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Vol. IV, Issue #3 - March 2016

** New Article by Larry Braus dealing with the 2015 Cards **

(We haven't heard from my good friend Lar, as I call him, for quite some time, an
insightful article dealing with the new 2015 MLB set of cards as you ponder
how to build your teams in your leagues going forward - welcome back Lar!!  )

Comments from the Wolfman:  Larry and I go way back to the 1970's, when we played together in various leagues around Chicago. Also Larry did attend our early conventions as well and became part of our extended SOM family who would visit with others during those amazing summer weekends of great tournaments and friendly sharing with good friends.  Larry used to live in Florida, but when Chicago is in your blood (and your are a die hard White Sox fan) he just recently moved back and seems much happier with his life.

He was one of our early contributors in our first year of existence in 2013, when he sent us two great articles and although this article might be a little bit late getting out, as it deals with seasoned players who you could obtain perhaps in your leagues' draft (which by now most leagues have already done), you might wish to consider to trade for these once star players, to build your team going forward.

Anyway, to read the previous articles that Larry has shared with our members before, here are the direct links:

(Larry has been involved with many SOM tournaments going back to the National Conventions we did in the 1970's and thereafter, he shares his views ...)


( an interesting article about who are Strat Gamers Really ....)

UltimateStratBaseball - Larry Braus part time newsletter contributor and Chicago White Sox Fan

Tips on How to Rebuild
your Team in your League

Needing to rebuild?

Here is a little food for thought.

Youth is not always the fastest fix in either strat or actual baseball.
Never discount the comeback.

Think about it. How many people dumped on Alex Rodriguez last year?

You could have picked him up almost for free in many leagues. Would that card fit nice into your line-up now? Or at least on your bench?

If you can get a year or 2 out of a card like that (remember- itís a card- youíre NOT inviting him to dinner) then itís worth the risk of a low pick.

Almost every player has that off-year. Sometimes its injury, sometimes they just wear out. But those players who have had success before are likely to find that success again- especially if they are under 40.  And you donít have to deal with that learning curve as a younger player learns and develops.

Some decent bets for 2016 comebacks include- but are not limited to-

Josh Hamilton - Heís been down this road before. His talent is off-the-charts. When heís good he plays both ways and gives you a good defender to boot. Guys like him will always find a home in the majors somewhere.

Matt Cain: Eats innings. Usually well balanced.  Perfect timing as he had surgery in 2015 and should be at full strength this year. And heís in a pitchers park.

Tim Lincecum: Remember how good he was?  I canít think of a single reason why he canít regain that dominance. Certainly worth a chance. Watch where he signs. Heís a fly-ball pitcher and would do well in a pitchers park. Plus- despite the goofy wind-up he basically an old-school ďdrop and driveĒ pitcher, meaning less wear on the arm.

Stephen Drew:  Now hereís a guy you can get really cheap. He has what we used to call ďfeaturesĒ.  A middle infielder that hits left handed, can take a walk, steal a base and hit the occasional HR. Who knew he would be the better Drew brother?
A better start card than a baseball player.

Elvis Andrus:  He hasnít peaked yet. If your league has not figured it out yet be the one that does. He has some ď1ísĒ in his future and the bat is not bad.

Grady Sizemore: Heís had a few down seasons so heís a real sleeper. But dig a little. A lh hitter with a history of hitting LHP has a lot of value, as many LH pitchers are better vs RHP (strat will NEVER get LHSP right in my opinion) so left hand hitters that can hang with LHSP have a lot of value. He may well have turned into a mediocre player but if he returns to form he can be a real steal.

Ichiro Suzuki: Pride can be a huge motivator. I personally donít think Ichiro wants to go out as a .250 hitter so you may want to position yourself for his last charge.  Then again the risk is he may not have that last good year left (see Roberto Alomar) so donít risk a whole lot.

If itís your last pick of the draft, all your needs are met and any of the above are sitting there, consider taking the risk.

Editor's Note - or try to get these players via a simple or inexpensive trade during the season, you just never know ...)

Larry Braus

(FINAL NOTES from the WOLFMAN: We want to thank "Uncle Lar" as I call my old friend for coming back, after over two years since his last article, to reach out and share his Strat Wisdom with our members. If you feel like chatting with "Uncle Lar" or to reach out to him send an email to: lawrence.braus@hpe.com )


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Contained inside this exciting issue of Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter:
(to view the various interviews, articles, columns and special sections click on the links {underlined}
and this will take you to the appropriate webpage)


  INTERVIEW with ROGER ERICKSON, Ex-MLB Pitcher, Roger Erickson, for the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, talks with the Wolfman about his insights on the game of baseball and what experiences he had during his major league career, as we continue to interview more ex-MLB players which we recognize their names from their Strat-o-matic cards in past seasons.

  INTERVIEW/ARTICLE with KEN WENGER, Ken is a volunteer for the support group that works with Len Durrant and Gary Simonds who have been producing cardsets that work with the SOM Baseball Game for over 20 years that include computer rosters/teams from the Negro Leagues, Japanese Leagues and the National Association. Ken talks about his experiences being a part of this team and what it takes to make these computer card set images.

  ARTICLE with MARC PELLETIER & WOLFMAN SHAPIRO, Wolfman Shapiro now becomes Marc's student as he is guided to work with Marc's system to build a playoff bound team for one of the new 2015 based leagues that are be offered in Baseball 365.  Marc explains his blue print how to build a team and shares with us key spreadsheets to show how he evaluates the players in the 2015 cardset. The Wolfman shares his feedback upon the Pelletier system and how it will guide him to draft his team for the on-line Baseball 365 league that he will join in April.

  STRAT WISE with MARC WASSERMAN -- commissioner of the Cyber Baseball Association (CBA) continues his new column sharing various perspectives on SOM Baseball. In this issue he discusses about the coming of "Baseball Daily", his many visits to the Game Company since he was young, and the recent video inteviews done with Hal Richman, John Garcia and Adam Rosen.

  ARTICLE with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO, Wolfman discusses a totally new Computer (CM) based league he joins which is based upon salaries for the players with a salary cap, plus has a big focus on building your minor league players. Through this league he participates in his first time ever an on-line auction to add players for his team.  He reports about his experiences joining this league and the strategies he used to build a team made for the playoffs plus ....

  SOM BASEBALL LEAGUE REPORT with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO -- the editor of "The Ultimate Strat Newsletter" and 2012 CBA Champion, talks to members members of various Strat-o-matic Baseball Leagues that he has discovered on the internet about the history of their league and their experiences. This is the first time we get to speak to a League Commissioner and their Champion in the same month as we find out about the World Baseball League (WBL).  To read their interviews, click on the appropriate link below:

INTERVIEW with Jeff Chaput, WBL Commissioner, P-VI
INTERVIEW with Ted Wesley, WBL Champion, P-II

  SOM/MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WORLD NEWS with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO, editor of "The Ultimate Strat Newsletter" roams the world for interesting news linked to SOM or MLB. For this month he shares some gems he found on the Strat-o-matic website and SOM's facebook page, offers another "Stat of the Week" bulletin by John Dewan talking about current relievers and gives the first report of a Strat Tournament Player's Club tourney held in early March in New Jersey.

  RECOMMEND ON-LINE SOM RESOURCES -- On-line Strat-o-matic and Baseball related websites
that offer amazing information, special tools and products to improve your game play that we strongly recommend. In most cases, we have had personal contact with these sources who agree with the principle to work together and help promote each other.

  BOOKS TO DIE FOR and Become a BASEBALL GURU -- This page is specifically about special books we are finding that either will expand your insights about the game of Baseball, help you in the creation of your current league teams or with your replays and learn more about the Strat-o-matic Baseball Game and Game Company's history.  We have a special arrangement with Acta Sports, who is a publisher of a number of great baseball books (including Bill James Handbooks) to offer for our members a 10% discount. We will continue to add more books to this page in the future as we uncover other gems our members should know about.


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