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.


  • 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.


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  1. Guest 4 years ago

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

    • Dylan 4 years ago

      I agree.

    • Pete 4 years 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?

      • 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 4 years ago

          Many people do have multiple fb accounts though.

          • wickedkevin 4 years ago

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

          • Pete 4 years ago

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

          • wickedkevin 4 years ago

            Prove it.

          •  That cuts both ways.

          • wickedkevin 4 years ago

            I got sick of arguing.

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

          • Pete 4 years ago

            So you = everyone on earth who uses the internet?

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

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

          • adameb 4 years 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 4 years ago

            lol hahah

          • Pete 4 years ago


          • adameb 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

          • 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 4 years ago

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

          • Pete 4 years ago

            Do you work for facebook?

          • wickedkevin 4 years 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 4 years 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.

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

      • stl_cards16 4 years ago

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

        • 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 4 years 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.

          • Matt Moore 4 years 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

        • 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 4 years 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.

          • 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 4 years ago

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

          • Pete 4 years ago

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

          • wickedkevin 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

          • oh my god get over it 

        • Tko11 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

        agreed..what a bunch of whiners.

    • philosofool 4 years ago


      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. 

  2. Dylan 4 years 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?

  3. touchmymonkey 4 years 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

    • Wait, what exactly are you worried about?

      • Pete 4 years ago

        Jon, do you work for facebook?

        • 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 4 years 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.

          • 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 4 years ago

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

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

          • Pete 4 years ago

            It won’t last.

          •  Whatever you say Nostradamus

          •  Whatever you say Nostradamus

  4. So. excited.

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

  6. DutchTiger 4 years ago

    This should be fun!

  7. Pete 4 years 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?

    • 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 4 years ago

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

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

          • stl_cards16 4 years 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.

          • they’ll give you their passwords? Seems unlikely.

          • stl_cards16 4 years 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 4 years 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.

  8. $19914389 4 years ago

    Open to non-US??

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

  10. 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 4 years ago

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

    • SRT 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

      [Channeling inner Al Borland]

      I don’t think so, Tim

    • Madman2TX 4 years ago

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

    • 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

        Aren’t there privacy settings?

        • JacksTigers 4 years ago

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

      • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

        Aren’t there privacy settings?

    • fxx3605 4 years ago

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

    • Yankees420 4 years 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.  

    • 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.

  11. Madman2TX 4 years ago

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

  12. Pete 4 years 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.

  13. stl_cards16 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

  14. airohpue13 4 years ago

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

    • Pete 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

          But I can’t because of…

          • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

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

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years 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 4 years ago

            because he’s too hip for facebook.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            Damn hipsters..

          • Pete 4 years ago

            haha what?

          • JacksTigers 4 years 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 4 years ago

            Youre really counting my posts in a thread?

          • MB923 4 years ago

            He could be exaggerating. 

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            Not at all.

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            Deffinitley. Why?

      • airohpue13 4 years ago

        You act like facebook is a prostitution ring.

  15. adameb 4 years 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
    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.

    • 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 4 years 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 4 years 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?

  16. Dylan 4 years 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.

  17. wickedkevin 4 years ago

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

    • Pete 4 years 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.

  18. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    People complaining about facebook: cry me a river.

    • Pete 4 years 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.

  19. 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!

  20. Dermick 4 years 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

  21. I’d get angry over not being able to enter because I refuse to join facebook, but the prizes kinda suck so I don’t see what the big deal is. On a side note, as thousands of people leave facebook, isn’t aligning this site with it NOW a pretty stupid gamble?

    • $1000 in cash kinda sucks? 

      • I was kind of hoping one of the prizes would be Keith Law coming to your house and cooking dinner. Or at the very least getting a signed copy of “Cooking With Keith” because if he can’t cook it, he could show you how it’s done!

      • JacksTigers 4 years ago

        If he doesn’t want it, I’d be happy to take it off of his hands.

      • wickedkevin 4 years ago

        It should be a round trip ticket to Chicago to hang out with Tim Dierkes

    • Someone must be rich…potential to win 1,000 with no entry fee for doing something I do anyways seems pretty legit to me.

  22. I’d get angry over not being able to enter because I refuse to join facebook, but the prizes kinda suck so I don’t see what the big deal is. On a side note, as thousands of people leave facebook, isn’t aligning this site with it NOW a pretty stupid gamble?

  23. Oh I am sorry you guys are complaining about a free contest that has prizes because you have to use facebook? Seriously if its that big of a deal then just dont play! Tim set up the details and if you dont agree dont play!

    Thank you Tim for setting this up, I am looking forward to playing and while I do not think I will win I am curious to see what the best “batting average” is. Thanks again guys!

  24. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I started doing the contest, I got really really bored about half way thru the list, what a sorry crop of FA’s

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      I’m just confused as to why Juan Rivera and Casey Blake aren’t on the list…

  25. i like this but its a lot harder than i first thought it would be

  26. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    As Joe Morgan (or most fox sportscasters) would say “key #1: You’ve really gotta know where these guys are headed if you really wanna win this contest”

  27. Chris Coyle 4 years ago

    are people honestly complaining about a FREE contest?

  28. Pete 4 years ago

    Cool, nice stalking “JacksTigers”, even without facebook! Funny story, you know my real first name, I don’t know yours….  

    I’m not joining a freaking site that sells my “likes” for money, to win money on another site. Facebook is so underhanded with its privacy policies. They’re as evil a company as they can be, people need to be deleting their accounts there, not using them exclusively.

    Have you not read the overwhelmingly negative response to this contest and Tim’s post saying he’s thinking about doing away with Discus and use fb only? Why are you singling me out? Do you work for facebook? Why are you such a fan of a site that doesn’t give a crap about you?

    • His first name is Jack….

      Pete its one thing to say “not doing the contest ef fb” but to drag it on and on and on is just being dumb. We get it, you dont like facebook.

  29. Pete 4 years ago

    delete this, reply fail

  30. Pete 4 years ago

    delete this

  31. elmedius 4 years ago

    so you have to have an iphone for the app and a facebook account to join contests now?  geez… so  i guess the target market for this site isnt people over the age of 25.

    i can live without the contests,
    but please dont make commenting connect to facebook.

    • wickedkevin 4 years ago

      It’s so rough needing an iPhone for an iPhone app.  Someday soon you might need an Android for an Android app!!!  THE HUMANITY

  32. Backup_Slider 4 years ago

    It seems like someone who wins this sort of contest should land a guest writer gig on MLB Trade Rumors, no?

    • I think it would be funny if mlbtr let the winner write one post saying how they won and rubbing it in, for instance if they bat .400 they can make ridiculous comparisons to ted williams, if they get more right than tim they can rub it in etc. Also have the post sticky at the top for a day. That would be funny.

  33. MB923 4 years ago

    It appears @twitter-15165733:disqus is against the Facebook idea (I understand why) because he doesn’t want people he doesn’t know finding him and adding him as friends, yet for whatever reason he posts here with his Twitter account which is even easier to add someone as a friend because they don’t need your approval to follow them, where as Facebook you need to have the person approve you to be their friend.

    Pete, if you oppose the Facebook thing (I’m not saying I blame you) then why do you post on Public forums with your Twitter account? Yes Twitter doesn’t give out your real name but does it make a difference if someone knows your real name or not? So long as no one gives out their address, phone # etc. I don’t see this being such a big deal.

    Also, you do know you can put up a fake name if you want on Facebook don’t you?

  34. MDMaloney 4 years ago

    I am trying to do this and I don’t see Anaheim on the list.  Tough contest if I can’t pick a team.

  35. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    One more prize idea:  ESPN insider.  Come on, you ALWAYS recommend it.

    • MB923 4 years ago

      I prefer a 1 year membership in the Jelly Of The Month Club

  36. This was a fun thread.  Makes me sad I wasn’t here when all this was going down.

    • NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

      Oh it was sooooo much fun lol. There are some people on here that really hate FB!!!

      • MB923 4 years ago

        For real. Like I said, they don’t want people adding them as friends yet here they are posting with their Twitter account. No it doesn’t give their real name but you can still have a bunch of strangers read everything you post.

  37. icedrake523 4 years ago

    Why can’t I use my Google+ account to sign up for the contest? :'(

  38. gradylittle 4 years ago

    Can’t you just deny all of the random people that will potentially friend request you?

  39. blindbetty 4 years ago

    I saved my picks yesterday but don’t see my name on the “leaderboard”.  Does this mean that the picks were not registered, or is the leaderboard incomplete?  Thanks.

  40. dc21892 4 years ago

    Well that blows. Just wanted to do this for fun, wasn’t interested in the prizes. Not about to make a facebook just for this… lol. Oh well, good luck to all who sent in their predictions.

  41. Jim Beaumont 4 years ago

    Real Question…

    When is the contest “over”?  What if some guys just don’t get signed until…?  If nobody signs Juan Pierre (please), do we wait forever?  How about the opening of Spring Training, or at least opening day?

    BTW, just read the comments so I could post an actual question, and Holy S*$#, Batman, what is going on?

    I have NO problem with using my Facebook account to play the contest.  I, for one, am tired of people not being accountable for what they say or do on the internet.  This tool would be even 1000 times more beneficial if there was true accountability for what is posted and done.  I am tired of cyber-bullying by chickens who don’t have the courage to stand up and let everyone know what jack-asses they are.  And people who flame or spam or otherwise disrupt quality discourse on the web only because they cannot be identified. 

    I have seen a couple of sites that use FB (or other sites with fairly real ID policies), and I am fine with it.  I am willing to stand behind what I say and do on the web.  Otherwise, it just wouldn’t be worth doing.

    • adameb 4 years ago

      Guess i shoulda read through all the comments before posting myself.  I’m wondering the same thing; this could go on forever.

  42. kldhca 4 years ago

    I can’t see myself on the leader-board, what is up with that

    • Same. Maybe they’ll update it overnight or something. You’re not alone, don’t worry.

  43. Frankenster0917 4 years ago

    Hey Tim reopened the contest so you can still edit your picks now. Classy move. Make sure you get your picks in now.

  44. Frankenster0917 4 years ago

    Hey Tim reopened the contest so you can still edit your picks now. Classy move. Make sure you get your picks in now.

    • $17857693 4 years ago

      hey, do you know how i can view my picks, i know i can’t change them but i don’t know how to view them again

  45. Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

    Oh man i hope i maderight picks enough to get me in the top 3 so i can get 1K in cash and that World series Collection!!! THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!!

  46. adameb 4 years 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?

    • adameb 4 years ago

      And further, if you do affix an end-date, if a guy’s not signed by then does he count as unsigned or retired or what?  Does someone have to go in, sign their retirement papers, and do an in-tears press conference to count as retired?  What if they sign a one day contract with a team for the intent of retiring as a member of that team?

  47. bluejaysNYC 4 years ago

    how can I check my standings, how my predictions are doing ?

  48. bluejaysNYC 4 years ago

    how do I check my standings and how my predictions are doing ?

  49. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Oh you mean like after you leave Facebook and don’t hit “sign out” and they track other websites you visit?  Yeah, funny how some people brush these things off as no big deal.

  50. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I’m married with 2 kids.  I don’t freaking need facebook.  I’m not scared of the threats or social networking, just not that lame.

  51. Pete 4 years ago

    Why can’t mlbTR exist as an independent site? Why does everything need to be connected?

  52. Duke15 4 years ago

    hahaha I’m saying the same thing in my head dude. It’s like they’re selling their soul to the devil…

    Can’t wait for this contest.

  53. Guest 4 years ago

    I’m currently a nerd.  And I’m fine with that.  But, Facebook is a whole new level of loser I refuse to achieve.  Even so much as visiting such a place is equivalent to selling your soul to the devil.

    Hold fast fellow Facebook abolitionists. Don’t be tempted by baseball riches and glory.

  54. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    you don’t have to do anything with it, just use it for this site’s purposes. I see plenty of profiles that show up on searches with no info, no pictures, no nothing!! Either because of their privacy settings or they just don’t put it on there.

  55. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    To make things easier on the writers? I don’t know exactly why, I just made a suggestion.

  56. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I’ve already set up an account on this site for the purpose of coming to this site.  Why should I register for something else just to be able to continue to participate here? 

  57. Isn’t what you described exactly what Disqus is?  It defeats the purpose by not having real names attached to the accounts (unless it was specifically designed that way by Tim.  Though people wouldn’t be required to give their real name).

  58. Pete 4 years ago

    You made a really hostile, immature suggestion full of OMGs, extended words, exclamation points and caps-locked text.

  59. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Ok, now you’re just being stubborn. I promise you that creating a FB account purely for the use of this contest will not be difficult. And guess what? You can erase the account as soon as the contest is over!!!

  60. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    After reading it again, it appears that the OMG is the only thing that’s capps locked. What was so immature about it? I apologize if I was hostile, I just don’t see what the big deal is.

  61. Pete 4 years ago

    Right, I see no problem with keeping things exactly as they are. You can sign in via facebook or twitter or disqus, you have a choice. Choices are good. Making it facebook-only is not a choice.

  62. Pete 4 years ago

    “Stop whining”.

    I’m not whining, this is an important issue that effects many. The internet should not be controlled by facebook.

  63. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I’m not really concerned about the contest.  The prize is a few hundred dollars for something I have very little chance at winning.  I don’t want to see the commenting fall in Facebook’s hands.  I think that would be sad.  Oh well though, it’s not my site to run.

  64. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Oh, ok then this clears things up a bit. I thought you were just worried about the contest. Well, if it’s bigger than that then I guess all I can do is assure you that just joining FB doesn’t have as many consequences as people think. If you’re smart about what you put on there then you’ll be fine.

  65. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    No, it shouldn’t be, but this isn’t the world. It’s just one website.

  66. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    That’s a little extreme.

  67. Pete 4 years ago

    Are you not seeing all these dozens of other people against it too?

  68. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will hurt forever.

  69. MB923 4 years ago


  70. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Pistols at dawn.


  72. I’m afraid the deadline is over. By midnight Sunday, they mean as soon as the clock strikes 12 on Saturday night.

    I was under the same impression as you and got stuck with half my picks unselected. Rules should have probably been a little more clear. Not everyone realizes the exact point when one day becomes another.

  73. mzzz8411 4 years ago

    I could’ve sworn the language on the post said THROUGH November 6th which to me meant I could still make my picks on November 6th. Seeing that I sent the link to this contest to approximately 20 of my facebook friends, 6 or 7 of which said for sure they were going to do this and not one of them is among the names on the leaderboard in the contest, Now I’m even more sure I read what I read when I first saw this post on here that said THROUGH November 6th and not by midnight.

    It’s a shame and I hate to think this was done to try and keep people out so they would have to pay less prizes out to people. If that is true I just lost a ton of respect for Tim and this website.

  74. You are 100% correct in your statement. The language was changed from the original post. Look there are only about 25 people entered in there. I’m almost positive more than 25 people would sign up for this contest with how many people come on this site. They pulled a fast one over on us. Clearly the original contest of the post said you could still edit picks on Sunday. Must be nice to run a contest and then not have to give out any prizes because you and your staff make up half the field. Somewhere Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other 1919 Black Sox are proud of Tim and his work.

  75. HalosPaul11 4 years ago

    I absolutely agree with you about the wording of the post either being changed or at best worded in a way that made it sound like you could still make your picks on Sunday afternoon. I’m out in LA and had planned to come on and do mine when I got off of work tonight and then finish them tomorrow. I was off all day Friday and if I read the post and thought I had to have my picks in right at midnight on Sunday I would’ve made my choices then, but I know what I read and that clearly indicated that you would be able to make picks all day Sunday too.

  76. msae412 4 years ago

    I’m pretty sure I read something too that seemed to clearly say or at the very least clearly imply that you could still make your selections anytime Sunday. I know people can misread or misunderstand things, but this many people already having posted this same thing and it being anywhere from 3 am East to 12 am West tells me that something funny happened here.

    I also sent the link to 5 or 6 other people, none of which are in the contest. One was my brother in law, another my brother who both said this was really cool and they were going to do it, but neither of them or any of the people I sent the link to are in it. The fact that I sent them the link, they read it for themselves also tells me this was an error on Tim’s part and not ours. The right thing to do would be to open the contest back up until
    midnight tomorrow. 

    I also agree that common sense would say more than 25 people (really
    only about 15 since about 10 of them are staff writers) would sign up
    for this contest or maybe this site isn’t as popular as I thought.

  77. Frankenster0917 4 years ago

    I thought I read the same thing as you and all these other people about the contest deadline being on Sunday night at midnight. The words Sunday night at midnight to me meant I could make my picks Sunday afternoon and not miss the deadline. My roommate comes on this site too and said he was going to do this too. We actually were gonna make a bet on whoever lost would have to buy beer for whatever the month after the contest was done. The fact I don’t see him entered in this contest either tells me something ain’t right here. Very disappointing because I also believe this was very unclear, as I think is obvious already here. I don’t believe all of us can be illiterate morons. The big thing to me in all of these is the people who keep posting I sent the link to so and so. It would different if it was I told so and so because telling it would mean if one person did get it wrong then of course everyone he told is going to have it wrong too, but the fact that all these posts say I sent the link and not I talked to or told is very telling to me in that a bunch of people read it wrong or it was worded incorrectly (which is what I’m starting to believe)

    Hopefully if enough people keep making posts like these Tim will realize that the proper thing to do would be to reopen the contest for the rest of Sunday and have the deadline be Sunday night, but technically Monday at midnight central time.

  78. Frankenster0917 4 years ago

    Maybe we could all email him and ask?

  79. Frankenster0917 4 years ago

    Hey Tim reopened the contest so you can still edit your picks now. Classy move and I better see all of you guys in there now.

  80. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago


    Thats a very confusing statement that I don’t think relates to my post.

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