June 11, 2019


Volume II Issue 26


Good afternoon,
Are there too many home runs in MLB this season?  Is 13 in one game too many?   
Where is the 2018 Pro Football card set?  We are proofing the printer's file this week.  Product will be available at the convention and then the following week in the store.  We are offering two sets this year besides the Super Bowl set. The first set is a complete 32 team set with 50 players per team.  This set has 1620 cards.  The other set, which will not be available for the convention, has the 8 division winners.  This set has 400 players and 407 cards.  We are no longer offering the smaller set with generic cards and player ratings or the larger set which carded every player that played in a season.  We are trying to find a "sweet spot" but we know we will never satisfy everyone.
Since the NHL went to a NBA style playoff schedule, one game a week, the 2018-19 NHL set will not be available for the convention.  There is not enough time to get everything done after the Wednesday night game.   
Thanks to Steve Skoff, who pre-played the 2019 Stanley Cup finals.  Boston won in six games. Checkout Steve's detailed and informative writeups on Between the Lines and the APBA Game facebook page.  

Once again its a World Series week.  We have four new seven game classics and one what-if World Series set.
The new sets are:
 If you have ordered the Seaside Golf course, please check it.  If there is an issue, send an email to custsupp@apbagames with a description of your issue.  Thank you 
 We have processed the convention orders on June 10th.  You can still register for the convention but you may not get a convention T-shirt. 
If you are going to purchase product at the convention, please follow these procedures.   
Place your order on-line now.  If its a credit card order, we will process the order, charge your card, package it and hold it for you until you register at the convention.
If its a cash order, we will package the order when placed.  You can then pay for it when you register at the convention.
We are making this change to make sure the convention attendees are able to purchase what they want. Last year several folks were disappointed because we were sold out of certain sets. 
Please welcome the following new members to the APBA community. New members are folks who have recently made their first purchase of APBA products. 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. Please identify the name of the person you want us to send your contact info. 
APBA sponsors a weekly broadcast offering insights into the game of APBA and players within the APBA community.  The host is John Asalon who offers a extremely professional broadcast.  John's guest this week is: John Herson.  Herson will be discussing the upcoming  new product offerings. Consider this show the  modern version of the old summer mailings. 

New shows will be announced on the APBA Home page and by John via Facebook. 
We are now using a podcast system.  We hope this makes access to the shows easier for everyone.  Another benefit may be more shows hosted by other members of the APBA Community.  
  The finals are set with the 1927 New York Yankees and the 1937 Yankees in the first annual APBA GO State Champion tournament.  At least one game of this series will be played Thursday night June 20th at the convention.  Here is the updated bracket. 

The National APBA Convention is upon us as we will all descend on Alpharetta, Georgia from Thursday June 20th through Sunday June 23rd to attend the annual pilgrimage which offers tournaments in APBA Baseball, Football, Hockey, Golf, and yes even Horse Racing as well as several breakout sessions on gaming, scoring, and game modifications. But more importantly, it provides us again with the opportunity to see each other, catch up on the last year, tip a brew or two, share APBA stories, and play a few side games or learn how to play another APBA game. Friendships are the foundation of this great event and I cannot wait to see everyone again. So if you have not signed up yet there is still time to register at the company web site www.apbagames.com and come join us.
There were no regional tournaments this week but our tournament family grew again this week with the Dick Moore's announcement of the DVAL Tournament to be held on Saturday November 2, 2019 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3003 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.  See tournament details below.
The next scheduled tournament is The APBA National Convention in Alpharetta, Georgia on June 20-23, 2019.  Registration for the convention can be made at the APBA website www.apbagames.com.
Upcoming Tournaments
The 2019 APBA Regional Tournament schedule is as follows.  Please mark your calendars accordingly and be sure to attend and participate in one of these fine events.  You will not regret the experience of face-to-face gaming and APBA brotherhood.
Thursday June 20 - Sunday June 23, 2019 - The APBA National Convention, Alpharetta, Georgia.  The convention cost and registration information will be posted on the game company website  www.apbagames.com.  Contact John Herson at custsupp@apbagames.com.
Saturday July 20, 2019 - The Third Annual Lancaster World Series Tournament will held at the Millersville Brethren in Christ Church. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. The theme is "World Series Losers." Contact Dale Shreiner at  dashreiner@gmail.com for more details. 
Saturday July 20,  2019 - 2019 Chicagoland APBA Baseball Tournament will be held at the Comfort Inn O'Hare in Des Plaines, Illinois.  Additional information can be found at
?ti=cl. ;Please contact Rob at  robspatz@gmail.com if interested.
Friday and Saturday August 9 and 10, 2019 - The 2019 Vegas APBA Tournament will be held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The entry fee is $50 with a 10 game guarantee.  For more information please contact Chris White via email at cwhitesports@yahoo.com.
Saturday August 24, 2019 - The 5th Annual Toledo Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament (GCABT-V) will be held at the Maumee-Bowling Green Elks Lodge #1850 137 W Wayne St, Maumee, Ohio 43537.  The cost is $15.00.  The theme is "Second Place Teams".  Only teams from 1930 through 1999 that finished second in their league/division will be eligible.  A 3-man rotation, DH,  Unusual Play and Error Distribution play chart, and advanced fielding will be used.  On June 1st, Ron will randomly determine a draft order for coaches who have already signed up and you will be able to pick a team at that time.  Please email Ron at  rce@emcher.com or send him a message on Facebook with your name and cell phone number if you wish to participate. 
Saturday September 14, 2019 - The Indy 500 APBA Baseball Tournament will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, 9797 N. Michigan Road, in Carmel, Indiana. 1950-1972 teams with records less than .500 are eligible.  Each team roster is to be 20 players with no DH.  Twenty-four (24) teams maximum.  Awards will given for Division, Conference, and Tournament winners.  The cost will be $25 per participant.  Please contact Michael at  willett.michael@att.net for more tournament details or to register for the tournament.
Saturday October 5, 2019 - Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XII ), Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Contact Jim Fraasch at  jwfraasch@mchsi.com
Saturday October 12, 2019 - The Linda B. Schulz Memorial Apba Baseball Tournament V, Slippery Rock Township Building, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.  Entry fee is $15.  Contact Ken Schulz at  schulzka02@gmail.com
Saturday October 26, 2019 - The Second Furniture City APBA Tournament will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Legends Sports. Any APBA carded non-pennant winning MLB team. from 1920-1972 is elegible; 25-man rosters, no XCs, plus one player from the dead ball era (1901-19). Draft for team seelction begins on August 31, 2019. For more details or to register, contact GF Korreck at  gfk1949@yahoo.com.
NEW TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT - Saturday November 2, 2019 - The DVAL Tournament will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3003 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.  Eligible teams are from 1946 to present, excluding 1981 and 1994.  You may begin sending your requests for teams as soon as you like.  The only teams taken so far are 1965 Minnesota and 2018 Boston.  The tournament will use the DVAL boards (which will be provided) but in the interest of time they will not use MG pitching grades as in the DVAL.  Basic Game pitching grades only.  For those of you unfamiliar with the DVAL boards, there are no changes to the hit numbers 1-11 - the main change is in the fielding.  For some plays where a fielding position is listed in the left margin of the board, you must roll for that fielder and use the MG Fielding Column Finder Chart for the result.  Other playing rules will be sent out shortly to anyone who asked to be on the mailing list.  Tournament cost will be in the $20-$30 and will be finalized once arrangements for lunch are finalized.  Contact Dick Moore at  moore315@comcast.net with questions or to register for the tournament.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Clermont, Florida 34711 at the Lake Hills Church.  The theme is is 100 losses in a single season teams (1903-present).  The cost is $20 (bring or buy your own food and drinks).  A team selection draft lottery will be held in October 2019.  Please contact Tony Stevens at  AandTstevens@Gmail.com.
Saturday November 9, 2019 - The Bath City APBA Baseball Tournament in Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043 at The Wilson Gymnasium on 58 South Wilson.  The cost is $25 due by October 1st.  The Inaugural Bath City ABPA tournament will be capped to 36 teams.  Any Major League Playoff team from 1919 - 2018 that did NOT win a World Series may be used.  More information and registration can be found at   http://www.straybaseball.com/bathcity-apba/. ; The tournament director is Stray Corrado and can be contacted at straycorrado@gmail.com or at 810-357-9024.
Sunday Nov 10th, 2019 - Inaugural Veteran's Memorial Tournament in honor of USN, CAPT John Scalzo will be held in Leesburg, Virginia.  Cost $20.  Any team during the Cold War 1946-1991 plus a veteran from that team any time (ie. 84' Det plus 1911 Ty cobb).  For more detail or to register contact Rob Wyks at  rwyks@pwcgov.org
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a Regional APBA Tournament in 2019 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.
We have received a number of requests asking that BBW and APBA GO players share or post user guidelines to assist those new to these applications.  Accordingly, under the League Match folder in the APBA Delphi Forum Site "Between the Lines" we have set up a thread where individuals or leagues can post items which may be of interest to those beginning to use these applications.
I am pleased to report that this column continues to assist leagues in finding new managers and pairing individuals looking for leagues.  I will be glad to run your league opening, if you contact me at  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com with a brief and concise write-up.  Openings or individuals looking to join leagues are as follows:
June 9th Openings
LABL League Openings - Ken Schulz is considering a restart of an existing cards and dice league but using APBA Go.  There are potentially up to 6 open spots with pre-existing rosters that have some very big names from the 2002 season.  This league would be an 84 game schedule, 2 divisions (1 AL only and 1 NL only), and a small draft prior to the start. If you would be interested in competing in a league using APBA GO Collections to compile stats, please contact Ken at schulzka02@gmail.com.
May 19th Openings
KPML League Opening - The KPML has a current managerial opening.  The AIM BBW league is currently playing the 2015 season.  If interested, please contact Gene at apbagene@yahoo.com.
UAL Opening - The UAL is an APBA Basic League with optional fielding looking for two managers.  The league has been in existence since 2004 and has 24 teams.  The league applies controls on player usage and a salary cap using actual MLB player salaries for the applicable season.  The 2019 UAL Draft (2018 season) draft is in July and will use the 2018 season (30 cards; No XC's).  The season runs from October through March with April playoffs.  That's about 15 home games a month and the sending of instructions for another 15 road games.  If interested or questions on the league, please contact Larry Wilson at lwcougar77@yahoo.com for further information.
April 22nd Openings
The General Manager's Baseball League (GMBL) - The GMBL has an immediate opening for a new owner.
THE GMBL is a BBW 5.75 league, and is one of the most challenging APBA franchise/replay league around.  The GMBL is comprised of 28 teams each with 40 man MLB roster and 20 man MiLB roster.  To succeed in GMBL, one must draft and develop talent from the minor leagues, just like real MLB GM's.  Since they are a 28 team league, almost all players on the disk are actually used and play - giving value to those real-life defensive subs and pinch-runners that seldom factor into replay leagues.
The league also has a very rich historical statistics database (founded in 2008), and uses a custom built web draft program to handle their annual drafts.  The open team has some very good young MLB and MiLK talent, including Rougned Odor, Byron Buxton, Nomar Mazara, Eloy Jimenez, AJ Puk, Forrest Whitley, and more.  
Link to the open team & The GMLB website:   http://gmbl.draftmania.com/teamdetail.asp?teaminit=MID
If interested, please contact John Niespodzianski via email at  superstarjones66@yahoo.com
March 31st Openings
The Jackie Robinson League - The Jackie Robinson League, a BBW continuous ownership league, has three immediate openings.  The available teams are Billings, Redding, and Sawdust City.  The league has played continuously since 1998 beginning with the 1947 season.  The league is now preparing for the 1971.  League off-season roster limit of 24 players. Leaguecommunications through groups.io.  If interested contact Chris Strovel at  www.strovel.com.
New League Forming - Joseph Whitbeck is starting a new email league.  A Basic Cards and Dice Retro Keeper League starting with the 1960 season and going backwards through time.  The Summer league will consist of 12 teams and play games from May thru September. The season will consist of 76 games of which each manager playing 38 games.  If interested contact Joe at  deadball274@gmail.com.
March 24th Openings
The Canadian Baseball League Opening - The Canadian Baseball League is a 24-team league that began in 1974, and uses real MLB affiliations.  They play the computer game but without AIM.  They send instructions, or send micromanagers for our road series.  There are managers from the USA and Canada, most of whom have been in the league for 15+ years (several have been participating for 30+ years when it was a cards and dice league).  They recently had a manager unfortunately pass away, and his team is in need of someone to pick up the reins.  The open team is the Philadelphia Phillies.  This team has a lot of solid players: Miles Mikolas, Gerrit Cole, Jack Flaherty, Marco Gonzales, Blake Treinen, Matt Carpenter, Ryan McMahon, Jed Lowrie, Paul DeJong, Stephen Piscotty, Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor, David Dahl, and more.  If interested, please email Jim at  jimreid1334@gmail.com.
APBA Player Looking to Join a League - Lew lives in Laguna Niguel, California and would like to join a basic C&D league. If you have a C&D league opening, contact Lew at glen571944@gmail.com 
March 17th Openings
No Limits APBA league - The NLAL is a new league forming.  The NLAL is a different format playing from September to April and is setting up now.  Basic is used for all hitters set to 930 batters faced unless already higher, starting pitchers to 1000 batters faced,  split grades to 700, and relievers to 300, also unless already higher.  The NLAL plans to use AIM control with full injuries.  The experiment is to see if the injury issue will actually control player use.  Injury factors will not be changed for low use but a great card could be susceptible to injuries and thus undependable.  Manager input into actual rules will be welcome as they set up the league. if interested contact Robert at  robertjacobus@frontier.com
Player Looking for a Computer League - Individual looking for a computer league opening.  he has played the regular board game for years, but would like to delve into the computer game and get into a league. If you have a league opening please contact the gentlemen at  pstul@aol.com.
March 3rd Openings
DBL League Opening - The DBL has the 1931 Philadelphia Phillies available. They are just starting the season.  If interested, please contact Gene Knauber at  meaner53965@hotmail.com  for more information.
February 24th Openings
The Boys of Summer APBA Baseball League - The Boys of the Summer APBA Baseball League, an APBA BBW (Computer) League is looking for a owner.  They have an opening for their Vancouver Storm franchise, seeking for a competitive owner who has good knowledge of the game of baseball, as well as with the APBA Baseball for Windows and its League Manager and Advanced Draft applications.  The league is a 16-team league, as they prepare for their 7th season.  The league draft is in early March.  If interested please contact Shawn Baier at bosbaier@yahoo.com.
February 10th Openings
The COBL APBA Baseball League Opening -  COPL is a modern day salary cap league finishing its 17th season and looking for a couple new GMs.  The league is a contract league that signs players through an auction process.  Each team gets a certain amount of money and contracts range from 1 to 5 years in length.  The available teams include the World Series champion - new mangers will do a dispersal draft from the three available franchises.  (One has already been filled.)  Top players include Jose Ramirez, Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Story and others.  Contact John at  johansonj@hotmail.com if you are interested. 
The Northern Virginia APBA Baseball League (NVABL) Opening - NVABL is looking to immediately fill a vacant managers slot for the 2018 season.  The NVABL is a 12 team Master Game league that plays mostly online via Google Chat and phone.  They have their roots in the DC suburbs but currently see players as far North as New Hampshire and West as sunny California.  More about the league can be found at  https://sites.google.com/site/apbanvabl/. ; The open team istheHoliday Stingrays - a competitive team with current and future star power including Kris Bryant, Didi Gregorius, Stephen Strasburg and Trea Turner.  If you're interested in finding out more about the league and taking over the Holiday franchise, please contact Dwight at  dwight4007@hotmail.com.
USBL Opening - The USBL is a BBW 5.75 continuous ownership league that allows you to draft up to 4 never before carded players and retain their rights.   They currently have three openings.  The league has new managers draft from a supplemental pool made up of all players from teams that are managerless.  If interested, please contact Phil at  apbaphilip@gmail.com for more information.
February 3rd Openings
True Franchise Baseball league Opening - The TFBL is a league in which each team owns all of his minor league players affiliates from rookie league to AAA.  The TFBL plays BBW, in is in its 3rd season only, with aim.  The TFBL has 24 teams and four 6 team divisions.  The four Division winners and two Wild Card Teams qualify for the playoffs.  The league has a 40 men roster with 28 active and 12 on the farms.  The available team is the Washington Nationals.  If you are a National's fan, this is the perfect occasion to manage a team with your favorite players, Bryce Harper, Juan Soto, Trea Turner, Scherzer, Strasburg etc. and all of its minor league affiliates.  If interested or for more info, please contact Alain at  dumontar@videotron.ca.          
LLB League Opening - The LLB League is in it's 8th season.  The LLB has 20 teams, 4 divisions, and is a full Aim Salary League based on MLB salaries.  The open team owns Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer among others.  A keeper league, they have an annual June Amateur Draft.  The FA draft is coming soon.  If interested or for more info, please contact Alain at  dumontar@videotron.ca.          
I trust this column is continuing to bring many APBA players together be it through regional tournaments or league play.  I am glad that we can continue to provide this service to the APBA community and further promote brotherhood within our beloved hobby.

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