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Bobblehead Giveaway II

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Tim Thompson
April 15, 2013

Self-described "long-time reader, recently non-existent poster" Kenny_Powers recently asked about this, so here it is. I apologize for my procrastination but I have been busy getting the farm ready for the chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, bees AND pigs that will arrive soon. As if that wasnít enough, the Mrs. and I realized that given the amount of time The Bullpen spends out there, we had better get rid of the electric fence for safety reasons.

Last year I asked my readers to guess the order in which the NL Central teams would finish and, as tie-breakers and to make it a bit more fun, the number of Brewers wins and Cubs losses. Having an extra bobblehead or two in my collection, I offered one of my duplicates to whomever came closest to guessing the final standings. Since we received a decent number of entries and it made for some discussion throughout last season, I've decided to do it all again this year.

I let last year's winner (the aforementioned Mr. Powers) pick from a couple extra bobbleheads I had available. I know I still have a few duplicates in my collection, but since I don't know which ones (and I don't plan to get them all out again until next winter), this year I will give away an extra bobblehead I already received. If you're scoring along at home, you know there only has been one bobblehead giveaway so far this season and should be able to guess this year's prize.

The scoring is a bit different this year, as the division has one fewer team after the Houston Astros left for the Junior Circuit. Otherwise the rules and scoring are ALMOST* exactly the same as last year. Guesses can be entered on Gazettextra.com, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever works for you.

Itís real simple and anyone can win. Let me know how you see the NL Central will stack up this season, as well as the number of Brewers wins and Cubs losses. The scoring is as follows:

  • 1st place=10 points
  • 2nd place=8 points
  • 3rd place=6 points
  • 4th place=4 points
  • 5th place=2 points

Now, the moment youíve both been waiting for Ö my picks! As Iíve said numerous times, when it comes to the Crew I am always optimistic until an alternate reality becomes the only possibility (i.e. they are mathematically eliminated). Being a dozen or so games into the season I figured I could either make this GUESS based off reality or optimism. It took mere seconds to remember that I can't win my own bobblehead, so optimism won.

The Crew has been beat up in the season's first few weeks and the performances so far by most of the pitching staff would have the realist in me picking them to finish in the middle of the pack. But, remember, I'm an optimist.

Aramis Ramirez will be back shortly and Iím confident he'll do what heís done for the past 10+years: bat over .300 with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs. Cory Hart was moved to the 60-day DL to clear a spot for Blake Lallie on the 40-man roster and wonít return until the end of May. When he returns and we get our starting infield in place, we should see good things from the Brewers over the remainder of the year. Right now we're using a back-up at third base and a back-up's back-up at first. When Ramirez and Hart return to the corners it will be sort of like fielding a new team and Iím confident good things will follow.

My picks:

  1. Brewers (89 wins)
  2. Reds
  3. Pirates
  4. Cubs (89 losses)
  5. Cardinals

My realist side probably would have picked the Reds to finish first because they look like a GOOD team, but I went the optimistic route and picked the Crew. The realist in me probably would have selected the Cardinals to finish ahead of the Pirates and Cubs, but my optimist side would love to see them spend a few years in the cellar. My grandfather was a Cards fan and I USED to have a ton of respect for their fans and organization, but unfortunately it seems I lose a little respect with every post I read from a Cards fan. My guess is that this one will be no different.

The good news is that my procrastination gave you all a two-week "preview" to watch the NL Central teams. Good luck to everyone who enters, and the winner can expect an email from me right after the Brewers head to the playoffs!

*Please note that tjncj has brought a minor error to my attention. The original tie-breaker was suppose to be the number of Brewers wins and the second tie-breaker was the number of Cubs losses. I took a total last year and gave the runner-up the bobblehead instead of the actual winner. My bad:) THIS YEAR THE TIE-BREAKER WILL BE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF WINS AND LOSSES FOR THE TWO TEAMS!!



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