Belle's Winter Meetings began this morning in the Grand Ballroom of Harrah's Hotel and Casino in beautiful downtown Shreveport, LA, hometown of both Joey Belle and your illustrious commissioner.
The meetings began with the traditional welcoming of new owners by the GM of last season's champion, Oakland's rlahann:
The NL North's Trenton Troglodytes retain their ballpark and name but have been taken over by tom-servo. Aka stiller609, he has a long record in a number of worlds...we're looking forward to seeing what he can do with a team that seems to be in rebuild mode but has some talent.
cmthieme takes over at the helm of the AL West Salem Goonies (formerly the Tucson Sidewinders). He has 13 seasons and 2 WS titles in Maris...he'll have a challenge on his hands with a team that won the AL West in Season 13 but fell on hard times last year.
Finally, welcome to the new owner/GM of the AL North Buffalo Wings (formerlyMadison Badgers), gumbercules. gumbers has 3 WS titles on the resume and is widely-renowned for his blogging skills.
New owners, welcome to Belle. We hope you have a long, enjoyable and prosperous stay.
Winter Meetings continue today with the re-hiring of coaches and decisions about retaining free agents and arbitration.