Welcome back for another star-studded event!  Assuming you hack into your favorite online dictionary and replace the definition of ‘star’ with “guy who lives in his mom’s basement and screams when someone finishes his Doritos,” and next to the definition of ‘stud’ you put a picture of yourself.  The Razzballies are the only award show where it’s totally fine to show up in sweatpants and for your fingers to be orange from Cheetos.  We don’t judge.  We will occasionally mock.  Mock-judge, tomato-tomahto.  Get over it!  So, without further ado (cause I have to do a doo), here’s the year-end awards for the best and worst of fantasy baseball:

Fantasy AL Most Valuable Player – Before we announce our first winner, I just want to introduce the accountants from Lobstein, Kipnis and Uribe.  Without them, I’d be counting the votes all on my own and I have a hard enough time counting Mississippis before rushing the QB.  For the AL MVP over the past few years, we had a repeat champion, Mike Trout.  Today, the fish has left the tank (totally a saying!).   Your AL MVP, and a guy I like to personally thank for helping my offense in a few leagues, the one, the only…Sorry, having a hard time opening this envelope…. Josh Donaldson!  We have no time for speeches, but Josh would like to thank his insanely stacked lineup.

Fantasy NL Most Valuable Player – I gathered up the votes for this, then threw out every Arrieta, Kershaw and Greinke vote due to a technicality.  That technicality is called the “Pitching is So Deep” technicality, so the winner was Bryce Harper!  Bryce Harper would like to say, “Ggarmurph mumgargle pffting wharfer.”  What the hell does that mean?  Oh, when he was saying his acceptance speech, Papelbon was choking him.

Fantasy AL Cy Young – This was between Dallas Keuchel and the field, and the field, while packed to the gills with talent like a no-longer-hungry Mike Trout, just couldn’t edge out Dallas.  Keuchel winning this perplexes me with the utmost flummoxing, but I won’t go into that until I recap all the top 40 starters in the next week or so.

Fantasy NL Cy Young – As of September 1st, this award was going to Zack Greinke with the quickness of a Jamaican in a bobsled that is chasing another bobsled filled with ganja, but Greinke didn’t lose it, our winner won it — crazy how that worked.  Five ladies and gentlemen, Jake Arrieta!  He singlehandedly won pitching in fantasy leagues like I hadn’t seen since Jim Abbott was in the league.

Fantasy AL Least Valuable Player – This is interesting (to me).  Last year’s AL Least Valuable Players were Prince Fielder and Chris Davis in a photo finish.  Too early to give up on them, I guess.  This year’s AL Least Valuable Player was the douche of spades in a hand full of broken hearts.  This player was the guy in the background of the strip club yelling, “Yo, you gotta see this girl’s knockers!” as you tell your wife that you’re working late.  The one, the only… Hanley Ramirez.  Wait, where’s the laminated poop award for Hanley?  Oh no, Sandoval ate it.  How fitting!

Fantasy NL Least Valuable Player – Again, interesting to me is last year’s winner was Carlos Gonzalez.  This year, there was one guy who played in both leagues that was straight doo on the morning grass that you accidentally step on with bare feet, and we’ll get to him, but for the strictly NL Least Valuable Player, here’s a guy that was so bad for so much of this season, you likely forgot he was drafted high this year.  Like, “Was that this preseason he was still good?  It feels like he’s been bad for years now.”  He was the uptown funk when garbage men are on strike and don’t pick up garbage from the uptown neighborhoods.  The 2nd round pick that sunk teams from April on…Ian Desmond!  Say a few words…No, actually, shut up, you suck.

Fantasy POS – Luckily, every couple of days someone is required to do an x-ray or MRI on Sandoval so we can just ship the x-rays of the award in Sandoval’s stomach out to the winner (loser) of this award.  Adam Jones and Miggy had some troubles this year, but they weren’t nearly as bad as this 1st round schmohawk.  The worst 1st round draft pick and overall POS?  Carlos Gomez.  He was so bad, he decided to do it in both leagues.

Fantasy Hitter You Most Likely Dropped and Picked Up A Dozen Times – This was a 20-way tie with two-thirds of the league’s shortstops.  “Hey, I’m really liking when Andrus is doing, should I drop Alexei?  Dot dot dot.  You know, Andrus hasn’t been great, what do you make of Brandon Crawford?  Dot dot dot.  Crawford’s hurt, should I grab Alcides?  Dot dot dot.  Alcides blows and he sounds Greek, can I grab Jhonny?  Dot dot dot.  Oh, wow, Alexei is heating up, how about I lose The Superfluous H?”  And so it went for six months straight.

Player You Had Forever and Most Likely Should’ve Dropped – “Jose Reyes is now on the Rockies, that’s gotta be good, right?  Right?  Right?  Damn, I shouldn’t ask these questions in a cave.”

Player On The Top Of Your Waivers That You Just Couldn’t Bring Yourself to Pick Up – “There’s no way Khris Davis continues to hit home runs at the rate of, well, Chris Davis.”

Pitcher You Streamed So Much You Ended Up Owning Him – “Okay, I’m going to give a Whirlybird Streamer Streamstein to J.A. Happ, but if he’s bad, I’m losing him so fast it’s gonna hurt him.”  And that’s the story of how you ended owning J.A. Happ for three months.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From, But Thankfully It Never Did – “So, they’re calling him Just Dong Martinez, but he can’t keep just donging, can he?  Who do I even ask this question to?  Ugh, forget it, I’m just going to return to watching Narcos.”

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From and It Ended Up Kicking You in the Groin – For the better part of two months, Shelby Miller got dragged through West Hollywood by the Regression Fairies.  And when I say dragged, I mean 6-foot men in four-inch pumps.

Player You Were Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop From and When It Did You Were Okay With ItBryce Harper was never going to keep up his torrid 1st half pace, but, while he cooled off a bit in the 2nd half, he still was very valuable.  Plus, he made the world hate Papelbon just a bit more!

Player You Traded Away That You Most Regretted – “As long as Chris Davis doesn’t hit 25 homers in the 2nd half, I’m fine trading him for a closer.”  *cut to three months later*  “Oh, eff me.”

Player You Traded For That You Most Regretted – Jason Kipnis‘s 2nd half looks a lot like Yunel’s only without the power, average, RBIs and…Okay, Yunel was much better in the 2nd half.

Top SAGNOFJeurys Familia/Billy Burns.  Remember, the essence of SAGNOF is cheap saves and steals.  No one came close to Familia for cheap saves and Burns had some contenders for cheap steals, but he ended up winning because we wanted to hear him thank Semien for making Burns so good.

Remember That Feeling You Had When You Walked In On Your Parents Having Sex, This Pitcher Gave You That Feeling Every Fifth DayJeff Samardzija.  May he accidentally have a tub of mayonnaise dropped on him, then get caught in an elevator with Sandoval and Billy Butler.

 
  1. Blint says:
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    Grey how did you make a year end post and not mention Stanton : o

    • Patrick says:
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      @Blint: more like how did you not mention Arenado?!? Man crush over?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Patrick: He got an honorary award that was given out at a pre-taped show

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nice work Boss man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks! And nice work to you for finishing 2nd…

  3. Bill Lee says:
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    my vote for Fantasy NL Least Valuable Player is Anthony Redon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Lee: Meh, he was injured, and you knew he was injured when you drafted him

  4. Clyde Prompto says:
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    It seems like all of the major guys who switched leagues other than Cespedes sucked this year once they hit their new digs. Gomez, Reyes, Cueto, Hamels, and Tulo weren’t leading many championship charges. The guys who hoarded FAAB $ and blew it all on these schmohawks probably feel like the guys who sunk their life savings into Bitcoin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Ha! I hear bitcoin is very popular on the “under-net”

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Grey: Haha yeah, I’m scared to even make jokes about it for fear of summoning a cyber demon.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I hear ya

  5. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Hanley Ramirez will never play for one of my teams again! Never! Even though I have him as a keeper in the 11th. He’s dead to me.

  6. jack florida says:
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    thanks to all the razzball staff for the great help and daily entertainment—please tell me if any of you guys come to florida for spring training, i will hook you up

  7. Matty says:
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    Thanks for everything all year.
    The Commissioner says the check is in the mail. I feel like I’ve heard that before…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Make sure it’s certified

  8. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Is there a more satisfying feeling in fantasy baseball than dropping a piece of shit player after the year ends?

    • BreakOut says:
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      @El Famous Burrito:

      Until they hit 40 HR’s the next year. But was good for 9 months.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Easier to drop than to pick up. Badoom-tish!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          SteveNZ!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Puig wasn’t much use either.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally worthless, agreed

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Santana was a bit disappointing too – though having him in an OBP league saved him from being a total disaster.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He was awful, I hate him

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Rasmus! This year’s unlikely playoff hero?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Short schedule day!

  9. MattTruss

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    Nice, I think all my votes made the cut. I traded Chris Davis right at the early August deadline. I lamented it a bit, but swapped him and Adam Jones for Jose Abreu and Carlos Carrasco in a keeper league. Abreu hit 11 HRs to Davis’ 19 after my trade, so I didn’t make out as bad as it seemed when every other day I looked to see Davis had gone 2 for 4 with 2 HRs. Plus, love me some hot Carrasco sauce!

  10. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, I am betting wild card with friends for a cup of coffee.

    Which team do you think to win seriously? NYY or HOU? PIT or CHC? Thanks.

      • Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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        @Grey: please be right oh mustachiod one!

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, I love to believe in HOU and CHC too because I have Correa and Rizzo in my team. I love them!!

        Few more questions..
        1. Keuchel took rest only 3 days, can I trust him tomorrow?
        2. PIT seems to have more off season (of course), is it a disadvantage to CHC?

        Thoughts appreciated.

        • Grey

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          1. I think so 2. Nah

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey: thanks! Hope they will win!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too!

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey:

            One more question, who do you think to win World Series Champion this year? Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Blue Jays

  11. JoeG414 says:
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    My SAGNOF was Shawn Tolleson, since 5/17 – 35 Saves and 5 Wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG414: Yeah, he was terrific too

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @JoeG414: Word. May 17th was also the day I added him, but I only saw 33 saves. Must have benched a couple for extra SPs.

  12. MikeY says:
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    How can guys like Harper & Donaldson be fantasy MVP when they were drafted so high? Harper was a like a 2nd round pick and Donaldson was like a 4th round pick depending on what site you play on.

    Shouldn’t fantasy MVPs be guys who were drafted in mid to late rounds but returned results of a high pick? Because that’s kind of the definition of fantasy value. Guys like AJ Pollock, Dallas Keuchel, Lorenzo Cain & Kendrys Morales should be in the conversation.

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @MikeY: it’s about value. Harper was being picked in the 2nd (23rd overall ADP at couchmanagers, for example) and played like the best player in baseball. Donaldson was being taken slightly ahead of Harper (20th over at cm) and played like a top-5 player. If you got Trout and Harper, you basically got 2 of the top-5 players in baseball for your first two picks. That, right there, is VALUE. That’s why he’s the MVP, at least in my eyes.

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        @apoxonbothyourhouses: Sure. I’m not saying Harper isn’t valuable. I’m just saying guys like Pollock & Keuchel were more so. And you sort of made my argument with your explanation and saying it’s about value.

        Harper & Pollock both finished as top 5 players. 3 spots apart on Yahoo’s player rater. And you could argue Pollock had more value because of the steals (because there were almost double the amount of HRs as SB in baseball this year). You might not win that argument, but it’s not absurd to make it.

        I don’t have a couchmanagers sub to see Pollock’s ADP, so I’ll go by Yahoo’s info. And I’ll explain it two ways.
        1. Harper’s Yahoo ADP was 30, Pollock’s was 168. Harper finished 4th, Pollock finished 7th. To me, a jump in value from 168 to 7 is wayyyyy more valuable than a jump from 30 to 4.
        2. Would you rather buy the $40 Harper returned for you this year the$35 you had to pay for him or the $37 value Pollock got you for the $4 you had to pay for him? (Disclaimer: No idea if that’s their final auction returned value or the actual price they went for, but you get the idea for argument’s sake)

        Same thing with Michael Brantley last year. His ADP was in the 12th or 13th or whatever round and he finished as a top-5 OF.

        • Cram It says:
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          @MikeY: It’s most VALUABLE player. Not best VALUE player. Better stats are more valuable. Your argument is better suited for a BVP. Like Grey said, create your own award!

          • MikeY says:
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            @Cram It: well then shouldn’t it just be the guy who finished #1 on the rater? By your rater it should be Donaldson & Goldschmidt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MikeY: That’s your award show!

      • MikeY says:
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        @Grey: ugh, I wanted to argue. I’ve had this discussion with like 9 people who I play with and have changed every one of their minds.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pollock was much better value than Harper…This wasn’t about value though… MLB’s MVP doesn’t go to the cheapest player, it goes to the most valuable

          • MikeY says:
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            @Grey: sure, but unlike in real baseball, it matters how you acquire a player…whether by draft pick, trade or buying him in a auction.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @MikeY: Well then. That makes all ten of you wrong. Most valuable player. Not best value player.

          • MikeY says:
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            @Baezaworldseries: ok, I’ll concede that. But then, by definition, should it go to the #1 player in each league on the player rater?

            Donaldson & Goldy.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @MikeY: he must make it somewhat about best value vs ADP. Goldy was top 5 ADP, and 2nd value. Donaldson was top value and lower ADP.

  13. kaztan says:
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    Traded Hanley for Arrieta at the All-Star break. It was actually a trade down at the time but I needed pitching. Knew dumping Hanley was right, didn’t know Arrieta was gonna go nuts.

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @kaztan: Wow. That’s a season-saver!

  14. booya says:
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    12 team H2H Keeper w/ $75 budget
    Who to keep from these options?
    Arrieta $25
    Bautista $20
    C Davis $20
    Yoenis $20
    Bumgarner $20
    Price $20
    deGrom $20
    Betts $15
    Cargonz $15
    Lindor $5
    Matz $5

    Thanks!

    • booya says:
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      @booya: I can get a 2nd rounder for Mookie should I choose to keep others over him. The rest probably won’t be tradable for much…

      • booya says:
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        @booya: for a little more context, last year the best 2nd rounders were Arrieta, Aroldis, Carrasco and Kimbrel…the other 8 were more or less busts. Considering that I’m thinking I should just keep Mook but appreciate any input.

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @booya:

      75$ keeper budget. I’d do:

      Arieta $25
      Price $20
      deGrom $20
      Lindor $5
      Matz $5

      Matz sort of scares me a bit, though. Davis is tough to cut, but where does he go? Ditto with Cespedes. Your pitching is pretty stacked and you’d need to invest in hitting at auction, but you won’t need to touch any SPs until late. Price could be a wild card. If he goes to the Dodgers, $20 is a steal. If he goes to the Yankees, well, I dunno.

      Just my 2 cents.

      • booya says:
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        @apoxonbothyourhouses: I don’t think I can keep that much pitching. I don’t have a 1st rounder and like I said, by the time the 2nd round comes it becomes very boom or bust…mostly bust actually. Certainly no stud hitters available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya:
      Bautista $20
      C Davis $20
      Betts
      CarGonz
      Lindor

      • booya says:
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        @Grey: Really? No JUp for $10?

      • booya says:
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        @booya: @Grey: I guess it would be helpful if I included J Upton on my list. Also have him at $10…sorry

  15. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Blasphemous as it may sound, I think Trout actually kept me out of contention in the two leagues I had the first pick and nabbed him. He had some reeeally slow months mid-season. Donaldson or Goldschmidt would have been mucho more helpful with that pick

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      @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: if you are gonna cherry pick top guys goldy works, but you never were seriously gonna take son of donald over trout. The complete lack of steals from a guy his age though makes no sense with his speed.

  16. Scott says:
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    Nice wrapup. BTW, I was one of the Khris Davis picker-uppers. It went back to about midseason, I asked you who had best power upside on the DL, and you said Khris Davis. The rest was history. Listen to the Grey!

  17. Jim says:
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    Grey,
    Thanks for helping me win my league this year! I didn’t draft a pitcher until round 5, unfortunately that pitcher was Samardzija but luckily I got Arrieta in the 8th. My first 4 picks: Au Shizz, Harper, Upton, Dee Gordon. I probably would have coasted thru offensive categories if Arrenado would have been available in the 4th like my mock’s were showing but he went in the 3rd. Already looking forward to next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Congrats!

  18. Rice says:
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    Grey…. another fantastic season by you. Razzball is my only source for baseball advise and you can put another championship on the board (despite Ian Desmond). Thanks buddy!

    See you in a couple months when it’s time to talk keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  19. J-FOH says:
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    I watched about 45 minutes of the voice last night. I’m glad I get to go back to watch it with the fast forward button. I can’t handle listening to Gwen talk. She has got to be the dumbest celebrity ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I forget the show nearly 30 seconds after I finish watching… Who was last night again?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I saw the really good 16 year old Alabama girl that chose adam and the artist chick who sang dream a little dream and wants to do crooner music. She was really good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah! They were decent… I like the last girl that Pharrell picked, she was solid…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: was that the tiny person?

            Dude, the dream a little dream girl reminded me a lot of Norah Jones, she was way better than decent

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The tiny person was lame, she reminded me of someone who would be on American Idol… I don’t know dream a little dream, I’m talking the last girl whose father had MS

              • J-FOH

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                @Grey: I fell asleep so I thought the tiny person was last. Ill ask baby’s mama, whe knows what I look for in a singer.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Tiny wasn’t last…Tiny was next to last

                  • J-FOH

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                    @Grey: yeah, got that…sorry, having a bad real world morning

  20. Hakuna Machado says:
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    Need to keep 6 (14 team H2H, 6X6 (R/HR/RBI/SB/OBP/SLG and QS/SV/HLD/Ks/ERA/WHIP, keep forever, no round or dollar cost)…who would you keep?

    Encarnacion, Cespedes, Altuve, Kluber, Felix, Carlos Gomez (can’t be POS two year in a row, right? RIGHT? RIGHT?…hey, how’d I get in this cave?), Duda, Aroldis, Jansen, Wade Davis, Belt and Crawford. I’m leaning first 6.

    This isn’t the best list to choose from, but I have a bunch of farm system guys that I get to keep using my last picks who should help me stay competitive (Sano, Rendon, Archer, C-Mart, Myers, Souza, Heaney). Finished in second place this year. Thanks for your help!

    • Grey

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      Yes, first 6

  21. booya says:
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    Attempt #2…left Upton off the list above. My bad.
    12 team H2H Keeper w/ $75 budget
    Who to keep from these options?
    Arrieta $25
    Bautista $20
    C Davis $20
    Yoenis $20
    Bumgarner $20
    Price $20
    deGrom $20
    Betts $15
    Cargonz $15
    Upton $10
    Lindor $5
    Matz $5

    I can still trade Betts for a 2nd rounder…

    Thanks!

    • booya says:
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      @booya: Could also trade Upton for a 2nd rounder….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista $20
      C Davis $20
      Upton
      Lindor
      Betts
      Matz

      • booya says:
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        @Grey: Do you think I can reasonably justify keeping Bumgarner instead of Davis? Top pitching is tough to come by in this league and we don’t know where Davis will end up right?

        Thanks for all the help Grey! Great work this season!

        • Grey

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          I could see keeping a top pitcher, but not Bum

  22. mauledbypandas says:
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    So sad the regular season is already over. Desmond at least had a decent second half (if you picked him up on waivers you were happy)

    Pollock was my NL MvP, wonder where he goes next year.

    Thanks for another year of yucks, fantasy lothario Greycarlo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’m guessing in the 2nd round on Pollock

      • Natty Boh says:
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        @Grey: I feel like he’s next years Brantley.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed, feeling the same

          • J-FOH

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            @Grey: meh, I think thats a short sighted statement. Pollock has always had more speed than Brantley and I dont see a major drop off there, Brantley had a significantly longer MLB track record to go on and last season was an obvious outlier. Not saying he was bad, but a repeat was not in the cards. Pollock should be good for 15/33 with 100 runs and a .300 BA next year. I agree that people may over pay but I dont think he will be frustrating owners like Brantley this year.

            • Grey

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              It was a vague statement…I don’t think Pollock and Brantley are all that similar…What I meant was Pollock would get drafted higher than his value will dictate… Just as you said, people will overpay

              • J-FOH

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                @Grey: I could see him being a deal as some leagues who over value the youth will over pay for guys like Sano, Seager, Schwarber…actually the way Schwarber finished may drop him to proper value. Im not saying this is the rule, just that Pollock may drop as owners de-value speed and blow off the 20 bombs as a fluke. Damn, I’m going to enjoy the off season write ups

                • Grey

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                  I don’t see him being a deal anywhere… Be shocked if he goes later than top 25 anywhere

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: end of 2nd beginning of third feels about right, he had a great year but with the so so power its gonna feel not that sexy.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      For minute I thought you were going to say something about the 2nd amendment…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: I have the right to bear arms….and hitters in the early rounds

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      “I have the right to bare arms.” -rejected Nair advertising jingle

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      or said by the guy who says it looks like a babys arm

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hey is that a crack?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Dude I was making fun of douche bags, don’t have such a complex

            • Natty Boh says:
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              @J-FOH: Fair argument.

  23. Natty Boh says:
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    Off topic, I think Corey Dickerson will be ranked a lot lower next year than what he should be and we’ll get good value on him. Won my 15 team league….thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats!

  24. Strolg says:
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    I think Josh should also thank Billy Beane for jumping the shark with that trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  25. Whatever says:
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    Somehow i won my keeper league in spite of owning Ian Desmond. And for a party favor I have to keep him next year. I hope the regression fairies also work in the opposite direction for 2016.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  26. Fish says:
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    So fun story…
    Guy that trades for Chris Davis (and DIDN’T regret it): me!

    Price of that trade? One, Ian Desmond.

    HAHAHA! …What’s that? The guy I made this trade with beat me in the H2h playoffs?
    Yeah, that sounds about right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  27. Re-Pete says:
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    Good stuff as always. Shelby Miller, Carlos Gomez and Ian Desmond with fittingly stinky awards, and all were on my squad this season. Perhaps that’s why I missed the playoffs. Hoping for a better 2016.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch, yeah, not great

  28. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Arenado in the NL….eff captain douche Harper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  29. PeteRosesRevenge says:
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    The halloween Cheetos actually leave white resin on your fingers instead of orange…..still messy but mom can’t see it on basement door as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, good point!

  30. FrankGrimes says:
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    Jim Abbott haha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey!

  31. Slimcompoop says:
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    Great article. Long time…what’s good Grey? Finished up my 10-team, H2H, 12-category league last Sunday. Ended up skunking my opponent 12-0 although it was “close” in multiple categories. As an owner of Jose Reyes (I drafted him as my #1 pick after six rounds of keepers), I couldn’t agree with you more that he should’ve been dropped in June, but we all hanged on. Then he got traded to Colorado and you held for longer. Finally ended up cutting him in the playoffs and picking up some SAGNOF. Anythehoo, I miss the whimsy of the summer and commenting more frequently. Appreciate all of your work that you do. It kept my mind sharp during the “dog days” of the fantasy season. Hope you and the Cougs are well…flipping the script to JB’s side of the equation and basketball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poop! Enjoy JB, keep him sharp!

  32. Greg says:
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    Grey, Thanks for all your help this year!

    H2H is crazy…I ended up 5th (with Springer and MIggy finally back) and in successive weeks beat the third seed, first seed, and then for the championship, the 2nd seed!

    Mookie Betts and a late filler on Piscotty saved my season! And Kluber finished strong.

    Hope to join you in a Razzball league next year….how’d you make out?

    • Greg says:
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      @Greg:
      Oh. And I dropped AJ Pollock in May. He was platooning and batting .240 at the time, but he was my late round sleeper and I blew it! Luckily, I picked up Eaton on your advice and he did a pretty good Pollock impression in the 2nd half, didn’t he?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He did!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I did solid, top ten overall in RCL, winning the league I was in against the other Razz knuckleheads

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I resent that statement, Rudy is not a knucklehead

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, you resemble that statement…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I know I’m a knucklehead, I’ve had enough of them hit my head, but Rudy, he’s a classy fellow

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed

  33. PeteRosesRevenge says:
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    I dropped crawford several times,, and i don’t even wan to talk about Smarjdie……..Thanks for all the graeat advice from you and the rest of the crew………I lost in the Championship but had a great season, i owe C-Mart and Lindor and a few others to Razzball. Thanks guys, this was more fun that a twice divorced woman with a new set of cans!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

  34. nick the dick says:
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    Where’s Raul when you need him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yanks don’t look good, bro

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: …said everyone for the past month

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but now they have six outs

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: And now my face is Walter Matthau-esque

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J-FOH: piss off Jack full of it

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @nick the dick: seriously I didn’t watch, I rarely do. I can’t deal with the manufactureed excitement. Really? who pops champagne for winning a one game wildcard. It would be like someone drinking the milk for setting the pole at the indy 5000. I might pop in for a second as I’m flipping through the channels or catch the highlights but I have no idea how it went down. The morning sports radio was all about a bad strikezone. It’s always a bad strikezone.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, no, hangdogging?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: *looks up hangdogging* Im confused, what does this have to do with mountain climbing, Nick isnt that fat. Its too easy to pick on those that care about real baseball

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What does fat have to do with anything? /so confused

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: mountain climbing, he’s as big as a mountain because he’s fat. Scaling mount Nick

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Geez, so hostile!

      • Pete roses revenge says:
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        @Grey:

        What’s up with CC? He really could not wait a few weeks to go to rehab?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wouldn’t have mattered

  35. SF says:
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    The late season trade of Puig and Upton for Billy Hamilton and Carlos Gomez ended up being equally bad for me and the guy I traded with.

    At least I got 2 steals out of Gomez when he did play during the final week of the season

    • Grey

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      Ha, yup

  36. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Gomez was a POS, but a) he was never on my team, and b) I will never forget watching him hit that rocket in Yankee Stadium last night and how quiet the stands were most of the night as the fans went from hopeless to surly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C’mon, they’re always surly!

  37. Wilson says:
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    Who will be ranked higher next year? McCutchen or Bautista? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista

  38. Jay_0321 says:
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    Greycious,

    Every once in awhile I have a fantasy epiphany. A couple years ago in coined the Razzball term for Victor Oladip ala RainbOladipo. This year, I have a couple suggestions, but first the back story:

    I’m in my mid-30’s, married with the 2.5 in a gated community. So this story is from my single days.

    So I walk into a bar with the boys and pre-Tinder years we actually had to interact with the opposite sex. I have my ass magnet glasses on and my boob radar at high frequency. I spot this magnificent specimen of woman with a small group of girls. I think to myself she’s the one hot chick that hangs out with uglier chicks to make herself look better, so in my mind she’s losing wifey value, but increasing on the take home meter. So as the night progresses, I finally seize my opportunity to talk with her. She is even more amazing close up and as I strike up a conversation she immediately shows an interest. I get her to laugh, smile and engage with me. A time or two I thought she was going to lean in for a smooch, but it never happened. She has now taken the reigns in the conversation, which to me is odd and as the few minutes that we are chatting start to feel like hours as she continues to repel and avoid my persuasion into a number or something mutual. Long story shortened, the chicks she was with were her scissor sisters. I think to myself how in God’s name can this chick be an exclusive rug muncher? Alas, the intro of the lipstick lesbian had cast its ugly shadow on me. I mean how could this magnificent, tall glass of water sporting DD’s defy the metrics like the groundball pitcher defies the strikeout? Razzball Nation I think we have the birth of the Deuchel!

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…So, you’re saying Keuchel is a lipstick lesbian that gives you the c’mon, only to later leave you hot and dry? Sounds like Chasing Amy…

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: Nah, I am saying that our lipstick lesbian has the metrics to be with the opposite sex just like Dallas Keuchel has the metrics and pedigree to be an extreme groundball pitcher. She defies the odds just like Keuchel. Her case vagina, his the strikeout. Ala the Deuchel! I thought it could be a coined term for pitchers whom have the metrics to be low K/9 guys, but defy the metrics and become very good K/9 guys. You’ve got to admit Keuchel is sort of an anomaly in that respect.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Deuchel is the lipstick lesbian that defies her vagina? Not sure, but I’m intrigued…

          • Jay_0321 says:
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            @Grey: Its about defying the metrics. Keuchel as we all know had every scout calling him an extreme groundball pitcher without much upside for strikeouts. I am making a comparison for the defiance of metrics in the name of Dallas Keuchel in using the lipstick lesbian as my justification for the defiance of dick, hence the name dike. The Deuchel. I thought you’d be on board lol.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that where dike comes from? The etymology of it? Deuchel, like a lesbian defies penis, defies labels?

  39. J-FOH says:
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    I was thinking the other day, yes I do think from time to time,I want my own awards post. I think there are many fantasy players that deserve props. It would be the awards according to Jack….kinda like Garp, but about awards and me.

    • Grey

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      Works for me

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Is making a best fantasy master lothario in a website award category kissing too much ass?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, that works well!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’ll have to nominate Tristan

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Of course you do

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: but I like you better

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  MasterChef auditions are this Saturday in Hollywood!

  40. JashFath

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    In quite possibly my finest move of the year, I picked up Napoli right before he hit 3 homers in 3 days (one homer for each of his mom’s nipples) after sucking for most of the year. An owner in my league offered a struggling Chris Davis for him straight up after the 3rd HR. I took it in an instant, and the rest is history.

    • Grey

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      HA, very nice

  41. Blahblahblah says:
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    Grey-You need a Lazarus award.
    Don’t really know why (Other than he’s my binky after he was a Best Value type guy for me last year)but for some reason or the other I kept hold of Corey Dickerson all damn year after picking him in the fourth.
    Got nothing but heartache. Injuries, on and off the DL, lots of stat killing rest days. Just dreck. Until playoff time when he was a season saving monster. For me and many others.
    Talk about rising from the dead at the perfect moment. Any angst I had about picking him, and there had been much, disappeared on the spot. It was the fantasy equivalent of JD Drew’s Grand Slam when he paid off his entire contract with one swing of the bat.

    Not that I’ll ever touch him again with a ten foot pole. Foot problems, PF in particular, yeah-no thanks. See Pujols, Albert for details.
    But for that moment, man, did Corey shine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Blahblahblah: albert is a LOT older, i’m not saying draft dickerson where his ADP is but don’t assume a guy almost 10 years younger is gonna have the same problem with his version of it.

  42. J-FOH says:
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    @Grey: I’m sure you will do fine….if they are judging dog food

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…That’s what the dish I bring will be by the time I get through since there’s no heating…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: well its not in my job description to wear a team Grey T-shirt and stand around with a sign

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw, c’mon!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: wouldnt I be better utilized if I ran around knocking everyone’s dishes out of their hands?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              So true

  43. Boomer19 says:
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    Hi Grey. Looking forward to more great playoff action in the next few weeks. As far as fantasy goes how close are Lorenzo Cain and Springer for rankings next year? Thanks as always.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Boomer19: Springer has the higher ceiling and both have had injury history. Cain’s floor is higher at this point but I have a feeling Springer will go higher in drafts. Cain is the safer play

      • Boomer19 says:
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        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fairly close

  44. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    how many people are very very happy if they owned TOR hitters that Maddon didn’t both still coach at TB and that TB wasn’t competitive if he did. A few weeks ago in the span of about 5 days the CUBS
    took out Kang at 2B in an execution slide
    attempted to take out Cervelli
    took out Molina (this probably shouldn’t be considered outside of normal play though routine slide play at home)
    threw at Wong twice in 2 innings
    threw at and hit Holiday in the head

    These events just “happened” to occur vs teams that the CUBS would play in the playoffs, nothing happened to the players of MIL or CIN during this period and they also played the CUBS. I’m very happy to still have had Bautista and E5 finish year healthy, only wonder what kind of stuff would’ve happened in TB-TOR games had Maddon still been there and if somehow TB was competitive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yup

  45. Chuzwozza says:
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    Grey,

    It seems I missed the large end-of-season thread earlier this week but I wanted to make sure I passed on my thanks to you and the team here at Razzball. First ever year of fantasy and I managed 1, 2, and 3 (third in an RCL). Funnily enough, the first was in an autodraft – I think cos I was less attached to certain players so it was easier to chop and change.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t have got near those finishes without your advice and write-ups and those of Rudy, J-Foh, Smoky, Magoo et al (apologies for not naming everyone!). The dedication to come to the comments and answer specific questions seemed to go above and beyond the call of duty so thanks again!

    I may even try it all again next year!

  46. Scott says:
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    We should have a Razzballies for Grey jokes!

    My favorite:

    When I heard Ozuna and Rizzo were attending the offseason workshop held in Otis Nixon’s basement titled, “Run You Motherf***ers, ” I should’ve paid attention.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nice, forgot about that one…

  47. Here’s how my season concluded. Bare with me, I have no one else to talk to about it.

    On October 1st, thinking I had 14 innings left, I pulled a seven pitcher super stream (Hammel, Eickoff, Holland, Heaney, Medlen, Sabbathia, B. Anderson) resulting in 6 wins (the max possible since Holland and Heaney were facing each other), 34 k’s, a 2.34 era, and a 1.11 whip.

    As it turns out, I had 14 innings going into Sept 30, not Oct. 1st. On Sept 30, Andrew Miller, a closer I should have benched because I was winning saves by about 30, pitched two innings, and Joe Blanton, a reliever I threw in as a guy who could feasibly end up getting a win with some late relief, threw THREE innings. If not for those two pitchers and their FIVE innings, my super stream would have counted, but alas it did not.

    I came in second by 2.5 points. I would have gotten those 2.5 points in wins and k’s, and would have likely gotten a half a point at least in whip and/or ERA. And I would have been lauded as a genius.

    But instead, I learned a valuable lesson about innings management. I ran out of games for most of my offensive positions, too, but I dominated offense so heavily that that didn’t end up mattering.

    Anyway, I just wanted to make sure to say THANK YOU to the entire Razzball staff. I wouldn’t even be in a position to have come so close to winning without you guys. I’ve been Razzballing for two seasons now, and you make me look so much smarter than I am. Can’t wait for next season.

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