What is that? Do you hear that? It's the crack of the bat. The snap of baseball hitting a mitt. Baseball season is back. Of course, it's also time for unnecessary projections of the entire season.
The Crawfish Boxes staff projected the division, World Series and baseball award winners for the 2016 season. The Crawfish crew also added a few more fun projections for the season.
The graphics below show the percent of votes collected among TCB writers. All ties were broken by the editorial staff with an additional vote.
Starting with the playoff projects. The TCB writers are clearly hyped for the season as 100% of TCB staffers selected the Astros to win the American League West crown. The staff isn't ready for the Royals or Blue Jays to take a step back. The Red Sox beat out the Yankees and Blue Jays for the second spot on the Wild Card -- the Blue Jays received six wild card votes among nine voters who didn't pick them to win the AL East.
In the National League, we had our most contested vote among division teams with the Los Angeles Dodgers receiving 13 votes and the San Francisco Giants receive 12 votes. The New York Mets received 14 first place and the Washington Nationals got 11. But the Cardinals and Pirates were the top two vote-getters in the wild card round -- shutting the Giants and Nationals out of the playoffs.
The Astros love from the Astros bloggers continued with Houston winning a landslide for the AL crown, and defeating the Cubs in the World Series. The Giants and Nationals were the two teams most selected for the World Series outside of the Astros-Cubs matchup.
The Houston continues to overflow in the season awards with Carlos Correa and A.J. Reed.
We also added our own Baseball Hall fo Fame vote to or projections form, of course, Jeff Bagwell was unavoidably selected among the TCB writers. But Bagwell wasn't alone, former Montreal Expo and Los Angeles Angels great Vladimir Guerrero with 79.2%. Just missing out on a spot are Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens with 70.8%.
We weren't done with making Projections this season. We posed the question of what are the best cities for MLB expansion and give out nicknames for good measure.
- Montreal -- 17.9%
- San Antonio -- 12.8%
- Las Vegas -- 12.8%
The last question on our survey was, "Add in any bold predictions you can think of for the upcoming season (i.e. mid-season trades, surprising teams, etc.)." Here they are in no order: