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March 4, 2008
BASEBALL: 30-30 Vision

Rotogod has a roundup, for those of you prepping fantasy drafts, of the top 30-30 candidates. As a roto veteran since 1994, I'd agree that you are, in theory, better off with complete players if you can afford them (in 1998 I had A-Rod when he went 40-40 with over 200 hits as an everyday SS - possibly the greatest Roto season ever). I'm not sure I agree with the rankings, as they seem to overrate the base-thieving of veterans like A-Rod, Sheffield and Beltran, underrate Chris Young, and include relatively few surprises, but it's a worthwhile list.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:28 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Taking the eras into consideration (for example, today a 3.50 ERA is pretty good while in 1968 it wasn't), Babe Ruth's 1921 season is almost Wilt-like:

.378 average
177 runs
59 HR
44 2B
17 steals
171 RBI
145 walks

That's worth $30-$40 million per season in today's market. I mean, when your stats blow the steroid riddled 73 homer season by Bonds out of the water, it's nothing short of unbelievable.

Posted by: RW at March 4, 2008 4:52 PM

Oh, forgot, he also had 204 hits that season.

Posted by: RW at March 4, 2008 4:54 PM

In real baseball, yeah. In Roto terms, it's hard to beat a shortstop who goes 40-40, never misses a game, bats over .300 in nearly 700 at bats and drives in over 100 runs.

Posted by: The Crank at March 4, 2008 5:30 PM

Although Ruth hit so many homers in 1920-21 that you'd win the category just by having him, which is pretty uniquely valuable.

Posted by: Jerry at March 4, 2008 7:00 PM

That's what I was thinking. Having Ruth alone would win you every roto category while throwing in a few handy-dandy steals.

Side story: in my fantasy league, we bid on players & that season was the "this NY guy named Derek Jeter is going to be the next big thing" leadup to the draft, so everyone was waiting on Jeter. Several others nabbed their shortstops at reduced prices while two guys then went into a bidding war over Jeter. The second highest SS went for $20 that year & Jeter was bid up to $30. The guy who lost out on Jeter was forced to take the Seattle youngster for a buck.

So, he got A-Rod for a buck in a league where you can renew guys for two more years. In short, the greatest fantasy season in history for a SS at the lowest price that could've been gotten.

Posted by: RW at March 4, 2008 10:27 PM
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