The Roy Hobbs Tournament

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November is when I really get serious about playing the game we love.  This year well over 200 teams converged on Ft. Myers, Florida for the 26th annual Roys Hobbs tournament.  It plays itself out over 4 weeks in 9 age divisions.  Last year the organizers added a 75+ age division.  This year a player claiming to be 80 years old hit a fly ball double over my head in left field!  I was told later that he had played professionally.  All games are played on major league spring-training fields.  The website for the tournament is royhobbs.com.

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My team is the Key West All-Stars, and most of us live in the Washington, D.C. area.  We didn’t win many games but when we did, it was a “no-doubter” 20-8.  The high point was a two-out rally when we scored 7 runs.  Bill “spaceman” Lee (who pitched for the Bosox in days of yore) always plays in this one and I heard that this year he brought 2-3 other ex-major-leagers with him.  There are numerous ex-pro players in the tourney

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Zimmerman is Not Going Anywhere

The Cubs have approached the Nats about Jordan Zimmerman.  Neither team has said much publicly about the discussions.  It has been reported that the Nats have said it “would take a boatload” to pry JZimm away from Washington.  I would be shocked it the Cubs do manage to pull off a trade—I’d say the chances are about 1%.

What I would not be surprised about would be the Nats trading either Strass or Gio Gonzales.  They are the number 4 and 5 starters, tho the Nats have shied away from admitting that publicly.

The Nats need a second-baseman and some new bench players, along with a couple of new arms in the bullpen.  They may be looking for a new “designated closer.”

That’s about it in a nutshell:)