TCBA Yearbook

2005

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Metro Division

 

Capitol Division

Bethesda

102

60

...

Woebegone

104

58

...

Pennsylvania

101

61

1

Innisfree

85

76

19

Newark

81

81

21

Norfolk

80

81

24

Beacon

74

86

27

Rapidan

71

91

33

Scranton

71

90

31

Gunpowder

62

100

42

Long Island

59

102

43

Silver Spring

61

101

43

 

Central Division

 

Atlantic Division

Mimosa

106

56

...

Binghamton

101

61

...

Horseshoe Bay

98

64

8

Portsmouth

96

66

5

Evanston

95

67

11

Kennett

93

69

8

Morgantown

74

88

32

Farmington

85

77

16

Bradenton

74

86

31

Allegheny

60

101

41

Waukesha

53

107

52

 

Fargo

53

108

48

 

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2005 Champion Bill Gettins

 

Comments –

 

Jeff Hobbs - 2005 was my rookie season in the TCBA.  I'd been aware of the league since the mid-80s, when baseball became one of my childhood hobbies.  Around 1989, my brother and I (along with David Braun and Jim Lafargue's son) started attending the annual meetings in Lancaster, PA.  Those meetings became something we eagerly anticipated for months, and we even kicked around the idea of starting a "junior TCBA" for a couple of years, but never got it off the ground.  Then, for part of one year in college, I took on the role as substitute manager for one of the struggling TCBA teams (I can't remember the name of the team).  Finally, Dad asked me in 2004 or early 2005 if I wanted to take over a franchise for the upcoming season.  Despite being pretty busy with the final stages of my Ph.D., I decided that if I was going to join any other leagues, it would have to be the prestigious TCBA.  I accepted and took over a team in trouble called the Rhode Island Hawks, which I renamed the Fargo Fungoes.

 

I made the 7-8 hour drive from Blacksburg to Lancaster and arrived midway through the auction.  My first-ever acquisition was Bobby Crosby for $114K (a disaster), and my second was Kevin Youkilis for $33K (a coup).  My first-ever FA pick was Colorado catcher J.D. Closser (another disaster), but I got good long-term value out of 3rd round pick Marcus Thames.  As bad as we were that first season - we put up a chilling 53-108 record - I have fond memories of playing several games in a cheap hotel room during what was my first year of teaching at Appalachian State University.  The Pennsylvania Keystones ended up winning the championship that year, and I learned a lot about managing a team in the TCBA.

 

Craig Shifflett Sometime in the next few days will mark exactly ten years since I wandered into my first TCBA Lancaster gathering.  I wanted to say thanks to those who go the extra miles (or went the extra miles for years) to make it run as smoothly as it does.  Without you all, I am positive my participation would not have lasted a decade.  I DID come up with one question, is Stu the only guy with the same email address since 1995?  My biggest question was if Bob Wood actually existed until I met him in Wrigley a few years back.

 

 

Anyway, I look forward to seeing you in Lancaster.  If not this year, perhaps another year soon.

 

Future TCBA Hall of Famer Greg Maddux - Earlier this season, on March 10th, Greg Maddux tossed a 4-hit shutout for his Philadelphia Keystones at Bradenton. It was the second win of the season for Maddux and the 327th of his illustrious TCBA career, moving him past retired great Gaylord Perry into second place in career wins.

 

The shutout was the 70th recorded in his career, just one behind Phil Niekro’s 71. The excitement of that notable win disturbed the normally unflappable Maddux, as he proceeded to lose his next three starts.

 

On April 17th, however, Maddux tossed a 5-hit complete game win against the Braves in Beacon, upping his career total to 328, 38 behind all-time leader Phil Niekro. The complete game was Maddux’ 214th of his career, 10 behind #5 all-time, Jim Palmer.

 

Other Maddux  accomplishments:

 

# 2 in Career ERA – 2.60 as of the end of last season.   (Koufax is the best at 2.05)

#9 in Innings Pitched – 4475 current

#10 in Starts – 580 current

#6 in Strikeouts - 3420 current

 

Congratulations, Greg!

 

 

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