My picks… my sister in law’s picks… my kid’s picks… a coin toss and a fish

The playoffs are starting in less than an hour and it is time to make my official picks.
Now my picks tend to suck… despite my following EVERY team in baseball and thinking way too much about, my powers of prediction leave a lot to be desired.

So this year I am comparing my picks to Debbie, my wonderful Sister in Law and a health and nutrition counselor who maintains a wonderful website about food and health that you should check out NOW!

I’ll also be getting the picks of my twin 5 year old boys (who don’t follow baseball except in an abstract “I like what daddy likes” way).

I’ll be comparing my picks to a coin toss.

And also will be getting the picks from Red… our fish. I put a logo of each team next to his tank… which ever one he swam to will be his pick.

So let’s compare.

SULLY’S
OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 3 games to 1
NEW YORK YANKEES defeat MINNESOTA TWINS 3 games to 2

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 0
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 2

American League Championship Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 4 games to 3

National League Championship Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 1

World Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 4 games to 2

SULLY’S 5 YEAR OLD SON
AIDAN’S OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 3 games to 1
NEW YORK YANKEES defeat MINNESOTA TWINS 3 games to o

National League Division Series

CINCINNATI REDS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 3 games to 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 1

American League Championship Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 4 games t0 3

National League Championship Series

CINCINNATI REDS defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 0

World Series
TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat CINCINNATI REDS 4 games to 3

SULLY’S 5 YEAR OLD SON MATTEO’S
OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TEXAS RANGERS defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 3 games to 2
MINNESOTA TWINS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 3 games to 2

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 1

American League Championship Series
MINNESOTA TWINS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 4 games to 3

National League Championship Series
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 2

World Series

MINNESOTA TWINS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 games to 3



SULLY’S SISTER IN LAW DEBBIE’S
OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TAMPA BAY RAYS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 3 games to 1
MINNESOTA TWINS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 3 games to 2

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 0
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 2

American League Championship Series

MINNESOTA TWINS defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 4 games to 3

National League Championship Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 1

World Series

MINNESOTA TWINS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 games to 3

OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS
BASED ON A COIN FLIP

American League Division Series

TEXAS RANGERS defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 3 games to 2
MINNESOTA TWINS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 3 games to 2

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 1

American League Championship Series

MINNESOTA TWINS defeat TEXAS RANGERS 4 games to 3

National League Championship Series

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 games to 3

World Series

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat MINNESOTA TWINS 4 games to 1

SULLY’S FISH RED’S
OFFICIAL PLAYOFF PICKS

American League Division Series

TEXAS RANGERS defeat TAMPA BAY RAYS 3 games to 2
NEW YORK YANKEES defeat MINNESOTA TWINS 3 games to 1

National League Division Series

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES defeat CINCINNATI REDS 3 games to 2
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat ATLANTA BRAVES 3 games to 1

American League Championship Series

TEXAS RANGERS defeat NEW YORK YANKEES 4 games to 2

National League Championship Series

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS defeat PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 4 games to 2

World Series
TEXAS RANGERS defeat SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 4 games to 3

Now keep in mind we all used different methods for our picks.
I watched baseball all year and poured over the stats.

My sons picked by how they liked the sound of the names.

My sister in law believes the entire balance of the playoffs will be tilted based on how many vegans are on each team. She also predicts the World Series will end with both teams crying.

The coin is just chance.

And Red the fish swam to one side of the bowl towards one logo I held up or the other side where the other logo would be.

And when you think of it… they are all equally valid methods to picking a winner.

(Let’s hope my picks are better than my fish’s!)

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Coaches looking for their first ring

When the World Series is over each year, we recognize that the players on the team have their World Series rings… and accomplished the great goal that every player wants to achieve.

And the managers as well are praised for reaching the promised land.

But what about the coaching staff?
A lot of times you see long time veterans win their first ever World Series ring as a player.

I remember Harold Baines, who meant as much to the White Sox as any player over the last few decades, hold up the World Series trophy in 2005… a World Champion finally after 20+ years not winning one as a player.

Long time veteran Chris Speier won his as a coach with the 2001 Diamondbacks. Tony Pena finally got his with the 2009 Yankees.

That got me thinking… what other coaches are there in the post season who were big leaguers and never won a ring?

It’s fun to think about the veterans like Jim Thome and Aubrey Huff finally getting a shot at a ring during their playing days… but who is getting a shot at their rings after they’ve ended their careers.

So these are the coaches on the current playoff teams who were former big leaguers and never won a ring as a player, manager or coach.

I am not including managers on this list. It should be noted that Ron Washington of the Rangers and Bruce Bochy of the Giants are the only playoff managers without a ring.

Joe Girardi, Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire, Bobby Cox, Joe Maddon and Charlie Manuel have all won rings as either a player, coach or manager.

Brook Jacoby

11 big league seasons.

2 All Star appearances.

No post season experience as a player.


Pete Mackanin

9 big league seasons

No post season experience as a player.

Tim Flannery

11 big league seasons.

Appeared in 1984 NLCS and World Series for the Padres.

Mark Gardner

13 big league seasons.

Appeared in the 2000 Division Series for the Giants.

Roberto Kelly

14 big league seasons.

2 All Star appearances.

Appeared in the 1995 Division Series for the Dodgers.
The 1997 Division Series for the Mariners.
The 1998 and 1999 Division Series for the Rangers.

Hensley Meulens

7 big league seasons.

No post season experience as a player.

Dave Righetti

16 big league seasons.

2 All Star appearances.

1981 AL Rookie of the Year.

Appeared in 1981 Divisional Series, ALCS and World Series for the Yankees.

Ron Wotus

2 big league seasons.

No post season experience as a player.

Glenn Hubbard

12 big league seasons.

1 All Star appearances.

Appeared in the 1982 NLCS for the Braves.
The 1988 World Series for the A’s.

Terry Pendleton

15 big league seasons.

1All Star appearance.

1991 NL MVP.

Appeared in the 1985 NLCS and World Series for the Cardinals.
1987 NLCS and World Series for the Cardinals.
1991 NLCS and World Series for the Braves.
1992 NLCS and World Series for the Braves.
1993 NLCS for the Braves.
1996 Division Series, NLCS and World Series for the Braves.

Andy Hawkins

10 big league seasons.

Appeared in the 1984 NLCS and World Series for the Padres.

Clint Hurdle

10 big league seasons.

Appeared in the 1978 ALCS for the Royals.
The 1980 ALCS and World Series for the Royals.
The 1981 Divisional Series for the Royals.

Mike Maddux

15 big league seasons.

Appeared in the 1995 Division Series for the Red Sox.

Gary Pettis

11 big league seasons.

Appeared in the 1986 ALCS for the Angels.

Rick Stelmaszek

3 big league seasons.

No post season experience as a player.

Scott Ullger

1 big league season.

No post season experience as a player.

Jerry White

11 big league seasons.

Appeared in the 1981 Divisional Series and NLCS for the Expos.

Tom Foley

13 big league seasons.

No post season experience as a player.

Dave Martinez

2 big league seasons.

Appeared in the 2001 Division Series and NLCS for the Braves.

The entire coaching staff of the Yankees got rings last year. That’s why they are not included here.

So I am not sure how much of a factor it would be to want a coach to win a ring. I can’t imagine many out there are thinking “I hope the Rangers win it for Gary Pettis!”

But know there are some coachs who are going to be savoring a title as much as the players!

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