The Can of CornMarch 6, 2009


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The Can of Corn – Fantasy Draft Special

By Michael Stephens

Welcome to The Can of Corn Preseason Draft Special, hosted by Michael Stephens and Darren Shimp! In this special installment of the show, we’ll indulge you with a bevy of lists that should satisfy any palate. Who are the top shortstops? Where do the rookies fall? How will Big Tex react to the Big Apple? Question marks are discussed and water cooler talk is generated. We’ll also make picks on sleepers, potential busts and who we like to win the end-of-season baseball awards. Get out your highlighters and cheat sheets, because it’s time for Can of Corn!

Check out the Cafe’s completed divisional previews for more in-depth analysis of individual players and their teams:
NL East
NL Central
NL West
AL East
AL Central
AL West

The format of this special episode doesn’t allow for our usual amount of segments and slapstick pop culture references, but if you find yourself missing “Frozen Ropes”, “Battle of the Wits” and more, never fear because our draft special will be airing within the next two weeks with all the goodies you are used to! And after that, of course, you can look forward to a new an improved version of the Can of Corn every week during the regular season. Buckle up for 30-plus shows, because here we go!

INTRODUCTION
• Introduction of show and hosts (Darren and Michael)
• Published on Fantasy Cafe Radio
• Brought to you by Fantasy Baseball Cafe
• Have fantasy questions? Email us at CanOfCorn@fantasycaferadio.com
• The music for the show was provided by the PodShow Podsafe Music Network

ADVICE AND FIRST ROUND BREAKDOWN, SANS A-ROD (1:30)
• DISCLAIMER ON DO’S AND DON’TS FOR YOUR FANTASY DRAFT
• DARREN’S OVERALL TOP 10
• MICHAEL’S OVERALL TOP 10

POSITIONAL TOP-10s (5:05)
• DARREN BREAKS DOWN HIS FAVORITES AT THE CATCHER SPOT
• MICHAEL GOES WILD AT FIRST BASE
• DARREN MAKES A FOOL OF HIMSELF WITH HIS MIDDLE INFIELD RANKINGS
• MICHAEL MAY HAVE TO RETHINK HIS ORIGINAL TOP THIRD BASEMAN
• MICHAEL A “BRAUN” OF A NEW DAY FOR FANTASY OUTFIELDERS
• DARREN MAKES HIS FIRST OF MANY HOMER PICKS IN STARTING PITCHERS
• MICHAEL GIVES SOME CLOSER LOVE TO JOAKIM SORIA

BOOMS AND BUSTS AND ROOKIES, OH MY! (12:09)
• MICHAEL GOES BOOM! WITH PICKS HE LIKES AND SOME BUSTS HE DOEN’T
• DARREN’S BIGGEST SURPRISES FOR 2009 (PAGING ERIK BEDARD)
• MICHAEL’S QUIET SLEEPERS FOR THE SPRING
• DARREN’S BIGGEST BUSTS, NO IMPLANTS HERE
• ROOKIES TO MAKE IN IMMEDIATE IMPACT
• BUY LOWS AND SELL HIGHS
• A PORTION OF THE SHOW WE CALL: “IGNORE THE NAMES”

REAL BASEBALL? WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?! (25:03)
• GUYS THE TWO JUST ARE DOWNRIGHT ROOTING FOR
• THE SPOKANITES FINISH UP WITH PREDICTIONS FOR THE BASEBALL SEASON AS A WHOLE

CONCLUSION
• Thank yous
• Check out the Fantasy Baseball Cafe
• Email your fantasy questions to CanOfCorn@fantasycaferadio.com
• Check out our website: Fantasy Cafe Radio
• The music for the show was provided by the PodShow Podsafe Music Network
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• Look forward to our next show – AL East Preview (airing 3/10/09)!
• Sign off

Michael Stephens is an avid fantasy sports enthusiast who writes for the Cafe. He hails from the Pacific Northwest and is a die-hard Seahawk and Mariner fan to the core! You can find Michael in the Cafe’s forums where he actively posts under the name of WaCougMBS.

Darren Shimp is an Oregon-bred sports fanatic, who somehow got started rooting for the San Francisco Giants in the late eighties and has never looked back. He is still a newbie in the Cafe, and goes under the alias shimposter. He will always have something to say about the awesomeness of Will Clark.

 
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