WFBL 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP
MONTREAL - 10, GEORGIA - 1
MONTREAL - 9, HOUSTON - 3
GEORGIA - 8, JOPLIN - 4
WFBL WILDCARD GAME
GEORGIA - 6, OMAHA - 6
(GA advances on Tie-Breaker #4)
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WFBL GM'S POLLING RESULTS
In a new WFBL predictions format for the 2014 season, all GM's were invited to have a say in how each team in all three divisions would finish, as well as their opinion on the two Wildcard playoff teams, and finally on the overall league Champion.
14 of the 18 GM's responded, and the polling results showed in the end that they are favoring all three of the teams who have won back-to-back Pennants to enjoy a "three-peat" regular season, and for the Montreal Expos to repeat as the WFBL Champions.
In the Owens/East, Montreal was installed as the favorite in what was easily the tightest overall race, a four team scrum in which Philly was rated 2nd ahead of Brantford and Boston. The Expos received eight 1st place votes, with each of the others receiving a pair. New York and Horsham were picked to finish in distant 5th and 6th places.
In the Kalas/Central, the Joplin Tornadoes received 12 of 14 possible 1st place votes, and were installed as prohibitive favorites to win the franchise's 4th straight Pennant overall. Georgia received the other two votes, and were a solid 2nd choice. Each of the other teams were also solidly slotted into their places, in order: Rayne, Saint Louis, Alabama, and Detroit.
In the Mack/West, the Houston Colt .45's were picked to continue their incredible early history, receiving 11 votes and being installed as overwhelming faves for the 3rd Pennant in their 4 year existence. Omaha was picked to again be the solid 2nd place club. Behind them, Las Vegas, Portland, and Eugene in that exact order finished tightly bunched. Spokane was picked for a distant last place finish.
Philly received 8 votes as a Wildcard playoff team, easily taking one of the two available slots there according to the GM poll. Georgia and Brantford each received 4 Wildcard votes. Others receiving at least one WC vote were Montreal (3), Boston (2), Omaha (2), Eugene (1), and Rayne (1) so there are a number of post-season possibilities with the GM's giving 10 of the 18 teams a shot.
As for the overall WFBL 2014 Champion, the Expos received 6 votes to easily become the GM's favorites as a repeat titlist. Others receiving Championship votes were Georgia (2), Boston (2), Houston (2), Joplin (1), and Philly (1) with neither of those last two coming from themselves.
The poll results show that for now, the more things may change, the more they stay the same in the WFBL. It remains for the teams currently stuck behind those who have become perennial favorites to increase their own talent levels and start that "show me" process of proving they belong in future GM poll considerations.
Also, remember that in previous seasons a number of teams were written off by the old "Experts" polling, and rose not only to playoff berths, but to Pennant winners and berths in the Whitey Week league title matchup. Could there be such a darkhorse lurking for 2014?
GM's MUST regularly check their team Roster, the Master Roster, the Transactions page, the DL, and the Amateur Draft pages here to ensure that ALL of their transactions reflect properly.
You should check to ensure that all players you control have your club initials next to them on the Master, and that no player has your initials whom you do not control.
Check that your players have the proper MLB team assignment. Check that their position eligibility for WFBL purposes is listed properly.
Check that you always are within the legal limits of 25 in Majors, 15 in AAA, 10 in AA (for DE & HU, 20 in AAA, 15 in AA).
Check your players DL status, and ensure that if a player is activated in MLB, that you activate him immediately in WFBL.
In your Minors, ensure that players have the correct DOB and that options are updated following promotions/demotions. Players lose an option at each demotion.
If a player gets traded or otherwise changes MLB org's, ensure that the site is updated to reflect that new designation.
You should likewise check the CBS site during the season to ensure that all player information there reflects properly, especially your current starting lineup. In the off-season, ensure that any moves you make to clean up your roster are reflected at CBS as well.
Let the Commissioner know immediately of any needed adjustments that come to your attention. Paying close attention to your individual roster and the entire league is what helps keep the WFBL running smoothly.