Jan 15 2028: Adams goes and Jones in but questions raised about As ambition - by crackit on July 1st, 2016
Julius Adams was fired as manager after one year in post and overseeing the continued decline of the Athletics. The club had a 63-97 record with a -185 run differential and a first round exit from the cup in 2027.
Adams as a young manager was touted as a forward looking appointment, so the question arises how 50 year old Sam Jones meets up to this aim with an even worse win percentage with a 6-14 record with the Juneau Pirates.
The club say they were impressed by his approach to coaching the first team squad and are looking to him to reorganise the team as a number of long serving stalwarts with Legends League experience start to move on. Jim Kane and Angelo Cardenas have already left; Jeff Rhodes and Josh Harris are expected to follow in a season or two.
This is the generation that established themselves in the side after it was relegated to Div II and have been there as the fall continued. Jones's job now is to rebuild a team on a slim budget but there is an expectation that in a year's time Jones will be gone the same way as Adams.
This season the club has to reignite hope amongst its fans that it can move amongst Legends again.
Jan 15 2028: The Spirit of America comes to Applewood Crossing - by crackit on June 30th, 2016
Applewood Crossing Athletics Baseball Club is proud to announce its first stadium naming deal with Laird & Company distillers of applejack since 1780. Laird was America's first commercial distillery with License #1.
Given no actual money has changed hands the ballpark has been renamed the "Spirit of America" stadium in deference to our sponsors and as a small homage to the Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati.
Of the deal Applewood A's commercial manager sayeth "our cup runneth over!" Rumours of a move to Scobeyville, NJ home of Laird & Company have been firmly denied by the club.
Nov 04 2027: Which way now? - by crackit on June 25th, 2016
As fans await the outcome of negotiations with senior players to see what are the intentions of the front office; do they invest to seek a quick promotion or cut their cloth accordingly and look to rebuild through youth.
The underused veteran signing Fernando Espinosa is young enough but expensive whilst Lester Fischer may well have played well enough last season for his 35 years to be overlooked.
Nov 04 2027: Fischer stand-out performer in relegation season - by crackit on June 25th, 2016
Whilst the As struggled throughout the 2027 season, Lester Fischer performed excellently at a personal level receiving divisional All-star, All-team and Golden Glove awards.
The 34 year old enjoyed a minor renaissance batting at an average of .290 (.368 OBP;.449 SLG;.796 OPS) and contributing 75 RBIs and 75 runs.
In the field the former San Diego and Jefferson City third baseman made only two errors in 134 games (132 at right field) and contributed two double plays and 16 outfield assists at a Fielding Percentage of .969
It is not yet clear whether Lester's performance has earned him another season with the As, now in division IV; we guess that a lot will depend on where Lester sees his future after a good season and whether his wage demands are too steep for the relegated club.
Oct 04 2027: With apologies to Chris Martin - by crackit on June 16th, 2016
Back at the start I was just guessing at numbers and figures, pulling the puzzle apart. Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be so hard. I'm going back to the start, Division IV that is.
I first picked up Applewood Crossing in 2013; took them all the way to the giddying heights of the Legends League; twice finished second to Thunder Bay in the West before overseeing their plummet back down the league again.
The squad looks alright but we can't seem to stop other teams scoring runs on us, which is ironic given we have always placpl such an emphasis on defense.
Now it's time to rebuild and ensure we don't fall to new lows (Divisions V and VI) .