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  1. Hanley in the first, Dunn in the third (one pick ahead of Kemp [it’s an obp league]). Then, I traded for Holliday two days before his quad injury. It’s only one league that’s a lot of stats being left on the board.

    Comment by Alan — June 23, 2011 @ 11:28 am

  2. Longoria is definitely not easier to take. He had a half-decent May, but he’s been lousy in June. I’ve had him in my primary keeper league since he was first promoted from the minors and I’ve been waiting and waiting for him to justify the long-term investment made. Last year he was a major disappointment in my eyes. His value was inflated by the fluky stolen base production. His power numbers were way to low for a franchise corner infielder. It’s become clear to me that’s he’ll be luck to crack .270 and 20 HR this year. I have a lot of pitching depth on my keeper team, so I dealt him and Sabathia for Teixeira, Ryan Zimmerman and Ethier. Teixeira’s .250 average is a bitter pill, but I’ll take the HR output.

    Comment by Shamus — June 23, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  3. Two of my top three picks, Longoria and Mauer, not panning out well but still hoping for a turnaround. It helps that I drafted Konerko in a decent round tho.

    Comment by AL — June 23, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  4. What is wrong with Cargo? Rough April, but a .919 OPS is May and. 903 OPS in June are absolutely nothing to complain about.

    Comment by kid — June 23, 2011 @ 11:45 am

  5. In what world is Longoria even close to performing to expectations after coming back from is injury? Hanley clearly has him beat as far as largely non-health related disappointments go but don’t tell me Longoria isn’t stinking it up.

    Comment by Kevin — June 23, 2011 @ 11:51 am

  6. In mid-May I made what I thought was a particularly clever 3×3 trade, the cornerstone of which was getting David Wright for Adrian Beltre. It was your classic “buy low” gambit, the kind that always sounds great in theory but no one ever manages to pull off. Since David Wright hit my roster he has played one game… And almost as if David Wright was out to get me, on the day I agreed to the trade Wright managed to incapacitate Ike Davis, my super-sleeper and secret weapon…

    Yeah, I’m bitter.

    Comment by mcbrown — June 23, 2011 @ 11:53 am

  7. I agree. I just got him and Yunel for Hanley, and even though the Spikes on this website will surely mock me for agreeing to this trade, I’ve never been more relieved to unload a player in any fantasy league in any sport ever. CarGo’s ROS ZiPS look fine to me, especially compared to Hanley’s, and I’m giving odds right now that Yunel outperforms Hanley ROS. That’s how frustrating owning Hanley has been.

    Comment by magguu — June 23, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  8. Nothing wrong with a good cry.

    Not only do I have Wright (and Jason Heyward, and Brandon Beachy, who also went down for extended periods of time), I’ve also suffered through the seasons of un-injured guys (and relatively high draft picks / big trade centerpieces) like Shin-Soo Choo, Adam Dunn, Ian Kinlser, Carlos Santana, and Chad Billingsley.

    Also, due to lack of DL space, I dumped Liriano in May when he was injured. Oops.

    Then again, I could have Hanley instead of Tulo (though, when I got him via trade in May, he proceeded to wOBA .320 for 30 games before picking it up of late).

    And I know Josh Hamilton and Joe Mauer owners were/are probably much sadder about their guys than I was about Heyward going down (and Carlos Santana sucking).

    Comment by Drew — June 23, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

  9. What was the rest of the deal?

    Comment by Drew — June 23, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

  10. As the drafter of Hamilton, Hanley, and Wright, I can tell you that yes, it was very sad when Hamilton broke his arm and Hanley was hitting .200.

    Comment by magguu — June 23, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  11. Beltre, Jed Lowrie and Jose Valverde for Wright, Brandon Phillips, Brandon Morrow and Jonathan Broxton’s corpse. Every leg felt like an upgrade (one might disagree with the Valverde/Morrow+Broxton piece).

    Comment by mcbrown — June 23, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

  12. I think Hanley is the most detrimental of all of the first round busts, because he is only there due to “position scarcity” anyway. Much easier to replace 1B production than SS.

    Comment by Tom B — June 23, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

  13. The first two players I picked were Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford. FML. :)

    Comment by Nathan — June 23, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

  14. How about this. Through some clever trades last year and our keeper format, I came in to the draft this year with Pujols in 1, HRamirez 2, Crawford 3, MCabrera 4. Sprinkly in Fowler, Ibanez, and various other stiffs, and now I’m sitting in 11th place only in front of the team that hasn’t made a single lineup or FAAB pickup all year.

    Had to go and dump all of my SP (5×5) to add hitters, and now I’m running 4 closers and a bunch of MR. I may lose, but I’ll battle to respectability.

    Comment by Ryan — June 23, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

  15. after having Utley last season and Reyes in 2009, Pujols this year seems par for the course.

    Taking Kendrys Morales as my CI on draft day didn’t help, but oh well.

    Comment by microwave donut — June 23, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  16. NL auction draft – my two biggest prices were paid for Pujols and Hanley. Stars n’ scrubs, was the way it worked out. THAT certainly worked well…

    Hey at least I had Corey Hart to anchor the outfi…no wait! Dammit.

    (Of course I would hasten to add that a rotten experience with it this year doesn’t really invalidate stars & scrubs; like you said, you just kinda need your top-dollar guys to, you know, PRODUCE like top-dollar guys.)

    Comment by Jason B — June 23, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

  17. My team has V-Mart, Danny Espinosa, Hanley, CarGo, Kemp, Prado (DL), Wright (DL), Kershaw, Felix, , Yovani, Josh Johnson (DL) and I am in 9th out of 16……. how can this be?!?!?!?!?!

    Comment by tenags — June 23, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  18. For the draft this year I was targeting Hanley as my first rounder. I ended up having 1st pick so I obviously chose Pujols.

    My other targets in the early rounds were Rios, Dunn, Santana, Aramis Ramirez, Stanton, Daniel Hudson.

    I only managed to grab 2 out of those five (Santana, A-ram) and was a little dissapointed.

    Right now though I am so glad I am not stuck with Rios, hanley and Dunn. I’m in 2nd place in my league and enjoy the fact that my draft misfortune was a blessing in disguise.

    Comment by gryff — June 23, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  19. I think I win. 16-teams, 40-man rosters. my team: Pujols, Hanley, Longoria, CarGo, Choo, Liriano. Somehow still in second place, mostly thanks to hamels, Weeks, Felix, and my young closer crop (kimbrel, Storen, Walden)

    Comment by Joser — June 23, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

  20. I flopped a straight and he hit a runner-runner flush! AAARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!! Why does that always happen to me?!?!1?!1

    (Just beyond bad beat stories that nobody wants to hear or cares about in the least, are fantasy sports trades/finds/sob stories that no one wants to hear or care about.)

    Comment by How Did I Lose That Hand?!? — June 23, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  21. Ha, none of you have me beat! I’m in a 10 team NL only league. Here’s my list of mostly injured + major busts.

    Let’s start with my entire corner…
    **David Wright – Bust and out 6+ weeks
    **Ike Davis – Possibly out for season
    **David Freese – App. 2 months

    Then add in…
    **Hanley Ramirez – Bust and DL stint
    **Marlon Byrd – Out indefinitely
    **Brandon Beachy – One month
    **Shane Victorino – 2+ weeks with hammy
    **Jose Contreras – Only saving grace is I own Madson

    I’ve also had minor injuries to Tim Hudson (missed start), Rasmus (ab pull) and R.A. Dickey (foot).

    The worst part? Watching helplessly as your team goes from solidly in first to fifth.

    Comment by MikeInNJ — June 23, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  22. If I don’t have you beat, I’m pretty close…
    A whopping combined .187 BA for my big 3. I drafted Holliday but recently traded him for Gallardo to shore up my pitching staff that I didn’t draft to pick the amazing 3 mentioned above! Needless to say, I’m 12th in a 12 team league 51 games out of 1st place! And I won it all last year. Can’t wait for football!

    Comment by BottomoftheBarrel — June 23, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  23. Doesn’t sound like it. You’re in a mixed league. You have a larger pool of players to draw from. Plus, while Dunn and Uggla have been busts it’s not like they haven’t historically had sub-par BA’s. You take a risk in drafting those guys knowing they could slam you with a really bad BA.

    Busts are one thing. Having four major injuries out of 14 offensive players is simply awful luck.

    Comment by MikeInNJ — June 23, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

  24. Hows this for bad luck. In an MLB team dynasty league I was happy enough to get the Rays. Of course I got Longoria in the deal. That turned out awesome. Add in that my first pick in our offline draft (20 team league, each team has 5 keepers from their actual team, OBP and K/9 league) I picked up Wandy Rodriguez. Later on I got Jorge De La Rosa. I have gone on to trade for Josh Johnson, Tommy Hanson and Grady Sizemore. Out of them all, the only one’s still on my team are Grady, Longoria and Wandy. I got decent returns on Josh Johnson (Hellickson and Jemile Weeks) and Hanson (Ramos and Kinsler) at least, but the output just isn’t there overall. My only saving grace is that my throw-ins from most of my trades are carrying my teams now (JJ Hardy mostly). Oh yeah… I also drafted Kendry Morales and Geovany Soto.. Almost forgot.

    Comment by Dane — June 24, 2011 @ 4:38 am

  25. I usually don’t comment, but I usually don’t find quotes from Fletch worked into fantasy baseball articles. All time great movie, well done.

    Comment by Nate — June 24, 2011 @ 11:32 am

  26. at least miggy is still crazy good

    Comment by adohaj — June 24, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  27. It could be argued that since there is less of a drop off in talent at 1b then the drop off in talent from what you expect hanley to give you and the next best player hurts you even more.

    Comment by Bob Saget — June 25, 2011 @ 6:44 am

  28. rd. 2 – cargo
    rd. 3 – wright
    rd. 4 – mauer
    rd. 5 – dunn
    rd. 6 – josh johnson
    rd.12- morneau

    do i win an award?

    Comment by Bob Saget — June 25, 2011 @ 6:50 am

  29. Ha, I think I have you beat.

    k. johnson

    And yet, I’ve still been in 1st or 2nd since mid-may.

    Comment by nom du plume — June 28, 2011 @ 12:32 am

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