Grim Reaper – … Former TCBA manager Dick Gilbert passed away earlier in the fall. Don't know the specifics.
For those of you concerned, Al Zarse is alive & well.
Frank Howard - If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make any noise? Similarly, if the 2 TCBA teams with the worst records in the league play each other and there's a blowout, does it matter?
In Silver Spring, Game 2 of the series, Waukesha blew out the Senators 32-8, with 33 hits and 7 homers. Shane Spencer had 4 hits, with 1 double, 3 taters, and an eye-popping 11 RBI. Geoff Jenkins and Bobby Kielty were relative slouches, coming in with "only" 7 RBI and 5 RBI, respectively. Marlon Anderson scored 6 runs. And every Freemen player AND PITCHER had at least one hit. True carnage. Catcher Paul Bako pitched the last 2 innings for Silver Spring and did as well as any other "pitcher." Never seen anything like it in my 14 years in the league.
Mike Mancini – The Farmington River Rats, of sound mind & body, have traded Pedro Martinez. Pedro was the last player auctioned off in 1993 at Lancaster. Because of a really bad snow storm, I had to win him over the phone instead of being there in person. Pedro was 172-80 for his career with Farmington and added 25 saves. Though he had a losing record in the playoffs, he'll be sorely missed. Farmington is looking to rebuild so this trade is surely to help in that cause. Now for the details. Pedro was traded to the Bethesda Bambinos for Brad Penny, 120K and Bethesda's 1st Round Free Agent Pick. I would like to thank all who were involved as it took me forever to make up my mind on this trade.
Ed Hebscher - I really had no idea how time consuming having 3 young kids, a house, a job and 2 dogs...not to mention coaching my first son’s hockey team - oh joy 2 more coming along too. Anyway with all these things happening in my life one thing became apparent to me...the TCBA was dropping rapidly on my list of priorities...I could either sell my kids, quit my job, run away from home or remove myself from the TCBA. The decision was tough but I decided I couldn't get enough for my kids and really don't want to live in my van down by the lake....so I must bid adieu to the TCBA.
I have had a blast as part of 3 great leagues and have really enjoyed meeting and competing with all of you...but as they say time moves on and so must I at this point. Thanks for letting me spend several years as part of a great league and I wish everyone continued success for years to come. At least I know I am leaving my Yesterday team in good fiscal shape…thanks Bob!
Marty Fiehl - I'd like to thank Ed for the many years of fun competition he provided the league during his tenure with the TCBA. His location truly made the league 'International' and we'll miss the multinational aspect of the league, along with having Ed as a member.
Bob Braun – Sorry to hear that you (Ed) are leaving us, although, it's sort of like Tom Cruise in "The Firm." You never really get to leave. We come and find you....
I think everyone of us has had that moment in our life when we had to choose… You know you will always have friends in TCBA. No matter if it's baseball or something else, don't hesitate to contact any of us. We'll miss our Canadian cousin. Thanks for being a great member of the family!!
Marty Fiehl – Ed’s replacement in Yesterday/Gold is Casey Lyman, who has been on the waiting list for a number of years to come on board, and now that Osama's email address has been cancelled, I had to bypass him in the queue and give Lucky Lyman his chance for a Triple Play; teams in all three leagues!
Marty Fiehl – Well, with the resignation of Ed Hebscher, we lost our league’s International designation, now having all franchises rooted squarely in the United States. But his replacement gives us a far greater reach than mere territorial boundries..........we got us some (more) representation with the Big Guy Upstairs!
I am happy to announce that Bill Gettins will be joining TCBA Today, effective immediately, taking over the Newmarket Franchise and renaming them the Pennsylvania Keystones. Bill has been corresponding with us for a couple of years, wanting to join our Retro end, and the feeling had been mutual, but we hadn't had any openings in Yesterday/Gold that weren't filled by existing Today members..............but now he's ready to take on the Modern Day and the timing was perfect to take over the Eh's and try and leave Lancaster with the Canadian Bacon!
Even though it was short notice on our part, Bill eagerly accepted the invitation and will be joining us for most of the days down there. Better yet, he lives a mere 40 minutes from Lancaster, in Enola, Pa, so even if it snows, he should still be the first one there! Bill has always been an avid Pittsburgh Bucco Fan (that means that with Hobbsie managing Morgantown, the TCBA has a relationship with BOTH Pirate fans!) and has been seen frequenting the hot spots at Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium, and now PNC Park. He has even gone so far as to take his wife three children and two granddaughters to Pittsburgh for some fun and games. (Bill: wives are welcome to attend the Lancaster weekend, but historically we've found that they seem to come once, and then never again.)
TCBA Encyclopedia – Cousins Bill Kirwin and Chuck Steinmetz each brought a wife (their own) to Lancaster. Kirwin’s left him, while Steinmetz left us (his wife insisted, after meeting us.) Eric Lundeen’s wife forced him to divorce us, and she never even came to a meeting! Mac brought Regina at least once, and Bob Braun brought his new wife, Elia once. That was more than enough! Sue McCorkindale graced the HoJo’s once, as well; but Julianna Mahley has joined us on numerous occasions. Still, the odds are on a single visit – or divorce, either from your wife or from us.
Marty Fiehl - Sports are never very far from Bill's interest, especially The Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and the Penn State Nittany Lions, from which he is an alumnae. Bill is a minister by profession, but I don't want to see him asking for any extra help when Scranton loads the bases on him in the playoffs and he has Billy Koch and his W out on the mound! And I may as well apologize in advance for what I'm going to be saying if Koch strikes out the next two hitters!
Bob Scharnberger - I have had a good time in the TCBA these past 4 (or is it 5?) years, but I have decided that I need to cut back somewhat on my leagues what with a second baby on the way in March. So it is with regret that I am announcing my resignation from the TCBA. I wish you guys well and I have enjoyed meeting everyone at various Lancaster events, it's one of the best things about the TCBA that we are all able to know each other as real live people rather than just a blip on the other end of the email. Thanks.
Marty Fiehl - I'd like to thank Bob for his participation and competitive spirit in the TCBA the last several years! He managed in a couple of playoffs and also put together a good plan to rebuild the franchise, drafting a fine stable of young hitters that will, I believe, turn the franchise into a winner in the near future. The succeeding manager will have an easier job of things thanks to the building blocks that Bob laid. Good luck in your future endeavors!
Marty Fiehl - After losing him twice in the last 8 years or so:
The first being at HoJo's during a snowstorm about 10 years ago when Bob B. was instructing BK’s landlord to break the door down, because Bill most certainly must be dead; otherwise he would have made it to Lancaster........... and the second was about two years ago when Bill had to take a sabbatical to attend to personal matters............ then a few days ago, I got that communication that I just KNEW I would get someday! No, it wasn't Jennifer Aniston finally responding to my groveling and begging.......................it was a message from Bill Kirwin emerging with a new email address and a new computer!!! Ok, so his ass isn't nearly as nice as Jennifer’s.........................but Bill has certain qualities about him that are also appealing! He knows how to get to Lancaster, and he knows how to play APBA. Still nowhere close to Ms. Aniston's assets; but bottom line, Bill called me before she did! The K man is back! And I don't mean Kramer.
Bill is planning to join us at Lancaster, and he'll be the First Replacement Manager should an opening occur at any point between now and when we lose him again! Although his old Kennett team has changed hands in Bill's absence and has been renamed the Binghamton Triplets this past January, I must say that I think that this worked out as good as it possibly could. Not only do we have a superb new member in Larry Lundeen, but now we also have a superb former member in the wings should we ever need to call upon him in the future.