Roto Imbeciles
Fantasy Baseball for the Roto Enthusiast
Wednesday, February 25, 2015: Andre Ethier did have a few moments in the sun, even making a couple NL all star teams. I think he's still living off of one great season (2009) when he hit 31 HR, 106 RBI, 92 runs, 42 doubles, 72 walks, and an .869 OPS. He even received a Silver Slugger award for his troubles. But he's kind of become Nick Markakis for the most part ever since. If I'm the Dodgers, I would definitely give him a shot at the LF job. Anyway, between the time that Puig misses and the Crawford injuries, I can see Ethier finding an alleyway to 400 AB. And if he's a new and improved Ethier, let's give him 450 AB. I will say, Zinter, that the Dodger OF is crowded to say the least. He signed a 6 yr/$96-mil deal a while back through 2017 so he may be hard to move.

Didn't Chuck Knoblauch pelt Keith Olbermann's mother in the stands with one of his many errant throws from second base? I vaguely remember that. The Yankees had to eventually move Knoublach to the OF. I think after the PED situation Pettitte righted the ship quite nicely. Jason Giambi did put up some great numbers, steroids or not. In a 5 year period from 1999-2003 Giambi averaged 39 HR, 122 RBI, 110 runs, 122 walks, a .444 OBP, a .317 BA, and a 1.039 OPS. He was also in the top-8 AL MVP 4 times including winning the award in 2000 with the A's. He spent 7 seasons with the Yankees before going back to Oakland and finishing with the Rockies and Indians. I think that he was more of a player-coach the past 2 seasons, getting only 246 AB. Giambi was a good guy and it's a shame he got caught up in the whole steroid world. I do agree with the guys on the site that he probably won't be a manager but can see him on the coaching lines.

It brought a tear to my eye when I saw a posting on this very site concerning Tony Campana who's out for this season with a torn ACL. He was always a real hero to me. I've often used this Raymond Chandler quote to describe my fascination with Campana: Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. That's Chandler's definition of a hero and I think he was talking about Tony Campana. He was 66 for 75 in his MLB career as far a SB's are concerned. But his lifetime 103/27 K/BB is enough to make you want to throw up in your mouth. This has to be devastating news for Campana who enjoyed a 174 AB season for the Cubs in '12 and stole 30 bases. I did have him in 2011 when he had 4 swipes in a game on May 30th of that year. He was also on my $360-NL roster for a buck but that was moot anyway since he went to the AL. But like you say Stork, you have to wonder if there's any time left for Campana after this terrible injury he suffered. If I were signing his high school yearbook right now as a classmate I would write, "Good luck with the rest of your life!"

I remember last off-season when a fellow owner in my $360-NL had Tony Campana on his roster for $13. I politely asked him what he would consider for Campana. He got back to me and said that he would do Campana for a $19 Sergio Romo who was the SF closer at this time last year. I told the owner not to insult me so he offered me Campana and another piece of junk for Romo. I actually haven't talked to that owner since. Like I said above, I got Campana in the draft in that league for a buck. But after going 9 for 60 (with 4 SB) for the D'Backs, Campana was dispatched to the AL. I sometimes wish I had that buck back!

Through his age 29 season, Andruw Jones could write a ticket for his enshrinement to the Hall of Fame. 1607 games, 1556 hits (.267), 962 runs, 342 HR, 1023 RBI, 133 SB, and a 1256/647 K/BB. That included 5 all star appearances and 9 Gold Gloves. It's been a different story since the age of 30, a .214 BA in 1763 AB, 242 runs, 92 HR, 266 RBI, 19 SB, 1 Gold Glove, and a 492/244 K/BB. I will agree with Preston that during his time with the Braves, Jones was the best CF in the game. He needed these last 2 seasons of counting stats in the majors instead of Japan and 2 more seasons here in the west just to have a shot at the Hall. The funny thing is that if his career ended at 29 Jones would have had a better shot at the Hall. I'd like to see him sign on with a club and the Mariners would seem to be a decent fit. Of course, he would have to stay in the AL.

Ernie Banks remains the Cubs' leader in games played (2,528), AB (9,421), plate appearances (10,395) and X-base hits (1,009). He is second in HR (512), hits (2,583) and RBIs (1,636). I'd like to safely put Banks at #1 in HR over the steroid abusing Sammy Sosa if that's OK with everyone. I saw him on TV a few months back and remember thinking to myself how good he looked for a guy in his 80's. Playing for the Cubs could make anyone want to kick their cat but Banks always stayed upbeat and positive. I never heard anyone say a bad thing about him. Very sad news concerning the passing of Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub. Now he'll be able to play 2 everyday!

There's nothing I would rather write about than Emilio Bonifacio. Hard to believe at the age of 29 (he'll turn 30 in April) the Chicago White Sox, who he signed a 1 yr/$4-mil deal with today, will be his 8th major league team. That includes 4 teams the past 2 seasons. It must mean that everyone wants him. And while I think $4-mil is a little much for him, I do like this signing by the South Siders. He can play second, short, third, and CF. I've told this story many times on this very site but the best fantasy baseball day of my life was back on Apr 6, 2009 (Opening Day). I had Bonifacio on my $360-NL team for $10. Against the Nationals, Bonifacio went 4 for 5 with 4 runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 3 SB. This guy was headed to the Hall of Fame. It didn't matter to me that the LD he hit to RF was played into a HR by Lastings Milledge (I believe it was him). It would also be the only HR Bonifacio hit all season. His first 7 games of divinity that season looked like this: 16 for 33 (.485) with 11 runs, 5 RBI, and 4 SB. I could have named my price for him! Of course, Bonifacio gifted my resolution with 4 for his next 41 (.098) with 1 run, 1 SB, 0 RBI, and a 15/3 K/BB. Bonifacio had his best season in 2011 with Florida when he batted .296 in 565 AB, 78 runs, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 40 SB, a .753 OPS, and a 129/59 K/BB. You can bet that I will make a play for him in my AL-only this coming spring as long as the price doesn't get too prohibitive. I might scratch double digits for him but probably not much more than $12. 

I had Bonifacio in my $360-NL this year. I drafted him for $28 as he was the last speed guy left. With the $5 add-on preseason, Bonifacio would have been $33 and I wasn't going to keep him. That all becomes moot since he went to the AL. Bonifacio is valuable in fantasy. He's averaged 31 SB a season over the last 4. In his first 8 games in 2014, Bonifacio was 19 for 38 (.500), 8 runs, 5 SB, and a 1.116 OPS. He was on pace for around 384 hits and I believe that would have been an all-time record. I think the moral of all this is, by all means, draft Bonifacio, but after 7 or 8 games into the season sell him to the highest bidder.

This is a contract that I said at the time would cause a ripple in the budget of the US. On Jan 2, 2013 the Cubs inked Edwin Jackson to a 4 yr/$52-mil contract. At the time I said that this is one of the worst contracts in professional sports' history. The Cubs have received 58 GS from Jackson with a 258/122 K/BB, 365 HA, and a 5.58/1.54 ERA/WHIP in 316 IP. Now that's really taking a lighter and torching your money if you're the Cubbies.



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