Jeter is out and the A’s are in. We look forward to the playoffs and salute our three 2014 MLB Prediction champions, Professor Bruce Bukiet from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Justin Woods from Melbourne, Australia and Andre Lower from baseballbypositions.com.
San Francisco is beautiful but can the Giants catch the Dodgers? Ed Kasputis interviews baseball author and Giants fan, Andre Lower from baseballbypositions.com as Mark and Farley marvel at AT & T Park.
Ed Kasputis interviews author Andre Lower about his book, Auditioning for Cooperstown: Rating Baseball’s Stars for the Hall of Fame.
3 out of 4 Years
Professor Bruce Bukiet from the New Jersey Institute of Technology has won his 3rd Baseball PhD predictions contest in the last four years (2010, 2011 & 2013). Bukiet successfully predicted seven of this year’s ten Major League Baseball playoff teams (Rays, Tigers, A’s, Cardinals, Dodgers, Braves & Reds). The key to Bukiet’s victory was that he was the only participant in our predictions contest who predicted that the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants would not make this year’s post season.
Bukiet did not predict the firing of Dusty Baker by the Cincinnati Reds this week unlike Baseball PhD Committee member, Farley Dillinger who has been predicting Baker’s demise since 2010. Dillinger, a Cubs fan has a long memory of Baker’s October exploits.
Four participants finished one team behind the Professor with 6 of their teams making the MLB Post-season. Congratulations to Baseball PhD Committee members, David Matejzcyk (Tigers, Indians, A’s, Cardinals, Reds & Dodgers) and Mark Rantala (Rays, Tigers, Indians, Braves, Reds & Dodgers) along with Andre Lower from baseballbypositions.com (Rays, Tigers, A’s, Braves, Reds & Dodgers) and Australian Justin Woods (Tigers, A’s, Rays, Cardinals, Reds & Braves).
Will any mortal have the guts to predict that this year’s World Series Champion will not make the playoffs next season? Professor Bukiet truly understands the power of math.
Professor Bukiet will be honored during our League Championship Series podcast (Episode 228) which will be released on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Ed Kasputis interviews author Andre Lower about his new book, Auditioning for Cooperstown: Rating Baseball’s Stars for the Hall of Fame.
The Professor takes the lead (as usual)
May 1st marks the first measurement of our Baseball PhD MLB Predictions Contest. The concept is simple. Pick the eight teams that will make the Major League Baseball playoffs and get a point for each team that you pick correct. The only score that counts is when the season concludes on Wednesday, September 29th.
This contest has nine participants. Each participant has predicted that the Red Sox and Phillies will make the 2011 playoffs. Consequently, everyone’s other six picks will determine the outcome of the contest. If the season were to end on April 30th, the 8 playoff teams would be:
American League National League
New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies
Cleveland Indians St. Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers Colorado Rockies
LA Angels/Tampa Bay Rays Florida Marlins
No Participant has picked the Indians, Rays or Marlins to make the playoffs
Last year’s defending champion, Professor Bruce Bukiet currently has four points (Yankees, Rangers, Phillies & Cardinals). In second with 3.5 points (Yankees, Angels, Phillies & Rockies) is Rodney Johnson form playballexperience.com.
4 Participants are tied in third with three points
Andre Lower (Yankees, Phillies & Rockies) from baseballbypositions.com is tied with each member of our PhD Committee with three points each. We’ll see in another 30 days if Professor Bukiet’s’ power of math wins the day again.
It’s time to start Season 2 with our Cactus League 2011 podcast. We’ll catch up with Marvelous Marv from marvelousmarv.com and then review the movie Fantasyland with Andre Lower from baseballbypositions.com. Andre will tell us about his website and our PhD Committee will talk about all things Cactus League including the Cubs strategy of scalping their tickets first! We’ll also hear the wisdom of Bill Veeck about the wonders of spring training. The podcast concludes as we start our 100 Places to See season long series and our PhD Committee packs up and leaves the desert for the vitamin C of Florida. Grapefruit League, here we come!