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When he was just another good ballplayer the crowd did not care—if it knew—that he was a redneck. When he went after Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in one season and broke it, things changed. He was automatically a hero. What the crowd wants first in a hero is a man who can do things, and Maris certainly could do things. What it wants next is a hero with poise and self-assurance, someone it can like as well as admire. Admiration of a hero is essentially admiration of self. When the hero blows his success, when he behaves as stupidly and uncertainly as we might behave ourselves, then self-admiration turns to self-hatred, the harshest form of hate. When Maris, successor to Ruth, showed that he didn't know how to handle the praise and the adulation, he was the personification of the inadequate self, the man who thinks of what he should have said the day after he should have said it. That is how Roger Maris let everyone down—as a hero he was a grievous disappointment—and that is why he is booed.

My next pick is 270ish. Debating between Addison Reed (all “closers” are gone), Tim Beckham (SS only but will gain 3B), Renfroe, Yasmany Or Melky. I’m gonna try and get as many of these bats that I can in the next couple rounds I think. Really waivering about taking Reed here, his ADP is right around where we are at. But Grey, I also recall your advice about how flukey or annoying Saves are in these leagues. Is round 23 too early to start grabbing handcuffs? Or will I regret waiting? Also, if any leaguemates are here to snipe my picks, show yourself!?!?

From 1991 to 1997, Thomas finished in the top 10 of the MVP voting every year. In 1997 , Thomas won the batting title and finished third in MVP voting. However, due in part to personal strife off the field, his offensive production wavered during the next two seasons. Never a defensive standout at first base during the early part of his career, Thomas nonetheless preferred playing in the field to serving as a designated hitter , saying that it kept him focused; the fact that he did generally hit better as a first baseman created a dilemma over the years for the White Sox as to whether to use him as a DH, which would reduce wear on his body but might cost some offensive production. By the late 1990s, minor injuries were tending to keep him unavailable for short periods, and 1997 was the last year in which he played more in the field than as a DH. Thomas rebounded with force in 2000 when he hit .328 with a career-high 43 homers and 143 runs batted in. Thomas finished second in MVP voting that season, behind Jason Giambi of the Oakland Athletics . Thomas also won the 2000 AL Comeback Player of the Year Award . But this would not mean an end to the rocky path he would follow later in his career.

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