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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 June 20th 2018]

Manager: Rueben Sanchez

Ballpark: HSBC Centre

Rank: #28 - Rating: 238.43

Fan Mood: 100.25

Prestige: 44

Color: Navy & Gold

Team Notes:

• Jun 27 2036: Frank Lewis was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 07 2036: Brady Cronin was released.
• Mar 16 2036: Davontae Alexander was released.
• Feb 05 2036: Art Shields was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 22 2036: Brady Cronin was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2036: Douglas Willett was claimed off of waivers.
• Jan 15 2036: Ignacio Paredes was selected to the national team of Venezuela.
• 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.

League Record:

Wins: 37 Losses: 43 Pct: .463 Last10: 6-4 Streak: W1

Ave: 4.1 - 4.8 RS: 324 RA: 384 DIFF: -60


Group 90 [4 | Eliminated]

Press Releases:

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

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.