Today we held the first manager’s meeting at the Fox and Hound on McKnight Road. We had a good meeting and here are the bullet points.
- The Leagues is losing 1, possibly 2, teams. The Gray Bats are definitely gone. Ben Sorosky and some of his teammates have joined the Rebels, I think. The Owlzzz are looking to join a different league. However, if they fail they will be back in the NABA for the 2010 season.
- There will be 3, possibly 4, new teams. That’s all I know about that.
- All teams are required to obtain their own field permits. Joe and I can assist you if it is needed. I should be getting a league email and a mailing list soon. I will contact all the managers to give you my contact information and to reiterate the rain out procedure for the 2010 season.
- Teams should obtain field permits for a minimum 2 days/week. If you can get 3 that would be great. Permits should span till mid-August so that, if need be, they can be used for leagues playoffs.
- Pending that we have enough teams, the league will be composed of 3 divisions. The Rookie league, A, and AA. Single A will be composed of the old Monongahela and Allegheny sub-divisions. The AA division will be composed of the 4 top teams in 2009, Black Sox, Ducks, Hurricanes, and Owlz. Double A teams will not play Rookie teams outside of the playoffs. The new playoff bracket can be found here.
- College players can only be drafted by AA teams. Draft time is the only time this stipulation is in affect. A non-drafted college player can play for any team.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates have contacted the league about the possibility of joining the league.
- Anyway, seriously, the Pirates contacted the league about fundraising possibilities and about the possibility of hosting the Championship Series at PNC Park. Do not get excited about that. The fundraising requirements for that are pretty steep, and according to the Bombers rep, who has experience with PNC, the organization puts so many stipulations on what you can and can’t do on the field, it isn’t really worth it.
- There was discussion about the All Star Game. No official vote but here’s the idea. Each team gets the same amount of players for the All Star Game. Each coach selects their own representation with no league involvement. End of story. Starting lineup will still be decided by online ballot. Joe is looking for someone to organize the All Star Game and Home Run Derby for this year.
That’s about it. If I left something out that you think is important or have any questions, leave a comment or check out the Commish’s Corner.