Roto Imbeciles
Fantasy Baseball for the Roto Enthusiast
Friday, May 22, 2015: They say it's your birthday, happy birthday to you! Hitting the big six-oh today. Yeah, 60! That's pretty damn old. To quote Mickey Mantle, if I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself. Of course Mantle didn't make it to 64. My wife would say that Mantle died of excess, much like Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, and so many others. But Mantle did something none of those other did. He hit 536 HR in the show! My wife asked me what I want for the big day and I just mentioned that I would like a good fantasy baseball day. A little hitting, a little pitching. I have Alex Wood and Josh Collmenter going for me in different leagues so anything can happen (and usually does). Two starts back Collmenter gave up 9 ER on 8 hits and 2 walks. All that came in 1 1/3 IP. But Collmenter and I will always have April 17 to talk about, the day that he invaded SF and pitched a 4 hit shut out. Collmenter presently has a 5.36 ERA. I have him in all 3 of my NL-only and have no one to blame but myself.

Someone on this very site had the nerve to compare the high hands in the batting stance of Craig Counsell to one of the all-time greats, Ted Williams. You know, one of the greatest hitters of all time. Not sure that those 2 have ever been mentioned in the same sentence together. Counsell and Teddy Ballgame, yeah, I can see it! I've kicked guys off the site for less that that. If you had Ron Roenicke in your pool as the first manager fired in '15, you made yourself some cash. And the new Brewers' manager, Counsell, had a solid major league career, don't get me wrong, going 1208 for 4741 (.255), with a .686 OPS, 42 HR, 390 RBI, 103 SB, 647 runs, and a 663/589 K/BB and had the ability to play all over the place. I owned Counsell for a buck in my $360-NL back in '05 when he had his best season. That year for the D'Backs, Counsell batted .256 in 578 AB, 85 runs, 26 SB, a 69/78 K/BB, and a .726 OPS. Counsell was part of 2 World Champions ('97 Marlins, '01 D'Backs) and was the MVP of the '01 NLCS when he was 8 for 21 (.381), with a .905 OPS, 5 runs, 4 RBI, and 1 SB. But fittingly it would end for Counsell after the 2011 season when, form June 11 thru August 1, he went 0 for 45 with a 5/1 K/BB and an .042 OPS. All in all, it was a good run for Counsell and I hope the Brewers give him the chance to turn this mess around. I personally think they should take the best offer for Ryan Braun and maybe even Carlos Gomez. Aramis Ramirez is gone, too, after the season. Get some good young hitters and take a mulligan on this season. Yeah, like it never existed. Counsell is presently 10-8 in his first foray into managing.




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