"MillersTime" Contest, Baseball Contest, Nats, Oakland Athletics, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Yunel Escobar
Thanks to the suggestion of a long time baseball fan and a MillersTime reader (and with some adjustments on my part), I’m creating a new Baseball Contest, this one limited to just one question.
Contest: List three impacts you predict the trade of Tyler Clippard for Yunel Escobar will have for the Nats and/or for the Athletics.
Prize: Two seats in Section 117, Row G or H (three or four rows behind the Visitors’ dugout and between home and third base) for a Nats’ game next year.
1. Submissions due by March 1, 2015.
2. You can make your predictions pertain just to the Nats, just to the Athletics or you can split your predictions between the two teams.
3. Once the season ends, I will list the predictions that most approximate what actually happened in 2015, and let MillersTime readers choose the winner.
4. You can post your predictions in the Comment section of this post, or send your them to my email address – Samesty84@gmail.com – (put ‘Baseball Contest’ in the subject line) if you want to keep them secret from others.
5. In case of similar predictions, the ones that were submitted the earliest take precedence.
6. Feel free to pass this contest on to a friend and/or another baseball fan. You may even benefit if he or she wins (have them mention your name in the submission).
Note: This new contest will not replace the annual multi-question MillersTime Baseball Contest. That 2015 contest, with revised questions, will be posted on or about Feb. 15th.
Ed Scholl said:
My predictions for 3 impacts the Clippard-Escobar trade will have:
1. Nationals will not sign Ian Desmond to a new contract and Yunel Escobar will be the Nats SS in 2016
2. Clippard will become the A’s closer in 2015
3. Blake Treinen will become the Nat’s 8th inning set-up man in 2015
Peter Shimm said:
I think Ed’s predictions are pretty spot on–even the Blake Treinen one. But that said, I’ll go the optimistic route:
1. Clippard gets a season ending injury in June.
2. Escobar goes deep 20 times leading all baseball in HR’s for hitters batting 8th
3. Storen, without the influence of his best friend Clippard, finds his inner toughness and finally closes games in the playoffs and the Nats win the World Series.
1) Clippard SO/W ratio regresses from 3.57 last year to 2.76. He makes the AL all-star team but doesn’t play. Even with his addition the A’s don’t make the playoffs.
2) Escobar hits 23 HR’s, bats .272 and stays healthy playing in 145 games helping the Nat’s to reach playoffs.
3) Escobar has a walk off hit in the playoffs.