The Roster Challenge is off and running for this season! Thanks to all who took the time to join us.
We have to start by apologizing for the lateness of
this post. We had a vacation booked and MLB did not bother to check
with us first before setting the camp start dates. The nerve.
Seems as though the interest in the challenge may
be waning a little bit, and that’s okay. Perhaps it has run its course,
but we still enjoy trying to predict the opening day roster and are glad
there are others who feel the same way.
This year we received 10 ballots containing 32
total names picked. That is a somewhat shockingly high number,
considering we are not rebuilding and the MLB roster is pretty much set.
On those ballots, the following 20 names were included on each of them:
A solid core to be sure, but we thought this number might have been even higher, say 22-23. Riveting stuff!
The following teams picked an identical ballot, so
the tiebreaker will come into play: Team Ant Farm (16-15), Team Gregor
(no tiebreaker) and Team I Like Nuts (16-16)
There was a different identical ballot picked by
two other teams, which in retrospect was a ballsy move because they
included the name Robbie Grossman, who has since signed a deal with the
Rangers. So, ya, A Serious Team and Team @1BJW
are not looking so smart now. We both just thought there was no way
your Toronto Blue Jays would roll into the season without a decent 4th
OF who could be a replacement-level type guy for a couple of weeks, but
it looks like the team just may do that. There
will be opportunities later in camp or in season to address this issue,
but Grossman seemed like a great fit.
The below names can only be found on a single
ballot, which qualifies them as the long shots. Keep an eye on Zulueta,
Pearson and Bernard because, if they do crack the roster, glory will
Shout out to friend of the site The Blue Jay Hunter
for also taking a chance and not picking George Springer. History could
show this is a good bet.
An honourable mention goes to Team Last Row 500’s
for not buying that new guy Belt is going to make the squad. Not sure if
this was an oversight, or if perhaps he has some intel on the DH’s
troublesome knee(s) that he is keeping close to
Click this link to see all the details including tiebreakers. Good luck to all!