Aug 17 2034: Stein Rookie of the Year and Llamas Cycle - by Andreimun on November 30th, 2017
Peter Stein was awarded the IV.7 Rookie of the Year for the 2033 season. The 23-year old college draftee finishedt he season with a .300/.350/.750 slash line in 270 plate appearances.
In other news, York veteran Alfonso Llamas hit for the cycle on August 17, 2034. After hitting a home run and a triple in the bottom of the 4th and 5th, respectively, all eyes were on the 32 year old. He hit a single in the bottom of the 7th and a double in the 8th to complete his cycle as the frogs defeated Idaho Falls 11-6. Llamas finished the game 4 for 6 with 5 RBI's.
Jan 15 2033: First Ever IV Season Summary and Congratulations to "Glass" Ulrich! - by Andreimun on July 23rd, 2017
After a strong first ever season in League IV, the York Frogs finished in third place (79-81), despite fielding a very inexperienced squad. Keeping up with eventual winners Lake Charles Falcons for most of the season, the Frogs focused on giving more play time to their youngsters and were rewarded by some fantastic performances. Last season's V.14 Rookie of the year, "Glass" Ulrich (.352/.432/.548, 20 HR, 107 RBI, 38.6% CS) won the league MVP award with 48 votes, edging another York youngster, Trevor Newkirk (.338/.362/.540, 20 HR, 100 RBI). 25 year old Burt McGovern (.267/.293/.468) finished second in the Rookie of the Year vote, after displaying very good power at the plate. The York Frogs also thanks loyal All Star veterans D'Marcus Manning and Toni Roque for their services and wishes them luck in their future endeavors, as the ballclub is committed once more to developing young talent internally. The Frogs hope to use this past season's strong performance as a platform in order to compete for the title in 2033.
Nov 04 2031: Historic First - by Andreimun on May 5th, 2017
A historic season for the York Frogs concludes with the team's first league title in its 31 year history. After going 3-1 ahead in the series against the Simi Valley Pirates, the Frogs were pegged back in games 5 and 6 and lost eventual all-leaguers Van Spencer and Tommy Brand to injury, as well as rookie of the year "Glass" Ulrich.
In game 7, the Frogs quickly jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and added 6 more runs, including 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-0. Cesar Crespo, the starting pitcher for York, evetually ran into trouble and allowed a bases-clearing double and a two-run shot in the seventh and eigth, respectively, to bring the Pirates within 3 runs. However, the Frogs managed to hang on as Cowley notched the save. York DH D'Marcus Manning was the player of the game, going 2 for 4, with a walk and 3 RBI's.
The 29,000 fans present at the York Ballpark celebrated the team's first ever league title and first ever promotion to League IV. In other news, Tommy Brand narrowly missed clinching the V.14 league MVP award, three years after being named the rookie of the year in the same league. He secured 42 votes to the 53 votes obtained by the eventual winner, China Dragon's Ji Hu Kim.
Oct 24 2031: Back to Back Promotions! - by Andreimun on May 2nd, 2017
After an absolutely insane closing day of the regular V.14 season, the Frogs are unlikely champions! Going into the last day of the season third, one game behind the Bentonville Tigers and the Florence Mountaineers, the math was simple for the Frogs: only a win against the Tigers and the Mountaineers slipping up against the last placed China Dragons was the only was to ensure promotion. After poor recent form and squandering a 5 game division lead, this outcome seemed unlikely, even though run differential was on York's side. In the game at the York ballpark, the Tigers jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth through a Hicks solo homer, only to be pegged back in the same fashion by Roque, batting from the number 3 slot for the first time this season. In the bottom of the sixth, the Frogs loaded the bases with one out, but could only score on a Newkirk sacrifice fly, who finishes the season with an impressive .314/.344/.480 slash line in only his second full season. One inning later, the Frogs loaded the bases again with one out and this time Roque delivered a two-run double to give York a 4-1 lead. Coulter battled through 8 innings of 122 pitch work, allowing 11 hits in the process. He was finally pulled at the top of the 9th, with the bases loaded and none out. Although one more walk would bring the Tigers within 2 runs, Cowley was solid and got the save by retiring Mendoza, Won and Yamada in order, for his 20th save of the season and Coulter's 20th win. Roque finished the game a triple shy of the cycle, but will not mind not having an opportunity to bat in the bottom of the 9th too much.
The Frogs had done their bit, and were waiting nervously on the result between China and Florence. Incredibly, Ming Tsai (7-18, with an ERA north of 7) was shutting out the Mountaineers as the 8th concluded. Leon entered the game in the top of the 9th with both China and York fans cheering for him and got the save. China blanks the Tigers, 3-0 and the York fans are sent into raptures as the 2031 V.14 East pennant is awarded to the Frogs (89-71,+174), only two seasons after relegating from the same league. They will now face the Simi Valley Pirates (96-64,+88), who finished 15 games ahead of their closest pursuers, in what should prove a cracking affair.
Oct 21 2030: After a Historic Comeback, the Frogs are Champions! - by Andreimun on February 13th, 2017
13 games behind at the All Star break, the Frogs rallied back to clinch the 2030 VI.28 Division pennant. They did this by securing their 100th win of the season against the Atlantic City Broadwalkers for the first time in their history, on the back of monstrous batting.
The most impressive part of the comeback is probably a fact that roughly a third of the at-bats were by batters aged 25 and under. The future looks bright for the Frogs, who now face the Honolulu Aliens for the VI.28 Championship.