Mike Bracci shown playing in the Master Division at World Series VII
Much of our All-Decade team has focused on players but this time we are focusing on team leaders. The guys we want piloting the ship to make sure it is ready for anything. Make no mistake about it, players are important to our sport, but we think true leaders are what is important. Alexander the Great is quoted as saying, “That it is better to be an army of sheep led by a lion than an army of lions led by a sheep. We believe that to be true and today, we give you some of our lions.
Much of our All-Decade team has focused on players but this time we are focusing on team leaders. The guys we want piloting the ship to make sure it is ready for anything. Make no mistake about it, players are important to our sport, but we think true leaders are what is truly important to a team. Alexander the Great is quoted as saying, “It is better to be an army of sheep led by a lion than an army of lions led by a sheep. We believe that to be true and today, we give you some of our lions.
Mike has a strong athletic background as he played football for Murray State and player minor league baseball. Although Mike has been an exceptional athlete his entire life, his ability to spot, acquire and manage talent truly elevates him above other athletes that are great players but never seem to win with any consistency. Mike was the leader of the Miami Metro Red team which was one of the dominant teams in the early years of PoliceSoftball.com amassing the third highest winning percentage of all time in World Series history. Miami Metro Red also holds three top five finishes in the World Series which ranks them as high or higher in this category than many power teams. Mike led the D2E to a second place finish at the last World Series which gave Mike his fourth all-time top five World Series finish in the open division. Only a handful of people in our sport succeed at this rate and Mike is someone we want as part of our team.
Brad has been the coach of the Ohio Lawmen for many years and he made a huge splash at the first ever World Series by coming out of nowhere and winning the stone obelisk over favorites such as the NY Metro, California Quake etc. Over the decade Brad’s teams have consistently been one of the top teams in the nation. Brad’s Ohio Lawmen are at or near the top in all-time World Series wins, winning percentage and top 5 finishes. They have also played in four World Series championship finals. With a few breaks their way, the Ohio Lawmen could easily have four WS Titles. Like all manager/coaches, Brad has not done it alone but he is the face of the team and someone who we think has a very good chance to win WS X.
Rick has been the driving force behind the Blues since before the advent of PS.com. His team has gotten better every year in the last decade and they are currently the number one rated team in the East Conference. Rick’s team has played in one of the most exciting World Series Championship’s ever which his Blues won with a walk off hit over the vaunted Ohio Lawmen. In addition to running an outstanding team, Rick also hosts a yearly tournament and he gives back much more to our sport than he could ever take away. If we had to pick three teams with the best chances of winning World Series X, Rick’s Blues would be in that mix. They are riding a 20 game winning streak right now and no one wants to play them in a loser go home game. The best you can hope for is that they are in a different side of the board so you can play them in the championship or hope they get tripped up by someone else.
The bottom line is, if you want your team to be good this year, find some great players. If you want your team to be great for a decade, sign these lions to run it.
So far our All-Decade Team consists of:
Please check back next week when we announce our newest additions.