MLBTR Free Agent Prediction Contest

Dust off your crystal ball, it's time for MLBTR's first-ever free agent prediction contest!  Predict destinations for our top 50 free agents, with the chance to win fantastic prizes and bragging rights over your friends and the MLBTR writing team.

How To Play

  • Click here to make picks for our top 50 free agents.  For each player you can choose any of the 30 teams, as well as Retirement or Japan.
  • A Facebook account is required to participate in this contest.  You can log in with the button up top, or by using the Save Your Picks button at the bottom.
  • Feel free to leave your picks incomplete for now, as long as you save them using the button at the bottom.  The contest is open now and runs until midnight central time on Sunday, November 6th.  Make sure to have something chosen and saved for all 50 players by the Sunday deadline, or else you will not be eligible for the contest.
  • The leaderboard will rank contestants by "batting average" on correct picks, once players start signing.  The leaderboard will show everyone's full names and Facebook profile picture.

Rules

  • Final picks must be saved by November 6th at midnight central time – no exceptions.
  • MLBTR writers are not eligible for prizes.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • With regard to prizes, ties in batting average will be decided by totaling the ranking number of each correctly-guessed free agent and taking the lowest total, rewarding contestants for being right on better free agents.  If people are still tied after that method is applied, prizes will be distributed at MLBTR's discretion by choosing among tied contestants randomly.
  • Prize winners must respond to an email message within 48 hours.

Prizes


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205 Comments on "MLBTR Free Agent Prediction Contest"


Guest
3 years 9 months ago

No way to do this without a Facebook account? That’s too bad…

Dylan
3 years 9 months ago

I agree.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

I deleted my facebook account a few months ago, why do you guys have to go and do this? What was wrong with just providing an email?

3 years 9 months ago

Much easier for people to use multiple emails than multiple facebook accounts. Plenty of people have multiple emails set up already. i doubt  many have multiple FBs accounts.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Many people do have multiple fb accounts though.

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

What if we change it to millions have multiple email accounts whereas thousands have multiple FB accounts.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Still not close to being true. Maybe 100,000’s.

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

Prove it.

3 years 9 months ago

 That cuts both ways.

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

I got sick of arguing.

I for one, have three email accounts and 1 FB.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

So you = everyone on earth who uses the internet?

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

Mmmm. I don’t think people have multiple Facebooks… What purpose would that serve? Unless they created multiples just for this.

adameb
3 years 9 months ago

In the instances I’ve seen, its for having one with their real name to be friends with relatives and be vet-able for jobs, and another one with a nickname to post pictures that have bongs in them.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

lol hahah

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Victory.

adameb
3 years 9 months ago

In the instances I’ve seen, its for having one with their real name to be friends with relatives and be vet-able for jobs, and another one with a nickname to post pictures that have bongs in them.

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

No, me = an example.  Did FB hurt your feelings?

3 years 9 months ago

Yeah I have accumulated about 12 email address over the years, most of which i don’t use anymore and have 1 FB account… makes perfect sense to me.

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

My point exactly.  Over the years I have personal email, work email, school email, but I am one person with one Facebook.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Do you work for facebook?

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

I wish. Time for facts: In May 2009, it was said there were about 1.9 billion email users and 2.9 billion email accounts. (AND THAT WAS IN 2009!!)

Facebook has about 800 million users today. Thus, for every one FB account, there are 3.625 email accounts. And I am sure there are more than 2.9 billion email accounts today.

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

You’re not part of everyone? You just said you don’t have a fb and now you’re saying that everyone has one. Make up your mind.

3 years 9 months ago

Makes sense to me. Best way on the internet to limit to one entry per person.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

You don’t really believe that do you? I can make just as many dummy Facebook accounts as I can e-mail addresses.

3 years 9 months ago

ya, but it is a lot more work to do so with FB accounts. Plus plenty of people have multiple email accounts. I have three (plus multiple ones that my fiance has). I could submit 6 with little effort. However, there is no way that go through the trouble of setting up 6 FB accounts.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

Never signed up for Facebook but I highly doubt it requires too much energy and most likely less than 5 minutes.  People that want to cheat are going to try to cheat regaurdless.  The best way to avoid multiple entries would be one entry per household.

MattCMoore
3 years 9 months ago

Well you are the 1%. Alot of us dont use it much but I thought that everyone had one… I you dont then just make one jeez

3 years 9 months ago

Actually facebook takes setting up multiple accounts for the same person pretty seriously. If you have any intention of winning, chances are you’ll want to use a fb account with your name. Fb won’t let you make 9 accounts for the same person in real life, even if you use different emails.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

“If you have any intention of winning, chances are you’ll want to use a fb account with your name.”

Wouldn’t this be the same as if you just registered with your name here at MLBTR?  If you win the prize here, you are going to want it in your name.  I’m fairly confident Tim could moderate that and make sure there is only 1 entry per name.

3 years 9 months ago

Except by using facebook Tim doesn’t have to moderate anything. There will probably be hundreds of entries, and I doubt that is the best use of his time. 

I’m sure facebook has software that does this for them, so why not take advantage of this? If it means a little integration and outsourcing for a better product, I do not see the downside.

Devon Henry
3 years 9 months ago

Facebook vs E-Mail…. If you have an email go make a facebook account…stop complaining…

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

How about giving us a choice? Facebook does not = the internet.

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

You have the choice to use a free website or not, and you have the choice to make a FB account or not. 

nathanalext
3 years 9 months ago

You do have the choice. Participate or not. The terms of participation = use a facebook acct.

3 years 9 months ago

oh my god get over it 

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 9 months ago

MLBTR should just make it so that only members who have over 50 posts on here can enter and must provide a facebook. Problem solved and no one will make dummy accounts. If they do make a dummy facebook (which is kind of pointless) they still need an account on here which needs 50 replies or posts. 

Christopher McElroy
3 years 9 months ago

Would you really like people like me, who dont really comment on here that much, making 50 spam posts just to be eligible??

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 9 months ago

So 25 posts…but the point is that making 50 or 25 spam posts takes more time and effort than it does to just make a facebook or email. 

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

agreed..what a bunch of whiners.

philosofool
3 years 9 months ago

AGREED.

I have no interest in providing this data to Facebook, whose constantly shifting privacy settings leave me with little assurance that anything they know will really remain private. Moreover, even if you trusted Facebook, you have no idea who might buy Facebook in two years. What’s more, I doubt that I would have legal recourse if Facebook, despite my insistence that they not do so, shared private information in a way that harmed me. 

Dylan
3 years 9 months ago

Can it be made possible to do it just with an email?
If not how about a second competition, with just email, for lesser prizes?

touchmymonkey
3 years 9 months ago

yeah – exactly what I want…everyone that posts in here to have my name and facebook addy. Sounded like fun but guess it was not meant to be

3 years 9 months ago

Wait, what exactly are you worried about?

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Jon, do you work for facebook?

3 years 9 months ago

No, not at all. I realize that facebook has received a lot of bad press regarding matters of privacy and content tracking, but I guess that I am just less optimistic then most people that that kind of crap isn’t happening all of the time on the internet. If you use a web browser, much of the same stuff is happening already. 

Some of the real problems with facebook regard the material (and rights to that material) you post up on facebook. However, that is easy to solve by just not putting pictures, etc. onto facebook. 

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

I was writing mostly in jest, but thanks for answering and making your stance clear (without hostility to boot!).

I really just do not understand why an independent website would choose to incorporate a 3rd party social networking site to make a poster able to post opinions on. I don’t necessarily want to know or be friends with everyone who posts here, I just want to gague what fans think of certain things happening in MLB, and maybe talk about people’s ideas on things. Facebook can stay out of it.

3 years 9 months ago

I guess I assumed that they didn’t develop their own commenting section (because that is probably not easy) and therefore needed to use a third party (ex. disqus). The third party just happens to be set up in such a way that people can post using one of a variety of other 3rd (4th) party means (ex. yahoo, facebook, disqus, etc.). 

I agree that I don’t need to become friends with people on here, but I do wish there was a way to boost accountability. Some people get really out of hand.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

How is the banning/moderating system failing this site? Seems to work fine as is.

3 years 9 months ago

 Better get used to it. Newspapers and magazines are doing the exact same thing now. As are other forums.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

It won’t last.

3 years 9 months ago

 Whatever you say Nostradamus

3 years 9 months ago

 Whatever you say Nostradamus

3 years 9 months ago

So. excited.

3 years 9 months ago

I am licking my chops on this one! I could use a few extra Fazools!

DutchTiger
3 years 9 months ago

This should be fun!

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

I also like how “Prize winners must respond to an email message within 48 hours.” Why not a facebook message? Why not just do the whole thing via email?

3 years 9 months ago

The email is the one the person has connected to Facebook, which right off the bat solves the problem of people not submitting valid email addresses or putting in typos when they add theirs.  The use of Facebook also makes it much less likely that someone submits multiple entries.

BravesRed
3 years 9 months ago

How does that solve multiple entries? I have like 4 different facebook accounts with different names.

3 years 9 months ago

Didn’t say it solves it, it just makes it less likely.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

Doubt it.  Every girl I know has facebook and none of them have ever been to the site here.  I’m sure I would have no problem doing 8-10 entries thru people that have facebook that could care less about MLBTR.

3 years 9 months ago

they’ll give you their passwords? Seems unlikely.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

Why do I need their passwords?  I see a lot of people with facebook every day.  “Hey sign into your facebook account so I can get in this contest.  If I win the prize will be in your name” 

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

If you are offering prizes, you need to physically send them somewhere don’t you? Providing an online form for email with a valid mailing address is better, that way you can cover the “only one submission per household” thing you are worried about.

In future can you please stay away from facebook? It’s really a terrible site and company, and there’s really nothing to say it won’t go the way of myspace/friendster etc at any given moment. It already has lost a bunch of users due to its more intrusive interface. I personally do not like it, and will not use it again.

$19914389
3 years 9 months ago

Open to non-US??

3 years 9 months ago

Yes.

3 years 9 months ago

Everyone was making fun of Tim’s list, but it’s actually really hard.

3 years 9 months ago

I’m actually pondering changing MLBTR’s comment system to Facebook Connect.  I think real names add a ton of accountability.  I love the idea of this contest’s leaderboard showing real names of contestants, not handles. Future MLBTR contests are likely to require Facebook accounts.  That said, I understand the desire to keep things private.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

That would be quite disappointing.  I’m sure my teenage sister will love it though.

SRT
3 years 9 months ago

That would be a huge loss for me. 
The decision to link MLBTR to a Facebook account is still not enough of an incentive for me to ever create an account on that site.

BravesRed
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t have a problem with the contest going through facebook, but I’m with everyone else on the facebook connect idea.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

[Channeling inner Al Borland]

I don’t think so, Tim

Madman2TX
3 years 9 months ago

Wouldn’t matter. People can create bogus Facebook accounts pretty easily.

3 years 9 months ago

Tim I don’t mind it.  If people knew how many companies, organizations, etc track their internet usage they wouldn’t have a problem using facebook.  With proper security settings you would have the same security as you have using public wireless.

I use google chrome so they know ALL of my browsing data so connecting via faceboook is the least of my concerns.

That said, I totally agree with the accountability piece.  At the end of the day, it can be really difficult to have a legitimate conversation on any site’s comment section.

mattinglyfan
3 years 9 months ago

Tim, with all due respect, I don’t want some of the crazies who roam these comments knowing my real name, even if I know theirs. I’m sure others agree with me on this.

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t feel comfortable with people on here knowing me as anything but JacksTigers. That tells everyone all that they need to know about me on a baseball site. My name is Jack and I like the Tigers. If I wanted to do that, I would use the MLBTR on facebook thing to comment. I really don’t want people knowing my brothers name, my parents names, my grandparents name, and my school name. That’s just way too much for me to have on a baseball website. I don’t think I would comment on here anymore.  

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

Aren’t there privacy settings?

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Yes, but still, I’d still rather you know me as JacksTigers than Jack [Last Name]

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

Aren’t there privacy settings?

fxx3605
3 years 9 months ago

come on…i use a fb on here but i laugh at the names people have ARODINYOURPUJOLS lol

Yankees420
3 years 9 months ago

Please no.  I, like others, can understand if you want to do this for contests in which you give away prizes, but please do not force us to use Facebook in order to comment.  I am willing to create a Facebook account to participate in this contest, but I’d prefer to have the choice of using Disqus for just commenting.  Also, thank you for letting us know that you are considering this and allowing us to reply to you and give our thoughts, mucho appreciado.  

3 years 9 months ago

I’m done with this site if you make FB a requirement to post. They did that on Metsblog for a few days, people were livid, the number of comments dropped ten fold, don’t make that mistake please.

Madman2TX
3 years 9 months ago

Can’t play then I guess since I have no intention of joining Facebook.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Its pretty bad that the end game to this attitude of wanting “accountability” is that you have to sign up for facebook, or else your voice is taken away. You’re really saying: no facebook = no voice. So why even bother having this site if you aren’t going to act independently? Why not just make it a “facebook application”?

Tim I love this site and have read it literally every time I’ve been on the internet since you started it, and I love commenting on it. Please don’t force facebook on your audience. I have no problem signing up for MLBTR at MLBTR, but I have a huge problem with signing up with a 3rd party so I can use one of my fave sites. I’m not alone either.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

So Tim says Facebook Connect would improve accountability? 

  So, I thought I’d go check out MLBTR’s facebook page.  Sure enough the very first post(?) is reminding all of the commenters of the commenting policy. haha  All that having anything to do with facebook will do is drag more goofs in here.  Every article posted on there has pointless bantering with no real conversation.  Gee, I can’t wait.

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

As a FB mod for a couple of their pages, yes…this is accurate.

airohpue13
3 years 9 months ago

Why do people keep whining about the way a free contest with prizes is being run?

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Because I always disagreed with the direction of facebook in that they are taking being nosy to a comedic degree and using me as a way to pay for advertising. People said to me “Why are you complaining about a free site you have no obligation to sign up for?” and so I deleted my facebook account and now all these sites that are not facebook are saying I have to sign up for the site I have no obligation to sign up for, in order to win money.

Is it even a free contest? Its actually not if I have to sell myself to facebook so facebook can sell more ads.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

This isn’t about facebook.

It never was about facebook.

If you don’t like facebook you don’t have to do this contest.

Stop annoying everyone else.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

I want to do the contest, that’s the whole point!

But I can’t because of…

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

Well that’s too bad. Now stop complaining about it.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t understand what the problem is. You can just make an account on facebook and you never have to touch it again. You can just have it so you can comment on here. You never have to go anywhere near it again once you create it. You don’t even have to use real information. What’s the problem?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

because he’s too hip for facebook.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

Damn hipsters..

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

haha what?

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

You have made 17 comments about it. We understand that you don’t like facebook. Now, all of the time you spent complaining, you could have made one. If you don’t want one, don’t make one. Nobody is going to change the whole format of the contest to accommodate you. It’s not all about you.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Youre really counting my posts in a thread?

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

He could be exaggerating. 

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Not at all.

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Deffinitley. Why?

airohpue13
3 years 9 months ago

You act like facebook is a prostitution ring.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

It is.

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

No, that’s craigslist.

adameb
3 years 9 months ago

So what happens with FA’s that sign before the contest entry due date? 

If a third of these guys are signed by Sunday night, do they
a) Not count as part of the total
b) Only get counted if you already had your pick in before they signed
or
c) Let people who haven’t submitted their picks choose them correctly, while scoring potentially as incorrect for people who submitted their picks in advance?

Just trying to understand if there’s any benefit to doing this now as opposed to Sunday night.

3 years 9 months ago

At most you’re going to see a handful of guys sign before the deadline.  All picks are editable up until the deadline, so you’ll want to go in beforehand and make sure you didn’t miss any freebies.  It’s like writing your name on a test and getting points for it.  Everyone should be a few people still might miss out. 

In other words if someone signs this week we’re going to give that one to you, but only if you go in and manually make that pick.

adameb
3 years 9 months ago

Awesome, thanks Tim.  Just wanted to make sure that the entry form wasn’t going to gray-out that player after they signed, locking the early entries into a wrong choice.

adameb
3 years 9 months ago

Tim; when’s this contest’s end date?  If two there’s a couple guy’s
sitting on the fence where they want to sign (or if they want to
retire), and there’s a number of people within a correct pick or two of
each other for the lead in this contest, how long do they have to wait
for the title? 

And how does one officially count as retired at the end of the period?  Do they simply not have to have signed, or do they have to have filed papers and done a press conference?

Dylan
3 years 9 months ago

My policy is no FB so I sadly cannot participate in this contest. Personally, I think it is a real shame to cut out so many people. If someone is determined to cheat, the switch from email to facebook is not going to get in their way.

3 years 9 months ago

You’re cutting yourself out…

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

How about a phone number to enter.  That seems like a real option.  Winner has to answer the call!

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Or an email form where you enter your address because, you know, there are actual physical prizes on offer that have to be sent somewhere, right? And then you simply instruct a “one entry per household” rule. Easy.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

People complaining about facebook: cry me a river.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

I will cry you not a river, but an ocean of tears.

And then someone on facebook will post about it, and Mark Zuckerburg will sell the story of those tears for advertising money.

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

I stopped counting too early. Make that 19.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Obsess much?

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Huh?

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Why are you counting my posts in this thread, you weirdo/stalker?     

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Counting is not stalking.

3 years 9 months ago

I’m just excited for the contest, and don’t really care if it requires facebook to sign in. Way to make the offseason more exciting, MLBTR!

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

Agree 100%

Dermick
3 years 9 months ago

Would love the $50 gift card from American Needle. I own a hat from them (1918 cardinals hat) and its the best hat i’ve ever owned