The highly anticipated annual Veto League Winter Meetings were held at the VLB business headquarters in Bettendorf, Iowa, last Sunday. Tickets were sold out for the event, which featured a who's who of staple players with a twist of families in attendance as well.
To pad any potential rule change votes, Alex Miller brought his entorage family of four. Future Hall-of-Famer Johnny "OG" Readus also had his better looking half with. Other veterans in attendance included: Branden Bollman, Fylan Hart, Mason Overmire, Josh Paul and Kyle Kent made his first Winter Meetings appearance. One-game-wonder (and early Rookie of the Year frontrunner) Dylan Hodge was also in attendance, though this may have been more for the complimentary pasta than the baseball talk.
The meeting kicked off with a surprise announcement. On February 2, VLB's 15th most games played player Edwin Moore announced his retirement to President of Veto League Operations Josh Paul via Messenger. "I’ve done a lot of thinking over the last couple of months, and I think with Brady announcing his today, I think I’ll probably do the same. I think it’s time for me to hang my cleats up on Veto League." Moore continued, "The last 7 years have been nothing short of amazing. Made a lot of friends, memories and wins." VLB wishes Moore success with his future endeavors and hopes he will still be able to make a game here or there as time allows.
In other news, the league announced its financial report for 2023 with $562.59. The major equipment item needed is a collapsable l-screen. Other funds will be spent on throw-down bases with additional funds saved for future jersey and baseball orders.
The league's 26th season will kick off the weekend of April 22-23, 11 am at Ridgewood Field in Rock Island, Illinois. Double headers will be scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. League captains were announced. Returning from 2023 include back-to-back VLB Champion Heavy Hitters (Mason Overmire) as well as Miller's Cannons, Kent's Katanas and ageless captain Josh Paul will once again return with the Goonies. Branden Bollman will make his captain return after a several year hiatus. A rookie captain has been announced - the 2022 Veto League Rookie of the Year and Outfield Gold Glove winner - Mitch Lannan. A switch was made and instead of having set divisions, all six captains will compete for four post season spots from one division.
Surprisingly, no new rule changes were proposed. The league did have a lengthy discussion about the age of Veto League players. Last year showed a surprsinging increase in teenagers playing VLB's hardball. The long-standing rule has been that VLB players must be in high school to play. For player safety purposes, and potential civil liability, it was determined that this will be an enforced rule for the 2023 season and beyond.
The league plans to schedule Saturday games, with an additional weeknight added pending player interest.
The event concluded with all players chanting "VETO LEAGUE" as Readus gave hugs.