February 26, 2019   

THIS WEEK IN APBA

Volume II Issue 13                

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Good evening,

The last two newsletters, the world of baseball has given us breaking news.  Today, Nolan Arenado agrees to 8 year $260 million contract.  He is now the highest paid player on an annual basis.  Arenado is only 16 months older than Bryce Harper.

I ran across an old APBA ad this past week on this subject. "Draft Your Own Free Agents with THE APBA MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME. (You Won't Have to Pay Them a Penny!)  Just another reason to play APBA. 

Also, there are no pace of play issues in APBA. 

Congratulations to Charlie Fouche, the inaugural winner of the Scenic City Shootout hosted by Steve Ryan and several other big helpers.  Steve knows all about being the inaugural winner as Steve is the inaugural winner of the APBA Home Run derby.  Congratulations to all at the Shootout.

This time of the year used to be slow in the sports calendar except for the Sports Illustrated bathing suit issue and the follow up letters to the editors complaining about the bathing suit issue. 

Now, the major college basketball conferences are wrapping up conference play.  Teams are still fighting for seeding.  Big Ten and Big 12 teams keep beating each other up.  Kansas may not win the Big 12 this year.  Emphasis on may.

MLS season starts this weekend.  All the major European leagues are back in action after their winter breaks.  The Champions league has began knock out play. 

The NHL trade deadline just passed with some interesting trades.

The NFL's new year begins next week.  Now the unannounced trades can be announced.  We will find out what players were "tagged".
 
I'm not going anywhere near the Robert Kraft story.

A new golf course Sandhills. Get it here.
We are redoing the Golf game manual. No major changes.  Mainly edits for better clarity.  We expect to have the golf game in stock the week of March 4th.   


2019 APBA Convention News

We are finalizing the details and cost of the upcoming 2019 convention.  In the meantime, there are two announcements.

We are looking for a soccer tournament director.  If you are interested please contact APBA at custsupp@apbagames.com.  We need a director by the end of March.

The second item is the hockey tournament.

ANNOUNCING
The 4th Annual APBA Convention Hockey Tournament
 
Having completed three competitive and thrilling national APBA hockey tournaments, we are proud to announce the 4th Annual APBA Convention Hockey Tournament for 2019. Join us for the chance to unseat Greg Wells, the two-time reigning champion, having won both the 2017 and 2018 tournaments.
Like last year's event, the preliminary rounds will be held in March, April and May, with the best-of-three finals to be held at the APBA Convention and Tournament in Alpharetta, GA the weekend of June 20-23, 2019. The preliminary rounds will be played either face-to-face or via Skype/FaceTime (or similar) if the location of the particular coaches will not allow face-to-face play. Any NHL stock team issued in a full-season set by APBA is eligible with the exception of the three prior tournament-winning teams: 1983-84 Oilers (2016 champion), 1976-77 Canadiens (2017 champion), and 1955-56 Montreal Canadiens (2018 champion) who are each now ineligible for APBA Convention Hockey Tournament play. Teams from the Great Teams of the Past sets and "home brewed" sets are NOT eligible, and their use will result in disqualification from the tournament and forfeiting of all games.
The format of the preliminary rounds will be determined after the signup deadline and will be based upon the number of entrants. By entering, please understand that if your team goes all the way to the finals, you are expected to be in attendance at the Convention to play in the final round. Alternatively, you (or the tournament director) could arrange for someone in attendance at the Convention to compete in the finals on your behalf.
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To sign up : Sign-up is now open and will close at midnight on March 17, 2019. Please enter by sending an email with the subject line "HOCKEY TOURNAMENT ENTRY" in ALL CAPS to custsupp@apbagames.com. Please include your name, email address and three team selections (please clearly indicate your first choice, second choice, and third choice and be sure to identify the team AND season). If more than one entrant selects a team, a draw will be held to determine which entrant is awarded the multi-claimed team. Details on format, rules and first round matchups will be determined and sent shortly after the March 17 deadline to enter.
    
   
NEW APBA COMMUNITY MEMBERS
 
DAN BUTLER GALLATIN, TN
JOSHUA AUGUSTINE ELMIRA, NY
MATT BLEUER LA JOLLA, CA
KARL JACOB SANDWICH, MA
BRENT VALORE WEST COVIN, CA
VIRGINIA BARRETT MAGNOLIA, TX
SCOTT MANSUR ATTLEBORO, MA
CHUCK HARKINS SEWELL, NJ
JEREMY SMITH CLAWSON, MI
PERRY STONER LINCOLN, NE
 
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
 APBA GO NOW HAS A SOLITAIRE PLAY FEATURE.
Check APBA GO out here. Its free!
 You can now draft your own team for APBA GO via the custom teams function. 
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.  
 
REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS

[Editor's note:  The latest report is that our tournament director is recovery nicely from his surgery of last week.]
 
2019 APBA Scenic City Shootout
 
The inaugural 2019 APBA Scenic City Shootout was held at the Embassy Suites on February 23rd in rain soaked Chattanooga Tennessee. There were 16 participants separated into four divisions of four teams each. The divisions were named Harmon Killebrew, Jim Kaat, Edgar Martinez, and Joe Charboneau after former great players for the Chattanooga Lookouts. 
 
Games started at 8:30 am with the three game series' against each division opponent finishing up around 3:00 pm including a one-game playoff in the Charboneau division between Mike Kehrer's 2017 Houston Astros and Amy Wyks' 2017 Washington Nationals. Amy took the division crown and faced Edgar Martinez division winner Jody Huneycutt and his 1999 New York Yankees in the semi-finals. The other semi-final saw Ken Wyks and the 1995 Cleveland Indians, Kaat division winner, square off with the Killebrew division champions, the 1931 Homestead Grays of Charlie Fouché. 
 
Amy and Mike tied for their division at 6-3 which was same record as Charlie in his division. Jody and Ken both finished with a 7-2 record as divisions champions. The predetermined schedule had the Kaat winner against the Killebrew winner and Martinez against Charboneau. 
 
Amy beat Jody in three games while Charlie got past Ken and the Tribe. In the championship series, Charlie took the first game 3-0 and retired the 1931 Homestead Grays as the Inaugural Champions of the 2019 APBA Scenic City Shootout in extra innings sweeping Amy's Nationals. 
 
A big thank you to Mike Kehrer for doing the main part of the tournament prep work as well as Steve's wife, Chastity, for doing the lion's share of the planning for this event. Chas purchased the food and set up the crockpots with meatballs and brats. Chattanooga area companies such as McKee Foods (Little Debbie) and Chattanooga Bakery (Moon Pies) were prominently featured snacks. 
 
This was a well-done event mainly due to the good spirit of cooperation by the participants. One of the players had an illness and had to drop out a day and a half before the Shootout, yet even with last minute schedule changes, the games ran smoothly. The experience Mike and Steve gained attending such smoothly run tournaments like Tony Stevens' Apbalooza Tournament, Pastor Rich's Greater Michigan APBA Tournament and Jim Fraasch's and Daryl Skogen's Twin City APBA Baseball Tournament helped shape the ideas The Shootout was based on.
In closing, Steve stated, "Remember, a bad rainy day playing APBA is better than a great sunny day doing just about anything else."
 
 
Upcoming Tournaments
 
The next scheduled tournament is The 2019 Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament in Jackson, Michigan on Saturday March 2, 2019. The tournament theme is any MLB Team from 1940-1968 and pitchers will hit.  The price will be $15 and will include sub sandwiches, soups, and salads as well as drinks.  Contact Pastor Rich Zawadzki at  pastorichz@gmail.com.
 
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 March 2, 2019 - 2019 Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament, Jackson, Michigan. The venue for the 5th Annual GMABT will be at Loomis Park Baptist Church, 2301 North Elm Road Jackson, MI 49201 in their Fellowship Hall (No smoking on church property or foul language on poor dice rolls please).  The tournament theme is any MLB Team from 1940-1968 and pitchers will hit.  The price will be $15 and will include sub sandwiches, soups, and salads as well as drinks.  Contact Pastor Rich Zawadzki at  pastorichz@gmail.com.
 
Saturday March 23, 2019 - Inaugural Southern California APBA Baseball Tournament, Westminister, California.  Contact Steve Radtke at  mrsteve50@hotmail.com.
 
Saturday March 23, 2019 - The APBA Wisconsin 2019 Spring Tournament, Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Please contact Kurt Bergland to register at  Bergland.kurt@yahoo.com before March 1.  Registration fee is $20 and registration and team selections are underway and are taken on a first come, first served basis.  The theme will be "Steroids? What steroids?"  Any teams from the 1980 through the 1999 seasons may be used.  You are to prepare two teams.  In the morning will be a great teams tourney.   Only teams with a regular season winning percentage greater than .500 may be entered.  In the afternoon, the second tournament takes place.  In "The Dregs" tournament, only teams with a regular season winning percentage below .500 from the years 1980-1999 may participate. 
 
Saturday March 30, 2018 - Florida's Spring Break Reality APBA Baseball Tournament, 4700 Kilt Court, St Cloud, Florida 34769-1607 (southeast of Orlando).  Any team issued by The APBA Game Company created (regular season, GTOP, World Series) is eligible.  There is a $10 entry fee (No food or drink is being provided by the tournament organizer).  Contact Tony Stevens at  aandtstevens@gmail.com (preferred) or call 352-600-0974
 
Saturday March 30, 2019 - The 2019 Heartland Apba Tournament, Stillwater, Oklahoma.   Any non playoff or World Series team from 1950 to present (excluding 1994). There is a $10 entry fee.  Contact Earle Shamblin at  Stillvill44@gmail.com to register or for more details. 
 
Saturday April 6, 2019 - Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XI ), Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Contact Jim Fraasch at jwfraasch@mchsi.com.  Note: This is NCAA Final Four weekend which is being held in Minneapolis so please plan accordingly.
 
Saturday April 13, 2019 - The Prairieland IV APBA Baseball Tournament, Springfield, Illinois.  The cost is $20.  More information on the drafting process and other details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/350013095841289/ or at the APBA Blog  http://www.apbablog.com/tournament-2/april-13th-prairieland-iv-tournament-details-announced. ; If interest or questions contact Thomas Nelshoppen at  nelshopp@gmail.com.
 
Saturday April 13, 2019 - Richmond's Old Dominion APBA Tournament, Richmond, Virginia.  The theme will be Disco 70's/Yuppie '80s (any APBA issued team 1970 through 1989 except GTOP).  The tournament will be held at Jim Saska's home ( 9921 Wenatchee Court, Richmond, Virginia 23236) beginning at 9 am.  Team selection will begin with this announcement.  If interested contact Jim Saska at  jamessaska@gmail.com.
 
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 https://www.facebook.com/events/260393537887940/?ti=cl. ; Please contact Rob at  robspatz@gmail.com if interested.
 
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. 
 
NEW - 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 28, 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
 
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 in Zephyr Hills, Florida from 9am to 5pm.  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).  Please contact Tony Stevens at  AandTStevens@Gmail.com or call 352-600-0974.
 
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
 
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:
 
February 24th Openings
 
APBA GO League Looking for Managers - A newly forming APBA GO League is forming and they need a minimum of two more managers to start the league. If interested contact Jeff Heagy at heagmeister@verizon.net.
 
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 manager's 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 is the Holiday 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. Theye 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 GM's) 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.  
 
December 17th Openings
 
The Baltimore-Washington APBA Baseball League - The Baltimore-Washington APBA Baseball League currently has a managerial opening for the 2019 season.  If you've ever thought about joining a league or are currently in one or more and still need to play more APBA baseball, here's your opportunity. The league is a 12 team, continuous ownership, F-T-F, MG league entering their 45th season.  They play an 84-game schedule.  Each team plays 12 games against each other team in their division and 4 games against each team from the other division.  The inter-division games are played at two scheduled league meetings during the season. Their draft will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 so there is plenty of time for preparation.  You can check out their website at  http://www.angelfire.com/games2/bwabl/. ; They can accommodate someone from either Baltimore or DC as they have one manager willing to switch divisions if needed.  They are also starting to experiment playing through Google Hangouts so, while they prefer someone in the greater Baltimore/DC area, they would consider someone outside the region as well.  If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Tim Haller at  tim.haller@outlook.com.
 
O.Z. League Opening - The O.Z. League, an APBA Baseball group created in 1982, is always looking to add new members to their family.  Currently the league is at 12 Franchises; if you live on the East Coast and want to join a fun but dedicated League this is one you should inquire about. They use BBW, MG, and the hybrid Paul Marino Boards as preference of the Home Team.  This league was featured in the N.Y. Daily News in 1988 and plays a 162 game schedule from February to October. The Annual Draft is held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ronkonkoma every February. If you are interested contact Dom at  NYAPBA@yahoo.com.
 
NPL APBA Baseball League - The NPL has one 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 Randy at  bergmrl@comcast.net or phone 770-689-7847. 
 
APBA Player Looking for a League - Phillip is looking for an APBA Baseball League near Cincinnati, Ohio.  If you have an opening pleas contact Phillip at  spyrtpreyz64@gmail.com.
 
December 9th Openings
 
ABLE League Openings - ABLE is a modern day 20 team BBW League that will begin its 34th season in April, 2019.  A unique feature to the league is that each team is associated with a Major League franchise, and have "first right of refusal" on their rookies.  The new owners will be able to affiliate to any of the following teams for the 2019 MLB season, and begin freezing its rookies with their draft picks beginning with the 2020 draft: Yankees, Orioles, Blue Jays, Rays, Royals, Angels, Nationals, Marlins, Cubs, Reds, Padres, or Rockies. The two teams will create their initial rosters from a pool of 72 players that were on the previous teams, so that each manager can put his own stamp on his new team.  The two teams will select their initial 36-man rosters from a mini-draft of the 72 players that were on the previous squads, so that each manager can put his own stamp on his team.  There are some awful good players available, including stars such as Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper, Charlie Blackmon, Jose Ramirez, Anthony Rendon, Chris Sale, Jason Verlander, Zach Greinke, and many more.  The league is very flexible and has laid back schedule consisting of 12 home games a month.  If interested contact Tom Battiato at  dodger300@aol.com.
 
MDTL League Opening - The MDTL is finishing it's 46th season.  They have one manager that is retiring at the end of the season and are looking for a replacement manager to take over the ownership of this very successful franchise.  Players on the team include Moustakas, Abreu, LeMahieu, and Russell. The league is a 20 team league with 25 man rosters.  They use the basic boards with a few modifications. This is a very solid league with a competitive but friendly membership. If you are interested in joining the league please email Keith at keithriggs01@gmail.com with your gaming history and any questions you may have.
 
OOTL League Opening - The OOTL (ootlapba.com) plays the Master Game face-to-face in the Harrisburg, PA, area.  They are always looking to grow their ranks and would welcome additional franchises for their upcoming season. Find out more about their 20+ year tradition on their site or by contacting Commissioner Brandon directly at  apbaootl@yahoo.com.
 
November 25th Opening
 
Philadelphia Area League Openings - A face-to-face Master Game league in the greater Philadelphia area is looking for new managers in a well-established league.  The 12-team league, playing a 99-game season mostly on "League Nights" in one of the manager's homes, has been in existence since the early 1970s and has included notable managers, such as Thatcher Longstreth and David Eisenhower.  Most of the managers live along the "Main Line", though one commutes from Reading and another lives in Allentown.  In addition to the 12 active teams, there are 2 inactive teams that are available to new managers.  It is a keeper league, using the new card sets.  Draft occurs in early February, and the season begins shortly thereafter, winding up in November with playoffs and "World Series".  If interested, please contact Dusty Welsh at  dustywelsh119@gmail.com.
 
TUBLUSA Opening - The TUBLUSA has two openings. 24-team current-day BBW league.  The league has a 40-man rosters, no offseason cuts, no salaries, and uses official disk.  The league has been in existence since 1998 with stable ownership.  Most managers have been in the league for quite some time.  Once we identified the new owner, there will be a dispersal draft of the two vacant teams.  If interested please contact Michel at michel.charlebois@proactiftransport.com.
 
November 18th Opening
 
The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (IBC) Opening - The IBC has two openings for their upcoming 32nd season that starts in March.  The IBC is a 24-team, present-day BBW draft league utilizing full AIM.  The IBC features 42-man rosters, minor league drafting, live internet play via Team Viewer, and a great group of managers.  The drafting of minor leaguers and the live internet play are the heart of the IBC, and that does mean devoting a bit more time, it usually takes 2 to 3 hours to play a series live and they play one series a week from March to September.  Obviously not everyone can play every series live, but they do try to encourage it as much as possible as opposed to using micromanagers.  Their draft is held in January/February so if you join now you'll have plenty of time to prepare for the draft and to start making trades.  The league is a very active trading league, averaging about 100 transactions per year over the past 10 years.  The IBC has a web site with rosters and lots of IBC history, records, draft results, and pictures.  The web site is  http://ibc-apba-baseball.com/ibc_index.php. ; The available teams are Mile High City and Pocket City.  If you are interested in joining please send Bob Scharnberger an email at  ibcleague@yahoo.com.  
 
November 4th Opening
 
Looking for a League in Orange County California - Lewis is moving from New York to Orange County California and is interested in finding an APBA Baseball league(s) to join.  Anyone with a league in Orange County with an opening please contact Lewis Myers at  lewmyers@me.com.
 
I trust this column is continuing to bring many APBA players together be it in regional tournaments or league play.  I am glad that we can continue to provide this service to the APBA community
 
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