Kevin Kennedy, of Fox Sports, and Sporting News, a media organization, led the way with 64.5 points. Their winning predictions were, by division, the Yankees, Twins, Angels, Phillies, Cubs and Dodgers.
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In all, over 20 media outlets were represented and whereIstand users found and posted the predictions of 65 public figures – 15 more than last season.
Some other highlights:
- Last year’s champ, Keith Law (ESPN.com), tumbled to 60th; Rob Neyer (ESPN.com), seventh last year, ranks 58th. Conversely, Jayson Stark (ESPN), second to last in 2008, ranks sixth this year.
- In the ongoing battle – real or perceived – between mainstream media and new media, MSM appears to have won this round. Prominent sports bloggers and independent media members, including Jason McIntyre (51st), Joe Sheehan (60th), Jonah Keri (53rd), Alex Belth (45th) and Tim Marchman (50th) struggled with their predictions. Deadspin founder Will Leitch, now at New York Magazine, ranked highest of them all, at 38th.
- 36 of the predictions came from Sports Illustrated or ESPN. Sports Illustrated media personalities were slightly more accurate, with an average score of 42.7 compared with 40.9 for ESPN.
- A national football reporter, Peter King, of Sports Illustrated, ranked notably high in the rankings, at fourth overall. King casually offered his predictions in a MMQ column back this spring (called them “useless”). He ended up picking 5 of 6 teams perfectly.
- The most consistently accurate predictions between this year and last year belongs to ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian. Last year, he finished 6th overall; this year he is 15th.
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