the ground. We can’t quite make out the date on it yet, then the wind whips up hard and slams the page into a screen door. There, it ominously flaps against the screen door and we see the date. It reads…*dramatic sting*…March. Grey picks, because he’s writing this in third person, the piece of paper off the screen door and casually reads it. Slowly, across his face, a dawning of hell, it’s March 98th, 2020! AHHHHHH!!! Screams echo out–*shoots up in bed* Oh, wait, it’s June, 2020. Haha, silly dreamscape of hell. You’re so dumb, subconscious brain. Go back to hiding amongst all my baseball knowledge and factoids. So, today, I bring you my 1,789th Dart Throw, Daniel Vogelbach. Just think, by September, I will have profiled every baseball player as someone to draft. If only you were in a 30-team league with 178-man benches. Shucks, really. I kid, of course, because any day now we’re going to find out whether or not there’s gonna be a baseball season. I do believe a 100-game shortened season is still possible, but, ya know, they kinda need to figure shizz out sooner vs. later, and it’s not a great look when the MLB wants to play less baseball. So, what can we expect from Daniel Vogelbach for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

First off, I don’t like Daniel Vogelbach simply because he’s the first person I think of when I hear the song, SexyBack. Daniel brings Vogelbach. Subtle difference. He’s also better known as the Jelly Donut of Swat, so there’s way more of a chance of me liking him for that nickname. Last year, he hit 30 homers in 462 ABs. He could hit 30 homers in 360 ABs or a 100 games. Last year in the 1st half, he hit 21 HRs in 277 ABs. Get him hot, and Vogelbach will be smoking. Furthermore (don’t say furthermore in real life ever or someone is allowed to punch you), Coolwhip gave you his hot hitters of April, and I’ll be damned, Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Garver, Rendon, Meadows, Trout…Oh, and Daniel Vogelbach. You know when something is irrefutable? When Vogelbach is involved. Why? Didn’t I just say stop refuting it? Okay, but as Coolwhip’s chart shows, Vogelbach was also one of the biggest losers (not the TV show; he’s still large) when it came to May. Now is this a sign of a guy starting hot vs. just being hot because it’s April? Well, I don’t know, but ‘just being hot because it’s April’ doesn’t really make sense. Guys start hot or they don’t. Calendar page that is flapping against the screen door doesn’t matter. Starting hot will be so important this year too, because if a guy is hot in July, when the season starts (please), that’s roughly a third of the season. That’s all you need this year. I forget the exact figures, but odds were way in your favor if you were in 1st place after the last day of April during a usual fantasy baseball season. If you’re in first after this July, then you’re gonna be near impossible to beat in some cases. Starting hot is everything. Also, Vogelbach doesn’t have anyone else that’s really going to hurt his playing time. If he starts July like April of last year when he hit 8 HRs and .310 in 71 ABs, he’s going to be leading a lot of people to shortened season championships. More like the Jelly Donut of Dart Throws.

 
  1. Jim Wiser says:
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    Who cares any more?

    • Cram It says:
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      *raises hand*

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        *high fives, wearing protective gloves*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully it’s figured out sooner vs. later one way or the other

  2. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    I thought you were talking about the Twin Son of A Different mother of Dan Fogelberg.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dan Fogelberg– what a blast from the past

  3. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Anything interesting going on w/ baseball been without power last wednesday through sunday we had some powerful storms roll through.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MLB wants to play less games than the players, still…so not much change

  4. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    I know folks have lots of issues but I have to say I’m thinking about dumping the entire sports scene if every game to turns into a lecture on privelege I think i will have to find something else to do.

    • Cram It says:
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      I’m rather enjoying the anarchy right now in lieu of sports. But I don’t think every game is going to be a social justice rally once it settles in.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        If they start kneeling for 8 min and 48 seconds at the National Cornhole Champlionships i’m out.

        • Cram It says:
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          I wouldn’t worry about that. I would worry that you’re watching cornhole, though.

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            It is quite competitive……….

            • Cram It says:
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              I’m sure it is. They probably get it in the hole 90% of the time. Like darts…oh, another bullseye, cool.

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            I take can’t really take much criticism/concern of my sports view habits very seriously from a guy who likes to watches necropheliac seal porn ………LOL

            • Cram It says:
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              Ha. What? I think you have me confused with someone else! I like standard horse porn.

              • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                I thought that was you who posted that a few weeks back with “baby seal”

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

  5. Cram It says:
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    I don’t really care to follow the back and forth proposals but I guess yesterday MLB put forth 75 games? I don’t see how 100 will happen. I think they should do some kind of round robin tournament style. Idk how many games that would entail, but tourney style would pizazz things up.

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      i’m all for the round robin stir it up do something unique

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Congratulations your 2020 World Series Champion, Detroit Tigers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      PLayers are stuck on 114 games, MLB put forth 75 games — maybe they meet in middle? Players are definitely not getting 114 games, and MLB is not getting 75 games at 75% salary — maybe they go for 81 games (at full salary) and say it’s a half season

      • Cram It says:
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        It’s too late for 100+ games, ain’t it? I can’t wrap my head around how long after they agree to start, they would start the season. Do they need ST games again? How much worth? 2 weeks? A month?

        • Grey

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          Start mid June, go two weeks, start season July 4th, play until October, squeeze in 100 games — it’s getting tighter by the day tho and now 81 games might be more realistic

          • Humm Baby says:
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            I think July 4 is now a pipe dream. Sounds like latest proposal had a July 10 start date. And if it was actually 75% of whole salary, the players would probably agree. It’s 75% of the pro-rated portion and players are stuck on full pro rate or they won’t agree. H2H fantasy Schedule getting close to being useless this year.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, agreed…It’s getting close to go-time for anything close to July 4th

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Something is severely damaged when MLB owners want to play less baseball games

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  It’s fucked. The owners aren’t looking to compromise. God forbid those billionaires don’t get the make up money for having no fans. If there’s more than 50 games this year I’ll finally befriend Tehol.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha, Tehol extended his hand years ago just waiting for your gesture of friendship

                    • FrankGrimes says:
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                      He ghosted me after I’d take all his money on DraftKings haha.

                      I need a show to watch. In middle of Americans but need a break from it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Americans is great! I’m thinking about starting Vahalla Murders, haven’t watched yet tho… And prolly Snowpiercer…. Did you watch Zerozerozero on Amazon? That was awesome, it’s by the Gomorra guy… I also loved Normal People on Hulu

                    • FrankGrimes says:
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                      Yes zero-x3 was good.
                      Looking for “Mafia only kills in Summer” but can’t find it anywhere….

                    • Grey

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                      Haha, what’s that? Did you just make that up?

  6. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Great dart throw report.

    a. Vogelbach!

    b. This is getting awful! Really wishing for July 1 start of the season.

    c. MLB quote of the day for July 1, 1980

    ‘There aren’t many hitters who like facing knuckleball pitchers. They may not be intimidated by them, but they sure are thinking about them before they go into the box.’

    Philip ‘Phil’ Henry Niekro, aka ‘Knucksie’. His 318 victories are the most by a knuckleballer. His 121 victories after 40 are also an MLB record. He’s also a member of the 300, 3000+K club. Also did it in 24 years so…Yet a member of the HOF.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      “Dr. Phil” used to doctor them balls……..he used more lube than a prostrate exam….. Was that truly a knuckle ball?

      He could make that thing move though

    • Grey

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      Thanks!

      B. I hear ya, I know, mid-June feels about as late as it can go before July 4th is out window too

      C. Ha, nice! We need more knuckleballers!

  7. El Zoro Hombre says:
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    So you will sit through the mass commercialization that is typically rammed down our throats by professional sports, but you draw the line at social issues. Thanks for sharing Lenny.
    I think I have a way to solve your problem.
    This peaceful demonstration is brought to you by Nationwide Insurance. Nationwide is by your side…kneeling
    Nationwide may actually choose to go the other way and start commercializing the riots. Have burning cars, and Tina Fey’s boyfriend can roll in and tell the car owners that they should get protected from Mayhem like him.

    Would that help Lenny feel comfortable, because I don’t want these social justice issues to make you feel uncomfortable.

    Vogelbach is a fine dart throw. Would you rather, not that kind of would you rather, draft him or J Smoak? Seem like they would be very close with universal DH in 2020.

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      I don’t like the commercial bullshit either but now many of the commercials will be double edged commercial plus social lectures…………nothing makes it uncomfortable just tiresome…

      i know you were being facetious but you will see stuff like the nationwide example

      • Cram It says:
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        We’re in the middle of an historic time, bud. People are literally trying to change the world, and it’s beautiful. Please don’t lump it in as just another annoyance/inconvenience.

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          Trying to burn the world……………there is a difference

          • Cram It says:
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            Burn the world? I disagree.

            • William Hung says:
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              I’m interested in the NFL cause they really shot themselves in the foot with how they handled Kaepernick – and how “fans” were vocal that they weren’t going to support the sport with kneeling and now pretty much players across the league have said they are gonna do it, so it’ll create an interesting dynamic when the season starts.

              • Cram It says:
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                Yeah, that should be QUITE interesting. It’s sure to be polarizing and cause sparks to fly on one side or the other. And Drew Brees….my god.

                • William Hung says:
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                  Yeah – I feel like years ago when Kap was doing his thing – if Brees said what he said then, everyone would’ve stayed silent. The fact Michael Thomas called him out on it showed how things have shifted. I wonder how many people were gonna burn Brees’ jersey after his initial comment, and then how many were gonna burn his jersey after he apologized. Do people in NO cheer or boo Brees now?

        • Chris M says:
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          I usually agree with you, but not this time. They are not going to change the world by calling anyone who mildly disagrees them a Nazi.

          • Cram It says:
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            No, but I’m not sure what wave of people are doing that. News to me.

            • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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              Really how many very liberal editors in the past week just got fired for not being liberal enough?

              • William Hung says:
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                Considering how much money news sources have been losing lately, are you sure it wasn’t just layoffs? Just kidding btw (but seriously newspapers won’t exist in a few years), but any particular unbiased sources to editors being fired for not being liberal enough?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Who got fired this week, the NY Times opinion editor? You’re upset about him losing his job? No one really cares he lost his job, right?

                • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                  Not upset about any of them in particular; however, they were fired for posting alternate opinion pieces that were not their own writing, they were fired for even allowing them to be published or for not caving and revising headlines.

                  It is the general concept of it .

                  • Cram It says:
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                    So what? They have a business to run. The NY Times is left-leaning, The Washington Times is right- leaning. We should all know their biases by now.

                    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                      Well they were branded Nazis and fired for even allow pieces, not even of there own and not extreme , for even being published . just reply to you comment that is not happening…….the pitchfork mentality is taking over……….

                  • Grey

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                    Think there’s nothing there…if a private company wants to fire someone for not doing their job (he said he didn’t read the opinion piece prior) then that’s consequences

              • Cram It says:
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                I don’t know, how many, Lenny? What exactly were they fired for?

                • Snacks Zillion says:
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                  Cram, you really know how to screw up a great FANTASY BASEBALL website. Please leave your ridiculous snot teared drivels at the door you pathetic hypocrite.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    Don’t know why you keep attacking me. I’m never the one who initiates these things. I surely didn’t bring up Nazis and this social justice movement infringing on my sports enjoyment. But I’ll be your target for your angry outbursts.

            • Chris M. says:
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              You’re kidding, right?

        • Snacks Zillion says:
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          You pathetic rat. Try living outside the USA you dumbASS. I have seen kids in Iraq and Afghanistan and North Africa gouge out each others eyes for jolly ranchers we throw them.

          You are so misinformed you little puke it makes me sick. Your sheep. When the wolves come asshole, and they will, you will learn the value of a sheepdog.

          I quit both RCL leagues. You disgust me.

          • Cram It says:
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            Well, that’s some intelligent discourse. Don’t really know what your point is. That other countries have it so much worse, we Americans should be satisfied with things as they are and stop trying to be better?

            • Snacks Zillion says:
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              Cram, you could never even begin to comprehend my point.

              • Snacks Zillion says:
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                “Better” by Rioting and Looting and Burning??
                LMFAO

                • Cram It says:
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                  Yes, point to the outlier opportunistic bad actors to make a sweeping overgeneralization about all of the protestors. The old anecdotal fallacy.

                  It’s that same thinking that makes people think all Muslims are terrorists.

                  • Snacks “last comment” Zillion says:
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                    You just dont get it junior. You accuse me of “over generalizations” in the same breath you arbitrarily throw one on me. In theory, I agree with your last post 100%. I truly do, but its actually living in and seeing parts of this world outside your utopic SAFE bubble that have hardened my opinions on certain matters. We are too far apart to even come close to Any sense of agreement but it saddens me deeply how misinformed about the real world out there you truly are.

                  • Chris M. says:
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                    Sure, the protesters aren’t painting the police using the same method.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Vogelbach over Smoak, in a vacuum. They are very close tho

  8. Coolwhip

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    haha he made it after all! And you didn’t even get to his interesting plate discipline / swing profile.

    If you drive long enough, all roads lead to jelly donuts, I mean Vogelbach.

    • Grey

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      Haha…plate discipline / swing profile?

        • Grey

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          Ah, gotcha — thanks! This is all kinda of a shoulder shrug for results though, right?

          • Coolwhip

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            yeah, this was his first season with more than 90 ABs, so its tough to get a real read on him. Though last year his Hardhit% dipped quite a bit yet his LA went up quite a bit. So he can gain some hard contact back while keeping the higher LA and maybe lay off the high cheese some… who knows.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, that makes sense

  9. Ehpale876 says:
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    Gray, in your opinion, is there a prospect that looks to be the next Jose Fernandez? Man I miss that guy. He was a fantasy stud and really good real life baseball player. He seemed like a great dude. May he Rest In Peace.

    • Grey

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      Paddack just had a great rookie year…Maybe MacKenzie Gore…Maybe Nate Pearson…

    • Coolwhip

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      IMO, Gore and Pearson seem to be the most lilkely in this crop of prospects

  10. David Niven says:
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    First Trump is elected, then a global pandemic then a Dan Vogelbach value post. I am living in a Dali painting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The one with the watch melting? I see no lies in that

      • DonnieB says:
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        At least the first was a really GOOD thing! After his re-election, maybe a Brett Lawrie comeback post.

    • Grey

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      Same vibes

      • krazyivan says:
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        Feeling a good vibe out of 1B in genera-better then last year. Now 2B…that’s still messin with me.

        • Grey

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          1B have been killing me badly in leagues if I don’t have Alonso — the slope down hill happens so fast

          • Grey

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            BTW, I like that we’re having a very normal baseball convo in the middle of these comments

            • krazyivan says:
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              Yup-me too, but I think we have to address the stuffed elephant that’s in the room courtesy the KBO. Maybe you can set the record straight on tomorrow’s dart throw. I don’t know what’s the deal-e-oh.

              • Grey

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                Haha, tomorrow’s post is already written and I don’t address KBO’s stuffed animals filling stadiums

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                But I should!

          • 183414 says:
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            But what about Olson ????? You ranked him what, #20 ?

            Well I drafted him on 6 of my 11 teams, so IF there is an 81+ game season, hopefully I will reap the rewards. Did draft Alonso @43 in my last draft, though actually thought of drafting Olson for the 7th time; but 1 share of a player I had 5 times last year in the 24th round, and helped me win 4 titles, seemed fair. Though Olson helped me win the overall @pick #102. Funny, that my only shitty pick in the top 10 came in the 8th round, with Kimbrel. Hader @ #139 made up for that.

  11. Vogey can swing it, could be ok on plus side of platoon. Are the rich owners and rich players still arguing over money?

    • Grey

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      Ha, yeah, I believe they are

  12. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    How much of a difference do you think there is between Yelich and Springer in a 80 game season?

    Yelich doesn’t have the protection he did last year after Grandal and Moose departed and Cain leading off looks like age is catching up to him. Can be pitched around more and R and RBI production could be down too from change in their lineup.

    I was thinking of offering Springer and Matt Olson for him for Yelich’s power/speed combo. I do have Bellinger and Muncy who can play 1B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty big difference still — Springer is a runs/HR guy; Yelich is an everything guy

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        Would you give Springer and Olson for him if I got Belly and Mu Cy who can play first?

    • 183414 says:
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      Yelich is 1 of the elite 5 tool players in baseball. Upper echelon. Springer isn’t. Does that mean Springer can’t out perform Yelich over 1/2 a season, nope. I like Springer, a lot. Actually have 3 shares of Yelich, Bellinger, and Springer. 6 of Olson, and 2 of Muncy. Have Yelich/Olson; Springer/Olson/;Bellinger/Olson/; Bellinger/Springer; Yelich/Springer; Bellinger/Alonso;

      Looking at my drafts makes me pissed that there’s no baseball right now.

  13. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: I appreciate your hustle to keep putting fantasy baseball content out there. I consider myself to be a pretty serious fantasy baseball fan but even I’m losing interest in consuming content at this point. Every update on the negotiations is just another dead end “non starter” for the other side. So disappointing.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, it sucks, no hiding that

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