Oct 15 2043: 1,000 wins approach for manager D.J. "Ray" Hartman - by crackit on January 4th, 2020
With the latest win of Deadwood Ambulators manager D.J. "Ray" Hartman moved within one game of win 1,000 and two games of win 1,000 with the Athletics. With two wins he will also clinch his third promotion which will match the four relegations during this period.
Whilst there have more downs than ups, there have been some of the club best season records starting with 2031 (his first year in the role) then 2038, 2039 and now 2043.
Update: D.J. Hartman reaches 1,001 wins with a 10-2 and 10-3 victory over Huntingdon Park Wolves (1,000 of these were with Applewood Crossing).
Nov 04 2042: Clint Johnson sweeps four league awards despite relegation season - by crackit on October 25th, 2019
Clint Johnson and Russ Egan came first and second in the League MVP polls despite the As being relegated. They both made the All League team.
Johnson further won his third gold glove at 3B and did Armando Benitez won his first at 1B.
Jan 15 2028: Adams goes and Jones in but questions raised about As ambition - by crackit on July 1st, 2016
Julius Adams was fired as manager after one year in post and overseeing the continued decline of the Athletics. The club had a 63-97 record with a -185 run differential and a first round exit from the cup in 2027.
Adams as a young manager was touted as a forward looking appointment, so the question arises how 50 year old Sam Jones meets up to this aim with an even worse win percentage with a 6-14 record with the Juneau Pirates.
The club say they were impressed by his approach to coaching the first team squad and are looking to him to reorganise the team as a number of long serving stalwarts with Legends League experience start to move on. Jim Kane and Angelo Cardenas have already left; Jeff Rhodes and Josh Harris are expected to follow in a season or two.
This is the generation that established themselves in the side after it was relegated to Div II and have been there as the fall continued. Jones's job now is to rebuild a team on a slim budget but there is an expectation that in a year's time Jones will be gone the same way as Adams.
This season the club has to reignite hope amongst its fans that it can move amongst Legends again.
Jan 15 2028: The Spirit of America comes to Applewood Crossing - by crackit on June 30th, 2016
Applewood Crossing Athletics Baseball Club is proud to announce its first stadium naming deal with Laird & Company distillers of applejack since 1780. Laird was America's first commercial distillery with License #1.
Given no actual money has changed hands the ballpark has been renamed the "Spirit of America" stadium in deference to our sponsors and as a small homage to the Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati.
Of the deal Applewood A's commercial manager sayeth "our cup runneth over!" Rumours of a move to Scobeyville, NJ home of Laird & Company have been firmly denied by the club.
Nov 04 2027: Which way now? - by crackit on June 25th, 2016
As fans await the outcome of negotiations with senior players to see what are the intentions of the front office; do they invest to seek a quick promotion or cut their cloth accordingly and look to rebuild through youth.
The underused veteran signing Fernando Espinosa is young enough but expensive whilst Lester Fischer may well have played well enough last season for his 35 years to be overlooked.