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I have a general question for those that attended the conference: how well are the ML organizations represented there? Do many of the teams have representatives attend the conference?
My team should have power. Given that, sounds like Eaton has the higher floor and would be a safer play for my team. Very helpful. Thanks.
PECOTA has some nice things to say about Starling Marte and Adam Eaton, though neither made your lists. What do you expect from them this season, and which do you think has more value?
Ichiro is a somewhat iconic player. The numbers may not be overwhelming but they are defensible. That combination gets him in easy. Agree with the comments above - first ballot.
The Tigers should have a DH playing at least 7 defensive positions by then, maybe 8. Hard to see anyone beating that squad.
General question for the fantasy staff - is someone going to pick up Marc's series of fantasy tiers columns? Was always a nice summary of much of the information on this site heading into the drafting season, with a few personal opinions thrown in.
I'm only half-joking here, a joke that isn't really all that funny if one's a fan of the Tigers, but for an organization that's made a habit of carrying the Mudhen Of The Week on its roster over Leyland's tenure I'll believe they can't find the additional roster spot for a useful platoon player when I see it.
Didn't Rickey Henderson once miss a game due to frost bite from falling asleep with an ice pack on his foot? I miss Rickey. I think Rickey misses Rickey too.
Surprised to see how much better (though still not exactly good) Target Field is compared to Oakland for homerun power. The way the Twins hitters whine about the dimensions there I was expecting to find that comment in error, or at least negligible. Not so. And wow, SF really kills power. Not even close last year between AT&T and #29 (KC).
This is something to behold. Of course, the Braves have seen two of their more effective starters miss most of the second half. That doesn't explain the disparity relative to their peripherals, but they don't have as talented a roster now as they did for most of the season. I'm trying to remember if the Mets had any major injury problems when the Phillies ran them down....
In the video replay I could swear he tagged him. In the still shots, particularly the second set, I still think he tagged him, but I guess I'm not 100% sure. It is possible that the glove was slightly above the leg, swept through and never actually applied the tag. I have no idea if the play would have been upheld or not if there was replay officiating. I have been surprised numerous times, in both directions, by replay decisions in the NFL. I do believe the catcher had an opportunity to make a more clear tag, removing the ambiguity.
I think I read recently that Izzy is 7 saves short of 300 for his career. That may also be reason to insert him into the closer's role, at least for a time. Not saying it's a good reason but the Mets may try to give him his day.
Count me in on Vargas too. The Padres and Twins are awful in general, and particularly against left-handed pitching. The argument against him, I guess, is that he pitches to contact so if you have an innings or start limit you're eating into that without the K's, potentially. But even that wouldn't appear to be enough to move him from the "consider" to the "sit" category.
Wow, Chipper Jones doesn't even make one-star status. Not saying I want him on my fantasy team but as a Braves fan that's fairly depressing.
Is there a similar trend for the Super Bowl? The NFL would have the same competition for eyes, though the one game championship setting which helps position the event as a de facto national holiday may change the equation.
Anyone know how likely the A's are to excercise their option on Coco Crisp, or what type free agent he would be? Could be an upgrade for Atlanta without the hefty price tag of a Crawford or Werth.
Curious about the Chipper/Rice comparision as well. Isn't Chipper much more highly regarded by both the writers and statheads alike? And with good reason given he was easily, very easily, the more valuable player.