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How You Picked 'Em: Predictions Contest, Tabulated

The polls are closed (yes, we allowed a one-hour grace period beyond our 1:10 p.m. deadline yesterday -- we're a bunch of softies, what can we say?) and the picks have been tabulated and sorted. Some interesting tidbits before we go straight to the raw numbers:

*We wound up with a total of 57 submissions, including individual staff picks from myself, Cam and CJ -- all of whom, it goes without saying, are ineligible for the Very Special Prize. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to make their picks.

*According to our consensus, the Red Sox will win both the AL East (narrowly over the Yankees) and the AL wild card (with the Yankees once again finishing second). Pretty sure that can't really happen.

*The Cubs, in the NL Central, got the most votes (46) of any division winner. The Twins (23), in the AL Central, got the fewest. No surprises there. The AL Central was the only division in which every team received multiple first-place votes. Also not a surprise.

*Lots of hometown love for individual Nationals, such as pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (leading vote-getter for NL Rookie, with 16) and Manager Manny Acta (six votes for manager). And lots of win-total tiebreaker predictions in the high 70s and 80s for the Nats. But not a single one of you picked them to make the playoffs -- not even nattaboy, who predicted they would win 162 games. (What? Is someone going to edge them out with 163?)

*Baltimore's Matt Wieters earned by far the most votes (32) in any individual award category. That's a lot of votes for the starting catcher at Class AAA Norfolk.

*In one category, there was a pick submitted for a player who, at present, is not affiliated with any major league team and is, in fact, an amateur. I suppose you can all guess who that player is.

And now... on to the vote totals:

AL East:
24 votes - Red Sox
23 - Yankees
9 - Rays
1 - Blue Jays

AL Central:
23 - Twins
16 - Indians
9 - White Sox
5 - Royals
4 - Tigers

AL West:
41 - Angels
11 - A's
4 - Rangers
1 - Mariners

AL Wild Card:
23 - Red Sox
17 - Yankees
10 - Rays
3 - Indians
1 - Twins, Angels, A's, Tigers

NL East:
32 - Mets
20 - Phillies
4 - Braves
1 - Marlins

NL Central:
46 - Cubs
8 - Cardinals
2 - Reds
1 - Brewers

NL West:
35 - Dodgers
18 - Diamondbacks
2 - Giants
1 - Rockies
1 - Padres

NL Wild Card:
13 - Phillies
10 - Mets
7 - Braves
6 - Cardinals, Cubs
3 - Marlins, Diamondbacks, Reds
2 - Dodgers, Giants
1 - Brewers, Pirates

AL MVP:
13 - Teixeira (Yankees)
9 - Sizemore (Indians)
6 - Longoria (Rays)
5 - Cabrera (Tigers), Hamilton (Rangers)
4 - Holliday (A's)
3 - Guerrero (Angels), Morneau (Twins)
2 - Mauer (Twins)
1 - Rodriguez (Yankees), Pena (Rays), Bay (Red Sox), Youkilis (Red Sox), Ortiz (Red Sox), Crawford (Rays), *Ramirez (Rays)
(*-We have no idea who this is supposed to be.)

AL Cy Young:
22 - Sabathia (Yankees)
7 - Lester (Red Sox)
6 - Beckett (Red Sox)
4 - Hernandez (Mariners), Halladay (Blue Jays), Shields (Rays)
2 - Liriano (Twins), Matsuzaka (Red Sox), Danks (White Sox)
1 - Kazmir (Rays), Greinke (Royals), Lackey (Angels), Verlander (Tigers)

AL Rookie:
32 - Wieters (Orioles)
11 - Snider (Blue Jays)
4 - Price (Rays)
2 - Cahill (A's), Porcello (Tigers)
1 - Morales (Angels), Gardner (Yankees), LaPorta (Indians), Getz (White Sox), Carter (Red Sox), Uehara (Orioles)

AL Manager:
13 - Gardenhire (Twins)
8 - Hillman (Royals)
6 - Francona (Red Sox), Geren (A's), Wedge (Indians)
4 - Washington (Rangers), Girardi (Yankees)
3 - Leyland (Tigers), Scioscia (Angels)
2 - Guillen (White Sox)
1 - Wakamatsu (Mariners), Maddon (Rays)

NL MVP:
14 - Pujols (Cardinals)
11 - Wright (Mets), M. Ramirez (Dodgers)
4 - Howard (Phillies)
3 - H. Ramirez (Marlins), Beltran (Mets)
2 - Zimmerman (Nationals), C. Jones (Braves)
1 - Lee (Cubs), Braun (Brewers), Upton (Diamondbacks), Bradley (Cubs), Reyes (Mets), A. Gonzalez (Padres), A. Ramirez (Cubs)

NL Cy Young:
17 - Santana (Mets)
15 - Webb (Diamondbacks)
6 - Lincecum (Giants)
4 - Hamels (Phillies)
2 - Haren (Diamondbacks), Carpenter (Cardinals), Zambrano (Cubs)
1 - Oswalt (Astros), Billingsley (Dodgers), Jurrjens (Braves), Strasburg (N/A), Lannan (Nationals), Nolasco (Marlins), Wainwright (Cardinals), Peavy (Padres), Dempster (Cubs)

NL Rookie:
16 - Zimmermann (Nationals)
15 - Maybin (Marlins)
6 - Hanson (Braves), Fowler (Rockies)
3 - Kawakami (Braves)
2 - Sandoval (Giants)
1 - Alvarez (Pirates), Rasmus (Cardinals), Ishikawa (Giants), Martis (Nationals), Murphy (Mets), McCutcheon (Pirates), Schafer (Braves), J. Maxwell (Nationals), Motte (Cardinals)

NL Manager:
9 - La Russa (Cardinals), Torre (Dodgers)
6 - Acta (Nationals), J. Manuel (Mets), Baker (Reds)
5 - Cox (Braves)
4 - Gonazlez (Marlins), Piniella (Cubs), C. Manuel (Phillies)
2 - Melvin (Diamondbacks)
1 - Hurdle (Rockies), Russell (Pirates)

Nationals' Win Total (Tiebreaker):
55 wins - 1 vote
63 wins - 1
65 wins - 2
68 wins - 3
69 wins - 1
70 wins - 3
71 wins - 6
72 wins - 1
73 wins - 1
74 wins - 2
75 wins - 11
76 wins - 5
77 wins - 6
78 wins - 2
79 wins - 4
80 wins - 2
81 wins - 2
82 wins - 1
83 wins - 1
89 wins - 1
162 wins - 1

By Dave Sheinin  |  April 7, 2009; 11:24 AM ET
 
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