2016 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 2016 bets. Be sure to bring plenty of $1 bills to pay your debts.

Bet #1a
Graves will return to the playoffs in 2016.
Graves = Yes | Craiggers = No
Bet: 40oz Coors Light
STATUS: Graves wins – finished in 3rd place

Bet #1b
Graves will return to the playoffs in 2016.
Graves = Yes | G-Doggy = No
Bet: $1
STATUS: Graves wins – finished in 3rd place

Bet #1c
Graves will return to the playoffs in 2016.
Graves = Yes | Travis = No
Bet: $1
STATUS: Graves wins – finished in 3rd place

Bet #2
Most Home Runs in 2016: Chris Davis vs Giancarlo Stanton.
Justin = Davis | Travis = Stanton
Bet: loser must purchase a baseball DVD for the winner
DVDs: “Angels in the Outfield” – if Justin Wins and “Little Big League” if Travis Wins
*No Injury Exemption
STATUS: Justinger wins | Davis = 38HR | Stanton = 27HR

Bet #3
Stephen Strasburg will finish in the top three in the Cy Young voting.
Justin = Yes | Travis = No
Bet: $1
*Bet is void if Strasburg is placed on the DL during the 2016 season.
STATUS– VOID

Bet #4
Better end of the season ranking in Yahoo: Mike Trout vs Carlos Correa
Travis = Trout | Adam = Correa
Bet: $1
*No injury exemption
STATUS: Travis wins | Trout = 1 | Correa = 60

Bet #5
Better end of the season ranking in Yahoo: Manny Machado vs Nolan Arenado
Justin = Machado | Mike = Arenado
Bet: $1
*No Injury Exemption
STATUS: Mike wins| Machado = 41 | Arenado = 3

Bet #6
Over/Under 20.5 home runs for Byung-ho Park.
Grant = Over | Adam = Under
Bet: $1
*Bet is void if Park is placed on the DL during the 2016 season.
STATUS: Um…void? I guess we never specified if the minor league DL qualifies? I’d be inclined to void it, personally.

Bet #7
Every hitter that Adam drafted will hit 20 homers or more in 2016. (Hitters Drafted: Todd Frazier, Matt Carpenter, Adrián González, Joc Pederson, Curtis Granderson, Byron Buxton, Russell Martin, and Mark Teixeira)
Adam = Yes | Graves = No
Bet = $1
STATUS: Graves wins.

Bet #8
Better end of the season ranking in Yahoo: Troy Tulowitzki vs Carlos Correa
Steven = Tulo | Mike = Correa
Bet: $1
*No injury exemption
STATUS: Mike wins | Tulowitzki = 624 | Correa = 60

Bet #9
Better end of the season ranking in Yahoo: Mookie Betts vs Miguel Sano
Graves = Mookie | John = Sano
Bet: $1
*No injury exemption
STATUS: Graves wins | Mookie = 2 | Sano = 566

Bet #10
Matt Kemp will miss at least 15 days on the disabled list.
John = Yes | Justin = No
Bet: $1
STATUS: Justin wins

Bet #11
Steven Matz’s end of the season Yahoo rank will rank third or higher among the Mets’ starting rotation.
Justin = Yes | Travis = No
Bet: $1
STATUS: Travis wins | Matz = 503 | Syndergaard = 118 | deGrom = 418 | Colon = 463 | Harvey = 941

Bet #12a
Better end of the season ranking in Yahoo: Gregory Polanco vs Delino DeShields
Adam = Polanco | Grant = DeShields
Bet: $1
*No injury exemption
STATUS: Adam wins | Polanco = 75 | DeShields = 1029

Bet #12b
Better end of the season ranking in Yahoo: Gregory Polanco vs Delino DeShields Jr.
Jay = Polanco | Grant = DeShields
Bet: $1
*No injury exemption
STATUS: Jay wins | Polanco = 75 | DeShields = 1029

Bet #13
Better end of the season ranking in Yahoo: Yasiel Puig vs Jason Heyward
Justin = Puig | Mike = Heyward
Bet: $1
*No injury exemption
STATUS: Mike “wins” | Puig = 818 | Heyward = 703

Bet #14
Byung-ho Park will win the American League Rookie of the Year in 2016.
John = Yes | Justin = No
Bet: $1 if Park is healthy all year
Bet: 50 cents if Park has a DL stint in 2016
STATUS: Justinger wins

Bet #15
The most saves at the end of 2016: Arodys Vizcaino vs Glen Perkins
Levi = Vizcaino | Adam = Perkins
Bet: Bag of Gardetto’s
STATUS: Levi “wins” | Vizcaino = 10 | Perkins = 0

Bet #16
Troy Tulowitzki will miss 62 games or more in 2016.
Adam = Yes | Steven = No
Bet: $1
STATUS: Steven wins

Bet #17
Josh Harrison will be a top-eight second baseman in 2016 based on end of the season Yahoo rankings.
Collin = Yes | Adam = No
Bet: $1
STATUS: Adam wins | Harrison’s Rank Among 2B = 26

Bet #18
Better record if they played H2H every week: Grant vs Graves
Grant = Grant | Graves = Graves
Bet: $1
*TBD via Grant’s stats spreadsheet thingity-thing (which is only a little sketchy)
STATUS: Graves wins | According to the Spreadsheet Thingity-Thing – Graves wins the H2H battle 151-131-26

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
STATUS: Graves wins (for 2017). Stanton plays elsewhere now. He could (and probably will) reacquire him at least once, if not multiple times, between now and 2021 so this could change in the future.

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
STATUS: TBD: G-Doggy has not yet sold his house.

Trout vs Harper: 2014 ADP Wager

Harper vs Trout

Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. Children of all-ages.

We’ve got ourselves a wager.

Over on the Salmon League message board, Travis decided to throw a little shade Steven’s way and take a jab at Mike Trout.

Travis said:

“Prediction for you: This will be the best Mike Trout is ever ranked in a preseason again, ever. 10-15 pounds of muscle put on sure looks a little chubby to me, we’ll see.”

Steven, not happy to have his keeper besmirched, responded by making an offer, an offer that Travis couldn’t refuse:

“I’ll make a side wager. $10 Trout’s ADP is higher than Harper’s next year.”

Both quickly agreed to the bet as seen here:

Done and Done!

So we’ve got an intriguing little wager here.

Can Mike Trout keep up his other-worldly play?

Can Bryce Harper live up to his sizable hype?

Can they both avoid injury for a full-season and maintain their high ADP rankings?!

We’ll find out on Draft Day 2014 when we look at the Yahoo! pre-season rankings to determine the winner of the bet.

Disclaimer: If either player is injured during Spring Training 2014, thus considerably altering the rankings, the bet will be deemed null and void.

Final Results: Mike vs Graves: Bets 2010

No doubt, y’all are well-aware that Mike and I talk A LOT of baseball.

This is the case all four seasons of the year because we’re constantly looking to dig up everything we can on every player to ensure success in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship.

Over the course of the winter, we’ll drop names left and right, some as random as Eric Chavez or Chad Cordero and some as timely and pertinent as Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain.

In the end, we usually develop a pretty solid game-plan for the NFBC and go from there.

While preparing for the NFBC drafts, however, and enjoying an adult beverage or two, we get to the point of mild arguments—often over completely innocuous players and/or projections—and these usually lead to the two of us hedging our respective bets in the form of a $1 gentleman’s wager.

In 2010, we made a total of five bets.

These are the final results:

Jason Heyward’s 2010 batting average will be .272
Mike has the over, Graves has the under
Result: Heyward’s 2010 Average = .277
Mike Wins

Fausto Carmona will win 12 games in 2010
Mike has the over, Graves has the under
Result: Carmona’s 2010 Win Total = 13
Mike Wins

Francisco Liriano will win 12 games in 2010
Graves has the over, Mike has the under
Result: Liriano’s 2010 Win Total = 14
Graves Wins

David Wright will hit 20 home runs in 2010
Graves has the over, Mike has the under
Result: Wright’s 2010 HR Total = 29
Graves Wins

Alfonso Soriano will steal 20 bases in 2010
Graves has the over, Mike has the under
Result: Soriano’s 2010 SB Total = 5
Mike Wins

So there you have it, folks.

Mike wins…3-2.

My ill-advised Alfonso Soriano bet was the big blow here. I feel content with the Carmona and Heyward guesses blowing up in my face as they were both very, very close predictions.

To this day, I still don’t understand Mike’s completely unfounded hatred for David Wright. We were talking about a dude who had hit 26 or more home runs in four of his first five big league seasons and was on a 31-homer pace in 69 games as a rookie back in 2004. Yet, Mike somehow didn’t anticipate him to clear 20 long balls last year.

This still befuddles me. As such, it should surprise no one that the first best of 2011 involves Mike’s favorite punching bag, David Wright, yet again.

Check the new bets page to monitor the progress as we start making our list of bets for 2011.