Long time Veto League Baseball player and supporter Jeff Kilgard might have struck gold with a sponsorship deal from Nintendo Entertainment System. Kilgard is famously known by Veto League players for holding the record for career strikeouts thrown (Kilgard knows the exact number – he keeps track of his Ks in a diary). With the aid of various black market connections, Kilgard recently held a press conference to announce the arrival of VLB 2K11.
“Ever since Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for SNES, it’s always been a dream of mine to incorporate Veto League players into an actual sports game. We tried VLB Water Polo ’06 for the Sega Genesis, but it failed in the test audience phase,” said Kilgard. “NES CEO Reggie Files-Aime came to me with the idea of VLB 2K11. I just ran with it from there.”
Featuring past and present players from the VLB, Kilgard has modified NES’ RBI Baseball. Kilgard altered player attributes for power, hitting contact, and speed from previous RBI Baseball players to match those of actual VLB stars. For example, Jesus Apodaca is the speediest VLB 2K11 player.
Veto League Commissioner Matt Veto, President Josh Paul, and Kilgard held a VLB 2K11 fantasy draft several weeks ago to create rosters for Kilgard’s new video game. Member and coach of the Talons, Scott Ellefritz, was invited, but said he had, “More important things to do.” Included in the video game are eight teams (two division): SNK Crushers, All-Stars, Goonies, Playaz, Talons, Turtles, and defunct classics Meteors and Vandals.
The game features 128 of Veto League’s most dedicated members (the cut-off to be eligible for the video game was five career games). Each team has two starting pitchers, two relief pitchers, eight starting positional players, and four bench guys or girls. Yes, two females made the cut for the NES game. Amanda Zerull is a relief pitcher and Cara Rexroat is a bench player – both for the Goonies.
Kilgard’s own SNK Crushers selected Robert “Bob” Zerull with the first overall draft choice. The All-Stars followed up by selecting Ryan Barton second overall. The Meteors took Steve Roberts and the Goonies picked Tom DeBroeck. The Playaz then drafted Adam Chard fifth overall, followed by the Talons taking retired Hall of Famer Lance McCafferty. The Vandals took Brad Jackson and the Turtles rounded out the first round with the 8th overall pick of former SAU Fighting Bee Andrew Moeller.
While the terms of the deal between NES and Kilgard were not disclosed, rumors have filtered that Kilgard sold the rights of Veto League Players after xeroxing copies of player’s signatures from Veto League waiver forms signed at the beginning of the 2006 season. In return, Kilgard received from Nintendo Entertainment Systems a pair of NES Super Mario one-size-fits-all socks, a poster autographed by Mega Man himself, and $40 in Nintendo Bucks.
Kilgard has plans to release the video game (compatible only with the NES) in the upcoming weeks. Price has yet to be determined, but is estimated at $30.
Here is a list of the in-game rosters…
SNK CRUSHERS ALL-STARS METEORS GOONIES PLAYAZ TALONS VANDALS TURTLES
SP Jim Wince Chris Millar Cory Fineran Andrew McCalley Ian Letherman Ian Strathdee Eddie Cupp Brandon James
SP Ryan Schilb Noah Roberts Travis Swanson Joe Zerull Andy Round Joseph Dallas Josh Bender Chuck Noyd
RP Jon Weber Alvin Carbajal Alex Tschopp Mike Cunico Don Stoddard Rory Kepple Chad Williams Sean Bachman
RP Matt Carter Alex Leutzinger Flynn Schultz Amanda Zerull Tony Powell Greg Asleson Ryan Williams Nate Spivey
1 Ryan Nettleton Jon Escajeda Jesus Apodaca Jason Jones Josh Francque Ben Kratz Casey Thomas Josh Smith
2 Jeff Kilgard Tony Zier Matt Veto Tim DeBroeck John Rasso Scott EllefritzJosh Kallman Jon Kelley
3 Bob Zerull Ryan Barton Steve Roberts Jason Nunn Adam Chard Beau Nickerson Kiel Engstrom Ashley Engstrom
4 Bobby Carter Dan Tomlin Brett Carlson Tom DeBroeck Anthony Reese Lance McCafferty Brad Jackson Andrew Moeller
5 Kevin Powell Kevin Grady Jake Vandemoortel Josh Paul Josh Traub Jeff Darras Scott Boruff Adlonis Hopkins
6 Nick Benson James Quick Mitch Heckenkamp Shawn Wynes Brad Ryan Mike Myers Josh Lawhorn Brett Highly
7 Cortez Jarrett Ryan Wiggins Howard Zimmerle Rafe Thrasher Brandon Jones Joe Campagna Erik Lindberg Adam Gustafson
8 Kenny Swanberg Doug Scott Craig Fyfe Ryan Thrasher Amos Whiting Dave Anderson Rowdy Fredricksen Jeff Shadden
BN David Garrison Kelly Sullivan Vinny Polito Aaron Remley Ben Rankin Chad Kennelly Joe Escajeda Jake Hunter
BN Colin Mildred Lorenzo Martin Ian Smith Greg Hannah Adam Hernandez Ryan Holtmann Colby Moore Nick Larson
BN Scott Malcolm Chris Polton Brian Smith Josh Flemming Bryan Mier John Robbins Ray Opiola Justin Shadden
BN Brenden Buhl Christian Smith James Francescon Cara Rexroat Josh Kane Steve Campbell John Gunter Jim Wesson