The Fuzzy Memorial League

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Oct. 1, 2019

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 36th year, as of 2019.

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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.

 

Rookie Eligibility

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

 

FML Accounts

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

L.L. Beans, $41, 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.