As I mentioned a while back, we were eventually going to get around to thinking wishfully.
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t plan to leave it until just two days before the curtain opens on the 2012 regular season. Historically, this post has always seen the light of day at some point in March.
My apologies for the delay.
And since you don’t have much time, you best hurry up and leave a comment to let everyone know what you’re hoping for.
I didn’t get much of what I wished for even though the team built on its momentum from the second half of 2010 and made it to the second stage of the Climax Series.
Here are my five wishes from a year ago:
1. Mikinori Katoh makes at least 15 appearances and keeps his ERA below 4.00
2. Barnette has at least 20 starts and keeps his ERA below 3.50
3. Ogawa calls for the bunt less than he did last year (even though he’ll be the manager for two months longer)
4. Whoever becomes the everyday right fielder gets more than 400 plate appearances and collects at least 100 hits
5. Aoki wins the Central League MVP
Big old swing ‘n miss on that first one. Katoh sucked pretty hard yet again (6 games, 10 innings, 9.00 ERA), and suffered the insult of a back number demotion this past off-season (16→46).
As for number two, while Barnette played the entire season coming out of the ‘pen rather than starting, he still had one hell of a year (48 games, 47 innings, 54 strikeouts, 2.68 ERA). I’m going to claim a win on that one.
Number three? Yeah, right. Like I ever had a shot.
Balentien answered my call to the stars and gave us 555 plate appearances last season. He also chipped in with 111 hits (31 homers).
And Aoki never really threatened for a shot at the Central League MVP.
So I was 2-5 last year. Perhaps I stretched a bit too much. I’ll tone it down this time around.
My 2012 (regular season) wishes:
1. At least 77 wins during the regular season (70 in 2011).
2. Tony Barnette notches at least 25 hold points (22 in 2011).
3. Lastings Milledge hits 15+ doubles and home runs.
4. Orlando Roman starts at least 20 games and finishes with an ERA under 4.00.
5. One of our off-season pitching gambles (Shoda, Abe, or Kinoshita) has a breakout year.
That last one was deliberately vague.
Give it your best shot in the comments.