The Fuzzy Memorial League

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Sept. 30, 2020

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Welcome to the Fuzzy Memorial League, one of the oldest Rotisserie-style fantasy baseball leagues in United States.  Formed in 1984 at the now-defunct Turbot Restaurant on North State Parkway in Chicago, the FML is in its 36th year, as of 2019.

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Fake News; Patton's High Velocity Wins the 2020 Unofficial FML Title

Patton's High Velocity won the unofficial Fuzzy Memorial League championship in 2020, 72-70, over the second-place L.L. Beans.  The Addison Lights were third with 67 points, followed by Karp's High Ratios fourth with 66 points.  Patton won four-of-five batting categories, taking first place in average, home runs, runs scored and stolen bases.  Karp's had the winning margins in three pitching categories:  strikeouts, ratio and wins.

 

2020 FML Post-Season Awards

It's admittedly fake baseball, but the Fuzzy Memorial League still has its post-season awards.  Oddly enough, league-champion Patton's High Velocity had no individual award winners in 2020. 

 

First baseman Jose Abreu of the runner-up L.L. Beans was named the league's "most valuable player" with a .317 batting average, 19 home runs and 60 RBI.  The fourth-place Karp's High Ratios garnered the "most valuable starting pitcher" award for Shane Bieber, who went 8-1 with a 1.63 earned run average and a 0.87 ratio.

 

Brad Hand of the sixth-place Blues City Bruisers was named "closer of the year" with a 2-1 record, a league-leading 16 saves, a 2.05 ERA and a 0.77 ratio.

 

Karp's collected two-of-three rookie awards, one for best rookie starting pitcher in Cristian Javier with a 5-2 mark, a 3.48 ERA and a 0.99 ratio.  Karp's other rookie award went to relief pitcher Matt Foster with a 6-1 record, a 2.20 ERA and a 0.87 ratio.  The Beans picked up the rookie "position player of the year" award for Kyle Lewis and his .262 batting mark, 11 home runs, 28 RBI and five stolen bases.

 

Click here to see the complete list of 2020 FML post-season awards.

 

Former FML Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Since its inception in 1984, 45 former Fuzzy Memorial League players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Click here to see the complete list. 

 

This yearís class includes two players with Michigan high school connections.  With only one moron sports writer not voting for him, former Kalamazoo Central High School shortstop Derek Jeter was a near-unanimous selection for 2020.  Jeter, who played his entire career at shortstop for the New York Yankees, played for Karpís High Ratios from 1996 to 2001, from 2004 to 2005 and from 2010 thru 2011.

 

The Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee selected catcher Ted Simmons from Southfield High School.  Simmons played most of his career with the National League St. Louis Cardinals (1968-80) but played in the American League with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1981 to 1985 before returning to the senior circuit with the Atlanta Braves for the 1986-88 seasons.  Simmons will be credited to the Nordica Knucklers for his 1985 season when he batted .273 with 12 home runs and 76 RBI.  He also played in the FML in 1984 with Georgina Herrís squad, now the Shoeless Sandmen.

 

Both Jeter and Simmons signed national letters of intent to play at the University of Michigan, both opted to play professional baseball right out of high school. 

 

Rookie Eligibility

The following players lost their rookie eligibility in 2019:

Danny Jansen, Addison Lights

Brandon Lowe, Blues City Bruisers

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Brew Jays

Eloy Jimenez, Brew Jays

Oscar Mercado, Brew Jays

Yordan Alvarez, Karpís High Ratios

Thairo Estrada, Karpís High Ratios

Luis Rengifo, Karpís High Ratios

Myles Straw, Karpís High Ratios

Luis Arraez, Karpís High Ratios

Nicky Lopez, Karpís High Ratios

Josh James, Karp's High Ratios

Jonathan Loaisiga, Karpís High Ratios

Michael Chavis, L.L. Beans

Nate Lowe, Pattonís High Velocity

Bo Bichette, Pattonís High Velocity

Cavan Biggio, Pattonís High Velocity

Aaron Civale, Patton's High Velocity

Zach Plesac, Pattonís High Velocity

Rowdy Tellez, Shoeless Sandmen

Shed Long, Shoeless Sandmen

Sean Reid-Foley, Shoeless Sandmen

Kolby Allard, Shoeless Sandmen

Trent Thornton, Shoeless Sandmen

Christin Stewart, Three Stooges

Dylan Cease, Three Stooges

Kyle Tucker, Wa-Wa Two Sees

Griffin Canning, Wa-Wa Two Sees

 

FML Accounts

The following teams owe money to the league, as of March 16:

Addison Lights, $0

Blues City Bruisers, $0

Brew Jays, $0

L.L. Beans, $0

Nordica Knucklers, $0

Patton's High Velocity, $0

Shoeless Sandmen, $0

Three Stooges, $0

Wa-Wa Two Sees, $0

 

2020 FML Transaction Deadlines

All times Central Daylight.  Please note that FML deadlines are determined by the first MLB game, not necessarily the first American League contest.

Day/Date

First MLB  Game

FML Deadline

Thursday, March 26

Detroit at Cleveland, 12:10 p.m.

MLB Opening Day

11 a.m.

Monday, March 30

Kansas City at Detroit, 12:10 p.m.

11 a.m.

Monday, April 6

Seattle at Chicago, 1:10 p.m.

Noon

Monday, April 13

Minnesota at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, April 20

Cleveland at Boston, 10:05 a.m.

9 a.m.

Monday, April 27

Kansas City at Baltimore, 5:35 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 4

Texas at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m.

4 p.m.

Monday, May 11

Cleveland at Baltimore, 5:35 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 18

Houston at Toronto, 3:07 p.m.

2 p.m.

Monday, May 25

Chicago at Baltimore, 12:05 p.m.

9 a.m.*

Monday, June 1

Milwaukee at Washington, 6:05 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, June 8

Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, June 15

Baltimore at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, June 22

Baltimore at New York, 6:05 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, June 29

Arizona at Philadelphia, 5:05 p.m.

4 p.m.

Monday, July 6

San Diego at New York Mets, 12:10 p.m.

11 a.m.

Thursday, July 16

San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, 7:09 p.m.

All-Star Break

6 p.m.

Monday, July 20

Seattle at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, July 27

L.A. Dodgers at Miami, 5:10 p.m.

4 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 3

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 2:07 p.m.

FML Trade Deadline

1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 10

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m.

11 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 17

Texas at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 24

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 31

Arizona at Miami, 12:10 p.m.

11 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 7

New York at Baltimore, 12:05 p.m.

FML Roster Expansion

11 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 14

Detroit at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m.

4 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 21

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 5:35 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

*Early deadline due to Commissionerís travel schedule