Monday, February 2, 2009

This Team Is In Trouble

I wanted to see if it was possible to create a competitive fantasy baseball team if all the players I drafted had, at some point in their career, gotten into some sort of trouble. I used a recent expert mock draft on MDC as a way of gauging the round in which a player should be taken. So here it is, your All Trouble team (click on player name to see source):

Round / (Round, Pick) / Player / Pos. / Offense
1. (R2, P1) Josh Hamilton, OF: Crack addict
2. (R2, P9) Manny Ramirez, OF: Caught jaywalking
3. (R2, P11) Dustin Pedroia, 2B: Brother molests?
4. (R4, P1) Aramis Ramirez, 3B: Loves cockfighting
5. (R4, P7) Kevin Youkilis, 3B, 1B: Forgot to register charity
6. (R6, P8) Jonathan Papelbon, CL: Does some dirty dancing
7. (R10, P11) Joba Chamberlain, SP: DUI
8. (R10, P6) Pat Burrell, OF: Discussed sex life in Penthouse
9. (R11, P1) Brett Myers, SP: Arrested for assault
10. (R11, P5) Lastings Milledge, OF: L Millz rap song had "language"
11. (R13, P11) Carlos Zambrano, SP: Brawls in dugout
12. (R14, P7) Delmon Young, OF: Threw a bat at an umpire
13. (R19, P7) Miguel Tejada, SS: Steroid allegations
14. (R20, P1) A.J. Pierzynski, C: Takes On Chicago Sun-Times Writer
15. (R20, P8) Frank Francisco, CL: Threw chair at fan
16. (Undrafted) Dontrelle Willis, SP: DUI
17. (Undrafted) Scott Olsen, SP: DUI
18. (Undrafted) Esteban Loaiza, SP: Driving 120 mph, drunk
19. (Undrafted) Gustavo Chacin, SP: DUI

C - A.J. Pierzynski
1B - Kevin Youkilis
2B - Dustin Pedroia
SS - Miguel Tejada
3B - Aramis Ramirez
OF - Josh Hamilton
OF - Manny Ramirez
OF - Pat Burrell
OF - Lastings Milldge
OF - Delmon Young
SP - Joba Chamberlain
SP - Brett Myers
SP - Carlos Zambrano
SP - Scott Olsen
SP - Dontrelle Willis
SP - Gustavo Chacin
SP - Esteban Loaiza
RP - Jonathan Pabelbon
RP - Frank Francisco

As you can see, the word "trouble," for the purposes of this post, is loosely defined. Even with this broad definition, the answer to my initial question is no, this team is not competitive. However, all it would take for this team to suddenly be competitive would be for a few All Star starting pitchers to get mixed up in some sundry stuff between now and the start of the regular season.

It could happen.

1 comment:

DrGravitee said...

Note to self: revise this column and work in Elijah Dukes somehow.