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Fowl Ball: The End of the World As We Know It

Randy Savage was American pop culture

By Ryan Fowler - WhatIfSports.com
May 20, 2011

I hate to be the Debbie Downer on the web, but it's a day before the end of the world as we know it and I don't feel fine.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage's unexpected death at the age of 58 has sent shock waves across the country. As much as we joke about a professional wrestler impacting our lives, "Macho Man" was a huge part of American pop culture, not to mention my childhood, over the last three decades. Whether he was showcasing his athleticism in the squared circle, dropping an "oh yeahhhhhhh!" on Mean Jean or instructing us to snap into a tube-shaped meat-like substance, Savage was Americana.

Prior to stepping in the ring, Savage, whose real name is Randy Poffo, played four seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox farm systems. He finished with 16 home runs in 289 games.

It's not the way we wanted to head into the weekend, but I will sleep well knowing the "Macho Man" and Miss Elizabeth are back together again. I can dig that.

Let's talk fantasy baseball.

Interleague Play Turns 15

Interleague play returns for its 15th season (scary to think Bud Selig will hand it the keys to the car in 2012). Fantasy owners looking for lightning in a bottle to join your fantasy roster this weekend, here are the top interleague sluggers from 2010 (those not currently on the DL):

Justin Upton Justin Upton is hitting .256 in 2011

2010 Interleague Top AVGs:

2010 Interleague Most HRs:

Brennon Boesch Boesch has 3 HRs and 17 RBIs in 2011

2010 Interleague Most RBIs:

2010 Interleague Most Wins:

Bonus: Cleveland's Shin Soo Choo raked for the Tribe in 2010 interleague play. He smacked six home runs, drove in 15 runs and scored 16 times.


Millwood Signs with Red Sox

Kevin Millwood

It wasn't 1918, but it's been a long time since Kevin Millwood last looked good on the bump. With the Red Sox hosting the Chicago Cubs for the first time since the two teams met in the 1918 World Series, Boston signed Millwood to a minor league deal to add a veteran arm to their depleted pitching staff.

Millwood, who started four games in the minors for the Yankees (4.50 ERA), started 31 games for the Orioles in 2010 and finished with a 4-16 record and 5.10 earned run average. He owns a 4.11 ERA for his career and is only 60 strikeouts away from 2000.

Although opposing hitters have pounded Millwood the past three seasons (.287 BA), if your fantasy team is in need of K's - give Millwood a look. He's averaged 6.15 K/9 over the last three seasons.

Fowl Ball Blog Test Drive

As you may have noticed, this is the debut of the Fowl Ball Blog. As time allows, I will try to release at least three blogs per week with a couple quick hitters to add some depth to Whatifsports.com's fantasy baseball content. Let me know what you think and what you believe makes a fantasy baseball blog worth reading.

Enjoy the weekend!

- Fowler


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Ryan Fowler is the Content Manager for Whatifsports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com.

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