Dear Members & Friends of the Cosmic Baseball Association,
When the Cosmic Baseball Association was created in 1981, I could only dream of becoming its Commissioner. It took more than twenty years for it to happen, but I must confess, I am as happy as I thought I would be. It is a great honor and privilege to serve as your Commissioner.
I am reminded of some of our past Commissioners who served with great distinction. I think of Paul Arthur (1981-1984), Jim Jerue (1984-1989) and Harvey Nosowtiz (1998-2001), and I must confess again: I am humbled. These were great leaders and I can only dream about aspiring to their level of service. I will try.
When there is a change in an executive office, expectations of widespread change follow. Expect 2004 to be a busy year, full of change and raising expectations. The Board of Directors remains committed to the Cosmic Baseball Association's website and I support the emphasis that has traditionally been placed on the website. I hope to help make that emphasis even greater.
The Statistical Operations group needs revitalizing. There is much data that we should be mining. The reorganization of how our statistical data is managed will be a high priority issue in the coming months. The long hoped for but not yet realized goal of greater interactivity between and among our members and friends will also be elevated.
Much attention will be spent on the operations of the cosmic baseball teams. We intend to vigorously emphasize and support Personal Cosmic Baseball games. The Archives of the Cosmic Baseball Association need renovation. I plan to propose a major overhaul and restoration project for the archives. The work of the Cosmic Baseball Research Alliance and its educational functions will not be ignored.
Finally and personally, I would like to see a vast increase in the presentation of poetry at the Cosmic Baseball Association. After all, it was poetry that inspired the creation of the CBA and it will be poetry and poetics that will be our future. Baseball is just a metaphor for the life of the mind and poetry is the expression of that mind.
Catch you later,
Andrew M. Lampert
COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION