♫ Pitcher bunt attempts forever, for the union makes us bat ♫ – 2021 ILX Fantasy Baseball!

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I made the thread on ILE, had it destroyed, and brought it back with the SAME dumb joke title because I can't do any better!

Hi everyone! The super bowl's only a week or so away, and you know what that means: pitchers and catchers report in two weeks!

Thermo's still commissioning (commissionering? commishing?) the league but I've been asked to take over "herd cats into picking keepers" duty, so here I am, making this thread that I regret the title of (as mentioned above). I love cats! This will be easy!

As a fantasy baseball GM, it is your duty to select up to five (5) eligible keepers:
• 2 of which must be 27, 28 or 29 yrs old
• another 2 players 26 or under
• one final keeper that can be either (basically anyone under the age of 30)
• age is calculated as of April 1
• for a player to be keep-eligible he must have been drafted on draft day by your team or traded to you by a team that drafted him. that means:
• free agent/waiver pick-ups cannot be kept
• if you have less than 5 keepers, you will get an extra draft pick at the end of the draft
• keep it clean (Will M's edit: alternatively, GET NASTY THIS TIME)

Looking at previous years, the draft's fallen on the Sunday before the Sunday before opening day, so let's put it at March 21, 2021 @ 4:00 PM Eastern (subject to change). I KNOW you don't have St. Patrick's plans this year, so don't even. That means keepers deadline is March 14, 2021.

If you're coming back, please let us know ASAP! If you aren't, please let us know ASAP! VORPed Minds is old enough to drink in Quebec now! How ridiculous is that! HELP US MAINTAIN THE TRADITION OF ROTISSERIE-STYLE FANTASY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL COURTESY OF OUR FRIENDS AT SPORTS DOT YAHOO DOT COM SLASH FANTASY.

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Friday, 29 January 2021 18:55 (one month ago) link

i'm down

na (NA), Friday, 29 January 2021 18:56 (one month ago) link

I'll be back.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 29 January 2021 19:49 (one month ago) link

I am willing and prepared to defend my victory*

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 29 January 2021 19:58 (one month ago) link

Also I'll kick off the keeper picking. Note that you can change these before March 14!!

Wander Franco (20)
Zac Gallen (25)

Luis Castillo (28)
Mookie Betts (28)
Nolan Arenado (29)

Also in my copy-pasting, I forgot to bold the dates --
DRAFT March 21 2021 (tentative)
KEEPERS March 14 2021 (mostly not tentative)

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Friday, 29 January 2021 21:11 (one month ago) link

thanks again for getting the ball rolling dude. drinks in Quebec are on me!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 29 January 2021 21:22 (one month ago) link

Mad Boone Rising is back!

Acuna (23) lol
Luis Robert (23)
Yoan Moncada (25)
Rhys Hoskins (28)
Wilson Contreras (28)

Van Horn Street, Friday, 29 January 2021 23:57 (one month ago) link

I have 3 obvious keepers but the last 2 spots I have 4 different options which will be very tough, may need to hold out to the deadline before making a commitment.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 30 January 2021 18:55 (one month ago) link

here are the keepers for CORROSION OF CONFORTO:

Fernando Tatis Jr (22)
Yordan Alvarez (23)
Michael Conforto (28)
Xander Bogaerts (28)
Brandon Woodruff (28)

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I was tempted to consider Glasnow (27) or Ketel Marte (27), but I don't trust either after last season's abdications of fantasy baseball duty and I have trouble not keeping any of the other three players they'd replace. Might change my mind though.

omar little, Saturday, 30 January 2021 22:25 (one month ago) link

question: is the thread title supposed to be sung? and if so, to what tune??

my most likely keepers this year (fingers crossed this time it will work out, happy thoughts version):
Kris Bryant 29
Francisco Lindor 27
Ozzie Albies 24
Nate Pearson 24
Mike Soroka 23

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 31 January 2021 19:55 (one month ago) link

solidarity forever

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Monday, 1 February 2021 17:55 (one month ago) link

He Ain't Javy (He's My Baez) tentative keepers

Javier Baez (28)
Aaron Nola (27)
Peter Alonso (26)
Lucas Giolito (26)
Chris Paddack (25)

na (NA), Monday, 1 February 2021 18:06 (one month ago) link

do i have this right from last year?

CONFIRMED from 2020 to 2021:
NA
Will M
NoTimeBeforeTime
Thermo
Van Horn
Albert
omar

TBD from 2020 to 20201:
Jimmie Lovefoxxxxxx
X
bnw
j.q higgins
francisF
Andy K

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Tuesday, 2 February 2021 17:00 (one month ago) link

Definitely in, thanks. Keepers TBD soon.

NP: Kaito - Peace of Landscape (Kompakt)

Andy K, Wednesday, 3 February 2021 00:44 (one month ago) link

I don’t think there’s any rush on keepers. Season probably delayed again.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 3 February 2021 04:34 (one month ago) link

if anyone hears from the other 5 plz ask em to confirm their spot! delay or no, best to know if we need a replacement or something.

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Wednesday, 3 February 2021 17:00 (one month ago) link

Communication is complicated because ILX webmail sucks, and some of these people like higgins & bnw (& Andy K) are OGs and have no doubt moved on from those email hosts. Is there any way to reach out via yahoo! league settings?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 3 February 2021 17:57 (one month ago) link

I'm in

, Wednesday, 3 February 2021 18:37 (one month ago) link

ok, i'm back for more fantastical action. What are the odds we play 162?
will have my keepers in soon

francisF, Thursday, 4 February 2021 23:13 (one month ago) link

Not sure who Jimmie Lovefoxxxxxx is (what's his alt?) but I may have ways of contacting bnw & j.q higgins via mutuals (those guys are OGs).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 5 February 2021 04:19 (one month ago) link

did a little poking around and jimmie is aka "this cannot be changed"

anyway they have plenty of time -- maybe they just haven't been active. i'll wait a bit before i try yahoo mail, but it should work i think?

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Friday, 5 February 2021 04:59 (one month ago) link

Don’t sweat it. Lots of time, and we’ll probably get bonus time when things are delayed. Usually first week of March I will send out a reminder mail. But everyone knows the drill.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 5 February 2021 06:33 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

I am in. Had no idea you guys played last year tbh. I’m sure my keepers are garbage, oh well.

bnw, Thursday, 4 March 2021 03:57 (four days ago) link

well you got about a week to let us know what garbage you want to keep!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 5 March 2021 00:52 (three days ago) link

Billy Childish Bambino tentative keepers:

Juan Soto (22)
Kyle Tucker (24)
Adalberto Mondesi (25)
Matt Olson (27)
Nick Castellanos (29)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 5 March 2021 01:25 (three days ago) link

impressed bnw managed to finish 7th, despite not touching his team all season!

so – i've officially moved the draft date on the league page to the afore mentioned 21st – for 4pm edt

for anyone who doesn't have their selects in by the 14th, i will let Will select their keepers – and he's *crazy*!
the sooner we get them in, the sooner i can post the draft order.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 5 March 2021 22:58 (three days ago) link

not as pure garbage as i worried. surely i will manage them worse then 7th now.

Julio Urias (24)
Shane Bieber (25)
Josh Hader (26)
Trevor Story (28)
Eugenio Suarez (29)

bnw, Saturday, 6 March 2021 20:09 (two days ago) link

Snitker Conspiracy

Rafael Devers 24
Franmil Reyes 25
Austin Meadows 26
Noah Syndergaard 28
Mike Trout 29

Andy K, Sunday, 7 March 2021 00:37 (yesterday) link

keepers/who has responded tracker

i've sent a webmail to the two non-confirmed, hopefully they get those -- i'll also try yahoo to see if there's some way to reach out there...

(xp: will update with that one now!)

and sorry i've been so inactive. a combination of online exhaustion and valheim have made me extremely bad at everything. doing the work now tho!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 7 March 2021 00:40 (yesterday) link

Andy – Meadows is 25. you got him for another year!

I did a little websleuthing based on my longterm knowledge of higgins... he is on Facebook so I could try to ping him there if we get desperate.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 7 March 2021 03:35 (yesterday) link

Sorry for the wait! My keeper picks:

LuvWilTeheranUsApart

Alex Bregman (27)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (22)
Bo Bichette (23)
Carson Kelly (26)
Jonathan Villar (29)

Villar is horrible but I literally don't have anyone else (all the other keeper eligible guys I drafted were dropped).

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 7 March 2021 10:44 (yesterday) link

hi hi sorry hi hello i am 'any kestons?' this year

Keston Hiura, 24
Walker Buehler, 26
Cody Bellinger, 27
Tim Anderson, 27
Jorge Soler, 29

The Jesus Luzardo (Jimmie Lovefoxxxxxx), Sunday, 7 March 2021 13:01 (yesterday) link

Jimmie Love – Bellinger is only 25!

Andy – Meadows is 25. you got him for another year!

Thanks for the correction. Firing my assistant.

https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/files/2018/10/dave-dombrowski-red-sox-1024x697.jpg

Andy K, Sunday, 7 March 2021 18:00 (yesterday) link

But other than my bad math, my list is still good, right Thermo?

The Jesus Luzardo (Jimmie Lovefoxxxxxx), Sunday, 7 March 2021 19:30 (yesterday) link

https://i.ibb.co/z5x1LNd/Jeffress-Fire.jpg
BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO JEFFRESS

FLAHERTY, Jack (<27)
MAY, Dustin (<27)
MACHADO, Manny (27-29)
GALLO, Joey (27-29)
JIMÉNEZ, Eloy (<30)

Hopefully my keepers are admissable! Pretty sure

francisF, Sunday, 7 March 2021 20:58 (yesterday) link

finally - a reference i get!!!

ayyyy that's everyone confirmed! just need keepers from two teams (unless i missed em). the hardest part of fantasy baseball is almost done! wait what do you mean i have to do a draft

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 7 March 2021 22:44 (yesterday) link

I did a little websleuthing based on my longterm knowledge of higgins... he is on Facebook so I could try to ping him there if we get desperate.

― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, March 6, 2021 10:35 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

they responded on the yahoo forums and will be returning!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 7 March 2021 22:46 (yesterday) link

Awesome! There are only so many ace surf guitarists in the DC area, I'll have to tease him when he shows back up.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 7 March 2021 22:54 (yesterday) link

ha!

also i was brainstorming new team names and decided to base it on the guy who might not even play this year, wander franco... i went wander... what sounds like wander... one direction? that's it! wanderection!

my brain vetoed this almost immediately, but then i came up with WanderVision so I'll go with that!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 7 March 2021 23:10 (yesterday) link

thought stacking my draft with youths would give me a better keeper than alex verdugo but here's alex verdugo:

Alex Verdugo (<27)
Corey Seager (<27)
Bryce Harper (27-29)
Aaron Judge (27-29)
Blake Snell (27-29)

, Monday, 8 March 2021 02:37 (twelve hours ago) link


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