Let me set the scene: it’s March 2020. Grey’s mustache is neat and trimmed, and he’s been wearing his sun hat 24/7. “At least take the hat off when you shower,” Cougs says, and Grey looks longingly out at the ocean. “The sea is the only shower I need!” he says, with dreams of visits to sushi restaurants dancing through his head. Justin Verlander is a top 10 pitcher. Stephen Strasburg is healthy. Marcus Stroman is ready to pitch for the Mets. Nolan Arenado is playing for the Rockies. Nobody has heard of Randy Arozarena or him kidnapping anybody…just Miguel Sano kidnapping people.
10 months later, and Grey still hasn’t taken that sun hat off. “It’s like a mask for my brain,” he says, holding a can of Lysol at his side. Grey loads up his 2021 rankings and hoses his laptop screen down with Lysol. “GET RID OF THE BAD TAKES!” he shouts, pointing at German Marquez. But as he loads the site, he sees something so wonderful, he puts the Lysol down on his desk next to the Bartolo Colon bobblehead. He takes his sun hat off for the first time in a year, clutching it to his chest, tears streaming down his eyes. “It’s beautiful!” he says. “It’s RazzSlam SZN. There’s hope for 2021!” he shouts, only to be interrupted by his Twitter alarm alerting of another EverywhereBlair hype piece about a Seattle Mariners pitcher.
In case you missed our earlier RazzSlam entry post, we’re ready to host y’all for the biggest industry/fan mixer that you could imagine. You ever rub elbows with a fantasy baseball expert? It’s a greasy experience!
Here’s the deets on the 2021 RazzSlam:
Note: If you played in the 2020 RazzSlam, you DO NOT need to sign up again. We’ve already got your info!
What: It’s the RazzSlam, 2.0! Free-to-enter, all are welcome!
Who: Huge names representing the biggest fantasy sites in the industry will compete alongside fans from across these great internets for the RazzSlam trophy. The field for the main event is 75% analysts and 25% fans. There’s a qualifier league for those not included in the main event. You’ll compete against Razzball’s own Grey Albright, Rudy Gamble, and Donkey Teeth, and some of the top names from other fantasy sites. In 2020 we were joined by Heath Cummings and Chris Towers from CBS; Andy Behrens, Scott Pianowski, and Dalton Del Don from Yahoo; Eno Sarris and Derek Van Riper from The Athletic; Paul Sporer from Fangraphs; Jeff Erickson from Rotowire; Mike Gianellea of Baseball Prospectus; Matt Williams of RotoFanatic; Alex Fast and Nick Pollack of PitcherList; Justin Mason of Fantasy Friends with Benefits; Yancy Eaton of literally everywhere; and of course, Ray Butler from Prospects365 — our 2020 champion! Whew! Who will join us in 2021? Why not you?
Where: The NFBC will graciously host the ‘Slam, using their Cutline Championship Format.
Why: Because it’s the most fun thing we can do in 2021! Even more fun than watching Grey make pastrami over the course of 12 hours in his kitchen sink!
When: Slow drafts with a 4-hour per pick clock will begin at 12pm ET on Monday, March 8th.
How: To participate, fill out the form below and click submit. A fan lottery will take place near the draft season. The fan lottery will consist of 80% from people who are premium tools subscribers and 20% from the “Cheap Ass Fans” pool who don’t subscribe to the tools.
Format: This contest will mirror the NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship Rules, except we’ll feature 12 team leagues rather than 10 team leagues.
1st Place – RazzSlam Engraved Trophy brought to you by Young Bat Company (priceless), Razzball MLB DFS Premium Subscription ($149.98 value), Choice of one shirt from the Razzball Rotowear Collection ($24 value)
Consolation Winner –Entries into the 2022 RazzBowl and RazzSlam