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Don’t Get Mad, Get Vlad?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Fantasy baseball designated hitters | 0 comments

Once thought of as one of the most complete players in all of baseball, Vladimir Guerrero is coming closer to wearing a Major League uniform.  Late last week, Guerrero was promoted to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A franchise in Las Vegas. Guerrero, who signed a minor league deal with Toronto on May 10, reported to extended spring training in Florida where he appeared in four games with Class A Dunedin, batting .450 (9-for-20) with a double, four home runs and eight RBIs. When Guerrero suited up against the Reno Aces, it was actually the first time ever that he has played at the Triple-A level.  That’s because he jumped straight from Double-A to the Montreal Expos in his 1996 rookie season.  But, don’t expect Guerrero to be in Vegas very long,  just long enough to have a positive influence on...

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Chicks Dig the Infield Shift

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Baseball News, Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Infielders | 0 comments

As more baseball managers employ the defensive shift, it could have a profound effect on some of your favorite fantasy baseball players. The Increased Use of the Shift in Baseball and its Effects on Fantasy Baseball Joe Maddon never has been a traditional manager.  Remember, this is the guy who once intentionally walked a man with the bases loaded! But, this year, it’s getting a little nutty in over-achieving Tampa Bay.  The New York Times ran a story last week that detailed the shifting prowess of Maddon — a manager that has shifted his defense more than 150 times already this season, including 29 times in the opening series against the Yankees.  Maddon shifts his defense whether the other team is hitting righties or lefties.  He shifts his defense whether his team is playing the best teams in the...

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Top Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Picks 2012

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 1 comment

Ballpark Bob Bentz gives his top sleeper picks at every position for the 2012 fantasy baseball season. Be sure to visit our Pinterest page on fantasy baseball sleepers and be sure to add your own favorite sleepers to our...

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BallparkBob’s Top Sleepers for 2012

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Games, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

We all love value picks.  We all love sleepers.  Who will be this season’s Lance Berkman, Joel Hanrahan, or Ian Kennedy? BallparkBob reviews his top sleepers at each position for the 2012 season.   Catcher — Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos is best known as the guy who got kidnapped in Venezuela this off-season before a daring rescue saved him.  But, he may be quite more well-known in 2012 now that Pudge Rodriguez is gone.  The 24-year-old’s ability to hit for power and average makes him an enticing sleeper for 2012.  In just 389 at bats, Ramos hit .267 with 15 homers, 52 RBIs and 48 runs scored.  He will not be pushed by backup Jesus Flores and should get the vast majority of the playing time.  Based on his 2011 season, Ramos is capable of a .270...

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The Top 5 Utility-Only Hitter Rankings

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Rankings | 0 comments

  Now that we’ve broken down all the major traditional positions in fantasy baseball, it only makes sense to get our hands dirty by putting rankings together for some “non-traditional” fantasy baseball positions. Typically, the utility/DH position in fantasy baseball is open to be filled by any hitter from the player universe. There are some hitters, however, who are only eligible as UTIL’s or DH. Normally these guys are DH’s and come solely from the American League. If you come across these guys in your draft, you should generally mentally reduce their value. Most UTIL-only players don’t produce three straight 40+ homer seasons like David Ortiz did from ’04-’06 or hit for a batting title-worthy high average like Edgar Martinez did for the majority of his career. Like most DH-only fantasy baseball lists, David Ortiz of the Boston Red...

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Fantasy Baseball Never a Sure Thing

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy baseball designated hitters | 0 comments

As the 2011 major league baseball regular season has ended, we are left to look back at the fantasy baseball season which just ended. However, it is also never too early to look ahead at the coming fantasy baseball 2012 season either. There are several lessons to be taken from this season and several which we can apply to coming years as well. I was lucky enough to have won my fantasy baseball league title in the final game on the final day of the 2011 season on a Jemile Weeks single. This proves one thing for sure: in fantasy baseball, you are never out of it. Keeping in mind that you are always in the hunt for your league championship, it is never too early to look back on ‘the season that was’ in order to learn some...

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