Yesterday was the top 40 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  In that post, I dazzled your retinas and made your brain say, “This guy is some kind of beautiful.  Damn, I wish I were gay like that guy I used to share a bed with in college.  Platonically.”  Within these twenty outfielders, there’s some guys I’m excited about and some guys I don’t like at all.  It’s important to read the whole post, even if you’re not reading this sentence.  I think that’s irony, but I’m not sure; you need to ask a British person to be sure.  All the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings are there.  As always, where my tiers start and stop and my projections are included.  Anyway, here’s the top 60 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball:

41. Mookie Betts – This tier started in the top 40 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  This tier goes until here.  I called this tier, “Sexy sexy hot hot dot com that makes you clear your cookies.”  Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

42. Ryan Zimmerman – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Harrison.  I call this tier, “Draft them for their other position eligibility.”  I went over Zimmerman in top 20 3rd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

43. Danny Santana – Went over him top 20 shortstops for 2015 fantasy baseball.

44. Chris Carter – Went over him top 20 1st basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

45. Brandon Moss – Went over him top 20 1st basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

46. Mark Trumbo – Went over him top 20 1st basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

47. Yasmany Tomas – I want to draft all the guys in this tier.  I especially want a taste of Cuba like that street festival that’s in your Little Havana section of town.  I look at Yasmany and Rusney like this, could they bomb out, causing me to tent my fantasy team and exterminate?  Of course.  And so can Jay Bruce, Wil Myers, Heyward, Calhoun, Springer, etc. etc. etc.  Anyone can bomb, but we’re firmly in a tier of guys that could well outperform their draft spot and you want to take a chance on those guys.  As for Yasmany, I went over him in the top 20 3rd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.  I still gots no idea where he’ll be eligible.

48. Ben Zobrist – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

49. Josh Harrison – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.

50. Melky Cabrera – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Choo.  I call this tier, “Even in their worst year, they are so awesomely awesome, right?  Uh, no.”  This tier gives you the impression that you went safe with your third outfield.  I can hear someone drafting Melky right now, “If Melky just gives me what he did last year, I’m golden like the shower I got from a prostitute in Southeast Asia.”  Yes, that’s true.  The thing is — and there is a thing — you’re not playing for last year unless you’re in a throwback league.  You’re playing for 2015.  You want to draft players for what they’re going to do in the upcoming year.  Melky has stayed healthy zero times since 2011 and is now 30 years old.  Also, I said this in the offseason, “(Melky) signed with the White Sox.  Who lit a fire under Jerry Reinsdorf’s ass?  The Dorf’s on a spending spree (that was the one where Tim Conway, as The Dorf, reenacts the Rodeo Drive spending spree from Pretty Woman).  Some players seem to languish on lousy teams and never get to play for an offensive juggernaut.  Melky is the exact opposite.  He seems to always land somewhere he’s going to rack up counting stats.  Maybe it’s his HTML skills.  Maybe it’s that most powerhouse teams are run by men that are lactose intolerant and they’re trying to make up for their inadequacies off the field by getting Melky.  It’s prolly the latter reason.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  85/14/65/.304/8

51. Alex Rios – I could see someone drafting Rios and saying, “If he bounces back, this is great value.”  Yes, what is also true is that Rios is old and no guarantee to bounce back.  Also, this offseason, I said this, “(Rios) signed with the Royals.  He has a ton of performance-based incentives in his contract like, “Are you at least pretending to care?” “Okay, we know hustle is asking a lot, but maybe you gait a little longer,” and the final clause, “Don’t curse out our fans.”  Last year, Rios’s batted ball profile suggests that he’s getting old, but his 2011, when he hit 11 homers, suggested the same and then he turned on his heart light in 2012 and 2013.  The only difference is now he actually is getting old.  He’ll be 34 years old in February, which is not an age when players go out and hit 20 homers and steal 35 bases after hitting 4 homers and stealing 17.  His projections are hard to pin down due to the swings in value from year to year and because the Royals could plug him into the three hole or leadoff or 7th.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2015 Projections:  72/14/67/.274/20

52. Shin-Soo Choo – I’m not sure what someone is thinking when they draft Choo.  Maybe they’re thinking, “Kim Jong un won’t hack my computer if I draft him.”  They’d be wrong, of course, wrong Korea.  Maybe they’re thinking, “Choo can do it all,” and unless they know Choo to make house calls and do laundry, I’m not sure what they mean by do it all.  He can do 15 HRs and…well, I’m not sure what else.  Last year really has me concerned with Choo.  I get that he was injured, but to only have 3 steals.  I mean, Jay Bruce said his knee hurt him and he stole 12 bases.  Then you throw in his K-rate skyrocketing, his average bottoming out and he’ll be 33 years old by the All-Star break.  I’m likely staying away, i.e., I don’t Choo Choo choose Choo.  (By the by, thanks for saying “Gesundheit” every time I said “Choo.”)  2015 Projections:  77/15/49/.271/10

53. Joc Pederson – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Brown.  I call this tier, “I need a lil somethin’ somethin’ in the middle of this nothin’ nothin’.”  What I mean by the tier name is I didn’t love that last tier and I don’t love the next tier, so I wanted to break it up with some guys I’m a bit more fond of in the middle here.  Clowns to the right of me, jokers that I don’t want to draft to the left, stuck in the middle with youse.  Here’s my Joc Pederson fantasy.  I wrote it prior to the Kemp trade so it’s slightly crumby with crackers, but the general gist remains the same.  General Gist was also my high school band.  You might remember us from the song, “I’m Going To The Prom With My Mom.”  It was a hit in Canada.  Pederson could be a top 15 outfielder this year.  I haven’t been quite as jazzed about a rookie since Trout.  Yes, I realize what that statement does to the adrenaline that courses through your veins.  I’m not yelling fire in the theater of Razzball; I mean it.  Pederson looks special.  Steamer, who is usually conservative, projects him for 19 homers and 22 steals with a .230 average.  Who is that, Mike Cameron?  Hey, Mike Cameron, say hello to your mother for me.  Pederson has a strikeout problem, like every other gee-dee major leaguer.  He also has 30-homer power and 30-steal speed.  Okay, now I need to have my inseam taken out.  I’m still concerned he might platoon at times, but he’s absolutely worth the gamble.  2015 Projections:  66/15/59/.247/19

54. Steven Souza – I already gave you my Steven Souza sleeper post.  I wrote it while grounding myself before seeing Chuck McGill.  2015 Projections:  58/12/65/.234/22

55. Rusney Castillo – I already gave you my Rusney Castillo fantasy.  On a side note that’s actually related, Mike gave you a Rusney Castillo vs. Yasmany Tomas post.  2015 Projections:  60/9/52/.281/22

56. Domonic Brown – Liking Domonic isn’t for the lily-livered, or just to get into Tehol’s good graces.  I poured over Domonic Brown’s stats from last year, and there’s some disconcerting trends.  His ground balls went way up (not literally) and his fly balls went down (literally).  It’s hard to hit home runs when you’re grounding out to 2nd base.  It wasn’t all bad….Actually, the good is just really being told the bad while listening to Anne Murray.  The amount of pitches he swung at outside the strike zone went up, the contact he made on pitches outside the zone went soaring and his first pitch strike percentage went straight into ugly territory.  So, how is this good?  Well, first you need to be listening to Anne Murray.  Okay, it’s good because he was a flailing mess last year.  If a batter gets a first pitch strike, he’s already in the hole.  So, what does he do?  He starts flailing at pitches outside the strike zone.  What happens when you hit a ball outside the strike zone?  Nothing, you’re not a major league hitter.  My apologies to David Eckstein, if he’s reading.  A major league hitter hits a pitch outside the strike zone and he hits it weakly on the ground.  I.e., Brown was crap, literally and figuratively.  So how was this good?  Great question, self!  It wasn’t, but it’s in the past and he’s only 27 years old.  People have written him off like that meal with your grandma that’s now getting you audited by the IRS.  He is one year removed from a 27 homer, 8 steal, .272 year.  No, he isn’t that good.  He wasn’t that good when he actually did those marks as I warned you last year.  He’s also not as bad as he was last year.  In the minors, he routinely hit a homer about every five games and had one year when he stole 22 bases.  A homer every five games is asking a lot from him.  He doesn’t have the prototypical homer stroke and his homers per fly balls has never been good outside of his huge 2013.  Right now, Steamer has him projected for 13 homers.  Even after his calamitous year in 2014 that feels low.  He struggled in April last year to hit for power (1 homer), then forced the issue in May (hitting .146), and, by that point, his season was an official mess.  He needs to hit a few more fly balls, less ground balls and he should be a lock for 18-22 homers.  Throw in the 7-10 steals he’s good for, a .260-ish average, the prime of his career and the upside that comes with that and he’s worth the gamble.  Oh, and it is a gamble, because if he struggles in April, he could end up a platoon outfielder.  2015 Projections:  61/20/74/.262/8

57. Marlon Byrd – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 80 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball.  This tier is called, “The childhood game of Hot Schmotato.”  For all of you that are as old as the guys in this tier who forgot how to play Hot Schmotato, I’ll refresh your melon ball.  A player is passed around from team to team for many years, and they keep putting up stats, then one day they stop performing and the last one holding them loses.  You don’t want to be the person holding the old players when they finally stop performing.  You know, like the Phils.  Speaking of which, I enjoyed the constant rumors of interest from other teams for Byrd prior to him going to the Reds.  99.9% of those rumors were likely generated by Byrd himself.  “Reports are saying that Marlon Byrd would play on any team, and even off the bench for a contender or even as the equipment man.  Inquire within!”  2015 Projections:  67/21/78/.251/3

58. Torii Hunter – Here’s what I said this offseason about Torii, “Signed by the Twins.  The Twins management put this signing to a vote and the I’s had it.  Bam!  Big Pun ain’t got nothing on me. (Plus, he’s no longer with us; I miss you, Big Pun.  On a side side note, I guarantee you can’t find another sentence in the Google machine that has a semicolon and Big Pun.)  Hunter is exactly who you think he is at this point in his career — 17 HRs, .280, 80 runs, 80 RBIs.  Then you put those numbers through a “Have To Play For The Twins” Generator and you get 70/14/73/.277/4.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2015 Projections:  70/14/73/.277/4

59. Jayson Werth – In 2013, he hit 25 homers.  In 2014, he hit 16 homers.  His HR/FB% went from 18 to 9.4.  His fly ball rate went from 38% to 40%.  SAT Question Alert!  If a guy hits as many fly balls or more and his home runs go down dramatically when he’s 35 years old, what’s the likely cause?   No, not because he played his home games at Space Camp in an anti-gravity chamber.  I appreciate your thoughtful response though.  Likely:  he’s getting old and just not hitting the ball as far.  To wit!  In 2013, his home run distance on average was 410 feet.  In 2014, it was 400.8 feet.  Oh, and he just had shoulder surgery and might not be back for the start of the season, which means even if we see him in April, he won’t be great.  2015 Projections:  68/14/79/.272/5

60. Curtis Granderson – Offense is so bad — Game Show Refrain, “How bad is it?!” — Granderson ranked 45th overall last year at the end of the season with the line of 73/20/66/.227/8.  That’s hideous.  I wouldn’t have wanted the 45th best outfielder last year.  Even if I was omniscient and knew in April he would give me the 45th best OF season.  Well, I should say more omniscient than I already am.  Can one be “more omniscient?”  If I was “more omniscient,” I would know the answer to that.  As CC Sabathia would say, things that make you go hmm…  2015 Projections:  68/22/72/.229/7

  1. J-FOH says:
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    You should call a tier “this is the tier where I’m drafting pitchers” tier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Yeah, there’s a few of those

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: there is also the “they can do that on your roster tier” , the “wake me when those guys are off the board tier” and the new one I’m finding, “why is everyone so in love with these guys tier”. The last being a twitter thing I’ve noticed that really is not a tier at all but a trendy obsession with certain players I just don’t get.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is there a hashtag with that one?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: #trendyisthenewunique

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wait, isn’t that the black girl’s name on Worst Cooks?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: busted me, the one with the white lipstick that reminds me of ashy Larry

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup!

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Happy Vegans: ah, 1994 all over again, beautiful.

  2. Shaggy says:
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    Whew – That’s some kinda Leonys lovin’. Gonna have to check that guy out again , in a purely platonic way, of course.

  3. Yescheese says:
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    Nicely done. I can’t even get mad about the position eligibility tier. Those first four guys are totally in the sexy dot com tier. I might draft a whole outfield of Leonys, Polanco, Arcia and Cain.

    Did you see the Twins were granted an extra option year on Arcia? I know he could use some plate discipline but seriously Twins. May be some risk with Oswaldo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yescheese: Yeah, saw that… Fingers crossed

  4. Tigres says:
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    Hey Grey, I think Wet Tail is only 1B eligible this year?

    I’ve marked little stars and hearts next to Souza’s name. Don’t tell my husband.

    I know Sagnof and all… but whatcha think about Chapman for Soler?

    • Orvall Overall says:
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      @Tigres: If you are gettin Soler, pull the trigger..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: I’d want Soler… Oops on Duda, fixed

      • Tigres says:
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        Thanks. I’ve got Soler, so can hold. Plus can keep Giles, and word this morning is that Papelbon may get dealt soon…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Weird, CBS has Duda as OF eligible on my roster page, but when I click on the player page, he is only listed at 1B. Only played one game in the OF last year apparently, but maybe they originally had him listed as OF for his primary position and are in the process of updating. Makes a big deal as to whether I can play him in OF or only at 1B in my league for the upcoming year.

        Just in case I get him in OF on CBS, where did you have him ranked on your OF list Grey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In the tier of guys with multi-position eligibility

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          CBS likely hasn’t updated their system yet, he won’t be OF eligible

        • @birrrdy!: I think your roster page is still from last year. As in that was your roster from the previous season, so here is what he could do then.

          I think player pages have been updated and are correct.

  5. Mitch says:
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    12 team 5×5 H2H, 4 OF, CI. 6 keepers, lose first 6 rounds of picks

    Stanton, Cutch, Goldy, Abreu, Ian Desmond, Felix

    Would you replace Desmond or Felix with Brantley?

  6. ADP says:
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    You should call a tier, “this is the tier I go camel riding.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ADP: Ha

  7. Orvall Overall says:
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    If you are gettin Soler, pull the trigger..

  8. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Already keeping Brantley in the 23rd and Wong in the 18th. Polanco in the 27th or Soler in the 19th for my final keeper?

    • PublicEnemy#1 says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: I should tell you that we use OPS in place of Avg.

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: OPS instead of average? What are you, home run hitter obsessed? OBP is an average replacement. OPS is redundant with home runs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea what you mean

        • PublicEnemy#1 says:
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          @Nick: I understand why you would think that but I disagree with your take on OPS. OPS takes into account the guy who takes a walk instead of just swinging for the fences. It takes into account the doubles hitter that never gets credit for his extra base hits in traditional formats. It takes into account so much more than OBP does. The elite power hitters in the game go off the board early regardless of using AVG or OPS. OPS gives added value to solid around hitters such as Jayson Werth, Freddie Freeman, Buster Posey, etc. Even a guy like Altuve was a top 25 OPS guy.

          Just using slugging percentage would favor the home run hitter too much. Using OPS we obviously incorporate both. Besides, OPS’s inclusion of slugging percentage and it’s nod to power seems to fall in line with how baseball teams are building their rosters today. Just look at what the Astros have done this off-season with their collection of power hitters.

          It would be interesting to hear your rebuttal. I am open to hearing another take on this OPS vs. AVG debate.

          • Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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            @PublicEnemy#1: AVG is simple luck based garbage. OBP and OPS both have much more skill to do with them. Even Springer would go up in value too, as he walks.

            • PublicEnemy#1 says:
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              @Flowers misses his old glasses, but he’s ok tho: I completely agree with you. I just don’t understand the guy above who said OPS and HRs would be redundant. I get that HRs are weighted heavier in OPS than they would be in batting average but OPS, as you alluded to is a much better indicator of hitting talent.

  9. Powerslave says:
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    You should come up with a name for the Tiers where like 20 guys look the same.., like the “Jango Fett dressed in White Tier”……”this is the tier where i’m drafting pitchers” from avobe, is the best so far…

  10. tvators says:
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    Nice Mets are going to dominate the 61-80 group! Grey any plans to do the nfbc 50 rd draft again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tvators: I don’t right now

  11. Cram It says:
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    I can’t remember from last year, but is there an Auction value tool/ranking somewhere? Maybe too early, because January?

    BTW, just binge watched Silicon Valley since you and J-FOH talk about it a lot. You guys were right. Comedy of the year. And that girl from those phone commercials in it? Bonus. Granted only one episode, so I watched that one twice.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Cram It: oh man she’s a god damn peach. Funny too on her youtube stuff. Tad obsessed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Yeah, auction values come out with top 400… Yeah, great show, wait until the mural…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Awesome. Thanks.

        Oh, I saw the mural…epic. I just have the last episode to watch tonight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, nice

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Cram It: Oh the last episode is tops. I cried out loud with laughter on the plane from LA to London on our trip.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: You mean the girl that says, “Only my sister says that?”

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Haha. No, that’s a credit card commercial. I don’t know what phone company she does. But there’s like 10 of those ads.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Which girl do you mean then?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: She’s Gilfoyles hot girlfriend for one episode. In the phone commercials she does the one with Grant Hill saying she played college hoops. The latest ones are when a customer hears “win” he knocks on the wall. And one where the customer appreciates her and they appreciate each other’s appreciation 10 times. Christ, do I need to link you to something?!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I need a link

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I feel so lost right now

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Haha. I give.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Just watched a few of their videos… Pretty funny

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: The brunette in the video that I linked to. She’s the AT&T girl in the commercials. I haven’t seen Silicon Valley, but it sounds like she’s the girlfriend that Cram was referring to.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Just watched, pretty funny

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Big Magoo: Yes, same girl. Thank you Magoo. She’s adorable. Probably only has 3 good years left in her though before she goes sour, because she’s from Uzbekistan. That’s not racist, right?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: glad you got to watch it. It’s a great show. I’ve watched season one twice.

      I’m surprised you haven’t flown off the handle with all the Betts questions in here.

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: I think I’ll watch it again too.

        Eh? I see one mention of Betts.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: you disappoint me

          • Cram It says:
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            @J-FOH: I figured it was some coded meaning. I’m not with it, it’s motherfucking Friday! Woot

          • Cram It says:
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            @J-FOH: I’m not getting you, Grey’s not getting the Silicon Valley girl. Sky is comment battling with GIF’s. I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone today.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Cram It: February approaches…

              • Cram It says:
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                @J-FOH: I must have tapped out yesterday before all of that. I have a new love. Her name is Mivilavanya Valverdejean from Uzbekistanjikan

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, she’s hot, agreed

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I googled that name and came up with nothing…who is this bird? Is there a Cram translator that you have access to that I don’t?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Google “She’s hot” Fifth one down

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Never knew Megan Fox was from Uzbekistan…or that Megan Fox wasn’t her real name!

                    • Grey

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                      She’s every first page result, isn’t she?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Possibly. Especially when you google ‘large thumbs’

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Sky: The girl in the AT&T commercials and Silicon Valley and those comedy podwhatchamahoozies. I’m too lazy to scroll up for the correct spelling. Scroll up!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Oh her. Yeah, she’s cute. Definitely P in the V worthy

  12. Swfcdan says:
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    A: Thats crazy love for Leonys, Polanco and Cain right there.

    B: Outfield gets boring real quickly

    C:

    D: Im British and I still don’t know if that’s irony!

  13. Orval Overall says:
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    Keeper question for 10 team H2H points league. We keep 9. Can keep them for 2015 and 2016 only.

    Here are my options:

    Giancarlo
    Brantley
    Hamilton
    Soler
    Dee Gordon
    Joc Pederson
    Starsburg
    Shileds
    Verlander
    Tanaka
    McHugh
    Fister
    Fiers
    Ventura

    thanks

    • Orval Overall says:
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      @Orval Overall:

      Question is, who are your top nine?

      What y’all think?

      ALL are welcome to reply.

      peace

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Orval Overall: all the hitters, stras, tanaka, yordano

        • Orval Overall says:
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          @Grey:
          thanks Nick & Grey..

          I also have James Paxton, would he be a better pick than Ventura?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nah

            • Orval Overall says:
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              @Grey:

              Any chance of Verlander rebounding this year?

              He says he is fully over the core muscle surgery he had last year at this time. Says he hasn’t felt this good in 3 years..

              • Grey

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                Nope

  14. the swinging says:
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    These 15ish Homer 20ish steal sleepers I trust about as much as I trust peter bourjos last season. I’d let all these guys slide, u can pick them up in a post draft or early season trade pretty easily instead of taking them in important middle rounds. I’ll be drafting my first closer before I pluck from these 20.

    • Cram It says:
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      @the swinging: These are 4th/5th OF’s, so yeah.

      • the swinging says:
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        @Cram It: I guess it depends on how many teams r in your league. I shoulda said I’ll be drafting a couple closers before I pick from here.

  15. Orval Overall says:
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    Out of all the OF’s ranked 41 thru 60, I think J Ped will be the best of the group, when all is done & dusted, IMHO of course..

    whata ya think?

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Orval Overall: in 2015? I think Polanco has the best chance. For this group in 2015.

  16. Adam Miller says:
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    Hey Grey could you give your thoughts on my keeper choices (keep up to 6 forever):

    Chris Sale
    Jake Arrieta
    Todd Frazier
    Kyle Seager
    Hanley Ramirez
    Jose Reyes
    Mookie Betts
    Christian Yelich
    Ryan Braun
    Kole Calhoun
    David Ortiz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam Miller: Frazier, Hanley, Mookie, Sale, Yelich, Arrieta

  17. Clint says:
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    So, which Pittsburgh OF stretches your inseams more: Marte or Polanco? Would you draft both if you could? I’m sensing waiting on Gregory as being the smarter move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: I’d draft both, obvious which I like better from the rankings

  18. Powerslave says:
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    Is Marijuana Legal in Canada??, heard Everth is going to play 2B for Blue Jays….., also If he runs while being arrested , he can say He’s just scared of Horses…….

      • Powerslave says:
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        @Grey: Is the police in Canada riding Horses?, never been there..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Mounties? Prolly, while wearing barrels as pants

        • Big W says:
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          @Powerslave: Police in Canada drive cars… Mounties ride Horses. You won’t find any Mounties in the Toronto area though.

          To add to that, we also do not live in igloos in case you thought that was the case…

    • PK says:
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      @Powerslave: I recall hearing that it’s decriminalized there. Isn’t Nick from the podcast Canadian? Maybe he can chime in.

      • Big W says:
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        @PK: not decriminalized…

  19. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Good stuff, G-Rey!

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Umm lets see….

        So I’m a really big Souza fan, for a plethora of reasons.

        First off, the dude is built like a truck (6’4 225). Further, they have done studies that show that larger players typically take longer to develop, especially in terms of power. Normally we attribute this to taller pitchers (like Randy Johnson), but the same can be said for hitters as well. The two players that Souza reminds me of the most are Jayson Werth and Michael Morse.

        Like Souza, Werth didn’t break into the majors until his age 25 season and brought a unique mixture of speed and power for a taller player as well as above average defense in the outfield. It’s rare to see a 20/20 player of that size, but Souza figures to fit that same mold.

        Morse was originally drafted as a shortstop, much like Souza. In his minor league career, Souza has moved from shortstop to third base to first base and then finally to the outfield. In addition to his size, it’s likely that constantly changing positions could have stunted his offensive development. However, in the last three years, Souza has progressed through the minor league system at a normal rate, mashing at every level, so it’s not like Souza has been rotting at AAA. Much like Morse, Souza does not have any platoon splits and has actually shown reverse splits in some years. Much of this can be attributed to having an up the middle approach that lends itself to high BABIP numbers and prevents guys like Souza and Morse from being susceptible to defensive shifts. Despite having an uninspiring debut last year, Souza actually had the highest xBABIP/BABIP differential in the majors last year and should have hit roughly .200 points better than the paltry 130BA/071BABIP last season.

        I’m not concerned it took this long for Souza to make it to the major leagues nor am I concerned about his transition. Players who typically post strong plate discipline numbers in the minor leagues have the easiest transition to the major leagues, Further, his up the middle approach should keep the opposing defense honest and keep him from getting shifted. He looks like a guy who should post around a league average strike out rate, a slightly above average walk rate with developing 20+ home run power and impressive speed for a guy his size. Kiley McDaniel has Souza down as a future 55/55 power/speed combo, which projects as 20+ in both areas. He also has him down as a 45+ in terms of hitting/contact, which means he’s probably a 260-270 hitter right now with the chance to get better. I could easily see a 265/20/25/80/80 line this season hitting in the middle of the line up and playing every day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, yes and I’m not convinced on the average… I see an at times wonky K-rate in the minors… He looks like he’ll post a lower than league K-rate

          • bossmanjunior says:
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            @Grey:

            I saw a spray chart comparing Myers and Souza and its night and day. Myers hits almost all of his ground balls to the left side, meaning he’s likely rolling over on outside pitches. Souza, meanwhile, hits the vast majority of his hits up the middle. I love seeing that. Balls hit up the middle have such a high rate of going for a hit. Thats how guys sustain a high BABIP. Either that or a high groundball% with a lot of speed.

            In terms of k%, a lot of those taller hitters follow a parabolic curve in terms of performance. They are slow to develop and congruently fall off a cliff when their bat slows down (think Sexton). I could see a slighly worse than average k rate (around 20-22%) with the potential to improve. Thats perfectly ok for a guy with above average bb% and power.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Fair enough, good stuff… Honestly, I hope you’re right b/c I’m gunning for him

  20. Wake Up says:
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    I’m not British, but this Rusty Cage they keep me in, tastes irony…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: ha ha dix!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any relation to Nic Cage?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: what about the dynamite kid in the steel cage?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What happened to him? Prolly same thing that happened to every 80s/90s wrestler — dead.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: *Googles the kid* he is alive but lost use of left leg and is in wheelchair. wrote autobiography called pure dynomite and has a documentary about him on highspots.com.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              re: Wheelchair and doc about him: Yeah, those are signs you were once a 80s/90s wrestler too

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: we should develop a wresting game where it has different categories, here are a few off the top of my head

                1) dead, paralyzed, or prison
                2) addict, alcoholic, or sober
                3) Name that league
                4) finishing moves
                5) managers and masked men
                6) feuds

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Drink every time a wrestler dies

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: it will look like a trivial pursuit board but be a square like the ring with a runways to walk up to the ring.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Doubt it. Nic tastes more like Cher…ries…and crazy…I’m gonna break this Rusty Cage, and run.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck!

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wake Up: Go get ’em, Chris Cornell.

  21. J-FOH says:
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    With so much emerging youth in the OF it makes me envision lots of pouting later when people draft too much youth and not a balance of the old and the new. Or to better put it, too much ceiling and not enough floor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Old floor doesn’t always work either

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: yeah, in some cases but solid lower risk players are always a good part of a roster. IMHO

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, if a 36-year-old is less risk

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’m talking the 28-32 year oldish guys. Lots of young second/third year guys out there. Too many of them is too much risk. That’s all. Just have to have balance.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah… The guys highly ranked that everyone wants? Yeah, those guys are gone by here

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: yeah, not my point, but its cool, more of an in person convo.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: Old floors are much easier to refinish…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: be careful of the splinters

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: and Donatello…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: go ninja go ninja rap

            • Wake Up says:
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              @J-FOH: Are you craving pizza too?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Wake Up: I DID NOT JUST ORDER A PIZZA!

  22. Q says:
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    Guess this is a good time to ask this:

    I play in a league where position eligibility is determined by where a guy is going to play THIS year and last year doesn’t matter. For example, Mauer was not eligible at C in my league in 2014, only 1b.

    So if Hanley is only OF eligible, what OF tier is he in?

    Thanks grey

    So if Hanley

      • Q says:
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        @Grey: I mean he wasn’t last year either in my league because he wasn’t playing there. Thought Hanley rank might change based on depth in OF and shallowness at SS. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not exact without SS eligibility, but he’s around that spot

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Q: If you can’t play him at SS, he’s not worth it.

  23. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Polanco is really interesting. His minor league credentials speak for themselves. How can we know if he’ll take a step and translate the talent. It’s interesting his AAA BABIP last year was .377 and his MLB BABIP was .272. The stat heads have started to breakout contact from hard contact I think but I can’t find those numbers. It would be interesting to see with Polanco. Do we write off the .272 BABIP as bad luck or something else. I ran all the players last year with at least 300 PAs who had at least 65% of their contact charcterized as either LD or GB. There were 15 players who fit the criteria and who also had BABIP lower than .280. Guys on the list were guys who did not hit the ball real hard last year. Fuld, Segura, Wong, Amarista, Allen Craid, Simmons, Gyorko, Sogard to name a few.

    Per pitch f/x, Polanco was one of the league’s least effective hitters vs fastballs and his heat map shows that he was particularly vulnerable inside off the plate and at the top of the zone. With his track record and his size and athleticism it’s interesting that he should appear to have been overmatched by power stuff at the MLB level.

    Have to like the command of the zone he’s shown at every level including MLB. Bodes well for his chances at keeping the SB total up.

    He’s currently the 36th OF off the board going around Ozuna, Myers, Tomas, Choo, Martin and Gardner. I kind of wish he’d shown a bit more promise in the peripherals last year at the MLB level. There’s so much history of can’t miss guys who come up and then do miss.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m thinking Snider will actually be the RF to own in Pittsburgh this year *Ducks*

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        How dare you!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Is he calling me into a Lexus dealership?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Do not try and bend the Polanco. That’s impossible. Instead…only try to realize the truth…there is no Polanco

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Not even a Placido?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  There seems to be a razzball glossary term begging to be called ‘Placebo Polanco’ but I can’t quite think of what it should be.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You think a middle infielder on waivers is your cure all but he’s really not a cure for anything, just makes you feel temporarily feeling better about yourself.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      And done. Co-Signed (%50 royalties, too).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      60/40

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      70/30 and not a penny less!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      What if I would’ve said 80/20?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      You’re so twisting my arm but a deal is a deal. We internet-comment shook on it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I internet-commented-whispered 90/10… Sucker!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      This is why I bring friends when I shop for a car.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Good idea!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Sky: Is that Samuel L Jackson?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Poor, poor racist Sam Rubin…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        Polanco came with a sterling defensive rep but Fangraphs metrics rated him poorly. Perhaps another sign of not being ready for the stage. Very interesting. So young.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, I’m not calling him washed up by a long ways. But I think it’s Snider time. His numbers from last year suggest someone who finally made some adjustments (career 25% K rate, last year 18.7%). I’d go on but as I’m sure you now know, there’ll be a deep league thoughts post on him.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: that makes him a post post post post post post post post hype sleeper?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Sky: he’s a P5 Playa

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Sounds gangsta

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: exactly…or a playstation stud on a system that hasn’t even come out yet

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Gangsta PS5 Playa? It’s all about replacing ‘er’ with ‘a’ to make something cool. Like this: JFOH is a fucka. See? Cool!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Sky: I’m going to tweet that out

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Might get on Jimmy Kimmel’s mean tweets yet!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Sky: Snider looks like an interesting deep league option. Had the 9th highest avg flyball distance last year (301.68 ft), cut down on his Ks, and increased his BB rate. Hit more line drives too. Had a low 31.2% FB% which would limit his power potential unless he increased that number though.

        Good call. Deep League Thoughts?

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          Snider makes Polanco risky. Polanco makes Snider potentially irrelevant. Also, if Kang rakes but can’t handle SS everyday, does he move to 3rd and Harrison goes to the OF?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That’s my concern with Harrison, I think he loses PT

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: You just summed up why all of those players are risky. I don’t think that Harrison will be moved to the outfield though. I think the Kang/Mercer situation will work itself out with one of them becoming a utility player.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: so what you’re saying is if it ain’t cutch or marte then stay away from the pitts?

              • Big Magoo

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                @J-FOH: In terms of position players? Yeah, pretty much. Except for maybe Walker. Harrison looks a bit overvalued at the moment (NFBC ADP is 89.93), and everyone else is either flawed or has uncertain job security.

                • GhostTownSteve says:
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                  @Big Magoo:

                  I’m kind of interested in a flier on Kang. I’d like to see a bit more of him than what’s available in the interwebs

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @GhostTownSteve: I hope he makes my all late round flyer team, which will be a pre season post this year

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @GhostTownSteve: Kang, Polanco, Alvarez, Snider. They’re all worth fliers. It’s very risky to count on any of them as regular contributors in a shallow league though.

                    I’m not nearly as bullish on Kang as I was on Abreu last year. The competition in Cuba is vastly superior to that in Korea. Kang is really just a wild card. The only real consensus on him is that he has above average power for a middle infielder, if that is where he ends up on the diamond.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Big Magoo: of course, pitching is a different matter, but you know that I know that and by you knowing that makes me know that you’re being a weenie

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @J-FOH: Just wanted to clarify

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Big Magoo: clarify this *flips off screen*

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @J-FOH: You’re doing flips off-screen? I didn’t picture you as the gymnast type.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Big Magoo: more of a roll off the desk guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, but his sample size is so small, he’s just gonna be one of those high risk, high reward guys… I wouldn’t hate him around Ozuna, Martin and Myers, but he feels riskier…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        So much of the game is perceiving and assessing risk. I’ma run some numbers real quick. Be back later.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good

    • Wake Up says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Good stuff. If he did show that promise, we couldn’t draft him this year. Like a Catch 22 year old…

  24. JP says:
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    Safe to assume that you are not expecting much in general or a rebound out of Reddick since you don’t rank him in the top 60? Thanks

  25. Game of Throws says:
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    Holy crap I’ve been living under a rock and missed the 2015 rankings up till now!

    So much catching up to do. Thank you for giving me weekend plans Grey!

    Quick question: I see you have Ian Desmond in the top 20 and in the top SS spot. While I completely agree, it does come as a bit of a surprise.

    I asked you this at the end of last season but wondering if your mind has changed;

    I can keep 3:

    Miggy
    Edwin
    Desmond
    Altuve

    Based solely on your rankings it would be Edwin, Miggy, and Desmond. But are Altuve’s SBs worth balancing out some of the Power? Would you swap him in for anyone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, you’re welcome… Edwin, Miggy, and Desmond

  26. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Have I told you lately that I love You

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, but I like hearing it again

  27. Wake Up says:
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    This post is trending right now on Netflix!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on your recently watched

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Mine is like 90% kids shows which makes for some not safe for adults suggestions

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mine is 90% documentaries

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: when i go thru my netflix i get only 10 or so docs to watch, most are TV shows in that category. It sucks, i want my own netflix, the child has completely taken it over

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You can make different accounts within the same one… That’s what we do so my Netflix isn’t 90% British dramas

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: we have that, but it only works on certain devices in the house. On the x-box it works but on some of the blue ray players it doesn’t. so stupid.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Watch the Goodfellas one already

  28. Mostsuckass says:
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    Great analysis, as always, Grey. I think the hardest guy to evaluate in this tier is Rios. I own him in a deep keeper league and tried valiantly all last year to trade him. I just can’t quite bring myself to drop him altogether, however, because he’s still better than replacement value in your league. Surely there must be a potential glossary term for this–a guy who you keep on your roster, even though he’s totally frustrating, because he’s still better than Jordany Valdespin.

    • Mostsuckass says:
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      @Mostsuckass: *our league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’m all ears

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Does it sound like everyone’s always yelling?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m wearing headphones

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: sounds like a wife

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pretty much

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: like instead of married to the mob its more like married to a slob…or a blob…or a bomb

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: wow, two yups today, looks like I caught a case of the yips…I mean the yups. I need to do some day time drinking. Oh and no there is no term there, a player is either dropable or not , at a certain point you got to sack up and stop worrying if he will blow up on someone elses squad and if nothing is better then he is rosterable.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: dammit!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Someone’s in the yup zone. It’s like the friend zone with even less chance of coitus.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: its the friend zone without hugs because of the incident

    • Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho says:
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      @Mostsuckass: can’t throw Rios away yet in deep leagues , assuming we’re both talking about pretty deep leagues here (16 and up, needing at least 4 OF).

  29. Bammers says:
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    Deep in a H2H points dynasty draft (pick 550ish). Planning on taking Joe Ross and Brandon Drury. With the talk that the Jays might sign Everth Cabrera, do I roll the dice on him instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  30. tomas says:
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    Awesome as always, thank you!
    Would you feel confident keeping an OF of Springer, Soler, Polanco, Calhoun, Joc?
    Or should I make a move for a more established guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues

  31. chrisL says:
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    No inflation or picks given up. Normal 12 team keeper league with OBP instead of AvG
    keep 3:
    Lucroy
    Soler
    Hanley Ramirez
    Michael Brantley
    Frazier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley Ramirez
      Michael Brantley
      Frazier

  32. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Grey hated that draft because he’s the master of in-season rosterbation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

  33. Jay says:
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    14 team league keeping kershaw, Sale, McCutchen, Adam Jones, Edwin, Cano, Arenado

    For my final keeper choose one:
    Baez, Dickerson, betts, Carassco, Sonny gray

    I’m 99.9% sure it’s not the pitchers. I’m also debating maybe not keeping Cano (?) and going Baez and Corey?
    thoughts? thanks internet bestie…
    (that key and Peele skit is one of my favorites, B-loc-kay…my name is Blaaaake)

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: sorry 12 tm, not 14

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, love that K&P skit… Dickerson

  34. jeff resnick says:
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    What about Ben Revere? Great source of steals and avg.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soon

  35. mauledbypandas says:
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    The demise of Werth makes Odin very sad

  36. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Hey fellas….if you wouldn’t mind, could I get you all to shout out some names of players that you consider high risk, moderately risky and low risk? I have my own ideas but I would like to get more of a cross section and filter out my biases. Looking for a list of about 20-50 players with a tag of low, medium, high risk assigned.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      L, M, H
      Beltre, Longo, Dickerson
      Donaldson, Hanley, Baez (every Cub hitter really)
      Trout, Arenado, Polanco
      Stanton, CarGonzalez, Souza

      Just some names that came to mind

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Albright!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @GhostTownSteve:
          Matt Shoemaker – medium
          Chris Archer – medium
          Jake OverEazy – medium
          Ryu – Low

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @J-FOH:

            Thanks JFOH

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: damn, why did I pay full price for mine!

      oh and HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  37. Big Nate says:
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    Here’s the trade offer….2015 auction value in ( )…

    I get: Dickerson ($13) and Joc Pederson ($0)

    I give: Hamels ($21) and Ross ($9)

    No brainer right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Big Nate says:
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        @Grey: Follow-up:

        What 3 other keepers do you hold onto from this list:

        Alex Wood ($10), Fiers ($13) Carrasco ($13) Springer ($14) Scherzer ($28)

        • Big Nate says:
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          @Big Nate: Add Fister ($15) to that list.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Scherzer, Springer, Carrasco

  38. dem ribbies says:
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    Hey Grey, great info as always! Happy to see Joc show up around the 50 mark.

    Have you published any guidance for auction leaguers about determining how much you should be willing to pay in auction price for a given player, provided overall team budget and roster composition?

    For example, In a 10 team points league, with 23 roster spots to fill, 4 of which are OF, and a $200 salary cap, how much are you willing to throw at Trout?

    Just curious if this is a gut/intuition/experience kind of call or if you have some guidance to share?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Auction prices come with the top 400

  39. cws05nuts says:
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    Which side:
    Kluber & Teheran for Scherzer

    Dynasty. Heavily heavily heavily skewed for pitching.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @cws05nuts: Kluber side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ted needs one!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Mazel Tov!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can see him in the chair being lifted by everyone

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: would his yamaka look like a baseball?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh my God yes, with little stitching… And his song would be Atomic Dog

  40. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    as an actual sub teacher that skit absolutely is on point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: only the ironic reverse, in that it’s the teacher who’s flipping out when the name is said wrong, instead of the student flipping out on you, even though their parents clearly used the exact wrong letters (either order or actual letters) in modern american english to make the sounds they want you to make when pronouncing them. After seeing enough of this, it’s actually quite curious to me just where these names even come from, i’m assuming there’s actually baby name books for these names (people almost certainly can’t very frequently just happen to not use their own language wrong in just such a way, as there isn’t a standard for just how these are wrong). AA-Ron i’m definitely trying next time i see an Aaron, just to see the reaction.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  41. Alan says:
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    Crisp isnt that far off Byrd right? Need speed and 2 years younger in dynasty. Dynasty, crisp > byrd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  42. Matt says:
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    Would you trade aj burnett for nathan? just lost doolittle. Other opton is roark or cliff lee for clippard

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Matt: Nooo.. SAGNOF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Nathan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  43. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    byrd already had one end of season type season, back 3 years ago, when he went from CUBS (after hitting like .180 with nothing other than singles) to BOS (as a 6th or 7th OF, and proceeded to do about the same, and only got playing time since they had at any time 5 OF injuries). In fact, this guy is highly likely to have been on a nelson cruz diet of living last year or 2, with not being caught luck thrown in.

  44. goodfold2 says:
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    went back into 2013 feb and march, looking for the last Razzball League post (inverse stats, worst players are best, not RCL’s), and i can’t find it. Maybe it was in January, or somewhere else. Really i’m just looking for the specs of them. I know they are points leagues that give pts for things that make you a bad player, getting lots of outs per at bat for hitters (with bad total bases when you do get hits), and getting as few outs as possible for pitchers (and allowing as many bases as possible when allowing baserunners also), but i don’t know the exact numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you go to Authors page and search old Vin posts, it will be there

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that was the problem, i was looking in your posts, wrongly thinking one of yours was the intro to it, but 2013 was the correct date. thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Ghost says:
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    Jump on my Polanco had 50 runs scored last year and you project him at 68????

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Ghost: didn’t he get called up after the year started, AND later get demoted? generally those things lead to less at bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m projecting him for more runs than Steamer or any other projections I’ve seen

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ghost: Big Magoo and Sky talk above about how there could be a logjam in Pittsburgh. Highly unlikely he gets anywhere near 600+ AB’s

      • Ghost says:
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        I read every post before posting. Snyder will get traded IF Polanco shows any signs odf sticking. Too much talent.

        • Ghost says:
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          TOLD You Snyder would get traded! Making room for Bell too!

  46. J-Dawg says:
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    Grey, I had Rios cheap once upon a time and gave him an extended contract based on his 2012 season. Got a couple of good years from him, but it was a 3-year deal. Now I have him at $24. I have some other keeper spots I’d like to use for some cheaper talent, but if I cut Rios, it’ll cost me 30% of his salary (lawyers don’t do math but I’ll do it here) so I have to eat $7 of salary cap space the whole year but then I’ll be done with Rios. Would you dump him and instead carry over like a $1 Vance Worley or a $5 Zunino? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the league size?

      • J-Dawg says:
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        @<a href="#[email protected]Grey: It’s a very large league actually. 11 teams but 48 roster spots. 8 starting OF/DH. It’s deeeeep.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold Rios

  47. J-FOH says:
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    I’ve got my 4th update on a player who lost weight. I guess they found a replacement for Adderall

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: white lipstick?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: I can only hope, the huffing look is back in

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tapeworms?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what I need!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you think you’re fat…you’re so Hollywood Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totes McGotes!

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @J-FOH: i forgot about that, surprised that hasn’t caught on yet with some women (like kelly kupur)

  48. Wake Up says:
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    Making calantro omelets…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: with sherrizo?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: just the way Kortni likesem

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: Ann can’t pronounce chorizo to save her life

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Happy Vegans: I have a hard time with most of the vegetarian chorizo because its not made by people who know how its suppose to taste. I am addicted to Cascique and Reynaldos Vegetarian chorizo. Real makers of chorizo making a vegetarian version of it.

              • Happy Vegans says:
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                @J-FOH: Combine that with ‘Beyond Eggs’ , a little salsa and some Alcilantro…

                Vegan breakfast heaven!!!

                btw, that has to be the second longest link I’ve ever seen… and the URL is long too.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Happy Vegans: I prefer eggs eggs, underdeveloped babies are just too delicious to pass up.

                  • Happy Vegans says:
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                    @J-FOH: Not bad for your choline production too.

                    “A normal fresh egg has a yellow yolk, a layer of thick albumen (egg white) surrounding the yolk, and a thinner layer of albumen surrounding that.”

                    I have nine other egg-factoids… where is Jef when you need him?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Happy Vegans: I don’t need snapple facts, I prefer humor and you just made this not funny

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @J-FOH: First, I agree. Second, they are more akin to a chicken period, exclamation point

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Wake Up: is that what it means when i get that little red dot in my eggs? The more you know

                  • Happy Vegans says:
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                    @J-FOH:

                    SHAZZAMMY SHERIZZO…

                    “The egg yolk or egg white may have red or brown specks in it. These “blood spots” and “meat spots” are harmless bits of tissue and are allowed in commercial Grade B eggs. If they look unappealing, the spots can be removed with a spoon or knife before cooking.”

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Happy Vegans: you’re really making me not look past your veganism any more

                  • Happy Vegans says:
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                    @J-FOH: BTW, thanks to legal zoomy dot com, “SHAZZAMMY SHERIZZO” is now a trademarked catch-phrase of the Happy Vegans and can only be used with the exclusive permission of NeverEnoughVeggies Enterprises. Please read the small print. Self-promotion never felt so nerdy.

                • Happy Vegans says:
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                  @Happy Vegans: HAHA… okay, sorry Mr. FOH. No more egg facts.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Happy Vegans: stick to the dick and fart jokes with old school punk rock mixed in. Keep the nerd stuff to the baseball

                    • Happy Vegans says:
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                      @J-FOH: isn’t it ironic (don’t you think) that a very high percentage of “punks” are some of the smartest MFs you’ll ever meet? Whoda thunk?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Happy Vegans: I think there are a lot who know a lot about what they like to know about. And they are really good at making their point.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J-FOH: since when do you have to be a total douche to be on a cooking show? Ann, check. Tyler, check. Flay, check.

              • Happy Vegans says:
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                @J-FOH: the perfect girl to take home to mother.

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @J-FOH: Doesn’t he play for the Cubs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arismendy Alcilantro?

      • Happy Vegans says:
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        @Grey: Does it get any better than vegan/veggie humor folks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t imagine

          • Happy Vegans says:
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            @Grey: ahh, the subtle sarcasm I’ve experienced in this thread over the past 1/2 hour is washing over and returning me to the back row of the high school classrooms and detention halls I experienced way too frequently.

            Thanks to all for the chuckles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRcyvBOWd2o

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Nice video

  49. Swfcdan says:
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    Know youre not the prospect guru but you are the greyt one. Got an offer in for the 3rd pick in upcoming prospect draft for Jesse Winker. It’s a raftee-free draft so Tomas and Rusney wont be available due to their age, helps keep future Abreu’s out.

    So 3rd pick would be one of Schwarber, Moncada, Rodon, A-Jax or Zimmer likely in that order. You prefer the pick to Winker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should ask Mike

  50. J-FOH says:
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    Pedroia announces he is not shriveled up any more. Have fun with that..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No longer a raisin!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: a shriveled sparky ankle biter? This stuff writes itself.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  51. Matt says:
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    How dumb would it be to trade lynn for boni and benoit? Lost doolittle and have deep SPs

    Thanks

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Matt: dont do it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, sounds okay

  52. Alex says:
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    Which side OR is it pretty fair?

    A: David Robertson, Austin Jackson, Bonifacio

    B: Alex Gordon, Tanner Roark, 5th rd dynasty pick (15 team 5×5 roto)

    Thank you

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Alex: B side

      • Wake Up says:
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        @nick the dick: You’re so underground…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  53. Corey says:
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    Of the three OF2’s I’m considering, you have them ranked like this: Cespedes, Kemp, Holliday.

    Would you revise that order for H2H leagues? You’d mentioned before that a guy like Holliday will get his numbers at the end of the year. That’s great consistency for roto leagues – I’m trying to pick the least streaky player so that I can have some week-to-week consistency.

    (This H2H league also has OPS as a category, which makes me wonder if Cespedes’ low OBP should move him down my ranks)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d draft them like that in H2H

  54. Dave says:
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    If you owned Doolittle in dynasty which trade would you rather do?

    Roark for Clippard

    or

    Lynn for Rondon or Storen

    Thank you in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lynn for Storen

  55. J-FOH says:
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    I have an uncomfortable addiction with the game show network, most especially the family feud,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never watched it, but I would watch Press Your Luck twelve hours a day every day

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: me too, but they don’t show it. I wanted to buy it for the wii. One of these days

        • nick the dick says:
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          @J-FOH: It started getting weird for a minute though with that terrible Wendy Williams one Love Triangle and some religious dating one they had. Looked bleak for a minute there. I do enjoy Idiotest sometimes.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: Feud is great as long as they stay away from the Al Borland hosted ones. Sometimes they do throw back and play old Match Game which is the best and Pyramid. I’ve seen Press Your Luck not too long ago, on once in a blue. And not the newer one they did which was awful.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: I love baggage with Jerry Springer hey di you check out the hip hop cut I posted?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: Looove Baggage….yeah I checked it out. Not the greatest flow but love the beat and the samples

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: its solid though and it fits the beat. I also like when I can understand everything they are saying. The classic style will rise again

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J-FOH: I understand what everyone says, thats neither here nor there. Ya know what style I like? Style that switches up

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @nick the dick: we agree to disagree but its no fun when we do. I just have to respect when guys do their own thing and aren’t afraid to not be like everyone else.

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: As do I. I didnt say I didnt like it, just wasnt the greatest flow is all. It was good. Just meant it isnt classic flow or bust, I like a bit of every style. I’m also a harsher lyric critic than you, mostly I think we agree.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @nick the dick: absolutely, you are harsher than me, I go beats first an then to flow second. Like this track here, I would love to see someone else rhyme over it but like what they did…dammnit, I can’t find it online. It’s wildchilds track off we came from beyond2

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: I like the vast majority of underground stuff you throw out there.

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH:Ya I need the lyrics more than anything but love me a nice old school beat and some dope samples, if u show me something like that it’s a win tho cuz its still definitely worth listening to so I disagree that we disagree. I can’t see, or can’t imagine, a man who ain’t a lover of beats or a fan of scratching! Na u havent shown me Cholo dad, I’ll try to find that other one and listen to that link in a bit, been dickin around on Razzball at work, time to buckle down!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @nick the dick: cholo dad is a very LA song…am I right?!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: Didn’t listen yet but I will

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: Alright, screw this job. I need to hear Cholo Dad!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: Very dope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any relation to J. Lo?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: nah, but what do you think for something with an old school flavor. I like it

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: I’m feeling the second guy’s flow

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: me too, love the beats and the regis/don rickles sample thrown in there

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was okay, you should manage him

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: hey I’m too busy being the razz recruiter and working to expand the product

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Good answer!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: nice family feud answer to my answer.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, survey says!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: It will be a theme to a post this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  56. nick the dick says:
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    We haven’t talked TC yet….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, not yet… BTW, have you heard the new Wu album? Any good?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: We’ll talk TC later…nah havent heard the Wu but I got Ghostfaces new album 16 Seasons which is a sequel to his last one 12 reasons to die. First one was okay, awesome Rza beats, but this new one is real dope. Has Kool G Rap and AZ on 5 or 6 tracks each. Story-type album.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, I’ll check out that one then (was looking for something new to listen to)… If you have any other tips, I’m all ears (pun noted)…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Ha the pun master! yeah 12 reasons to die is a bit weird but you might like it. I’d imagine you would like 16 seasons. As far as new stuff i’m not sure off the top of my head really but you could always go and listen to some Chino you havent heard! I’d give I Told You So a whirl and then finish Ricanstruction if you can find the first disc somewhere. I also think you should listen to that Celph Titled album I yammered about a while back, you’d like it. I’ll keep my ears open on some other stuff too. Also the newest Demigodz album is pretty good, called Killmatic….

            Chino- http://youtu.be/fGLDM7bU1pA

            Demigodz- http://youtu.be/aBBRoJVs45E

            Demigodz with Rugged (posted before, not sure if u listened)- http://youtu.be/fRbY4mN7Gs0

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Great stuff, thanks! I’m gonna give Celph and Chino another whirl…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: yeah Chino’s 4 albums are worth going through: I Told You So, Ricanstruction, Here To Save You All, and Poison Pen, go with that order probably, although there are certain awesome songs from all of em…I love that Rugged verse in the Caveman song there, overall Demigodz album is pretty good stuff….try the Ghostface stuff after, it’s a little out there, he lost his flow a bit but the cool beats and theme makes up for it

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: could also start on some Jedi Mind Tricks, Violent By Design is the best one

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I downloaded Run with Jewels newest, anything to it?

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Haven’t heard about that. I guess you let me know this time!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Honestly didn’t even know there was a new Wu album. Last one 8 Diagrams was so-so.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I haven’t liked one since Wu-Tang Forever, was wondering if you had heard the newest

    • Wake Up says:
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      @J-FOH: I missed that.

      Have to say I still prefer good ole Ina, even though Jeffrey doesn’t, and she doesn’t know it…

      She comforts me in a way that is similar to this Gandhi-Bot (No offense intended to Gandhi or web robots)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, haven’t seen it

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: its a pretty entertaining show. Not on that much anymore. You tube it, her stuff is easy to make

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

    • nick the dick says:
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      @J-FOH: HA nice, coming straight out the Black Lagoon!

  57. nick the dick says:
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    Who’s ready for a good ol’ fashioned New England blizzard??

  58. goodfold2 says:
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    just noticed there were 6 Razzball leagues in 2013, then none since! I’m hoping this makes filling just one league fairly easier than I originally thought. In case anybody doesn’t know what a Razzball league is, it’s a H2H pts league where the worst players are the best players (like in Razz poker (inverse 7 Card stud), it’s inverse fantasy baseball). Here’s now the points shake out:
    Hitters: AB = 1 pt
    K = 2
    hits = -3
    runs = -4
    RBI = -4
    homers = -6
    Pitchers: earned run allowed = +1.5
    hit or walk allowed = +1
    homer allowed = +4
    loss = +8
    inning pitched = -1
    strikeout = -1

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: anybody interested say so, i know baseball isn’t open yet in Yahoo, but i’ll take down the contact info and send invites when I can.

  59. Tehol Beddict says:
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    DOMONIC!!!!!!!!!! Its has been written! Grey’s on board. get ready for the resurgence

  60. Traderron says:
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    Hey Grey, why do you have to see things so Black and White? Breathe man if you get my drift and just stick to the sports related jokes. See Blackmon.

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