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I knew it Howard... you had seen the movie.

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And the winner is... Justin.

Punted batting average.

It's pretty well established you have to punt something. There have been multiple contests now and I'm pretty sure no one besides Jeff, who won the first one, hasn't punted one or more categories, either as a plan from the beginning or as an adjustment mid-game.

Peter's offense faded and he finished seventh. Selecting Colby Lewis with his last pick, he had 901.2 IP.

Alex Patton Alex

Looks like he ended up punting 4 categories?

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Nearing the end of Round 12, Peter's in good shape. Six points off the lead, once again dumping wins and Ks, but this time with a 900 IP minimum. With four pitchers (one starter) he has 463. He has 11 points each in ERA and WHIP, a mere six points in saves; all of these will improve as he ekes out 437 IP with five more pitchers. His offense is solid, with good contributions from scarce positions. Three outfield slots and a corner base open.

It's not a lock -- it's never a lock in this game -- but he's in good shape.

You really should watch the last four rounds, which should start in about 40 minutes. I mean, you've already seen that movie before. Admit it.

Alex Patton Alex

XFLers are retrodrafting right now a season that is in our stat scan: 2016. Just starting the seventh round. Tim's about to pick.

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Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies

Ken Rosenthal yesterday in The Athletic.

 ...after some initial attempts to see if a prominent current African American player wanted to talk publicly about the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis went nowhere — one explained that he had to tread lightly out of fear that public attention would risk the safety of his family — I reached out to players from the sport’s recent past about participating in a group interview via Zoom. Every one of them said yes.

Jimmy Rollins led off.

Obviously, we’ve all been there. It’s just the culture of baseball. It’s not a clubhouse or a home where you’re actually very comfortable walking in saying those things or bringing up those things outside of your little group, three or four guys you can talk about it with in the clubhouse or on the field during stretching. It really doesn’t leave that group. You might feel that way. You might show your anger. But still, the guys in that clubhouse are the guys you’re taking the field with that day, the guys you’re trying to win with for the rest of that year. You have to find that balance of dealing with it, having a place to go, having people to bounce it off, but not making it an issue in the clubhouse.

Obviously, our white counterparts, they have a completely different view. They don’t have to grow up having that talk — and we all know what that talk is. They don’t have to get in a car, drive down the street knowing I didn’t do anything wrong, but this cop has been behind me for two blocks, something’s about to happen. They don’t have those fears. And every time something like this happens, as a player, you know exactly what is going on. When you get in the clubhouse, you do look at your counterparts, they’re going about their day as if nothing happened. And you’ve got three or four guys in the clubhouse looking at each other like, “Man. You see that? You know what that’s about. What can we do?” Then it’s four versus 21. It makes you a little uncomfortable.

There's much more.

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Pete Alonso New York Mets

Baseball-Reference OOTP Simulation Check-In


WAR: Juan Soto, WSN - 4.1
WPA: Ozzie Albies, ATL - 3.7
BA: Ozzie Albies, ATL - .377
OPS: Juan Soto: WSN - 1.172
Hits: Ozzie Albies, ATL - 100
HR: Pete Alonso, NYM - 21
SB: Mallex Smith, SEA - 30


WAR: Walker Buehler, LAD; Clayton Kershaw, LAD - 3.4
WPA: Walker Buehler, LAD - 2.3
ERA: Walker Buehler, LAD - 1.94
WHIP: Walker Buehler, LAD - 0.756
SO: Max Scherzer, WSN - 127
SV: Kenley Jansen, LAD - 18
Holds: Keone Kela, PIT - 12

See league leaders at

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Other Notable June 3 Events

1888: Casey at the Bat is published in today's edition of the San Francisco Examiner.

1918: Boston Red Sox pitcher Dutch Leonard throws a 1-walk, 4-strikeout no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. This is Leonard's 2nd career no-hitter.

1932: Lou Gehrig hits 4 home runs and Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle in the same game, a 20-13 New York Yankees win over the Philadelphia Athletics.

1971: Chicago Cubs pitcher Ken Holtzman throws a 4-walk, 6-strikeout no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. This is Holtzman's 2nd career no-hitter.

1995: Pedro Martinez's game cited in the above segment was a perfect game through 9 innings, before giving up a double to San Diego Padre Bip Roberts. Martinez joins Harvey Haddix as pitchers to have their perfect games broken up in extra innings.

2003: Sammy Sosa is ejected for being caught using a corked bat. He was later suspended for 8 games for the incident.

2013: Yasiel Puig makes his MLB debut, recording 2 hits and getting the outfield assist on the game-ending double play.

See other June 3 events at Baseball-Reference's Bullpen

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Edinson Volquez Texas Rangers

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June 3 All-Time Top Performers


Edinson Volquez* (MIA, 2017): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 10 K, 95 GmSc

Pedro Martinez* (MON, 1995): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 94 GmSc

Nolan Ryan (TEX, 1989): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 11 K, 92 GmSc

Steve Rogers (MON, 1977): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 BB, 10 K, 91 GmSc

Christy Mathewson (NYG, 1908): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 91 GmSc

* - pictured above

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Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers

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June 3 All-Time Top Performers


Hank Thompson* (NYG, 1954): 4-4, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R

Damion Easley* (ARI, 2006): 4-5, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R

Eddie Rosario* (MIN, 2018): 3-5, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Corey Seager (LAD, 2016): 3-4, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Dave Martinez (CHW, 1997): 4-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R

Chris Taylor (LAD, 2017): 3-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB

Ryon Healy (OAK, 2017): 4-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Mike Lowell (FLA, 2003): 3-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

Tony Armas (BOS, 1984): 4-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Jose Canseco (TEX, 1994): 3-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Alex Patton Alex

This is definitely not the news I wanted to wake up to this morning. The exact implications are unknown at this time as the guidelines, part
of the joint task force recommendations, haven't as of yet been made

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Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians

Carlos Carrasco (P) CLE - Jun. 02

Carrasco (elbow) has been regularly throwing bullpen sessions and sending videos of his workouts to Indians manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Carl Willis since MLB suspended its season in March, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Carrasco's availability for Opening Day looked to be in peril after he was shut down with elbow inflammation in early March, but baseball's ongoing hiatus has given him nearly three months to heal up from the injury. While Carrasco has since resumed mound work with no complications, Hoynes' report doesn't indicate that the right-hander has progressed to facing hitters at any point during the league-wide shutdown. With that in mind, Carrasco may find himself behind Cleveland's other starting pitchers when full-squad workouts resume, but the prevailing expectation is that he'll at least be available for the start of the season, even if he faces more restrictions with his pitch counts initially. 

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Ted Simmons Atlanta Braves

Good catch, Lynchmob. Great story!

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Tyler Saladino Milwaukee Brewers

A couple of years ago (2017, looking at the scan), one of our teams with two owners disagreed about Saladino, and agreed ahead of time what to pay for him.  The owner who loved him went WAY over the cap, and his co-owner just sat there, mouth open, going, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"  It was hilarious.

Mike Dean TMU2009

Is anyone besides Tim following the KBO?

June 2, 2020
Saladino went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the LG Twins.
Batting third in the order, Saladino doubled in the first inning, driving in two. That accounted for all of the scoring in Samsung's 2-0 victory. The former big leaguer got off to a bit of a slow start in the KBO, but the 30-year-old has turned it on lately with 11 hits -- including two homers -- in his last six games.
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Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

Until the owners open their books -- with independent analysis and a set of guidelines that include all of their revenues -- the players should stand firm. The opening of books needs to be a part of any new agreement. In addition towards a freer market. Just because the owners had their way for almost 100 years, doesn't mean it needs to stay that way. Indeed, that's something of an argument that the players deserve more, even if the players who were screwed until the 60s, and even afterwards, can't be the beneficiaries of a more open system.

mike fenger mike

It's almost as if Joel Sherman felt the sting of Eugene's analysis of his previous column. Here's what he writes today:

... You think the players should be grateful. Most are. But also we should be grateful. I watched the owners’ replacement baseball folly in spring 1995 and sorry to break it to you, but you were not one better coach in high school away from the majors. These are the best players distilled through a Darwinian system that separates those who can and cannot. As a society we have decided to value this particular rare skill set. 

... You think the players’ salaries have priced you out of tickets. Except the Orioles and Tigers cut their payrolls by $100 million each from 2017 to 2020. Were either lowering ticket prices to reflect the savings and certitude of a worse product?

... The owners have gotten used to winning negotiations, the last collective bargaining agreement for sure, with the minor leagues, with umpires, with getting caps on the draft and international spending. They have done this with a strategy more jackhammer than stiletto. This is what any business does — tries to get the most production for the least cost.

The players stood up to the jackhammer this time. It is not just that after years of rising revenues and franchise values, the owners now are asking for the players to help lessen their financial burden/loss. It is that the first official offer, among other things, asked the players who make the most to be walloped.

... Players endure capped systems in either the draft or internationally at the entry level. They have to work through the minors, often for several years, making wages often below poverty levels. Those who reach the majors cannot seek an open market for six or, if their service time is manipulated, seven seasons (think those who have had their service manipulated trust owners right now?). In the first three years, teams can pay major leaguers whatever they want, usually close to the minimum. The next three to four years, the teams have an arbitration system that, yes, begins to pay players better, but within confines and without a free market providing true value in what often are players’ most productive seasons.

In recent years, analytic front offices have smartly — but coldly — figured out how to get similar production for less cost, lowering many bars for arbitration-eligible players and free agents. One of the strategies is to keep the pay down on one end with all of the rules, then say the player is too old to get real money when he is finally free.

Those who navigate all of that to command lucrative contracts are being asked to incur the brunt of the savings for owners. And, as opposed to owners and their heirs who have decades of runway to make back losses, players who get in 10-plus years in The Show are a small percentage.

Also, whatever a player earns, we all will know it. We have no idea what owners make, which is central to the union complaint. MLB is crying poor but the Players Association is dubious...

Alex Patton Alex

I'm excited for the MLB draft.

Here's an article on a super-high upside kid. 17yo with huge upside.

Hard to imagine giving kids like him top $$$ due to lack of scouting, but he will go top 40 and could go top 15. And his arm is amazing!

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Luiz Gohara Atlanta Braves

Luiz Gohara (P) - Jun. 01

Gohara (shoulder) was released by the Angels on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Once a top prospect in the Mariners' and Braves' organizations, Gohara has dealt with a long list of arm injuries over the last few years, which has negatively impacted his development. As of early March, he was still months away from being able to return from a shoulder injury. 

Alex Patton Alex

So by accounts I read, if Mookie Betts' or Mike Trout's 67 year old mother lives in their home, or one of their kids is diabetic, then they are entitled to receive their full prorated salary without playing, right?

The player proposal also strikes me as ridiculous. Am I misreading it? See:

"Players who are considered “high risk” candidates for COVID-19 would be able to opt out of playing this season while still receiving their entire prorated salaries.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds that the “high risk” designation also extends to players who have spouses, children, or other live-in family members with pre-existing health conditions."

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

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