Official 2019 SLB Keepers

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In anticipation of the 2019 Salmon League Baseball keeper deadline – Saturday, March 16th at 5:00pm Central – we’ll be tracking all of the previously announced keeper selections.

If you’re plotting your draft preparations around this information, please note that none of these choices are technically official or locked in place until the deadline has come and gone.

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Announced Keepers
Mike Trout (LAA–OF)
Aaron Judge (NYY-OF)
Aaron Nola (PHI-SP)

Draft Priority: 1

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Announced Keepers
J.D. Martinez (BOS-OF)
Jose Ramirez (CLE-2B/3B)
Edwin Diaz (NYM-RP)

Draft Priority: 2

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Announced Keepers
Freddie Freeman (ATL-1B)
Anthony Rendon (WAS-3B)
Kenley Jansen (LAD-RP)

Draft Priority: 3

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Announced Keepers
Alex Bregman (HOU-3B/SS)
Kris Bryant (CHC-3B/OF)
Noah Syndergaard (NYM-SP)

Draft Priority: 4

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Announced Keepers
Bryce Harper (FA-OF)
Giancarlo Stanton (NYY-OF)
James Paxton (NYY-SP)

Draft Priority: 5

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Announced Keepers
Javier Baez (CHC-2B/3B/SS)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR-3B)
Jack Flaherty (STL-SP)

Draft Priority: 6

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Announced Keepers
Carlos Correa (HOU-SS)
Jose Altuve (HOU–2B)
Madison Bumgarner (SF-SP)

Draft Priority: 7

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Announced Keepers
J.T. Realmuto (PHI-C)
Mitch Haniger (SEA-OF)
Yu Darvish (CHC-SP)

Draft Priority: 8

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Announced Keepers
Nolan Arenado (COL–3B)
Christian Yelich (MIL-OF)
Chris Sale (BOS–SP)

Draft Priority: 9

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Announced Keepers
Mookie Betts (BOS-OF)
Juan Soto (WAS-OF)
Justin Verlander (HOU-SP)

Draft Priority: 10

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Announced Keepers
Charlie Blackmon (COL-OF)
Trea Turner (WAS-SS)
Max Scherzer (WAS-SP)

Draft Priority: 11

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Announced Keepers
Cody Bellinger (LAD-1B/OF)
Jacob deGrom (NYM-SP)
Blake Snell (TB-SP)

Draft Priority: 12

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Announced Keepers
Manny Machado (SD-3B/SS)
Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL-OF)
Gerrit Cole (HOU-SP)

Draft Priority: 13

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Announced Keepers
Francisco Lindor (CLE-SS)
Andrew Benintendi (BOS-OF)
Clayton Kershaw (LAD–SP)

Draft Priority: 14

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2018 SLB Bets Results

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The tradition of the $1 bet in the Salmon League began years ago between Mike and Graves as a spin-off of their NFBC $1 bets. Over the years, more and more teams have gotten in on the tradition. It has grown in prominence to the point that a portion of the draft day agenda is denoted for the “paying of the bets and public shaming.”

Here are the results of the 2018 bets. Be sure to bring plenty of $1 bills to pay your debts.

Standard 2018 Bets

Bet #1
Justin will keep Byron Buxton.
Collin = Yes | Justin = No
Bet: $1
Result: Justin did not keep Byron Buxton
Winner: Justin
*PAID at 2018 Draft*

Bet #2
All five general managers at the back table (aka: the Playoff Table – Steven, Travis, Jay, Justin, and Graves) will make the playoffs in 2018.
Travis = Yes | John = No
Bet: $1
Result: Steven and Travis missed the playoffs
Winner: John

Bet #3
John will make the playoffs in 2018.
Jay = Yes | John = No
Bet: $1
Result: John did not make the playoffs
Winner: John

Bet #4
Levi will finish at least three places higher than Adam in the 2018 SLB standings.
Levi = Yes | Adam = No
Bet: Bag of Gardetto’s
Result: Levi did not finish three places higher than Adam in the 2018 SLB standings
Winner: Adam

Bet #5
Higher end of the season rank in Yahoo: Joey Gallo vs Justin Turner.
Justinger = Gallo | Adam = Turner
Bet: $1
*Injury Exemption: invalid if both players don’t get at least 450 at-bats
Result: Turner only got 365 AB – bet invalid
Winner: No Winner

Bet #6
Higher end of the season rank in Yahoo: Joey Gallo vs Eric Hosmer.
Justinger = Gallo | Mike = Hosmer
Bet: $1
*Injury Exemption: invalid if both players don’t get at least 450 at-bats
Result: Gallo = 96 | Hosmer = 253
Winner: Justin

Bet #6
If anyone from the Playoff Table (woo, woo, woo) misses the postseason, G-Doggy gets a dollar from all five. If they all make the playoffs, G-Doggy owes everyone a dollar.
G-Doggy = Someone Misses Postseason | Playoff Table (woo, woo, woo) = No One Misses
Bet: Like, $5…or maybe $1…this one is confusing.
Result: Steven and Travis missed the playoffs
Winner: G-Doggy

Bet #7
Better regular season record Steven vs Mike.
Mike = Mike | Steven = Steven
Bet: $1
Result: Mike 142-122-30 (.534) | Steven 140-121-33 (.532)
Winner: Mike

Bet #8
Better average end of season ranking of all outfielders on draft day roster in 2018.
Mike = Stanton, Yelich, Margo, & Bradley Jr.
Steven = Trout, Marte, Cain, & Mazara
Bet: $1
Result: Mike – Yelich (3), Stanton (32), Bradley Jr (156), Margot (445) = 159 | Steven – Trout (5), Marte (44), Cain (103), Mazara (485) = 159.25
Winner: Mike

Bet #9
Better average end of season ranking of keeper pitcher and first three starters drafted in 2018.
Mike = Sale, Darvish, Godley, & Bauer
Graves = Kluber, Carrasco, Verlander, & Price
Bet: $1
*Injury Exemption: if any player spends 30 days or more on the DL we’ll drop the lowest-ranked pitcher from each team and only average the top three.
Result: Mike – Sale (17), Darvish (685), Godley (976), Bauer (51) = 251 | Graves – Kluber (41), Verlander (28), Carrasco (207), Price (238) = 92
Winner: Graves

Bet #10
Higher end of the season position in the standings.
Justin = Justin | Travis = Travis
Bet: DVD – “Little Big League”
Result: Justin…by a whole bunch
Winner: Justin

Bet #11
The Phillies will finish .500 or Better in 2018
Justinger = Yes | John = Hell Nah
Bet: A Panino Sweet-Ass SL Disappointments T-Shirt
Result: Phillies finished at .494 (2 games under .500)
Winner: John

Bet #12A
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Adam = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Adam

Bet #12B
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Collin = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Collin

Bet #12C
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Craiggers = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Craiggers

Bet #12D
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Grant = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Grant

Bet #12E
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Graves = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Graves

Bet #12F
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Jay = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Jay

Bet #12G
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | John = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: John

Bet #12H
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Justinger = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Justinger

Bet #12I
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Levi = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Levi

Bet #12J
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Mike = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Mike

Bet #12K
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Morgan = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Morgan

Bet #12L
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Steven = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Steven

Bet #12M
G-Doggy will make the playoffs in 2018.
G-Doggy = Yes | Travis = No
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy set a franchise worst record going 91-163-40 (.378), came in 13th, and narrowly avoided dead-last by 2.5 games. He did not, by any stretch of the imagination make the playoffs, let alone the consolation bracket.
Winner: Travis

Long-Term Bets

Future Bet 2017-2021
Beginning in 2017 and continuing until 2021, every year that Travis’ official keepers are his “big three for the future” (aka: Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, and Jose Fernandez)…Jeremiah will pay Travis $1 on draft day. Every year that those three are NOT his keepers, Travis will pay Jeremiah $1 on draft day.
*No injury exemption
Result: Travis will continue to lose this bet, because Jose Fernandez is – as he has been for a while now – not eligible to be on a roster.
Winner: Graves (again)

Future Bet 2017-2020
The Braves will make the playoffs at least once in 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020.
Levi = Yes | Morgan = No
Bet: $1
Result: Atlanta won the NL East in 2018
Winner: Levi

Future Bet 2017-Mookie Betts Retires
Mookie Betts will match or exceed his 2016 WAR (8.2 via Fangraphs) again in his career.
Graves = Yes | Justinger = No
Bet: $1
*No injury exemption.
*The Bet is open-ended until Betts either achieves the goal or retires. The winner will earn $1 in total, not yearly.
Result: Mookie posted a 10.4 WAR in 2018 en route to winning the AL MVP
Winner: Graves

Undetermined Future Bets

Future Bet 2017-2021
Beginning in 2017 and continuing until 2021, every year that Travis’ official keepers are his “big three for the future” (aka: Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, and Jose Fernandez)…Jeremiah will pay Travis $1 on draft day. Every year that those three are NOT his keepers, Travis will pay Jeremiah $1 on draft day.
*No injury exemption

Who will win the SLB Championship first?
Jay = Jay | Steven = Steven
Bet: $5

Who will win the SLB Championship first?
G-Doggy = G-Doggy | John = John
Bet: $1

Who will win the SLB Championship first?
Craiggers = Craiggers| John = John
Bet: $1

Non-SLB Bet
G-Doggy will get $275,000 when he sells his house in Primghar, Iowa.
G-Doggy = Yes | Graves = HAHAHAHA no way…it’s f’n Primghar, Iowa!
Bet: $1

SLB Amendment Voting Results

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The votes have (almost) all been tallied and we’ve got enough of a majority to officially call all four of the amendments that were proposed and endorsed for placement on this year’s ballot.

Only one amendment was really even close, so clearly folks are largely in agreement across the board this season.

Without any further ado, here are the results of this year’s amendment voting:

Amendment #1: Steven-Rex

Proposal: Steven MUST draft in the T-Rex costume
Proposed: Graves
Endorsed: Collin and Mike

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Result: Nothing. Steven will not be forced to draft in costume. The commissioner is using his power of decree to void any/all amendment proposals directed at individuals and not league rules. This is to avoid setting precedent that would undoubtedly get really stupid, really fast. If Steven still wants to wear the costume, that’s pretty freakin’ rad – but he is under no obligation to do so.

Amendment #2: Schedule Randomization

Proposal: Randomize the schedule after the draft before the season starts
Proposed: Graves
Endorsed: Mike and Justin

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Result: The schedule will be randomized after the draft and before league play begins.

Amendment #3: Control of Non-Competitive Teams

Proposal: The commissioner has the right to alter lineups after the All-Star break if a team is not participating or putting their best roster out there. If a player goes on the DL and an owner does not have a suitable back up, the commissioner is allowed to pick up the top ranked player for said position.
Proposed: Justin
Endorsed: Graves and Mike

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Result: The commissioner is empowered to take control of non-competitive teams after the All-Star Break. The commissioner will confer with the league to ensure folks are in agreement before this action is taken.

Amendment #4: Draft Priority for Non-Playoff Teams

Proposal: The H2H record between the two teams missing the consolation round will determine who gets the higher draft priority. This — in theory — gives them something to play for down the stretch. Should they have a tie in H2H record for the year, the tiebreaker goes to the team with the better record over the final three weeks of the regular season.
Proposed: Graves
Endorsed: Justin and Mike

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Result: Draft priority for the teams finishing 13/14th will be based on the better H2H record and/or record over the final three weeks if H2H is a tie.

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So there you have it. We’ve got a few small changes coming to the league in 2019, but nothing that figures to dramatically alter the landscape of SLB this time around. Democracy in action, y’all.

For now, I want to say thank you to those of you who took the time to vote and for our usual boatload of lively debate throughout the year. I assume we’ll hear plenty more about Quality Starts before we’re voting on next year’s amendments.

The Amendments Page has been reset to open up the floor for new amendment proposals that would impact the 2020 season and beyond.

ZIMA’s 2018 SLB Championship Celebration!!

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ZIMA general manager, Collin Brand celebrates winning the 2018 SLB Championship with an address to the rest of the league.

Congrats to everyone on another great season. Obviously, the biggest props go out to Collin for not only returning to the playoffs for the first time in, like, a century; but marching to the first championship in club history.

Props to Justinger and his intrepid cracker jack squad on an incredible fourth (fifth if you’re not into tie-breakers) consecutive pennant as he continues to be the standard bearer for sustained success in this league.

There were a number of wonderful performances all around – but the glory goes to the man with the golden fish. Three cheers for the new champ, T.C.B.

Enjoy the off-season, nerds.

Draft Review and Rankings 2018

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It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack…

As always, I want to make it very clear that there is no science or metrics (or legitimacy) to these rankings. It is completely subjective and based on my opinions toward players, their value, their abilities, and where/when you drafted them in relation to my perceived views of value elsewhere in the draft.

Just because I ranked you near the bottom doesn’t mean you won’t/can’t win this thing.

I’ve had a lot of people take these things personally over the years and that’s just silly pants, don’t be silly pants. It’s all opinion.

That having been said, there are a few rules I tried to stick to when doing the rankings.

I tried to avoid using any players you’ve acquired since the draft and – aside from occasional mentions – I tried to avoid factoring your keepers into your team strength. I really wanted to focus on JUST the draft itself. Obviously, as I re-read this, I screwed up given that this was written over a course of many days. Some of your rankings will include more references to keepers than others. This is an imperfect science.

As always, I’d love some feedback – love it, hate it, wish I’d die in a chemical fire – hit me with it.

Alrighty, enough of me rambling, let’s do this thing, without any further ado; here is the 2018 Draft Review and Rankings…

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2018 Draft Rankings

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2018 SLB Draft Rankings

Rank Fantasy Pros Rank Salmon Kings Rank Commish Gut Rank
1 Genies in a Bottle The Groundhogs cracker jack
2 Captain Jack SL Disappointments Genies in a Bottle
3 cracker jack Genies in a Bottle Salmon Kings
4 The Groundhogs Salmon Kings High Cheese
5 ZIMA cracker jack money grubbers
6 money grubbers money grubbers ZIMA
7 High Cheese Dome Dog Captain Jack
8 38 MPH Heaters Captain Jack The Groundhogs
9 Dome Dog 38 MPH Heaters SL Disappointments
10 Radioactive Rush ZIMA Dome Dog
11 Salmon Kings High Cheese 38 MPH Heaters
12 SeaBass v.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Radioactive Rush Radioactive Rush
13 SL Disappointments InSaNeAuDiO SeaBass v.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
14 InSaNeAuDiO SeaBass v.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ InSaNeAuDiO