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Team: Brentwood Bearcats [ID #628] Bookmark Brentwood Bearcats

Location: Brentwood, CA (West)

League: III.3 - West

Owner: Eric83 send message
          [since February 06th 2018 | last seen August 17th 2022]

Manager: Dave Blair

Ballpark: The Bear Cave

Rank: #62 - Rating: 165.57

Fan Mood: 100.70

Prestige: 20

Color: Blue & Gold

Team Notes:

• Jan 13 2056: Jermaine Abercrombie was hired as the new coach.
• Jan 13 2056: Coach Bob Larsen was let go.
• Jan 13 2056: Jorge Versalles was selected to the national team of Peru.
• Nov 02 2055: Dave Blair was hired as the new manager.
• Nov 02 2055: Omar Becerra was fired as manager.
• Aug 09 2055: Elliott Harding was claimed off of waivers.
• Aug 04 2055: Rogelio Oviedo was released.
• Aug 04 2055: Julian Rose was claimed off of waivers.
• Jul 28 2055: Ray Greco was released.
• Jul 28 2055: Luis Esquivel was claimed off of waivers.

League Record:

Wins: 14     Losses: 10     Pct: .583     Last10: 7-3     Streak: L2

Ave: 6.0 - 4.5     RS: 143     RA: 108     DIFF: +35         Power Index: 108.9


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Press Releases:

Jan 13 2056: Becerra retiring after 21 years as Brentwood manager - by Eric83 on July 22nd, 2022

Omar Becerra announced today that he will be retiring from baseball after 30 years in the big leagues. “Buddy” Becerra, as he has been known around the Bearcat clubhouse over the last two decades, has been the team’s only manager since the franchise’s inaugural season in Brentwood in 2035. In his time in West LA, the 67-year-old Becerra accumulated a 1,722-1,638 record in regular season play, 277 Cup wins, 6 conference championships, and 2 league titles.

“I can’t think of anyone who would have been a better fit to help build this team from the ground up than Buddy,” owner Eric83 said. “He changed the culture from Day 1, and developed a team that became competitive year in and year out. On behalf of the entire Bearcat family, I can’t thank Buddy enough for the contributions he’s made to this franchise and the community and wish him all the best in retirement.”

Not to overlook a dominant 110-win campaign in League VI early in his tenure, Becerra’s most success probably came from 2046-2049 when the team won three division titles in four years to reach League II.2 for the first time. The Bearcats have been a fixture in that league for the last six seasons, but was not able to make the leap to Legends. His best chance came in 2052, when the team finished three games out of first place. Brentwood followed that up with an 88-win season and #11 ranking in 2053 but was a distant second in the standings, as they did again in 2054. After a slow start to the 2055 season, ownership made the difficult decision that the team had probably peaked and started cutting some higher priced vets to clear playing time for younger players.

In a separate press conference Eric83 revealed 38-year-old Dave Blair as the next skipper. Blair may have his work cut out for him during his first manager experience. The core position players from the recent Becerra era are nearing retirement age themselves and the minor league system looks thin. Outside of 4-time Cy Young winner Reece Worthington, the team is devoid of star power to build around. Blair will have some big shoes to fill, but based on ownership's loyalty to their managers over the last 21 years, if Blair steps up to the challenge we may continue to see him at the Bear Cave for a very long time.

Jan 13 2052: 2051 recap: Worthington wins 2nd straight Cy Young - by Eric83 on September 20th, 2021

For the second year in a row, Royce Worthington took home League II.2’s top pitching honor, narrowing beating out Dayton’s Villarreal. The 25-year old phenom led the league in wins (18) and strikeouts (204), while posting the league’s second-best ERA (2.79) and WHIP (1.074). All four categories were career highs.

Worthington’s dominance proved necessary to help the Bearcats overcome a dreadful start to the season. By mid-June the team was sitting in last place with a 19-34 record, putting relegation as a serious possibility. The team went 58-39 over the next few months to finish safely in fourth place.

-Rui Omi broke out in his fourth season, earning his first All-Star nomination. The former 1st round pick was among league leaders in AVG (.298), SLG (.564) and OPS (.875), while adding career highs in several power categories (23 HR, 86 RBI, 46 2B) to go along with 22 stolen bases.
-Billy Ray “Bread” Crum earned his first All-Conference award and 2nd straight All-Star appearance, showcasing a tantalizing blend of speed (41 SB, 15 triples), power (53 doubles, 16 HR, 88 RBI) at the top of the lineup. His 107 runs scored were 2nd in the league.
-Father Time caught up with Toshiya Miura without warning, as the former ace had a career worst 16 losses and 5.24 ERA. An All-Star as recently as 2050, the team now needs to come to grips with the possibility that Miura’s is no more than a bottom of the rotation pitcher going forward.
-As a stark contrast, the ageless wonder Juan Mireles had another typically consistent season, and was the team’s second best starter (13-9, 4.12 ERA, 17/33 QS). After 15 years with the franchise, the former 1st round pick is expected to announce his retirement prior to the start of the 2052 season.

Looking ahead: The Bearcats have finished in 4th place and far from contention in both of their seasons in II.2, and appear to be "stuck". Most of the team's offensive players are in their primes, but collectively have only brought middle-of-the-pack production. Considering the team's AAA system is lacking star power, there is little motivation for the team to tear things down to get more playing time for youngsters. For the team to make a step forward they will likely have to heavily rely on the waiver market in 2052, particularly to find veteran help for the rotation, which remains a major question mark after Worthington.

Mar 23 2051: 2050 recap: Worthington Cy Young highlights otherwise blah season - by Eric83 on July 19th, 2021

Following up on a stellar rookie season that saw him take an L3 Rookie of the Year award in 2049, Reece Worthington earned the top honor in his sophomore campaign. In the Bearcats’ first season in L2, the former #1 draft pick showed no signs of pressure and delivered an excellent season (15-10, 3.50 ERA, .220 BAA, and a league-leading 194 Ks) that has the team drooling over his future potential. One of his biggest competitions for the award was from veteran teammate Miura, who finished 3rd in the voting (16-12, 3.31 ERA, 24/35 QS, 10 POTG).

The race between the two teammates were one of the few interesting storylines to a season that lacked drama. Division-winner Norman Aces held a double-digit lead in the standings virtually the entire year en route to 101 wins and the Bearcats maintained a comfortable lead above the relegation line throughout. This allowed the team to give more playing time to its youth for a second straight season, although it’s debatable how much this helped future growth. Management has to hope that young pitchers Versailles and Stockton can become fixtures in the rotation as Miura and Mireles enter the twilight of their careers. None of the batters that were called up from the minors during the year are likely to make a significant impact going forward.

And if the team is looking for the next cornerstone prospect, it won’t come from the 2050 draft class. By any measure it was the worst class the team ever drafted, as the team didn’t even scout a single 13 or higher POT player in any of the eight rounds. It’s widely believed that none of the year’s draft picks will still be in the farm system by the end of next season.

Jan 13 2050: 2049 recap: Bearcats promote to II.2 for first time - by Eric83 on April 17th, 2021

Brentwood used a blazing hot start to hold the division lead for the entire season and stamp their ticket to II.2 for the first time. The Bearcats won 20 of their first 24 games and already had a 10 game division lead by the end of April and never looked back. Brentwood’s 91 wins was the most it has ever had in League IV or above, but likely undershoots what the team was capable of if they hadn’t used their large lead to use experimental lineups throughout most of the year. Fringe prospects Terry, Joyner and Quigley each got over 100 at bats and rookie pitchers Versailles and Worthington both started at least 25 games.

Adding two rookies to the starting rotation early in the season seemed like a gamble at first but ended up being the best decision team management made during the year. Not only did the extra playing time accelerate their development greatly - the duo combined for 51 pops while on the big league roster - but their on the field performance was stellar. They were the only team starters with sub-4 ERAs, landing them in the top two in the Rookie Pitcher of the Year voting. Worthington (3.02 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) won the award, living up to his hype as a future ace. Versailles was originally projected as a future closer, but with Nichols having that position locked down for the next few years, the 21-year old showed that he can hold his own in the rotation. A 3rd rookie, Noel Stockton, got his first 6 big league starts as well, but showed his youth while compiling a 10.04 ERA. He will likely be given a chance for the 5th starter spot next season, to round out a rotation that also includes veterans Miura, Mireles, and Carrick.

Other highlights from the year:
  • Nathan Logan had the best season of his six year career. “The Natural” was among league leaders with a .807 OPS (8th), .287 AVG (5th), 105 RBIs (2nd), and .326 RISP (2nd).
  • Last year’s 1st round pick Rui Omi (.740 OPS, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 22 SB) made big strides in his sophomore season, improving in almost every statistical category.
  • 2048’s Rookie of the Year winner Billy Ray Crum didn’t have the same success in his second season, struggling with his bat for much of the year - although he did lead the league in stolen bases.
  • Jason Allen led the team with HRs (22), but only batted .196 in 491 ABs, creating a dilemma of what to do with his playing time next season.
  • 36 year old Nielsen was as sharp as ever in his 12th year with the Bearcats, finishing with a 1.89 ERA in 66 innings.
  • Draft update: The team’s first two picks this year, 15-POT Hardin and 14-POT Howard, are the highest rated prospects in the system. but will need to work on their batting to live up their potential. 3rd rounder Tad Bianco projects as a potential versatile backup defensive infielder. No one else from the draft class is expected to make the big leagues.

Feb 05 2049: 2048 recap: Bid for 3rd straight title falls short - by Eric83 on February 3rd, 2021

The Brentwood Bearcats were in the running for a 3rd straight title and a trip to League II throughout the year. Ultimately Brentwood finished 4 games back of division winner New London Rippers, compiling a 87-73 record.

Highlights from the year:
  • Colley had his best year as a pro, earning his 1st All-League nomination and 2nd All-Star appearance. He finished among league leaders in BAA (.311), OBP (.387) and BB (78), while adding 17 HR, 82 RBI and 96 runs scored.
  • Billy Ray Crum was the team’s highest rated draft pick ever, and lived up to the hype in his first full year in the bigs, earning the league’s Rookie of the Year award. “Breadcum” showed elite speed, finishing with 40 SB and 13 3B, which helped him score 88 runs. After a slow start, his batting numbers steadily rose as the year went on, but Billy will look to improve on a high strikeout (126) and errors (18).
  • The starting rotation yet again dominated throughout the year, led by the familiar faces of Miura (3.28 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 9 POTG), Mireles (3.63 ERA, All-Star), Carrick (3.69 ERA, 12 POTG), and newcomer Giles (3.14 ERA, 19/27 QS).
  • Jorgensen notched a career high 16 wins in relief
  • Top waiver pickups: 29-year old Giles was added in the offseason and may have been the team’s best starting pitcher. Late in the season, the team also added two other sub-30 pitchers within two days of each other, getting Nelson (12 claims) and Galindo (9 claims). Neither played much, but they should provide much needed depth for the aging pitching staff going into next year.
  • Draft update: 1st round pick Rui Omi instantly became an everyday player, but the 25 year old had an uneven rookie campaign. The team focused on high school players throughout the rest of the draft, none of which project to be more than marginal big league talent.
  • A fond farewell to De Li, who announced his retirement. The former 2nd round pick never fully lived up to his draft day hype, but he did provide stability in the lineup and field for nearly a decade and a strong veteran presence in the locker room after that. Li’s role had been reduced in recent years after the emergence of Nathan Logan, but he still amassed 1,344 games at 3B. Li earned one All-Star appearance in 2039, and finishes with career totals of 99 HR, 569 RBI, and 107 SB with a slash line of .254/.308/.397. Another former 2nd round pick, Irving “King” Kong, also announced his retirement, compiling a 3.84 ERA and 57 wins over 270 career games and 1,043 innings, mostly as a long reliever.