When Colton Garcia stepped up the plate in the bottom of the first inning in game one for Josh Paul’s Goonies on Tuesday, July 14, he became the 800th different person to play a game in the 23-year history of Veto League Baseball. Through the first 47 games of the 2020 season, there have been 35 new players, which matches the 2019 mark, with still well over a month left to go in the season. Although 2020 has brought incredible uncertainty in all areas of the world, one constant remains true: the dedication of those who play in the Veto League.
With eight games to play in the regular season, one division is all wrapped up while the other remains a tightly contested battle. Coming out of the Saukie division, the aforementioned Goonies (14-2) and Alex Miller’s Cannons (8-8) have secured their spots in the playoffs and will meet each other in a couple weeks. Johnny Readus and the Racketeers (10-5) will also be heading to the post season for the first time in franchise history. The last of four playoff spots is still up for grabs. The Hitters (7-8) have a 2.5 game lead over the Admirals (5-10). They are scheduled to meet in the penultimate game of the regular season, which may just end up being for the right to play the Racketeers in the Blackhawk Division.
Through 47 games, one player appears to be running away with the MVP race, leading or near the top in all the major statistical categories. Mason Overmire leads the league's 83 players in 2020 in RBI (58) and doubles (24). He is also second in hits (91) and is top five in runs, homeruns and batting average. This is not unfamiliar territory for Overmire, as he led in all these stats in 2018 en route to his first career MVP award.
With plenty of games left to play in the season, we hope to see you come out and add to the growing list of all time players. Check our Schedule on the website, as well as our Facebook Group, “Veto League Baseball” for all the up-to-date information you need on when and where we’re playing!