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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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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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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.


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.


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

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Get in on the SPBL’s First Season   3 comments

a couple of weeks ago i announced that there would be a new Statis Pro Advanced League starting up.  we now have 10 owners in place, but there’s room for YOU.  we’ve set a deadline of december 1.  so if you’ve been thinking about it, but have been holding off, now’s the time to sign up!  everyone wants to know just what kind of manager they are … can you beat the others in the league?  can you win the Statis Pro Baseball League championship?  it’s time to find out.  below are some basics about our upcoming league.

  • Can you manage better than me?

    use Statis Pro Advanced card set and will be playing the games online using AIM chat rooms

  • will be a RETRO league (groovy, baby) starting with the 1974 season
  • season length to be determined based on amount of owners.  range is 44 – 60 games (no more than 60)
  • would begin early next year (around march) and end around september
  • auction league with FAKE dollars (no need to bring real money to this table)
  • with the short schedule, owners only have 2 or 3 games per week with some off weeks built in for vacations and such
    (would require a couple of hours per week when there are games)
  • FUN!!

this is our first season.  we want it to be a successful one.  i’ve run leagues before that have done super well.  and do you know what would make this league even better than everything i’ve already mentioned?  YOU.  send me an email and join in the fun!


Posted 11/18/2010 by rick in Baseball, online, Statis Pro

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did someone say LEAGUE?   2 comments

oh, wait … I DID.  yeah that was me.  we’ve got 25 on the “player’s list” and i think there are more lurking out there that haven’t wanted to make any commitment.  but i think it’s high time we start talking about a Statis Pro League.  i’d love to do a retro league, however i think it will be more feasible and have more interest to use modern teams.  if i’m wrong, SPEAK UP!!

i’ve been in various baseball leagues for over twenty years.  i’m commissioner of a league that recently completed it’s 12th season (still in the middle of the playoffs, but the regular season is done).  the people in the league are spread out all over north america.  with the beauty and ease of online play using chat rooms it’s just like sitting across from your opponent and hammering out the game.  you get to make all the normal decisions and try to counteract their decisions.  juggle your lineup, bring in a pinch hitter or a pinch runner, hit and run, guard the line, intentionally walk the batter, try for the steal or the extra base with your runners, decide when to bring in your set up man and closer … it’s YOUR decision.  YOU get to be the manager.

so speak up!  are you interested?  it’ll work.  ya gotta trust me.  i’ve been doing this for a long, long time.  the only difference is changing games from one (DLB) to the great Statis Pro.  i blogged about online play a few weeks ago. i KNOW it works.  using the tabletop game of Statis Pro, you can play ONLINE against real opponents.  this isn’t a computer/video game.  its Statis Pro the way you remember with a few modern modifications.

i will tell you in advance that the league, if i have anything to say about it, will be using Statis Pro Advanced.  with the lefty/righty splits for both pitchers and hitters, it makes the game comparable with DLB and Strat while keeping the same easy feel and flow of Statis Pro.

the basic structure of the league will be as follows:

  • limited player pool (so it’s not all stars all around)
  • salary cap, keeper league (similar to rotisserie), but using FAKE money
  • shorter schedule to ensure completion.  anywhere from 40-60 games depending on the amount of teams in the league
  • two or three games per week (about 2 hours per week)
  • played in AIM chat rooms (f-t-f if we get some owners in the same area)
  • other rules are optional and we’ll discuss after we get all ownership in place
  • league would start in the spring (March-ish)

so who’s interested?  after you tell me you’re definitely in, think of some of your baseball buddies or buddettes.  do you know someone that would really enjoy testing their baseball knowledge and managerial skills?

so CLICK HERE and send me an email.


Posted 11/05/2010 by rick in Baseball, online

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