The Fuzzy Memorial League
Baseball with an Attitude
Sept. 30, 2020
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.
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.
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
The following teams owe money to the league, as of March 16:
Addison Lights, $0
Blues City Bruisers, $0
Brew Jays, $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.
*Early deadline due to Commissionerís travel schedule