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My 2nd Fantasy Baseball Team

Last Friday I did my 2nd Fantasy Draft. I had the 6th pick in the draft. My #1 pick of the draft was Josh Hamilton. I have never played Fantasy Baseball before so I’m still not to sure how everything works. I know I have two guys on this team that are injured. I decided to get Alex Rodriguez since I figured he would be back in May. I also got Troy Glaus. I had no idea he was injured. I think I seen on MLB. com today that he won’t be back till June. Grrrrrrreat (not Tony The Tiger Grrrrrrreat) now I need to figure something out. lol Well here is my 2nd Fantasy team. Let me know what you think and any suggestions would be nice. =)
 
Team – King of Cali

 
C                  Brian McCann
1B                Pablo Sandoval
2B                Howie Kendrick
3B                Alex Rodriguez
SS                 Rafael Furcal
OF                Josh Hamilton
OF                Alfonso Soriano
OF                Corey Hart
Util              Andre Ethier
Util              Jim Thome
BN                Delmon Young
BN                Orlando Hudson
BN                Troy Glaus
BN                Fred Lewis
 
 
SP                 Jon Lester
SP                 Matt Cain
RP                George Sherrill
RP                Chad Qualls
P                   John Danks
P                   Ryan Dempster
P                   Jered Weaver
 
 
~ King of Cali

Mariners vs. Giants quick recap – Today in Baseball History

Randy Johnson gets the start for the Giants. He gets the Mariners in order in the first inning. In the bottom of the first Pablo Sandoval hit a ball to right field that hasn’t even landed yet. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 1 and the Mariners nothing. In the top of the 2nd inning Balentien hit a home run off of Johnson to tie the game at 1. The Mariners would add another run in the top of the 3rd. On a RBI double by Bentancourt. Molina then throws out Bentancourt trying to steal 3rd base to end the inning.  Tim Lincecum came in to pitch in the top of the 4th inning. No runs for either team till the top of the 7th inning. Balentien hits a sacrifice fly to get an RBI in the 7th off of Tim Lincecum. The score is now Mariners 3 and the Giants 1. The Mariners get another run in the top of the 8th. Moving into the bottom of the 9th. It’s the Mariners 5 and the Giants 1. No real excitement for the Giants in today’s game.  They still couldn’t get anything going in the 9th inning.
 
Final Totals
 
Mariners get 5 runs, 7 hits and 0 errors.
Giants get 1 run, 5 hits and 0 errors.
 
Highlights
 
Pablo Sandoval is the only Giants player to have a multi hit game. He had 3 of the Giants 5 hits. Sandoval went 3-4 with 1 RBI and scoring 1 run.
 
Randy Johnson went 3 innings giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and 1 home run.
Tim Lincecum went 6 innings giving up 4 hits, 3 runs and 1 strike out.
 
Side Notes
 
Andres Torres leads all of the National League in Avg this spring and Pablo Sandoval is right behind him.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1990 – Howard Spira is arrested for extorting money from George Steinbrenner The Yankee owner paid Spira $40,000 in January. 
 
I also wanted to add this one as well. I have never heard of this guy but seems like he would have been a great pitcher.
 
1963 – On the day he is fitted for his big-league Orioles uniform. Steve Dalkowski pitching in an exhibition against the Yankees feels something pop in his left elbow. The fireballer from New Britain, Connecticut, who once struck out 24 batters in minors, will never appear in a major league game.
 
~ King of Cali

Who would you build around?

This is just something I have been thinking about and I’m curious as to what other bloggers think about this. If you could start your with one player. Who would be the guy you would build your team around? Would you start off with a young Ace like Tim Lincecum. Somebody that can start every five days and shut the other team down. Maybe you want a star shortstop like Derek Jeter. Someone that can hit and give you a 100% day in and day out. Maybe you want a centerfielder like Aaron Rowand that goes balls out on defense. You can even go with a monster swinger like Ryan Howard. He can spark your offense and get a ton of RBI’s. There is so many ways you can go with this. I’m just curious to see what bloggers would go with what guys to start a team and build around them. I look forward to your comments.
 
~King of Cali

Is Japan ready for Lincecum?

Today the Giants are going to play the Japan team. Tim Lincecum is going to get the start for the Giants. Lincecum isn’t expected to pitch that many innings. The Giants want to ease his workload over the long spring. Lincecum hasn’t given up a run in seven innings so far this spring. Everyone is excited to see Ichiro Suzuki face Tim Lincecum. Tim grew up in Renton Washington so he followed the Mariners growing up and now he’s going to face Ichiro.
 
MLB 2K9
 
I finally got a chance to play the game. I only had a few mins so I just did the Home Run Derby. I can’t really say how much I like it or not yet. I still need to play a regular game so I can be Lincecum. lol
 
 
 
 
~King of Cali

Check the attendance for your team…

Teams                  Dates         Home att.       Home avg     Road avg         Total
 
NY Yankees            81            4,287132          52,928         35,193        7,137,726
NY Mets                  79            4,042,045         51,165         35,944        6,953,516
LA Dodgers            81            3,730,750         46,059         34,710        6,542,284
St. Louis                 81            3,432,917         42,382         32,342        6,052,643
Philadelphia          81            3,422,583         42,254         33,214        6,112,949
LA Angels               81            3,336,747         41,194         29,621        5,736,079
Chicago Cubs         81            3,300,200         40,743         36,328        6,206,469
Detroit                   81            3,202,654          39,539         29,308        5,511,391
Milwaukee             81            3,068,458          37,882         33,237        5,760,633
Boston                   81            3,048,250          37,633         38,367        6,155,993
San Fran.               81            2,863,847          35,356          32,272        5,445,583
Houston                80            2,779,487          34,744          32,198        5,387,486
Colorado               80            2,650,218          33,128          32,812       5,307,964
Atlanta                  81            2,532,834          31,270          34,105       5,227,115
Arizona                81             2,509,946           30,987         33,946        5,259,562
Chicago WS          80             2,460,294           30,754         30,253        4,910,792
San Diego             81            2,427,535            29,970         35,795       5,326,908
Toronto               81             2,399,786            29,627         30,119       4,809,298
Washington         80             2,321,988            29,025         32,825       4,948,027
Seatle                   81             2,329,788            28,763         29,823       4,745,428
Minnesota            81            2,302,431            28,425          29,527      4,644,597
Cleveland            80             2,169,760            27,122          31,029      4,652,092
Cincinnati            81            2,058,632             25,415          34,288     4,835,994
Baltimore             78            1,950,077             25,001          31,654     4,482,366
Texas                    80            1,945,857             24,323          29,765     4,327,076
Tampa Bay           81            1,811,986             22,370          30,343     4,239,403
Oakland                81            1,665,256             20,559          29,943     4,030,782
Pittsburgh            80            1,609,076             20,113          33,701     4,338,855
Kansas City          79            1,578,922             19,986          29,918     4,002,291
Florida                  80            1,335,079             16,688          33,335     4,001,845
 

AL total: 34,488,931    AL average: 30,630
NL total: 44,085,595    NL average: 34,201
MLB total: 78,574,526    MLB average: 32,536

 

Giants fans have mixed feelings about Manny

Fans in the Bay Area are saying the Giants need Manny to bring a big name
MannyRamirezredsox.jpgand bat back to San Francisco. Then other fans are saying let Manny be Manny somewhere else. I see both sides, so I understand both sides of the argument.
 
Pro’s
Manny can make any teams lineup look solid with him in the middle of it. He can hit a home run out of any park, so that would mean even a pitchers park like AT&T park. Manny can also hit for average as well as being a home run threat every time he steps to the plate. He would have tons of fans buying tickets just to see him swing the bat.
 
Con’s
Manny would be a big liability out in leftfield. If Manny isn’t happy he will want to sit out or give up on his team. He’s getting up in age to give a big contract to him. Manny would be a team destroyer in the locker room.
 
I’m sure there is a lot more pro’s and con’s out there. I would still sign Manny. He is SUPERSTAR player. He brings fans to the park. If you pass by a TV and see him at the plate. You will stop to see what he does. He will help a team that is in need of a big bat. He will not get in the way of any up and coming Giants.
 
It’s obvious that I think the Giants should sign him, but I know they will not. Manny will be a Dodger sooner or later. Why couldn’t the Yankees sign him too? Just to get him out of the NL West. I am a Manny fan and look forward to see him play next season. Since he will probably hit around .300. I figured he can have his hits against other teams, cause he will not be able to hit our starting rotation.
 
~King of Cali
 
 
Tyler Walker has signed with the Mariners and Rich Arullia’s agent said the Giants are talking to them about re-signing him for another season, but won’t do so till it get’s closer to spring training.

If you were a GM what realistic moves would you make for your team this off-season?

Its funny cause I wrote this topic down and was going to post a blog about it.
Thumbnail image for TimLincecum-1.jpgThen I actually found another blog with something similar. It was about the Giants and what they would do if they were the GM. I do give the guy credit because he did put a lot of time and thought into it, but it just wasn’t realistic. What realistic moves would you make with your team. Trades, free agent signings or whatever you can think of. You can’t change any of the teams your team has already made this off-season. Starting today….
 
If I was Brian Sabean I would trade some pitching for a bat. I would trade Jonathan Sanchez to the Florida Marlins for Jorge Cantu. He hit .277 with 29 home runs and 95 RBI’s. That would be the corner infielder they were looking for. He can play 3rd base and then Pablo Sandoval can play first base.
 
Then I would make a hard push for Manny Ramirez. He would be another great bat that would be in the middle of the lineup. Then the Giants would be the favorite in the NL West. They would have a very decent lineup with a great starting rotation.
 
If by any chance the Giants are out of it by trading deadline. Then I would trade Bengie Molina since he’s in his last year of his contact. No need to re-sign him with Buster Posey ready to come up by the end of the season. Posey was drafted by the Giants with the 5th overall pick in the 2008 draft. Randy Winn would like to stay a Giant. He’s been a good Giant too. I would re-sign him if he doesn’t demand a lot of money. If he’s not signed before the trading deadline. I would also trade him as well. To get some minor league player or players. No sense in letting him walk at the end of the season and get nothing in return.

 
~King of Cali

What player on your favorite team will have a breakout year in 2009?

Well I think a couple players on the Giants will have a breakout year. I guess I will
PabloSandoval.jpgname them both and for different reasons. I think Pablo Sandoval will have a very nice season with the bat. He hit .345, 3 Home Runs and 24 RBI’s in just 41 games. I believe that was just a sample of what he can do with a bat in his hands. He does hit for AVG, but I’m hoping he gets a little more pop in his bat. He will probably be batting 3rd and I’m sure he will keep his AVG up and RBI’s will also come easy for him with Renteria on base a lot in front of him.
 

BarryZito.jpgI also think Barry Zito will have a breakout year. I know I’m sure a lot of you guys think that’s a type error. No it’s not! I do believe he will have a breakout year. This year he’s not going to be the main guy that everyone is looking at cause of his big contract. They have Tim Lincecum coming back as the ace and Cy Young award winner. Then you add Randy Johnson with Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez. Zito will fall back to like the 3rd or 4th spot in the starting rotation. Which can only help him. He will not be going up against another teams ace. He can only get better at the bottom of the rotation.
 
Who do you belive will be your teams breakout player of 2009?
 
– King of Cali