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Vol. V, Issue #2 - March 2017

** Welcome to USBN as the 2017 SOM Baseball Year moves forward with the release in February of the latest seasons of Strat-o-matic Cards, the new version of the computer game, the new SOM baseball card viewer app and more Baseball Daily**

Comments from the Wolfman about
this current issue as we continue and begin our fifth year (2017) of operation and publication. This issue is full of new exciting stories, interviews and the latest news. As we strive to continue to provide for our readers the most unique and interesting aspects of Strat-o-matic Baseball with key links to Major League Baseball.  Now it is time, once again, to meet some of the most interesting people who are connected to the game we love. 2017 has already started out as  another amazing year with all the new products and services Strat-o-matic is
offering - so stay tuned as you ain't seen nothin' yet - from your staff at the USBN ....

Quick Links to the Articles / Interviews this Month
Ron Shandler / Wolfman Shapiro / Pete Nelson Challenge /
Chuck Tinkler
Marc Wass / Chris Williams / Harris Jessop / SOM News Updates


Wolfman Shapiro, editor of the Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter

Welcome - Welcome - Welcome - to the March 2017 edition of the Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter, as we return with our 2nd issue of this year.  I believe you are going to find this issue to be another exciting one as we have a special guest we were able to interview as well as trying a new experiment this month which we hope you like. But first ....

By now, most of you have already received the new season or seasons of SOM cards (or the computer image o
f the cards offered) along with the new computer game. Perhaps some of you, no doubt, are even using the new SOM player card viewer app.  There is also, on Youtube, between our channel and Strat-o-matic's video channel all kind of coverage about "Opening Day" including a special interview with Hal Richman we reference on our SOM News page.  So are you excited about the 2017 year of game play that is now upon us yet?

We also see here in March, all the exhibition play going on in MLB as each team prepares for their campaign to vie for a world championship in the 2017 season. Of course, the current champions, the Chicago Cubs are favored to return but many teams via trades and signing of the various free agents have improved.  I look to see the Nationals, the Mets, the Dodgers and Giants to challenge the Cubs and in the American league no doubt the Indians will be back as they are hungry but Boston is also vastly improved so I think it will come down to these two teams.  We shouldn't could out Texas or Houston who could also challenge.  Thus, it will be another exciting season of MLB and its always good to watch the influx of all the new young players and prospects who will be coming up this next season, to see who the new superstars will be.  Also, this month we had the World Baseball Classic with 16 countries involved helping to share the love of baseball globally.  Our newsletter comes out before the winner is announced but it doesn't appear it will be the U.S. team who can't beat the good hispanic teams.

So what do we have for our special members this month?  How about an interview with Ron Shandler, who I would consider the "Father for Advanced Strategies to win in Fantasy Baseball". I am on his mailing list and he agreed to chat with us about his background and his new adventure, which he shares in his new book called the BABS Project.  Next, I have heard from various gamers linked to the Strat Tournament Players Club, that my near neighbor, Mr. Pete Nelson, who we have chatted with many times linked to this club, is a very very good strat player, so what does your editor do, I challenged him to a best of seven game series recently -- so see what happened inside.

Then we have our Columnist and League Commissioner, Marc Wass return to us with his amazing column, "Strat Wise", as he discusses with our members the keys to working with vintage strat-o-matic cards.  The Chuck Stop with Chuck Tinkler returns with Part III of his latest article "Old Guys Rule!!!" - discover the next part of this highly entertaining and thoughtful new creation by CT as I call him, talks more about the veteran players of today and their value over time as related to when they were younger and 1st picked in your league's draft.  The SOM & MLB News Page shares an amazing story from one of our members about how "Opening Day" at the game company got started as well as see another interesting analysis done by Baseball Info Solutions' John Dewan about evaluating Up-the-Middle performances.

Your humble editor, the Wolfman, I return with the next segment of my article series about How to Build your Strat Baseball Keeper's Team linked with your league's draft related to the new 2017 card set. I continue my report about how my very own team, the Skokie Wolfmen did in our league's draft earlier this month. However, this time I have not only provided for you a special written report but I am combining it with a series of highly entertaining videos!! So, you will have to check this out to see what the heck I am speaking about here as I experiment with a new video program I have access to (the early viewers have loved it!).

My new assistant, Harris Jessop, who will be helping me with the League Interviews we do every month, takes his turn to share with us about his special Netplay based league.  And finally, we help to celebrate with our new member, Chris Williams, who is the author of a new and highly entertaining Baseball book. We talk about his strat game experiences and then he tell us all about his new book. Of course, as always we have our two resources pages updated (key books and on-line resources) for your pleasure, to keep all our members very informed.

Once again, just to make sure you had a chance to download these two key spreadsheets, to help you with the new 2017 cards, I have included the link to download the following two Stat spreadsheets that contain the 2016 Hitter and Pitch stats including the Lefty/Righty splits. Just click below on the spreadsheet(s) you wish to download to your selected device. This will be the last time we offer these links, so make sure you get it now. 

Click Here for the Spreadsheet for Hitters vs LHP/RHP 
Click Here for the Spreadsheet for Pitchers vs LHH/RHH

Note (our monthly reminder): Once again, if you have just joined us recently or haven't had a chance to read all of our bulletins and prior newsletters (since January of 2013), you can find everything you desire by visiting our archive webpages at:



Special Request from the Wolfman

On a personal note, the year of 2017 is going to be a very busy year for me - I am working on two novels (non-sports related) and a new on-line business.  Therefore, I want to put out a special request to our members to see if someone (or ones) might like to become my assistant(s) to help me construct future newsletters this year.  It is of course a voluntary job of sorts, but it would ensure we can continue to provide for our members a timely newsletter, as often as possible. 

The basic skills I am seeking with such an assistant would be to have some experience creating webpages - I already have a template page that can be used and I only use simple html coding.  As I mentioned before, Harris Jessop has stepped forward to help me with the interviews we share with various league officials or champions but I still need a bit of help to have the pages formatted in the manner as you view them within our newsletter.  One or two additional people should do the trick and the benefits of helping me is not only to be able to view all our materials ahead of time but I would be available to talk with about advice on your league teams or strategies to play the game.  If you have some free time and would like to join our team, just send me a private email, at my email shown at the bottom of this page or any page within the newsletter - thanks ....


We are very very grateful to all those individuals who have shared donations to help us with the costs to share this newsletter with everyone including, those who have given a one time donation and others have sent us something each month.  This newsletter is a labor of love by our staff, and if you truly are enjoying it, then towards the bottom of each page above the Newsletter's Menu section is an area called "Support the Cause". Clicking on the "Donate" button sends you to Paypal where you can share any donation you feel inspired to offer.  We intend to continue to expand the newsletter with more great articles and interviews with playing tips, other revolutionary products to help our members in their game play, and to continue to increase our library of relevant videos on our Youtube channel. There is a secret known to the most successful people in our world which is, the more one gives to help others, the more that is returned to this person in various forms and from people and sources you would never expect. We thank you in advance, to help us keep this as the finest on-line strat-o-matic baseball newsletter on the planet. 

So dear members, we hope you enjoy this second issue of our newsletter here in 2017. We send our best wishes to all of our members that in whichever direction you are playing with the Strat-o-matic Baseball, that you will have a very enjoyable new season of game play. We have so many choices how to play SOM Baseball these days with all the new goodies the game company has been sharing with us whether you are playing face-to-face, via the computer or on-line.  We again share our heartfelt thanks to each of you for your interest and support for the newsletter. Please feel free to share our main home page with others who might be interested in the newsletter and receive a benefit from the materials we share with you. And again, we are always open to receive new contributions.

So, what are you waiting for, dig in to the new contents of this issue right now, the menu selection below shows all the new articles, interviews and reports ........

To your success in 2017 with your current leagues, replays and future tournaments,
always yours .....

Wolfman Shapiro
on behalf of the team at USBN



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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 RON SHANDLER, Baseball Fantasy Expert, Throughout the fantasy baseball world, in all the various forms of Fantasy Baseball, there is no one more well known and respected as Ron Shandler. He started the website Baseball HQ, the very successful baseball guide called Baseball Forecaster and now he offers the new BABS Project for winning in your fantasy league.   We had the chance to speak to Ron and to get to know him a bit better as well as find out what the BABS project is all about in Part I, of a two part interview series we will be doing with him.

  ARTICLE with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO - Wolfman Challenges STPC Worlds Champion Pete Nelson, The Strat Tournament Players Club, is known as the most expansive and challenging series of Strat-o-matic Baseball Draft tournaments world wide. Pete Nelson has been one of the main organizers and supporters of these tournaments for many years as well as one of their repeat champions in their classic Worlds Tournaments.  Pete lives close by to our editor Wolfman in the Seattle area, so at the end of January, these two giants played a best of seven game series following the tournament rules of this club. Find out how this epic battle of SOM Baseball heavies went ....

  SOM Baseball and MLB World News - March 2017, This is our periodic column where we share any exciting news and updates linked to either the SOM World or MLB. In this issue, we share a story about "Opening Day" at the Strat-o-matic Game Company you have never heard, along with another report from another newsletter member of their experience at this year's "Opening Day".  We also share another analysis from Baseball Info Solutions done by strat gamer and the owner, John Dewan about how to evaluate Up-the-Middle Performances of various MLB teams ....

  STRAT WISE with MARC WASSERMAN commissioner of the Cyber Baseball Association (CBA) continues his new column sharing various perspectives on SOM Baseball. For his article this month he discusses about vintage strat-o-matic cards and how to find the best deals and prices to get them.

  INTERVIEW with CHRIS WILLIAMS, Strat Baseball Author, Chris is a fellow strat baseball gamer and new member to our newsletter who has just recently become the author of a new book through Acta Sports by the title of, "Coulda Woulda Shoulda", a very entertaining book about "What If" scenarios that might have changed the history of baseball. In this interview, meet Chris and find out more about his new book.

  SOM BASEBALL LEAGUE REPORT with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO -- the editor of "The Ultimate Strat Newsletter" and 2012 CBA Champion, turns his attention to talk to members of various face-to-face Strat-o-matic Baseball Leagues that he has discovered through the league registry service offered on the Strat-o-matric website. Each commissioner speaks about the history of their league and their experiences. To read the interview for this month, click on the link below:

INTERVIEW with HARRIS JESSOP, Winter Need a Life League Commissioner (Netplay)

  ARTICLE with CHUCK TINKLER, Chuck is one of our most popular contributors and is back with a new article for his column, "The Chuck Stop", as he continues his article he calls "Old Guys Rule" with Part III. This article deals with the value of a 1st round draft pick and more - Chuck always entertains our readers with his insightful and colorful stories and experiences - check out this latest edition now!

  ARTICLE with WOLFMAN SHAPIRO - How to Setup Your Draft League Team, the Final Part of this article, Wolfman, finish the last segment of this three part article to share with our members the meat and potatoes of his various strategies how to build his 2017 Skokie Wolfmen in the CBA, a Keepers computer league. In this segment, he discusses the results of the CBA draft held in early March with both this written article and some supplemental entertaining videos.  By using his team as an example, you may receive from this article some suggestions and new strategies you can use to help build your own team and bring to your fans a league's championship.

  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 idea and key principle about working together to 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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