The Fuzzy Memorial League
Baseball with an Attitude
Feb. 14, 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.
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.
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
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 Commissioner’s travel schedule