May 20 2033: Gil's No-Hitter Robs Margate's Magic - by Holmes on August 22nd, 2017
Manhattan Isotopes' starter Carmelo Gil threw a no-hitter in the team's May 20 game against the Margate Magicians at Isotope Stadium. In a 97-pitch effort that included 10 strikeouts and just one walk, Gil took a perfect game into the 6th inning, when Margate's Bannon drew a two-out walk. Behind Gil's shoutout performance, two runs, both on Tomas Nava sacrifice flies, were enough for Manhattan to seal the win.
32 year old closer-turned-starter Gil has been throwing fire this season, owning a 2.93 ERA and 0.957 WHIP after nine starts. The one thing Gil usually can't provide is length: He has been averaging little over five innings per start in his five seasons as a starting pitcher, and the no-hitter is also the first complete game of his career.
Aug 14 2031: Cox Takes the Loss in his Final Isos Start - by Holmes on April 13th, 2017
Grant Cox left to a standing ovation in the sixth inning of the Isos August 13 game against Seattle, in spite of having just finished a lukewarm performance. The big man had allowed four runs on nine hits, two walks and a hit batter in 5 2/3 innings, receiving little run support from a lineup that has been punchless all season. His career stats are much more impressive: 131 wins in 351 games across 11 seasons with the Isos. He is leaving the nukes in a rebuild by the last place team that has also sent veteran sluggers Brett Eaton, Hugh Clymer and Don Chapman packing. Cox has been the team's workhorse and most consistent starter over several seasons, but with his fastball velocity decreasing, keeping up in the competitive division has become harder for the 34 year old.
In the post game press conference, Cox appeared upbeat about the end of his near-hall-of-fame career with the team he has spent all of his pro years with: "Retiring with the Isos next summer, like Max did last season, was clearly on the table, but I feel I have much more than a season of possibly pitching out of the bullpen left in my arm. If I want to continue starting beyond this season, now, in the title race, is the best time to seek greener pastures."
Sep 06 2030: No more Boom Boom: Max Hudson Retires - by Holmes on February 1st, 2017
An era comes to an end for the Nukes: After a total of 14 seasons, Max Hudson has declared his retirement. He wrapped up his career manning first base one last time in a home game against the Cambridge Colonels. Hudson went out in style, making five plays at first base while collecting a single, two runs and an RBI before being relieved by pinch hitter Dan Myles in the bottom of the eighth.
After being a constant factor in the lineup over 11 seasons with an .865 career OPS, Hudson had been mostly relegated to the bench this season, batting .211/.262./.342 in only 12 appearances.
Hudson's 1643 games are the sixth most in franchise history and the most in the Manhattan Isotopes era. In these games, Hudson hit 385 home runs, more than any other player in team history, and his .530 slugging is also unbeaten among Isos players. He ranks second in team history behind Brandon Howard in both runs scored and RBIs.
The end of "Boom Boom"'s stellar career overshadows another longtime Iso who is leaving the team along with Hudson. Kurt Dean was with the team over a total of 12 seasons, initially as a starting pitcher and moving into a swingman role later in his career. The lefty finesse pitcher appeared in seven games (five starts) this season, pitching to a 4.50 ERA after going 4.14 throughout his career. Only 32 years old, Dean appears determined to continue his career elsewhere next season.
Apr 04 2028: Max Hudson Entering Isotopes' Hall of Fame as First Active Player - by Holmes on July 21st, 2016
Max Hudson was inducted into the Manhattan Isotopes Hall of Fame on April 4th, 2028 as the first player to make the Hall while he was still on the team's active roster. The Isotopes' fourth round pick in 2016 out of Dartmouth College, "Boom Boom" Hudson became the dominant power bat of the teams that rose from the lower leagues to repeated title contention in Legends. At the time of his HoF induction, Hudson had played 1352 games for the Isos, starting his career as a corner outfielder before moving to first base and, finally, DH. He was the team leader in career slugging percentage and ranking fourth in career RBIs for the Isos and expected to move up to second place before the all-star break. He was a five time all-star, was honored twice each as all-league first baseman and all-league DH and won the 1B gold glove in 2022. In 2024, he was voted League 2 MVP.
Hudson's age 32 season in 2027 was one of the best of his career. Batting .282/.357/.568, he dominated the Legends League in home runs, runs scored, RBIs, slugging and OPS and won the most game MVPs of all position players. 33 years old at the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame, Hudson expects to play at least two more productive seasons for the team and is hoping to retire in pinstripes.
Nov 04 2027: Holmes, Dyer: Hudson "Robbed of MVP Title", Headed for HOF - by Holmes on June 27th, 2016
Max Hudson will be the first player ever to be inducted into the Manhattan Isotopes' Hall of Fame while still on the team's active roster.
Isotopes owner H.G. Holmes and manager Timothy Dyer anounced the move in a joint press conference, during which they insisted Hudson should have been this season's Legends League MVP. Backing his player, Holmes denounced the MVP vote as "downright scandalous". In a controversial decision, Cedar Rapids' Ricky Chandler had won the MVP with 45 votes over Hudson's 38.
"Max was robbed, it's as simple as that," stated Holmes in a visibly animated statement during the press conference. Hudson is leading the league this season in all of the following numbers: 42 home runs, 114 runs scored, 126 RBI, .568 slugging, a .925 OPS and 13 player of the game awards. He's also in the top ten and way ahead of Chandler in OBP. Dyer insisted the protest was not meant to deride Chandler's qualities as a player: "Look, we know Ricky is a great outfielder. We'd love to have him on our team, and he more than deserves his gold glove. Max has been mostly DHing against righties this season, with Joaquin Alfaro playing first base, but Max he a great first base, too, and his bat is a real game-changer. The least we can do is show him he's properly appreciated by his own team."
"Boom-Boom" himself took the snub with humor and professionalism: "If I wanted to win votes, I would have gone into politics. I'm here to win championships, and if the team wants to put it on a plaque that I helped them get closer to that, I couldn't feel more honored - except by actually winning the championship."
Hudson's official induction ceremony will take place during a home series early in the 2028 season.