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Mid-West Baseball League - APBA

Baseball & Deep Leagues Aficionados’,

On Saturday February 16th, 2013 the Mid-West Baseball League will be holding its 16th annual Draft Day in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

Please take a moment to read about the Mid-West Baseball League, and the stop by the web site to check it out. If you have any thoughts or questions, or would like more information please E-Mail me at: straymwbl@gmail.com

The Mid-West Baseball League is a Fantasy Baseball League – 28 Teams Deep, 38 man Major League rosters, 12 Man Minor League system.

The Mid-West Baseball League is entering its 17th season of play, and is considered one of the finest, most established APBA / BBW Leagues around. Not only does the Mid-West Baseball League have unique playing rules, but we’re also deeply interested in the development of the game and minor league players. With Twenty-Eight (28) franchises (Yes that’s right Twenty-Eight) scattered throughout the United States & Canada, we have a wide range of ownership. With that wide range of ownership comes a great amount of knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to baseball which makes the MWBL shine above other fantasy (alternative reality) baseball Leagues.

Sixteen years ago the Mid-West Baseball League was formed as a continuous APBA / BBW ownership league. To this day, we still have seven of the original members, and nine other members have been with us for at least nine plus years. The beauty in all this is represented by the fact that there are still people who are fanatic about the game of baseball. It goes back to the great old saying “If you build it - they will come” and come they have; from as far west as California, as due east as Massachusetts and as far south as Florida.

Are you interested in the Mid-West Baseball League? www.straybaseball.com/mwbl/wordpress/application.htm

How often does your fantasy baseball league take a player before he’s drafted in Major League Baseball? This happens often in the Mid-West Baseball League. in the 2009 MWBL Draft Steven Strasburg was the #1 selection by the Detroit Crime on February 21st, 2009. A full five months previous to Strasburg being selected by the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball.

Does the Draft provide any late round gems? How about Aroldis Chapman? Chapman was selected in same the 2009 MWBL Draft, (Pick #280) before he ever stepped foot in the United States, before he pitched in the World Baseball Classic, before he defected from Cuba and a full ten months before he signed a major league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Mid-West Baseball League goes beyond what a normal fantasy (alternative reality) baseball League does. You actually play the games using APBA / BBW 5.75 Game Engine, based on statistics from the previous MLB season. We play a full 162 game season, along with playoffs (Wild Card & League Championship Series) as well as a World Series & All-Star Game. We have awards from Gold Gloves, right down to MVP and Cy- Young awards.

Scouting and development does not take a back seat in the MWBL, actually quite the opposite. Each team is allotted twelve (12) minor league roster spots. These twelve minor league spots are often used to draft minor leaguers, college kids, or foreign born players. Each minor leaguers must make it to the major leagues within a three year period or you lose his rights. Sort of like a free agent system.

In between each season we hold a live draft (Usually the second Saturday after the Super Bowl). It’s at the draft where you try to rebuild your club. Not only do you need to finish off your major and minor leaguer roster on draft day, you need to be prepared. There are not a lot of super “Gems” on Draft Day. Most decent to solid prospects are usually taken a year or two before these players are known to the public. The draft is tough, but for the serious baseball aficionados, this is like Christmas day. It’s where you get a great present, but don’t have a clue what it really is, just yet.

How many leagues do you know that have trade registers , including individual teams trackers, so you can go back and look at all of those good trades, and all those bad ones too?

The MWBL prides itself on quality owners; we do this for a few reasons. This is not something we take lightly. Some say we’re “overly compulsive” about it. We have a great group of guys, and are always looking for a few more. If you don’t believe what you’re reading to be true, stop by the MWBL web site and see for yourself. This is absolutely one of the premier fantasy (alternative reality) baseball leagues around. Come check us out at: www.straybaseball.com/mwbl


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