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

Location: Minneapolis, MN (Midwest)

League: II.2 - East

Owner: xLee227 send message
          [since July 06th 2015 | last seen August 21st 2018]

Manager: Rueben Sanchez

Ballpark: HSBC Centre

Rank: #52 - Rating: 192.97

Fan Mood: 87.33

Prestige: 44

Color: Navy & Gold

Team Notes:

• Apr 25 2037: Andrew Fumagalli was released.
• Apr 21 2037: Herschel Garrett was claimed off of waivers.
• Mar 16 2037: Andrew Fumagalli was claimed off of waivers.
• Mar 10 2037: Truman Schneider was signed as a free agent.
• Mar 06 2037: Marcos Herrera was signed as a free agent.
• Mar 06 2037: Leonardo Pineda was released.
• Mar 06 2037: Myles MacDonald was signed as a free agent.
• Mar 06 2037: Alfredo Lira was released.
• Mar 06 2037: Roberto Collazo was signed as a free agent.
• Feb 19 2037: Desmond Franklin was claimed off of waivers.


League Record:

Wins: 16 Losses: 21 Pct: .432 Last10: 3-7 Streak: W1

Ave: 4.1 - 5.2 RS: 153 RA: 192 DIFF: -39

Cup:

Group 27 [0 | Eliminated]

Press Releases:

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


Mar 30 2036: 2036 Offseason Changes - by xLee227 on May 23rd, 2018

Entering their second season in League II.2, the Tigers bid farewell to longtime shortstop Davontae Alexander. The 33-year-old native of Chicago spent 10 years with the franchise, appearing in 1,152 games and earning all-star honours in 2030. His consistent and reliable production contributed greatly to the team's success ascending the league ranks.

Minneapolis also welcomed a number of players in the offseason, headlined by Art Shields. The 34-year-old slugger and former Legends MVP with the College Station Athletics will play a large role in attempting to revive an anemic offense. The Tigers also acquired veteran pitcher Brady Cronin and prospect Douglas Willett, a 20-year-old outfielder training at second base.

After the retirement of Director of Minor League Operations Robert Ka'aukai, the team has named Claire Yamamoto as his successor. A native of Hilo, Hawaii, Yamamoto will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the team's minor league affiliates, all of which are located in the Hawaiian Islands. The team also promoted veteran front office exec Chloe Peterson to Director of Baseball Operations and hired DeAndre Carter as the Tigers' first Quality Control Coach.

Source: Press Release


Jan 29 2036: 2035 Season Review – A Year in Transition - by xLee227 on May 9th, 2018

There were a number of distinguishing features of the Tigers’ 2035 season: from an anemic offense that was the league-worst by a number of measures to some breakout pitching performances to starting 3 rookies in the lineup, it all culminated in a third-place finish (88-72) in a year that marked the end of an era in franchise history.

Fresh off a brief stint in Legends, the team ascended the league ranks over the last few years primarily due to a small core of players, pitchers Alfredo Lira and Deon Warner, outfielders Leonardo Pineda and Fabián Cuéllar, and third baseman Francisco Maya. However, their relatively advanced ages necessitated a transition to a younger group of players – Warner, Cuéllar, and Maya moved on before the end of the season while Lira and Pineda took on reduced roles.

Growing pains were to be expected with 3 rookies in the starting lineup, and shortstop Jimmy Behrens, 26, right fielder Shawn Schwarz, 24, and third baseman Wesley Bollinger, 26, barely met those low expectations. Struggling to meet the Mendoza Line early in the season, they improved as time went by and all finished with an OPS around the subpar mark of .700. The lineup was led by second baseman Arnold Humphrey, as the 27-year-old from Akron, Ohio posted a team-best .299/.364/.477 triple-slash line with 33 stolen bases in a lead-off role.

On the pitching side, 25-year-old starter Jason Larson had a breakout all-star year, finishing with a 3.04 ERA, good for fourth in the league. Joining him in a breakout season was second-year starter Johnny Knutson, 27, who also earned an All-Star nomination while pitching a career-high 220 innings.

Most impressively, the team’s newly appointed 27-year-old closer Roger Tremblay posted not only league and career highs of 54 saves, but also set a new team record. An intimidating presence on the mound at 6’6”, the Quebec native dazzled hitters with a terrific fastball-changeup combination and finished the season with a 2.26 ERA among All-Star and All-League honours. Dion Caroll, 31, did his best imitation of a staff ace with a 17-12 record and 3.65 ERA in 231 innings.

While the hope is that having a year under their belts will help the rookies in the lineup, the pitching will again have to exceed expectations for the team to have a chance of competing. With 5 batters and 4 pitchers in Ahuimanu (AAA) ready for the major leagues, further changes will likely be in store this season.

Source: Press Release