Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Stolen Base Kings of 2007

Every year we sit down at the draft table and watch as the four or five main Stolen Base players are plucked off the board and we sit there banging our heads in frustration. Actually, some of us become so "PO 'd" we actually sit there with an attitude the rest of the draft. C'mon, you guys know who you are! Jose Reyes! Damn! Ichiro Suzuki! Damn! Carl Crawford! Damn! Then there's the quiet guy over at the corner of the table, the outcast who was late, who actually whines,
"Man, I never get a stolen base guy!" ... in his most whining voice while he bangs his fist on the desk. Ahhh the laughs....

Anyway, don't let this happen to you. Stolen bases can always be found throughout the draft, you just have to search a little harder. I have come up with a new draft, one you will only find at Fantasy Baseball Express...for FREE, and is the basis for this article. Below, you will find "tiers" of players who will "potentially" grab a certain amount of stolen bases in 2007. The following "tiers" are based on stats from the last 2 - 3 years, is only a guide as to the "POTENTIAL" amount of stolen bases a player "could" get. So study this list and keep it close to you on draft day, it will be a major help, believe me! You'll no longer have to go fumbling through pages upon pages of a fantasy magazine 5 seconds befor your next pick!

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Players are ranked on total potential stolen bases
Tier 1 - Expecting 60 - 80 Stolen Bases
1. Jose Reyes
2. Hanley Ramirez

Tier 2 - Expecting 40 - 60 Stolen Bases
3. Carl Crawford
4. Juan Pierre
5. Ichiro Suzuki
6. Chone Figgins
7. Ryan Freel
8. Scott Podsednik
9. Alfonso Soriano
10. Joey Gathright (w/500ab's)

Tier 3 - Expecting 30 - 40 Stolen Bases
11. Felipe Lopez
12. Jimmy Rollins
13. Rafael Furcal
14. Brian Roberts
15. Julio Lugo
16. Willy Tavares
17. Corey Patterson
18. Derek Jeter
19. David Wright
20. Shane Victorino
21. Dave Roberts

Tier 4 - Expecting 15 - 30 Stolen Bases
22. Bobby Abreu
23. Grady Sizemore
24. Johnny Damon
25. Jason Bay
26. Carlos Beltran
27. Chase Utley
28. Alex Rodriguez
29. Rocco Baldelli
30. Rickie Weeks
31. Delmon Young
32. Alex Rios
33. Corey Hart
34. Chris Duffy
35. Chris B. Young
36. Alex Gordon
37. Torii Hunter
38. Milton Bradley
39. Kenny Lofton
40. Chris Burke
41. Howie Kendrick
42. Josh Barfield
43. Ian Kinsler
44. Orlando Cabrera
45. Jason Bartlett
46. Derrek Lee
47. Curtis Granderson
48. Mike Cameron
49. Luis Castillo
50. Brandon Phillips
51. Vernon Wells
52. Coco Crisp
53. Omar Vizquel
54. Carlos Guillen

Tier 5 - Expecting 5 - 15 Stolen Bases
55. Vlad Guerrero
56. Carlos Lee
57. Matt Holliday
58. Miguel Cabrera
59. ALbert Pujols
60. Ryan Zimmerman
61. Tadahito Iguchi
62. Joe Mauer
63. Russell Martin
64. Nick Johnson
65. Prince Fielder
66. Edgar Renteria
67. Adam Kennedy
68. Gary Matthews
69. Marcus Giles
70. Reggie Sanders
71. Aaron Rowand
72. Eric Byrnes

Tier 5 - Sleeper Stolen Bases
Nook Logan
Shin-Soo Choo
Kaz Matsui
Alfredo Amezaga
Nick Punto

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - Great Fantasy Baseball Website

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Andy is still Dandy but pushing retirement to earn the Candy?

So I'm wondering now how many new articles on the free agent signing of Andy Pettitte will make some reference to Andy being so damn dandy! Probably the Post or the NY Daily News will be the main culprits with D-A-N-D-Y written in huge letters on the back page! The question is however, is this move a "dandy" one for the Yankees?

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I should so! A quite "dandy" move if you ask me. Andy Pettitte is a surefire post-season performer and he still young enough that he's not going to fall apart! A rotation of Pettitte, Mussina, Wang, Johnson, and either Hughes or Pavano or the Japanese guy if they get him - doesn't that sound sweet? Nothing better than having a Randy Johnson as your 4th starter, assuming he can get his act together for one more year. I guess we have to believe that Pettitte's injuries are well behind him but he will provide the much needed stability in the Yankee rotation while adding yet another aged starter. I'm not knocking Pettitte here, but he is getting older. I basically grew up with Pettitte since day one as I 've been a Yankee Lover since I was still in the womb! ........ I'm just glad to see him back.

Although this is a great move for the Yanks, its brings up an interesting question - Is Roger Clemens and now, Andy Pettite setting the standard for players to promote the fact that they want to retire in order to land a bigger payday? Think about it, for 2 years, Clemens has been talking about retirement and when he does, he comes right back for a big payday. Last year the Astros signed him for a half of a season for somewhere around $18 Million. Is that ridiculous? Now this year, its been rumored he is looking for around $20 - $25 Million to go back to Boston or possibly the Yankees if they get desperate. Will he follow his best friend Andy Pettitte? I thought about this because Pettitte has made it known that he would like to retire, but he's only 35 and all of a sudden, he signs a one-year deal with the Yankees for $14 Million with an option for next year. So what then, he'll tease us with retirement and sign with the Mets for $20 million since money hungry Barry Zito, his dad, and his super agent Scott Bor-ASS decide they can't handle NYC only to land in Texas where his ERA will skyrocket!. Okay, its quite unlikely that Andy will wear a Mets uniform but do you see my point?

When does this end? Is it right for a team to sign a 44 year old pitcher to only throw in home games for a half a season and pay him $20 million? I'm not against the fact that the Yankees signed Pettitte, I love Pettitte (and still have his poster on my door), nor will I say anything if the Yanks signed Clemens, as I am rubbing my hands together with a joker smile, but I just see a growing trend!

Here's my test. Let's wait and see who the next guy is that wants to retire while still at the top of his game. Lets watch this player un-retire and fetch a larger one-year payday! This will be interesting, but who will it be? ........ Jim Thome? Sheffield? Mussina? Maddux? It may not happen this year but maybe over the next few years. We'll just have to wait and see.

All in all, its good to have Andy back and reunite him with his most loyal fans. His fantasy stock for this season just rose incredibly. I'm just glad he decided to pick his fans over his family! I missed Andy!

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