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2016 Angie's Mark II Team & Groupies
Welcome to the Angie's Mark II Softball Team Website!

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This site is the electronic home of the "Original" Mark II Softball Team--playing 12" slow-pitch softball for the Mark II Lounge since 1978!

The 2017 season will "Mark" our 40th(!) season of summer softball fun sponsored by the Mark II Lounge!  We will once again be playing in the Wednesday Night Mens' League at Evanston's Crown Park where, in 2016, Angie's Mark II finished the Regular Seaon with a 6-5 record (7th Place among the 12 team league) and went 1-1 in the Playoffs, for an overall record of 7-6. 

See the "Web Update" section below for the latest team news and narrative summaries of this summer's league play, etc.

Please explore all the areas of our site by clicking on one of the links in the pane to the left. Note that the "Handouts-Sheets" folder leads to our 2016 stats, boxscores and administrivia (Team Calendar, League Schedule & Rules and IWBYABs).  Other links in the "Handouts-Sheets" folder will lead to all the Mark II Softball Team historical stats from the 2016 "Stat Pack" as well as all the final stat "Sheets," weekly "Updates," etc for each individual summer league season since 2000.  

Note that the 2016 "Stat Pack" was distributed at our annual "Off-Season 'Conditioning' Meeting" on Thanksgiving Eve--if I didn't see you there that night (or, if you're Neal and you left your copy at the bar!?!) remind me and I'll give you your copy of the latest Stat Pack the next time I see you!   

For futher info, sign our "Guestbook" or send e-mail to: MarkIISoftball@aol.com

See you out there

Lloyde Nelson, 3-26-17

  

Evanston Rainout Hotline: 847-859-7822 (ext 1199)

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Handout: Current Administrative--Schedule, Rules, Roster, etc

Tuesday, April 25
Mark II Current Web Update


Latest News...Last Updated: Tuesday, 4/25/17:   

Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday League Opener: Wednesday, 4/26: 8:00 vs Cardinal I.P. on Crown's “West” Diamond. Although they finished in last place last year at 0-11 & 0-1, you may remember that they gave us a tough game as we beat them "just" 14-11 (those 11 runs representing 22% of the 50 runs they scored in all 11 regular season games). They had a couple of guys who were extremely fast--fast enough, in fact, to beat out infield grounders. Defensively, we bent, but did not break, as they scored "little" numbers in 6 of their 7 innings (2-2-0-2-3-1-1) while on offense, our 7-run third helped us establish an early lead (1-3-7-0-0-2-1) and kept them at bay as we answered their rallies with two nice late-inning rallies. Neal is out (kids' school event) but Tony A can sub. All our other regulars are expected: Jonas, me/Larry, Mark, Eric, Bob Se, Bob B, Jeff, Tony C, K-Mack, Shawn and Tony A.  

See you out there!

LN, 4/25/17

 

Old News of Some Value:  

From the 4/22/17 Update 

ERD Schedule & Rules--Review & Analyses:

Schedule: The Wednesday Night League again has a full complement of 12 teams. That makes for a nice single-round 11 game regular season after which there will be the usual single-elimination all-teams-qualify two-week-long Playoffs, with the #1-#4 seeds getting a first round bye. We drew a 6 home-5 away schedule with a very odd mix—4 straight home games to open the season followed by 5 away games before a season-ending 2 game home-stand. We drew an OK split on the times, albeit, again, not in an orderly order with 3 games starting at 6:45 (weeks 2, 9 & 11), 4 at 8:00 (weeks 1,7, 8, & 10) and 4 at 9:15 (all 4 in a row, from weeks 3-6, i.e., the last 4 Wednesdays of May). Our Rivalry Games are week 5 (Advocates at 9:15) and week 11 (Slugs at 6:45). We don't play the "new" team until week 8, while facing teams that finished ahead of us in last year's standings early and often (weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9). In terms of location, we will play 6 games on the “West” Diamond (formerly #1 or #4—the one on Dodge & Main) and 5 games on the “East” Diamond (formerly #2 and #3--is on Lee) in this "pattern": W-W-W-E-E-W-E-W-E-W-E (note that we alternate starting week 5).

 

Teams: At least 10 of our 11 opponents are returning teams with just one team gone from last year (Growlers, after a 2-year 3-19 & 0-2 "run"). The one "new" team has the same moniker, Sons of Pitches, that was used last year at Laramie by captain David Ianotti (who captioned Stone Ponies and Wrecking Crew when we played there). But, David has been playing with Swingers in Evanston on Wednesdays the last couple of years, so it remains to be seen whether this is a different Sons of Pitches team or whether David has actually split from Swingers and entered his team on Wednesdays (and whom he may have brought with him). Notwithstanding that issue, the known returning teams and our career Crown Park records against them (regular season & playoffs, if applicable) are: Any Given Thursday, who strangely are listed as "Thursday," not Wednesday(!?!) this year (0-1 last year; 0-3 since 2014 on Wednesdays, 4-2 & 1-0 between 2002-2007 on Thursdays and 2-0 & 1-0 in 1998 as Dinosaurs & Enemies or Wolves); Advocates (0-1 last year; 2-1 since 2014 and 3-2-1 & 1-0 between 2002-2007 at Crown); The Slugs (1-0 & 1-0 last year; 1-2 & 1-0 since 2014 and 5-0 & 2-0 between 2002-2006); Milford Mudlarks (1-0 last year; 1-2 & 0-1 since 2014 and 2-0 & 0-0 in 2003-2004); Glory Days (1-0 last year; 2-1 since 2014 ); Spiders (1-0 last year; 2-1 since 2014); Swingers (0-1 last year; 0-3 since 2014); Cardinal I.P. (1-0 last year; 2-0 since 2014); Batmen (0-1 last year; 1-1 since 2015 when they played as Team Random); and, finally, These Cats (0-1 & 0-1 last year; 0-2 & 0-1 since 2015 when they played as The Chronicles).

 

Rules: After many many years with League Supervisors patching the ERD Rules together such that it had become disorganized and 6 pages long, Ray and Logan did an almost complete re-write/re-format of the Rules this year and got it down to 3 disorganized pages. Every player is encourage to read this year's version (attached, and previously sent to the players and, as always, posted on our website). Here are the highlights of the new or significantly changed rules (IWBYAB if you find any other new or significantly changed items--in my opinion):

-General League Rules:

(2) Changed: Rosters are due 5/26.

(4) New: Teams may "'borrow' another player" from a non-playing team, if approved by the opposing captain (in the regular season only).

(5) Changed: 5 minute grace period after start time of each game before a forfeit is called.

-Playing Regulations:

(1) Changed: Minimum of 8 players required to start/finish.

(3) Changed: Pitcher is allowed 5 warm-up pitches in 1st & just 2 in each inning thereafter--any others will be called a ball (but NO rule about infield warm-ups?!?).

(4) All New (READ IT!): Those wanting a courtesy runner must remind the ump before each at bat and, any/all hits by those batters will be limited to a single!

(7) Point of emphasis: The 70-minute rule will be enforced by the ump.

(8) New: Tie-breaker rule: If the game is tied, a runner will be placed on second base at the the start of any extra innings (or innings after the 70-minute rule).

(9) Changed: Slaughter rule now applies to all tournament games, too.

-Equipment:

Pretty much the same, but the punishment for using an illegal bat has been changed (ejection for player only, not captain); league suspension of player only (not captain) for second offense.

-Player Conduct:

Tougher on the use of profane/obscene language "even casual" by anyone/everyone.

-Protests:

Clarified, cleaned up and eliminated or reduced onerous requirements about timing and money.

-Forfeits:

Added; overly-wordy definition of "3 forfeits and you're out" rule; request to notify ERD & opposing captain if you know you have to forfeit; no refund given.

-Dugouts/Field Expectations:

I couldn't find anything that was changed significantly but scorekeepers are apparently not included in allowed dugout personnel (while dogs apparently are allowed anywhere?!?).

-Postseason:

I couldn't find anything that was changed significantly (except I won my case that fewest total defensive runs allowed should be the #3 tie-breaker before most total runs scored, so teams aren't encouraged to run up the scores).

-Rainout/Cancellation:

ERD claims total control "to manage the softball program as it deems appropriate"; suspended game now less than 4-1/2 or 5 innings and "official game" now at least 4-1/2 or 5 innings.

-Lightning Policy:

A total cut-and-paste from previous editions.

-Somewhat important rules that now seem to be missing (may be covered by ASA or posted rules--we will have to assume they remain in force and/or cover with the umps):

No infield warm-ups after the first inning rule?

Extra player (EP or DH) and roster batting rules?

Free substitution rule?

Fake tag rule?

Slide/collision avoidance rule?

Advancing on 2-strike foul ball rule?

No dogs in park rule??? (There's hope for Hope)!

 

Administrivia:

 

Injury Reports: While it appears that everyone else is healthy, it looks like I will have to start the season on the DL (although I may selfishly play catcher in the top of the first inning Wednesday to keep my 40-season Opening Night Lineup streak alive...and not lose a year's credit in the Mark II Pension Plan). My knee's medial meniscus tear last year might have been a good thing in the long "run." When I ramped-up my PT and personal workouts after that October 28 surgery to include strenuous running in February/March, I began to experience chest pain. Two stress tests later, I am scheduled to have an angiogram and possible angioplasty this Monday to explore and possibly open (via balloon and/or stent) a "moderately" blocked coronary artery. My cardiologist says I should be able to resume normal activities in 5 days (i.e., my new-normal limp when running--but without chest pain--and munching on the apt-named Tombstone pizzas at the Mark II after the game). How much I actually play in our games this season will have to be determined as the season plays out.


New blood: Tony 'TC' Christiansen is not just new blood, he's blood, period. We've invited the son of our team's namesake to come out from behind his family's bar on Wednesday nights and see what he can contribute to the team named in his mother's honor! Tony played hardball in his school days and had the ubiquitous "cup of coffee" with Jeff and Ryan's Laramie Fall League team.

  

Rosters: Please see me to sign the official team rosters/waivers which I must turn into ERD by 5/26. In addition to the 12 regulars, our 8 rostered subs include: Tony A, Kevin C, Joe C, Oron, Zave, Nate, Ryan and Schmidtty.

 

Money: And so begins the annual appeal, so admired by so many of you (based on the fact that you like to see it in the Updates throughout May, June and often, July)! Based on the Mark II Lounge covering about one-half of our league fees and costs, I will need $50 from each "regular" player this year. I've already paid the $675 in fees, bought a new "Book" and renewed our website subscription, so my bleeding checking account would much appreciate your prompt attention to this matter! As always, regular attendance at the Mark II after our games would go a long way in reciprocating the generosity the Anton/Christiansen Family has shown toward our teams for now 40 seasons!

 

Missing a game: If/when you know that you’ll miss game(s) due to a vacation or schedule conflict, please make sure I record those dates on my calendar. The sooner I know, the easier it is for me to plan and get subs. 

  

Rain: Evanston's Rainout Hotline is 847-859-7822 x1199. Evanston also has a Rainout Status on their ERD softball page (http://www.cityofevanston.org/parks-recreation/recreation/softball-leagues/). And--this is a great convenience(!)--you can sign up to receive an automatic rainout notification text message and/or e-mail message if/when ERD issues an update--sign up for this on the above mentioned softball page (top right). Note that rainout information is not generally posted/updated until after 4:00 PM and may not be posted until right around game time, so never assume a game is canceled. These accounts and the Rainout Hotline numbers are listed on the bottom of the Team Calendar and the Team Roster and all are also available on our website Home Page (http://www.eteamz.com/MarkIISoftballTeam/). The bottom line on rainouts: If the Hotline is not reporting that the games are postponed and you can’t reach me and I have not sent out an e-mail and/or updated our website and/or my Twitter account is not reporting a rainout or postponement, always assume we are playing & show up! (Every year we’re amazed and surprised at least once or twice when we’ve played even though it looked like we wouldn’t play right up until game time)!

 

Tweets: Yes, I am a twit who tweets...but only Mark II Softball Team matters, I promise! So, if you're a twit, please become one of my followers (I’m up to 23!) so you can receive game status changes, field condition updates, etc promptly (and in less than, or equal to, 140 characters)! My Twitter account is @LloydeNelson (https://twitter.com/LloydeNelson). As I use this account only to communicate to the team and not as a dialog with me, please do not use the "Reply to:" capability of Twitter as I am very unlikely to promptly review any replies--I still prefer either a phone call or an e-mail/text reply if/when you have new news about your availability, etc. Finally, our Website also has a link to my Twitter account (in case you've forgotten my name, or--more likely--can't spell it).

See you out there!

LN, 4/22/17

   

Highlights from Previous Updates: 

Fall League Results (11/17/16):

Slugs II: Under Coach Rich, the Crown Wednesday Fall League conglomerate team of Slugs players and Angie’s Mark II players (including Jeff, Bob B & Jonas as regulars and Mark, Ryan and me as occasional subs) finished the regular season with a 6-4 record. Last night(!?!) however, the team was eliminated from the playoffs by Glory Days in an extra-inning back-and-forth not-so-thrilling thriller that saw the enactment of two new "rules" that may become permanent for all future Crown Leagues. The "60-minute" rule was in effect, meaning that no inning can start after the game is 60 minutes old. Thus, the game was over after 6 innings. However, since the score was tied, the "extra play" rule was put into effect--for the extra inning(s), each team starts with a runner at second base so scoring is more likely. In last night's game, Glory Days scored 2 runs in their first extra inning, but the Slugs II were shutout, stranding the tying runs on first and third.  Incidentally, Mort's Advocates then quickly dispatched with Glory Days in the semi-finals, however, they lost the Championship Game to the surprise team of the year, Batmen (AKA Team Random).

Gin N’Duece: Meanwhile, over at Laramie on Thursdays, co-coaches Jeff & Ryan reinvigorated their Proesel Sunday morning summer team by adding Angie’s Mark II talent (Oron, Zave and Mark as regulars with Jonas, Bob B & Lil Tony as occasional subs). After starting 2-2 in that very tough league that includes a lot of the Usual Suspects (Alkoholics, Akkadians, SWAT, Rhombones, etc) the kids dropped 3 of their last 4 games (one by 1 run and one by 2 runs) to finish 3-5, failing to make the .500-or-better-record Laramie playoffs which start tonight(!?!). Yes, it's November 10th and they're playing the playoffs tonight. According to Jeff, the highlight of their season was beating SWAT--their lone second-half "W"--while losing those two close games really came back to bite them as a win in either contest would have given them a playoff berth.  

From the 8/23 Update:

Another Anton!  Tony and Gia along with big sister, Sarah, have welcomed the latest arrival to the Anton clan, a baby girl.  Little Sophie was born in Romania on 8/21 a healthy and strong 18.5" long and weighing 6.5 pounds.  Mother and baby are said to be doing fine.  Father is said to be smiling all the time!  The entire family expects to be back in the States around October/November!

  

Angie's Mark II 2016 Wednesday Night Summer League Regular Season Results:

 

Overall, we finished the regular season with a 6-5 record (.545), exactly the same as last year, but we finished 7th among the 12 teams this year (last year we finished 5th). We can take pride in the fact that we battled every team—our margin of defeat/victory against the other 11 teams (in regular season finish order) were: -5 runs against 1st place (AGW); -1 vs #2, -1 vs #3, -1 vs #4, +10 vs #5, +1 vs #6, -2 vs #8, +1 vs #9, +10 vs #10, +16 vs #11 & +3 vs #12. That averages a nice 6.8 run margin in our 6 wins but a frustratingly close -2.0 run margin in our 5 losses!  For all the boxscores follow this link:http://www.eteamz.com/MarkIISoftballTeam/handouts/index.cfm?cat=13561&id=1057977 or click on the "Handout: 2016 Boxscores" link on the bottom of this page or navigate to the "2016 Boxscores" category after opening the "Handouts--Sheets" folder in the pane on the left side of this page

 

Angie's Mark II 2016 Wednesday Night Summer League Playoff Results:   

    

First Round vs #10 The Slugs: It took 8 innings, but we eventually earned a walk-off win over The Slugs, 6-5. Follow this link to the boxscore: (http://www.eteamz.com/admin/sitez/download.cfm?id=2506016&site=489816or click on the "Handout: 2016 Boxscores" link on the bottom of this page or navigate to the "2016 Boxscores" category after opening the "Handouts--Sheets" folder in the pane on the left side of this page

 

Second Round vs #2 These Cats: Unfortunately, after walking-off in our earlier game, we were walked-over--all over—in the nightcap as These Cats stomped us in a 3-1/2 inning slaughter, 20-2. Follow this link for the boxscore: (http://www.eteamz.com/admin/sitez/download.cfm?id=2506437&site=489816). or click on the "Handout: 2016 Boxscores" link on the bottom of this page or navigate to the "2016 Boxscores" category after opening the "Handouts--Sheets" folder in the pane on the left side of this page.

 

Final 2016 Wednesday Night Summer League Playoff Results: 

Every game of this year’s playoffs was won by the higher-seeded home team! So here’s how that played out. (Except our two games and one other second round game, I cannot report the final scores of any of these games as ERD only published the final bracket without adding the scores). In the first two rounds, #5 Spiders beat #12 Cardinal IP but then lost to #4 Swingers; #6 Glory Days beat #11 Growlers but then lost to #3 Advocates; #7 Angie’s Mark II beat #10 The Slugs (6-5 in 8 innings) but then lost to #2 These Cats (20-2); and #8 Batmen beat #9 Milford Mudlarks but then lost to #1 Any Given Wednesday (I heard this was just 13-12). Then, in the Semi-Finals, #1 Any Given Wednesday beat #4 Swingers (thus eliminating last year’s champions); and #2 These Cats beat #3 Advocates. Any Given Wednesday then took the Championship Game as, again this year, These Cats (AKA The Chronicles) were the bridesmaids.   

A Tribute to Angie from Bob B, 11/18/15:

To the Mark II Softball Team Family,

A little bit of all of us died today.  And it’s hard to imagine the sun will be able to shine as brightly again .

Angie loved life more than anyone we’ve ever known.  She’s the most optimistic person we’ve ever known.

Angie started working at the Mark II before our softball team was even an idea.  Back in the 70’s, Lloyde and the other Shure Brothers gang (OBO, Marty, Russ, Wally, Gary, Schmidtty, etc. etc.) hung out at the Mark after work and after their company softball games, and the Mark II camaraderie was what spawned the Mark II softball team.  Angie was always there.  No one took fewer vacations than Angie.  She acted like working behind the bar was a vacation.  She worked at the Mark six days a week, and during the baseball season, she spent her day off — Saturday — working the mob scene at Mullen’s in Wrigleyville.  She spread joy wherever she went.  And she bragged about our team all the time.  I still remember the night she introduced Lloyde and me to Joe Hudek, shortly after we had won our first championship.  Joe (a former college ballplayer who became one of our best players ever) acted like we had reeled off a dozen titles in a row, and he politely requested a tryout.  He had been listening to Angie.  And in those few years we had losing records, Angie focused on all the championships we had won.  To her, we were champions every time we walked into the Mark.

It’s been difficult to process how suddenly and rapidly Angie fell ill and died, especially since it basically happened in the short time period since our season ended.  Lloyde got word last week that Angie was in Evanston Hospital, and he and Peg and I had a chance to visit her last Thursday.  She was weak, not just due to the cancer but also an infection that had set in, but she was cheerful and optimistic as always, talking about going home the following day.  She enjoyed talking about the great run the Cubs had during the playoffs and their prospects for winning the World Series next season.  A misguided well-wisher had brought her a White Sox pennant, which I dutifully removed Thursday morning, and which Lloyde and Peg replaced with flowers and some Cub paraphernalia Thursday afternoon.  I also advised her that I had obtained a liquor license and was arranging for a juke box to be installed in her room that afternoon, so she’d better be ready to start serving drinks.  Her daughter Steff was at her side, as she had been throughout the illness, so she was designated as bouncer.  Spirits were high.  Death was nowhere in sight.  Right until the end, Angie never changed, a lesson for us all.

I can’t even imagine what it will be like to walk into the Mark and not see Angie.  But I know she’ll be there.  God bless us all.

Bob B, 11/18/15


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