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Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. As I watch and listen to so many fantasy baseball owners make the same mistakes each and every year, I can’t help but think of that quote. However, in this case, because this is supposed to be a fun game, my declaration of people’s insanity has much more of a Montgomery Burns “Oh Ziggy, will you ever win?” spin on it. It’s more of a sympathetic sadness than it is contempt. So when I now give you a list of potential pitfalls, don’t be insulted or get defensive. Just listen, digest and know that it’s all coming from a place of love. Fantasy baseball love that is.
The Blue Jays have decided which man will handle the final frame while the Tigers are still debating how they will handle the 9th inning. Elsewhere there is all kinds of excitement. We've got one of the better hitters of his generation being arrested for a DUI. A righty is ready to sign with the Orioles and why anyone cares is beyond me. A masher in Boston, think overweight, smiley and slow on the base paths, may not be ready to play full-time once the season starts. I'll also touch on a guy who was hurt while wrestling, a hurler who might have been the worst pitcher in baseball last season and I'll share some thoughts on the latest hurler turned hitter.
The final weekend before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline finished with a fizzle on Sunday in comparison to the way it began. No big names on the move, no crazy player packages being put together; just a couple of minor tweak deals. Obviously there’s still another two full days (ok, maybe just a day and a half) to go and a few key names being bandied about right now, but all still in the rumor stage and nothing actually happening. Is it the calm before the storm or have we seen the bulk of the action already? We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, though, let’s look at the deals that went down yesterday.
With the July31st non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaching, we’ve been seeing a few deals pop up recently that obviously have some effect on the fantasy baseball world. It’s not like we’ve seen any real big blockbusters that are sending owners into some panicked frenzy, but, rest assured, those will certainly be coming soon. For now though, there are some that are having a bit of an impact that we should probably be taking a look at as they are happening. So let’s just do a quick rundown here and see what’s been going on.
Yes, it's true, the regular season of football is over, so now is the time to start focusing on the diamond. You may barely be over your New Year's Eve hangover, I know the seven Long Island's I pulled back on are still affecting my vision, but it's time to get to breaking down the 2012 fantasy baseball season. To do that I'll take a sweep around the landscape of the game and give some thoughts on the major players that have switched teams this offseason either by trade or through free agent signings. Did you overlook any of the moves due to drinking, lack of interest, or your intense focus on the fantasy football season?
I know it has been a while since you have read Rounding The Bases, but we are back and better than ever as we close out the month of June and approach the All-Star Break. As always there is a bunch of injury news with both pitchers and hitters, both good and bad. Of course we cover the night's games too and give you the performers that you need to know about for your fantasy roster. And of course don't forget our world famous pitching streamers to help those of you who have a hole in your pitching rotation. It is good to be back and hopefully you enjoy Rounding The Bases.