Mar 20 2046: 2046 Season brings many changes for Cardinals - by Alliepixie on June 29th, 2020
After finishing 76-84 two straight seasons and fighting to stay out of the basement many new players have been brought in. "In 2045 we had one of the lowest batting averages and highest amount of errors of any team in the league," said Coach Conti. "We have taken steps to not only shore up the defense but build a stronger offense in the off season."
The team while not having a great Spring Training numbers wise going 10-20 in this years Cactus league, the team considers this Spring a success in the amount of training provided to it's minor leaguers and the 3 junior major league players that had a significant role on the roster.
Adding 500 seats to Cleveland Heights Field will bring more fans into see the new Turf field installed this year. The announcer for the field warming up his play calling flicks the switch on the ballfield microphone and sings out "It's a beautiful day for BASEBALL"
Feb 05 2046: Bus leaves for Cactus League - by Alliepixie on June 18th, 2020
As the bus leaves for Spring Training there are many new faces filling the seats. After 4 straight losing seasons the Cardinals were very active in free agency. "We picked up some good players, some good players got away," said Coach Conti. "We have a lot of talent in our minor system to look at this spring."
Sources from inside the building say that the team has tried to shore up the defense which produced 115 errors last season. In the off season the grass at Cleveland Heights Field has been replaced with turf, which hopefully will help reduce those errors as well.
Oct 24 2045: 2045 season - by Alliepixie on June 9th, 2020
We would like to thank the fans of Cleveland Heights for a fun filled 2045 season. Some of the highlights include:
Sold out Cleveland Heights Field 18 times
Leonard Powell's 1st of many All Star game appearances
and who can forget Roger Graham's NO HITTER in the Cup game at the beginning of the season!
We look forward to next season. During the off season we will be looking to shore up our pitching staff and we will also be making some renovations to our ballfield. We will be shortening the name to Heights Field, adding 500 more seats, and changing the field from grass to turf.
We look forward to seeing you all next season.
Sep 04 2045: 2045 3/4 Way through the season. - by Alliepixie on May 27th, 2020
With the season entering the final 1/4 the push for the championship or the rebuilding for next year begins for most teams. Curious as to which direction the Cardinals will take for the remainder of the year I hunted down the always busy Manager Conti. He told me this, "There is never certainty in baseball, one day a hot streak the next cold. We are currently a few steps from the leader and a few steps from the last place, 2 games short of a .500 record and in 2nd place, nobody plays this game for 2nd-6th. Our plan is to get some of our young players more at bats and position training but not at the expense of losing sight of the prize. So to answer your question this year we will not stop to rebuild."
Running into the owner I asked how the season was progressing.
"It was a year ago that I took over the team and we were in a similar position as we are now. I was new and made some bonehead moves and we lost our fans and 60% of our games for the rest of the year. I have complete faith in Manager Conti and it shows our fan rating has jumped 20.37 points from the dismal start at the beginning of the year and we have sold out 15 home games! That is a win for me."
The Cardinals numbers do not look great, they win mostly by heart and tenacity. At times we have watched Manager Conti throw his cap into the dust and stomp it into the ground or we have watched him calmly eating gummy bears counting pitches, he and this team have been entertaining. I am looking forward to the rest of the season.
Jul 16 2045: 2045 Season hit halfway point. - by Alliepixie on May 14th, 2020
Congrats are due to Leonard Powell OF for his first ever Allstar appearance!
Half way through 2045 find the Cardinal's a little under .500, Batting averages improving and pitching getting a bit more under control. The team is poised to hit the field for the second half of the season.
Coach Conti had this to say when asked about the teams performance during the first half of the season, "The boys are playing hard and looking to finish strong. This is what we live for, Baseball."