Sunday, September 19, 2010

Know That Owner: Robert Baginski

My name is Bob Baginski and my WIS name is robmb. I have taken over ownership of the Indianapolis franchise for season 18 here in Mordecai. I was born and raised in New Jersey but now live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife, 12 year old son, 10 year old daughter and 5 pound teacup poodle. I have been in California for 11 years now, and I must say, I do not miss those Northeast winters or humid summers.

My family keeps me very busy as does my job as a manager for a scientific instruments company. I am a huge baseball fan (how about those Giants) and really enjoy baseball simulations such as HBD and SLB. Over the years, I have played many baseball sims including APBA, Strat-O-Matic and Diamond Mind. I have also played several different types of web-based sims based on Diamond Mind and Strat before I discovered WIS. I first started on this site with SLB and more recently have become involved with HBD. I am very impressed with the stable history of ownership here at Mordecai and feel lucky to have this opportunity to pick up a team. I look forward to active participation in many seasons to come. I am sure I will learn a thing or two from all of the collective experience that exists in this world. Thanks again for the opportunity and see you on the field!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Know That Owner: Don Amos

Hello fellow baseball enthusiasts, I’m Don Amos, also known in the WIS realm as Helamen.
I live in a small community just north of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In case you don’t know
where that is, its 3 hours east of Toronto. I was born and raised in the area, a country kid at
heart, which is why I’m north of Kingston, where I have a small horse farm. For the past 15
years I worked at Canadian Forces Base Kingston for the Resource Centre and as of April of
this year I have recently moved on to a new position as Executive Director for a social service
agency in the area.

I’m a hockey nut, I’ve playing hockey for a number of years in an over 30 league, and my claim
to fame in the league is I once scored 5 goals in one game. When I’m not playing hockey,
I’m coaching it. I have 3 boys and 1 girl who all played hockey and I coached them as they
came up through the system. I now have just 2 playing, one is a goalie (don’t ever let your
child be a goalie, its expensive!!!) and the other is a bruising defenseman. Every year around
September, the 3 of us left playing get all gear up for the season and can’t wait to get on the ice.

When I’m not playing/coaching hockey in the winter, I’m riding my horses in the summer, and
enjoying baseball. My favorite team is the Toronto Blue Jays, and yes they are in the toughest
division in the world, but they are heading in the right direction as a franchise now and maybe
over the next 2 years they may start pushing the Yankees and Red Sox’s for a playoff spot. It
goes without saying that hockey is the number 1 sport in the house, and yes my blood bleeds
blue for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’m a true blue fan, and some year, maybe 20 years from
now, they will win the cup again.

What drew me to WIS is baseball, I’ve have decent success with most WIS leagues I’ve tried.
I played sim league baseball for a few years, and won a couple of championships, I then tried
sim league hockey and won a couple of championships doing that. I’ve tried GD, but not much
success there, and I did okay with Hoops Dynasty. But the crown jewel for me is playing
Hardball Dynasty. I’m currently in 2 worlds, with the other one being Mauer, where I’ve won
2 world series. I enjoy the full aspect of the game, everything from recruiting coaches, signing
free agents, reviewing contracts, and building for the present and future. I’m a stats guy, so
like a junkie, I’m constantly reviewing ratings, and stats, and enjoying every minute of it. I’ve
recently taken over the San Francisco Swordsman franchise, the big club looks good, but the
minor league system needs some help, so my focus will be trying to get the big club in the
playoffs for now.