Mar 28 2043: Tigers Raise Cup Banner - by xLee227 on November 12th, 2019
The Minneapolis Tigers kicked off their 2043 season at HSBC Centre with a banner-raising ceremony honouring their victory in the 2042 Cup. Combined with their second-place finish in Legends East, last season was the best in franchise history.
Over the offseason, GM Gabriel Álvarez made few moves, opting to stay the course with the current core and banking on some internal improvements from younger players like Inoke Alo, Dave Bloom, and Frank Copeland. Most notably, the bullpen will look different next season, as longtime closer Roger Tremblay retired and the team parted ways with bullpen mainstay and primary setup-man Wally Esposito. The two combined to pitch in 21 seasons for the Tigers.
May 10 2041: Tigers Part Ways with Knutson - by xLee227 on June 22nd, 2019
For the second time this season, the Tigers have moved on from a mainstay of their roster, Johnny Knutson, after exactly 15 years with the team. First drafted in 2026, Knutson made his major league debut in 2034 as one of the most highly anticipated pitching prospects in franchise history. A two-time All-Star in League Level 2, the 6'4" Texan became a dependable presence in first the rotation and later the bullpen. Across 8 seasons in Minneapolis, Knutson pitched over 1,000 innings in his career and his 19 career complete games is tied for seventh in franchise history.
Apr 03 2041: Tigers Part Ways with Paredes - by xLee227 on June 12th, 2019
After 16 years with the team, 33-year-old catcher Ignacio Paredes and the Tigers have mutually agreed to move on. Making his debut in 2029, Paredes earned two All-Star, one All-League, and one Gold Glove award while backstopping Minneapolis to five division titles and three league titles during a 13-year-career. A phenomenal pitch framer and possessing a cannon of an arm, Paredes excelled on the defensive end and finished his Tigers career second in franchise history by catching 40% of attempted baserunners. Paredes was also named to the Venezuelan national team nine times. He leaves the Tigers 8th in games played (1,437), 10th in hits (1,281), and 3rd in doubles (346).
Nov 01 2040: 2040 Season Recap: A Valiant Effort - by xLee227 on May 23rd, 2019
Minneapolis kicked off the 2040s with a second place (90-70) finish in League II.2, propelled primarily by a torrid stretch during interdivision play. Leadoff hitter and left fielder Jerry Jackson, 26, was the sparkplug of the Tigers’ offense, with a franchise-record and league-leading 86 stolen bases in addition to 119 runs (second in the league), a .381 OBP (2nd), 24 home runs and a .893 OPS (5th). Another key factor was 31-year-old shortstop Jimmy Behrens, who had a .551 SLG (fourth in the league), 24 home runs, 119 RBIs (2nd), and 22 stolen bases, in addition to routinely stepping up in pivotal situations, posting a league-best .339 RISP.
32-year-old closer Roger Tremblay had yet another dominant season, as the 6’6” Canadian mowed down hitters with 52 saves and a 1.33 ERA, converting on 96.3% of save opportunities. The rotation was in constant flux from Day 1 as a staggering number of starting pitchers meant a dozen different pitchers started for Minneapolis this season. For the first time in decades, not a single pitcher exceed 200 innings, although nominal ace Mitch Gulley, 31, came close at 195 innings despite struggling immensely in the first half. However, having such a massive number of starting pitchers to draw from was integral in providing Manager Rueben Sanchez some much-needed flexibility in his 12th season at the helm of the team. Sanchez and Pitching Coach Oliver Lam's abilities in tailoring the team's rotation for each opponent were key in helping Sanchez earn his 1000th league win midway through the 2040 season.
Aug 03 2040: Tigers Part Ways with Welch - by xLee227 on April 29th, 2019
Earlier today, the Minneapolis Tigers parted ways with veteran first baseman Denny Welch after a 15 seasons with the Tigers franchise. The two-time All-Star made his major league debut in 2031 and was an instrumental middle-of-the-order bat for the team as they ascended to the highest level of competition.
Welch has spent his entire major league career with the Tigers so far, leaving behind a legacy as one of the best players this franchise has seen in the 2030s, amassing 55 Game MVPs (4th in team history), 145 home runs (9th), 663 RBIs (9th), and 335 doubles (5th) over 1,172 games (17th).