July 29, 2020
THIS WEEK IN APBA
Volume III Issue 29
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Good afternoon,
 
Well opening day 2020 happened.  We've had many questions about the scoring of the new extra inning rule.  I haven't thought about it.  We've been asked if we are going to revise BBW for this silly rule.  It depends on what is involved to make the necessary changes.  Remember you are the manager.  You don't have to follow any procedures of MLB like how many batters a pitcher has to face or how to start extra innings.  Hell, if you think extra innings are boring, have tie games.  Award three points for a win and one point for a tie.
 
I'm consistently amazed how bad MLB is run.  Every week there is something else.  I was talking to John Asalon this morning. He told me the Reds home game was blacked out.  WHAT!! THERE ARE NO FANS IN THE STANDS AND YOU ARE STILL BLACKING OUT THE GAME.  UNBELIEVABLE.
 
I don't understand how all of these sports leagues get COVID tests and immediate results and others are waiting 7 to ten days for test results.  That's not right.  Enough I will get off my soap box.
 
This weeks guest for THIS WEEK IN APBA is Tony Stevens discussing the recent 2020 APBAlooza tournament he hosted.  Tony is always an interesting guest. 
 
THIS WEEK'S NEW PRODUCTS

The last of the 2019 College football season sets. A 16 team Group of Five set including North Dakota State. Get the list of teams here.

The Gopher Lakes golf course is now available on card stock on nine individual sheets.  This is the same course as the course previously offered as a manual with coated sheets. 

 Recently added new products: 
The 2019-20 NHL season card set  
 New World Series sets: 1901,1908,1926, 1961 and 1996.  You can order these sets here.   
2019 Pro Football, 
2019 PAC 12 Football, and 
2020 Preplay baseball season card set, APBA GO and BBW file and CD
 
TOURNAMENT REPORT 
REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS
 
The outbreak of the Covid-19 Coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of The June 2020 APBA National Convention in Alpharetta, Georgia and postponement and rescheduling of many regional tournaments.  See details below for rescheduled tournament information. This week we removed two league openings which were successfully filled.
 
There were no regional tournaments this past week. The next tournament is the 13th edition of the Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XIII) which will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020.  See details below.
 
2020 REGIONAL TOURNAMENT CALL-OUT - Tournament Directors who are planning an APBA Regional Tournament between January and December of 2020 are requested to forward tournament information to Randy Coryer at  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com for inclusion into the newsletter.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.
 
2020 Tournament Schedule
 
The 2020 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 tournament play.
 
Listing of Cancelled Tournaments due to COVID-19 virus
 
1.  The 3rd Annual Heartland Apba Tournament - Earle Shamblin at  Stillvill44@gmail.com.
2.  The APBA National Convention -John Hersonatcustsupp@apbagames.com 3.  The Chicagoland Tournament - Rob Spatz at  Robspatz@gmail.com.
4.  The 4th Annual Lancaster World Series Tournament - Dale Shreiner at  dashreiner@gmail.com.
5.  The Inaugural Houston APBA Baseball Tournament - Ed Hubbard at  greyghosts2016@gmail.com.
6.  The 6th annual Toledo Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament (GCABT-VI) - Ron Emch at   rce@emcher.com or text/call at 419-349-0649. 7.  The Vegas APBA Tournament - Chris White at  cwhitesports@yahoo.com or call 702-491-4838.
8.  The Mason-Dixson Classic Tournament - William Sagle at  williamsagle@aol.com.
9.  The Inaugural Rocky Mountain APBA Baseball Tournament - Ryan Strauss at  RockyMountainAPBA@gmail.com 
 
Listing of Tournaments to be Rescheduled due to COVID-19 virus
 
1.  The 5th Annual Prairieland APBA Baseball Tournament - Eric Berg at  ebjornaas@hotmail.com.
2.  The Old Dominion APBA Baseball Tournament - Jim Saska at at  jamessaska@gmail.com.
 
Listing of Current Scheduled Tournaments
 
SITE CHANGE - Saturday August 8, 2020 - The 13th edition of the Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XIII) will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020, at the City of Shakopee Community Youth Center, 1099 Adams St. S., Shakopee, MN 55379.  The site change will provide ample room for social distancing.  Masks will be required at the tournament sight.  Hand sanitizer will be available during the event.  Each participant is to bring or order their own food, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks.  A fee of $20 will be charged to cover the cost of the tournament facility.  Interested parties can contact Jim Fraasch at  jwfraasch@mchsi.com
 
Saturday October 17, 2020 - The Linda B. Schulz Memorial APBA Baseball Tournament VI will be held in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.  The tournament theme is any APBA issued MLB teams from seasons 1901-2019 that had a winning percentage under .585 (approximately less than 95 wins in 162 game season and less than 90 wins in 154 Game Season). Teams are first come first serve. Retired teams are not eligible (1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1929 Philadelphia A's, 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers, 1975 Cincinnati Reds, 1977 Philadelphia Phillies).  If interested or to register please contact Ken Schulz at  schulzka02@yahoo.com
 
Saturday October 17, 2020 - The Third Furniture City APBA Tournament (FCAT) will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Legends Sports.  Any team from 1901-1960 is eligible; 25-man rosters, no XCs, plus one player from either the 1961 American League or the 1962 National League.  Draft for team selection begins on August 30, 2020.  For more details or to register, contact GF Korreck at  gfk1949@yahoo.com
 
Saturday November 7, 2020 - The 1st Annual Salisbury APBA Baseball Tournament - The 1st Annual Salisbury APBA Baseball Tournament will be held in Salisbury, Maryland at a location to be determined.  The tournament theme is Manager's Mayhem.  Each entrant is to field a 25-man roster (no XB's) from one NL and one AL team from 1950 to 2015 (teams can be from different years).  The teams must be less than a .555 winning percentage.  The composite team must have a minimum of 10 players from each team.  Four man pitching rotations are required.  Each team will play a minimum of 8 games in pool play with playoff games to follow.  The registration fee is $60 and includes tournament entry, a t-shirt, lunch, and trophies for the top four finishers.  Registration is open until September 25, 2020.  If interested and to register, please contact Chester Davis at  superdawg17@hotmail.com.
 
Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 -- QuaranTEAMS III, a Video Baseball Blitz Tournament.  All games will be played over a video program so that the games are played face-to-face.  All rolls must be shown on the video camera.  The prize being played for is APBA's 2020 MLB season (an $85 dollar -- includes the $10 shipping fee).  The entry fee is $10 and you must have a computer that is able to connect to a video program (i.e. Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, etc.).  If interested, please contact Tony Stevens at AandTStevens@Gmail.com.
 
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a Regional APBA Tournament in 2020 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.
 
Potential Upcoming APBA Tournaments
 
POTENTIAL TOURNAMENT IN SEATTLE AREA  -  There is an effort underway to conduct an APBA Baseball Tournament in the Seattle, Washington area.  If interested, please contact Dave Bednarek at  dbedrock@comcast.net with you name, contact information, and a preference for a Spring or Fall tournament.
 
POTENTIAL TOURNAMENT IN NEW ORLEANS -  Are you tired of only seeing tournaments on the East Coast and Mid-West??  If there is enough interest, a small group of New Orleans players are looking to set up a regional in the NOLA area in 2020, please contact Randy Tabor at  rk_tabor@yahoo.com (note the underscore "_" in email address).
 
APBA LEAGUE INFORMATION
 
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:
 
July 18th
 
Patriot League Opening - A BBW 12-person NL only league needs one new member.  The Patriot League was established in 1971 and is very reliable.  The team you would be inheriting is currently one game out of the division and has a roster for long-term success.  The league is unusual in that they have a first round draft as well as a blind bidding process for undrafted players.  They also have historical statistics since the inception of the league.  If interested in joining the Patriot League please contact Brian Hey at  hey@mcmahonberger.com.
 
June 28th Opening
 
CCBA League Openings - The CCBA, a BBW continuous ownership league, is looking for a few good managers.  The league has been in existence since 1998 with several original managers.  There are three teams open at this point.  The teams are at the 70 game mark of the current season.  The three teams available are Puget Sound, Texas, and Quinsigamond.  Please check out the rosters at http://ccbabaseball.freehostia.com.  If interested please contact the League Commissioner Chip Bingham at ecwizards@comcast.net.
 
May 24th Opening
 
New League Looking for a Manager -  A well-known regional tournament co-director is putting together a new cards & dice league which is looking for a manager.  The league will begin with the 1980R season and work backwards in years.  The league will play 84 games with playoffs (One 3-game series per week).  The unique feature of this league is each player can only be used 52% of actual time played.  Games may be played face-to-face or via skype/zoom/google.  More information including draft instructions will be forwarded once the league is filled.  If interested please contact Ken Schulz at  schulzka02@yahoo.com.
 
May 17th Opening
 
Player Looking for a League - An APBA player is interested in getting into a computer baseball league.  If you have an league opening please contact Dan at  dbharlan906@gmail.com.
 
April 12th Opening
 
Individual Looking for a League - We have an individual looking to join a C&D league.  This individual has league experience from 1995 up until 2010 and would like to renegade in league play.  If your league has a position to fill please contact Dave at  dpossessky@outlook.com.
 
March 28th Opening
 
KISS League Openings - The KISS ( Keep it simple stupid ) winter play APBA league is looking for three managers.  They are a current AIM league with a twist just starting playoffs in our initial season.  They have lost three managers, all to health reasons!  The twist is all players have expanded usage but they play full AIM and game injuries.  Position players are set to 930 pr unless higher.  Starters are set to 900 BF unless already higher.  Split grade and relievers also get boosted.  But with full AIM and game injuries you better have a bench because the injuries will hit.  If interested, please contact Robert the league commissioner for additional information at  robertjacobus@frontier.com
 
AOMBL League Opening - 1993 AOMBL is getting ready to draft up expansion.  There is two established clubs and four expansion clubs available.  The AOMBL is a Non-Aim league which applies DH Rules and Baseball for Windows 5.75.  Games are played in blocks.  The league has been around since the 1957 season.  Each team only protects 15 for expansion, so yes you will have a much better club than most leagues for expansion.  Also each club drafts high in the rookie draft, so you get rookies too.  If interested in the league openings please contact Max at maxtracy1962@gmail.com.
 
February 23rd Opening
 
Players Looking for a League or Local Play - Edgar and Fran live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and are looking to play APBA baseball on occasion or join an APBA baseball league at some point (they live on the East side of Grand Rapids near 3600 E. Fulton Street SE so anyplace in the area would be great).  They have not played in a while but read often and know most of the cards and teams for years and use to play all the time.  If interested or looking for periodic local play please Edgar and Fran at cyggie002@earthlink.net
 
February 17th Opening
 
ICBL League Openings - The ICBL has openings for 3 teams, two (2) in the American League and one (1) in the National League. The ICBL is a Computer Baseball League using the APBA game format of BBW Version 5.75. The league has been continuously running since 1989. The ICBL is composed of two twelve-team leagues, each containing three four-team divisions. The DH is used in the American League while pitchers must bat in the National League. The ICBL is a continuous-ownership league using all current MLB players as well as six (6) prospects per team.  If interested, please contact Brian at  brianrdevine23@gmail.com
 
January 12th Opening
 
COBL League Opening - The COBL APBA Baseball league is looking for a couple of new managers!  The COBL has been around for over 20 years and has a strong core of GMs.  It is an auction league - players are signed to contracts of from 1-5 years in length.  It is a fantastic way to acquire and manage a roster.  There are a couple opening so more than likely there will be a dispersal draft for the new GMS.  The teams in question include one team that won well over 100 games this past year, so there are a lot of very good players available.  The auction is a unique experience!  If you are interested please contact John at johansonj@hotmail.com.
 
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 of APBA gaming.  Please remember to stay safe and healthy during this most difficult time for our country.

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