Mar 25 2052: 2052 brings questions and hope - by El jefe on October 5th, 2021
Urbana clung to life in III.2 for a second straight season, albeit in a slightly more consistent fashion than in 2050. Whereas the Cubs drastically tailed off after the midway point in 2050, Urbana hung around the .500 mark for most of 2051. Once again, the end of season slide that has become "the norm" for this club, reared its ugly head and almost resulted in the Cubs dropping into relegation after being in 2nd place most of the season.
All-Conference RF Abelardo Bustos refused to let that happen though, and with the help of strong pitching led by a career year from Emilio Aragon, the Cubs staved off late season charges from Germantown and Weymouth. The Cubs are still relatively young with a lot of new names looking to make their mark, so while a lot of question marks remain, the faithful fans hope that 2052 will be a step in the right direction.
Mar 02 2051: Wolf Tanner fulfills destiny against Moo Cows - by El jefe on July 10th, 2021
Checking off another box in his HOF bucket list, Wolf Tanner fulfilled his career long wish of playing against the Moo Cows...albeit in Spring Training. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2038 draft by the Moo Cows, Tanner was picked up by Urbana that same season on waivers and started his career long quest to elevate Urbana to the same league level at the prestigious Moo Cows.
While fates did not align in the relegation lottery this past season, they did for Spring Training. Tanner flew out to center in his lone AB and made 4 nice plays in the field before being lifted in the 5th.
Ms Cow was complimentary of Frank "The Tank" Edwards for playing Tanner in a meaningless game. Murmurs of tampering were also heard as Ms Cow made several references to grazing the fields of the Cowabungalow if Tanner wants to wrap up his career there. The Moo Cows dugout exchanged questioning glances.....
Mar 30 2050: "Rowlf" Corona inducted into Hall of Fame - by El jefe on May 5th, 2021
Rodolfo "Rowlf" Corona was inducted into the Urbana Hall of Fame today after 15 big league seasons mostly spent at 2B and SS. A staple in the community and at the top of Urbana’s lineup given his penchant for working counts and getting on base, Corona is a 4-time All-Star, 3-time All-Conference player, and 2-time League Champion. He is first all-time in hits (2,315), doubles (467), runs (1,086), walks (1,007), double-plays turned (794), at-bats (8,059), and games played (2,003), 4th in career average (.287), 3rd in average with RISP (.306), and top-10 in RBI's (788).
Congratulations to Rowlf Corona on his career achievements and thank you for your contributions to the Urbana organization
Nov 02 2049: Urbana stands strong; wins 2nd League Championship in 3 seasons - by El jefe on April 16th, 2021
Champagne sprayed in the air and bottle corks flew around the locker room as Urbana celebrated its IV.3 League Championship. For the first time in 40 long seasons, Urbana will compete in Conference III!
The 2049 season was truly a team effort with a solid, yet startlinging unspectacular, performance up and down the lineup and the starting rotation. The differentiator was a dominant bullpen with several shutdown arms, that time and again closed the door on opponents comeback dreams and kept Urbana within striking distance in later innings.
Of special note, 2B Xavier Valencia earned his first All League selection and staff ace Federico Sandoval won 15 games for the 11th time in his storied career. Meanwhile, Wolf Tanner missed out on his 3rd consecutive 30/30 season but hit a few career milestones along with way, surpassing 200 career HR and 300 career SB.
Upgrades will need to be made in the off-season to compete at the next level, but for the time being the Cubs are breathing with big smiles.
Sep 30 2048: Luke Townsend's historic stretch propels Urbana in pennant chase - by El jefe on January 20th, 2021
OF Luke Townsend drove Urbana to 4 straight key wins over division rivals Davenport and Paterson, with a historic 4-game stretch that saw him hit 7 HR's, drive in 17 runs and hit .556. During this stretch, Townsend saw his OPS increase 58 points from .749 to .807.
Picked up off the scrap heap in 2045, Townsend has developed into a reliable presence in the middle-lower part of the batting order, and is a feared OF presence due to his dangerous arm that has produced 36 outfield assists over the last 2+ seasons.