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SPBL BEGINS!   Leave a comment

the SPBL (statis pro baseball league) began its first season last night when the Brooklyn Beez travelled to Oregon to take on the Portland Beavers.  using the 1974 season, the Beavers sent lefty Steve Carlton to the hill.  he would be facing a lineup that boasted of Lopes, Stargell, Aaron, and Rudi and quickly discovered that he didn’t have what he would need.

the Beez jumped to an early lead when Hammerin’ Hank crushed a two out double to the gap that plated Pops Stargell from first base.  Brooklyn threatened in the second and third innings, too.  but it was the fourth where the floodgates were opened and Carlton was chased from the game.  catcher, Manny Sanguillen, led off with a single and moved to second when Graig Nettles singled to right.  Maddox flew out to right for the first out.  Sutton laid down a great bunt down the third base line to move the runners up.  with men at second and third and two outs the Beez were back at the top of their lineup.  Lopes singled to bring in Sanguillen.  Campaneris tripled to clear the bases.  Pops doubled.  Aaron and Rudi both singled to plate two more runs.  before the fans could finish their hot dogs Brooklyn had taken a 6-0 lead.

Sutton coasted.  after a lead off single to Pete Rose in the first inning he just went his business.  three up and three down after Rose’s first inning single.  Then the next two innings went even quicker.  the Beavers got a one out double in the fourth, but couldn’t move him past third.  Portland was able to lace two hits in the sixth, but again, left them stranded.  when the game was over the Beavers only had five hits and had stranded all of them.

an opening day, five hit, shut out performance from Don Sutton that tied him with Stargell for opening day star of the game.  Pops went 4-5 with a single, two doubles, a triple, scored three times and had 1 RBI.

BRO 100 500 001 - 7 17 0
POR 000 000 000 - 0  5 0

BRO: Sutton (W) 9.0; Sanguillen 4.0, Lemont 5.0
POR: Carlton (L) 3.2, Hargan 2.1, Hands 2.0, Wallace 1.0; Munson 9.0

Sanguillen was injured on a foul tip and will be out 14 days.

Posted 05/02/2011 by rick in Baseball, online, Statis Pro

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statis pro baseball league   1 comment

i played a spring training game last night.  my Brooklyn Beez took on the Roswell UFOs.  it was a great pitcher’s duel.  it gave me a good idea of where my strengths were and what weaknesses i need to either hide or minimize.

my lineup was pretty strong (i thought).

  1. davey lopes, 2b
  2. bert campaneris, ss
  3. manny sanguillen, c
  4. willie stargell, lf
  5. joe rudi, 1b
  6. elliott maddox, cf
  7. graig nettles, 3b
  8. jesus alou, rf
  9. don sutton, p

the problem i had during the game was my opponents pitcher … vida blue.  our league is using the 1974 set of statis pro advanced and blue can dominate a game like nobody’s business.  but sutton is no slouch and we ended up with a terrific pitcher’s duel.

play ended after 12 full innings with the score still knotted at 1-1.  obviously if it were a league game we would have continued on.  since it was just spring training, we called it there to “prevent injuries”.  the game was played ONLINE in an AIM chat room and we used Skype to help move the game along.  at nine innings completed we were about 50 minutes into play.  the 12 innings lasted an hour and 15.  not bad considering there was a lot of managerial maneuvering with eight pitchers brought into the game and about ten pinch hitters.

great game and i’m really looking forward to the upcoming 40 game season.  we start play in just six days!

hey, on another note, my son got me hooked on the following videos … i hope you find this particular one as funny as i did.


Posted 04/25/2011 by rick in Baseball, online, Statis Pro

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where the heck have i been?   Leave a comment

it’s been a crazy last few months.  it always is this time of year.  i’m involved in two dynasty leagues that play online and now the start up statis pro league that uses the statis pro advanced game.  combine that with my son playing baseball (senior in high school), coaching little league baseball (we started at the end of february) and lots of family stuff going on which included my stepson spending two weeks in the hospital … it’s been a bumpy road for the last three or four months.  man, i sound busy … even to me!

most of my work has been geared towards getting the first ever Statis Pro Baseball League (SPBL for short) up and running.  to my knowledge there isn’t any other statis pro league that plays there games online.  actually, i’m not even sure how many other statis pro leagues are even in existence.  i know of one in canada (no details) and i’ve heard rumors of one in florida, but that one has yet to be confirmed.

[note:  IF there are other statis pro leagues out there, let me know and i’ll get your info up on the site.  might help you in recruiting new members!]

anyway … the SPBL is a 40 game season with eight teams in the league.  we’re using the 1974 season and just finished our auction and minors drafting.  our actual season is set to kick off May 1st.  it’s going to be an exciting season as most are new to playing a board game online.  i started an online league (using a tabletop baseball game) 13 years ago.  i was told it couldn’t be done.  to my knowledge, i was the first to attempt it and there are many others that have sprouted up over the years.  there’s just something special about the feel of the cards, the roll of the dice, and of course a live opponent.  don’t get me wrong, playing solo can have it’s own entertainment and can be an escape from reality, but there’s just something cool about trying to outwit an opponent rather than yourself.

i’ve never been much for computer simulated games either.  whether it’s my lack of finger/thumb dexterity or the, oft-times, unrealistic statistical results … the games just don’t do much for me.  God bless those that are into all of the EA Sports games (it’s in the game, as they say).  i’m just not one of them.  i just love playing tabletop baseball.

and for all of those reasons i’ve just listed, playing online in a chat room against a live opponent and using a dice roller mechanism that’s built into AIM just makes it incredibly special.  my dynasty league has already begun it’s 13th season and all total have played approximately 8,500 games online.  that’s proof that this works.

so the next step was to bring back statis pro.  i like the Advanced version put out by derrick beckner, but there are several other statis pro card creators that are just as good!  brian yonushonis has done an awesome job creating seasons in the classic SP style.  brett johnston has done the same.  george nebesnik has created dice baseball (a cousin of the old statis pro) and has a great following.  i’ve heard nothing but praise for the quality and customer service for each of these guys.  so no matter what your flavor, you really can’t go wrong.

now with statis pro making it’s comeback in a myriad of ways, the next thing to do was move the game into a league.  as i found with my dynasty league, there just isn’t a HUGE following of tabletop baseball.  the easiest way for me to find opponents was to search online.  so i did that with SPA.  we started organizing in late November and now we’re about to kick off our inaugural season.  it’s going to be a total blast and i hope you’ll follow along as the season unfolds.  i’m predicting tons of fun, tons of exciting games, and proof that statis pro will succeed in the online league environment.


Posted 04/20/2011 by rick in Baseball, me, online, Statis Pro

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spring training   Leave a comment

spring training has started and trying to keep me off the mlb and espn baseball sites are next to impossible.  there’s so much coming out about veterans who were injured or struggled making their come backs.  then those highly touted prospects are hoping to make a good showing during the next few weeks and earn a spot on the list of twenty-five that will break camp.

my little league team had it’s first practice this past saturday … it’s like our spring training.  the rest of the teams don’t officially get determined until the third week of march, but i have so many returning players that we got an early start.  they didn’t look too bad.  i was surprised by some of the boys who’s voices have started to change.  they disappear for three months and come back taller, stronger, and with more attitude.  now i just have to direct them and teach them some of the finer skills.

the SPBL has finalized it’s eight owners for the inaugural season and will be having our auction in just three weeks.  it’s amazing how fast it’s coming.  it’ll be a lot of fun and i’m sure i’ll be giving tidbits here about all that’s going on over there.  would be cool to see it expand and get some of you guys into it for future seasons!

if you haven’t seen the following “how to” videos, my son told me to check these out … they were hilarious.  i hope you enjoy the following!

Posted 02/28/2011 by rick in Statis Pro

statis pro baseball league seeking one more owner   Leave a comment

first come, first serve!

we need one more owner in place as we near the beginning of our league.  we’ve got nine owners in place and need ONE more.  is it YOU?

here are the basics …

  • we’ll be using statis pro advanced 1974 season for play
  • using AIM to play games ONLINE against opponents from all over
  • 44 game schedule over seven months (easy to keep up with)
  • limited player pool so the teams don’t seem like all star teams
  • teams are stocked from an auction of players (NO real money involved)

you’ve always dreamed of getting in a league … or maybe you’ve been in them, but have always wondered if a league could work with statis pro.  well, it CAN.

first person that is serious about getting in and participating gets the job.  send me an email right away!


Posted 02/20/2011 by rick in Baseball, online, Statis Pro

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spring is here (kinda)   Leave a comment

this may be my favorite time of the year … spring training. the pitchers and catchers have started reporting to camps. some are showing up with their winter girth (Joba or is it Jabba?) while others have been working out for the last several months and showing up in the best shape of their lives. i’m not casting stones at all since i’m carrying my weight and the weight of several small nations in my waistband, but then again, i’m not being paid an uber salary to be an athlete.  i would LOVE to have to work out all day every day and get paid for it.  somebody PLEASE offer me that gig.

the rest of the players should start straggling in over the next week or two (or longer for those awaiting renewed visas).  they will start running, throwing long toss, and get their swings refined before the spring training games get started.  players reporting to new teams, whether through trade or via free agency will be camp highlights as well.  will the newly signed free agent turn this club around?  and then you have new managers like clint hurdle of pittsburgh.  will his style help change the laughingstock pirates back into a legitimate team to contend?  probably not this year, but who knows.

every team is hopeful.  every team believes they have a chance.  even those who are perennial losers have hope that the stars will align and key players on other teams will fall to injury.  everyone is looking to those great prospects that are slipping into camp.  who will make the cut and who will be sent packing for the minors with dreams of being called up again mid-season?

i’ve even started gathering my little league team together.  our first full practice is the 25th of this month.  we’ll be about a month ahead of the other teams.  since we’re going to be playing a level up (5th and 6th playing against 7th and 8th), it’s important to get ready early.  the kids are all excited and have been asking about practices for a couple of weeks now.  it helps that the ice and cold weather have moved out of the area.  this week has been in the mid-70s every day.

yes, it’s a great time of the year.  it’s also a time when all the roto leagues start up and people blow the dust off their favorite tabletop baseball games.  i’m very active in Dynasty League and am in two separate leagues.  i run one of them which means i’ve already been firing on all cylinders trying to get the season prepared for our annual auction.  the other league starts up about a month later … early april to be exact.   then there is the Statis Pro Baseball League.  we’re gathering the troops and putting on the final touches to our inaugural season.

now that i’ve mentioned the SPBL let me give you some update  on a couple of things.  we have 9 for sure owners in place and are trying to nail down the tenth.  we’ve got one guy who will hopefully respond today, but if he doesn’t, that means we’ll have one opening to fill.  it’ll be a 10 team league and we’ll play 44 games using the 1974 season (retro, yeah, groovy).

the other item is the 1975 AL replay … i’ve been busy with a TON of family stuff over the last couple of months, but have started playing the games again.  watch for a posting in the next week with the latest games.

i just can never get enough baseball … i trust you’re the same way.


Posted 02/17/2011 by rick in 1975, Baseball, me, Statis Pro

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2010 in review   Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 71 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 115 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 24th with 454 views. The most popular post that day was Statis Pro Baseball Online.

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Statis Pro Baseball Online August 2010


HOME June 2010


Statis Pro Links July 2010


1975 AL Replay July 2010


Looking for SP Players? August 2010

Posted 01/05/2011 by rick in Statis Pro