Brian, Circle of Trust, Closers, Relievers

Closer Circle of Trust: July 2012


Trusted

Solid

Danger

     
Steve Cishek Chris Perez Jonathan Broxton Huston Street Alfredo Aceves
Carlos Marmol
Addisod Reed J.J. Putz
Craig Kimbrel Jason Motte Rafael Soriano Aroldis Chapman
Ernesto Frieri Fernando Rodney Jim Johnson Jonathan Papelbon Joel Hanrahan Jose Valverde
Glen Perkins Tom Wilhemsen
Joe Nathan
Rafael Betancourt
Brett Myers Tyler Clippard
Bobby Parnell Kenley Jansen
Ryan Cook Santiago Casilla Casey Janssen John Axford

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all-star, Awards, Brian, Butler, Debate, Jared, Rotoballs, Thaller

Rotoballs Midseason Awards Extravaganza!


It’s that time of year where we, fantasy owners, like to boast about our players. We have enough data to evaluate who’s having a bad season and who’s having a fantastic season. Without further ado, here are our writers’ (Brian “Rotobrian” Dorsey, Adam “Madbank” Thaller, Ryan “Smuggling Plums” Butler, and Jared “Backdoor Slider” Cothren) awards.

First Half Awards (based on stats prior to All-Star Game):

Rotobrian: Rotoballs creator, editor, and writer

Madbank: Contributing writer

Smuggling Plums: Contributing writer

Backdoor Slider: Contributing writer

AL ROY

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

NL ROY

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper

Bryce Haper

AL MVP

Josh Hamilton

Miguel Cabrera

Mike Trout

Josh Hamilton

NL MVP

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen

Ryan Braun

AL CY

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Chris Sale

Justin Verlander

NL CY

R.A. Dickey

Clayton Kershaw

Matt Cain

R.A. Dickey

Biggest Flop AL

Carlos Santana

Mike Napoli

Carlos Santana

Kevin Youkilis

Biggest Flop NL

Rickie Weeks

Tim Lincecum

Camron Maybin

Tim Lincecum

Biggest Surprise AL

Adam Jones

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

Mike Trout

Biggest Surprise NL

Michael Bourn

Carlos Beltran

R.A. Dickey

Andrew McCutchen

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all-star, Awards, Brian

Major League All-Star Game: A Fallible Process


How do you measure greatness? What does it mean to be “the best”? In most cases, people who are in a certain industry control and dictate value. Art critics and appraisers decide how much a painting is worth. Directors, actors, producers, and writers choose which movies will win an Oscar or Golden Globe. Day traders determine the cost of stocks. In baseball experts decide who…hold on…that doesn’t sound right.

Since 1970, fans of Major League Baseball have decided which players would start the All-Star Game (excluding the starting pitcher), supposedly picking “the best” players at each position.

One problem with this is, while baseball is America’s pastime, 90% of baseball fans know diddly squat about the game itself. An average fan doesn’t know statistics. An average fan, even if he or she attends 10, 20, 30 games a year, goes more for the atmosphere (beer, hot dogs, “oohh look that one guy hit the ball over the fence and scored us another point”) than a deep interest in outcome and stats.

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