Oct 22 2052: Jets avoid awkward situation: Oshima to receive bonus - by tamale on November 29th, 2021
Haruto Oshima is one of the best pitchers in Jets history. His standout performances in recent seasons, including 4 appearances in the Legends All-Star Game, led him to receive a massive $5.15M contract in salary arbitration. A lesser-known aspect of this contract was an additional bonus of $500k to be paid if he reached 200 regular-season innings. His 2052 was another stellar season, and he appeared on track to reach this milestone. However, Jets PBO tamale controversially scratched him from his final two starts to prioritise younger players, leaving him stranded on 199 2/3 innings. To avoid upsetting the player, ownership has granted tamale’s request that the bonus be paid in full.
Oct 18 2052: Concord Jets relinquish title, announce front-office restructure - by tamale on November 27th, 2021
With Concord officially eliminated from playoff contention in the last home game of the season, ownership and the front-office announced an immediate the press conference at The Hangar. There, it was revealed that long-term GM tamale will vacate the role, effective immediately. However, instead of leaving the organisation, tamale will be named the Jets' first President of Baseball Operations.
In a prepared statement, tamale said: "When I was hired by the Jets in 2035, we had the single-minded objective of bringing the Legends championship back to Concord. Now that goal has been achieved, it's time for me to step back from the day-to-day business of running a baseball team. I'm an old man, and my energy levels are diminishing, but I'm looking forward to still being part of the new era of Jets baseball." At present, there are no plans to appoint a replacement GM, although current manager Ed Logan is rumoured to be moving to the front office in the near future.
When asked about what this means for the team's future, ownership said: "Our expectation is that nothing will change - the aim is still to compete, even at the highest level if possible. However, our pursuit of success has been expensive, in terms of the financial cost of the Legends league, and the resource cost of an intensive worldwide scouting operation on the waiver wire. Coupled with the financial pressures of COVID-52, we are changing direction. Having brought back the championship we will now instead focus resources on the local community, including increased investment in youth and women's baseball, and charitable work at the local hospital and food bank. Whilst these causes are now our primary objective, we still intend to have a competitive team based on sound drafting, analytics, player evaluation, and player development."
Oct 16 2052: My life, my youth, my happines! Goodbye. Bernardo Herrera to retire - by tamale on November 27th, 2021
Concord icon Bernardo "The Jet" Herrera has announced his intention to retire from professional baseball at the end of the season. The 35 year-old is currently the longest-serving member of the Jets organisation, having been drafted in 2033.
He was first called up in 2039, before most computer analysts believed him to be ready, and helped the Jets to a division title. He was soon in the majors permanently, and established himself as an ever-present at the top of the order, in RF/CF and even as an occasional catcher. A consistent performer, he reached the magical 2000 league hit milestone in his age-35 2052 season.
The most memorable moment of his career occurred in Game 6 of the 2050 Legends playoffs, when his laser-guided throw from the outfield secured Concord's first Legends championship. He ends his career having played over 2000 games for the Jets, and his CV contains 5 league championships, including 2 in Legends. All the best for retirement!
Feb 05 2052: Jets champions Sohn and Singletary offered 1-day contracts - by tamale on September 23rd, 2021
The Concord Jets welcomed back two of their favourite sons on February 5 2052, offering Jun Seo Sohn and Will Singletary one-day contracts. The duo formed a brilliant partnership at the back of the Jets bullpen for a decade, and today's announcement means it is likely they will retire in a Jets uniform. The Jets unveiled the surprise signings to much delight at the annual Fan Fest, which was also held to celebrate Concord's back-to-back Legends titles.
Singletary holds a special place in Jets folklore as GM tamale's first draftee to make the majors. Sohn's signing coincided with him being named the Jets' Pitcher of the Decade for the 2040s, and he is considered to be the best pitcher in Jets history.
Nov 02 2051: Jets create history, win back-to-back Legends titles - by tamale on September 16th, 2021
The Concord Jets achieved the rare feat of two Legends titles in successive seasons by defeating Texarkana 4-1 in the playoffs. The triumph came after the best regular season in franchise history, in which the team won 100 games for the first time under GM tamale. The club and the entire city of Concord are extremely proud of the manager Ed Logan, his coaching staff, and the players for their outstanding performance this season.