Season Predictions

It's that time again. The staff of BravesCenter has filled out the ballots, and the results are in. Here's our predictions for the 2003 Major League Baseball season and the Atlanta Braves.

The BravesCenter staff has compiled their predictions for both the Braves and all of baseball 2003.

Taylor Bryan:
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
CY Young: AL Cy Young: Pedro Martinez/ NL Cy Young: Roy Oswalt
Rookie of the Year - AL ROY: Brandon Phillips / NL ROY: Hee Seop Choi
NL EAST Division Standings 1. Braves 2. Phillies 3. Marlins 4. Mets 5. Expos
Playoff Predictions: NL Central - Cardinals, NL East - Braves, NL West - Giants, NL Wild Card - Phillies / AL Central - Twins, AL East - Yankees, AL West - Oakland, AL Wild Card - Boston / World Series Winner - Oakland
First Manager Fired - Bob Boone, Cincinnati
Comeback Player - Ken Griffey, Jr , Cincinnati

Braves Predictions: Overall Record: 92-70
MVP: Gary Sheffield
Mike Hampton's Record: 13-10
Outstanding Rookie: Horacio Ramirez # of Smoltz Saves: 42
Underacheiver: Vinny Castilla/Paul Byrd (tie)
Overacheiver: Mark Derosa
Minor League Player to make most impact: Horacio Ramirez

Andrew Bare:
AL MVP: Jason Giambi
NL MVP: Barry Bonds
NL Cy Young: Kerry Wood
AL Cy Young: Pedro Martinez
AL Rookie: Hideki Matsui
NL Rookie: Marlon Byrd
NL East:
1.Philadelphia
2.Atlanta
3.Montreal
4.New York
5.Miami
Playoffs: NL: Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, Diamondbacks, D'Backs Wildcard.
AL: Yankees, Twins, Athletics, Red Sox, Red Sox Wildcard.
Athletics over the Giants in the World Series
Manager fired: Jerry Manuel
Comeback Player: Frank Thomas
Braves Predictions:
Record: 91-71
MVP: Gary Sheffield
Hampton's Record: 12-10, 4.20 ERA
Outstanding Rookie: Buddy Hernandez
Smoltz Saves: 43
Underachiever: Rafael Furcal
Overachiever: Marcus Giles (.280/.360/.460)
Minor League Player: Buddy Hernandez

Renee Gore:
MVP NL: Gary Sheffield
AL: Alex Rodriguez
Cy Young NL: Randy Johnson
AL: Pedro Martinez
NL East Standings:
Atlanta
Philadelphia
New York/Montreal
New York/Montreal Florida
Rookie of the Year NL: Horacio Ramirez
AL: Mark Teixeira
Playoff Predictions:
National League:
Atlanta defeats Houston
St. Louis defeats Arizona
St. Louis defeats Atlanta
American League:
New York defeats Minnesota
Oakland defeats Boston Oakland defeats New York
World Series: Oakland defeats St. Louis in 6
First Manager Fired: Jeff Torborg
Comeback Player: Ken Griffey, Jr.
Braves 2003 Predictions:
Overall Record: 95-67
MVP: Gary Sheffield
Mike Hampton's Record: 13-10
Outstanding Rookie: Horacio Ramirez
# of Smoltz Saves: 51
Underachiever: Vinny Castilla
Overachiever: Marcus Giles
Minor League Player to Make Most Impact: Horacio Ramirez

Anne Thomason:
MVP: AL:Alfonso Soriano NL:Jim Thome
Cy Young: AL: Pedro Martinez NL: Randy Johnson
Rookie of year AL: Mike MacDougal (going to sneak in there with 30 or so saves) NL: Hee Seop Choi
NL East Philadelphia, Atlanta, Florida, Montreal, New York
Playoff Predictions: World Series will be Philadelphia over Oakland in seven games. NLCS: Philadelphia over Atlanta in seven games. ALCS: Oakland over MN, in four games.
First manager fired: I have a crazy idea that no managers will be fired this season.
Comeback player: Kevin Brown
Braves record: 94-68
MVP: Gary Sheffield
Mike Hampton record: 9-7
Rookie: Horacio Ramirez
# of Smoltz saves: 39
Underachiever: Mike Hampton (I would go with Vinny Castilla, but he is not expected to achieve much anyway)
Overachiever: Robert Fick (even better than advertised)
Minor league player to make most impact: Wilson Betemit

Kyle Hawkins
MVP: AL:Hideki Matsui NL:Gary Sheffield
Cy Young: AL: Pedro Martinez NL: Randy Johnson
Rookie of year AL: Hank Blalock NL: Horacio Ramirez
NL East Atlanta, Florida, Montreal, NYM
Playoff Predictions: World Series will be Chicago Cubs over New York Yankees in seven games. NLCS: Atlanta over Philadelphia in seven games. ALCS: NYY over Oakland, in four games.
First manager fired: Bob Boone
Comeback player: Kevin Brown
Braves record: 90-75
MVP: Andruw Jones
Mike Hampton record: 15-9
Rookie: Horacio Ramirez
# of Smoltz saves: 55
Underachiever: Chipper Jones
Overachiever: Mike Hampton
Minor league player to make most impact: Buddy Hernandez

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