Jan 15 2042: Start Spreading the News... - by amalric7 on August 10th, 2019
...The Plucky Minnows from New York can no longer be considered minnows, though perhaps they can still retain a little pluck after reaching the pinnacle - Legends Champions 2041!
In a season for the ages the Lancers were true to their moniker, leading from the front and never looking back. Ultimately they charged to victory in just their second season in the top flight, completing their rise all the way from LLV under the stewardship of amalric7 and (since 2035) manager Red Monroe. Five division titles and four league championships including the Big Kahuna at the end leave New York looking down from Olympus at the mere mortals below them (tongue firmly in cheek).
Now the question is: can the Lancers replicate their success in an even-numbered season? The Big Apple brigade have promoted and/or won a title every other year from 2033 on (yep: 2035, 2037, 2039, 2041), but have only one second place finish at best in between. Asked for his thoughts the canny Scotsman said:-
"Shut up and pass me the champagne!"
Jan 15 2040: Legendary Lancers - by amalric7 on March 10th, 2019
For the first time in team history the New York Lancers will play ball at the highest level - Legends.
After spending almost all of the 2039 season in the top three of II.1 East, the Lancers went on an unprecedented charge at the end of September winning eleven straight games and sixteen of seventeen overall (their only loss coming in the one extra-inning affair of the entire stretch). The very last of these clinched the title with five games still to play, and New York followed that up by winning the league championship over Santa Monica 4-2. Owner/GM amalric7 had this to say:-
"Just to compete at that level was an honour, the competition is so tough up there. To win it and promote to Legends was a dream come true...heck, I didn't even have to bribe, blackmail or murder anyone to get there! Well, not too many at least. This upcoming season will be tougher than a three week old steak, but we'll chew our best!"
Jun 25 2037: Rafael "MV4" Ortiz Retires - by amalric7 on August 31st, 2018
Rafael Ortiz, without question the greatest player in franchise history, finally hung up his cleats June 24th 2037. Ortiz, who was nicknamed "MV3" after winning his third career Most Valuable Player Award following the 2030 season (a nickname later changed to the less-rhyming MV4 following his fourth such award in 2033), was the very definition of a franchise player and team leader. When times were hard, Rafael was always there, raking baseballs to all parts, making clutch hits and winning games that seemed all but lost. In addition to his four MVPs (and at least three runner-ups) Ortiz garnered 102 POTG awards, was an eight-time All Star and was named All League no fewer than nine times, testament to his consistently high levels of performance.
Rafael dominates the Lancers record books - he retires as the franchise career leader in hits (2072), batting average (.317), doubles (544), home runs (232), RBIs (1030), RISP (.359) and POTG awards (102), and single season leader in hits (230 in 2029), batting average (.346, 2029), doubles (63, 2030), SLG (.620, 2033), OPS (.996, 2033) and RISP (.411, 2033). He is top five in every other category.
Owner/GM amalric7 was visibly emotional at a team press conference to announce the retiral. "It is impossible to overstate just how much Raffy has done for this franchise. Impossible. I...we...would not be where we are today without his efforts. Raffy has been the embodiment of everything Lancer baseball stands for, and his legacy will shape everything we do from this point on. Number 14 may have played his last game for us, but I know he looks forward to joining our front office team to ensure we continue along the trail he has blazed. We will not see his like again."
Rafael Ortiz bobblehead night will be October 23rd, the final day of the season, when the Lancers play home to West Palm Beach. New York will be sure to give Raffy a rousing send off.
Oct 20 2035: New York Nosebleeds - by amalric7 on April 30th, 2018
For the first time in franchise history those plucky underdogs from New York will play in LLIII next season. In what owner/GM amalric7 described as variously "a tear in the space-time continuum" and "blind luck", the Lancers got off to a rare fast start and never looked back. The season also included parting ways with veteran manager Leo Zambrano, who was ousted in the traditional fashion - accused of running a backroom gambling ring by his own AAA manager (in this case Lloyd Monroe) and kicked out unceremoniously.
While team doctors sought to quash rumours of altitude sickness being a problem at these giddy heights, journalists wanted to know if the owner/GM believed his team could compete at the next higher level?
"Of course I believe it. If those bums in Missoula and College Station can do it, anyone can!"
Nov 04 2033: Lancers Embrace Inner Mojo and Claim Title! - by amalric7 on October 5th, 2017
For the first time in nineteen seasons the Lancers are League Champions! After losing their four previous playoffs New York prevailed 4-2 over a tough Mesquite team for their title, and the first in three attempts for owner/GM amalric7.
"I'm stoked," said the Scotsman, "Now I'm gonna get loaded, and have a good time."
The Lancers won a game one for the first time but then lost the next two, and at one point went 22 innings without scoring. But they rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth in game four to tie, and scored two more in the tenth to win. But it was game five that really gave them belief: down by two in the ninth once more and down to their last out, they were totally ignited by the Jedi's (Jeffrey Di Carlo) two-run homer which tied the game (the force is strong with that one). Two innings later they piled on six runs to turn it into a rout.
Which all set the stage for game six in New York. The Lancers took a 2-0 lead in the first but once again found themselves down by two entering the bottom of the seventh inning. With two down and the bottom of the order coming up hopes were not high, but...after Vic "Vega" Connelly reached on an error and "Big Bad" Barry singled, rookie catcher "Mojo" Moran stepped up and whacked only his second career homer for a 5-4 lead, which the Lancers dominant bullpen made stand up.
"We're the Kings of New York!" exclaimed manager Leo Zambrano after a hugely successful first full season. "This town has needed a good baseball team for a long time, and I'm mighty glad we built one!"