Oct 24 2047: Ortiz and Falcons Soar in 3rd Straight Division Title - by JohnnyBoi62 on November 9th, 2020
68 year old manager Marcos Ortiz capped his third straight division championship with another 100+ win season. The Falcons pulled off an incredible 106-54 season that saw overperformance in many ways.
"I honestly don't know if I can do this team justice in trying to spread the credit for this season. I felt like every time I needed someone to step up, they were able to" remarked Ortiz.
On offense, Pinto and Cueto were the perennial juggernauts, the first racking up 148 RBIs and 35 HRs and the second leading the team in hits and OBP.
By examining the pitching stats, it's evident that's where the real team effort came into play. "We had DeLong put up a dominant 20 win season, but outside of that it was a plethora of good pitching. Longoria may have posted a ROTY performance with his 9-3 record and 14 QS. Figueroa and Lawson were lock down relievers. Solis just posted 56 saves, which bested his two earlier records from the last two seasons. It really was a dominant pitching staff this year, which made my job that much easier".
A good storyline this year was also some strategic acquisitions that took place before the regular season even began. Owner JohnnyBoi was able to bring back 2031 draft pick Kelvin Clifton who proved to be very valuable soaking up innings at 2B while managing to acquire 396 ABs and scored 59 runs. Not bad for a 34 year old! The other savvy move was getting Mateo Tejada into the mix in the bullpen. The lefty reliever had a breakout season where he posted 9-3 record including 67 IP and a 2.14 ERA.
When asked about his thoughts on next season Ortiz had this to say: "There were lots of stories like this, so I hope that it continues into next season. The key to our success in this run up over the last 3 seasons were consistently sound pitching and good defense. That will remain my emphasis with this ball club because we are going to need the same or better out our guys in III.3 next season."
The Falcons will face the Brentwood Bearcats in the IV.6 league championship. This series will be a rematch of the 2046 V.12 championship series where the Bearcats defeated the Falcons in 6 games. Ortiz had this to say on the upcoming series: "Brentwood is one of those teams that is just plain good from top to bottom. I hope we can get out there and get the momentum early, because they seem to be a very clutch team."
Sep 30 2047: Falcons Lose "Hurricane Hale" for Stretch Run - by JohnnyBoi62 on November 3rd, 2020
In a disappointing turn of events, the Falcons bid farewell to one of their big arms as Quincy "Hurricane" Hale suffers a torn labrum in a 0-3 loss to the Pinellas Park Jaguars.
"Quincy was a category 4 menace in IV.6 this year" said Manger Marcos Ortiz. "Don't let the 10-7 record deceive you, he had his stuff popping and could make the best of them miss. Plus that arm could eat up innings like nobody's business. Losing him for the rest of the year throws a wrench into how I like the pitching staff to click."
Ortiz said mid season acquisition Perry Darden would be rejoining the club and getting an emergency start to provide a stop gap and some time to reevaluate the situation. The team is in 1st place with a 6.5 game lead, but Ortiz isn't taking any chances: "I'm really glad we brought Darden on board when we did. With 20 games left to go, we need to keep nabbing wins any way we can get them. I'm also counting on our bullpen more than ever to stay strong and close this thing out for us."
Sep 12 2046: Chris Hopper Ends 2046 Run Early - by JohnnyBoi62 on August 14th, 2020
Today, Falcons legend Chris Hopper announced he will be opting out of the remainder of the 2046 season, capping a 12 year big league career with the Falcons in what will most likely be his retirement from the game as well.
Hopper finished his career 4th in all time franchise wins, IP, and complete games (128-2150-27), and 1st in quality starts, shutouts, WHIP, and Game MVPs (180-8-1.221-72). Adding to these league stats, Hopper managed a 20-14 record in Cup play with similarly impressive numbers, which is an accomplishment for a pitcher who spent all but the last short year of his career at the LL.VI level, and more than half of that time on teams with losing records.
The 5 time all star won the CY young in a mighty 2044 campaign, and then all but defended his title in 2045 championship run, ultimately finishing 2nd by a few votes to teammate Rickey Gamble.
Hopper had this to say: "Being a part of this team's turnaround from 2041 on was nothing short of spectacular. I will always cherish seeing this organization gel and rise the way it did. I said at the beginning of this season I only wanted to stick around if I could meaningfully contribute. While I had some early success at LL.V, after a couple times through the league I could tell the talent up here had figured me out, so it was time to move on."
Owner Johnnyboi also had this to say: "Today the Falcons say a heartfelt goodbye to our 'Mr. Dependable'. Chris was almost alarmingly consistent when you look at his body of work. This turnaround is due in no small part to his ability to pass on that consistency to the rest of the team. I am truly amazed that as a lefty he was able to slang that boomerang slider in on the righties with such precision."
May 05 2046: Falcon Faithful Hold "Happiest Fans in BrokenBat" spot for 2nd year in a row! - by JohnnyBoi62 on July 10th, 2020
You guessed it folks! On the back of yet ANOTHER solid outing for 34 year old Chris "The Tempest from Tempe" Hopper, the Falcon Faithful got all riled up again for the 2nd time in 2 years about the newest round of polls listing them as the happiest fans in BrokenBat.
The franchise first clinched the top spot in Fan Mood on May 14th, 2045.
This was Hurricane Hopper's 147th career win and 203rd quality start. Of those he's amassed 20 wins in cup play over 287 IP, with a career cup WHIP of 1.17. Honing in on just his performance in his 30s, Hop is sporting a cup record of 9-3, with 9 of his 18 starts in that time counting as quality.
Mar 12 2046: Chris Hopper Announces Intention to Remain a Falcon in 2046 - by JohnnyBoi62 on June 25th, 2020
Despite the recent rankings polls telling aging Falcons ace that he's lost a step, or to be more accurate 7 steps in the offseason, Chris Hopper has in fact been sited at Falcons ST Camp: http://brokenbat.org/player/139624
When asked if he had any response to his harsh treatment via the "scouting experts", Hopper had this to say:
"I only want to play for this team if I add a competitive element to it. I feel great, I'm coming off of a season where I all but defended my Cy Young award in our championship run in 2045, and frankly I want to keep slinging the ball as long as Manager Marcos Ortiz allows me to. Besides I was happy with how I modified my slider a bit last season and am going to try and mold that into a true "slurve" for this season. If that works and the starting spot dries up for me, I intend to live on as a LHS. So basically, my intention is to be fielding these very same questions about my ability to play this time next year as well. Thank you."
So you heard it from Chris "The Hammer" Hopper from the big man himself folks! We'll see how he does with another lap on his record and in some stiffer competition in V.12!