Jul 23 2047: Tigers Bid Farewell to Tovar Amid Mid-Season Retooling - by xLee227 on October 17th, 2020
Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Tigers parted ways with longtime third baseman Rodolfo Tovar, 33. A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, Tovar joined the franchise at age 18 and made his major league debut just four seasons later. Over the next 11 seasons, he was one of the team's most consistent contributors on both offense and defense, finishing with not only a franchise-record 8 consecutive Gold Glove awards, but also three All-Star awards. He finishes his Tigers career with 1,344 hits (10th all-time in franchise history) in 1,483 games (8th).
Tovar's release marks the third time this season the team has moved on from a long-time Tiger as management attempts to walk a fine line to retool while still endeavouring to be competitive in Legends. Minneapolis is now home to not only 6 batters with less than two years of experience, headlined by catcher Felipe Caldera, 24, and shortstop Edouard Pelletier, 26, but also 5 pitchers with less than two years of experience, led by Rogelio Puentes, 27. The Tigers also designated for assignment 28-year-old relief pitcher Donovon Dyson, who spent five seasons on the major league roster.
Jun 15 2047: Tigers Part Ways with Dunham - by xLee227 on October 6th, 2020
Last week, the Minneapolis Tigers officially bid farewell to longtime starting pitcher Mario Dunham, 33. Acquired in 2039, the Illinois native was immediately an important part of the team's starting rotation for the next eight seasons. He finishes his Tigers career with a 3.73 ERA (8th all-time in franchise history) in 1311 innings (12th), amassing 81 wins (11th) and 804 strikeouts (15th). Dunham was an All-Star in 2046 while anchoring the rotation to a Legends Championship, and also contributed to 3 league championships and a cup championship as well.
Apr 14 2047: Tigers Part Ways with Flynn - by xLee227 on September 19th, 2020
Earlier this week, the Tigers released longtime starting pitcher Gabriel Flynn, 33, after 9 seasons with the team. Acquired in 2035, he made his major league debut in 2039, earning a Rookie Pitcher of the Year award. Flynn was the vanguard of a plethora of lefties with outstanding movement frustrating opponents and enducing countless groundballs for which the Tigers soon became synonymous with en route to Legends and Cup championships. Flynn also won All-Star and All-League honours in 2041, as well as a Gold Glove in 2042, and finishes his Tigers career with a 4.15 career ERA across 1425 innnings (10th all-time in franchise history) and 85 wins (9th).
Mar 25 2047: Tigers Raise Legends Championship Banner and Induct Tremblay Into Hall of Fame - by xLee227 on September 14th, 2020
Ahead of their league opener, the Tigers raised their 2047 Legends championship banner and inducted pitcher Roger Tremblay into the team's Hall of Fame.
Tremblay was drafted by Minneapolis in the second round of the 2025 draft and made his major league debut in 2033. An intimidating presence on the mound, the native of Repentigny, Quebec amassed a franchise-record 368 saves across nine seasons while earning five All-Star and three All-League honours. A shutdown reliever counted upon with the game on the line, Tremblay posted an 89.3 save conversion percentage during his time with the Tigers, blowing only five or fewer saves in seven straight seasons. He finished his Tigers career with a 2.75 ERA in 521 games.
On hand for the ceremony were two former teammates and newly-retired Tigers, Jerry Jackson and Ty Horvath, who both had massive roles in the team's three league championships and one cup championship in the last six years.
Jackson was drafted by Minneapolis in the first round of the 2032 draft and made his major-league debut in 2036. He soon became a staple at the top of the Tigers' lineup for the next decade, earning five All-Star and two All-League nominations. Jackson's base-stealing prowess is demonstrated not only by his franchise-record 695 career stolen bases, but also by holding the four highest single-season stolen bases in franchise history, stealing a record 99 bases in 2042 in Legends. He compiled 853 runs (6th all-time in franchise history), a .787 OPS (10th), 86 MVPs (3rd), and 1,337 hits (10th) in 1,328 games (14th) for the team.
Horvath was signed by Minneapolis in 2040 and was a key presence in the middle of the team's lineup immediately, finishing with three All-Star/All-League honours. His .774 OPS is 16th all-time in franchise history. Besides the retirements of Horvath and Jackson this off-season, there were minimal changes for the team as they mostly look to run it back with the same core group of players, led by a pair of outfielders, Frank Copeland, 31, and Chase McCollum, 25, in addition to veteran pitchers Inoke Alo, 29, and Mario Dunham, 33.
Jun 15 2046: Tigers Part Ways with Camarillo and Condon - by xLee227 on July 21st, 2020
The Tigers have parted ways with a pair of veteran pitchers, Felipe Camarillo, 32, and Jonathan Condon, 34. The 6'7" lefty Camarillo was acquired in 2038 and was an intimidating presence on the mound with one of the best slider-changeup combinations in the game. A ground ball artist who consistently posted high GB/FB ratios throughout his career, Camarillo was a valuable contributor both as a starter and as a reilever. He finishes his tenure with the Tigers with a 3.84 ERA during 833 innings across 9 seasons and was an integral component in two league championships and a cup championship in 2042.
Condon was drafted by Minneapolis in the fourth round of the 2029 draft, and made his major league debut in 2036 as a starter, winning the Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award in 2037. For the next decade, Condon was a staple of the Tigers' pitching, as he gradually transitioned from starting to a high-leverage relief pitcher. Condon retires with a 3.58 ERA across 991 innings, and his 505 games played is sixth all-time in franchise history.