Sep 08 2034: Stepp into the future - by DodgerBlue42 on December 7th, 2017
Dave Stepp was introduced as the new manager of the Knoxville Blueticks last night as the team was flying back to Knoxville after a series in Fairfax, VA. "We're pleased to finally put to rest what has been a season of high turnover in management. We've had several interim managers since 'Blackjack' Bryant was let go towards the end of last season and today we're finally able to move past that era and 'Stepp' into the future!" Said team owner Dodgerblue42.
The Blueticks have a solid core of young potential and are looking for a manager who can develop this talent and hopefully move the team up the league ranks. The Ticks have shown signs of life and glimpses of brilliance, however the franchise has never found themselves above league level 5, something Dodgerblue42 is working very hard to change!
Feb 19 2033: Blueticks ready for 2033 season - by DodgerBlue42 on July 28th, 2017
The Blueticks enter the 33 season off an extremely competitive playoff series. This is their second stint in league V.12 and the Ticks are hoping this season goes better than their last appearance. Dodgerblue42 commented, "2 years ago we were outmatched in essentially every league game we were in...there were many issues with the team both on the management side as well as on the roster." This year the team comes into the season with veteran manager Ben Bryant at the helm of a very young Blueticks core. The team has retained key veteran players such as pitching duo Larry Epps and former Cy Young winner Jorge Zunga, as well as their star CF Jimmy Baxter.
"This season could go several different ways but I have a feeling we will know the direction of the club after the first 30 games or so. Obviously our goal is to remain in V.12 for the 2034 season, then promote up the ranks as some talent from our farm system arrives."
Apr 29 2032: Farm system on the move - by DodgerBlue42 on June 1st, 2017
Big shakeups are coming to the Blueticks organization. Beginning in the year 2033 AA Turtles and A Highlanders will move the Knoxville region. Throughout the teams history they have always maintained a strong presence in the state of Hawaii, having all 4 minor league affiliates on the island state until 2030 when AAA Titans moved to Telico Plains, TN which is just an hour south of Knoxville Yard.
"The state of Hawaii is incredible, which is why we maintained a presence there for so long. This really is a difficult business decision." DodgerBlue42 went on to say, "We are committed to the Eastern Tennessee region, and by having our minor league affiliates within satellite distance will enhance the fan experience." One of the strongest achievements this front office has accomplished is their overhaul of the farm system. With the move or their A and AA affiliates to the region, fans will have the opportunity to see the future of the Blueticks in person rather than in Blueticks press releases.
No destination has been decided upon as the list of host cities is not yet available, but look for the teams to be located as close as possible to Knoxville. Also, no decision has been made as of yet for the fate of Rookie affiliate Honokaa Harpooners. Stay tuned for updates as they come in.
Jan 15 2032: Message Board - by DodgerBlue42 on May 9th, 2017
Good luck! I'd love to get some conversation going in the message board this season.
May 17 2030: Ritter out as manager - by DodgerBlue42 on January 3rd, 2017
After a disappointing cup run Grady Ritter has been relieved of his duties as manager of the Knoxville Blueticks. This move comes as somewhat of a surprise considering his success at the helm. Ritter managed the Ticks over the course of 4 seasons with each season seeing a rise in the overall rankings. However, it wasn't enough to please the front office. "Grady is a tremendous manager and we are grateful for the hard work he has put in during his time in Knoxville." Insider sources revealed that there has been no shortage of tension the past few weeks in the clubhouse. This with a mix of questionable lineup moves in game has led us to where we are today.
Incoming manager Caleb Feng arrived in town late last night and was introduced to the team this morning. Feng will also be introduced between the 1st inning of tonights game against Orland Park.