OAPBA Final Standings, Second Half 2020

Second half final standings

TeamWLPctGB
Otters 24160.600
Whatevers19170.5283
Tsunamis18180.5004
Taz Devils19210.4755
Horde18220.4586
Beefers18220.4586

The stage is set for the first OAPBA World Series in four years with Jonathan Stilwll’s Otters to face Craig Dolan’s Tsunamis for the 2020 OAPBA title. The Otters have won the OAPBA championship in 2015 and 2018, winning both halves. Their only World Series appearance was in 2014, when the Otters were swept by the Beefers, who won their only league title in 31 seasons of competition.

This will be the first World Series appearance for the Tsunamis, who won the first half title in a fierce battle with the Taz Devils and the Otters.

Final Cumulative Standings

TeamWLPctGB
Otters49310.613
Tsunamis46340.5753
Taz Devils45350.5634
Whatevers39410.48810
Beefers33470.40816
Horde28520.35021

 

Whats win three from Tsunamis to close out 2020 season

Craig Dolan’s slumping Tsunamis made the trek down to Whoville to take on the Whatever for last series of the 2020 OAPBA season. The Whats, completing a 20-game homestand, won three of four, to finish the second at at 22-18, two games behind the Otters. What reliever Hansel Robles notched three saves in the series

Game 1  Whatevers 4, Tsunamis 3

A three-run homer by Avasail Garcia off Tsunami starter Domingo German in the sixth propelled the Whatever to a 4-3 win. The Whats got the scoring started in the third on a RBI double by Charlie Blackmon. The Tsunamis took the lead in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by Mark Canha and a throwing error by Ozzie Albies brought in the go- ahead run. In the bottom half, Alex Bregman and Albies reached base, setting up the homer by Garcia. Justin Turner added a pinch-hit homer in the seventh off Jose Berrios to to pull the Tsus to within one, but Hansel Robles tossed two scoreless innings of relief to preserve the win.

Tsunamis     3-6-0   L-Domingo German. HR Justin Turner.

Whatevers   4-5-1   W-Jose Berrios 6-5. S-Robles 6. HR Avasail Garcia #4.

Game 2   Tsunamis 9, Whatevers 3

The Tsunamis, led by Nolan Arenado’s two homers, pounded out a 9-3 win to snap an eight-game losing streak.  Hunter Dozier went deep with one on in the second off Zack Greinke and the Asians kept adding on from there. Dozer added a RBI double in the fourth, Juan Soto drove one in with a double in the fifth. Arenado went deep with the bases empty in the sixth to make it 5-0. A two run homer by Alex Bregman off Marco Gonzales got it to within three for the Whats. After Greinke left, Matt Barnes came on, but promptly gave up a solo homer to Anthony Rizzo and, later, a two-run blast to Arenado to blow the game open.

Tsunamis      9-10-0   W-Marco Gonzales. HR Nolan Arenado  2 HR, Hunter Dozier, Anthony Rizzo.

Whatevers    3-9-1      L-Zack Greinke 8-4. HR Alex Bregman #23.

Game 3   Whatevers 4, Tsunamis 2

Homers by Ozzie Albies and Francisco Lindor helped Justin Verlander pick up a 4-2 win. What C Yadie Molina started the scoring with a RBI single in the second. Albies took Annibal Sanchez deep in the third. What OF Charlie Blackmon made it 3-0 with a RBI hit. Tsunamis scored two on a two-run homer from Max Muncy in the sixth but What SS Francisco Lindor’s solo shot in the bottom half made it 4-2. What relievers Brandon Workman and Hansel Robles shutdown the Asians for the last two innings to preserve the victory.

Tsunamis      2-5-1    L-Anibal Sanchez. HR Max Muncy.

Whatevers   4-9-0   W-Justin Verlander 4-5. SV- Hansel Robles 7. HR Ozzie Albies #6, Francisco Lindor #12.

Game 4   Whatevers 6, Tsunamis 4

The Whatever held off the Tsus in the finale 6-4. Anthony Rizzo started the scoring with a solo homer in the first off Luca Giolito but the Whats tied it on a RBI single by Whit Merrifield. Merrifield and George Springer added RBI singles in the second. Yuli Gurriel added a two-run homer in the fifth off Michael Pineda but the Tsus came back with three in the sixth on a three-run homer by Mark Canha to make it 5-4. Merrifield added a SF in the sixth and then the What bullpen took over to hold off the visitors. Hansel Robles picked up his third save the series.

Tsunamis     4-6-2     L-Michael Pineda. HR Anthony Rizzo, Mark Canha.       

Whatevers  6-11-1   W-Lucas Giolito 3-5. Sv-Robles 8. HR  Yuli Gurriel #11.

OAPBA seeking one manager for 2021 season

OAPBA has operated since 1988, making it one of the longest running leagues in APBA nation. The league has six teams for the 2021 season, with a vacancy for the Horde franchise, which entered the league in 2020.

Here are the basics:

Cost: About $20, the pro-rated cost of each season’s cards, which are distributed, by franchise and draft, to each league manager.

Roster: 35 players. 30 players are designated for the available roster, with 25 designated active for each four-game series. Five players are designated “developmental,” but can be called up at the halfway point (with an active player sent down). 

Season: 80 games consisting of two 40-game halves. Winners of each half meet in the OAPBA World Series. If a team wins both halves, the team wins the league championship with no season-ending series. 

Rules: Uses Master Game cards with minor modifications (e.g. error randomizer).

Draft: Held each January with last-place team drafting first and league champion drafting last. Each team must cut all but 17 players from its 35-player roster and replace in the 18-round draft. Each draft pool alternates between the NL and AL (NL in 2021). 

How long does a season last? 

Usually the season begins in February and completes in late October. At the end of each half, stats are compiled and leaders posted. At the completion of the season, a comprehensive Yearbook is compiled with a complete history of the season, including final stats. 

How long does four-game series require?

Normally a series requires about 2.5 hours, depending on how much scoring occurs in the series and how quickly managers make decisions during play. 

Contact either Rod Caborn, rcaborn@mac.com or Dave Larson, tazlarson@aol.com.