Ayo whaddup, it’s ya boy Grey Albright aka the Fantasy Master Lothario aka White Chocolate aka The Ladder You Use To Reach New Heights aka The God Particle aka Supreme Court Judge Reinhold aka Paid Overtime aka Close Parking Spot When You’re In A Rush aka Al Swearengen’s Swearing Dictionary aka Teacher, We Don’t Need No Education aka The Weird Guy That Latches Onto The Main Character In Oscar Films I Think His Name Is Paul Dano aka The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker.  I just spent thirty minutes looking up what Jere Burns has been up to.  Ah, the offseason.  You are a soothing mistress that touches my naughty bits with idle hands.  He’s apparently been doing a bunch, but less than the dad from 7th Heaven, thankfully.  A quick preamble about the 2015 fantasy baseball rookie series that is coming from me over the next few weeks.  Rookies could get a post if they meet MLB eligibility requirements, less than 130 ABs or 50 IP.  That means no Arismendy Alcantara, no Jimmy Nelson and no Javier Baez.  In 2012, the first player I highlighted was Mike Trout.  That wasn’t an accident.  I said in the Mike Trout post, “He’s ranked number one for me. Numero uno. The Big Mahoff. He’s the big Statue of Liberty in New York, not that girly one in Paris!”  In 2013, the first player I highlighted was Wil Myers (when he was good; you remember that).  Last year, I highlighted Billy Hamilton first.  You see a pattern?  Eh, slow your juices on the thinking.  I’ll tell you.  The first rookie I highlight will be the top rookie for fantasy.  This prospect isn’t no ordinary man, this is the prospect I be seeing in my sleep.  Jorge Soler will be your number one 2015 fantasy baseball rookie. Will he be joined on the Cubs by the best core of major league rookies since Cal Ripken’s rookie card?  Will Soler be named to the All-Century Team in 86 years or edged out by a robot with grabby hands named the Hitter-Tron that my great-great-nephew will sue due to trademark infringement only to find out it’s the same Hitter-Tron that once graced this little fantasy baseball blog called Razzball?  Can Soler be a number one outfielder in 2015?  So many questions and so little time to look up Jere Burns info!  Anyway, what can we expect of Jorge Soler for 2015 fantasy baseball?

Imagine a hamburger patty that is 215 pounds, standing six-foot four-inches and is 22 years old.  That’s Soler!   Okay, that actually sounds gross and more like Prince Fielder.  Soler is the sexiest ingenue to appear on the silver screen since Joanna Kerns hopped on The Love Boat in 1976.  Hot Cougar Poll!  Joanna Kerns, the smoking hot 61-year-old or runner-up to a 94-year-old Sophia Loren?  Is Sophia Loren alive?  I don’t care; she’s still hot!  Last year, Soler gave us a little taste of what we can expect of him when, in 24 games, he hit .292 and 5 homers with a steal.  Most times I’d throw out that small sample size like I was Lorena Bobbitt dressed like a mohel.  By the by, can someone else slice off a dong so I can update my references?  With Soler, I’m keeping that small sample size because everything he did prior in the minors shows us essentially the same thing.  In Triple-A last year (or Tripoli-A as it’s called in Libya), he had 8 homers and a .282 average in 32 games.  In Double-A (or Double-IS as it’s called in Iraq; hey, I’m covering my bases in case we get taken over), 22 games and 6 homers with a .415 average.  The pattern is as clear as that flannel shirt you had Eddie Vedder autograph.  Doode hits for power and average like a boss.  Backtracking for a second, I mentioned Trout, Myers and Hamilton earlier.  Trout and Hamilton had clear-cut speed that added to their fantasy value.  If they slumped, they’d still give steals.  So, in this respect, Soler is more like Myers — 25 HR-ish, 5 steals-like and a .280-around average.  I’d even say Myers and Soler could have similar value next year.  (Forget that Myers screwed you over in 2014, this is about 2015 and he was hurt.)  For 2015, I’ll give Soler the projections of 73/25/81/.278/5.  As we learned from last year’s recaps, there’s no offense and a 25 HR, 5 SB line is around that of a top 20 outfielder.  Hey, don’t blame the messenger.  Yes, I’m in love with Soler already and will now start watching Justified; turns out Jere Burns has a juicy role!

  1. JeF With 1 F says:
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    GOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDD MOOOOOOOORRRRRRNNNNNIIIINNNGGGGG Mr. GREYYYYY!!!

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice read! Thanks for including ISIS in there, I almost forgot I was within 50 miles of Syria – ISIS is also in Syria, but I digress.

    1. Yes, Soler! Is he only 215 pounds? The doode looks like a strapping muscle-bound youth of more than 215. Maybe when he matures he’ll grow to 275 pounds of man meat!!!

    2. The Cubbies will produce quite a wind tunnel next year with all the swings and misses but there will be HRs a-plenty too !!!

    3. Don’t want to preempt but if Rusney is next on the list, he will need a nickname.

    a. If he does well, Ruskie (because he’s from Cuba) Castillo.
    b. If he craps the bed, That Other Castillo Not Named Wellington.

    4. Another subject completely. If Jose Canseco married Lady Gaga their children would be named as follows.

    a. if it’s a boy: Jose Gaga
    b. if it’s a girl: Lady Stupid

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: From all the movies and TV shows I’ve seen on Syria, it looks exciting! 1. Ha 2. Oh, yeah, not Soler though (hopefully) 3. Hmm 4. B– ha!

  3. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey!

    Great write up on a favorite player. In a 10-team 6×6 H2H league (OBP), I’m keeping E5, Adam Jones, and Carlos Gomez. Can keep two more of the following:

    Soler
    JUpton
    Baez
    Altuve
    Kluber

    I’m leaning Kluber and Upton. What do you think? Thanks man!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Alcibiades Escobar:

      Upton and Kluber. Its tempting to keep a Soler or Baez but with so few keepers you need to (IMO) keep sure things rather than lottery tickets.

      • Soler Powered says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I’d keep Altuve for his speed and Kluber for.. well for he’s awesome.

      • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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        Thanks for your help everyone. Tough choices ahead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        Altuve has a lot of speed but a lot of his value is tied to his BA being so great. This is an OBP league and he’s a .370ish OBP guy. That’s good but he’s not a difference maker there. He takes a big knock in that kind of league, imo.

        I’d still go Upton and Kluber

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Altuve was top 15 for OBP last year

  4. de nachos says:
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    wow. Joanna Kerns, hottest where-are-they-now 80’s TV mom, and it’s not even close. You’ve got Judith Light as a light years away distant second place, edging out Erin Gray (who might have to be DQ’d as not actually the mom), and Meredith Baxter Birney.

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @de nachos: Kerns was certainty a tv milf.
      Birney is now eating geriatric tuna tacos and ironically her first husbands last name was Bush.

      • de nachos says:
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        @Lville Jim: she came out? god, totally forgot. She certainly did enough eating in Kate’s Secret.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: Have you watched Transparent?

      • de nachos says:
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        @Grey: no but I do have amazon prime. it’s good? a quick scan of reviews look positive.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s amazing

          • de nachos says:
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            @Grey: i gotta figure out a way to get it on the tee vee. I don’t think Prime has an Apple TV link yet. FX just got one, of course after I went and bought Fargo on iTunes. Jerks. #firstworldproblems

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Fargo was the best show of the year, so money well spent… Amazon is a beeyatch to get on your TV… We have internet on our remote control and beamed it on the TV, there’s also the Airplay button…

  5. Lville Jim says:
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    Hoping Soler comes up big next year in my all Cubano outfield in my dynasty leauge. Cespedes and Puig complete my Fidel trifecta.

  6. bossmanjunior says:
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    Would Soler be a third OF for you right now? Im hoping he comes at a discount next year, maybe around 150-200.

  7. Hookaman says:
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    In a deep 7×7 keeper league, would u rather own soler or cespedes? Ob% is a category and cespedes and his. 290 obp is downright gross.

  8. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    I’m hoping I made the right decision on Myers. Had him as an 8th round keeper for next year and dropped him. I thought 8th round seemed about right in terms of value and thought there could be a chance he drops further given how absolutely putrid his 2014 was.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: I don’t know what 8th round means without knowing your league

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I believe its the round after the 7th and before the 9th but im not positive

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  9. Baezaworldseries says:
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    How much are you loving Drew Smyly next year? Does he have that SP2 kind of stuff now that he is with coaches who can optimize his skills?

  10. gareth says:
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    I always thought “Arismendy Alcantara” sounded like a charm/spell from Harry Potter.

  11. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    Well hello there, has January Grey come early? Someone is feeling fancy fresh…

    So the obligatory Soler question:
    20 team keeper league, considering my team is a bit lighter on OF depth compared to 3B, long term would you want Soler or Miguel Sano? I figure my only chance to snatch him up will be before the season starts.

    Sano has balls to the wall power but he’s probably locked into 3B maybe 1B down the road. I have Rizzo at 1B long term, and Frazier at 3B too. And my RF is nothing to write home about. So I’d say position need and and gains in AVG/OBP stand above power difference

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    I consider myself quite conservative when it comes to rookie. Sure, you get the likes of Trout emerging but that’s an extreme example. Usually its a case of growing pains when they first come up.

    You’ll see guys stashing a hot prospect on their roster for months, then a few weeks after their call up drop them for the next hot thing due to poor performance. I’d rather stream pitchers or hot schmotato’s than clog up a roster spot for a few months.

    Its that draw of the new shiny thing, when theres a Jordy Mercer or Colin McHugh available who are offering exactly what you are looking for in that rookie you stashed.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @gareth: comparing jordy mercer as better than soler doesn’t sound right.

  13. gareth says:
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    I keep thinking of those two hyped Nationals, Steven Strasburg and Bryce Harper, when I think of rookies.

    Both were hyped to the Nth degree. Their careers so far haven’t really lived up to the expectation. Matt Weiters is another guy who springs to mind.

    I am curious what the rate is in regards to success/failure when it comes to rookies. For every 10 guys, what percentage actually emerge as a fantasy asset. 3 out of 10?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Harper was great when he was called up his rookie year… Strasburg hasn’t been bad yet and his rookie ERA was under 3

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: Harper was such a roofie though. He teased you the year before with top production and you then had guys drafting him in the second round. He then literally hit a wall and has missed a ton of games, and when he has played hes been inconsistent.

        People still think of Strasburg as a top 5 pitcher. I’d personally rather own his teammates – Fister or Zimmerman. You’d get them later in the draft and with the possible exception of k’s, you’d receive a similar production.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Strasburg is a top five pitcher… A hitter can’t be a roofie…

          • gareth says:
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            @Grey: I know hitters can’t be roofies, but there were lots of Harper owners sitting in bathtubs filled with ice and missing kidneys this season.

            So what do you call a rookie hitter who is hyped and ends up dissapointing?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He wasn’t a rookie, Harper was a top 15 player coming into this year…

              • gareth says:
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                @Grey: so you see a rebound from Harper?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sure, don’t see why not…

          • gareth says:
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            @Grey: Not disputing about Strasburg being a top 5 pitcher.

            However I saw him drafted before guys like Sale, Felix, Scherzer and Bumgarner in this years draft and thats way too high.

            Strasbu?g is Ace. But people overrate him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              All aces are overrated, you don’t need them…

              • gareth says:
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                @Grey: Agree. Seems like a ton of pitchers had around a 3.50 era this year. I just hope I stumble upon the next Kluber late on in next years draft.

                The real Kluber will be too rich for my blood!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, unfortunately

                • Lville Jim says:
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                  @gareth: I heard somewhere that pitching is deep.

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      @gareth: I think terms like “success & failure” are subjective and can cloud player rankings/value. There’s a lot of really smart FBB people around here, so I don’t think I’m adding anything new, but when I’m in doubt I go “quant with a value bent”. Basically, if the numbers (both analytic & $$$) won’t prove it to me within my own rankings and projections, then I won’t take a chance. Rookies are like financial deals… no matter what the broker says, there is ALWAYS another deal coming around. So if a player can’t prove it to me, I’ll wait for the next one to come around.

      Good topic, G!

      • gareth says:
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        @Militant Vegans: accumulating rookies really is like gambling or buying stocks.

        There’s fun in that though.

        There’s nothing quite like hitting the jackpot, and the bragging rights that come from that.

        When Puig was first brought up by the Dodgers and went on that magical run, I was lucky enough to snag him.

        Seeing a young untested player you picked up for nothing fill up your stat sheet every day is quite exhilarating.

        • Militant Vegans says:
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          @gareth: I agree… as long as you can get him at the right price. And that leads us back to the beginning.

          Side note, putting down the bottle really does lead to moments of clarity (or at least semi-moments of clarity).

          • gareth says:
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            @Militant Vegans: Are you saying I’m a drunk Kitty?

            • Militant Vegans says:
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              @gareth: No. I’m saying I just put together some 3rd-grade logic and it must be because I’ve been “dry” for a couple of days.

              • gareth says:
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                @Militant Vegans: We fantasy baseballers must do something with our time now the season is over.

                Cheers! *hic*

                • Militant Vegans says:
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                  @gareth: I’ve been doing my best “Russian guard at a cold, lone outpost ” impersonation lately.

  14. gareth says:
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    Hey Grey, I see your boy Lorenzo Cain won the ALCS MVP.

    How much is this post season inflating his value for next year, and for that matter, all those Royals players who have garnered national attention?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If they’re too inflated, there’s plenty of other guys to draft

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: I’m actually more wary of guys who have had a long post season run, especially pitching. All those extra innings in high pressure situations. Over usage and fatigue could be a factor the following year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, don’t like that either

          • gareth says:
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            @Grey: I love greg Holland to death, and have beaten the drum for a while now that he belongs in the Kimbrel/Aroldis/Jansen echelon.

            With all his usage though, I feel he may be a prime candidate to get injured next year, or struggle a little with fatigue and inconsistency.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              SAGNOF, but what’s Holland thrown in the postseason? An extra 7 IP? Meh

              • gareth says:
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                @Grey: true.

                It’s harder to predict that kind of stuff with relievers. I’m sure he’ll be fine.

                After seeing Cody Allen pitch all year, he’s on my radar as a closer to target later on in the draft once the top guys are gone. He’s that good that I wouldn’t be surprised if he emerged as a top 5 closer next year.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, Allen looks like a solid Donkeycorn

                  • gareth says:
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                    @Grey: love that term. DONKEYCORN!

  15. Big Mike says:
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    Another site just posted early projections for next year, which shows Mookie Betts as the number 16 overall player. He happens to be on my roster, but I wasn’t planning to make him one of my eight keepers. Then I saw that post. Would you keep Betts over, say, Jason Werth or Cueto? (we score avg, obp and slg separately). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Big Mike says:
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        @Grey: You truly are The Ladder You Use To Reach New Heights

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Here for you, Big Mike

  16. gareth says:
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    I’ve heard some rumblings about the Royals letting Aoki walk and giving the every day role to Jarrod Dyson.

    Do you think this is a good idea, or is Dyson better suited to a part time role/pinch runner?

    From a fantasy perspective, Can you imagine the number of steals you’d get from this guy if he played every day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson isn’t a full-time player type…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: @<a href="#[email protected]Grey: if Dyson goes a full game without a steal, does that make him bagless?

        Man. That Dyson joke sucked. 9″>Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • gareth says:
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            @Grey: in a vacuum, was that joke funny?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can’t say, I’m not in a vacuum

              • gareth says:
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                @Grey: You’re in L.A, aren’t you?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes, it is vacuous here

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh God! Ugh, I guess I asked… Please no more…

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @pike: Thats awful….i cant stop picturing the moment

      • pike says:
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        @JeF With 1 F:

        I know. When i heard the story took me a good week to clear my head. Still think about it every now and again when i’m doing dishes and run the disposal…

        • gareth says:
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          @pike: I could see how you would correlate the garbage disposal with her disposing of her husbands appendage in the blender.

          Ground beef anyone?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @gareth: Hamburger helper?

            • gareth says:
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              @J-FOH: more sausage than hamburger methinks.

  17. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: I was hoping 2015 would be the first season you include OBP in your projected stat lines. Me and Tom Jacks are heartbroken once again.

    Since that isn’t the case, you’ll have to deal with me asking the same OBP question after every post with projections.

    What do you expect Solar’s OBP to look like in 2015?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      .320 to .340, prolly closer to .340

  18. puigleague choo says:
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    Justified is great! “Local Crime” is one of my favorite sub-genres, and what more could you ask for than Elmore Leonard stories overseen by Elmore Leonard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sadly, he passed away…

  19. claw dog says:
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    Hey Grey its been a while since I’ve posted. But my god I miss fantasy baseball. Football may be the most frustrating thing on the face of the earth. I stopped by to ask for some keeper help since my team ended up being garbage last year due to some notable injuries. Luckily this is my 2nd league on my priority list. its a 12 team 5×5 H2H league where you keep 8 with no penalties for keeping players. I am aware some people are obvious that I’m not going to keep, but I am just going to list the full roster.

    McCann
    E5
    Neil Walker
    Donaldson
    Aybar
    Gordon
    Trumbo
    Soler
    Hosmer
    Vargas
    Kipnis
    Khris Davis
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Machado
    Yordano
    Quintana
    Scherzer
    Fister
    Wily Peralta
    Leake
    Cashner
    Jason Vargas

    Sorry for the extremely long list there, but I really have no idea who like half of my keepers should be. Only seems like I have a few no brainers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer, Donaldson, E5, CarGo, Gordon, Kipnis, Soler, Machado… Could go a few ways with the last few

      • claw dog says:
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        @Grey: Thats basically what I was thinking. I actually picked kipnis up during the playoffs just as someone to possibly keep since I don’t have many options. Looks like it may be a rebuilding year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hopefully not

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… The Jello one is directly from the British Office…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: You still a massive fan of “Derek”?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you mean that in its reverse, yes, favorite show… I watched one episode and couldn’t watch anymore…

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            @JeF With 1 F:
            one great moment on the office
            when he marked one of the Benihana waitress with
            a sharpie to tell me apart Haha

            @Grey:
            this post season must be killing all the SF haters around
            here like Jfoh hehe

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You a Giants fan? I thought you liked the A’s…

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                I like them As but life time Giants fan
                Used to live 15 minutes from the ‘stick
                I went to game 5 just incredible fun!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, wow, nice! You get Series tickets?

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    not yet. can’t decide if I’m gonna pony up for them this time. i like to scalp but I’m picky bout where I sit haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Did you go in 2012?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @FrankGrimes: I’ve watched a total of 5 innings of post season baseball. The baseball season is basically over for me when fantasy ends.

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    Yes in 2012 i was lucky to get to game 1 and in 2010 was out of the area
                    @J-FOH:
                    thats sad you dont watch the post season

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s awesome! I still haven’t been to one World Series game, kinda saddens me to think about it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ve never even been in the same city as a Word Series

                    • FrankGrimes says:
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                      @Grey:
                      maybe if the dodgers (or angels) spend 300 million next year that could change ha!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @FrankGrimes: I don’t really watch the regular season. I will tun in to watch a particular player, but I don’t like MLB. Never got over the strike and not a fan of the evolution of the game. Division shrinkage, wildcard, inter league, rules, bud selig, roids. Thats why I play fantasy. I’m not a fan of manufactured excitement.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: yea im curious to see the similarities

  20. gareth says:
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    More test sign offs:

    “Boom Shaka Kitty Cat!”

    “Prrrrfect game!”

    “Me-out!”

    “Kitty kitty bang bang!”

    Or the first one I tried:

    “Kitty Pow Wow! “

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me-out!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: I’d do me-owt written this way

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: though about it with the “owt” instead of “out.”

        Just seemed that you still got the gist of the cat thing as well as the correct spelling.

        When I think of owt, it reminds me of dialect from the north of England.

        “You’ll get owt for nowt!”

        Translation – you’ll get nothing for nothing.

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @gareth: You seem to have a british background G, parents from Eng or summit (something)?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: what about Cleveland Rocks, get away from the whole cat thing.

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: Nah. I’m not from Cleveland.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @gareth: could of fooled me and everyone else

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @gareth: weren’t you telling everybody you were from Welsh-land, plus the accent.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @gareth: Its gotta be Me-out

  21. J-FOH says:
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    Razzball Fantasy Soccer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have an eagle eye that will serve you later in life, ninja…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: no Ralph texted me yesterday. Did you lose a bet?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re passionate on it, so they’re running with it…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I would be curious to see the site hits when they are done for the season. Any kind of readership is good. Especially girls.

            My buddy played the mexican leagues fantasy and I think he played the MLS too, which is the American soccer league. He said the Mexican league was a good way to interact with all the immigrant kids in his classroom.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nice… Yeah, I have no idea about readership for fantasy soccer, but I have to think it’s above zero…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’ll pimp it to all my soccer acquaintances, I could never really be “friends” with a soccer fan. I just don’t know if they play fantasy soccer. And shouldn’t we be calling it futbol as to not pis off the euro’s. We should ask SteveNZ and Greth this question

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think futbol implies it’s going to be written in Spanish… Maybe it will be…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: If I recall from living in London, which is you too, they would say the futbol match.

                    I think over there is where the bigger market is. We need some spotted dick ads!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think it’s football, which is confusing…

                    • gareth says:
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                      @J-FOH: it’s FOOTBALL!

                      the FUTBALL thing you are refering to was an AD gimmick for the Brazilian worldcup with Adrianna Lima going up to people playing American sports and handing them a soccer ball then saying sexually “FUTBALL” or “FUTBOL” – I forget how they spelled it.

                      it is FOOTBALL! we said it first. AMERICAN FOOTBALL should be called HANDBALL.

                      The end.

                • gareth says:
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                  @J-FOH: so J-foh, We’re…..not……friends?

                  :-(

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @gareth: over the net acquaintances

              • gareth says:
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                @Grey: I actually play fantasy soccer at fantasy.premierleague.com.

                Its works a bit differently to fantasy baseball. Its fun though, and fills the crushing void left by the end of the baseball season.

                I mean what else am I going to do, play fantasy American football?

                Yuck.

                I did notice the Browns got their butts kicked yesterday by a team who were 0-6 going into the game.

                The Browns like to feed my apathy whenever I get a hint of interest.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @gareth: you should be watching Ohio State to see a successful team…sometimes.

                  You should go over and say hi to the guys on the soccer side. The link is up top. They are only covering EPL this year

                  • gareth says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll check it out.

                    You guys should pick an EPL team to follow…….

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t know what EPL is

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Employers Protection Liability is what it is in my industry

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I thought it was El Pollo Loco

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Nice one, we should get them as a sponsor.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh hell yeah… That green sauce is ridunk

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I shoot it like Tequila

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Me too! Seriously, it’s so good

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I have literally gone there and ordered like one taco and ten sauces to go

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Me too! I want it right now

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: our next lunch date is at el pollo loco

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, totally… Green sauce on me!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll bring a huge container in my pocket and you keep the engine running while I jack all I can from the big bowl and run. A green sauce grab

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Shizz is free, you ain’t jacking you’re helping yourself…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m at a close second right now for elevated fast food… California Chicken Cafe!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I don’t think they want me taking the whole bowl. I also like the mango salsa at baja fresh

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not a huge fan of mango salsa… You lost me there…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: well mango salsa doesn’t like you either

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Aw, man!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: when I make my mango shrimp ceviche I’ll leave you off the to go list.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I didn’t say all of that, now c’mon…

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @gareth: The site is focusing 100% on the EPL and the premierleague.com game. It’s 75% of the soccer(football/futbol) watching market so we’ll keep our focus there for now.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @J-FOH: I don’t know anyone that plays MLS fantasy.

  22. gareth says:
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    English premier league.

    You know what the greatest thing about British football is?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A Spice Girl might be seen in the stands?

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: relegation!

        A concept alien to American sports.

        If you suck, you get demoted to a lower division.

        It means Less revenue, you visit teams with crappier stadiums and attendance , you have to sell players.

        Meanwhile teams like the Marlins can have Jeffrey Loria do what he does year in and year out and get REWARDED for it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What happens if there’s just a rash of injuries like what happened to the Rangers?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: friggin commies

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @J-FOH: Wouldn’t we be commies considering the whole revenue sharing model regardless of performance?

          • gareth says:
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            @Grey: tough luck I guess.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: interesting concept, take a three year average and if you suck you go to AAA. I could hear Royce crying over the Padres demotion to A ball.

            • Grey

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              Then you have the worst teams competing? And there’s no division rivals? Eh, I don’t know

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: not really much of a division left anyway and not that divisions even matter anymore

                Hey I’m playing devils advocate here, I don’t really care

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hear ya

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: For whatever reason it seems like the teams with big rivalries typically play in the same divisions. I.E Manchester United and Manchester City, Liverpool and United, Arsenal and Chelsea and Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool, etc. Lots of rivalries in the lower divisions. Teams can fall off for twenty years before the recover too.

                For example Swansea was in the bottom tier and almost lost their Football League status, they were bought and have built a nice program since. Relegation gives the bad teams a reason to compete right up to the last bell.

                • Grey

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                  That makes sense… I went to see Man U play about 15 years ago… Terrific time…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz:@Grey: If Manchester is United then why is there a Manchester City?

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: Yeah I saw them in Foxborough a few years ago but have been dying to get to Old Trafford,

                    Did you see them here or were you in Manchester?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      When I was living in London…

                  • JeF With 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: NOOOO STOP TALKING ABOUT SOCCER PLEASE!!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @J-FOH: It rarely happens to good teams and due to deeper benches on top clubs injuries typically have less of an impact.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: the more you know…that I really didn’t want to know

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Funny shit guys, pretty hillarious to hear you all talk about promotion/relegation like its some form of new invention. It happens everywhere outside the states you know!

            • royce! says:
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              @J-FOH: Actually, after attending a Louisville Sounds game, I decided that I would rather have a minor league team here, so let the relegation begin!

  23. What’s up Grey ‘Stachio? Thanks for your extensive efforts.

    BTdub, is “Tripoli-A as it’s called in Libya” some kind of obtuse rabbit punch meaning “Ebola as it’s called in Liberia?” ;)

    Eddie (Dallas, TX…….cough, cough..fever, fever)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Sorry about your ebola!

  24. gareth says:
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    Ebola is no joke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Especially not if you have it

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: haven’t like less than 5000 people total died from this since they discovered it in 1976? I’m pretty sure those are the least “plaque-like” numbers for something we’re supposed to think is a big deal. I wish i could find the data, since it’s entirely possible that more than 5000 people have died from slipping on banana peels since 1976.

  25. Wake Up says:
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    Nice work mon frere. I’m feeling the tingles about him too. One could say that I’m over the Soler about him…aka Sexual Symmetry aka Paraboldic aka The Quadratic Persuasion aka Lower Nose Comb aka The Bayonne Exit aka The Big Bounce aka Chaos! Here Me? aka Chakra Sutra aka High Mipps…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aka 12-minute Mile while doing a handstand

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JBT!

    • de nachos says:
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      @Wake Up: 12 string. show off. what he can’t play two guitars at once?

  26. John says:
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    What power/speed numbers are reasonable to expect from Lorenzo Cain in 2015 assuming a healthy year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      14/25

  27. bossmanjunior says:
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    Alright Grey, it’s time to reflect and find out what I did wrong last year. Humor me and allow me to take you down memory lane….

    Looking back at the team I drafted last year, in retrospect it looks awful and I’m kind of surprised I was able to finish 2nd overall in Roto. Thankfully I made some nice in season pick ups and a couple trades that were kinda ehhhh.

    This team is a shallow 10 team h2h with no CI/MI and only 3 OF. Here are the rounds and picks:

    1. Jones OF
    2. E5 3B
    3. Pujols 1B
    4. Segura SS
    5. Marte OF
    6. Myers OF
    7. Cobb SP
    8. Bailey SP
    9. Rizzo 1B
    10. Salazar SP
    11. Hill 2B
    12. Robertson RP
    13. Fister SP
    14. Samardzija SP
    15. Cishek RP
    16. Wood SP
    17. Miller SS
    18. Jones RP
    19. Kluber SP
    20. Ventura SP
    21. Perez C
    22. Gardner

    The first thing I notice is that I took too much risk on second year players like Myers, Segura, Marte, and Salazar. I held onto Marte all year and he turned in a decent profit but the rest were all dead weight most of the year and were dropped. After the first 10 rounds I actually did a good job with only Hill, Jones and Miller not producing enough positive value. The other big thing I noticed is that aside from Kluber and Rizzo, none of my players really had a breakout year. I’m always looking to draft guys who can produce value that exceeds the draft spot, common sense i know. So anything else you can take away from this learning lesson? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a ten team league, the correlation between success and the draft is around 30%… You could’ve won with those 2-year turds, you just needed to pick up the right guys to replace them and fast enough… Only thing I’d learn from that is forget about it and don’t hold it against Myers, Segura and Salazar next year because they can all turn around…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah I’ve always said its about 33% Draft, 33% in season moves, and 33% luck.

        I definitely waited too long on most of those guys, especially Segura and Hill. Ironically, those are three guys Im looking to target next year in drafts, obviously if the price is right. Shortstop look pretty shitty this year so it might be worth taking a flier on Segura at the end of the draft rather than roll the dice on Hanley or Tulo.

        I definitely missed out on Rendon when Hill was struggling but never pulled the trigger.

        Im liking Salazar for next year but definitely not at the 10th round price like last year. He better come at an end of the draft discount.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup and yup…Agreed… Segura and Salazar rebounding next year are good gambles… Last year was the year to get Rendon, now he will be overpriced…

          • bossmanjunior says:
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            @Grey:

            Im really liking Wong for next year but the steamer projections are really confusing me (you should check it out). They have him down for around 150 more AB with positive improvements across the board offensively with only a slight decrease in ISO but an identical SLG. However, they have him down for the exact same number of HR/SB (12/20)….this has to be a misprint

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure on other people’s projections

  28. bossmanjunior says:
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    Outfield looks really deeeeeeeep next year. I started looking at the recent steamer projections and there are a lot of young hitters I like next year in the outfield. Depending on where they are ranked, I could see taking one or two top OF and then grabbing the rest later.

    Here are some guys I’m already looking to target next year: Stanton, Puig, Harper, Marte, Brantley, Springer, Bruce, Polanco, Betts, JD Martinez, Taveras, Soler, Moss, Avisail, Myers….and so on and so on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Outfield did rebound last year from 2013 and looks much deeper than in the past few years… Infield has taken a nose dive though…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Looking at 2015, would you rather take a SS early and 2B late or vice versa?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          One or the other… Doesn’t matter which, just not both…

          • bossmanjunior says:
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            @Grey:

            So like a Rendon/Segura or Desmond/Wong combo

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, something like that

  29. nick the dick says:
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    That Wu Tang affiliated rapper cut off his schlong and jumped out of a window not too long ago. Updated reference complete! Oh and now hes trying to be a stand up comic. I wonder what his jokes will be about?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh man, I guess I asked for these… Yikes… Didn’t half of EPMD jump out a window too?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: ha my bad didnt see above someone already brought up more cock choping. And Erick Sermon, yes, yes he sure did jump out of a window.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn… One of my favorites… The E Double…

  30. J-FOH says:
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    you watching Voice live or waiting on DVR?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m watching now… Bit behind, just saw Gwen pick up the boy band kid…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’ll be quiet

  31. Swfcdan says:
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    Pretty nutty projections really, expecting any rookie to hit 25 bombs in this pitching crazy era where hitting nowadays is like hitting in the arctic. Soler did as well as possibly imagined (look at other rooks like Franco, Bogaerts etc) and still didnt blow anyone away. He’ll be good but I think he’ll run into struggles and 20hrs and .265 is more realistic (which is still quite good now, how depressing is that?).

    How many times have rookies hit 25+ bombs in the last 5 years? For the readers aswell as ive no idea but id imagine its a very low number.

  32. Jim Diffley says:
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    Hey Grey……Travelled to St Louis on Labor Day weekend (from MD) and caught StL-Cubbies on that Friday night. Soler hit two homers that night. One went to left field like an ICBM—absolute rocket (think Stantonesque)….definite stud, I agree!!

    Nice TV picks…..if unfamiliar with them, try Mad Men and The Affair. Loved Fargo. Like Jere Burns (non sequitur, mea culpa!!). Keep up the good work for us fans!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fargo was awesome… I watch those shows, like them both, thanks for the recommendations…

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