Feb 19 2042: Flurry of Off Season Acquisitions for Falcons - by JohnnyBoi62 on August 16th, 2019
It was a noisy off season for Florissant, much like when the club was acquired by new management JB midway through the 2041 season. Hall of fame falcons manager Cesar Becerra (now GM) had this to say via webcast from a remote location:
"The top priority was to acquire some no doubt batting talent to bolster our lineup vs RHP. This both grew the payroll and average age at the highest level. We then trimmed some of our middling minor leaguers and went for what we deemed were players ready to quickly make the jump from AAA to the majors. If and when they do they should be able to replace high dollar talent that doesn't live up to hype. We are also happy with some of the moves we made at relief pitching, and think that can be a strength of our this season."
When specifically asked about his time as club manager when the team was located in Scranton, if he was in fact "The Scranton Strangler", Becerra had no comment.
Notable additions were Quincy Hale, a young pitching phenom with 61 waiver claims, and Frank "The Tank" McNulty. McNulty insisted on listing his weight at "218" instead of using the teams official scale. He was the first player in team history to negotiate an "opt-out" clause in his contract concerning team conditioning. Lastly, he made headlines by bringing an entire fried-turkey for lunch on his first day with the club. Hopefully "The Tank" can turn all that protein intake into some homers this season!
Sep 18 2041: Giddy Florissant Ownership Happy to Give Florez Another Shot at VI.24 League Title in 2042 - by JohnnyBoi62 on July 27th, 2019
As the old saying goes: "If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em"
That's just what Florissant did by hiring Humberto Florez, former manager of their league rivals the Oxford Phoenix. If you're keeping up with the drama in the VI.24 league, you'll know that the Phoenix absolutely crushed it this year, and it's looking like their stay at LL6 will be a short one. Still, the decision to part ways under such terms is a somewhat contested one. A huffing Florez stormed into the Florissant clubhouse looking for answers after having just been let go on the eve of yet another LL6 championship for the aging skipper.
Apparently it only took a 90 second conversation between Florez and Falcons Ownership to decide now was the time to make the unpopular decision to replace Monte Harding after a frustrating career with the franchise that sadly never produced a winning season.
"You never like to admit it, but Mr. Harding simply lost control of this team after the all star break" remarked Falcons owner Johnnyboi. "We did nothing but support Mr. Harding all year. We operated at a loss, we restructured the franchise to play to his strengths, we brought in even more talent when his gaps at generating offense became more evident. And what did we get out of all of that? No noticeable change in direction. Frankly, this was the only next step that we had in mind. To be fair we didn't foresee that a proven winner would come storming in demanding a job with over a month left in the season, but that was a pleasant little surprise to end an otherwise disappointing year."
Florez will hit the ground running as he squares up against his old team in his first assignment at the Florissant helm. "I just want to get back to work and get back to LL5 as soon as possible" remarked Florez. "I don't know how many more years I have left in this game, so I'm just going to take it one day at a time and leave my mark on the Falcons franchise as best I know how."
Aug 28 2041: Harding in the Hot Seat as Falcons Nose Dive Drags On - by JohnnyBoi62 on July 21st, 2019
It hasn't been pretty for the Florissant Falcons since the all star break. They managed to win the first two series and then went on an epically bad 4-24 run that takes us to today.
Primarily to blame is a complete lack of offense. While this was a known weakness of aging manager Monte Harding, fans and ownership are realizing just how bad this guy can be at getting his players out of slumps quickly.
As Harding has been less and less available for post game interviews, the general manager has this to say: "The approach as this losing swoon has intensified has been to maintain a winning season and keep looking for better players via free agency, but at some point decisions have to be made as to whether Mr. Harding is the right manager to rebuild this franchise."
Jul 09 2041: Florissant Shirks off the "Rebuilding Year" Tag Heading into the All Star Break - by JohnnyBoi62 on July 9th, 2019
With just under half the season in the books and the Florissant Falcons trailing behind its league leader by 12 games, you'd think tag lines like "rebuilding year" and "moral victories" would be the descriptors used by clubhouse heads to talk about this season. Fiery manager Hawkeye Harding has a different take:
"Did we find another level of play and elevate our game this season? Sure. Am I happy being a 3rd place team that most would write off at this juncture? Heck no. I'm going to keep running out lineups that give me the best chance to win. Fans are going to remember 2041 as the year I chewed through enough pitching talent to finally set up a solid rotation and reliever corps to become a menace in LL6. I'm going to keep us as tight on Oxford's heels as possible and see if they like leaving doors open for people. If it gets to the point that math tells us we'll be staying here next season, then I'll expand the roster and start thinking about moves for next season. Until then all transactions and roster decisions are for putting together a winning team this year."
When asked if he had any closing comments Harding replied: "Anybody know any no-doubt closers or lock down middle relievers? I got about 10 blown saves this year telling me that's my highest priority right now!"
May 31 2041: VI.24 Roundup: East Division Race Heating Up - by JohnnyBoi62 on June 29th, 2019
It looks like it's going to be a knock down, drag out fight for the VI.24 East pennant race. Currently Oxford sits atop the east with a slim 1/2 game lead over Valdosta. Your Florissant Falcons and the Kissimmee Koi are still in contention at 9 games back, but need to get serious if they want to join the race.
Valdosta was just acquired by fiery new management looking to take the East's top spot this year and trounce Florissant's bid for a single season comeback story. The word on the street is these two ownership groups have had a contested rivalry that dates back to Simyard competition days.
The Falcon's manager Monte Harding isn't phased by all the goings on this season. "I'm in my 14th season with this ball club, and this is the first year I can say we feel like contenders. I just hope this turnaround happens fast enough for me to be a part of it." If Florissant can take care of business over the next handful of series against teams at the bottom of the standings, it could become a three horse race down the wire.