Contest: Guess the Padres’ 2008 Opening Day Roster

In honor of the Padres’ first Cactus League game (a charity event against the Mariners @ 12:05 p.m. PT, XM 180), and to celebrate the release of the Ducksnorts 2008 Baseball Annual, it’s time for the second annual Ducksnorts “Guess the Padres’ Opening Day Roster” contest. Here’s how it works:

  • Submit your guess via the handy contact form or leave it in the comments. Identify the 25 players you think will break camp with the big club.
  • Include the name of the player you think will score the Padres’ first run of the 2008 season; this will be used in the event of a tie. If the tie still cannot be broken, my wife will pick names from a hat. I know it’s not the most scientific method, but I want to keep this simple and get as many people involved as possible.
  • Entries are due by Sunday, March 9, 2008, 11:59 p.m. PT. There is no fee; anyone is welcome to play. One submission per person, please.
  • Results will be tabulated on opening day; whoever gets the highest percentage of correct names wins a copy of the Ducksnorts 2008 Baseball Annual.
  • I’ll be participating for fun. If I should win, the book goes to our first runner-up.

Any questions? If not, start sending your guesses and we’ll go from there. Have fun, and good luck!

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73 Responses »

  1. 35 … more good IGD-like blog entries from Krasovic at UT … see link in #35 …

  2. Thatcher just served up a homer to Jeremy Reed. That’s not good.

  3. Re: I think by scrubs he meant non-starters not bad players.

  4. #49, 50: “Scrub” as in “starters have been pulled.”

  5. Thatcher is getting torched.

  6. 54 … so … Chase Headley was a “scrub” yesterday? OK … still seems misleading ;-)

    52 … Reed’s one of those “he coulda/shoulda been a real good player” guys … perhaps the M’s version of Scott Hairston?

  7. 56: No really, Thactcher is getting smoked. Badly.

  8. Meh I would be a little worried if he was mowing people down (see Braselton, Dewon)

  9. #56: None of the guys coming in right now will be starting for the Padres in 2008. That’s what I meant; nothing more, nothing less.

    Thatcher’s day is done.

  10. 59 … I detect a “poll” or “over/under” question …

    how many games started for the 2008 Padres, combined, for the following players: Venable, Myrow, Sinisi, McAnulty?

    … or do you mean this …

    how many of the following players will be on the Padres Opening Day 2008 roster: Venable, Myrow, Sinisi, McAnulty?

    … ah, fun questions … especially early in the spring! They help define the term “long shot” …

  11. Josh Bard
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Tadahito Iguchi
    Khalil Greene
    Kevin Kouzmanoff
    Scott Hairston
    Jim Edmonds
    Brian Giles
    Jake Peavy
    Chris Young
    Greg Maddux
    Randy Wolf
    Shawn Estes
    Trevor Hoffman
    Heath Bell
    Cla Meredith
    Joe Thatcher
    Justin Hampson
    Kevin Cameron
    Justin Germano
    Michael Barrett
    Tony Clark
    Chase Headley
    Callix Crabbe
    Jody Gerut

  12. Also Adrian will score the first run.

  13. #60: Poll created. Go nuts.

    Pads lose…

  14. 63: Ugly game. Nobody but Gerut seemed to be able to swing the bat that well (Winterball gives you a head start, I guess).

    Meredith and Thatcher both looked awful today. Any thoughts on this? Does AZ make it tough for side-armers?

  15. Pitchers
    Jake Peavy
    Chris Young
    Greg Maddux
    Randy Wolf
    Glendon Rusch

    Heath Bell
    Trevor Hoffman
    Joe Thatcher
    Cla Meredith
    Kevin Cameron
    Clay Hensley
    Justin Hampson (LR)

    Brian Giles
    Tad Iguchi
    Kevin Kouzmanoff
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Jim Edmonds
    Khalil Greene
    Josh Bard
    Scott Hairston

    Jeff Davanon
    Callex Crabbe
    Robert Fick
    Michael Barrett
    Tony Clark


    Top 5 2008 NL Shortstops, by PECOTA Projected VORP

    Player, Team, EqA, VORP

    Hanley Ramirez, FLO, .298, 59.7
    Jose Reyes, NYN, .282, 44.5
    Jimmy Rollins, PHI, .277, 42.8
    Khalil Greene, SDN, .264, 28.5
    Troy Tulowitzki, COL, .267, 28.3

    … looks ’bout right to me …

  17. 66: I’m actually surprised that Khalil’s projected VORP is higher than Tulo’s. Nice to see that we really do have 1 of the best 5 SS in the game.

  18. 67: I mean in the NL.

  19. 67: I guess the Park Factors for Coors and Petco are significant. ;-)

  20. Heath Bell and Chris Young have the best fastballs in the game. Germano also makes the list. Wierd.

  21. I knew I’d take some heat for picking Stauffer as the #5 starter but I really don’t like the other options much. Estes, Germano, and Rusch would all be good for a very ordinary 5 innings and 3 or 4 ER per start. I’m not saying Stauffer would be that much better but I think the Padres would love to see their former first round pick make a contribution. That was my thinking. Plus, I didn’t want to pick the same exact squad as 20 other people. It never shakes out the way everyone expects.

    Re #41: Hey John Conniff. I know you guys get the inside scoop over at the Mad Friars so I believe you when you say that a Stauffer trade is a possibility… BUT do you really think they’d trade him when he still has minor league options and not much trade value? Or do you think his strong second half of last year boosted his value?

  22. 70 … thanks for the link … interesting that no Padre pitchers are on the list of “best changeup” … the organizational emphsis doesn’t show up here … yet?

  23. Thought I should get into the act: