This & That: 9th annual Dari Joy Baseball Contest

Today’s column is introducing the 9th annual Dari Joy Baseball Contest. For the past eight baseball seasons, The Vermont Journal & The Shopper and the Dari Joy in Bellows Falls have teamed up for readers to have an opportunity to show their baseball knowledge and prediction skills. Seven area prognosticators have risen to the top and been crowned the leader of the pack during that time.

Newport’s Danny Budd has captured the championship twice with Tyler Clough, Mike O’Brien, Kathleen Korstange, Joseph Sampsell, Ian Clark, and Charlie O’Brien each winning in years since. Budd won the inaugural contest back in 2011. Budd won again in 2015. Budd has retired to the Florida sun and no longer sends in entries to the contest, but the former teacher, post office worker, and umpire who even rose to the level of working minor league games, is well known in much of the sporting area.

The contestants pick each division in baseball from top to bottom and compete with fellow readers. Competitors are vying for prizes, which include gift certificates of $50, $25, and $15 and three autographed Red Sox baseballs. These prizes are awarded to the six highest point-scorers.

Dari Joy owner Rich Demuzio and yours truly make our predictions as well, and the field of entries compete to find out how they stack up against those in charge of the contest. Winners who earn cash prizes can have their monetary amount doubled if they personally accumulate more points than we do.

Last season’s winners – Charlie O’Brien in first place, Ian Clark in second place, Lewis Clark in third place, Willie Moore in fourth, Kyle O’Brien in fifth, and Ron Logerfo in sixth – have likely already begun working on their choices and they all certainly know how important each selection is. Last year, there were ties for five of those six winning slots and tiebreakers had to be used to separate the winners. More about that in the rules section later.

Those winners from 2018 can pick up their prizes by May 15 at the Dari Joy in Bellows Falls. The popular ice cream spot opens their 2019 season Saturday, April 6. Winners need to bring a photo ID to claim their prize.

One may enter this year’s pick contest by either emailing their selections to bmurphy@vermontjournal.com or mailing them to P.O. Box 228, Ludlow, VT 05149, Attention Baseball Contest. All correspondence must be emailed or postmarked by April 9.

In making your selections you should: 1. List the order of finish, top to bottom, in each of baseball’s six divisions; 2. Note two wild card teams in each league; 3. Pick the American and National League champion; 4. Pick the World Series champion.

How points are awarded

  • 7 points for choosing the World Series champion. You will be given 2 points if your champion selection is in the World Series and loses.
  • 4 points for choosing the World Series loser. You will get 2 points if your selection is in the World Series and wins.
  • 3 points awarded for each division champion selected. You will get 1 point if a division champion choice makes the post-season as a wild card.
  • 1 point for wild card choices who are in the play-offs, either as a wild card or as a division winner.

Tiebreakers

Ties will be broken from last place up, thus every one of your choices is very important. If you tie for one of the winners’ spots, the tie will be broken by how many last place teams each tied participant chooses correctly. If a tie still exists after last place consideration, you move up to next to last place and continue up the standings ladder as many spots as needed until the tie is broken.

Remember in the 2018 contest, five of the six prize-winning spots ended in ties. First place was a tie and then third place finished alone. Then there was a three-way tie for fourth. Points are only part of the competition.

Only one entry is allowed per person. Please include contact information with your selections. A mailing address or an email address, plus a phone number would be helpful.

Below are Rich Demuzio’s and Bill Murphy’s pick to study and to follow for your own format.

DEMUZIO PICKS

American League East

New York

Boston*

Tampa Bay

Toronto

Baltimore

American League Central

Cleveland

Minnesota

Chicago

Detroit

Kansas City

American League West

Houston

Los Angeles*

Oakland

Seattle

Texas

National League East

Philadelphia

Washington*

Atlanta

New York

Miami

National League Central

Chicago

St. Louis*

Milwaukee

Cincinnati

Pittsburgh

National League West

Los Angeles

Colorado

San Diego

San Francisco

Arizona

World Series:

Houston over Chicago

 

MURPHY PICKS

American League East

New York

Boston*

Tampa Bay

Toronto

Baltimore

American League Central

Cleveland

Chicago

Minnesota

Detroit

Kansas City

American League West

Houston

Oakland*

Los Angeles

Seattle

Texas

National League East

Washington

New York

Philadelphia

Atlanta

Miami

National League Central

Milwaukee

Chicago*

St. Louis*

Pittsburgh

Cincinnati

National League West

Los Angeles

Colorado

San Diego

Arizona

San Francisco

World Series

Houston over Milwaukee

*Wild Cards

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