Change for a Nickel

They made the call – we call them out

Let’s have a little fun: Every spring,
numerous experts don their Nostradamus caps to make predictions for
the upcoming season. They wag tongues, start arguments … then
retreat into the Unaccountability Zone.

Their forecasts are always forgotten,
gradually erased by actual events.

Not this time.

For the fun of it, I preserved some
random prognosis made in February by a few of these town criers.
Let’s see how they made out; the first set of stats is the prediction
[with the actual final numbers in brackets].

BILL JAMES (IN HIS HANDBOOK 2010)

BILL CHUCK

Batting average: .500 (must be noted
picked Rangers last in AL West).

ROB NEYER

Batting average: .750, excellent
(although, again, must be noted picked Giants-Padres No. 4-5 in NL
West).

Nothing personal, fellows. Just
remember you don’t voice your conspicuous opinions in a vacuum.