August 29, 2017
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Good afternoon,

Please pray for the folks in Texas and help them if you can. 

NEW MEMBERS TO THE APBA COMMUNITY 
Please welcome the following new members to the APBA community.  If you know them or live in the same area, please reach out to them.

JAMES LYON FENTON MO
ROY BLONDEAU TALLAHASSEE FL
RAYMOND YOUNG MOBILE AL
THOMAS REESE WHITEHALL PA
DAVID SMITH SALEM NH
BRADY RAY LUBBOCK, TX
FRANKLIN STUART MORENO VALLEY, CA
THOMAS REESE WHITEHALL, PA

Several of you have asked for the new members contact info.  In this day and age, we can't do that.  But we will send your contact information to them if you ask us to.

NEW SETS
 One new set today:
The 2015-16 European soccer set is now available. Bring it to your home pitch here!

Remember we released the following sets last week.
2016-17 EPL soccer set is now available. Check out the rosters here.

This 20 team league includes some of the best soccer managers in Europe.  How will you do against them?  Can you avoid relegation?  Get a top four result to participate in the Champions league next year?

The soccer game now includes the final four teams of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions league. Here is the roster.


2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE SETS  We will be offering the 2017 ACC and Big Ten conference sets this year. Each set will be a jumbo set of approximately 65 to 70 players per team.  The ACC set will include Notre Dame.   Thank you all who responded to our requests.  These two conferences got enough commitments to justify making the investment in time and money to produce these sets.  Even if you did not commit to purchasing one of these sets you will be still be able to order one when they are available. 

We have made some process changes in  the APBA GO production procedures.  What does this mean?  Within the next few weeks, we will be offering multiple new seasons weekly.  We are currently working on solitaire play feature. The next new feature will be a new computer manager.  All comments regarding Malcolm, with specific suggestions are welcome.  Send your comments to custsupp@apbagames.com.
 The September issue of Baseball Digest will have a full page color ad for APBA GO.


 2016 PRO FOOTBALL 
We have had several comments about two OA returners on Philadelphia.  Both players return 9 kickoffs.  This is your game you get to decide who is an OA and who is an OB.

Without going into details, after careful study and more information now being available, we have tweaked the process for J ratings and the alphabetical receiving rating.

TOURNAMENT NEWS 
A correction to start this week's report.  The winner of the 2017 Summer Chicagoland APBA Baseball Tournament was Tom Johnson (not Tom John as previously reported) and his 2005 Houston Astros.
 
I did not expect to report any tournament news this week then Percy Ashcraft sent me an e-mail reporting the results of an August 2017 APBA GO Tournament. 
 
An APBA GO Tournament entitled "Dog Days Tournament" was held in early August.  There were 16 participants with eligible teams being drafted from 1966 through 2016.  The format was a combination of pool play and series competition. Minnesota's Dave Druk took the tournament title by leading his 2013 Red Sox to a three-game sweep in a best-of-five series over the 2016 Cubs, managed by Iowa's Jeffrey Lemm. Dave Druk finished with an 8-1 tourney record. It was his first online tournament title. Percy Ashcraft deserves credit for running these tournaments in a format which permits players from non-metropolitan areas to participate in an APBA tournament. Thanks Percy!
 
I would also like to announce the another regional baseball tournament; The Fall 2017 Chicagoland APBA Baseball Tournament which is scheduled for Saturday November 11, 2017 at the Comfort Inn O'Hara in Des Plains, Illinois. Please contact Rob Spatz at robspatz@gmail.com if interested in participating. The tournament theme is 2000 through 2016 teams.
 
The APBA Regional Tournament schedule through March 2018 is as follows:
 
Saturday September 16, 2017 - 3rd Toledo Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament, Toledo, Ohio.  Contact Ron Emch at rjce@emcher.com 
 
Saturday October 7, 2017 - APBA Wisconsin Baseball Tournament, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Contact Kurt Bergland at bergland.kurt@yahoo.com or call Kurt at 262-955-9135.  Theme is the 1960's.
 
Saturday October 7, 2017 - The Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament, Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Contact Jim Fraasch at jwfraasch@mchsi.com.
 
Saturday October 14, 2017 - The Capital of the Confederacy Tournament, Richmond, Virginia.  Contact Jim Saska at jamessaska@gmail.com or call 804-629-5307 
 
Saturday October 28, 2017 - RollAPBAlooza Baseball Tournament, Davenport, Florida.  Contact Tony Stevens at AandTStevens@gmail.com or call 352-600-0974 
 
Saturday November 11, 2017 - Chicagoland Fall APBA Baseball Tournament, Comfort Inn O'Hara in Des Plains, Illinois. Contact Rob Spatz at robspatz@gmail.com. The tournament theme is 2000 through 2016. 
 
Saturday and Sunday January 27-28, 2018 - APBA Master Game Baseball Tournament,  Fairlawn Heights, Ohio a superb of Akron, Ohio.  Contact Bill Lilley at  Caseybillymickey@gmail.com or call 330-801-3613.
 
Saturday March 3, 2018 - The 4th Annual Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament (GMABT) will be held on Saturday March 3, 2018.  Contact Rich Zawadzki at  pastorichz@gmail.com.
 
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a Regional APBA Tournament please forward me your tournament and contact information at  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com and I will be sure to promote your event in APBA's company electronic newsletter.  Remember all APBA game tournaments are welcome.
 
APBA LEAGUE INFORMATION
 
I am pleased to report that this column has assisted a few leagues in finding new managers to fill open vacancies in their leagues.  I hope this continues to be a valuable service to the APBA community.  Openings or individuals looking for leagues are as follows this week and include two new League openings; one manager in the CMBA (Central Massachusetts) and two managers in the ABL (Butler County, Ohio):
 
CMBA League Opening - Central Massachusetts Baseball Association is a face-to-face Master Game league in the Central Massachusetts/Worcester area.  Currently a 10-team league, playing a 80-game season, usually every 3rd Saturday afternoon/evening, we've been around since the 1970s, and have made several innovative enhancements to the game (for example pitching grades), and have had many notable APBA managers.  It's a keeper league, using the new card sets.  If interested, please contact Rich Lundin at spdrcr1987@aol.com.
 
ABL League Opening - The American Baseball League (ABL) is looking to add one or two managers for their 2018 season. The ABL has been in existence since 1982.  It is a face-to-face basic game (w/ modifications) league. If you live in the Butler County, Ohio area and are interested, send an e-mail to gregsch4867@gmail.com.
 
MDTL League Opening - The MDTL is in it's 45th season. We have one manager that has announced that he is leaving the league at seasons end due to time constraints. We also just had another manager pass away after a long illness. Therefore, we are looking for replacement managers to take over the ownership of these two fine franchises. Players on the teams include Murphy, Odor, Belt, and Lester on one team. The other team includes Bradley Jr., G Sanchez, Donaldson, and Grienke. The league is a 20 team league with 25 man rosters. We use the basic boards with a few modifications. We also use the basic pitching grades. This is a very solid league with a competitive but friendly membership. If you are interested in joining our league please email me at  riggsk@juno.com with your gaming history and any questions you may have.
 
League Openings - A face-to-face Master Game league in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area is advertising for new managers in a well-established league.  The 12-team league, playing a 99-game season mostly on "League Nights" in one of the manager's homes, has been in existence since the early 1970s and has included notable managers, such as Thatcher Longstreth and David Eisenhower.  Most of the managers live along the "Main Line", though one commutes from Reading and another lives in southern New Jersey.  In addition to the 12 active teams, there are 2 inactive teams that are available to new managers.  It is a keeper league, using the new card sets.  Draft occurs in late January (probably later next year), and the season begins shortly thereafter, winding up in October with playoffs and "World Series".  If interested, please contact Dusty Welsh at  fwelsh@mail.med.upenn.edu.
 
Looking for a League - To all MAINE-iacs: Looking to form or play in an existing league. I desire cards & dice face-to-face play. Winter league to pass the time with some baseball.  Contact Dr. Bill in Dresden, Maine 04342 or e-mail  thethrillofthegrass@yahoo.com.
 
Looking for a League - Timothy Zack (Yes the brother of APBA HOFer Ed Zack) is retired and looking to participate in a F-T-F League in Western New York.  You can contact Tim attimothyzack2011@gmail.com or call him at 716-472-9781.
 
Looking for a League - Mark Dergarabedian looking to find a face to face league to play in; master baseball, master football or master golf.  Mark lives in Sammamish, Washington; a suburb of Seattle.  Mark would even would form a league if there is enough interest.  Mark can be contacted at  dergar66@gmail.com or at 425-891-3354.
 
I hope this column is bringing many APBA players together be it in tournaments or league play.  Please let me know if you make a connection so I can remove your advertisement from the League Information section of the newsletter.  Everyone have a great week and may you all roll 66's!

2018 CONVENTION NEWS
If you have ever thought about attending a convention, add it to your bucket list.  The 2018 Convention will begin Thursday morning June 21st at 10:00 AM.  Hope to see you all there.

You can now reserve your hotel room for next year's convention.  I strongly recommend reserving your room as soon as possible.  The hotel hosts several travel baseball and softball teams this same weekend.  This year we used our entire allocation of rooms plus some.  The sooner you reserve your room, the sooner we can get add additional rooms to the APBA block.  We are working to get more rooms for Wednesday night at a special APBA rate.  The rate will be higher than the weekend rate but lower than the regular week day rate.

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Thank you for your support of APBA.
 
Sincerely,

John Herson
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