Last time we checked in, we were 15 points in front of the pack in one league; yeah, lost that one.  And we were barely in first in another league, lost that one too.  In the Razzball points league, Grey was about 10,000 points up (estimate for exaggeration purposes); yup, came in 2nd there too.   If only we could blame a shirtless renegade for our losses. There’s no one to blame but Rudy.  Joking.  He won his league and a Carnivale Cruise to boot!  But we’ll get to that.  Let’s recap where it all went wrong for us.  You’ll like this.  After all, schadenfreude!  Anyway, here’s the fantasy baseball team updates:

Overall Razzball Commenters’ League Winner

Drumroll, please…. Mowses!  You have $50 worth of Taco Bell coupons coming your way. (Give me your email in the comments.)  Don’t spend the coupons all in one place.  Really, don’t.  You’ll get very sick.  And whatever you do don’t order a black taco.  I think I know how they decided on this new taco.  “We need to cut back on the quality of our meat.”  “But it’s already the lowest grade we can find.”  “Right, so what’s the best way to take the focus off of a downgrade in the meat?”  “Make the taco look disgusting.”  “I got it, a black taco!”  Enjoy, Mowses!

Overall Fantasy Razzball League Winner

Congratulations, Jay!  Taco Bell Coupons will be coming your way too.  (Give me your email in the comments.)  Get the black licorice tacos, I hear they’re wonderful!

15 Team, mixed league, 5×5; host: Tim of RotoRob, 2nd place.

Recap – Came down to .002 on average between us and number one.  (Everything was real close though; coulda gained a few points in WHIP with a .02 gain.  Or a few points in ERA with a .05 gain.)  We had some tough breaks — lost Peavy, Beltran, Hawpe and Ibanez in the 2nd half of the season.  Beltran was filled in by The Big FraGu, which is not a push, but it’s pretty close to a nudge at least.  Peavy was filled in by Kevin Correia (on our team, Correia had 72 innings and a line of 5 Wins, 1.88 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP).  We were stacked at starting pitching anyway because of some good drafting/trading — Gallardo, Haren, Josh Johnson and Randy Wolf (that’s stacked in a 15 team league).  Well, we don’t want any of these recaps to sound like crying over spilled milk.  In the end, as John Kruk said, the first place team wanted it more.

12 Team, mixed league, 5×5 (with OBP/SLG instead of AVG/HR) ; host: FSWA, 2nd place.

Recap – If we tried to put a “no excuses” vibe forward on the last recap, we’re not here.  We had excuses.  On this team, we lost Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran/Quentin. This team was in shizzambles for about two months. We clawed our way to first for a second in September, but we didn’t have enough gas to finish the race and ended up getting a second in October.

16 Team, mixed league, 5×5; host: Andy Behrens of Yahoo! Roto Arcade, 5th place.

Recap – This team was the one that was in first by 15 points a little over a month ago.  In this league, we got freakin’ 3 points in Wins.  In 1319 2/3 innings, we won 65 games.  In the entire month of September, we had only 8 wins.  2 Wins a week.  You can do the math on how awful that is.  Oh, wait, that’s right, no excuses.  As with just about every team we owned, we lost Beltran here too.  Oh, then with a little over a month to go, and the power categories locked up, we traded Prince Fielder for Nyjer Morgan and Heath Bell.  We were really excited about this trade.  Honestly, when it went through, we thought this might get us the league win.  If Nyjer stole 15-20 bases in the last 40 games and Bell saved 10 games, we were golden.  Nyjer stole two bases for us in 3 games and went down for the year.  Bell did fine, but it didn’t matter.

10 Team, mixed league, Razzball format (worst team wins); host: Us, 2nd place (Grey’s team).

Recap – This was just Grey’s team.  I was so far out in front from April until the next to last week of September that I can’t believe I lost this league.  I mean, in over 5000 at-bats, my team only hit 79 homers.  That’s one homer every 63 at-bats.  That makes Brian L. Hunter shudder.  On the flip side, in 1729 and 2/3 innings, my pitching gave up 1030 runs.  That’s a 5.36 ERA.  Yeah, that Razztastic.  So, I didn’t lose this league, R.J. from Fantasy Baseball Cafe won it.  (Oh, in the overall standings, I beat Rudy.  Natch!)

12 Team, NL, 5×5; host: FantasyPros911, 1st place, 5 points in front.

Recap – Yes, Grey beat me in the Razzball league (aka worst team wins), but I brought home the lone 2009 Razzball pennant with a win in my first try at a classic one-league, $260 budget format.  It wasn’t easy as my May-September lead looked like a fleeting affair after Dick Santino jumped past me in the beginning of September and seemed a lock to win until the last week.  How’d I do it?  Looking back at my post reviewing my draft, I can’t pretend I had all the answers in the beginning of the year.  I just spread my fantasy dollars as far as it could go by drafting quantity instead of quality.  Despite having some bad injury luck (Volquez, Conor Jackson, Maine, late-season pickup Harang), having awful Win and AVG karma (2 and 4 points, respectively) and spending $40 on two painfully regressive catcher seasons (Russ Martin and Geovany Soto), I overcame it with the following good values: Mark Reynolds ($14), Jorge Cantu ($15), Michael Bourn ($8), Andrew McCutchen ($3), Randy Wolf ($3), Huston Street ($8) & Ryan Franklin ($4).  I’d take credit for drafting ROY-candidate J.A. Happ for $3 if I wasn’t dumb enough to drop him before he won the starting job in May.  Other big pickups/trades included Jonny Gomes (20 HRs in 255 ABs), Joey Votto (for Uggla and Ryan Franklin), Matt Holliday (a monster 2 months), LaTroy Hawkins (10 early saves), and Brad Penny (3 wins in 5 starts down the stretch).  Best part is that the winner of the league gets a cruise for two and I’ll make Grey buy me margaritas on the cruise.  Not sure what will be more delicious – the margaritas or the irony.

10 Team, mixed league, worst team wins; host: Us, 3rd place (Rudy’s team).

Recap – I came into this year as the defending champion but got beat up in the first month with ridiculous starts by Brandon Inge and Marco Scutaro.  At one point, I jumped ahead of eventual 2nd place finisher Paul Moro of but soon fell back to 3rd place for good as Paul and Jonathan Halket of The Hardball Times Fantasy Focus smoked me.  I did finish 9th out of 88 in the grand standings but I probably could’ve edged closer to 6th if I didn’t fall asleep at the wheel during August/September (holy -124 points from a streaky J.D. Drew!).  I even lost out the bragging rights of drafting the top points recipient as my 1st round pick Michael Bourn (415 points) was just nipped by Jeremy Guthrie (418 points).  Ugh…

  1. Mr Baseball says:

    nothing really to say but never had the first post before

  2. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Congrats, Rudy, on your win and your cruise. Grey’s buying the Margarita’s – Hah!

    Also congrats to Mowses – 113.5 total pts – We are not worthy! That’s simply unbelievable. Yeah, Taco Bell is trying to hide the fact a look at the black taco makes you want to hurl by surrounding it with voluptuous babes, but for me, its not working.

    Congrats to the victor in my own league (A Latin 8), Gary of Jairangulus Z. My team was trading the lead with him until the last 3 weeks, when he pulled away. The loss of Morneau didn’t help, and I never found a really adequate replacement, but I was relatively injury free for most of the season. I finished 2nd and 12th overall, which is not bad for my first foray into Roto.

    All in all, I had a great time; aside from the competition, it was a great deal of fun being a part of Razzball Nation. Looking forward to the fantasy hot stove league. And just for today, I am glad that I’m not Matt Holliday.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr Baseball: Well done!

    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, Mowses did himself very proud. 2nd’s not bad at all! *wink wink, nudge nudge*

  4. Jay (Willy Wonka) says:


    My email address is [email protected].

    Thanks for allowing me to be the Best Loser. I hope to be a loser for many years to come

    -Jay (Willy Wonka)

  5. I believe that I should be your cruise companion since it’s coming out of my paycheck!

  6. big o says:

    pin drop

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: You watching the game?

  8. DrEasy says:

    As for the Razzball Commenter Midseason 12-team League, the winner is Luke R’s Hall Molitors. Thanks to Josh for commishing! His team, youuuuuk, finished 5th. As for the DrEasySchmohawks, they ended at a pitiful 7th place. Again, how did I finish 7th in the ERA category while 1st in HRs?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Congrats to Luke R. Why is it weird to finish 7th in ERA and 1st in HRs?

  10. big o says:

    napped thru the rockies 6th and the phillies 7th ,
    so missed the rockies score .

    woke up in time to see yorvit NOT get thrown out
    after striking out .
    (he’s pushing his luck) .

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Players know the umps don’t won’t to decide a playoff game with a quick hook, so they abuse it.

  12. big o says:

    if this was the umpiring crew that schilling and the rest of sawx nation has been complaining about (c.b. bucknor , west , etc) .
    torrealba would have been tossed
    2 or 3 innings ago .

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Sawx just like to complain. How is Schilling even a topic of convo anymore?

  14. big o says:

    my favorite radio show is weei sport-talk radio .
    so i finally ventured onto their site , .
    use to be all things sawx … now patriots football , too .
    anyhoo , schilling has a blog there , 38 pitches , does radio interviews , and is running for congress ,
    don’tcha know .

    current mood on site is …. papelbum go to n.y … bay too …
    lester ok , but better cool it (defending papelbon) … ellsbury only one worth a damn .

    current mood on casino floor , here in connecticut … where life is split 50/50 , yanks/sawx … is NO one is wearing sawx colors today .
    (yankee fans are giggling) .

  15. big o says:

    WOW …. fowler .
    wonder if carlos gomez was watching ?

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Their favorite exile for their fallen heroes in New Yawk. Didn’t hurt Damon.

  17. big o says:

    have you caught any of the mlb tv series “i live and breathe baseball”
    (turritino ?? actor) <=== that guy's a nut job !!

    omg … giambi running hard .
    yay , rockies !!!

  18. big o says:

    giambi … running hard !!!

    have you caught any of the mlb tv specials (mini-series) “i live and breathe baseball” ??
    actor … turritino (?) … played stickball with damon the other day ..
    guy is actual brother , i believe, to monk’s brother .
    real nut job .

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I think you’re talking about Turturro. Not related to Monk. Related to other Turturros. Didn’t see any MLB specials though.

  20. big o says:

    yep … that’s the guy …. actual brother to monk’s brother .
    plays a lot of cop-type shows .
    street will atone , here ,
    1st change-up , he’s thrown .
    if he was admiring his pitch on 0-2 to rollins , last night ,
    things may have been different
    not to mention , utley’s bouncer of his knee.

  21. big o says:

    *off his knee .

  22. big o says:

    damn huston

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: What was that?

  24. big o says:

    damn damn

  25. big o says:

    need a miracle , now .
    or , lidge .

  26. big o says:

    do you send car-go ??

  27. big o says:

    come on guys .
    take street off the snide .

  28. big o says:

    tulo owes us one

  29. big o says:

    oh well .
    car-go’s stock goes up .
    street’s , down .

  30. Steve says:

    Is it just me, or will 2009 not go down as the Year of the Closer?

  31. big o says:

    it’s not just you .

    maybe i’m re-reading too much into the headline of this post , but ,
    at work , some guys call me
    moosh .

    i’ve got to figure out some way to put this power (?)
    to good use .

  32. Curly Day says:


    I didn’t get a chance to write last week, but I wanted to give you a big shout out for helping me along this season. I don’t know how it happened but I finished first in all three of my leagues this season. It was good advice and lots of luck – like when you told me to pick up Nyjer Morgan even as I go after Jeter (never got him) and he then stole what 20 bases for me. I would buy you three rounds or make a donation, but I’ve been living off unemployment for the whole season (more time to read this blog!). I looked forward to reading this every morning and making.

    As a former NYC metro area inhabitant like you, Go Yankees!

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Curly Day: Glad you won them all, congrats! Go Yanks!

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I enjoyed when the announcers said after the game now Lidge has his confidence back. Yeah, the manager opts for an injured Scott Eyre for 2/3 of the ninth then goes to Lidge for one batter. Confidence booster!

  35. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hehe.

    We’ve got Monday Night Football here rather than the baseball, so didn’t catch that.

    The next step for Lidge will be to get one out at the beginning of the 9th before handing the ball over.

  36. Corey says:

    In a keeper league, which keeper is better in the long haul, Longoria, or Tulowitzki? and how close?


  37. UncleMel says:

    Grey….thanks for a very entertaining and informative year.
    Quick question???
    I play in a standard 5×5 $260 AL keeper league.
    I have CC and Verlander, both at $24 next year.
    Want to move 1 or both.
    Offered Beckham($6), Quentin, Span, Cruz or C. Davis (each $10) for either pitcher.
    Any suggestions?

  38. R.J. says:

    Hey, it’s “Rich” from the Fantasy Baseball Cafe, except I don’t go by Rich, and no one from the Cafe would know me as such. Please change it to “R.J.”, which is the name that appears on all my articles at the Cafe.

    Thanks, and it was a great year!

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Corey: Longoria, it’s close, but not that close.

    @UncleMel: I’d take Cruz and Beckham, but neither are the slam dunk the pitchers are.

    @R.J.: My bad, and congrats!

  40. Mowses says:

    Had a nice run.
    I thank jesus, my mom, grey and rudy….

    email: [email protected]

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