On March 31, seven Veto Leaguers and one toddler were in attendance: Jimi Havemann, Brent Lafrenz, Alex Miller, Katie Miller, Lucas Miller, Omar Ortega, Josh Paul and Johnny Readus. The annual meeting was somewhat uneventful, but team captains were announced and divisions were randomly drawn.
Three new captains will debut teams in 2018. Veterans Adlonis Hopkins, Brent Lafrenz and Mitch Dietrich were among last year's most dedicated players. In the Saukie Division will be the 2017 World Series Champion Goonies (Paul), Spartans (Lafrenz) and Kekambas (Hopkins). In the Blackhawk Division will be Miller's Cannon's and Andrew Collins' Mad Dogs with new captain Dietrich's QC Gems. Substitute captains were announced as Havemann (43 games) and Readus (41 games).
In a Veto League first, no new rule changes were proposed. Generally, there's a motion to purchase a pitching machine, a ridiculous captain's power vote, foul ball rule or vote to invest in a baseball stadium. Players did agree the VLB needs to purchase new throw-down bases and a clipboard.
The start of the season was decided on the weekend of April 14-15, however, due to inclement weather, Opening Weekend will be April 21-22 at Ridgewood.
Paul contacted the Rock Island Parks Department to inquire about the use of Douglas Field this season, which last year went through a total renovation. The field is locked and available by reservation only, with a $50/day rental fee assessed for day games or $75 for evening games.
Players agreed that while Saldivar Field in Bettendorf worked as a night game venue, the league would most likely rent Douglas for 2018's All-Star Showcase.