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News Tribune staff predictions for 2009 season

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Well, go ahead make a copy of it, bookmark it, because come October you will have proof of how much, or more likely how little, we know about baseball. Here's our staff predictions for each division, the playoffs and the World Series. Immediately you probably have to question our thinking when three of the six guys have the Cubs in the World Series, with one of us having them win it.

In my first full year covering baseball, I admittedly got caught up in some rare euphoric state of my first time on a major league beat and let some hyperbole get to my head when I made some of my predictions last year.

Did I believe John McLaren when he said that Richie Sexson was going to win the comeback of player of the year. No. Come on, I was starstruck, not stupid. But I felt pretty stupid picking the Mariners to win the AL West last season. I think I even went on ESPN radio's baseball show and told them the Mariners would win 90 games. Looking back, people should have had me examined for heat stroke or malaria, or something.

Not this year, I'm a hardened, bitter cynic. I picked the Mariners, third, which is where all of my cohorts picked them, with the exception of Darrin Beene, who had them last. Do I think the Mariners are better than last year? Yes, about a 1,000 times better. They have a plan, an emphasis, a style and most importantly, they seem to be headed in the direction where they want to go. Could they be better than third in the AL West? Definitely. This division is not good - perhaps the worst in baseball. So if they can play good baseball, not flashy, just consistent baseball, they can surprise some teams. Don't get me wrong, a lot of things need to go right for them just to finish third. But put it this way, I feel more confident that this team can do those right things, than the team I saw heading into the season next year.

Anyway, here's our picks, feel free to agree, disagree, even mock them. And feel free to post your own. I'd be curious to what you think.

News Tribune picks below

RYAN DIVISH, Mariners writer

AL West: Angels, A's, Mariners, Rangers

AL East: Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles

AL Central: Twins, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Tigers

ALDS: Red Sox over Angels, Rays over Twins

ALCS: Red Sox over Rays

NL West: Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Padres

NL East: Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins, Nationals

NL Central: Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Astros, Reds, Pirates

NLDS: Cubs over Mets, Phillies over Diamondbacks

NLCS: Cubs over Phillies

World Series: Red Sox over Cubs

LARRY LARUE, Mariners writer

AL West: Angels, A's, Mariners, Rangers

AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles

AL Central: Twins, White Sox, Indians, Tigers, Royals

ALDS: Yankees over Angels, Red Sox over Twins.

ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees.

NL West: Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Giants, Padres

NL East: Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins, Nationals

NL Central: Cubs, Cardinals, Astros, Brewers, Reds, Pirates

NLDS: Phillies over Dodgers, Cubs over Mets

NLCS: Cubs over Phillies

World Series: Red Sox over Cubs

JOHN MCGRATH, columnist

AL West: Angels, A's, Mariners, Rangers

AL East: Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles

AL Central: Twins, Royals, Indians, White Sox, Tigers

ALDS: Ray's over A's, Red Sox over Twins

ALCS: Red Sox over Rays

NL West: Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Giants, Padres

NL East: Phillies, Marlins, Mets, Braves, Nationals

NL Central: Cubs, Reds, Pirates, Cardinals, Brewers, Astros

NLDS: Cubs over Marlins, Phillies over Dodgers

NLCS: Phillies over Cubs

World Series: Phillies over Red Sox

DAVE BOLING, columnist

AL West: Angels, A's, Mariners, Rangers

AL East: Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles

AL Central: White Sox, Twins, Tigers, Indians, Royals

ALDS: Angels over Rays, Red Sox over White Sox

ALCS: Red Sox over Angels

NL West: Diamondbacks, Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Rockies

NL East: Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins, Nationals

NL Central: Cardinals, Cubs, Brewers, Astros, Reds, Pirates

NLDS: Cardinals over Braves, Phillies over Diamondbacks

NLCS: Cardinals over Phillies

World Series: Cardinals over Red Sox

DARRIN BEENE, sports team leader

AL West: Angels, A's, Rangers, Mariners

AL East: Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles

AL Central: Twins, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Tigers

ALDS: Angels over White Sox, Red Sox over Twins

ALCS: Red Sox over Angels

NL West: Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Giants, Padres

NL East: Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins, Nationals

NL Central: Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Astros, Pirates

NLDS: Cubs over Mets, Dodgers over Phillies

NLCS: Cubs over Dodgers

World Series: Cubs over Red Sox

PAUL MILLER, sports team leader

AL West: Angels, A's, Mariners, Rangers

AL East: Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles

AL Central: Twins, Tigers, White Sox, Indians, Royals

ALDS: Angels over Rays, Red Sox over Twins

ALCS: Angels over Red Sox

NL West: Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Rockies, Padres

NL East: Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Nationals

NL Central: Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Astros, Pirates

NLDS: Cubs over Phillies, Dodgers over Mets

NLCS: Dodgers over Cubs

World Series: Dodgers over Angels

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