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With 30 major league teams, 40-man rosters for each one, and a slew of minor league affiliates filled with baseball’s rank and file and a First-Year Player Draft adding hundreds of names to the mix, you’d think there would be more to talk about than Yasiel Puig and Biogenesis, right? Yet everywhere you look, those are the headlines we continue to see. So allow me to address these two things one last time. Yes, I’m sure Puig’s name will find its way in and out of a daily recap article from time to time and once the final decisions on suspensions are announced we’ll throw the named names into a little section near the injuries part, but for a focal point of discussion, this is it. We’ve wasted far too much time already on them and personally, I think Mark Appel is a much tastier topic, even if he’s now stuck on the Astros.
The fine fantasy action was as abundant on Friday as the night was long and arduous. The Giants and Cardinals were postponed due to tornado warnings in the St. Louis area, the Rays and Indians were delayed by rain for nearly five hours and the Blue Jays and Padres played til the wee hours of the night/morning to finish off a 17-inning extravaganza. We saw old-timers shine, young bucks play like seasoned veterans and we saw some early season strugglers finally emerge from their statistical cocoon. While it wasn’t the offensive fiesta we saw just a couple of nights ago, this one was still jam-packed with plenty of excitement that had fantasy owners on the edge of their seats.
Holy offensive explosion! No, I’m not talking about the effect of eating too much Indian food on my delicate constitution; I’m talking about the big bats that were being swung recently. There were 37 home runs hit Wednesday and while that doesn’t even come close to the record (62 set in 2002), it’s still a whole lot of power and big offensive category boosts for a number of fantasy owners. If you had the right make-up of guys, you were probably in hog heaven as the hits just kept coming all night. That’s not to say that there weren’t some real nice pitching performances, but the hitters took stage, front and center, and shined ridiculously bright.
I’ll admit it. Sometimes my excitement over the fact that spring training has begun and we’re watching games on TV can cloud my judgment. I’m just so happy to have the season back that even a light-hitting shortstop batting .320 over a dozen spring at-bats gets me all charged up and I have fleeting thoughts of drafting him for a late-round buck in my mixed-league auction. But as draft day nears, cooler heads prevail and I stop watching with my heart and start listening to that all-too-sensible voice in my head that keeps telling me that unbridled enthusiasm can destroy a fantasy team in a heartbeat. Though fantasy baseball is technically a game, there’s little fun to be found in it if you draft like an idiot. Objectivity is the key to evaluating spring stats and looking at them any other way is a one-way ticket to last place.
Every year we get the rush of people who, acting like it's a holiday sale at Walmart, aren't afraid to run over their competitor to add the hot new toy to their basket (in this case we're talking hot shot youngster to their fantasy team). Believe me I understand the temptation. Just look at what guys like Trout and Harper did last season. But for every successful rookie standout there are tons of youngsters who fail to live up to the overblown expectations of many in the fantasy game. I'll try to lend some sanity here. I'll then touch on some of the news of the day including will Manny Ramirez play in 2013? Is Joe Saunders a reliable innings eater? What were the Phillies thinking signing an unreliable veteran righty? Is Mike Napoli every going to sign with the Red Sox? Is Jose Valverde's career as a closer over even though he had 35 saves last year?
The trade deadline passed on Tuesday, so in order for players to be moved now they have to go through the waiver-wire process which is much more laborious. As things stand the day after the deadline, which players in the NL may have the chance to become significant fantasy contributors in NL-only leagues the last two months? For that matter, what about two potential mound aces in Cincinnati and San Francisco. Could they be the key to your pitching staff making a run in the second half?
Welcome back to another edition of the Tuesday Top Ten list of relevant and newsworthy fantasy baseball stories. After making a triumphant return last week, your appetite has been whetted again to the point where you need your weekly dose. Now, without further adieu, here is the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball headlines for August 2, 2011.
Happy Memorial Day! Today we pay tribute to the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, and take the time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives in defense of this country. We at Fantasy Alarm have nothing but the utmost respect for those who serve and have served to protect us and the liberties and principles of the United States. We thank you for your service this day. It is a rough transition to fantasy baseball, but Memorial Day has become a big day in the Major League Baseball season. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the news of the day in Rounding The Bases.
Well it really sucks to be Phillies prospect Domonic Brown. It is your life's dream to play in the Major Leagues, and how is your luck you are called up the day before the end of the world!?!?!?!?!?! OK, I swear that is the last time that I will bring up that total nonsense. But we have a pair of A's pitchers on the shelf, while one of the American League's top hitters go there as well. One of the Red Sawks top hitters sends one ova da Monsta, while one of the hottest guys to start the season is starting to slide. There's this and so much more in tonight's version of Rounding The Bases.
Welcome to the third installment of the Tuesday Top Ten where I will be presenting you with ten of the most newsworthy events in all of baseball, both real and fantasy. Each item will have some general information and then a short analysis of the potential fantasy impact. As you already know, the ranking of the list is completely subjective based on my own arbitrary criteria. So without further adieu, let's get a drumroll from Paul Shaffer and roll out the Tuesday Top Ten list for May 17, 2011.