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Time To Swing For The Fences – 2011 Is Underway

It’s official… the 2011 MLB regular season is 1 day away. Even though there are still spring training games today March 30, most teams should be wise enough to sit a lot of there strong talent for the last day of games (I hope they do at least for my fantasy teams’ and HR derby team’s sakes).

So what’s the deal with the opening pitches being thrown on a Thursday this season? William Browning over at Yahoo wrote a small article on what he believes the reasons for the move are. But I’m still irate since the Brewers play at 1pm CT and I’m out of vacation days. So I will be getting my opening day fix via the AT&T 3G network and not at the local Old Chicago.

MLB Opening day is (in my opinion) one of the greatest days of the year. It means that millions of baseball fans finally get to satisfy their baseball addiction that has been leaving them with life threatening withdrawals since late October (or longer for fans of sub 0.500 teams). It means that 20-percent of those millions of fans get to say their team is in first place and this is their team’s year (the other 80-percent are Yankee, Boston, and Philly fans). The best part of MLB opening day… millions of fans get to waste 6 months on a fantasy life of being a baseball GM by playing fantasy baseball AND managing a Kings of Cork Home Run Derby team.

You read that right… the 2011 Kings of Cork Home Run Derby has officially begun (feel free to review the Rules). And this year, you guys out did yourselves. We increased the number of teams by 33-percent going from 38 to 59 teams (including four of the five winners from last season including the reigning champion). Of those 59 teams, not a single one was a duplicate entry. You can check out all the rosters and standings here. As always, I also post the best possible HR derby team and the potential trade candidates at the bottom of the standings link located above (soon to be added at the beginning of the season).

As for the Home Run Derby selections… The most common player selection belongs to Group A. Obviously, Mr. Pujols was the majority’s pick with just under half (25) of the teams selecting the soon-to-be highest paid player in MLB history. Sir A-Gon of Boston (10) and Adam Dunn (8) in the HR friendly south sider park were the next most common Group A selections. Only five teams have faith in Ryan Howard having a bounce back year and returning to 2006 form.

To see the rest of the 2011 Derby picks and the rest of the story: Follow the Jump by clicking here…

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