NEWSLETTER / Labor Day 2020

  • A lost season
  • New dates for 2021
  • Tom Seaver
  • Maybe a flash event for October

Dear Players,

First and foremost we hope this finds you on this Labor Day Weekend safe and healthy. It’s tough to look back on this year with anything but lamenting feelings of a lost season playing ball. But hope is a great motivator and certainly we are looking to turn the page on this year and get into 2021 with the anticipation of playing at some great venues across America.
That being said, I do have some firm dates and some projected dates for some events in 2021. Here are the firm ones:

The Vero Beach Classic

Historic Dodgertown
April 8-11, 2021

This will be our third try at getting to Dodgertown due to the pandemic wrecking all our previous plans. We were expecting a record number of players and before having to postpone the event all the Villas on site were sold out. I am happy to say that we are expecting even more players next April. So even if you registered already for this event and reserved a Villa you must do both of these minor tasks again. If you are already registered with us just click the icon that says so. To reserve a Villa call Adie Ward at Dodgertown at 772 569 4900. Don’t wait on this!!
Team Rate of 13 players is $5,500 and single players is $495

The Second Annual Fantasy Camp

Fitteam Ballpark
West Palm Beach, Florida
April 15-18, 2021

We have already 5 teams still committed to this event with some pool players also and we are looking very forward to playing at a new venue. If you are a player who has played in an MLB Team Fantasy Camp you are eligible to enjoy this great competitive event and maybe win a big gaudy ring in the process.

We should get between 8 to 10 teams for this pool/playoff format. Hopefully the entire facility will be available to us by next April, so we can enjoy the locker rooms, cold tubs, trainer’s rooms, bp cages and a stadium game during this 7 game scheduled long weekend.
Team rate to 15 is $6,800 Single pool players $525

Progressive Field Classic

Cleveland Ohio
August 12-15, 2021

I’ll just start off and say the Indians front office has been spectacular with us concerning our playing this event on which I feel is the greatest playing surface ever! (Toledo and Durham are close)

We spoke last week and we have agreed to this time frame. We will be watching the Indians play a getaway game at the park on Thursday and then we will either play Friday at the site of League Park or will play at Progressive Friday and Saturday. We are awaiting the word from the grounds crew as to whether they will need a day of maintenance, which is the case we will play Saturday/Sunday at Progressive. But one way or another we will be in Cleveland in 2021!

Several players opted out which has opened up some spots, not many… can register now on our site for an unbelievable experience! Again we hope the entire area is open to us by this time next year.
The cost per player is just $895

Here is the list of tentative dates for other events:

Lollygagger Classic

Durham, N.C.
Target dates: May 20-23, 2021
I will be speaking to the Bulls to hopefully get these dates are something in that time frame. More later when I have news.

Field of Dreams

Dyersville, Iowa
July 30 to August 1, 2021
These dates have been agreed upon but there may be a snafu…we will be playing our games at the famous movie site during the day for the first time. I am awaiting confirmation from Commercial Club Park in Dyersville to see if we can play there at night. Also looking into other venues in the area. So I am not putting this in the definite column yet….I’ll let you know as soon as we decide…Hope we can make it work it is a magical time.

Rockwood Field Classic

Birmingham Alabama
October 7-10, 2021
This should happen as it has the past few years, just awaiting confirmation from our good friends at The Friends of Rickwood.

Doubleday Fall Classic

Cooperstown, New York
September 23-26, 2021
We will request these dates and hope we secure them, but one way or another plan on being in Cooperstown next September. I don’t expect confirmation until December at the earliest.

We are also looking at a possible quickie event in the NY metro area this fall, an early spring event in Florida next February, The Texas Rangers new park in March and a possible return to Central Park in Manhattan in June.

Tom Seaver

And finally moving on from the schedule info, I would be remiss if I didn’t share my thoughts on the passing of one of the greatest players in baseball history, Tom Seaver. As most of you know about my allegiance to the Cardinals, I was still raised 4 miles from Shea Stadium in Whitestone N.Y. So going to Shea in the 60’s and 70’s was pretty much a weekly occurrence. I always went to see my Cardinals when they were in town and I never passed on the chance to see the great Seaver. I can honestly say I saw him pitch in person at least 50 times. The 2 most memorable were opening day in 83 in his comeback game and a game I actually snuck into in the early 80’s to see pitch against Nolan Ryan.

He was without a doubt, one of the top 3 pitchers I ever saw. (Gibson and Koufax are the others) I can think of no player in any team sport that came to its team and transformed them from losers to respectability then Champions and always competitive from then on. No one! He was in a league by himself and his place in Mets history is rightly deserved. If it were up to me I’d love to see the Tom Seaver murals inside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda I upon entering Citi Field…that’s my 2 cents. He was and will always be the Mets greatest player. R.I.P. Tom Seaver…

Well that’s it for now, we will share the info on the schedule with you as soon as we get it. Be safe this weekend, be smart and be kind.

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See you on the field,