Fantasy Baseball Guide Going Forward

Fantasy sports have been around for years, but daily fantasy sports are still pretty new. Besides being a lot of fun, they have a ton of potential for you to make money off of them. Here’s a short primer to success in playing in MLB leagues.

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When you are drafting your first MLB team, you will notice that you need to fill a certain amount of positions. Your fantasy site should break the players down by position to make this a lot easier for you to focus on. Even with this, there are several things that you will need to keep an eye on. For one, look at how much salary you have to spend. DraftKings, for example, will give you $50,000 to fill 10 positions in most of their default leagues. It ends up being one player for each position, plus an extra pitcher. A good starting pitcher will secure you the most amount of points (usually), so this is a good starting point. For now, don’t worry about your second pitcher. Read more

AJ Burnett to Retire

Hanging the Mit Up

Have you ever wondered what motivates professional athletes? A lot of the time, we assume it’s the money, and that can be a valid assumption considering how much many players make. However, at a certain point, you would assume that enough is enough. Sometimes players go well past their prime just because they don’t know anything else. Mickey Mantle is probably the most famous athlete that falls into this category, but there are others that are active today that also are past their prime.

AJ Burnett, starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, is not someone that will ever be considered in this category. He’s made over $144 million in his career, he’s 38 years old, and is currently having one of his best seasons ever. Yet, he’s decided to retire at the end of this season, even though there is probably a ton of potential for a contract raise. Over 18 starts, he has had 7 wins and currently has a 2.11 ERA. Read more

Things to Watch in Boston as Trade Deadline Approaches

It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox are struggling this season. They started out strong, but after just a few weeks of play, they had secured last place in the American League East, where they currently reside. With the trade deadline coming up on July 31st, you can be assured that management for Boston is trying to secure a better second half of the season, and if that means sending a few underachievers to other teams for more promising talent, then that is what will happen. There are a few players that have definitely surprised fans this year on how poorly they’ve performed, and these are the players probably up first on the chopping block. Let’s look at a few of them. Read more

A-Rod and Yankees Settle Dispute

Recently, Alex Rodriguez had his 3,000th all-time hit. A lot of the excitement, though, was marred by the fact that there was a disagreement over bonus terms about this hit. Back when A-Rod’s contract was originally finalized in 2007, it was heralded as one of the biggest contracts in MLB history, especially once you added in all of the milestones. He was to be awarded bonus payments for tying Willie Mays’ homerun number at 660, for example, something he did earlier this season. The contract gave him a $6 million bonus, but the team refused to pay it as they said it was under their discretion. Hit number 3,000 was also a part of that bonus, and once again, the Yankees did not want to pay for this. Finally, an agreement has been made, though. Read more