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Baseball Notes – February 26, 2009

Where are you fantasy baseball players? So far the only man/woman brave enough to jump into the shark tank is Dave C. of the

Netherlands. Dave is a retiree of the U.S. Air Force and most recently finished first in Fantasy Sharks Blue Shark League 9, of which I was a member.

Rumor has it that the

Vatican will bypass all protocol and immediately canonize

Barack Obama a saint if he can get the NCAA to agree to a football playoff.

(Photo courtesy of the Associated Press)

If you don’t want to spend a high draft pick on a catcher, then Reds’ catcher

Ramon Hernandez is the man for you. He is currently the 16th catcher on the board and can be had as the 273rd player selected according to Mock Draft Central. I definitely would prefer Hernandez over

A.J. Pierzynski,

Jorge Posada and

Kurt Suzuki, all of whom are currently being drafted ahead of Hernandez. There’s no competition for playing time and the move to The Great American Ballpark is definitely a plus.

Rangers’ OF

Josh Hamilton was definitely the feel good story of 2008, but don’t be the guy in your league who takes him with a first-round draft pick. Projections for

Hamilton range from 32-33 home runs and 110-115 RBI to go along with 7-8 SBs. Why not just wait a few rounds and grab

Carlos Quentin with the 38th pick or

Nate McLouth with the 61st?

I’m not a bit fan of taking a starting pitcher in the first five or six rounds, although I did get caught up in the moment in a recent draft when

Tim Lincecum slipped to me in the third round. I definitely prefer to load up on offense early, especially with guys like

Francisco Liriano being drafted 69th,

Jon Lester being drafted 95th,

Yovani Gallardo 114th and

Ricky Nolasco going at 125.

Last year, Red Sox 2B

Dustin Pedroia was a steal with an average ADP of 181, but he’s a bit overpriced this year at No. 25, especially with a guy like

Alexei Ramirez going 20 spots later at No. 45. And, if you really like to gamble, like say on

Howie Kendrick’s health, then you may want to wait until the 128th pick to press your luck.

Saves are saves, so if you’d rather not pay for the name, you may want to take a look at

Kerry Wood in the 13th round at 136,

Heath Bell or

Mike Gonzalez in the 16th round,

Joel Hanrahan in the 19th round or

Frank Francisco in the 23rd round. (Rounds were based on a 10-team league.)

Josh Field or

Dayan Viciedo

?

Dayan Viciedo

or Josh Fields? For those of you wondering who will emerge victorious in the battle for third base with the White Sox, my money is on Viciedo. I do not believe that the Sox would have paid $10 million over four years with the expectation that Viciedo would be spending more than a cup of coffee in the minors. Viciedo is regarded as the best Cuban baseball player in the past eight years after Kendry Morales, according to MLBTraderumors.com. Also, according to the

Havana Journal, Viciedo, at age 16, was the youngest Cuban All Star in history.

Tigers pitcher

Rick Porcello has looked great so far in camp and could force his way into the starting rotation.

The Corner of Knowledge will be back in a few days as spring training games get underway, so there should be plenty to talk about.

Remember, if you’re interested in being part of the Fantasy Sharks baseball league send me an e-mail at

thecornerofknowledge@yahoo.com.

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