The Fuzzy Memorial League

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Jan. 23, 2024

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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2024 FML Auction

The 2024 Fuzzy Memorial League auction will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m., CDT at the home of Phil Dlatt in Lake Zurich, Ill.  The deadline for 15-player freeze lists and long-term contracts will be the preceding Tuesday, March 19 at 2 p.m., CDT.  Major League Baseball Opening Day is Thursday, March 28.

 

Joe Mauer and Adrian Beltre Hall of Fame Bound

Two former Fuzzy Memorial League players, Joe Mauer and Adrian Beltre, were selected for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 23, 2024.

 

Joe Mauer was signed to a minor league contract by the L.L. Beans on June 15, 2001 and made his Major League Baseball debut with the Beans in 2004.  After being signed to a four-year contract with the Beans in 2006, Mauer was drafted by the Wa-Wa Two Sees in 2010 for $36.  The Wa-Wa Two Sees chose not to freeze him for the 2012 auction but got him back for $18, retained him for 2013 and then signed him to a three-year contract for 2014-16.  The Prairie Pigeons drafted Mauer for $6 in 2017, and he finished his career as a Pigeon in 2018.

 

Mauer finished his 15-year career, all with the Minnesota Twins, with a .306 career average, 143 home runs and 923 RBI.

 

Adrian Beltre started his MLB career with the Los Angeles Dodger before the Seattle Mariners signed him as a free agent in 2005.  The Boston Red Sox signed him to a one-year free agent contract in 2010 but declined to exercise his 2011 option.  Instead, he signed a six-year deal with the Texas Rangers that was set to expire in 2016, but which Texas extended through 2018, his final MLB season.

 

The Nordica Knucklers first drafted Beltre in the 2005 auction for $37 but traded him to the Brew Jays on June 13 that year.  The Three Stooges got him in 2006 auction for $24.  The Knucklers got Beltre back in the 2007 auction for $20 and retained in in 2008.  The Blues City Bruisers drafted Beltre, again for $20, in 2009.  The Brew Jays re-acquired him in the 2010 auction for $16, retained him for the 2011 season and then signed him for two years, 2012-13. 

 

After going back into the 2014 auction, the Jays got Beltre back for $30 before trading him to Patton’s High Velocity on July 18.  Patton’s retained Beltre for the 2015 season but chose not to freeze him in 2016.  The Brew Jays got him back, again for $30 in the 2016 auction, kept him for the start of the 2017 season before trading him to the Blues City Bruisers on July 24.  Beltre was drafted by the Prairie Pigeons for $21 in 2018 and finished his career that year.

 

Baseball America No. 1 Prospects

According to the December 2023 Baseball America rankings, the Wa-Wa Two Sees have three American League number-one prospects.  Those three are Kansas City Royals catcher Blake Mitchell, Seattle Mariners shortstop Cole Young and Minnesota Twins outfielder Walker Jenkins. 

 

Four other FML teams have two number-one prospects on their minor league rosters.  The Addison Lights have Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday and Boston Red Sox shortstop Marcelo Mayer.  The Brew Jays have Detroit Tigers outfielder Max Clark and New York Yankees outfielder Jasson Dominguez.  Karp’s High Ratios have Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Junior Caminero and Oakland Athletics pitcher Mason Miller, while the Nordica Knucklers have Los Angeles Angels first baseman Nolan Schanuel and Cleveland Guardians outfielder Chase DeLauter.

 

Brew Jays Win Their Fourth FML Title in 2023

Wayne Deering’s Brew Jays won their fourth Fuzzy Memorial League title in 2023.  The franchise previously won league championships in 2004, 2007 and 2012.  This year’s team won handily with 85 points, 13.5 points ahead of Phil Dlatt’s second-place Shoeless Sandmen at 71.5 points.  The 13.5 point margin is the fourth-best in league history.  The Sandmen, in Dlatt’s fifth year in the league, went 14-for-36 (.389) with five RBI on the final day of the season, which was enough to overcome Paul Larson’s L.L. Beans at 71 points for second place.  Norman Alexandroff’s Patton’s High Velocity finished fourth.

 

The Jays moved into first place during the week of April 17 and were never seriously threatened.  With a balanced attack of 44 offensive points and 42.5 pitching points, the team won the RBI category but finished second in batting average, home runs, runs scored, strikeouts, wins and ratio, while taking third in both earned run average and saves.

 

2023 FML Post-Season Awards

Shohei Ohtani (.305, 44 HR, 95 RBI, 20 SB, 10-5, 3.14/1.06), who wound up the 2023 FML season on the Shoeless Sandmen roster, was named this year’s “Co-Most Valuable Player,” along with the Wa-Wa Two Sees’ Corey Seager (.327, 33 HR, 96 RBI, 2 SB).  Gerrit Cole (15-4, 2.63/0.98), from the L.L. Beans, won the “Most Valuable Starting Pitcher” award for the second time in three years.  The league’s “Most Valuable Relief Pitcher” was Karp’s High Ratios’ Emmanuel Clase (3-9, 44 saves, 3.18/1.16).  The Beans’ Gunnar Henderson (.255, 28 HR, 82 RBI, 10 SB) shared “Rookie Co-Position Players of the Year” with the Three Stooges’ Josh Jung (.266, 23 HR, 70 RBI, 1 SB), while Tanner Bibee (10-4, 2.98/1.18) from the Karp’s took “Rookie Starting Pitcher of the Year” honors.  Click here for the complete post-season team.

 

The Record Book

Karp’s High Ratios’ 204 stolen bases was tied for the fourth-best all-time and was only 20 shy of breaking the Nordica Knucklers’ 1987 team record of 223…Patton’s High Velocity’s 1,488 strikeouts, while officially a league record, gets an asterisk, since he played nearly the entire season without a relief pitcher on the roster.  Otherwise, the Brew Jays’ 1.425 strikeouts might have set a new league mark…even with an all-starting pitcher lineup, Patton’s did not break their own 2010 league record of 113 wins…the Nordica Knucklers league-leading 1.1883 WHIP marked the first time that team has won a ratios title since joining the league in 1985.  Karp’s High Ratios have won that category a league-leading 12 times, including four in a row from 1989 to 1992…the Knucklers also won their first-ever saves category with 77.  Karp’s also has the all-time lead in winning the saves category with 10…the Shoeless Sandmen set an unofficial record for its phoenix-like rise from 10th place in 2022 to second place this year…in the futility area, the Three Stooges let a league mark this year for the worst team batting average in 40 years at .2340, breaking a mark of .2353 set by the 2002 Brew Jays.

 

FML Accounts

The following teams owe money to the league, as of Jan. 22

Addison Lights, $0, no payment need

Blues City Bruisers, $0, paid in full

Brew Jays, $0, paid in full

L.L. Beans, $0, paid in full

Nordica Knucklers, $0, paid in full

Patton's High Velocity, $0, paid in full

Shoeless Sandmen, $22, deficit to be charged to 2024 account

Three Stooges, $18, deficit to be charged to 2024 account

Wa-Wa Two Sees, $0, paid in full

 

Rookie Eligibility

The following players lost their rookie eligibility in 2023:

Enmanuel Valdez, Addison Lights (Sept. 4)

Tyler Soderstrom, Addison Lights (Sept. 11)

Zach Neto, Addison Lights (June 1)

Edouard Julien, Addison Lights (July 10)

Jordan Westburg (Aug. 14)

Will Brennan, Addison Lights (May 8)

Kerry Carpenter, Addison Lights

Drew Waters, Addison Lights

Taj Bradley, Addison Lights (June 26)

Ken Waldichuk, Addison Lights

Korey Lee, Blues City Bruisers (29 days in 2022, 8 days in August 2023, Sept. 7)

Logan O’Hoppe, Blues City Bruisers ( Sept. 4)

Samad Taylor, Blues City Bruisers (Aug. 21)

Lawrence Butler, Blues City Bruisers (Sept. 25)

Grayson Rodriguez, Blues City Bruisers (May 22)

Gabriel Moreno, Karp’s High Ratios

Yainer Diaz, Karp’s High Ratios

David Hensley, Karp’s High Ratios

Osleivis Basabe, Karp’s High Ratios (Sept. 25)

Zack Gelof, Karp’s High Ratios (Sept. 4)

Masataka Yoshida, Karp’s High Ratios (May 22)

Corey Julks, Karp’s High Ratios (May 22)

Tanner Bibee, Karp’s High Ratios (June 12)

Hunter Brown, Karp’s High Ratios

Bryan Woo, Karp’s High Ratios (July 24)

Chase Silseth, Karp’s High Ratios (May 8)

Louie Varland, Karp’s High Ratios (May 15)

Bo Naylor, L.L. Beans (July 31)

Connor Wong, L.L. Beans

Gunnar Henderson, L.L. Beans

Oswald Peraza, L.L. Beans (April 27)

Jonathan Aranda, L.L. Beans (July 17)

Logan T. Allen, L.L. Beans (June 5)

Gavin Williams, L.L. Beans (Aug. 14)

Michael Baumann, Nordica Knucklers

Joey Wentz, Nordica Knucklers

Jordan Diaz, Patton’s High Velocity (May 22)

Matt Wallner, Patton’s High Velocity (July 24)

Bryce Miller, Patton’s High Velocity (June 19)

Nate Pearson, Patton’s High Velocity (May 8)

Tristan Casas, Shoeless Sandmen

D.L. Hall, Shoeless Sandmen (Sept. 4)

Cody Morris, Shoeless Sandmen (July 17)

Anthony Volpe, Three Stooges (May 15)

Josh Jung, Three Stooges

Oscar Colas, Three Stooges (July 24)

Reese Olson, Three Stooges (July 17)

Korey Lee, Wa-Wa Two Sees (Sept. 11)

Royce Lewis, Wa-Wa Two Sees (June 26)

 

2024 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 28

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 2:05 p.m.

MLB Opening Day

1 p.m.

Monday, April 1

Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m.

Noon

Monday, April 8

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 15

Cleveland at Boston, TBA

TBA

Monday, April 22

Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 29

St. Louis at Detroit, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 6

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 3:05 p.m.

2 p.m.

Monday, May 13

Miami at Detroit, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 20

Chicago at Toronto, 2:07 p.m.

1 p.m.

Monday, May 27

Kansas City at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

8 a.m., CDT/9 a.m., EDT*

Monday, June 3

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, June 10

Colorado at Minnesota, 6:40 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Monday, June 17

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

4:30 p.m.

Monday, June 24

Philadelphia at Detroit, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, July 1

Houston at Toronto, 2:07 p.m.

1 p.m.

Friday, July 8

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

2 p.m.

Friday, July 19

Arizona at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m.

All-Star Break

Noon

Monday, July 22

N.Y. Mets at Miami, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, July 29

Cleveland at Detroit, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 5

Cincinnati at Miami, 5:40 p.m.

FML Trade Deadline

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 19

Arizona at Miami, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 26

Houston at Philadelphia, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 2

Houston at Cincinnati, 3:10  p.m.

FML Roster Expansion

2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 9

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 16

Detroit at Kansas City, 6:40 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 23

Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 5:40 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

*Earlier deadline due to Commissioner’s vacation plans in NYC