Players are saying they want to play 114 games; owners are saying 50 games; I’ve been saying 100 games, and, if I were just guessing now for the first time, I’d split 114 and 50 and still tell you 80-100 games.

The players are saying 114 games because, well, for a myriad of reasons, I imagine. One reason might be they want to seem like they’re ready to play, but owners are holding them back. This way the players can say, “We said ‘Let’s go and play,’ but the owners said, ‘Nah, you can’t have any money, we’re poor babies, so no baseball.'” Another less cynical reason might be the players just want to play, if they’re paid. What stood out to me in the players’ proposal was the contingency that a player can sit out if they want. They don’t need to be high-risk to Covid-19. They can just say, “Yo, y’all do your thing, and I’m gonna do my thing and I’ll catch you on the flip.” So, with that in mind, and, in the highly speculative market of futures and dart throws, or simply Fu DarTh, as it’s known in most circles that rely on the Force and midi-chlorians, a guy like Mike Trout could sit out this year. Fu DarTh relies on space (on the field) and a light (on players) and dark side (of the MLB this year without its best player). Jo Adell would benefit in this space (on the field) scenario. *white text on a black screen scrolls out with the MLBPA proposal, suddenly, a SWOOSH, and a giant Joe Maddon head overtakes the dark space* It will give Joe Maddon less options to use instead of Adell, too. Keep your nonsense with playing Brian Goodwin, if you must. Assume Justin Upton gets on the field, if you have to. If Mike Trout’s not there, Jo Adell will have to be. By the way, I mention this on Trout, because he’s already said he doesn’t want to play if it means he can’t leave the team to be with his wife for the birth of their child. Plus, Trout’s set for life; he doesn’t need this headache. Finally, I haven’t even mentioned how rosters will be expanded and there won’t be minor leagues this year. Even if Mike Trout plays, Jo Adell should too. So, what can we expect from Jo Adell for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

2nd half of the question first, he’s a great dart throw because his price is practically free. Some people aren’t expecting him to succeed off the bat, so to speak. People who are expecting him to succeed, include Prospect Itch, on his top 50 dynasty outfielder ranking, Adell was 14th. For me, back in October (it is hilarious how long this preseason is — yo, my hair is still thick and lucious even though I’ve been living the same preseason for 27 years), I was between Luis Robert and Jo Adell as which was the sexiest for this season. I finally landed on Luis Robert, but it’s not like Jo Adell was bad. Here’s what I said 27 years ago, “Jo Adell is a Rorschach test for fantasy baseball prospects. I can look at him and see a number one hitter — 40 homers, 15 steals and a .290 average. I can also look at him and see a 33% strikeout rate, speed that he doesn’t use for steals and the miserable to hit in Los Angeles But Not Los Angeles Angels Stadium. Of course, none of this means Adell can’t be great, superb, glowing adjective long-term, I’m talking about 2020. Okay, let’s do one of my patented GIFs that I just steal from someone else’s source.

I pulled this clip, because all his other clips I saw were of him striking out. Plus, I have a deal with Forefront Dermatology. “Sorry, about your bacne, maybe we can refer you elsewhere.” I also grabbed a home run clip because I was watching tape of him (I sound so scouty) and I wasn’t sure if he had the bazingas to go mondo loco into center. He does though. Obviously. I also wondered about him going oppo taco and not just on Taco Tuesday, but I found a clip of that too, just didn’t share it because I didn’t feel like making another GIF (it takes, like, 90 seconds and who has that sorta time). His stats last year in Triple-A:  22/0/8/1/.264 in 27 games with a 32.6% strikeout rate and a 7.6% walk rate, which is beautiful if you have an eye problem and can’t recognize beautiful from not beautiful. Of course, 27 rando games in Triple-A don’t make him a bust. He was fine in Double-A last year — 28/8/23/.308/6 in 43 games — and I think he can be fine in the majors too. As previously mentioned, I do think Robert is more enticing for 2020 and Adell looks more like a 30/15/.280 guy vs. Robert’s potential 30/30/.250, but that’s splitting hairs and I use conditioner so no split ends.” And that’s me quoting me! With the shortened season, and pitchers not knowing or having time to know Adell’s weaknesses, he could rip up the majors for three months and be a top 25 outfielder, as good as, say, Kris Bryant, Charlie Blackmon or, the aforementioned Robert. Adell was one of the top dart throws, before the world went sideways, and still remains so, you just have to tilt your head a little more.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome dart throw, he actually looks a bit like Justin Upton (stature-wise). Nice swing and that parks’ dimensions looks like Anaheim so good find.

    a. Just completed the interview and French test (oral and written) of a job-finding process that was delayed 2 months because of the corona virus pandemic. The interview part was with 2 women and 1 man. The man was impressed with me as much as the judge was in the recent Lenny Dykstra v Ron Darling defamation case – i.e., not so impressed. The women were all laughing and impressed but the guy…not so impressed. Hopefully the Meatloaf adage of 2/3 will prevail! Still have the written test next Monday to prove myself. Did all right in the French test – better in the oral than in the written. Let’s see. I’ll still have ‘dog walker par excellence’ on my resume so at least I have a fall-back option like Jose Osuna.

    b. Did Puig sign somewhere? I saw on some website that he signed May 29 2020 for 9.7M with the Reds. Does anyone know anything?

    c. MLB quote of the day for June 21, 1913

    ‘I throw as hard as I can when I think I have to throw as hard as I can.’

    Walter Perry Johnson, aka ‘Barney’ and ‘The Big Train’. He and Cy Young are the only 2 pitchers with 400 wins. His 3508 strikeouts ranks 9th all-time and his 1.13 ERA in 1913 ranks 6th all time for ERA in a season. He was head-and-shoulders ahead of his peers during his time. He won the pitchers’ triple crown three times (1913, 1914 and 1924). He won the AL MVP twice (1913, 1924) matched by only 2 other pitchers – Carl Hubbell (1933, 1936) and Hal Newhouser (1944 and 1945).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Tigres says:
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      Ante, re (b), I think all rosters are frozen until there’s a decision for season to resume. Look for Puig to sign shortly thereafter. Or so I hope – I added him fro waivers!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, agreed!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Haha, hopefully you were more sober than Lenny Dykstra in the interview…. I’m hoping for you to get the job!

      B. Nah, not yet

      C. And he prolly threw about 65 MPH

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Hopefully. Thanks for the kind words. The interviews / tests for candidates concludes June 30. The decisions should be coming at the end of July / August more or less.

        b. I know CramIt is gonna kill me for asking like a billion times when he clearly told everyone what Tigres just said. I’m a dope.

        c.Apparently, hard to say exactly, but according to what I read he threw side-armed with the ball coming from 3rd base. He was tough on RH. They estimated 91 MPH at some arms factory which was like 100 today. Obvi, he could have thrown faster overhand but he was able to play for a long time and had fantastic mechanics so – excellent mechanics, impossible to see, 91MPH and never breaks down, I’ll take it over Kerry Wood breaking down all the time.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Hopefully we have baseball by then

          B. Ha

          C. Yeah, totally, I was kidding…Hard to say how fast he threw, remember (not personally) them measuring Bob Feller’s fastball by driving a motorcycle next to it

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!!

            a. Just made me laugh and you were telling the truth – a sign of true and genius comedian! Thank you. Yeah, the arms factory measured Johnson’s fastball in feet per second or something but the concept of 0.1 seconds or less was still science-fiction, so he could have easily topped 100 MPH.

            b. Almost through Ragnarok (5/6 done) and it’s great. My son and I are really enjoying it and I’m enjoying the bonding time more than the both of us are enjoying it so double enjoying it.Our son watched the end of episode 5 today (we watched together) and said ‘For sure, there will be a season 2 of Ragnarok.’ And of course he is right. Beforeigners will be next on the list while we wait for Ragnarok, season 2.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              A. Or threw 30 MPH, impossible to say

              B. Nice! Maybe I will watch it…Donkey recommended it, but his taste is…well, questionable at times, so I hadn’t watched

              • galica says:
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                Grey!!

                It’s dubbed in English and it’s not REALLY great. I guess I value my bonding time more than I like the series. The story is good v evil, so check on that part. The character development is kind of questionable and the actors are pretty amateurish. I wouldn’t break the bank to watch it. You know what it’s about right? Thor, the Norse God and Ragnarok the place where he was re-born. That’s the essence of the TV series.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, so many Vikings shows — I love The Last Kingdom — you’ve prolly seen it

  2. NUX says:
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    FYI no resolution yet with NFBC on the issue with the invite link

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the issue? Do you want me to ping them?

      • NUX says:
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        It’s an issue we had a month or two ago, I create the private league and then once it’s created the “League Home” page for it does not have the link for me to share for others to join.

        You don’t have to ping unless you are really itchin to draft. I submitted a ticket yesterday and have also mentioned it in the Lobby chat. Hoping to hear back today, we’ll see.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, okay

  3. Coolwhip

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    Jo Adell Hype!!!!

    Yeah I was grabbing him later in drafts as a much cheaper Robert alternative :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally! Yo, your May April Powers (little confusing) was for hot April hitters, right?

      • Coolwhip

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        So part 1 (April post) was for the Top Hot April hitters (fast starters) over the last 3 years. Part 2 (May post) was showing the top April hitters from 2019 and introducing that the discovery that there are different patterns with hitters despite that they might start hot and commentary on individual patterns.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, that’s what I thought, but I tweeted it out a few weeks ago and you commented (I think) I mislabeled it…

          • Coolwhip

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            yeah, i think you tweeted out part 2 and described it as what was part 1

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oops, gotcha

  4. alt.colonel says:
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    I’m guessing no one really cares, but it drives me crazy that you refer to these as dart “throws”, Darts are tossed, not thrown. Sorry. I just had to say so. I enjoy the columns. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, No problem

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s actually bothering me that it’s dart throws and not dart throw, but that’s me

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Actually never heard anyone say toss darts before i always hear “Shoot some Darts”, “Toss quoites”, “Throw Shoes”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I haven’t either

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          You definity Toss dwarves, Toss cookies but never darts

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Good breakdown of tossing! Haha

            • JDB says:
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              Yeah, that guy needs to toss off. I’m an avid dart player and have never asked somebody, “hey, wanna toss some?”. Geez.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

  5. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Don’t be surprised to see Abdula Herrerra make an appearance at some point the guy is getting paid……….if looting and rioting is now commendable what is a little domestic violence in the scheme of things

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, hadn’t thought of that name in a while

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        I think everyone forgot……….. and with expanded rosters he may slide in especially with phillies short in the outfield and they are already paying him. rumor has it they are looking how to spin it just in case.

        • Grey

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          Really? That would be crazy to see him reappear

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Guess no crazier than anything else we’ve seen this preseason

  6. Without knowing who was hitting, I remember seeing an elite talent crush a ball in spring training. Who is that? Nice swing!
    I had the same first impressions to Devers going oppo for a jack, Ketel turning on a ball, and Soto going train station (not my 1st impression on Soto but had to throw that in). The ball comes off the bat a little differently with some guys, Adell is in good company.
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed! Thanks!

  7. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation and libel lawsuit against Ron Darling, ruling that the former New York Mets outfielder’s “reputation for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured.”

    i could not find the full text but the judge put in racism, masogony, roids really unloaded on LennyD…………..clearly the judge misunderstood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, poor Lenny is so misunderstood, lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        if you can get him back on your shows i’m sure he will have a lot to say about that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yep!

  8. Jolt In Flow says:
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    This wasn’t just a lying on the couch-type dart throw you do while texting in the other hand, hoping simply to hit the dart board. No. This was a stand exactly 7ft 9.25Inches away-type throw that’s going triple 20.

    Thanks Grey. Appreciate this one.

    Van Barneveld approves of this write-up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks, man! Appreciate you!

  9. Me says:
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    If you dart throw/sleeper everybody, you’ll sure have a good hit rate this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, if this preseason drags on until September, I just might

  10. Play Ball says:
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    In what order for a shortened 70-80 game season for counting stats and ratios:

    Woodruff, Lynn, Gallen

    Lourdes, Correa

    Springer, JD Martinez

    • Grey

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      Nothing would change from my rankings

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