Orlando Cabrera taxied into Cleveland yesterday.  Does Cleveland’s middle infield of Orlando and Asdrubal remind anyone else of an embarrassing moment at Epcot that I blamed on a 5-year-old?  Probably just me.  Hopefully not too many mixed leaguers are doing handstands over this news.  Orlando Cabrera is good for 7-10 homers and 7-10 steals and by “good” I mean bad and not bad as in good.  Too bad Cabrera’s first name doesn’t start with an S, then he can be S-Cab.  Anyway, here’s some other fantasy baseball news:

Scott Podsednik – Signed with the Blue Jays.  Don’t the Jays already have Podsednik but call him Rajai Davis?  Perplexing news to say the least, though saying the least wouldn’t have me saying anything.  Maybe the Jays signed Podsednik because his wife keeps morale up around the clubhouse.  Wokka, wokka, wokka.  Right now, Podsednik will work as a fourth outfielder and will probably see around 400 ABs.  I’m not too concerned about Davis, Snider or Juan Rivera’s playing times.  They all need a rest once in a while and Rivera can’t stay healthy.

Joe Nathan – Threw off the mound yesterday.  He’s sure trying to make me look bad for saying he won’t be ready for the start of the season, that Nathan’s a hot dog.  I’d still be tentative about drafting Nathan and would grab Capps real late as the handcuff.

Kendry Morales – Said that he might not be ready to go on Opening Day because of the rehabilitation for his limp-off homer.  Only thing less surprising than this would be if Morneau announces he has lingering concussion symptoms.  Since pulling a Kotchman started on the Angels, it’s only appropriate that Kendry carries on the tradition.  Seriously, Al Green mended a broken heart quicker than Morales and his stupid leg.  Put on a cast, grab a wire hanger for itching and be done with it.  I didn’t want to draft Morales before, as my top 20 1st basemen for 2011 fantasy baseball shows, this news doesn’t help matters.

Russell Branyan – Signed with the Diamondbacks.  I.e., Brandon Allen can’t get a break and this sure doesn’t help Juan Miranda’s value.  I’ll never understand why a team going nowhere would sign a go-nowhere vet rather than give their youngsters a chance.  Guess that’s why they’re going nowhere.  As for Branyan, if you can platoon him in NL-Only leagues vs. righties, he could get you 20+ homers in 400 ABs.

Joel Hanrahan – Was announced Hanrahanananan would be the closer for the Black & Yellow, Black & Yellow, Black & Yellow over Evan Meek.  Hanrahanananan should be a solid donkeycorn by the time May rolls around.  You can continue to draft Meek, but you might look a little desperate.

  1. ThE sHiT says:

    The Hanrahan blurb is great! That song is so damn catchy…Keep up the good work Grey, don’t forget that you are THE man!

  2. Steve says:

    Not many saves to go round in the rest of that Pirates ‘pen now. I guess the Meek will inherit the dearth.

  3. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:


    Thats really funny!

    Ditto on Hanrahanananan

    However, Grey, you forgot about the real fantasy news yesterday. I don’t mean fantasy baseball, I mean REAL fantasy. Ollie Perez is being seriously considered for a job in the Mets starting rotation. Last year he was 0-5, with an ERA well over 6; you always like those guys who are on the radar for bounce back years. Perhaps you can write a sleeper post on him. Recommend that the Mets hire Michael Jackson’s doc to give Ollie the same perscription that he adminstered to the King of Pop.

    Aside from Ollie’s Follies, The Donald is interested in buying the Mets. Can’t wait till he gets a chance to say “You’re Fired.” Which would be appropriate for 90% of anyone connected with the team.

  4. tourinct says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: “Luis Castillo, you’re fired!”

  5. JoeC says:

    For some reason, I think “The Donald” would say “Louie Castillo”, instead of “Lou-ees Castillo”.

    “Louie Castillo… you’wre fiwred”

  6. Tony says:

    god my indians keep getting better and better, we sign albert pujols, increase our team salary by 700%, and bring up the triple A team and we’re winning the world series this year.

  7. cameron loves alex says:

    grey- if ian stewart was eligible at 2b, where would you rank him? also, do you know which minor celebrity last year’s overall rcl winner put on their answering machine?

  8. Mr2Bits says:


    Just saw this as well. Car is on the side of the road with smoking engine, cop rolls up to see whats going on, Miggy grabs a bottle of Scotch and starts chugging in front of the cop…..makes sense.

  9. Mike says:

    Having trouble deciding on keepers in 12 team H2H (6×6 with OPS / losses extra cats).

    Keep 10: H-Ram; Cano; Wainwright; Josh Johnson are pretty much set

    Pence is pretty definite too.

    But then I have a lot of players who are good, but all have some question marks.

    So which five would you choose from (top 5 is where I’m at now):

    Aramis Ramirez (3B very shallow, but not overly confident)
    Carlos Pena (Power baby, but average kills)
    Adam Lind (can he rebound?)
    Dan Haren
    Carlos Marmol

    Heath Bell
    Corey Hart
    Delmon Young
    Carlos Lee

    Bell for Haren might be an option, but keeping two closers seems a bit over the top, even if they are both good ones.

    I’m not sold on Hart repeating, and Young is a bit short of true power for H2H perhaps?

  10. Yep, I said it! says:

    @Hennessey: I wonder if this means Grey will flip-flop Miggy and Pujols on his rankings. Oh, lawd. Miggy, dude: what are you thinking?!

  11. Matt Damon says:

    Hey Grey – since we’re talking about fantasy baseball news, how does Miggy McMigglesworth’s latest DUI factor into his fantasy ranking?

    I think I’d actually drop him down now because he could very easily miss time to go back to rehab or something like that. I’d rather have 150 games of Pujols instead of 120 sober games + 20 badly hungover/still drunk games from McMigglesworth.

  12. Tony says:

    @Matt Damon: @Yep, I said it!: @Mr2Bits: wow is this miggy news true? what a numb nuts? Ok have your drinks, but pay someone to drive you around? you’re a bazillionaire….. unreal

  13. Frank Rizzo says:

    Damnit Miggy! My kid has a fathead of this drunk on his wall.

  14. Dingo says:

    @Yep, I said it!: Stop judging him, man! You don’t know anything about his problems!

  15. Ray says:

    ESPN reports that he took a swig from his bottle of scotch in front of the officer. Wow.

  16. Tony says:

    @Ray: he knew he wasn’t going to be near alcohol for about 8 hours or so, he had to get that last swig in to tide him over…..

  17. Ray says:

    ok-looking for another opinion on whether I should keep Pujols in NL-only keeper league. Have him at $59.
    Ryan Zimmerman-$22

    Can keep up to 15. I am leaning toward throwing him back and keeping ARam at $29. Thoughts?

  18. Tony says:

    @Ray: if your other option is ARAM at $29 then no way in my eyes, especially in a NL only.

    Keep the best player in baseball for $30 more bucks.

  19. Eddy says:

    Damn it, Miggy! My league mates are already giving me grief about it (he’s my keeper) and how they hope they suspend him.

  20. Tony says:

    @Ray: i think you have great bargains with heyward, mccutch, stanton, tabata, pedro A, latos, hudson, Ubaldonuts, and storen, you can afford an expensive King Albert.

  21. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    Does anyone else think that Albert is going to play pissed off and have a 50/140 year?

  22. Elijah says:


    I was just thinking that myself about 15 mins ago.

  23. Elijah says:


    Hindisight is 2010 but Albert is definitely #1 on the board going into the draft.

  24. Wilsonian says:

    @Smokey: I concur…and then it’ll just make my Cubs give him his 10 year/$300 mil deal and I’ll be pissed when they’re still paying him in 2022.

  25. KeeblerMN says:

    Do yourself a favor and run an image search of “Scott Podsednik’s wife”. You will be VERY glad you did. Unless you are one of the three girl reader’s of the site… and if that’s the case let me know if the images create any sexual confusion for you, then call a hot friend of yours, pick up some Boone’s Farm and come over to my house so we can all discuss our feelings together.

  26. mindicohn says:

    Been offered two different trades and natch, I need razzball opinions

    I send tulo $21 and Latos$ 14 for cargo$ 20 and garza$ 6

    Other offer I send price$ 12 for nelson cruz $19
    Reg 5×5 roto 10tm.

  27. mr baseball says:

    Scott Podsednik wishes he can hit a limp off homer

    Come on Gray the Diamondbacks signed Russell Branyan for season tickets sales

  28. tommy too strong says:

    The title of todays post should have been…

    “M-Cab, pulled over in another town… DRUNK!”

  29. Tony says:

    @mindicohn: definite NO on the tulo deal…. price for cruz would be alright for this year, not for the future, i’d say NO to both.

  30. mr baseball says:

    @Does anyone else think that Albert is going to play pissed off and have a 50/140 year?

    If he goes for $70 or over in auction drafts then someone does!

    In an auction draft there is a 100 – 1 shot that I am drafting him
    unless I had too much yoo hoo to drink

    In a standard draft there is a 12 -1 shot that I am drafting him

    note 12 team league

  31. Tony says:

    @tommy too strong: OR “Mcab cools down overheated car with bottle of scotch, then takes swig for himself”

  32. zombie says:

    @Smokey: Cabrera blew a .26 BAC the night before a game during the 2009 pennant race. This was only the first day of spring training. He’s already in stretchdrive form. Unless The Man keeps Miggy down, I don’t think this affects him at all. Routine shizz.
    Kind of goes without saying, but “Pulling a Cabrera” need added to the ol’Glossary, Grey.

  33. mindicohn says:

    @tony. Thx. I think I’ve just got itchy trigger right now w auction just 30 days away.

  34. sean says:

    @KeeblerMN: Straight middle school style but still a legendary comment.

  35. anon says:

    I also want to know if Grey will adjust the Miggy ranking after this. My initial thought was that this doesn’t matter. In 2009 Grey ranked him #5 and in 2010 he had him at #7 overall, and that was when we knew he was constantly shitfaced. My guess is that he was drinking all last season, too, and just duped all us suckas into believing he was sober. You know, for the kids. He has still been very consistent for the past 4 seasons and this might just make him easier to get on draft day. Anyone disagreeing?

  36. Hennessey says:

    @Yep, I said it!: Probably depends on whether he’s suspended or misses any time for rehab. If he doesn’t miss time, I think the rankings stay the same. Although, I personally agree with Smokey that Albert’s focus is going to be even more intense than usual; and I’ll draft that over hungover Miggy every time.

  37. Tony says:

    @mindicohn: yeah its just one opinion, but TULO’s position and overall stat line for 2011 should be valued much higher than cargo who should regress, and Latos’s value is much higher than garza. I’d just check out greys top 100…..

  38. sean says:

    Re: Miggy

    I would take this as an opportunity to buy on weakness, especially if he slips toward the back end, or even out of, the first round as he did before. In terms of baseball legends, this guy is an amateur alcoholic. He hasn’t even had to report for Spring Training yet. HOFers used to take swigs between innings.

  39. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @zombie: Yea he won’t do any time for this I cant believe. Everybody in Det will fall off the wagon soon, Mcab liquor, Leyland smoking, Zumaya Guitar hero.

  40. Mike says:


    Just did a 10 team Yahoo mock. (9th pick). Thoughts on my team? Thanks for the advice!

    C – Posada
    1B – Dunn
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Wright
    SS – Jeter
    CI – Alvarez
    MI – Roberts
    OF – Braun
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Krispie Young
    OF – Lind
    OF – Gardner
    UTIL – Tabata/Morrison
    SP – Hamels
    SP – Liriano
    SP – Scherzer
    SP – D. Hudson
    SP – Garza
    RP – Valverde
    RP – Storen
    RP – Lyon
    RP – Francisco

  41. Tony says:

    Whats the best part and what everyone is over looking in this miggy story is…………….HE WAS DRINKING SCOTCH!?

    Seriously? Who drinks scotch straight from the bottle!

  42. sean says:

    @Mike: In the ten-team mock, I’d like to see you with a stronger 1B and CI. There’s no reason to draft Jeter and there’s no reason to follow up Braun in the first with Kemp in the third. Pitching looks solid beware of pairing high ratio starters with high ratio relievers though.

  43. Mike says:

    @tony virtually every alcoholic bum living on the streets here in the UK. That’s assuming they’ve finished the White Lightening and Carlsberg Special Brew…

  44. Mike says:


    Yes I am not a Jeter fan either, but as we all know SS is terrible, and I am having trouble living with Rafael Furcal as my SS. Yes after looking at this draft, I would have liked to get one of the big 1B in the first 2 rounds. I just love the 30/30 potential of Wright at shallow 3B.

  45. Clodbuster says:

    @Dingo: You can’t be serious. That was a joke right? There is no excuse for that jackass.

  46. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Tony: Ron Burgundy and Miguel Cabrera.

  47. mr baseball says:

    @Tony Says:
    Thats what I was thinking Who drinks Scotch – I know Grey doesn’t – he is a Banana Daiquiri Guy

  48. Eddy says:


    In a vacuum, who would you rather have as a bench player:

    Tabata, Snider or Lind?

  49. mr baseball says:

    Doesn’t any MLB athlete learn from Jim Leyritz or Nick Adenhart

  50. mr baseball says:

    @ Eddy Says:

    you know Eddie I blame Lind for me losing all my leagues last year – and in most cases I will never draft a player that had such a negative inpact on my team – but I did hang with Jim Jones – People’s Temple once – so I will drink the Lind kool aid one moe time

  51. sean says:

    @Mike: Mike, I don’t really think that Wright has 30/30 potential. As the power goes up, the steals will come down. I think 25/20 is closer to what he’ll actually put up and if he gets to 30 HR, you’re looking at 15-20 steals instead of 20+. A lot of his action on the basepaths was overcompensating for not producing runs in other ways…

  52. JoeC says:

    @mr baseball: RCL 11 shout-out! Vote in the poll!

  53. Tony says:

    @Clodbuster: its in his quote lol…. easy easy

  54. Exactly says:

    The deputy said that he asked Cabrera who was with him, and he replied, “I’m going to (expletive) kill him.” However, the deputy saw no one else in the vehicle or in the area, according to the affidavit.

    um, hello, Beautiful Mind

  55. mr baseball says:

    @JoeC – Keep those League Manager’s Poll coming

  56. Mike says:


    I see your point about Wright, I guess what I am trying to say is Wright’s ability to be a legit 5 category contributor. But yes, probably more important to grab a Teixera, Gonzalez, Howard, or Fielder with the 11th pick.

  57. Jordan says:

    12-team standard 5×5 roto keeper league. My current keepers are C. Gonzalez, M. Teixera, A. McCutchen, A. Wainwright, Cl. Lee, I. Kinsler.

    Should I keep K. MORALES (bum leg), ARAMIS RAMIREZ (position scarcity) or BILLY BUTLER (only 24 and has lost enough weight this offseason that his moobies are size B now) as my final keeper?

  58. mr baseball says:

    @Grey – Its your deeper picks that will make the difference in the drafts for us – To draft Albert -you have to be in the right place at the right time

  59. Clodbuster says:

    @Tony: I wasn’t about to get all preachy or aything. I just can’t stand enablers.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Hennessey: With X and O’s, I’d bump up Olivo.

    @Mike: Don’t draft Tabata and Gardner on the same team. Too much SBs and not enough power.

    @Eddy: Lind

    @Exactly: Ha

  61. Clodbuster says:

    @Tony: I gathered that from your previous post, thanks.

    @Grey: I don’t recall seeing any auction strategy articles from you. Do you have any specific strategies for position players this year(excluding punting catcher), or are you sticking with your value plan?

  62. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Clodbuster: Strategy articles are coming.

  63. mr baseball says:

    @Clodbuster Says – as auction drafts go – they are too unpredictable –

    I just go and have a list of key players – and spend to get them – Then there is a waiting game until I gain control of the auction draft again – an hour later but when I do – I start filling in my team nicely

  64. mr baseball says:

    @Clodbuster Says – there is plenty of pitching to go around – feed the board with the pitchers you don’t want that will drain each other players money – you still will end up with a good pitching staff for bargain prices

    Hitting is my number 1 objective – so its important that the rest of the drafting auction league is bad financial shape so I can create my pitching staff

    closers – at first they will go for around $20 but 3 hours into the draft you can get 30 save closers for $1

  65. mr baseball says:

    @@Clodbuster Says – keep an eye on players needs – if they need a certain position later in the draft – make them pay – they will go the extra buck – why not – its make believe money

  66. Ben the M says:

    20 team keeper league (keep 6 players no penalty on who you keep)

    current best 6 – HanRam, Votto, Felix, Holliday, Liriano, Papelbon (Latos)


    CarGo, Reyes, Cliff Lee


    Felix & Hanley

    if I make the trade his team ends up with Pujols, Braun, Hanley, Kemp, Wright, Felix


  67. sean says:

    @Mike: Not necessarily. Wright is a solid pick at a shallow position; he gives you production across five categories. I think your third and fourth rounds are where things went south. It’s hard to criticize anyone for Braun/Wright in the first and second. In the third, you’ve gotta be looking for guys like Fielder or Howard who are for some godforsaken reason falling out of favor. In a ten-team league, Howard or Fielder could fall into the mid 20s, which is third round material for you. Then, I think you could’ve looked back to see if a Kemp or JUpton or some other great power/speed guy coming off of a meh year is available in the fourth, someone who could give you first or second round value. I can’t see Jeter doing that for you, even if he puts up a swan song 100/15/65/.290/15 type year. That’s Ian Kinsler minus 10/10, who you could’ve gotten in the same spot.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ben the M: Trade looks good for you, but that other team is a good illustration as to why you need penalties with keepers.

  69. ID4Me says:

    Struggling with last keeper for a 12 team 5X5 (OBP) standard snake draft. Keeping 4 and each year the keeper moves up 3 rounds giving the opportunity for multiple seasons of service. 25 player roster.

    I plan to keep:

    Kendry Morales 16th Round
    Francisco Liriano 10th ”
    Matt Latos 9th ”

    other candidates for my last keeper

    Corey Hart 17th Round
    Brandon Morrow 18th ”
    Travis Snider 20th ”
    Ian Desmond 24th ”

    any thoughts?

  70. Tony says:

    @Ben the M: haha i would not do that…. for one you stack that guy, #2 Felix is the better pitcher and younger than Lee, cargo is a nice add, but reyes or hanley? reyes is risky, i like him but still dont trust him.

    If your team or that other guy doesn’t win this league then somethings wrong. How the hell in a 20 team keeper league can you guys have those keeps! Good scouting? Razzball?

  71. Francis says:

    I guess the Blue Jays believe Jose Bautista is for real as they are about to sign him to a 5 year $65 million contract. Does their belief in him, sway your opinion of him even in the slightest? How did they not learn from the Alex Rios and Vernon Wells contracts?! Is Bautista worth $13 as a keeper in a 14 team mixed league $260 auction league?

  72. sean says:

    @Francis: 13/yr isn’t MVP dough, especially not for a 30-year old who has at best 2-3 seasons of prime power. Rickie Weeks just got paid 10/yr to be the fourth best player on his team. I know there’s been a change in leadership, but this is the franchise that made Vernon Wells a 23M man in ’11.

  73. little bunny foofoo says:


    easily lind

  74. CoreyII says:

    Keeper question for you Grey (or anyone w/ an opinion): would you rather have Ian Kinsler (in the 5th round) or Ian Desmond (in the 15th round).

  75. CoreyII says:

    @CoreyII: 14 team league if that helps, standard categories..

    Keeper question for you Grey (or anyone w/ an opinion): would you rather have Ian Kinsler (in the 5th round) or Ian Desmond (in the 15th round).

  76. Ray says:

    @Grey-can you take at look at my keeper dilemma on #18 above. Crazy to ponder keeping pujols at $59?

  77. Brandon says:

    Does anyone else think MIggy was a Lou holtz style Geenyish for drinking that scotch in front of the officer?

    Fact pattern: MIggy was not arrested in the act of operating his vehicle. Furthermore, the officer cannot determine IF he was drunk while operating, or if he just decided to pound the memory eraser after his car broke down! I have to give props to the guy for helping his defense attorney, this case should be thrown out faster than James Sheild can serve up longballs.

  78. Wilsonian says:

    @Brandon: I like the fact pattern idea. I’m a public defender and this would be an easy case even with indigent clients, let alone when you have someone as high profile as Miggy involved.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ray: It’s way too much, even for Pujols.

    @Brandon: I like it. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, my client, Miguel Cabrera, was so drunk he didn’t drive his car that night, he hired a team of Cirque du Soleil acrobats to push his car where you found him.

  80. Brandon says:

    @Grey: The fact still remains they did not “catch” him operating while intoxicated. They merely found him in a car, by the side of the road, drinking. I would concede that my client was driving and I would concede that my client was drinking; but since you can’t prove he was drinking before/during the act of driving his vehicle, the DUI will not stick.

    Although, watching the circue du Soleil push the 27-yr-old-im-not-an-alcoholic down the road all night would be a site!

  81. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brandon: I think we’re arguing the same side.

  82. Brandon says:

    @Grey: Yeeepppp.

  83. The Vaporizers says:

    Which 3B, SP3 combo do you like better, and do you like it a lot better than the other?

    Chris Johnson, Dan Haren

    Mark Reynolds, Joulys Chacin?

    I’m definitely thinking you are going with the 2nd option there. The league is a 7×7 that includes hits and OPS so I was starting to think that Reynolds was going to hurt me with his .200 avg. And if I like the 2nd duo that much better, it would probably cost me like a 6th round pick in our draft (after we keep 8).

  84. Trevor4G says:


    I’m getting more and more convinced that you are a closet pirate fan! haha come on just admit it… black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brandon: I rest my case!

    @The Vaporizers: Reynolds one.

    @Trevor4G: I like a bunch of their hitters. Their pitching’s kind of atrocious.

  86. mr baseball says:

    Santana to return in late June or early July?

    Grey is there room on your bench for Tito Santana

    How deep does a draft has to be to have Tito Santana on your bench

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mr baseball: He’s set to return in April unless you’re hearing something I’m not.

  88. DonCoburleone says:

    Great stuff as usual Grey… Maybe Toronto is trying to create the ultimate SAGNOF platoon with Davis & Podsednik?

    And completely off topic/out of the blue but I was going through the Razzball glossary of terms and noticed for Smugshot you reference Jair Jurrjens (Jar-Jar) and his f’ing grin. And that got me thinking the only other player I can think of who always has that f’ing grin on his face is Andruw Jones. Then I realized they are both (and the only 2 in ML history) from the tiny island of Curacao!? Do they force children to constantly have a shit-eating grin on their face or what? There must be more to it!

  89. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: reports out of the Mets’ camp says June or July for Santana. But take what the fightin’ Madoffs have to say with a grain of salt.

  90. mr baseball says:

    @Grey – Tito Santana – Mets GM Sandy Alderson expects Johan Santana (shoulder) to return in late June or early July. This is what I read today – Source: Adam Rubin on Twitter – When you are dealing with the Mets you just never know

    I forget that there is a new injuried Santana in town – Carlos Santana
    I punt Catchers – unless no one wants him – I am not interested – I am more interested in creating my 4 man bullpen first

  91. Lava says:

    Heya Grey, long time no see.

    In a league which counts BB’s and NSB’s (instead of SB), would you prefer one of Fielder, A-Gon, or Teix, all who should give good OBP’s (and thus BB’s), or would you still take someone like Wright over them?

    My reasoning for doing the former is that the few steals that some of these first rounders like Wright provide are diminished if they get caught stealing somewhat frequently.

    I have the 11th pick in a 14 team league, so I’m pretty sure one of Zimmerman or A-Rod will fall back to me.

  92. royce! says:

    @Brandon: In my experience as an appellate criminal defense attorney, I think such a defense would be very likely to fail. Not to say that it can’t work, but details of the toxicology are usually very important insofar as they can show when someone started drinking. Also, people tend to say stupid stuff when really plastered, such as admitting that they had been driving. So I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but not driving when the police encounter you is not exactly a get out of jail free card.

  93. Wilsonian says:

    @royce!: not that I want to get into a full fledged legal argument here, but wouldn’t the fact that he was not seen driving (hence limiting the “impaired driving” aspect of the State’s argument against him) and the fact that he chugged some scotch in front of the cop help his case immensely? I know that an argument can be made that his chugging after driving could skew the toxicology reports such that it is nearly impossible to tell when he was actually drunk, and even if the State could prove he was driving after drinking, whether he was drunk at the time he was driving or that he had impaired driving could be difficult to prove because of that.

    I’m a public defender in Illinois and this is much more of a defense than I generally get for my DUI clients. And I don’t know how your state is (or Florida for that matter) but Illinois is not a zero tolerance state. You can drink and drive, you just can’t be impaired or legally drunk while driving. With the toxicology reports possibly being skewed and the fact that there are no witnesses that I’m aware of to prove the State’s case that he was driving and was impaired while doing so, this is a case I would gladly roll the dice on and take to trial. Not saying it’s a slam dunk, as generally no case is, but it’s a helluva better defense than most people have when it comes to DUIs.

  94. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:

    I am not an attorney, but my understanding is that (at least here in PA) sitting in the driver’s seat with the car running is operating the vehicle, whether you are actually seen driving.

    Grey: I just saw Kurkjian on ESPN talking about Michael Young. Basically, Timmy was sawing that if Young is not traded, Young will still get 600 ABs playing all over the field. Paraphrasing, he said that he thinks the plan would be a lot of DH, a day here at short, a day there at second, some days at third, etc.

    My question is how would it affect Young’s value if he ended up with 2B and/or SS eligibility later on in the season?

  95. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DonCoburleone: Ha! I was down in Aruba (one of the ABC islands along with Bonaire and Curacao) and people did seem to smile a lot. Those bastards!

    @Wilsonian: Thanks for the heads up!

    @mr baseball: Ah… Gotcha

    @Lava: Hey, man, good to see you. I’d go with A-Gon.

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Would bump him up a lot if he gets SS… Did Kurkjian’s voice crack?

  97. Iceman says:

    12 team H2H, get to keep 5 (round doesn’t matter). Not sure if I should keep McCann or Hamilton, basically.

    Ryan Howard
    Josh Hamilton

    thank ya

  98. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:

    @Grey: It was another Peter Bradian (Bradyesque?) performance.

    Their ticker this morning also referenced Miggy “taking a swig of Scotch from a Scotch bottle” which is disappointing, because I like to think of Miggy drinking liquor from a Pepsi Big Slam like my high school friends and I did to be discreet at the movie theater.

  99. Trevor

    Trevor4G says:

    Grey, Where is St.Louie planning on putting lance berkmans this year? jw bc he has a decent ranking for being a backup 1st baseman?? i’m guessing outfield?

  100. Real Tom says:

    As I read about Miggy in the news today, my first thoughts were “I wonder what funny commentary Grey will have in his post tomorrow morning?”

    I really wish I was the cop that saw him chugging the scotch. I bet he was like, “You just dropped a round in my fantasy draft, Miggy.” I love that the first thing he said was “You don’t know my problems!”

  101. royce! says:

    @Wilsonian: I had a client who was passed out in the driver’s seat when the cops encountered him. He had pulled to the side of the road. He was too intoxicated to take a breathalyzer, but a subsequent blood test showed a very high BAC (around Miggy’s). From what I remember, he was found guilty of driving under the influence, but not of driving w/ a BAC over .08. It was strange.

    Anyhow, that he was not seen driving is a good fact for the defense, but it’s not insurmountable. Depending on a number of variables, the prosecutor could easily put together enough circumstantial evidence to show that he had been driving and that he was under the influence while doing so.

    As far as the chugging skewing the toxicology reports, he didn’t take a breathalyzer, so I assume he had blood taken at the station. I don’t know what his BAC was. How his drinking near the time of the arrest could have affected his BAC depends on a lot of other variables. But his BAC was high enough that he thought that resisting arrest was a good idea, which makes me think that overall it was too high for his chugging to have much effect.

    But I agree with you that it’s not a slam dunk, and even if the other facts are favorable to the prosecution, these sorts of cases are annoying to try because you have to bring in experts and explain how the body processes alcohol, etc. If he hadn’t resisted arrest, I would think they’d offer him a decent plea agreement. A friend of a friend had a similar experience (cops encountered him outside of his car, punching a wall) and got a “wet reckless.”

    And I agree that this case is much better than most DUI cases, for the defense at least.

  102. Wilsonian says:

    @royce!: a law in Illinois is such that if you’re in the driver’s seat and have the keys remotely close to in your reach, then you’re “in control” of the vehicle and can be charged and convicted of the DUI.

    So I absolutely get what you’re saying. I hadn’t heard about the resisting issue, and that definitely makes it a little more difficult to get a decent plea. In my county the SA will not dismiss any DUI unless you get a “not guilty” through means of a stipulated bench trial. That’s his version of dismissing a DUI…basically the state admitting they have no evidence to convict and forcing the judge, in essence, to dismiss it.

    Being a public defender, we don’t have the funding to get all those experts, which really sucks for us, but I’m assuming the 150 million dollar man can afford to pay his lawyers a little to cover the expert fees.

    And sorry once again for taking over a fantasy baseball site with legal argument. Ha!

  103. Steve says:

    Heaven help anyone on the other side from royce! in a trade dispute in the RCL Original Recipe.

  104. chata says:

    really ?
    my tax dollars should go to support the defense of drunk drivers ?

    it’s time for society to man up .

    have these guys spend 30 days in the slammer BEFORE their case
    goes to trial .

    even rich guys , like this idiot cabrera .

    enough innocent people have been victimized .

  105. Hennessey says:

    Email me if you want in Razzball League #5…one spot left!

    [email protected]

  106. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I had a waiver claim in on Capps, cuz I’m a lil short on saves.I have 2nd pick,I just cancelled the claim due to all the rosey Nathan news……….or should I gamble? It would be nice to hold first choice when some stud either comes up, or is dropped in a brain freeze.I remember all the positive news when Ryan returned from TJ,and we all know how that turned out.

  107. Hennessey says:

    @Hennessey: Filled

  108. wilsoniam says:

    grey…who the better bet to go 30/100
    bruce or lind?

  109. Craig says:

    Do I make this trade in a pure dynasty?

    Send Carlos Gonzalez, Col
    Send Fernando Rodney, LAA
    Send Gavin Floyd, CWS SP

    Receive Mark Teixeira, NYY
    Receive Joba Chamberlain, NYY
    Receive Phil Hughes, NYY

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