Welcome back to our year-end awards show! All the stars are here. There’s The Rock! Wow, he sure knows how to keep it light. *points to a rock holding open a door to let in sun* Thanks, Rock, it’s so light in here for a mother’s basement! Now, if there’s any issues with the award ballots, don’t look at me. These were all tabulated at the accounting firm of Kipnis, Tellez and Zimmerman. Stop giving them the evil eye, German Marquez! You might be wondering why I’m hosting. Well, at the last minute our other host had to back out. Sadly, Joe Buck couldn’t be hair. I mean here. Now, before we get to our first award, I just want to thank everyone. This was truly a trying year for a lot of people, and I appreciate all of you, except Cody Bellinger. Okay, now onto the awards, without which you’d have no idea who was the best and worst hitters and pitchers this year, and you’d be left giving out your own awards and no one cares if your “Low sodium tomato soup in a sourdough bowl” won your “Whitest Lunch Of All-Time” award. Stop making up fake awards! Leave that to me. Anyway, here’s the year-end awards for the best and worst of 2021 fantasy baseball:

Fantasy AL Most Valuable Player – Before getting to our first award, I’m going to pat my head and rub my stomach at the same time. Damn, I got two pats in and lifted my hand off my tummy, unable to do it. Welp, that’s about the hardest thing anyone’s ever done that takes two separate skills. Okay, on a completely unrelated note, our AL MVP goes to Shohei Ohtani. He had a $48 season when you combine pitching and hitting. Now, maybe you might be saying, “Grey, handsome face, but in my leagues if I chose to use Ohtani as a pitcher, I couldn’t use him as a hitter, and vice versa.” To which I say, why are you bringing up the great Fred Savage/Judge Reinhold movie, Vice Versa? Are you saying that because it’s like a top ten starter entered the body of a top two hitter and they shared the same body? Well, that’s more the Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin classic, All of Me, than Vice Versa. Incredibly, Ohtani and Vlad Jr. both will land on the Historical Player Rater (wanna kill two hours, check out that link) as two of the best seasons in the last 120-ish years. Ohtani, when combining his hitter and pitching scores, will end up around a top 50 season of all-time, and Cake Batter around 175. I feel for you if you couldn’t have Ohtani hit and pitch on your fantasy team at the same time, but that’s on the service providers not him. Plus, when you take into consideration his ADP, he’s easily the AL MVP. Now I will pat my stomach and rub my head…Damn! Easier said than done.

Fantasy NL Most Valuable Player –The NL Fantasy MVP, like the AL one, doesn’t take into account team wins and “intangibles.” Nope, here at Razzball HQ, we look at tangibles! And those aren’t fungible! This is commonsensible. Uh-oh, I’m stick in an ‘ible loop, what can I do? Listen to the Bible on Audible? What’s this in my pocket? A rookie card of Oddibe McDowell? Okay, I’m done. The winner is… Trea Turner. This wasn’t close. Fernando Tatis Jr. was the next closest NL player on the Player Rater, but the difference between him and Treat Urner is the same difference between Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton, to give you two totally unrelated guys. It’s a big difference, take my word for it. Shame Tatis couldn’t be here to cheer on Treat, but he’s with his father, and they teach MS Paint art classes in the offseason. Here’s one of his beautiful illustrations:

Fantasy AL Cy Young – This came down to the final week of fantasy. One of our tightest races. Tight like…Hmm…Can’t think of anything that’s tight. Robbie Ray, any ideas? Why are you painting grey pants onto your legs instead of just putting on pants? Those are pants? Hunh, weird. I thought you wanted to be nicknamed the Dutch Boy because it looks like you paint on your pants. In just the last starts of the year, Gerrit Cole managed to squeeze in front like Ray into pants. Gerrit, come up here and collect your award–What are you doing man, leave the chair in the audience…You’re stuck to it? Oh, geez.

Fantasy NL Cy Young – The difference between Max Scherzer and the next closest pitcher is two-plus dollars. That’s any starter, not just an NL starter. That’s a difference between Kevin Gausman and Charlie Morton. What?! Oh my God! I’m being notified that I won an award too! The Most Likely To Use Charlie Morton In A Comparison! Thank you! Thank you! This makes me feel happier than a little boy who never drafted Cody Bellinger.

Fantasy AL Least Valuable Player – To award this, uh, award, I went to the preseason drafts and looked for the highest drafted bust. I saw Mike Trout at 6th overall, and then *Keyser Soze making the ‘poof’ with his fingers* Trout disappeared. Hmm, not sure where he went. I was just looking at his name, and he vanished. Let me see if the Angels have any word on his whereabouts. The Angels are reporting “he’ll be back soon.” Hmm, hey, any ideas how soon? Then the word “soon” echoes for a hundred years. Dissolve to 100 years from now, and we see me with a 100-year-old mustache that wraps around my head like linen cloth wrapping a mummy’s head. Just my lips talking through the linen mummy cloth, “Has anyone seen Mike Trout?”

Fantasy NL Least Valuable Player – This award was easier to choose than which animal’s feces I’d like to send Cody Bellinger. I’m between a raccoon and a wombat. A wombat’s poop are square though, and Bellinger doesn’t deserve that cuteness. Though, Cody’s so dumb that if he hears wombat, he might try to use that shizz at the plate. Couldn’t be much shittier.

Most Valuable Player Based On Draft Price – How do you not give Shohei Ohtani this award too? I’m asking you, Kipnis, Tellez and Zimmerman, our accountants! I won’t read this envelope that says Cedric Mullins. I love Mullins too, but I won’t read it! Shohei Ohtani was drafted around 170th overall and produced a top 50 season of the last 120 years! Yes, I know Cedric Mullins was drafted around 400th overall. You wanna do a co-award? Hmm, okay, fine. As long as I’m not paying for the awards. I am paying? Then split it in half.

Fantasy POS – That’s right, Cody Bellinger, that wombat poop is to help you grip the bat. Rub it into your hands. By the by, last year’s Fantasy POS award went to Kris Bryant, so there’s hope for Cody, which is what I say before I begin another six-month trip to hell with Cody Bellinger.

Fantasy Hitter You Most Likely Dropped and Picked Up A Dozen Times – “Let me get this straight? This year’s breakout is gonna be Tyler Naquin? Haha, what a crazy April! I love this guy!…So, the honeymoon’s over, I guess. Good bye, Naquin, I always knew you sucked! …Hey, Grey, not sure if you noticed but Naquin is hitting again. …Hey, Grey, Naquin’s stopped hitting. …Hey, Grey, is Naquin hitting or not hitting? …Hey, Grey, Naquin!!! NAQUIN!!! NAQUIN!!! Damn, I think Naquin’s hurt.”

Player You Had Forever and Most Likely Should’ve Dropped – This year Alex Bregman became the Jeimer Candelarios of Alex Bregmen.

Player On The Top Of Your Waivers That You Just Couldn’t Bring Yourself to Pick Up – “His name is Robbie Grossman, are you seriously considering picking him up?” You turn to the mirror, “Yes, I’m talking to you.”

Pitcher You Streamed So Much You Ended Up Owning Him – “Okay, I’m gonna give this 87-year-old Adam Wainwright guy a shot vs. the Pirates, but that’s it.” Two months later, “Thinking I should drop Shane Bieber, Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray and Jack Flaherty and keep Adam Wainwright, agree?”

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From, But Thankfully It Never Did – Each day he went out there and seemed to deliver one money shot after another. Admit to yourself right now you never expected this season from Marcus Semien. It’s okay, he didn’t either. With Semien being mentioned in a blurb about shoes, I just had an idea about where I’d like to see Semien end up this offseason, as a throwback to my high school years, the White Sox.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From and It Ended Up Kicking You in the Groin – “You keep talking about selling Jesse Winker, but this is the top 20 breakout we always knew was in him!” Oopsie. Lots of honorable mentions, Wade Miley comes to mind, and non-Reds like Tyler Glasnow (though due to injury, obviously, but you also should’ve known the injury was coming), Trent Grisham (but that was a shoe dropping from last year), and Anthony Rizzo, who went from meh to worse.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From and When It Did You Were Okay With It – Adolis Garcia came out of nowhere to be a top 15 overall player, and that was him taking off his ceiling, floating up about fifteen hundred miles in a hot air balloon then *raspberries lips* zooming back to earth, but still being around a top 55 player, which is still awesome for a waiver wire pick up.

Player You Traded Away That You Most Regretted – “Salvador Perez has 15 homers already, I’m playing with house money! I’m gonna trade him for Daniel Bard and Ramon Laureano. This is such a slam dunk I’m gonna win this year’s Dunk Contest!”

Player You Traded For That You Most Regretted – “Grey, I know you say don’t trade in the preseason, but I just got Christian Yelich for Javier Baez and Mitch Haniger. Yes, I want that Yelich bounce back! I’m to winning what winning is to losing!”

Top SAGNOF – Cedric Mullins/Mark Melancon – Remember, the essence of SAGNOF is cheap saves and steals. No one came close to cheapness on saves than Melancon. If you can remember all the way back to March, Melancon wasn’t even drafted in shallower leagues. I took him in my NL Only Tout Wars league, and Rudy immediately texted me, “You better back him up.” Saves were about the only thing I didn’t need to back up. If only I could’ve backed up and redid my draft pick of Bellinger! As for Mullins, he was more than just steals, and he went around 400th overall, so, yeah, that’s SAGNOF and more!

Remember That Feeling You Had When You Walked In On Your Parents Having Sex, This Pitcher Gave You That Feeling Every Fifth Day – “Hey, mom, do you know where my remote control is–OH MY CHRIS PADDACK WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY TEAM STOP!! GET OFF OF HER!!! THAT’S MY MOMMY!!!”

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Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Great year – thanks.

BYW, what is best link for preliminaey2022c(and/or final 2021)?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Looking for something I can download (to an xls file) for tracking notes (.eg., dates for your sleepers). These links are not downloadable.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

What about final 2021? Is it available?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

thanks.

VinWins
VinWins
10 months ago

Devin Williams was maybe more valuable – 8 wins, but more Ks and better ratios. But he was one of those that was picked up and dropped a few times.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Very close. 236 for Williams. 239 for Suter.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
10 months ago

I guess Suter’s WHIP of 1.31 made the difference.

VinWins
VinWins
10 months ago

How about the player who was available all year that would have helped your team? In most of my leagues, Brent Suter was never owned. 12 Wins/69 Ks/3.07 ERA.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I’ll guess that one of their SP had 13.

Sounds right about next year. Tough to repeat this season.

Last month and a half he had 0 wins and a 4.30 ERA.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
10 months ago

Wrong. Burnes had 11.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Definitely crazy.

chicitysox23
chicitysox23
10 months ago

Thanks for another great year, helped get me to a 2nd place finish.

My move of the year was trading Ian Happ for Eloy when he got hurt in spring training. Happ was so bad for most of the season the guy dropped him. When the playoffs came around and Happ went on a tare I picked him back up and he hit 455 with 6 bombs in a 2-week span to get a playoff victory. Cold Blooded! Here is to 4 more years of Eloy dropping bombs.

DonnieB
DonnieB
10 months ago

I say Cody still gets rated 50-75 next year even after this year. Too much upside. In your opinion, was 2021 about his health or his head or both? Thanks. I waiver claimed him for $10 and can keep for 2 years at that price. Bad news is I drafted him for $44 and thought I got a deal.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks. Gotta love the Rays. So good at drafting and developing pitching they can start two rookies—the Shane Bros—in the first two games of the playoffs.

Anodyne
Anodyne
10 months ago

I just couldn’t bring myself to quit Andrew Heaney this year, and paid for it dearly.

birrrdy!
birrrdy!
10 months ago

Thanks for all your advice, Grey. You are my primary source for all things fantasy baseball, and I won my super-competive 10 team NL only keeper league that’s been running for 25+ years. (3rd win in last 6 years, along with two 3rd place cashes in that time and only one 5th)

Yes, I had Cody Bellinger. But you helped me trade him by July and stick him to the team that finished in 2nd by a whisker. Sometimes it’s more about the adjustments we make during the year than just slam-dunking the draft and keepers. Your humorous guidance almost always helps me make the right decisions. THANKS for the extra beans!!

jt_lancer
jt_lancer
10 months ago

My dynasty league team was a dumpster fire this year. My marquee keepers were Anthony Rendon and Christian Yelich. My biggest draft acquisitions were George Springer, Noah Syndergaard, Kyle Lewis and Jesus Luzardo.

Ugly with a capital “U.”

Managed to turn it around a bit in-season through trades for some good keeper contracts. I picked up J.D. Martinez for Rhys Hoskins and Brady Singer. Got Max Muncy and Freddie Peralta for Springer, Rendon and Eflin. Also received Austin Riley and Brendan Rodgers for Christian Yelich.

Looking good for next year. Now let’s get on with the 2022 Sleepers!

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
10 months ago

Won 2 out my 3 leagues (3rd place finish in RCL) – time to buy Grey (and Rudy) a boba!
Thanks for all the help, enjoy the playoffs!

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
10 months ago

Won 2 out my 3 leagues (3rd place finish in RCL) – time to buy Grey (and Rudy) a boba!
Thanks for all the help, enjoy the playoffs!

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
10 months ago

There needs to be some sort of critical uselessness award for Yu Darvish. My goodness did he suck it up for the second half, and you could almost never bench him because he had 10K upside that any streamer wouldn’t!

Webb was my guy I dropped 12 times.

He looks good in spring training!
Now he’s bad!
Now he’s good!
Now he’s hurt!
Now he’s an ok streamer with a bum shoulder!
Now he’s your best pitcher!

Foxman
Foxman
10 months ago

Can we take a moment and present Commissioner Manfred with an award?
He might be the worst commissioner of my lifetime, of any sport.
He changes the baseball before the season begins, how many times has he changed the ball now?
Then he doesn’t address the sticky stuff until two months into the year.
There should never be a rule that changes, or is enforced differently, once the season begins.
MLB will fall behind MLS in popularity in 5 years, and it will be MLB’s fault.
Promote your game better
Promote your stars better
Make your game more accessible.
Make teams compete on payrolls.
Manfred’s entire career is worse than Bellinger’s 2021 season
Grey Albright for MLB commish? Okay, that’s just pandering, but you have the passion for the game that America needs. Thanks for bringing that every day of the season!

mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
10 months ago

Sweet! Grey put his awards out! Let’s see how many guys I have that he mentioned…
let’s see… Bellinger… Bregman… Bieber’s name snuck in there… oh yeah I was offerd a trade for Ohtani I turned down (sending back Acuna…)… WHELP… this is why I missed the playoffs.

Regurgitating Gordon Wood
Regurgitating Gordon Wood
10 months ago

Thanks for all your help. I did horribly in both leagues but that’s not your fault.
Better side in keeper format?
John means and mj Melendez
For
Gavin lux?
Thanks!

William Hung
William Hung
10 months ago

Thank god this season is over! I don’t know who had a more disappointing year, me or the Mets… at least the Mets were in first a lot longer than me

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
10 months ago

I owned Trout and Bellinger on the same team, so these awards have me stoked! Surprised Bieber didn’t get runner-up for the AL award. Unfortunately, I owned him too.

Fortunately, I drafted Ohtani to help make up for some of those disasters. But in the end it was only good enough for fourth place. Meh.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Yeah, good points. Cody was really the only player worse than Yelich at that price range.

I had a great team with some great young breakouts: Jazz, Austin Riley, Julio Urias, Ohtani, India. All I needed was my go-to guys to do their normal thing: Trout, Bellinger, Bieber, Story. In the end, the guaranteed studs pretty much turned out to be guaranteed duds. Of my 10 keepers only Machado proved worthy of keeping. Awful. :o(

Philip
Philip
10 months ago

My friend asked me if he should make the following trade at the beginning of the season and I told him he should go for it:

Give: Bichette, Manoah, McKenzie, M. Luciano, and someone else I can’t recall
Receive: Bellinger, Hader

It’s a 20-team dynasty roto and he was pushing for a title.

He fell a half game short… to the guy who creamed him in the trade.

I feel awful.

Omar
Omar
10 months ago

Weekly H2H 6×5 (standard + OPS). Keep 3 for 2022. Who gets left out?

Soto, Freeman, Shohei (hitter only), JoRam

NUX
NUX
10 months ago

Anyone know how long NFBC takes to trigger payouts into LeagueSafe? I always forget and end up asking this.

I know Fantrax isn’t until like Sunday afternoon.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  NUX
10 months ago

Nux!!! Well done on the 2nd place in one of our leagues. You closed the gap on Packers to under 60 points, but time escaped. Packers took both BB10 leagues I was in. Grrrr….

BTW, no clue on the payouts either. First time playing.

Looking forward to more of these bestball tourneys next year. Hopefully, they happen.

All the best (to you and Grey),

Jolt

Sport
Sport
10 months ago

Very fun read! 100% hit the nail on the head with Robbie Grossman. I needed SB but just couldn’t pull that trigger.

Most regretted trade for: Mondesi. But I got Starling Marte in a package deal.
Favorite trade for: Austin Riley.

And chiming in much like in yesterday’s comment section. I had two redraft teams this year. I picked Story/Bellinger in one, and Trout/Bichette in the other. Plus waited til rounds 15/16 to get saves. I still managed to get 2nd in both leagues just one point out from first. My first time not winning a public league in a while, but it was still fun and I definitely learned more this year than in year’s past.

Question:
Offseason trade bait in dynasty leagues: Nate Lowe, Chris Taylor, Cronenworth, Schwarber, Starling Marte (depending on his new team). Any of those guys must keeps?

And your thoughts on Max Fried for next year? Sell high or keep?

Huge thank you!

Will
Will
10 months ago

Drafted Melancon very late, probably 20th-22nd round well after Pomeranz and Pagan had already been drafted by managers thinking one of them would close for the Padres. Not sure anyone saw a 39 save season coming from him but he sure helped me win the saves category by (get this) 50 saves, 144 to 94 2nd place.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Then there were the waiver wire in season pickups like Ian Kennedy and (for awhile) Yimi Garcia. Got 41 saves out of those two this season off the wire (and another 10 or so from Colome after someone dropped him).

On the hitter side, best in season add for me was either Adolis Garcia (Trout replacement) or Tyler O’Neill. Where do you see O’Neill ranked next season? I’ll be interested to read your projections for him and if we can expect a repeat of his .286 / 34 / 80 / 15 numbers next year.

Thanks!

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks.

David
David
10 months ago

Can we give the, you’re FIPPing up my team award to Dylan Bundy? The ROOFIE award goes to Jesus Luzardo? They were the most damaging to my team… except for Cody Bellinger. Once I got them all dumped, the teams rocketed up the standings on Wander and Schwindel juice. They should get awards, too, as the performing prospect and the performing anonymous understudy. I’d brag that I overcome CB to win my league… if it were true. Second felt good this year.

David
David
Reply to  David
10 months ago

The Chris A or B Young award goes to The Other Wander Franco. The good Wander was a FA two or three weeks into the season when I somehow noticed. TOWF was drafted as a $2 player after I was out of money.

I’ve read this happened in other leagues, not just mine.

David
David
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Krispie was good times.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Honorable mention to
Hendricks
Giolito
Corbin

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

More importantly Do I bother to watch Squid Game?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

HA
Guess I’ll prolly start it after the game tonight.

VinWins
VinWins
10 months ago

Looking at my top RCL team, my best move had to be grabbing Rodon before his 2nd start. He gave me 11 Wins/166 K/2.48/0.961.

Not as smart was using Sonny for 14 starts (2 Wins/84 K/4.96/1.435).

Mike
Mike
10 months ago

A weird season for me in my 12 team/10 keeper league. After falling out of contention early, I was able to completely remake my team into one I’m very excited about for next year.

I generally don’t regret any trades I make or didn’t make if they made sense at the time, but I still don’t know what I was thinking when I rejected Austin Riley for Alec Bohm back in late April.

MattTruss
Editor
10 months ago

Been trying to figure out the Giants all season, but specifically this morning, I was think about Wade Lamonte Jr. and how he spent half the season batting first or fourth in a first place lineup and yet was on and off waivers constantly. Then again, every Giants hitter outside of Bryant and Posey were on and off waivers all season I think, oh and Crawford too, at least once people realized the other shoe wasn’t going to drop there. The SF Giants RCL ADPs:

Kris Bryant – 114.5
Buster Posey – 298.3
Brandon Belt – 299.1
Wilmer FLores – 299.9

Everyone else was undrafted.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  MattTruss
10 months ago

Gene and his pixie dust sneaking in the clubhouse while Gabe was in the weight room is the only reasonable explanation. Will Belt be over/under rated heading into 2022?

Dunphy's Joint Venture
Dunphy's Joint Venture
Reply to  MattTruss
10 months ago

I couldn’t agree more, Truss. It felt like I stared at those Giants for a while and finally started using them…and it helped.

bigbear
bigbear
10 months ago

Trade I regretted – Soto for Mondesi as he returned the first time… #whatthewhat?

Best FA grab – India and Melancon.

Cody Belanger for King Turd!

On the reals, thanks Grey and Razzballians!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
10 months ago

I don’t think I’ll ever forget when I passed on trading a Giolito $4 and Voit $7 for $15 Vladito in March when Voit was supposed to be the one hitting near 40 HR, but also baseball is awesome and psyched to see what these guys all do next year.

Entirely unrelated to baseball, did you ever watch Black Sails? I’m way late to the game but just finished the series, holy crap! It’s always hard to close out epic shows like that, but they really nailed it…

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Really couldn’t recommend it enough. Also one of those shows that went exactly as long as it should have, even though I wish I had 100 more episodes to watch. Honestly even though thematically totally different, made me remember how botched the third act of game of thrones was.

Fwiw, also a top 3 all time TV theme song.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Keep me updated! As with most shows like this, really hits stride season 2.

VinWins
VinWins
10 months ago

Trades I regretted:

Bo Bichette & Craig Kimbrel for Adalberto Mondesi & Walker Buehler

Julio Urias & Ramon Laureano for Francisco Lindor & Rafael Dolis

Jose Abreu for Marcell Ozuna

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Yeah. I had just lost Eloy; the other guy lost Voit, plus I had Freeman and Alonso ( didn’t want to let him go cheap – went for $8) so it seemed like a good idea.

Put the Devil back into Ray
Put the Devil back into Ray
10 months ago

Thanks for the chronic persistent help every day, all year and every year. You are disciplined and you must be a workaholic. Thanks again for everything.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Disciplined?
Workaholic?

Wut? Haha

bbboston (aka BBHHI)
bbboston (aka BBHHI)
10 months ago

Grey,

FWIW: YOU THE MAN!!!

Won my 12-team AL-only 5×5 roto league and your advice was a large part of the winning formula.