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While the latest Biogenesis suspension news is prevalent on everyone’s minds, I’d rather not sit here and discuss it just yet. There’s nothing you can do right now but sit and wait. You’re not benching anyone until they’re actually suspended and trying to shop anyone such as Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez or anyone else connected with it only makes you look like an ass in the eyes of your fellow fantasy owners. You’re just going to have to wait and see and make the necessary adjustments once the sh*t actually hits the fan. In the meantime, let’s look to bigger and brighter things happening in the game.
Yes, yes, I’m very aware. An absence over the weekend has left you in dire need of some fantasy love from me. My apologies. This was the first weekend in a very long time that my wife and I had coinciding schedules and we were looking to take advantage and get in a little quality time together. But of course, there was the inevitable fly in the ointment. Upon going out Friday night, my wife decided to have a snack at the concert venue we were at and before we knew it, we were forced to leave the show in mid encore and race home because she was feeling well. The subsequent food poisoning put her on the shelf for most of the weekend and left me to play nursemaid and house custodian over the next two days. Sadly, baseball was forced to take a back seat, but the whole experience got me to thinking and here’s where I bring it around full circle…
As we gear up for our fantasy baseball drafts, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the growth that we’ve seen in the fantasy sports business and what the impact is on drafts from year to year. More specifically, I’m talking about the immense coverage and the disappearance of sleepers, an annual favorite of nearly every fantasy owner. In the past, the fantasy baseball magazines and the few web sites that were out there would have their lists of players who were considered far from mainstream but expected to perform at a much higher level. It was fine back then as the circulation wasn’t what it is today and those of us who actually did the research on our own and unearthed these hidden gems actually saw it as a chance to gain an alternate opinion on these lesser known players. But with the crazy amount of coverage there is today, these sleeper lists have turned the unknown commodities into the trendiest picks of your draft and the players are losing their overall return value because every Neanderthal who can point and click is now taking them far too early in drafts. And because of that, those of us who go that extra mile in the research and draft prep need to start fighting back. We’re not going to be able to stop the hordes of writers from outing our sleepers, but what we can do is change our strategy and use our competition’s herd mentality against them.
It has been a long time my friends but it feels good to be back here rounding up another sultry night of baseball. We still don't have an end to the NFL lockout but that is probably a good thing since temperatures around the country move past the 100 degree threshold and that would be pretty unhealthy for running two a days in full pads. Anyways, while my partner Ryan Hallam is off frolicking around Citi Field I am left to wonder how in the hell Curtis Granderson has 26 HR's already this season and even more surprising is Jacoby Ellsbury who hit is 14th and 15th HR's today. With that, let's take a stroll through tonight's fantasy baseball highs and lows.
The longer than usual opening matchups in your fantasy baseball leagues have finally come to a close and hopefully you were on the winning side. Tonight, we continue to new format of the article where we feature some of the top performers of the night and then chronicle the news below. I am looking for some feedback on this change whether you all think this is a good move. Tonight, we mention some guys who are playing over their heads, a superstar off to a slow start, and a young phenom coming into his own. On the pitching side there is a couple of guys under the radar and why Fernando Rodney got the save tonight.
So much action taking place tonight but perhaps the biggest story of the year is our headline this evening. There are a number of reports that say Manny Ramirez failed another random PED test about a week ago and was about to be issued a 100 game suspension. But Ramirez abruptly retired this afternoon instead of facing the wrath of the commissioner's office and yet another suspension. It is a very sad way to go out for one of the games all-time greatest hitters but it has become obvious that "Manny being Manny" is nowhere near as charming as it used to be. Now let's check out what else happened around the league tonight....