West Coast Fantasy Baseball Association
JOHN HAINES NAMED 2013 PAUL E. ROMAN AWARD WINNER
The 2013 Lodi Tournament served as the venue for the presentation of this year's Paul E. Roman award winner. The award is given to the campers who most exemplify what we are trying to accomplish with these tournaments and league events. Just as Dodgertown West has their David Blakemore award, we will recognize some campers each year for their contribution to the events.
This year's sole winner was John Haines. John has been a participant in the WCFBA since the late 90's. He frequently coaches in both league and tournament events and has been a WCFBA board member for the last few years. John has a very colorful sense of humor and players often ask to be placed on his team for tournament events. He makes sure his team members get their fair share of playing time and that they have a good time. John hosts an annual Halloween party that features a broken bat burning ceremony. He invites all members of the WCFBA each year because those people are his family. He has frequently stated that while the baseball games are fun, being with his friends is what this is truly all about.
For those of you who didn't get a chance to meet Paul who passed away in 2002, get yourself a copy of his wife Jackie's book and you'll see why he was chosen to represent this award. A web page has been created to honor Paul and all the award winners. Each year, previous winners will be asked to select new award recipients. Winners will be announced at the Lodi tournament each year and they will be awarded a certificate as well as have their names etched on a perpetual plaque.
WCFBA 2012 TAX RETURNS POSTED
The West Coast Fantasy Baseball Association, as a non-profit organization, is required to post their yearly tax returns. Our treasurer, Mark Gemello, has filed our state and federal returns for this past year. Of special note is that for the third consecutive year, WCFBA events (league and tournament) generated over $100,000 in gross receipts. This is due to a combination of the number of events we are involved in, the number of participants in these events, and the growing costs to run each event. As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, virtually all of this money goes right back out the door to pay for the events and the equipment that we use.
To view each return, click on the links below or visit the About Us page:2012 Internal Revenue Service Form 990EZ
FOUR NEW WCFBA BOARD MEMBERS START TERMS
At the conclusion of 2012, the terms for Mark Gemello, Ray Miailovich, and J.C. Penney on the West Coast Fantasy Baseball Association Board of Directors ended and we thank them for their service. In addition, the board has voted to increase the number of voting board members to six. Four new board members were needed and eleven candidates stepped forward.
WCFBA membership was asked to choose four of the eleven candidates to serve over the next two to three years. Ninety votes were received with each candidate receiving at least 20% of the vote. Voting was very close for the final position with five candidates separated by just a half dozen votes. In the end, the new board members will be:
These four will join returning board members John Haines and Matthew Schmuck. Board members will participate in two to three meetings a year to discuss issues related to the WCFBA. Issues include governance, league and tournament participation, rules, and policy.
Thank you to Marc Gerhardt, Ed Glover, Lynn Harkrider, Mike Miller, Jim Realini, Mike Shaffer, and Dave Vigil for running for the board and we hope you will try again.
For a list of all the roles and responsibilities that folks currently hold within the WCFBA, click here.
2013 FANTASY CAMP LEAGUE BEGINS PLAY IN MARCH
The 2013 Fantasy Camp League will commence play in March and will continue on close to a bi-weekly basis into October. Four to six teams will fill out the league. In the past, A's and Giants teams operated separately, but beginning in 2010, the A’s and Giants players were combined into one league draft. The concept of A's teams and Giants teams is no more and pool players will be assigned to the most appropriate team on a given week. Those who wish to play full-time should respond to an email request in early February. A draft will take place in early March to pick the teams. Part-time or 'pool' players should respond to the pool coordinator's request by Thursday at noon of a given play week to get on the priority list. Open roster spots will be filled each week from these pool player signups. For more information, click on the links below:
The 2012 Fantasy Camp League completed play in October in San Jose. Your 2012 WCFBA league champions are the Double V's coached by Carl Vargas and Dave Vigil. Congratulations to the coaches and their team members : Ken Calloway, Jim Diamond, Mark Gemello, Russ Greenfield, Denis Horn, Lorne Johnson, Guy Peabody, Tom Sanfilippo, and Mike Shaffer. They completed the season with a record of 10-4-1 and won the league by a half game.
Read about the 2012 league by clicking on the links below:
GIANTS' DUANE BLEVINS PASSES AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
WCFBA member Duane Blevins passed away on September 30, 2012 at the age of 53 in Kapolei, Hawaii. It was determined that his death was due to a heart attack. Funeral services were held at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Honolulu on October 20th.
We only knew Duane for a short period of time, but he made quite the impression on the WCFBA during the one year he played with us. He began league and tournament play with us during the 2008 season. He was an above average player who played a lot of baseball during his high school years in Thousand Oaks, California. He played the left side of the infield and did some pitching as well.
Early in 2008, Duane and his future wife, Rhonda, decided to get married on the field of play during our annual San Diego tournament at Pt. Loma Nazarene University. The Giants team and the Dodgers team scheduled to play at that time participated in the ceremony. It is an event that many of us still talk about today.
Duane and Rhonda decided to move to Hawaii near the end of 2008 to start their life anew. He would check in from time to time to let us know that he missed us all, but he was very happy in his new life. Rhonda continues to live and work in Hawaii.
The West Coast Fantasy Baseball Association is now on Facebook! While this web site and email will remain the main source of information regarding league and tournament events, our Facebook page should act as a quick and easy way for you to get information. It can also serve as a forum for WCFBA members to discuss topics, search for rides or hotel partners, and post event photos. Join us on our new page at:
Many of you have met Wendell Kim ('WK') during your fantasy camp experience. WK was a long-time coach with the Giants and also worked with the Red Sox, Brewers, Expos, and Cubs during his career. He last worked as a coach in the Nationals system in 2005. Since then, WK and his wife Natasha have retired to Gilbert, Arizona.
Toward the end of his career, WK started to experience some loss of his short-term memory. Many tests were run to determine the cause, but nothing definitive was found. Over time, the memory loss worsened so Natasha scheduled more tests to be performed by the Mayo Clinic. Recently, it was determined that there is a 95% chance that WK has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that is incurable, degenerative and terminal in nature. To read more about the disease, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer. Steps are being taken to slow down the progress of the disease and WK will continue to see doctors at the Mayo Clinic.
UPDATE (11/27/10) : The disease has progressed to the point where WK now lives full-time at a center specializing in memory loss. Natasha visits him one or two times a week and says he has his good days and his bad days. He can no longer process cards or letters so please do not send any more. Natasha realizes we would all like to help, but points out that even if there were a way to reverse the damage of the disease, WK is too far along.
If you would still like to do something, perhaps making a donation in Wendell's name would help. The following organizations could use the money to continue research into the disease: