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MrMopar's 3rd Annual Baseball's Back Contest

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mrmopar

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PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE ENTIRE THREAD BEFORE MAKING YOUR SELECTION. YOUR ABILITY TO WIN MAY BE DEPENDENT ON YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

The Contest


Each member will select only ONE player who will represent their guess in only ONE of 6 pre-selected statistical categories. If that player leads all of MLB (not just their league) in that statistical category at the end of the regular 2022 season, that member wins the contest. In the event of a tie (2 or more picks lead MLB in their respective categories), the winner is the person who chose their pick first as noted by the thread post time stamp. In the past, I have ended the contest at the all-star break, but this has often lead to a lot of ties because of the short time span. This year, it will once again run a full season.

The Small Print (Rules): Each member has the opportunity to select ONLY 1 player and match that player to any 1 of 6 pre-selected statistical categories. You are not picking a player for each category. The selection must be posted in this thread and CAN NOT be edited. Any editing disqualifies you from the contest. I ask that you format your answer like I have shown below for ease, listing the player name along with (Stat Category). In the case of any possible mistaken identity between players, I would suggest adding a middle initial or a team to distinguish between players (Pedro A Martinez vs Pedro J Martinez for example). I am not sure there are any players with same names playing these days, but in the past it has happened. If I am unsure of who you picked, you may be disqualified.

As noted above, the earlier you pick, the better yours odds may be, simply because you'll have more players and stat categories to choose from and ties go to the earlier selection. I don't think this is a factor here, but members must also be in good standing. Should a member be banned or disciplined, they are automatically disqualified from participating in and/or winning the contest.

Important...contest closes when the first pitch of opening season has been tossed. Any entries logged after the first pitch of the Giants/Yankees game (Thursday, March 30, 1:05 PM EST) will not count.

The Categories:
3 different for hitters, 3 for pitchers.

Home Runs (HR)
Hits (H)
Runs Batted In (RBI)

Wins (W)
Strikeouts (K)
ERA (E)

So, for example. Let's say you think Mookie Betts will lead the majors in HITs in 2023, you will make your selection like this:

Mookie Betts (H)

Bonus opportunity: To make it a little more interesting, I have added the bonus pick again this year. This is entirely voluntary, but if you would like to take a stab at guessing the exact number the player will end up with in your chosen category, you may do so. For example, using the Betts entry earlier, the member might select Mookie Betts (H) and then say 196.

Mookie Betts (H) - 196

The bonus prize would essentially only be for the contest winner. IF the winner of the contest selects a bonus answer and guesses exactly, then they will also win a bonus prize in addition to the regular contest prize. The odds of this are against you, so I will try to make sure the bonus prize is worthy of the odds.

I do reserve the right to modify the bonus picks category as I see fit beyond the contest winner. What I mean by that is if someone happens to select a player, stat category and total and they are correct, even if that player did not lead their league or MLB, I may still offer some consolation prizes. For example, if someones pick was Kershaw to lead the majors with 19 Wins and that turns out to be is his W total but he did not even lead the league, that person is not the contest winner but may actually receive a consolation prize (at my discretion).

The Prize: As with most of my contests, the prize(s) will consist of items that I pull from within my collection of 40+ years. I always do my best to tailor a prize to the specific collecting interest of winners, but this is not always easy to do. As some of you may have noticed, I have a somewhat narrow personal collecting focus. I have not really bought new cards in packs since the late 90s/early 00s. I have a lot of older, oddball stuff though. It's not all baseball either. The "bad" news is that the winners are probably not going to see things like current prospects, recent superstar players (Trout, Acuna, Tatis, etc) or anything that is considered "hot" in the current market. I really can't guarantee that I'll even have anything to offer that will be a welcome PC addition to many people, but if you are open to the fun of a random prize package that you can either keep or trade/sell, then this is a contest for you. It's less about the prize and more about the participation and fun, at least in my eyes, but I will do my best to give you a prize that you will appreciate.

Full Disclosure: I still have not awarded the 2 prizes from last years contest. I still owe dano and Wizard prizes and I will make good on that, hopefully well before I need to do it again and I will commit to having any 2023 prizes out much quicker.
 

mrmopar

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CONTEST CLOSED TO NEW ENTRIES. GOOD LUCK ALL CONTESTANTS
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gitarst182 - Julio Urias (W) - 16
dano7 - Aaron Judge (HR) - 51
joey12508 - Freddie Freeman (H) - 221
thelesquad - Kyle Schwarber (HR) - 47
Dazed - Pete Alonso (HR) - 54
MrMet2.0 - Sandy Alcantara (E) - 2.42
WizardofOz1982 - Gerritt Cole (K) - 261
CardBoredom - Corbin Burnes (K)
JEBJJA - Jose Ramirez (RBI) - 131
Gywnn545 - Jake Cronenworth (H) - 197
banjar - Bo Bichette (H) - 200
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mrmopar

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I’ll try to avoid jinxing my team and try to jinx another, I’ll take Sandy Alcantra, era, 2.42


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Bold pick with the new category, ERA. Hitting a 3 digit number spot on will probably take some sheer luck. The save category was never very popular.

Max Scherzer (ERA) 2.39
Justin Verlander (W) 19
Sorry, auto DQ with 2 selections. The requirement was 1 selection/category only. I got soft for a second and thought about allowing you to pick one and edit/delete the other, but I was pretty clear in the rules to pay attention as noted in the very first line of the post. I appreciate you engaging though.
 

jmc855

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Bold pick with the new category, ERA. Hitting a 3 digit number spot on will probably take some sheer luck. The save category was never very popular.



Sorry, auto DQ with 2 selections. The requirement was 1 selection/category only. I got soft for a second and thought about allowing you to pick one and edit/delete the other, but I was pretty clear in the rules to pay attention as noted in the very first line of the post. I appreciate you engaging though.

Bold pick with the new category, ERA. Hitting a 3 digit number spot on will probably take some sheer luck. The save category was never very popular.



Sorry, auto DQ with 2 selections. The requirement was 1 selection/category only. I got soft for a second and thought about allowing you to pick one and edit/delete the other, but I was pretty clear in the rules to pay attention as noted in the very first line of the post. I appreciate you engaging though.
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MrMet2.0

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Bold pick with the new category, ERA. Hitting a 3 digit number spot on will probably take some sheer luck. The save category was never very popular.

That’s only for the extra bonus prize tho right? If Alcantra takes the ERA crown I still win the base prize so I figured why the heck not, no one else went there yet…


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mrmopar

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That’s only for the extra bonus prize tho right? If Alcantra takes the ERA crown I still win the base prize so I figured why the heck not, no one else went there yet…


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Correct, he just needs to lead MLB in ERA regardless of that number for you to win, and assuming one of the other picks wasn't before yours that also leads the majors.
 

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