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    Odyssey of a career G.M.

    Odyssey of a career GM

    Stimulated as I was by the implicit challenge from 5Dodgers5 (Post # 13 , in “Rongar H.O.F.?” thread), in trying to remember past ideas that I’ve had playing BM, I’ve found myself generating new ones.

    One concept that I’d like to try out in this Dynasty forum, is that of following the career of a General Manager, rather than of a team, or individual player.

    Since that GM would have to be me, and I have proven to be not very good at managing a BM baseball club (The Expos from 1969- 1986 is the only team that I’ve ever operated without resort to “cheating”, and they fared even more poorly than the RL franchise!), I wouldn’t expect to be fired, so much as not hired by anybody in the first place!

    So, to ensure steady employment, I decided that my iconic GM had to have a patron who would buy various clubs for him during his career, the idea being, that whatever the end- results of his previous managerial gigs, fame or futility, he would never be out of a job, and always get to manage the next team that he fancied.

    I have in mind, my GM’s career path laid out, starting with a bush-league team in 1955, and hopping through the BM seasons with various teams, up to the present day.

    I shall incorporate some of the ideas that I discussed in the aforementioned thread such as “Spring Training” and the hiring of a Head; batting; pitching; and catching coach.

    Apart from that, I will cheat fairly, the main setting that I have in mind to twiddle with is the “Equalize cities” box…according to BM help, it seems that with this box ticked, if you play well, they will come, if not, not…which, as in real life, as it should be.

    I shall, (reluctantly, ‘cos of sore hands), have to write a certain amount of text, especially in the start-up period of the “Odyssey”, but that out of the way, my posts will be mainly of the publication of “Match of the Month” box-scores, as in previous dynasties that I’ve operated.

    Talking of these, I do hope to resume the “Canajun Eh” dynasty when time permits, but the BK franchise’s shelf-life seems to have expired, due to lack of interest from sign-ups, consequently, of my own.
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    Extract from the diary of Big Momma (February 15th, 1954)

    Don’t think Toy Boy was too thrilled with my latest Valentine gift…probably, too much to expect him to be able to handle the Victoria bingo hall operation, big earner for him as it will be…the poor dear is lost when it comes to the numbers racket, when he runs out of fingers and toes to count on.

    So, what to get him for next year…? I could let him have the lucrative Little Black Book, but I’ll leave him that when I’ve passed on to that great Pork-Barrel in the sky, meanwhile, a gal’s gotta live, right? Likewise, the extortion franchise is out – I love him, dearly, but, let’s face it, he’s so inept at racketeering, even our battery of high-priced lawyers couldn’t keep us all from landing up in gaol!

    What to do, what to do…? Hey, how about that card-game he’s always messing around with, that so-called BM (“Baseball Mafia”?) craze that’s sweeping North America? Dear Heart’s so pleased when he wins at that – not often – mebbe I should surprise him with the real McCoy, next year…let’s see, money’s no object, I’m richer than God, it’s just a matter of which strings to pull…where’s my little black book?...”
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    "SUNSHINE COAST TIMES"

    August 29th. 1954

    The Old Gaffer’s column.

    Coasters on the skids?
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    Warren Blessly, owner of the local “Sunshine Coasters”, is a worried man, these days; he fears that his baseball club is heading for bankruptcy.

    “It’s been touch and go for these past few seasons…” he explained to this reporter “…barely able to meet the payroll, because the attendance has been dropping, year by year…this summer, though, has been an absolute calamity…hardly anybody comes through the turnstiles, these days”

    “Where do you think that all the fans have gone?” I asked, sympathetically

    “To those (expletive) lap-dancing joints that have sprung up all over the place!...” Mr Blessly said, bitterly “…some outfit called ‘Big Momma Holdings’ has opened up these clubs, and for a ridiculously low entrance fee –‘Two dollars for all you can peek!’ ... not to mention a discount for Seniors - our own baseball-fan-base - people can spend morning, noon, and night, ogling away!”

    “That’s sudden. isn’t it?...” I asked “ These establishments usually need months before they can get a license”

    “Not in this case…” Mr Blessly was gloomy “…somebody’s been pulling some strings, somewhere”

    “So…do you think that you can sell the Club?” was my next question

    He shook his head ” Not likely…we’re not exactly the most valuable team in this Canadian League, and the League, itself, is too financially strapped to bail us out… I don't know who in the world would want to buy us.”
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    "SUNSHINE COAST TIMES"

    November 7th. 1954

    News item.

    BMH buys Coasters
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    It was learned today that the Victoria (B.C.) based company “ Big Momma Holdings”, was the purchaser of the financially-troubled “Sunshine Coasters” baseball franchise. No details pertaining to the dollar amount, or conditions of sale, have been disclosed

    The transferred club is expected to resume playing in Victoria, next year under the name “Victoria Brits” . The team will remain within the Canadian Baseball League, which body has approved the transaction.

    Little is known about Big Momma Holdings, except that it has interests in the various nightclubs (which, among other activities, feature lap-dancing), that have been established, so recently in this area of British Columbia . In an earlier article, written for this newspaper, the former owner of the “Coasters”, Mr Walter Blessly, complained that such establishments were taking their toll on attendances at the ballpark, thus helping to drive his franchise toward insolvency.

    BMH also owns considerable investment in various bingo parlours, in this area, the daily "lotto" sessions of which, have a large following, especially amongst the Senior community. Victoria, like the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, is notable for its ever-increasing retiree population, causing speculation amongst baseball fans as to the viability of the club, given the similarity of Victoria’s communal make-up to our own .

    The Big Momma Holdings company is rumoured to have stakes in several other enterprises, some of doubtful legality. It has been the subject of several police investigations, and at least two charges of extortion of intimidation and extortion. Lawyers for the Company succeeded in getting the charges dropped.

    The President of BMH is thought to be Ms Esmeralda Izynmoch, 36, a native of New York, currently residing in Victoria.

    Her uncle, the late Vladimir “The Impaler” Izynmoch, former head of the notorious Izynmoch family, based in New Jersey, met his death, ignominiously, in 1949, whilst, allegedly, berating an elderly woman (apparently, he’d stepped into her poodle’s droppings), who stabbed him through the heart with her hatpin. Ms Izynmoch's own father is now reputed to head the syndicate.

    Neither Ms Izynmoch, nor any representative of BMH, have ever returned this newspaper’s telephone calls, as is the case with Mr Blessly, himself, who, in contrast with his previous criticism of BMH, maintains a silence on the details of this transaction.
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    SUNSHINE COAST TIMES

    November 8th. 1954

    Editorial

    Something smelly in Victoria?
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    As reported in this paper, yesterday, the local baseball team, the Sunshine Coasters has departed these shores for Victoria.

    The Coasters may not have been the most competitive of teams, but they were ours, and the summers will seem long without them.

    Adding insult to injury is the perception that the club was pushed, rather than falling, into the grasping hands of the Big Momma Holdings company… ...the paper trail points to a highly dubious transaction.

    Certainly, the Coasters franchise has been struggling financially, these past several seasons, but due to the dedication of the Blessly family, and the fan-base of, mostly, Senior citizens, it looked to survive, indefinitely.

    However, this summer saw a dramatic downturn in the fortunes of the baseball club : out of nowhere, it seemed, suddenly sprang up various establishments with low-prices (and low repute?), which Mr Blessly blames for luring away his patrons.

    These clubs – which included lap-dancing, and “escort services” among other features– are owned by BMH, and this newspaper, along with other media, enquired, at the time, as to how licenses could have been granted so quickly to an organization which has often been scrutinized by the police, and, indeed, has found itself in court on serious charges of intimidation and extortion, although, these were not proven.

    Another instance of “Approval with amazing alacrity” was provided by the ready assent of the Canadian Baseball League.

    Consent by the governing body to this offer from such a controversial would-be purchaser, it seems, was granted almost overnight – and so far, no satisfactory answer has been made by the League in response to persistent questioning by us, and other media. The question remains: “How much influence does this American citizen, with such a clouded background, have here, in Canadian affairs?”
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    Letter from law firm of Hatchett; Hatchett; and Whorlord
    New York. N.Y. to William J. Pawle. Esq, the Editor of the “Sunshine Coast Times”
    (Private and Confidential)

    Dear Sir,

    Some recent articles in your newspaper have been brought to our attention by our client Ms Esmeralda Izynmoch.

    She considers, as do we, her legal advisers, that these articles skirt very close to being actionable in a court of law.

    Ms Izynmuch, as advised by us, intends to give you the benefit of the doubt, at this time – we reason, that being a Canadian publication, you may imagine that it, and its employees, such as yourself, are protected from litigation in these United States…let me assure you, Sir, that such is not the case!

    Ms Izynmuch after consultation with us, has decided not to sue your newspaper for slander on this occasion, but she desires to give you a personal message.

    It is “Contact your friend, ex-publisher Edward Mycross”

    Yours truly,

    Keene Hatchett, Jr.
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    Ocean Falls Prison
    Department of Corrections
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    To Mr William J. Pawle.

    Dear Bill,

    In response to your letter of enquiry about B.M.

    For God’s sake don’t mess with her – she’s bad news!

    She is responsible for my being here…she made me an offer that I refused, next thing I know, the Inland Revenue is pounding on my door, accusing me of tax-evasion.

    Not only is she a menace because of what she knows, but also because of who she knows. She was determined to punish me for non-compliance with her wishes, so she pulled strings, and here I am, with nearly 3 years to go, yet.

    Watch your back, old friend.

    Yours extremely sincerely

    Eddie.
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    Good stuff Rongar!
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    Thank you, MJ - glad that you like it.
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    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
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    Letter to Ms Esmeralda (“Big Momma”) Izynmoch

    The Penthouse
    BMH Complex
    Oak Bay
    Victoria. B.C.
    February 14th 1955

    Dearest Heart,

    Received your wizard Valentine this a.m. Nifty idea to fill the heart thereon with Spanish Fly…but, Sweets, you should know by now that I need no aphrodisiac to turn me on to you!

    I notice, also, that you’ve gifted me a baseball team, of some kind…very sporting of you, Old Thing, but apart from the odd spot of rounders, in my kiddie days, I’d hardly know one end of a baseball from t’other.

    However, as it’s from your own fair hand, my Darling, I’ll give it the old school try, and make you a proud American.

    I’m highly chuffed that you’re flying in from NY at midweek…in anticipation of your return, I’m hard at work, tarting up the old homestead, supervising the staff as they check out the sex toys, polish the mirrors above our bed, set up the Bell & Howell cameras to record our hijinks therein, etc.

    I say, my Love, I’ve had to dive into the piggy-bank, our joint account, in order to hire some bods who know something about baseball…I know you won’t mind…after all, the gift, itself, must have cost you a few bob.

    Counting the hours, Dear,

    Ever your loving Toy Boy,

    Archie.
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    Pillow Talk (Big Momma & Toy Boy)
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    He: How was it for you, Love?

    She: ‘Twould have been better if my mouth wasn’t so full of whiskers…why don’t you shave off?

    He: Can’t hardly, now, Ducks…the team’s taken to ‘em, rather…some of the chaps are growing their own…calling themselves the “Handlebar Moustache” club…jolly good for morale, what? Those old Coasters are not a bad bunch – given clueless ol’ me lots of advice on hiring some baseball coaches.

    She: I’m ready to go again, any time.

    He: As are they…amazin’ really …dumped from one side of the Georgia Strait into our town, and they still want to play ball. Memo to self…arrange permanent accommodation for them in Vic.

    She: This biitch is in heat…

    He: And we’re not even in season, yet…when do these pitchers start working out? … maybe this week?

    She: For you to be in there pitchin’ with me,now, Boy, might be good!

    He: Mmm, yes, now's the time to make a few trades…

    She: …and hit my G spot this time…

    He: …there’s a roster spot or two that’s a little iffy.

    She: ...which the missionary position’s no good for …

    He: …and I rather think Andy’s getting too old for an infield position…

    She: ... so you’ll have to take me from behind…

    He: ...hmm, I could take someone from behind the plate.. ..

    She: … ass -backwards...

    He: … 'cos we’re up to our arse in catchers

    She: … working me up to climax, this time.

    He: Yes, I shall have to work up the lads, right away… spot o’ Spring training,,..see what they can do…

    She: See what you can do…(TESTILY)…are you even listening to me?

    He: Yes indeed, I will listen to their bitchin’…a manager must have rapport…

    She: You’ll have a rap upside your head if you don’t - where are you going?

    He: Don’t mind me, Honeybunch…just off to jot down a few managerial notes while I’m hot to trot!
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    SUNSHINE COAST TIMES

    February 18th. 1955

    The Old Gaffer's column
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    I've just been talking to one of the ex-Coasters…he doesn’t want to be named, lest people accuse him of sucking up to the new management of the baseball club henceforward to be known as the “Victoria Brits”

    The fact is, that my source had some very positive things to say about this takeover – and he claims that, by and large, his team-mates share his views – a transaction which has so upset us armchair fans of the old Club.

    It seems that the new owner of the new franchise – an Englishman out of Victoria, one Archibald Gee – flew over to the Mainland especially to give a talk to the Coasters on their last get-together, before disbandment.

    Everyone was amazed at
    (a) His youth (he’s 24)
    (b) His ignorance of baseball
    (c) His outlandish“handlebar” moustache, grown whilst a National Serviceman (draftee) with the British R.A.F.
    (d) His cheerful acknowledgement and self-deprecation of all the above.

    My anonymous informant- I’ll call him “Deep Fly” – says that most of the players have felt insecure, anyway, throughout their tenure with the Coasters, fully aware of the lack of seated bottoms in the bleachers, and the financial struggles of the Blessly family, season after futile season (the Sunshine Coasters have won no baseball trophy of note in their 18 year existence, plus only the odd Gold Glove, the occasional MVP. )

    “Few of us knew when the axe would fall…” D.F points out. “…’course, we all dream of makin’ it to the Bigs, but, let’s face it, at this standard of ball, it’s just a pipe-dream, most of us are just grateful for someone paying us to do what we’d do for nothin’, anyway – playin” baseball …now, we got someone with deep pockets in charge ”

    “Mr Gee is rich?” I asked.

    “I dunno that he is, personally…” replied D.F. “…but the buzz is that he’s very buddy-buddy with the Prez of the outfit that owns us, now – Big Momma something? …she's got nothin’ but money – and that he can meet the payroll for those of us remainin’ “

    “Those remaining?” I queried “So you think that heads will fall, under Gee’s ownership?”

    “Oh, they have, already…” D.F. was clearly impressed “This new guy’s done a heap o’ tradin’ already…turfed out most of the original Vic Brits - a really bush team that makes us look like the Yankees- tradin’ ‘em for a few prospects"

    "Of course..." he went on "... we Coasters lost a coupla guys, too, in the shuffle, but they were no-hopers, who wouldn’t have been re-signed, anyway, but all in all, we’re still puttin’ bread on the table, ‘cos Geegee, as we call him, has already organized a farm team for the Brits, which’ll take up a lot of the slack for those ex-Coasters, who don’t make it for the senior side ”

    “So Archibald Gee is not a mere figurehead?” I summed up.

    “Heck, no, Gaff - when you tot up what he’s done in three days of ownership, the guy’s well organized…besides the tradin’, he’s moved us all into a fancy new complex near downtown; he’s hired a dam’ good Head Coach, Salty Orto, as well as a hitting, and pitching coach; he’s on top of the Spring training arrangements, an’ he’s given our new team quite a pep talk”

    “What did he say, generally?” I asked

    “Well, you know thse laid-back Limeys, Gaff…no rah-rah, a bit of humour, but the gist of it was that it was his job to give us the means to win games, and that it was our job to actually win them”

    “Well, the young man has certainly been busy…” I mused “…I wonder if he can keep up that pace?...or is he just a nine-day wonder?...we should know more, tomorrow…he’s holding a Press conference”
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    “Victoria Brits” Press Conference February 19th 1955

    The speaker: Archibald Gee, (AG) Owner and General Manager of the newly formed “Victoria Brits” baseball franchise.

    The “Scrum”

    “Victorian Voice” (VV) Newspaper reporter.
    “Island Radio Network” (IRN) reporter
    “Capital Region T.V.” (CRTV) Crew.
    Iris “Iron-eyed” Indersleys: (I.I.) (Gossip columnist for the N.Y. tabloid “National Daily Dirt”).

    AG: Good morning, Lads and Lasses. My name is Archie Gee, and I’m the owner and general manager of the newly-formed baseball teams the “Victoria Brits” and its farm team, the “James Bay Sprogs”.

    We have, during the winter, built a jolly good stadium, BMH Park …it can seat 50,000 people.

    I’m absolutely clueless about baseball, so I’ve hired Mr Joseph “Salty” Orto to be our Head Coach…Mr Orto, as you probably know, has extensive experience of coaching in the Major leagues. He is supported by hitting coach Hytem Tsafferly, and pitching coach Kenneth “Gyp” Nonplz…various other coaches and personnel remain to be hired.

    These coaches, along with our pitchers and catchers, are already down at our Spring-training ground, Hudson Fountain near St Petersburg, Florida, and the rest of the players follow today…they will have about a week of workouts, then play their first Grapefruit League Games on February 27th. The season proper will begin on April 1st.

    We belong to the Canadian Baseball League, and our aim is, first, to put a competitive team upon the field, and, within a few seasons, to become a contender for the CBL championship.

    We’re going to concentrate on nurturing home-grown prospects, as our first priority, but we won’t hesitate to spend big bucks for key players.

    We’ve already made some trades that we believe will help us, and I think that we can offer you some top-hole baseball in this summer of 1955, and in seasons to come…now, I imagine that you’re all tired of me chuntering on, chaps, and –er- chapesses, so, have you any questions?

    VV: You’ve built “Big Momma Holdings” stadium on the site of the former Children’s Adventure Playground…where will those displaced kids go now?

    AG: Um…naturally, we hope that they help fill the seats in our new ballpark.

    VV: At 10 cents per pop?

    AG: Excuse me, it’s only nine cents.

    VV: Which is 2 cents more than the League average – and you’ve also allocated the smallest percentage of the cheaper seats within the entire League!

    A voice: “And the price of the rest of your seats is through the stadium roof that you haven’t put on”

    AG: Sir, domes have yet to be invented, … as to price, well, one has to accumulate to speculate, doncha know?…we carry a large inventory, and players’ salaries, today, approach that of Oak Bay* dentists.

    VV: Following up on the kids, what will they do in the winter?

    AG: Certainly nothing in the Adventure Playground, anyway…when it gets chilly, that area would then be filled with the homeless, who flock to our temperate town, from the rest of snowbound Canada. Too, the kids can always while away the long dark evenings playing virtual ball with that card game “Baseball Mogul”

    IRN: I hear that you’re pretty good at that game, yourself, Mr Gee…

    AG: Modesty forbids me to say how good I really am…but I am hot stuff! We were discussing kids – a shrinking population in our town, anyway… since we are now a Mecca for retirees –

    A Voice: “Old rich people with handsome pensions!”

    AG: - who can spend their days, now, soaking up the sun in BMH stadium

    VV: Whilst getting soaked by your concession prices…again, the price of food, drink, and ice cream in your ballpark will be something like 100% more than the league average.

    AG: Ah, but think of the obesity aborted; the drunkenness averted, the expensive dentistry preempted!

    A Voice: (sotto-voce) “Is he gonna talk to hairy-assed ballplayers like that?”

    CRTV: Sir…can you confirm this?…my cameraman estimates the length of your moustache to be about 6 inches.

    AG: Bang on, Girlie! Sussed it out by zooming in, eh, what? Must be a wizard camera you have there!

    IRN: Speaking of cameras, Mr Gee…you’re a former actor? ...in West End light-comedy theatre?

    AG: Yes, indeedy…I’ve trodden the boards…usually whilst I was mopping ‘em!

    I.I.: Until Big Momma adopted you as her toy boy?

    AG: I haven’t a clue what you’re burbling about, dear lady….does anyone here have any “Victoria Brit “ questions?

    I.I.: Mr Gee, are you really the owner of this team?…didn’t Big Momma actually pay for it?

    AG: I am a director of BMH…and the ownership docs all bear my name.

    VV: What qualifies you as an owner of a ball club, Sir?...your prowess at the parlour game of BM, perhaps?

    AG: Lord, no, old chap…money qualifies one for anything!

    VV: Including for permission to relocate here in Victoria…? The path for BMH seemed to be smoothed awfully fast…the building permits, the licensing… none of the usual bureaucratic red tape…

    IRN: And a playground converted to a ballpark in the course of a single winter – incredible!...unheard of!

    AG: BMH doesn’t hang about, doncha know…when something needs to be done, it’s fingers out, and at it!

    I.I.: Did Big Momma try to influence the various bureaucrats and business men in any way? …did any of her money change hands, Archie?

    AG: That’s something you should ask those bods, m’dear…or rather their lawyers…I imagine you’d get a dusty answer!

    IRN: What was the actual price of buying out the original Sunshine Coasters, Mr Gee?

    AG: Even if I knew, I couldn’t tell you…financial confidentiality, and all that sort of rot, doncha know?

    IRN: You have no idea of what was paid for your own ball club?

    AG: Why should I? That’s what lawyers and accountants and the other professional bods are for.

    IRN: The same hands-off approach to actually running the club…hiring someone to do it for you.

    AG; There’s a saying back in Blighty – “Those who can, do; those who can’t, delegate”

    A Voice: Are you good at anything, Archie?

    AG: I’m good for a few million dollars, Sir…are you?

    CRTV: Why the name “sprogs” for the James Bay farm team?

    AG: R.A.F. slang for “rookies”

    CRTV: Is it true that you were invalided out of the Royal Air Force in England… a plane crash, perhaps, interrupting a promising career?

    AG: Nothing so heroic, I’m afraid…soon as I left Grammar school at eighteen, I was conscripted under the National Service Act… no sooner had square-bashing* begun, than it was discovered that I couldn’t tell my right from my left, hence my discharge…barely had time to raise this ‘tash, whilst I was in the Raff!

    I.I.: So really, Mr Gee, what all this boils down to, despite your obvious ineptitude for anything, Big Momma takes you under her wing, and you end up owning a ball-club.

    AG: The moral of which seems to be, Madame “If you can’t be good, get lucky!” Well, people, I’m off to catch a few rays in Florida, now…see you in the summer…Cheerio!

    Rongar’s footnotes

    * “Oak Bay” – a very expensive neighbourhood in a very expensive city.

    * * “Square-bashing” slang for military basic training – lots of drilling, and being shouted at on parade squares, etc.
    Last edited by Rongar; 02-17-2011 at 02:31 PM.
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    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    Re: Odyssey of a career G.M.

    Florida days

    Tampa Airport

    22nd February 1955 - a.m.

    Salty Orta , the newly- appointed Head Coach of the “Victoria Brits” greets Archie in the Arrival Hall

    SO: Mr Gee?

    AG: “Archie” will do…you must be Coach Orta.

    SO: Sure, am…good trip, Boss?…um Archie?

    AG: Not bad for a red-eye…slept like a top all the way!

    SO: First, we’ll go to the baggage carousel…

    AG: No need, Coach, I have it all in these carry-ons.

    SO: Boy, you travel light, Boss!

    AG: Just the odd toothbrush and moustache-cup, doncha know? I’m only down here for the Spring training, then we’ll all move back North, come April. How are the lads?

    SO: Team’s lookin’ good, Boss, lookin’ good…I’ll find our limo, then I’ll fill you in….

    Later, on the drive down to Hudson:
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    AG: So, Coach, what do you think of your fellow mentors?

    SO: Tsafferly and Npluz? They don’t have much of a resume’ in coachin’ but they seem to know their business. How did you come to hire ’em, Boss?

    AG: Trial, and error, old boy! My errors which they found rather trying…

    SO: I don’t follow…

    AG: I auditioned the various applicants for the Franchise coaching jobs, by taking them out to the diamond, and asking them to teach me how to play…

    SO: They tell me you’ve never played the game, yourself, Boss?

    AG: Old Bean, I can’t even hit fungoes! I hired Hy Tsafferly, ‘cos he was the one who showed me how to get on base, anyway.

    SO: Yeah, he told me about that…choke up on the bat, bunt the strikes foul, and wait for the balls to accumulate, so’s you can walk on…he reckons you got a good eye, Boss.

    AG: Again, it was he who advised me to stick my head over the plate, the better to follow the flight of the ball.

    SO: Bit risky to crowd the plate like that, though, ‘specially for a civilian…were’n’t you afraid of gettin’ hit?

    AG: Believe me, Coach, when eighteen-stone* rugger forwards have landed on one from a great height, eighty-odd mph fastballs hold no terrors.

    SO: Yeah, you got Wild Gyp Npluz to pitch to you, right? Man, he’s all over the place - didn’t he brush you back?

    AG: He tried, but apparently the old reflexes are top-hole…never laid a lump on me, so I was able to crowd the plate as Coach Tsafferly taught me. Very off-putting to a pitcher, what?

    SO: So, why’d you hire Npluz as pitching-coach, Boss? Sure, he’s a wily old chucker, but location was always his problem.

    AG: Oddly, enough, he can’t do it consistently, himself, but he was able to show me how to throw strikes…stay within yourself, focus on your mechanics, and don’t aim the dam’ thing!

    SO: (Chuckling) That sounds like Gyp…quite a character… gets on with everyone, knows a helluva lotta pitches...guess that’s why you took him on?

    AG: That, and I liked his attitude towards pitchers…in fact, he dictated terms to me!...said he wasn’t about to work for an owner, who wanted him to ruin young arms for the sake of a few wins in the bushes. I gave him carte-blanche to teach only the knuckleball, at first, along with location, of course. (chuckles)There’s an oxymoron, if you like!

    SO: Yeah, Gyp swears by that ol’ knuckler…no wonder he gave up so many walks in his playing days! Tells me he’s not gonna let the younger kids throw sliders or hard curves…that won’t make my job as head coach any easier

    AG: Ah, but Coach, Hy and Gyp are not meant for your team consisting of the better players… after the inter-squads this week, they’ll be assigned to the farm club in Quebec, to bring along the rookies already aboard, and to teach the incoming June draftees…I imagine I’ll have to do a ton of hiring for your team, various instructors; base coaches; scouts; the like;…you know the Ex-players you’d like me to sign up …I’ll be guided by you.

    SO: Money no object?

    AG: Only when it comes to hiring those backstage hands… the team, itself, we’ll build from scratch over the seasons. I’m bound and determined not to buy a winner! This Spring training thingy is all new to me, Coach – what’s the drill?

    SO: Well, we’re running inter-squads right now, as you know, sortin’ who stays up, and who gets assigned to the farm in Quebec…the James Bay – um- “Sprogs” was that?... then we go Grapefruit, until the Show starts in April.

    AG: And you won’t mind my looking over your shoulder, until we all go North, again? I promise not to be an interfering owner.

    SO: Not a problem, Boss…after all, it’s your dime…ah, here comes Hudson.

    Rongar note: * “18 stone” = 272 lbs
    Last edited by Rongar; 10-16-2012 at 03:39 PM.
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    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

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    Re: Odyssey of a career G.M.

    "VICTORIAN VOICE" Newspaper

    Sports Talk

    By Ancient Armchair Athlete.

    March 31st 1955

    Victoria Brits Spring - training
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    Well, Folks, our very own ball-club, the Victoria Brits, played in its very first games, down South this month: true, they were mere Spring training games, more with the idea of loosening up the players, rather than being able to read the tea-leaves as to what sort of team it’s going to be: however, the results are quite encouraging.

    The Brits didn’t do well in their W-L ratio (13-15), but amazingly, finished second in their (National) league, just 1.5 games behind the Winter Haven Inuit, the only team in that league, to finish the “Grapefruit” season with a winning record (13-12)

    If Spring Training is any indication, the Brits may well be one of the sharks in a goldfish pond, for on this showing, in the month of March, this National league within which our pride and joys are competing, looks extremely weak – one NL team, the Fraser Valley Rafters, managed to lose all 26 of their games, whilst the Vancouver Islanders went only one better, by losing the same amount of games, but actually managing to win one – against the Brits!

    It’s difficult to evaluate the Victoria players from so little playing-time, but going by the numbers, for what it’s worth, the Brits rated 2nd overall in batting, although their team BA was only .272 – other factors such as “on base average”; “slugging”; etc are also weighed in this rating.

    Victoria Brit Head Coach “Salty” Orta was especially pleased with the showing of 20-year-old first baseman Les Christie, and that of a grizzled veteran, (27) Jock Murray out in left field. Special mention should be made of catcher George Nancollas,(30), who besides hitting well, threw out more than half of those opponents who tried to steal bases on him.

    The Victoria Brits, on the other hand, proved to be the biggest base thieves in both leagues during March, succeeding in better than 66% in their attempts. This should come as no surprise to those who know Coach Orta as a “small ball” team builder…not that our boys did all that badly in the home run department, hitting 12 taters in 28 games.

    The pitching, too, gives cause for satisfaction, it having a 3.45 team rating – 2nd best in both circuits –with starters Appleton and Boyer being prominent, backed up by an adequate relief corps…the hurling was the more commendable, since the Victoria fielding- their only apparent weakness- was somewhat below the league average.

    Coach Orta was most optimistic over the season to come “The thing is…” he pointed out in our interview “…we experimented a lot during the Grapefruit…forever tryin’ this player in that position…we seldom had our strongest team out there, against opposition that I felt, always fielded their best side, * yet, we more or less, held our own…during the coming summer, you can bet, we’ll be at our best, and I reckon that we’ll make Victoria proud!”
    - 30-

    *Rongar’s note: This possibility exists since, before starting “Spring training”, I switched all teams to Auto Sort (“Advanced Tools” menu in BM2010), then the Brits being under human control, and I, playing the season, week by week, constantly juggling the Brits’ lineup and rotation , with the intent, of showing some stats for every player, I am confident that the Brits will do very well in the regular 1955 season to come (starts tomorrow, Wednesday February 24th with the usual "Match of the Month" feature, including box-score and recap)
    Last edited by Rongar; 10-17-2012 at 06:05 PM.
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    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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