• joerapjr

    Hey Grinders! For those of you who haven’t seen me posting on here yet, my name is Joe Rapolla Jr. and I am RotoGrinder’s new Community Manager. My goal is to enhance the experience of being an RG member and make sure the Community is a fun and inviting place for all. You can follow me on Twitter @JoeRapJr!

    This is the Official RotoGrinders Weekly Community Rundown. I’ll be posting this at the start of every week with the intention of it serving as a fun, easy-to-read breakdown about what’s going on in DFS, the world of sports, and of course, entertaining and random stuff from the Internet, because why not?

    Before we get started, I’ve got to give a shoutout to tgowen for winning last week’s contest for what I considered to be the best answer to my question “If any active player can break Barry Bonds’ single-season home run record, who is it?” He answered Kris Bryant and cited how climate change might affect ballpark factors at Wrigley Field. I appreciated the originality, so props to @tgowen!

    The Rundown


    1. If You Haven’t Tried PlateIQ Yet…

    Okay, seriously though, if you haven’t tried out this amazing MLB feature yet, I don’t know what to tell you. All for the price of $0, PlateIQ allows you to analyze every starting pitcher and hitter they are facing that day and analyze pitch type, pitch location, pitcher tendencies and batter tendencies.

    Plate IQ is pure awesomeness, and is absolutely unrivaled in terms of the data it provides. It’s available for every MLB game on every slate, and is an absolute must for the MLB DFS player.

    Numerous folks at RotoGrinders worked extremely hard on this over the last couple months, and we sincerely hope you enjoy it.

    Check it out here and check out a breakdown of everything it does here!


    2. More Awesome, Free Stuff… Lineup Builder in iOS via the RotoGrinders App!

    Making lineups on the go? Don’t have a computer? Whatever the reason, the RotoGrinders mobile and development teams did an amazing job bringing yet another awesome free feature to the site, or in this case, the app!

    For more information on this killer feature, please head here for the full writeup!


    3. FanDuel Single Entry Series Sponsored by RotoGrinders!

    The Single Entry Series on FanDuel, sponsored by us here at RotoGrinders, continues this week with $5 buy-in tournaments.

    This series will run for 6 weeks (4 more after this week concludes) and the top finisher each week gets an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago and a seat at a live final! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete live in DFS and enjoy The Windy City!

    For more specific details on this series, check out the official page here!


    4. Seasonal Rankings FAQ

    We have been seeing some questions recently from users wondering about our Seasonal Rankings and how exactly they update, so I wanted to clarify some of the details.

    For every sport, our rankings tally points from contest that took place during the most current season. That means, points accumulated from MLB contests in 2016 do not count towards your current MLB ranking. This is true for every sport. Additionally, you can see on the Seasonal Rankings page for each sport on what day the rankings update. For example, MLB is updated weekly on Thursday.

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    Overall rankings, weight class rankings, and TPOY rankings run a 365-day basis, however, so MLB contests from today’s date and later in 2016 do count, while any contests that took place more than 365 days ago do not.

    Hopefully this provides from clarity, and if you have any questions, you can always hit me up!


    5. Best Baseball Movie of All-Time?

    With the Fourth of July around the corner, it has me thinking about America’s pastime. One thing I love to do on the Fourth of July is watch a baseball movie, but there’s so many to choose from.

    So help me out. What’s the best baseball movie of all-time?

    The Sandlot

    Field of Dreams

    Bull Durham

    A League of Their Own

    Major League

    Bad News Bears

    Comment below and let me know! Also, if you think it’s something else, let me know! I might just pick the most creative answer and send them some RG swag

  • hautalak

    Included here I’ll take Major League. Not included the inner child in me says Angels in the Outfield.

  • thehazyone

    RG Contributor

    • Blogger of the Month

    How is The Natural not on that list? (Major League gets my vote though)

  • awampler91

    Choosing from your list I love The Sandlot it is a fantastic movie, but on the other hand I have to pick “Rookie Of The Year” as one of my all time favorite baseball movies. One thing it has is yes it can be considered a “kid’s movie” but it has so many innuendos for adults to laugh at or for some of us to look back at and say hey that is clever wording haha. It is so amazing how what was considered a kid movie back in the 90’s is so much more funny and crude then some of the stuff coming out today. They just don’t make the things like they used to.Take the doctor scene for example when he tells him to move his elbow and he straight up slaps him in the face and the doctor turns away holding his nose yelling “Funky Butt Lovin”. This is such a classic movie and has a dear place in my heart from growing up watching it all the time.

  • dubchr7

    • Blogger of the Month

    from the list id have to chose the sandlot. but i think the best ever is “FOR LOVE OF THE GAME

  • 1greatbuyz

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    @dubchr7 said...

    from the list id have to chose the sandlot. but i think the best ever is “FOR LOVE OF THE GAME

    Definitely an underrated contender.

  • RedStorm25

    Sandlot, Major League and Rookie of the Year are my three favorites.

  • tgowen

    • Blogger of the Month

    Have to go with The Sandlot because if you grew up playing sports, or at the very least a sports fan, all you could ever hope for as a kid was having a group of friends that you could round together to play your favorite sport with (whether it be baseball, football, basketball, etc.).

    As for a movie not on the list, Hardball will always be a vastly underrated baseball movie in my opinion because not only is it entertaining, but it also gave us a young Adonis Creed (talk about range).

  • joerapjr

    thehazyone I said if you think if it should be something else to say so!

    I love The Natural, forgot it while making the list.

  • joerapjr

    No love for Bad News Bears so far?! Probably not the best movie, but an underrated one in my opinion!

  • bhdevault

    • Lead Moderator

    • Blogger of the Month

    Sandlot for me as well. Enjoyed it as a kid and enjoyed watching it with my son just as much. I do love Bull Durham too.

  • tristanwolf

    I’m with the hazyone. “The Natural” hands down. It’s got at least four academy award winners Redford, Duvall, Close, Basinger.

    Tons of quotable lines – “Best GD hitter I ever saw”, “I lost in in the sun!-“Blinding.”, I shoulda been a farmer”, “You don’t start playing ball at your age, you retire!”, “Pick me out a winner Bobby”…

    Glenn Close standing up at Wrigley with the sun through her hat; knocking the cover off the ball in the rain in New York; the lightning tree and “Wonderboy”…

    Gives me chills just thinking about it. The best!

  • hautalak

    @tgowen said...

    Hardball will always be a vastly underrated baseball movie in my opinion

    Not sure how I didn’t even think of that!

  • tgowen

    • Blogger of the Month

    @hautalak said...

    Not included the inner child in me says Angels in the Outfield

    Oh man, I didn’t even see you mentioned this above upon first glance. This was a staple in my house growing up that I had completely forgotten about. Also, the cast in that movie was loaded!

  • Razzle11

    Im a huge fan of “For Love of the Game”…I also think “Bull Durham” is VASTLY underrated. I own “Eight Men Out” and greatly enjoy it as I think Shoeless Joe got the shaft by MLB. The Ty Cobb movie is a great one to learn about a man that nearly everybody hated.

  • joerapjr

    hautalak I loved Angels in the Outfield growing up! Totally forgot about it this morning but a great childhood movie, no doubt. Thanks for reminding me!

  • lionssuck

    Not a movie but just finished watching it again

  • baahstonbotfly

    Bull Durham from that list. But Major League is close, due to Uecker.

  • hautalak

    @joerapjr said...

    hautalak I loved Angels in the Outfield growing up! Totally forgot about it this morning but a great childhood movie, no doubt. Thanks for reminding me!

    Definitely one I watched a bunch as a kid! It just has a little bit of everything in there. And like tgowen said that cast was loaded.

    Also I know most of you probably have not and will not watch but there is a baseball scene in Adam Sandler’s Netflix movie called The Ridiculous Six that is absolutely hilarious. It just goes over their version of how baseball started and it’s just great. If you can find only that scene it’s worth a watch!

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  • joerapjr

    Great answers here guys! Thanks to tristanwolf making those great point about “The Natural,” I think I know what my 4th of July movie will be!

    I’ve seen it years ago, but it seems like a perfect candidate for a re-watch.

    Happy Fourth everyone! Enjoy the holiday and be safe!

  • RollinNolan

    From that list it is most definitely The Sandlot. Although, my personal favorite is probably The Angels in the Outfield from when I was younger. Then there is Baseketball. That movie is just lol.

  • feekdogg

    It’s ridiculous how many good baseball movies there are compared to the other sports. Major League inches out Bad News Bears for me, followed by A League of Their Own and Field of Dreams. The last film in my Top 5 hasn’t been mentioned yet: The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. I tear up everytime at the scene where Jim Morris calls home to tell his family that he’s getting called up to the majors.

  • tonytone1908

    How about The Babe? Probably the most full telling story of Ruth any of us have ever seen. Always liked that one. But… How can you also forget Eight Men Out? Classic! Have to say my favorite though was Field of Dreams, I think I still have the VHS somewhere. Favorite line was when they asked where Ty Cobb was and they said, no one could stand the S.O.B. when he was alive so we told him to stick it!

    Even at ten years old that comment made me crack up and it still does to this day.

  • tonytone1908

    Also Billy Bob Thornton in the new version of Bad News Bears was hilarious and perfect for the role. Kind of sad the girl who was the pitcher died a few years later in a car crash. Probably put a damper on doing sequels. Also kind of cool that Kelly, the punk on the motorcycle, was Freddy in the reboot of Nightmare on Elm St. He was also in Semi-Pro with Will Ferrell in case you missed it. I didn’t, I could tell it was him right away and was kind of happy for him for getting some roles again.

  • yanksfan1

    Moneyball and Bull Durham are only baseball movies nominated for Best Picture at Oscars

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