I’m prolly the one hundred-millionth person to say this, but how are the San Fran Giants gonna have a prospect named Joey Bart and not Joey BART? Hey, Joey BART, do you have homeless people sleeping on your couch? If you don’t know what I mean, you’ve never been to San Fran. You’re better off, it’s an absolute slum. Los Angeles, where I am, and San Fran have a long-standing rivalry, which I don’t take lightly. I once drove eight hours to San Fran just to take a dump. I hate you, San Fran! I’m absolutely kidding. It’s a beautiful city, but as Mark Twain once said, the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Fran. At least I think he said it; I’ve never googled it, but everyone in San Fran tells you that quote as some sort of badge of honor. Like being cold in July and August is good. What kind of city is cold in the summer months? Yo, San Fran, are you Australian? I think I see you in California, but you must be in Australia. Any hoo! (Wait, you want more San Fran bashing? Sorry, you need to go across the Bay Bridge for bashing.) Joey Bart is the future of the San Francisco Giants and why Buster Posey will be accumulating the league’s worst stats for a 1st baseman in the case Sooner v. Later. So, what can we expect from Joey Bart for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

Joey Bart appeared as a top 10 catcher for 2021 fantasy baseball, per Prospect Itch. Our very own P.I. added, “…” Well, let me just screenshot that shizz because it’s long and it’s worth the gander:

Hey, I’m down here! Guys! So, that’s the longest comment I’ve ever read outside of our frequent commenter, Baby Seal. Hey, there are seals in the San Fran Bay…Hmm, maybe it’s just a coincidence. I agree with Itch, while also differing slightly, and his comment was before The Rona, so maybe his thoughts have changed, if only slightly. While I do think Posey would make a rotten 1st baseman, I also think the Giants start terrible 1st basemen all the time. Honestly, they start terrible hitters at every position. Also, and this is legit conjecture, but what if the NL plays with a DH this year? The Giants will have the worse DH in the history of baseball, prolly, but maybe they give Joey Bart a roll and/or role. Finally, what if the rosters are expanded this year, due to Corona, and the Giants decide to keep Joey Bart on the team vs. letting him squander his talents with no minor league season? The Prospectonator (which gives projections for a 1,000 prospects) doesn’t fawn over Bart, giving him 17/6/.236 in a full season, but that feels pessimistic, and for a catcher I ain’t kicking that out of bed. These are all guesses and questions to ponder while limbo-sticking under the Rona, but right now we’re taking guesses with dart throws for our last round flyers. If the Giants play in Arizona with a DH or just keep Bart on their roster, he could be a top 12 catcher this year. Lots of unknown with him, but there’s lots of unknown as to what this season looks like. Joey Bart? Nope. Joey DART THROW!

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Awesome BART dart throw!

    a. So yeah, not so excited about him versus Wander Franco but maybe both will be pining on the bench this year. Who knows? Keep ’em comin’!

    b. Yesterday I received the first part of a package from The Netherlands (from Zutphen if my buddy Bas from Holland is out there). The whole package is a 20-piece set of fine bone china with some platinum (so not microwave-friendly but okay in the dishwasher – phew dodged that bullet). I’m still trying to keep the whole thing a secret from my wife, so yesterday I made up a story that I needed to check the mailbox (meanwhile I took the package from the post man, dropped it off in my mother-in-law’s ground floor storage locker). She gave me an assignment to get something from my mother-in-law’s apartment (her apartment is one floor below us) so it worked out. Today, unfortunately, the flowers are arriving. They are potted flowers so they can stay well until tomorrow (our 20th), thing is I have to receive and pay for the goods. I’m just going to come clean but only for the flowers and then really surprise her with only 1/4 of what I had ordered. She’s gonna kill me, it would be the most boring Netflix TV series in the history of TV. Pray for me.

    c. MLB quote of the day for May 30, 1975

    ‘A good base stealer should make the whole infield jumpy. Whether you steal or not, you’re changing the rhythm of the game. If the pitcher is concerned about you, he isn’t concentrating enough on the batter.’

    Joe Leonard Morgan, named ‘Little Joe’ because of his 5’7″ stature, he was named NL MVP in 1975 and 1976 the years the Reds won back-to-back titles. One of the greatest second basemen ever to play MLB. Oh yeah and at the time, most experts (except Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario) thought that the Reds got the worst part of the trade.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • costaricanchata says:
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      maybe change up your “Awesome” response , every once in a while ?

      ‘bangers and mash’ , perhaps ?

      cust .

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        Awesome

    • costaricanchata says:
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      Morgan … Little Joe ??

      we knew him as “twitch” .

      • costaricanchata says:
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        he had an un-famous uncle who played semi-pro ball during the 1920’s .
        went by the name “the flapper” .

        nature vs nurture ?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I could use a bangers and mash once in a while, thank you, Chata

    • Bas says:
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      hey Ante!

      This pandemonium thing really has you improvising for the anniversary Ante!

      Aah the small town of Zutphen, very old and was a fortress in the time of our independence war against the Spaniards. Lovely little town (and with a great ice cream shop;-)). Any other gifts from NL coming your way? Or do I have to say Mrs Ante’s way? ;-)

      Since the trip is cancelled any plans to visit Amsterdam (when we have a vaccin)?

      Best,
      Bas from Holland

      • galica says:
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        Bas!

        Thanks for your message, man.

        Coming also is jewelry from Van Amstel and the second half of the package from Zutphen. Hoping for the best.

        Hope we will have an MLB season!

        Cheers,
        Ante

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You should’ve drove your China to Holland to be with Bas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ante!

      A. Yeah, what the hell, they’re late round flyers, stock up now!

      B. Love is Blind has you beat for most boring Netflix series! She’s gonna love it, congrats on anniversary!

      C. Great hitter, terrible announcer

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Sry, man. You’re gonna be less awesome or more awesome depending on how I feel just not ‘EXACTLY’ awesome. Get it? Ask Chata.

        b. I got a playlist prepped too, so it’ll be cool.

        c. I should have commissioned Bas to be my transporter. The lockdown was a formidable opponent.

        d. Lastly, you can’t believe how lucky I was in smuggling the flowers into our apartment. In short…

        1. 11:06 my wife goes out for a walk with Simba. He’d been acting weird, didn’t eat or drink any water.

        2. 11:30 I get a call from the driver bringing the flowers. He says he’ll be there in 1 minute.

        3. 11:31 I look out my balcony and I see my wife and Simba continuing their walk in a direction that will for sure keep her away from the house for 5 minutes.

        4. 11:32 I collect the flowers and bring them in our apartment and hide them before my wife returns home!

        Lucky, right?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Don’t let anyone else influence you in how awesome I am!

          B. Aw, sweet!

          C. There’s always next year!

          D. Ha, well done!

    • Nick says:
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      Say San Fran again, say San Fran AGAIN. I dare you, I double dare ya MFer! Say San Fran one more GD time!!

  2. Wake Up says:
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    Dusted this off from a couple years back…

    Where for Art Howe Hanley?
    Your butts soft…
    What light through Yonder’s window breaks
    Deny thy father Prince!
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer with Tulo
    The slings and arrows of misfortuned-outs
    Kershaw!
    Kershaw!!!
    Kershaw!!!!!!!
    Curse ya Longoria…
    Cargo is already sick and pale with grief
    Arise fair Michael, who plays in the east
    He is Stanton.
    Jacoby, or not Jacoby – that is the question:
    me thinks his L-Berries are enveloped with Hubris
    while McCutchen’s McLovin’ won’t allow me to do this…

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Fantasy Shakespeare, nice.

      • Nice car!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw Robin Williams perform this in the 70s in the Park, what a great show

      • Haha

        Early 80’s Washington Square…

        He “borrowed” it

        But did pay me later

        Then we talked about starting a small business for 3 1/2 hours…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Billy Crystal walked around with the Rerun hat collecting donations

      • Dave D says:
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        How old you must feel…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  3. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    NL only with OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, total bases added, QS over wins, holds added. slow draft coming to an end shortly, 2 more RP to grab.
    C: suzuki
    1B: freeman
    2B: lux
    SS: a.rosario
    3B: mcneil (2B/OF)
    MI: wong (2B)
    CI: votto (1B)
    OF (4): harper, pham, mcclutchin’, brocktune
    util (1) grisham (OF)
    BN: camargo (SS/3B/OF)
    NA (1) bohm
    SP (will stream the 8th slot after draft when bohm gets slotted): stressbird, urias, musgrove, gausman, cueto, pab lop, lindblom
    RP (4): raise the church, watson

    options: here i got decent saves amount (was planning to go treinen/lorenzen but they just went, lorenzen esp seemed smart to backup church, but made sure i didn’t have to gamble i got like w.miley instead of lindblom):
    – crick (might be kela’s backup or rico rod or upside of al burdi),
    – helsley/brebbia (gotta think helsley has the upside here, and a.miller had some sort of nerve thing he didn’t even know what to make of, doubt that just goes away from time off alone), – – – gott/t.rogers (my own SF backup plan)
    – stammen (for some reason the rater thinks he’ll have a lot of holds, but he’s behind both of pom/pagan)
    – j.guerra/rondon (ginkel is gone, but these 2 both listed ahead of him anyway, and new signings)
    – stanek/y.garcia (everybody round here presumes this is stanek uber alles)
    – wick (seems to be just str up 2nd in line at CUBS, albeit rater doesn’t love him),
    – morgan/t.hunter/j.alvarez (rater really doesn’t like these guys, nobody else does either, but somebody is 2nd in line on a good team here, and why is rater still showing sera anthony as if he’s actually playing still anyway)

    i know you got tons of SF guy shares, but those are i think in saves only leagues. here the handcuffing ain’t bad idea, but i almost certainly don’t want 3/4 of my bullpen to be from one crappy team.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      10 teamer here. and yeah 3B is thin in NL, somebody was in here making fun of you having k.hayes starting in a 12 teamer NL only.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try Helsley

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        who’s 2nd

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s on 1st

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hels, Crick

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Or Stanek

  4. Dave D says:
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    For every Gary Sanchez or Will Smith, there’s a Chance Sisco or Austin Hedges. Catcher is the hardest position to predict for player development. I think it’s because it’s the most demanding position defensively, offensive development sometimes gets stunted or deteriorates once a player makes it to MLB. Even if players come up and hit well in their rookie campaign there is often a significant regression in year two or three. This even happened to “good” hitters like Sanchez and Vazquez. This is why I, like Grey, rarely buy into projections on catchers, especially younger ones. An unremarkable veteran in later rounds is almost always a better choice on draft day.

    Btw, anybody see this recent piece on the strike of 1994-95? It’s excellent and brings back lots of bittersweet memories:

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/inside-94-mlb-strike-last-spring-without-baseball/

    • baby seal says:
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      Hey Dave,

      Long time no chat. Hope you’re doing well.

      Couldn’t agree more w/ what you said! Their first responsibility is learning the entire pitching staff, framing, and not letting every ball in the dirt pass by (oops, Gary!).

      Here is a good way to think about catchers for the mathematically inclined, from Ariel Cohen: https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-catcher-positional-adjustment-using-z-scores/

      Rudy gets a call out in there. It’s all fairly intuitive though, so no need to be good at math to understand the concepts; it really just confirmed the beliefs I already had before.

      *Important* — there is a myth out there about catcher values y/y and how they are not stable due to the demanding nature of their position. They are actually one of the more reliable positions when just using straight projections (which I am not necessarily advocating anyone do in a draft).

      Ariel wrote about that here — and if that’s too long, dear reader — he links to a shorter Zimmerman article in the intro that essentially arrives at the same conclusion: https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-case-for-catchers-stars-or-scrubs/

      I believe Contreras had a similar “down” year in his second full season, yet still had a 100 wRC+. If anything, that just tells me to buy low the year after they have that “down” year.

      I’d believe you on the “unremarkable veteran in later rounds” comment if you didn’t draft Garver in the 8th round of our OC!!! Haha.

      Ariel touches on this in one of the above links (think the first one) – the way I like to think about catcher, and really this can be applied to most positions – is that I want to pay for the best relative market value. Especially *trying* to avoid big tier drop offs. However, messed that up w/ my C2 in our league…

      The other argument to wait on catcher is just absolute value. 1) If you take Realmuto in the 4-5th, that means you need to make up for the raw stats that you passed on in that round. It’s doable, but certainly increasing the level of difficulty, IMO. 2) There are always pop up catchers each year. If you invest heavily in 2 catchers, then you aren’t churning that spot, making it difficult to “strike gold” through streaming, as one might say. The counterargument to that is saving $$ on the wire. So dear reader, just ask yourself, where are you comfortable spending FAAB? Because you aren’t leaving any competitive draft w/ zero holes.

      What do you think about all that?? Haha, sorry for the long one! Had to put some respect on my name after the post called me out!

      RE 1994, if you liked that article, then maybe you should check this pod out. Are you familiar w/ BatFlip Crazy? He’s one of my favs. This is a fun one on 1994 and all the craziness that season. https://anchor.fm/batflipcrazy/episodes/BatFlip-Crazy-Episode-127-Bubba–The-BatFlip-31-The-1994-Season-ec6b5p

      • Dave D says:
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        Hey, B.S.! Yeah,pretty much. RE: Garver. I did take him there, you’re right. The term I use is “usually”. I did six NFBC teams and in 3/6 I took a catcher in top 200 three times. Last year I never did. In our 2019 Razz DC, for example, I took this to the extreme. I did not draft any C until round 34 (497) and took Swihart, then T. Murphy (524), Vazquez (527), Castr0 (587). I wound up with the third best production from C in the league.

        But, you’re right, every year is different. I look at the talent pool each year and vary my approach based on who seems like good scavenging. This year I was not as confident that I could deal shop bottom basement so I took a very different approach. In all six of my NFBC’s this year (five 15-teamers and one 12-teamer) I took C’s higher than I have in recent years. Next year I’ll probably revert to my more “normal” approach.

        I’ll check that pod out tonight. Thanks for the link.

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          Garver is the best catcher at the best value! change my mind. #teamgarver

          • 183414 says:
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            11 OC drafts. 2 shares of Garver (wish I had more); 2 shares of Grandal; 3 shares of Contreras; 2 shares of Ramos; ; 2 Vazquez; 3 Alfaro; 3 Molina; 2 Mejia; 1 Narvaez; 1 S. Murphy (big slide); 1 Kelly
            Couldn’t wait for Jansen or Chirinos.

        • baby seal says:
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          Just joshing you on Garver, haha!

          Super solid late catchers in that DC!!!

          Sound good on the other two comments. Think you’ll enjoy it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Even when they seem great, they become Posey or some years of Gary…It’s just a flyer, who knows with Bart, really…

      Will check out the article, thanks!

      • Dave D says:
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        What about Bart Joseph? Isn’t he the younger brother of Curtis Joseph?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Only other Bart I know is Giamatti

          • Dave D says:
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            Besides the illustrations Bart Simpson of course

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Well, yeah, real people

              • Dave D says:
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                Cust Jayin’, Bart Simpson was more real than lotsa folks theses days, and his cartoon was more realtity based than today’s network news. So, I stand by my comment ;-)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, fair enough

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Catchers are like my ex – wife. I got a headache, reading about the Bart throw!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As long as you were the pitcher!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Haha

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Lol, I’m always throwing heat!

  6. baby seal says:
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    No one can beat my comment size!!! I dare anyone to try! Hahaha

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey gave you a run for your money above…but failed.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        if there are prizes for this me and seal aren’t even close, ante’s had ones before that were literally seconds of down scrolling to get through. seconds of downscrolling and/or ENTIRE pages downscrolling.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Don’t go down without a fight!

          • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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            his were transcribed routines from shows, no way i’m typing all that out.

          • baby seal says:
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            Hahaha, ROFL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baby Seal, this comment today takes your overall comment size average (CSA) down to roughly 1,271 words

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      I think your comment size is the worst thing about Covid-19 hahaha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hahaha — tough, but fair

        I started watching the new season of TLK — it’s so good!

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          Ohhh haven’t started yet. Girl is catching up on S3.
          Did start The Americans tho!
          Never knew you had to be a good whore to be a great spy…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Great whore = great spy == Look at James Bond

          • The Harrow says:
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            i’m rewatching that just now too
            “we got tons of problems but right now we gotta pack!”

        • baby seal says:
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          Haven’t started — can’t wait!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Watch it now!

      • baby seal says:
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        lol, not sure if this is a joke or serious!

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Might be bringing a word to a paragraph fight, but I’m not certain this Bart comment even cracks my top ten for length or even girth.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        *insert wang joke*

        • Dave D says:
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          Insert “Bay Area Rapid Trans-it”

  7. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Wow. Mancini just revealed he ha stage 3 colon cancer… he might not play again if he has to take chemotherapy. Prayers out him and his family.

    • galica says:
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      Coolwhip!!!

      Prayers!

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that is brutal news

      • The Harrow says:
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        not really news though, i mean what were the chances this wasn’t going to be what happened when colon cancer was the known thing. i guess the exact chemo timeline could’ve varied. BAL certainly gained a lot hiding this for a month+.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stage 3 is news, isn’t it?

          • The Harrow says:
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            oh yeah, the stage 3 is. i meant on the timeline for playing this year. went from at most (my est) 20% to zero.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Yeah, also not great news. has about a 40% 5 year survival rate.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yikes, this is awful

            • The Harrow says:
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              holy crap. wonder if that’s since he had it a long time before being found (not that he’s that old of course) or you can just short term get stage 3 from nothing.

        • The Harrow says:
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          i have seen people out there drafting him still in slow drafts (i mean in the last 2 weeks), which seemed silly, what were his chances of playing this year, before any new update, like 20%, and even then like oct- end in total anyway. he’s getting cheaper by probably around 180 or more slots, but still nothing is nothing.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I removed him from my rankings a month ago

            • The Harrow says:
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              of course, he was only marginally “safer” than sale was a month ago (or whatever the last day was before sale actually had his TJ)

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah

                • The Harrow says:
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                  this slow draft year, worst thing i’ve ever seen for slow draft injury bad luck timing, a guy no more than 13 total minutes drafted thor before his TJ news broke. non dynasty league.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ouch

      • baby seal says:
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        Hate to be that guy, but go reread all my 1,300 word comments over the past month, and you’ll find one where I said I bet it’s colon cancer.

        Just the way that came out of nowhere for a young healthy guy — seemed the most likely, IMO…

        Hope he makes a speedy recovery. We don’t have enough sexy Italian names in MLB!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re taking a victory lap on a type of cancer, Baby Seal!

          re: Italians — we must protect sam gaviglio at all costs

  8. krazyivan says:
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    Great post, thanks Grey an

    Not a big fan of rookie catchers- unless it’s Mike Piazzi hit 81/35/112/3/.318. Gary Sanchez was fun too.

    Watched an April game from ‘86 with the Mets vs Cardinals. In the mid-80s one of the biggest rivalries in baseball were these two. You had to win the division and they were both in the NL East.
    ‘85-Cards win and Mets 3 games behind
    ‘86- Mets win
    ‘87- Cards win and Mets 3 games behind
    ‘88- Mets (another dominant year)

    At the height of its rivalry their was a 25 game stretch of games where there were 9 games decided by one run and another 7 games that went to extra innings! To make it more fun they shared a spring training facility in St. Pete and the Red Birds players resented the fact that there were tons of East Coast reporters covering the Mets and barely anyone I interested in their preseason.

    The game I watched yesterday was a 4-3 win for the Amazin’s. Sid Fernandez had it going and pulled the string with 11 Ks while giving up 2 hits and 1 walk in 8 innings. Roger McDowell almost coughed up the lead in the 9th (who would have thought that a ground ball pitcher would struggle vs the Cardinals speed hitting on Astro Turf.)Jesse Orrosco came on for a one pitch save when he induced a double play to end it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sid Fernandez and Orosco! That’s awesome, that sounds like a game I might’ve seen live when I was a kid

      • krazyivan says:
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        Today I’m watching the April 29th game of the White Sox vs Orioles. It was 5 years ago today that those teams played in any empty park-just the teams, media and a few scouts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They were so ahead of their time!

          • Dave D says:
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            I think it will go over like a flat soda.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  9. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    I got itchy just reading that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a disgraceful pun, insinuating I milked Itch, how dairy!

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Suck that teat gently!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your donkey nipples are tough as dry leather!

          • Donkey Teeth

            Donkey Teeth says:
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            Your teeth are sharp as a donkey’s!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Your leathery nips can handle it!

              • Donkey Teeth

                Donkey Teeth says:
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                College nickname was Donkey Nips of Steel

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I know, I heard about you chewing off hose of kegs

  10. Peacecoast says:
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    I am Uthred, son of Uthred!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, no, NO! I am Uhtred, son of Uhtred! Only show where I watch the recap just for that

      • Peacecoast says:
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        you start S4 yet?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, it’s great!

          • The Itch

            The Itch says:
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            Gets pretty trippy when the rona comes for Wessex

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thankfully King Edward has the stone statue of his father to talk to

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                No spoilers!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I would never!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        I am Uhtred, Son of Uhtred!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

          Wait for it

          Here it comes

          I am Uhtred, Son of Uhtred!

        • The Itch

          The Itch says:
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          My neighbor plays bagpipes—sometimes while I’m watching The Last Kingdom.

          4th wall dissolves

          I am Uhtred

          Or one of the many ethes or fleds

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Lots of ethes and fleds, hard to keep track of the ethes and fleds

            • The Itch

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              Yeah I get verisimilitude and all but damn it’s like 75 percent of everyone is an eth, a fled, or an aethelfled

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’ve confused my fleds with my ethes more times than I can count

    • baby seal says:
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      Yes, yes, YES!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha — Baby Seal, you are a gift

  11. The Itch

    The Itch says:
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    Good call, Grey!

    I do think the possibility of a universal DH with expanded Rona rosters changes Bart’s outlook enough for him to skate his way onto the redraft ramps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate it!

  12. Wake Up says:
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    I started by watching a clip about Lenny Dykstra on Friday afternoon and somehow ended up in a twisted wormhole of videos released by the Navy that have me convinced that catchers don’t even really exist…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That checks out!

  13. NUX says:
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    OTC! Please serve us up a dish of Picks #30 and #31 in our Bestball.

    Only 1 pick after that, then you never have to look at this team again until your $25 has turned into $50

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…I want to do another one!

      • NUX says:
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        I cannot tell if you are joking or not. But I got a disease, this is my 31st of these! So you know I’ll be during more.

        There are a bunch of diff kinds of these and also at diff price points $50, $25, $10.

        Was just taking to Baby Seal about this, my plan going forward (2021 and beyond) is to do enough of these that the winnings will pretty much pay for my entries into my regular 5×5 Roto leagues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, why not? I screwed up the first few picks, so I have to do another now

          • NUX says:
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            The “Lobby” has started to really slow down, not many leagues filling up. Which is why I went and made a Private one. Maybe I’ll see how many people in the one we are doing now would be interested in another one. If some of them aren’t into another one, I’m sure we can find some commenters that would jump in.

            League format options ($25, $10 pricepoints)

            Top 3- For some reason, there is no option for a $25 Top 3 League. But there is a $50 option. For a $10 Top 3 league… the payouts are $75, $20, $10 (3rd place gets their money back)

            Classic- This is the Shoot the Moon type of option. For $25 league, 1st place gets $250. For a $10 Classic, 1st place gets $100.

            2x / Double Up – This is what we are drafting now in our league. The Top 5 (of 12) teams double the buy-in. So we all had paid in $25, and Top 5 get $50 at the end of the season

            There is a $50 Pricepoint, but the only league type is the Top 3… so the payout for that is $375, $100, $50 (win your money back for 3rd place).

            I dunno what the deal is with not having all league type options available for each buy-in. They need to fix that.

            Also, if Fantrax can figure out the Multi Elig thing for their Bestballs, I’d def move over there for 2021

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I kinda like the idea of $10 for 1st place to win $100 — but I don’t care either way, tbh…Just something to do (when I remember to do it)

              • NUX says:
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                Yea exactly, something to do.

                I’m gonna float the $10 to win $100 idea to the fellers we are drafting with now and see how many are into that idea and then I’ll go from there.

                If anyone reading this has any interest in what I’m talking about, please let me know here or on the Tweet deck: @NUX_34.

                You’ll recognize me, I’ve been told that I bear a striking resemblance to Bobby Hill in my avi photo.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  All right, cool, let me know

                  • The Great Knoche says:
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                    Are there any with a normal roster?

                    • NUX says:
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                      Nah not on the NFBC. And the Fantrax Bestballs have a bigger prob honestly, without having the Multi Elig options programmed.

  14. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Grey, did you and your crew raise enough money from the other week? Was it a success?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially, but we’ll be okay, will keep hustling

  15. Thought you might be jumping on the BART to the other side of the bay to visit Seth.
    Is it May yet?
    Good stuff Grey!

    • Grey

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      I think it’s May, but I do not know — be well, Smitty!

  16. Coolwhip

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    Talk to me G. You watch epiodes 3 and 4 on TLD last night?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I watched…You liked it? I think it’s boring as sh*t

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        It needs Ciro up in there

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, TLK is pretty pretty good

      • Coolwhip

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        haha really? yeah i’ve been loving it. I guess you gotta like basketball or understand the time. The drama with the bulls finally getting past the pistons, the character that Rodman is, and dealing with him. His Vegas Vacation could be a documentrary/movie in itself LOL… He was gone longer than the 48 hours lol, Jordan had to fly to Vegas in person, track him down, go to his hotel room and pull him out of bed by his nose ring with Carmen Electra hiding in the sheets. Rodman was such a ferrel cat, in order for him to really be successful and stay focused he needed Phil that gave him a long leash and understood him and Jordan’s leadership and accountability for him. He never hada dad, his dad was playa with like 20 kids around the country, and a little bit early on with Daley in Detroit, but he really found a father figure in Phil and a big brother in MJ.

        • Coolwhip

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          Rodman in Vegas = The Hangover: NBA Edition

        • Grey

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          Yeah, maybe…I think it would’ve been better if it was just the Vegas weekend…They’re covering everything and nothing, methinks

          • Coolwhip

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            Yeah, what the filmmaker is trying to do is 2-fold: 1) he is telling the larger narrative of the 97-98 Bulls season when they won their last champ, and before everyone went separate ways broken up by Krause’s ego. And 2) he’s picking 1 “character” in each episode to highlight their journey on how they came to and then left the Bulls during that era. So far it’s been MJ, Pippen, Rodman, and Phil (which those are the main characters, so curious where he is going next).

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I can’t wait for episode 9 about Luc Longley

              • Coolwhip

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                LOL… i’m hoping for Toni Kukoc, as he might be the only one that tries to defend Jerry Krause

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, that’s another problem with the doc — Krause gets no love — I get it, players didn’t like him, but someone must’ve

                  • Coolwhip

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                    Yeah, hopefully by the time the doc is done, we see the full picture. Yes Krause broke up the team because he was jealous of the credit Jackson etc were getting for their success, but also deserves most of the credit for the team coming together in the first place: he drafted the majority of the team, he made the key trades like Rodman, and he “discovered” Phil and introduced him to the guy that invented the triangle offense.

                  • krazyivan says:
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                    WTH are wrong with MJ’s eyes? Couldn’t have Rodman let him borrow some shades for the episodes?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Agree. I’m watching cause it’s sports….and well I’d rather check out a different new show on Netflix or Hulu at this point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought I was crazy

  17. baby seal says:
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    I have heard SF has a good catcher prospect in waiting, so was good to put a name to the rumor.

    Even if that name is wayyy too similar to our very own Mr. Bart!

    Very much agree w/ you on the potential doubleheaders and short games having a very difficult-to-measure impact on catcher, even more so than any other position.

    Still not buying the 7-inning game nonsense. Just makes ZERO sense to me. As I’ve said, imagine a 3-quarter football or basketball game – or don’t – because that is just way too dumb to think about. Maybe implement a way to limit extra inning games? I could get behind that. And I can see the universal DH being much more likely than 7-inning games, even though I am not completely sold there yet, either.

    Would that mean someone like a Realmuto plays fewer relative games than he would have otherwise, since they surely wouldn’t play him at catcher in both games of a doubleheader? I think so! BUT — would they let him DH for the second game every now and then, especially when he’s hot? His value goes WAY up in that scenario. Not many catchers are good enough to rotate in at DH.

    We’ll know more as we approach the potential start of the season, obviously. If anyone’s drafting now, like me, I wouldn’t change anything in your catcher strategy. Just let the chips fall where they may – you likely aren’t winning or losing your league at catcher, as long as you aren’t doing anything too wonky there.

    Catchers, like starters or closers, are a necessary evil Fantasy Baseballers have to deal with, sadly. No more catcher talk for at least the rest of the week from this baby seal!

    • baby seal says:
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      Didn’t finish my thoughts on that last comment — had written a while ago and then got busy w/ work.

      RE necessary evil: just gotta plan it out, close your eyes, hit ‘Draft”and forget that ever happened.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, I think drafting now is fun…Not saying draft for thousands of dollars right now, but what’s a few Best Balls amongst friends

    • NUX says:
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      Signed, Baby Sealed, Delivered

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the 7-inning game is just nonsense that someone made up and, with a lack of other information, people are talking about it — a universal DH makes more sense because they’re going to have expanded rosters — I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s something done about service time too

  18. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Judge or Gallo?

    Trade Gallo and Joc for your boy Pete?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge — Yes, Pete

  19. NUX says:
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    Grey,
    You have the last peck
    aka the 384th peck,
    aka Mr Irrelevant

    Will you please make it the 384th player in your Top 500 (Hail Cesar!)

    This will really help with my OCD

    Sealed, Signed, Delivered
    A friend of baby seal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, that’s amazing

  20. leon says:
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    Where do you think Brendan Rodgers plays if he gets called up? Mccmahonn loses playing time, or his job. Maybe mccmahon goes to 1b and murphy loses his spot. What do you think in your opinion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope Rodgers doesn’t play, bc it’s gonna be hard to explain that to Hampson and McMahon owners — but I bet he does play

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        I think he starts year in minors, but if he does what he did last year there it won’t be long until he is up. I think Murphy could actually get cut loose at some point in last year of contract or traded which would help, but they still have Desmond hanging around too to steal ABs against lefties on the infield.

        Unless there’s injuries all the Rockies fantasy guys are fucked except Nolan for PT. I could even see Charlie seeing the bench more often.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, here’s another one for you — Aristides with a universal DH?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            I guess I’d say if you believe he was already making roster then answer is yes. Otherwise it’s a no.

            Here’s my take on universal DH.

            Let’s they they add a roster spot and the DH to the NL and just the roster spot to AL. NL teams are gonna be adding a pitcher. No more pinch hitting for pitcher, no more double switches. Some AL teams might add a bat, but I think it changes both leagues to carry more arms. Also possible NL teams drop a bat. I could see the mix being 14 pitchers and 12 batters in both leagues.

            That would really fuck up deep league fantasy rosters.

    • Due to the bad signs (Murphy/Desmond) McMahon, Hampson, Rodgers, and Hilliard all get pinched. When those 2 are gone they will all be valuable, especially if/when they return to their home stadium.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Test

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Test back at cha

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