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Vol. V, Issue #2 - March 2017

** Recommended On-line SOM and Baseball Resources **
      (suggested resources by the newsletter team as well as to honor
our guests who have appeared in issues of the newsletter
as well as groups and individual who support the newsletter)

{ Wolfman: This webpage contains various on-line Strat-o-matic Game resources (predominately for the Baseball game) as well as other resources related to MLB baseball that can help you in your game play.  It has been my experience linked to my league play that there are many on-line tools one can use to help build their teams or to supplement their game using historical tools.  This page will change over time as we have more and more additions. 

If you have know of other resources that you feel should be added to this list please feel free to contact us with your suggestions. Our policy is to list those resources or organizations which we personally know of or have had direct contact with (the groups or the individuals). Further, the spirit of this newsletter is about supporting our community and finding others who are open to work together. The more we share and work together, our community can only be enhanced. Such cooperation (such as the existence of the Strat Alliance or our recent merger to work closely with Stratogists.com and Bruce Bundy or the Evaluation Team that came together our new draft guide) only helps to create a stronger environment for the SOM Baseball Game and all of us involved. This does not indicate however, if one of your favorite resources is not listed here that we do not approve of such. It just means that either we are unfamiliar with this contact or that they may have a differently philosophy and approach about how to create partnerships and affiliations then we do. Of course, no one is perfect and we don't make any judgements of others. Having variety and different forms of special information and activities helps all games and we see it as being very good for our community! Or in other words, we remain in the neutral and do not take any sides.}

Resources that we Recommend
(special on-line websites we have uncovered of great value)

(Website for the Strat-o-matic (SOM) Game Company. This is the website where you can purchase the Baseball game (board game or computer game); all of the various baseball printed cards and the computer teams plus various accessories.  Of course the game company offers various other sports games like football, basketball and hockey. For 2017, besides releasing the new version of the computer game and cards based on the 2016, 1949, the 2017 version of the Hall of Fame Cards and Baseball Heroes II (cards and rosters); then they also released computer rosters on the Negro Leagues: 1914, 1924, and 1944; and two Japanese Leagues, 1961 and 2016 plus the 1872 National Association.  And finally last year (2016) they released the add-in system for Baseball Daily, so a new version will be available for 2017 that you can play along with your favorite team in MLB, day by day.

To read the all of the announcements of the new SOM products (including 3 mobile apps to support game play coming out in 2017 and the new Video Studio to add videos to their Youtube channel) click on the link below:

Strat-o-matic's Winter Newsletter (in a PDF format)

Further, the new Ratings Booklet which lists the complete rankings of all the cards that will be part of the 2017 MLB set (based on MLB 2016), is available at the link below for the spreadsheet (also is a printed book):



Also, you may want to check out their on-line baseball leagues and tournaments which is called Baseball 365 where they offer you the opportunity to play with different sets of players from the 1870's through the new set for the 2016 MLB season that includes the Negro League players. We have covered this version of playing the game in various issues of the newsletter starting in 2014 and will continue going forward. To read more about the on-line gaming play please go to:


Finally, we also recommend to check out the announcements that SOM makes on Twitter, go to:

And also on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/StratOMaticGames/

Note - we are not directly connected nor fully endorsed by the Strat-o-matic Game Company although we do have conversations with them at times and they will share via their website or social media sources some of our events and activities. We have done interviews with individuals work at (or have worked at) the game company at times. But primarily, our newsletter is offered as a labor of love by the newsletter support team to enhance the game playing of our members and the SOM Baseball Community. We do our best to be as supportive as possible for the success of the game company and when we can, help share special news they release. We do publicly thank Strat-o-matic for their occasional support of some of our projects and sharing with their members and customers about some of our more interesting activities.)


(Home page for the Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter, discussing the various information we offer through our newsletter and various well known gamers who support us.  Also on this page is how to sign-up and become a member of our free newsletter. In addition, our group has released a special baseball tool, in cooperation with Strat-o-gists, a newly developed and enhance drafting guide of 300+ players evaluated within the 2017 SOM Baseball Card Set (based on the 2016 MLB season) that will receive their first Strat card (printed or computer image) and could be eligible to be drafted in your Keeper League using this set. To read more about this special draft guide head over to:


("The Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter Youtube Video Channel" - here is where you can find dear members the live videos we have taken from Opening Day at Strat-o-matic to the "Billy Sample Challenge" and much much more.  As no only do we share special reports and articles via this special Strat Baseball newsletter but we expand our coverage with live interviews and interesting strategy videos.  Don't wait for announcements via the newsletter or our bulletins to know what videos are contained here, check it out as we do our best to cover all aspects of the game we love with the written word and through video!!  Check out our channel, we added several new videos in December, 2015.)

("The Stratomatic Baseball Village" - a friendly and supportive online forum community for Strat Baseball enthusiasts. The key individuals who offer this wondrous forum includes Ken "rezzdogg" Dunning, founder/admin and Michael McLaughlin ("67mantle2-7"), admin/moderator. We also thank Ken and Michael for their initial help, advice and support last year (2013) as our newsletter was first starting out.)

(The website for the Cyber Baseball Association, a 24 team baseball league using the computer game which has existed since 1997. Wolfman Shapiro is the 2012 champion after seven years of hard work, Marc Wasserman, our so called "secret consultant" and author of the League Commissioner Column is the commissioner. The CBA is the first league to officially support our newsletter. The website contains the up-to-date standings of the league during the season which normally begins in March and goes through September/October.  The free report by Wolfman you received when you signed up gives his history in this league.)

Ultimate Strat Baseball Collectibles and Sporting Goods Store
(To help our members who are interested in Baseball Collectibles, uniforms and sporting gear we have worked out a deal with Amazon to provide for our members some amazing items linked to baseball that you can't find any where else.  So we encourage you to visit our store periodically and check out these special items. Instead of charging a monthly fee for the newsletter we rather keep it free for everyone but your purchases will help to compensate for our time and dedication to allow the newsletter to continue and come out each month.  Also the banner at the top of each page for the Amazon sports collectibles will also take you to our store - thank you!!)

(The website linked to the genius of Bruce Bundy, who has developed and shares his formulas that can help a person create their own SOM baseball cards. On his website he additionally shares his advice how to improve your play in the baseball game, interviews with key people in our community and is a tester for the game company.  In this issue we have an interview through Bruce with Steve Barkan of the Game Company and also Bruce acts as an advisor for the newsletter and is one of regular columnist with his "Strat Thoughts" column.)

In December of 2013, Bruce Bundy agreed to allow our newsletter to help in the release of his "SOM Projection Sheets" to forecast the new baseball cards coming out by Strat-o-matic in the next year. Once again in October of 2014 and October 2015 Bruce Bundy released his next projection sheets for the 2015 cards and 2016 cards respectively. To read more about the Projection Sheets or to obtain your own copy of the "2016 SOM Projection Sheets" visit Bruce's page on our site at:


(Moonlight Graham's Marketplace is the place to be to find any Strat-o-matic Baseball card ever printed by the game company. Chris Rosen is the man behind the scenes and with our special project with Billy Sample, he shot out the cards we need for Mr. Sample's article and the chance for Mr. Sample to play SOM against one of our members and learn about Strat-o-matic Baseball. Chris is the man you want to work with for your SOM Baseball card needs and dreams. We once again thank Chris, Mr. Moonlight Graham, for his help to provide a team to face Billy Sample in the "Billy Sample Challenge" for his opponent {this series will be announced in a future newsletter) plus getting to us a copy of "Tony Brizzolara" 1979 card to use in his interview in this issue.)

(Strat-o-matic Face to Face Tournament Association known as the Strat Tournament Players Club (STPC) which offers a series of live and on-line SOM Baseball tournaments (via Skype and Netplay). Started in 1996, this group formerly known as the Star Tournaments took over for the TBA group and has numerous tournaments each year with their champion tournament called the Worlds, held in January of each year.  The section of the U.S. covered by these tournaments is in parts of the Midwest of the U.S., the western states and west coast and several southern states in the U.S.  The tournaments use a format of draft a team of 25 players from the most recent released SOM Baseball card set with a stadium. 

(Purestrat is in the western region of the Strat Tournament Players Club and handles the on-line tournaments utilizing Skype and an electronic dialer. 

(SOMers is a Strat-o-matic Baseball based forum which their members are discussing all kinds of aspects about the game as well as Major League Baseball. According to founder Mark Heil, its a very friendly place to be with some great and very knowledgeable members. Mark was interviewed for USBN in our October 2014 issue. 

(This is another premier SOM forum developed and the brain child of Alex Redovian with 2400 members that covers all of the various strat-o-matic games. In addition, Alex, who is a programmer has developed an on-line dice roller for both the baseball and football game which is available for free. The tournaments done on Skype by Pure Strat (western division of the Star Tournaments) uses his dice rollers.)

(The official "Field of Dreams Movie Site" website to learn about the Baseball Field, which still exists in Dyersville, IA, where the "Field of Dreams" movie was filmed. On this website is directions how to get to the field, a 3D photographic overview of the field, the special events which take place at the Baseball Field, its history and much move. The farm and baseball field were purchased from the Lansing family in late 2012 and is now being taken care of by "Go the Distance Baseball, LCC". Part I of Wolfman Shapiro's report linked with the Baseball Field is given in the July 2016 issue. To learn more about their Project, which is run by Go the Distance Baseball, called Allstar Baseball Park Heaven visit: http://allstarballparkheaven.com/ )


(Welcome to the Strat-O-Matic Fan Forum. A dedicated online community who have been discussing Strat-O-Matic's board and PC games since February 2001. This forum covers all of the sports games offered by Strat-o-matic. We interview the founder Dan Patterson in Issue #2 of this newsletter)

(The #1 and best on-line system for easily and effectively conducting any type of draft for your Strat-o-matic League that exists from a straight draft to auctions and it doesn't matter what season of strat cards you are using.  You input the players for all the teams and then it is easy to see which players are left for the draft. The draft can be held live or done over time, and you can even program players to be picked if you are not available at the time of your pick.  There is a fee to use this service.)

(Paul Dylan, WA, U.S. - blog site that contains all kinds of articles about Strat-o-matic in this part of his site with some powerful ideas and insights about the game, Paul is a member of our newsletter as well and is doing an interview about us for his site.)

(Ted William Strat-o-matic League, founded in 2002, 24 team netplay draft baseball league, one of several baseball leagues supported by
Nick Flory on his website. Mr. Flory doesn't have a main page for his site that lists all the other 67 baseball leagues he supports but you can see a list of them by going to the Ted Williams league and go to the menu on the left hand side of the page and click on "Other Sites" and a list of all the baseball sites pop up. We wish to thank TWSL heads Mike and Larry for introducing us to Nick, who has our newsletter logo shown on his sites and shared the newsletter with all the different leagues which saw a substantial growth in our membership - thanks Nick, Mike and Larry.)

(Fox Valley Strat-o-matic League, a face-to-face league of six gamers from Wisconsin, supports of the newsletter, founded in 1988.  They offer free copies of any of their newsletters from their league (MS excel format) but they do not have a league website, featured in the November 2015 issue of the newsletter.)

(Rob's Strat-o-matic Decade Keeper Leagues, an e-mail/Computer based league currently has 12 members and started in 2012.  They play seasons by decade and keep the players for that decade. They start with the 1950's decade and now are into the 1960 decade. A supporter of this newsletter, they were featured in our November 2015 issue. Rob also has a system to show live on the internet, the playoff games for their league.)

(North American Strat-o-matic Association is a league that combines face-to-face, Netplay and Computer Manager play.  This league has existed since 1980 and currently has 16 teams.  Key meetings for the league are done in person even though their members are all over the U.S.  This league fully supports the newsletter and has a strong interest to partnership with us in the future. We featured this league in our November 2015 issue of the newsletter.)

(Bob Colleary, represents both the Bill Veeck Leg League (BVL) and the Barefoot League (BFL), a computer mananged league.  The BVL has been around since 1999 and the BFL is starting its 1st season in December of 2015. These leagues were featured in our December 2015 issue of the newsletter.)

(In our March issue of 2016, we met both Jeff Chaput, the commissioner and the 2015 champ, Ted Wesley of the World Baseball League {WBL}, it is a computer based league which has been around since 1977 with 14 teams, all the managers live in the same area, they do their drafts live.)

(Rob Stricker is the commissioner of this dual league known as BIGS, a 10 team netplay league with a 12 team computer league.  Started by our contributor's writer Chuck Tinkler in 2010.  This league was featured in our January 2016 issue of our newsletter.)

(We heard about this league MMDA (Masters Memorial Draft Association) via our interview with Matt Eddy, who is in charge of the leagues blog and helps with their website.  This is 20 team league with four divisions using the computer game. We interviewed Matt in the January 2016 issue of the newsletter).

(The Eric Gregg Memorial League (EGML) is our first retro league we are reporting on through the commissioner Vinny Mancini which started with the 1951 MLB Season and at the time of the interview in our May 2016 issue is playing the 1959 MLB season.  This is a computer based league and another league which is utilizing the services of Nick Flory to host the league on the web.)

(Charles O. Finley SOM Baseball League - started in 2007, starting with the 1970's season of cards and progressing forward with each season, Mark Simon is the commissioner. This league follows the constitution done by the Smiley League, discussed in the July 2016 issue of our newsletter, one of four leagues that Mark is the commish.)

(Marvin Miller SOM Baseball League - the second league Mark Simon created using the same rules as the Charles O. Finley League starting with the 1980's season of Cards.  This league was discussed in the July 2016 issue of our newsletter.)

(Camelot SOM Baseball League - the third league Mark Simon created using the same rules as the Charles O. Finley League starting with the 1962 season of Cards (remembering the "Age of Camelot" when Kennedy was President.  This league was discussed in the July 2016 issue of our newsletter.)

(Bud Selig SOM Baseball League - the fourth league Mark Simon created using the same rules as the Charles O. Finley League starting with the 2000 season of Cards.  This league was discussed in the July 2016 issue of our newsletter.)

(Jack Edwards Memorial League, with the commissioner Gary Davis, a face-to-face league working with the current card set.  This league was featured in the August of 2016 issue of our newsletter.)

(Old School Baseball League, with their commissioner Jim Murphy is a netplay retro league at the time of the interview, in our November 2016 issue were finishing their 1975 season. Jim also offers to our members a special page with various resources he has developed that could help other leagues, go to: http://netplaybaseball.com/stuff.php )

(Strat-O-Matic Ivy League League with their commissioner Arnie Pollinger is a face-to-face keepers league that appeared in our December 2016 issue that has existed for 37 years and is based out of Eastern Massachusetts.)

(Halifax Strat-o-matic Baseball League with their commissioner Blair Conrad is a face-to-face keepers league that appeared in our December 2016 issue. This league has existed for 33 years and is based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

(Hitterish is the name of the company held by Sean Plouffe who is a professional hitting consultant who is helping various minor and major league players. Sean was interviewed in our December 2016 issue. For those members who are active in physical baseball leagues you may wish to visit Sean site where he has a great deal of information how to perfect your hitting swing.

(A Fan's Guide to Strat-O-Matic Basketball created by Jason. Somhoops offers a rating guide for Basketball with the permission of the game company. We recommend Somhoops as a great site to visit for our members if you like Basketball plus we are grateful for their support to announce our newsletter to their members who similarly love the baseball as much as we do.)

(The 2014 Barnstormers Tournament, which is a yearly tournament held that utilizes the SOM Baseball Online gaming system and uses what is called the All Time Greats card set. This card set comprises the best MLB players who have received a card in any season printed by Strat-o-matic including those who had printed cards and those players who have just a computer image. Barnstormers plays six draft leagues choosing to begin with 25 players and a stadium. There gamers qualify for the playoffs by points and play one or two more leagues to find their champion. This tournament has existed since 2001. By viewing this particular tournament, you can get in touch with the Barnstormer's commissioner how to join for future tournaments as they offer one each year. Even though this tournament started in 2014, the champion is not crowned until early 2015. A new tournament for 2015 is expected to start in April.)

(Column by Glenn Guzzo - periodic articles by "Strat-o-matic Fanatic" Author Glenn Guzzo shared on the SOM Website that covers all the different games. We interviewed Glenn in our first issue.)

(Podcasts done with well known SOM figures by Steve Reiter shared on the SOM Website, in a future issue we will share an interview we did with Steve.)

(This is Billy Sample's facebook page, where you can chat with this ex-Major Leaguer. I have found him very friendly and open to discuss his experiences as a ball player for Texas, the NY Yankees and Atlanta as well as a sportscaster, interviewed in our April 2013 and October 2014 issue - accepted our challenge to have a member of USBN play him in Strat vs. the 1983 Texas Rangers, a team he played for.  Also Billy has a movie he made about his baseball experiences he put out in 2013 called "Reunion 108".)


(This is Willie Mays Aikens official website. There is a bio about Mr. Aikens here as well as a way to send him an email. He is open to be interviewed or make public appearances. In the December 2014 issue of our newsletter we did an interview with Mr. Aikens and we also did a review of his book, "Safe at Home", which you can also order via this website. Mr. Aikens is known as the 1st major league player ever to hit two home runs in two different games in the same world series, in 1980 with the K.C. Royals.)

(The official website of Daniel Okrent, the creator of Rotisserie League Baseball. Mr. Okrent is also an author of various baseball books which you can obtain copies of via his website.  However, based on his interview in our December 2014 issue, he claims there are much better website which support fantasy gamers for Rotisserie Baseball which you can easily find by doing an on-line search.)

Column and Blog by Jeff Polman

(his current blog postings, been involved with SOM since 1964. Is one of the few people to have a column on the SOM website, along with Glenn Guzzo, is also a member now of our newsletter)


(Jeff's column on the SOM website, writes about all kinds of ideas and stories linked to the SOM Baseball Game) 


Special Friends we Recommend on Youtube
(other Strat-o-matic Baseball Channels ... )

(The Youtube channel for Matt Beagle, who is a contributing writer for Baseball HQ and these SOM Baseball Strategy videos are listed on the Strat-o-matic Game website. Matt has over 30 years of experience playing Strat Baseball and won a number of league championships. He shares keys to winning and intriguing strategies to play SOM Baseball in these videos.)

Strat-O-Matic Delaware
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn_7kbP3FuZCsmY7aRuk8PQ )

Tabletop Baseball Channel

Tenacious Strat


Special On-line Tools that are Available
(different newsletters and special reports )

(The Wolfman's first e-book to discuss his secret strategies, for time after time, placing his league teams into the playoffs. This is part one of his report, about how to win fast!  He uses his experiences in his current league the Cyper Baseball Association {CBA} and his 2012 Championship to hold nothing back. If you have been struggling in your draft league (face-to-face or computer) or draft tournament, this document will help you tremendously.  It comes as PDF. This document could be the difference between another year (or tournament) of frustration or a chance to get to the top.  Mostly geared for league play but could be helpful with the current tournaments who use a draft.  In honor of the September 2013 On-line SOM Baseball Convention this e-book is offered to anyone by a donation.)


(The 2016 SOM Projection Sheets by legendary Bruce Bundy created through the special formulas that Bruce has developed with a 95%+ accuracy on creating the cards that Strat-o-matic will release for 2016. The Sheets are in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, one (or more) for the hitters and one (or more) for the pitchers and Bruce also includes articles (in PDF format) that discusses his formulas.)

(Ron Schandler is considered the authority on Fantasy Baseball.  His website is where he shares all his new strategies, products and services.  Some of the materials he shares are available for free but there is a tremendous advantage to be a member and have access to all of Mr. Schandler's materials including his new book called, The BABS Project which helps their readers win in their fantasy baseball leagues with a new way to draft players.  To get a chance to know Mr. Shandler a bit more, he is ffeatured in an interview, Part I of a two part interview in our March 2017 issue.  Mr. Shandler also is the creator of the Baseball HQ website shown next and the originator of the amazing yearly baseball guide called "Baseball Forecaster" which gives advice for the current season of Fantasy Baseball, the 2015 edition was reviewed in our March 2015 issue.)

(A free weekly newsletter, which you receive via email, from Baseball HQ, which provides information about MLB. Our special guest, Matt Beagle, who we interviewed in December of 2014, helped to arrange with their editor, this free newsletter for our members.  This will give you some idea of what Baseball HQ offers if you might decide to go for their full services. They have a number of contributing writers who have various levels of Baseball expertise as well as information that help you with the building of teams in your SOM leagues using the latest card sets.  Also if you could to Baseball HQ main page (click here) you can see the tremendous amount of information they offer if you become a member or subscribe to their newsletter. In the March 2015 edition, we interview General Manager Ray Murphy and also reviewed their book "Baseball Forecaster 2015" with Ron Schandler.)

(The premier baseball website by John Dewan and his team, to analyze and record every baseball statistic that one can think of. This company provides Strat-o-matic key data needed in order to create the baseball cards each season as well as works with and supports every team in Major League Baseball. They were originally known as Stats, Inc. but have evolved into a new company. To follow "John Dewan's Stat of the week" go to: StatOfTheWeek.com or follow John on Twitter at: @FieldingBible -- also Baseball Info Solutions works closely with Bill James and helps him publish his Baseball Handbooks each year, see our page on recommended books. Also they are helping Bill James with his own website, shown next ...)

(A new website started in 2015, which is directly connected to the genius of Bill James.  This website has a free component and for a very reasonable monthly fee, allows you to have access to the full information which Mr. James shares linked to his different perspectives to look at baseball via various information analytics.  The website is being helped by Baseball Info Solutions.  This site could provide insights about MLB players that can be helpful for draft leagues using the latest cards printed by the game company each year.)

(This website is part of MLB.com, and focuses mostly on young players coming up, prospects and foreign players being signed and entering MLB for the first time.  Jim Callis, who is one of the writers for this site, was interviewed in the March 2015 issue discussing this website and his opinions about some of the best young players coming up.)

(Baseball America is an organization dedicated to tracking young baseball talent throughout high school, college, the minor leagues and the major leagues. They offered a website filled with all kinds of timely information and several publications. In our January 2016 issue, one of their writers, Matt Eddy who is a strat gamer, an expert of MLB prospects was interviewed.)

(Society of America Baseball Research, with over 6000 members and has existed since 1971. There is a membership fee to join - gives you an opportunity to share and discuss anything about the game of baseball with its members. Also SABR prints its own books and journals and has members from people who have been personally involved in professional baseball as well as fans.

(Another website that focuses statistically on many aspects of the game of baseball including the best and most talents major league prospects that are coming up with all kinds and tables and charts. Major League Ballclubs hire this group to help them with their various strategies for their teams. Their website has all kinds of articles and blogs plus the group publishes their own guides. In our July 2013 issue, we will be sharing an interview with Joe Hamrahi, the President who is an avid SOM baseball gamer and credits SOM for starting him on the path to work with baseball statistics. Look at our March 2014 issue for a review of the annual guidebook that publish called "Baseball Prospectus 2014".)

J.G. Preston's Baseball Blog Posts

http://sabr.org/author/jg-preston (on the SABR website)
https://prestonjg.wordpress.com (on his personal wordpress website)



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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.

  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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