Nov 04 2047: "Wolf" Tanner secures 2nd 30-30 season, barely missing 40-40 - by El jefe on November 13th, 2020
Despite being unappreciated in League MVP voting by the Broken Bat Writers Association of America, Urbana Cubs SS "Wolf" Tanner had a lot to smile about in the 2047 season after securing his first All-Star appearance, first All-League team, and 2nd League Championship.
To boot, Tanner achieved his 2nd 30-30 season in the last 3 seasons while putting up one of the more impressive stat lines in Urbana team history. 37 HR's (in spite of only hitting 2 in his last 25+ games) and 48 SB's were paired with 41 2B's, 16 3B's, 137 RBI's, a .306 AVG, .953 OPS, and strong defense at SS. Tanner was truly an all-around machine this year, so while missing out on League MVP is disappointing, his wallet is expected to get substantially heavier once salary negotiations for the 2048 season are complete.
Nov 04 2047: Urbana captures V.6 championship - by El jefe on November 13th, 2020
In a bounce back year under first-year manager Sparky Edwards, Urbana persevered through a late season slump to capture the East division title and V.6 league championship.
Perennial ace Federico Sandoval returned to form with 21 wins, his 5th career 20-win season, while team MVP “Wolf” Tanner put up an incredible line at SS of 37 HR, 137 RBI, 48 SB, 41 2B, 16 3B and a .953 OPS (which somehow only netted him a 4th place League MVP finish). The Cubs also received a star-making turn from 3rd year 3B Abelardo Bustos, who hit .332 with 59 2B, 21 HR, 100 RBI and a 3rd place League MVP finish, and swept the Rookie-of-the-Year awards with #2 prospect Jon Wells taking over C duties with an .821 OPS, and #1 prospect Bernie Rains turning in a 13-7 rookie campaign with 4 CGs. Tanner and Bustos were also voted to the All-League team at SS and 3B, respectively
A tall order stands before the Cubs in Division IV next season and questions remain whether the offense can keep it up for a second consecutive season, but team owner El Jefe is confident the young core can continue their momentum and receive meaningful contributions from a strong pitching pipeline in AAA.
Oct 30 2046: - by El jefe on August 26th, 2020
After clinging on for dear life and avoiding relegation during the 2045 season, Urbana threw in the towel 50 games into the 2046 season after a series of high-priced disappointments in free agency and division competition that was clearly a step above the team's skill level.
This gave players in the top-heavy Urbana farm system a time-to-shine, although with mixed results. Upon reflection, Team Owner El Jefe realized there was a lot more hot garbage sitting in the farm system than anticipated, which will require a critical re-evaluation in the off-season as Urbana looks to recover in League V.
May 14 2046: Sandoval throws 10+ innings to clinch 1st place in Cup Group - by El jefe on July 13th, 2020
3-time Cy Young award winner Federico Sandoval went 10+ innings for the first time in his career, throwing 10 1/3 innings of shutout ball to clinch 1st place in Cup group #36 for Urbana. Sandoval struckout 13 batters in the process.
Urbana fans are hopeful for a run in the Cup as the League season has already proven fruitless
Sep 26 2045: Tanner goes 30-30 - by El jefe on June 1st, 2020
In the midst of his 4th full year in the big leagues, stud SS Jerry "Wolf" Tanner posted the first 30-30 season of his career, and the first for Urbana since Terry Cochran and Ramiro Valera achieved the feat during the juiced-ball era 31 years ago.
With 22 games to go, Tanner has posted 30 home runs to go along with 33 stolen bases. Sporting a gold glove to go along with his offensive presence, Tanner was a huge waiver wire pickup for the Cubs back in the 2038 season after being collateral damage from a crowded Murfreesboro farm system. He earned the fulltime SS job in 2042 and has not looked back since. The Cubs will need him to continue to produce as they are in a dogfight to avoid relegation despite still being in the conversation for a division title.