Doubt Wars 2019: We Have Winners

First off, no Tout Wars teams won Doubt Wars this year. (You’ll recall that Doubt Wars is the league in which players draft team using TW draft prices + $1 in the preseason, and then see how those teams measure up to real Tout War teams. You can see the stats here.

And here are the standings.


The winner is Ichiban, aka Gary Robinson.


The winner is Drunk Irishman, who goes by Brian Pursglove.


The winner is Dodgers35, with IRL moniker Robert Franklin.

Congratulations to all the winners, who should send their snail mail addresses so they can get their prizes, which will include some mags and books and memberships from Rotoman,,,, and

Industry folks, if you’d like to provide some Doubt Wars prizes, please get in touch with

See you next year for another season of Doubt Wars!

End Of Season Round Ups: The Touts Describe What Happened

TOUT MIXED AUCTION: Sayre | Hershey | Flowers | Steinhorn | Zimmerman | Melchior |

TOUT AL: Davitt |

TOUT NL: Hertz |

BaseballHQ did a five part series featuring Brent Hershey, Patrick Davitt, and Phil Hertz in the final weeks of their respective (Mixed Auc, AL, NL). Read them here. Part one | two | three | four | five.

TOUT MIXED DRAFT: White | Short |

We Have Tout Wars Winners 2019!

In Tout AL, Rob Leibowitz edged the team of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton, last year’s winners, by one point.

In Tout NL, Phil Hertz opened up a decisive lead over Brian Walton in the last week.

In Tout Mixed Auction, Bret Sayre held off Scott Swanay for the title.

In Tout Mixed Draft, Ray Murphy passed Adam Ronis and Rudy Gamble, the league’s perennial winners, a few weeks ago and never looked back.

In Tout Draft and Hold’s first year, Mike Sheets rode to an easy victory. Or, if not easy, a comfortable one over the season’s last few weeks.

In Tout H2H, Ian Kahn rose from the playoff’s third seed to best Clay Link. (Edited because last year’s champ, Jake Ciely, fell to Kahn in the semi finals.)

All Tout Champions this year are first timers. Hail them for their fine seasons.

Down to the Wire with Baseball HQ

Our friends at Baseball HQ are documenting their efforts to capture the title in several Tout Wars leagues. Each Monday and Friday, Patrick Davitt (AL), Phil Hertz (NL) and Brent Hershey (Mixed Auction) will share their thoughts on Baseball HQ. Here’s the link to the inaugural installment:

The Great BHQ #ToutChase19, pt. 1

Tout Wars Free Agency Bidding Recap – Sunday, September 15

It’s crunch time with several league races coming down to the wire. Below are the top free agent bids in each of the five Tout Wars leagues, with links to the detailed bidding action following our 8 p.m. ET deadline each Sunday evening. All prices are on a $1000 base.

After you scan the detail below, please join our live chat, starting at 9 p.m. ET Sunday evening, to discuss these results with Todd Zola of Mastersball and other Touts.

American League

Three teams are within three points entering the Sunday night game as Rob Leibowitz, Colton and the Wolfman and Patrick Davitt are in a dogfight. As such, it’s no surprise the top bid was submitted by Leibowitz, sweeping up Ryan McBroom for 38 units. McBroom was acquired by the Royals from the Yankees and should be on the strong side of a first base platoon down the stretch. Leibowitz also grabbed Seattle opener Justin Dunn for $36. The next highest purchase came courtesy of Doug Dennis, betting $30 that Seattle Mariners Kyle Lewis continues to muscle up. Dennis also snagged Lewis’ teammate Shed Long.

The next high bid came courtesy of Colton and the Wolfman as the duo went fishing for saves, hooking Anthony Bass for 23 units. Bass has appeared to retake the closer role from Matt Magill. Colton and the Wolfman also added Grayson Greiner and Bubba Starling as a total of 13 players were plucked from the free agent waters.

Review all 9/15 AL bids here.

National League

Brian Walton and Phil Hertz are battling tooth and nail for the league title with both supplementing their rosters. Walton elected to add Stephen Vogt ($4) and Ray Black ($0) while Hertz cycles in four new players, all for $0 — Brent Suter, Jake Arrieta, Alan Minter and Pat Valaika.

Todd Zola was the big spender, emptying his FAAB wallet on a $71 Nico Hoerner. The Cubs called Hoerner up with Jaview Baez and Addison Russell on the shelf.

Grey Albright and Scott Wilderman also added a pair of bodies. Albright entering the second highest bid this week, a $14 try on Magneuris Sierra along with $0 on Yan Gomes. Wilderman rolled a $7 bid on Austin Voth then added Padres hurler David Bednar for $0.

Review all 9/15 NL bids here.

Mixed Auction

Scott Swanay and Brett Sayre are within a point entering the Sunday night game with Brent Hershey within striking distance. As a whole, the Mixed Auction was very diligent with 11 Touts adding 24 players.

The league leaders were front and center with Swanay adding three, lead by Luis Severino for $6 as well as Austin Voth and Miguel Rojas for $0. Sayre took advantage of $0 bids on Devin Smeltzer and Welington Castillo while Hershey followed suit on Mauricio Dubon and Jason Castro.

The high bid belonged to Eric Karabell with a $191 purchase of Nico Hoerner. Karabell was busy, also fortifying his roster with Kyle Lewis for $75 and Dinelson Lamet for $51.

Because you can’t put your excess FAAB on account or a gift certificate, Zach Steinhorn dropped 153 on Nick Markakis and 37 on A’s backstop Sean Murphy. Jeff Zimmerman was also in a spending mood, allotting $37 to Tigers fly chaser Christian Stewart and $26 on both Todd Frazier and Jhoulys Chacin.

Review all 9/15 Mixed Auction bids here.

Mixed Draft

Ray Murphy and Adam Ronis have made the Mixed Draft a two-team race. Murphy took advantage of the FAAB hammer, routing $66 for Kyle Lewis and Nico Horner. Ronis found Brandon Nimmo for $2.

In total, eight players were added with Rudy Gamble’s $77 bid on Rockies closer heading the pack.

Review all 9/15 Mixed Draft bids here.

Head to Head

The results are not official but it appears Clay Link and Ian Kahn will meet for the Tout Wars Head to Head Championship, a two-week finals. Based on the regular season where Link was the top team, Kahn comes in as the underdog, helping to explain his array of moves, all for $1: Austin Romine, Sean Murphy, Wil Myers, Luis Severino, Jairo Diaz, Anthony Bass, Jason Heyward and Todd Frazier.

Good luck to the H2H finalists

Review all 9/25 Head to Head bids here.