April 16, 2019   

THIS WEEK IN APBA

Volume II Issue 18

            

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Good afternoon,    
 
After eleven years, Tiger Woods wins his 15th major.  Good for him.  He may not be everyone's cup of tea.  I admire people who were once at the top and are willing to fail to reach those heights again.  The other thing is that Nike's market cap increased $2 Billion after Tiger's win. Impressive.

Someone bet $85,000 on Woods to win the Masters at 14-1 odds.  Good for him.
 
 
We were at Badger Hill Brewery in Shakopee, MN, which is the brewery I placed the APBA Baseballgame onto the game shelf.  With a crowded bar, we got the game out and rolled the 2017 Yankees vs the 2017 Dodgers.  George Adams, Phil Geraffo and I managed the 2017 Yankees to a 9-3 win over the 2017 Dodgers managed by Jeff Boeding and Kevin Cluff.  George Adams was our pitching coach, and he put (CY) Montgomery on the mound for the Yankees, against Phil and I's wishes.  Montgomery defeated Kershaw (AXYZ) easily!
 
By the end of the game, we had 3 local female school teachers asking us about the dice baseball game and having a few brews with us ... [ Why aren't they in the picture?] 
 
In the attached picture above, from L to R:  George Adams, Jeff Boeding, Kevin Cluff, Phil Geraffo, Jim Fraasch
 
The number of new tournaments scheduled this year is very impressive. Congratulations to all tournament directors and the participating managers. 
 
 New Sets:
This week we are proud to offer the 2017-18 Ligue 1 (top French soccer league) card set. You can get the set here. 
 
 
2019 CONVENTION
 
 
 

See you at Alpharetta! 

 
NEW APBA COMMUNITY MEMBERS
 
BRETT PINER JACKSONVILLE, FL
LARRY HONEYCUTT CHICO, CA
JASON SCOTT LAKE WINNEBAGO, MO
RENEE WICK PARK FOREST, IL
JEFF KING LAKE VILLA, IL
CHARLES MOORE PITTSBURGH, PA
ROBERT TRUBIANO LITITZ, PA
JOHN GADE MORTON, PA
JULIE BACHMAN LITITZ, PA
PHILIP DERR LEWISBURG, PA
GALEN MCNITT AURORA, CA
ROBERT MATHEWS TEXAS CITY, TX
CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ BEAUMONT, CA
SCOTT RICHARDSON OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 
   
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. 
 
THIS WEEK IN APBA ("TWIA") RADIO SHOW 
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. Every week, John will be releasing a new show.  We have adopted a flexible schedule to meet both John's and our guest's busy schedules.  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.  
 
APBA GO
The first annual APBA GO State Champion tournament is starting in the next few weeks.  There will be a tournament for each state with the state champions advancing to the National Championship.  The Championship final series will be held Thursday evening June 20th in conjunction with the opening night of the APBA Convention. 

Starting next week, we will be sending out tournament schedules per state.

All rounds except the semi-finals and finals will be best of three.  The semis and finals are best of five. 

You now have the capability to operate a draft league in APBA GO.  With custom teams and collections, all the statistics of your draft team are computed automatically.  Who is going to start the first APBA GO draft league?
 
There is some confusion that APBA GO is only available as a subscription service.  That is not correct.  You still have the option to purchase individual teams or seasons for APBA GO.   
 
TOURNAMENT REPORT 
 
REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS
 
This past Saturday, two regional tournaments were held: The Prairieland IV APBA Base Tournament in Springfield, Illinois under the direction of Thomas Nelshoppen and Richmond's Old Dominion APBA Tournament in Richmond, Virginia under the direction of Jim Saska. The tournament summaries are provided below:
 
The Prairieland IV APBA Baseball Tournament
 
I am sorry to report that Tom Nelshoppen informed me that due to a family illness Eric Berg will be pinch hitting to report the tournament results. Unfortunately as of submittal of the newsletter input, I had not received the tournament summary report. Accordingly, I plan to report on this tournament next week. Tom, we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
 
Richmond's Old Dominion APBA Baseball Tournament
 
It was a rainy, overcast spring day here in the Capital city of Virginia but fortunately the Old Dominion APBA Baseball tournament was played indoors.  Although only seven teams participated, each manager expressed how much they enjoyed the day!  Here are the final tournament standings:
 
1.  1971 Pittsburgh Pirates - 5 wins and 1 loss 2.  1977 NY Yankees - 5 wins and 1 loss 3.  1986 Boston Redsox - 4 wins and 2 losses 4.  1977 Philadelphia Phillies - 3 wins and 3 losses 5.  1983 Baltimore Orioles - 2 wins and 4 losses 6. 1984 Chicago Cubs - 2 wins and 4 losses 7.  1986 NY Mets - 0 wins and 6 losses
 
Congratulations to Tim Rounds who managed to win the Championship with the 1971 Pirates.  His Pirates won the tie-breaker by winning their head-to-head game with the 1977 Yankees. Hats. Off also to Jim Saska for running another successful event.
 
The next tournament is The Inaugural Mason-Dixon APBA Baseball Tournament in Hagerstown, Maryland on Saturday May 4, 2019 under the direction of Bill Sagle.  The details of the tournament and contact information is provided below.
 
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.
 
Saturday May 4, 2019 - The Inaugural Mason-Dixon APBA Baseball Tournament, Hagerstown, Maryland.  The theme will be "Between the World Wars 1919-1939.  Cost is $20 and participation is limited to 24 players.  Contact Bill at  williamsagle@aol.com.
 
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
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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 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 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.
 
UPDATED INFORMATION - 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.
 
NEW LISTING - 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.
 
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.
 
APBA LEAGUE INFORMATION
 
NEW - 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:
 
April 14, 2019 Openings
 
There are no new league openings to report this week.
 
March 31, 2019 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.  League communications 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          
 
January 27th Opening
 
FABL League Opening - The Fantasy APBA Baseball League (FABL) is a modern day BBW league finishing its 22nd season.  Its a 20 league team with 40-man rosters and 2 openings.  Each team is associated with an MLB team, and have first dibs on that team's rookies.  The prospective owner would take over the Diamondbacks or Rays roster franchises, but next year can switch to the White Sox, Tigers, Blue Jays, Mariners, Angels, Nationals, Mets, Braves, Reds, or Giants.  Contact Kevin at  krupp12w@ptd.netwith your APBA or sim experience and questions.
 
January 20th Openings
 
Non-AIM Nation League Opening - The league has 1 opening in a 19 year old Non-AIM National League 12 Team League. They usually draft face-to-face (attendance is highly encouraged) Presidents Day weekend near Hackettstown, NJ.  They also get together each summer for a stadium tour (non-mandatory). If interested, please email  bergmrl@comcast.net or phone 770-689-7847. 
 
The North American Pro Baseball League - The NAPBL is a 16 team BBW based league starting it 41st season. Their 2019 Winter Meeting is scheduled for February 9th in Northeast, Ohio.  Approximately 8 to 10 managers will attend.  They are in need a couple managers! The league was founded in 1978 Cards and Dice.  In 1999 the league switched to the Computer game.  They are a mail league, but there is a lot of face to face play.  The league features permanent 40 man team rosters with multiple opportunities to play computer games face to face the 164 game schedule during the year. The league is centered in the eastern states, CLEVELAND, OHIO, TORONTO, CANADA, BUFFALO, NY, HARTFORD. CT, and ST. LOUIS MO. The 7 month season runs April-October. playing 2-3 series a month. The draft, the trading of players, money and draft picks has become a yearly highlight and has made the NAPBL very competitive. - they invite you to enjoy the fun!  Please contact the John M. Wilson Jr. or Steve Lawrence  with questions and inquiries:  stats66@aol.com or  coopdet@gmail.com or call 216-789-3764.
 
Cooperstown League Openings-  Current 2017 season running second half thru March 2019.  Looking for GM's/Coaches to come join in the fun of this modern day 24 team (12 AL/12 NL, 3 - 4 team divisions) BBW 5.75 league.  It is a fantasy roster league where AL players play in the AL, NL players play in the NL, no interleague play until the WORLD SERIES. This league is currently in its 7th season under construction, has 40 man carded rosters plus prospects to let GM's put their stamp on the organizations.  Seasons run from late September thru March, 160 game schedule-played in MLB STYLE series, with Home and Away games...every team has their own Stadium assigned to the organization, play with 27 man active roster throughout the season (up to 40 for final month)..OFF-SEASON cut-down... uses official disk.. FULL AIM..  minor league draft.. Playoffs with 3 division winners plus next best 2 records in each league playing a 1 game Wild Card play in game.. Weekly line-up scheduled, daily e-mailed results, game also uses micromanagers as fall back-but teams are eligible to make line-up changes if an injury was to affect their weekly line-ups (daily team status report.. sent as part of daily results package).  Obviously not everyone can devote a lot of time to this, that's where the micromanagers assist in the season moving forward.  AL leagues play with the DH, not so in the NL.  Organizations are tied to ACTUAL MLB player movement.. meaning if players become free agents, then Cooperstown will follow suit, every off season player movement is tracked ..the organizations player list updated (sent to GMs) and the off-season begins (Cut-downs-Free Agents draft -2 phases**those with draft picks attached** and those without picks attached), then an open claim on remaining carded players.  Once the season is final and standings have been established.. a rookie DRAFT of prospects will take place.  If interested you can e-mail Tracy at  Ratbo68621@aol.com and note as Cooperstown Interest.  Come join the fun to finish out the 2017 season, and see if your interest is peaked to continue permanent ownership of your organization.  The league has been set up with written constitution rules, so if interested I can send a package of the rosters and rules out as soon as possible.  
 
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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