Nov 02 2056: Goodbye and Good Luck in Retirement - by texg8r on October 7th, 2022
It is with a heavy dose of the upmost respect and appreciation that we announce the well earned retirement of long time Manager Mario Ayala. At the tender age of 71, Mario has made the decision to end his baseball career, going out on top by earning promotion to League 3. Ayala was at the forefront of Pembroke Pines' ascent from League 6 to become a top 70 team in the Broken Bat universe. Along the way he developed many of the club's most beloved players and created a culture centered on winning the right way. Ayala will be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame at the Home Opener of the 2057 season. We wish Mario and his wife, Glenda, all the best in the next phase of their life journey. When asked to describe how he will be spending his time Ayala responded by saying "I don't know, but I hope the Grandkids are ready for more time with their Pop Pop" Thanks for an amazing decade, Mario!!
Nov 02 2055: 2055 League V.1 Champs!! FLAGS FLY FOREVER - by texg8r on July 21st, 2022
In a remarkable turnaround, the Pembroke Pines Gators have captured their 2nd League title in 3 years. Down 3 games, the Gators needed the rare 4 in a row comeback to win the title, which they did on the back of some very solid pitching.
Series MVP Luis Alfaro was handed the start in Game 7, on short rest, and did not disappoint. The 24 year old, in just his second season of Major League ball, delivered 2 Quality Starts, with an ERA of 1.13 and 13Ks over 16 innings pitched. When asked about his performance Alfaro, who the team lovingly refers to as Alfalfa, said "I just approached the game like any other start, I didn't want to hype up the moment in my head, I just wanted to stay within the game and focus on the fundamentals that the organization has been instilling in me since the beginning.
Alfaro was a 1st round draft pick in 2048 and despite not topping any Top Prospect Lists has steadily moved through the organization and is now poised to be a regular feature in the starting rotation for years to come. Manager Mario Ayala had the following to say about his young pitcher. "Yes, you know, it's not very easy to put a 24 year old in that position. Its a lot of pressure even for a veteran. But, I knew that Luis could handle it because he's an exceptional young man and doesn't get rattled. He's really shown this year what he is capable of and I look forward to seeing more of that in the future."
Other standout performances in the series include pitchers Gilbert Croft and James Watkins, who each also started 2 games and had ERAs below 3. On the offensive side Mario Valentin had the hot bat with 2 HRs and 3 Doubles in his 27 ABs.
Now the Piners look forward to a return to League 4 and hope their experience is a big improvement over a challenging 2054 season that saw them come right back down to League 5 after only one season. For now, the team plans on enjoying a short vacation before getting ramped back up again for Spring Training. When asked what he plans to do during the break Center Fielder Thomas "Poison" Ivey said "Relax, go fishing, maybe hit some balls at the local Muni...the wife has a honey do list a mile long, so I'll be busy for sure."
The front office also plans to be busy in the offseason player market. They will seek to fill a few positions of need and to make upgrades where they can to ensure a longer stay in League 4. Owner and General Manager Texg8r had the following to say when asked about the off season strategy, "We will do whatever it takes to make sure we are competitive in League 4....and as always, we will be looking for guys that can come in right away and compete. It's a competitive market and clubs across the Broken Bat world will be looking to make moves, but I trust our Talent Development and Scouting Departments to identify the right pieces to make this puzzle complete."
Nov 01 2053: 2053 Champions!! - by texg8r on February 16th, 2022
After 7 long years and 2 previous attempts, the Pembroke Pine Gators can finally fly a banner over our soon to be expanded ballpark!! Congrats to the Coaching Staff and the Players for a job well done. It was an impressive season in which the team posted the bests results in both Runs Scored and Runs Allowed since the move to Pembroke Pines. Now the time has come to get ready for a new challenge in League 4....Let's Go Gators!!!!
Feb 19 2048: Pembroke Pines Announces New Promotion!! - by texg8r on November 20th, 2020
In order to pay honor to both the memory of the recently deceased Eddie Van Halen and the World Championship won by catcher Tomas Hernandez, Pembroke Pines is proud to announce Panama! night on March 25th for the Home Game against Brookview Island. Come to the park decked in your most glorious spandex pants and show off your moves. The fan that can most accurately depict a David Lee Roth scissor kick in their spandex pants while simultaneously screaming "Yeee HAH" will win free season tickets.
Jan 15 2047: Response to the Tasteless Kennesaw Hooters - by texg8r on September 1st, 2020
Don't try to blame your faults on us, the plain truth is...*bleep*. Sorry, not sorry.