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add Kelly Johnson to the mix. Wondering if hes Cano insurance or the Yankees might actually have a usable bench player this year. Also maybe instead of signing Cano they package Gardner and a blocked prospect to the Reds for Phillips.
Would the arrow be UP or SIDEWAYS for Leonys Martin? Now with Gentry gone he should get some of the starts vs. LHP while that would hurt his BA/OBP it should add a few runs and steals.
RIP Kevin. Gone but not forgotten.
This list has plus-plus #Sparkle and Plus #Rig.
Yan Gomes: Plus good back story, he's the 1st Brazilian to play in the majors.
Nate Freiman: Jewish, what a mensch! Wonder what damage he could have wrought if the 'Stros kept him. Minute Maid would fit nicely w/ his swing.
Will be interested to see how high the top pitcher will go. Assuming it's Kershaw (w/ Wainwright close behind).
124 pts? is it 5x5 14-teamer?
Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera: so we have another source to argue about with them.
I always liked Hee Sop Choi. I was interested in seeing him
Why is Tommy Hunter considered the Jim Johnson insurance and not Darren O'Day?
What about Jackie Bradley? I know he was listed at #80 in the preseason, while he didn't impress in his first stint at Boston, he looked better in his short 2nd go-around. He seems like a high floor/ low ceiling guy.
Thoughts on Jason Grimm facing MAriners and Astros?
Tyler Jordan: Honorable Mention?
Why did Casey Janssen get moved down?
Any update on the NYC event?
Interesting article. Mike, makes me wonder about the other side of the coin, about the first team to "go all in", my gut is they tend to win more because they get close to the best players out there and for the longest time, also interested based on the current standing of a team when they go all in, fodder for another column?
I heards Parks answered by saying, "Lindor."
thanks. Really helpful article. Now what about Dillon Gee?
how long is Danny Hultzen out for? an chance he gets a call-up in the 2nd half?
Ryan Westmoreland and Rocco Baldelli: Two players from Rhode Island. Maybe the island is cursed? Or Paul Konerko has stolen their health for himself?
well i'm sure the Rays agree w/ the Face Palm over not taking Posey.
wondering what some of your hits & misses have been over the past 5 years. Like did you take Matusz where the ORioles did or did you pass on Hosmer for him? What about Sonny Gray?
man I had that in paperback from m HS years. I bet it's buried in some storage box. I will be getin the new-edition e-book.
ok, both of my leagues allow only for weekly transactions and wondering if this is workable for that I guess the Home/road is easier given Lefty/righty there is a greater chance for last minute pitching changes. Using the home/ road wonder how I would work it if each team is home for part of the week and on the road for the ther. would the answer be to start the player whose road series is at the better pitcher's park?
Paul, what about Yonder Alonso. he had prett solid power numbers, especially at Petco. with the fences being moved wondering how man if any of his doubles, become HR.
Jason Bay, ummm Larry Walker and Joey Votto!
how about Pro. Parks stepping up and contributing his All-Texas team? they could battle California for the title of Best Burrito and Ohio fo the Chili Bowl title.
Not a converted releiver, but wondering your thoughts of Lynn vs. Vogelsong.
For the league total. i can't imagine a leage were each team has 200 keepers.
Figure a league with 10-12 teams, then a shallow league would have about 3 keepers per team, medium would have 5-6, Deep about 9 keepers. AL/NL only: about 60. and super deep 15-20.
Kevin congrats on being re-united with Up & IN man-crush Jose Altuve.
Are he Mariners sending Hultzen to the AFL? I would think that they might want to rest him and not put him in such a strong hitting environment.
Here's hoping the next entry in the series is the other Beckham of the 2008 Draft.
If I recall from a Rchmond Braves set of cards I had, Eichelberger's name is even more awesome becasue the card said it was Juan Tyrone Eichelberger III, how 'bou that!
I rememeber sitting in the LF Bleachers for a Yankees-Mariners ALCS game (2000 I think), and one of the greatest chants ever, "Halaaaaaaa-mma, I slept with your Maaaaaa-mma!" (and John Halama is from Brooklyn, his mom was probably in the stadium)
"It says 'Breakfast Any time', I'll have Eggs in the Age of Enlightenment."
"I should have said Rennaissance"
"Here are your eggs Voltaire."
With Dominguez gettign the call right to the Majors, does that mean the Astros are going to move Johnson to 1B and play Dominguez at 3B. or wil lthere be nother roster move and the return of Brett Wallace to play 1B?
love the series. How abou the Yankees killer B's: Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances. Also love to see one on Dominic Brown.
what about Derek Holland? I think given his Jeckyll & Hyde tendencies he might be an interestign palyer to tackle for this column. On the position player side: Daniel Espinosa.
Could we dip the Slim-jims into the Communal Cheese?
Also I'm calling dibs on "Communal Cheese" for my Fantasy Baseball team name for 2012.
Questions about your optimal lineup construction from "The Book":
why bat your 5th best hitter 3rd instead of your 3rd or 4th best hitter? I am assuming it's to prevent the lineup from being too top heavy?
The other is why in the AL you bat your worst hitter 9th and in the NL you bat the pithcer (your worst hitter) 8th? Is this because of just how bad pitchers are at hitting that it becomes optimal to bat them 9th, and at what point would the worst hitter on an AL team have to be for it to be optimal to bat them 8th and not 9th?
What makes the baseball playoffs great was always the simplicty of them. As the number of teams increase the sport gets closer to the NHL, where a hot goalie can lead an 8th seed to Stanley Cup finals; in baseaball the equivlent of the "hot goalie" is the hot starter (or two). The larger the playoffs the more diluted both the regular season and post-season product becomes. By exapnding the palyoffs, Selig is firing shots at the Golden Goose, the more shots he takes, at some point he's going to kill it.
wow the Astros playoff chances are the same as Bluto's gpa in "Animal House." Wondering what team hit sub-0.1% in playoffs odds the fewest games into the season.
Johnny Damon: Passion of the Christ, based mainly on his 2004 look.
As a Yankees fan who subscribed to Baseball America in high school I eagerly await the Brien Taylor entry, even Mike Kelly who went #2 that year could make the list.
Other players I'd like to see: Tyler Houston, Andy Marte, Brooks Kieschnick, and maybe Jeffrey Hammonds. I thought he was going to be a breakout star.
Negro Leaguer Max Manning was known as Dr. CYCLOPS, and there was STORM Davis. While not superhero, but movie monster, Hideki Matsui as GODZILLA. Rex Hudler was "Wonder Dog" and my two favorites: Mike Epstein: SUPER JEW. And Antonio Afonseca should be Dr. Octopus, he was known as the Octopus.
Also the Green Bay Bullfrogs are the Northwoods League, which is probably the #2 Collegiate Summer League, behind only the Cape Cod League. Yes that's even more tenuous than saying Columbus, Ohio has pro football & basketball because of OSU, but it's something.
I remember about 3 yrs ago, there was a Fantasy Baseball event at Housing Works w/ Sam Walker and Ron Shandler. Another great bookstore in NYC for events is Strand, they had a great one for the writers of the new Free Darko book for all you hoop fans out there.
Billy Beane Didn't Write Moneyball and other corrections of Joe Morgan.
"Sheehan My Dad Says"
"Tuesdays With Torii"
Could Beltran have a degenerative condition in his knee simillar to what Bo Jackson had with his hip? This is based on nothing other than my recollections of the the aftermath of Bos' surgery/ rehab.
Really? I agree with Kendrick. But regarding Weeks vs. Prado, I'd have to say it's a draw. Prado might have a better chance than Weeks to put up a solid season, but Weeks has a better chance to put up an excellent season than Prado. I haven't checked, but I'd venture to guess that the high-end projection for Weeks is is better than the high end projection for Prado.
Where do you meet? Big Curling buff in NYC. currently "between" jobs, so looking forward to the 123.5 hours of curling.
I'll take 19.3. was thinking 18.8 but saw it was taken, so i'l ladd another half mil to it.
Gameday Audio is and has been $15 for the entire year and you get every game and both home and road radio broadcasts. I have had it on my computer and nothing gets me through work faster than being able to an afternoon game feed going on as a I work. Especially love getting Scully or Uecker in the afternoon.
actually so are the Marlins. The stadium was privately financed by then owner Joe Robbie, thus it was initially named after him. Not sure if any government monies have been used on the stadium since.
I\'m also a huge fan of Junior\'s Cheese Cake. They also deliver.