2nd basemen in 2020 were a lot like the year 2020, in general. A complete shizzshow.Wilmer Flores was a top five 2nd baseman. That is not a compliment to Wilmer Flores, but a slap in the face of all 2nd basemen. That’s Wilmer Flores taking off his white glove and smacking every other 2nd baseman across the face. Then, as the 2nd basemen place their hand on their cheek, shocked they were smacked and disrespected, Jeff McNeil, who wasn’t even a top 20 2nd baseman, comes along and urinates on their shoe. To recap my recap before the recap, this final top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball ranking is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments. This is not for next year. Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Whit Merrifield – Unlike DJ LeMahieu, who I will forever accept as good until he’s no longer good*, I still don’t buy Merrifield. His Ks were cut dramatically, which is a decent sign, until you see his other stats. This seems to be a path many hitters take. They get older, cut their Ks, dead cat bounce, then they also don’t hit the ball very hard anymore, and less Ks just means a guy who hits for a weak average with less Ks and nothing else. See: Votto, Miggy, Goldy. As for the *, technically, I’m the one deciding whether someone is no longer good, so saying a guy is good until they’re not by my own standards is sorta the same as me deciding whether or not they’re good. Preseason Rank #11, 2020 Projections: 34/5/26/.305/6 in 226 ABs, Final Numbers: 38/9/30/.282/12 in 248 ABs

2. DJ LeMahieu – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

3. Brandon Lowe – Unlike some schmohawks in the top 20 of positions, or even top five, I kinda wish we saw 162 games of Lowe, because I think this could’ve been the breakout we’re all expecting. He cut his Ks, and not like Merrifield, where that’s just a sign of an older player spitting on pitches. This is Lowe becoming a better player. His Launch Angle, and by extension literally, his fly balls support power. He wasn’t quite as great as his huge August (9HRs, .300), but he could be a 5-7 HR per month guy, and that’s a 30-homer guy with 7+ steal speed. That’s chef’s kissy. Preseason Rank #15, 2020 Projections: 22/9/25/.257/3 in 167 ABs, Final Numbers: 36/14/37/.269/3 in 193 ABs

4. Cavan Biggio – I hope the inclination I have to write his name as Craig goes away at some point, and, if it doesn’t, I might start calling him Craig Jr., so you’ve been warned. Any hoo! Craig Jr. is a 20/20 guy just waiting to show it, and I’m here for it. Bring it to papa! Me papa, not Craig Sr. papa. He doesn’t need it. He’s had 20/20 already. Preseason Rank #13, 2020 Projections: 26/9/29.246/7 in 211 ABs, Final Numbers: 41/8/28/.250/6 in 220 ABs

5. Wilmer Flores – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

6. Jurickson Profar – Having speed and power is like having an extra life or a free power-up pellet when it comes to fantasy value. Not sure how much people realize what a difference even a handful of steals makes. 14 HRs and zero steals or 7 homers and 7 steals? I know which I Profar. Preseason Rank #27, 2020 Projections: 20/7/22/.231/3 in 164 ABs, Final Numbers: 28/7/25/.278/7 in 180 ABs

7. Chris Taylor – Speaking of goofy flukes in a 60-game season (I wasn’t, but I am now), you put Taylor in a different lineup and he’s Adam Frazier. Preseason Rank #45, 2020 Projections: 19/5/21/.252/3 in 150 ABs, Final Numbers: 30/8/32/.270/3 in 185 ABs

8. Robinson Cano – If this were actually 60 games into the season, and not the end of a 60-game season, I’d be telling everyone to sell Cano. On the bright side, because we didn’t get a full season, Cano wasn’t able to tack on another 100+ hits, and move even closer to the very awkward Hall of Fame conversation:  3,000 hits or PEDs? Preseason Rank #35, 2020 Projections: 23/6/24/.251 in 172 ABs, Final Numbers: 23/10/30/.316 in 171 ABs

9. Keston Hiura – Think I’m gonna have tomatoes thrown at me, but Keston’s terrible. He doesn’t have to remain this way, but he must’ve picked up some bad habits from Daniel Vogelbach, because Keston be collecting donuts. Trying to make this about this past year (months) and not 2021, but I can’t see any way Keston ends up on any of my teams next year. Will try not to overcorrect too much, but, wow, besides his power, his numbers are hideous. We all had a good laugh at how bad Matt Olson was, but they’re exactly the same. Preseason Rank #6, 2020 Projections: 30/10/34/.264/4 in 211 ABs, Final Numbers: 30/13/32/.212/3 in 217 ABs

10. Hanser Alberto – Honestly, or rather, Hanserly, I owned Alberto in a lot of leagues, and I didn’t realize he was this bad, but, don’t take that as a sign I thought he was actually good. Oh, no. I just had him in leagues with no waivers, so he was starting either way. Preseason Rank #36, 2020 Projections: 27/5/18/.293/1 in 199 ABs, Final Numbers: 35/3/22/.283/3 in 219 ABs

11. David Fletcher – Wanna know how good a player is for fantasy with nothing but average? See Luis Arraez. Wanna know how good a player is with nothing but average and a couple of homers? Here ya go! Did Wade Boggs not teach us anything besides it’s awesome to eat chicken three times a day for 27 years straight? Preseason Rank #39, 2020 Projections: 29/2/20/.288/3 in 200 ABs, Final Numbers: 31/3/18/.319/2 in 207 ABs

12. Joey Wendle – I just googled Mr. Wendell and it says he’s a bum. Not cool, Google. By the way, googling is lowercase and Google, the company, is capped, and pointing that out makes you super cool. Any hoo! Wendle was hurt by Kevin Cash-Money, and his insistence on platooning, because if he had 30+ runs and RBIs with 4 HRs and 8 SBs, he’d be an easy top 5 2nd baseman. Sad and true! Preseason Rank #49, 2020 Projections: 10/3/11/.247/3 in 101 ABs, Final Numbers: 24/4/17/.286/8 in 168 ABs

13. Tommy La Stella – He upped his walks and lowered his Ks, but what you really want to know about Tommy Launch Angle Stella is what was going on with his Launch Angle? It was ‘standing at attention’ as they say in Launch Angle circles, up from 13.2 to 17.1. The problem is he hit nothing hard and his homers fell dramatically. Launch Angle is about a year or two away from having a 45-degree swing and hitting everything as a pop-up to the catcher.  Preseason Rank #26, 2020 Projections: 23/6/25/.291 in 173 ABs, Final Numbers: 31/5/25/.281/1 in 196 ABs

14. Jean Segura – You could take his stats and say he would’ve been like a 20-homer, 7-steal guy, while waking Mr. Prorater. “Did you know if you rode a mop like a horsey every day, you’d ride every mop in the world by the time you’re 25?” That’s not even correct. But I think with Segura, we likely would’ve seen a year more like 15-homer, 10-steal and a huge yawn. Preseason Rank #28 for shortstops, 2020 Projections: 27/4/26/.276/5 in 208 ABs, Final Numbers: 28/7/25/.266/2 in 192 ABs

15. Donovan Solano – His BABIP across two seasons now is over .400. This guy might want to consider quitting baseball and start buying lottery tickets. Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 22/3/29/.326 in 190 ABs

16. Nick Solak – Wrote Solak sleepers, Dart Throws, love pieces, and he finished way above in the end-of-the-season rankings than the preseason yet…He’s 11 spots behind Wilmer Flores. So, meh. Preseason Rank #31, 2020 Projections: 26/8/22/.268/3 in 180 ABs, Final Numbers: 27/2/23/.268/7 in 209 ABs

17. Max Muncy – Let’s be frank, “Hello, I’m Frank.” Okay, let’s be honest. “Hello, I’m Honest.” Okay, let’s be serious. “Hello–” Stop that, right side of my brain! I’ll be honest, 2nd basemen were awful, but I didn’t realize how awful Muncy was. Cronenworth, who supposedly wasn’t awful in your mind’s eye, didn’t even make this list. Still, Muncy? Hopefully at some point he un-fractures his fingers. Preseason Rank #7, 2020 Projections: 34/13/36/.265/1 in 187 ABs, Final Numbers: 36/12/27/.192/1 in 203 ABs

18. Jonathan Schoop – Holy crap, my hypothetical from the Profar blurb has manifested itself as Jonathan Schoop. That is crazy. I need a nap. *shuts eyes, five seconds later, claps hands* I’m back! Preseason Rank #25, 2020 Projections: 23/9/26/.241 in 192 ABs, Final Numbers: 26/8/23/.278 in 162 ABs

19. Cesar Hernandez –  Yes, terrible. By the by, Jeff McNeill didn’t even make the top 20! That’s gonna be a woof from me, dawg. Preseason Rank #37, 2020 Projections: 26/6/23/.271/4 in 219 ABs, Final Numbers: 35/3/20/.283 in 233 ABs

20. Tommy Edman – 2nd basemen were awful, guys and five girls. Not sure what the eff happened but they effed the pooch, in general and in the abstract. Okay, let’s forget this position ever happened. What position? Exactly! Honestly, seriously, intro to sentencely, if you had 200 ABs and were a 2nd baseman? That was all you needed. Preseason Rank #17, 2020 Projections: 32/5/21/.284/10 in 210 ABs, Final Numbers: 29/5/26/.250/2 in 204 ABs

 
  1. Dr Easy says:
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    I couldn’t find La Stella in your 1st basemen recap; am I missing something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why? Where should he be? Did I miss him?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        You say you went over La Stella in the 1B top 20 recap, but I’m guessing maybe he was there and then fell out at the end. Player Rater has him at 24 for 1B.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, poop…Haha, my bad, that’s what the comment meant…Yes, that’s exactly what happened…When I wrote this originally, La Stella was a top 20 1st — let me fix that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I fixed it, Vin! Thanks for explaining the issue, I goofed

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            No problem. I live to point out the error of your ways.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I appreciate it!

        • Dr Easy says:
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          Thanks for explaining the issue better than I did, Vin! :)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, thanks Dr. Easy, I didn’t get what you meant at first

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    No Ozzie Albies huh? With how hard he mashed the last 2ish week I thought he’s crack it. Can’t wait to see how massive he is in that Braves lineup next season. Let’s just hope they don’t do sick this week as they’re facing my Marlins!! Yes, Grey, I’m a Marlins fan :)

    PS: Won both of my leagues, thanks!! Always with the help of Razzball, but of course. I won one league with like 2 HR and 15 RBI and 17 Runs scored somehow LOL. Team fell fleet on the counting stats but won. Y the ever so close margins in just enough categories!!

    Until next season…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No Villar, Berti, Albies, McNeil, McMahon, Wong…So many 2B missing here, it was not a great year for them

      Nice! Congrats!

  3. Cram It says:
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    Wait, Cronenworth wasn’t top 20?? I never owned him, because someone else always did, so I never kept up on his stats. But I remember people clamoring for him in the comments. Like “Oh, Cronenworth I love you.” “Oh tell me I’m great for saying how great Cronenworth is.” “Oh, who would you drop for Cronenworth in a keeper….Trout, Acuna, or Yelich?” Ya know, stuff like that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I know, surprising, right? Altuve, Hampson, Moustakas…Plus, ones mentioned in the comment above all missed…So many missed

  4. Scott Kimmel says:
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    He is willing to Jose Ramirez ($53) and Justus Sheffield for the rights to Spencer Torkelson. The only hang up is the salary going back. He is asking for $25, which according to him is a firm price. Is that fair or see if he would do $20.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, that’s not fair…How much does each team get as a salary?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        $1300 salary to fill the roster of 45 players. Players will have the same salary in 2021 as they did in 2020

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, then Jo-Ram isn’t expensive there

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            he goes up $58 for 2022

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s still like nothing out of $1300 tho

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                it still puts him well under the cap. So should I offer $20

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wouldn’t

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    how much should I

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I wouldn’t give Jo-Ram

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      Ramirez is not worth $53. So who should I offer to make the deal: Adell ($6), Vlad ($5), Bregman ($35) or Ramirez ($35) along with Sheffield ($6) for Torkelson?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I wouldn’t trade any of these prolly, but Adell maybe…But then you have so many corner infielders

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      Thats why I am trying to trade one. Im thinking trade Ramirez ($53) and SHeffield ($6) along with $15 in cash for Torkelson. Thouughts? Remember I have Bregmnan ($35), Hayes ($5) and Bohm ($5) to play 3B as well

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is Ramirez $35 or $53? You just said he’s not $53 then listed him as $53

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      Ramirez is $53. Bregman is $35

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      But $1300 salary makes $53 so cheap

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      But you also have to take into consideration that salaries will increase in 2022 by 10%.so his $53 salary become $58 after 2021. THats why I want to trade him. So if not Ramirez, who should I trade to acquire Torkelson?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Jo-Ram is better than Bregman, and an extra $15 when you have $1300 to spend is whatever

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      What about Adell and Sheffield for Torkelson?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That sounds fair, but it’s just more corner men

  5. Dave D says:
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    This is not all that far off the NFBC totals in points. There it’s:

    1. LeMahieu
    2. Merri
    3. Lowe
    4. Craig Jr.
    5. Flores
    6. Cano
    7. Profar
    8. Taylor
    9. Moore
    10. Profar
    11. Hiura
    12. Fletch
    13. Solano
    14. Alberto
    15. LaStella Artois
    16. Segura
    17. Wendle
    18. Skoop
    19. Solak
    20. C-Her

    Rather yawnspiring. It’s hard to imagine Moore and Flores outpacing Ablies over a full season. 60 game sh*tshow is what it is. I feel kinda ripped off having to wait another six months for a new season to start when this one seemed just taking for. I guess I’ll pray for the NHL to start late December and hold me over without major glitches.

    • Grey

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      Looks pretty similar… La Stella seems to be getting biggest bump…

      I think all sports will start now that they see they can play without only minor interruptions, but there will be interruptions until there’s a vaccine

  6. Hater Bell

    gr says:
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    test

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      test 2

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Put your testing jacket and tie on, fancy

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hahaha

  7. Hater Bell

    Grey says:
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    test 3

    • Dave D says:
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      test 4

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Fernando Testis Jr

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Testes jr’s got some balls!

          • Dave D says:
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            This is quickly becoming a spectacle of testicle….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s nuts!

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                Right in the jewels!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, yup!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry, had server issues this morning

  8. Nick says:
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    No Villar ? top stealer end of shirty season?
    did i dropped Straw Merryfield forever last year??

    i cant get back LaStella, or Hanser , dynasty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar wasn’t the top stealer

  9. Coolwhip

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    2B was a total Shizz show.

    One thing about Fletcher is up until his injury he was between #50-60 on the player rater LOL so he he was actually sneaky good in this 60 game sprint lol.

    Being a Hiura stan, i have to say, yikes. The metrics are a bit concerning on their own examining with a monocle to me too. Didnt inspire a lot of confidence, at least with Olson the metrics still looked really good and likely would have self-corrected in a full season. I have to wonder how much of this with Hiura was due to teams not being afraid of Yeli and their lineup as a whole and a sophomore slump due to league adjustment… and what would have happened in a full 160 game season had their been time to adjust.

    That said, its certainly concerning that the Ks went up and BBs fell and the hard contact dropped. i’ll have to dig in further, but agree that right now i’m not sure how to value him for a 2021 draft or how the meta will view him, could be a value if drops fair enough cus the makeup is there for him make the corrections and bounce back… but… will it happen soon enough next year to justify draft value… unless there’s news of him figuring something out in the offseason, its going to really hard not to be wary or him in March.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fletcher wasn’t bad in shallower leagues if you could’ve dropped him in September, but likely you didn’t so he wasn’t great

      The real concerning thing for Hiura (to me), the Ks aren’t new, but were hidden last year by a BABIP — yeah, it sucks, because he is fun, and seems good for 30-homer power, but if he’s hitting .245, he’s Schoop

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Playoff picks updated

    Yankees in 4
    A’s sweep!!
    Padres in 5
    Marlins in 4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d love to see all of those except Rays over Yanks

    • VinWins

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      I only had 5 right in the 1st round. I’ll go with Yankees and Astros (because EVIL usually triumphs) along with the Dodgers and Braves.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Boo! You can’t take Astros, they’re off limits… so hard for me to choose between Padres and Dodgers…fun vs hometown team but I can’t go to the games anyway so let’s gooooo Padres

  11. VinWins

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    I’m not cheering for the Astros. I just think they will win. Maybe I’ll be as bad as usual picking winners.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, hope so!

  12. Sigueme says:
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    Gray,
    Are you worried about max scherzer? His era and whip we’re pretty high.. is he still a top 5-10 sp going forward in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not a top 5 SP, prolly around 15th SP off board

  13. Crazy J says:
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    Baseball announcer said “Altuve fields the ball in short-right field”… and of course I thought of YOU!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  14. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey thanks for the 2B recap – what a shizzshow!

    What are your thoughts about Ketel for next year? Was this a weird year we should throw out and will he be a top option next year or should we be concerned?

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think Marte was hurt for most of the year and we didn’t know about it…he was complaining about his wrist for a while…so I still like him, but a little later this year

      • LG Baseball says:
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        Ok thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  15. Powdered Toast Man says:
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    Second base- lack of a decent player there, was what cost me. I was hanging tight but when I had to rely on Arroyo I was done. AL only- Arrez and the loss of Cron at 1st killed me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya

  16. Harley Earl says:
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    You want to know what I find amazing?

    No Altuve on this list. The annual contender for top 2nd baseman was so bad he didn’t even make the list. Follow that up with No Albies and it’s a WTF moment.

    I mean, seriously, Altuve and Albies weren’t top 20???? And yet you say Hiura is terrible. Then WTF were they? Hiura will be fine. You seem to forget that all sophomores go through a slump, readjust and are fine. Hiura will be back and it will be your “Wil Myers” mistake of next year. Mark it down now.

    This was just a weird ass season, and it’s a weird ass postseason too. I’ll be glad when it’s over because, frankly, Covidball sucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, and 2nd base was awful

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