Fantasy Baseball: A 'Community' Themed Guide to the 2014 Season

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Fantasy Baseball: A 'Community' Themed Guide to the 2014 Season
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What can the recently canceled Community teach us about fantasy baseball? I'm not sure, but it's something to keep the show alive.

The darkest timeline has arrived with Community reaching its inevitable end after five incredibly bizarre seasons of television.

The unconventional NBC cult comedy managed to survive through five seasons, a solid run run for a show with poor ratings that constantly defied typical sitcom conventions and expectations. Unfortunately, Dan Harmon's show fell one season shy of its "six seasons and a movie" rallying cry.

Viewers either revered in following the absurd happenings of Greendale Community College, or they left without the slightest clue of what they just watched. Safe to say, the author writing an ode to Community through the platform of fantasy baseball loved it.

Like Troy Barnes, I'm struggling to contain my composure over the devastating news. When losing something so near and dear, the best way to stay sane is to focus on another passion.

For me, that's of course fantasy baseball. Many of the lessons taught by the dysfunctional study group apply to our game, although most of the characters would likely have objected to doing a fantasy baseball episode.

Protagonist Jeff Winger would undoubtedly claim to be too cool to spend his time with us number nerds. Britta Perry would protest the game on account of players getting treated like objects rather than human beings. Annie Edison would go crazy when her team dropped to fifth place in May, and Shirley Bennett would probably call all competition a sin.

Troy would get disappointed when fantasy baseball wasn't baseball played by wizards and dragons, but he might get on board when Abed Nadir embraced the sports movie and TV homage and pretended to lead his fake team like Coach Taylor.

Harmon has covered everything else, so why not a fantasy baseball theme? If you still have no idea what Community is, go and binge watch now, with a heavy focus on Seasons 2 and 3. If not, well just skim ahead to the baseball analysis. 

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Note: All advanced statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs.


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