My ill informed, totally based on what my gut tells me picks for how every team will end up are coming this weekend, so be ready to be wowed. Remember, I was the guy who had the Tigers running away with the AL Central last year so don't take the mortgage payment to Vegas based on what idiocy comes out of my mouth.
Tonight, I'm looking at my magic 8 ball and giving my ill informed, totally pulled out of my rear end picks for individual players this coming season.
AL MVP: Youk. As much as I love The Munchkin, Youk really should have won this thing last year. Without him in the 4 hole after we jettisoned Manny, there is no way the Sox get to game 7 of the ALCS.
NL MVP: Manny. Even though his grandmother will die twice in the month of June, his hamstring will cause him to miss every start made by Randy Johnson and Jake Peavy, and he'll forget he has a game at least twice he'll STILL hit 40 bombs, drive in 135, and hit .325.
AL Cy Young: Beckett. Can you even begin to fathom how utterly pissed off he is about how last year unfolded? I've got $20 that says he hits a mascot in the head in his second start.
NL Cy Young: Cole Hamels. Only because I've got him on my fantasy team and I really want to beat Tom Miles this year.
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Kevin Millar. Even though he had a good year in Baltimore last season, I hope my man hits 30HR, 100 RBI, and .300, only not against Boston. The Canadian media has no idea what it's in for.
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Eric Hinske. I'll always love the big guy for treating Posada like a tackling dummy a few years back.
In addition to random predictions, I've got a few things on my wish list for the 2009 season of MLB:
Dustin Pedroia charges the mound after Joba Chamberlain drills him in the ribs, chokes him out, then does the John Cena "You can't see me" gesture afterwards.
Joe Buck asks Beckett how he feels and 60 obscenity laced seconds later the FCC is in full blown panic mode and McCarver is quietly sobbing in the corner.
Joe Morgan FINALLY say's something idiotic enough that it sends John Miller over the edge and they cut away to commercial with Miller beating Joe about the head with the microphone.
Ken Harrelson loses his voice. Permanantly.
Griffey Jr. hits 40 HR's and retires a hero in Seattle.
Slappy comes back, hits a single, and can't run to first base.
Josh Hamilton has another year like he had last year.
Barry Zito remembers he's one of the best pitchers of the past decade.
CC Sabbathia goes on the DL with the cause being "Injured spleen at the all you can eat buffet."
Finally? Hank fires Joe Girardi on April 10th with the Yankees in last place with a 2-2 record and replaces him with Yogi Berra citing "The need to return to Yankee Pride" as the reason.
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