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May 1, 2008 at 8:47 am ET
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Indoor Four contest ’08 — May Edition

13 inside-the-park homers were collected a year ago throughout the bigs — a freakish total to be sure — but who’s to say 2008 won’t produce as many Indoor Four’s? I mean, the Tigers and Indians are below .500 and the D-Backs appear unbeatable — shit happens!

So while Jayson Werth has been the lone dude to do the deed to this point it’s only a matter of time before some others get in on the fun — and you don’t want to be left out in the cold so get in the game! Remember, it’s not just about this month’s inside-the-park homers or this month’s triples — your points carry over for the entire season all the way to the big prize: a $300 Best Buy gift card!

We track the Indoor Fours and triples with a point system: an inside-the-park home run is worth 4 points if collected in a month you’ve chosen that player, a triple is worth 1 point and the contestant whose player leads for triples after selection monthly will be awarded 3 points even if that player picked up an Indoor Four for the top monthly prize.

So on top of the monthly $75 prize for an Indoor Four winner and the $30 consolation for triples leader if there was no Indoor Four winner — there’s $300 in Best Buy bread just waiting to be won. To alter the words of Alec Baldwin’s turn in Glengarry Glen Ross:

“We’re sitting here just waiting for you to take our money. Are you gonna take it? Are you man or woman enough to take it?”

Don’t tell us about it — show us — get in the game right now!

Here’s how it works:

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 pm 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 serve contest. Whichever contestant submits his/her choice first will be awarded that particular player for that particular month. We will update this post daily, so be sure to come back to check the bottom of the post with the updated 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 scorer’s rulings. Only officially scored inside the park home runs achieved during regular season games will be eligible. No triples with a one base error or any other creative score keeping.

3. The contest runs on a monthly basis, however, should some lucky contestant pick a player that gets it done one week into the month the award will be handed out, and we’ll start anew. Also note, should two (or more) players achieve an “indoor four” on the same day, whichever player accomplishes the feat first will bring victory for his contestant. However, a $30 gift card from Best Buy will be awarded for those second, third, etc..

4. If a player you select 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. Whatever player you choose as a replacement must be kept for the duration of the month.

5. MORE INCENTIVE: The player selected that collects the most triples for the month, will translate to a $30 gift card from Best Buy for his contestant in the event none of the selected players collects an inside the park home run. Should there be a tie amongst two or more contestants, the prize will be split evenly $15 cards if there are two leaders, and divided even also if there are three or more winners. Please note, however, triples will only begin accumulating after a player has been chosen by a contestant.

6. The contestant whose player collects the most triples after selection for the month will receive 3 bonus points in the tally system. Any contestant whose player hits and inside the park home run during the month, whether the grand prize winner or not collects 4 points. And all contestants will receive 1 bonus point for each triple their selected player hits within a month following their selection.

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

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Indoor Four Leader Board

BaseballGoddess — 3

The Duck — 3

Gonzo — 3

jjsoderberg — 3

Mrs. John McDonald — 3

the penske file — 3

sumrandomPhil — 3

Bucket Brigade — 2

fandango — 2

FPM2K — 2

InsaneIrish81 — 2

Marshman98 — 2

The Midget — 2

Sals Pals — 2

BALTIMORE_SUPERBA — 1

Bullfrogs — 1

Bustos — 1

Cactus Fantastic — 1

DMCFF — 1

Draven — 1

ET5115 — 1

Honey Breedlove — 1

J Rose — 1

ninjapirate — 1

twinsfan — 1

Twins Territory — 1

(Leaders among those that have responded with a Username)

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Players selected for the month of May (triples since selection):

Alfredo Amezaga (1)

Rick Ankiel (1)

Michael Bourn (2)

Ryan Braun (1)

Endy Chavez (0)

Carl Crawford (0)

Michael Cuddyer (1)

Stephen Drew (2)

Jacoby Ellsbury (1)

Prince Fielder (0)

Chone Figgins (0)

Kosuke Fukudome (0)

Rafael Furcal (0)

Jody Gerut (1)

Carlos Gomez (2)

Curtis Granderson (0)

Cristian Guzman (0)

Scott Hairston (0)

Josh Hamilton (2)

Matt Holliday (1)

Orlando Hudson (0)

Akinori Iwamura (1)

Conor Jackson (2)

Reed Johnson (0)

Adam Jones (1)

Matt Kemp (0)

Howie Kendrick (0)

Fred Lewis (1)

James Loney (2)

Evan Longoria (0)

Nate McClouth (1)

Joe Mauer (0)

Justin Morneau (1)

Magglio Ordonez (0)

Corey Patterson (0)

Dustin Pedroia (0)

Hanley Ramirez (1)

Jose Reyes (2)

Alex Rios (1)

Brian Roberts (3)

Jimmy Rollins (0)

Skip Schumaker (0)

Grady Sizemore (1)

Ichiro Suzuki (0)

Willy Taveras (0)

B.J. Upton (0)

Justin Upton (3)

Chasey Utley (0)

Eugenio Velez (0)

Shane Victorino (0)

Rickie Weeks (1)

Jayson Werth (0)

David Wright (0)

Kevin Youkilis (0)

Chris Young ARI (0)

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3 Responses to “Indoor Four contest ’08 — May Edition”
  1. J Rose says:

    all I can say is Granderson better stop hitting homers outside of the park this month. WTF is he thinking?

    Grandy, I’ll split the BB card with you if you just hit the top of the wall and keep running

  2. Landon Evanson Landon Evanson says:

    We had a tie for the first month of the 2008 Indoor Four contest! The consolation prize will be shared between two of our loyal readers but to find out which ones — you’ll have to come back on Monday for the piece!

    Keep the picks coming and good luck in May everyone!

  3. Landon Evanson Landon says:

    Jose Reyes picked up a pair of triples and came THIS CLOSE to making “fandango” the $75 winner for May last night. Alas, he was cut down at the dish so…the contest rages on!

    Keep those submissions comin’, everybody and good luck!

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