I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile. It’s sat around in my head, trying to think of a dynamic opening. I guess it never came. Today will be my last post as prospector at Razzball. I won’t be leaving altogether however, I’m sticking around for the Razzball Podcast with Grey and rest assured the Prospect Podcast with Lance isn’t going anywhere. My efforts for 2019 and beyond as far as writing go, will be on my new site Prospectslive.com. This adventure over the last five seasons has been a blast. This was my first and only writing gig, and for that opportunity I’m forever grateful to all those involved. So while I’m leaving in one form I’m not gone altogether. Before I step aside there’s a few characters in this play I’d like to thank.

Grey Albright – You’re a legend man. I don’t throw that around in a millennial “GOAT” overused sort of way either. You’ve taught me how to do this. Being able to hang with you in the Perts League the last few seasons is an honor. You’re my favorite writer, but even more than that you’re a good person. You’re supportive and honest. You don’t make it hard to work here. Unfortunately for too many fantasy sites that’s not the case.

Sky – Thanks for taking a shot on me and giving me a chance to do something I enjoy so much. One of these days I’m going to get out to the Northwest League and the Pioneer League. Scouting your Sasquatch ass on a barstool next to me is very much a priority.

J-FOH aka The Big Odio aka Jack Full of Hate aka Anchovy Man – I know you have like 20 other freaking nicknames but I smoke too many cones to remember that ish. You’re my Sherpa man. You’ve believed in my ramblings and audio tangents far more than I imagined anyone would. You give good advice, you look out for me, you taught me how to beat Grey’s ass in the Perts League. Imma defend my title doe… Don’t worry dude Hip-Hop Sunday rides one last time. Thanks for making this fun, there’s a lot more to come on this adventure. Can’t wait to hit the coast with you Big Bro!

Smokey – Not sure you’ll see this, but I can’t write this without mentioning you brother. We’ve had some wild nights in a whole bunch of places. I don’t think I can mention any of it without getting both of us in trouble. Seriously. When I’m in Dirty Jerz again we’ll hit the Go-Go Bar. Be well King!

Nick The Dick – One of the best people I’ve met through this. Feel like I’ve known you for like two decades. Gotta feed the Crabs, gotta love that late late night Smoothie chat. It’s been really cool to see you grow as a man over the last few years. Nick The Fire Dick? Has a nice ring to it? Wait..no…actually, that’s perfect. Big Bites and Friends marathons for life.

Noise – What are Yinz up to? If I could deep fry you and eat you I would, you magnificent bastard. I hope your next five years are the equivalent of Tony Montana in the Jacuzzi. Only your lady friend is significantly less coked up. Unless you want that. Like if coked up Michelle Pfeiffer is your thing, then I want you to have that.

Crab Army – Jaaaake! Mike! Ryan! Steve! Rob! Bricks! Jarod! Do I have to yell all your names? I’m kinda lazy. Plus y’all haven’t been that forthcoming since CrabAnon. The crumbs have been scarce for a reason lately.

Michael Halpern – Salute! Thanks for helping me take this to the next level. I miss you brother! We built a hell of a thing.

Lance – You’re my new partner in crime, and there’s no one who’s work I respect more. You’re like a superhuman sportswriter created in a lab. It’s honor to be associated with you. Here’s to many successful seasons at Prospects Live!

Tehol – Why do we hate each other again? Do you really know Christian Slater? Remember when we wrote for Guru’s site?

To all the readers thanks for all the love.

Hip-Hop Sunday

I’m Ready

Pac hate nowadays is trash!

Kick it like this on the last album

Sound the Horns for the PVD

Legends of NYC

Not All The New Cats Are Whack

Az On Smooth Beats? fuhgeddaboudit

 

  1. Harley Earl says:
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    Ralphie!

    Damn! I hate that you’re leaving! I really enjoyed your stuff on here, almost as much as Grey’s stuff! Haha! Seriously, you’ve been great and I’m sad to see you no longer will be writing. Thanks for all the help/advice etc. I hope you’ll occasionally write up a piece for all us old-timers here like me that would rather read about prospects than listen to a podcast. Yeah, I know that’s lame, but that’s how I roll!

    Best wishes to you man and many thanks for all that you contributed. You’ve helped me with my team quite a bit. Good luck!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Harley Earl:Thanks! Don’t worry, they’ll be plenty to read from me over on Prospectslive.com.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Oh, so you’ll be writing prospect stuff over there? I must bookmark your website!!! Looking forward to it!!!

  2. Mm says:
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    Ralph,

    Thank you for all of your hard work – you will definitely be missed!
    I wish you the best moving forward & will def check your new site out!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mm:Thanks brother I’ll still be around!

  3. Another Dan says:
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    Ralph,

    Sad to hear your writing time hear is coming to an end. Loved reading your stuff and appreciate all the help that you give out.

    Glad you will still be doing the podcasts.

    Been looking at prospectslive, it looks awesome and I shall be following you over there.

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Another Dan: Thanks Dan! How’s the club looking this term?

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        We are out of the FA Cup but were 2nd going into yesterday. Lost our first league home game of the season. We were up 2-1 with 10 mins to play. Lost the plot, lost the match 3-2. Painful. But overall we have to be happy. Let’s hope our games next March/April have something riding on them.

        If you have time, couple of questions….

        1) LIDOM – what are the draft implications? Do teams get to keep them forever ? When prospects graduate to MLB they might not play again ? MLB teams have a say in how much game time or IP a player has? Do the LIDOM teams know these parameters before they draft ?

        2) Instructs. What are the implications of being invited ? Top prospect ? Prospect who needs to work on something ? Prospects who need more playing time perhaps because their time was limited by injury during the year ? Players the MLB club wants a closer look at ?

        You are furthering my depth of the prospect world but I keep realising how little I understand.

        Best wishes,

        Another Dan

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Another Dan: 1: I do believe you get the winter rights to those guys if they go back. Some MLB guys do play there. I think Sano was there this or last season.

          It’s really just practice games and instruction. It’s for anyone from rehabbing MLB guys, Prospects Colin to the states the first time, top picks, just whoever the org is working with.

  4. Nathan says:
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    Thanks for the excellent articles and insight into the world of prospects.

    One last question— for 2019 who do you like: Peter Alonso, Austin Riley, Nick Senzel, or Wander Franco.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nathan: If you’re looking at 2019 production, go Senzel. If you want the best prospect Franco.

  5. David says:
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    Really hate to see you go Ralph! Thank you for all of your help and advice. The best to you in all your endeavors.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: Thanks brother! I’ll still be hanging around.

  6. J-Hova says:
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    NO!! Damn Ralph, best of luck to you and really glad you’re sticking with the podcast. You and Grey are awesome together. Thanks for all you’ve done, the prospect notes and analysis is so awesome, it’s really brought me back into being a huge baseball fan.

    A few last post questions:
    1) Are you looking forward to the new Atmosphere? Last album didn’t grab me but the new single and snippets i’ve Heard sound like old Slug & Ant.

    2) Last podcast you and grey talked about losing the league on the last day which is what i’m About to do. The bottom teams have been streaming the shit out of SP’s and put me in a bind. Here’s my scenrio, WHIP is pretty tight so i dont want to go wild but am up 2.5points. I can lose one point in Wins and one in K’s and .5 in saves today. The guy that can take a win point away has rich hill going. I’m up 4ks. The guy who can catch me in ks has gausman, Montgomery and Anderson going. I added Shoemaker, Skogland, Covey, and Suarez for today. SON only likes Shoemaker. Any tips on who to start out of that group?

    Thanks, Ralph! Appreciate everything!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-Hova: Nah, I’m a little bored of Atmosphere, going to have to check it out again. I’m really into Westside Gunn right now.

      Stay away from Skog roll the rest

      • J-Hova says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks, Ralph!

        I’ll check out Westside Gunn, havnt really listened but see him mentioned a ton. Good luck, I’ll miss the rap talk!!

  7. Halp

    Halp says:
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    We had a great run! Good luck with your next venture brother

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Halp: Thanks Halp! I’ll hit you up later!

  8. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Good for you, Razzball alumnus. I’ll be checking the new site out for sure. Good luck!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @El Famous Burrito: Burrito! Thanks for all the support over the years.

  9. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Nobody did it better. Nobody gave me better prospect advice. Nobody will be more missed than you will be here at razzball.

    I will certainly be following you on your new site and tweeting you for all my trade advice.

    I wish you great success in whatever you do.

    Nobody will miss your write-ups here more than I will.

    Godspeed man.

    MP

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: Thanks MP I’m looking forward to it!

  10. wilto1be says:
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    This is the worst post ever!! Always have looked forward to your posts and appreciated your insight. Glad you will still be around and that you will still dropping knowledge on a different site. Congrats to you and good luck going forward!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @wilto1be: Thanks brother!

  11. Captain James T Kirk says:
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    Best of luck, Ralph! I enjoyed reading everything you wrote!

    • Captain James T Kirk says:
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      @Captain James T Kirk:

      Just saw tge link to your new site…awesome! I am bookmarking that bad boy right now!

  12. steve stevenson says:
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    Looking forward to the new site, Ralph; you do great work and give thoughtful responses to commenters (which I hope will continue over there).

    And I’m truly honored that in my very 1st RCL I’m putting the finishing touches on wiping the floor wit yo ass. Because really this is about me.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @steve stevenson: Dude! I thought I had you but that squad blew up the last month congrats!

      I’ll keep giving you info to beat me! Lol

  13. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Parking lot joints and big bites…(3) that’s what Ralph’s about!

    You know Grey is going to pull an Aunt Vivian and just try to replace you without saying anything. That SOB.

  14. Rob says:
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    Thank you for enriching my knowledge of the game I love. You’re the Osiris of this shit. I’d follow you if you wanted to throw your next shit on MySpace.

    Excited for the future man. Salute.

    #WhoIsCrabAnon

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rob: Boston sports junkies 4 Eva khid! Let’s take it back to 79!!!!!

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    NOOO!!! Oh, wait, I’m about to talk to you today for the podcast… Goodbye for now, hope to talk to you in about 90 minutes

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: this is all my fault. If you hadn’t offered me the prospect gig and I hadn’t said no and suggested Ralph to do it then he’d still be here writing dfs and hitting profiles.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-FOH: Lol it’s true!

  16. Allan Tamarkin says:
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    Thanks for your articles and enthusiasm . Appreciated by everyone I am sure .

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Allan Tamarkin: Thanks for the reads!

  17. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Because we’re too alike, my friend. Sad to lose a true savant. ?????

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: those were supposed to be praying emoji hands not questions marks .

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Likely! We had some fun moments. We’ll always have bagging on Hope Solo’s nudes.

  18. Alcibiades_Escobar says:
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    Congrats on the success, brother. Looking forward to Prospects Live. Claws up!

  19. fletch f. fletch says:
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    Thank you for all the great content. I’m excited for your next venture. Congratulations! Glad I get to continue to listen to you and Grey. You both have been so much help over the years. It looks like the Miami Marlins triple A team is headed to my hometown of Wichita, KS. I’d be happy to provide you with some video footage if you ever need it. Of course it won’t take place until 2020.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @fletch f. fletch: Sounds good, feel free to stay in touch about that.

      Gotta stick with Grey. He’s the best to ever do it IMO. Can’t give up that gig.

  20. JP says:
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    Ralph-congratulations on the new site I will miss you here at Razzball. Vladdy 2020 MVP. Hope we can still get together for a game in Manchester. Your the best Ralph

  21. Branta says:
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    As I wrote on Twitter, my fantasy success this season was thanks in no small part to your prospect advice, and being a very active and helpful here and on Twitter. Good luck at the new site! I look forward to still trying to figure out my keepers using your prospect lists.

  22. thorbs says:
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    Ralphy,

    Thanks for everything…took the title in my dynasty league for the first time in a decade, and my roster is littered with Lifshitz favourites! All the best, man

  23. P says:
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    Ralph, thanks for the best fantasy baseball prospect advice on the internet.

  24. Ralph you are my G U R U

    never listened to podcasts much as i loved reading your stuff but I will find you !!!!!

  25. J-Dawg says:
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    Thanks for all your articles and insights Ralph! I’ve already added your new site to the favorites tab! Looking forward to seeing your stuff over there!

  26. JayHay says:
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    Best of luck man. Thanks for all you did—the feedback and answers. Wish you and Lance the best, I’ll have to check the new site. Respect bruh.

  27. Roto-Wan

    Roto-Wan says:
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    I won my first dynasty thanks to you, Ralph. Keep up the great work.

  28. Miketron says:
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    Thanks for all the good reads buddy! Best of luck with Prospects Live! I will make sure to call you out over there too.

    Claws up!

  29. MattTruss

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    I’d wish you good luck, but you don’t need it, you’re gonna kill it w/ProspectsLive.

  30. Jeff Graup says:
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    what do u think the #s are 4 tatisjr next year for the pods

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