The last news on Taijuan Walker is from March 9th. The Seattle Times reported, “Walker pitched three innings, allowing one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts Monday in Milwaukee’s 2-1 victory. He threw 43 pitches with 28 strikes – featuring a fastball that sat at 93 to 94 mph, that sinking change-up and a vastly improved curveball.” I go with changeup — one word, no hyphen, but other than that, it reads like a dream. *fighting self to not sing it, finally blurting out* It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up magazine. Ugh, sorry, I can’t stop myself whenever I hear or read “a dream,” I break into Juicy. It’s especially annoying when I shoot up in bed at four in the morning, sweating profusely and Cougs comforts me with, “Chester Cheetah is not chasing you, it was all a dream,” and I launch into song. That March 9th report was from Taijuan’s first spring training start (he pitched in “B” games prior), and before we knew there would be 78 days in March. Is it still March? Who’s to say? Not me, I’m not going out on that kind of limb. Just a week prior to that start, Taijuan Walker “wasn’t sharp” in his simulated game and a few months prior to that, I didn’t even rank him my top 100 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball or top 500. So, what gives? Or better yet…So, what about Taijuan Walker for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a dart throw?

Taijuan Walker has all but locked-up the 5th spot in the Mariners’ rotation, because:  Mariners ain’t got shizz, and, they don’t want shizz. Double shizz doesn’t make for one good shizz. Honestly, looking at the Mariners’ rotation and I’m not sure Taijuan’s not their number two starter, forget fifth. *rattling off M’s starters* Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, um….Justus Sheffield…Do they need another starter or can they let their closer pitch? Wait, do they have a closer? So, yes, Taijuan Walker will throw as many innings as he can. How many can he throw? Well, when the season was still going as planned, he was penned in for 125-140 IP with a likely April start time in the rotation and maybe getting skipped a little, as any 5th starter would. None of that has changed, except everything about baseball’s season, so I’d put Taijuan down for around 80 IP. For what it’s Werth, Steamer pitcher projections have him down for 55 IP. That seems needlessly pessimistic. His rate stat projections, however, seem realistic or nah, 4.93 ERA, 1.38 WHIP? Hmm. That’s the trickiness and why I didn’t immediately rank him in The First Preseason. His last ‘full’ year was 3.49 ERA, 1.33 WHIP with a 8.4 K/9, 3.5 BB/9. As you can prolly surmise from the walk rate and WHIP, his command was suspect prior to Tommy John, and that usually zaps even more command from a pitcher. So, will post-Tommy John for Taijuan — Tommyjuan? Taijohn? — do further erosion of his rate stats? I think so. Steamer’s 1.38 WHIP seems fair, and with a WHIP that bad, well, not a lot of good comes of it when it’s coupled with an 8-ish K/9. Through all of this, I still think a last round flyer on a guy like Walker isn’t necessarily a terrible thing, but I don’t expect him to suddenly emerge as a frontline starter. Maybe he won’t be the worst starter on the M’s either, though put that in a blender with ice and you have crushed ice. He might even be the best M’s starter, just in a lot less innings. I’d put his projections conservatively down for a 4.30-4.50 ERA, 1.38-1.40 WHIP and around 80 innings. Worth a dart throw, but not much else.

 
  1. Beer truck rounding third says:
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    It looks like Puig is signing with the giants. 20 teams- would you trade Betts and Kyle Tucker for Freddie Freeman and Puig? I’m convinced Puig is a better bet to get abs than tucker. Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      No. Puig may get more AB’s than Tucker, but I’m not trading Mookie for Freddie.

    • Cram It says:
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      Did he sign with the Giants?

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Can’t sign anybody right now, rosters are frozen, but rumors are that he will sign when, the time is right.

      • NUX says:
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        Nah just unverified check mark chatter on the tweeter, as far as I’ve seen.

        But it does seem like his most likely landing spot. The reports also saying he could have signed with the Marlins around the time of shutdown, but said no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rumors are he could sign with them…Also were rumors he had 4 deals on the table and he’s still not signed anywhere

      Keep Betts

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great Dart report, interesting take.

    a. Good luck with Taijuan. Hope he does well. As you say, nothing to lose with the pick, nothing to lose for the Mariners. Maybe he does well.

    b. MLB quote of the day for July 15, 1970

    ‘In baseball, there is something electrifying about the big leagues. I had read so much about Stan Musial, Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson. I had put those guys on a pedestal. They were something special. I really thought they put their pants on different, rather than one leg at a time.’

    Henry ‘Hank’ Louis Aaron, aka ‘Hammer’ or ‘Hammerin’ Hank’. one of only 2 hitters to hit 30 homeruns in a season at least 15 times. Too many accolades to describe Hank Aaron, just leave y’all with his career numbers

    .305/755/2,297 on 3771 hits. Still first in RBIs, 2nd in HRs. Aaron played for 3$ (today 99$) a day while with the Mobile Black Bears and his contract offer from the Boston Braves was 50$ more per month than the offer from the NY Giants – as he says 50$/month separated him and Mays from playing together.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs. Ante!

      • galica says:
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        MP!!

        Thank you much!

        Hope you are well.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          yep Happy Anniversary

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          Your so welcome, my friend. I am well thank you. Hope you have a terrific day and enjoy to the fullest.!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is today your anniversary? If so… Happy anniversary to you and Mrs. Ante!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      B. Haha, Hammerin’ Hank throwing shade!

  3. William Hung says:
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    The Mets have really turned things around in the MLB The Show simulation – they have rattled off 6 wins in a row and are 5 games over .500!!! DeGrom currently leads the league in Ks and Conforto currently has 10 HRs after yesterday’s win against the Marlins

    • bigbear says:
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      Can these fake sim stats feed into our fake leagues to complete the fakery?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d be curious to do a fantasy league where they do add in the sim results

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          Hmmm… we could start a sim league and just run the games like a real league (divsions, W-L, etc) rather than just using the stats. thoughts?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Is this Stratomatic?

            • Coolwhip

              Coolwhip says:
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              dm’d you

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Huh?

                • Coolwhip

                  Coolwhip says:
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                  twitter dm, lol

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ok

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      haha, the silence is deafening. too much work?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      With what?

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      sim league

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is it like Stratomatic?

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      yes similar

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, I see what you did there…Sim…ilar

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      ;-) back to previous question, interested or too much work?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t know anything about Stratomatic…Not really interested either, tbh… Do you do it?

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      i dont do stratomatic, but have been part of a longstanding dynasty league that is very similar to it. we play a full 162 game season each year with our 24 team league. draft, set your roster, set batting orders, set rotation and pen… and play ball.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      How do you get the stats tho? That’s what I never understood about Stratomatic, or simulated leagues, in general

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      well it uses all the statistical metrics and tendencies from previous year, including individual data on each pitcher’s pitch and mix etc. along with positional players defensive metrics and it simulates each game pitch by pitch down to its outcome/resulting play. so it takes most everything into account, including the park data the game is played in

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So, it’s what *should* be all things being equal?

                    • Coolwhip

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                      i’d probably say what *could* be. Like if we made a 20 team league, and you are playing me that day with your SP DeGrom and your home stadium is Coors. It would sim how DeGrom would/could perform against my set lineup that day in Coors… pitch by pitch, inning by inning.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sounds like an interesting exercise, but not sure I can generate enthusiasm for it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Though, I might feel different if the season is delayed past July

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      so it would sim out a full 9 inning game complete with a detailed box score.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is it fun to look at box scores without actual games?

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      as fun as opening up your fantrax roster each day to see how your team performed that day. only this is more competitive to a degree as your team is actually competing directly against another team each game. basically you are playing gm and manager to a deeper level. now if i was simming on The Show, that would probably be more fun cus you’d have animated games rather than just the data… but in the end they are doing the same thing.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Interesting…I get it now, thanks for explaining! I honestly never followed (delved into) before… Would you say the end results look very similar to real results or no?

                    • Coolwhip

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                      i’d say it gets pretty close to realistic. occasionally you have some guys under-perform from expectations and some over-perform, but thats the nature of tendencies and probabilities. just because a certain result is 70% percent likely doesnt mean it’ll happen exactly 70% of the time. each opportunity has a 70% chance… so if i simmed a full season/game 10 times, you will get results for each guy in a range of possibilities, but sometimes it can be a bit better or a bit worse. make sense?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that does make sense! Thanks!

        • Biff Malibu says:
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          Trying this with an anxious commissioner with little else to do. 20 team universal dynasty. Basic input for lineup (non LH v RH), five pitcher rotation, seven eight ninth inning pitchers (preference in order), reserve pitchers, back up catchers the werks!! Seems like a lot of work to me. But I’m jonesing to get my fix. All adds up to our rosters making up the 26 man rosters. We’ll see how the “project” goes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weird, usually they start fading around now, not opposite

      • William Hung says:
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        i hope they carry this momentum over into the real season! Yeah i stopped watching in mid-April when they were near last and the bullpen was getting torn to shreds – something has clicked though and now the bats have come alive. Alonso has upped his avg to .290ish as well which means he’s been hitting near .400 during this hot streak

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If Alonso hits .290, he’s gonna be a top 5 fantasy hitter, praise be

    • 183414 says:
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      Rather play Strato Matic. At least you have some input.

  4. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    This one possible alignment for the short seaason…. personally i would thing it would be fun to have play closer teams Phillies/Pirates always used to be fun. I’m not quite MLB has this North / South geography thing figured out just yet.

    GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE

    NORTH: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates.
    SOUTH: Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles.
    EAST: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins.
    CACTUS LEAGUE

    NORTHEAST: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Oakland A’s.
    WEST: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels.
    NORTHWEST: Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals.

    • Chucky says:
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      Do you think the schedule will be balanced or games played predominantly vs teams from the same division. i.e. Cactus Northeast? (5/odd number of teams in each division).

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        Not sure but i they speculated most games would be withing the division to minimize travel .

    • Jolt In Flow says:
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      Lenny, there are serious talks about a three 10-team leagues, each team only playing those in their division.

      IF this is the case, the pitchers in the central division will definitely get a bump up. They’ll be facing the weakest lineups. Consider the following potential “central” 10-team division:

      Detroit, Minnesota, Chisox, Chicubs, Cincinatti, Cleveland, Milwaukee, KC, St Lou, Atlanta.

      There are 5-6 teams in that division with some of the least potent line-ups in the league.

      And if you take a pitcher from the Chisox, that removes you from having to face one of the 3-4 strong lineups in that division.

      Ya, let’s see how this plays out.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        That alignment makes much more sense! No need to ramp up travel i would hate to see this thing shut down once it starts.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        I didn’t get this one. Why flop Atl and Pit? This mode mentioned teams playing all games at home stadiums and within divisions.

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          yeah the geography didnt make sense in the first one unless they referenced the old plan where they were going to play at their spring training locations.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh, I see the 2nd one now…Yeah, maybe….Interested in seeing why/how this is easier for them

            • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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              they could put phils, mets, yankees, redsox etc

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, are they saying this because it’s shorter distance for travel? Because Miami to Toronto isn’t short — Texas to San Fran…etc

                • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                  Right just does’nt make sense the only thing i can think of is they were talking about the old plan when they were thinking of locking everyone down in FLA and ARI rather the newer plan of regional play in home ball parks.

                  I still have doubts gov newsome in california will even let them play in that state.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I think they can play, but might not be until July — I’m still going on assumption it’ll be July 4th, and all teams will be playing fan-less in their own parks

                    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                      I think this the new proposal the first group must have had the wrong info posted

                      The divisions would be divided as follows.

                      East: New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins

                      West: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners

                      Central: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s right, but I still don’t see how that helps — NY to Miami isn’t close, Seattle to Texas isn’t close…Etc…It doesn’t really solve travel issue — but if there’s private planes, is there a travel issue?

                  • 183414 says:
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                    Time to bounce his ass . Newscum is his correct name.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I saw that… I don’t understand how this makes things easier

    • 183414 says:
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      Haha. San Diego in the northwest. Chance of this happening= -100%.

  5. thehombre says:
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    It’s hard to type with puke all over the keyboard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You da man, thehombre, if you clean your keyboard

  6. The Great Knoche says:
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    Responding to your query as to Aquino being up if DH in NL

    I guess I’d say if you believe he was already making roster then answer is yes. Otherwise it’s a no.

    Here’s my take on universal DH.

    Let’s they they add a roster spot and the DH to the NL and just the roster spot to AL. NL teams are gonna be adding a pitcher. No more pinch hitting for pitcher, no more double switches. Some AL teams might add a bat, but I think it changes both leagues to carry more arms. Also possible NL teams drop a bat. I could see the mix being 14 pitchers and 12 batters in both leagues for most teams.

    That would really fuck up deep league fantasy rosters

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it would change things dramatically…I’m not for redrafting leagues that have been drafted already, but a universal DH would make things a lot different for NL-Only leagues

  7. LaRockakis says:
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    I still think Mancini will hit .300/40 even if he doesn’t play a game this year. Maybe not on the field, but definitely in our hearts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw…I thought of you yesterday with the news…

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Haha! Just screenshot that to send to my buddy so I could brag. “Grey knows me!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      much love

  8. Mark says:
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    I have Walker in my deep league. I also have Patrick Sandoval. What are your thoughts comparing both? I am in a deep keeper, and I do like Sandoval’s age, but for 2020, what are you thinking on both?

    I also have Zach Eflin…for a h2h league, who would you prefer for this year? Eflin, Sandoval or Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Eflin

  9. NUX says:
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    By my count, we have 9 of 12 at the moment for the $10 winner takes all ($100) Bestball we were chatting about yesterday.

    I have down DT, Knoche, Baby Seals as a maybe at the moment.

    Might set this up to start drafting on Monday. You still in right?

    THERE WILL BE 2 OF and 4 P SLOTS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m in, we doing $10 for $100?

      • NUX says:
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        Yep, that’s what we’ll do. Draft strategy changes a little bit on that one. Sh00t the m00n!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I want a piece of the moon!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      2 OF again?! you madman!

      • NUX says:
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        Its the only option these $10/$25 leagues through NFBC have unfortch.

        And Fantrax doesn’t have multi-eligibility, I hate that even more. I dunno if there are other platforms that are doing it any better than these 2 at the moment.

        • Coolwhip

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          ah so they are the madmen

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          I’ll join for shits and giggles.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Yes

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Can I get in?

    • NUX says:
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      Are you in Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada or Washington? I know that these are excluded from participating in these drafts is why I ask.

  11. NUX says:
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    MP, that was to me right? We might have 1 opening, will let you know in the next day or two. You can hit me up on the Tweeter if you want to DM @NUX_34

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Yes it was for you and I live in Ireland so I’m good.
      I’ll hit you up on twitter. Cheers

  12. Adam says:
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    Luzardo or berrios in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, Luzardo

  13. krazyivan says:
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    What’s the latest thing they’ve thrown at the wall to see if it sticks? Three 10 team divisions-and play only the other 9 teams? Universal DH.
    East Central West
    NYA. StL. LAA
    NYN. KC. LAN
    PHI. MIN. SF
    O’s CHA. SD
    Sox. MIL A’s
    Nats. CHN. M’s
    Rays. DET Ari.
    MIA. Jay’s. COL
    PIT. CIN. TEX
    ATL. CLE. HOU.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’re all going off Bob Nightengale talking nonsense…Who’s to say he knows anything or is just throwing out nonsense he heard from someone talking more nonsense?

      • Jolt In Flow says:
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        Grey, I’m hanging by a thread. I need baseball back in a bad way.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, same…I’m just saying Toronto could be a major issue for travel…Wouldn’t be surprised if they’re relocated, but…Canada might give the team an exemption

          • Jolt In Flow says:
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            I guess the Mecixo City Hittin’ Jalapenos can take over until the viral situation is done.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that Kenny Powers’s team?

          • Dave D says:
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            Jays could/should play in Buffalo. That’d be kinda cool. Not that far from TOR. Closest US city.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That works, or Binghamton has a minor league stadium (I think)

              • Dave D says:
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                I vote for the Buffalo Wings. They could have a promo every night: If Vladdy Jr. or Dante Jr. (Bo) homer, everybody gets a bucket of Buffalo Wild Wings. It’d be perfect.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hyun Jin Ryu and the Buffalo Wild Things!

                  • Dave D says:
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                    That has a good ring to it!

        • 183414 says:
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          Than better replace Manfred with Boras !