Jan 15 2044: Hall of Fame inductees 2044 - by jezzat on January 12th, 2020
The committee has met and their decisions have been announced. This year the 2 new seats available in the Hall of Fame both go to pitchers, Ernesto Mata and Ramon Borrego.
These were the announcements the club made about these 2 great players.
"A native of Chicago, Ernesto Mata was drafted out of High School by what were then the Redlands Panthers in 2019 and stayed with the franchise until 2037, a period which included the move to Rockford in 2035.
He pitched in the majors for 11 seasons, was the Rookie of the Year in 2027, was an all-star 3 times and won the Cy Young award in 2032, which was also his most successful season with an 18-7 record.
In total he played in 360 games with a 127-114 record and an ERA of 3.64. He and fellow 2044 inductee Ramon Borrego become just the 3rd and 4th pitchers to join the Rhinos' Hall of Fame."
"Ramon Borrego joins the Rhinos' Hall of Fame less than a season after his retirement. Despite only being a 6th round draft pick in 2024, he rapidly became a fans' favourite and eventually a legend.
He was an all-star in 5 straight seasons from 2036 to 2040 and won the Cy Young award in 2038. He managed double digit wins in 11 seasons and ended with a 166-145 record in 501 games. Only fellow Hall of Famer Kendrick Conley has more wins for the Rhinos and it was fitting that Kendrick was able to travel to Rockford to make the formal presentation to Ramon, his fellow Californian."
Jan 15 2043: Hall of Fame - by jezzat on October 27th, 2019
The yearly meeting to consider new entrants to the Rhinos' Hall of Fame was held at Rockford Park last night. This year's nominees deserve their places for sheer length of loyal service. Andrew Dennis http://brokenbat.org/player/13336 and Johnny Tucker http://brokenbat.org/player/13360 have played the most games for the Rhinos for a hitter and a pitcher respectively. Both were fans' favourites and fully merit their places alongside the other club legends nominated previously.
Jan 15 2043: Review of 2042 season - by jezzat on October 26th, 2019
2042 was a very pleasing and successful season for the Rhinos as manager Carson Cheng led them to promotion in just his 2nd year in charge, ending a 3 year sojourn in league V after demotion in 2039.
Statistically there were a number of highlights. Richard Ohgi and Alfonso Salinas both managed more than 40 home runs. Ohgi ended just 1 steal short of a 30/30 season, as well as drawing 99 walks and pulling off 107 double plays on his was to a Golden Glove at first base. His 136 runs was a single season team record.
In all, 8 players managed double digit home runs and 3 were awarded Golden Gloves, catcher Ricky Jennings and pitcher Lorenzo Cepeda being the other recipients as well as Ohgi.
Salinas also set a number of single season records including an SLG of .626 and an OPS of .986.
Amongst the pitching staff, Anthony Terry led the way with 17 wins, with 4 others contributing at least 10, including Pat Nugent in his first full season in the majors.
Looking forward to 2043, there is no doubt the squad is very old. Will it have one last hurrah in the tank or does it need a complete overhaul? There are certainly a lot of decisions to be taken to give the team the best chance of surviving in League IV.
Jan 15 2042: Hall of Fame - by jezzat on August 10th, 2019
It's that time of the year again when Rhinos' management takes a look back at the club's history and chooses 2 veterans to be added to the Hall of Fame. This year's choices are Ron Davis and Joel Kemp, both of whom played for the team from the 00s, throughout the 2010s and into the 2020s.
Rhinos' press office put out the following statements to welcome the newcomers to the Hall of Fame:
"Canadian Ron Davis becomes the first international player to join the Rhinos' Hall of Fame. Signed in 2005, he made has Major League debut in 2008 and stayed with the team throughout his career retiring in 2021. He was an all-star 7 times - from 2012 to 2015 inclusive and, after a 2 year fallow period, again from 2018 to 2020.
He features heavily in the Rhinos' record books, being 6th in games played, 5th in hits and is 1 of only 2 players to have hit 300 home runs for the team. He is fondly remembered at Rockford Park and is a worthy new entrant to the Hall of Fame."
"Joel Kemp undoubtedly deserves his elevation to the Rhinos' Hall of Fame. A Texan native he moved to Illinois as an 18 year old in 2006 and, by the time he moved on in 2021, had achieved a batting average of .277 with 1851 hits over 1718 games.
Exceptionally versatile in the field, he played in virtually every position at some point in his career and often joked that if they wanted him to try pitching, he'd give it his best shot.
A good friend and contemporary of this year's fellow inductee, Ron Davis, Joel said he will be delighted to have name forever inscribed on the Roll of Honour just next to Ron's."
Jan 15 2041: New Entrants to Hall of Fame - by jezzat on May 25th, 2019
The club made the following announcements in tribute to these 2 all-time greats.
Dante Lawson played for the Rhinos from 2003 until his retirement at the age of 40 in 2018. He was an All-Star in 10 consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2013. Very few players feature as many times in the Rhinos' record books as he does, being the all-time leader in hits (2166), home runs (352) and RBIs (1261).
He had a .300+ batting average 5 times, with a best of .335 in 2009 and only a couple of weaker seasons towards the end of his career saw it drop to a final figure of .293. He fully deserves his elevation to the Hall of Fame.
Short stop Pedro Hurtado played 2254 games for the Rhinos between 2003 and 2018, the 2nd highest number in franchise history. He stole more bases (373) than any other player and is the only Rhino to ever achieve the double of 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. a feat he achieved in both 2006 and 2007.
Defensively, he was responsible for 1043 double plays in his career, more than 300 more than the second player on that list. Although only an All-Star twice, he richly deserves his place in the Rhinos' Hall of Fame.