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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 April 22nd 2018]

Manager: Rueben Sanchez

Ballpark: HSBC Centre

Rank: #13 - Rating: 288.87

Fan Mood: 118.78

Prestige: 44

Color: Navy & Gold

Team Notes:

• Sep 12 2035: Fabián Cuéllar was released.
• Aug 31 2035: Frank Hammond was signed as a free agent.
• Aug 09 2035: Ozzie Davis was claimed off of waivers.
• Aug 02 2035: Gabriel Flynn was claimed off of waivers.
• Jun 15 2035: Francisco Maya was released.
• Jun 10 2035: Joe Johannessen was claimed off of waivers.
• May 29 2035: Dave Redmond was claimed off of waivers.
• Mar 25 2035: Sebastián Mora was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
• Mar 02 2035: Raul Garcia was claimed off of waivers.
• Feb 19 2035: Orlando Guzmán was claimed off of waivers.

League Record:

Wins: 76 Losses: 58 Pct: .567 Last10: 7-3 Streak: W1

Ave: 4.3 - 4.0 RS: 579 RA: 539 DIFF: +40


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Press Releases:

Jun 15 2035: Au revoir to Maya - by xLee227 on March 27th, 2018

The Minneapolis Tigers have bid farewell to third baseman Francisco Maya. The 32-year-old native of Santiago de los Caballero in the Dominican Republic was acquired by the team in 2023 as one of President Lee's first moves.

Over the last ten years, Maya has appeared in 1049 games for the Tigers and played an integral role in the team's meteoric rise from division 5 to Legends. With more walks than strikeouts in his career, Maya epitomized the Tigers' approach at the plate during his tenure, setting the table for his teammates with unprecedented efficiency. The three-time All-Star finishes his career in Minneapolis 5th in OBP (.376), 9th in walks (529), 12th in runs (604), 12th in batting average (.270), and 15th in hits (1085).

Source: Press Release

Mar 25 2035: Tigers Induct Mora Into Hall of Fame - by xLee227 on March 5th, 2018

Ahead of their home opener against the Sumter Highlanders, the Minneapolis Tigers inducted Sebastián Mora into the Hall of Fame, the fourth player to be inducted by President Xavier Lee.

A native of León, Mexico, Mora was signed in 2017 after catching the eye of scout Gabriel Álvarez, now the team's Assistant General Manager. Mora ended up spending 15 years with the franchise, making his major league debut in 2023. Not only did he proceed to win the Rookie Pitcher of the Year award in 2024, but he also earning his first All-Star and All-League nominees, an auspicious start to one of the best careers in franchise history.

Mora was a staple at the top of the team's rotation during the team's meteoric rise from Division 6 to reaching Division 2 by 2031, and his impact in the team's promotion to Legends in 2034 was visible through his work mentoring the team's current ace and starting workhorse, Alfredo Lira, who is coincidentally also from León. Mora finishing his career with the Tigers as the franchise leader in wins, second in Career ERA, second in Career WHIP, third in strikeouts, and fifth in Innings Pitched, demonstrating invaluable brilliance and longevity. He also won the Cy Young Award in 2029, one of only three pitchers in franchise history to do so, the other two being Lira and Mora's contemporary Kendrick Brewer.

Source: Press Release

Note: This was originally posted on January 10, 2018 before 2035 season reset.

Mar 02 2035: Adieu to Warner and Arellano - by xLee227 on February 24th, 2018

The Minneapolis Tigers have parted ways with Deon Warner and Josué Arellano, two mainstays in its bullpen for over a decade.

Warner joined the Tigers in 2024, making his major league debut a year later. Breaking out in 2030 and ascending to the closer's role, Warner led the league in saves for five consecutive seasons, averaging 47 saves per season and setting a franchise record with 52 in 2030. Warner also earned five consecutive All-Star or All-League honours as he dominated hitters with a diverse five-pitch mix highlighted by a devastating curveball. During his eleven years with the club, the 34-year-old Californian exceeded all expectations and leaves the franchise first in career saves (245) and fourth in games played (477), amassing a 3.77 ERA in 573 innings.

Arellano also joined the Tigers in 2024, and made his major league debut with the team later that year. He impressively holds the rare distinction of having played in both League VI.2 and Legends League with the same team, staying with Minneapolis as it ascended the league ranks. A left-handed specialist who leads the franchise in career holds (54), Arellano went on an unprecedented streak and didn't allow an earned run for more than 2 seasons between 2031 and 2034. The 34-year-old native of Caguas, Puerto Rico finished his 11 years in Minneapolis with a 2.98 ERA in 371 games.

GM Herbert Lyautey said that "We moved on from Warner and Arellano with great reluctance. They're both fantastic players, who have been really good for us for a long period of time, including terrific performances last season against the best players in the world." However, the recession of Warner and Arellano given their age combined with the fact that the team has young pitchers ready to take on more responsibilities meant that ultimately both pitchers will be playing elsewhere this season.

Source: Press Release

Note: This was originally posted on December 29, 2017 before 2035 season reset.

Nov 04 2034: 2034 Season Review - by xLee227 on December 21st, 2017

The Minneapolis Tigers had a brief but memorable stay in the Legends League, finishing fifth in the East despite an 84-76 record. Buoyed by stellar play in the second half of the season, the team was in contention for the division title until the last week of the season, at one point in second place before skidding to the finish line and dropping the final game of the season against Birmingham 4-3 to relegate by the slimmest of margins.

The season started inauspiciously with the Tigers getting swept by Alexandria in the opening series and then labouring to interdivisional play mired in last place, burdened by a stumbling rotation that featured 8 different pitchers and a lineup that was struggling to adapt to the higher level of pitching seen in LL 1. However, interdivisional competition sparked the team's flagging play and they showed signs of competitiveness heading into the All-Star Break, albeit with an alarming degree of streakiness. Three players from Minneapolis were selected to the All-Star Game - 32-year-old slugger Leonardo Pineda in his eighth consecutive All-Star Game, outfielder Fabián Cuéllar, 33, and 25-year-old first baseman Jackson Guest, who's unexpectedly scorching first half of the season was enough to get him to the mid-summer classic.

Afterwards, the Tigers turned their season around, going on a roll through the end of the interleague portion of the schedule and carrying that momentum into the home stretch of the season, peaking in second place at just a game behind the division lead. From that point on, however, the team struggled to maintain any semblance consistency, returning to their earlier capricious nature and falling to fifth place on the last day of the season as a byproduct of an extremely tight Eastern division - the middle three teams in the East finished one game apart and the Tigers would have placed 2nd in the West with their 84-76 record.

Although not the result the team was looking for, Tigers President Xavier Lee wasn't alone when he remarked that he was "real proud of how we battled in the second half of the season...I think this franchise has come a long way from Division 6 exactly a decade ago in 2024 [the team played in League VI.2 that year] and this season was the culmination of our work to get this far - our goal for the next decade is to maintain that level of success and competitiveness to try and build a sustainable winner in Minneapolis."

In order to reach that level of consistency, the team will have to successfully transition from a core now in its 30s - centred around Pineda and Cuéllar in the lineup while also featuring third baseman Francisco Maya, 31 and shortstop Davontae Alexander, 32, who's .287 batting average was good enough for 10th in the league in the best season of his career. Pineda finished 4th in MVP voting and Cuéllar finished with 28 home runs and 126 RBIs, enough to be selected to the All-League team and finally giving the team the big bat in the middle of the lineup it was lacking for so long. Although without an all-star honour this season due to a slow start, 26-year-old left fielder Denny Welch turned it around in the second half to finish with a .263/.316/.469 slash line with career-highs 20 home runs, 101 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases. It will be up to relatively younger players like Welch as well as 25-year-olds Guest, second baseman Arnold Humphrey, who won the Gold Glove award this season, and third baseman Wesley Bollinger to take the mantle and fuel the Tigers' lineup for the next few years, not to mention the extraordinarily high 8 position players in AAA nipping at their heels.

On the pitching side, 31-year-old ace Alfredo Lira (17-14) again dragged the rotation to spurious competency, pitching a no-longer-surprising 283 innings with a 3.46 ERA and finishing 5th in Cy Young voting. Although concerns have already started to emerge regarding the state of an arm that has 2,396 innings of mileage in 9 major league seasons, Lira's results show no signs of slowing down despite a fastball that's trending down. 29-year-old Dion Carroll (13-14) did his best to provide a reliable #2 option, pitching a career-high 261 innings with a 4.28 ERA - likely overtaxing his arm as he faded down the stretch while blowing past all conventional inning limits. Lira and Carroll combined for 14 complete games and more than a third of the team's total innings pitched. Outside their two workhorses, the Tigers struggled to cobble together a starting rotation on any consistent basis. 24-year-old rookie starter Johnny Knutson (8-11) showed specious flashes of promise but looked mostly in above his head with a 4.86 ERA in 179 innings. One relatively bright spark was the play of Wally Esposito (7-3), 23, who took his AAA demotion in stride and returned with a vengeance that timed perfectly with the team's turnaround, finishing with a 3.56 ERA in 96 innings.

In the bullpen, Deon Warner, 33, led the league in saves for the fifth straight season, finishing with 42 saves and earning another All-League selection. However, the sublime closer started showing signs of mortality as his 7 blown saves in 2034 was more than twice the total number of saves he had blown in the two seasons prior. Left handed specialist Josué Arellano, 33, saw his remarkable streak of more than two seasons without an earned run come to an end, although he posted a career-high 15 holds. 26-year-old rookie Roger Tremblay was named the league's Rookie Pitcher of the Year as he impressed with a sparkling 1.99 ERA in 72 innings and the 6'6" Canadian finished with a team-high 17 holds as he pitched in a high-leverage setup role. The team combined for 68 holds, again leading the league by almost 20 holds - a testament to not only the Tigers' reliance on the bullpen, but also Manager Rueben Sanchez's liberal use of relief pitchers.

Off the field, the team announced a change in its front office as Amelia Chen was promoted to replace Andrew Campbell as the team's Director of Scouting and is the first woman to hold the position in all of baseball. While acknowledging the historical nature of Chen's hiring, President Lee emphasized her competency, leadership, and "extensive track record of identifying promising young players" as an amateur scout for the team. Chen joins third base coach Isabel Dubois, now in her second season with the major league team, as female trailblazers in the Minneapolis Tigers organization.

Source: Press Release

Jan 15 2034: 2033 Season Review - by xLee227 on October 7th, 2017

For the first time in franchise history, the Minneapolis Tigers will be playing in the top-division Legends League. Since spending 2024 in Division 6, the franchise has skyrocketed up the rankings and will contend with the best teams in the world after a stellar 94-66 championship season in tier-two League II.1.

The two players at the centre of the team’s success, Leonardo Pineda and Alfredo Lira, are also the longest tenured players on the team having been drafted as 16-year-olds in 2018 and 2019 respectively. With his fourth All-League selection, the 32-year-old Pineda anchored the team’s lineup with a customarily excellent season batting .298/.342/.507 and posting gaudy counting stats of 182 hits, 116 RBI, and 41 stolen bases. Pineda finished in the top-ten of 5 league statistics and placed third in league MVP voting.

Now 31, Lira has been a stalwart in the team’s rotation pitching 1,919 innings since 2024, averaging an astonishing 264 innings pitched in the last five seasons. Lira’s 2033 season was more solid than spectacular, understandably taking some steps back from his 2032 Cy Young campaign as he finished with a 19-11 record, 3.65 ERA, and 1.173 WHIP, sixth-best in the league. In a world where the strikeout is king, the strikeout-averse Lira has consistently found an alternative way to succeed using his crafty delivery and command.

No. 2 starter Dion Carroll pitched a career-high 249 innings and earned a career-high 17 wins with a 3.83 ERA as the team’s lack of reliable starting depth meant the top two starters pitched a combined 510 innings. Fortunately for the team, the bullpen was up to the task, with a combined 57 holds to lead the league by a mile. Setup men Stu Bates and Rubén Alvarado combined for the bulk of those holds as they consistently helped bridge the gap to closer Deon Warner, 33, who had another stellar season and earned his third All-League honour with a 49-save, 2.17 ERA campaign averaging a strikeout an inning.

On the batting side, 31-year-old third baseman Francisco Maya bounced back from a subpar 2032 season to earn his first All-League honour with a .292/.381/.404 slash line in the leadoff spot, spurred by a torrid second half of the season in particular. Maya finished 4th in the league in OBP and 3rd with 104 runs, just behind the league-leading 107 runs posted by 25-year-old breakout star Arnold Humphrey in his sophomore year. With ample playing time since being called up in 2032, Humphrey has rewarded management’s patience with a solid year batting .289/.357/.455 not to mention stealing 42 bases and a rapidly improving defensive game at second base.

An important offseason looms for the team, as management looks to improve on the in-season acquisitions of mercurial pitchers Raul Murillo, 31, and Álvaro García, 28. Neither Murillo nor García impressed with ghastly ERA’s over 6 and García giving up a near-unfathomable 2 home runs per 9 innings. Trade Deadline rental Bruce Perry, 35, helped shore up the team’s lineup down the stretch and provided some power to a team that garnered the fewest home runs in the league last season.

Leroy Forte, 35, has been a franchise regular since signing with the team in 2026. Equally comfortable at shortstop and in the outfield, Forte’s departure in free agency means finding a bench bat with strong offensive abilities will be a priority for the team this offseason. In addition, it’s decision time for the team’s young pitchers, with a ridiculous 10 pitchers between 23 and 27 vying for just 3 spots on the major league roster.