Sep 04 2048: Tigers Part Ways with Salas and Ishida - by xLee227 on January 12th, 2021
The Minneapolis Tigers have officially parted ways with pitchers Ricardo Salas, 32, and Kazutaka Ishida, 31. Salas was signed in 2039 and made his major-league debut for the team a year later. One of the best pitchers ever from Guam, Salas was the lefty workhorse of the Tigers' rotation for 9 seasons, where he won a Cy Young in 2045. He finishes his Minneapolis career with a 4.02 ERA in 1,259 innings (16th in franchise history) and 73 quality starts (14th). After being posted by his team in NPB, Ishida was signed in 2040 and made his debut for the Tigers a year later. A lefty specialist, Ishida posted a 4.78 ERA across 363 innings for the team over 8 seasons.
Both Salas and Ishida were important contributors to the team's success during their tenure in Minneapolis, helping win not only a Legends league championship in 2046, but also a cup championship in 2042.
May 29 2048: Tigers Part Ways with Copeland - by xLee227 on December 17th, 2020
The Tigers have parted ways with veteran 32-year-old right fielder Frank Copeland. Drafted by the team in 2033, he made his major league debut in 2038, the first of 10 seasons in Minneapolis. Copeland was one of the finest contact hitters in the game and made a significant impact at the top of the Tigers' lineup for a decade. Copeland was named to the Legends All-League team twice, and finishes his Tigers career with a .284/.362/.396 triple-slash line (7th in franchise history for BA/OBP). His career-high 201 hits in the 2046 season ranks 8th all-time in the franchise single-season history as he drove the team to unprecedented heights with not only a Legends League Championship in 2046, but also a Cup Championship in 2042
Jan 22 2048: Michelangelo Announces Retirement - by xLee227 on November 17th, 2020
Third baseman Art "Michelangelo" McCartney, 36, announced his retirement earlier tonight after 12 seasons in the majors. An 8-time All-Star, he spent the first 10 years of his career in Harrisonburg before arriving in Minneapolis and propelling them to a Legends Championship in 2046. Michelangelo was a contributor in all aspects of the game, not only winning a Gold Glove for his defence at third, but also amassing an impressive .288/.356/.470 line in the batting box during his career across 1,639 games.
Jul 23 2047: Tigers Bid Farewell to Tovar Amid Mid-Season Retooling - by xLee227 on October 17th, 2020
Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Tigers parted ways with longtime third baseman Rodolfo Tovar, 33. A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, Tovar joined the franchise at age 18 and made his major league debut just four seasons later. Over the next 11 seasons, he was one of the team's most consistent contributors on both offense and defense, finishing with not only a franchise-record 8 consecutive Gold Glove awards, but also three All-Star awards. He finishes his Tigers career with 1,344 hits (10th all-time in franchise history) in 1,483 games (8th).
Tovar's release marks the third time this season the team has moved on from a long-time Tiger as management attempts to walk a fine line to retool while still endeavouring to be competitive in Legends. Minneapolis is now home to not only 6 batters with less than two years of experience, headlined by catcher Felipe Caldera, 24, and shortstop Edouard Pelletier, 26, but also 5 pitchers with less than two years of experience, led by Rogelio Puentes, 27. The Tigers also designated for assignment 28-year-old relief pitcher Donovon Dyson, who spent five seasons on the major league roster.
Jun 15 2047: Tigers Part Ways with Dunham - by xLee227 on October 6th, 2020
Last week, the Minneapolis Tigers officially bid farewell to longtime starting pitcher Mario Dunham, 33. Acquired in 2039, the Illinois native was immediately an important part of the team's starting rotation for the next eight seasons. He finishes his Tigers career with a 3.73 ERA (8th all-time in franchise history) in 1311 innings (12th), amassing 81 wins (11th) and 804 strikeouts (15th). Dunham was an All-Star in 2046 while anchoring the rotation to a Legends Championship, and also contributed to 3 league championships and a cup championship as well.