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On a night when Roy Halladay apologized to Phillies fans for his lackluster performance and informed them that he would be out for the next three months due to shoulder surgery, Cardinals fans were treated to the joys of watching a young ace in the making build off of his already impressive start to his rookie season. The changing of the guard is always a bittersweet moment as the excitement of seeing a new up-and-comer is always tempered by witnessing the end of a legendary career. But it’s just the cycle of things in the world of baseball and, obviously nothing new, as there was a time when Halladay himself was a rookie and we were all watching Dwight Gooden wrap up his time spent in the major leagues. But while the nostalgia of a great career is always nice to pore over, we fantasy folk need to focus on the present and the future and that future is found in Shelby Miller.
We spend a lot of time in fantasy baseball talking about who to draft in the first two or three rounds that we often times don't focus enough on the positional battles that teams are going through during Spring Training. Does the second base decision with the Blue Jays impact a guy like Emilio Bonifacio who has such huge upside given his wheels? What about the Cardinals second and shortstop decisions – do they matter? Of course you are going to care about what the Angels do in the 9th inning, but maybe what the injury ravaged Yankees do in the outfield should also be something you concern yourself with? We'll discuss those battles and more in this piece.
In 1983 Rickey Henderson ran his way to 130 steals for the Athletics, a modern day baseball record (Hugh Nicol actually stole 138 bases in 1887 for the Cincinnati Red Stockings). Others of the modern era have hit triple-digits – Lou Brock, Vince Coleman Maury Wills – but those just aren't numbers we see anymore. Nowadays we're lucky to find guys who steal half as many bags. So why is it that you hear so many people in the fantasy game say 'I don't worry about steals early, I can find them late.' Is that an accurate statement? How should you look at steals for the coming season, and which players should you consider targeting?
Hanley Ramirez will be switching coasts as he has been dealt to the Dodgers. What type of player is the club from L.A. getting? Wandy Rodriguez escaped Houston and now has a chance at making the playoffs... with the Pirates (who knew?). Cole Hamels realized that the grass isn't always greener on the other side as he signed a massive deal to remain in Philadelphia. Ryan Desmpter's trade status is still in major limbo with the Braves looking like they might be out of the mix. Finally, some news on what is going on with the guys on the diamond including a slugger being released, another saying his rehab is going well, and a speedster whose value on the way up after one of the greatest hitters in baseball history broke his hand.
We all know the trade deadline is coming. We read about it constantly and spend hours tracking the rumor mill. But for some reason it never feels real or even imminent until that first day where rumors become reality and big moves start to happen. Monday was that day for MLB and for fantasy owners. What began as numerous Tweeters jumping the gun on a Cubs/Braves deal for Ryan Dempster, the day suddenly turned into a head turning “Whaaaaat?!?!?” for many of us. Here’s a look at what went down and how Monday’s deals will fall out with respect to fantasy.
It is just about September and you are looking at your fantasy roster and thinking "where the hell did I go wrong? I drafted such a great team!" Well friends, sometimes things that look great on paper don't turn out to be exactly what we thought they might. And then other times they are so bad that it kills your season all together. Well, if you have more than one or two guys on this list below, chances are you aren't a happy camper when you think about Fantasy Baseball 2011, and chances are also that your team is on the lower third of the standings. I present to you the ten biggest busts of the 2011 season, why they were busts, and whether I think this was just a subpar season or whether this is going to be a trend that continues.