Veto League Baseball will kick off a historical 15th season April 14th and 15th at Ridgewood Field in Rock Island. Expect a large turnout– and double headers — for opening weekend. Last year’s opening day brought 21 to the ballpark, however, the opening day record was set in 2009 with 34 players showing up at Ridgewood. A crowd of at least 30 is expected to show for opening day 2012.
The annual Winter Meeting was held on March 11th as 10 members were in attendance. In addition to discussion of this year’s start date, members voted to purchase new equipment (two new bats, 36 baseballs, grip tape, and a clipboard), Jeff Kilgard volunteered to become the new Vice President of Veto League Baseball, a rule was implemented that the pitcher always fields (the previous rule had the pitcher not fielding when pitching against his own teammates), and captains were announced for the new season.
The Black Hawk Division will see veteran captains Anthony Reese and Kilgard bring back their teams (Playaz and Crushers) while Adam Chard resurrects the Shockers, who haven’t seen action since 2009. The Saukie Division will include rival captains Josh Paul and Josh Smith — the Gooonies and Turtles, along with new captain Mike Holst unveiling his High Rollers opening weekend.
Finally, this winter long time member Tony Zier announced his unofficial retirement from Veto League Baseball.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity you have given me, the friends I have made, and the records I have chased,” Zier said during a phone interview, “However, at this time I am unable to commit to another season of Veto League Baseball.”
Zier is the proud father of a daughter, Emma, and husband to his wife, Meggan. Zier, known for his relentless banter with Dan Tomlin about time machines, walks away from the game in the top 10 all-time for games played, at bats, hits, triples, runs scored, sacrifice flies, and total wins. When asked what he plans to do with his summer away from the game, Zier says he intends to sleep more. Veto League wishes him the best in his future endeavors.