Jun 08 2035: An icon retired, a new player arrives - by Krakonico on March 25th, 2018
Ithaca, N.Y.- In a turn of events that paralyzed the city, the local team, Titans, B.C., released a press note saying that the long term player Edgar Ornelas, decided to retire.
Ornelas; born in 1998 in Camagüey, Cuba; he joined the team in July 21st, 2016, as part of a Latin American Academy draft, when he was just 18 years old. He spent five years in the Ithacan Minor System, as he was part of the first generation players after the team moved to the city. He was part of the team that was crowned champions in 2024, 2026, 2030 and 2034.
He is the founder and only member of the 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 homers club, he is also the record holder of several statics:
Career hits: 2,181; Career doubles: 565; Single season HRs: 44; Career HRs: 398; Career runs: 1,153
Single season RBIs: 145; Career RBIs: 1,411. Also had won 2 gold gloves. Hardly a career to emulate. He will became a Hall of Fame inductee.
And his replacement in the shortstop will be former Racine's player Toby Samuels, "He is a good player, I don't know why the Racine's interine board of directors dropped him, the odd thing is that we placed a waiver claim, and still he went to the free agency, as we wanted him we gave him a contract. Now he will supply with a good defense in the infield." Said manager Sean Pratt.
Nov 04 2034: We are the champions - by Krakonico on December 21st, 2017
Ithaca, N.Y.- The league champions are back to celebrate with their fans all around the city a new championship. The Titaners celebrated that they will be back to the next level of this competition, but now they are celebrating the double as now were crowned as the new VI.19 League Champions in the season 2034. The task was not easy as their opponent the New Orleans Knights were also a great team that battled until the last time.
Ernesto Hinojosa as named as the series MVP, due to his exhibit behind the plate, avg. .360; 8 runs, 9 hits, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 6 HRs, 6 RBIs; and we must say well done Hino.
GM said that he is happy to get this new championship to the city, being the fifth the team got, four in the last ten years, and moreover because the team had became a house for those that come from its own academy, "Our goal is to rely only in our scouting accross the world, but more important here in our country. There are gems that other teams throw away, we maybe, just maybe can get two or three to fill gaps we know our farm can't produce, but that's just the execption to the rule." The GM also referred to the debacle the team faced seven years ago, but now that's history and that he want to forget the decisions he took.
The first game we saw as NOR went ahead in extra innings, as Hood was exploited with four runs, blowing the save he was used to do, and charging with the defeat. He learned the lesson as in the next game ITH came from behind as Alomar and Ornelas impulsed the two runs needed to win the game, Hood came and didn't let liberties to any batter.
With the series tied it was moved to ITH Metrodome, the third game was another close encounter and played in extra innings, the hero was 1B Alomar that without outs hits a double to center field so the team would earn the two runs for the win. The fourth game was a normal in pitcher Highashio with another complete game with just one run earned, Hinojosa just needed a 3B to bat for a cycle. The fifth game was almost won by ITH, but veteran Lara came and received four runs letting escape the game and it was lost by a run.
Moving back to NOR, the home team needed to win the next two games in order to claim the championship, the visitors only needed one, and that's what happened. Two pitchers with similar record 19-5, with the only difference that's ITH one allowed less runs. The game was set to be a lower score one, but the Titans didn't want to stay one more day here, they wanted to go home early and enjoy the holidays, 11 runs were just sufficient to do that.
See you next year NOR in the next level, let's continue making history.
Oct 27 2034: Rising up - by Krakonico on December 19th, 2017
Ithaca, N.Y.- The 2034 season is over, Ithaca Titans got the divisional championship and secured the promotion to League V.10 next season, but now they will battle against New Orleans Knights the right to be called League Champions.
This will be a battle between pitching and batting, New Orleans had the better team average with a woping .305, Ithaca was close with .292; the main difference was that the latter got more HRs than the formers 263 vs. 244. Ithaca had four players with 30+, against New Orleans three.
In terms of pitching Ithaca had the best record and the best colective ERA with 3.66
De Rosa, Muller, Edwards, Valentini and Higashio were placed in the top ten winners of the league, being Muller the number one with 21 victories.
Will that let the Titans to rise with the title, will the Knights claim what they wanted too? This serie of seven games will tell the story of two teams that will put their names again in the history, this time in this league, and later in League V.10.
Sep 12 2034: Season 2034 Third Quarter recap - by Krakonico on December 7th, 2017
Ithaca, N.Y.- After a second sting at level four the Ithaca Titans has fallen to level six again, many claimed it was the hard decision of the General Manager to fire almost all the team and as he tried to rebuild it with the minor system. Two years in level five of the league structure and it was obvious, the inexperience and lack of skills of several players allowed the team to be back to earth.
But now the team seems to have revitalized, it's starting five has been competent, as four of them are placed in the top ten of the entire league, and the last is just left by a mere win. The All Star Closer of the team Tony Lara gave his position to a new gem in the name of Russ Hood, and he is frankly living the dream, it's the first time in the team that the crucial position is being given to a rookie, and while he could not top the brilliant closer in his first year, let us note that the former was given the job after four years in the pen.
The team is now in first place of the League's East Division, with a difference of 17 games above its closest opponent, Flint Falcons, also the magic number to face the winner of the West Division for the League Tittle is also 17.
In a side note, but also as important, Kurt Snow was inducted to the Ithaca's Hall of Fame.
Oct 15 2030: Path to immortality - by Krakonico on February 11th, 2017
Ithaca, N.Y.- Was a calm afternoon in September 14th, 2012 when the scout brought several players to the development coach of Ithaca Titans, that late in the season where all the ‘gems’ were taken out when this small lefty boy (5’ 10”) by the standards was presented. At first the general manager didn’t wanted to have high hopes on Lance Tyler, but now that is the name that everyone remembers.
He started in the rookie team, and one year later, when the general manager sacked several players he was called up to the top team, where he spent three seasons in the bullpen, some said that his development was going to hinder, that he needed to be in the minors, and when the team acquired several veterans he was transferred back to the A division team. From 2013 to 2015 where he took part in 47 games, winning six (6), losing (4), one (1) save and three (3) holds and a 6.24 ERA; not quite impressive, but at least he was not a seasoned pitcher.
He was called back to the big roster as a starter in 2018, where he did an outstanding ‘first’ season with a record of 18-6, 1.90 ERA, 137 Ks, 56 BBs, BAA .182. That was the starting of a rising career that spawned 16 seasons (including the actual, 2030).
His accolades are the following: 8 All Star pitcher, 3 All League pitcher, 1 Cy Young, 2 L-VI League Championships, 1 L-V League Championship, 1 Golden Glove, 67 POTG, record of 228-111, 3.00 ERA, BAA .223, 1,588 Ks. At the present Tyler is the owner of several records for the team, wins in a season, career wins, career innings pitched, career strike outs, single season and career ERA, single and career WHIP, and career POTG. As for leagues, he is the holder of League V.9 single and career wins.
At the beginning of the season he prompted if that this would be his final season, but as the year developed, he is considering to play one more, despite having his 36th birthday. He want to continuing mentoring Garrett De Rosa, as he feels that him (De Rosa) would be his perfect replacement as a star pitcher.