What we learned from the 2016 fantasy baseball season

Jean Segura finished the 2016 season as the No. 6 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater, just as ... nobody expected. What were some of the other surprises this season? Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

And in the end, the love of baseball we take is equal to the love we make. Or something like that. The Beatles said it, so it must be true.

Another fantasy season is complete; we laughed and we cried, and we won and we lost fantasy baseball championships. Many players carried us, from the known and unknown of Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf, to the old and young like Bartolo Colon and Gary Sanchez. There were home runs, more than anyone expected, but also strong pitching performances. And as always, there were surprises and disappointments. Whether you frequented this blog entry space all season or have just found this one after the games ended, thank you. Here are my top storylines of the just-completed 2016 fantasy baseball season, along with some thoughts looking ahead to 2017: