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*** Official 2002 Major League Baseball Season Thread


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#1 of 370 John Thomas

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Posted March 31 2002 - 02:48 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 Shane Martin

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Posted March 31 2002 - 03:20 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 Chuck C

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Posted March 31 2002 - 03:44 PM

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

#4 of 370 Jeremiah W

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Posted March 31 2002 - 03:55 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 Matty Bradshaw

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Posted March 31 2002 - 04:30 PM

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

#6 of 370 Brian Bunn

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Posted March 31 2002 - 05:33 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 Aaron Schmitt

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Posted March 31 2002 - 05:45 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 John Spencer

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Posted March 31 2002 - 06:24 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 Brian Kissinger

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Posted April 01 2002 - 01:07 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 Anthony Moore

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Posted April 01 2002 - 02:46 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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#11 of 370 Mitty

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Posted April 01 2002 - 03:47 AM

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

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!

#12 of 370 MickeS

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Posted April 01 2002 - 03:51 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 Brian Perry

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Posted April 01 2002 - 03:57 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.

#14 of 370 RAF

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Posted April 01 2002 - 04:41 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 Ryan L B

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Posted April 01 2002 - 05:00 AM

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

#16 of 370 Mitty

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Posted April 01 2002 - 05:18 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 Jon Bell

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Posted April 01 2002 - 07:22 AM

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 Shane Martin

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Posted April 01 2002 - 09:25 AM

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
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 Aaron Schmitt

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Posted April 01 2002 - 11:20 AM

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.

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#20 of 370 Mark Pfeiffer

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Posted April 01 2002 - 01:56 PM

Mitty said:
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My one dark horse team is the Cardinals.


I'd hardly call the Cardinals a dark horse. According to everything I've seen, they're the favorite to win the division at the very least.

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


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

Aside from the enormous parking snafu and problems getting to the seats, it was a splendid day at Cinergy/Riverfront as the Reds beat the Cubbies. Can't beat Opening Day at the ballpark.
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