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Team: Rockford Rhinos [ID #328] Bookmark Rockford Rhinos

Location: Rockford, IL (Central)

League: IV.7 - West

Owner: jezzat send message
          [since January 27th 2019 | last seen January 27th 2021]

Manager: Rodolfo Fernandez

Ballpark: Rockford Park

Rank: #182 - Rating: 127.70

Fan Mood: 102.28

Prestige: 25

Color: Black & Yellow

Team Notes:

• Jan 15 2048: Colby Williams was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2048: Robert Bennington was selected to the national team of New Zealand.
• Jan 15 2048: Domingo San Martín was selected to the national team of Dominican Republic.
• Jan 15 2048: Oscar Andreasen was selected to the national team of Denmark.
• Aug 02 2047: Rodolfo Fernandez was hired as the new manager.
• Aug 02 2047: Carson Cheng was fired as manager.
• Jun 08 2047: Roberto Bustos was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 29 2047: Alejandro Caballero was signed as a free agent.
• Jan 22 2047: Roberto Bustos was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 22 2047: Tony Caraballo was claimed off of waivers.

League Record:

Wins: 83 Losses: 77 Pct: .519 Last10: 7-3 Streak: W1

Ave: 4.5 - 5.0 RS: 724 RA: 794 DIFF: -70


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Press Releases:

Jun 15 2046: Estes strikes the bicycle! - by jezzat on July 22nd, 2020

In game 2 of the recent series away at Fort Lauderdale, outfielder Dick Estes competed one of the more esoteric, some would say pointless, achievements in baseball by hitting for the cycle.

Having hit a double in the 1st, home runs in the 4th and 6th and a single in the 8th, Estes completed the feat with a triple in 9th, during a 9-1 win for the Rhinos.

Speaking after the game, he said "when I knew I only needed a triple, I was determined not to hit another home run to help our run difference". The Rockford Bicycle Company has promised to present Estes with a Raleigh Chopper to mark his achievement.

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 and Johnny Tucker 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."