Thank goodness for the Boston Bruins! I was getting worried that the final four NHL teams set would not attract fans. No pressure Boston but keep it up. Its been a strange hockey playoff with all the top seeds eliminated in the first round. What does that say about the regular season?
Another major golf tournament this weekend. The PGA is now in May. Who is the favorite? Tiger? Koepka? The field? Last year when Sally Jenkins was asked who was going to win the U.S. Open, she said anyone but Brooks Koepka. She was wrong. I wish I knew what she has said about this week.
Does anyone know where to get a copy of Franklin Electronic Books baseball game? If you do please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
New Golf Courses now available:
Spring is slowly coming in the northern portion of the company except in Duluth Minnesota. To ease the pain of winter APBA is offer two new golf courses:
For licensing purposes, we cannot use the actual names of the courses. FYI the YATCH Golf course is not a typo.
You can now book your hotel room at the APBA rate here
See you at Alpharetta!
NOW TAKING THE FIELD: BASEBALL's ALL-TIME DREAM TEAMS for ALL 30 FRANCHISES.
Who would you choose for an all-time starting lineup on your favorite baseball team? How would they match-up against your rival team's best players? Debates immediately arise: Sandy Koufax or Clayton Kershaw for the top Dodger's pitcher? Mickey Mantle or Joe DiMaggio in CF for the Yankees? Eddie Mathews or Chipper Jones at 3B for the Braves? You can compare the lists in the book to APBA's BAT teams sets.
Many authors and fan surveys have tackled this subject in the past, but none as extensively as my new book Now Taking the Field: Baseball's All-Time Dream Teams for All 30 Franchises, published by ACTA Sports. I started with Wins Above Replacement (WAR) as a baseline - looking at total WAR during each player's time with the team, as well as their top-three WAR seasons (for peak performance) and WAR per game played (for average value provided over time). But I didn't end my analysis there, as I also took into consideration all the traditional statistics fans know well, post-season performance (which WAR doesn't cover), and also honors and awards such as how many times each player was an All-Star or how many MVP, Cy Young, or Gold Glove awards they took home.
And I did all of that not only to choose a single starting lineup for each club. I went deeper, choosing a full 30-man roster for each franchise, with two starting lineups: one against righties and one against lefties, so that we can have fun thinking about all-time greats platooning with each other. Each team's chapter has a visual depth chart so you can see the entire dream roster at a glance, as well as a list of the best single season's in the team's history. I even compared my selections - which number 900 in all (30 players on 30 franchises) - with those selected by past authors and fan surveys, in some cases dating back to the 1950s.
In the end, casual and baseball fans alike have a 600+ page book covering the entire history of the game, and likely starting as many arguments as it ends.
NEW APBA COMMUNITY MEMBERS
JONATHAN PEARSON NORMAN, OK
RICHARD BUTLER PAYNESVILLE, MN
PAUL TESKE BRIDGEVILLE, PA
RUSSELL BACK HIXTON, WI
ROBERT HAMM SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY
SCOTT MITCHELL WATERTOWN, NY
HARLAND ANDERSON MENOMINEE, MI
CHRISTOPHER KAMPRATH ROLLA, MO
MICHAEL BLAKE HUBER HEIGHTS, OH
RONNIE COX NEW KENT, VA
JOHN MENDOZA CHANNAHON, IL
JOHN ANDRUCHEK MINERSVILLE, PA
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. The latest podcast is the wonderful story of Lisa and Randy Walker. IT IS A MUST LISTEN.
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 first annual APBA GO State Champion tournament started this weekend. Twenty teams are entered. The Championship final series will be held Thursday evening June 20th in conjunction with the opening night of the APBA Convention.
All rounds except the semi-finals and finals will be best of three. The semis are best of five and finals are best of seven.
There were no regional tournaments this week but our tournament family continues to grow with the announcement by Rob Wyks that the Inaugural Veteran's Memorial Tournament in honor of USN, CAPT John Scalzo will be held in Leesburg, Virginia on Sunday November 10, 2019. See details of the tournament below. Welcome aboard the ever growing list of regional tournaments offering face-to-face play and player camaraderie. There are still 10 events left in 2019 so be sure to sign up for an event and experience APBA at its best.
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
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 is posted on the game company website
. Contact John Herson at
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
. ; The tournament director is Stray Corrado and can be contacted at
or at 810-357-9024.
NEW TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT - 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
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
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
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
with a brief and concise write-up. Openings or individuals looking to join leagues are as follows:
May 12, 2019 Openings
There are no new league openings to list this week.
April 22, 2019 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
. ; 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
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
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
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
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.