So, this is bad. Two more weeks without baseball. It’s grim to even think about the MLB Twitter account tweeting about Jackie Robinson Day with no baseball being played. That will be the point when yours truly takes the final steps to becoming The Joker. As you can see, my barista has already peaked into my soul.
Would’ve preferred the barista just called me a clown pic.twitter.com/TltS5ys3t8
— Razzball (@Razzball) March 9, 2022
Gonna be honest with you, things could become dire at Razzball if we don’t have baseball back until May 1st. Writers get paid; vendors get paid; stats are not free; semi-colons are usually fun; this isn’t fun! It would go a long way towards keeping the lights on if you were to grab a $9.99 ad-free subscription, and, incredibly, that gets rid of ads, which is awesome for you. Win-win! Or more wins than deGrom’s projected for. Allow me to demonstrate:
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Also, the 2022 fantasy baseball rankings, I did it. I moved Ronald Acuña Jr. up in my top 10 for 2022 fantasy baseball. What’s the most games he’s going to miss now, 15? That sounds like the same as Fun The Jewels with his shoulder. It’s not a jinx if you know it’s going to happen. I learned that from an eye-patched gypsy that hung out with the Peaky f***ing Blinders. I also updated my top 100 for 2022 fantasy baseball and the top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this preseason for 2022 fantasy baseball:
Max Muncy – Says he’s already swinging a bat. Every time I’m out, you keep pulling me back in with your torn UCL. Now, I have no idea what I’m doing with him. For the entire preseason, I wasn’t going near him. Now, I have to admit I’m kinda intrigued to see how well he’s swinging the bat. How can we sneak in to see players practicing right now? Oh, I know! Anyone want to dress up like a bag of balls to sit by a batting cage?
“Hey, Max, wanna start working on that swing?”
“Okay, grab me that bag of balls.” *bag of balls moves away from Muncy’s reach, Muncy gives chase as the bag of balls and Muncy reenact a 7th-inning sausage race*
So, for right now, I’m not moving up Max Muncy. My thoughts on this are, his elbow feels great because he’s not actually playing one 9-inning game after another 9-inning game. He might be fine for the start of the season, but give him two weeks of playing every day and see how well he’s doing.
Kwang-hyun Kim – Went back to Korea. Removed him from the top 100 starters for 2022 fantasy baseball. In unrelated news, I sent the New Kids on the Block’s Hangin’ Tough video to Seiya Suzuki’s agent. Hang tough, man! We’re gonna be playing soon!
Codi Heuer – Out for 2022 with Tommy John surgery. That came after an altercation with Karen Hill when she went to his apartment and started pressing all the buttons screaming, “In 2C, Codi is a Heuer!” With Heuer out, it gives Rowan Wick some job security, until the Cubs just sign someone and Wick loses the job. I’ve updated my top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball.
Brad Peacock – Signed a minor league deal with the Royals. Royals are in KC and the last two letters of Peacock are KC and *brain explodes* Whoa.
Mike Trout – Said he’s 100% healthy. “Mike Trout saying he’s 100% healthy” is baseball’s groundhog. In six weeks, there will be games!
Just got an interesting trade offer and wanted to know your thoughts on it.
I trade away Michael Brantley ($18), Alex Bregman ($23), Eric Lauer ($6), and minor league prospects Drew Waters and Brenton Doyle.
I get: Jon Gray ($9), Kevin Gausman ($16), and Kendall Graveman.
I have J-Ram at 3rd and just not sure where Bobby Witt is going to be called up or where he will play.
Make the deal?
graveman is $9, Gray is $6 and Gausman is $16
Works for me
when is Witt getting called up
Start the year, hopefully
at what position? SS or 3B
Good thing I asked the other team to throw J. Turner in the deal.
Any idea when you guys are doing the R
azz rankings to ESPN and yahoo comparisons.
This week depending on signings
12 Team Keeper League 6×6 OPS/QS
Keep 5 in the round they were drafted in…
Keeping Bichette (Rd 23), Devers (8), Semien (9)
I have the 12th pick, who else do you keep? Need to pick 2.
hilarious that a few fake ultimatums turn the content into mush almost immediately. as of monday night it was the old “we’re having to start later than april 7th if you don’t kowtow to our demands (some of which were just brought up today etc)”, then “oh we meant tues” then wed, and apparently thurs wasn’t the deadline for this either.
So there will be a 19 second pitch timer with men on base. So essentially, this means no pickoff attempts. If I am understanding it, SBs will be cheap. Looking for high on-base guys, right?
Really? I would guess pickoff attempts reset clock, no?
If it is reset, then this is a way to defeat the timer. No limit on attempts -> I can stall for minutes.
True…Huh, that is weird…Could mean more steals, I guess…It’s not until 2023 for the pitch clock, so we have time, literally
I hope you’re right. I thought MLBTV panel said it was this year.
Nah, just read CBA…2023 for shift and pitch clock
So I’m in a 14-player PPR League we decided to do keepers this year,only two, so my options are vladdy, tatis, Cedric Mullins, Wanda Franco
I would like your opinion on who you would keep?
Baseball is back. FINALLY.
Now the Cubs need to sign a boatload of FAs, pronto, otherwise they’re running a AAA roster out there again this season. I have to believe Marcus Stroman was given assurances that they would put better players around him.
BOZOs united – play ball!
Couldn’t be happier, gonna get my 30th fantasy season!!!
No more bickering. Play Ball!
On my 2022 bingo card, I had March 10, as the happiest day of the year. LOL
april 5th opening day and they getting in 162 lets goooo
I heard April 7th for opening day, but doesn’t really matter. I’m sure this agreement had everything to do with me going ad-free today…woot-woot!!
First RCL in the books. Guess who I took first from 5 spot.
C Garver (20)
1B Olson (3)
2B Schoop (21)
SS Bogaerts (4)
3B Rendon (9)
MI Anderson (5)
OF Acuna (1)
OF Arozarena (6)
OF Kelenic (11)
Of Adolis Garcia (14)
OF Happ (19)
UT McMahon (16)
P Woodruff (2)
P Bassit (10)
P Gilbert (13)
P Clevinger (15)
P Pearson (25)
P Pressly (7)
P Chapman (8)
P Barlow (17)
P Floro (18)
P Sulser (22)
P Suarez (23)
P Wick (24)
Oh, Acuna has a 1 next to his name…Nice team! I hate Rendn, and you look weak on AVG, prolly bc you have Woodruff…Solid team, you know what you’re doing
Yo Grey, great stuff again. I’m choosing to be optimistic with “progress” made today in CBA negotiations (prolly my bad!).
Question for you – we’re a 10-team roto league 6×5 (adding in SLG%), but deep rosters. We start 2 at each IF spot, 5 OF, 2 at DH, 6 SPs and 3 RPs. In a league like this, what is your strategy for RPs heading into the draft?
Thanks! I hope so!
Can punt closers for a bit, maybe grab one around 150 overall, then again grab two after 200
Thanks Grey! One more for you that haunts me. I’m keeping Treat Urner, Olson, Albies and Tucker. I couldn’t justify keeping Bregman over any of them. However, as you’ve said, 3B is a wasteland. If I read the keeper shituation, the best available at the draft will be Bregman, maybe Rendon, Turner, then the rest below in your rankings.
Assuming you don’t recommend keeping Bregman over any of those studs, do I reach on a 3B or two at the draft, or punt and try for late “value” based on our tiers? I need two of the 3B jerkoffs.
Depends what the rest of the team looks like, and what else you need to invest in, but those guys you mention aren’t better than Bregman
I guess I’m asking if I come to the draft with T.Turner, Albies, Olson and Tucker, and we start 2 at each IF position, is it worth reaching on Bregman with my first pick above better overall hitters, or go with best hitter and take my chances on some of the 3B you like later in the draft?
Who are some of the better hitters you’re ignoring for Bregman?
Man it’s so hard to tell, but possibly guys like Arozorena, India, Winker, Chisholm, K. Marte, Stanton, Swanson, etc. If Teoscar is available, i’m taking him for sure.
Oh forget Bregman then…Too many decent guys will be available
Hopefully some movement with this lockout. Keeper question Grey. 8 team espn 5×5. I need to narrow this down to 8 players. Freeman$24, Albies $19 Story $15, Riley $1, Teoscar $10, Harper $30, JD Martinez $10, Correa $15, Woodruff $6, Thanks Man.
Hey Grey! Loyal reader, semi-frequent commenter, and year-over-year subscriber here. LOVED using the War room this year for my keeper draft. I preloaded the room with x’s and y’s (y? because the o, o, o’s they haunt me! WOW! Who let Elle King in here? Elle why is your dad yelling ” YOU CAN DO IT!” to me? This got weird). ANYWHOO….
Ended up with a $371 team after the draft! What do you think?
C- Will Smith
1B – Pete Alonso (K)
2B – Gleyber Torres
3B – Alex Bregman (K)
SS – Francisco Lindor (K)
OF- Mookie Betts (K)
OF- Randy Arozarena (K)
OF- Cody Bellinger (K)
UTIL – Franmil Reyes (K)
UTIL – Ryan McMahon
Bench – Seiya Suzuki, Oneil Cruz
SP – Shane Bieber (K), Robbie Ray (K), Lance Lynn (K), Justin Verlander, Jon Gray, Alex Wood, Yusei Kikuchi
RP – WIll Smith, Taylor Rogers, David Bednar, Paul Sewald
Keep up the good work Razzball writers! We’ll be here each day with you.
Thanks, appreciate it!
You can do it! Haha
How many teams?
12 teams, H2H we each have 10 keepers.
Like the team, but you have a few guys I worry about as keepers…Cody, Mookie, Randy, Bregman, Bieber…Then I don’t love Verlander, but Rudy does…The team is fine, I wish you had better keepers…
We’ll see how the season goes. I hope the october that Belli had means he is back.
I actually had Acuna but traded him for Alonso, Betts and Ray. Had I not made that trade I would have had Acuna, John Means and Adolis Garcia instead. I’ll miss tildaddy, but I think it’s a net gain.
Yeah, I hope you’re right bc I grabbed Cody in one league, but I have worries — Decent haul for Acuna
I’m an optimist. Sometimes it’s a weakness, but hopefully today they can get something done and maybe get a few games back!
10 team dynasty roto. I have a lot of age and finished 7th last year. I’m working on a deal to move my S.Marte. My offer is S.Marte for L.Urias and Kelenic. The guy is thinking about it! If he doesn’t bite, would you move S.Marte for L.Urias and Adell? Getting Urias would allow me to trade Arenado and then I have a future 3B.
It’s a 10 team, only 10 hitter league so I feel like the hitters have to be top 75 type players to contribute to a contender. I’m hoping Urias turns into one of those type hitters in the future.
Thanks for the help!
Let’s go! I think we might get a deal!
I’d take Kelenic, but not Adell
I have never spent so much time on twitter and refreshing constantly for the ‘Play Ball’!
Let’s go!!! Haha, I hate it
Progress with the international draft issue! If the CBA miraculously gets solved today and we have games sooner than we think, I will take full credit because I just drafted Acuña for the first time last night.
Your drafting fingies are spooky accurate
You Nailed IT!!! Keeping Acuña is happening for me now as well at $52-55 (prices not locked yet and based on MVP auction calculator on Fantasy Pros). Mind you our cap for 23 roster spots is $280. Betts went for $55 and Soto $58 last year, so you gotta think Acuña goes for $58+ along with Soto.
Yeah, it’s expensive but you gotta pay for him
What happens to you, is what you make happen.
I have to finish the other Vikings show first now before I jump in
I may not get to it til next week either
Hoping this latest news isn’t more BS…
I hope not too, I can’t take much more disappointment
just joined the ad free and roto deluxe, happy to help keep the lights on after years of making my morning entertaining during the season and help with a competitive h2h categories league that is heavy on pitching and streaming!
Appreciate you, thanks!
Thanks for the reminder, Grey. I just bought my yearly subscription. Forgot how this BS is squeezing the little guy. I feel like a deal will happen in the near term (WTF guys, no one thought about the international draft until last night?!?!)
Now to do the dance where I log in to get ad-free and use hittertron and then log out to comment so my real name isn’t associated with my uncontrollable lust for Bobby Witt Jr.
Best to you and your crew.
I hope it happens very soon, bc this sucks and blows…Thanks, appreciate it!
12 team, Auction, re-Draft 5X5. I got Muncy at$6 and Darvish at$14. Your thoughts on keeping these guys? if Muncy is not kept I will need to redraft a 2B and MI. Already keeping 4 good SP’s..thanks man.
Muncy is fine for $6 and Yu for $14
i.e., I’d keep both
quick plug for the advanced subscription – DFS is a blast with the Optimizer – worth every penny and by far the most advanced tool on the market IMO.
Grey – music seems to be slow but have you had a chance to check out your fellow podcaster, Open Mike Eagle’s new season of What Had Happened Was? His guest is Dante Ross. I knew the name but didnt know a ton and the season is pretty incredible. He bounced around labels and was around for the early De La, Brand Nubian, Queen Latifah and Ol’ Dirty album sessions. Completely unfiltered and a great listen if you get a chance!
Thanks, appreciate it!
Dante Ross is a legend! No, I hadn’t heard about that but will listen today, gonna download it right now, actually…Good heads up!
let me know if you like it! I’ve gone back and re-listened to a ton of stuff from the 90’s.
I will, with lockout over, won’t be able to listen for a few tho
Holy crap, I just downloaded an ep and saw the old eps and now I want to listen to all of them
Fantasy is free. That’s why it’s called fantasy. Otherwise, it’s business. And if one presumes that scores of subscriptions make up for the loss of thousands of eyeballs, your advertisers will tell you something different. So you choose, “dude”. Free or flee. And that’s not just me.
The lockout blows chunks!!! Quick keeper question: 12 team 6×6 keep 9 do we like Franmil at $20 or Jesus Sanchez at $12. Other hitter keepers are Tatis $23, Devers $34, Cronenworth $1, Adames $1. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
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What Duda said.
Thanks, Duda! Appreciate you!
a. Nice update, therefore, ergo, ipso facto, I’m being honest.
b. Finally two reports on a Villar sighting.
1 Caught illegally fishing tuna on Mangrove Island in Everglades National Park
2 Hugging a black bear cub as his momma was swiftly approaching from behind him in Smoky Mountain National Park
c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for March 10, 2022
‘A bad week for the prosecution at the OJ Simpson trial. Under tense questioning by Barry Scheck, LAPD Detective Dennis Fung admitted he may have contaminated the crime scene when he accidentally dropped a big bucketful of OJ’s DNA.’
d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for March 10, 2022
Teasdale: ‘Your Excellency, I thought you left.’
Chiccolini: ‘Oh no. I no leave.’
Teasdale: ‘But I saw you with my own eyes.’
Chiccolini: ‘Well, who ya gonna believe me or your own eyes?’
Chico, Duck Soup
B. I thought you were being for real at first, haha
Yes, I was being for real except I’m losing my mind watching reruns of the Paralympic games hoping my sacrifice will enable the CBA to get done. But yeah, looking like May 1 start of the season which sucks a bit but still reasonably ok.
Funny I’m listening to a pod about Oscar Pistorius right now, it’s good False Idol is its name…BTW, we might be getting out of this lockout, feeling good!
Yo Ante you want to join the FCL this year?
Thanks man. Kind of booked elsewhere. Hope you are well, man. Go Giants (in an even-numbered year).
I guess I’m first! YAY ME! Since I’m up, doing laundry while waiting for my daughters next poo/vomit session, which was probably caused by the Lockout…I guess I’ll ask Question of the Day: Will I see an MLB regular Season game, or a new Peaky Blinders episode first? (my bet is on Peaky)..(PS, my daughters puke stain looks like Rob Manfred) (photo to follow)….PSS: TAKE THE DEAL, PLAYERS!, and STFU Scherzer)
I’m gonna guess Peaky Blinders, then MLB right after on May 1st
Good luck with the pee/poop too!