by: the Admiral
The following picks are for entertainment purposes only, in the sense that gambling is traditionally entertaining. First, some selected stories recently picked up off the baseball news wire.
-Civil Rights activist and professional agitator Al Sharpton has gone public to rail against perceived inequities in the ownership ranks among the nation’s fantasy baseball leagues. Stating that the level of minority representation in fantasy baseball team ownership is nothing short of appalling, he has put Yahoo! and ESPN on notice that not enough was being done to correct the imbalance and pro-active steps need to be taken immediately to address the issue.
-The Arizona Diamonbacks received an official rejection to their request to Commisioner Bug Selig to adjust the baseball rules in order to have the standings count not only WINS and LOSSES, but also HOW YOU PLAYED THE GAMEs
-Orioles owner Peter Angelos has announced that the Orioles rebuilding plan has entered a rebuilding stage. He claims this is not just a ploy to save money on payroll, but it’s not promising that he expects the rebuilding stage of the rebuilding plan to bear fruit by 2013 and the overall rebuilding plan to make them competitive enough to finish just behind the Yankees, Red Sox, and Devil Rays by 2020.
- Kerry Wood was honored to receive the ESPY for “most likely to have a surgery named after him.” The surgery has yet to be selected, but the early favorite is that the always frustrating ‘Tired Arm Surgery’ will be rebranded the ‘Dead Wood Procedure.’
- The Cubs are mired in a 41-51 season, despite a $147 million payroll. Frustrated team owners decided they had no other choice but to “bring in the Bobs”, professional efficiency experts skilled in cutting costs. They were less than impressed with Mendoza-line hugging first basemen Derek Lee and his “I’m a people person" response to “What would you say exactly you do here?” The good news is that $17.9 million in savings was made with one move. It turns out that Carlos Zambrano was cut from the Cubs in 2008, but because of a glitch in Accounting he kept receiving a paycheck. Rather than confront Zambrano, they just fixed the glitch.
All picks are for 100 units on the money line, unless otherwise noted.
PHI@STL: Pick STL
MIL@PIT: Pick MIL
COL@FLA: Pick COL
TB@BAL: Pick TB
TEX@DET: Pick TEX
CLE@MIN: Pick MIN
WAS@CIN: Pick CIN
TOR@KC: Pick TOR
HOU@CHC: Pick CHC
BOS@OAK: Pick BOS
NYM@ARZ: Pick NYM
CWS@SEA: Pick CWS
SF@LAD: Pick LAD