I last held this contest prior to the 2010 season and it was a pretty well received. Check out the original post and the announcement of the winner to see what went down last time. The premise is easy: the person who most accurately predicts the lineup on Opening Day wins. The prize is a framed 11X14 photo of Brooks Robinson courtesy of PhotoFile.com. And of course bragging rights over your fellow Camden Chatters.
Here are the rules:
- You get one point for each player you correctly identify as being part of the starting lineup on Opening Day. That's each position, including the designated hitter and the starting pitcher, for a total of ten possible points.
- You get one point for every correct spot in the batting order that you place each hitter. That's a total of nine possible points.
- Positions count. For example, if you have Robert Andino batting leadoff and playing second base, and he bats leadoff but plays third base, you only get the batting order point. If he plays third base and bats ninth, you get zero points.
- In the event of a tie, there will be three tiebreaker questions for you to answer. Each question will act as its own tiebreaker, it won't be comprehensive. For example, if duck and zknower are tied for first place and duck correctly answer the first tiebreaker question and zknower does not, duck wins and the other two questions are disregarded. If they both answer question 1 correctly/incorrectly, we move on to question two.
- The contest begins the moment this post is published and will run until 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 8th.
Feel free to put players who aren't currently Orioles in your lineup (Prince Fielder? I hear the O's are in the mix) or players who might start in the minors if you think they'll make the team. Remember there is a lot of off-season left and who knows what Dan Duquette has up his sleeve.
Click through the jump to fill out your answers via Google Docs. I know it's fun to see what everyone else thinks, so feel free to put your choices in the comments if you like, but for logisticial purposes using Google Docs makes my life a LOT easier. If you have any questions or need clarification, also put that in the comments.