How much does the Rangers giving up Yu Darvish for Willie Calhoun play into their wont to play Calhoun?  Bigly, not bigly yet, bigly soon, or, like a chicken piccata’s side, big leek.  Therein lies the sun, moon, and stars of Willie Calhoun’s value for 2018 fantasy baseball.  My thoughts on this is you don’t trade a guy that is the face of your franchise like Yu for a guy who’s not going to play, but — and this is a Kardashian-sized but — Darvish was due to be a free agent, so maybe it doesn’t matter.  How’s that for landing on one side or the other?  Honestly, I don’t know, but the Rangers need to move towards the future and their outfield has room for Calhoun.  Why does any of this matter?  Cause Calhoun’s so butter I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter can’t tell the difference between him and butter, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’s “butter or not butter” radar is as fine-tuned as you’re going to find.  So, let’s speak on him as if playing time is all but assured.  So, what can we expect from Willie Calhoun for 2018 fantasy baseball?

If Giancarlo’s name wasn’t monopolizing all of my Trapper Keeper’s cover space, Willie Calhoun and a bunch of hearts would be all over it.  I’m a little bummed he won’t be playing 2B (likely) any time soon, because I have the perfect comparison.  Gonna put it out there for you anyway, Jonathan Schoop.  Schoop, there it is!  It’s not exactly analogous due to walk rates, physical builds and Ks, but it’s close enough.  I will call him Horseshoe And/Or Hand Grenade Schoop.  I can’t figure out a way Calhoun doesn’t hit at least 25 HRs and .280 in the majors for many years.  He’d have to be one of the bigger busts — hey, Billy Butler, not that kind of bust — in a long time to come up short of those projections.  In Double-A in 2016, he hit 27 HRs and .254 with an unlucky (for him) BABIP.  Turned around all of it last year, literally and figuratively, with 31 HRs and a .300+ average in Triple-A.  The steals are sadly about as present as they are in Schoop’s game.  Calhoun *might* steal three bases in a good year.  Asterisks for emphasis, not aesthetics.  Calhoun looks like the makings of someone very special, and will(ie) make the Dodgers regret their trade for a long time.  For 2018, I’m going to be aggressively after Calhoun.  He’s likely going to be one of those guys I draft in all leagues and simply drop in shallower leagues if the Rangers do something stupid like hold him down until June.  My projections for Willie Calhoun are 66/21/71/.277/1 in 434 ABs, which is very conservative.

  1. Long Bawls says:
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    Jeff Banister: Willie or Won’t’e? Eh, never mind. There are too many Willie questions in the news as is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Isn’t there a Wont’e Hightower in football?

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: There’s only room for one fantasy sport where I am; this basement ain’t the TARDIS!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  2. Joel says:
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    Nice write-up, Grey. I have Calhoun in a long-term keeper league (up to 6 years), but I only have three spots available and five potential keepers. So, early thoughts… who would you lean towards keeping out of Calhoun, Ian Happ, Joey Gallo, Brad Zimmer, and Jimmy Nelson? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Zimmer, and maybe not Nelson, depending on his injury

  3. FrankGrimes says:
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    Are you watching the series? Fun!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, great series so far… I went to the 1st game, the shortest game in like playoff history, too bad they didn’t charge me by the minute…

  4. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Ric Flair 30 for 30 is going to be LIT…as the kids say.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I CAN’T EVEN — when’s it on?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: November 7th

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I usually wait until the 30 for 30s hit Hulu or Netflix, but I might actually DVR this one live

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: I’m picking up my jail broken firestick today! Pumped.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dude, dude, DUDE, firesticks are like $30 new

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Or, guess you’re probably against that stuff huh?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nah, I’m not against it, but isn’t it like $30?

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: But it’s jailbroken. Get EVERYTHING for free. Like, movies that are currently in the theater, Pay per view, every single show from every station. Need to put a program on it before you use it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh! Well, in that case… I didn’t realize that’s what jailbroken meant… Now I’m intrigued! How does someone like little ol’ me get something like that?

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: Apparently it’s easy to do, my brother was going to get someone to do it, but just did it himself. Illegal but easy.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ugh, my conscience is now nagging in my ear… Quiet, Cougs!

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      I’ll let you know how my conscious feels after I watch IT or the new Thor tonight in 4K

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh my God, you are the literal devil on my shoulder… Prolly old person question, but what I don’t get is how you can see movies that are in a theater, there’s apps that show them?

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Honestly have no clue. I know you don’t even use the Amazon interface. Some Kodi program, then you just search for whatever you want.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You lost me again, a Kodi program?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: The jailbreak is the apps being available.

                Plays into his wont to not pay for his streaming.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I see now, I had no idea… That’s amazing…. I want (!) a taste of that, it is my wont….

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: You and your wants and wonts!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wonky: the act of abusing the words wont/want

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: They say you learn something everyday.

                      Today’s lesson: Wont, a word.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Happy to edumucate…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      One that always gets me, crepuscular — not a bad word!

  5. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Let’s say you’re at a World Series game, the opposing team hits a homer, you catch it. Your friend then rips the ball out of your hand and throws it back onto the field.

    Do you:
    A. Find the closest blunt object and smash him?
    B. Jump onto the field, get your ball back and give Yuli Gurriel a hug?
    C. Tell your friend he owes you $12,000, and an unlimited IOU for free nut punches for the rest of his days.
    D. Be cool with it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve thought about this, that reaction was funny, but it was one of like 500 balls hit into the stands, and didn’t win a game or anything, so I’m not sure you’d be able to get that much for it… I would watch for other balls being sold, take that price — maybe $500-1000 — and tell the friend he owes me that much or never talk to him again…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: how come no one is bringing up how easy it was to take it away. Ball must have been slippery, like he couldn’t grip it properly

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, I wondered that too… A part of the guy who had the ball taken from him must’ve thought it was a good idea to throw it back otherwise he would’ve held on… I would’ve been like “From my cold dead hands…”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I was just thinking he was gripping it like a slider….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bill Miller wanted to call it a strike

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: 330 feet outside the normal strike zone is too much. He draws the line at 327

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… if it wasn’t for him, the game would be tied at 30 and still going on…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: If he was consistent with his zone it would of been 6-5 and done in 9. But really I’m not bitter. It was a great game. All time classic. As my dad reminded me and I remind others to quote a Bronx tale, “Mickey Mantle don’t care about you”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed… I’d like to see the Dodgers win, but that was a hell of game… you know if it went another inning the Dodgers would’ve scored again…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: I’m all the ways people blame the ump you just can’t do that. Between the goof on the tag up against Josh Reddicks rubber arm, guys striking out looking with 3-2 counts and Roberts not reading his starter or his pen and you have enough reasons. They blew it in game 2 as well. It’s hiw it goes. As they always say good teams find ways to win tough games. And both are good teams that’s why it went to extra innings and why it’s been an epic dog fight. Regardless of the outcome both teams can easily play again next year. No flukes here from either side

                    • Grey

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                      Definitely, great series either way… I still go back to Hill being lifted so early in the 2nd game, because that caused a cascade effect of people needing to throw in the bullpen way more than they were capable of… Of course, that would’ve been alleviated if Kershaw throws his usual 7 IP gem…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Or Darvish and his 1.2 innings

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that too… they’re at the point of this were a regular season game they’d throw someone for 7 IP, 6 ER and just take the loss…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I wouldn’t be surprised to see a phantom injury to fields and Ryu get added to the roster

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Or for Puig to pitch an inning

  6. J-FOH says:
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    Narcos needs to be renamed. Season 1 & 2 should be called the rise and fall of Pablo. Season 3, which is the best needs to be called the Pena files or Viva Pena. Something but this season is so good. Down to my last two episodes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Season 3 is awesome, right? It’s almost like the burden of telling Pablo’s story was lifted and they were able to just tell a good crime story…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: we got the big name out of the way but now we’re getting into the real meat and potatoes. I like that Don Berna made an appearance. That Gordito is so loveable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So great, agreed… I was worried there wouldn’t be anything for them to cover, so pleasantly surprised…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: there is so much to work with. I can’t wait til they jump to a Mexico version of the show… I’m assuming they are

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s gotta be next season… then they can go for 10 seasons on Mexico…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Ciudad Juarez will just be ten episodes of people dying in every conceivable way.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hahaha… Tijuana could be a whole season too

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    So many stories. You also have Bolivian cartels to tell about too

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      On a side note, I forget if I told you to watch Peaky Blinders, or if you have already, but you should… And a new season is coming next month…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: haven’t seen that one and now I’m done with episode 10! I wonder if Pena’s dad taught him the finger man?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, Olmos was as underused as the Boardwalk Empire guy but it was nice to see him…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh and watch Peaky Blinders next

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: I usually need a day to decompress from a show. I’ll probably surf around Hulu and start up tomorrow or wednesday

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, same, I still haven’t jumped into Tin Star, prolly this week, maybe after World Series ends

  7. Member Berries says:
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    1.18 team H2H keeper (keep all)

    thoughts on moving Springer and Archer for Giancarlo ?
    (i feel as if Archer will finally live up to the hype if he is off my team)

    2. re: throwing back HR ball

    person who caught the ball said she wanted to throw it back. i hear her brother in law (guy who ripped it and threw – and got a blister from throwing it) will have to give up his autographed Nolan Ryan ball and bat. steep price if he personally got it autographed

    3. after doing such a good job of managing the roster, how did the dodgers lose their bullpen advantage by adding McCarthy and Stripling to their roster?!

    • Grey

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      I’d take Giancarlo 2. re: blister — Sounds like Rich Hill caught the ball 3. Right?! Speaking of Hill, he should’ve stayed in the game when he pitched, that was the beginning of the end of the bullpen… Way too taxed in a short period of time…

      • Member Berries says:
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        @Grey:

        watching Morrow come in and not have it really sucked to watch. almost like waving a towel.

        I really thought Jensen would get out of it but had he gotten out of it, who would they have gone to in the 13th?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, wish they would’ve went with Cingrani over Morrow… Morrow was just so spent it was silly he was out there..:

  8. A.A. Ron Rodgers says:
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    Keeper League, someone’s aggressively pursuing my $1 Willie (Calhoun). Offering his $1 Ryan McMahon…I’m not in love with the offer, but in a deep keeper league, what’s commensurate value for Calhoun on the trade market?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want more

      • A.A. Ron Rodgers says:
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        @Grey: How does this deal strike you: my $1 Will and $12 Mazara for his $1 Acuna and $10 Dahl

        Is that enough to get the deal done?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Will?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Calhoun? I’d take Acuna

  9. J-FOH says:
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    Have your watched hand of god on Amazon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, haven’t heard anything about it

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Its got Ron Perlman. I like him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, yeah, he’s solid, I like Sons of Anarchy (most of it at least)…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Sons was a solid show but super predictable. Isnt Perlman a Jew?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              With a name like Perlman, I think he has to be. May as well be named Ron Jewelry.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: must be a Flemish Jew

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wonder if she’s just saying that now, if she really would’ve thrown it back…

  10. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Problem, can’t find anything in HD or 4K. Might have to pay like $4 a month for some other service. Def can find anything though, just not good quality.

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      Check that, I was just getting greedy…not 4K but they are good enough quality.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Isn’t when you pay — even as low as $4 — the point when they captured you?

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Ha probably, I don’t understand this shit either. Think it’s similar to all those bit-torrent sites people rip movies from. Once again, never did that, just going off what I’ve heard ppl talk about.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m clueless on most of it, but have used Pirate Bay for British shows that just never were released here or I didn’t want to wait nine months…

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