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Team: Presque Isle Vikings [ID #703] Bookmark Presque Isle Vikings

Location: Presque Isle, ME (New England)

League: V.12 - East

Owner: Cactusguy21 send message
          [since July 25th 2017 | last seen October 22nd 2017]

Manager: Michael Sinclair

Ballpark: Presque Isle Stadium

Rank: #145 - Rating: 148.83

Fan Mood: 110.35

Prestige: 25

Color: Purple & Gold

Team Notes:

• Mar 16 2034: Moved to Presque Isle.
• Mar 14 2034: Alfredo Jimenez was claimed off of waivers.
• Mar 10 2034: Tomoki Takeda was released.
• Mar 10 2034: Claude Gagnon was claimed off of waivers.
• Mar 08 2034: Tomoki Takeda was claimed off of waivers.
• Mar 04 2034: Emilio Cervantes was claimed off of waivers.
• Mar 02 2034: Glenn Parker was released.
• Feb 19 2034: Ron Madison was claimed off of waivers.
• Feb 04 2034: Robert Golden was signed as a free agent.
• Feb 03 2034: Terrell Bailey was released.

League Record:

Wins: 0 Losses: 0 Pct: .000 Last10: 0-0 Streak: -

Ave: 0.0 - 0.0 RS: 0 RA: 0 DIFF: 0


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Press Releases:

Mar 16 2034: Relocation! - by Cactusguy21 on October 21st, 2017

The Vikings have now relocated to Presque Isle, Maine as their new home, after 9 years in their temporary home in Berlin. The new turf field looks amazing, and we can't wait for the season to begin!

Aug 02 2033: Wyatt reaches 500 career stolen bases! - by Cactusguy21 on September 11th, 2017

Over the weekend, during the series finale at Garland, Vikings superstar and presumptive V.12 MVP Russ Wyatt stole his 500th base of his career. The milestone came in the 3rd inning with a swipe of third base, his fourth of a day that would see the speedster snag six stolen bases in a single game. He scored during that same at-bat off of a home run by center fielder Cory Sheppard. The Vikings went on to win the game 5-2.

Said manager Mike Sinclair after the game: "Russ, he's always been great about baserunning. He earned this. But knowing him, he's already looking to 1,000. He's only 27, if he has maybe six more good seasons he's there."

Wyatt has 64 stolen bases this season, which has allowed him to take over the Vikings franchise record, which was previously set at 489 by Shawn Jones (2005-2020). In third place is active bench player Matt Chambers with 483.

May 21 2033: Berlin's Impending Catcher Crisis - by Cactusguy21 on August 23rd, 2017

BERLIN, NH— Juan Pablo Berrios is having one heck of a season. The two-time all-star Catcher is currently sporting a .330 batting average, which would be a career high if the season ended today. The 32-year-old catcher is in his seventh season as a big league catcher. After being drafted in the 6th round out of college in 2023, Berrios bounced around various minor leagues before ending up on the then Bennington Grizzlies, and made his big league debut in 2027 for the newly relocated Berlin Vikings. Since then, he has posted a career .296/.354/.463 slash line as a powerful offensive threat in the lineup. However, his time may be coming to an end.

Berrios is reaching the age where his skills will take a sharp decline. Baseball Prospectus grades him at a 97 skill index, three points lower than last year. While that hasn't made a difference yet, his age will catch up with him soon, and a replacement needs to be found. This is where Berlin's crisis comes in,

At the start of the 2033 season, there was not a single player in the minors who was being groomed as a catcher. Heck, there wasn't even a backup catcher on the big league squad, beyond utility man Julian Gonzalez. This was certainly a problem.

The front office made some decisions in order to try to fill this gap. While it's still not as effective as the draft, progress has been made through free agency and the waiver wire. Let's evaluate.

First, the quest to find a backup. Journeyman Mateo Fernandez was signed in the offseason, however he was released on May 6 to make room for a different journeyman catcher, Benito Ontivaros. "The Jet" is now 34 years old however, and he is at best a one-year stopgap. So assuming that Berrios will decline to the point of being released, there won't be a catcher on the roster. The minors needed help.

First, GM Cactusguy made the decision to move 3B prospect Leonard Porter to catcher. The Vikings have a lot of depth at 3B, and so Porter became redundant. Rather than releasing him, the Vikings gave him a chance to start at catcher for the AAA Skyhammers.

Next, the Vikings signed Shane Takamatsu. Takamatsu did not play in 2032, but
the team still has hope in the 24 year old. Takamatsu, over the course of his minor league career, has played remarkably well for a player with his build, but only against righties. He has a .276 career averse against RHP, as opposed to a .192 against southpaws. So at best he could be a platoon player.

Thankfully, the team found on the waiver wire Evan Schmidt, a 2B with a hell of an arm, but terrible fielding and range. In otherwords, a perfect catcher. The 26-year old is grossly underdeveloped, but has sported a .292 average against lefties in AAA Masardis, and could easily slot into a platoon once he gains enough experience as a catcher. Schmidt has played 105 career minor league games behind the dish.

So the Vikings are taking steps to address their concerns at catcher, but the big question will be if it will work. After all, they will likely find themselves in a higher league next year, and will need production from their catchers. But what should they do? Could Porter start next year? Or perhaps a Takamatsu/Schmidt platoon? Julian Gonzalez? Or perhaps simply relying on free agent journeymen like Fernandez and Ontivaros? Or maybe even Berrios again? We will have to see. Tune in next week for another in-depth look at the Berlin Vikings!

May 06 2033: New Acquisitions - by Cactusguy21 on August 19th, 2017

Several roster moves were made today, as a result of league restrictions being lifted. Here are the important ones:

C Benito "The Jet" Ontivaros signed. C Mateo Fernandez released. Ontivaros will get the start in the upcoming series against Montgomery, in place of the injured Berrios.

Contract of 2B/SS Anibal Andrade selected from AAA Masardis. SS Ryo Shimizu released. Andrade will be thrust into the starting 2B role, as RF Ricardo Madrid will no longer play the position against lefties, and 2B Matt Chambers has been struggling as of late.

Contract of 3B Tony Versalles selected from AAA Masardis. Versalles will provide depth at 3B, as U Julian Gonzalez continues to see an expanded role. He will likely get the start against Salisbury in the final cup series.

Many other cuts and signings were made in the minor league system, the most significant being the release of Gabriel Wolfe and Jimmy Thomas, who have been in AAA since late April.

In other news, All-Star and two-time Gold Glove SS Cruz Toca will not be starting against LHP for the immediate future. Despite his excellent work with the glove, Toca has struggled his way to a measly .088/.162/.147 slash line against southpaws. Julian Gonzalez will be starting in his place. Gonzalez has experience at many positions, but this will be his first appearance at SS. Manager Mike Sinclair has gone on record as stating that this is a temporary measure. "Cruz has been struggling as of late, and I thought it would be a good idea to give him a bit of a break so that I can get a look at some of the younger guys on the roster. However, I expect him to recover his form soon and make a return to the lefties lineup."

Apr 10 2033: Sweep! - by Cactusguy21 on August 12th, 2017

After struggling out of the gate in the first cup series against Cicero, the Vikings rallied to gain four wins against Central Twin Peaks, improving their cup record to 5-3.

"I really like the way the team's playing right now. The pitching has been dominant, particularly from Cliff Reagan and Steve Baughman. But the most exciting part is seeing the bats heating up, guys like Matt Chambers, Corey Sheppard, and of course Luis Roldan are just killing it right now."

Cliff Reagan has been exceptional thus far. On 4 starts between the cup and the league, he has pitched his way to a 1.15 ERA and a 3-0 record over 31.1 innings. He has yet to fail to pitch a quality start.