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That's interesting. The tiers in ERA are a few teams battling around 3.00 and many more teams at 3.75 to more than 4.00. Fred taking Astacio has a ton of impact in K and Wins and maybe cost him one ERA point. I made a similar calculation when I took David Cone earlier, but I needed Astacio, too.

I swapped my Steve Karsay for Fred's Pedro Astacio and gained a half point. Not a big difference. But managing how ERA and RATIO points are swapped for quantatives is clearly a big part of the game.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

Best explanation I have seen thus far as to why the players took the revenue sharing proposal as a non-starter:

And I hate Boras but he is right about privatizing gains and socializing losses.

In my opinion, the players should have simply said, "ok owners, as soon as we have received completely transparent and FULL revenue numbers, we will talk to you about your proposal."  Full revenues would include ALL revenue.  That is the ultimate bluff call, as I think more than half the owners would not even share those numbers with their fellow owners, let alone the players.

I am pessimistic about completion of even a partial season.  If it starts, it may end abruptly.  How much would THAT suck for us fantasy owners?

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

My first observation is ... the team that drafted the most hitting$ won ... so perhaps everyone else undervalued hitters, to some extent?

Peter has Pedro Astacio as worth -$20 ... Alex's spreadsheet says +$15 ... that seems a difference to explore ... given that he was on the team that won (Fred) ... Fred got value from Astacio's 17 Wins and 210 Ks despite his 5.04 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Okay, one more. I added a NET column. This show the total profits and losses based on their spot in the auction. I'm not sure if this adds anything, but it does help show one pertinent fact. Players bought 35 negative valued players for -$226, which definitely changes the equation.

If you want to look at this data you can download the excel file here.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

Here is the same chart, sorted by standings order, with the points for pitching and hitting included.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

So, I mapped my player prices to the players each team drafted in the 1999 retro draft. The winner, Fred, bought the second most value, and I bought the fourth most (I finished third), but Dean, who bought the most finished sixth, and Doug, who bought the third most, finished ninth. And Jeff, who finished second, bought more talent than only three teams.

Not sure what that means.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

Good question how they are going to play it (assuming they play). Is there going to be a daily taxi to/from the taxi squad?

If there is, doesn't the auction almost have to include the taxi squad? Anyway, another good question.

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Victor Caratini Chicago Cubs

Victor Caratini (C) CHI-N - May. 18

Caratini could work as the Cubs' DH if MLB adopts a universal DH for a shortened 2020 season, Will Laws of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Kyle Schwarber is perhaps the first name that comes to mind as a DH for the Cubs, but he's improved his defensive play to the point where Chicago may elect to keep him in left field. That could open things up for Caratini as the team looks to get his bat in the lineup along with No. 1 catcher Willson Contreras. Caratini's DH case would be bolstered if the team kept three catchers, which would provide added insurance behind Contreras and take some burden off Caratini as a defensive option. 

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Tommy La Stella Los Angeles Angels

It's not just the jump in HR/FB, which goes without saying. A big jump in Hard %, despite slight decline in LD %. The decline in Pull % is another good sign.

And then there's the big decline in SO %.

It's all quite amazing. Why didn't I pick him in the Guide?

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Tommy La Stella (2B) ANA - May. 18

La Stella is expected to start at second base against right-handed pitchers if a 2020 season takes place, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: There had been murmurs of a potential move to first base for La Stella, but manager Joe Maddon quashed that idea and indicated that he wants the veteran to start at second base against righties. That leaves David Fletcher to man the position versus southpaws, though his positional versatility should keep the contact specialist's bat in the lineup on a near-everyday basis. 

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So here is the question of the week (assuming there is baseball).

For the auction, are Taxi Squad players up or down? My take would be that you have an active roster and a Taxi Squad and the Taxi Squad would be "minor leaguers" (i.e. draft eligible, but not auction eligible).  Things get dicey if you do day of active-rosters (which my league does) and someone like Luis Castillo is down on the Taxi Squad because he just pitched a long game. I assume that being sent to the Taxi Squad will force you to stay there for an extended period of time.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

After three of these retro drafts, the answer to Howard's question -- what is the best/preferred draft position? -- is, there doesn't seem to be one. Here's the finish of the 1999 retro (order of pick in the first round):

1. Fred (10)

2. Jeff (8)

3. Peter (2)

4. Eric (4)

5. Paul (9)

6. Dean (1)

7. Derek (7)

8. Justin (6)

9. Doug (5)

10. Ron (11)

11. Al (12)

12. Scott (3)

1982 and 1990 were similar.

Alex Patton Alex

My company's president and owner, after a downturn some years back, raged in a meeting that he would lose a million dollars that year.

As our comptroller was pleased to explain after a few beers in a very small, select group, that meant that the owner would make a million dollars less than he made the year before.  He would still be in the high-single digits in millions.  It would just be a million less than the year before.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Larry Herndon Detroit Tigers

I know he wasn't one of the best players on the great Tigers teams in 1984 and 1987, but I liked him for some reason.  Maybe it was his 1982 Topps card featuring him on the Giants with his glove open in the OF.  Just looked cool.

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Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals
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Stathead Spotlight: Luis Gonzalez

Players since 1999 with 30-game hitting streaks

Whit Merrifield2018‑09‑102019‑04‑1031KCR
Freddie Freeman2016‑08‑242016‑09‑2830ATL
Dan Uggla2011‑07‑052011‑08‑1333ATL
Andre Ethier2011‑04‑022011‑05‑0630LAD
Ryan Zimmerman2009‑04‑082009‑05‑1230WSN
Moises Alou2007‑08‑232007‑09‑2630NYM
Willy Taveras2006‑07‑272006‑08‑2730HOU
Chase Utley2006‑06‑232006‑08‑0335PHI
Jimmy Rollins2005‑08‑232006‑04‑0538PHI
Albert Pujols2003‑07‑122003‑08‑1630STL
Luis Castillo2002‑05‑082002‑06‑2135FLA
Vladimir Guerrero1999‑07‑271999‑08‑2631MON
Luis Gonzalez1999‑04‑111999‑05‑1830ARI

See the full list at's Batting Streak Finder

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Other Notable May 18 Events

1912: In protest of Ty Cobb's suspension over attacking a heckler, The Detroit Tigers field a team of replacement players in a 24-2 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics. Future priest Allan Travers was Detroit's lone pitcher in this game.

See other May 18 events at Baseball-Reference's Bullpen

Ten of the 24 runs were unearned.  

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Randy Johnson San Francisco Giants

Stathead Spotlight: Randy Johnson

Oldest pitchers to record a perfect game

Randy Johnson40.251 2004‑05‑18ARI
Dennis Martinez37.075 1991‑07‑28MON
Cy Young37.037 1904‑05‑05BOS
David Cone36.197 1999‑07‑18NYY
David Wells34.362 1998‑05‑17NYY

See the full list at's Pitching Game Finder

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Justin Verlander Houston Astros

Mark McGwireLarry HerndonMike BlowersRandy JohnsonStan Williams

May 18 All-Time Top Performers


Randy Johnson* (ARI, 2004): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 13 K, 100 GmSc

Stan Williams* (CLE, 1968): 10.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 12 K, 100 GmSc

Jason Schmidt (SFG, 2004): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 13 K, 97 GmSc

Justin Verlander (DET, 2012): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 12 K, 95 GmSc

George Pipgras (NYY, 1929): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 92 GmSc

* - pictured above

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Mark McGwire San Diego Padres

Mark McGwireLarry HerndonMike BlowersRandy JohnsonStan Williams

May 18 All-Time Top Performers


Mark McGwire* (STL, 2000): 3-4, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R

Larry Herndon* (DET, 1982): 3-4, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R

Mike Blowers* (OAK, 1998): 4-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, cycle

Dale Murphy (ATL, 1979): 3-3, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Edgar Martinez (SEA, 1999): 3-5, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Willie Mays (NYG, 1957): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 4 SB

Alex Gordon (KCR, 2014): 4-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

John Mabry (STL, 1996): 4-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, cycle

Andy Allanson (CAL, 1995): 4-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

Mickey Mantle (NYY, 1956): 4-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R

* - pictured above

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Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals

Matt Carpenter (3B) STL - May. 17

Carpenter presents as a potentially ideal designated hitter candidate if the position is instituted universally for the abbreviated 2020 regular season, Will Laws of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Laws makes a case for one DH candidate for every National League team, and Carpenter gets his nod on the Cardinals for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that slotting in the veteran at DH would allow him to solely focus on fixing the offensive side of his game after he slumped to a .226/.334/.392 line across 492 plate appearances in 2019. Another is that removing Carpenter from the defensive equation would allow Tommy Edman to potentially slot in at third base on an everyday basis, which would in turn possibly lead to more outfield playing time for a promising prospect like Lane Thomas. Last season notwithstanding, Carpenter's past body of work lends credence to the notion he could thrive in a DH capacity, as he racked up a career-best 78 extra-base hits (42 doubles, 36 home runs) and .523 slugging percentage in 2018.

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