The Fuzzy Memorial League

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Feb. 14, 2020

The FML

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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2020 FML Auction

The 2020 Fuzzy Memorial League Auction will be Saturday, March 21 at Noon, CDT at the home of Bill Levy in Deerfield, Ill.  Major League Baseball Opening Day will be the following Thursday, March 26.  The 15-player freeze list deadline will be the Tuesday prior to the auction or March 17.

 

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 year’s 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 Karp’s 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 Herr’s 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. 

 

L.L. Beans Win Their 15th FML Title

Rob Long and Paul Larson’s L.L. Beans won their 15th Fuzzy Memorial League title in 2019.  The title was also their fifth in the last seven years.  The Beans also won in 1984, 1996, 1997 (co-champions), 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

 

The Beans won this year’s championship with 65.5 points, seven and one-half points ahead of the second-place Blues City Bruisers at 58 points.  The Bruisers, who won their only league title in 1993, finished second in both 2013 and 2014.  The defending-champion Addison Lights finished third with 54.5 points, with the Brew Jays in fourth at 51.5 points.

 

Addison Lights Place Six First-Team All-Stars

The third-place Addison Lights placed a league-leading six players on the first team of the 2019 Fuzzy Memorial League All-Star squad.  The six were catcher Gary Sanchez (.232-34-77-0), second baseman D.L. LeMahieu (.327-26-102-5), shortstop Xander Bogaerts (.309-33-117-4), outfielder J.D. Martinez (.304-36-105-2), starting pitcher Domingo German (18-4, 4.03/1.15) and starting pitcher Charlie Morton (16-6, 3.05/1.08).

 

The sixth-place Wa-Wa Two Sees scooped up two major post-season awards.  Mike Trout (.291-45-104-11) was named the league MVP for the second time.  Trout was named a co-MVP as a rookie in 2012. 

 

Wa-Wa Two Sees teammate Justin Verlander earned “most valuable starting pitcher” with a 21-6 record, a 2.58 earned run average and a 0.803 ratio.  Verlander won the 2011 award, also as a member of the Wa-Wa Two Sees.  His ratio of 0.803 is second only to Pedro Martinez’ league-record 0.737 in 2000.

 

The Blues City Bruisers’ Roberto Osuna (4-3, 38 saves, 2.63/0.88) was named the “most valuable relief pitcher.”

 

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

 

The Record Book

In this year of home runs, it’s no surprise that the FML team record has been broken.  The Addison Lights, with 376 round-trippers shattered the existing mark of 347 set by the 2017 L.L. Beans…Patton’s High Velocity won their third-straight stolen base title.

 

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, Karp’s High Ratios

Thairo Estrada, Karp’s High Ratios

Luis Rengifo, Karp’s High Ratios

Myles Straw, Karp’s High Ratios

Luis Arraez, Karp’s High Ratios

Nicky Lopez, Karp’s High Ratios

Josh James, Karp's High Ratios

Jonathan Loaisiga, Karp’s High Ratios

Michael Chavis, L.L. Beans

Nate Lowe, Patton’s High Velocity

Bo Bichette, Patton’s High Velocity

Cavan Biggio, Patton’s High Velocity

Aaron Civale, Patton's High Velocity

Zach Plesac, Patton’s 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 Commissioner’s travel schedule