2021 Lawr Michaels Zen and Now Award Winner: Rick Wolf

Here’s Glenn Colton’s nominating (and winning) argument (congratulations Rick!):

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.

Zen and Now Award Winner before Tout Mixed Draft 15 on March 9 at 8 pm

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.

Touts About Their Tout Drafts/Auctions 2021

What were they thinking? Listen to them, read them:

Mixed Draft 12 (Draft board): Entrekin/Fast (podcast) | Flowers | Towers | Behrens | Fast (podcast) | Melchior ($) | Entrekin |

Mixed Draft 15 (Draft board): White | Short | Gamble | Verougstraete | Van Hook | Wiegert |

Draft and Hold (Draft Board): Williams/Anderson (podcast) | Sheets | Hegglund | Hegglund/Gianella (podcast) |

AL (Draft Board): Erickson | Liss | Bloomfield | Podhorzer | Gianella | Gianella/Hegglund (podcast) |

Mixed Auction 15 (Draft Board): Karabell | Swanay | Steinhorn | Sayre |

NL (Draft Board): Kreutzer | Albright | Zinkie | Cockroft/Zola |

Head to Head (Draft Board):

Tout News: Games On!

Tout Wars Draft and Hold League began March 1 as a slow draft. You can follow the picks here on the public draft board.

Tout’s new 12-team Mixed Draft kicks off today, March 2, at 12 noon live on SiriusXM, hosted by Jeff Erickson and Todd Zola. You can follow the picks here on the public draft board.

Want to know who is playing in which league? Click here.

Tout Wars News: What’s Coming Up!

Tout Wars is adding a new 12-team Mixed Draft League, which will draft online on March 2 at noon. The SiriusXM broadcast will be hosted by Jeff Erickson and Chris Liss.

Tout Wars Draft & Hold will commence on March 1. Look for a link to the draft board here (we expect it to take a couple of weeks).

Tout Wars Mixed Draft (15) will take place on March 9th at 8pm. We’ll the draft board here, and Glenn Colton, Rick Wolf and others will be covering on SiriusXM.

Tout Weekend is Remote Weekend, alas. The schedule is (times might change):

March 20 10am: AL

March 20 3pm: Mixed Auction

March 21 Noon: NL

March 21 5pm: H2H

Starting this year in Head to Head, the previous year’s champion will choose the scoring format from among ESPN, Yahoo, Fantrax and CBS.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2020 Doubt Wars Winners Announced!

Doubt Wars, the game everyone loves to play, tracks the Tout Wars auctions and lets civilians match wits with the Touts. You can read more about it here.

This year’s winners:

Doubt AL: Vandelay Industries, aka Keith Johnson.

Doubt NL: Fred Zinkie (NL Tout Champ)
Civilian Champ: Amnesia Reboot, aka Kent Ostby

Doubt Mixed: Samauritan, aka Chris Devine

The spreadsheet with the complete standings is here.

Congratulations to the winners, who will receive a grab bag of items from Mastersball, BaseballHQ, Babs Baseball, AskRotoman, and Pattonandco.com.

Look for news about Doubt Wars 2021 in early March here at toutwars.com.

What Happened in 2020? Some Touts Tell

Mixed Draft: Scott White |

NL: Peter Kreutzer | Fred Zinkie |

AL: Mike Gianella |

Mixed Auction: Zach Steinhorn |

Draft and Hold: John Hegglund | Michael Stein | Brad Johnson |

Head 2 Head: Ariel Cohen |

Tout Wars AL 2020 Champion, Chris Liss

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.