After drudging through an Andy Dufresne-type tunnel for the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball, I find myself with a group that actually really hurt or helped your team depending on how you drafted.  If you went wrong with your 1st baseman, it could kill your season.  Hey, Prince Fielder, no hard feelings from me.  We are totally fine.  Please enjoy these cyanide pills I made special for you.  If you went right, you might’ve won your league.  Last year, I said the end-of-the-season rankings of the 1st basemen was the sorriest group I’d ever seen.  That remains true.  Last year was sorrier.  This group isn’t exactly the meow’s cat, but you didn’t lose your league due to these guys.  You lost your league due to guys that didn’t make this list like Chris Davis, Mauer, Hosmer, Cuddyer, Votto, Trumbo, Allen Craig and the afatmentioned, Fielder.  To recap, this final ranking is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 1st basemen for 2014 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Jose Bautista – I ranked Bautista about 25 spots higher than any other site.  My thoughts then and still are that if he stayed healthy, he’d hit 30+ homers and there were about ten other guys the same could be said of.  True then, true now, plank on that, snitches!  Preseason Rank #6 for Outfielders, Unranked for 1st Base, 2014 Projections: 85/35/100/.255/5, Final Numbers: 101/35/103/.286/6

2. Miguel Cabrera – Last preseason, I said, “148 games played for Miggy (in 2013) sticks out at me.  Can I ignore it?  As Fonzie’s horse says, “Nay.”  It could be nothing.  Maybe his move to 1st base will reduce the strain on his body and he’ll stay healthy for 162 games in 2014.  Maybe his lack of exercise will help him age gracefully; that’s what I keep telling my Cougar when she asks if I’m gonna sit on the couch all weekend.  It works for Miggy, baby!  I think 2013 might’ve been the peak for a long terrific career.  Do I think Miggy completely falls off the map?  Not unless the world really is flat, but then there’s some cartographers with some esplainin’ to do.”  And that’s me quoting me!  That was basically what happened.  Miggy didn’t completely dive into the unknown, but he sure wasn’t the Miggy of old, or is the now the old Miggy.  Yet, he was still the 2nd best 1st baseman.  Preseason Rank #1, 2014 Projections: 97/36/112/.319/2, Final Numbers: 101/25/109/.313/1

3. Victor Martinez – I look at his preseason projections and I’m not sure how different they will be next year.  V-Mart’s 2014 was an aberration wrapped in a riddle doused in chili verde wrapped in a tortilla put in one of those carnival games where you try to pick up something with a crane that is smaller than the prize.  My biggest disappointment is some random blogger didn’t infer V-Mart was on steroids.  Either faux journalism has gotten worse or better, depending on your POV.  Preseason Rank #30, 2014 Projections: 70/15/81/.307, Final Numbers: 87/32/103/.335/3

4. Jose Abreu – The Grande Dolor dealt with learning new pitchers all year and Frank Thomas suing him for copyright infringement.  The best is if you Google “Jose Abreu Frank Thomas comparisons,” then you have a serious of articles of Abreu dismissing Thomas and Thomas dismissing Abreu.  It’s a war of dismissals.  Around the All-Star break, Frank Thomas must’ve challenged Abreu to hit for a higher average and less power, because Abreu’s splits are just bizarre.  29 homers and a .292 average in the first half, then 7 homers and a .350 in the 2nd.  Moving forward, you’d hope for some clarity as to what kind of hitter Abreu is, but after his split season numbers, I’d say the only thing that is guaranteed for next year is more people will know about him.  Preseason Rank #13, 2014 Projections: 78/26/88/.268/2, Final Numbers: 80/36/107/.317/3

5. Todd Frazier – The good news is I told you to draft Frazier, as I double-dipped on back-to-back years of Frazier as a sleeper.  The bad news is now when I go back to failed sleepers, I’ll have some justification.  Hello, Gyorko!  My apologies to people who are having Siri read this to them.  Preseason Unranked for 1st Base; Ranked #14 for 3rd Base, 2014 Projections: 70/25/79/.252/6, Final Numbers:  88/29/80/.273/20

6. Albert Pujols – Saw Pujols’s potential in January and nailed it!  Hmm, that sounds wrong.  Well, you know what I mean.  Everyone else was down on Pujols, in the non-sexual way, and I saw a guy that could produce if he played 150 games.  There was a glimmer of hope in the back of my head that he had one more monster season in him, but this season is likely the end of that hope.  Unless he gets in touch with V-Mart’s ‘trainer.’  Preseason Rank #5, 2014 Projections: 90/30/104/.277/4, Final Numbers: 89/28/105/.272/5

7. Adrian Gonzalez – His ranking here is really being fueled by the amount of runners he drove in.  Some pithier people call that RBIs.  So clever, they are, those that speak like Yoda.  He’s a bad season from Dee Gordon away from being LaRoche.  Preseason Rank #11, 2014 Projections: 86/20/94/.285/1, Final Numbers: 83/27/116/.276/1

8. Buster Posey – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

9. Anthony Rizzo – Welcome four ladies and gentleman to the 8th wonder of the world.  HR to the Rizzo, for the shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down my chin when Rizzo was hittin’.  Was a bit surprised Rizzo didn’t end the year higher in the rankings, but he’s being killed by being on a poor team as witnessed by his RBIs.  It’s a’ight maybe we’ll get lucky and some people will overrate his lack of ribbies next year.  This ain’t the Garden of Eden; his ribbies will be there.  Preseason Rank #10, 2014 Projections: 82/28/92/.256/8, Final Numbers:  89/32/78/.286/5

10. Edwin Encarnacion – Had a great year, not to disparage him, but with that said (reversal time!), he produced around $20 worth of fantasy value.  Think about how much you paid for him in your auction drafts.  Did anyone get value from him?  Sure, it was better than spending $40+ on Chris Davis, but there was no great value here.  Preseason Rank #7, 2014 Projections: 87/32/97/.269/7, Final Numbers: 75/34/98/.268/2

11. Lucas Duda – A hamster died of a disease of the lower intestines.  That disease is called Wet Tail.  That deceased hamster was placed into a cigar box.  But, before he was placed in the freshly-dug ground, a young child approached in a Duda jersey.  The child opened the cigar box, kissed the hamster on his nose and placed a Duda bubblegum card in the box.  Forever Duda would be known as Wet Tail.  Preseason Rank #43 1/2, 2014 Projections: 47/17/52/.242/1, Final Numbers: 74/30/92/.253/3

12. Chris Carter – Putting on my old Dylan 45, “Hurry K’d Carter was falsely tried, the crime was ‘he strikes out too much’ guess who testified?  Albright and you and we both baldly lied and the newspapers they all went along for the ride!  How can the life of such a man be in the palm of some fool’s hand?  Hey, c’mon.  To see him, obviously the pitch was framed, couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land where fantasy baseball is a game!”  Preseason Rank #33, 2014 Projections: 66/30/90/.215/3, Final Numbers: 68/37/88/.227/5

13. Carlos Santana – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

14. Freddie Freeman – I don’t want to point out what other writers say on our site as wrong, but someone mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that Freeman may not have won any leagues on his own, but also didn’t lose any.  I’m gonna say he did lose some leagues.  He lost me a league.  Pretty resoundingly too.  The hilarious thing is I remember exactly when I drafted him.  I was in a hotel room with Rudy in Arizona during Spring Training.  There were two picks until my pick and it was between Pujols and Freeman for me.  I had drafted Pujols in another league already and really didn’t want to double up with Pujols.  I preferred to spread myself around a little and draft Freeman.  Though, as I told Rudy, because of my rankings, I feel obligated to draft Pujols because I had him so far above Freeman.  Rudy thought this was nonsense.  He told me I should just draft as I wanted, no one cared.  Well, it became moot, because right before me someone grabbed Pujols and I grabbed Freeman, overjoyed that I owned him somewhere.  That team did worse than any other team of mine ever.  It was an NFBC team with no waivers, and it died on the vine.  More because of Trumbo, Cliff Lee, Anibal, Wieters, Corbin and Arenado’s injuries, but Freeman didn’t help all that much.  Preseason Rank #8, 2014 Projections: 85/25/102/.288/2, Final Numbers: 93/18/78/.288/3

15. Adam LaRoche – Staying true to Saberhagenmetrics, LaRoche once again did well a year after doing nothing.  Stay away from him in 2015!  Hello in 2016!  No thank you, 2017!  Then in 2018 we’ll have a World War with Trinidad where LaRoche will fight his ass off!  Preseason Rank #29, 2014 Projections: 72/22/79/.254/1, Final Numbers: 73/26/92/.259/3

16. Jonathan Lucroy – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

17. Paul Goldschmidt – This end-of-the-season ranking is slightly misleading.  Yes, it sucked Adam Dunn’s Big Donkey balls to lose Au Shizz two months before the end of the year, but, if you owned him in all but insanely deep NL-Only leagues, you were able to fill him in with something.  So, a top 5 1st baseman season for four (stutterer!) months, then, say, Loney for two months and you did okay.  Bee tee dubya, Big Donkey Balls are delicious.  What, no Hawaiians reading?  Preseason Rank #2, 2014 Projections: 92/34/110/.295/11, Final Numbers:  75/19/69/.300/9

18. Justin Morneau – Fantasy baseball fortune cookie for all Rockies hitters.  Just add ‘in Coors.’   You will meet an attractive partner and hit for a good average…in Coors.  You will come into a great fortune and hit for power…in Coors.  You will get deathly sick from that chicken you just ate and be startable in 12-team mixed leagues…in Coors.  Preseason Rank #26, 2014 Projections: 67/22/78/.265, Final Numbers: 62/17/82/.319

19. Brandon Moss – If only Moss would’ve gotten hurt in August rather than Au Shizz *wavy lines*  “Moss was a top 5 first baseman when he went down in August, so I’d draft him high in 2015.  *wavy lines*  Whew, lucky we got to see the last two months of Moss.  That was the lamest dream ever though.  Who the hell dreams about rankings?  Preseason Rank #17, 2014 Projections: 69/28/80/.255/3, Final Numbers: 70/25/81/.234/1

20. Brian McCann – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2014 fantasy baseball.

  1. JeF With 1 F says:
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    WET TAIL!! God Bless that young child….So the Mets switch hitting coaches early in the season, the new hitting coach gets the best season of Wet Tails life out of him, the season ends and he is fired…Meet The Mets. (I really could care less, dont think hitting coaches have that big of an effect anyway)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: At least they couldn’t hire anyone related to Madoff to be the batting coach… Cause they’re either in jail or dead…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Ha Ha…this off season will give true insight to how bad the Mets money situation is, I feel they are two bats away from being a playoff team…Lets see what they do…Its time to spend

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: And please god not Tulo or Cargo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If I were a Mets fan I’d be worried they’d get a Marlon Byrd type bat…

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Wouldnt shock me

        • Ghost says:
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          Sadly I lost Fernandez then Springer & then Goldie in a 10 team 3 keeper league. I had to trade Goldie & Bailey away a day before Bailey went on the dl. I ended up staying in first & winning barely.
          Question, 3 player keeper league (our first year keeping) Abreu, Springer, Gomez, Polanco, Arenado, Betts. Which three will be worth keeping in a draft where u lose your draft round for their adp? I know you have all kinds of blood flow for Arenado!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Abreu, Gomez, Arenado, prolly… Be good to know their ADP first

            • Ghost says:
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              With Gomez crazy swing I was thinking Springer, surely with a healthy ankle they will let him run more & he should have way more power than Gomez. Gomez ADP will be a lot higher than Springers

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Grey: I lost 2 leagues I had Freeman in I also had miggy in one . Finished 3rd. I had Longo also

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    So let’s get ‘ye olde elephant in the room question’ out of the way. Who is next year’s Phat Albert or even better Jose Abreu-like guy I can draft in round 15 that will play like a round 3-5 1B?

    Otherwise, life is great!

    Warmest regards,
    Ante

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I like Kennys

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Agree with F. But you know my boy Chris Carter is still gonna be a undervalued in drafts/auctions. Obligatory plug, forgive me.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Phil of the Future: Ha ….Hurry K’d and Wet Tail..tag teaming bitches

        • Phil of the Future says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: All day, e’ry day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Kennys is a solid choice due to PT, his park and team are terrible though…

  3. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:
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    Damn Grey, you absolutely NAILED some of these! You’ve got to be part witch.

    Interesting to look back on this too, mostly for how we valued guys. Can you help me figure a couple things out though. For instance, with E5. You pretty much nailed his projections and had him at $29 preseason. You said he returned about $20 worth of value. So are 12 less runs, 5 less SBs, paired with 2 more HRs and 1 more RBI equal to $9 less in value? Or is that price more just reflecting his relative safety? You’re paying a premium because he has a higher expectancy to hit those projections, correct?

    Same goes for Carter, you were basically just off by 7 HRs and yet, he’s a +21 from preseason rankings vs end of season ranking. 7 HRs isn’t good for that kind of jump, so the preseason ranking must have been because he just as easy could’ve hit .190 and hit 17 HRs and been riding the pine, right? You’re not going to pay a 12th rank first basemen price for Carter, because of the risk involved.

    Same thing happened with LaRoche, nailed the projections, ranked him 29th and he finished 15th.

    The numbers game is fun, it’s not just nailing the projections but assigning a risk value to each guy and adjusting accordingly. For every Carter, there’s a Gyorko I suppose, the trick is limiting how much those guys hurt you if they miss.

    I honestly had no idea Frazier swiped 20 bags, what got into the Reds this year? Him and Bruce both turn into Ian Desmond? That’s crazy. Not sure how I ended up with no Frazier shares this year, too much Rizzo/Arenado/Pujols I guess.

    Never would’ve guessed Carter finished with a higher ranking then Freeman either. With so few big power guys these days I guess those 20 extra HRs outweigh the 60 points in batting average. Times they are changin’!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223: With Edwin, you were paying for safety… Carter did better and other guys did worse so he ended where he is… Remember this end of the season ranking is off the Player Rater… I wouldn’t rank Carter that high if I were ranking for next year… He’s a .190 guy if things break slightly off…. Yeah, insane on Frazier…

      • Coolwhip

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        @Grey: At the beginning of the year Price said he wanted to open up the running game more than Baker did. That’s probably the easiest reason for that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Put his stamp on things, huh? He should’ve also went the other way with pitchers…. Throwing starters for only 25 pitches per start…

          • Coolwhip

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            @Grey: haha true that.
            yeah numbers reflect it too, did a quick look up.

            Reds stolen bases:
            2014: 122
            2013: 67
            obviously theres a full season of billy in there but also the loss of choo, and bruce stealing more than double with a much crappier year.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, Hamilton is a huge part of that but there was some noticeable more steals elsewhere

      • MattTruss

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        @Grey: right, but you nailed Carter’s projections and he finished 21 spots higher then where you ranked him is all I’m saying. I guess it’s hard to know that that stat line would rank as the 12th best 1B, but the 21 spot differential is quite a bit. Obviously he takes a ranking hit because of his risk, just trying to figure out if he was ranked too low. Steamer had him at 64/26/71/2/.226 for $5 and the 24th ranked 1B. Your projections were a little better for him, but perhaps because of the risk, he was ranked #33? It makes sense, just trying to figure out for my own sake how much to believe in the projected stat line and how much to factor in the risk I guess.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I hear ya… Yeah, that’s because I thought there would be a ton of 1st baseman that gave something that they didn’t…

          • MattTruss

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            @Grey: Gotchya, makes perfect sense.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Belt got hurt and was not the same player, Napoli hurt his little piggie and spent too much time getting nip pics of his mom off the net and Fat Adams decided to stay too long in the buffet line and do his best Loney with power impersonation for most of the year. It’ a crazy little game

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, fat guys disappointed last year…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Oh you mean Billy? Lot’s of disappointments make others rise up. Will be interested how these guys get drafted in leagues with experienced/quality players.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, totally

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: pho sure

                    • Coolwhip

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                      @J-FOH: Billy, “Pho, where? I want some!”

  4. Kenny, brother of Kenny says:
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    What do we think about Kennys Vargas next year in deep 5×5 OBP league?

  5. golfnut says:
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    I can’t say enough great things about Grey……I won my league 2 out of 3 years…..last year I finished 2nd because of no hitting the last week. I missed out on Pujols in the draft and landed Abreu thanks to the rankings……..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @golfnut: Very nice, congrats!

  6. The Vaporizers says:
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    Thanks again for another great season!

    Now onto a quick question. Its not about a first baseman and I’m too impatient to wait a week to get to outfielders… Where abouts do you see George Springer being ranked next season?? Over/Under #30 overall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Vaporizers: No problem… Springer at #30 overall? No way… Over

  7. Stunt Dusty says:
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    First of all, consider this a blanket thank you for being so awesome, Grey. Indemnity.

    Second of all, I’m in a keeper league. Do you see anything in Jon Singleton next year? Is he a homeless person’s Ryan Howard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stunt Dusty: Ha, no problem… Nah, I could see Singleton bouncing back and having a similar year to Carter this year…

  8. joe says:
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    Do you think Freddie Freeman is becoming too much of a joey votto type.. too many line drives, not enough home runs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: He was this past year… He was never a huge homer threat though… A 22 homer guy has a standard over/under of 4

  9. Big W says:
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    Morning Grey!

    I’ve got Jose Bautista in a keeper… Do you know if he’ll have his 1b eligibility for next season on yahoo?

    Thanks in advance!

    • PK says:
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      @Big W: Bautista had 11 games started at 1B, so he will be eligible for both 1B and OF in 2015 Yahoo! leagues.

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        @PK: Nice, thank you… You think Frazier will also hold his 1B Eligibility for next year in yahoo?

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          @Big W: 37 games started at 1B, so he’ll be both 1B/3B for 2015.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big W: What PK said

  10. Hawk says:
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    In 2012, 2013, Encarnacion played 150+ games. In 2014 he played 128. That cost him about 70 AB.

    If he had the same number of AB, he pro-rates to 39 AB, 115 RBI which put him right in line with his 2013, 2012 totals.

    Short answer: You can’t predict injuries.

    The question for predicting Encarnacion next year isn’t “Is he not as good as he was in 2013?” it is “Will he be as healthy as he was in 2013?”. If you think the answer is yes, draft accordingly.

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      @Hawk:

      Obviously, that should say “..pro-rates to 39 HR” not “…39 AB”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: I hear ya

  11. Clint says:
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    I’m kinda surprised by the Joey Bats ranking. Isn’t he about due for some Pujols-like fall off due to his age and injury history as it is?

    • MattTruss

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      @Clint: These are where the guys ranked THIS year, not next year’s ranking, FYI

    • Big W says:
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      @Clint: Jose is not nearly as old as Pujols to my knowledge… I think it’s safe to say you can expect another similar season from him… AND, he was fairly healthy all year long.

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        @Big W: but him staying fairly healthy bext year isn’t a safe bet. Still a 2nd rounder

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Big W: Pujols 34….Bautista 33

  12. J-FOH says:
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    The RBI’s don’t surprise me for Gonzalez, i think him leading the league is more surprising than his totals. I assumed he would get near this total in the pre-season. The thing that blew me away was the HR numbers. He hadn’t hit 27 since 2011.

    Duda will always be “The Duda” to me. I will not fall victim for Jef’s mass marketing campaign

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gonzalez is definitely going to be overrated next year… High RBI totals do that…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: 8-116 doesn’t seem that high. It’s only high because others failed or got hurt. Wth the table setters in LA and reemergence of Kemp he still sits around 105 for me. Again, the 27 home runs is what people will see next year and assume he’s a 25 home run hitter. Which he’s not. Or maybe getting back to a place with a decent taco in a corn tortilla is the difference maker. Boston is a long way away.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he’s more of a 24 homer, 105 RBI guy and 24 homers easily becomes 21 homers which is kinda meh…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: at Dodger Stadium and year 33? I’m projecting 20 for him but I only project in 5’s. So there’s that. He also started like a bat out of hell which helped his overall numbers.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, 20 is about right, which becomes a nightmare if he misses under…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’m still holding to the better tacos in his life line of thinking.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I had great tacos last night… Rudy’s showing us a good time in Austin…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: what, you’re in Austin? rub his head and thank him for tolerating my emails this year. when you get back I’ll take you to some of the best tacos in LA…that aren’t Korean

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sweet! Yeah, we’re at ACL…

                  • Militant Vegans says:
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                    @Grey: Ed’s Cucaracha

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’m more jealous of you than that one time you got to hang out with SteveNZ…Oh wait i was there, scratch that, I’m more jealous of you than that one time you were at a party with charo.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’m jealous of Grey hanging with Charo every day…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: what, cougs or rudy, put down grey’s phone.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                  • mauledbypandas says:
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                    @Grey: some of the best eats you can find anywhere are down on south 1st st. You absolutely need to go to Polvos or something and get some breakfast tacos

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We’re at ACL the whole weekend so prolly won’t be hitting much downtown…

            • Big Magoo

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              @J-FOH: 20 is a good projection for A-Gon. I had him at 22 coming into the year. He profiled similarly to Craig and Freeman coming into the season, though I’ll have to revisit his batted ball profile from this year for next. The RBIs should still be there though. There are some good on-base guys in front of him, and he’s always been a monster with RISPs (RsISP?).

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Big Magoo: freeman is that safety blanket you keep in the trunk of your car. Its one boring ass color. I want a quilt in the making. Ok thats a bad analogy.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @J-FOH: Im honored to be in the crosshairs of your hate

      • J-FOH says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: dont be. I just dont like the term. Its one letter shy of WTF

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @J-FOH: Ha…you must have had a bad experience in your childhood with wet tail and it is causing this issue…lets work this out so you can get passed it…talk to me J

          • J-FOH says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: it’s kinda lame…cust kayin’

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @J-FOH: Your in the minority…cust kayin’

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                This goes back to three years of JFOH trying to get into the glossary…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: this has nothing to do with that. Im not into mass marketing an agenda. Besides rudy nixed me a few times *shakes fist*

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Rudy’s sitting next to me shaking his fist, ironically…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: you cant un-see that…like transient pubes. It burns in our minds

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Homeless pubes shouldn’t freak you out…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: I can honestly say you get used to them. Like street poopers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You gotta appreciate anyone who can’t find a toilet…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: that’s funny, we used to double and triple the socks when we used to go street racing out by the airports when you were in the middle of nowhere at like 4 in the morning and well I’ll let you put it together after that.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Nice…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @JeF With 1 F: among the 5 new school regulars that like it?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Are you mad because JFoH also has one F?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: im adding a second f…im more than a one trick pony…fact!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… I love One F, I want you guys to like each other…

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @J-FOH: Please allow me to see your tricks…i was just looking through the glossary and couldn’t find any….I love you J and the sooner you come to terms with that the better our relationship will be.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you know I don’t like anyone. Except steve nz, magoo and de nacho. The rest is tolerance.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha!

                    • Big Magoo

                      Big Magoo says:
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                      @J-FOH: Aww, thanks man. Right back at you.

                      Nacho was awesome all year long. That fungo gif was pure gold.

                  • JeF With 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: Ha ..thats it!!! I embrace my one F and he hates it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

              • J-FOH says:
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                @JeF With 1 F: we aren’t defined by our terms, I guess you are. My 61 baseball posts and 17 on the football side are what I’ve contributed, however poorly written, and in the comments long before you showed up. Like a girl you can’t have it’s never going to happen. No means no. I also refuse to be friends with any grown man who drinks long island iced teas.

                • JeF With 1 F says:
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                  @J-FOH: *wiping tears from my eyes* Im soooo upset and hurt that you wont except me, i did not mean to steal any of your shine when I came around..it just naturally happened. Ive never said my terms or facts or anything like that define me…you seem to be the one always trying to knock them down, which brings a smile back to my face. I see now what you are doing you are just trying to help me out with your negative publicity by making people notice. For that I thank you…I will no longer read or comment on your posts to give you some space, i feel that you are overwhelmed with joy from me being here and dont know how to handle it….Ill be here when you are ready to open up…I love you so much.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @JeF With 1 F: this is almost as good as your rubber and glue defense. throw the reverse, you are a sharp one. I do “except” you.

                    • jef with 1 f says:
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                      @J-FOH: But do you accept me?

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @J-FOH: Because you complete me

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @J-FOH: C’MON ill take you out and show you what the long island iced tea is all about. Grey you can join us….Maybe we will go see Huey Lewis …drink L.I. iced teas and party like real men.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @JeF With 1 F: the people who drink long island iced teas that I’ll hang out with are 21 year old girls. Because that is what orders them. I’ll take a pass, have fun with grey.

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @J-FOH: You must be thinking of the wrong drink…I think that’s Coors. Alrighty Grey its just me, you and Huey…and apparently some 21 year old girls…sounds like a party

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @JeF With 1 F: nope, worked in and frequented bars for years, it’s a staple of the young ladies.

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @J-FOH: Its more of a wedding drink for me…im a heineken/ jagermeister man at the bar.

                    • JeF With 1 F says:
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                      @J-FOH: Also enjoy a johnny red neat

  13. buclover says:
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    yep, I hit on all three Frank Thomas links.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  14. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Good call on Bautista. Entering the year, I targeted the power trio of Bruce, Stanton, and Bautista in the 3rd round based on ADP. Figured they were basically interchangeable as .260/30/100 types with Stanton as the high ceiling guy, Bruce having the highest floor, and Bautista in between. Wound up drafting Bruce in three leagues, Stanton in one, and not getting Bautista anywhere. Thanks Jay. Appreciate it pal.

    I’m kinda surprised to see that Miggy finished ahead of VMart on the player rater. Are 20 more Rs + RBIs more valuable than +7 HRs, +22 BA points, and +2 SBs? Maybe Rudy can chime in on that one.

    Rizzo looks like a ’15 second rounder to me. I don’t think that people will overreact to the fluky low RBI total, at least in competitive leagues. 30+ homers should be the norm for him going forward! and he’s figured out how to hit lefties.

    Allen Craig is another guy that I whiffed on. He profiled as a high average run producer who could offset some low average power assets at a reasonable price. So much for that.

    The rankings at the top look pretty interchangeable after Trout next year. Who would you take at #2 overall? Cutch? Miggy? Goldy? Abreu? Lots of question marks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: MAGOO!

      I have to wonder if Craig was hiding an injury or his dealer lost his number?

      I think the #2 overall depends on your league. Are we talking 5 OF or 3 OF? Is your league a power grabbing league or do they draft to balance. Do you have a bunch of position scarcity honks? I think they all have the chance to be #2, my only concern is Goldy, I try to stay away from guys who are coming off wrist/hand injuries the following year. He can play well on someone else’s team.

      • Big Magoo

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        @J-FOH: Craig’s always had injury problems, but he’s usually raked when healthy. More of a gap to gap line drive hitter than a power guy though, that’s why I don’t think he’s a PED guy. Never know though. I’d guess that his foot injury was worse than he was letting on.

        I was just thinking about who I’d take at #2 overall if I was drafting today. I don’t consider league mate tendencies or positional scarcity that early on, just BPA. Might go Cutch for the 5 category high floor. Tough call.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: maybe he got the juice when he was hurt and his max power is gap power, and being that he didn’t get hurt he didn’t have any power…i don’t know. Was never a fan of his anyways. But wasn’t it funny that the cardinals across the board had power issues. Maybe they juice every other year to keep the dogs of their scent. I find Matheny to be a real piece of sH*t so you never know

        • MattTruss

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          @Big Magoo: When Craig got sent to Boston the local sport radio had on a couple beat writers from STL to break these guys down and one of them was pretty adamant that Craig was more hurt than anyone realized, that his foot was really bothering him and he needed more than the couple weeks off STL gave him.

          • Big Magoo

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            @MattTruss223: Yeah, that makes sense. Players usually don’t drop off that dramatically at a prime age unless it’s injury related.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure yet on next year, all of those guys will be in the discussion… Love Rizzo, and don’t disagree with you on Jay, Bautista and Stanton.. I got screwed on Craig too…

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: I wouldn’t be surprised to see Giancarlo at #2 in your rankings when it’s all said and done. Don’t do it, Grey! Too risky there for my taste.

        Rizzo could be a .270/25/80 guy or a .300/35/110 one. Looks like a worthwhile pick in the 2nd though.

        Bruce and Craig killed me this season. I want to take their mothers out for a nice seafood dinner and never call them again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t want to say I’m not going to put Giancarlo there… You know how I love handsome… Agreed on Rizzo… Haha on Jay and Allen…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: If Giancarlo comes to the Dodgers the site will get shut down for lack of content

            • Grey

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              Too close for comfort, for sure…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: grey becomes season ticket holder, website crashes. Really though it is a real possibility of him coming here. We could go to games and i can put you on my shoulders like master blaster and you can yell at him and he won’t be able to resist noticing us. He’ll wave and you’ll pass out like ladies to Sinatra.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Go to games? We’ll stand in the parking lot for him…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey:

                    you: Hey jack you ready to go to the game?

                    Me. Um, it’s only 11:30 AM Grey, the game doesn’t start til 7 PM.

                    you: But we have to be there in the parking lot waiting for him to pull up so he knows we’re here for him

                    me: Grey, I think we can get arrested for that

                    you: won’t be the first time

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, pretty much!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: of all my criminal friends that would get me arrested with them, you were the last i thought.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cmon, last?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: ok, after I met Steve and Royce, you’re third to last

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I figured

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: with that being said, Royce as an attorney knows the lines you can’t cross, but I can tell deep down inside he has an evil streak.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You know at some point royce!’s legal prowess will come into play…

                    • royce! says:
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                      @J-FOH: Was it my “Deep Down I Have An Evil Streak” shirt? That’s meant to be IRONIC. You’d understand if you lived in Echo Park.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I want him to say, “as your attorney i suggest you not/do that”

                    • royce! says:
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                      @J-FOH: Don’t get me started…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I want him to say “no you’re out of order!”

                    • royce! says:
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                      @J-FOH: How about “That’s why you’re the ‘judge’ and I’m the ‘law talking guy?'”

    • MattTruss

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      @Big Magoo: Hey Magoo, not sure if you saw my note in the RCL Update article, but if you’re interested in ECFBL, shoot me an e-mail: trussellm at gmail. I’ll fill you in on the league details.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @MattTruss223: don’t be trying to poach from the FCL.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss223 says:
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          @J-FOH: Ha, hey easy killer, he approached me.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @MattTruss223: I saw that, i assumed he was drunk and didn’t realize what was going on. Did you GHB him?

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @J-FOH: I intend to rejoin the FCL, just looking to switch things up with the other RCL (I plan on sticking with two next year). I’ll probably retire from the Champions League to get some new blood in there.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @MattTruss223: I sent one to you the other day, but I might’ve messed up your address. I’ll resend later today.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss223 says:
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          @Big Magoo: gotchya, two s’s, two l’s, sounds good man

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: I have it in my gmail and can forward it to you

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @J-FOH: That works, thanks. I want to make sure that I get it right this time.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: what letter does you email begin with?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: scratch that, i sent it

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @J-FOH: Cool, thanks

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Big Magoo: I need to do a three way e-mail with you an OTS, i have lots of off season questions

                  • JeF With 1 F says:
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                    @J-FOH: Can we make it a four way…my email has one F in it

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @J-FOH: That works for me. I just emailed him and heard back earlier this week. I think he’s ready to get back into the game.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Big Magoo: thats awesome, i just glassed up a bit in the eyes. I also sent you another e-mail right now, don’t worry, there are no dick pics in there.

    • @Big Magoo: sorry for the late reply. if they played the same position, v-mart would have been more valuable. but the average 3B was weaker than the average 1B which gives Miggy more position value.

      Here were the 1B / 3B averages:

      1B – 69/22/81/3/.276
      3B – 65/18/72/5/.267

  15. Jason says:
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    Grey- nice job with your preseason predictions here. I was able to replace Votto for Freeman this year, thinking I did a great job, but it looks as almost if freeman is just as yawnstpating as Votto. Like just a little bit better quality sleep…like when i went from an regular ole pillow to My Pillow (for real, if you guys don;t know already, get one of these bad boys under your head at night) – that kind of upgrade.

    anyway don;t mean to highjack a 1B thread, but I’m submitting keepers this weekend and need to choose from the following:

    Jason Castro Hou – C
    Kennys Vargas Min – 1B
    Scooter Gennett Mil – 2B
    Josh Rutledge Col – 2B,3B,SS
    Jean Segura Mil – SS ?
    Michael Brantley Cle – LF,CF
    Mike Trout LAA – LF,CF ?
    Avisail García CWS – CF,RF
    Melky Cabrera Tor – LF
    Rymer Liriano SD – RF
    Rajai Davis Det – LF,CF,RF
    Maikel Franco Phi – 3B
    Manny Machado Bal – 3B ?
    Paul Goldschmidt Ari – 1B ?
    Addison Russell ChC – SS

    Gerrit Cole Pit – SP ?
    Josh Collmenter Ari – SP,RP
    Sonny Gray Oak – SP
    Allen Webster Bos – SP
    Rick Porcello Det – SP
    Jason Grilli LAA – RP
    Jake Petricka CWS – RP
    Cody Allen Cle – RP
    Vidal Nuño Ari – SP
    Yordano Ventura KC – SP ?
    Noah Syndergaard NYM – SP
    Marco Estrada Mil – SP,RP
    Kris Medlen Atl – SP

    We keep 8 16 team H2H, 2 MUST be pitchers
    initial thoughts are Trout, AuShizz, Machado, Brantley, Cole, Sonny, Ventura and then Segura.
    agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout, Goldy, Machado, Brantley, Avisail, Cole, Segura, Sonny… Last couple are pretty much coin flips…

  16. Ender's Game says:
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    I’m assuming you like Rizzo better than Freeman for 2015. How much better? A little? A lot? I’m trying to figure out how much I should offer in trade to a league mate, in addition to Freeman, to pry Rizzo away…

    • Grey

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      A lot

      • Ender's Game says:
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        @Grey: Yeah. I’m losing patience with Freeman. He’ll have these stretches when he looks like a world-beater, and then he disappears for weeks at a time and you get to the end of the season and he’s #81 on the player rater. And you ask, “What the hell happened?” And then he does exactly the same thing the next season…

        • Grey

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          He just doesn’t have a huge power so it’s hard to imagine a huge year from him…

          • Ender's Game says:
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            @Grey: Yup. I guess the good news is that his floor isn’t too low, which is helpful in our very deep league. I’m trying to reassure myself, since my league mate isn’t interested in parting with Rizzo.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, gotcha

  17. Swfcdan says:
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    Why are they talking about how great Gausman is. Hes given up 5 runs on 8 hits….

    In todays pitching era thats like a 1000ERA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

  18. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Hey Grey, is your PayPal address [email protected]? Looking to send over some long overdue daiquiris for you and the boys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is… Thanks!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Cool, let me know if you get it. I’m having the wife send it over from her account (I don’t have one).

        It’s some of the winnings from the Champions League. You guys deserve it. It would be more, but some owners backed out at the last minute *coughJFOHcough*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks! Hard to tell if you sent from my phone but I’ll send an email tomorrow…

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Sounds good. And share some with Rudy. I can only imagine what he’s spending on daycare and babysitters these days.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, his house is a daycare in making…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: I was one of the ones who said no early in the year. You’re not nice. You dick

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @J-FOH: Haha. There’s the hate!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: f#&k you ben Affleck

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: screw you and your fancy boy pipe. I got all kinds of hate.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: you are like SteveNZ nice

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @J-FOH: Nobody’s that nice, except Steve of course. See above.

  19. J-FOH says:
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    I’m kinda glad we are in the off season, no more catcher or h2h questions for a few months. Now lets get into TV, music and movies. I added your suggestion yesterday to my list. I need a new reality show, got any?

    here is a good classic

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prG2xT9CWgQ

    of course you’re on your phone and can’t watch it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like all reality shows… You watching Voice?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: we covered this Albright. Cougs put down greys phone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grey’s drunk acting the fool… Cougs is now in charge…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Hey baby!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hey easy!

  20. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, Abreu or Rizzo for 2015 keeper?

    And more, Abreu or Rizzo for if need to keep for next 3 years? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu…for both

  21. Wake Up says:
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    *Makes coffee*

    *Scrambles eggs*

    *Gears up for a big gig tonight with John Lennon’s old drummer*

    *Logs on to the ol Razzball*

    *Skims through comments*

    *Reads JFOH doesn’t really like me*

    *Takes pants back off*

    *Curls up with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Jennifer? and some mint chocolate chip for a marathon*

    *Try again tomorrow cruel world*

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: no you got me all wrong, I should of just wrote FCL, I regret that statement.

      • Kid A says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Dick move, man. Dick. move.

        Wake isn’t the only one you hurt with your actions.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: I admitted my error. Of all the comments in here for you to run in on,you choose this one. I hardly know you right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Wake Up: You lost me at *takes pants back off.* As a musician, you shouldn’t feel the need to own much less wear pants anymore…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: remove pants from your vocabulary

  22. royce! says:
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    Wouldn’t have won my h2h league without Rizzo. Also wouldn’t have won my h2h league without Pujols, Miggy and Bautista. Did I mention that I won my h2h league? I won my h2h league.

    Anyhoo, you ever hear of this show “Susunu! Denpa Sh?nen”? This American Life had a story about the first season somewhat recently. It was troubling.

  23. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    putting in kozma over descalso/wong pretty stupid. manager going off 4 at bat history, but with inferior player (neither is good anyway). wong actually is GOOD AT LEFTIES this year!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: so that football people will understand playing kozma over wong is like me playing MJD over ellington. And if Matheny is so gung ho about platooning just why is Fatt Adams in? He actually is terrible against lefties. It’s almost as if Matheny had never managed baseball anywhere ever before being gifted this job. wait…..

  24. MattH says:
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    The nice thing about your projections with Pujols was just letting others worry about Edwin, Freeman, Hosmer, etc. All in hindsight of course.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @MattH: only problem was, if you weren’t smart enough to grab three 1B you very easily could’ve missed on Rizzo and Abreu in every league, even though you would’ve seen them at the top of your rankings (if you imported Razzball rankings) for a few whole rounds. this is since i had 2 of fielder/hosmer/pujols/goldy in pretty much every league under 16 teams, and even though draft board tells you to grab rizzo/abreu you sit there and notice you actually have positional needs at other positions, like now it’s time to grab gyorko. I guess I should have (at least in some leagues) just drafted best value and maybe trade for positional needs later. If so i would’ve had 1 of Rizzo/Abreu AND 2 of those others in every regular sized league. I would’ve missed out on Gyorko or 1 slightly better closer doing that, but would’ve been much better off.

      • MattH says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: ya, i can remember this situation. I had an RCL where 1st base was picked clean by round 2. I was pretty aggressive with outfield early and trying to get Pujols and Hosmer. I’m just impressed with Grey’s projections in general. I was a lucky duck this year cause i was on Dee gordon and Altuve. I’ll probably lock up 1st base earlier this year.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @MattH: it wasn’t a knock on Grey’s projections, actually they were too good at 1st base in some respects. the people who did the best punted 1st base, at least their 2nd 1st baseman came from rizzo/abreu (and this was after pick 100 overall in both cases). i did luck out on altuve (at least in 2 keeper leagues too) in some spots. dee in no redrafts, i did trade for him in one league preseason though.

  25. nick the dick says:
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    I love you Grey. I love you J-Foh. Fuck you J-Foh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: im still mad at you…so I get it

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: you missing my last hip hop sunday. Thats like nwa performing without eazy e.

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: i know i know…and now im cube runnin 100 miles while youre busy crafting efil4zaggin. But even after all the beef, all the tension, after all the ghostwritten doc rhymes and awful kids movies, they can be friends again, like the simpler times with Raiders caps where bitches weren’t shit. But if i’m eazy, im aids free, im here. Don’t need to meet me at the crossraods. You wont be loneeeely.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: you have full blown aids

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J-FOH: yeah but i have magic johnsons secret recipe too

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J-FOH: and im only contagious if we use the same toilet seat

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @nick the dick: so no coke off the toilet seat? You’re no fun

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: off the baaack of the toilet, clean water back there so its safe

  26. gareth says:
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    Nice pitchers duel in the Cardinals Dodgers game tonight.

    • Big League Wood says:
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      @gareth:

      Lol

  27. royce! says:
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    I just remembered- October is the time of the year when the teams I like lose and I eventually have to decide which teams I hate less just to keep myself interested

    • Grey

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      Go Royals!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I concur. Which may or may not damn them to failure.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If Lorde’s rooting for them, so am I!

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: But she’s not; she’s jealous of the Royals, and decries her inability to ever be one. Which makes sense, considering she’s not a big dude who inexplicably can’t hit home runs.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or can just hit homers in the preseason and postseason like Mostsuckass

  28. Big League Wood says:
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    that hot chick keeps saying erection
    Viagra is sponsoring the game…

  29. goodfold2 says:
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    now hosmer’s good. just took about 5.7 months of shit.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: and now gordon steals every time on base, where was that during season.

  30. Mister Red Legs says:
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    Had Bautista, Abreu, Frazier, and Posey most of the season, still wound up playing second fiddle. My pitching sucked balls those last 2 months… Snagged a few DL guys with unused moves during semifinals.

    Keep 6 league, methinks Bautista, and Abreu are locks…

    Need 4 more from Posey, Frazier, Altuve, Votto, Darvish, Machado, Yelich, Ozuna, Shields, Harvey… Initial thoughts are Votto (bounceback candidate, but I’m a homer), Darvish, (Ace in the hole), Frazier (the Toddfather, baby), and Altuve (should only count as .5 keepers). But I really like Yelich and Ozuna too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Posey, Frazier, Altuve, Darvish

  31. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    Cardinals turning into baseball’s version of LA Kings. horrible offense, and general underachieving during season, then suddenly become a top 3 team in playoffs. And if we drafted playoff only fantasy leagues, Kershaw would be awful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Grey: pre september 10th howell was straight wade davisy, gone to hell since.

  32. Hondo says:
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    If the Nats lose,Williams should be charged with the L for yanking JZimm.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Hondo: that wasn’t nearly as bad a decision as yanking shields in the one game playoff, but i agree.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Hondo: You’re assuming this game actually ends.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hell yeah

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: The crazy thing is most of these players were clean-shaven at the start of this game.

        Gotta say, it’s been a pretty fantastic post-season so far. Reminds me of why I like the game before the demon fantasy clouded my vision.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Long Bawls: hehe.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totally… Insane game last night…

  33. Long Bawls says:
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    So I’m looking at the Yahoo player ranker, and 51 of the top 100 players at season’s end (pitchers and hitters) were not ranked in the top 100 to start. So, what, did Anonymous hack MLB too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  34. goodfold2 says:
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    inherent vice trailers out. better be decent, i’ve been pissed ever since many years ago when i thought for about 8 seconds or less that i was about to rent the sci-fi series named “V”, and then turned the box around to find out it was something else.

    • royce! says:
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      @goodfold2: I had no idea they were making that and am very happy now. Thanks!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @royce!: i knew about it (and knew some of the main actors) but had yet to see a trailer. it popped up at IMDB.

  35. Boomer19 says:
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    Hi Grey. Hope things are well. I have a keeper question for you. In my 13 team 5×5 roto I can keep four of these five. Miggy for one year, Tulo for one year, Kershaw for one year, jones for two years or Frazier for two years. Who doesn’t make the cut?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Tulo

  36. Swfcdan says:
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    Even as a neutral fan still getting over the shock of seeing the Cards destroy Kershaw in the 7th. He was looking dominant as always, them BOOM he gets battered. Dont think he was tiring too much either, amazing job by the Cards. Maybe Donnie could have taken him out but wow, just wow. Wont forget that game in a long time.

    How did it feel watching it as a Dodgers fan Grey. Like your heart was being ripped out of you, or feel like Cougs had suddenly decided to leave you? Thats the beauty of playoff baseball, noone would have expected more than a couple runs with Waino vs Kersh but them both getting rocked was unreal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not a Dodgers fan…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Ha ok but it must have suprised you though after seeing Kershaw’s awesomeness all these years.

        Shows the crazeness of the playoffs though. Nats were 2nd favourites to win the World Series going in and they might be going out in a wimper 3 games in.

        • Grey

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          Yup, never know with the playoffs…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: a lot of people think you are big NYY or LAD fan, since you’ve either lived or grown up there (although i guess you could’ve bee NYM fan as kid too). wonder how often somebody from south america that hates soccer gets to explain that when they meet people.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  37. Long Bawls says:
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    Moobs of steal!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  38. RainesCokeOnMyOtisNixon says:
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    Hey @grey

    Shana Tovah my little half dreidel

    Quick question that MIGHT revolve around 1B Sketchbags.

    All these guys would be “year A” guys that I can keep for 3 years.

    My other keepers are set so I need to choose between

    Lucas PooPoo Duda
    Chris the fan Carter
    Alexei Ramirez (SO BORING with that neck)
    Segura(year b)…oy…not even Vey. just OY.
    Never again Panda
    Steve Pearce my heart
    Kole the Cowboy Calhoun
    Big Papi
    Kyle “I do NOT sing in a 70’s band” Seager

    I was thinking Iwakuma or Pineda but I am already keeping oil can boyd. Oil and pine tar doesn’t mix well and Iwakuma single handedly slurped me on my last week and semis.

    Shalom (meaning goodbye) to pitcher keepers.

    So out of that clarity
    Can you choose 4 out of those guys? No dollar values or anything.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      To you too! Ortiz, Seager, Calhoun, Duda

      • RainesCokeOnMyOtisNixon says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks brethren r-e-s-t-e-t-p -Ali G

        May your off season be apples and honey and not Cargo and Choo poo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  39. Scott says:
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    I say VMart’s 2015 numbers are closer to your 2014 projection than his 2014 numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

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