Atlantic Coast Baseball Association © 2015
LEAGUE FEES DUE!
Once every 3 years we have league fees to cover the expenses of the league. Those expenses include the website, which you are now on (about $15 / year) and Championship hardware (about $75 / year for trophy, t shirt and shipping). That comes out to a little less than $100 per year; or $270 every 3 years which is roughly $19 per owner (14 owners).
We haven't yet incurred the T-shirt cost, but the extra on that will be absorbed by the 2 new owners in the expansion, so the fees won't need to change. The differences, plus or minus, are minimal.
That said, this is the third year in our cycle, so fees are due. The deadline is February 28 and each owner is responsible for digging way deep down into his pocket for a whopping $15.
We've already received payments from several owners, which is tracked on the front page of this site. Thank you to those who have paid in advance. The 12th owner to pay may very well go on the wall of shame. Don't be that guy!
The 2016 expansion owners won't begin paying dues until 2018.
A Little Swagger In Your Step
Next time you win an ACBA title---which may be never---you'll receive a little bonus swag as part of the Championship package.
That's right, the Awards Committee has announced that in addition to the excruciatingly coveted September Classic Award (especially to those owners who are still without one) the league is throwing in a Championship T Shirt to the man with enough fire power, staying power and all around baseball superiority to outlast the rest of you.
One customized shirt for you to proudly wear, or hang on your wall next to your trophy for all your friends to envy. Talk of the town? I think not. More like talk of the globe!
Footnote: An ACBA Championship t-shirt also helps validate to your wife all the time you spent on your team this year. (Bonus!)
The thing that makes this league the greatest league in the universe are the men that are a part of it. We search for and try to bring in the best people for fantasy baseball ownership and it shows in the product of the league.
Part of that is working together. You build your organization and try to create a winning recipe. But every other owner is doing the same thing. There is no rule for how you treat your fellow owners, no binding law. Just a gentlemen's agreement. An old fashioned hand shake and a look in the eye that says, "we may not agree, but I respect you and what you're trying to accomplish over there."
I don't want to see that element lost in the daily grind of business. Sometimes though is feels like it can get lost.
The expectation, however, is that when you take on a team in this league, you represent the league and it's unwritten code of morals.
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A basic respect for your fellow owners. So follow up with trade offers sent your way rather than let someone hang without an answer.
Negotiate trades in a manner that is not condescending in dialogue or in offerings. Follow the Golden Rule and you'll probably be golden.
This is not a judgement. This is not meant for, or singling out any one owner. Over 15 years there's been plenty of situations where a lack of respect has unnecessarily disrupted the general flow. No, this is merely a broad brush being painted so that we are reminded to set ourselves apart from the thousands of other leagues made up of owners that do not care about their colleagues.
Represent the ACBA and hold on to the gentleman's handshake philosophy so that this league truly can remain in the upper echelon.
by Mitch Smith
There is something about Baseball that is still clean, pure, right and innocent. It has a timeless attraction like a thread woven throughout the years since its inception into our American culture. Other sports have fans…for us, Baseball is a lifetime love affair.
When you enter the park, the sharp crack of the baseball bat, the savory scent of the hot dogs and popcorn in the air and the vibrant colors that surround you all combine to energize the senses and an immediate transformation takes place. Worries, attitudes and the anxieties that envelop our lives are gone the instant you walk up that ramp and the ball park bursts into view.
Suddenly you’re a little boy again and each visit to the ball park all through the years of your life is just like the first game, that first day, with the same transformation taking place each time. Like no other sport, Baseball connects with the heart and the soul of man.
I think baseball is still a boy’s game, first played when we were still young, innocent and unaware of the corrupt and dirty world we all live in. Baseball brings those old feelings back as we associate it in our minds with a young and care free life enjoyed so long ago. We can step away from a dark place and actually be young, innocent, clean, pure and right again if only for a few short hours. Baseball does what all the other sports only can hope to do.
It is fitting that Baseball is played in a park, on a wide open field and at a slower, sort of casual pace. In this fast paced, hectic and sometimes confusing world, that is attractive to us because that is not the world we live in. Stepping away from the non-stop demands of life that seem overwhelming at times to a slower, less demanding, more deliberate relaxing game of Baseball is like a prescription that brings back some sanity to our lives.
Baseball is a time machine, taking us away from all that is wrong to a place where all is right and good. No other sport has the ability to do that, just…Baseball.
2015 ACBA HOF
2015 marks a momentous beginning in ACBA history as the newly established Hall of Fame page honors those ACBA members that have earned a rightful place in at higher level of recognition. In this inaugural year, former ACBA owner Dale Caulkins (2002-2007) of Detroit Tiger Town, became the first member of the esteemed Hall of Fame. Welcome Mr. Caulkins, you now represent the Hall's Class of 2015!
ACBA MAKES PREPARATIONS FOR 14
Commissioner Vows Final Expansion
Following the 2015 World Series when the season comes to an end, the ACBA will begin it's final steps towards the 2016 expansion to a 14 team league.
With a 4-3 vote in November's Winter Meetings, the expansion passed and the groundwork began.
After a rigorous search following the Winter Meetings, the Commissioner announced just before Christmas new owners Bart Klett and John Post. Surprisingly, the demand was higher than expected.
"Quality owners are looking for quality leagues", the Commissioner said. "A lot of owners are searching for a league they can stay with for several years rather than continue to jump from place to place. Many leagues fold up after a season or 2 leaving owners high and dry."
The Commissioner made two notes regarding this new expansion for leery owners:
1. This will be the final expansion of the ACBA
2. The previous expansion was a success
"I hope this will put at ease any owner who may doubt this move," Cheslock added. "With any change, I've always tried to make the ACBA better, not worse. Right now, we're at a good place. We could stand pat and be okay. But if we learned anything from the last expansion, the league most certainly improved during that transition. And I think we've done it again. I believe we've found two guys who will bring added depth and persona."
The Commissioner will reach out to owners at some point during the regular season to begin taking them through the steps of securing and making available certain players for the expansion draft. "It's a ways off, but I just want owners to be prepared when it arrives."
AN ODE TO BASEBALL
A poem by Mitch Smith
The ramp is long and dark
Hiding the beautiful scene
Up and into the sunlight
A sea of glorious green
The park is like a portrait
Painted with a master’s brush
Stunning breathtaking beauty
Vibrant colors, deep and lush
More stunning than imagined
A moment that time transcends
Baseball fan and the Ballpark
Love affair that never ends
So many sports we follow
O’ but Baseball is set apart
Others we watch with passion
Baseball…it lives in our heart
See, Baseball… it’s still good
Still clean…pure and right
An escape from all our trouble
In this dire and daily fight
Baseball, an air of innocence
Scents and sounds you knew
To the surface memories come
All that’s right and good in you
Only Baseball affects the heart
Changing… darkness to light
Troubles all left at the gate
Up the ramp where everything’s right