When this corona timeline is over, can I be the first to say, please continue to stay six feet from me. Yesterday, I watched the Cardinals win a game of small ball. No, it wasn’t a game from years ago. It was the Cardinals vs. my dog, Ted, in my backyard. Ted just barked at a small ball stuck in a tree for two hours and the Cardinals sat on a perch next to the ball. It was riveting. Don’t let any of those millennials tell you small ball is boring. Millennials ruined small ball! I didn’t simply type that last exclamation; I also screamed it out my window at a group of teenagers who were standing approximately 5 1/2 feet from each other. I’m reporting you! I’m still screaming. Any hoo! With this series, I will take a look around the 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to see if there’s any differences now that we might only play a 100-game season. Projections have been updated on all my positional rankings. This is using the top 20 3rd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball as our guide. Anyway, here’s thoughts on the top 20 3rd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball with the new Corona timeline:

7. Eugenio Suarez – I know it’s late, I know you’re weary, I know your plans, don’t include me, still here we are–Sorry, I was singing Kenny Rogers and hadn’t heard you come in. Grab a White Claw and shimmer down from my one half-step in the middle of the living room that has no real use and should be an incline or ramp. When we started the 2020 rankings back in January, we loved Eugenio. You mentioned how he seemed lucky; I countered with how I believed in his power. You conceded and we toasted our virus-free Chablis. Then, enter February, the cruelest month (if you’re a soul-less groundhog), and Suarez needed shoulder surgery and you backed off him, saying, “No, I can’t,” and you held your hand to your forehead like a Southern damsel in distress. I, more generous of spirit, wasn’t worried. Eugenio once healed from a broken finger in a week (not joking), and I said you should still draft Suarez. Well, now, I’ve been wearing a jheri curl wig for 26 days — Intern whispers in my ear, “We’re quarantining, not Quentin Tarantino’ing.” — Nevertheless, I still love Eugenio, and with the extra time for him to get to 100%, I am still glad I didn’t fade him in any drafts.

8. Yoan Moncada – Mentioned this the other day, but I think it’s worth repeating here. A player’s speed is going to come into play now more than in a 162-game season. If a guy who steals 15 bags over 162 games is fast but not always motivated to steal, he could steal 10 bags in a month, which in a 100-game season is insanely valuable. If a guy is a 15-steal guy but not fast and is more like a 2-steal a month guy, well, over the course of 100 games, that’s a lot less valuable. All this is to say, Moncada really isn’t a fast guy. His new 100-game projections are 51/17/58/.272/6, which is about 1.4 steals per month and sounds about right. By the by, point-four steals is when a guy steals 2nd but the pitch is fouled off and he needs to return to first.

9. Matt Chapman – His projections just look too pretty to not move him up. I moved him from my 11th best 3rd baseman to the 9th, up above Glad Vuerrero Juniper and Muncy. Might’ve been long overdue too. Chapman’s projections over 100 games: 59/23/64/.256/1 in 357 ABs. The one thing holding him back is his bating average, and in 100 games, that variance just got more, uh, varied. Think about this, in a 162-game season, the cream rises and to hit .350, it’s gonna take someone who is an elite hitter. To hit .350 in 100 games, might take some good BABIP luck over the course of two months. To say the same in a different way, for three months last year, Tim Anderson hit near .370. Anderson, in case you didn’t know, is no great batting average guy, but a high BABIP and an injury-shortened season, actually led to his AL batting title. Maybe Chapman hits .256 and is a little bit of a batting average drain, but he could hit 25 homers and .300 in only three months. Can’t say that about a lot of guys.

47. Evan Longoria – I’m not moving around a guy ranked 47th in the top 20. (New reader, “Did he say the 47th 3rd baseman in the top 20? Is this guy absolute crackers?” Yes, yes, I am.) But here’s an interesting note about the Giants, Mariners and any other team in a crazy awful pitchers’ park. We don’t know yet what the season has in store, but what if the Giants or Mariners play all their home games in Arizona at their spring training facility? Did you just feel the slightest bit of sweat bead on your brow and your eyes shifted a little? That’s because you realized you might’ve committed highway robbery. All those crazy-late Giants and Mariners hitters might’ve just got a huge boost in value without you doing anything. AT&T and Safeco (or whatever they’re called) vs. a stadium in 100-degree heat where the ball is jumping? For those who are waiting to draft, I’d take a flyer on a crazy-late Mariners or Giants hitters who might see a new, and extremely better stadium. (And, yes, the opposite might be true for Red Sox, Rockies or any hitters in favorable parks.)

 
  1. toolshed says:
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    I don’t see how a baseball season could be centrally played in AZ and FL. It would be a logistical nightmare and monumental effort to pull off. Yes there are parks (10 in AZ), but they are all open roofs. Have you ever been to AZ in the summer? It is hot AF. It is still over 100 at 10 pm. Maybe they could play games at 5 am when it is like 85 or have a fall league / cancel the minor league one which is about a month long. Quarantining if that is still happening also creates another set of issues (travel, hotels, dining, safety of players and personnel, etc.).

    • Cram It says:
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      Wait, so how do they play baseball in AZ in the summer if they’re all open roofs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not ideal, but they do play in AZ and FL in the summer, not sure how many games they play with the roof open, I’m sure someone knows…Not sure every team would play in AZ or FL anyway

      • I take my ballclub out to Az every June to compete in the USA tournament. These young men are privileged to compete at the Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, White Sox, Reds, and Indians spring training complex’s. The fields are immaculate but it’s always 105+, regularly getting into the 110-120 range. Not saying it’s ideal, but with proper hydration and maintenance players are able to excel and play at the highest level.
        We did have some 6AM starts when it got 120+ or played under the lights.
        I believe using the Az and Fla parks would be an excellent alternative. That said, I’m really bummed we won’t be playing there in June.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If they start at 6 AM, then MLB teams can play tripleheaders!

      • toolshed says:
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        The roof at chase field is closed pretty much from mid may through August barring an exception if the weather is tolerable and it doesn’t happen often.

    • The Harrow says:
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      this post is just hilarious. man it’s a shame baseball might have to be played in ARI in the summer. i’m sure those players might as well just call it off if that’s the only option right, somebody should bring up how utterly impossible this would be.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, it would pose some challenges

        • The Harrow says:
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          yeah the quarantining already infected vs not. tons of extra work to be done, but that’s not germane to ARI only. this guy up here’s talking like people don’t already play in the ARI summer, like we’re talking about ice hockey outdoors in ARI or something.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            They’re gonna play baseball, not sure it will be in AZ exclusively tho

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great 3B report, way better than our son’s 3M report I had to read yesterday.

    a. So ditto on these guys like it was ditto on the SS report. Didn’t draft any of the good ones to draft like Chapman.

    b. Just a little word to the wise on POTUS’ push to move the malaria medicine as a cure for corona….The short answer is NOOOOOOOOOOOO! POTUS said that no one dies from the malaria medicine. I have witnessed people dying from malaria who received THAT medicine. Also the same medicine has proven to be almost ineffective against some forms of malaria so…Don’t take the malaria medicine if you have the corona virus.

    c. Hope you had a nice weekend. If you didn’t it’s all my fault for not wishing you (as I almost always do) a nice weekend on Friday.

    d. MLB quote of the day for May 13, 1990

    ‘When I get to first base, I start thinking about third.’ [Of course he was thinking about baseball, not sex. Dur!]

    Jose Bernabenis Reyes

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      all drugs even aspirin have side effects …..hydroxychlorogquine is a known anti-viral proven to have minimal side effects what they don’t know is how effective it is against Wutang Flu. right now the evidence is anecdotal not clinical but it shows promise they are using it in france and believe it is helping. if i was sick with this virus i would take it right now it is the only game in town.

      • Heard that Lenny – pills or the ventilator?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lenny got it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. I hear ya, I don’t have the ‘good’ ones on too many teams either, punting 3B in quite a few leagues

      B. I don’t want malaria or corona or either of their medicines

      C. Yeah, what’s up with that?

      D. Haha

      • JoJo Exotic says:
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        I’m a doctor, you’re an idiot.

        I’ve never written in on this site, don’t know if this will work.

        If ANYONE in my family gets this, they are going on this medicine and a Z-pack. It “might” work and has a low side effect profile. Do you know how Oncology/Cancer treatment is done “off label”.

        I will go back to dreaming for baseball. You should stick to FBB and stop your Public Service career, please. Don’t pass on harmful facts these days.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dr. Exotic, I only meant I don’t want either diseases or anything to do with them…Be well, be safe

          • JoJo Exotic says:
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            Not you (appreciate the work)

            The gentleman posting above. Sorry for the double post, like I said, I’m inexperienced in these parts…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, okay…no worries

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                I’d be ecstatic if my doctor was named dr exotic!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Will be telling people I see a Dr. Exotic, even if it’s a lie

                  • baby seal says:
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                    It’s not a lie if he’s currently giving us all the very best medical advice one can find in the developed world!

                    PS. I also thought he was roasting you at first, lolol

                • Snacks Zillion says:
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                  Ha!! Nice

                • baby seal says:
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                  HAHA, amazing!

            • baby seal says:
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              Bunch of morons out there immediately think everything related to Trump, or said by him, is default stupid and/or a lie, etc.

              Irrational hatred can make even the smartest people do and say the dumbest things.

        • Amen Dr. JoJo!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Sorry, man! So just to be clear…Did you have a nice weekend?

        1. Yes
        2. No

        If a2 above, am really sorry. I’m losing it.

        b. Yeah, I got malaria twice. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone especially where there’s no one who knows about it or where there’s no infectious diseases unit of a regional hospital. Sorry that you took flack from Dr Exotic. I will do as he says and only report on baseball.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. 1.

          B. No problem, be well, Ante!

    • I’m a doctor, you are an idiot.

      In these times, please don’t pass on false or uneducated information & facts.

      I don’t know if I have ever posted on this site or if I can even make this work.

      I do know that if ANYONE I love gets this virus or is on a ventilator, they are getting this med along with a ZPack. It “might” work and has a low side effect profile. To not take it is madness. Do you know how oncology/cancer treatment is performed “off label” in this country?

      I’m gonna go back to dreaming on baseball, you should stick to FBB and retire from the Public Service Announcement career…. Please.

      • LOLmets says:
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        Probably a dermoltologist

  3. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks Grey for the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  4. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    First, I types “That’s Bob Seger not Kenny Rogers (RIP).” Then, a quick Google. Oh my. Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton??! Had no idea. Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t want to know about the Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton? What kind of communist are you?

  5. Bodacious Taters says:
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    I know you are down on DJ LeMeh (another 3Bman) but is he still a $5 keeper over $19 Villar?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want DJ unless you need the steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, what DT said

  6. RoarOf84 says:
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    My league decided to draft last night. We figured that we could at least cure some of the boredom by making adds/trades until whenever the season starts (if there is one). It’s a 10-team, 6×6 h2h categories league with OPS and holds as the 6th categories. Each team could keep up to 8 players (indicated with *).

    Please let me know what you think. Don’t hold back!

    Bats:
    C – Garver
    1B – Olson*
    2B – C. Hernandez (missed on Moustakas and got sniped on a couple fallback guys, so kinda punted this position)
    3B – Bregman*
    SS – Mondesi *
    MI – Correa*
    CI – Bryant*
    OF – Acuna*
    OF – Soto*
    OF – Castellanos
    OF – Gurriel Jr.
    U – Ohtani*

    Arms:
    P – Flaherty*
    P – Darvish
    P – Glasnow
    P – Gray
    P – C. Martinez
    P – Osuna
    P – Diaz
    P – Pressley

    Bench bats:
    Calhoun
    Wander (flier thinking there could be no season and he breaks camp next year as a 20-year-old; could also be easier to hold a prospect all year with a shortened season)
    Mancini (late round pick who, depending on his recovery, could be a big asset)

    Bench arms:
    Maeda
    N. Anderson
    M. Keller
    Foltynewicz
    Kopech
    Bummer

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your keepers are kind insane, hard for you not to have a good team…I don’t love Hernandez, and he’s likely droppable…Also, you could likely have another RP over Folty, but he’s fine for now if you want to hold him…Your team is stacked

      • RoarOf84 says:
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        Yeah, I felt the same way about Hernandez. FAs available are Schoop, Arraez, Fletcher, Madrigal, Goodrum types. What way should I go with them?

        Lose Folty over both Kopech and Keller? Thought Folty would be a back end of the rotation type.

        • baby seal says:
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          Schoop for power, Arraez for AVG, Madrigal for speed / definitely has the most upside of the group, so I’d stash him at the least. Goodrum gives pretty good roster flexibility w/ some speed.

          Folty over both for me. Pretty close w/ Keller. Kopech is going to start in the minors, so that’s more of a consideration if u are trying to keep him or whatever, and how long you’re willing to sit on someone.

          I’d drop Cesar and Kopech — pick up Madrigal and Schoop… they have the best chance to be above replacement level in a 10-team, IMO…

  7. Shallow League says:
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    I got an offer of Springer for my Jose Abreu. The other team isn’t happy with his 1B situation.

    I don’t know if I should take it. Springer’s numbers last year were ridiculous – especially, for the number of at-bats he got. But, his ISO jumped from 169 to 299! Fly ball % only increased 1.6%, but his HR/FB % increased from 15% to 29.5%! He has a high hard hit rate, but I would think his numbers are coming way down and last year was a career year for him.

    I don’t know if I need Springer, but it’s a shallow league (only 6 teams) with friends so every advantage helps. Abreu is consistent for delivering 30/100/.280 but lacks runs. I think I would just be trading the RBI for R if Springer comes down to his norm this year.

    Would you trade Abreu for Springer based on my lineup?

    1B Abreu
    2B K Marte
    3B Arenado
    SS Story
    OF Acura, Soto, S Marte
    UTIL Baez, Olson
    BENCH Muncy

    No catcher listed. Since it’s a shortened season, I’m going to try going without a catcher for a while to carry a bigger bat on the bench and an extra SP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it’s close, but I’d hold

      • Shallow League says:
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        Do you like the idea of going without a catcher in such a shallow league and shortened season so I can keep a better and more versatile bat on the bench and carry an extra pitcher? Garver is available if you don’t think it’s a good idea.

        You saw my hitters above, my pitchers are below. It’s a combined S+H league. Of the six teams, two of us carry 4 RP and one team carries 3. I’m the only one that carries 6 SP instead of 5.

        Clev
        Corbin
        Giolito
        Bauer
        S Gray
        Lynn
        T Rogers
        N Anderson
        Norris
        Pressly

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’d grab Garver

          • Shallow League says:
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            Who would you drop?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Who is Norris? Daniel? Him

              • Shallow League says:
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                Auto correct. Norris is actually Hector Neris.

              • Shallow League says:
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                That was an auto-correct.

                Norris is actually Hector Neris

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You don’t need that many RPs either, so still him, or Pressly

                  • Shallow League says:
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                    Thx Grey

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  8. Will says:
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    Pretty sure the Bob Seger version pre-dates the Kenny Rogers version. And playing all games in 105 degree heat in AZ seems like a non-starter to me.

  9. William Hung says:
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    Stopping by to say hello to the Razzball community!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, Hung!

  10. baby seal says:
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    Grey!

    Will read this in a few minutes.

    Join DT, B_Don, myself, and the other degenerates for a Roto “draft & hold”-style slow auction here: https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/joinLeague.go?leagueId=d4ee80jck8on3r5d&isSubmit=y

    Only $20, 5×5, 15 teams. No waivers or bench, so there are a few “more” roster spots than usual (like 7 OF, 2 CI, 2 MI).

    Let me know if interested… can give you more details / help walk you through whatever you need help with.

    – seal out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t join any more leagues, but others should — what an opportunity, take on the conglomerate, BunderscoreDonkeyTeeth

      • baby seal says:
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        Haha, no problem!

        Anyone is welcome to join!

        How was the weekend?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was an okay weekend…Watched TV, slept–Wait, was that last week or the weekend? Hmm…How was yours?

          • baby seal says:
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            Hahahaha, pretty similar. I was supposed to try my first attempt at my family’s homemade marinara sauce recipe… oops.

            We finally ordered in dinner once. Hopefully that sushi didn’t give me the Rona.

            Definitely need more sleep, but I’m enjoying quarantine life too much… spent a bunch of time playing this PS4 game, Rocket League, w/ my girlfriend — we had a blast. Finished Tiger King!

            Pretty pumped that the market is closed this Friday. GOOD FRIDAY!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We should have you on the podcast to give Grey stock tips…I used to dabble in the stocks back in the early 2000s — man did I lose all my money on Boston Market! Haha, worse stock investor ever!

              • baby seal says:
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                HAHAHAHA, OMG YES

                That’s hilarious!! Did you at least get some gravy with your shares?

                Only 2 more work days left this week!

                What happened on the no post today? World really is ending?!?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Rudy had a post to entertain us so I took a Tuesday to design a homemade mask from paste and construction paper

                  • baby seal says:
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                    Well, I dove head first into that one! :-)

                    I’m back, baby!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

      • baby seal says:
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        One commenter made a great point in the chat… would make for a *GREAT* podcast to hear you rant about the slow auction, your trials and tribulations, how a Donkey and baby seal coerced you into it all…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, me bitching for an hour? Sounds like every one of our podcasts already, just subject varies

          • Donkey Teeth

            Donkey Teeth says:
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            Its a set it and forget it roto league, Grey! No commitment.

            But I told baby seal, I don’t think you could handle a slow auction.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dude, it took me 45 hours to pop out of my mom’s vagina, I was made for the slow!

              • Donkey Teeth

                Donkey Teeth says:
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                Haha. Poor Momma Albright.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Bless her and this beautiful package she received!

  11. Fast Eddie says:
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    Hey I’d love an outsider’s perspective if anyone would care to chime in on my team

    Yahoo, H2H, 7×7, 10 team league (obp league)

    C Ramos
    1st Alonso
    2nd Albies
    3rd J Ramirez
    SS Villar
    Of Yelich, Soler Conforto
    Util M Olson, Sano
    BN Dozier, Guiller

    SP Giolito, Glasnow, E Rodriguez, Odorizzi, Ray, Musgrove, Stroman, Gray
    RP Rodgers, Leclerc, Davis/Oberg
    NA – SP – S Howard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look great on hitting and pitching, looks like a team I’d draft…If I had to nitpick, your RPs are blech

      • Fast Eddie says:
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        Dang. That’s like the ultimate compliment.

  12. KrazyIvan says:
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    Bored of watching baseball game reruns and picked up with Ken Burned Baseball esisode 7. All NYC episode, Yankees, Bums and Giants. Mostly just WS games and superstars. A certain 3B did come up, the Giants Bobby Thomson, who had a superb season at the dish even before the shot heard round the world. Did some searching and found this out about the ‘51 pennant winning Giants.
    https://sabr.org/research/durocher-spymaster-how-much-did-giants-prosper-cheating-1951-finalist
    A spyglass view from CF and an electric signaling system to relay to the hitter!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, wow…I haven’t watched Burns’s doc yet, maybe I will now that I have nothing but time on my hands

  13. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Grey,

    With MLB considering playing all their games in AZ for awhile when the season starts, do you see any player projections / expectations you would adjust – both hitters and pitchers? For example, the Colorado hitters who thrive in Colorado, but not so much on the road (Arenado, Story).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too early to make those adjustments…Park factors would suddenly change for pitchers’ or hitters’ parks tho, if it happens…

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        I got a trade request. Small friends league (6 teams) so most are stacked. I get Jose Ramirez for Olson. Would you take Jo-Ram?

        C Garver
        1B Abreu
        2B Marte
        3B Arenado
        SS Story
        OF Acuna, Soto, S Marte
        UTIL Muncy, Baez
        Bench Olson

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ooh, I think I would, tough call tho

        • 183414 says:
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          6 teams. Every team is an all star team.

  14. Ryan says:
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    In my 14 team h2h dynasty league I was offered an interesting trade. I would get ketel marte and max muncy for austin meadows sixto sanchez and my 1st round pick in next years draft. i think this is a solid deal for me, Also I don’t mind trading my pick because I already have an abundance of solid prospects and my pick. Anyway should I consider this trade?

    c wilson contreras

    1b jose abreu

    2b ozzie albies

    3b rafael devers

    ss bo bichette

    lf juan soto

    cf ronald acuna

    rf austin meadows

    util yuli gurriel

    bn cj cron

    bn omar narvaez

    na andrew vaughn

    na robert puason

    na corbin carroll

    na jeter downs

    na julio rodriguez

    na erick pena

    sp brandon woodruff

    sp julio urias

    sp max scherzer

    rp scott oberg

    rp ryan pressly

    rp brandon kintzler

    p robbie ray

    p kevin gausman

    p alex wood

    bn miles mikolas

    bn carlos rodon

    bn deivi garcia

    bn sixto sanchez

    bn edward cabrera

    bn nathan eovaldi

    bn matt shoemaker

    na luis patino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

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