SUFFERING INDEX – Updated for 2019

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It is a new season and a new edition of quantifying suffering… it is the 2019 Suffering Index.

I have created a formula for determining which fan base is suffering the most and which is suffering the least. And I have factors that include length of waiting for a World Series title, pennants, trips to the post season, having multiple recent titles, winning winner take all games and losing winner take all games.

The formula works like this:

The formula is this.

(Number of Years Since a Team’s Last World Series Title)
+ (Number of Years Since a Team’s Last Pennant ÷ 4)
+ (Number of Years Since the World Series Title BEFORE the Last one ÷ 8)
+ (Number of Years Since a Team’s Last Post Season Appearance ÷ 16)
+ (Number of Deciding or One Game Playoffs LOST since last World Series title x 10)
– (Number of Deciding or One Game Playoffs WON since last World Series title)
= THE SUFFERING INDEX TOTAL

I broke it down in this video:

This year, I made a slight change. I calculated the total for Washington to include the history of the two Senators franchises and the Nationals franchise.

I also combined the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers total for the Milwaukee fan base suffering index.

So here are the results, from most suffering to least.

1.      171.13 WASHINGTON (Senators and Nationals)
2.     143.19 CLEVELAND
3.     122.81 OAKLAND
4.     117.56 MILWAUKEE (Braves and Brewers)
5.     105.25 PITTSBURGH
6.     94.06 TEXAS
7.     74.69 ATLANTA
8.     72.31 SAN DIEGO
9.     72.00 CINCINNATI
10.   70.31 BALTIMORE
11.   63.44 DETROIT
12.   59.44 NEW YORK METS
13.   58.13 MINNESOTA
14.   56.88 SEATTLE
15.   54.06 LOS ANGELES DODGERS
16.   40.94 NEW YORK YANKEES
17.   40.31 COLORADO
18.   34.75 TAMPA BAY
19.   34.25 ARIZONA
20.   34.06 TORONTO
21.   29.94 CHICAGO WHITE SOX
22.   28.88 PHILADELPHIA
23.   27.81 ANAHEIM
24.   26.69 CHICAGO CUBS
25.   23.75 MIAMI
26.   19.38 ST. LOUIS
27.   18.50 KANSAS CITY
28.   8.69 HOUSTON
29.   6.31 SAN FRANCISCO
30.   2.06 BOSTON

Only 3 fan bases in single digits: Houston, San Francisco and Boston. As a Red Sox fan whose favorite National League team is the Giants, I have NOTHING to complain about.

Meanwhile, one of my best listeners, Cubs Fan With an 8, posed a good question.

 

Truth is, Montreal’s suffering can not be quantified until they get a new franchise.

That is cruel and it is true.

Official Sully Baseball Predictions for 2019 – March 20, 2019

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Every year I make predictions. More often than not they are wrong. And yet I still do it. Go figure. Let’s do it again for 2019 before the season begins in a few hours.

OFFICIAL SULLY BASEBALL PREDICTIONS FOR 2019

AL East – BOSTON RED SOX
AL Central – CLEVELAND INDIANS
AL West – HOUSTON ASTROS
AL Wild Cards – NEW YORK YANKEES and TAMPA BAY RAYS

NL East – WASHINGTON NATIONALS
NL Central – ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
NL West – LOS ANGELES DODGERS
NL Wild Cards – PITTSBURGH PIRATES and MILWAUKEE BREWERS

AL MVP – MIKE TROUT, LOS ANGELES ANGELS
NL MVP – ANTHONY RENDON, WASHINGTON NATIONALS

AL Cy Young – JOSE BERRIOS, MINNESOTA TWINS
NL Cy Young – MAX SCHERZER, WASHINGTON NATIONALS

AL Rookie of the Year – FORREST WHITLEY, HOUSTON ASTROS
NL Rookie of the Year – VICTOR ROBLES, WASHINGTON NATIONALS

AL Manager of the Year – ALEX CORA, BOSTON RED SOX
NL Manager of the Year – CLINT HURDLE, PITTSBURGH PIRATES

First AL Manager Fired – SCOTT SERVAIS, SEATTLE MARINERS
First NL Manager Fired – GABE KAPLER, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Insanely Early Post Season Predictions

AL WILD CARD
RAYS def. YANKEES

NL WILD CARD
BREWERS def. PIRATES

AL DIVISION SERIES
RED SOX def. RAYS in 5
ASTROS def. INDIANS in 3

NL DIVISION SERIES
CARDINALS def. BREWERS in 3
DODGERS def. NATIONALS in 5

ALCS
ASTROS def. RED SOX in 6

NLCS
DODGERS def. CARDINALS in 4

WORLD SERIES
DODGERS def. ASTROS in 7

I just cursed the Dodgers on this episode of Sully Baseball.

 

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New Podcast – LOCKED ON MLB PODCAST Launches March 25, 2019

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Listen to the all new relaunched Locked on MLB show hosted by me, comedian, TV producer and lover of all things baseball Paul Francis Sullivan. Please call me Sully.

On the show we will be talking about each team, each pennant race and everything else in the game of baseball, from rule changes and labor issues to uniforms, baseball cards, stadium food, What ifs in the game’s history and which fanbase deserves a title the most. I will give you a hint, it isn’t us Red Sox fans.

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