Make Predictions. Win cash.

Make Predictions. Win cash.
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Recently purchased for $18 at Yankee Clipper in the Village Gate. see Baseball was better 45 years ago

Last year, in Street & Smith’s now defunct. Here is Kramer & Kramer’s Official 2016 Yearbook, we discussed the doleful demise of the magazine Street & Smith’s that for decades had predicted and mis-predicted baseball’s winners.

In its place, we offered our own prognostications. Alas, as seen in Grading Kramer & Kramer’s 2016 baseball predictions, our crystal ball was cloudy. I self-graded my predictions at a C + while having to give Eugene a D.

Chastened, this year we are instead inviting Talker’s to submit your own predictions for the 2017 baseball season. And to the victor shall go the spoils. The winner receives $100 dollars in cold cash.

The premise is simple. Either through email at [email protected] or in the comment section below, make your playoff predictions. You need to pick the Wild Cards for each league, the Division Series winners, the League Championship winners and the World Series winner.  Whoever is closest wins $100.

To provide an example, I went to Topp’s to check out the wannabe Street and Smith’s. At first, I could not find a single magazine that actually predicts team winners. The shelf is filled with nothing but mags geared toward fantasy baseball that merely rate individual players. Apostasy!

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Like the porn section at an adult magazine store, Topp’s only offers FANTASY magazines that don’t even make real predictions.

Thankfully, I found that USA Today did offer a full season prediction.

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As did USA TODAY, you simply have to say who will be the Wild Cards for each league, the Division Series winners, the League Championship winners and the World Series winner. Whoever is closest wins $100. Either through email at [email protected] or in the comment section below, make your playoff predictions.

To start the crystal ball rolling, my predictions this year will be more with the head than the heart. Last year, I was burnt by making the Twins and Yankees sentimental picks.

So — mostly in lock step with USA TODAY  — it will be Giants, Mets as NL Wild Cards, Rangers, Blue Jays as AL Wild Cards, NL Division Winners will be Cubs and Dodgers and AL Division Winners will be Red Sox and Indians.

But here my resolve weakens. I pick the Indians to beat the Red Sox and face the Cubs in rematch.

There has not been a World Series rematch since ’77 and ’78 when the Yankees beat the Dodgers twice. Before expansion and expanded playoffs, rematches were not uncommon.  No longer today.

In the rematch, much as it loathes me, I pick Cubs over Indians.  The last time the Cubs won back to back was 1908 when they beat the Tigers in what was also a rematch of the 1907 world series.

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Democrat and Chronicle, October 15th, 1908

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from Baseball was better 45 years ago

So send along your own predictions.  We haven’t quite decided how to weight each prediction. For example, is it harder to pick the Wild Cards or the Division Series winner?

Nonetheless, the winner will receive $100 in cold cash.

You have until May 1st to enter.

SEE ALSO Baseball was better 45 years ago

Baseball was better 45 years ago

Street & Smith’s now defunct. Here is Kramer & Kramer’s Official 2016 Yearbook

Grading Kramer & Kramer’s 2016 baseball predictions

About The Author

dkramer3@naz.edu

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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