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LAMANNA’S BASEBALL BULLETIN (LBB), in our 31st year, is a Strat-O-Matic Baseball newsletter devoted to assisting SOM Baseball managers in evaluating every card in the SOM card set. All of the LBB ratings and LBB player evaluations are published between the end of the baseball season and opening day at the SOM Game Company.

The LBB card projections, for fielding, stealing and card chances, are a must for confident drafting and trading before the cards are available. Then, the New Card Rating issue gives you all the actual rating numbers! Get the information that the other guys in your league aren’t telling you about, because this is their edge for trading and drafting against you!

Nov. 14, 2015:  I have updated the excel and pdf projections this week.  There were about 20 adjustments made, mostly to players who didn’t have enough hits on their card to cover their homerun totals.  I try to catch as many of these as possible but some just get past me.  If you check Carson Blair, OAK, he has 0 hits and 9.8 in homeruns, and if he isn’t fixed, you have the old version.  If you want the adjusted files to replace the first version, send me an email.  I may also adjust the pitchers cards after Strat releases the fielding ratings, I haven’t done this before but I made some changes to my excel file which make that an easy adjustment.  I’m not sure if I’ll change all the fielding range ratings for the hitters from my projected to the actual.  I’ll send the adjusted pitcher ratings out if the changes make enough of a difference to the card projections.

Oct. 28, 2015:  Cut and paste to fix this error in excel.  This is the corrected info.

Oct. 25, 2015:  I have sent out the LBB Projections Issue.  There are two PDF files and one excel file.  Enjoy the numbers, John

Oct. 24, 2015:  I just took down the fielding projections page.  Those ratings were no longer valid.  Thanks to all of you who made inputs.  I used a lot of your suggestions.  I have just finished the projections issue.  I will send that out late tomorrow night as a pdf and an excel file.  I’m too tired to proof it even one more time so I’ll give it a last look tomorrow when I’m fresh.  Go Mets!

Oct. 20, 2015:  Projected Fielding Ratings posted.  Looking for feedback before I lock down the numbers.  Have fun, John

Oct. 5, 2015:  Posted * starting pitchers and catcher’s arms.


Dear Fellow SOM Gamer and LBB subscriber,

I hope that everyone is having a fun and successful Strat season.  I have enjoyed watching this exciting baseball season with all of the high profile rookies that will be in the upcoming draft.  Drafts with the likes of Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber are rare!

This will be my 31st year of publishing the LBB, and part of this open letter is to confirm that I will continue to produce the LBB.  The other part of the letter is to inform you of some changes that I need to make.  I will no longer be printing and mailing copies of the LBBs.  There is some good news here in that I will drop the yearly subscription price from $42 to $32!  That’s a cost savings of $10 for you (if you don’t mind me doing the math)!  Individually, the projections will be $15, the Card Ratings will be $13 and the Draft Guide will be $13.  I posted new Paypal buttons.  There will be no price difference between Paypal, cash or check.  For those who have paid in advance, I will credit $5 per Card Ratings or Draft Guide that you are owed and tack that on to the end of your subscription.

And, I will be sending out both excel and pdf files of all 3 issues.

I will no longer be limited by the cost to print extra pages and the cost to mail issues.  Both costs have been rising dramatically the last few years and my long time printing service went out of business.  The struggle to keep one team per page in the Card Ratings issue forced a reduced font size in the past for the larger roster teams and now all teams will probably have 2 pages instead of just 1.

I will include instructions for printing the issue yourself and how to have it bound at a place like Office Max/Depot or Staples.  I’ll go to these stores and see what I need to do to allow them to print an issue for you with a copyright symbol on it, and maybe it will just take an email from me giving permission, which I can include when I send the files out.  I would guess that the printing and binding may be about $5 or higher.

For those of you that want to know why, well, I have given it a lot of thought and I just can’t do all of the work anymore.  Every bound LBB had it’s holes punched by me.  The stamps, the labels, the return address  labels, trips to the post office, lost issues, comb binding, etc. all adds up to a ton of work.  I would have had to raise the prices dramatically this year to account for the new printing service and I could have passed that on to you but it still left me with all the work.  Last year, the final nail in the coffin, so to say, was when the self stick envelopes didn’t stick, after I had all the stamps in place, and I had to tape each envelope shut by myself.  That wasn’t a fun day.

It’s the end of an era for LBB and the start of something new.  You’ll still get the same information and maybe I won’t be so burned out after I’m done with the Draft Guide.  It will leave me with more time to post information on this web site.

I had been backpacking for 3 weeks and off the grid for a month, so sorry for any delays in answering emails.  I’m back now and looking forward to my Strat playoffs and putting together the first crack at a top 25 rookie list.

Thanks to all of you that have subscribed to the LBB over the years.  And, thanks in advance to all of you that will continue to subscribe!

Thanks, John




Cal and I were on the same flight to Baltimore last year.  When I went to Camden Yards, I saw Chris Davis hit his 40th!


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The classy Tom Glavine took the time to pose with me and Terry!