Biogenesis of America – Reality & Fantasy

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2013 at 7:20 am

So what is MLB to do? Sit idle and let another chapter get written by users or attack the weak link and try to nail any and all players to the wall by their proverbial “rosin bag”?

In the grand scheme of things I believe that MLB is doing what it should do. Preserve the body by cutting off the rotten flesh. If MLB is to ever be a clean sport it has to get in front of this issue once and for all. Despite the testing program and the associated penalties both the perception and reality is that there are still way too many players able to use and avoid detection. While this dogged pursuit will not necessarily result in additional users being detected it will help on the deterant side of the issue.  For years we have been hearing from players stating they wanted the sport clean.  This past year we heard the players union state that the guilty would not enjoy unquestioned and unconditional support.  Then just two months ago the union intimated that the guilty would not be supported at all.  Finally it was publicly stated that players being investigated should accept plea deals. Bottom line is that everyone is tired, players included, and are ready to move on.

Personally it was shocking to read that Braun had accepted a 65 game suspension. I had just worked out a deal to acquire him in a trade for Kemp based on the reassurance from various folks that I trust that the appeals process would be long and any suspension would most likely not happen till late next season. Given the magnifying glass he was under last season and the consistent numbers he put up, I felt that I would get comparable production to Kemp this season given their respective injuries and that once healthy and showing it next April I could flip Braun for a modest profit.

Now I sit and realize that from Braun’s perspective this suspension is the best of all scenarios. This is now done. He can get surgery and heal and be 100% healthy and focused for next year. Plus he now might get forgotten in the shuffle as multiple players accept suspensions not to mention the possibility that ARod’s drama so outshines everyone else that no one else matters in the media’s spotlight. Of course the problem is that he publicly and vehemently denied using PEDs and folks are going to remember that ala Rafael Palmeiro. But unlike Palmeiro Braun still has a contract and is owed too much money for him not to be utilized on the field. Of course it still remains to be seen if it is in Milwaukee or if he has to be moved to preserve the clubhouse.

But what about the others? What do we do with them in regards to our fantasy teams? Well, in my opinion, you use them till they are suspended and then drop them. Except for Braun who is legitimately worth keeping? Cruz? Montero? None of the players expected to be suspended have demonstrated a track record worthy of keeping. Several have potential as they have barely started but then again, what are they without the PEDs? I’m sorry to say but come Monday August 5th, I think you can honestly drop them without worrying about any what ifs. Move on and wait to see how things play out next spring before drafting them. The only caveat would of course be if someone totally not mentioned yet was suspended. That naturally would then be the headline even above ARod I would dare say. But I don’t expect that.

In the end I think this will be a huge positive for MLB and for the players in general. It will of course make for storylines in regards to the pennant chase this year but I don’t expect much else. As far as fantasy goes, I don’t see how this will kill any team. Some may have a harder stretch run, but we have had ample time and already know everyone involved. If you haven’t followed Detroit’s example and gotten a replacement player then why are you still reading? Geez. In the leagues I’m in you can see via the waiver wire that everyone is being proactive and preparing for Monday’s announcement(s). The only question left should be will this give Profar an everyday job?


Family and Fantasy or Family versus Fantasy

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2013 at 7:40 am

Sometimes I just don’t know which is the more apt description of my life.

My wife Lisa tries really hard to accommodate my fantasy sports. Of course it helps when every so often I am able to kick a deposit from PayPal over to the bank account thanks to winning this that or the other – thank you various leagues, Fanduel and Daily Joust. To that end my wife treats it like playing the lotto. “You won’t win unless you play” mentality means that Lowery gets to play his fantasy sports. Of course that also means there is the expectation that it takes as long to play fantasy sports as it does to scratch a card or purchase a quick pick. To be fair Lisa has learned that Sundays in the fall are a bad time to expect me to make breakfast beyond cereal in a bowl or a tube of biscuits in the oven. However now that I am playing more daily leagues the time management issue is always rearing its ugly head. Early games, late games, hockey, basketball, baseball are all way off the set routine that she learned when I was just playing fantasy football.

Now throw the three kids into the mix and working on fantasy sports has become a helter-skelter type affair.  Of course the main issue is that I don’t have an office at home.  I work on things either on the laptop or the ipad – whichever isn’t being used at the moment.  So there are more than a few deadlines missed each week or more frustrating last minute lineup changes that go unnoticed.

My first fantasy wish as I look down the road is to carve out a permanent corner/office with a dedicated computer.  My second wish follows up on the first – multiple monitors so that I can have multiple pages open simultaneously.  My third, at least for this particular moment as at least two of my kids have started screaming – a huge bottle of aspirin.  I will follow up with more later but for now family has trumped fantasy yet again.



Better Late Than Never`

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2013 at 2:45 am

I started this little corner of the internet over a year ago with the goal of getting back into writing and maybe, hopefully, who the hell knows, get up to speed with some money coming in from my creative endeavor.

Life as they say happens.  First and foremost it was the birth of my third child, Ian Rohan Ross.  He was 4 days old when we had to spend a week in the hospital due to RSV.   To sit there and listen to your infant child struggling to breath is pure hell.

Sitting in the hospital with nothing else to do I naturally fell back to fantasy sports and being February it was baseball.  My life long passion ever since I first heard Nolan Ryan pitching against Steve Carlton on the radio back in 1981 as I tried to avoid the reality of my dad dying from lung cancer.

Back then it was sneaking a radio to bed and listening to the Astros.  Listening and visualizing the game became my escape.  As I sat in the hospital trying not to listen as my new born son struggled to breath it was analyzing prospects and trades and looking for players I thought who would preform way above their average draft position – otherwise known as SLEEPERS.  Over the course of that week I found two players I thought fit the bill for my team – Josh Reddick a young player freshly traded to Oakland from Boston – and Yadier Molina a very established player who would be looked upon to step up as a leader as Pujols the previous team leader left to sign with Anaheim.

I was able to snag both – Molina in the 23rd round and Reddick in the 25th.  The silver lining to the week from hell.

In a nutshell that is my life.  Father, husband and baseball nut of the Astro flavor.  Any and all is fair game though I hope to focus mainly on the baseball aspect of my life.