So I wanted to do something to make the new baseball season a bit more interesting for all of us here in the card blogging community. After a little thought I came to the conclusion that the best way would be predicting the top performers in MLB this year - we can follow along all season, and at the end we will find out (to steal a line from Bryan Alvarez at F4Wonline.com) "who was a prognosticator, and who was a FOOL~!"
So here's the deal. All you have to do is pick the playoff teams in both leagues and also who will lead the league in various statistical categories (details below). I will compile all the entries into a page on my blog so everyone can view it throughout the year. There will be TWO prizes - one for the points leader at the All-Star Break, and a grand prize for the leader at the end of the season. I don't know exactly what the prize will be yet, but rest assured there will be multiple auto, patch, and/or other "hit" cards involved. I plan on putting up my own predictions to play along, but my score won't count as far as winning the prizes is concerned.
Here are the rules:
1.) Pick the 6 Division Champions and 4 Wild Card winners (remember there are 2 Wild Cards in each league now). Each correct guess earns 10 points. If you pick a team to win their Division and they win the Wild Card instead (or vice versa) you receive 5 points. For purposes of determining the All-Star Break prize winner, we will use which teams would make the playoffs if the season ended that day.
2.) Pick who will lead ALL of MLB (not just the AL or NL) in each of the following categories. A correct pick earns 10 points. If the player finishes 2nd-5th in the league you get 5 points. Finishing 6th-10th earns 2 points.
For the Batting Average and ERA categories the player has to qualify for the league title to count.
3.) At the All-Star Break, you are allowed to change any ONE pick to a different choice.
That's it! To enter, either post your choices in the comments section of this post, or else you can email your picks to me. All entries must be received by 11:59pm on April 3rd. If you like the contest, please spread the word by posting a link on your blog - the more entries we get, the merrier!
Good Luck and Go Brewers!