I would like to nominate Rick Wolf. With the exception of Lawr himself, I am hard-pressed to think of anyone more selfless in the fantasy sports community. I could write forever, but here are the highlight points for why I think Rick would be a great first recipient:
Like Lawr, Rick is constantly mentoring people and fostering their careers. People who Rick helped get where they are today include luminaries such as Matthew Berry, Tristan Cockroft, Greg Rosenthal, Mike Fabiano, Scott Engel, Howard Bender, Kay Adams, Maria Marino, Stacie Stern and many, many more.
Like Lawr, Rick has no ego. Rick just wants to see the fantasy community grow and prosper. Whether friend, stranger or competitor, Rick is more than willing to give his time to anyone who seeks his help within the fantasy community or anyone seeking to get into the community.
Like Lawr, Rick is incredibly charitable and committed to important social change. After two young men in his community took their own lives, Rick threw his considerable talents and energy into an organization named after one of the young men, the BTH Foundation, whose mission is prevention of suicide, mental health awareness and training for people to spot the signs of when to get help or seek help for others. His work has already made a difference in many lives and likely saved people we will never know would otherwise been in trouble.
Finally, like Lawr, Rick never met someone with whom he could not connect in some way.
In 2020 Tout Wars introduced the Law Michaels Zen and Now Award, awarded each year to honor members of Tout Wars for their positive energy, contributions to the game, and inspiration to the fantasy baseball community at large. The 2020 winner was Todd Zola.
This year’s winner is … to be announced March 9 at 8pm on SiriusXM fantasy sports, just before the beginning of the Tout Mixed Draft 15 draft.
In the draft day standings, the Tout AL standings for the team each Tout bought on draft day, Liss finished fourth with 78.5 points. His obvious weakness was Saves, which showed him last.
Once the season started Liss focused on relief pitching. He bought Chris Devenski, Jonathan Hernandez, Rafael Dolis, Greg Holland, Carl Edwards, Clark Schmidt, Dan Altavilla and Andre Scrubb. Those are all his free agent buys.
And he traded for Brad Hand (he traded Kyle Tucker). At the end of the season he was in fourth place in Saves, and ended up with 99 points, 22 more than Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton’s team and Jeff Erickson’s team, which tied for second.