Each year we publish links to the Touts writings and ruminations about what happened in the season that just ended. Here they are for 2021:
Draft and Hold: Michael Stein |
Mixed Auction: Zach Steinhorn |
Head to Head: Frank Stampfl |
With a week left in the short season Steve Gardner had a 7.5 point lead over Fred Zinkie, apparently comfortable but in the end not enough to hold off Zinkie in his first Tout Wars NL season.
Gardner’s teams was the worst in the league the final week, while Zinkie posted the second best. That was enough for a two point victory.
SiriusXM covered the auction live on channel 619.
Ray Murphy’s chat transcript is below.
Justin Mason’s video blog is awesome. And hypnotic.
[Mar 15, 8:20 AM] Mgianella: Good morning.
[Mar 15, 8:42 AM] RayHQ: good morning gang!
[Mar 15, 8:43 AM] rotoman: Good morning Ray and Mike.
[Mar 15, 8:43 AM] Mgianella: nice to be done (well, until whenever my home league reconvenes)
[Mar 15, 8:54 AM] Guest7561: Good morning! Thanks for doing this. Any chance of a twitch tv stream like DVR did for the AL yesterday? It was great to be able to watch the bidding.
[Mar 15, 8:56 AM] RayHQ: I’m your host today and I’m not set up for that, sorry…
[Mar 15, 8:57 AM] Mgianella: Justin Mason is doing something on Twitter that includes a stream.
TOUT AL: Davitt |
TOUT NL: Hertz |
BaseballHQ did a five part series featuring Brent Hershey, Patrick Davitt, and Phil Hertz in the final weeks of their respective (Mixed Auc, AL, NL). Read them here. Part one | two | three | four | five.
Phil Hertz holds a small lead over Brian Walton as we start the season’s second half. How did the league line up in June?
Phil and Brian were neck and neck last month, and for the whole season.
Scott Wilderman and Derek Carty have worked their way almost into contention, and this could be a mess when we revisit next month.
Justin Mason and his crew will be manning the chat.
Who’s playing in the NL this year?
|Andy Behrens, Yahoo! Fantasy Sports|
|Brian Walton, CreativeSports2|
|Lenny Melnick, Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports|
|Justin Mason, Friends w/ Fantasy Benefits, Fangraphs, Fantasy Alarm|
|Grey Albright, Razzball|
|Phil Hertz, BaseballHQ|
|Todd Zola, Mastersball|
|Craig Mish, SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio|
|Tristan Cockcroft, ESPN|
|Scott Wilderman, onRoto|
|Steve Gardner, USA Today Fantasy Sports|
|Derek Carty, RotoGrinders|
In an up and down race, which saw 2017 champ Grey Albright take an early lead, lose it in May to eventual champ Steve Gardner, take it back again and open it up again through August, only to be pushed aside by Gardner in early September, and then be passed by Tristan Cockcroft, too. Whew.
Here are the final standings.
Gardner may have been challenged by three-time champ Cockcroft in the end, but he was able to hold on. And his victory was foretold by the draft day standings. He had the best auction in the league.
The closeness of the final standings may be because Gardner had a comfortable hand all season. he made no trades, and only one big FAAB pickup. That would be 707 samoleons for Eduardo Escobar, which helped, it may have made the difference, but wasn’t a difference maker.
Steve Gardner last won Tout Wars NL in 2011.
Tout Weekend is fast approaching. This year teams competing in the four Tout Wars auction leagues will need the luck of the Irish, as all four auctions are taking place on March 17. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day.
The location is Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees. In the home dressing and exercise rooms, particularly.
Tout Wars Party: Friday March 16, 2018. 7pm at Foleys NY, at 18 West 33rd Street. Come one, come all.
Tout Mixed Auction: Saturday March 17, 2018. 9am at RCBB. Auctioneer: Jeff Erickson
Tout NL: Saturday March 17, 2018. 10am at RCBB. Auctioneer: Brian Feldman
Tout AL: Saturday March 17, 2018. 3pm at RCBB. Auctioneer: Joe Pisapia
Tout H2H: Saturday March 17, 2018. 4pm at RCBB. Auctioneer: Todd Zola
SiriusXM Fantasy Sports will be carrying live coverage of the four auctions, which can also be followed live on the auction spreadsheet (link to come), and Twitter (@toutwars).
The event will be open to a limited number of guests. If you’re interested in attending, let a Tout know. Only people on the guest list will be admitted to the park. There will be food and drinks available for purchase by guests.
Thanks to the Yankees for inviting us, and Andrea LaMont and Lenny Melnick for working out the details.