May 12 2045: Leopards, Catfish Split First Palmetto Series - by knoxvol on April 26th, 2020
Greenville Memorial Stadium had a playoff atmosphere for the first of four consecutive sellouts that would see Columbia split the inaugural Palmetto Series with the Leopards.
It didn't take the Catfish long to get on the board with a Danny Bannon single scoring Daniel Horan in the first inning. The Leopards responded with a pair of RBIs from Moya and Rodriguez in the third, but Columbia went ahead with a two run homer by Domingo Guerrero in the following inning. When Munoz and Rodriguez went yard in the fifth innning the Leopards regained the lead for good, winning the first game against their new rivals 7-3.
Javy Valdes threw a one hit, eight inning gem in the second game to shut out Greenville 3-0. De Fazio and Gaytan partnered to hold off a ninth inning comeback as Columbia fell just short in game three which finished 10-8. And the Catfish responded with pitching yet again as Jung Ho Kim and Francisco Felix allowed just two hits combined as Greenville dropped the final game of the series.
"It was a back-and-forth series and I think they'll be just as tough when we play them at their place" said Leopards' manager Aaron Garcia, who added "I think it's good for the league and good for baseball to have these two teams playing each other more often.
The series promises to be crucial to both clubs this season. The Leopards' last three games will be in Columbia and playoff/relegation implications will likely be on the line.
Apr 12 2040: Greenville Adds Four to Hall of Fame in 2040 - by knoxvol on March 30th, 2019
In honor of the 40th season of Broken Bat the Greenville Leopards have added four names to the franchise Hall of Fame. Rafael Cuellar, Antonio Mota, John Spencer, and Raul Valadez will be honored before the first pitch of today's home opener against the Ironbridge City Knights.
Cuellar had one of the greatest seasons in early Broken Bat history when he hit 58 home runs for the Joliet Baseball Club in 2003, setting a Broken Bat record which would stand for 17 seasons. The Durango, Mexico native is 66 years old.
In his 10 seasons at shortstop, Antonio Mota won the Gold Glove a franchise record three times. He was also a three-time all-star and represented Puerto Rico at the 2027 and 2028 World Classics.
Skipper John Spencer was hired in conjunction with the club's move from Joliet to Annapolis in 2018 and managed the squad for the next 14 seasons. Winning 4 league titles, including the club's first in 18 seasons, Spencer earned promotion to league level III for the first time in franchise history. The 2023 Annapolis Cubs' 127-33 record remains the club's best. Across all competitions Spencer amassed 1498 wins and just 1103 losses.
Raul Valadez pitched 11 seasons for the club and is the only pitcher in franchise history to have won two Cy Young awards. He was also part of the Cuban national team for the 2028 and 2030 World Classics. The 2026 V.4 Rookie Pitcher of the Year and two-time all-star holds franchise records for innings pitched, strike outs, complete games, and quality starts.
Congratulations to the Leopards' Hall of Fame Class of 2040.
Jan 15 2040: Keane Gets the Call; Cowan Ties Franchise Record - by knoxvol on March 9th, 2019
The #6 pitching prospect in all of Broken Bat was given the final call-up just before the all-star break. Zach Keane, who pitched five and two-thirds innings at the conclusion of the AAA season in 2038, made his full-time major league debut for the Leopards in a 2-1 win against Billings. Keane allowed six hits and just one earned run in six and a third innings while fanning three Mustangs.
Another highlight of the 2039 season was Dave Cowan being named to his 10th all-star team, tying the franchise record with Leopards Hall of Famer Ben McConnell. The 36-year-old Cowan, who was the IV.1 MVP in 2035, could set several other franchise records if he manages to keep his spot in the line-up for another year.
Mar 20 2037: Leopards Move to Greenville, SC - by knoxvol on August 5th, 2018
With improvements to their new stadium in Greenville complete the Leopards are leaving their temporary home at the North Charleston Yards after an exciting 2036 season that saw them avoid relegation in the final week.
"We would like to thank the citizens of North Charleston who came out and supported us while we were in town." said the owner. "We look forward to settling in Greenville and building a legacy there."
The Greenville Leopards will play at the 30,000 capacity Greenville Memorial Stadium. The field's dimensions are loosely modelled after Fenway Park, including the 35 ft. "green monster" in left field.
Mar 25 2036: Franchise Moves to North Charleston - by knoxvol on May 21st, 2018
After 10 years in Bennington, VT the Pioneers are set to relocate to Charleston, SC this off-season and will re-brand as the 'North Charleston Leopards.' The club, which began play in the 2014 season in Joliet, IL and later moved to Annapolis, MD, won two division titles and one league pennant in its time in Vermont. During this transition the club has also parted ways with Javier Camacho who managed the club for five seasons.
"The club would like to thank Javier for his commitment to the team over the last half decade" said the owner. "We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."
The Leopards' home will be the North Charleston Yards, with a capacity of 32,500.