Archive for October 28th, 2009

Wednesday: 10.28.2009

The Top 12s – v1.0

I was originally going to post my weekly NFL piece, but I realized that Wednesday was in fact too late as Wednesday is usually when everyone kind of turns the page on the week that was and starts to look at the week ahead. Instead, I will post my first edition of the top 12 lists at every position for 2010. I posted a few here already and all of them were featured at OwnersEdge.com recently. I am just going to post the lists here without the commentary on everyone since 1) I’ve already posted it elsewhere and 2) a lot of it is dated because it was written awhile back and I don’t think it’s necessary to update it until the calendar turns to 2010.

CATCHER
1. Joe Mauer
2. Victor Martinez
3. Brian McCann
4. Mike Napoli
5. Russell Martin
6. Jorge Posada
7. Matt Wieters
8. Geovany Soto
9. Chris Iannetta
10. Kurt Suzuki
11. Bengie Molina
12. A.J. Pierzynski

FIRST BASE
1. Albert Pujols
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Prince Fielder
4. Mark Teixeira
5. Justin Morneau
6. Mark Reynolds
7. Ryan Howard
8. Joey Votto
9. Adrian Gonzalez
10. Adam Dunn
11. Kevin Youkilis
12. Kendry Morales

SECOND BASE
1. Chase Utley
2. Brian Roberts
3. Ian Kinsler
4. Robinson Cano
5. Aaron Hill
6. Dustin Pedroia
7. Brandon Phillips
8. Ben Zobrist
9. Jose Lopez
10. Asdrubal Cabrera
11. Orlando Hudson
12. Rickie Weeks

SHORTSTOP
1. Hanley Ramirez
2. Jose Reyes
3. Troy Tulowitzki
4. Jimmy Rollins
5. Derek Jeter
6. Alexei Ramirez
7. Jason Bartlett
8. Asdrubal Cabrera
9. Yunel Escobar
10. Elvis Andrus
11. Miguel Tejada
12. Erick Aybar

THIRD BASE
1. Alex Rodriguez
2. David Wright
3. Mark Reynolds
4. Evan Longoria
5. Ryan Zimmerman
6. Chone Figgins
7. Kevin Youkilis
8. Aramis Ramirez
9. Pablo Sandoval
10. Michael Young
11. Chipper Jones
12. Gordon Beckham

OUTFIELD
1. Matt Kemp
2. Ryan Braun
3. Carl Crawford
4. Jacoby Ellsbury
5. Grady Sizemore
6. Matt Holliday
7. Ichiro Suzuki
8. Carlos Beltran
9. Bobby Abreu
10. Justin Upton
11. Jason Bay
12. Adam Dunn

STARTING PITCHERS
1. Tim Lincecum
2. Johan Santana
3. Roy Halladay
4. Felix Hernandez
5. Dan Haren
6. CC Sabathia
7. Zack Greinke
8. Josh Beckett
9. Javier Vazquez
10. Cliff Lee
11. Justin Verlander
12. Chris Carpenter

Top 12 Overall
1. Albert Pujols
2. Hanley Ramirez
3. Chase Utley
4. Matt Kemp
5. Ryan Braun
6. Carl Crawford
7. Alex Rodriguez
8. Joe Mauer
9. David Wright
10. Miguel Cabrera
11. Prince Fielder
12. Justin Morneau

Just Missed: Jose Reyes, Matt Holliday, Mark Reynolds, Mark Teixeira, Grady Sizemore, all starting pitchers

The collection on OwnersEdge.com (sub. req.) –
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Part VII

Wednesday: 10.28.2009

The Offseason

Now that the regular season has wrapped and the offseason is upon us, it’s time for another season to start for me: Blog Season. I do the bulk of my writing here during the offseason dispensing the bulk of my fantasy information over the winter and early spring in preparation for upcoming season. I was fortunate enough to work with Fanball at OwnersEdge.com this year which made it virtually impossible to write here regularly since I was committed to 2 columns a week, 2 live advice sessions, watching the Detroit Tigers every night, working my 40+ hour/week job and still finding enough time to spend with puppy!! Fanball didn’t restrain my topic choices at all, so it was essentially like I was blogging in long-form two times a week, it was just in a different location. And if you came here during the season at all, you saw that I shared a few of the articles in this space.

I’ve already begun looking closely at 2010 and you can expect a lot of content in the coming months, including something brand new. Despite the name of this site being “Baseball by Paul”, there will be a football piece every Sunday night/Monday morning reviewing the week’s action. I started this last week in a different space and it was received pretty well. I didn’t do one this past Sunday because I was in Las Vegas and I didn’t take my computer with me. Even though it’s a little dated on Wednesday, I’m still going to post one today. In addition to that, I’ll be posting –

– Report from First Pitch Forums: Arizona (including reviews, pictures and analysis from AFL games)
– Top 12s for the infield and at closer
– Top 100 outfielders
– Top 200 starting pitchers
– Sleepers
– Various strategy pieces
– A breathing top 24 (updated weekly starting in February)
– Podcasting (which should include interviews with some awesome guests)
– Book reviews (not limited to baseball, but there will be plenty on the great game)

As well as plenty of other stuff, too! Anyway, it should be similar to last year, but hopefully even more content. I’m starting earlier this year (in fact, I started in August for cryin’ out loud!) which only means more, better content.