The Fuzzy Memorial League
Baseball with an Attitude
Oct. 1, 2019
Welcome to the Fuzzy Memorial League, one of the oldest Rotisserie-style fantasy baseball leagues in United States. Formed in 1984 at the now-defunct Turbot Restaurant on North State Parkway in Chicago, the FML is in its 36th year, as of 2019.
L.L. Beans Win Their 15th FML Title
Rob Long and Paul Larsonís L.L. Beans won their 15th Fuzzy Memorial League title in 2019. The title was also their fifth in the last seven years. The Beans also won in 1984, 1996, 1997 (co-champions), 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The Beans won this yearís championship with 65.5 points, seven and one-half points ahead of the second-place Blues City Bruisers at 58 points. The Bruisers, who won their only league title in 1993, finished second in both 2013 and 2014. The defending-champion Addison Lights finished third with 54.5 points, with the Brew Jays in fourth at 51.5 points.
Addison Lights Place Six First-Team All-Stars
The third-place Addison Lights placed a league-leading six players on the first team of the 2019 Fuzzy Memorial League All-Star squad. The six were catcher Gary Sanchez (.232-34-77-0), second baseman D.L. LeMahieu (.327-26-102-5), shortstop Xander Bogaerts (.309-33-117-4), outfielder J.D. Martinez (.304-36-105-2), starting pitcher Domingo German (18-4, 4.03/1.15) and starting pitcher Charlie Morton (16-6, 3.05/1.08).
The sixth-place Wa-Wa Two Sees scooped up two major post-season awards. Mike Trout (.291-45-104-11) was named the league MVP for the second time. Trout was named a co-MVP as a rookie in 2012.
Wa-Wa Two Sees teammate Justin Verlander earned ďmost valuable starting pitcherĒ with a 21-6 record, a 2.58 earned run average and a 0.803 ratio. Verlander won the 2011 award, also as a member of the Wa-Wa Two Sees. His ratio of 0.803 is second only to Pedro Martinezí league-record 0.737 in 2000.
The Blues City Bruisersí Roberto Osuna (4-3, 38 saves, 2.63/0.88) was named the ďmost valuable relief pitcher.Ē
Click here to see the complete list of post-season awards.
The Record Book
In this year of home runs, itís no surprise that the FML team record has been broken. The Addison Lights, with 376 round-trippers shattered the existing mark of 347 set by the 2017 L.L. BeansÖPattonís High Velocity won their third-straight stolen base title.
The following players lost their rookie eligibility in 2019:
Danny Jansen, Addison Lights
Brandon Lowe, Blues City Bruisers
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Brew Jays
Eloy Jimenez, Brew Jays
Oscar Mercado, Brew Jays
Yordan Alvarez, Karpís High Ratios
Thairo Estrada, Karpís High Ratios
Luis Rengifo, Karpís High Ratios
Myles Straw, Karpís High Ratios
Luis Arraez, Karpís High Ratios
Nicky Lopez, Karpís High Ratios
Josh James, Karp's High Ratios
Jonathan Loaisiga, Karpís High Ratios
Michael Chavis, L.L. Beans
Nate Lowe, Pattonís High Velocity
Bo Bichette, Pattonís High Velocity
Cavan Biggio, Pattonís High Velocity
Aaron Civale, Patton's High Velocity
Zach Plesac, Pattonís High Velocity
Rowdy Tellez, Shoeless Sandmen
Shed Long, Shoeless Sandmen
Sean Reid-Foley, Shoeless Sandmen
Kolby Allard, Shoeless Sandmen
Trent Thornton, Shoeless Sandmen
Christin Stewart, Three Stooges
Dylan Cease, Three Stooges
Kyle Tucker, Wa-Wa Two Sees
Griffin Canning, Wa-Wa Two Sees
The following teams owe money to the league, as of Sept. 23:
Addison Lights, $128, no payment needed
Blues City Bruisers, $91, no payment needed
Brew Jays, $151, no payment needed
Nordica Knucklers, $21, no payment needed
Patton's High Velocity, $0, no payment needed
Shoeless Sandmen, $10, no payment needed
Three Stooges, $7, no payment needed
Wa-Wa Two Sees, $17, no payment needed
2020 FML Auction
The 2020 Fuzzy Memorial League Auction will be Saturday, March 21 at Noon, CDT at the home of Bill Levy in Deerfield, Ill. Major League Baseball Opening Day will be the following Thursday, March 26. The 15-player freeze list deadline will be the Tuesday prior to the auction or March 17.