LOFGREN 2ND CHANCE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT – FINAL FOUR FIELD SET

Merry Boxing Day!

With daytime temperatures hovering in the -10 to -15 range here in west-central Minnesota, my three boys busily playing with their array of Christmas toys, I figured it was an appropriate time to update everyone on my latest APBA happenings.  I’m just about done with my latest project, and it will likely be completed tonight.  64 non-World Series winning teams from the era of 1980-2010 entered the field of the First Lofgren 2nd Chance Invitational Tournament back in April.  I’ve used the basic game with the old APBA JOURNAL error/rare play randomizer for the entire tournament.  The DH has been used for each game, and teams must use their top two starting pitchers in back-to-back games.

Now the time has come to commence the Final Four, which will be held at venerable Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, OH.

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The tournament bracket from the First Lofgren 2nd Chance Invitational Tournament.

A majority of these games have gone down to there wire, with the occasional blowout.

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Ben Lofgren (left) will help finish off my tournament.

Nonetheless, I’ve learned a great deal about some of these teams, and it’s opened up more possibilities for teams I might pick for a face-to-face tournament in the future.  The Final Four schedule will be played out tonight with Guest Roller – Mr. Ben Lofgren –
helping me finish out the tournament.  Below is a profile of each of the final four teams:

1994 Yankees (70-43)yanks

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Beat 1998 Rangers 4-2

Beat 1999 Braves 8-2

Beat 1993 Phillies 7-4

Beat 2000 A’s 8-6 (13 Innings – Walk-Off 2-Run HR by Randy Velarde)

STRENGTH – POWERFUL LINEUP

WEAKNESS – STARTING PITCHING (One B Starter – Jimmy Key)

WHO’S CARRIED THE TEAM: DH Matt Nokes (5-16, 2 HR. 11 RBI)

2008 Milwaukee Brewers (90-72)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:x1poitlhifc8srw64hicefsh9

Beat 1983 Phillies 6-4

Beat 2007 Diamondbacks 10-0

Beat 2010 Rangers 4-2

Beat 1996 Braves 5-4

STRENGTH – BALANCED LINEUP 1-9

WEANKESS – BULLPEN (NO A PITCHERS)

WHO’S CARRIED THE TEAM: LF Ryan Braun (6-17, 1 HR, 2 3B, 7 RBI)

2003 Chicago Cubs (88-74)

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Beat 2009 Phillies 4-2

Beat 1989 Giants 3-2

Beat 2004 Cardinals 7-4

Beat 1994 Expos 9-2

STRENGTH – STARTING PITCHING

WEAKNESS – LOW TEAM ON-BASE PERCENTAGE

WHO’S CARRIED THE TEAM: P Carlos Zambrano (2-0, 16IP, CG, 15K’s, 4ER)

1992 Oakland Athletics (96-66)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:gxyi5nc8yptah3ju6ab0ylc2y

Beat 2006 Tigers 10-4

Beat 2001 Yankees 2-1

Beat 1992 Pirates 4-3

Beat 2010 Twins 3-1

STRENGTH – BULLPEN

WEAKNESS – STARTING PITCHING

WHO’S CARRIED THE TEAM: 2B Lance Blankenship (4-12, 4 BB, 4 RBI, 4 Runs)


Of the four teams that are left, the 1994 Yankees clearly have the best chance to win in my opinion.  There are some monster cards this team possesses, which makes up for their lack of pitching.  I’m a little surprised that the other three teams made it this far, and would not have guessed they’d be a part of the final four teams standing.  It will be fun to crown one of these teams champion later on tonight!  Old Municipal Stadium will be rocking!

HERE’S THE SCHEDULE:

2008 Brewers – SABATHIA (BXYZ) vs. 1994 Yankees – KEY (BYZ)

2003 Cubs – PRIOR (AXZ) vs. 1992 Athletics – DARLING (B)

Winners will play for the championship.

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Cleveland Municipal Stadium – Site of the Lofgren 2nd-Chance Invitational Championship.

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2 thoughts on “LOFGREN 2ND CHANCE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT – FINAL FOUR FIELD SET

  1. jwfraasch

    Beau, awesome project! Great to see Ben Lofgren help out with the semi-finals and championship … should be a blast! Looking forward to seeing you guys in April! – Jim

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    1. Minnesota APBA Post author

      Thanks, Jim! I can’t wait until April – this tournament has been fun – and I’m lucky to have Ben so close to me to share this great game with! I hope your holidays have been full of fun and good times!

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