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  1. 59 minutes ago, 89Topps said:


    Players typically keep quiet about that kind of stuff. Maybe I just missed it, but I don't recall many Patriots players speaking out about Aaron Hernandez.


    That said, if a player did something that heinous, they'd probably be banned by the MLB and not even appear on the ballot.

    During his career, Schilling won both the Roberto Clemente award:

    “The Roberto Clemente Award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”

    As well as the Lou Gehrig Memorial award:

    “The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exhibits the character and integrity of Lou Gehrig, both on the field and off it.”

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  2. 7 hours ago, Football Enthusiast said:

    5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

    I copied this from the BBWAA Hall of Fame election rules page.


    Appears to be for players, not if they hurt someone’s feelings on the internet after retiring.

    Either way, I love those who vote for Clemens, not Schilling. Kinda telling on themselves when they won’t vote for scumbag Curt, but will vote for Roger, who had an affair with a 15 year-old when he was 28. Statutory rape- ok. Yikes. 

  3. 3 hours ago, KingJoffrey said:


    Aquino never really even got a chance this year.  Already in the pre-season there was talk about him not making the team.  He's an ok defensive Outfielder and they had the DH.  Reds handled their situation poorly.  Because of skepticism on Aquino he could have been bought for 1 dollar.  I'd love to see the same skepticism on Randy.  Nevertheless, it appears he is batting 3rd right after meadows and Lowe.  That's a plumb placed to hit for RBI's.

    Agreed. I don’t think he’s Aquino. Aquino isn’t good. I was simply stating the reasoning wasn’t great.

    Arozarena has a chance to be a very solid bat. I’m guessing he’ll go somewhere around round 10, and could provide solid value.

  4. 10 minutes ago, tonycpsu said:

    Teoscar isn't some quad-A guy, though.  He was a top 10-ish prospect in a loaded system who has shown a pretty consistent power/speed profile even as he's worked through issues with plate discipline.  He's unlikely to repeat the .348 BABIP, but the increased LD% and his Statcast hard hit numbers point to at least some of the BABIP growth being real.

    If he hits .230-.240 like he did in his first couple of seasons, he's a bust.  If he can hit .270 because of the aforementioned batted ball changes and flirt with 30/15 in a full season, I think that's a nice profit.  There's going to be a guy in every room reaching for the brass ring, and if you went reasonably safe in the first three rounds (looks like that guy went Freeman, Kershaw, Abreu, Teoscar) I think it's a perfectly fine roll of the dice.

    Yeah, there’s some upside there. But he’s a .245/33/7 guy per 162 ( a bump in SB w/TOR is possible), but in general I’d simply say he’s the same guy he was in June. And if he was an undrafted free agent in many leagues this past season, I have a hard time moving him into the 4th round.

  5. 1 hour ago, turner46 said:

    Round 4

    1. Brandon Woodruff
    2. Eloy Jimenez
    3. Trent Grisham
    4. Tyler Glasnow
    5. Rafael Devers
    6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
    7. Starling Marte
    8. Luke Voit
    9. Ozzie Albies
    10. Cavan Biggio
    11. Eric Hosmer
    12. Blake Snell
    13. Keston Hiura
    14. Teoscar Hernandez
    15. George Springer

    Is this the first vast overreaction to the 60 game sample size?


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  6. 1 hour ago, Light Tower Power said:

    Fantasy players think the DH is good because all their turd hitters get a chance that might not otherwise get a chance. All it does is add more parity to offense making everyone more inter-changeable in the end. Unless you play in really deep leagues that is.


    This isn’t a push just in fantasy. Most people don’t want to watch the “best” of hitting pitchers hit .177 with a .500 OPS. 
    Also allows me to enjoy great starting pitchers more because they’re not being pinch hit for in a tight game because they can’t hit.

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  7. 11 minutes ago, TheNephilim said:

    Sorry if this is a repost.  I can’t find another thread but I imagine it has to have happened to others who use ESPN.   In my 14 team roto ESPN league ( I’m commish) , the scoring for pitching in the final standings reverted to all ties for ERA and WHIP thereby giving everyone 7.5 pts. This is obviously an error.    This changed the final standings and is flat incorrect.    I assumed it would fix and was simply a glitch.  It hasn’t been fixed and I don’t see any clear contact info for ESPN but a bunch of nonsense faqs.      Anyone else have this happen?  I’m holding leaguesafe until glitch fixes.   

    I’m guessing it’s because no one hit the innings limit. Might have to reset and then see if it refreshes the standings.

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  8. He’s been a 115 wRC+ hitter (15% above average) as a 20 and 21 year-old. He seems to be holding his own very well, and I’m really not sure what the expectations are. Yes, he is not Juan Soto or Mike Trout. But those are the exceptions to the rule. No one is.

    Based on his MiLB batting profile, I still expect some .310+/40+ HR in his future. Will that happen at 22? Not sure. But I’m fairly confident he will be a 140+ wRC+ hitter before long. 

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  9. Also 3rd win in 5 season for me in my keeper. While the championship counts, there is definitely an * in my point total. I finished with 87 total points, with second and 3rd finishing at 59.5 and 58, respectively. That is the highest point total to end a season ever but just like if someone had hit .400 in a 60 game “season,” it can’t be viewed as the same.

    So not the grind we’re used to, but a lot of fun maneuvering the bizarre road. Looking forward to what is hopefully back to “normal” next year. 

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  10. 4 minutes ago, NoHablaIngles said:


    I think people are forgetting Yelich is coming off Knee surgery. I think he will come back strong next year. Bellinger, I too am less confident but he's still a worthy first round talent in my opinion

    Bellinger’s average was a fluke last season, but his 162 game average through this, his age 24 season, is .273/39 HR/14 SB (and 200+ RBI/runs). And as that lineup is currently constructed, he’s an easy top 10 pick. As a bonus, getting 10+ SBs out of your 1B is super valuable.

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  11. 8 minutes ago, Fbaseballgod said:


    I would be afraid to take them in the early first round.  Late first round or early second round I would be willing to take the risk, probably, especially with Yelich.  

    Yes I think both go 7-12. Both great talents. While Yelich may feel a little safer, I think the Dodgers lineup makes up for it. 

  12. 1 hour ago, B&F said:

    Yellich and Bellinger 2nd round.  Machado and Harper slide in at bottom.

    Otherwise that is what I have.



    This is the type of overreaction to a 60 game sample size I was hoping to see. Hoping my leaguemates do the same. Can’t wait to capitalize! 

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  13. 29 minutes ago, FootballFan101 said:


    I didn't say solely.  Obviously there's lot of other decisions and factors as well.  However, the point is that if Mookie Betts had had his normal average season over the past 5 years last year, I would have won my league.  That's not speculation, that's a fact.

    I don't see how you can say Betts was "great" last year.  Ranking 14th in ESPN (15th in Yahoo) isn't what owners hope for from someone who had a #2 ADP last year and finished as the top overall player in both 2016 and 2018.  And most of his production came in one category: runs scored.  He was very disappointing in the other 4 categories.  Take a look at his 2019 page.  I was far from the only manager who was fed up with Mookie last year. 

    Oh, I’m well aware there were many other irrational owners last year as well. Not just you.

    Truth is, I bet there’s many who took Mookie this year at 4 and are disappointed and losing their league because he’s not even top 5. What a bum.

  14. 13 minutes ago, FootballFan101 said:


    Well, I said I'd come back at the end and admit I wrong if Bettis was a top 20 player this year, so I'll eat crow now and admit I was wrong.

    I couldn't have been more disappointed owning Betts last year.  I thought I was getting a 5 cat stud in his prime in a great lineup in a greater hitter's park, and he ended up being very mediocre in 4 of the 5 categories.  Considering I lost my roto money league by 1.5 points, Betts' down year cost me my league.  Seeing Betts bounce back and do great this year only adds to my disappointment with Betts last year.

    I appreciate you coming back, but you’re still way off base. Mookie was 14th on the ESPN player rater last season, and is currently 6th. This isn’t a perfect measure, but point: He was great both seasons. And certainly you realize that small gap wasn’t what cost you the league last year, at least alone. There were probably plenty of players/decisions made that ultimately made the difference. Saying you lost solely because of Mookie’s “down year” is still laughable. 

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  15. 37 minutes ago, KingJoffrey said:

    I still want to hear the rationale for people not drafting Yelich, Bellinger, Lindor and Arenado.

    What are you getting at here? Is this your evidence for “luck”?

    People didnt predict the drop offs, particularly in a short season. But good, successful owners draft well, identify free agents well, and make shrewd, “buy low” trades that can help alleviate some of the pain of a bust first round pick.

    One single bust or injury can be bad luck. That doesn’t mean all of the results are based on luck.

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