Sep 24 2055: Reyes hits for the cycle - by jezzat on July 11th, 2022
In Game 1 of the recent series at Colorado Springs, catcher Pablo Reyes become the first Rhino to hit the cycle since Dick Estes back in 2046. Admittedly, he was helped by having 9 at-bats in a game which the Rhinos eventually lost 5-4 after 18 innings.
Reyes got off to a flying start in his quest for this odd feat by getting the most difficult bits out of the way first, hitting a triple in the 2nd and a home run in the 4th.
The Renton native added a double in the 6th but then had a long wait for the elusive single, striking out in the 8th and 10th, failing again in the 12th and 14th before finally completing his quest in the top of the 17th. There was still left in this seemingly never-ending game for him to strike out again in the 18th before the home side clinched victory.
Sadly for Reyes the home run was the only RBI his efforts mustered which no doubt contributed to the Rhinos's loss. Asked how he felt after the game, Reyes' reply was short and too the point - "Knackered".
Oct 02 2052: No hitter for Rosado - by jezzat on November 24th, 2021
In game 2 of the recent series at Carson, Luis "The Boss" Rosado threw the first no hitter in recent Rhinos' history and was just 1 walk and 1 error away from a perfect game. Asked how he was feeling after the game, Luis replied "very happy".
Jul 07 2050: Landmarks for Ohgi - by jezzat on May 31st, 2021
Veteran 1B Richard Ohgi has notched up a number of landmarks in recent games. The 34 year old native of Franklin, New Jersey was the Rhinos' 2nd round draft pick back in 2034 and made his major league debut in 2039. Now he's reached the marks of 1500 hits (the 12th player in franchise history to do so), 1000 runs (only the 4th player to do so) and 300 Home Runs (just the 3rd player to do so).
When asked for a comment on his achievements Ohgi said "you know I don't actually exist don't you? This is just a computer game. Stop treating me like a real person".
Jun 15 2046: Estes strikes the bicycle! - by jezzat on July 22nd, 2020
In game 2 of the recent series away at Fort Lauderdale, outfielder Dick Estes competed one of the more esoteric, some would say pointless, achievements in baseball by hitting for the cycle.
Having hit a double in the 1st, home runs in the 4th and 6th and a single in the 8th, Estes completed the feat with a triple in 9th, during a 9-1 win for the Rhinos.
Speaking after the game, he said "when I knew I only needed a triple, I was determined not to hit another home run to help our run difference". The Rockford Bicycle Company has promised to present Estes with a Raleigh Chopper to mark his achievement.
Jan 15 2044: Hall of Fame inductees 2044 - by jezzat on January 12th, 2020
The committee has met and their decisions have been announced. This year the 2 new seats available in the Hall of Fame both go to pitchers, Ernesto Mata and Ramon Borrego.
These were the announcements the club made about these 2 great players.
"A native of Chicago, Ernesto Mata was drafted out of High School by what were then the Redlands Panthers in 2019 and stayed with the franchise until 2037, a period which included the move to Rockford in 2035.
He pitched in the majors for 11 seasons, was the Rookie of the Year in 2027, was an all-star 3 times and won the Cy Young award in 2032, which was also his most successful season with an 18-7 record.
In total he played in 360 games with a 127-114 record and an ERA of 3.64. He and fellow 2044 inductee Ramon Borrego become just the 3rd and 4th pitchers to join the Rhinos' Hall of Fame."
"Ramon Borrego joins the Rhinos' Hall of Fame less than a season after his retirement. Despite only being a 6th round draft pick in 2024, he rapidly became a fans' favourite and eventually a legend.
He was an all-star in 5 straight seasons from 2036 to 2040 and won the Cy Young award in 2038. He managed double digit wins in 11 seasons and ended with a 166-145 record in 501 games. Only fellow Hall of Famer Kendrick Conley has more wins for the Rhinos and it was fitting that Kendrick was able to travel to Rockford to make the formal presentation to Ramon, his fellow Californian."