The Fuzzy Memorial League

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Jan. 7, 2022

The FML

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 39th year, as of 2019.

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2023 FML Auction

The 2023 Fuzzy Memorial League auction will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Noon, CDT, live, at the home of Bill Levy in Deerfield, Ill.  That week’s deadline for 15-player freeze lists and long-term contract will be Tuesday, March 21 at 3 p.m., CDT.  Major League Baseball Opening Day is Thursday, March 30.

 

L.L. Beans Win League-Leading 16th FML Title

The L.L. Beans won the 2022 Fuzzy Memorial League championship, the team’s league-leading 16th title.  The Beans won by nine and one-half points, 80.5 to 71 over the second-place Three Stooges.  The Beans also won in 1984, 1996, a 1997 co-championship, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.  For the Stooges, it was the team’s first time in the money since the 2013 team finished third.  The Blues City Bruisers finished third with 61 points, and Patton’s High Velocity took fourth place with 58.5 points. 

 

Karp’s High Ratios, in fifth place with 58 points, made things interesting on the final day.  Around 2 p.m., Karp’s found themselves just three RBI and two strikeouts away from a third-place tie with the Bruisers but faded away after that.  Still, just after 6 p.m., Karp’s pulled into fourth place after L.L. Beans relief pitcher John Schreiber surrendered a hit and a walk in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.  The two base runners gave Karp’s a temporary lead in ratio and fourth place, but the almost-miracle quickly disappeared when Schreiber got Jonathan Aranda on a fly out to end the inning, restoring the Beans’ lead in the category and shoving Karp’s back into fifth place. 

 

Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani Share Fuzzy Memorial League 2022 MVP Honors

The L.L. Beans’ Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani from the Three Stooges shared the 2022 Fuzzy Memorial League “Most Valuable Player” award.  Judge hit .310 with 62 home runs, 131 RBI and 16 stolen bases for the first-place Beans.  Ohtani, while appearing mostly as a designated hitter for the second-place Stooges, batted .273 with 34 home runs, 95 RBI and 11 stolen bases while compiling a 15-9 pitching mark with a 2.33 earned run average and a 1.01 ratio.

 

The Wa-Wa Two Sees’ Justin Verlander was named “most valuable starting pitcher” with an 18-4 record, a 1.75 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.  Emmanuel Clase from Karp’s High Ratios earned “most valuable relief pitcher” honors with a 3-4 mark, 42 saves, a 1.36 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP.  The Brew Jays’ Julio Rodriguez was named “rookie position player of the year” with a .284 batting mark, 28 home runs, 75 RBI and 25 stolen bases.  Joe Ryan from Patton’s High Velocity earned “rookie starting pitcher of the year” honors with a 13-8 record, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.10 ratio, while the Blues City Bruisers’ Clarke Schmidt was named “rookie relief pitcher of the year” with a 5-5 record, two saves, a 3.12 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

 

Click here for the complete 2022 FML All-Star Team.

 

MLB Post-Season Awards

Congratulations to the L.L. Beans, the Wa-Wa Two Sees and the Brew Jays for each claiming one of the three Major League Baseball post-season awards.

 

Aaron Judge of the Beans won this year’s “Most Valuable Player” award by hitting .310 with 62 home runs, 131 RBI and 16 SB.  For the Beans, it’s their 13th post-season award (8 MVP, 3 Cy Young, 2 Rookie).  The Three Stooges’ Shohei Ohtani finished second in the voting followed by Karp’s High Ratios’ Yordan Alvarez third, the Stooges’ Jose Ramirez fourth, the Stooges’ Jose Altuve fifth (capping three of the top-five for the Stooges), the Blues City Bruisers’ Andres Gimenez sixth, the Brew Jays’ Julio Rodriguez seventh, Patton’s High Velocity’s Mike Trout eighth, the Addison Lights’ Xander Bogaerts ninth and the Wa-Wa Two Sees’ Justin Verlander 10th.

 

Verlander won this year’s Cy Young Award with an 18-4 record, a 1.75 earned run average and a 0.83 ratio.  It’s the 17th post-season award for the Wa-Wa Two Sees (7 MVP, 5 Cy Young, 5 Rookie), second only to Karp’s High Ratios with 26 awards.  Verlander was followed in the voting by the Stooges’ Dylan Cease second, the Lights’ Alek Manoah third, the Stooges’ Ohtani fourth, the Brew Jays’ Framber Valdez fifth, the Beans’ Shane McClanahan sixth, Shane Bieber from Karp’s High Ratios seventh, the Bruisers’ Nestor Cortes Jr. eighth, the Beans’ Gerrit Cole ninth and the Nordica Knucklers’ Kevin Gausman 10th.

 

The Brew Jays’ Julio Rodriguez took “Rookie of the Year” honors by hitting .284 with 28 home runs, 75 RBI and 25 SB.  For the Jays, it was their seventh major award (2 MVP, 5 Rookie).  Rodriguez was followed in the voting by the Wa-Wa Two Sees’ Adley Rutschman second, Steven Kwan from Karp’s High Ratios third, the Shoeless Sandmen’s Bobby Witt Jr. fourth, the Beans’ Jeremy Pena fifth and the Knucklers’ George Kirby sixth.

 

Fred McGriff Elected to the Hall of Fame

First baseman Fred McGriff was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by its contemporary committee in December 2022.  The five-time all-star clubbed 493 homers and collected 2,493 hits while finishing in the top 10 of MVP balloting in six different seasons, including each season from 1989 to 1993.  McGriff came up in the Fuzzy Memorial League with the June Food Junkies/Cactus Climbers (later the Licorice Sticks, which subsequently became the Brew Jays.  McGriff finished his FML career with the L.L. Beans.

 

The Record Book

The L.L. Beans set an FML season record in 2022 with a 1.1250 ratio, while Karp’s High Ratios were at 1.1252 and the Addison Lights at 1.1559.  All three WHIPs broke a season record of 1.166 set by the 2014 Addison Lights…Karp’s High Ratios league-leading 3.319 earned run average was the fourth-best all time…the L.L. Beans’ Aaron Judge set an FML individual record with 62 home runs, breaking Alex Rodriguez’ mark of 57 round-trippers set for the 2002 Patton’s High Velocity…at 1.749, the Wa-Wa Two Sees’ Justin Verlander just missed breaking a 23-year old earned run average record of 1.742 set by Pedro Martinez for the 2000 Three Stooges…Verlander’s 0.929 WHIP was second-best only to Ted Higuera’s league-record 0.737 effort, also for the 2000 Stooges…Shane McClanahan’s 0.926 WHIP for the Beans was the ninth-best all-time, and Triston McKenzie’s 0.951 ratio for the Stooges was the 10th-best all-time…on the futility list, the Blues City Bruisers, with a .2355 team batting average, just missed breaking the Brew Jays’ 2002 record of .2353…the Brew Jays spent a league-leading $1,026 in 2022, the third-highest total all-time.  The 2021 Jays set a league record by spending $1,206…the Blues City Bruisers signed a league-record 46 free agents in 2022, including a league-record eight free agents on Aug. 8.

 

FML Accounts

The following teams owe money to the league, as of Oct. 6:

Addison Lights, -$228 ($228 credit for 2023)

Blues City Bruisers, $484, no payment needed

Brew Jays, $0

L.L. Beans, $160, no payment needed

Nordica Knucklers, $1

Patton's High Velocity, $103, no payment needed

Shoeless Sandmen, -$38 ($38 credit for 2023)

Three Stooges, $41, no payment needed

Wa-Wa Two Sees, $10

 

Rookie Eligibility

The following players lost their rookie eligibility in 2022:

Nick Pratto, Addison Lights

Ezequiel Duran, Addison Lights

Vidal Brujan, Addison Lights

Ezequiel Duran, Addison Lights

Oscar Gonzalez, Addison Lights

Jose Siri, Addison Lights

M.J. Melendez, Blues City Bruisers

Daulton Jefferies, Blues City Bruisers

Clarke Schmidt, Blues City Bruisers

Spencer Torkelson, Brew Jays

Daz Cameron, Brew Jays

Julio Rodriguez, Brew Jays

Jo Adell, Brew Jays

Alex Faedo, Brew Jays

Sam Huff, Karp’s High Ratios

Shea Langeliers, Karp’s High Ratios

Michael Massey, Karp’s High Ratios

Jarren Duran, Karp’s High Ratios

Steven Kwan, Karp’s High Ratios

Estevan Florial, Karp’s High Ratios

J.P. Sears, Karp’s High Ratios

Josh Winder, Karp’s High Ratios

Jeremy Pena, L.L. Beans

Jake Burger, L.L. Beans

Bubba Thompson, L.L. Beans

Riley Greene, Nordica Knucklers

George Kirby, Nordica Knucklers

Vinnie Pasquantino, Patton’s High Velocity

Jose Miranda, Patton’s High Velocity

Kyle Isbel, Patton’s High Velocity

Joe Ryan, Patton’s High Velocity

Brayan Bello, Patton’s High Velocity

Bobby Witt Jr., Shoeless Sandmen

Matt Brash, Shoeless Sandmen

Edward Olivares, Three Stooges

Adley Rutschman, Wa-Wa Two Sees

Kody Clemens, Wa-Wa Two Sees

Josh Lowe, Wa-Wa Two Sees

Reid Detmers, Wa-Wa Two Sees

 

2023 FML Transaction Deadlines

All times Central Daylight.  Please note that FML deadlines are determined by the first MLB game, not necessarily the first American League contest.

Day/Date

First MLB  Game

FML Deadline

Thursday, March 30

San Francisco at New York, 12:05 p.m.

MLB Opening Day

11 a.m.

Monday, April 3

N.Y. Mets at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.

Noon

Monday, April 10

Chicago at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.

Noon

Monday, April 17

Los Angeles at Boston, 10:10 a.m.

9 a.m.

Monday, April 24

Boston at Baltimore, 5:35 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 1

Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m.

11 a.m.

Monday, May 8

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 5:35 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 15

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 3:05 p.m.

2 p.m.

Monday, May 22

Texas at Pittsburgh, 5:35 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 29

Cleveland at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.

Noon

Monday, June 5

Detroit at Philadelphia, 6:40 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Monday, June 12

Colorado at Boston, 6:10 pm.

5 p.m.

Monday, June 19

St. Louis at Washington, 3:05 p.m.

2 p.m.

Monday, June 26

Cincinnati at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, July 3

Houston at Texas, 1:05 p.m.

Noon

Friday, July 14

San Diego at Philadelphia, 5:05 p.m.

All-Star Break

4 p.m.

Monday, July 17

L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.

5 p.m.

Monday, July 24

Baltimore at Philadelphia, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, July 31

Philadelphia at Miami, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 7

L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 3:10 p.m.

2 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 14

Houston at Miami, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 21

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 28

Los Angeles at Philadelphia, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 4

San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m.

FML Roster Expansion

Noon

Monday, Sept. 11

St. Louis at Baltimore, 5:35 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 18

Minnesota at Cincinnati, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 25

Arizona at Chicago, 6:40 p.m.

5:30 p.m.