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Team: Minneapolis Tigers [ID #420] Bookmark Minneapolis Tigers

Location: Minneapolis, MN (Midwest)

League: III.4 - East

Owner: xLee227 send message
          [since July 06th 2015 | last seen December 16th 2018]

Manager: Rueben Sanchez

Ballpark: HSBC Centre

Rank: #59 - Rating: 186.86

Fan Mood: 95.12

Prestige: 44

Color: Navy & Gold

Team Notes:

• Sep 22 2038: Ramiro Cuevas was released.
• Aug 29 2038: Ron Stratton was released.
• Aug 25 2038: Ramiro Cuevas was claimed off of waivers.
• Aug 09 2038: Matt Endou was released.
• Aug 09 2038: Ron Stratton was signed as a free agent.
• Jul 09 2038: Darren Hsieh was claimed off of waivers.
• Jun 25 2038: Todd Kawaguchi was released.
• Jun 25 2038: Matt Endou was signed as a free agent.
• Jun 10 2038: Ricardo Silva was claimed off of waivers.
• May 21 2038: Felipe Camarillo was claimed off of waivers.

League Record:

Wins: 82 Losses: 75 Pct: .522 Last10: 4-6 Streak: L1

Ave: 4.7 - 4.2 RS: 734 RA: 655 DIFF: +79


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Press Releases:

Mar 20 2038: 2038 Season Preview - by xLee227 on October 21st, 2018

Heading into their first season in League III.4 after three underwhelming years in League II.2, not much has changed on the roster and GM Gabriel Álvarez will be counting on improvement from within.

In the off-season, the team bid farewell to reliever James Rueter and first baseman Jackson Guest, who spent 7 and 8 years with the Tigers organization respectively. The only additions were to the minor league system, highlighted by first round pick Christian Tanner. An outfielder drafted out of Lancaster High School in New York, Tanner "has game-changing contact and power, combined with excellent range and speed" according to Director of Amateur Scouting Hassan Siddiqui.

Source: Press Release

Jan 15 2038: 2037 Season Review - A Promising but Disappointing Season - by xLee227 on October 7th, 2018

Another year, another lackluster performance in Minneapolis - a 72-88 record and 5th place finish in League II.2 means the Tigers will play in League Level III for the first time in 6 years.

There were some signs of improvement, however, especially on the batting side - new hitting coaches Yuji Hoshino and Helen McKenzie oversaw a 14-point increase in OPS, second baseman Arnold Humphrey posted a .301/.355/.450 line, slugger Denny Welch had 23 home runs and 100 RBI's, and outfielder Joshua Butler had a break-out year, earning all-star honours in his age 26 season.

On the pitching side, Jonathan Condon was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year after posting a 3.34 ERA in 180 innings, helping solidify a shaky starting rotation with help from the mid-season acquisition of veteran Derrick McKinney, who had a 3.19 ERA down the stretch. Ace Dion Carroll struggled with injuries, finishing with a career-worst 4.69 ERA in his fewest innings since 2032. Now 33, one of the biggest question marks next season will be whether he can bounce back and lead a quick turnaround back to League Level II.

Source: Press Release

Apr 14 2037: 2037 Season Preview: Change in Minneapolis - by xLee227 on August 11th, 2018

After the team's first losing season in half a decade, a number of changes occurred both on and off the field. Most significantly, the Tigers parted way with Leonardo Pineda and Alfredo Lira, twin pillars on the offensive and pitching sides respectively who had been with the franchise for almost 20 years each.

Gabriel Álvarez was promoted to General Manager after 8 seasons with the club as an Assistant GM, while Director of Scouting Amelia Chen was promoted to Assistant GM. She will remain in charge of amateur scouting while Hassan Siddiqui will direct the pro scouting side. Theodore Pak was hired as the other Assistant GM, and Rodrigo Jiang was promoted to lead the player development department.

Among the coaching staff, Hitting Coach Yuji Hoshino was hired from the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball League and will be joined by Assistant Hitting Coach Helen McKenzie. The two will be responsible for sparking a dismal offense that has been among the league-worst for a number of seasons now.

Source: Press Release

Oct 24 2036: 2036 Season Review – Tigers Fortunate to Avoid Relegation - by xLee227 on July 17th, 2018

With a 76-84 record, the Tigers held on by the slimmest of margins to 4th place in League II.2. Minneapolis’ first season below .500 in half a decade, 2036 will go down in the team’s history books as a thoroughly unmemorable slog.

The Tigers fielded their worst lineup in 8 seasons with a unfortunate mix of over-the-hill veterans and not-yet-ready youngsters, scoring just 671 runs, fewest in the league. Outfielder Todd Kawaguchi, 26, led the team with a .294/.367/.497 slash line while making an impressive case for increased playing time after starting as the fourth outfielder. The focal point of the team’s lineup, however, remains the mercurial Denny Welch. The 28-year-old New Yorker has struggled mightily to hit on a consistent basis but nonetheless slugged a career-high 23 home runs.

Other positive contributors included a trio of 27-year-olds: second baseman Arnold Humphrey, who hit a career-high 18 home runs despite looking lost at the plate for the first half of the season, shortstop Jimmy Behrens, and third baseman Wesley Bollinger. Behrens showed off some of the 5-tool abilities that made him one of the top-ranked prospects in baseball with 17 home runs, 37 steals (2nd in the league), strong defense at short, and a slash line of .265/.323/.407. The top of the lineup was set for most of the season by the previously mentioned Bollinger, a terrific defender at third base who also led the league with 92 walks and placed 10th in OBP (.356) and 9th in runs (92).

However, the rest of the lineup underwhelmed greatly. From first baseman Shawn Schwarz’s .198 batting average to catcher Ignacio Parades’ .589 OPS to key free agent Art Shields’ .216 batting average, the team struggled with seemingly endless disappointments at the plate. Equally galling was the lack of progress shown by the team’s youngsters, who seemed to collectively struggle to a degree unprecedented in team history, a colossal albatross on the team’s offense that exacerbated its struggles.

On the pitching side, Dion Carroll and Alfredo Lira deserve every accolade possible for dragging the team kicking and screaming from relegation. A first-time All-Star at age 31, Carroll pitched a career and league-best 270 innings, a mark that was highlighted by a 1.105 WHIP that placed second in the league. Lira re-joined the top of the team’s rotation with a career renaissance at age 33, posting a 3.23 ERA (7th in the league) in 234 innings and cementing his place in team lore with a throwback season that recalled his halcyon days half a decade ago.

Closer Roger Tremblay took a step back this season but still posted solid numbers, as the 28-year-old Québécois finished with 39 saves and a 3.20 ERA. The memory that will stick with Tigers fans, however, took place on October 24th at the Alexandria Coliseum for the final game of the season. Due to run differential, Minneapolis needed to win to avoid relegation, making it the team's most important game of 2036. A startling 7 pitchers took the mound for the Tigers before giving way to Tremblay in the ninth with a 2-run lead. The only man left in the bullpen, the closer promptly gave out four walks in five at-bats to cut the lead down to just one, putting the team in dire straights to say the least. With the infield drawn in, Tremblay delivered the most important pitches of his life, striking out Fred Layton and getting Félix Sierra to ground out to second. Although not a masterpiece performance, Tremblay’s emphatic fist-pump was this season’s iconic moment. His ability to gut it out when it counted most was symbolic of Minneapolis’ 2036 as a whole as one of the sole bright lights in a otherwise imminently forgettable season.

As the team looks to improve for next season, changes are afloat from the roster to the front office to the coaching staff. The 13-year tenure of General Manager Herbert Lyautey came to an end, as the team decided to move on from the most successful GM in Minneapolis' history. Assistant GM Gabriel Álvarez will serve as the interim GM while a permanent replacement is found. Director of Player Development Paul Morgan and Hitting Coach Alexander Wu were also relieved of their duties. President Lee thanked "Herbert, Paul, and Alexander for their tireless dedication and commitment to the team."

Source: Press Release

Jul 22 2036: 2036 Mid-Season Update - by xLee227 on June 22nd, 2018

Slogging through their second season in League II.2, the Tigers hit the midway point of the season in 4th place despite the worst offense in the league.

A number of roster changes have been made in the last few days, the most noticeable being the decision to part ways with veteran reliever Sheldon Le. The 33-year-old pitched a total of 962 innings over 10 seasons for Minneapolis and was an integral cog in the team's fearsome bullpen. In addition, the team called up a pair of outfielders from the Ahuimanu Cardinals (AAA), Joe Santini and Monty Zimmer.

Drafted in the fourth round in 2030, Santini has impressive power potential despite his small frame and will look to make an immediate impact on a team in need of a spark. The switch-hitting Zimmer will be platooning with lefty Shawn Schwarz and is versatile enough to play all three outfield spots.

The team has been carried so far by 31-year-old ace Dion Carroll, who earned his first All-Star selection earlier this week, and the offense will need to step up for the team to avoid relegation.

Source: Press Release