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Job Posting: Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast Announcer
Must possess the ability to properly introduce Grey. Possibility to expand role into Grey’s everyday life, introducing him at the gas station, Whole Foods, Laundromat, etc … Pay commensurate with experience.

On this week’s Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast, Grey Albright and I start the show by discussing Bryce Harper’s freak injury, along with how much we trust Zack Greinke and James Paxton going into next season (ranked 5th and 8th overall for starting pitchers on Razzball’s Player Rater, respectively). We then bring on Ralph Lifshitz to talk Andrew Benintendi, the RCL’s, Jon Lester, Justin Verlander, and Patrick Corbin. Finally, please make sure to support our sponsor by heading over to RotoWear.com and entering promo code “SAGNOF” for 15% off the highest quality t-shirts in the fantasy sports game. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast:

   
  1. Jaaaaaake.crab says:
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    HALP IS FREE

  2. Deerheadghost says:
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    I actually like the idea of the bases being flush with the ground. It would prevent a lot of upper body injuries from headfirst slides (e.g. Trout and Josh Hamilton a few years ago). I feel like headfirst slides are more a part of baseball lore, like that famous Pete Rose pic, than raised bases. It’s easier to lower than bases than to force guys to stop sliding headfirst when they’ve been doing it since little league.

    Probably going too far, but you could put sensors in the ground, under the bases, to tell whether or not a guy made it back to first base on a pick-off attempt. I’m sure TV would love that. Baseball is a pastoral game though, so the less techie it gets is probably for the better. Makes me think of Carlin’s baseball vs. football jokes.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Deerheadghost: that carlin bit is great. And what you are saying makes sense, but i dont think they can get rid of the heavy, raised bags. It’s just too much a part of baseball. Plus, what will crazy minor league managers use to make a huge scene when they are arguing calls then

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I want to do the let’s get ready to rumble voice before the next podcast. I’ll introduce you guys like fighters. Seems only appropriate considering next week is the countdown to the big fight.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: is mayweather going to try to knock him out or just dance around the entire time?

  4. Deerheadghost says:
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    Hey guys,

    I clinched the #1 seed this weekend. I have Miguel Cabrera on my bench, and I picked up Hanley Ramirez today (10-team league), also for my bench. I’m just holding to see if they figure it out this month. It’s zero risk at this point. I don’t have a meaningful game for 3 weeks. Any guys, hitter or pitcher, that would be a good stash until then? I might buy some more Rockies shares, since I believe they have a home-oriented schedule through September.

    Thanks!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Deerheadghost: in your case it would be completely schedule dependant like you mentioned. When you get a more accurate read on probably starters, pounce on those hitters with cake matchups

  5. Slappy Jack says:
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    another entertaining cast , thanks guys !

    also,
    Grey has to be high , right?
    right?!

    He empties 3 vape cartridges into his lungs before every podcast! He lives his life at eleven! The ONE The ONLY!

    • Halp

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      @Slappy Jack: thanks, slappy jack! And haha, i think he is just high on life, but not gonna lie, you are like the 4th person to tell me they assume grey is high as shit during these podcasts ha

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    He has to be HIGH on something. Dude can’t stop laughing? Did he have the munchies as well?

    Anyway, solid podcast as usual Halp!

  7. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    Grey lives in California, is a writer, laughs a lot, can deal with a million ridiculous comments and questions on a daily basis. I just assumed dude is on some sort of intoxicant, maybe even that special cocktail Tiger’s tox report just came back with haha. I don’t care as long he and the rest of the razzball Perts keep spittin that Mlb knowledge.
    Thanks for another great podcast guys!

  8. GFY250 says:
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    I’ve been checking in on Hoskins for a while now and I really like what he could do especially since he’s an older prospect with very good plate discipline. He should get everyday at bats (say 600 PA mostly at 1B) next year. He’s got that slight uppercut swing and hits near 50% flyballs which could hurt his average a little but just throwing numbers out there with a 10% walk rate and 20% K rate both would be steps down from his numbers in the minors, I’m getting:

    420 Balls in play with 50% flyballs and 20% HR/FB puts him at 42 HRs!! Even if he slips to 45% FB and 18%HR/FB, that’s 34 HRs!!

    Am I crazy or could he really do this next year since he’s basically nearing his power prime next year.

    • Halp

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      @GFY250: Nice analysis. I don’t think you are wrong at all. 30+ homers is where I would have him too as a reasonable projection. And with 40 upside. Nobody hit for more power the last two years in the minors than Hoskins did.

  9. David says:
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    Devers, Bregman, or DeJong for ROS?

    Thanks and great job on another good podcast =]

    • Halp

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      @David: Thanks, David! I think Devers in another level type of player. Truly elite. So definitely him.

  10. David says:
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    Another great podcast! 7×7 dynasty, with OBP replacing AVG, and SLG and XBH being the other two. Please rank in your opinion next year and beyond: Puig, Pham and R. McMahon. Thanks

    • Halp

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      @David: Thanks, David! I still think Puig has the most pure upside of that group and would rank him at the top. Pham vs. McMahon is tougher. I think Pham’s average is a bit high right now and he doesn’t have huge power to fall back on. He will also be 30 next year. McMahon is unproven, but factoring in Coors, he could be a beast. Puig, McMahon, and then Pham.

  11. Matthew Macdonald says:
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    Halp!

    10 team, 10 player keeper league. I’m rebuilding and have some awesome keepers including bellinger, Devers acuna, Hoskins. I saw Eloy just got promoted to AA. Is he worth picking up now and keeping for next year or do you expect a late 2018/19 impact? I don’t want to miss out on him but roster spots and keepers are tight.

    Thanks!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Matthew Macdonald: Yea, you are set up great for the future. I definitely think he is worth picking up now. He should debut next season at some point.

      • Halp

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        @Halp: Even if it is taking longer than it should for him to be called up, his trade value will be very nice for a rebuilding team if you are in the race.

        • Matthew Macdonald says:
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          @Halp: thanks Halp and great podcast!

  12. nightpandas says:
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    Good stuff Halp and Grey….as usual

    Halp for 2018 who ya like? I have one move left:

    keeping 11 –

    My third base right now is Franco, 2nd is Odor, pitching keepers Sale/Honeywell and maybe Glasnow or Bundy, Center Field is Brinson or M. Taylor

    On Wire:

    SP -L Weaver, Martes
    CF – Margot
    3 – R McMahon
    2 – Kingery
    Alfaro – haha

    • Halp

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      @nightpandas: Thanks, nightpandas. Assuming I am reading your question right and you need to decide between the guys on the wire, I think it would be Margot for me. Partly MLB proven and has that 5 category upside.

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