I haven't started playing TTLB yet but have read through most of the game manual. I plan on starting a replay of 2011 when the weather turns cold this fall. I like the game charts for the game and the fact that they all fit on 3 pages printed front and back. I have played a similar game that involved flipping though dozens of bound chart pages and it took away from the immersion.
I haven't decided yet which team I will play out. The Orioles are my favorite, they had a really down year in 2011. I can't play as the Yankees cause they are mortal enemies. Perhaps I'll play as the Rays. They had a good team that year and it would be fun to see if I could manage them deeper into the playoffs.