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Indoor Four ’14: Dog days edition

Indoor Four logoSan Francisco’s Gary Ghiotto rode Billy Hamilton to the top spot for July, but the field is still wide open — pick a player who puts together a month similar to the one Yasiel Puig just had (read five triples) or makes the Splendid Sprint and you put yourself in position for that $100 Best Buy gift card!

Remember, folks, anyone can do it. And has. I’ll never let you forget that we have given away Best Buy gift cards to contestants who have picked Youk and Joe Mauer, so pick a player — any player — and they may be the one who sends you on a Best Buy shopping spree on B&C’s dime. Alex Rios is third in the majors for triples, Brandon Crawford and Michael Bourn each have seven under the radar three-baggers and Hunter Pence has pop and can run (albeit like a newborn deer), but that combination at AT&T Park is always a good combination.

So what are you waiting for? Make your selection, then sit back and enjoy watching your pick effort to get that Best Buy gift card sent to your doorstep!

The obligatory rules:

1. You may select one player per month. Once any single contestant has chosen a player, said player is designated for that month and cannot be chosen again until the following month. Selections can be made at any time throughout a given month but in order to be eligible for that day’s games, must be done before 1 p.m. eastern standard time. Any selections made after 1 p.m. EST will be eligible for the remainder of the month beginning with the following day’s games. Please note, some contestants will choose the same players – this is a first come, first served contest – whichever contestant submits his / her choice first will be awarded that particular player for that particular month. Contestants will receive email confirmation of the player successfully selected, and we will update this post daily, so be sure to come back to check the bottom of the post with the latest list of players chosen to better make your monthly selection. Any efforts to submit more than one entry per month will be disregarded and disqualify you for that given month.

2. This contest is based on all MLB official scorers rulings. Only officially scored inside-the-park home runs will be eligible. No triples with a one base error or any other creative score keeping.

3. If your player selection is placed on the disabled list, you may choose another player for the remainder of the month, but your original selection becomes a free-agent, so to speak, and can be chosen by another contestant once they return from the DL. Whichever player you choose as a replacement must be kept for the duration of the month.

4. Bugs & Cranks writers and staffers are not eligible to participate.

Point breakdown:

First Indoor Four of the month: 5

Each subsequent inside-the-park home run (by the same selected player in a given month): 8

All other Indoor Fours: 4

Greg Gagne special (two inside-the-park home runs in one game): 10

Ichiro special (All-Star Indoor Four): 5.1

Triples: 1

Monthly leader for points: 1


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As Harry Caray would say, “Let me hear ya!”


AUGUST CONTESTANTS [Triples for August] (Points for August)

Hunter Pence SF [4] (4)

Danny Santana [4] (4)

Brett Gardner [2] (2)

Dee Gordon LA [2] (2)

Yoenis Cespedes BOS [1] (1)

Billy Hamilton CIN [1] (1)

Austin Jackson SEA [1] (1)

Jose Altuve HOU [0] (0)

Carlos Gomez MIL [0] (0)

James Loney TB [0] (0)

Yasiel Puig LA [0] (0)


Beek — 11

Solem — 9

Countgary — 5


EmptyOne — 3

Irie88s — 3

Mehworth — 3

Sal — 3

Sportmac4 — 3

TSchwartzlow — 3

BeisbolCT — 2

Chilean Bamboo — 2

Jeremy Popscene — 2

JonnySaferide — 2

Ramzavail — 2

Kraut — 2

Buddha — 1

Marshman — 1

Spike Vrusho — 1

Team Navarette — 1

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