I know it's a little too early for a hit parade, as I only have been an editor for a month, but I thought I'd check in on how some predictions I made earlier in the season (specifically last month) have fared, involving MLB All-Star selectionss, Detroit Tigers trades, Jair Jurrjens, and U.S. Soccer
Detroit added Doug Fister at the deadline
(2 July): The Tigers did not deal for Jose Reyes, as I predicted they wouldn’t (Good thing, too. He’s hurt again). They DID go out and make a deal to get a pitcher from Seattle. Not Hernandez, as I had hoped, but Fister’s OK. This of course upstaged by their division stablemate Cleveland trading for Ubaldo Jimenez. The Tigers did NOT fix the problems with their bullpen, and with Al Albuquerque making another left turn to the DL, it looks like they’re not going to.
Of the five people I argued needed All-Star consideration, only Michael Pineda saw contention
(3 July) As I predicted, the National League had better pitching. So much better that having Mariano Rivera probably wouldn’t have made a difference. Of the people I noted who were snubbed, only Michael Pineda saw action, which is too bad for the still-solid Michael Morse. But good for Miguel Montero.
Not a good month for Jair Jurrjens
Will Jurgen Klinsmann work out for the U.S.? Probably not
I said hire Diego Maradona; the straw poll of my readers said Klinsmann. The U.S. hired Klinsmann. When he came, the U.S. eked out a tie against Mexico. However, he's also coming with horrendously low expectations and is doing nothing to grow the sport in the U.S.. So I think it's safe to say Klinsmann won't work out to well for the U.S.