October 6, 2020
Volume III Issue 39
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Good afternoon,
College football is heating up!  The first NFL game was cancelled last weekend.
I was listening the Braves game last week.  When it went into extra innings, the announcer told the listeners that the "real" extra inning rules would apply.  No runner at second to start the inning.  I've coached youth teams in the past that used this rule.  It got me thinking about other youth baseball league rules, that MLB could adopt.
Once you bat through the lineup, the inning is over.  
Mercy rules that end games.  Usually the rules don't apply until after the half way point of the game.  Which should be five innings but what would the rule be if its part of a 7 inning double header.
KARMA.  The agreement between MLB and Minor League Baseball has expired.  MLB is taking significant steps to reorganize Minor League Baseball. All for the benefit of MLB The Appalachian league is going to be a wood bat college league for freshmen and sophomores.  The players will not be paid.  The question is how much will the players have to pay for this opportunity.   
I bring this up because there is a case involving the pay of minor league baseball players working its way through the court system. The players claim minimum wage law is being violated. The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that has accepted the players' appeal.
The KARMA part of this story.  When this case was heard at the appeals court, MLB asked Minor League Baseball to "carry the water for MLB" because Minor League Baseball was poorer than MLB and would be more favorably received. The strategy worked. MLB prevailed.  After the appeal's court decision, MLB announced pay increases for the players and then told the Minor League team operators, they would pay for the increased salary.
I doubt that Minor League baseball will carry the water this time for MLB at the Supreme Court.
A couple of items.   
2020 Baseball season products.  We anticipate the same release dates for the 2020 baseball season products as in past year.  BUT because of small sample size, etc.,  there may be delays.  Please keep this potential delay in mind when determining your league's draft date.   
1975 Baseball basic card set. We have a case of 1975 basic baseball cards. These cards do not have the master symbols on them. If interested, send an email to customer support (custsupp@apbagames.com),  the price is $60 plus shipping.  First come, first serviced. 
Hello fellow Apba fans ,  My Name is Bob Wyble ,  I am sure some of you May of heard my name floating around .  50 years ago at 8 years old May father gave me his complete apba game 1957 @ 1958 . and shortly after my Uncle Ernie gave me His 1962 complete game . I have been hooked every since . It is a deep passion of mine .  I have been Charlie Fouche's Silent Partner Since his beginning of KNLBA .  I had the Wonderful pleasure of Spending 4 weeks with Charlie and his wonderful family . That will always.be one of the most memorable Wonderful times in my Life .I absolutely  plan on keeping Charlie's Legacy Going  . I figure I have a least 20 years left in me .   I am very Sorry everyone has been kept waiting this Long .  Things are moving forward very well .  Every Single Season team Charlie has created ,Will be available . That is phase one . Phase two I will make New Single Season Teams.  Using Charlie's Formula ,He taught me ,  Time Frame for Web Site Opening is the at the Latest March of 2021. Hopefully much Sooner . I Like to see it up by the first of the year .  The Very Last adventure me and Charlie had was are trip to see John Herson . Charlie and myself enjoyed that very much . John and Myself ,Stay in touch .  I want to Mention I will only be creating  Teams Oked By John Herson .   Once Cards go up for sale , And Questions asked .  All Orders will be sent out very quickly .  I will be continuing to keep everyone updated with more information here on this blog . thank you   Stay Safe and God Bless . Robert Wyble

 These teams were selected by a panel of recognized college football experts.

The roster sheets for the 1998 NFL season and College Football Great Teams Vol.2 set  will be added to the store this week. I spent the weekend watching my grand daughters play soccer for the first time since February.  Family comes first. 
Seven new World Series sets including another what if series: 1902, 1918, 1943, 1950, 1963, 1981 and 2009. 
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.

I am now accepting Regional Tournament announcements for the first half (January through June) of 2021.  Please submit your tournament information to Randy Coryer at apba66nyslp@yahoo.com.   Please keep the announcement to 100 words or less and include the tournament date, name, location, theme, price, any deadlines or restrictions, and tournament director contact information.  An example of a brief and to the point tournament listing is as follows:
Saturday March 6, 2021 - 7th Annual Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament, Jackson, Michigan.  The tournament will be held at The Loomis Park Baptist Church, 2301 North Elm Road, Jackson Michigan 49201.  If interested, please contact Rich Zawadzki at pastorichz@yahoo.com
 The next scheduled regional tournament is The 1st Annual Salisbury APBA Baseball Tournament in Salisbury, Maryland on Saturday November 7th.
APBA Regional Tournament Schedule
The 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.
Scheduled APBA Tournaments
October 1 through 31, 2020 - The Alternative LBS Virtual APBA Baseball Tournament - The tournament will begin on October 1st with divisional play (10 games) to be completed in two weeks.  Playoffs and the championship series will be scheduled for the second half of the month.  Games are to be played using Zoom, Skype, FB Messenger, etc.  The tournament cost is free.  The theme is any APBA-issued MLB teams from seasons 1901-2019 that had a winning percentage under .585.  Team selection is first come first serve.  Retired teams not eligible for the event are the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1929 Philadelphia A's, 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers, 1975 Cincinnati Reds, and 1977 Philadelphia Phillies.  The winner will receive a personalized plaque to be awarded in-person at the 2021 LBS VII tournament or mailed to you if that is not an option.  You must use the 2013 APBA Baseball results booklet, APBA-issued dice (not the 1950 mini dice), a dice shaker or tower, and internet service with video and voice capability.  The camera must be angled so your opponent can see the dice roll within a dice tower or in a box.  If you would like to register or have any questions/concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to Ken Schulz at schulzka02@yahoo.com.
Saturday October 17, 2020 - The Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XIV), Maple Grove, Minnesota.  The tournament is currently full at 18 participants due to COVID and imposed tournament safety measures.  The tournament director is Jim Fraasch and his contact information is jwfraasch@mchsi.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.
NEW LISTING - Saturday February 20, 2021 -  The 2021 Charlie Fouche APBA Shootout, Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The tournament will be held in the Hamilton Room of the Embassy Suites by Hilton located at 2321 Lifestyle Way Chattanooga TN 37421.  The event will begin at 8 am and conclude about 7 pm.  The theme will be Non-World Series Playoff teams with a non-Hall of Fame franchise player optional.  The cost is $20 and includes food, snacks, & drinks.  COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.  Hand sanitizer will be readily available.  Event pages are located at https://www.facebook.com/events/218256186105241 andhttps://cookinwithbobbijo.wordpress.com/events/ or email Steve Ryan at festsgrber@aol.com.
Saturday March 6, 2021 - 7th Annual Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament, Jackson, Michigan.  The tournament will be held at The Loomis Park Baptist Church, 2301 North Elm Road, Jackson Michigan 49201.  If interested, please contact Rich Zawadzki at pastorichz@yahoo.com
Saturday April 3, 2021 - The Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XV), Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Team selection will begin in January 2021.  Tournament details and specific site location will be provided at a later date.  If interested or to register please contact Jim Fraasch at jwfraasch@mchsi.com.
Thursday June 24 through Sunday June 27, 2021 - APBA National Convention and Tournament, Alpharetta, Georgia.  Convention details will be announced in January 2021.  The Convention and Tournament Director is Mr. John Herson, President and CEO of the APBA Games. 
Saturday, July 31, 2021 - Florida RollAPBAlooza, Clermont, Florida.  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 or the first half of 2021 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  -  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 -  If interested, please contact Randy Tabor at rk_tabor@yahoo.com (note the underscore "_" in email address) with your name and contact 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:
August 23rd Opening
Southern APBA Baseball Association (SABA) Opening - SABA has openings for 3 managers for the upcoming 2000 retro-season.  SABA is a card and dice play by mail league using the basic game with some innovations.  The SABA season runs from October to May.  If interested, please contact Larry Grant at lgrant49@hotmail.com.
August 9th Opening
CMBL Openings - The CMBLII, a BBW League, has two team managerial openings.  This is a franchise based winter play league.  Continuous ownership where you keep debut players from the franchise you're tied to.  Draft coming soon and would like to fill positions quickly.  If interested please contact Eric Meister at pfireball@yahoo.com. or Bob Jacobus at robertjacobus@frontier.com.
August 2nd Opening
Jersey Central League Opening (corrected site address) - The Jersey Central League is a cards and dice current season league that has been in existence since 1979.  They are a 14 team league that has been playing face-to-face in the metropolitan Philadelphia and South Jersey area.  Due to COVID-19, they have been playing league games using the Rolz dice roller online, and with 1 opening, they are looking for a manager not necessarily in their physical area.  The league plays the basic game with many master game variations and play the games using an incredible scorebook program.  If interested, please contact Larry Sitron at aceball9@outlook.com, and visit the league web site at www.jselmon.com/JerseyCentralLeague/home.asp
July 18th Opening
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.
APBA Hall of Fame Baseball League Draft Day Anniversary
We would like to give a shout out to APBA Hall of Fame League who on September 30th marked their 43rd Annual APBA Hall of Fame League Draft Day.  The APBA baseball card and dice league plays face to face with modified basic game boards according to Gary Growe the league Commissioner.  The league has three original members and one son. Congratulations to the APBA Hall of Fame League and your 43rd year of existence and draft day. We hope all members had a great day and successful draft.
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.  Be safe and stay in place!

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