Member when the Beastie Boys first came on the scene with (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)?  Sounded like a one hit wonder at the time.  Even the goofy video seemed like a band that will come and go before Adam Curry’s hair fell.  Yeah, they ended up exceeding expectations almost immediately.  2012 was Paul Revere, Brass Monkey, She’s Crafty, Girls and even their follow-up Paul’s Boutique for Asdrubal Cabrera.  Last year, Asdrubal had 25 homers and 17 steals and got more hits than Sadaharu Oh.  That’s seven more homers than Ass-Cab’s previous career high, if you consider his previous career high 18 homers were hit over his previous four seasons and fourteen hundred and fifteen at-bats.  He’s crafty!  If you would’ve got that from Hanley you would’ve been happy as a pig in shizz.  So what’cha want from Asdrubal Cabrera for next year, and what makes him a 2012 fantasy baseball keeper?

In 2011, Asdrubal’s HR/FB ratio got a little absurd with itself.  He never broke 7% prior and last year it was 13.3%.  He did it like this.  He did it like that.  He did it with a wiffle ball bat.  Reports are saying he changed his approach a’la Zobrist.  I love how a skinny guy hits more homers than he’s ever hit before and he’s suddenly Zobrist.  Zobrist had 12 homers in only 62 games the year before he crushed 27 homers, so it wasn’t out of nowhere.  Oh, and after hitting 27 homers The Brist got chopped down to 10 homers in 151 games.  Anyway, that comparison is irrelevant.  We’re talking about Ass-Cab.  Ass-Cab isn’t a 25 homer guy.  He hit 15 homers that were deemed “Just Enough” by this site. (You’re about to lose two hours of your life after looking at that site; you’re welcome.)  Ass-Cab’s a 15 homer guy, which is potentially 20 with some luck (or 10 to 12 homers with bad luck).  He also doesn’t have blazing speed.  He’s good for around 15 steals.  His K-rate was also up last year probably because he was trying to go deep which did no favors for his average.  This sounds like a negative piece on Asdrubal.  A’la Cher from Clueless, “As-DRUBAL!”  He’s a definite keeper for 2012.  To start, he’s a shortstop.  With shortstop eligibility, you’re jockin’ Mike Aviles to my dismay.  I see his 2012 line coming in at 85/17/75/.280/17.  At shortstop, you’ll take that from White Castle to the Nile.

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chata
chata
10 years ago

mcgwire gets a world series ring ??

his 1st legitimate one .

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
10 years ago

David Freese is going to be so overrated next season. There is no way I’ll be drafting him where he’ll go. I’m curious where Allen Craig will go.

chata
chata
10 years ago

i’m drafting david freese in the 1st round .

unless he drops to the 2nd round .
or the 3rd round .
or
the
fourth
round .

chata
chata
10 years ago

actually a pretty decent world series mvp presentation/speech
by the usually bumbling selig .

VinWins
VinWins
10 years ago

Anybody who watched the Cards the first 5 months couldn’t have thought this was possible. They had a lot of defensive games like Game 6.

Well, except for that guy that on Sept 12 bet $250 on them to win the pennant and another $250 to win the World Series. ($375,000 total payout)

chata
chata
10 years ago

whoda thunk it ?

congratulations … st louis cardinals .

Steve
Steve
10 years ago

Texas ‘pen hasn’t really done its thang the last couple of nights.

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
10 years ago

Who wins the logrolling competition between Berman and Napoli?

Howard
Howard
10 years ago

Gary Thorne’s voice haunts me from his XBox days! Have to watch Fox.

chata
chata
10 years ago

wonder what the vegas odds are on edwin jackson hitting a
home run in tonight’s game .

Steve
Steve
10 years ago

Game 6 – not to mention some of the stuff we’ve seen at the Rugby World Cup here – did me give pause to consider just what some of these guys are capable of doing under such suffocating pressure.

We may curse them for going down looking with the bases loaded and we need a couple of RBI to win our weekly match-up, but credit where credit is due for some incredible stuff.

On the other hand, I’m also reminded of a quote from Keith Miller, a famous Australian cricketer from the 1950s and 60s, who also served as a fighter pilot in WWII. When asked about a pressure situation he had faced during a game, he replied “Pressure? That wasn’t pressure. When you’ve got a Messerschmitt up your arse – THAT’S pressure.”

Enjoy the game everyone.

chata
chata
10 years ago

matt harrison is loosening up … and he’s looking all bug-eyed .

chata
chata
10 years ago

euphemism of the night …. “left it all out there on the field” .

chata
chata
10 years ago

@ Grey :

you ought to establish a base-line for which round david freeze
SHOULD be drafted for the 2012 season .

the way that i figure it , he’s gonna jump up 2 rounds for every hit he gets
tonight , 3 rounds for every extra base hit , and 4 rounds for every
home run …. on top of his already much elevated level .

Awesomus Maximus
Awesomus Maximus
10 years ago

You know my love for the Ass Cab, so I won’t gush.

I will mention the coincidence of you pulling out the B-Boys just a day or two after my wife mentioned she saw Ad-Rock on some cooking show. I just shook my head… remembering the days when it was cool to be a rock star, period. Now Steven Tyler is a judge on a half-assed game show, Ad-Rock is on a cooking program, David Lee Roth is a failed morning radio DJ…

What in Zeus’ name has this generation done to cool?

ChillmanCometh
ChillmanCometh
10 years ago

Grey, I’ve got a keeper quandry.

Ten team 5×5 league, each team keeps four players, and essentially we all start the draft in round 5 (which we call the 1st). My keepers are Tulo, CarGo, Ryan Zimmerman, and Miguel Cabrera.

A trade proposal that has been extended to me is Halladay, Jennings and 3rd for Tulo.

Insane to not accept this or does Tulo carry that much clout?

wily mo
10 years ago

… note i’m not really trying to say that asdrubal is actually a 25-homer guy. the thing about just-enoughs is convincing, and he did a bunch of his power damage in that one early burst. i don’t think that was completely fluky – i think it was probably the swing adjustments kicking in, but before the pitchers caught on. once they see him tee off like he’s tulo for a couple weeks a little more caution is employed and he comes back down to his new level, which is higher than his old level but lower than his temporary surprise-i-have-power hot streak level. ecosystem.

wily mo
10 years ago

i’m pretty sure zobrist wasn’t healthy in 2010 and it just wasn’t talked about very much. there was some talk about his back that you can find if you specifically google it. but i think it all got filed under “we’re manly jocks who don’t make excuses” since he played through it. the power came back again this year, to a degree. so that’s 3 out of 4 years he’s maintained the power gains.

swing adjustments can work. zobrist, bautista, granderson. andres torres was my other pet swing adjustment player from last year and he cratered, but it sounds like there were other outside factors with him last year: his ADHD medication wore off and he couldn’t sleep, they were making a documentary about him, general nagging health issues… guys just have down years sometimes. look at david wright. what’s his deal. and so on.

Asdrubal Bastardo
10 years ago

After I bring it up, I can’t find it now haha. It only shows up sometimes. Some guy talking about some good/service that I do not want. But regardless, good piece on a fellow Asdrubal. We Asdrubals love all the pub we can get.

Asdrubal Bastardo
10 years ago

They constantly interfere with the continuous stream of porn going on in my other browser windows.

Asdrubal Bastardo
10 years ago

I hope the company compensates you well for having those un-pausable video advertisements on the page. Because they are really annoying. I want a refund on my membership fee!

Simply Fred
simply fred
10 years ago

Votto right alongside Kemp with 12 JE and just 4 ND.

Wake Up
10 years ago

So it looks like Morse either got “Just Enough” or hit a “No Doubter,” or didn’t.

Grandy and Kemp should be avoided because they both led their leagues in “Lucky Homers.”

Wait, Grandy is near the top in “No Doubters” he’s good. But, Kemp got too many “Just Enoughs.” Avoid Kemp. Yeah avoid Kemp. AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH.

Just me an my horsey and my quart of tears!

Wake Up
10 years ago

…nile…nile…nile…

royce!
royce!
10 years ago

That Mike Aviles line is classic.

royce!
royce!
10 years ago

He most certainly did not have as many hits as Saduhara Oh, though I’m sure he beat out Tom Thumb, Tom Cushman or tomfoolery.

Hey [one or two] Ladies!

Oregon Nut Cups
Oregon Nut Cups
10 years ago

So Miguel Cabrera hits more just enoughs than Asdrubal Cabrera in 2011…was all that extra weight just a suit made of vodka?

Lance Berkman
Lance Berkman
10 years ago

Who cars about Cabrera…I’m kicking a** in the world series. Hey grey, still waiting for that cool down/injury?

I’m about to be a world champion bit*hes!!!