I just read, “On March 6th, manager Mike Matheny said Ryan O’Hearn could begin the season in a platoon at first base with Ryan McBroom,” and I cackled multiple times. There’s something legitimately funny at just about every third word in that news blurb. March 6th? Was that this year? March 6th was pre-Covid and I don’t remember anything about that — cackle #1.  Mike Matheny is just a cackle waiting to happen every time I hear his name because he’s such a terrible manager. Imagine even calling him manager. Matheny makes bad managers scratch their heads. Woofity woof woof and cackle #2. There was no cackle #3, then, onto cackle #4: “Could begin the season.” Dude, what season? You’re making me cackle like a gee-dee fool! Okay, moving on! Cackle #5 was at the thought of a platoon with Ryan McBroom. If McBroom doesn’t make you laugh every time you hear his name, you’re dead inside. Check your pulse. The only reason O’Hearn and McBroom should platoon is because Matheny is so dumb and can only remember the name Ryan. “Um, yeah, starting at 1st today is…um, that Irish kid…What’s his name again? Ryan something.” 1st base coach, “McBroom?” Matheny thinks, then, “You wanna clean the bathroom at a McDonald’s?” So, what can we expect from Ryan O’Hearn from 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

Last year was not a good one for Ryan O’Hearn. In 105 games, he hit 14 homers and .195 in 328 at-bats. That makes me do the Michael Scott grimace. Not good, brah. But there’s some hope, homey. His .230 BABIP was about sixty points off where his numbers should be. His previous year should help us stay a bit more optimistic: 44 games, 12 HRs and .262 average with a .293 BABIP. His xBA both years weren’t, how do I say, good, but, honestly I’m not sure why. He had the 61st best exit velocity last year, right above Austin Meadows, and his 42.4% hard contact last year and 42.3% the year before aren’t egregious. League average was 38%, and league average for soft contact was 17%, but O’Hearn’s was 14.3% (which is better than 17%, said Mr. Exposition). At 26 years of age, O’Hearn has only shown 45 grade power in games, but grades out at 60 in raw power, so there’s more there (in theory). He pulls or centers up most pitches, and, with his good-enough Launch Angle of 14.4 in his career, he should be able to put up around a 38-40% fly ball rate. 60-grade power and a 40% fly ball rate gives us something much closer to a 20+ HR/FB%, which takes us to around 15 homers in 65-70 games, and a .250+ average with upside on both fronts. Assuming Matheny forgets his McBroom in the McDonald’s bathroom and looks at O’Hearn more often than not, if for no other reason than he’s the lefty who hits righties well, then O’Hearn could surprise as a cheap late power corner bat and a great dart throw.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great dart throw report!

    a. Poor KC in a Ryan + Ryan platoon to start the year at 1B!! Bring back Steve Balboni. My team is chock full of O’Hearn types (low average, high power) so I will take a pass on O’Hearn. Eyes wide open for sure in case he starts taking off.

    b. Any news on when the season starts? No? I thought last week we were out of the woods, now it looks like we are back into the woodshed! Ga, gonna go nuts on someone or something.

    c. MLB quote of the day for April 20, 1978

    ‘When I’m in my groove, there is no thinking. Everything just happens.’

    Osbourne ‘Ozzie’ Earl Smith, aka ‘The Wizard’. Famous for his backflip before the start of a game. Forever remembered for the play he made 10 games into his first season with the Padres on April 20, 1978 (I know we jumped a bit from 1916 and yesterday’s quote). Was part of a 6-player trade for sure one of the most-lopsided trades of all time with Garry Templeton going to SD and Smith going to St Louis. Smith had a good career, starting out as an excellent fielder then moved to both excellent on offense and defense. His career numbers:

    Hits – 2460
    SBs – 580
    Assists – 8375
    Double Plays – 1590 (broken by Vizquel)
    Games at Position – 2511
    Gold Glove – 13 consecutive seasons

    Career numbers
    Games – 2573
    AB – 9396
    R – 1257
    H – 2460
    2B – 402
    3B – 69
    HR – 28
    RBI – 793
    BB – 1072
    K – 589
    SB – 580

    d. Have a nice weekend

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      ozzie smith was fun to watch

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCwNNqgrKOM

      i remember during a marathon double header than ran out of arms so he even had to pitch a couple innnings

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        One of the best!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Balboni is one of the great names in baseball history

      B. Players are at 70 games and owners at 60, maybe they’lll do obvious and say 65 and call it a day on negotiations

      C. Great quote today! 2511 games — if it was all during a pandemic, it would’ve taken him 25 years, if he played every game

      D. You too!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!

        Totes!! 2511/65=no way he’s going to the HOF.

        Otherwise all quiet on the western front.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, exactly

  2. Dave D says:
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    O’ Hearn strikes me as more of a shart throw. Drafting Ryan seems a lot like drinking tap water in Mexico. Good luck and “Depends are your friends.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — Cmon, he’s not that bad

  3. The O’Hearn and McBroom Platoon:

    Two former Celtic Special Forces Operators who now play the penny whistle and judge Irish dance competitions. The first one to move their arms gets sacrificed to Lugus…

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      penny whistle or skin flute?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, two guys who carry around dye everywhere so they can make every drink green

  4. Cram It says:
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    My favorite band for the last few years. I’m just gonna leave this beautiful live version here as a respite from the world’s current madness.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQWkhnQGkLQ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Playing it now — are they Irish?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Listening, it’s solid, catchier than I was expecting tbh

        • Cram It says:
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          They’re German. I don’t know, I was feeling emotional this morning and that version hit me in the feels. They’re usually just a 3 piece, and they’re much heavier than that.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK7N_XO_Fvw

          I’ve seen them live maybe 5 times. They f’n rock.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            They’re super catchy, I’m impressed with myself for liking them

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I was thinking yesterday how the last concert I will have gone to was Mary J. Blige — el oh el — thanks for sharing more!

                • krazyivan says:
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                  Matheny explained that 1B will be manned by either using a cadever or by platooning O’Hearn & McBroom stating “we wanted to think more outside the box then just putting anyone with a pulse out there”.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

                • Cram It says:
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                  LOL. In what, 2002?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Hahahahaha — I wish it were 2002, could the calendar be a typo???

                • Cram It says:
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                  I’d never seen Tool before (Perfect Circle I have) and had tickets to seem in April. Dreams destroyed.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Tool is a bad band name — do better, Tool

                    • Cram It says:
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                      It’s funny how we say band names without really thinking about the actual words because they’re familiar.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      True…I love Spoon…I say that to my mom and she’d be like, “The utensil?”

                  • Cram It says:
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                    Haha. Exactly. I love Spoon too.

                    Was just listening to something that reminded me of Rage Against the Machine. True story (until someone comments I’m full of sh*t), my girlfriend spent a couple of days and hooked up with Zack de la Rocha when he was touring in Italy in 2000. I feel so blessed.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You got second hand Zack de La Rocha’d! Not to brag, while doing that, I used to go to this person’s house who was friends with Tom Morello and he’d always have a guitar with him, casually playing songs all night

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                    Seen Tool several times. I’m not super into the heavy stuff really, but they are just different… the first time my buddy dragged me off to see Tool, the lady in the row in front of us (at the show alone) was knitting the entire time. Its like being at the zoo. One step below what I imagine going to see Insane Clown Posse must be like.

                    Tool puts on one of the best shows I have ever seen and I’ve seen alot. Went to the NJDevils arena this past November for it and will fork over the cash anytime they are playing somewhere close.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      I’m jealous. Interestingly enough I never got into Tool in high school because they were too heavy. Now they’re one of my favorite bands of all time. Yeah, they are definitely different.

                • Cram It says:
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                  Cool! I’ve never mingled or even really met a celebrity in a social setting. Aside from a grade school friend who was in Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” video. You seem like you interact in that world a little bit. So Zack’s sloppy seconds it is!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Rudy briefly dated a girl that Jeter tried to pick up and he dined out on that shizz for like 10 years

                    • Cram It says:
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                      Hahaha. Totally! I’m certainly going to inject this story amongst my friends once I can socialize again.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, I’d embellish it into all the Rage guys got a little taste — just a little!

                    • Cram It says:
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                      Ha. That might come back to bite me.

                      Reminds me of the scenes from Clear History where Larry’s girlfriend blew all of Chicago (the band).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Never saw Clear History, looked terrible

                    • Cram It says:
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                      It’s just a long episode of Curb. It was fine.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well, I love Curb, so maybe that might interest me

                    • Cram It says:
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                      I mean, if you don’t enjoy Curb, you’re probably lobotomized.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, true

            • LOLmets says:
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              Lol that’s unlistenable. You’re just being nice.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I didn’t think it was terrible at all

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            I like the music they defintitely rock…..the lead singers voicing/style not my cup of tea maybe she is different on other songs

            what is emotional about that song? seems like mild despair

            • Cram It says:
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              This was just a collaboration for this one concert. She is not in the band.

              Despair isn’t emotion?

              I don’t get despair out of it though. On the contrary “you found the best in me” says rescue from despair to me. But it’s in combination with the passion it’s sung.

              • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                i said “Mild despair”

                i listened to another version they seem better to me without the girl.

  5. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Grey, sort of off topic, but can you share who you drafted so far in your league with Nux? You had picked Trea/Soto for your first 2 picks.

    Thanks man. I enjoy seeing who pros pick for their teams and how they go about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The league is 2 OFs, and only 4 Ps and Best Ball, so it’s not really indicative of much

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        First few picks were:

        Trea, Soto, Springer, Rosario, Vlad, Clevinger, Paddack, Bauer — but it’s not how I’d draft another league

  6. DonnieB says:
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    I have a question regarding the Mariners. Are they staying the Seattle Mariners or are they going to be the CHOP Mariners? The Chopistani people don’t seem like big sports fans but they do need some kind of an economy so why not take over a baseball team. If they did, it would only make sense that the Mariners would not be subject to drug testing. It could be a win,win for the Mariners and the proud Chopistani people who would no longer need foreign aid from the U.S.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chop? I don’t get it

  7. DonnieB says:
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    It used to be called CHAZ. Now stands for Capital Hill Organized Protest zone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I haven’t been following

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