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James Paxton New York Yankees

Excepting the On-line Mixed Draft. I'm totally fine with either option, but one would think that doing Industry type drafts would help in generating interest in our game at a time when it surely wouldn't hurt to do just that.

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Bill Buckner Boston Red Sox

The retro draft this Wednesday in the XFL: 1986.

Other Notable May 25 Events

1922: Babe Ruth is ejected and later suspended for throwing dirt in an umpire's face and fighting a fan.

1951: Willie Mays makes his major league debut.

1982: Fergie Jenkins records his 3000th strikeout, although his Chicago Cubs end up losing to the San Diego Padres 2-1.

1984: The Chicago Cubs trade Bill Buckner to the Boston Red Sox for Dennis Eckersley and Mike Brumley.

1989: Randy Johnson is shipped to the Seattle Mariners as part of the Montreal Expos' acquisition of Mark Langston.

2017: Drew Pomeranz and 4 relievers combine to record 20 strikeouts in a Boston Red Sox 6-2 regulation win over the Texas Rangers.

See other May 25 events at Baseball-Reference's Bullpen

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Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

We should do a 1962 retro draft in the XFL.

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Stathead Spotlight: Babe Ruth

Oldest players to hit 3 home runs in a game (since 1904)

Stan Musial41.229 1962‑07‑08STL3
Jason Giambi40.131 2011‑05‑19COL3
Reggie Jackson40.123 1986‑09‑18CAL3
Babe Ruth40.108 1935‑05‑25BSN3
Alex Rodriguez39.363 2015‑07‑25NYY3

See the full list at's Batting Game Finder

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Memorial Day 2020

Babe RuthKevin MitchellKen KeltnerHideo NomoKerry Wood

May 25 All-Time Top Performers


Hideo Nomo* (BOS, 2001): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 14 K, 99 GmSc

Kerry Wood* (CHC, 2001): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 14 K, 97 GmSc

Dick Hughes (STL, 1967): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 92 GmSc

Don Drysdale (LAD, 1965): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 91 GmSc

Josh Beckett (LAD, 2014): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 90 GmSc

* - pictured above

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Wil Myers San Diego Padres

Memorial Day 2020

Babe RuthKevin MitchellKen KeltnerHideo NomoKerry Wood

May 25 All-Time Top Performers


Babe Ruth* (BSN, 1935): 4-4, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

Kevin Mitchell* (SFG, 1990): 3-5, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Ken Keltner* (CLE, 1939): 3-4, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Mark Reynolds (ARI, 2007): 5-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

Adam Lind (SEA, 2016): 4-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

Freddy Sanchez (PIT, 2009): 6-6, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB

Stan Musial (STL, 1953): 3-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

Mickey Mantle (NYY, 1966): 3-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Wally Moon (STL, 1954): 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 4 SB

Wil Myers (SDP, 2019): 2-2, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

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James Paxton New York Yankees

As far as Expert League auctions go, Tout Wars knew the season was delayed when we drafted and some recovery time for injured guys is built into the prices already. Probably not as much as they would be today, but for the most part we knew what the issues were then. Paxton went for $14 in Tout AL. That seems about right.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

I believe this is the tack we're taking in the ADL. The proposal that seems to have the most juice came from Alex, who suggested we let those who want to play in 2020 have their own startup draft at their own stakes, and then we start 2021 with our 2019 carryover rosters and the keepers we choose to keep. Never thought to ask onRoto how we could do that, but my guess is we'll be able to.

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Jody Reed Detroit Tigers

The story in the LA Times (Scooter Gennett) is dated March 13, 1994. I wonder what he would say today?

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Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs

The entire NL had 17 CG in 2019.

Gregg Jefferies Detroit Tigers

Fascinating read.

Joel Sherman has the best line.

"Sending Gregg Jefferies to the 1988 New York Mets was like sending a choirboy to Sing Sing."

But as usual, Ron Darling has the best quotes.

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Alec Mills Chicago Cubs

How much does Alec Mills hope they play some baseball this year?

Alec Mills (P) CHI-N - May. 23

Mills could work as the Cubs' sixth starter when the regular season is able to begin, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, it looked like Tyler Chatwood would get the fifth spot in the rotation, with Mills serving as a long reliever. However, a shortened season with expanded rosters is now the likely route for MLB, and that could mean teams like the Cubs turn to six-man rotations, at least until their top five pitchers stretch out their arms more. Mills started four times for Chicago in 2019 and would make sense as a sixth starter if the team goes in that direction. 

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James Paxton New York Yankees

I would think it would be in the best interest of the various stat services to host expert leagues as an inducement to get home leagues on board with remote auctioning for 2020 if not also beyond.  I see from OnRoto that it has been fielding questions from leagues that are ready to throw in the towel on this season and just roll their leagues over for '21.

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Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs

Advanced home workouts aren't what they used to be.

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Kris Bryant (3B) CHI-N - May. 23

Bryant is utilizing technology in his home batting practice sessions to track data such as launch angle, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Bryant purchased a portable camera and radar unit from the technology company Rapsodo in December. The slugger is able to use the device to track launch angle, exit speed, exit direction and distance of ball hit during sessions at his Las Vegas batting cage. Bryant is entering a critical season with the Cubs, whenever it's able to begin. The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season and was subject to some trade speculation this past offseason. Bryant no doubt wants to hit the ground running when play resumes, and his advanced home workouts could help him do so. 

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James Paxton New York Yankees

If there's any kind of baseball season, I hope the experts leagues will hold all-new auctions. It will be interesting to compare the prices fro players like Paxton.

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James Paxton (P) NY-A - May. 23

Paxton will be ready to go when the 2020 season begins and is working on increasing the spin rate on his fastball, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Paxton indicated that he has thrown 12-14 bullpen sessions since beginning his recovery from February back surgery and confirmed that he will be "ready to go as soon as the season comes about." Some of Paxton's bullpens have included simulated innings with batters standing in so that the southpaw can gain a feel for the strike zone, according to Ackert. Paxton also indicated that he is experimenting with his fastball grip in an effort to increase his spin rate. With the back issue now behind him, Paxton should slot into the No. 2 or No. 3 spot in the Yankees' Opening Day rotation. 

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Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs

In 1971 Fergie had 17 first-place ballots for the CYA, Seaver six.

Seems like todays's voters would turn that around; then you look at WAR.

Seaver 10.2

Jenkins 10.1

Seaver, by the way, was pretty terrific himself in the complete games cat.

Jenkins 30

Seaver 21

But, inviting ridicule far and wide, I continue to like the wins cat.

I would have voted for Fergie.

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Tom Seaver Boston Red Sox

It could also have been an obsession with IP or CGs ... Fergie had a lot of all 3 ... probably not K/W, but who knows ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

How did Fergie Jenkins beat out Seaver for the Cy Young in 1971? Must have been the obsession with wins.


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