Fantasy Baseball: Week 21 waiver wire pickups

With the fantasy baseball season down to two weeks on Monday, this would be the ideal time to insure that your team is in the best position to make it through to the playoffs, especially if you find yourself on the fence. There is still time to make adjustments so take advantage of the following waiver wire pickups readily available in most leagues…

Coco Crisp-OF-Athletics- This speed merchant, now entering his 11th season in the majors, is just one year removed from reaching his career mark in steals for a season with 49. Going into Friday, his steal total this season stands at 28 and climbing. More importantly, he’s been on a tear over the past two weeks with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 10 RBIs and 4 steals. Over his last 6 games he is batting an even .300. Crisp is batting a pedestrian .254 on the season but that will likely rise as his career BA is a more respectable .274. Owned in 40% of leagues, if you’re lacking in SB, you should be ‘cuckoo for Coco Crisp!’

David Murphy-OF-Rangers- Murph won’t get your team too much in the way of stats, but if your team is lacking in batting average, then look no further because he is on fire! With 14 hits in his last 26 at bats, Murphy has raised his batting average from .295 to .312. He has some power, 11 home runs on the season and will even give you an occasional steal (8 this year). Recommended in deeper and A.L. only leagues, Murphy is widely available in around 75% of leagues. Read more…

Celebrate the disgraced sports superstar with MC Hammer

1991 was a simpler time in America.

We were about to elect a president who was fornicating everything in sight, but we didn’t care because the economy was good.  Silence of the Lambs won best picture, Roseanne was still funny and as seen in the video below, not only was it cool for black guys to wear spandex, but there was apparently some “I’m a better dancer than you are” spat between the now broke MC Hammer and the currently deceased Michael Jackson.  Furthermore, steroids were something sports fans only associated with professional wrestling and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

That year, Hammer was doing his best to follow-up the unprecedented success of his Rick James sampled “Can’t Touch This” only a year before.  Regardless of what you think of “Too Legit To Quit,” it had a catchy hook and the album went triple platinum.  Aside from that, the most enjoyable part of the video, other than James Brown in the intro of course, is the end of the song where the biggest athletes of the day performed the “Too Legit To Quit” mantra with their thumbs, forefingers and a simple flick of the wrist.

In addition to some athletes we still revere like Kirby Puckett, Chris Mullin, Jerry Rice and David Robinson, Hammer features a few other gentlemen we view a little differently twenty years later.

Jose Canseco – 8:22

Once upon a time, this Cuban-born kid from Miami was on the verge of revolutionizing the game.  Not only could he hit for power, but he was a monster on the base paths.  Canseco became the first major league player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season.

Then he got big.  Fans noticed but didn’t think twice about it.  Neither did Major League Baseball.  The arms of he and Oakland A’s teammate Mark McGwire got progressively larger, as did the distance they hit a baseball.

Canseco eventually became the poster-child for steroid use in the sport.  In 2005, he released Juiced, a tell-all book about baseball’s rampant steroid use where he named names and made many an enemy.

These days, Canseco has become a parody of himself, what with all the celebrity boxing matches, tanning salon visits and reality TV shows, but once upon a time, back when MC Hammer was still relevant, Canseco was the most feared bat in the game.

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Fantasy Baseball: Pick up these 2 players and you’ll get 2 A’s

Brandon MossTwo ‘A’s as in Oakland Athletics that is…Making our ‘Must Add’ list this week  are two players with completely different credentials; One with power and one with speed. Our spotlight will be on Brandon Moss  and the guy with the best name in cereal, Coco Crisp!

Brandon Moss- 1B/OF-Athletics- This little owned multi-positional 28-year-old is enjoying his best season in the major leagues. Since being called up earlier this month on June 6th, he has already been named the American League Player of the week for last week, belting 7 home runs and collecting 12 RBI. In the past 14 days, Moss has been ranked 7th among all batters in Yahoo! Leagues. His bating average over the past two weeks sits at a respectable .300 and he’s also score 11 runs on a team that is offensively challenged.

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Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 waiver wire pickups

Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook-RP-Athletics- Brian Fuentes who has been closing for Oakland this season has begun a massive implosion and, according to Manager Bob Melvin, the team will operate with a ‘closer by committee’ going forward. Fuentes has just blown his third save of the season and over his last four has un-closer-like numbers (5.24 ERA, 1.25 WHIP). If you have the room on your roster for a speculative sleeper, then pick up Ryan Cook; the next probable closer for the A’s. He has only given up 2 runs in his last 26 innings pitched and has a microscopic ERA of 0.69. His WHIP which stands at 0.85 ain’t so bad either. To us it’s not a matter of if Cook will get the closer nod, it’s when. He’s been going fast off of waivers but is still available in 75% of leagues.

Jason Kubel-OF-Diamondbacks- Injuries kept this former Twin out of the lineup for over 50 games last season but in the three years prior Kubel averaged 23 HR’s and 91 RBI’s. Over his last four games he is 9-for-18 with 2 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. Hard to believe that as of Sunday he has as many RBI’s as Andrew McClutchen, Nelson Cruz, Mark Teixiera, and Alber Pujols; all of which are owned in 98%+ in most leagues. Kubel is much more available as he is owned in just 45% of leagues. He is on pace to hit around 20 HR’s and knock in 108 runs. His .299 BA is a huge plus as well for those in standard 5×5 leagues. Makes for a nifty pickup in 12+ leagues. Read more here…