Cooperstown and Rash Conclusions

April 1, 2011

Our firm leader Wade C. has joined the pool and has expressed his belief that Nolan Ryan will finally bury the losing culture in Arlington forever. (See attached updated spreadsheet).  The Texas Rangers World Series Champions?  Not nearly as far-fetched as it seemed only one year ago.  Welcome, Wade, and if your pick proves correct we will do our best to get you into Cooperstown.

RASH CONCLUSIONS FROM OPENING DAY:

1.    Albert Pujols can’t handle the pressure of his free agency year (first time in his career that he did not reach base on opening day and the first player in HISTORY to hit into 3 double plays on opening day.)  He’s on pace for 486 double plays!  Somewhere Tuffy Rhodes is smiling.

2.    That Phil Coke for Curtis Granderson trade was brilliant (at least for one day when Granderson took Coke deep for the game winner).

3.    Robert’s pick of Clayton Kershaw for Cy Young is a lock. (23 years old, his first Opening Day start, facing 2-time Cy Young winner the Freak on national TV and he throws 7 innings, giving up no runs, 4 hits and only 1 walk while striking out 9.  Just give him the Freakin’ trophy!

4.    The Padres will win the NL West just to torture Gus P. for bailing out on them at the last minute and changing his pick to COL (well, they did a good job of torturing the Cards yesterday, and the Cardinals only helped them. Pathetic baseball from a LaRussa team? He’s lost control of the team and has to be let go.)

5.    Don Mattingly will become the winningest manager in baseball history.

 

2011 MLB predictions (And One!)

Attached is a new Spreadsheet including the picks of Bill C., our newest Society member. Although Bill has spent most of his professional life in Boston, he is a lifelong Yankees fan.  Therefore, you won’t be surprised to see that he has joined Steve J. and voted with his heart – picking NYY to win World Series #28 (ugh!)

At least Bill and Steve stand by their convictions (unlike other Yankee lovers I shouldn’t name, but will – Tom, Tony, Pete….) Unfortunately for me, it appears another Yankee championship is a real possibility. Of course, I don’t expect Boston to lose all 162 games.  BAL probably won’t win all 162, but that 4-0 start makes Robert C. look pretty smart.  The season is still young, but the AL East looks really interesting.

For our new players, here is the scoring system we will use come October and November:

3 points for correct selections of division winners and wild cards (possible 24 points)

1 point for picking a division winner that takes the wild card and vice versa

6 points each for correct selection of NL and Al pennant winners (possible 12 points)

12 points for correct selection of World Series champ
10 points each for correct selection of individual awards (possible 60 points)
A perfect score is 108.

2010 winner Tom M. totalled 28 points followed closely by Tony L. with 27.

2009 winner Tony L. totalled 49 points followed closely by Marc W. with 48.