David Ortiz is Dead

Got your attention? Good. He’s not though. Sorry. However, there comes a time in every fantasy baseball legend’s career when he finds himself valueless. For an aging rapidly former PED-user who is only eligible at the utility spot, that time is now. To start the season, Big Papi has collected a paltry three runs, three RBI, a single dinger and a .156 batting average. In other words, he hasn’t started the season.

You may remember David Ortiz as the guy who the Twins let go in 2002 because he was a big, fat guy who wasn’t all that good at baseball. Then the Red Sox picked him up, and he magically developed into one of baseball’s most

This hasn't been an uncommon sight for the Big Poopi

dangerous hitters in 2003 (unless, you know, you threw a fastball up and in. Which not enough people did, inexplicably), coincidentally, the same year that this happened. Weird, right?

As is common in PED users (and big, fat power hitters), the production leaves abruptly and without warning. Last year’s first half was a red flag, though Papi picked his production up in the second half. He finished the year with an atrocious .238 BA, however, and under 100 RBI for the first time in a full season since his Twinkie days (though for him, every day is Twinkie day!). This year’s start is no difference, and considering his age and history, Ortiz is pretty much done as a fantasy powerhouse.

Does this mean he’s not worth owning? At the moment, yes. He’s terrible. However, he’s always been a slow starter, and he’ll probably end the year with around 20 homers, 80 or so RBI and a terrible batting average. If that’s what you want from your utility spot, pick him up in the middle of May. If not, I’d say let him go. He’s dead to us.

He’s not alone in gracelessy transitioning into the Golden Years this year in fantasy baseball. Many former stars have shown their astounding aptitude for the waiver wire. Here are some of the most notables, and why we once loved them:

  • Troy Glaus – I’ve already delved into his ineptitude multiple times in this space, but he’s still hitting below .200 along with half of the Braves lineup. This is a guy who has had four seasons of more than 35 homers, including a 47-homer binge in 2000. As recently as 2008, this guy was hitting 27 homers and knocking in 99 runs. Last year and this one haven’t been pretty. Only appearing in 14 games last season succumbing to one of myriad injuries in his career, his ability to put forth a respectable performance on the diamond has evaporated.
  • Chipper Jones – Blasphemy, I know. While Larry is only two years removed from a batting title, there are no fantasy awards for one-category dominance. Well there are, in all likelihood, but I don’t think they’re the good kind of awards. 2004 was the last times Jones left the yard 30 times in a year. Last year, he miraculously avoided a serious injury, appearing in 143 games (his most since 2003), but only managed 18 home runs and 71 RBI, following his batting title with a disappointingly average .264 average. This year he ain’t looking much better, with two home runs and only five RBI, stick a fork in him.
  • Todd Helton – This guy might have been more of a fantasy titan in his heyday than the previous two combined. While still capable of putting up a great average, he’s not capable of anything else. Despite playing in Coors Field, Helton hasn’t eclipsed 20 home runs in five years, and is driving in fewer runs by the year. He still might be capable of 90 RBI, but as his bat gets weaker, so does his production. I doubt he gets many more than 85 runs socked in, which pretty much makes him and average player, and a below average first baseman. Sad, because this guy averaged 38 homers, 126 RBI and an average well above .330 in a five-year span earlier in his career.

Pour some out for these guys.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mojo Jojo on April 26, 2010 at 1:21 am

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