Jun 27 2044: On Top - by PrivateSnowflake on February 22nd, 2020
Bloomington, IN.: The Thunder sit atop the BrokenBat world today with the franchise's first number one overall ranking.
Nov 04 2043: Thunder down Dayton in Game 7 - by PrivateSnowflake on January 9th, 2020
Bloomington, IN.: Call courtesy WBLM. "42,000 on their feet as Dayton is down to their last strike...Bauer gets the sign...Cahill levels the bat a couple times...Bauer kicks and deals...swing and a miss! And the Bloomington Thunder are your 2043 champions!"
Aug 31 2043: Pitching Propels Thunder In Cup Tourney - by PrivateSnowflake on December 24th, 2019
Pasadena, CA.: The Bloomington Thunder closed out the Pasadena Owls on a hot evening in front of a capacity crowd of 30,000 in the same fashion they had done all tournament long, by holding the home team to two runs over two games. Sporting a miniscule 2.37 team ERA and an impressive .204 BAA for the tournament, Bloomington coasted to the club's first-ever Cup Championship.
Aug 31 2042: Shannon back in Bloomington - by PrivateSnowflake on October 8th, 2019
Bloomington, IN: Hours after his release from Troy, Matt Shannon has reached an agreement to return to the Thunder dugout as manager. Despite a return to the top division, Preston Orlando was unable to duplicate his success from a year ago and once Shannon became available, a split was unavoidable. Shannon returns 7 seasons removed from a Cup semi-final run and 6 seasons removed from a Legends East Division crown.
Oct 20 2036: Leonardo Mendoza to say "goodbye" - by PrivateSnowflake on July 16th, 2018
Bloomington, IN.: Manager Matt Shannon has made a subtle change to the lineup card for the last home series of the season. After 18 seasons, one of, if not the greatest hitter in franchise history will take his final swings and give Thunder fans a chance to say goodbye to the legendary Leonardo Mendoza.
Pulled out of the Dominican as a teenager and inserted into the lineup at 17, Mendoza would struggle early on until new and current ownership sent him to the minors to refine his craft. The left-handed hitter returned just a couple of years later to lead Bloomington from the lowest level of the game to a Legends berth this past season.
A career .300+ hitter, Mendoza manned first-base and batted second for nearly two decades in Bloomington while winning a batting title with a franchise best .384 in '24 to go along with multiple All-Star and All-League performances.
Leonardo Mendoza will no doubt take his place among the franchises best when he is enshrined into the Hall of Fame this offseason.