With so much up in the air, what better way to spend some time than to think about some dart throws for the 2020 fantasy baseball season when (shut up with your if’s) it starts. Dart Throws, I look at like this — you are drafting and you wanna gamble on someone, but you’re not sure who to gamble on — in these uncertain times, anything could happen, so why not make a few huge swings to see if they pay off? It’s a batter up 3-0 and they guess fastball. If you miss, so what? Count’s still in your favor. These players won’t exactly line up to their projections in my 2020 fantasy baseball rankings. Some of them aren’t even in my rankings. With these darts, I’m aiming for the ceiling. (Good for fantasy baseball, not great for actual darts.) I will also go around the horn with some guys at different positions, though not in order, because I didn’t want to begin with catchers. Enough with your goddamn catchers! If you want this in plain English, I like these players more than my rankings might show as last round sleepers in any league. First up, for this once-was-an-extremely-deep sleeper who is now a gamble-worth-taking sleeper (do you see why I’m just calling them dart throws? Bit easier to wrap your lizard tongue around, you alien freak!) is Wander Franco, the number one prospect on the top 200 prospects for 2020 fantasy baseball. So, about Wander Franco for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw:

Before the season was delayed, I didn’t even rank Wander Franco in my top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball. Wasn’t because I didn’t love what he could do. Don’t suddenly love him now that his first name sounds like a glorious day outside. Won’t now start calling him Shelter-in-Place Franco. How’sever, the minor league season is not happening. I still firmly believe the major league season will happen. That’s because of TV money. Revenue. The cha, and the ching. If they play minor league baseball, no one makes money. Not even the players. There’s no reward for the risk. Was talking to Marlins beat writer, Craigory Mish, the other day about this and he agreed. He hypothesized that the major league clubs would have an extended roster in case they need guys, due to injury. Minor leaguers who aren’t on the roster but are getting workouts at the major league facility and if someone on the major league roster is broken, i.e., in case of emergency, a minor leaguer steps in. They might even rejigger what service time means this year. So, a larger than normal roster at the major league level, say 35-man rosters (with ten guys sitting in the stands to work as replacements and cheerleaders), then another five to ten minor league prospects, who the major league club doesn’t want to lose an entire year of development, will be allowed to workout at the major league park and will be promoted if needed. For minor leaguers, it will come down to this:  Does the major league club want them not playing baseball at all this year? My guess for Wander Franco is absolutely 100% no.

Here’s what our prospect writer, Hobbs, previously said, “Franco comes equipped with an 80-hit tool, 55-legs and 60-power on the 20-80 scale. Although he hasn’t truly tapped into the power yet, there’s no reason to doubt that it won’t continue to develop even through the early stages of his Major League career. As a lifetime .336/.405/.523 hitter in two minor league seasons, Franco batted .327/.398/.487 last year at Single-A And A-Advanced with nine home runs (43 XBH) in 495 plate appearances. With that, he produced a minuscule 7.1 K% against an 11.3 BB%, walking 21 times more than he struck out. Franco has a mature approach and as the top prospect in the game, should be contributing as a Big Leaguer in 2021 and be a potential star by 2023. He’s a sleeper to be the best shortstop in the game come 2023. Speaking of sleepers, I’d like to put Grey to sleep with a forearm smash.” What the hell, my dude! Wander is super borderline for me for 2020, and I think we might not even see him until September of 2021, now that the season is delayed, but, well….I don a N95 mask, sneak up behind someone and scream, “DART THROW!” I’d be shocked to see Wander get major league action this year, but I’d be equally shocked if he’s not on the Rays’ extended roster for 2020, because the Rays won’t want (almost stutterer!) him losing any development time. So, whereas before The Rona, I thought Wander was nowhere near the Rays’ plans for 2020, now I think he’s one injury away from contributing. For a late round flyer, you can do worse.

 
  1. Dave D says:
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    Well, for what it’s Werth, I own Wander in both my DC leagues. Any chance you think he can vulture a few SVs? I’m short a true second closer in my Razz DC?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Wander Franco for saves?

      • Dave D says:
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        Isnt he John Franco’s son?

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          John Franco’s son is JJ..lol

          • Matty says:
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            It’s the ‘rona timeline. Anything can happen!

            • Jolt In Flow says:
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              This might be one of the funniest threads I’ve ever seen on Razzball. And that’s saying alot with the likes of Grey and his contributors writing.

              I’m so glad MP questioned it. Priceless. I’m still not convinced DD was being serious.

              • Dave D says:
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                Well, if the Angels can make Kaleb Cowart try it because his teammates Jared Walsh and Shohei do it, then why shouldn’t the Rays make him do it because McKay? Afterall, he DOES have the bloodlines for it anyone would agree… and don’t try telling me his real father is Julio. It is John, and I don’t like to argue.

                • Jolt In Flow says:
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                  Haha! I needed this thread today.

                  No argument from me. Trust me. Just enjoying the view.

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Great, I’m glad we are in agreement ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          John Franco! Haha

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Where’s Jesse Orsoco’s son

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              He pitched so long his son retired before he did.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

            • Dave D says:
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              Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco….

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                *Praying hand emojis*

                • Dave D says:
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                  Kilroy was here… as was Dennis DeYoung.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I had to google Dennis DeYoung, tbh — but glad I did!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA, nice! That is wrong is so many ways, it is very enjoyable

                    • Dave D says:
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                      Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco,
                      Mata ah-oo hima de
                      Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco,
                      Himitsu wo shiri tai

                      You’re wondering who I am-machine or mannequin
                      With parts made in Japan, I am the modern man

                      I’ve got a secret I’ve been hiding under my skin
                      My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain I.B.M.
                      So if you see me acting strangely, don’t be surprised
                      I’m just a man who needed someone, and somewhere to hide
                      To keep me alive-just keep me alive
                      Somewhere to hide to keep me alive

                      I’m not a robot without emotions-I’m not what you see
                      I’ve come to help you with your problems, so we can be free
                      I’m not a hero, I’m not a saviour, forget what you know
                      I’m just a man whose circumstances went beyond his control
                      Beyond my control-we all need control
                      I need control-we all need control

                      I am the modern man, who hides behind a mask
                      So no one else can see my true identity

                      Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco, domo…domo
                      Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco, domo…domo
                      Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, domo…domo
                      Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto
                      For doing the jobs that nobody wants to
                      And thank you very much, Mr. Roboto
                      For helping me escape just when I needed to
                      Thank you-thank you, thank you
                      I want to thank you, please, thank you

                      The problem’s plain to see: too much technology
                      Machines to save our lives. Machines dehumanize.

                      The time has come at last
                      To throw away this mask
                      So everyone can see
                      My true identity…
                      I’m Kilroy! Kilroy! Kilroy! Kilroy!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA

                    • Dave D says:
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                      Yeah isn’t it? Among all the really bad music videos of the 1980’s, it could very well top them all.

                      I’m glad you enjoyed.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You ain’t lying when you say there are so many bad 80s music videos — The ones considered good (anything with animation) are awful

                    • Dave D says:
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                      The Twisted Sister ones were the best. Those are some of the few that held up over time.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      In a nostalgic kinda way, but to say they’re timeless…I mean, most are so corny

                    • Dave D says:
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                      Oh yeah, for sure. The only men in spandex, with aquanet in the hair and makeup on we we should ever take seriously is… honestly the only metsl band of the 80s that never got cheesy was Iron Maiden. Eddie still scares me. Don’t mess with thise guys. They have a dungeon

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha…Hence the name Iron Maiden

                    • Hernan says:
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                      YEAH Dave D., they have a pretty big Dungeon, it’s called ED Force One….

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

            • No lie! Jesse Orosco’s son played for me years ago. So did Sciosia’s, Dykstra’s, Gretzky’s, and a few others. There are bloodlines galore in the greatest game on the planet!

              • Grey

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                Played for you? In what way?

                • Been involved with young athletes for years, playing tournaments against the very best competition. Molding high school standouts in preparation for college (or the MLB draft?) has been a very rewarding experience for me. This year is going to be a challenge, not sure what’s going to happen yet. May 4th the USA tournament officials in Az will be making a statement. Gotta believe if MLB is in Az, the USA tourney will be pushed back due to facility/field usage and availability. Life is still good Brother man

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ah, nice! A lot has changed in the last few weeks, and three weeks from now everything can look different (and hopefully better)…

                    • Yes!!!!

      • baby seal says:
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        HAHAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knowing the Rays? Yes, it is possible

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Nah they’d use him as an Opener.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        LMAO!!

      • Dave D says:
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        I would really like to see him open, move to third for innings 3-8, then move back to the mound to close out inning #9. That would prove he’s the hands-down top prospect in the game. Ohtani set the bar pretty high a couple year ago for the ROY. I think Wander”lust” Franco Can-Do

        • Coolwhip

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          haha he’s likely to wander about the field for 9 innings.

      • baby seal says:
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        HAHAHA

    • 183414 says:
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      haha

    • 183414 says:
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      haha!

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Awesome Franco dart throw report!

    a. So, I signed up Wander. Hope it works out. He shouldn’t be available in a standard 5X5 RCL, right? In one RCL he’s not available in the other RCL I’m in he was available. Actually, now he’s unavailable in both RCL’s I’m in.

    b. Corona drivin’ me nuts. About to watch Crash landing on you and Arctic Circle, need to translate the subs! At least it gives me something to do.

    c. MLB quote of the day for July 22, 1966

    ‘I don’t want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I’m not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn’t replacing Babe Ruth.’

    ‘Nobody will touch it…Look up the records and you’ll see that it’s a rare year when anybody hits 50 homers, let alone 60.’

    Roger Eugene Maris, the pride of Hibbing, Minnesota. A special double-dose quote for y’all.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Totally agree. The period when steroids were banned till testing began (1991/2003) contains every name on the list above Maris. Taking the point even further, without the juiced ball, how many of those who got close to Maris’s 61 would actually have done so. HRs put bums on seats so the juiced ball is probably here to stay, and along with it the questionable authenticity of anyone going past 61.

      • William Hung says:
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        Billy Crystal’s 61* movie was sooooo good

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          excellent movie!

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        Not only the steriods and juiced balls but the mound was higher in Maris’ era, pitchers owned the inside of the plate as well. Also Bonds wore the arm sheild that was so thick he did’nt care if he got hit. i used hate when he hung his elbow over the plate taking away 1/3 of it the complain that pitchers walked him all the time.

        • Matty says:
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          I’m all for body armor at the plate- if you have to wear it on the base paths.
          Same for those sliding gloves- I want to see someone hitting in one of those.

      • Chucky says:
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        How the game has changed! Roger getting pushed out of the dugout to take a curtain call. Nowadays, guys doing fist pumps to the crowd for moving a runner over.

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          What about the NBA dunk or spiking the football after a TD? Hi fives? all those things were considered out of bounds back then.

          for me i don’t care if the players do that.

          • Chucky says:
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            ” Act like you’ve done it before”…….Gale Sayers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice, Chucky!

            • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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              That was Sayers style but why should everyone act like gale sayers?

            • 183414 says:
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              agreed. Like Jim Brown did.

          • bigbear says:
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            Me either. I respect the guys who ‘have been there before’ and those are the ones I point my kids too. As long as they are excited for the play, not against an opponent, I don’t begrudge a guy for having fun playing a game.

            • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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              I agree had an assistant coach tell a kid act like you been there before after he got all excited…..i told but he has’nt been here before let him have fun. You all want to live in a Tom Landry World?

      • 183414 says:
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        In 162 games w/out Steroids, yes.
        Ruth in 154 when Gehrig hit 47 as runner up, will always be my record.
        Bonds hitting video games numbers was really magnificent, I must acknowledge. He hated seeing McGuire and Sosa hitting 70/66 h.r.’s, knowing he was 100x the ballplayer that they were.
        Picture Ruth, Gehrig, Mickey, Willie, Teddy Ballgame, Aaron on the juice. Priceless !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Ante!

      A. Yeah, I like that gamble, why not

      B. There’s at least a chance they play in the polar regions, which is why I own Pete Alonso in every league

      C. Awesome!

      • baby seal says:
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        I feel like if you told Ante to jump, he’d say, “how high?”

        You’ll be answering questions from him daily for the first 3 weeks on what to do w/ Wander, LOL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re being tough on Ante

          • baby seal says:
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            Ah, yes you are right, just messin’ round!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Must defend Ante 4 life!

  3. Don says:
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    Hi! Please explain the last sentence in more detail. Thanks.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      a 3rd catcher, the Rockies 5th pitcher, Lewis Brinson, and Bruce Chen.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Keep Bruce Chen’s name out yo’ mouth!

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          haha, i notice you aren’t jumping to defend Lewis Brinson!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh hell no

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            Brinson breaks out in 2020. You heard it here first!

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          Bruce Chen ? is that the same Bruce Chen?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            There’s only one Bruce Chen even tho he seems like multiple men

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            There’s only one Bruce Chen. The Incomparable Bruce Chen.

            • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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              He has to be about 90 by now lol………..but still Incomparable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Which part, Don?

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!!!

        Bruce Chen was good for a part of one glorious season for his MLB career!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chen-chen-chen-ges

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          just by the hair of his chenny chen chen

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Appreciate the Bruce Chen talk today

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                haha. chen chenney chen chenney chen chen charee
                good luck as lucky, as lucky can be.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha — you’re like Bania with 15 mins of Ovaltine, but 15 mins of Chen

                  • Coolwhip

                    Coolwhip says:
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                    just doing my best to make your day Chen-tastic

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, thoroughly enjoying it

                • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                  Chen You Dig IT Grey?!?!!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    HA!

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah, I miss that guy too

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            When Bruce throws high and tight would that be “Chen Music”

  4. tigres says:
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    Grey! Love the Dart Throw and look forward to reading more of them. Great work by you and RB nation to keep coming out with excellent content. Keep it up! (from six feet away…)

    Speaking of dart throws, I gave in and let the hubby give me a DIY haircut this week. Since all he knows is clippers and buzz cuts… that’s what I got. First time in 45+ yrs with virtually no hair. It looks better than I expected (and he loves it, so that’s a bonus). Like many things in life, I guess the secret is to keep expectations low!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Haha, that’s awesome, I need to buy clippers, methinks…But my hair is so gorge, I’m nervous

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Shave the head, it will grow back better than before!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Easy for you to say!

  5. krazyivan says:
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    Very bummed there is going to be no MiLB. We have Durham Bulls tickets and I was looking forward to watch Wanders home games for his AAA team.

    • Coolwhip

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      word, i have AAA Dodger tickets. I’m bummed!

      • Wass says:
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        Haha I have AAA Dodger tickets too! So disappointed to not catch Dustin May in the beginning of the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, I don’t know for sure, but I have to assume so

    • 183414 says:
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      Yeah, and I’m sitting with a full season of 2nd row seats over 1st base at Petco. Think you’re bummed.

  6. LOLmets says:
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    If we want baseball there has to be some kind of concrete plan put in place. Even if it doesn’t happen, we need a firm plan. If we wait another month or 2 to come up with a plan idk how anything will materialize

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We still have a month before they need to even plan…Plan end of May, beginning spring training around June 20th, start season on July 4th

      • LOLmets says:
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        Grey for president!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          LOLmets will be my campaign manager

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Do you want to lose?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m in it this year just to make a name for myself on the national stage

              • LOLmets says:
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                Insert meme of Howard Dean…

                “BYAAAAA”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  My campaign manager never sleeps!

              • baby seal says:
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                Everyone will be signing up for some ad-free!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hope so!

  7. Chin Music and Astros says:
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    Both Zac Gallen and Frankie Montas are available in the FA pool in my small and shallow friends league. Looking more closely at the QS category, Montas had converted a high % of his starts to QS with 12 out of 16 in just 96 IP. Conversely, Gallen had a hard time going deep into games converting only 5 QS out of 15 in 80 IP.

    With a similar projected ratios and K% profile, would you take Montas or Gallen if you wanted more QS in a shortened season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Gallen

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Montas edges out in QS league. Though anything is possible with short season.

    • 183414 says:
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      Montas !

    • baby seal says:
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      Montas and it’s not close for me

  8. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    Love this new series. It’s an interesting angle. I won’t ask you who’s next because I know you’ll just tell me to come back tomorrow. So, instead, I’ll ask you how many of these pieces do you expect to write? Just wondering because I have a few prospects that might or might not make your list and I’ curious to see what you think their chances are now on the ‘Rona Timeline!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Give me some names and I’ll see if any haven’t crossed my mind and I might do — how long this will go? I’m guessing two to three weeks

      • Dave D says:
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        Mariano Rivera Jr.?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Harley Earl says:
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            How about Vidal Brujan, Luis Patino, Julio Rodriguez, Brent Honeywell, Alex (cough) Reyes, Seth Beer, and Jose Garcia. I have others but those are probably the closest to getting called up. The others are quite young and years away (Groshans, Pauson, Acuna).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              This is a good list, I’ll go through a few of these

              • Harley Earl says:
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                Looking forward to it!!

  9. NUX says:
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    Ping!

    You are OTC.

    And if you don’t set that queue, you gonna end up with Mancini next clock out. For shame.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • baby seal says:
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      hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      And a Waylon we go!

    • Dave D says:
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      Good one! Waylon is about the best thing ever. I absolutely love him and never get tired if his music. They broke the mold after him.

  10. The Great Knoche says:
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    Hope you’re right on Rosario and he has a young Yelich like season. Just got first share.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so too!

    • NUX says:
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      I had my queue set as Amed, Klubot, Mercado and they went in that exact order.

    • baby seal says:
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      We all have hopes and dreams!

      Your team is looking pretty good so far! One of the better ones, I think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  11. FrankGrimes says:
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    I am Uhtred son of Uhtred

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s back?!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Good timing just finished a pretty meh Ozark

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What?! Ozark was great this season!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            hmm Great?
            What you watching now?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I liked Ozark…We’re watching Fauda, new season dropped last week…It’s awesome, go back start from season 1 if you haven’t watched yet

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            And you didn’t watch L’immortal yet haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, not yet…It’s on the list tho!

      • baby seal says:
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        YES YES YES

        Miss him so much, isn’t he dreamy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Of course he is!

  12. baby seal says:
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    I’m definitely out on Wander for 2020, but crazier things have happened!

    Hope you’re doing well!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

      • baby seal says:
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        When are you guys recording pod numero dos?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Will be up Monday, thank you for your patronage

          • baby seal says:
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            My pleasure! Thanks, Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Baby Seal! You never have to thank me!

  13. leon says:
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    2020 and beyond dynasty 16 man 6×6 … puig($5) or bryan reynolds($12).

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  14. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! In a keeper, would you move Hand $10 Wheeler and Rich Hill for $14 luis Castillo and Doolittle? (I own his handcuff Hudson)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I would

  15. Ferris says:
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    Freddie Freeman or Gleybar Torres in dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…tough call, I’m going Freeman

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