If you were to refer to Kevin Maitan as the LeBron James of international baseball prospects you wouldn’t be wrong. How many 13 year old’s pop up on the prospect radar, and not only that, but inspire gushing articles almost immediately. To say he’s the buzziest July 2nd signing since Miguel Sano would be an understatement. This is the world we live in, a place where a 13 year old from Venezuela can demand the kind of attention reserved for AAU basketball standouts. All this to say the time has arrived , and the age of the Mighty Maitan is almost upon us. That’s right the July 2nd date is right around the corner, and a juicy crop of internationals look to test the water. Chief among them is Maitan, the 16 year old shortstop with the big power and even bigger reputation. Let’s jump into why he matters, and what sort of resources you should allocate to land him.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Congratulations are in order for Adrian Beltre. Last week, he became the newest member of the 400 home run club and only the 52nd player in MLB history to accomplish that impressive feat. Only three other active players – Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, and David Ortiz – are in that company. To put it into historical perspective, Beltre is one of only four players to spend at least 75 percent of his career at third base and reach that milestone. The other three players are Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, and Chipper Jones. Two Hall of Famers and one soon-to-be HOFer. That’s some rarefied air. Or maybe that’s just the sausages and peppers that I had for dinner making a return visit. We’ll go with the former. Sorry¬†to any of our girl readers who are (were) reading this. It was nice knowing you!Please, blog, may I have some more?
In honor of St. Patrick‚Äôs Day, I‚Äôm going to stumble through some baseball-related drunken lullabies, (mostly) rants labeled as poetry, and a token haiku. If you read between the lines, you just may even find some potentially useful fantasy advice. See what I did there? Please, blog, may I have some more?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Well, if the Dodgers really do have the Magic touch, they better get Zack Greinke some aid. Greinke flew back to LA yesterday and, boy, is his elbow tired. I say, “Blame it on Harang,” but I say like I’m Milli Vanilli. Greinke’s MRI came back clean, and Dr. Neal ElAttrache diagnosed him with inflammation. Is it me or does Dr. Neal ElAttrache’s last name look like those sneaker/slippers Nike used to make in the 90’s? Any the hoo! Dr. Neal Air Huarache gave Greinke some anti-inflammatory medication and the news has been positive (after the negative news). I really to the third power dislike pitchers with elbow issues, but Greinke is supposed to be able to throw again in a few days. I haven’t moved him yet in my 2013 fantasy baseball rankings, but I’m going to be watching this situation like I’m a cyclops with a monocle. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
You know how when you turn on the lights in my bedroom, the cockroaches scatter? ¬†Well, maybe you didn’t know. ¬†Okay, say Hodgepadres are the cockroaches and the lights are from any stadium but Petco. ¬†You following the analogy? ¬†Good, let’s add another layer. ¬† Please, blog, may I have some more?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson were called up on Sunday. ¬†Here’s what I just said on Friday when I told you to pick Vitters up, “(He) comes with high expectations simply because Cubs fans are like a 104-year-old virgin who would just love to touch the playoffs‚Äô boobies. ¬† Please, blog, may I have some more?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Brennan Boesch¬†is hitting near .400 in July and I said he could be the biggest surprise of the 2nd half on our¬†fantasy baseball podcast. ¬†Let’s get in our DeLorean for a moment… Geez, it smells like sitting inside a TV dinner. ¬† Please, blog, may I have some more?Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s not the Year of the Tiger, but don’t tell Doug Fister that. ¬†And don’t ask Mr. Fister to sing Kyrie, because that song kills kittens. ¬†Fact! ¬†He just followed up a strong start @BAL with a dominating performance against the T & T Angels: ¬†8 IP, 10K, 1 ER, 4 baserunners. ¬† Please, blog, may I have some more?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with his 21st homer yesterday, and now has five homers in his last 4 games. On the year, he’s batting .371. For s’s and g’s, I went back to look at April comments about McCutchen when he had zero homers and only 7 RBIs through the first month. Please, blog, may I have some more?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Four full days without fantasy baseball!? I know, it was brutal. How are we possibly supposed to keep ourselves occupied when we’re not refreshing our team pages every two minutes? In all seriouslyness, there are plenty of alternatives to¬†constantly¬†monitoring your team, for example: speak to a loved one, watch the All-Star Game (yaaaawn), go outside, play real baseball (have a catch with the old man?), Google cat videos, or if you dare not venture too far out of your comfort zone, perhaps you can start to prepare for your fantasy football draft? Please, blog, may I have some more?Please, blog, may I have some more?