2017-02-18

And They're Off!



Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for joining us this year. Without you, there would be no 25 Man Roster Challenge.

Here are some fast facts from the 8th edition of the Roster Challenge:

  • There were 18 ballots submitted before the deadline
  • One late ballot that will not be considered
  • 4 ballots do not think Joe Biagini makes the cut
  • 5 ballots hope the Jays strike Rule V gold again
  • 6 ballots are feeling minor league invitee Gavin Floyd
  • Aaron Loup is the great divide this year with just over half the ballots selecting him
  • All ballots contained 19 identical names

Devon Travis
Troy Tulowitzki
Josh Donaldson
Russell Martin
Melvin Upton
Kevin Pillar
Jose Bautista
Kendrys Morales
Marcus Stroman
Aaron Sanchez
Marco Estrada
Francisco Liriano
J.A. Happ
Roberto Osuna
Jason Grilli
JP Howell
Steve Pearce
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Darwin Barney

Once again apologies for the length of this post. Each ballot has a team name, their tiebreaker and the remaining 6 players not listed above. Our thoughts or any other interesting details regarding the ballot will be added, as deemed necessary. 

There were only two players selected once. Their names will be bolded. These are the hail mary situations.

Hip Happ Horray’s
16-15

Zeke Carrera
Gavin Floyd
Aaron Loup
Ryan Goins
Joe Smith
Glenn Sparkman

Hands down our favourite ballot this year. The owner made a change with just over an hour to go before the deadline.

OUT Biagini…..IN Rule V guy

The only ballot to give Go Go and his out of options .224/.270/.325 62 OPS+ career hitting self a nod on the opening day roster. This was also the only ballot not to contain the name Justin Smoak. You must take chances to win at this game and Team Hip Happ Horray’s has certainly done just that. Let’s see how it works out.

Jimmy Triggs
16-16

Team Tayls
17-15

Team BJH
13-20

Biagini
Mike Bolsinger
Carerra
Loup
Smith
Justin Smoak

Three ballots the same? Looks like we have ourselves a legit favourite. If it comes down to the tiebreaker, the team's spring training record will loom large.

The Ant Farm
20-13

@1BJW
18-14

Biagini
Bolsinger
Carrera
Bo Schultz
Smith
Smoak

Guess I shouldn’t have answered truthfully when Ant Guy asked me my point of view on this year’s team.

Team Gregor
18-14

Bye Bye Barry
17-14-1

Biagini
Bolsinger
Carerra
Gavin Floyd
Smith
Smoak

We are once again honoured to be joined by the beat reporter for MLB.com this year. You can check out Gregor’s detailed thoughts on the roster by clicking here.

Shout out to team Bye Bye Barry for the fantastic team name and the great company you’re in with selecting this ballot. Gonna miss that midget on the broadcasts. If this ends up being the winning combination of players, the tiebreaker is gonna be epic.

I Like Nuts
17-15-1

Biagini
Bolsinger
Carrera
Loup
Schultz
Smoak

Only ballot not to contain the name Joe Smith on it, if that’s even a real name.

Sigbox
22-11

Bolsinger
Loup
Dalton Pompey
Schultz
Smith
Smoak

Showing Mississauga’s finest some love!

@scottwspicer
10-19

Biagini
Carrera
Smith
Smoak
Schultz
Ryan Tepera

How about a little bit of positivity on the spring training record? This ballot is planning on watching some train wreck type level baseball and quite a few rain outs this spring. 

Over on the PECOTA
14-17

Biagini
Carrera
Loup
Smith
Smoak
Sparkman

Last Row 500’s
15-17-1

Biagini
Bolsinger
Carrera
Smith
Smoak
Sparkman

Jays are my 2nd favourite team
18-13

Biagini
Carrera
Loup
Smith
Smoak
Sparkman

@AndyMc9293
23-10

Biagini
Carerra
Floyd
Schultz
Smith
Smoak

OkOkBlueJays
18-15

Biagini
Carrera
Floyd
Loup
Smith
Smoak

These 5 ballots are all very close with the final couple of bullpen arms being the difference. 

Harrow Super Stars
18-11

Bolsinger
Carrera
Floyd
Smith
Smoak
Sparkman

Human Rain Delay
18-10

Bolsinger
Carrera
Loup
Smith
Smoak
Tepera

And with that, we are officially a go. Good luck to all the contestants and enjoy monitoring the spring battles for jobs in camp.

Oh, almost forgot. Fuck that Matt Latos guy.

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