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*** Official 2002 Major League Baseball Season Thread


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#1 of 370 OFFLINE   John Thomas

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Posted March 31 2002 - 07:48 PM

Here's to the start of the 2002 baseball season. Who's excited? I certainly am - I'm hoping that the St.Louis Cardinals go all the way this year, getting past the flavor of the year team (grumbling about the Diamondbacks). It's a bit harder to pick the divisions this year, for me anyway. The talent seems to be spread out a bit more, with the Yankees being the perennial exception. Here's how I pick the division winners: NL West: San Francisco Giants Central: St.Louis Cardinals East: Philadelphia Phillies Wildcard: Houston Astros AL West: Seattle Mariners Central: Chicago White Sox East: New York Yankees Wildcard: Cleveland Indians Right now, I'm watching Bartolo Colon dismantle the Anaheim Angels. Conversely, Jarrod Washburn is getting pecked to death - he's currently let up six runs that were gained mostly by bloop singles. Update: Colon pitches a shutout on opening day. Wow. Looks to be a good start to a great year.

#2 of 370 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted March 31 2002 - 08:20 PM

I expect this thread to be full of Cardinal, Cubs, Yankees, and bandwagon Mariner fans Posted Image



In all fun and deep down I'd like the Red Sox to win the World Series but I feel they are doomed forever.



I'm personally hoping my Dodgers get it together this year. If you are curious why a guy in middle america is a Dodger fan, my next door neighbor played MLB for the Dodgers for 18 years and I mowed his lawn during the season. Now I bleed Dodger blue.





My picks for the year are:

NL:

West: Dodgers

Central: Cubs

East: Mets

Wildcard: Diamondbacks.

Champions: Dodgers



AL:

West: Mariners

Central: Indians

East: Yankees

Wild Card: Red Sox

Champion$: Yankee$(being reali$tic)



World Series: Yankee$

#3 of 370 OFFLINE   Chuck C

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Posted March 31 2002 - 08:44 PM

All I gotta say is GO TRIBE! (shut-out the angels today by the way Posted Image)

#4 of 370 OFFLINE   Jeremiah W

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Posted March 31 2002 - 08:55 PM

I love baseball,Nothing like staying up 'til after midnight every night watching game on DirecTVPosted Image



my picks



NL

west

ARIZONA

Centrals

CHICAGO

East

ATLANTA

wildcard

ST LOUIS

NL Champs-

Cubs-loaded this year



AL

west

SEATTLE

Central

CHISOX

East

DAMN YANKEE$ Posted Image

Wildcard

BOSTON

AL Champs

CHISOX in an upset



WORLD champs



ChicagoPosted Image-- Cubs wil finaly win it

#5 of 370 OFFLINE   Matty Bradshaw

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Posted March 31 2002 - 09:30 PM

all i am going to say is lets go Yankees Posted Image Posted Image

#6 of 370 OFFLINE   Brian Bunn

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Posted March 31 2002 - 10:33 PM

Play Ball!! Yeah baby! Gotta love Baseball. Nobody picking Oakland to make the playoffs. With that pitching staff it will be hard to keep them out. My picks: AL West: Seattle Central: Minnesota East: New York Wildcard: Oakland AL Champs: New York NL West: Arizona Central: St. Louis East: Atlanta Wildcard: New York NL Champs: Atlanta World Series Champs: Atlanta Braves AL MVP: Jason Giambi NL MVP: Sammy Sosa AL Cy Young: Tim Hudson NL Cy Young: Randy Johnson AL Rookie Of Year: Hank Blalock NL Rookie Of Year: Sean Burroughs Number Of Home Runs By Barry Bonds: 57 Man, the National League looks to be very competitive in every division this year...with the top 3 teams in every division able to win it. The East could go to Atlanta, NY, or Philly...The Central to St. Louis, Chicago, or Houston...and the West could go to Arizona, San Fran, LA, or San Diego. Man...we are in for some tight races in the NL. The Al should be a bit less competitive with NY and Boston battling it out in the East...the Mariners and A's in the West...and probably the most competitive division will be the Central between The Sox, Twins, and Indians. I look forward to watching mucho baseball on the dish again this year. Good luck all you fantasy baseballers!

#7 of 370 OFFLINE   Aaron Schmitt

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Posted March 31 2002 - 10:45 PM

I'll start off by saying I have been an M's fan from the time of their inception when I was 5 years old. I remember going to games when there were 8000 people in the stands. Talk about getting the best seats in the house for the price of gen admission, and now I can't even get/afford tickets. I'm no bandwagoner Posted Image



With that out of the way....



NL:

West: San Diego (my shocker for the year)

Central: St. Louis

East: Mets

Wild Card: Atlanta

NL Champs: Mets



AL:

West: Seattle

Central: Minnesota (contract this!)

East: Yankees

Wild: Oakland

AL Champs: Seattle (Oakland beats NY in 1st round of playoffs as revenge for losing Giambi Posted Image )



WS: Seattle. Finally (25 years of suffering ended)



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#8 of 370 OFFLINE   John Spencer

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Posted March 31 2002 - 11:24 PM

Well, as a lifelong Royals fan, I basically have no reason to watch after April.Posted Image



That being said, I love watching the games no matter who's playing. But I do hope that KC will make a good showing this year. Of course, they'd have to fire Tony "Loser" Muser. He must have naked pictures of the owners or something.

Never heard of this. I'm a honky.

#9 of 370 OFFLINE   Brian Kissinger

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Posted April 01 2002 - 06:07 AM

I'm in heaven. Opening day is finally here. Being a Reds fan, I'm quite excited at the prospect of putting a whirlwind season together, and finishing the year out of the cellar.Posted Image



I have no picks, I just like to sit back and be surprised. But, if by some crazy miracle, the Reds don't win the world series, I'm rooting for the Cubs.



No matter what, baseball is here again. HOORAY!!
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#10 of 370 OFFLINE   Anthony Moore

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Posted April 01 2002 - 07:46 AM

Furcal, Sheffield, Jones, Jones, Castilla, Maddux, Smoltz, Marquis....looks like the Braves have another good shot this year. I cant wait!
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Posted April 01 2002 - 08:47 AM

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I have no picks, I just like to sit back and be surprised.

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I'm with you on that. My picks NEVER pan out. I picked the D-Backs to win the WS when they acquired Schilling mid-Season in 2000. I guess I was a little premature as they free fell after that. Posted Image



My one dark horse team is the Cardinals. Expect Tino to quietly make yet another team even better while receiving little to no recognition. Or maybe St. Louis will recognize it. Posted Image



Of course, my Blue Jays will be looking like a minor league team. Here's to surprises!

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Posted April 01 2002 - 08:51 AM

Picking the winners already might be a bit premature, IMO... let's see how they PLAY first, shall we? Posted Image



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#13 of 370 OFFLINE   Brian Perry

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Posted April 01 2002 - 08:57 AM

Brian, Unfortunately, I think it's safe to say the Reds are in for a long season. Joey Hamilton is your opening day pitcher??? The Cubs will have to abuse him today.

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Posted April 01 2002 - 09:41 AM

In a nutshell:



Yankees over the Cardinals in six games. Check back with me in November.



In the meantime I've got to deal with the Dish Network which refuses to carry the YES network. Looks like there's a DirecTV in my future.



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#15 of 370 OFFLINE   Ryan L B

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Posted April 01 2002 - 10:00 AM

the os will finish dead last and jeeter the cheater and the yankeeies will finish 1st

#16 of 370 OFFLINE   Mitty

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Posted April 01 2002 - 10:18 AM

Just saw the Patriots entire team throw out the first pitch(s) at Fenway. Now that must've been a thrill for those long suffering New England sports fans. Ahhhhhh, baseball is back.

#17 of 370 OFFLINE   Jon Bell

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Posted April 01 2002 - 12:22 PM

Anyone having trouble with MLB audio today? I was listening to Phils vs. Atlanta and I got kicked off in the 4th inning.

#18 of 370 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted April 01 2002 - 02:25 PM

Aaron,

I was counting on someone to post their thoughts about the Mariners bandwagon comment I made. In all funny I made it to be sarcastic of last years' Yankees/Mariners discussion that was rather humorous at times but got out of hand.

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Picking the winners already might be a bit premature, IMO... let's see how they PLAY first, shall we

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Unfortunately with Baseball, $$ is the king. Which is why I picked the Yankee$. I'm sure more than some people are irritated by this but I still love the game regardless.



Edit:Maybe I'm premature as the Yankees are getting owned by Baltimore.

#19 of 370 OFFLINE   Aaron Schmitt

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Posted April 01 2002 - 04:20 PM

Shane: glad I could oblige. It did seem like there were a lot of insta-M's fans last year. It seems that way still, given that most of the tickets for the season are sold already (I think it's Seattle fan syndrome, the Seahawks used to be THE team here, but then they sucked for years and lost most of their fans. Same with the Sonics when they started losing in '98-99 or so, now the Sonics are winning and people are going to the games again). I'm just glad the Mariners are finally good, and have been for a few years now. Now if they could just come back against the Chi-Sox. Aaron
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#20 of 370 OFFLINE   Mark Pfeiffer

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Posted April 01 2002 - 06:56 PM

Mitty said:

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Joey Hamilton is your opening day pitcher??? The Cubs will have to abuse him today.

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Looks like Jon Lieber was the one to take some lumps today. Posted Image



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