Welcome to the Season 17 of the USMLB.

Monday, June 15, 2009

OWNER PROFILE - Tacoma Pioneers

This will be a weekly installment, hoping it will give us all a chance to get to know each other a bit and create sort of a tight knit league.

Will - "tomjames"

Screen name: tomjames

Real name: Will

Age: 29

Current Residence: Brentwood, TN

Born in: Portland, OR

Occupation: Accountant for a clothing company based out of Franklin, TN

Single? Married? Kids?

Married to my wife, Brandi, for 10 years in July.
Two children - Noah (2) and Jacsen (9 months)

How long have you been in HBD? Been in HBD since March of 2008

What season did you join USMLB? Season 3

What does your team name mean? All the pioneers who headed out to the Northwest (which includes Tacoma)

Any other teams?
- Buffalo Pioneers (CAPB - currently 40-55)
- Wichita Pioneers (NABCL - season has not started)

What drew you to HBD?
- The idea of building your own team with the players you want
- The ability to match your skills against other players.

What condition was your team in when you took over? The team had just finished in last place, mostly from a bad pitching staff. The minor league system was stacked with some good players that are now on different teams. Those players were not going to fit into the Tacoma system.

What are your plans for your team this season? Survive - I think a small rebuilding project will begin in Tacoma this season. The offense is not even close to what I thought it would be. The pitching staff is getting a little older, but they have not improved.

Prediction for your team? I was hoping we would finish in first, but it looks like we continue to struggle just to get to .500 and a playoff spot.