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Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

Syd - he said that about the top 100 generally, but as he's entered the top 20, it is ranked more in terms of quality and not putting Mantle at #7 is the signal that the rest of the list is serious.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Roberto Osuna Houston Astros

He went for $19 in LABR and Tout, which was also an online auction this year.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies

Talk that top prospect Spencer Howard could start the shortened season in the Phils' rotation makes him worthy of an auction bid and a page.

John Thomas Roll2
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees
Could be to differentiate him from the late Senator Paul Simon, who ran for president in 1988.
John Thomas Roll2

Peter, was Brian Walton the one bidding against you in Tout for Carlson?

Mike Gianella MikeG
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

The origin of singer/songwriter was to differentiate between musicians who wrote their own songs and those who didn't, back when the former was a fairly new/unique concept.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Bill Mazeroski Pittsburgh Pirates

Somewhere in my uncatalogued archives there is a notebook with the 1960 series scored (hooky time). I lived in Albany, New York still reeling from the West Coast defections and seething from the relentless NYY fan ball busting. It was sweet!   

Parker Wheeler ParkerW

Incredible! And being from nearby, he must have been a big Pirates fan, at least for the World Series. I was a big Pirates fan because I rooted so hard against the Yankees, because they kept beating the Dodgers in the World Series.

I saw Sandy Amaros' catch.

Alex Patton Alex

My dad was at the Maz game, a last-minute ticket offered by a friend in Oberlin, Ohio, a doctor who said he would fly his private plane to the game, BUT he would be on call later that day and they wouldn't be able to see the end of the game. Four men boarded the doctor's plane at the former tiny Oberlin airport, flew to Pittsburgh, watched 7 innings, left the park, and flew back to Oberlin, unaware of the finish of the game until they arrived home. Dad often told people that he was at that game. But he never mentioned seeing the finish. 

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()

On the Roto bookkeeping point... one year I made similar calculations in my home keeper league where Texpope and DropDeadFred also participate.  Then I redid them post draft, both times using AP4 values versus keeper salary or draft price, since we were 4x4 at the time. 

Sure enough, the team that entered an exited the with the most stored value, north of $100 excess value if I recall correctly, was very strong, and finished 2nd overall.  And the eventual winner, who had about $80 excess value exiting the draft, won via some savvy and lucky FA acquisitions and trades that year.

Other than in Doubt Wars, you cannot often win on draft day.  But you CAN lose on draft day.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

I didn't see it as a slur, I just hope Paul Simon hasn't been forgotten to the point where he needs to be identified!

Alex Patton Alex

Per Poz rankings: I follow him on twitter and he has said the top 50 rankings are not in order and should not be perceived as being in order. Hence Jackie at #42.


Not everything is a slur Eugene. LMFAO


Singer/songwriter to me always was code for a white man who couldn't sing very well, plays acoustic guitar, but is not a virtuoso, and writes his own material to make up for the less than stellar musical ability.

This is as opposed to artists like Prince, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder who wrote, arranged, played all of the instruments on their songs, and sang the songs.  They aren't singer/songwriters.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

A fair solution. Emily Watson in The Athletic:

On March 19, Major League Baseball announced interim support to be paid to minor-league players in a lump sum equal to the spring training allowances paid through April 8.

Alex Patton Alex
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

Nice writing by Joe Poz. Definitely. But here's a question. Does he really have to say "singer/songwriter" Paul Simon? Am I that outdated?

Alex Patton Alex

Yes, #15.

G Man DoctorG

So I guess this is the year to get my formulas perfect. I mean, it's not like I don't have time.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

Has he done Josh Gibson?

Alex Patton Alex

They've all been great, although some have been greater than others.  With the top 10 remaining, it appears he's gone to real rankings, rather than rankings by numbers than mean something.  My guess for the rankings are:

10. Stan Musial

9. Oscar Charleston

8. Hank Aaron

7. Ty Cobb

6. Satchel Paige

5. Ted Williams (extra credit for lost years due to war)

4. Walter Johnson

3. Barry Bonds

2. Willie Mays

1. Babe Ruth

I know I'm doing a reach on Ted Williams to move up ahead of Cobb and Aaron, but I just have feeling that Poz will rank him that high.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

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