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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.

-chief

Posted 04/20/2011 by rick in Baseball, me, 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.

-chief

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

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happy new year to everyone   Leave a comment

i’ve had a lot going on personally and its kept me at a distance from this site.  i hate that and anticipate that changing course in the next few days when my mrs returns home.

Melissa and Bella

i’m happy to say that i’m a grandpa again (third time, all girls).  my daughter in north carolina had her first baby yesterday morning.  the little blessing came two weeks before her due date and still weighed over 8 pounds.  for those of you across the pond, take that monetary price and convert it to the metric weight system.  i can’t keep up with all of that.  ;-)  my wife has been with my daughter since christmas eve helping her during the last few days before delivery.  she comes back home late new years day and i’m anxious for her return.

Richie at his 25th birthday party

when my wife is gone, i’m responsible for my handicapped son.  anyone who cares for a handicapped individual knows it can be a taxing task at times.  my son, who is 25, has duchennes muscular dystrophy.  he was diagnosed at nine and permanently in a wheel chair by the time he was 11.  when he was diagnosed at nine the doctors told him the average lifespan of a person with this disease was 12.  that’s a huge thing to throw at a kid.  thankfully medicine has come along way since then, especially within cardiac and pulmonary fields.  the average lifespan is now considered late teens or early twenties.  he’s beyond that at 25.  most of the friends he had with the same disease have now passed on, but my son keeps his faith.  he’s a firm believer in Jesus Christ and hopes for a miraculous healing.  all i know is that either on this side of eternity or the other, my son will walk again. for more information about duchennes muscular dystrophy or how you can help my son get some specialized treatment, you can visit his site.

but while his mom is gone, all his needs have fallen to my shoulders and i haven’t had the time to get any gaming in.  its frustrating, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  my better half will be home late saturday.  at that point (ok, more like sometime sunday afternoon) i’ll get back into the card flipping and playing out some games.

SPBL

in other news the SPBL (Statis Pro Baseball League) is taking shape.  we have our fourteen owners in place and have decided on the pool teams.  player lists will be released in early January and a rules discussion will take place sometime in mid-late January.  its all taking shape as we prepare for our inaugural season.  its a retro league being played ONLINE and using the 1974 statis pro advanced card set.  and as a caveat, we’re international!  we’ve got two owners from europe.  i guess there’s not enough tabletop cricket games on the market.  :-)

that brings you up to speed with this site and my life.  as we enter the last couple days of 2010 i hope you take stock of your year and count the blessings you know of and those you may have overlooked.  i wish a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year to all of you.

-chief

Posted 12/30/2010 by rick in me, online, Statis Pro, Tabletop Games, Website

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december and there’s lots going on   Leave a comment

its december and there is a lot going on.  the holidays are here and that always puts a slowdown in the path of the ADD brain.  all these parties, get-togethers, special dinners, family gatherings … don’t these people know we’ve got tabletop baseball games to talk about and play!?  obviously not.  you would think in my 45 years those in my life would have learned my ways by now, but nope.

my wife had been out of town helping my stepdaughter who went into labor a week ago.  her water hasn’t broken, but she’s had continual back labor pains for a full week.  the hospital, a military hospital, has told her, “go home, do some walking.  if your water breaks or the contractions get worse, come back.”  but while the mrs was away, i was fully responsible for my stepson who has Duchennes MD.  that’s a monumental task that the entire family chips in to help since he is unable to do anything for himself.  but with my wife gone, all of the primary needs fell on my shoulders.  gaming came to a major slowdown for me for about a week.

this weekend is a couple of parties, some private coaching sessions, and continuing to get the brand new SPBL (statis pro baseball league) fully functional.  speaking of the SPBL, we have ONE OPENING.  first come, first serve.  the league will start in March, though the prep work is well under way.  our season will only be 50 games long and there will be plenty of time to get those done.  playing online.  it’s gonna be a blast.  you KNOW you want in.  so email me and let me know!

the 1975 AL replay had been in a major slowdown since thanksgiving.  but last night i had some time and locked myself away with the cards in front of me.  i had a blast as i went through several games and was able to conclude april 30th.  today and tomorrow i’ll get the write ups done and posted, so watch for those soon.

the next big step will be doing some analysis between april 1975 real life vs april 1975 replay.  soon, friends, soon.

-chief

Posted 12/08/2010 by rick in 1975, Baseball, me, Replay, Statis Pro, Tabletop Games

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i hate the brewers   Leave a comment

at the risk of offending a reader or three, i’m declaring to you right now that i hate the brewers. which brewers? the ones from the AL that had greats like Aaron (at the end of his career), stormin’ Gorman, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Mike Caldwell, Rollie Fingers (at the end of his career), and Don Sutton (at the end of his career)? OR maybe the newer ones. the NL version. Prince Fielder, CC Sabathia (short timer), Ryan Braun, Ben Sheets (ow! my arm), and Trevor Hoffman (at the end of his career)? yes to the entire organization.

i’m not sure why i never liked ’em.  some teams you like, some you don’t.  many HATE the yankees.  i’m ok with that.  it’s part of the game.  you have to dislike somebody, right?  on a side note, i think it’s the band wagoners (more than anyone else) that get upset when someone hates their team.  and i’m proud to announce i was a yankee fan in the very early 70s when ‘we’ were nothing more than fodder for the rest of the american league (became a fan in ’72).

back to the brewers now.  selig.  for a long time he was the face behind the face of the brewers (the ‘face’ belonged to Robin Yount).  selig was the primary owner of the brew crew from 1970 until 1992 when he turned over controlling interest to his daughter upon his becoming commissioner of major league baseball.  and there are many that tout the greatness of selig as commish.  but i’m not a fan of his either.  i don’t like inter league play.  i don’t like the watered down talent level due, in part, to continued expansion when expansion wasn’t what was needed.  i’m not a fan of the wild card (you’ll realize i’m more of a purist).  and i don’t like commissioners who seem to have all the players and owners liking them.  aren’t they supposed to be the ones that stand off to the side of the game and make sure the game is continuing in the right direction instead of kowtowing to the masses (namely the union and owners more so than the fans).  he’s supposed to be that ‘old school’ principle that didn’t mind pulling out the switch and giving it to whomever had it coming at the time. that’s NOT selig.

i don’t have any particular reason for not liking the brewers.  don’t get me wrong, i DO like some of the players that have been there … i’m just not a fan of the team itself.  and it’s not a region thing either because i like the Packers of Green Bay.  i just can’t put my finger on any one thing.

in the 75 AL replay that i’m involved in, the brewers are starting the season in full luck mode.  every game seems to have had some weird thing go their way.  they’re now sitting at 8-1 on the season and i don’t know if they’ll ever lose another game.  the flip version, so far, of the luck-laced brewers is the Cleveland Indians (led by big Frank Robinson). game two of the Brewer/Indian series was played last night and it all went according to the gods of fate.  write ups will come out in a couple of days when i complete the rest of the days games, but rest assured, the 8-1 record includes last night’s brewer victory.

i’m being good.  i’m being fair when i manage the teams.  but i still have this bad taste every time i see John Briggs come up with ‘yet-another-big-hit’.  it’s as if i belched buttermilk on a 95 degree day.  not pleasant.  not pleasant at all.

-chief

Posted 09/14/2010 by rick in Baseball, me

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9/11 … not forgotten   1 comment

i’d like to take a moment to remember the victims of 9/11 nine years ago.  may their families be comforted, blessed, and only remember the wonderful times they had with their loved ones before that tragic morning.  i’d like to remember the fire fighters, police, and all the special people who willingly gave their lives in the line of duty attempting to help those in perilous need.  they are our example of why our country is the greatest in the world.

John 15:13 — Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

i’d like to thank our armed forces who continue to protect and serve our country with pride and love for their nation past, present, and future.  this includes my daughter who is in the marines and has served in iraq.  thank you all.

we will never forget.  may God bless you all.

-chief

Posted 09/11/2010 by rick in me

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a short long week   4 comments

we’re at the end of a short week, but it’s been a long one (at least for me).  seems like i’ve had projects, distractions, or responsibilities interfering with my statis pro hobby all week long.  do you ever have weeks like that?

some tidbits from this week that have crossed my path …

  1. someone on the delphiforum asked if there were any games that has minor league sets (he’s specifically looking for a game that would create a set for this year’s Midwest League).  i’d love for someone who generates cards to step to the plate for him.  it would be cool to win over another tabletop gamer to the greatness of statis pro baseball.  anyone?
  2. statis pro baseball online released another variation this week that will allow the batter’s card to be visible, too.  i’ve tried the demo and it’s nice.  it’s cool to be able to use the FAC right there on the computer.  it’s cool that you can, in theory (i’ve not tried it yet), play against someone on the net using that system.  i’m not happy about the inability to use cards like SPA where there are L/R splits and an entirely different set of FAC.  also, i tried putting players at different positions (only one listed on the cards) and couldn’t figure out a way to do it.  i.e. i wanted to put one of the phillie players in as a DH.  wouldn’t work.  maybe i just didn’t know how.i also noticed that all the players only have one position listed.  i know some of those players played multiple positions, so how would you do that?  maybe John will chime in here and provide some insight.
  3. the site got a lot of hits when i posted how to use the chat rooms to play games online.  i think there is a lot of interest, but folks may be leery of jumping into the wading pool.  c’mon, guys.  try it.  i promise it will work just great.  my DLB league is in it’s 12th year and going strong.  so don’t be shy … try it out.  it’ll work, i promise.
  4. we had an initial buzz on the statis pro LIST (getting on the list so people could find players in their area or to play over the interweb).  but it’s slowed.  we’ve got 15 or so, but i was hoping to be around 35 or so by now.  maybe i haven’t “hyped” it enough.  but here’s another post discussing it.  if you’ve thought about it, but weren’t sure, go ahead and try it.  leagues are cool.  or tournaments.  or just an occasional online game, even.
  5. a couple of card set developers talked about length of time between end of season and new card sets being available.  SPA takes a few weeks (it’s an in depth, L/R split type of game).  Brian Y gets his out in about a week (a more traditional AH approach to the set, but still solid), and DICE Ball takes a two or three weeks (i think that’s what he said).
  6. AND lastly, i’ll be finishing april 18th tonight.  if so, a post will come out later today or tomorrow morning.  i’ve got another very hectic weekend about to occur and am hoping to get the post done because the games WILL be done tonight.  while i’m thinking of it, just a note that i’ll start posting stat leaders after i’ve completed april 20th games.

a couple of things i hope for this weekend … if you’ve been lurking (and hopefully enjoying) this site, subscribe.  and the second hope is that you get a chance to dig out statis pro baseball and enjoy some great gaming!

-chief

Posted 09/10/2010 by rick in Baseball, me, Statis Pro, Tabletop Games, Website

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