Prior to be doing my fifteen-hundredth dart throw, Bartolo Colon. “Hey, listen, if you can get him cheap and with the NL DH–” *smoke rises from RoboGrey’s ears* Seriously, could someone unplug the MLB season, blow into the cartridge and plug it back in? On phone with AppleCare, “For the last few weeks, I’ve only seen the pinwheel on the baseball season, and the big brains at the Genius Bar have no idea what to do. Any suggestions?” For those not following too closely, the MLB owners are imitating Wimpy and saying, “We will kindly pay you next Collective Bargaining Agreement for a hamburger today,” and the players, crazily enough, are saying, “Hold up, you want us to play for 80% of our salary?”  And the MLB owners are replying, “Yeah, c’mon, you crooks, you have so much money.” Then the players are like, “You’re paying us but claiming to have less money than us? Ain’t that some shizz?” I expected this to be resolved by now, but resolution at this point seems like it’s going to come down to Head Idiot Rob Manfred, and him forcing the season into existence. If I’m reading all of the negotiations correctly, Head Idiot can force a 48-game season, but can’t force players to play. Make sense? No, of course it doesn’t! The Head Idiot said last week there would 100% be a season, and this week said there wouldn’t. In other words, the Head Idiot doesn’t even know what the Head Idiot can do because, get this, he’s an idiot. Some have speculated that MLB will force a 48-game season, but it’s way too early now since they have to play until September 27th, because of TV schedules, so they’re stalling for another week or two. All of that led to this breaking news yesterday:

If a season is forced, I wouldn’t be shocked if some big names opt out like Mike Trout, Christian Yelich and, really, anyone who has plenty of ‘eff you’ money. Once we have a set number of games, we will update our rankings and possibly remove players who aren’t playing. Also, as we talk about on today’s podcast, coming later today, I was against redrafting leagues, but if a lot of players are sitting out and we’re playing a 50-game season, then, yeah, it becomes unfair to try to play out a league drafted prior to all of this. On the other hand, maybe it’ll be fun to just play it out. I’m saying that last line in case any MLB owners or players are reading. Play it out! Anyway, here’s what else I saw for 2020 fantasy baseball:

Griffin Canning – Cleared to resume throwing. That’s fantastic, great, terrific, awesome, astounding, yeah, I don’t care, but I’m faking enthusiasm, is it obvious? Griffin Canning was diagnosed with “chronic changes” to his UCL. Unless his elbow was hitting a bong, I don’t want any pitcher with chronic anything to his UCL.

Alex Verdugo – Feels 100 percent. I know how he feels with his feels. Dude, I watched Normal People on Hulu and I felt “100 percent” too. All the feels. Every single one of them. Verdugo sounds like he’ll be ready for Opening Day when that happens, and I could see easing up on the hesitation on him, due to his back stress fracture, since he now has about 10 months of rehab.

Willie Calhoun – Has fully recovered from his broken jaw. Pretty incredible he was able to full heal from a broken jaw without missing one regular season game. A true testament to his mouth. If only some of the MLB owners’ mouths weren’t as lucky.

Jordan Hicks – Advanced to 30-pitch bullpen sessions. Cardinals’ bullpen is going to be one of the more interesting influx for the team/acid reflux for fantasy owners. Off top of my head (while looking at their depth charts), I could see saves for Carlos Martinez, Gallegos, Brebbia, Andrew Miller, Ryan Helsley, Brett Cecil, Kwang Hyun Kim and Hicks, without even mentioning any of their prospects. In general, saves, in a 48-game season will be, how do I say this gently, goofy.

Trey Mancini – Won’t play this year as he battles back from colon cancer. Keeping him in my thoughts, and vandalizing Michael Jordan’s Range Rover license plates to make them spell, “To Trey.”

Chris Archer – Will miss this season after having surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome, which is usually a death sentence for MLB pitchers. See:  Matt Harvey. Also, it’s being reported that the Pirates have to call the Rays “daddy.” Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and Shane Baz for Chris Archer isn’t the worst trade in MLB history; it might be in the top three of all-time when all is said and done. Obviously, Archer was removed from all rankings.

Brent Honeywell – Underwent a decompression procedure on his UCL.

Nobody:

No one at all:

Literally not a soul:

MLB Pitchers: I need an arm procedure after not doing anything for months.

Incredibly unfortunate, but Honeywell seems to be one of those guys who never makes good on his promise, due to injuries. Guess we’ll see, but I’m already made up my mind for him this year. I’ve removed him from my top 100 starters and top 500.

Yasiel Puig – For a brief moment in…Well, it’s been March for the last 4 months, so some time around March 75th, it was reported that Puig would sign with the Giants once the roster freeze was over, but why would they for a 48-game season? Now guessing Puig doesn’t sign anywhere this season, which sucks for him and baseball. He’s fun! Maybe he shouldn’t have been getting into the batters’ box while licking bats…Wait a minute…*thinks about how Coronavirus started*…Nah, couldn’t be.

Emmanuel Clase – Suspended for 80 games after testing positive for Boldenone. My favorite episode of Emmanuel on Skinemax was the one where she required the guy to take performance-enhancing substances. “But Emmanuel, I am exhausted. we’ve made love for 8 hours straight.”  Emmanuel, “Take some Boldedone cuz I ain’t closetodone!”

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Nice update report!

    a. I have Hicks on my IL in 2 leagues. I’ll drop him for himself if he’s not the closer. What do you think? He does currently throw the hardest in MLB, so great reason to drop him.

    b. Manfred went from 100% sure MLB season to MLB season is in jeopardy in less than 1 week! I cued up Weird Al’s ‘I lost on Jeopardy’ to console me.

    c. MLB quote of the day for June 4, 1905

    ‘You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.’

    Christopher ‘Christy’ Mathewson, aka ‘Big Six’, ‘The Christian Gentleman’, ‘Matty’, ‘The Gentleman’s Hurler’. He won 373 games, still an NL record. He had a career 2.13 ERA and recorded 79 shutouts. He won the pitching Triple Crown in his historic 1905 season. In the 1905 WS he pitched three times in 6 days, 3CG, no runs, giving up 14 hits.

    1905 season
    31 wins, 1.28 ERA, 206Ks with ONLY 64 BBs. He was a control artist.

    He had a famous duel with Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown. Brown was better winning 13, losing 11 with 1 no decision.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Ha, yeah, I think you can lose him if you need the room

      B. Yeah, it’s so silly, and not believable

      C. Wow, who knew Christy had such powerful words — how did Three Finger hold the sword for the pitchers’ duel?

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. You’ll have to tune in tomorrow whether it’ll be…

        1. Grover Cleveland Alexander who is tied with Mathewson for NL career wins (373)
        2. Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown!
        3. If neither have a good quote then I’ll look elsewhere like Doyle Alexander or someone.

        b. Most recent thing I saw on the twiitershpere was 76% prorated, 75 games, playoffs %, last game sept 27, playoffs finish by end October or something. Works for me and then hopefully 2021 is normal.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d love to hear a Three-Fingered quote…Ya know, if you start the quotes in 1905 and move towards present day we could have time for the season to start before running out of quotes!

          B. The catch, pardon word, is MLB wants to end the year on Sept. 27th and play only 50 games, so they have to wait a little while longer before playing

  2. Jim Wiser says:
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    Grey, that pretty much sums it up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  3. zombie says:
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    Oh, Emmanuel. Would rather watch that softcore instead of that 30/30 fluffpiece on McGuire Sosa. Probably the first 30/30 that disappointed. Not much more than a homerun highlight film. Thanks for the breaking player news, Grey; & will continue to prayer circle for a new rankings unveil. That’s going to be a challenge. Also, thought about players with ‘eff you’ money sitting out. But what about those that just don’t effort. Get in the box and take a few hacks. Or pitchers not going full throttle. It’s all a mess, I tell ya’. Bring back Skinemax!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was a terrible 30 for 30…It seemed to me that Sosa and McGwire agreed to do the film bc it would be a softball — yeah, I hear ya with the ‘eff you’ money…I don’t know, but I bet some big names sit out — not sure who

  4. LOLmets says:
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    You think big name guys would sit out? Idk I’d think it would hurt their brand big time if they sit out over principal.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Not just the Eff You money. The guys who aren’t worried about their next contract may also be looking at opening a roster spot for someone else who is making league minimum and helping out the next guy up.

      Could backfire on them and MLB could say see, we had people watching even without our top stars though if ratings turn out good, which I am sure they would during a pandemic.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m sure some guys want to play — 100% they do… Also, some guys prolly don’t want to, and unlike most years, they have a waiver if they don’t want to play due to the pandemic

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        I would highly doubt guys are ” opening up a roster spot to help the next guy up…”

    • Cram It says:
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      Do star MLB players even have a brand? (Not rhetorical)

      • krazyivan says:
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        Heck no. In today’s short attention span theatre of fans you can only get a brand when you constantly have the ball in your hand like LeBron and Mahomes. No one can pay attention long enough to appreciate a baseball players relative competence. Take the “average” sports fan and poll them a question “have you ever watched a full game in person or on TV and witnessed 4 ABs of Mike Trout?” The answer would be astonishingly low.
        I remember the effort to push Betts into the spotlight after his monster 2018 year and everyone was like whatever.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No, not really, Cram…Maybe a handful, but they can just say ‘pandemic’ and no one would question them (that much)

        • Cram It says:
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          Right, no one’s gonna be like “Trevor Story is sitting out the 50-game season? I renounce my fandom of thee for all eternity!”

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA, yeah, totally…I would 100% be pissed tho, because I own Story on teams

            • Cram It says:
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              I only have one team! The NFBC slow draft. For my Yahoo hometown leagues, we keep pushing the drafts back, but the latest date Yahoo allows is 6/26 currently. I don’t know if they’ll expand draft dates or wtf they’re doing, but I’m not drafting that early if there’s no opening day set.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hopefully there’s an Opening Day set by then — keep thinking it will happen any day and every day I’m wrong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know, just guessing…But that’s my guess, that a few guys just sit out

      • LOLmets says:
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        Idk I feel like if it actually happens they will all play. But it’s not happening anyways

  5. The Great Knoche says:
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    I think this is my favorite of the Bestball $10 drafts so far. Almost feel bad for the one new guy who drafted Archer and Vasquez. Almost.

    I think fantasy will pretty much need to be redrafted or voided. Think We made decision in my hometown keeper league auction to forgot current keepers and hold them over for next year. Just gonna do a One year snake draft instead to wet our fantasy whistles.

    Can’t wait to get all that money back from NFBC, it’s gonna be like Xmas. Or like I actually won a league.

    • Cram It says:
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      Is NFBC issuing refunds at this point, or are you speculating?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Speculating. But, they pretty much said based on number of games played they would make a decision. I can’t see them playing it out with less than 80 games and potential for players not playing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t expect NFBC to return money if they play 48-game season — they might, I have no knowledge, just saying I wouldn’t expect it

          • Cram It says:
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            I wouldn’t expect them to issue refunds if there’s any kind of season being played.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, same…I wouldn’t expect it…They don’t want to give back $100,000s of dollars

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                Just going off the email they sent out. Excerpt below

                Again, we haven’t speculated on the number of games we need to complete an NFBC season,
                but if we get 80 or more regular season games we will still go forward with all of these previously drafted leagues/contests. It’s not ideal, but this is a crazy season. Should MLB settle on a lower number than that then we’ll discuss internally and make a decision. But a season of 50 or fewer games just doesn’t feel like a full baseball contest to us for a number of reasons. It becomes too much of a sprint and we think that if MLB forces that scenario then several players will resist returning. That isn’t good for the game.

                For now, let’s give this labor impasse another week to see what the final decision is before making this decision together. We know it’s a shorter season. We know it’s not ideal. We know some people want everything redrafted. But hopefully we get a deal that involves 80 or more games and we can still move forward and crown so many great champions from an NFBC sprint rather than the normal NFBC marathon.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I got it too…It did seem like they were implying no NFBC if 50 games, but refunding all their money would be crazy

                  • 183414 says:
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                    I love what Greg, Tom, and Darik have done for all of us, and loved playing NFBC and CDM, Winning the overall online championship was awesome and gave me tremendous satisfaction.
                    But to be honest, MLB has lost me , almost certainly for good.
                    I’m disgusted what the MLB has done to NFBC, and most particularly for Greg, Tom, and Darik, but I never intended to be part of a less than 1/2 a season, let alone 48-50 games.
                    I love almost all of my drafted teams and was looking forward to defend my championship and my super league as well.
                    But 50 or less games was never in my mind and I will request refunds for all of my 15 drafted leagues and for my undrafted super league team, as well as my 2 CDM teams.
                    I prefer spending those 2 months traveling with my wife, and traveling by myself to visit friends and family.
                    I don’t blame this on anyone other than Manfred and the MLB.
                    Just wanted to let you know where I stand.
                    Sorry for you Grey, and all of you fantasy baseball fans.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I hear ya

    • NUX says:
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      Yea this one feels like its going well for me too. It’ll def feel like I won a league if NFBC gives back money. It’ll suck for Greg and Tom though, i feel bad about that and hope they survive the lost season and whatever comes for 2022 or whatever… but I’d be getting back over $500 from just these Bestballs I’ve been doing since like Feb. I’d be psyched about that. Was a free way to pass the time. I think I saw Greg say that if its not at least 70-ish games or so (maybe the number was 80) that they’d be giving back the money. Bit of a grey area though with the drafts we have been doing since March 13th or whatever the q-tine date is, as we knew the season would be delayed but gave them money anyway.

    • NUX says:
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      I take back what I said about Greg saying that about NFBC giving back money, just re-checked the tweets and bort messages over at NFBC’s site. Looks like he hasn’t said anything really firm about it and won’t until there is an actual decision on number of games.

      • 183414 says:
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        I think Greg will have to refund to those who don’t want to be playing NFBC for a 50 game season. Not how I drafted and wouldn’t have drafted 1 team given this lunacy that the MLB engineered.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I didn’t want to get too wordy in the opening but some leagues are fine as they are — like Bestballs — but leagues that really mean something should be redrafted

    • JDB says:
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      Don’t feel sorry for me – totally my fault for being lazy and not realizing that the site doesn’t provide real player updates. Archer hurt, Vasquez I should have known about.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Everyone’s liable to lose two players once players sit, so you good still

  6. DonnieB says:
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    Is Jordan Hicks worth picking up and using a DL spot? Is he the closer next year in your opinion? Thanks.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I think he’s the long term closer there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, stash him

  7. krazyivan says:
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    I think 3/4 of the owners have to sign of on the commissioners wish of 48 games. If 8 owners agree to pull the plug then Manfred job will quickly turn it into defection and projection techniques that will be used to protect the identity of those 8 owners.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, it won’t be clear sailing, but I think it makes sense for every team owner to sign off — maybe I’m being naive tho

  8. TC says:
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    10 team; keep 15, standard categories roto.
    Trout and JRam for
    Devers, Eloy, and Buehler

    I’d then try for Corbin and Clevinger for Flaherty.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

      • TC says:
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        Another variation with some of the same players.

        Corbin / Clevinger / JRam for Flaherty and Bregman

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All three for Flaherty side? Meh

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Unless you’re saying opposite; I’d take Clevinger side

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