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Scott Barzilla

2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

One of the more controversial topics in all of sports is the subject of tanking. Obviously, the commissioners of the various sports all want to employ their own methods to keep it from happening and it seems to be more prevalent in baseball than any other sport. There are a

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Not only did the Cubs win the World Series last season, but they were the best team in baseball hands down. In the 100 plus year history of the World Series, very few teams have actually led the big leagues in runs scored and allowed the fewest runs in the

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The Braves entered SunTrust Park this past week and everything they had done for the previous two seasons led to that moment. They went through a couple of painful seasons where they purged some of their payroll. This offseason they began to add some of that payroll back by adding

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The importance of fielding can often be seen in the best and worst teams. Perhaps, it is even more obvious when we look at the disappointing teams. No team disappointed in 2016 as much as the Arizona Diamondbacks. It ended up getting the general manager fired. Two consecutive general managers

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Jurickson Profar
2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The 2016 Texas Rangers were a statistical anomaly. Their Pythagorean record came in at a paltry 82-80, but they finished at 95-67. That is plus 13 wins for the math impaired. They were plus five games the season before. This is where your perspective dictates how we move forward. Positive

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

Fielding Is an aggregate game. Hitting and offensive performance is a lot easier to track and often more fun. We all know Yoenis Cespedes can get on a tear and watching him do it is a blast. Watching a superlative fielder is a lot more subtle. Every hitter gets to

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The Blue Jays have dominated the AL East over the past couple of seasons and most people attribute it to their great offense. Why not? They had Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, and Troy Tulowitzki. What’s more, they still have most of those guys this season. You

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

It’s fascinating watching low budget teams get around their lack of funds. Watching the big spenders is boring. They simply buy players whenever they need it. The low budget teams must pick and choose what they want to prioritize and what they have to let go of. The Rays and

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The Moneyball movie renewed some interest in Billy Beane and the Athletics. The movie caused some cognitive dissonance due to the dated material in the book. They seemed to eschew fielding and therefore some fans were confused. The truth is that the A’s (along with other teams) have altered their

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2017 Fantasy BaseballFantasy Baseball

The initial edition of the Fielding Bible chronicled the difference between Adam Everett and Derek Jeter. One was the best shortstop in the business and one was the worst. By now, it isn’t all that controversial to consider Jeter to be an awful defensive shortstop. Didi Gregorius took his slot

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