There’s flashier guys to cover, I’m looking at you, Carlos Correa; I’m winking in your direction, Byron Buxton, and your missing finger, excuse me, dislocated.  But I’m writing rookie outlooks for 2015 fantasy baseball, i.e., I’m focusing on guys that could play the majority of the time in the majors in 2015.  I’m not going to write a Buxton outlook saying. “Will be awesome, come back to read more in 2016.”  I’m trying to focus on impact players for this coming year.  Prospect Mike is around to talk future All-Stars.  Unlike Correa and Buxton, Francisco Lindor is in his last stop at the majors.  Maybe the Twins push Buxton along and he jumps to the major league club by midseason, assuming he can stay healthy and the Twins can actually have something nice.  “Sorry, we don’t have anything in your size.”  That’s the cashier at the Everything Nice store after the Twins enter.  Wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Buxton to appear this year.  Shoot, he could rip the cover off the ball in spring training and be up sooner than June.  Right now, he looks like a September call-up, at best.  Same for Correa.  With that said (oh, boy, here comes a reversal), I’m not totally sure of Lindor’s path to the majors.  A good generalization that is generally good (hey, what do you know?) is a player ends the year in Double-A, starts in Triple-A the following season and is in the majors by June.  Or is in Triple-A to end the year and starts the year in the majors the following year.  Of course, guys can jump from Double-A or even High-A to the majors, but that’s more the exception than the rule.  Lindor, on the other hand (were we even using hands?), played well in Triple-A last year.  He really has no place else to go, except the majors or traded to another team.  He should’ve been up already, to be quite frank, and don’t call me frank.  Why am I even comparing Lindor, Correa and Buxton?  Because they’re all the top rookies right now in the minor leagues, and you people demand the best.  You demander, you!  Anyway, what can we expect of Francisco Lindor for 2015 fantasy baseball?

Up until this year, when I heard Lindor, I expected Billy Butler’s name next.  No, not because Butler’s fat and Lindor is truffles.  Because of corner infielder questions of “Adam Lind or Billy Butler?”  You people really should stop picking on Butler; he will eat you.  Now, Lindor has become a hey-sexy-wassup-badonkadonk shortstop prospect.  He’ll be 21 years old in November and looks ‘can’t miss’ (which, of course, will mean he misses).  In Double-A last year, he had 6 HRs, 25 SBs and a .278 average in 88 games.  Then did more of the same in Triple-A.  He’s never really hit for an absurd average in the minors, but that feels more about his age than his talent.  He doesn’t strike out much and has speed.  That usually translates to around a .280 average at worst.  He hasn’t done that well in the minors, so I wouldn’t project him for it, but it doesn’t mean he can’t get there.  His power isn’t elite, at least not yet.  Seven homers with some ease, 10 homers with some breeze.  I’m a poet and I’m aware of it!  Speed is his weapon, do you have a tampon?  Okay, I’m gonna stop rhyming now.  Really Lazy Comparison Alert!  He looks like a young Jimmy Rollins.  Now, about 500 words ago I said I didn’t know about his path to the majors.  That’s because a funny thing happened on the way to Progressive Field.  Jose Ramirez showed up and performed last year.  Possible Scenario Number #1, the Indians push Kipnis to DH, Santana to 1B, Gomes to catch and field both Ramirez and Lindor next April.  Possible Scenario Number #2, Ramirez won’t be good in April (or March), Lindor will be called on to replace him.  Possible Scenario Number #3, there is no Possible Scenario Number #3.  Possible Scenario Number #4, Ramirez will be good, Lindor won’t be up until September call-ups.  Two of these four scenarios are positive for Lindor and there’s only really three scenarios.  Most likely scenario seems to be a combination of one and two, Lindor is worked into a platoon to start, then outshines Ramirez.  For that playing time projection (say 400 ABs), I’ll give him the projections of 51/6/39/.271/22.  That’s definitely a starting shortstop in mixed leagues when he has a job, and, while he still a lot of question marks like The Riddler’s stretchy pants, he is worth a flyer late.

  1. gareth says:
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    You know who a good comp for lindor is?

    Alcides Escobar.

    And I can’t quite figure out if that’s a compliment or an insult.

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @gareth:

      Lindor’s got more pop than Escobar. He’s got more pop than Elvis. How about Reyes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He has more power, I’ll stick with the comparison I made in the post

  2. Natty Boh says:
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    I come here in the off season, not for the reading, but a chance to soak in that beautiful beautiful mustache!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drink up my mustache!

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    How are you? You are a poet – I dub thee the Poet Laureate of Razzball.com.

    Shit storm in Lebanon made it to AP and Reuters…

    Lebanese army kills three men in raid: security sources – Reuters
    Clashes in northern Lebanon kill 5, wound others – Associated Press
    Fighting shakes Lebanon’s north as army battles Islamists for third day – Reuters
    Calm prevails northern Lebanese city after clashes – Associated Press
    Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group – Associated Press

    And when they say North that’s where I am.

    1. Haven’t told Cougs and kids yet because I don’t want them to worry but eventually they’ll see it on the news. What should I say?

    2. Now more than ever, these articles are SUPER important. Keep up the good work, Kahuna!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well, who else would be? Sky is the Link Laureate… Sounds bad but I’m sure you know how to stay safe… 1. Trust me, they’re not trying to kill me. 2. No problem!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s married to someone from your new favorite show too

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: *touches nose points at you*
        Nice catch. Her and him are great in parks and rec together.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve never seen Parks and Rec…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: its decent, another one of those shows were certain characters make it all worth it. Ron Swanson is my second favorite mustached man

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I better be number one

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: but of course you are.

                Besides my dad shaved his off in the early 90’s, so is disqualified from consideration. Damn that thing was majestic.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I imagine a mustache like Seth Bullock’s (see Wikipedia pic)

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: he was like your avi meets Tom Selleck.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Only bushier!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: nah, straight. very Italian/Lebanese

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      There’s your fusion restaurant!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I was thinking for the restaurant/food truck I’d go with a Greek/Mexican thing. Call it either the Mad Mexican or Opalay. Black bean hummus? shwarma tacos wth tabulhi pico de gallo? I mean, traditional al pastor is already made using a spit-grill. It’s a perfect marriage

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Everything works for me except the name. Hmmm… Skewering The Pinata?

                      BTW, I Googled Mex-Greek and there are restaurants out there already…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: those bastards

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Just proving the desire for more!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: maybe I can do it better

                    Chichenopolis?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hummus, You Glad I Made Tacos?

            • Militant Vegans says:
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              @J-FOH: Aubrey Plaza’s character is great and ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ was a good movie.

              • Militant Vegans says:
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                @Militant Vegans: One day I’m going to learn how to use these ‘Reply’ buttons.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Militant Vegans: the dude from the league was a trip in that flick

                • Militant Vegans says:
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                  @J-FOH: right?

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Militant Vegans: i agree completely with this. “My calibrations are flippin’ pinpoint!”
                “If the danger was so certain, i wouldn’t be here would i?”

  4. Tigres says:
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    OBP keeper – Lindor or Alcantara (a) for 2015 (b) for next 3 yrs (c) Ken Giles over both – Phillies cant stick with Papelbon all next year, can they?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both over Giles

  5. JeF With 1 F says:
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    HAPPY FRIDAYYYYY!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And to you!

  6. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Happy Halloween everybody!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Well, this is awkward…where my image at?!?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        This time…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Success! MUAHAHAHAHA

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: thanks for my daily creepy

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Sweet dreams

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: here comes 48 hours awake. I can’t wait for the sleep deprivation to kick in or as I like to call it free drugs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, there it is!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I expected more from you… Geez, Sky…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Wow, probably one of the scariest things ever…oh well, back to the drawing board:

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That was what he did to Emmanuel Lewis right before bath time…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: It must be all that legalize it vote going on in the Oregon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  7. Chad says:
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    Hi Grey – I have had Lindor since he was drafted in a dynasty league (no yrs/$) and really hope this kid comes out of the gate solid. Been running Hanley since we started the league and have Alcides as the back up (along with Alcantara who won’t have SS – really wanted him to pan out at 2B). Anyways with the threat of Hanley shifting to 3B and KB coming up and a slew of good 3Bers, do I package youth for another top 10 SS or hang on to what I have and ride out Francisco hopefully being serviceable. The other avail prospects are Mondesi, Crawford and a couple others. Are any of those worth grabbing as well? Sorry to ramble but always like your thoughts and appreciate your time!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you can package him for… Mondesi could be solid…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It shows how empty their system is that Jon Singleton and Cosart mean so much to them…

    • de nachos says:
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      @gareth: why do you hurt me? Every day in philly 2015 will be Día de Los Phuertos

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: thats was a turd. I guess pence could of also been a fountain of youth because that is their real problem.

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: I would actually be excited if they signed either Markakis or Butler. Shoot me now.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: they are like Padres fucked

  8. de nachos says:
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    Kghhgfggffdxdb rbcfrvddddbvcxcfbgf Cole. S

    • de nachos says:
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      @de nachos: that was my daughter. She’s quite the aspiring writer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is weird, but the was the title of my first novel when I was 6.

      • Militant Vegans says:
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        @Grey: HA!

      • de nachos says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: cool, since she’s five…GENIUS!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s see what kind of fantasy sports blog she starts when she’s 12!

          • de nachos says:
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            @Grey: based on her first comment here alone, fantasy rundown already ranks her ahead of Matthew Pouliot

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  9. Militant Vegans says:
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    You do realize that if you take that seemingly random sentence, reverse the order of the letters, and find the appropriate word for each letter, you in fact become the master of the universe! Unless… Grey… you’ve… already… done… that!!!

    ***forgive my unworthy & yet slight staccato homage to Young Frankenstein***

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! You…do…not…need…to…apologize…Muahahahahahaha!

      • Militant Vegans says:
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        @Grey: HA!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: thank god you don’t have an album because if you played it backwards!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It would be a melodic tour de force!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, good ol’ Shatner…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: he is one of a kind. He was on that terrible show on CBS for a season, which sucked because he was great. Such a waste.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You’re welcome:

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: did she say her stepfather Gary or Gareth?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Prolly Gareth

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: oh, and great video

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, never really a fan of either guy prior, but pretty hilarious…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I want to watch this again now…

      • Militant Vegans says:
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        @Grey: Right? “roll, roll, roll in za hay!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, it’s pronounced Fronkensteen.

          • Militant Vegans says:
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            @Grey: Still, one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. Anyway, with a break in the weather, it’s time for yard work. Have a great weekend, Grey!

            BTW, read you’re going on a trip soon? If so, have a great time.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I am, will be gone half of next week… Thanks!

  10. Militant Vegans says:
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    now that i think of it, it’s not really an homage… more of a comparison… mostly of the beat of the delivery… kinda…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes…Dr. Vegan…

      • Militant Vegans says:
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        @Grey: HA!

  11. SteveNZ says:
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    All Blacks v USA in 30 minutes – don’t miss it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      On a similar note, I was wearing the shirt you gave me yesterday… And someone asked me if I was excited about the match today…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Nice! I bet you can’t wait!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m going to toss my mail carrier a football then elbow her in the head just to get even more in the mind set…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Don’t forget to yell “Have some of that!” after you’ve clobbered her.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How about, “Have some scrum, you bum!”

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: That’ll probably work in your ‘hood – best not try it in mine…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  How about, “Take some of that you non-Kiwi!”

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: That’ll do. Though as we found out at dinner, you never know when or where a New Zealander will pop up…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      They’re secretly invading our country, I think.

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Striking back against years of your cultural imperialism!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @SteveNZ: those bastard Americans, getting you all invested in baseball. Cultural Imperialism.at its finest.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We’ll kill any invaders with obesity!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: have a coke and a big mac!

                    Im actually watching this

                    • de nachos says:
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                      @J-FOH: I have an All-Blacks wine opener so I’m all in. Did Joe Madden kick out the first Grubber?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Who’s not?

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @J-FOH: Yeah, as I mentioned on the Twitter, that was a pretty good demonstration of skill execution level that is the main difference between the All Blacks and the other top teams in world rugby. Also, that our big guys, who aren’t *supposed* to be skillful, really are – very good at catching and passing and good on their feet.
                      I can’t speak for would-be NFL players obviously, but I would think that the opportunity for a player to be involved in most/all facets of the game from start to finish would be pretty attractive.
                      The game isn’t always that fun to watch, though. A whistle-happy ref, or a team making a lot of mistakes, or a team intent on stopping the other team from playing can make for a pretty dire spectacle…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: 74-6. In your face America!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Why do I feel like the All-Blacks facing America is like when the Dream Team beat the world…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @SteveNZ: those were some spectacular players for New Zealand. The Americans were crazy slow. If we could get some of our football players that dont have a shot in hell to make the pros to pick up the rugby game. Might be able to put something better. That game was a straight up clinic.

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah, I can see why that thought occurred to you. And the game, while hopefully helping give rugby a boost in the US, was a commercial enterprise as much as anything – the All Blacks and the US team have the same sponsor…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @SteveNZ: good tidbit, I saw Rugby as a kid and never hated it, but it was also never something viable to play. The guys I knew that played were a different breed. Strong and crazy but not very good athletes.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah… Yeah… So was it obviously going to be that lopsided from the outset?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Pretty much.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that’s what I figured…

  12. FrankGrimes says:
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    I already miss Hunter Pence

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, he misses you too!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: not like he misses the light switch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Remember, I got no time for bird sex.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: wrong switch.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hilarious!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you should pocket that and hyper link it every time you make an OCD reference. This is the official Razzball definition of OCD… until something funnier comes along.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, nice

    • Jef with 1 f says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Hunter pence can blow me

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Jef with 1 f:
        Ha you wish your team the Mess had him!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome! Thanks, O!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @smith and jones: There he is! Are you Pete Duel or Ben Murphy

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @SteveNZ:
        and
        @ Grey :

        what a fitting farewell (to selig)
        it should have been
        to see posey knocked on his azz
        on the final play of the world series .

        cust kayin’ .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Or the 7th game get called a tie because both teams had used their players…

    • Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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      @smith and jones: i’d be way more scared of that thing falling off that cliff than the ghosts of the suicides. plus wouldn’t souls of the suicides be less likely to stick around bothering living people, i mean, didn’t they want to leave the living?

  13. Zach says:
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    Lindor or K Seager in a keep forever?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager

  14. Jef with 1 f says:
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    I miss baseball!!! But i have to say JB does a real nice job on the Basketball side……Yes I play fantasy basketball too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, JB’s the bomb dot gov…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I used to play basketball, Seth was trying to get me into one with the Razzball peeps, I had to decline. It’s great, because it’s all comes down to minutes, averages and staying on top of the injury report. If it didn’t interfere with baseball I would do it.

        • Jef with 1 f says:
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          @J-FOH: yea you definitely need to leave yourself a little room to rosterbate in basketball..too many days where you don’t have a full line up

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jef with 1 f: SF’s are a dime a dozen, PG are like CI’s, and centers can be like good counting stat catchers, because those percentages are going to kill you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know anything about football, I know less about basketball… But I will say it seems like basketball is closer to baseball for fantasy than football…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: actually head to head hockey is closest to head to head baseball. Roto basketball is closest to roto baseball but on a very elementary level. I never watched a game and won money

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha… It’s all Greek to me… Bird sex!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Hockey was my second favorite to baseball, Football is so damn frustrating

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You watch hockey? Strike that, you don’t even watch baseball…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I used to back in the 90’s. The strike killed it for me. I enjoy going to a game when I score some free tickets. I will watch the playoffs, playoff hockey is the most intense of all the pro sports.

                    On a sorta side note, I have listened to more pro baseball in my life than I have watched. I love the XM. Now if we said how much baseball I listen to every year compared to watching it and it would be about 5 to 1.

                    • Jef with 1 f says:
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                      @J-FOH: same here I was big into hockey in the 90s and lost touch with it since…But hockey is the best sport to watch live…constant action

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I listen more than I watch too probably but I’m just listening to the game on my iPad…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: its been my preferred way since a kid. I have many memories of where I was when I heard something, but watching is always harder to recall and very uneventful in the era of constant video replays.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed

  15. LurveGuru says:
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    Ok Grey, now for the most important question* you have ever answered:

    H2H Points league where guys with high OPS/SB and low strikeouts are king. $300 budget with +$5 inflation per year, no limits.

    Prices 2015 costs
    Keep 1:
    Lindor $6
    Correa $6
    Baez $11

    I’m leaning Lindor/Correa since Baez’s Ks will kill any value he might have. Clearly you have Lindor as the smarter 2015 choice and I agree, but would I be silly to throw back Correa who appears to have gigantic upside?

    *not the most important question

    Gracias, Amigo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Lindor

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