Fantasy Baseball: Top 20 Third Baseman

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1. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Arenado is scary. Try to find a flaw in his game and you’ll be left empty. He’s the best third baseman in the game, but Arenado belongs in the conversation among the best players, period. Those consecutive 40-homer, 130-RBI campaigns might be two of what could be a 3-5 year stretch of that type of production. First rounder, period.

2. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

Bryant isn’t just one of the best third basemen; he’s one of the best Fantasy hitters, period. After topping 100 in both runs and RBIs last year with 39 home runs, eight steals and a .292 AVG, it’s going to be hard to improve, but Bryant has the ability. He’s worthy of a Top 5 overall pick, and you could make the case for third overall if Bryant continues his growth.

3. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

Donaldson didn’t quite repeat his 2015 MVP season, but it wasn’t too far off. He’s not getting the hype of Kris Bryant and some of the younger third basemen, but is still a solid investment in the first round in any format. If your league uses OBP, feel free to bump him up even further.

4. Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox

Frazier has 75 home runs over his past two seasons, but I’m still not excited about him. He’s empty power in a league that has power up across throughout. What’s more, he hits too many infield flyballs, as he led the league last year with 18.5 infield flyball percent.

5. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

The ageless wonder will turn 38 years old this season and is coming off of a 32 homer campaign in which he batted .300. That was his highest home run total since 2012, and his first time topping 20 since 2013. Owners should expect to get about 20 to 25 homers, with anything else being a bonus. However, with him hitting third in the Rangers lineup he should provide both runs and RBIs.

6. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners

He’s been the same, consistent player for years now, but he, too, added power last year. After four straight seasons in the low- to mid-20s in the power department, it’s a safe bet he’ll return to that range. He’s as safe of an option as you can get at third base.

Maikel Franco.

Maikel Franco.

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7. Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies

Are we too reactionary with Maikel Franco in the Fantasy industry? His BABIP fell in 2016, bringing his average down from his 2015 total, too. Franco is still a Top 15 option at a deep third base position, and he could be in line for the third-year breakout season.

8. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

After a couple of down years in the power categories, Longoria bounced back with 36 homers and 98 RBIs. He did this despite a shrinking walk rate that resulted in a career worst 6.1 BB%. Longoria’s power surge coincided with a career-high 46.8 FB%. The power may stay, but there’s a very real batting average danger here. Longoria is a solid option at third base. Just realize a repeat of 2016 is not a given.

9. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

People are falling head over heels for this kid, and you cannot blame them. He had just two hits in his first 10 games, but after that he hit .313 with a .354 OBP, eight homers, 34 RBIs, 30 runs, 13 doubles and three triples in his next 175 plate appearances. He could break out in a big way this season, and the Astros seem poised to give him every opportunity to do so.

10. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

Has Anthony Rendon peaked? We don’t think so, and he could be in for a big year in 2017. If you miss the big four at third base in the first round, wait until around Round 7 and take Rendon who will contribute across all categories.

11. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins

He’s a frustrating player to own, but he does have 43 career homers in just over a full season. The strikeouts kill you, but there’s room for growth here.

12. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians

Player A: 152 games, 618 plate appearances, 11 homers, 84 runs, 76 RBIs, 22 steals, 7.1 walk-rate, 10 percent strikeout rate, .150 ISO, .333 BABIP, .312/.363/.462 slash. Player B: 151 games, 611 plate appearances, 15 homers, 68 runs, 84 RBIs, 15 steals, 10.1 percent walk-rate, 8.6 percent strikeout rate, .170 ISO, .318 BABIP, .310/.379/.480 triple slash. Player A is 2016 Jose Ramirez, who was almost the same player as 2013 Michael Brantley, who is Player B. I’m a believer.

13. Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers

Turner followed up an impressive 2015 with a better 2016 despite a sluggish April that saw him hit .247. He was more effective on the road (.902 OPS) compared to Dodger Stadium (.758) and struggled against lefties, but Turner, signed to a four-year deal over the winter, should approach last season’s numbers with the prospect of a 30-homer season more than a passing fancy.

14. Jacob Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks

Narrowly missing the All-Star Game was the high-water mark for Lamb, who hit .291-20-61 in the first half. He forgot to bring his bat back following the break, hitting just .197 the rest of way while watching his OPS tumble more than 300 points. Lefties slaughtered him all season, but the Diamondbacks will keep him in the lineup. The power is real and even if Lamb hits in the .260 range, he will offer close to 100 ribbies, especially if Pollack is healthy and reaching base at a steady clip.

Jose Reyes.

Jose Reyes.

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15. Jose Reyes, New York Mets

Reyes could play more third base this season if David Wright cannot stay on the field consistently. There has also been a lot of talk about him seeing some work in the outfield. He can bring you some versatility in terms of positional eligibility this season with a decent number of steals and runs scored depending on how often he plays. He certainly has some quality appeal for NL-only leaguers.

16. Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds

Suarez is a good option at CI with power that can near 20 home runs and speed for 10 steals. If you wait on 3B, he might even be your starter in deeper leagues. In fact, Suarez is a nice target if you want to build depth elsewhere, as many owners overlook his Fantasy quality.

17. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Moustakas is one of our favorite options if you wait at the position. He was on his way to a breakout season before missing the rest of the season after just 27 games. Albeit a small sample, he wasn’t horrible against left-handed pitching, batting .286 in 22 plate appearances. He appears to be healthy, and he can give you a cheap 25 home runs later in the draft.

18. Nick Casetellano, Detroit Tigers

After hitting 17 home runs in his first 85 games, Castellanos followed it up with just one in his final 93 plate appearances. He’s a good corner infield guy whose production will fall somewhere between the two wide spectrums.

19. Jung-Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates

Kang hit 21 home runs in just 103 games last year. If he plays a full season, Kang has the ability to hit 25-plus home runs with 70-plus Runs and 80-plus RBIs. Even with a middling average, that puts him in the Top 12 at third base. However, his DUIs put his status in question: will he start, share time, play at all? Kang is a late round gamble that could pay off big or become a wasted pick.

20. Adonis Garcia, Atlanta Braves

Garcia enters camp as the Braves’ starting third baseman. While he doesn’t strike out a ton, he doesn’t walk much and he swings at too many pitches outside the zone. These issues suppress his Fantasy value and will limit his usefulness outside of NL-only leagues.

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Bronx tenants to sue notorious landlord over building violations

A group of tenants are suing an infamous Bronx building owner who has allowed their apartments to become overrun with rodents and riddled with leaks.

Rawles Isaacs has consistently earned himself a top spot among the city’s worst landlords, placing eighth in last year’s list compiled by Public Advocate Letitia James.

There are over 400 Housing Preservation and Development department violations in Rawles’ 200-unit Mt. Hope building in 1982 Morris Ave., where tenants say they are constantly without heat, hot water and other basic services.

Tenants complain about persistent leaks and lack of safety because the building doors are routinely unlocked, and the intercom system and security cameras aren’t working.

There are also issues with the building’s elevator on a regular basis.

Attorneys with the Legal Aid Society are filing a lawsuit on behalf of 21 tenants on Monday seeking basic repairs in the building.

“The goal is to push back on the gentrification pressures people are feeling in the Bronx,” said Jessica Bellinder, the supervising attorney of Legal Aid Society’s tenant rights coalition.

“It’s one of the last places that is still affordable for working class and lower-income families.”

That includes Norma Perez, 69, who has been living in the building for four years.

Over a recent two-week stretch, there was no hot water, and the flooding over her ceiling worsened.

“All they do every year is just patch it up and the same thing happens,” she said, referring to management’s response to the leak.

“That roof, there’s something wrong up there,” she added. “My ceiling is all corroded.”

Harry George, 82, who has lived in a fourth-floor apartment in the building for 22 years, said he feels trapped when the elevator goes out of service.

“If I go out shopping someone else has to bring my stuff up for me,” he said. “It takes a while to get up.”

In recent years, the Legal Aid Society has worked with the city to help provide tenants with legal services when dealing with especially egregious landlords.

Ben Seibel, a law graduate working with the nonprofit, said he believes that there is power in numbers.

“There’s a lot at stake for people in these situations,” he said. “If there’s a group of people who are all saying the same thing and willing to say it, I think it’s more powerful if you go to the landlord as a group.”

Calls to Isaacs seeking comment were not returned.

With additional reporting by Reuven Blau

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New pound coin: 12-sided piece enters circulation NEXT week – here's what you need to know

The new coin, which enters circulation from Tuesday, has been described as the most secure coin in the world. It boasts high-tech features, including a hologram.

It can be used alongside the old pound coin until the round pound ceases to be legal tender on October 15.

The new coins have been made at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales, at a rate of three million per day.

They have a gold-coloured outer ring and a silver-coloured inner ring and are based on the design of the old 12-sided threepenny bit, which went out of circulation in 1971.

It might take a few days or weeks for people to start seeing the new £1 coins turn up in their change as they gradually filter into general use.

People using some coin-operated machines may also find that keeping a few spare round pounds in their wallet will prove handy for a while. Not all machines will work with the new coin from the date of introduction.

The Automatic Vending Association (AVA) estimates that on March 28, when the new coin goes into circulation, around 85 per cent of vending machines will be able to accept the new £1 coin and all will still accept the old coin.

It said that with around half a million vending machines across the UK, ensuring all of them are upgraded is a “major operation”.

The body has estimated that all vending machines will be fully upgraded by the end of the transition period on October 15.

Jonathan Hart, chief executive of the AVA, said the upgrades needed for the new £1 coin will cost the vending industry an estimated £32 million.

He said: “We support the Royal Mint and the Treasury’s actions to protect the integrity of currency in the UK and reduce the level of fake coins in operation.”

£1 coins were first launched on April 21 1983 to replace £1 notes. The Royal Mint has produced more than two billion round pound coins since that time.

The production of the new coins follows concerns about round pounds being vulnerable to sophisticated counterfeiters. Around one in every 30 £1 coins in people’s change in recent years has been fake.

The Government has previously described the new coin as “harder to counterfeit than ever before”.

People have been urged to return their old round pounds before they eventually lose their legal tender status. They can bank them or spend them.

Around £1.3 billion worth of coins are stored in savings jars across the country, and the current £1 coin is thought to account for nearly a third of these.

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Master P Gunning for NBA Coaching Job (VIDEO)

3/27/2017 12:45 AM PDT

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Master P says he’s ready for the NBA — as an assistant coach — and he’s laser-focused on making it happen with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The rap mogul was a pretty good player back in the day — and had contracts with the Charlotte Hornets and the Toronto Raptors.

Now, P says he wants to pass his knowledge along at the pro level … and he’s dead serious.

There’s more … P has some strong feelings about LaVar Ball — he LIKES what the basketball dad is doing and says people should be happy that a father is taking such an interest in his kids’ lives.

“I think a lot of kids need their fathers in their lives,” P said … “All that other stuff, I think he’s on the right track.”


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GOP mayoral hopeful Paul Massey was once busted for DWI

ALBANY — The leading Republican seeking to challenge Mayor de Blasio in November was once busted for drunken driving, the Daily News has learned.

Paul Massey was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated after a State Police trooper pulled him over for speeding in Ulster County at 11:02 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2010, court records show.

The records the Town of Ulster Court provided to The News only said that Massey had a blood-alcohol content above the legal 0.08 limit.

On Oct. 6 of that year, Massey pleaded guilty to a reduced count of driving while ability impaired, a traffic infraction that stays on a person’s record, the records show.

New Yorkers will likely reelect Mayor de Blasio: poll

He was fined $ 300 and hit with a $ 260 court surcharge, records show. He also had has driver’s license suspended for three months.

The charge and subsequent plea had not been public — until now.

Massey spokeswoman Mollie Fullington on Sunday confirmed the incident. Fullington said Massey was caught by police as he drove alone back to a hotel following a family wedding upstate.

“Paul has been open with family, friends, colleagues and supporters all along,” she said. “He has always regretted this mistake and has never been involved in anything similar before or since.”

Paul Massey officially kicks off mayoral campaign

Those close to Massey, 57, said he did not spend the night in jail. They also say he has no other arrests in his background.

Massey, a onetime real estate executive, has been a prodigious fund-raiser while also loaning his campaign big money.

His central campaign theme has been to attack Democrat de Blasio and his administration as corrupt. After lengthy investigations, the offices of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney and the Manhattan District Attorney recently announced they would not be bringing any charges against the mayor or his operation.

In addition to Massey, the Rev. Michel J. Faulkner has announced he’s seeking the Republican nomination for mayor, while billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis has also said he’s considering a run.

Massey says de Blasio campaign fund should pay aides’ legal fees

Consultants and political observers are split on whether Massey’s drunken driving bust could hurt him moving forward.

Veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said such an incident could hurt because “Republicans tend to be more conservative.”

“When you have a mayor who was under investigation, it makes sense that the candidate you have has to appear to be very clean,” Sheinkopf said.

He said if Massey is ultimately the candidate, he expects it could be an issue during the general election, particularly with the Republican focusing on corruption issues and the mayor highlighting his own Vision Zero program of trying to crack down on traffic fatalities on city streets.

Bo Dietl officially challenges de Blasio in 2017 mayoral race

GOP consultant Susan Del Percio, who is not involved in the mayor’s race this year, said she doesn’t believe his past will hurt Massey.

“Assuming this only happened one time and he’s not hiding anything else, and as long as he’s honest and upfront about it, it shouldn’t affect his candidacy,” Del Percio said. “The public will tolerate it.”

Baruch College Public Affairs Prof. Doug Muzzio said the revelation of Massey’s past will have “almost zero impact” since it happened seven years ago and also because “he’s not gaining any traction anyway.”

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we have a race for mayor,” Muzzio said.

Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich won’t run for mayor

A recent Quinnipiac University poll had de Blasio ahead of Massey by a 59% to 25% margin.

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Marine Le Pen 'forced to loan from foreign bank to fund campaign as French banks refuse'

The National Front leader, who is running in second place in the presidential race according to opinion polls, repeated her complaint that French banks were refusing to lend her money.

Speaking on Europe 1 radio after a visit last week to Moscow where she met President Vladimir Putin, she said she did not have any financial backing from Russia, nor from any Russian financial institution, but that she was trying to get a loan from a foreign bank.

She said: “I have to. I’m prevented from borrowing from French banks so now I am being told off for asking for a loan from a foreign bank. 

“What am I supposed to do? … The French banks have lent to all the presidential candidates except for me.”

One French bank, Societe Generale, has said it does not lend to any political parties. 

The other main banks have declined to comment on the subject.

Le Pen last week declared two loans amounting to 6 million euros for the campaign, money which came from her father and party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Cotelec organisation.

In 2014 it emerged that the National Front had received a 9 million euro loan from a Russian lender.

Potential Russian involvement in western elections has become a more sensitive issue since US intelligence agencies accused their Russian counterparts of seeking to influence the US election through hacking, something Moscow has denied.

Candidates in French presidential elections are limited to a maximum spending of 16.851 million euros ($ 18.30 million) in the first round, a sum which rises to 22.509 million euros for the two candidates who reach the second round run-off.

Candidates who secure over 5 percent of the first round vote on April 23 get a state refund amounting to 47.5 percent of the maximum limit, with the proviso that no candidate can be reimbursed more than they have spent.

Opinion polls consistently show Le Pen reaching the second round on May 7 but losing there to independent centrist Emmanuel Macron.

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GOP mayoral hopeful Paul Massey was once busted for DWI

ALBANY — The leading Republican seeking to challenge Mayor de Blasio in November was once busted for drunken driving, the Daily News has learned.

Paul Massey was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated after a State Police trooper pulled him over for speeding in Ulster County at 11:02 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2010, court records show.

The records the Town of Ulster Court provided to The News only said that Massey had a blood-alcohol content above the legal 0.08 limit.

On Oct. 6 of that year, Massey pleaded guilty to a reduced count of driving while ability impaired, a traffic infraction that stays on a person’s record, the records show.

New Yorkers will likely reelect Mayor de Blasio: poll

He was fined $ 300 and hit with a $ 260 court surcharge, records show. He also had has driver’s license suspended for three months.

The charge and subsequent plea had not been public — until now.

Massey spokeswoman Mollie Fullington on Sunday confirmed the incident. Fullington said Massey was caught by police as he drove alone back to a hotel following a family wedding upstate.

“Paul has been open with family, friends, colleagues and supporters all along,” she said. “He has always regretted this mistake and has never been involved in anything similar before or since.”

Paul Massey officially kicks off mayoral campaign

Those close to Massey, 57, said he did not spend the night in jail. They also say he has no other arrests in his background.

Massey, a onetime real estate executive, has been a prodigious fund-raiser while also loaning his campaign big money.

His central campaign theme has been to attack Democrat de Blasio and his administration as corrupt. After lengthy investigations, the offices of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney and the Manhattan District Attorney recently announced they would not be bringing any charges against the mayor or his operation.

In addition to Massey, the Rev. Michel J. Faulkner has announced he’s seeking the Republican nomination for mayor, while billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis has also said he’s considering a run.

Massey says de Blasio campaign fund should pay aides’ legal fees

Consultants and political observers are split on whether Massey’s drunken driving bust could hurt him moving forward.

Veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said such an incident could hurt because “Republicans tend to be more conservative.”

“When you have a mayor who was under investigation, it makes sense that the candidate you have has to appear to be very clean,” Sheinkopf said.

He said if Massey is ultimately the candidate, he expects it could be an issue during the general election, particularly with the Republican focusing on corruption issues and the mayor highlighting his own Vision Zero program of trying to crack down on traffic fatalities on city streets.

Bo Dietl officially challenges de Blasio in 2017 mayoral race

GOP consultant Susan Del Percio, who is not involved in the mayor’s race this year, said she doesn’t believe his past will hurt Massey.

“Assuming this only happened one time and he’s not hiding anything else, and as long as he’s honest and upfront about it, it shouldn’t affect his candidacy,” Del Percio said. “The public will tolerate it.”

Baruch College Public Affairs Prof. Doug Muzzio said the revelation of Massey’s past will have “almost zero impact” since it happened seven years ago and also because “he’s not gaining any traction anyway.”

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we have a race for mayor,” Muzzio said.

Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich won’t run for mayor

A recent Quinnipiac University poll had de Blasio ahead of Massey by a 59% to 25% margin.

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Five-minute guide to new 12-sided pound coin

This will replace the current “round pound” which superseded the old pound note on April 21, 1983, more than 30 years ago. 

The state-of-the-art coin is an attempt to crack down on the tens of millions of counterfeit pound coins now in circulation. 

The Royal Mint is striking 1.5 billion of the new coins so will the new pound be the real deal?

NEW MONEY

With an estimated 45 million fake coins out there, there is a one in 30 chance that any pound you own is a fake, although you will probably only discover this when you try to feed one into a parking meter. 

The Mint now claims to have designed “the most secure circulating coin in the world”, made from two types of metal with a host of security features. 

Your round pounds will still be legal tender, but only until October 15, 2017, so make sure you use them up before then. 

According to research from comparison site GoCompare.com, Britons collectively have £420 million worth of pound coins, lying around the home in loose change, sitting in piggybacks, kept in glove boxes to use in supermarket trolleys or to pay for parking, and of course stuck down the back of the sofa. 

GoCompare Money spokesman Matt Sanders said that from March 28 both coins will be in circulation at the same time: “If you have got a collection of old-style £1 coins then either spend them or pay them into the bank before the October cut-off date. Otherwise, you could be left out of pocket. The bad news is that banks will not accept fake £1 coins.”

SOUND AS A POUND

The outgoing coin is a beacon of Britishness which is ranked in joint fourth place as a national symbol, alongside our famed British sense of humour, according to research from Nationwide Current Accounts. 

Only fish and chips, the Royal Family, and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding are ranked higher. 

Some people may be tempted to hang onto their pound coins in the hope that they will become a collectors’ item, but with 1.7 billion in circulation, they have no rarity value. 

However, some modern coins can be worth a mint, says Elizabeth Beckford, an expert in “numismatics”, or coin collecting, at Blackpool-based bullion company Chard: “The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p, which could be sitting in many a wallet or purse right now, can easily fetch £30 to £50 in auction.” 

The 1983 “New Pence” 2p coin is now worth £1,350 because of a dye error during production, she adds. 

However, the most valuable coins tend to be older, such as the 1933 George V penny, which is currently valued at £72,000.

DEVALUED

Since the original £1 coin was minted in 1983, inflation has wiped out two thirds of its real value, asset manager M&G calculates. 

If left in a piggy bank it would be worth just 32p today in real terms. 

In the average cash account its nominal value would be £3.26, equivalent to just £1.33 in real terms. 

However, if invested in the FTSE All-Share index it would now be worth £36.10, or £11.66 in real terms. 

With consumer price inflation jumping to a three-year high of 2.3 per cent in February, protecting the value of your money is increasingly important, says Ritu Vohora, investment director at M&G: “The freshly-minted pound coin is a timely reminder about the corrosive long-term effects of inflation.” 

Darius McDermott, managing director at Chelsea Financial Services, says invested wisely, the value of your pounds can dramatically increase over time: “If you saved £1 pound a day for 40 years, you would have £49,521. If you saved the same amount on behalf of a child at birth, they would have £264,992 by age 70.” 

That is quite a return for an investment of just £25,550, and shows the power of compounding, McDermott says. Even small sums can eventually coin it in.

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