May 03 2042: Star Wars Day in Saratoga - by 5L1NK on September 5th, 2019
May the Fourth be with you! Cards will be celebrating Star Wars day with a match against a familiar foe. While very young, the rivalry between Saratoga & Farmington Hills is very operatic, much like the movie franchise. The story unknowingly began with the Lynch signing over 14 years ago, the rivalry hibernated until Independence day 2041 where Saratoga massacred the Cardinals in Saratoga, prompting Morgan Lynch to cease all press interviews related to Saratoga. Saratoga further dominated the Cards in the regular season until playoffs, where the Cards pulled off an upset rivaling the fan reception of The Last Jedi. With both teams promoting, the rivalry is expected to become heated, with Saratoga looking to get redemption for a disappointing playoff series. Rumors have spread about an unknown party influencing cup and league schedules to allow the teams to clash on Star Wars day and once more on Independence Day, but these have yet to be confirmed.
When reached for comment about the rivalry, GM/Owner 5L1NK had this to say:
"Our rivalry with SplatterMonkey and his Highlanders, was unexpected, yet highly welcomed. Obviously I'm pretty upbeat about it cause my boys had the last laugh in 2041, but we learned the hard way last Independence day that they are not a squad to take lightly, everyone in the organization is treating each of our upcoming series against them like the 2041 playoffs."
Cards sit top of their cup grouping at 9-3 with Saratoga trailing at .500. Even though cup qualifiers are not taken as seriously, this series is being hyped up by fans in both cities itching for another clash. Vegas experts have astonishingly dubbed the series as a 50/50 with no clear favorite in sight, causing gamblers to pull out their hair.
To commemorate the day, both teams will be wearing Star Wars themed uniforms. Despite being away in Saratoga, Cardinals will be wearing Light side uniforms to match their wand red color scheme while Saratoga will take the dark side to match their black and red color scheme. Designs have yet to be finalized, but rumors in Farmington Hills swirl about a Red 5 tribute to Luke Skywalker's X-wing. As expected, FHL reporters were unable to get a peep out of Saratoga about their design plans.
All that is confirmed is the loser of the game will have to sit through a showing of attack of the clones with the whiny Anakin Scenes played at half speed to increase the length on cringing.
Jul 02 2041: 4th of July Hosts Clash of the Titans and Unlikely Reunion - by 5L1NK on July 7th, 2019
Independence Day 2041, A time where you can witness the top 3 teams from III.3 West take on the top 3 Teams from the East. 1st place Farmington Hills square off against their first place counterpart Saratoga Highlanders, while 2nd Place Conroe, hot on FHL's trail, will face off with 2nd Place Harrisonburg, also hot on Saratoga's trail. Last but not least, 3rd place Boulder Free Zoners bring their high powered offense out to 3rd place Mehlville for another likely shootout.
While Independence day showcases the top 6 teams in the league duking it out, it also provides an interesting reunion between a former first round pick and his original team. Morgan Lynch had a very short tenure with the Poughkeepsie (now Saratoga) Highlanders after he was drafted in the first round of 2028 by them, Rumor is that while it only took a day for them to cut him for roster space, the front office felt like it took 5 days to make the decision. Half a month and 21 contract offers later, Morgan decided to take his services to Farmington Hills, Michigan. Since then, the 31 year old Lynch has filled his wall with accolades such as 6 all star selections, 3 all leagues, a 30-30 club membership, a ROY, league MVP and 3 Championship Rings.
GM 5L1NK smirked when asked for comment on the Lynch signing. "If I knew at the time when he signed the contract that he would become the best DH in Cardinals History, I would have bought SplatterMonkey a steak dinner at Ruth's Chris"
"Obviously at 18 years, I was pretty bitter about being cut, but now i'm thankful for it considering what opportunity I got in Farmington Hills" Lynch explained when asked about his return to face the Highlanders. "I'm not really focused on trying to impress my ex if you catch my drift, I just want our boys to snag some wins and keep 1st place, if i go 5 for 5 or 0 for 5, it doesn't matter, as long as we win"
Saratoga's Front office could not be reached for comment in time for publication
Mar 20 2027: 2027 Season Preview - by 5L1NK on April 25th, 2016
With Spring Training coming to a close, we take a look the the 2027 Farmington Hills Cardinals and what we can expect to see from them this season.
Ending their 2026 campaign with an 81-79 record, the Cardinals were happy to stave off relegation. "One of our main goals last season was staying at this level" York told press earlier today."The goal this year is to build upon that and finish closer to the top of the standings"
2026 witnessed the departure of many big names in Scalise, MacDougal, Bianchi & long time vets Roberto Villa & Norm Kennedy. 2027 started out with more releases with workhorse Brent Moore & Eduardo Luque. "We had a lot of good guys coming up through our system which left some tough choices, we're obviously hoping we made the correct ones" York commented.
The only major signing over the offseason was rookie Canadian hurler Nathan Harris(No relation to closer Nicholas Harris) who will assume the role of long reliever. The Cardinals will witness the rookie campaigns of multiple players on top of Harris this season, including highly touted prospect Tyler Stein, Nelson Carney, Ernie Thompson, Fernando Segura & Joaquín Valera.
On top of all the roster changes, The cardinals now have a new ballpark, The Bird Cage. Designed to be a pitchers ball park with astro turf & a dome, The pitching is expected to improve while the offensive production is expected to decline. York was asked how the team will handle the new change of scenery,"Our Forte is Hitting, our greatest weakness was giving up the long ball, with a larger field & higher walls, I think our offense will have to bail out our pitching less frequently than last year. I think our guys will adjust and our pitchers will capitalize on the benefits of this park."
With a very streaky schedule containing many long road trips & home stands, The cardinals will look to reacquire the consistency that allowed them to win 100+ games back in the L6 leagues.
Mar 25 2026: 2026 Season Preview - by 5L1NK on February 9th, 2016
With the 2026 season set to kick off today, Farmington Hills is looking to have to momentum carry over from their 2025 campaign which earned them their second VI Championship in 3 years.
"BlackJack" York returns for his 4th year at the helm after earning a salary increase of 250K after compiling a 271-199 Record over 3 seasons with two championship rings.
The offseason was headlined by the release of veterans Kendell McConnell, Nathan Taylor & Ed Roberts. When asked to comment on the release of the vets, Blackjack had this to say, " After speaking with the GM, we agreed that we wanted to keep the team young and provide opportunities for guys in our system. While it is disappointing to see veteran experience leave, it allows other guys to step up in the clubhouse."
Rookie LF Rod Williams has been given the task of filling the shoes of McConnell while Japanese import LHP Riku Kawano is expected to fill the gap left by Taylor's departure.
All eyes will be on the sophomore rotation headlined by 2025 VI. 5 Rookie Pitcher of the Year Cruz Roque as they try to prove they have what it takes to survive in the V leagues.
York added, "I think this team has what it takes to stay at this level. We have the hitting, we have the pitching, we just need to make sure both are on the same page so we can win ball games."
Jan 20 2024: FH Parts with 4 Pitchers From L6 Championship Team - by 5L1NK on August 22nd, 2015
To Date, the Cardinals have been busy preparing their pitching for the upcoming signings. They opened up 4 roster spots by releasing SP "Big" Sean Wynn, SP "Cheif" Ramiro Enriquez, RP Chad Reid and CP Omar Lugo.
5L1NK had this to comment: "With our promotion to Level 5, we needed to take a serious look at our pitching. Cheif, Sean and Omar are getting up there in years and they could falter at any time. After looking at their salaries and statics, I felt that we needed some younger guys to step up at the higher level."
The release of Chad Reid was a shocker to some. "releasing a 27 year old reliever who's put in a lot of the time with the club wasn't the most popular decision, but when a guy is making over 1 Mil a year, he's expected to stand out over the rest of the bullpen, if he failed to do that in level 6, i doubt he'd do it in level 5. I feel the money and roster spot can be placed towards a stronger free agent or a guy in our system."
With the free agent period commencing, the Cardinals pitching staff will appear an unfamiliar face to the fans this coming season.