The 2019 MLB season has officially started, but plenty of owners are still yet to hold their fantasy baseball drafts. We get the procrastinators ready for the season by breaking down every position — rankings, sleepers, prospects, strategy — you name it, we touch on it in the debut episode of the Hot Corner Podcast.We start by looking at our positional rankings and figuring out who you’d wind up with if you’re the last person in your league to draft a starter. Multi-position eligibility can make it tough to narrow it down, but from there, we decide if it’s OK to wait or if you should prioritize higher-ranked players. At some positions, you might be fine waiting even longer. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetAlong the way, we make plenty of esoteric spring training/ baseball rehab references that only fantasy baseball owners will appreciate, try to guess Matt Chapman’s next contract, debate if there are more fantasy baseball owners who played catcher in Little League, establish as fact that Rays players hit 30 HRs then join a new team and don’t hit them anymore, make stink faces about Josh Bell, coin the catchphrase “double it”, confess our love for the Reds, passionately argue over whether Rougned Odor can hit .270, lobby for more job creation in the form of the DH in the National League, discuss whether “Wil”, “Mat”, or “Erick” is the worst first name, come to the conclusion that we’d like Max Muncy more if he hit 28 HRs last year instead of 35, complain about people who talk about their keepers too much, warn about David Dahl’s weird injuries, advocate for always leaving a spot open for a two-start streamer in weekly leagues, lament the lack of reliable closers, and much more.Fantasy Baseball PodcastTimestampsCatcher (4:30): “Catcher — you just look at it and want to punch yourself in the face.”First base (10:22): “[Luke Voit] has got that weird part in his hair that I don’t trust.”Second base (19:18): “[Jonathan] Villar has been here before.” “Failed before! Failed hard before.”Shortstop (29:02): “Would you rather [Amed Rosario] hit nine? Go pitcher eight, hit nine?” “You know what I’d rather have? A DH in the NL.”Third base (38:49): “Just draft him. Just draft Max Muncy. You’re not gonna be disappointed.” Outfield (50:33): “So you’re saying [Red Sox lefthanded batters] have to be on PEDs like [David] Ortiz to hit homers at Fenway?”Starter (1:02:56): “Would you take a pitcher in the first round?” “No.” “Not at all?” “No.” “[Max] Scherzer is on the board at eight — ” “No.”Reliever (1:12:50): “We have no lives. We’re waiting for [closer changes]. We’re charting bullpen usage.”
Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar told reporters Monday that Matt Calvert will be out indefinitely after he was hit in the head with a puck during Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks.According to the team, Calvert is going through concussion protocol but has not yet been diagnosed with a concussion since Elias Pettersson’s shot struck him in the helmet. MORE: NHL players critical of Avalanche-Canucks officials for handling of Matt Calvert injuryThe blow left the 29-year-old forward sprawled on the ice and unable to stand in Colorado’s defensive zone Saturday with just minutes to play, but on-ice officials did not blow the whistle so he could be attended to by medical staff because the Canucks still had possession of the puck. Vancouver scored 13 seconds after Calvert was struck by the puck, which prompted several players to complain about player safety after the game.This is honestly terrible pic.twitter.com/WUXN79tawo— DNVR Avalanche (@DNVR_Avalanche) November 17, 2019Calvert joins forwards Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog and goaltender Philipp Grubauer on the team’s injury list, which now sits at six players. Through 20 games this season, Calvert has registered four goals and 12 points, tied for sixth on the Avs in scoring.