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).
Mar 18 2040: 2039 Season Review/2040 Season Preview - by xLee227 on March 23rd, 2019
With their best season in 10 years, the Tigers are heading back to League II.2 after a 98-62 season fueled primarily by a torrid stretch during interdivision play.
Pitcher Mitch Gulley was acquired mid-season and stepped up as the team's ace, providing a steadying presence for a rotation constantly in flux. The 30-year-old All-Star finished the season with a 3.16 ERA (5th in the league) across 222 innings while placing 4th in Cy Young voting. 25-year-old Mario Dunham had a breakout season in the rotation, where his 1.113 WHIP was 3rd league-wide. All-League closer Roger Tremblay, 31, had another stellar season with 51 saves while veteran Dion Carroll, 34, adapted well to a relief role appearing in 89 games (4th in franchise history) and posting a career-best 2.60 ERA and earning another All-Star honour. 25-year-old rookie lefty Gabriel Flynn was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year.
On the offensive side, star second baseman Arnold Humphrey, 30, earned his second All-League and fourth All-Star honours with a .291/.355/.452 slash line. Right fielder Joe Santini, 27, exhibited a unique blend of power and plate discipline, finishing 2nd in the league in RBI (115), 2nd in walks (92), and 9th in home runs (32). 25-year-old left fielder Jerry Jackson demolished the stolen base race, where his 79 stolen bases lapped the competition in the league and he chased history to finish second in franchise history. Other key contributors who also earned All-Star honours were shortstop Jimmy Behrens, 30, who was a solid middle-of-the-order bat and centre fielder Blake Foxx, 32, who excelled in the leadoff role. 25-year-old third baseman Rodolfo Tovar earned a Gold Glove for his terrific defense at the hot corner.
Team management and GM Gabriel Álvarez didn't make any additions in the offseason, moving on from veteran pitchers Rubén Alvarado, 34, and Derrick McKinney, 35. Having been signed in 2025 by the Tigers, Alvarado was a steady lefty specialist in the bullpen for 9 seasons after making his major league debut in 2031.
With most of the team's key players still in their primes, the Tigers will be looking to play competitive baseball in their return to the second division.
May 04 2039: Camarillo Pitches No-Hitter - by xLee227 on January 18th, 2019
25-year-old pitcher Felipe Camarillo pitched a no-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Yonkers Aces in the Cup. This is the first no-hitter for the Tigers since Kendrick Brewer's no-hitter on July 20, 2023. A giant 6'7" lefty from California, Camarillo has shown impressive development since being acquired last season and has pitched well in both starting and relief roles - his 2.67 ERA is currently tenth in League III.4.
The Tigers are locked in a ferocious battle at the top of the standings with a 16-9 record just a game ahead of Rock Hill and Atlantic City for first place. Veteran starter Derrick McKinney, 34, has starred with a 6-0 record and 2.97 ERA in a league-high 57 innings pitched.
Mar 25 2039: Lira and Pineda Inducted Into Hall of Fame - by xLee227 on January 8th, 2019
Ahead of the season opener against Richmond, the Tigers inducted Alfredo Lira and Leonardo Pineda into the team's Hall of Fame.
Lira was drafted by the team in 2019 and made his major league debut in 2024. He was a mainstay in Minneapolis' rotation starting in 2026, when he won the Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award. The native of León, Mexico would go on to spend the next 11 seasons with the Tigers and regularly pitched upwards of 250 innings each season. His herculean efforts were integral in Minneapolis' ascension from Division 6 when he made his debut to Legends just ten seasons later. Lira won a Cy Young Award in 2032 and five All-Star honours. Lira holds a number of career franchise records with 2597 innings pitched, 158 wins, 43 complete games, 12 shutouts, 235 quality starts, and 85 Game MVPs. Lira retired in 2037.
Pineda was drafted in 2018 and made his major league debut in 2026. He earned his first of 7 All-Star honours just a year later in 2027 and was the driving force behind the Tigers' offence. A native of Las Matas de Farfán in the Dominican Republic, Pineda won a league MVP in 2029 and his terrific batting ability was instrumental in the team's ascension to Legends. During his career, he amassed 1643 hits (3rd), 921 runs (2nd), 198 home runs (4th), 417 stolen bases (4th), 958 RBIs (2nd), 481 doubles (1st), and 84 Game MVPs (1st). He spent his entire career in Minneapolis and retired in 2036.