Nov 02 2051: Bridgeport Finishes Fourth + End of Season Awards - by CabbageWarrior12 on September 17th, 2021
The Bridgeport Bluefish continue their streak of remaining in League V.16 with an end-of-season hot streak that left the team in fourth place to end the year. While below .500, the Bluefish still ended up having a positive season in the long run, with young players such as Glen Maddox (2nd in Rookie of the Year voting) and Philip John getting some playing time and with big breakout seasons from Duane Webb among others.
With the season coming to an end, let's take a look at the season's best performers.
(min. 400 PA) At Bats: Joaquín Botello (599) Hits: Joaquín Botello (180) Doubles: Gary Sandvik (48) Triples: Joaquín Botello (8) Home Runs: Gary Sandvik & Greyson Shea (21) RBIs: Gary Sandvik (84) Walks: Lloyd Clawson (74) Strike Outs: (Least): Joaquín Botello (52) Stolen Bases: Gary Sandvik (22) Average: Joaquín Botello (.301) OBP: Joaquín Botello (.354) SLG: Joaquín Botello (.471) OPS: Joaquín Botello (.825) POTGs: Gary Sandvik (10)
(min. 30 IP) Games: Brett Simmons (53) Wins: Rafael Roche (14) Losses (Most): Edgar Toro (12) Saves: Brett Simmons (46) Innings Pitched: Edgar Torro (237) Earned Runs: Brett Simmons (14) Walks Issued (Least): Joshua Wicker (14) Walks Issued (Least: Starter): Dennis Dwyer (19) Strike Outs Issued: Edgar Toro (170) Home Runs Allowed: Kwame Whitlock (26) Complete Games: Rafael Roche (9) Shutouts: Dennis Dwyer & Rafael Roche (1) Quality Starts: Rafael Roche (18) ERA: Brett Simmons (2.42) ERA (Starters): Dennis Dwyer (2.71) WHIP: Dennis Dwyer (0.962) WHIP (Starters): Dennis Dwyer (0.962) FIP: Brett Simmons (3.43) FIP (Starters): Edgar Toro (3.95) BAA: Dennis Dwyer (.217) BAA (Starters): Dennis Dwyer (.217) POTGs: Rafael Roche (11)
(min. 80 games played) Caught Stealing Percentage: Darren Bass (29.5%) Double Plays Turned: Joaquín Botello (83) Outfield Assists: Gary Sandvik (22) Errors (Most): Corbin Haynes (13)
*Statistics in BOLD indicate league-leading statistics
**Statistics in BOLD ITALICS indicate tied league-leading statistics
Oct 07 2051: Byron Lacy Announces Retirement - by CabbageWarrior12 on September 9th, 2021
15-year veteran Byron Lacy announced his retirement following Bridgeport's 5-2 victory over the Manassas Rebels. In the post-game press conference, Lacy expressed his love for the game and for his teammates. Over his three years with Bridgeport, Lacy slashed .271/.289/.447 in 1745 plate appearances, hitting 49 bombs and accumulating 223 RBI's. Lacy's best year with the Bluefish came in his first year of play, in which he got 189 hits, 54 doubles, 88 RBI's, and 86 runs scored, attending his first and only all-star game in a Bluefish uniform.
Lacy plans to finish out this season, one in which the Bluefish are struggling mightily, sitting at 68 wins and 80 losses. The Bluefish will need to find a replacement at first base, hopefully, one that will jumpstart this ballclub to a playoff appearance. Currently, the Bluefish have backup first baseman, Phil Vick, first in line for Lacy's replacement. The 23-year-old may get his chance to start next year.
Thank you for all you have done, Byron! The Bluefish organization wishes you the best of luck!
Apr 18 2051: Benjamin Edwards Takes Mysterious Vacation - by CabbageWarrior12 on July 26th, 2021
Bridgeport's starting pitcher Benjamin Edwards mysteriously vanished following April 15th's outing in which Edwards let up 4 runs in just 4+ innings. After Edwards was pulled from the game, manager Stacy Ahrens stated that he went into the clubhouse and he hadn't seen him since.
Corbin Haynes was the last person to see Edwards, as he was exiting the clubhouse as Edwards walked past him. "I mean, he didn't really seem phased by the outing. It definitely wasn't his best stuff, but I'd never seen him that calm after a bad performance. He didn't say a word to me, just walked right by into the clubhouse," Haynes said in an interview postgame.
There have been reports of sightings as far as Antarctica. One particular photo has been circulating around the internet, which shows an Edwards-like figure dressed like an Eskimo, ice-fishing. As of now, nobody has made contact with the one-time all-star since the 15th. In a corresponding move to the disappearance of Edwards, Bridgeport has terminated his contract and has signed pitcher Victor Benavidez in his place, a five-time all-star and two-time all-leaguer. Benavidez is slated to make his first Bridgeport start tonight.
Apr 14 2051: Bass Makes the Switch to Left Field - by CabbageWarrior12 on July 25th, 2021
During their loss to the Biloxi Thresher Sharks on April 12th, Bluefish captain and four-time gold glover Darren Bass made his first start at left field. In fact, this marks the first time in Bass' career that he made a start at any position other than catcher. Following the game, Bass was interviewed and asked about the switch.
Reporter: "So we saw that you started today in left field. First off, congratulations. I'm sure it was pretty difficult playing a different position after catching your entire career. Was there any reason for the switch? Injury, curiosity?"
Bass: "Haha, yeah, thank you. Uh, I mean yeah, it was definitely different. Yaknow, you go from being behind the dish having 100 mile per hour fastballs being thrown at you to watching it all 200 feet away. It was certainly different, but not necessarily bad...The reason I'm making the switch is just that I'm not really as young as I used to be. I mean, catching really takes a toll on you, and eventually, it got really tough getting behind the dish every day. I'm not really quitting catching. I still plan on catching, I just need a break every once in a while..."
Bass did in fact stick to his promise, catching the following game in the 2-1 victory over the Sharks. As of now, rookie Philip John will take Bass' place behind the plate. We'll have to wait and see what the future holds for Bass and the Bluefish. The team currently sits at 7-6, fourth in the division.
Mar 20 2051: Opening Day Roster Released - by CabbageWarrior12 on July 18th, 2021
Following their 3-2 victory against the Yankton Yankees to finish out the spring 17-13, the Bridgeport Bluefish released their opening day roster to fans. The roster is nearly identical, only lacking the recently-released Si Woo Byun from last year's roster. In his place, the Bridgeport Bluefish have called up switch-hitting second baseman and top prospect Glen Maddox. Maddox, just 22 years of age, has split .289/.334/.394 in 169 minor league games across two seasons. While known for his excellent bat speed and hard-contact rate, Maddox also possesses gold glove-caliber defense. Scouts have compared his skill set to the likes of HOFer Ozzie Smith; quick bat, speedy on the basepaths, and smooth in the field.
Here is the rest of the Bluefish roster for the start of the 2051 season:
C - Darren Bass #74 [CAPTAIN]
C - Greyson Shea #59
1B - Byron Lacy #16
1B - Alonzo Pacheco #61
1B - Phil Vick #64
2B - P.J. Bethea #45
2B - Corbin Haynes #69
2B - Glen Maddox #11
3B - Alfonso Alicea #18
SS - Sheldon Magnani #54
SS - Joaquín Botello #98
OF - Lloyd Clawson #20
OF - Juan Soto #31
OF - Gary Sandvik #23
OF - Duane Webb #84
OF - Tyler Nagel #92
OF - Phillip John #55
RHP - Edgar Toro #9
LHP - Kwame Whitlock #85
RHP - Pablo Ortiz #81
LHP - Rafael Roche #3
RHP - Ricky Conte #8
LHP - Benjamin Edwards #49
RHP - Joshua Wicker #29
RHP - Dennis Dwyer #42
RHP - Vernon Hall #47
LHP - Craig Gillespie #34
RHP - Xavier Aragon #56
RHP - Lewis Coughlin #83
RHP - Brett Simmons #57