Too Early For Fantasy/Roto Baseball?

December 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

Not for me. I’ve joined a keeper league, consisting of crazed fanatics [like my dear old self] who think Baseball 24/7… MUCH FUN!!

Here’s one “expert’s” top 200 I copped from the internet:

1 Albert Pujols STL 1B 30 1
2 Hanley Ramirez FLA SS 26 3
3 Ryan Braun MIL OF 26 7
4 Alex Rodriguez NYY 3B 34 65
5 Carl Crawford TB OF 28 5
6 Prince Fielder MIL 1B 25 14
7 Tim Lincecum SF SP 25 4
8 Chase Utley PHI 2B 31 25
9 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 26 20
10 Matt Kemp LAD OF 25 11
11 Mark Teixeira NYY 1B 29 29
12 Ryan Howard PHI 1B 30 19
13 Roy Halladay TOR SP 32 15
14 David Wright NYM 3B 27 64
15 Evan Longoria TB 3B 24 50
16 Felix Hernandez SEA SP 23 8
17 Troy Tulowitzki COL SS 25 24
18 Ian Kinsler TEX 2B 27 48
19 Matt Holliday F.A. OF 30 26
20 Joe Mauer MIN C 26 17
21 Jacoby Ellsbury BOS OF 26 6
22 Zack Greinke KC SP 26 2
23 Jose Reyes NYM SS 26 594
24 Justin Upton ARI OF 22 45
25 CC Sabathia NYY SP 29 22
26 Grady Sizemore CLE OF 27 225
27 Derek Jeter NYY SS 35 10
28 Adrian Gonzalez SD 1B 27 75
29 Dan Haren ARI SP 29 12
30 Robinson Cano NYY 2B 27 40
31 Justin Morneau MIN 1B 28 111
32 Aaron Hill TOR 2B 28 39
33 Ichiro Suzuki SEA OF 36 21
34 Nick Markakis BAL OF 26 88
35 Jason Bay F.A. OF 31 38
36 Brian Roberts BAL 2B 32 43
37 Pablo Sandoval SF 1B/3B 23 51
38 Johan Santana NYM SP 31 93
39 Jimmy Rollins PHI SS 31 87
40 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B 26 60
41 Joey Votto CIN 1B 26 72
42 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 3B 25 53
43 Victor Martinez BOS C/1B 31 77
44 Mark Reynolds ARI 1B/3B 26 23
45 Justin Verlander DET SP 27 18
46 Adam Wainwright STL SP 28 16
47 Manny Ramirez LAD OF 37 233
48 Brandon Phillips CIN 2B 28 67
49 Brian McCann ATL C 26 153
50 Kevin Youkilis BOS 1B/3B 31 57
51 Mariano Rivera NYY RP 40 30
52 Josh Hamilton TEX OF 28 345
53 Joe Nathan MIN RP 35 27
54 Chris Carpenter STL SP 34 13
55 Jayson Werth PHI OF 30 36
56 Kendry Morales LAA 1B 26 46
57 B.J. Upton TB OF 25 117
58 Adam Dunn WAS 1B/OF 30 98
59 Chone Figgins F.A. 3B 32 33
60 Cliff Lee PHI SP 31 63
61 Adam Jones BAL OF 24 148
62 Carlos Lee HOU OF 33 83
63 Andre Ethier LAD OF 27 84
64 Jon Lester BOS SP 26 54
65 Bobby Abreu LAA OF 36 31
66 Jonathan Papelbon BOS RP 29 74
67 Matt Cain SF SP 25 42
68 Javier Vazquez ATL SP 33 9
69 Jonathan Broxton LAD RP 25 28
70 Curtis Granderson DET OF 29 106
71 Adam Lind TOR OF 26 35
72 Jason Bartlett TB SS 30 34
73 Lance Berkman HOU 1B 34 138
74 Yovani Gallardo MIL SP 24 103
75 Josh Johnson FLA SP 26 41
76 Shane Victorino PHI OF 29 79
77 Billy Butler KC 1B 23 104
78 Carlos Quentin CHW OF 27 369
79 Francisco Rodriguez NYM RP 28 119
80 Carlos Beltran NYM OF 32 203
81 Josh Beckett BOS SP 29 61
82 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP 22 89
83 Joakim Soria KC RP 25 109
84 Shin-Soo Choo CLE OF 27 55
85 Aramis Ramirez CHC 3B 31 228
86 Tommy Hanson ATL SP 23 113
87 Torii Hunter LAA OF 34 69
88 Ricky Nolasco FLA SP 27 169
89 Heath Bell SD RP 32 52
90 Ben Zobrist TB 2B/OF 28 47
91 Nelson Cruz TEX OF 29 90
92 Derrek Lee CHC 1B 34 44
93 Cole Hamels PHI SP 26 180
94 Raul Ibanez PHI OF 37 95
95 Jorge Posada NYY C 38 199
96 Vladimir Guerrero F.A. DH 34 254
97 Michael Young TEX 3B 33 80
98 John Lackey F.A. SP 31 152
99 Jose Lopez SEA 2B 26 145
100 Hunter Pence HOU OF 26 100
101 Ubaldo Jimenez COL SP 26 62
102 Nate McLouth ATL OF 28 124
103 Ian Stewart COL 2B/3B 24 252
104 Carlos Pena TB 1B 31 135
105 Matt Wieters BAL C 23 418
106 Michael Bourn HOU OF 27 32
107 Brian Fuentes LAA RP 34 114
108 Jair Jurrjens ATL SP 24 49
109 Francisco Cordero CIN RP 34 97
110 Carlos Marmol CHC RP 27 269
111 Nyjer Morgan WAS OF 29 76
112 Brian Wilson SF RP 28 68
113 Jason Kubel MIN OF 27 92
114 Jay Bruce CIN OF 22 392
115 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF 23 125
116 Alexei Ramirez CHW SS 28 157
117 Michael Cuddyer MIN 1B/OF 31 85
118 Huston Street COL RP 26 73
119 Chad Billingsley LAD SP 25 139
120 Howie Kendrick LAA 2B 26 212
121 Brad Hawpe COL OF 30 127
122 Gordon Beckham CHW 3B 23 263
123 Russell Martin LAD C 27 360
124 Yunel Escobar ATL SS 27 118
125 Alfonso Soriano CHC OF 34 301
126 Alex Rios CHW OF 29 182
127 A.J. Burnett NYY SP 33 151
128 Andrew Bailey OAK RP 25 37
129 Jake Peavy CHW SP 28 174
130 Johnny Damon F.A. OF 36 78
131 Elvis Andrus TEX SS 21 160
132 Denard Span MIN OF 26 66
133 Jered Weaver LAA SP 27 81
134 John Danks CHW SP 24 115
135 Jose Valverde F.A. RP 31 126
136 Wandy Rodriguez HOU SP 31 56
137 Trevor Hoffman MIL RP 42 70
138 Scott Baker MIN SP 28 108
139 Matt Garza TB SP 26 136
140 James Shields TB SP 28 170
141 David Ortiz BOS DH 34 223
142 Rafael Soriano ATL RP 30 102
143 Chipper Jones ATL 3B 37 222
144 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF 24 253
145 Brandon Webb ARI SP 30 888
146 Dan Uggla FLA 2B 30 186
147 Stephen Drew ARI SS 27 290
148 Asdrubal Cabrera CLE 2B/SS 24 110
149 Bobby Jenks CHW RP 29 187
150 David Aardsma SEA RP 28 71
151 Kurt Suzuki OAK C 26 168
152 Nick Swisher NYY 1B/OF 29 198
153 Phil Hughes NYY RP 23 173
154 Juan Rivera LAA OF 31 129
155 Frank Francisco TEX RP 30 196
156 David Price TB SP 24 289
157 Erick Aybar LAA SS 26 150
158 Tim Hudson ATL SP 34 576
159 Mike Napoli LAA C 28 256
160 Hideki Matsui F.A. DH 35 164
161 Roy Oswalt HOU SP 32 194
162 Todd Helton COL 1B 36 99
163 Brett Anderson OAK SP 22 165
164 Vernon Wells TOR OF 31 172
165 Max Scherzer ARI SP 25 197
166 Adam LaRoche F.A. 1B 30 146
167 Geovany Soto CHC C 27 739
168 James Loney LAD 1B 25 158
169 Brad Lidge PHI RP 33 468
170 Mark DeRosa F.A. 3B/OF 35 229
171 Jorge Cantu FLA 1B/3B 28 143
172 Carlos Zambrano CHC SP 28 204
173 Edwin Jackson DET SP 26 101
174 Miguel Tejada F.A. SS 35 94
175 Ryan Franklin STL RP 37 86
176 Ryan Theriot CHC SS 30 147
177 Felipe Lopez F.A. 2B 29 132
178 Orlando Cabrera F.A. SS 35 140
179 Ted Lilly CHC SP 34 58
180 Jermaine Dye F.A. OF 36 219
181 Matt Capps PIT RP 26 336
182 Franklin Gutierrez SEA OF 27 107
183 Adrian Beltre F.A. 3B 30 325
184 Chad Qualls ARI RP 31 208
185 Miguel Montero ARI C 26 235
186 J.A. Happ PHI SP/RP 27 105
187 Ryan Dempster CHC SP 32 116
188 Rick Porcello DET SP 21 205
189 Ryan Ludwick STL OF 31 183
190 Paul Konerko CHW 1B 34 131
191 Ervin Santana LAA SP 27 452
192 Mark Buehrle CHW SP 31 144
193 Placido Polanco F.A. 2B 34 181
194 Clay Buchholz BOS SP 25 379
195 J.P. Howell TB RP 26 142
196 Joba Chamberlain NYY SP/RP 24 408
197 Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS SP 29 938
198 Randy Wolf F.A. SP 33 59
199 Derek Lowe ATL SP 36 335
200 Gavin Floyd CHW SP 27 121

* Age is as of April 1, 2010.

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Jeff Nelson, Woild Serious Factor

October 29, 2009 at 9:23 am (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

Who is Jeff Nelson? Thanks for asking.

He’s a baseball umpire with a “small strikezone,” working behind the plate [chosen to work behind the plate] in game 2 of the 2009 World Series.

Of course the strikezone should be the same for every umpire, and when an individual umpire’s calls are consistently inconsistent, he should be repromanded. Maybe fined demoted, suspended, or fired… NOT GIVEN A PLUM ASSIGNMENT, BUD SELIG.

“Christ, the Commish is a moron,” you may thinking.

Wrong!!… at least in this instance.

MLB is deliberately not standardizing umpiring. Why? Because who’s umping behind the plate becomes a factor in prognosticating the odds and probabilities of any given game.

Baseball is  by doing everything possible to draw interest in itself through gambling [both legal, trough Fantasy/Roto, and illegal]. They know that betting is right up there with apple pie, in the hearts of we ‘mericans. Want proof? Check out the the NFL.

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Pete Rose Bet On Steroids

July 28, 2009 at 8:42 am (Alameda, Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

WZIG in Alameda is reporting that former baseball star Pete Rose alledgedly bet on the effects of steroids on current baseball players. Since we Fantasy League players have been doing this forfever, MLB Commisioner Pud Selig isn’t expected to add any years to Pete’s lifetime suspention from baseball.

Here’s Pete, doing his best “Jack.”

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Milton Bradley, Talented, Disturbed, Fantasy Enigma

May 31, 2009 at 8:55 am (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

For the fifth year in a row the California Sea Otter, my Fantasy Baseball team, is “blessed” with Milton Bradley. Over the years [at times], I’ve been able to ride the streaky, emotional, talented [five tools], injury-prone, misunderstood, understood all too well, disturbed Bradley for weeks at a time.

2009? No streaks to ride so far. I’ve drafted, released, reacquired and released him time and time again. He now looms on my bench, once again at the ready. I know that breakout time is coming. Today, I have a hunch, and I’m playing him. I’ll sit the steady Michael Cuddyer.

Here’s an image of Milton as an Oakland Athletic. I wonder if Billy Beane would like him back. He’d look really good in green and gold, again.

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K-Rod’s Back Troubles Playing Havoc With My Sunday

May 24, 2009 at 10:20 am (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball, New York Mets)

K-Rod was taken to the hospital after experiencing severe back spasms for the second time yesterday.

It’s Sunday, my fucking Sunday, and not only is it too cold to go to the A’s game, but the aforementioned news re. the New York Mets closer gives me an unwanted, “Nostradamus- like” glance into their immediate future. Naussia looms, I fear.

JJ Putz assumes the role of closer. The former Sea Otter has not adjusted well to his role as set-up man, and/or New York. I fear the later, and that worries me. Mets fans are somewhat more forgiving than Yankee rooters, but only a bit more.

Some players [performers] excel in the gigantic spotlight, others wind up in the Clevelands of the Baseball woild. Funny, earlier in the week Putz had been rumored to be going to just that Ohio town for a Carlos Delgado [Are you hep to his hip problems, or like me, hep to the hop?] fill-in.

The thought of another Mets baseball season going down the tube because of injuries, sucks. I’m about to go back to sleep and wake up at 4:20… or set my clock ahead. The reason for the stupid ass grin in the image  bellow, I just found out that shortstop Jose Reyes will be back Monday against the Nationals, and I was able to set the clock, pictured in the upper right hand corner, forward [never straight]. :-)

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Losing Less, The 1962 New York Mets Way

February 26, 2009 at 9:32 am (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball, New York Mets) ()

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These days part of my “Fantasy Baseball trip” is recreating past seasons on my computer baseball game [Baseball Mogul 2007].

I’m managing the Mets of ‘62, the pride of the Polo Grounds. Through July 19th, I’m doing better then the Originals. 35-54 isn’t all that great, but if the “wheels don’t fall off” I’ll continue to compete with the Cubs, Phils, and Colt 45’s for seventh place or, at the very least, avoiding the moniker of “Basement Bertha.”

My favorite story about that year is the one the late Leonard Koppett, the two-sport [baseball and basketball] Hall of Fame writer, loved telling. The phone rang in the newsroom at the NY Post at two in the in morning. “I understand the Mets scored 16 runs last night,” the caller said. “Did they win?”

Here’s hard luck [an understatement, to say the very least] pitcher Roger “The Dodger” Craig.

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Original Met Clem Labine was a former Dodger pitcher.

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Former Brave pitcher Ken MacKenzie.

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Chris Cannizzaro ended up doing most of the catching.

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[Hot] Rod Kanehl was special. A Jack of all trades, master of none. The late Leonard Shecter wrote about him [and Casey] in his great book, “Jocks”.

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Utility man Rick Herrscher.

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Pitcher Dave Hillman, a one time Cub.

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Joe Christopher’s intangible attributes on a baseball field take away from any positive statistics you can get from him…

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.. and the same can be said for Jim Hickman.

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Pitcher Galen Cisco, from Ohio State, was one of the few who pitched effectively enough to stay in the organization long enough to make it to Shea. Mert and I shared a car on the 7 line with the former Buckeye on the way to opening day in 1964.

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Willard “Bill” Hunter came over from the Dodgers and, as I recall, wasn’t the piece needed to turn things around.

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Red Ruffing made the Hall Of Fame as a pitcher. Certainly not as the pitching coach of the 1962 Mets. I question the wisdom of entrusting one’s pitching staff to a man who cut off his toes with a lawnmower…. but, what do I know?

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Northwestern’s Jay Hook, reputed to be one very smart cookie, was one of many Met pitchers who started games without finishing them and relieved games without offering relief… In short, it was a dismal staff.

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Vinegar Bend Mizell, veteran NL pitcher, added to th Mets futility.

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Ed Kraneppol made is debut in the majors in 1962.

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Gil Hodges may or may not be the best baseball player who is not in the Hall of Fame. That doesn’t mean he deserves to be in it. He most certainly doesn’t. When I think of Gil, I’m reminded of his wife Joan. She’d get in the spirit of things by dyeing her hair “Met Orange.”

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Jim Rufus Marshall filled in at first base for the gimpy kneed Gil Hodges in the first game they ever played. He later went on to manage the Cubs and join an inordinately long list of big league managers [including the aforementioned # 14] who at one time or another played for Leo ”The Lip/Lion” Durocher. [A future blog about these men looms large.]

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Elio Chacon was the regular shortstop. Made for a long year.

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Craig Anderson was known as an “inning eater.” Given his earned run average, this was a backhanded compliment.

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Cliff Cook was acquired for…

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… Don Zimmer. A dog for a cat.

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Harry Chiti was the catcher the Mets acquired for a player to be named later… That player turned out to be Harry Chiti.

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“… Little Alvin Jackson was born on Christmas Day, one of twelve children from Waco, Texas…” , the late Bob Murphy [original Mets announcer] would babble, every inning of every game he pitched. Jackson was also the fastest runner on the 162 New York Mets.

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Hard to dislike Choo Choo, who was the fastest runner the Mets ever have had catch for them. That’s Clarence, to you.

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Casey brought in former Yankee outfielder Gene Woodling. Gornisht helphen.

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Former Dodger and future bullpen coach Joe Pignatano did some catching for the ’62 Mets.

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Myron “Joe” Ginsberg, one of the few Jewish ballplayers in Mets history, also did some catching in 1962.

Bob Moorhead [A surname that, after all these years, still evokes a smile.] was a gas can, waiting to explode.

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Johnny DeMerit was a highly regarded prospect for the Braves and a lowly regarded bust for the Mets.

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The original Frank “Mule” Thomas was a super hitter in the National League for a decade before the Mets were born and the heart of their offense [such as it was] in 1962.

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A lot more was expected of this former Brave. I remember Felix Millan as the “Cat,” and Felix Mantilla as the “Sail Cat.”

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Bob “Righty” Miller [the Mets also had a southpaw Bob Miller in ’62 with far less talent] was an effective pitcher for many years, before, during and after his stint in New York. Trading him for Tim Harkness and Larry Burright seemed like a good idea at the time, but set them back.

Pictured below is the right handed throwing Bob Miller…

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.. and Bob “Lefty” Miller.

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By all accounts, the Hall O’ Fame 2nd baseman was a removed, uncommunicative coach.

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

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“There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had a few.” That’s my favorite Casey Stengel quote.

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Sammy’s brother was Solly Drake, not…

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…Mets coach Solly Hemus.

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Charlie Neal was a terrific ballplayer for the Dodgers… for the Mets, another story.

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Then Brooklyn Dodger Harry “Cookie” Lavagetto in his last ML at bat broke up Bill Beven’s no hitter against the Yankees in the 1947 Woild Serious. After coaching the Mets for a while, he was traded for SF Giant coach Wes Westrum, who later replaced Casey as manager.

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Going in to the season Gus Bell was worth a lot… “on paper.” The Mets, and fans like me, play the game on grass. :-)

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The first Met drafted was Hobie Landrith, whom they traded for…

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… Faye’s brother, Marv Throneberry, who was once a prospect with the Yankees.

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Former Cardinal outfielder Bobby Gene Smith played some for the ’62 Mets.

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Sammy Taylor came over from the Cubs and did nothing but add to the Mets catching woes.

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In a spring training battle, Sherman “Roadblock” Jones [pictured bellow] beat out Bob “Butterball” Botz, who shared a nickname with my rather large brother, for a spot on the original roster.

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Richie “Whitey” Ashburn nicknamed Marv Throneberry,”Marvelous.” What a team. 40 wins, 40 nicknames.

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I’d love to have bigger pictures of coach Ralph “Red” Kress, who died shortly after the season…kress

… and pitchers Larry Foss…

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…Ray Daviault…

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…and Herb Moford.

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Mr. Met, mascot extraordinaire.

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Original Mets Annoncers

Bob Murphy, Lindsey Nelson, Ralph Kiner

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Pitchers And Catchers Report, As Do I…

February 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball, New York Giants, New York Mets)

at long last.

The California Sea Otter, my Fantasy team, has been drafted. Hanley Ramirez, Matt Holiday, Cliff Lee, Carlos Marmol, Lance Berkman, and Victor Martinez are amongst the draftees that excite me [if not in the Biblical way]… The Mets look to be the team to beat in the NL East, yet again. This years bully should put an end to the chokeitis that has befallen my beloveds for the past few years. From my mouth to gawd’s ears. Their new stadium is almost an exact replica of Ebbets Field. As an old NY Giants fan, I’m less than thrilled. Fact is, the SF Giants do more to honor the memory of the New York Giants than do the Mets… Manny is still out there. Will the Dodgers or Giants win the sweepstakes? I’m guessing the Giants, who thus far haven’t insulted the man by taking any offers off the table. The Mets may sneak in there. That would be splendid… Jim Rice in the HOF, and Bert Blyleven not. What a travesty… Congrats to Rickey, who in his prime, “became the game,” as only Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson, could do… A-Rod on steroids? Really. Next thing you know, Brady Anderson will be accused. Seriously, Baseball would be better served if all the 104 names are released. The overwhelming majority of players who didn’t test positive will than not be lumped in to this Gene Orza caused travesty…. If any one sees the game I grew up loving [the one played on a comparatively even playing field, with no DH, and Sunday double headers], please return it at once. No questions asked. Reward offered… The closest I can come to the “way it was” is recreating the seasons past on my computer baseball game. I’m now replaying the 1962 season, again. This time, I’ve programed the game not to include injuries. After all, a season without injuries is, indeed, a fantasy.

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Dodgers Defeat Yankees In 1954 Woild Serious

January 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm (Fantasy Baseball)

I just completed the 1954 baseball season, thanks to the Baseball Mogal 2007 computer simulation game, that satisfies my winter baseball Jones. The Giants and Indians both came up short, and the Brooklyns defeated the Bronx Bombers 4-2 to take the title.

Edwin Donald “Duke” Snider’s Triple Crown performance led the way.

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For me, this is the next best thing to being an eight year old kid again. Better… I get to stay up and watch every game, and there’s no school tomorrow. :-)

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A’s Get Matt Holliday [No, Not Garrett Atkins]…

November 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

… from Colorado. Aside that they [too] quickly gave up on Carlos Gonzalez, who cost them only Dan Haren. they needed [need] a third baseman, not a one year rent-a-player.

That said, they did get a terrific hitter and a superb California Sea Otter in my Yahoo Fantasy League a few years ago, whom if they turn around and package at the deadline…

Sound familiar, A’s fan?

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Congrats Phils

October 31, 2008 at 8:02 pm (Alameda, Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

I’m an old National League fan and, although the Phillies are the Mets hated rivals, I was happy to see them win… Matty Stairs, a fav of mine when he was a hitting machine with the A’s [and nice to my kid on picture day], continues to be clutch… Jimmy Rollins is an Alamedian who would look good in a Giants uni. SF entertained me and are upward bound in the post Barry Bighead era… Pat Burrell, Ray’s Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena were California Sea Otters this year and all did me well… The Otters were in contention all year, finished fourth of twelve in my league… The Angels made the playoffs and just picked up Vlad’s option and not Garrett’s. Thats good… Mets second demise in a row not withstanding, It was a terrific year.

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