Saratoga Highlanders






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Team: Saratoga Highlanders [ID #391] Bookmark Saratoga Highlanders

Location: Saratoga, NY (Northeast)

League: IV.1 - East

Owner: SplatterMonkey send message
          [since March 01st 2013 | last seen August 21st 2018]

Manager: Patrick Black

Ballpark: Saratoga Battlefield

Rank: #159 - Rating: 137.19

Fan Mood: 95.92

Prestige: 21

Color: Red & Black

Team Notes:

• Apr 21 2037: Oswaldo Pina was released.
• Apr 10 2037: Eddie Kelly was claimed off of waivers.
• Mar 12 2037: Oswaldo Pina was signed as a free agent.
• Feb 19 2037: Bill Coon was claimed off of waivers.
• Feb 10 2037: Fred Hampton was released.
• Feb 05 2037: Rex Helm was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 22 2037: Elwood Lovelace was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2037: Andrés González was selected to the national team of Colombia.
• Jan 15 2037: Daniel Tatum was released.
• Jan 15 2037: Daniel Langston was released.


League Record:

Wins: 19 Losses: 14 Pct: .576 Last10: 7-3 Streak: W1

Ave: 5.5 - 4.8 RS: 182 RA: 160 DIFF: +22

Cup:

Group 62 [0 | Eliminated]

Press Releases:

Oct 24 2036: Honorary Fans of the Night Bees - by SplatterMonkey on July 17th, 2018

After a disappointing second half collapse and the emotional Hall of Fame inductions and release of two beloved stars (Nicolas "Puff" Aragon and Scott "Con Man" Conti), the Highlanders are easing into the off-season. But they're still huge playoff fans, and the Saratoga players are unanimously supporting their long-time rivals and frenemies, the Commerce City Night Bees. There are a lot of reasons to cheer for the Bees:

1) Roman "Judas" Nash is a cunning strategist who has employed a cutting-edge modern bullpen that resulted in an insane team .207 BAA. He also has 95+ wins in 3 of his last 4 seasons.

2) Yusei Kojima is a damn Cy Young candidate in MIDDLE RELIEF. That just doesn't happen. He went 17-1 after the starters couldn't muster 5 innings, and held opponents to a .181 BAA.

3) Caleb Donahue looks like an All-Star candidate for the next decade, and one of the best pure hitters in the league. He's hella cute, too, and is gonna be on the "rising stars" cover of Sporting News in a sassy blazer.

4) "Sunny" Raul Aleman had 89 extra-base hits for the 2nd consecutive year, and is an underrated force. he also personally crushed the Highlanders EVERY. DAMN. TIME.

5) While his second-half numbers suffered due to pitching with poor stamina (Here's a headline for you: SYSTEMATIC ABUSE FROM THE NIGHT BEES COACHING STAFF), Brady Hunter was a first-half Cy Young candidate in middle relief as well.

Best of luck to the Night Bees! What do ya know about honey, gurl?

XOXO
Saratoga Highlanders


Nov 01 2035: CHAMPIONS* (with an asterisk) - by SplatterMonkey on May 3rd, 2018

The Saratoga Highlanders won a tough championship series against their rivals/respected frenemies, the Commerce City Night Bees.

The capital region of upstate New York has turned into a mad house. Broadway is lined with inebriated rioters. SPAC has burnt to the ground, but will likely be rebuilt before Dave Matthews plays 3 straight nights or whatever the hell he does. Men in kilts are inadvertently flashing traffic as they jump in celebration.

But let's not forget THE SEASON THAT ALMOST WAS. Before hackers stole our liberty by erasing Broken Bat's lost season, the Night Bees were decimating opposition. It wasn't even close. They were on pace for 110 wins with standout seasons from a cast of rookies and veteran players with violent priors in their past. meanwhile, Saratoga was floundering a few games over .500 before a well-timed win-streak after the All-Star break. Still, playoffs were not a lock. The only thing certain: The hive was alive, and the Night Bees were undoubtedly the kings of sting. Much love and respect to those players and their manager.

The Highlanders will make their long-awaited return to Division IV with a few fan favorites on the fringe of the roster. Will Nicolas "Puff" Aragon and Scott "The Con Man" Conti remain before handing the reigns to younger products of the Highlanders minor league system? The team will be in the market for a 2B, SS, true CF, and any starting pitcher who can go 6 innings without racking up an ERA over 5.00.

But those are decisions for another day. Today, we celebrate our triumph after metaphorically beheading our enemy and raise our Scottish claymores to a lightning-streaked sky. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.


Jul 14 2035: Highlanders manager "Professor" Black Predicts the East All-Stars - by SplatterMonkey on April 4th, 2018

After he predicted 17 of last year's 20 All-Star roster spots, Saratoga Highlander "Professor" Black was asked to lend his clairvoyance once again. He agreed, but only if he's rewarded for selecting at least 17 of the players again. It was agreed that the league would turn a blind eye, for one day only, to the good Professor gambling on sports. He handed in the following on a crumpled venereal disease test result letter stained with what we assume is brown mustard:

C - Roland Young, Saratoga Highlanders
1B - Ming Hu, Chattanooga Roadrunners
2B - Larry Mattsson, Virginia Beach Lancers
3B - Alejandro Rangel, Virginia Beach Lancers
SS - Peter Garrison, East Arkham Leopards
OF - Jesse O'Connell, Greensville Warriors
OF - Marco Zelaya, Virginia Beach Lancers
OF - Wally Jenkins, Saratoga Highlanders

BENCH - Sid Wilhelm, Chattanooga Roadrunners
BENCH - Álvaro Ramos, Virginia Beach Lancers
BENCH - Wally Blankenship, East Arkham Leopards
BENCH - Sheldon Donaldson, Greensville Warriors
BENCH - Chad Dyer, Greensville Warriors
BENCH - Connor McDowell, Chattanooga Roadrunners

P - Geraldo Apodaca, Chattanooga Roadrunners
P - Marcelo Aguayo, Saratoga Highlanders
P - Félix Caballero, Royal Oak Trojans
P - Juan Manuel Bustamante, Chattanooga Roadrunners
P - Rafael Renteria, East Arkham Leopards
P - Lawrence Alexander, Saratoga Highlanders

This team is stacked with talent this year, with crushers all the way down the lineup. Like the entire league, the pitching is spotty without a real ace among the group. If they can get to the 7th with a lead, the Renteria/Alexander closing combo could shut it down. Black predicts the East will win 9-6. Good luck to the beasts of the East!


Jul 09 2034: Professor Black Puts Money on the East All-Stars (to Lose) - by SplatterMonkey on November 20th, 2017

After he predicted 17 of last year's 20 All-Star roster spots, Saratoga Highlander "Professor" Black was asked to lend his clairvoyance once again. He agreed, but only if he's rewarded for selecting at least 17 of the players again. It was agreed that the league would turn a blind eye, for one day only, to the good Professor gambling on sports. He handed in the following on a crumpled venereal disease test result letter stained with what we assume is brown mustard:

C - Roland Young, Saratoga Highlanders
1B - Ignacio Martinez, Royal Oak Trojans
2B - Sid Wilhelm, Chattanooga Roadrunners
3B - Rob Ferrari, Mehlville Panthers
SS - Nicolas Aragon, Saratoga Highlanders
OF - Bernie Tate, Niagara Falls Kings
OF - Brant Karr, Mehlville Panthers
OF - Manuel Pacheco, Chattanooga Roadrunners

BENCH - Alberto Del Valle, Saratoga Highlanders
BENCH - Tony Vallejo, Mehlville Panthers
BENCH - Clyde Davis, Niagara Falls Kings
BENCH - Scott Conti, Saratoga Highlanders
BENCH - Greg Phelps, Royal Oak Trojans
BENCH - Manuel Pacheco, Chattanooga Roadrunners

(Just missed the cut: Bud Fulmer, Chattanooga Roadrunners; Jacob Connell, Royal Oak Trojans; Alex Kelly, Niagara Falls Kings; Ming Hu, Chattanooga Roadrunners; Andrew Horton, Naples Wildcats; Wally Jenkins, Saratoga Highlanders)

P - Geraldo Apodaca, Chattanooga Roadrunners
P - Dylan Mooney, Saratoga Highlanders
P - Randy Bellomo, Mehlville Panthers
P - Juan Manuel Bustamante, Chattanooga Roadrunners
P - Nicolas Gagnon, Mehlville Panthers
P - Adam Calvert, Niagara Falls Kings

(Just missed the cut: Raul Garza, Royal Oak Trojans; Wyatt Thompson, Naples Wildcats; Marcelo Aguayo, Saratoga Highlanders)

The outfield is embarrassingly weak in this division, and the starting pitching isn't very inspiring after Apodaca. Black predicts the West will win 8-5. Good luck to the beasts of the East!


Jul 14 2033: Professor Black Predicts the East All-Stars - by SplatterMonkey on September 6th, 2017

Stirred from his emotional reunion with his numerous estranged daughters, Saratoga Highlander "Professor" Black was asked to predict the roster for the East All-Star squad. He handed in the following on a crumpled napkin stained with brown mustard:

P - Crespin Solis (Saratoga Highlanders)
P - Daniel Langston (Saratoga Highlanders)
P - Jimmy Bonner (Greensville Warriors)
P - Jay Schafer (Arlington Angels)
P - Carmelo Suárez (North Empire Falls Pumas)
P - Noah Knowles (Columbia Pirates)

C - Roland Young (Saratoga Highlanders)
1B - Scott Conti (Saratoga Highlanders)
2B - Cruz Molina (Cherry Hill Patriots)
3B - Federico Navarro (Columbia Pirates)
SS - Nicolas Aragon (Saratoga Highlanders)
OF - Clyde McNair (Saratoga Highlanders)
OF - Rodney Jackson (Saratoga Highlanders)
OF - Nate Sheehan (Cherry Hill Patriots
BENCH - Jorge Ramirez (Saratoga Highlanders DH)
BENCH - Edward Steele (Arlington Angels 2B)
BENCH - Jamie Galvin (North Empire Falls C)
BENCH - Chris Boyd (Columbia Pirates SS)
BENCH - Justin Acker (Arlington Angels 1B)
BENCH - Chad Dyer (Greensville OF)

He predicts 8 Saratoga Highlanders will be All-Stars, which would usually seem crazy. But when the team is 30 games above .500 and has a 15 game lead at the break, it may actually be fitting. Good luck to the beasts in the East!